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SPORTSBRIEFING

Lisbon hosts Tip-Off Tournament

LISBON — The fifth Lisbon Boys Basketball Tip-Off Tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at Nace Gymnasium.

There will be two games on Friday with Heartland Christian vs. Mineral Ridge at 6 p.m. and host Lisbon vs. Western Reserve at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule includes the Lisbon vs. Western Reserve JVs at 3 p.m., Heartland vs. Mineral Ridge JVs at 4:30 p.m. and then the varsity games with Western Reserve vs. Heartland Christian at 6 p.m. and Lisbon vs. Mineral Ridge at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and are only available at the door.

Crenshaw gets top award

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University quarterback Demeatric Crenshaw was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Freshman of the Year on Wednesday.

Crenshaw started nine games for the Penguins as a redshirt freshman, completing 97-of-156 passes (62.2 percent) for 791 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 599 yards on 132 carries and scored seven times

In MVFC games, he was 78-of-121 (64.5 percent) for 598 yards and five TDs and rushed for 449 yards on 94 attempts and had four scores.

Crenshaw had 195 yards rushing — a school record for a quarterback — against Missouri State and 134 against Western Illinois and posted a season-high 198 yards passing at Northern Iowa. He had two passing TDs against Southern Illinois and Michigan State.

Other Penguins to win the award include Martin Ruiz (2013), Kurt Hess (2010) and Kamyrn Keys (2008).

In high school, Crenshaw led led Pickerington Central to Ohio Division I state titles in 2017 and 2019. He accounted for 7,472 yards and 91 touchdowns in 44 career starts as he the Tigers to a 39-5 record.

Crenshaw is one of 23 finalists for the Jerry Rice Award, which honors the nation’s top FCS freshman annually.

Other MVFC award winners announced Wednesday include Missouri State quarterback Jason Shelley (Offensive Player/Newcomer of the Year), Northern Iowa defensive lineman Jared Brinkman (Defensive Player of the Year) and North Dakota State’s Matt Entz (Coach of the Year).

Hunt, Conklin return

BEREA (AP) — The Browns have gotten a little healthier for the holidays — and the Ravens. Cleveland could have two key offensive players back for Sunday night’s AFC North showdown against Baltimore as dynamic running back Kareem Hunt and two-time All-Pro starting right tackle Jack Conklin were designated for return from injured reserve.

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