Over the past 10 days, the Barnesville and Steubenville high school mat teams have combined to help a Steubenville youth that has been stricken with the toughest opponent of all — cancer.,“We found out about it while we were in Steubenville for the (Ohio Athletic Committee) Junior High School Districts,” Barnesville wrestling coach Jayson Stephen explained.,The annual Buckeye 8 Tournament will be held Saturday inside ‘The Hangar’ on the campus of Union Local High School.,Division III schools are split between Barnesville High School and Sandy Valley High School in Magnolia, while Division II schools head to Claymont High School in Uhrichsville and Steubenville High’s Crimson Center.,The 82nd annual Ohio state tournament will be staged March 7-8-9 inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University.

Whether through parochialism or small-mindedness, the Eastern Connecticut Conference has always felt like mid-major in state high school athletics, a compilation of too many schools comfortable scheduling each other and afraid of the deeper end.,At 5:30, the St. Bernard boys played defending Division II state basketball champion Immaculate, a game whose result recalled the old days when visitors left St. Bernard's gym dissatisfied.,There's more: The ECC is a proud member of the Connecticut High School Football Alliance, a cooperative venture that began with the ECC, Southern Connecticut Conference and South-West Conference, then added the Central Connecticut Conference and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference this winter.,Remember, too, that the ECC is the only league in Connecticut that will play its boys' basketball championship game at Mohegan Sun, site of the state championships in March.,There's a whole state out there, more media coverage of high school sports than ever and an opportunity for exposure as never before.

Foskey, a four-star defensive end from De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., became the final member of Notre Dame’s 2019 recruiting class, joining 21 players who signed during the early period in December.,The Illini added a pair of linebackers to the 11 players they signed in December, getting the day started by announcing the signing of four-star prospect Shammond Cooper from St. Louis’ Trinity Catholic High School.,Three-star linebacker Tarique Barnes of Memphis, Tenn., brought the class to 13 players.,In terms of average player rating, Illinois’ class ranks seventh in the conference, and its three four-star signees — including cornerback Marquez Beason and quarterback Isaiah Williams — trail only five Big Ten teams.,Illinois was considered a likely landing spot for Cooper thanks to his strong ties with Cory Patterson, his former high school coach who is now an Illini assistant coach, and Williams, his high school teammate who signed with the Illini in December.

At the risk of being one of those “back-in-my-day,” trouser-hiking curmudgeons, the sports landscape I left as a high schooler and the one that exists today are as different as the hype surrounding super game I and super game LIII . . . see?,Certainly some of the programs at area high schools are solid and a few even very strong, dare I say, perennial playoff contenders.,And before we get any further along, this is in no way a knock on the coaches or athletes at any of the four Fairfield high schools.,In comparison to the – I’m going to guess somewhere upwards of hundreds – of businesses supporting local youth leagues and high schools decades ago, teams today have to scrape together what little funding they can to keep their teams afloat.,The change is that high school teams are the parent club, anchored in a community like a pro team and supported by youth teams like minor leagues.

Whether through parochialism or small-mindedness, the Eastern Connecticut Conference has always felt like mid-major in state high school athletics, a compilation of too many schools comfortable scheduling each other and afraid of the deeper end.,At 5:30, the St. Bernard boys played defending Division II state basketball champion Immaculate, a game whose result recalled the old days when visitors left St. Bernard's gym dissatisfied.,There's more: The ECC is a proud member of the Connecticut High School Football Alliance, a cooperative venture that began with the ECC, Southern Connecticut Conference and South-West Conference, then added the Central Connecticut Conference and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference this winter.,Remember, too, that the ECC is the only league in Connecticut that will play its boys' basketball championship game at Mohegan Sun, site of the state championships in March.,There's a whole state out there, more media coverage of high school sports than ever and an opportunity for exposure as never before.

Leetonia Police Department has issued a parking ban from 11 a.m. Saturday until 1 p.m. Jan. 20.,A parking ban has been issued today through Sunday in Springfield Township.,The ban will affect all township roads to allow for snow removal.,The Historical Society of Columbiana-Fairfield Township will welcome Jay Groner as the guest speaker 7 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbiana.,Groner will give the presentation, “The Early History of the Columbiana Fire Department 1840-1900.”

MLB

NEW YORK (AP) — AL MVP Mookie Betts, NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and major league home run champion Khris Davis reached high-priced one-year deals to avoid salary arbitration, while slugger Nolan Arenado and pitchers Gerrit Cole, Luis Severino and Aaron Nola were among 15 players still on track for hearings.,LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers reacquired catcher Russell Martin on Friday in a trade with Toronto, days after Yasmani Grandal left for a deal with Milwaukee.,NFL read more

Sherrie Page was unanimously re-elected chair of the Orange County School Board at the board’s first meeting of the new year.,At the meeting Monday, Page told school administrators and fellow board members, “I look forward to another good year—a challenging year.”,Now that the much-anticipated track renovation project is nearly finished at Orange County High School (OCHS), she would like to see work begin on a new wing at the high school that would provide additional classroom space.,She said renovation of the high school’s fitness room was “near and dear” to the heart of Judy Carter, the District 3 school board representative, and Page’s close friend, who died of cancer last year.,Last year, the facility in the high school’s old gym was renamed in honor of the late Paul Sizemore, a popular OCHS teacher and successful coach of multiple sports who served the school system for 30 years.

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