Category: Sports

2018 CHS graduate recommended to fill head girls basketball coach position

A 2018 Carrollton High School graduate has been recommended as the next head coach for the school’s girls basketball program. The Athletic Committee announced this morning Mikayla Poole will be recommended to the board of education. The hiring is expected to be on the June 11 school board agenda. Poole earned four varsity letters in girls basketball and three letters in girls volleyball while at CHS. As a sophomore, she

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Rockets, Cardinals win sectional titles

By Dan Ries Sports Reporter The Conotton Valley Lady Rockets are returning to District play after defeating Malvern and Shadyside in convincing fashion this past week to win the Division IV East District sectional softball title. Sophomore Madison Kelley threw her first career no hitter and the Rockets used an eight run third inning to defeat the Malvern Hornets 12-0 in the first round of the Division IV softball tournament

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Rockets with fourth OVAC softball title

Conotton Valley won its fourth consecutive Ohio Valley Athletic Conference softball title with an 8-2 victory over the Weirton Madonna Blue Dons April 27.  Madi Kelley went 3-4 at the plate with a solo home run to left field and two singles.   Masy Baker struck out 15 batters, giving up two hits, tworuns, and 1 walk. The Rockets tallied 12 hits in the game, with Baker, Braxton Neilson, Kelley having

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Warriors sweep series with Lions with shut out, come from behind wins

By Dan Ries Sports Reporter Carrollton senior Hayden Jenkins threw a five-inning no-hitter as the Warriors picked up a  10-0 victory over the Minerva Lions May 1 on Senior Night at Hensley Field.  The college-commit walked two batters while striking out 11, including six of the first seven batters he faced. It was the third no-hitter of his career.  The Warriors scored three runs in the bottom of the first. Garrett

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James lifts Warriors to win with walkoff, 3-run HR

By Dan RiesSports ReporterTrailing 3-0 to West Branch in the seventh inning with two outs, Landon James hit a walk-off, three-run home run to lift the Carrollton Warriors a 4-3 victory April 24 at Hensley Field. The win avenged a loss to West Branch the night before, evening the two-game series at 1-1.West Branch plated all three runs in the third inning. Nicholaus Conrad and Jake Whitmore walked to start

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Athletes shine at Cogan Invitational

By Carol McIntire Editor Athletes from Carrollton, Malvern and East Canton won the top awards at the 9th annual Larry Cogan Invitational held April 25 at Community Field. Temperatures in the 70-degree range with sunshine set the stage for numerous runners to set personal best performances. The annual event, named for longtime Carrollton Coach Larry Cogan, also recognizes the accomplishments of Carrollton’s four track state champions: Cole Lovett, Maddie Dunlap,

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Schweikert resigns Carrollton coaching positions, plans move to Georgia

By Dan Ries, Messenger Sports Reporter Nik Schweikert submitted his resigned as the Carrollton Warriors girls basketball and cross country head coach effective immediately. He has taken a similar position at a southern Georgia school. This past season, Schweikert lead the Warriors to their second Regional appearance in school history, finishing with a 21-6 record. Schweikert came to Carrollton in 2020 from Canton South as a physical education teacher and

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Minerva girls notch win

The Minerva Lions softball team picked up the team’s third win in a row with a 7-3 win over Alliance April 15. In the hard-fought battle, the visiting Aviators scored a run in the top of the first with a double by Hendershot. The Lions matched the run in the bottom half of the inning when Sierra Cress sent a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall for a homerun

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Strong pitching, offensive burst gives CHS win

Byt Dan Ries Sports Reporter Hayden Jenkins threw six strong innings allowing just one run while striking out 12 as the Carrollton Warriors defeated Marlington 4-1 on April 18 at Hensley Field. Garrett Broadwater returned to the lineup for the Warriors following an injury to his knee in his first at bat of the season. Jenkins started the game by striking out the first batter on three straight pitches. The

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Late rally lifts Warriors over Aviators

By Dan Ries Sports Reporter The Carrollton Warriors scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning for a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Alliance Aviators  April 10 at Hensley Field with former Warrior Coach Curt Hensley in attendance. Alliance jumped out to a two-run lead in the top of the first.  A bunt attempt by the leadoff hitter resulted in a throwing error by the Warriors and the leadoff

