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Lisbon hire 2017 grad as softball coach

LISBON — New Lisbon softball head coach Devyn Flory wants her players to enjoy their high school playing days as much as she did.

“For me, I learned a lot about perseverance and overcoming different adversities,” she said. “It also was a time I was doing something I loved to do every single day with my friends. I looked forward to it.”

Flory, a 2017 graduate of Lisbon High School, was named the Blue Devils’ head coach at the board of education meeting Thursday.

She takes over for her coach, Dave Crismon, who stepped down after more than 300 wins over 26 seasons in two stints at Lisbon.

“Softball has always been something I have been passionate about,” Flory said. “After I stopped playing in college, I really missed it. Coach Crismon was my coach in high school and I looked up to him. I felt this was really important. I want to help build up the Lisbon softball program and help the girls reach their potential.”

She was one of three applicants for the position.

“I talked to (Crismon) on numerous occasions about it,” Flory said. “He said he thought I’d do great. I have big shoes to fill.”

Athletic director Kyle Bing congratulated Flory at Thursday’s board meeting.

“I’ve been blown away by her initiative,” Bing said. “She did a fantastic job as someone who is really going to care to nurture the program and care for our kids and knows what it takes, being a former college athlete herself. She was really excited about giving to the community and developing the girls as people into softball players.”

West Branch shuffles the deck

BELOIT — West Branch’s Ken Harris made quite an impact during his three-year stint as the Warriors’ head football coach, but on Wednesday he announced he is taking on another coaching role in the school.

Harris, 57, said he never planned to have an extended tenure as a head high school football coach and believes now is the time to let a younger person take the reigns. He indicated there is a plan in place to hand off the head coaching role to offensive coordinator Tim Cooper.

“Obviously anything can happen when you open up the job internally, but that is what we hope will happen,” Harris said. “We felt like now was the time to give a good young coach a chance here instead of seeing him go somewhere else. Our staff is older but we would all like to stay around and coach under a younger head coach.”

Harris, a West Branch High School graduate, said he wants to remain on the staff as an offensive and defensive line coach.

He posted a 23-11 mark as the Warrior head coach including a 13-1 mark this past season which included the team’s second consecutive Eastern Buckeye Conference title. The fourth-ranked Warriors exited the playoffs with a regional final loss to eventual Division IV state runner-up Youngstown Ursuline.

Wellsville rolls Ursuline

EAST LIVERPOOL — The Wellsville bowling team downing Youngstown Ursuline, 2,143 to 1,307, at Walnut Lanes on Thursday.

Tyler Landess led the Tigers with a 230 game and a 409 two-game series.

Maddox Bosco contributed a 172 game and 342 series and Landon Ramsey a 172 game and 330 series.

The Tigers improve to 8-2 and will host Youngstown Urban Scholars on Tuesday.

Potters fall to Central

EAST LIVERPOOL — Steubenville Catholic Central earned a split in its season series with East Liverpool thanks to Thursday’s 40-23 victory inside the Potter Fieldhouse.

The Crusaders, playing for the first time in two weeks, took a 7-6 lead after the opening period and were up 19-12 at the intermission. Central outscored East Liverpool 21-11 during the second half.

Katie Zatta again paced Central, now 10-3 in scoring, with 18 points. Ellen Rohde contributed 6.

Shayla Foster led the Potters, who fell to 4-10, with 11 points. She connected three times from behind the arc.

East Liverpool recorded a 49-46 triumph in the first game of the season, played in December.

The Crusaders are scheduled to visit Madonna Saturday. The tip for the varsity only contest is set for 1:30 p.m.

In the junior varsity contest, East Liverpool cruised to a 44-22 win. Kenzie Walker, Naveah Chavis and Erica Ward all scored 6 for the Potters.

CENTRAL: 7-12-11-10–40

E. LIVERPOOL: 6-6-7-4–23

CENTRAL (10-3): Zatta 4 9-10 18; Symington 2 0-2 4; Rohde 3 0-2 6; Kerker 3 1-2 6; O’Karma 1 0-0 2; Arai 1 2-4 4; Maragos 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 13 12-20 40.

EAST LIVERPOOL (4-10): Galeoti 2 0-0 4; Flores 1 2-2 4; Ice 0 0-0 0; Vantilburg 0 0-0 0; Foster 3 2-3 11; Green 1 0-0 2; Walker 0 0-0 0; Furman 0 0-0 0; Ward 0 0-0 0; Smith 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 8 4-5 23.

Three-point goals: Central 2 (Zatta, Kerker); East Liverpool 3 (Foster).

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