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Warriors place third at state tourney

By Carol McIntire Editor Carrollton broke away from a three-way, third-place tie on the second day of the Division II boys state golf tournament and claimed sole possession of the spot when the results were announced late Saturday afternoon, Oct. 16.  Gahanna Columbus Academy won the championship title with a two-day score of 611. Kettering Archbishop Alter finished as the runner up with 614, followed by Carrollton. The Warriors shot

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Area schools remain in the hunt for state football playoff spots

Carrollton moved up one spot to No. 4 in Division IV Region 15 of this week’s Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) weekly football rankings. The Warriors (6-2) were No. 5 last week. Bloom-Carroll continues to hold down the top spot followed by St. Clairsville (7-1) and John Glenn (5-2). Sandy Valley (5-3) remains in the No. 10 spot in Division V Region 17. Southern Local moved up from No.

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Rockets convert turnovers in TDs, top Devils 54-14

By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter The Conotton Valley Rockets found their pot of gold at the end of a rainbow that illuminated the sky over the stadium Friday night just prior to homecoming festivities.  The rainbow stretched across the sky and seemed to end at the Rocket scoreboard, which read HOME 54 – VISITORS (Beallsville Blue Devils) 14 at the end of the game.  In recognition of October being

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Rutledge sets new standard for goals scored in a season, Warriors win big

Ariona Rutledge had a record setting performance Oct. 4 when the Carrollton girls soccer team defeated Harrison Central 7-0 at Community Field. Rutledge, a sophomore, set a new school record for goals scored in a season with 18. “Ariona had a hat trick (scored three goals) leaving her with 18 goals on the season,” noted Coach Brandon Irwin following the win. The previous record for 15 goals was set two

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Area teams remain in the hunt for football playoff slots

Carrollton fell one slot to No. 5 in the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) football standings in Division IV, Region 15 after falling to West Branch last Friday. Undefeated Bloom-Carroll remains atop the region, followed by St. Clairsville (6-1), Indian Valley (4-1) and John Glenn (4-2), all ahead of the Warriors (5-2). Sandy Valley holds down the No. 10 spot in Division IV, Region 17 with a 4-3 record

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Hornets hang on for win over Warriors

By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter To say Malvern Football Coach Matt Chiurco was elated Friday night after his team defeated Buckeye Trail 26-24 in Malvern would be an understatement.  “We’ve been in quite a few close games over the past few years and it just hasn’t gone our way,” Chiurco said following the win. “Tonight, it did.” With just over two minutes remaining in the contest and Malvern leading

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SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS!

Carrollton tops Garaway to win first outright title in school history For the first time in school history, the Carrollton boys golf team won the outright Division II boys East District Sectional golf title. Golfing at River Greens Golf Club Sept. 27, the Warriors defeated Garaway by four strokes, 311-315 to claim the top prize. Sandy Valley placed third with 327 and John Glenn fourth with 333 and Minerva placed sixth

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Young golf team claims third league title

A young Carrollton golf team won its third consecutive Eastern Buckeye Conference (EBC) championship Sept. 20 at Salem Country Club and finished first in the final standings. The team, comprised of all juniors, sophomores and freshmen, also completed its second consecutive undefeated season last week. The Warriors won the championship by a slim two strokes over Marlington 331-333.  Marlington’s only two losses this season were to the Warriors.  West Branch finished

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Hornet golfers third at league tournament

Malvern placed third in the Inter Valley Conference (IVC) Postseason Tournament at Wilkshire Golf Course, behind only defending State Champion Hiland and perennial District Qualifier Garaway.  Sophomore Ethan Bush fired an 84 to lead the effort.  He, along with seniors Tucker Andrews and Connor Lefevre received 2nd Team All-IVC honors. Receiving Honorable Mention All IVC was senior Will Yerrick.  “We succeeded in accomplishing our regular season goal, which was to finish in the

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Warriors jump four slots in state football rankings

Carrollton jumped four spots in the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s weekly computer rankings for Sept. 21. The Warriors (4-1) moved from 8th to fourth, one place behind St. Clairsville (4-1), in Division IV Region 15 after defeating Kenmore-Garfield 22-6 Sept. 17. Bloom-Carroll (5-0), the team that eliminated Carrollton in the third round of playoffs in 2020, is first, followed by Indian Valley (3-0). Sandy Valley (4-1) jumped two places

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Perfect!