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Pair of Havens home runs not enough

By Dan Ries Sports Reporter Senior Maleyna Havens hit two two-run home runs but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Warriors lost a heartbreaking 8-7 softball game to the Marlington Dukes April 6 at Marlington. Juliaunna Miller led off the top of the first for the Warriors by hitting a double over the third baseman’s head. Marleigh Osolin followed by outrunning a bunt, advancing Miller to third. Kearsten Ball  then laid

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Tucci named Division III coach of the year

Area athletes were among those who earned All-Ohio honors when the teams were announced last week by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. Leading the list of awards was Malvern in Division III. Coach Dennis Tucci was named the coach of the year and J’Allen Barrino, who was named as a finalist for the Ohio Mr. Basketball award, was named to the first team. The 6-2 senior averaged 18.6 points per

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CHS volleyball team doubles last year’s win output early on

The Carrollton boys volleyball team improved to 2-1 on the young season with a victory over the Howland Tigers in four sets 24-26, 25-16, 30-28, 25-19 last week. In only their second season, the team already doubled their win total from last year. The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first set before Howland tied things up at 5-5. The Warriors had seven net violations in the

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Record-breaking season comes to end for Malvern Hornets

 By Carol McIntire Editor The tournament trail ended for the Malvern Hornets Saturday at Ohio University in the regional final, but it was one of the most successful seasons in school history.  The Hornets, who entered the game as the only undefeated team in the state of Ohio (27-0), battled the Columbus Harvest Prep Warriors through three quarters before the Prep pulled away for a 64-44 win and a

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Malvern advances to regional final game

By Carol McIntire Editor What does a coach do when his top scorer is forced to sit on the bench for nearly a quarter in foul trouble? If you are the Malvern Hornets and Coach Dennis Tucci, you rely on another of your experienced plays to step up and take his place.  That was the scenario that played out March 13 when the Hornets faced McDermott Northwest Mohawks in a

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Malvern’s J’Allen Barrino is finalist for 2024 Ohio Mr. Basketball

Malvern senior J’Allen Barrino is among a list of nine finalists announced today for the 2024 Ohio Mr. Basketball Award. The winner will be announced next Wednesday, March 20. Barrino was named the Division III East District and Inter-Valley Conference North Division Player of the Year after leading the Hornets to a 22-0 regular season. He has played 59 career games at Malvern and the team has gone 56-3. His

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Snair tops list of state wrestling placers

By Carol McIntire Editor Carrollton senior Kail Snair’s second-place finish at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Boys and Girls Wrestling State Tournament topped a contingent of nine area wrestlers who earned podium spots. Joining Snair on the podium in Division II were senior teammates Josh Carman fourth; Landon Jenkins fifth; and Levi Pidgeon, sixth. Minerva junior Hunter Dietrich placed seventh. In Division III, Malvern junior Tyson Clear finished fourth

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Hornets head to Athens, regional tourney

By Carol McIntireEditorMalvern Coach Dennis Tucci called his team’s latest district championship “a total team effort.”“Everyone did their job on both offense and defense,” the seasoned coach said after his team knocked off Martins Ferry 61-50 March 8 in the Claymont gym in the Division III East District championship game. It was the seventh district title for the school.“I am so proud of this team,” Tucci said. “The intensity they

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Malvern knocks off Barnesville, will face Martins Ferry in district title game Friday

The Malvern Hornets earned a spot in the Division III East District boys district championship game with a 66-50 win over Barnesville March 5 at Edison High School. Malvern will face the No. 3 seed, Martins Ferry, Friday (March 8) at 7 p.m. Malvern conceded the first five points of the game to the Shamrocks. After knotting the score at 5-5 midway through the period, Malvern gave up the lead

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CHS sophomore lays down championship performance at Division II tournament

By Carol McIntire Carrollton Carrollton sophomore Kaylee Russell admits with hesitation bowling is not her favorite sport. In fact, the 16-year-old says it ranks third behind golf and throwing the shot and discus on the Warrior track team.  By watching the relatively newcomer to the bowling world perform at the Division II State Bowling Championships March 2 at H.P. Lanes in Columbus, one would have thought she was born with

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Kail Snair picked up his 100th pin at the district tournament.

