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By Carol McIntire, Editor
EAST LIVERPOOL – Mother Nature looked kindly upon the Carrollton baseball team, providing a warm, dry day for the season opener, but their hosts, the East Liverpool Potters, weren’t so kind, sweeping both games of a doubleheader March 25.
The Warriors failed to score a run in the first game, falling by a 6-0 score. The visitors held a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth during the second contest but allowed the Potters to score two runs to secure the win by a 3-2 score.
In the first game, the Warriors got their lead-off man on base in each of the first two innings.
Kory Host led off the first with a single and then stole second base, but the Warrior offense sputtered. Brian Riggs drew a walk to lead off the second inning, but Jacob Grubbs hit into a double play and Jeff Bolanz hit a fly ball into left field that was caught.
Carrollton threatened to break the 0-0 tie in the top of the fifth inning.
Riggs hit a fly ball to centerfield for the first out of the inning. Grubbs hit a double off the fence in centerfield and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice by Jeff Bolanz.
Bruce Ferrell drew a walk, and then was tagged out as he attempted to steal second, ending the inning.
“We had a set play to try and steal a run but East Liverpool defended it well,” said Warrior Coach Butch Wood. “At that time it was quite a pitcher’s duel and I felt one run could make a big difference. I have to give the Potters pitchers credit. They did an outstanding job.”
By Carol McIntire, Editor
Rebecca Matthews didn’t dream of being a collegiate national champion one day. She didn’t spend hours practicing with a bow and arrow as a youth waiting for the break that would propel her into the spotlight.
She now owns that spotlight as a member of the United States Collegiate Archery (USCA) Indoor National Championship compound bow team from Hocking College.
Matthews, a Carroll County native, and her shooting partner Hunter Saylors, earned the title at the championship event held last month in Las Vegas.
It was the first-ever national championship for the school and Matthews is the first freshman from the college to qualify for the national event.
Matthews and Saylors entered the elimination round as the third seed and were matched up against the second seed, a team from the University of the Cumberlands. They knocked off the Patriots’ squad and advanced to the championship match against the Bulldogs of Union College where they put together another excellent round that earned them the national title.
MINERVA– Consumers National Bank received approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to operate a new full-service branch office at 256 2nd St., Bergholz.
The approval marks the bank’s first location in Jefferson County and its 13th branch in the bank’s network. Consumers National Bank anticipates banking operations at the new Bergholz office will begin in May.
“Opening this new office in Bergholz will enable Consumers National Bank to serve new personal, business, and agricultural customers in northern Jefferson County, southern Columbiana and eastern Carroll counties. By expanding into Jefferson County, we are demonstrating our commitment to bring community banking to under-served, but viable markets,” said Ralph J. Lober, II, president and CEO of Consumers National Bank. “Bank management worked with the village of Bergholz and the local business leaders to establish a lease agreement for the facility and a prospective customer base. The enthusiasm and commitment to a local banking option was impressive,” he added.
By Leigh Ann Rutledge
A fire severly damaged one home and caused damage to another in Monday evening in Morges.
The Magnolia Fire Department was toned out by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center at 7:52 p.m. for a detached garage fire at the home of Dave and Amy Carnes, 8027 Bachelor Rd., Waynesburg.
Prior to the department’s arrival, they learned the fire had spread to the back and east side of the Carnes’ two-story home.
Firefighters found the garage roof was gone and the fire had spread to the neighbor’s home on the east side causing a small fire at the base of the home. That fire was extinguished but the neighboring home and garage received extensive melting damage to the siding.
Magnolia Chief Don Nicholson, Jr. said a representative from the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s office was on site Tuesday morning and ruled the cause undetermined. Magnolia received assistance from Dellroy, Great Trail, Carroll County and Mohawk Valley fire departments.
Nicholson said 57 firefighters were on scene until approximately 11:30 p.m. A firefighter from Mohawk Valley was transported to the hospital for probable heat exhaustion and was kept overnight. Nicholson noted, “Every one of the firemen are unpaid volunteers.”
The Carnes and their children are staying with family. The home was insured.
By Bob Evans
CANTON – Momentum is a funny thing. A team has it and then all of a sudden it switches to the other side.
That is how it worked for the Malvern boys basketball team Tuesday night in the Division IV regional semifinal against Cleveland Heights Lutheran East at the Canton Memorial Field House.
The Hornets built a sizeable lead midway through the second quarter. But the Falcons grabbed the momentum and came back to defeat the Hornets 69-64 in overtime.
In the final four minutes of the second period Malvern built a 14-point lead. Using their fast-paced full court press, the Falcons forced six straight Hornet turnovers and turned them into baskets and cut the Malvern lead to 30-27 at halftime.
“All in all I thought we played pretty good except for the end of the second quarter,” said Malvern head coach Dennis Tucci. “That was not D4 (Division 4) pressure we were facing. It was D1 or D2 pressure. We handled it good in the second half.”