Golf team closes out second unbeaten season Carrollton headed into Monday’s Eastern Buckeye Conference boys golf tournament with a perfect record.  It was the second consecutive undefeated regular season for the Warriors, who won the league and qualified for the state tournament in 2020. The Warriors wrapped up the 2021 regular season with a 12-0 mark after defeating Minerva 147-177 at Carroll Meadows Sept. 15 and 155-170 at Great Trail

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Linkers top Alliance, remain unbeaten

Alliance golfer Blake Hood shot an even par 35 at Carroll Meadows Golf Course, but his effort wasn’t enough to lead to Aviators to a win over the undefeated Carrollton Warriors Sept. 8  Carrollton junior Jaxon Rinkes kept pace with Hood, firing a 36, however, it was the effort of the Warriors’ second, third and fourth men that helped them earn a 161-217 Eastern Buckeye Conference victory. Junior Cayden Rininger

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Defensive stand preserves 34-28 Warrior win

By Carol McIntire Editor Backed up against their own goal line late in the fourth quarter Friday at Community Field, the Carrollton defense mounted a stand to preserve a 34-28 win over the previously undefeated Canton South Wildcats. It was the third win of the season for the Warriors and their first test in the Eastern Buckeye Conference.  “Our defense bent but it didn’t break,” said Coach Jim Tsilimos following

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Lead rusher Bryson White propels Hornets to victory

Malvern remains unbeaten after 51-16 non-league win The Malvern Hornets are 3-0 after a 51-16 road win over Waterloo. The Hornets took an early 6-0 lead after senior running back Bryson White scored a touchdown in the first quarter.  Kaden Grinder, a senior tight end, scored a touchdown in the second quarter and the two-point conversion was good to give the Hornets a 14-0 lead. Sophomore wide receiver Dylan Phillips

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Youngsters shine in lopsided 69-18 Warrior win

Oehlstrom, Colletti, Carman, Henry, Benner, McConnell score touchdowns By Carol McIntire Editor Underclassmen shared the spotlight with Carrollton’s first string starters Friday under the football lights at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Once the starting offense began to click late in the first quarter, they scored five touchdowns and built a 35-6 lead at halftime. The 30-plus point lead triggered a continuous clock in the second half and provided the

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Oehlstrom is workhorse in 41-22 Warrior win

Strong offensive output wipes out big plays by Coventry for first CHS win By Carol McIntire Editor Junior Chase Oehlstrom was the workhorse in the backfield for Carrollton Friday, rushing for 231 yards on 28 carries and scoring three touchdowns as the Warriors picked up a 41-22 non-conference win over Coventry. Statistics showed a lopsided victory for the visiting Warriors, their first of the young 2021 campaign, but big plays

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Second half surge lifts Malvern over Conotton Valley

By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter Malvern and Conotton Valley both came into a cross-county battle Friday with big opening week wins in their back pockets. The Hornets blanked East Palestiine 55-0 and Conotton Valley downed Strasburg 48-8, setting up an important early season contest of unbeatens.   The two teams played a close game in the first half with the host Hornets holding an 18-12 lead at intermission. The Hornets

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Teens competing this week at National High School Finals Rodeo

Tana Drew, of Malvern, earned a position on the Ohio National High School rodeo team and is competing this week in Lincoln, NE, in the 73rd annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR). A sophomore at Malvern Hornet Digital Academy, she is competing in girls cutting, breakaway roping and goat tying. Also competing at the NHSFR, are Dalton Walling, Isaiah Tullius , Chance Fryer and Cooper Smitley. Walling, the 2021

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Alumni plans return to CHS for July 16 basketball fundraiser

Rosters are taking shape for the inaugural Carrollton Basketball Fundraiser Alumni Game. The games are scheduled to take place July 16 in the high school gym. Action begins at 6 p.m. with a girls alumni contest followed by the boys game. Those scheduled to play in the girls game as of July 9 includes Abby Laizure (class of 2021), Rachel Devine, Jessica Ujcich, Ali Poole, Cailee Husted, Tessa Isom (2012),

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2021 football divisions, regions announced

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) announced the football region assignments for the upcoming 2021 season last week. The 10-week regular-season begins the week of August 16, with the top 16 schools in each region qualifying for the playoffs. Divisional assignments for the upcoming 2021-22 school year will remain the same as the 2020-21 school year in all sports. In all sports, coaches have an unlimited number of days

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Trap shooters impressive at state singles tournament

Coach pleased with performance High winds and rain greeted members of the Carrollton Shooting Club who participated in the State SCTP Trap Singles Tournament, held June 21 at the Cardinal Center in Morengo. “For the high winds and rain we had, all the kids did a great job!” commented Coach Mike Rummell. “I am ecstatic on how well they performed, especially with the weather conditions they had to deal with.