Nine Carrollton wrestlers continue quest for state tournament berths

By Carol McIntire, Editor Four Carrollton Warriors will continue their quest for a district wrestling championship tomorrow at Gallia Academy. Landon Jenkins (106 lbs.) Kail Snair (113), Levi Pidgeon (126) and Josh Carman (138) all won their first two matches of the Division II district tournament earlier tonight. They will wrestle in the semifinal round when wrestling resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m. Jenkins won both of his matches by pin(19

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Kail Snair picked up his 100th pin at the district tournament.

Four Warriors in contention for district wrestling titles

By Carol McIntire, Editor Four Carrollton Warriors will continue their quest for a district wrestling championship tomorrow at Gallia Academy. Landon Jenkins (106 lbs.) Kail Snair (113), Levi Pidgeon (126) and Josh Carman (138) all won their first two matches of the Division II district tournament earlier tonight. They will wrestle in the semifinal round when wrestling resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m. Jenkins won both of his matches by pin(19

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Carrollton, Malvern, Minerva crown wrestling champions

By Carol McIntire Editor Carrollton won the Division II East District sectional wrestling title Feb. 24 at Claymont, crowned three champions and will send nearly the entire team to the district tournament next weekend at Gallia.  The Warriors won the team title with 212 points. Minerva finished a distant second with 184 and New Philadelphia third at 167 in the 10-team field.  Seniors Landon Jenkins (106 lbs.), Kail Snair (113)

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Two games, two wins: Warriors head to district tourney

By Dan Ries Sports Reporter   The Carrollton Lady Warriors are set to compete in the East District II district tournament for the second straight year. The Warriors secured the slot after defeating the New Philadelphia Quakers and the Maysville Panthers in sectional tournament action last week in the Carrollton gym. The two games couldn’t have been more different. Hillari Baker scored 29 points as the Warriors defeated the Quakers

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Warrior, Rocket bowling teams state bound!

By Carol McIntire Editor Carrollton and Conotton Valley teams swept the four qualifying slots from the Division  II East District for the state bowling championships during district action Feb. 22 at Coshocton.  Carrollton won the boys division and Conotton Valley placed second. Conotton Valley won the girls division and Carrollton placed second.  The teams will compete this weekend, March 1 and 2 at H.P.L. Bowling Center on the north side of

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Warriors dominate sectional wrestling tourney, nearly entire team advances

By Carol McIntire Editor Carrollton won the Division II East District sectional wrestling title Saturday at Claymont, crowned three champions and will send nearly the entire team to the district tournament next weekend at Galia. The Warriors won the team title with 212 points. Minerva finished a distant second with 184 and New Philadelphia third at 167 in the 10-team field. Seniors Landon Jenkins (106 lbs.), Kail Snair (113) and

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Mallarnee reaches 1,000-pt. plateau

Carrollton senior Lincoln Mallarnee marked an achievement few do in their high school basketball career- scoring 1,000 points. The 6-ft., 2-inch forward needed seven points going into the Feb. 20 home game with Indian Valley to reach the mark. He wasted no time setting the mark, driving into the lane for a layup at the 5:30 mark of the first period and repeating the fete just over a minute later.

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Area Boys teams dominate sectional bowling action

Teams from Carrollton, Conotton Valley and Sandy Valley advanced to the boys Division II district bowling tournament this week at Coshocton.  The trio finished in the top six teams at sectional action at St. Clair Lanes in St. Clairsville Feb. 13.  Indian Valley won the top spot in the field of 23 teams with a score of 3,945, over 400 pins ahead of Carrollton in second with a score of

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Area Girls teams dominate sectional bowling action

Conotton Valley, Minerva and Carrollton swept the top three places at the girls sectional bowling tournament held on Valentine’s Day at Boulevard Lanes at Dover.  The Rockets topped the field of 24 teams with a team total of 2,682. Minerva placed second with a total of 3,526, and Carrollton third at 3,278. The Rockets tallied the top score in regulation of 2,641 and the top Baker score of 1,041.  Rounding

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Warriors close out regular season with win over Hoover, loss at Strasburg

