SPORTS BRIEFING

Granville falls in state semi

LONDON, Ohio — The fourth straight trip to the state tournament for the Granville girls soccer team left the Blue Aces still looking for their first state title.

Eighth-ranked Granville dropped a 2-0 decision to second-ranked Kettering Alter in a Division II state semfinal Tuesday night at London High School.

Granville, which beat Beaver Local 3-0 in a regional final Saturday, finishes the season at 13-7-2.

Kettering Alter (17-2-2) will play third-ranked Chagrin Falls (22-1-0) in the state final on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus.

Chagrin Falls advanced with a 1-0 win over Bay at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School on Tuesday.

Beavers in OVAC match

BELMONT — Beaver Local’s Dakota Heaton and Kaitlynn Pugliano will highlight the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference All-Star volleyball match at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at Union Local High School.

They will be joined on the Ohio team by Frontier’s Marley Cline, Harrison Central’s Madison Doty, Indian Creek’s Sydney Kara, Meadowbrook’s Jessica Cottle, Monroe Central’s Taryn Burkhart, Shenandoah’s Addie Mallett, St. Clairsville’s Emma Lewis and Abby Miller, Steubenville Catholic Central’s Samm Simmons, Union Local’s Katie Bashline and Kaitlynn Clark-Patterson and Warren Local’s Katie Knowlton.

The West Virginia team includes Brooke’s Haily Boyce and Adrianna Bailey, Magnolia’s Kelsie Chapman and Taylor Ludewig, Morgantown’s Hope Paczek and Christina White, Paden City’s Kallie Arnett and Madison Kelly, Parkersburg South’s Anna Ferguson, Tyler Consolidated’s Abbie Fletcher and Macy Long, University’s Kirsten Spearen and Rachel Rousseau and Wheeling Park’s Andrea Fox and Kat Donzella.

Big Ten’s Friday night announced

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten has announced its schedule of Friday night football games for 2017.

The conference said Tuesday that the games would be televised by ESPN and Fox. Game times will be announced later.

Two games will be played on Sept. 1: Washington at Rutgers and Utah State at Wisconsin.

Other games are Ohio at Purdue on Sept. 8, Nebraska at Illinois on Sept. 29, Northwestern at Maryland on Oct. 13, and Michigan State at Northwestern on Oct. 27.

Big Ten officials said last week there would be six Friday night football games a year starting in 2017 and continuing through at least 2022. The games are being added to the conference’s new television agreements with ESPN/ABC and Fox.

The Big Ten already has had Friday night games on Labor Day weekend.

Lindor named Gold Glove winner

NEW YORK (AP) — First baseman Anthony Rizzo and right fielder Jason Heyward from the World Series champion Chicago Cubs have won Gold Glove awards.

The honors for fielding excellence were announced Tuesday by Rawlings.

San Francisco star Buster Posey was picked at catcher in the National League, ending Yadier Molina’s eight-year reign with St. Louis. Posey was joined by a pair of Giants teammates, the double-play combination of shortstop Brandon Crawford and second baseman Joe Panik.

Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado won for the fourth consecutive year, and Arizona pitcher Zack Greinke took his third straight Gold Glove. Other winners in the NL were Atlanta center fielder Ender Inciarte and Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte.

Young shortstop Francisco Lindor from AL champion Cleveland was a first-time winner, along with Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland, Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler, New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner and Boston right fielder Mookie Betts.

Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez won his fourth Gold Glove in a row, Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel took his third straight and Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier repeated from last year.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was rewarded for the fifth time overall.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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