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Local weightlifter sets national mark

Several area weightlifters recently competed in the World Raw Federation competition. Dustin Kempf set national records for the Open Abs 165 lbs. Sub Master with the following:  Squat, 540 lbs.; bench 308 lbs.; deadlift, 600 lbs.; for a total of 1,448 lbs. Mike Buckey won first in the 198 lbs. open. His results were: Squat, 606 lbs.; bench 308 lbs.; deadlift, 672 lbs.; for a total of 1,586 lbs. Nick Perorazio

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Pro Football Hall of Fame to host state football championships

The Ohio High School Athletic Association and Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced a three-year agreement for the Hall to host the state football championships in Canton. The games, across Ohio’s seven divisions, will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium beginning in 2021. Pro Football Hall of Fame Chief Administrative Officer Steve Strawbridge and OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute outlined the partnership at a news

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Trap shooters to participate in state tourney June 21

Several members of the Carrollton High School Shooting Club are slated to participate in the state SCTP Trap Singles Tournament at Cardinal Center in Marengo June 21. The list includes: Lane Barna, Richard Johnson, Cooper Haun, Grady Gansheimer, Mack Gansheimer, Paul Eshler, Kaylee Joseph, Wyatt Dolvin, Aiden McNutt, Dakota Ketchum,  Brody Casper, Devon Ulman, Dustin Ulman, Dylan Ulman, Ben Stoneman, Hayden Risaliti, Connor Lowdermilk, Brody Gonda, Brody Moore and Nicholas

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Baker’s shot put toss holds up for state title

Adds two runner-up, one third place award in seated track events By Carol McIntire Editor Jacob Baker capped off his high school track and field career with a state championship and four All-Ohio certificates at Hilliard Darby High School Friday, June 4. The 2021 graduate won the seated shot put with a throw of 19-feet, 4.5 inches, one inch better than Jaydon Jenkins of Elmwood High School. For Baker, the

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Warriors, Lions earn state track berths

By Carol McIntire, Editor Carrollton and Minerva each qualified a boys 4×100 and a girls 4×800 relay team to the Division II state track meet June 4 and 5 at Pickerington North High School. Carrollton’s 4×100 relay team includes sophomores Brock Smith and Nathan Baker, junior Austin Colletti and senior Talen Timberlake. Minerva’s team includes seniors Demetrius Evans, Chance Martineau, Deston Kropf and Garrison Markins. Timberlake also qualified in the

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Division II Regional Track Results from May 27

Several area relay teams and a high jumper punched their tickets to the state track meet during the first day of the Division II regional track meet at Chillicothe May 27. The Minerva and Carrollton girls 4×800 relay teams qualified by placing second the third respectively. The Lions team of Jenna Cassidy, Aubrey Dunham, Cailyn Bright and Hera Hoffee clocked a time of 9:52.19. The Warrior foursome of Josie Burgett,

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Peshina wins Div. III district track title

Malvern senior Paige Peshina won the Division III district title in the 400 and was the runner-up in the 1600 to earn berths at regional competition at Massillon this week. Peshina had times of 1:02.48 in the 400 and 5:38.82 in the 1600. She also anchored the 4×400 relay team which placed third in a time of 4:21.31 to earn a regional berth. Other members of the relay include Lanie

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Lions, Warriors earn berths in regional track meet

Compete Thursday, Saturday at Chillicothe for state meet slots By Carol McIntire Editor Carrollton and Minerva qualified athletes to this week’s Division II regional track meet at Chillicothe. Carrollton qualified two girls relay teams and three individuals and the boys team qualified two relay teams and one individual during the Division II district meet last week at West Holmes High School. Minerva, which also participated in the district event at

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Lady Rockets to compete for district title