Kylie Ujcich scored a career high 23 points and had 11 steals as the Lady Warriors defeated the Hoover Vikings 53-36 on Dec. 12 in the final game of the regular season,The matchup, played in the CHS gym, at first appeared it may be one sided, as Hoover came into the game with four players in boot casts or on crutches. But you couldn’t tell by the first half effort

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Babiczuk, Clear win IVC championships

By Carol McIntire Editor Malvern crowned two champions at the Inter Valley Conference (IVC) wrestling tournament, one of whom was named the league’s most valuable wrestler. Senior Zach Babiczuk, the no. 3 seed, won the 215-pound championship with a hard-fought 3-1 decision over the no. 1 seed, Clayton Downs of Garaway and was voted the MVP.   Junior Tyson Clear earned the 175-pound title with a 17-1 technical fall of Cage

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Warriors, Aviators share runner-up league slot

By Dan Ries Sports Reporter Carrollton senior Lincoln Mallarnee scored 25 points as the Warrior boys defeated the Minerva Lions 56-45 in a near sold out Warrior gym Feb. 9.  The victory puts the Warriors in a second-place tie with Alliance at 6-4 in the Eastern Buckeye Conference. West Branch won the EBC with a 9-1 record. Marlington finished fourth at 5-5, Minerva was fifth at 4-6 and Salem finished

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Conotton Valley girls sweep top IVC bowling awards

Conotton Valley claimed the girls team championship for the inaugural season of Inter Valley Conference bowling awards.The Rockets, who ended the season 14-0 in league action and claimed the title with 22 points, followed by East Canton (11-3) with 18. Sandy Valley (6-8) placed fifth.Coach Brian Baxter was named coach of the year and senior Mackenzie Willoughby player of year. She joined on the first team by senior Mylie Galigher

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Wrestlers win EBC title, finish fourth in state duals

By Carol McIntire Editor   Minerva won the first match by pin. Carrollton won the last match by pin and the 2023-24 outright Eastern Buckeye Conference wrestling championship. The two traditional rivals met in the Minerva High School gym Feb. 8 with the outright championship on the line which has become the  norm the past several years.  The Warriors (4-0) would win the outright title with a win. The Lions (3-1)

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Boys basketball sectional pairings

Three area boys basketball teams will host first round East District sectional tournament games. Sectional pairings were conducted earlier today and announced by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Malvern earned the no. 1 seed in Division III and will host Ridgewood, the no. 15 seed, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.  The winner will play no. 14 Edison March 1 at 7 p.m.  The Division II East District contains 21

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Hornets earn EOWL title

Malvern captured the D-4 team title and crowned one champion in the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League (EOWL) tournament last weekend.The event was held at Austintown Fitch High School and included more than 200 competitors from 27 schools, competing in four divisions. Malvern placed 11th in overall team standings.Junior Tyson Clear earned the 165 lb. title with a 13-1 decision over Quinn Callock of Alliance.Three other Hornets earned podium spots.Senior Zach

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Warriors claim season sweep of Lady Lions

By Dan RiesSports ReporterThe Carrollton Warrior girls basketball team earned the season sweep Jan.31 when traveled to Minerva to face the Lady Lions, posting a 51-15 victory.The score is a bit misleading as the Warriors faced a strong defensive performance from the Lady Lions.It was senior night for the Lions, who also honored the Carrollton seniors.Carrollton held a 7-1 lead at the 4:27 mark in the first quarter, but it

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Hornets overpower Rockets, remain unbeaten

By Carol McIntireEditorMalvern was on fire from beyond the 3-point line when the Hornets hosted the Conotton Valley Rockets in an Inter Valley Conference mismatch Jan. 30.The hosts sank nine-shots from beyond the arc on the way to a lopsided 79-26 win, led by senior Mitch Minor with four. The 6’5” wing player was deadly from all areas of the court, capitalizing on back-to-back 3-pointers in the first quarter to

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Warriors receive highest seed of area teams in East Division girls basketball tourney

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) announced the basketball pairings for the 2024 high school girls basketball state tournament Sunday. In the Division II Eastern District (21 teams), the Carrollton Warriors received the #4 seed and will host # 18 seed New Philadelphia on Feb. 21. The winner will play #16 seed Maysville on Feb. 24. Minerva received the 15th seed and will travel to #5 seed West Holmes

