SPORTSBRIEFING STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

Elliot joining YSU women’s rugby

Beaver Local senior Courtney Elliott announced that she will join the Youngstown State University women’s club rugby team in the fall. Elliott, the daughter of Deanna Bourne and Robert Elliott, played four years of soccer and plans to play a fourth year of softball in the spring for the Beavers. She has also competed in three years of powerlifting taking best squat and dead lift honors at the Columbiana and Nick DeSarro powerlifting meets. Elliott plans to major in criminal justice at YSU. The YSU women’s rugby program just completed its first developmental season in the fall.

Golden Bears ready for regional

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Oak Glen will take 13 wrestlers to the West Virginia Class AA-A Region 1 tournament set for Friday and Saturday at Fairmont Senior High School.

The top four finishers advance to the state tournament set for Feb. 22-24 at Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

Also competing are Berkeley Springs, Cameron, East Fairmont, Fairmont Sr., Frankfort, Keyser, Weirton Madonna, Magnolia, North Marion, Paden City, Petersburg, Ritchie County, St. Mary’s, Tyler Consolidated and Weir.

Gates open at 11 a.m. on Friday with wrestling slated for 3 p.m. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday with wrestling starting at 10:30 a.m. Finals will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Cost for each session is $6 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Deer totals increase

COLUMBUS — Hunters checked 186,247 white-tailed deer throughout Ohio’s 2017-2018 deer season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Last year, 182,169 deer were checked during the 2016-2017 season.

In Columbiana County, 3,257 deer were taken this season up from last season’s total of 3,189. In Mahoning County, 2,032 deer were taken which was up from 1,933 the season before. In Stark County, a total of 2,880 deer were taken which was slightly up from 2,778 last season. In Jefferson County, totals dipped to 1,903 from 2,800 the season before.

Deer hunting regulations over the past three seasons have been designed to allow for moderate herd growth throughout most of the state. Herd growth is achieved by reducing harvest and protecting female deer.

Note: A list of all white-tailed deer checked by hunters during the 2017-2018 deer season is shown below. The first number following the county’s name shows the harvest number for the 2017-2018 season, and the 2016-2017 season number is in parentheses.

Adams: 3,231 (3,272); Allen: 979 (1,039); Ashland: 3,254 (2,954); Ashtabula: 5,076 (5,040); Athens: 3,732 (3,646); Auglaize: 848 (751); Belmont: 2,931 (3,236); Brown: 2,521 (2,448); Butler: 1,401 (1,231); Carroll: 3,935 (3,586); Champaign: 1,197 (1,118); Clark: 685 (661); Clermont: 2,471 (2,343); Clinton: 810 (719); Columbiana: 3,257 (3,189); Coshocton: 6,559 (5,929); Crawford: 1,222 (1,113); Cuyahoga: 1,033 (1,124); Darke: 731 (679); Defiance: 1,600 (1,675); Delaware: 1,574 (1,527); Erie: 1,119 (868); Fairfield: 1,969 (1,800); Fayette: 353 (312); Franklin: 788 (837); Fulton: 745 (826); Gallia: 2,599 (2,720); Geauga: 1,818 (1,871); Greene: 778 (816); Guernsey: 4,753 (4,565); Hamilton: 1,639 (1,589); Hancock: 1,228 (1,179); Hardin: 1,253 (1,220); Harrison: 3,674 (3,763); Henry: 733 (708); Highland: 2,668 (2,587); Hocking: 3,321 (3,275); Holmes: 4,108 (3,731); Huron: 2,377 (2,279); Jackson: 2,984 (2,870); Jefferson: 1,903 (2,800); Knox: 4,658 (4,495); Lake: 883 (961); Lawrence: 1,784 (1,942); Licking: 5,009 (4,971); Logan: 2,055 (1,919); Lorain: 2,255 (2,511); Lucas: 748 (755); Madison: 511 (482); Mahoning: 2,032 (1,933); Marion: 893 (886); Medina: 2,012 (2,109); Meigs: 3,115 (3,476); Mercer: 677 (661); Miami: 787 (774); Monroe: 2,618 (2,571); Montgomery: 704 (591); Morgan: 3,278 (2,992); Morrow: 1,544 (1,486); Muskingum: 5,274 (5,118); Noble: 3,036 (2,855); Ottawa: 482 (450); Paulding: 1,022 (954); Perry: 2,769 (2,787); Pickaway: 822 (724); Pike: 1,934 (2,083); Portage: 2,289 (2,211); Preble: 969 (847); Putnam: 781 (709); Richland: 3,505 (3,246); Ross: 3,053 (3,029); Sandusky: 904 (862); Scioto: 2,326 (2,479); Seneca: 1,895 (1,842); Shelby: 983 (961); Stark: 2,880 (2,778); Summit: 1,474 (1,572); Trumbull: 3,640 (3,699); Tuscarawas: 5,722 (5,039); Union: 939 (842); Van Wert: 499 (458); Vinton: 2,802 (2,668); Warren: 1,186 (1,095); Washington: 3,327 (3,402); Wayne: 2,226 (2,020); Williams: 1,598 (1,687); Wood: 931 (857); Wyandot: 1,559 (1,484). Total: 186,247 (182,169).