After becoming the first team in Conotton Valley Schools history to be sectional softball champions, the Lady Rockets continue their quest as they face Tuscarawas Central Catholic May 19 at the Carrollton Field of Dreams at 5 p.m. for the district championship. The Lady Rockets played Caldwell in the district tournament at Franklin Park in Strasburg May 10. They scored two in the first inning and never looked back. They posted

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Lady Rockets make history with sectional championship title

The 2021 Lady Rockets softball team wrote their page in school history defeating Toronto 8-2 May 13 to score the school’s first sectional championship. The Lady Rockets battled back from a two run deficit for the win. They had eight hits on the night lead by Emily Siedel with a triple and single. Masyn Baker, Chloe Stuber, Jordyn Braun, Sarah Schaar, Ellie Bower and Delaney Peters each had a hit.

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Warriors, Lions earn individual league titles

Eastern Buckeye Conference championships wrap up league season Carrollton senior Talen Timberlake and Minerva junior Connor Shingleton each won two titles and Minerva junior Abby Wheeler and Garrison Markins each claimed one during the Eastern Buckeye Conference Track and Field Championships May 14 at Canton South High School. Carrollton senior Jacob Baker won the 100 seated (17.74), 400 seated (1:00.15) and 800 seated (2:04.77). Timberlake returned to the high jump

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Baker qualifies for next month’s Paralympic trials

CHS senior breaks his own 100 seated state record at Fairless Invitational Carrollton senior Jacob Baker broke his own Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) state record in the 100 seated dash at the Fairless Invitational May 7. His time of 16.45 also qualified him to the Paralympic trials this June in Minnesota for a chance to compete for team USA. He currently is the second fastest wheeled high school athlete

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Warriors, Lions, Hornets shine at Cogan Invitational

Clayton, Barker, Baker earn MVP awards for hosts By Carol McIntire Editor Carrollton claimed the lion’s share of the top awards at the Larry Cogan Warrior Invitational April 30 at Community Field on a windy, cool day. Freshman Arianna (Ari) Clayton won Girls MVP after winning the 100, 400, 200 and was a member of the winning 4×2 relay, Senior Jacob Baker was awarded the Boys MVP after setting records

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Lady Rockets win OVAC title

The Lady Rockets won the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC) championship May 1 shutting out the number one seed Weirton Madonna 11-0. Conotton scored four in the first inning with three of those from a triple by Delaney Peters. The Lady Rockets put up 11 hits in the contest to shut out Madonna. Masyn Baker had a big game for the Rockets with two home runs, one of which came

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Hornets pick up IVC win over TCC

The Malvern Hornets baseball team defeated Tuscarawas Central Catholic 8-1 at home April 19. Top hitters for the Hornets included Ethan Bush with three singles and three runs; Noah Ball, two doubles and two RBI’s; Adam Moser, three singles and Connor Lefevre, two singles. The Hornets scored one run in the first and fifth innings and two runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings. Derk Hutchison was the winning

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Baker sets new state mark in 100M

Jacob Baker continues to excel in track and field events. The Carrollton senior, who was a state runner-up in two events at the 2019 Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) state meet, set a new state record in the 100M seated athlete event April 17at the Lidderdable Invitational, held at Sandy Valley High School. His new mark of 16.76 bested the old mark of 16.97 set by Casey Followay in

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Malvern relay team sets new school record

The Malvern boys and girls track teams participated in the Sandy Valley quad with East Canton and Tusky Central Catholic (TCC) April 6 at Sandy Valley. Boys results The 4×200 relay team set a school record of 1:37.4 during the competition. The team is comprised of senior Adam Moser, junior Landyn Huffman and sophomores, Xavier Watson and Shane Rodgers. Moser placed third in the 100 (12.10), 2nd in the 200

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Bats on fire as CHS diamond team cranks out 38 runs in three wins

Coach Brian Connelly’s Carrollton Warriors varsity baseball team continued its strong offensive output over the last week by picking up three non-league wins. The Warriors soundly defeated United Local 21-6, New Philadelphia 9-3 and Indian Creek 8-3. The team lost to Canton McKinley 11-2 in a non-league game. United Local The Warriors traveled north to Hanoverton April 8 where they erased  a 2-0 deficit by scoring three runs in the

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CHS freshman earns West Holmes Invite MVP award

