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SAEGERTOWN — It was an uncharacteristically off-shooting night for the Maplewood Tigers girls basketball team. As a team, the Tigers made just six 3-pointers out of 21 attempts from beyond the arc. Yet with freshman forward Sadie Thomas leading the way inside the paint, the Tigers found ways…

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It’s kind of a rough week for the Meadville swimming & diving teams. The bug that’s been going around has taken down some of the swimmers. And the growing sick list has coincided with perhaps the team’s busiest stretch of the season. 

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CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Beating a rival is always a good thing. Beating a rival at home is better. But beating a rival at home to pass them in the standings is even better. The Cambridge Springs Blue Devils wrestling team got to enjoy this fact on Wednesday night with a dual match win over Cochranton.

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JAMESTOWN — The “Beauty and the Beast” event pitted Mercer County foes Jamestown and Lakeview against each other in a full day of non-stop basketball. In the girls’ contest, Lakeview kept the pace up and rolled to a convincing road win — the Sailors 10th of the season.

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COCHRANTON — With Lakeview forced to forfeit at five weights, Cochranton knew it would be staked to a heavy advantage going into Friday’s non-region wrestling showdown at Cochranton High School.

The PENNCREST School District continues to mull over the idea of combining some of the athletic programs that it offers at its schools (Cambridge Springs, Maplewood and Saegertown). Marching bands are on the table as well. 

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Meadville’s veteran swimming coach Pete Coppelli has always emphasized individual success. He’s not one to get too concerned about the numbers in the win-loss column.

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FAIRVIEW — Meadville begins a run of three straight Region 7 games on the road next week with trips to McDowell, Kennedy Catholic and Cathedral Prep upcoming. The Bulldogs got a good look at what’s to come with a tough game against Region 4 leader Fairview on Thursday night.

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UNION CITY — Whatever routine Cambridge Springs had at the halftime break, the Blue Devils should continue it. Out of the stoppage, the Devils were unstoppable, scoring the first 11 points to roll past Union City.

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GUYS MILLS — Both Maplewood and Eisenhower craved a win. The Tigers had dropped four straight while Eisenhower had lost five in a row. A confidence boost was needed and a hot start to the game could decide it. Maplewood showed up, took an 11-3 lead and never looked back.

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Facing Erie First Christian on Tuesday night at the House of Thrills, the Meadville boys basketball team had one last tune-up before hitting a rugged, Region 7-heavy portion of its schedule.

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The Tool City tournament concludes for the 41st time and the locals had themselves a day on that mat. Six local grapplers left the tournament with gold medals including three from the hosting Meadville Bulldogs.

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Obituaries

Joyce Marie Burns, 75, passed away January 15, 2020, at Rolling Fields Eldercare Community. A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 18, at 11:00 a.m. at Van Matre Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs.

Steven Watson celebration of life at noon Saturday, Jan. 18, Pymatuning Sportsman's Club, 3642 W. Erie St. Ext., Linesville. Calling hour 11 a.m. until the service. Luncheon follows. Arrangements, Royal-Coleman Funeral Home, 6028 U.S. Highway 6, Linesville, royalcolemanfuneralhome.com.

John R. Smith, 77, of Springboro, passed away Thursday, January 16, 2020. A complete obituary will appear tomorrow by Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion.