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Bowl for the Potters
EAST LIVERPOOL — East Liverpool’s bowling boosters will host a ‘Meet the Team’ event at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Walnut Lanes.
Following the introduction of the Potter girls and boys bowling teams, the boosters will be having a cosmic bowling party from 7 to 9 p.m.
The party is open to youth in grades K-6. Cost is $8 per student and includes two bowling games and shoe rental. Students will need to be signed in and out by a guardian. Call (330) 424-6344 for more information.
Hale is Div. I’s top coach
POWELL — Olentangy Liberty’s Steve Hale has been named the Associated Press’ Ohio Division I Coach of the Year.
Hale, a 1985 graduate of Beaver Local High School, guided the Patriots to a 13-1 season and a trip to the Division I state semifinals. He has been coach of Patriots for 14 years.
Three of his players earned Division I All-Ohio honors on Monday, including senior kicker A.J. Smith on the first team and senior kicker A.J. Smith first team senior offensive lineman Connor Parrish and junior linebacker Ed Warinner on the second team.
Hale has also coached at Shelby High School and went undefeated in the regular season in 1998 before losing to West Branch in a Division III regional final.
Steve’s son, Jake, is a sophomore longsnapper on the Ohio University football team that will play in the Mid-American Conference championship game on Friday night.
RG3 robbed during game
CLEVELAND (AP) — While the Cleveland Browns were losing another game, quarterback Robert Griffin III was losing money.
Griffin and his girlfriend had cash stolen from the car they took to Sunday’s game. The car was valet parked in the players’ lot at FirstEnergy Stadium while the winless Browns were hosting the New York Giants.
Girlfriend Grete Sadeiko posted on Twitter about the theft. She didn’t say how much was taken. Sadeiko is a heptathlete from Estonia and a member of Florida State’s track team.”
The Browns said the team is looking into the situation and “will handle it appropriately.”
Griffin hasn’t played since breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the season opener. He returned to practice last week and could play in one of Cleveland’s last four games.
The Browns are 0-12 and trying to avoid joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only NFL teams to go 0-16 in a season.
Barkley expects to play
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State running back Saquon Barkley hasn’t been able to finish the last two games but said Monday he expects to play Saturday in the Big Ten championship against Wisconsin.
“I’m feeling fine, feeling really good,” Barkley said Monday. “Getting treatment, taking it day-by-day and just trying to get ready for the game this weekend.”
Barkley was forced from No. 8 Penn State’s game against Rutgers after a helmet-to-helmet hit and left Saturday against Michigan State favoring his right leg. The Nittany Lions (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten, No. 7 CFP) were comfortably ahead in both games when Barkley was hurt in the third quarters and used a committee of running backs to finish those games.
They’d like to be able to turn to their playmaking star against the No. 6 Badgers (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten, No. 6 CFP) and their nearly impenetrable defense as both teams chase berths in the College Football Playoffs.
“We had a lot of success on Saturday with those other backs in the backfield but obviously we all know Saquon is a special player,” Penn State coach James Franklin said.
Barkley has accounted for 1,083 total yards and 10 touchdowns during Penn State’s eight-game winning streak but has been held to under 100 yards rushing in each of the last three games.
In that span, Indiana and Michigan State sold out to stop him and held Barkley to less than 2 yards per carry.
Andre Robinson, Miles Sanders and Mark Allen have helped change the pace and have tried to alleviate pressure on Barkley. They’ve combined for 182 yards on 28 carries and Robinson has scored twice over the last three games.
“Knowing that we have four guys who can come in and be successful and be really good players, execute our offense just as well as Saquon, it gives the rest of the offense confidence,” quarterback Trace McSorley said.
Franklin said he expects Barkley would be able to practice this week, though hinted the running back’s health would be closely monitored by team trainers this week.
The sophomore, who burst onto the scene by hurdling defenders for big gains in his first few games as a true freshman, has 56 more touches than he did last season and has handled 75 percent of the team’s carries and nearly all pass protection for running backs. Although many of those carries have resulted in big plays, Barkley has been bottled up behind the line of scrimmage more than a handful of times as defenders have keyed on the mesh point on zone-read runs.
It hasn’t deterred him, and Barkley has said he’s learned to be patient in settling for the yards he can get when defenses focus on him. Wisconsin is among the best when it comes to stopping the run. The Badgers are third nationally, allowing just over 100 yards and 13 points per game.
Barkley’s aware of the numbers and the physicality that awaits.
“They’ve got a bunch of studs over there,” Barkley said. “It’s going to be a really tough game, a physical game, a Big Ten game so I’m going to come out ready for it.”
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