Arianna Clayton wins three running events in first varsity competition Carrollton freshman Arianna Clayton won two events, placed second in another and was named the MVP of the West Holmes Knights Invitational Track Meet April 10 at Millersburg. Clayton won the 400M in a time of 1:01.23 and the 200 (26.72). She also placed second in the 100 (12.86). The Warrior girls placed fourth in the 17-team field. Highland won

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Pidgeon throws one hitter; softball team blanks Beaver Local

Offense explodes for seven runs in second inning By Carol McIntire Editor A seven-run second inning propelled the Carrollton softball team to a 10-0, five-inning shutout over Beaver Local in the season opener March 30 at the Carrollton Field of Dreams. Sunny skies and exceptionally warm temperatures greeted the team as they took the field for the first time since the 2019 season. “It felt amazing to be back on

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Warriors win opener

Strong offensive effort, aggressive base running add up to 13-3 win over Tusky Central Catholic By Carol McIntire Editor Opening day for the Carrollton Warriors baseball team looked more like the first day of summer than the last day of March as temperatures surpassed the 70-degree mark and sunglasses and shorts were appropriate attire for the game. The host Warriors gave the crowd plenty to cheer about as they blew

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Spring sports preview

The Carroll County Messenger is featuring its annual Spring Sports Preview in the March 31 issue available on newsstands now. Find out what lettermen are returning, who coaches think are promising newcomers and when and where your favorite teams are playing. The preview features Carrollton, Conotton Valley, Malvern and Minerva teams.

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Fowler to become Golden Eagle

Carrollton senior Carenda Fowler signed a National Letter of Intent recently to bowl for the Kent State University at Tuscarawas Golden Eagles for her former Carrollton Coach Vera Fox, who now leads the Kent State program. Fowler is a three-year letter winner for the Warriors and bowled at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in the 2021 Division II state championships with the Warriors, who placed seventh. She is shown above seated

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Work continues at Edison sports facilities

Plans to unify sporting activities at Edison High School are progressing and officials received the latest update on the project. Superintendent Bill Beattie informed school board members during the March 16 session that work was continuing on the new facilities, which will boast a fieldhouse and softball and baseball fields in addition to the football field that is already in existence. Leaders are also excited to utilize the new track

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CHS athletic official compiling basketball history

Can you help fill in the gaps? Carrollton High School Assistant Athletic Director Ron Colaprete is nearing completion on a comprehensive history of boys and girls basketball teams since the program’s inception in 1908 to the present time. “It’s taken quite a bit of research and time to put this together,” Colaprete noted. “Most everything is complete with the exception of some missing team pictures of both boys and girls

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On the podium

Burress, Carman stand at the state wrestling tournament By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter The state wrestling tournament was heartwarming for one wrestler and heartbreaking for the other. Minerva senior Jarrett Burress and Carrollton freshman Josh Carman placed second and fourth, respectively in the 84th Ohio State Wrestling Individual Tournament. Both wrestlers left everything they had on the mat. Burress, a senior at Minerva, came into the tournament as a

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Hawks outscore Hornets late, win district title

Another Hiland-Malvern classic  By Bob Evans Correspondent Over the years the Malvern Hornets and Hiland Hawks have played some classic basketball games. Last Friday’s Division IV district championship will find its way into that category. In a game in which the lead changed hands many times, the Hawks outscored the Hornets 8-2 in the final minute-and-a-half to pull away for a 48-43 victory and a trip to the Sweet

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STATE BOUND: Barker, Carman, Pidgeon; Walker; Burress, Norris, Norris

Different look to state tourney for 2021 The Ohio School Athletic Association’s 84th State Wrestling Tournament is scheduled March 13 and 14 at three separate venues across the state. Due to COVID-19 regulations, each division will be held at a separate location. Division II (which includes wrestlers from Carrollton and Minerva) will take place at Highland (Marengo) High School in Marengo, in Morrow County. Area wrestlers competing in Division II

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Nearly 30 area wrestlers move on to second day of district competition

The first day of district wrestling competition for Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) wrestlers has concluded. Division II is being held at Gallia Academy High School in Gallipolis. Division III is at Coshocton. Division II Carrollton and Minerva are competing in D2. In the first session (106 lbs. – 145 lbs.), Carrollton freshmen, Kolton Barker, Josh Carman and Levi Pidgeon, and junior Dom Speelman will compete in the championship

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