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Heavyweight puts exclamation point on senior night victory

By Carol McIntireEditorCarrollton honored nine senior boys and one girl prior to a much-anticipated wrestling match with Salem last week in the high school gym, including one who is no longer with them.During the emotional ceremony, the parents of Aiden McNutt, who was killed in a tragic house fire last November, accepted his recognition items as well as hugs from the coaching staff and friends of their son and a

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Win streak continues for Warriors

By Dan RiesSports ReporterCarrollton trailed Alliance 11-0 at the 4-minute mark of the first quarter but rallied and put together three solid quarters of basketball for a 58-45 win Jan. 23 in the CHS gym.The win was the fourth in a row for the Warriors, who improved to 5-1 on their home court.Senior Lincoln Mallarnee scored 26 points for the winners and moved into ninth place on the CHS all-time

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Lions shut Barrino down, Minor steps in to lead Hornets to victory

By Carol McIntire Editor When an opponent shuts down your team’s number one scorer early in the contest, what do you do? If you’re Malvern Coach Dennis Tucci, you turn to the hot hand, who Tuesday night, was senior Mitch Minor. The 6-5 wing player scored four points in the first half but dumped in 15 in the second half, to score a game-high 19 points as the Hornets posted

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Three Lady Warriors earn pins against Aviators

The Carrollton girls filled only five weight classes but made the most of the opportunity when they traveled to Alliance Jan. 18 to take on the Aviators. The Warriors won three of the five by pins while the hosts won the other two by pin. Izzy Nuzzolillo won the 100 lb. class with a pin in 2:17 to kick off the match. Kailey Delawder (170) picked up a pin in

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Minerva, Carrollton bowlers sweep awards at Dover tournament

Minerva and Carrollton dominated the field of eight teams at the Dover Invitational Jan 13 at Boulevard Lanes.  Minerva sat comfortably in first place after three individual games as the top four teams advanced to the championship round. The Lions tallied 3,780, 157 points ahead of second place Carrollton with 3,713. Riverview was in third, 772 points behind the leader at 3,269 and Garaway rounded out the foursome with 3,098.

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Carman, Clear stand atop podium at Top Gun, Alborn wins for girls

By Carol McIntireEditorCarrollton and Malvern each crowned a champion at the Alliance Top Gun wrestling tournament Dec. 12 and 23.Carrollton senior John Carman (138 lbs.) won his second title and Malvern junior Tyson Clear (157) improved on a fourth-place finish last year with the championship title. Both went into the tournament as the No. 1 seed in their weight class.Carman earned a bye in the first round, met West Branch

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Warriors plan to ‘PACK the GYM ‘ for Jan. 17 Salem game

Carrollton High School is planning to “Pack the Gym” for the Jan. 17 Carrollton v Salem girls basketball game. Junior varsity action begins at 5:30 p.m. The game includes: *Free admission for students and staff who show ID. *100 shirts will be given away to students to the black hole.  *Youth-to-youth face painting for $1. All money goes to girls basketball program.  *A “Teddy Bear” toss at halftime. All the

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Wellsville wins cat-mouse game at Malvern

By Carol McIntire Editor Malvern played a cat and mouse game with Wellsville through two and one-half quarters of a Dec. 30 game. The Hornets, hosts for the non-league contest, scored first and the Tigers cut the lead to within a couple points.  The scenario continued over and over throughout the early going. With just over three minutes left in the third quarter, the Tigers got their second wind, took

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Once beaten Warriors hold off late Marlington rally

By Dan Ries Sports Reporter Marlington Dukes senior forward Chelsea Evanich scored 40 of her team’s 46 points, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Carrollton Lady Warriors basketball team from winning 55-46 Jan. 3 in the Carrollton High School gym. Evanich, a 5”11’ Seton Hill University recruit, hit 13 shots from the field and was 11-12 from the free throw line. She scored 21 points in the first half,

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Search underway for new Minerva athletic director

A search is underway for a new athletic director (AD) at Minerva Local Schools. Current athletic director Mike Waller has announced he will leave the position in July. The new AD will take over in August. Deadline to apply is July 12.  Interested applicants must complete the application on the district website and email a cover letter and resume to Lola [email protected]. Call 330-868-4332 for additional information.

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