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Alleged sex offenders arraigned

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GALLIPOLIS — Two local men recently appeared in Gallia County Common Pleas Court to face multiple charges related to alleged sexual offenses against minors in two separate cases.Joshua Sparkman, 25, of Bidwell, pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery, four counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles during a hearing last week before Judge D. Dean Evans.


Lady Knights blast Wahama, 15-1

HARTFORD, W.Va. — The Point Pleasant softball team needed just three innings to snap Wahama’s four-game winning streak Tuesday night following a 15-1 victory in a non-conference matchup between Mason County clubs.The visiting Lady Knights (12-6) pounded out 15 hits and led 15-0 after two complete, while the Lady Falcons (5-14) produced to just one safety in the mercy-rule setback. PPHS — winners of four of its last five — also claimed a season sweep with a 1...

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RedStorm baseball cruises past Harriers, 12-3

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande backed up a trio of two-run innings with a pair of three-run frames and cruised to a 12-3 win over visiting Miami University-Hamilton, Tuesday afternoon, in non-conference baseball action at Bob Evans Field.The RedStorm, who had divided a doubleheader with Harriers in Chillicothe back in early March, won for the fourth time in their last five outings and improved to 21-26 on the season.Miami-Hamilton, which had won fi...

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Eagles fall to Warren, 21-3

TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — So much for gracious guests.The Warren baseball team rolled to a 21-3 non-conference victory at the expense of host Eastern, Tuesday night in Meigs County.The Warriors marked seven runs thought the first two innings of play and they broke free with an 11 run third frame. EHS marked three runs in the fourth frame and went ahead 21-0.Eastern (3-8) broke trough for the first time in the bottom of the fourth inning when Brandon Coleman...

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Tornadoes roll past River Valley, 8-0

RACINE, Ohio — A pitching gem with some offense to help.The Southern baseball team got a complete game shutout from senior pitcher Hunter Johnson, while the Tornado offense crossed the eight times to defeat non-conference guest River Valley, Tuesday night at Star Mill Park.The Tornadoes (7-6) took advantage of five walks in the first inning and scored three runs to grab the early advantage. The Purple and Gold added two more runs in the second inning when Hunter Jo...

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RedStorm softball earns split with No. 8 Lindsey Wilson

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — University of Rio Grande freshman pitcher Jenna Jones limited Lindsey Wilson’s potent offense to just one run and the RedStorm rallied to post a 2-1 win over the eighth-ranked Blue Raiders, Monday afternoon, in Mid-South Conference softball action at Rio Softball Park.Lindsey Wilson rebounded to post a 6-1 triumph in game two, snapping Rio’s seven-game win streak.The game one victory, which marked just the second time all season that ...

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Southern knocks off Trimble, 4-3

GLOUSTER, Ohio — Talk about a rebound.The Southern baseball team suffered a 12-0 loss to Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Trimble in the season opener. The Tornadoes were ready for the rematch and handed the Tomcats their first league-loss of the season by a 4-3 count, Monday night in Athens County.Trimble (7-2, 5-1 TVC Hocking) jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a run in the first inning, a run in the third and a run in the fourth.

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Eagles soar past Miller, 9-4

HEMLOCK, Ohio — The Eastern baseball team picked up its first league road win of the season Monday night following a 9-4 victory over host Miller in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Perry County.The Eagles (3-7, 2-6 TVC Hocking) never trailed in the contest as the guests stormed out to a 5-0 lead after a half-inning of play and never looked back. The Falcons (4-6, 2-6) rallied back to within 6-2 after two complete, but ultimately never came closer the rest ...

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Lady Tornadoes thrash Trimble, 15-1

GLOUSTER, Ohio — You might say the Lady Tornadoes took out some frustration Monday night.The Southern softball team marked 16 hits en route to a 15-1 triumph over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Trimble, in Athens County.After two scoreless innings the Lady Tornadoes (8-4, 8-1 TVC Hocking) broke through in a big way, scoring five runs in the top of the third, that was highlighted by back-to-back-to-back doubles by Baylee Hupp, Darien Diddle and Jordan H...

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Lady Rockets sweep Meigs, 5-2

WELLSTON, Ohio — A tough start led to a bad finish for the Meigs softball team Monday night following a 5-2 setback to host Wellston in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division matchup in Jackson County.The Lady Marauders (7-4, 3-2 TVC Ohio) found themselves down 2-0 after an inning of play and trailing 5-0 through two complete, but the guests didn’t give up another score the rest of the way. MHS plated a run in the third to close to within 5-1 and added another run in the...

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Marauders maul Wellston, 9-2

WELLSTON, Ohio — Revenge at its finest.On April 11, the Wellston baseball team handed Meigs its first loss of the season, but the Maroon and Gold got their revenge Monday night as the Marauders earned a 9-2 victory in Jackson County, becoming the first Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division team to defeat WHS this season.Meigs (8-4, 3-2 TVC Ohio) marked two runs in the first inning to take the early advantage, but Wellston (8-4, 4-1) cut the lead in half in the bottom...

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White Falcons sweep Belpre, 11-0

BELPRE, Ohio — Look who’s on top now.The Wahama baseball team moved into a tie with Trimble atop the league standings Monday night following an 11-0 victory over host Belpre in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Washington County.The visiting White Falcons (9-5, 8-1 TVC Hocking) won their sixth decision in seven outings and also claimed a season sweep of the Golden Eagles (5-7, 5-5), whom they defeated by a 6-0 count in Mason back on March 31...

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Gallia vet receives long-overdue military service medals

GALLIPOLIS – Joe Roberts thought he was going to the Gallia County Courthouse on Tuesday morning take care of some legal business.What he received while at the courthouse were numerous medals and decorations for his service in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.Roberts, of Gallia County, was presented with 14 military service medals by Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson in a surprise ceremony in the county auditor’s office. While he began producing paperwork to ...

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Lady Dots slip past Point Pleasant, 5-4

POCA, W.Va. — The Lady Knights barley had a chance to enjoy the lead before they were headed home with a loss.The Point Pleasant softball team took a 4-3 the top of the seventh inning but non-conference host Poca marked two runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal the 5-4 triumph.Lady Knights (11-6) senior Payton Fetty doubled to open the game and was driven in by Karissa Cochran to give PPHS the early lead. Madison Barker hit a solo homerun in the second inning ...

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Blue Angels swept by Jackson, 10-2

JACKSON, Ohio — Apparently all it did was make them mad.The Gallia Academy softball team jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the second, but host Jackson countered with 10 consecutive scores Monday night en route to a 10-2 victory in a Southeastern Ohio Athletic League matchup in Jackson County.The visiting Blue Angels (3-4 SEOAL) were officially eliminated from title contention, as the Ironladies won their eighth straight decision while improving to 5-0 in lea...

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Ironmen knock off Gallia Academy, 8-7

JACKSON, Ohio — The celebration will have to wait.The Gallia Academy baseball team had hoped to clinch its fourth straight league championship Monday night, but host Jackson spoiled the party while keeping its own Southeastern Ohio Athletic League title hopes alive following an 8-7 victory at Haller Field in Jackson County.The Blue Devils (10-3, 6-1 SEOAL) never led and committed both errors in the contest, as the Ironmen (9-2, 4-1) outhit the guests by a 10-8 over...

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Lady Tornadoes fall to Upper Arlington, Rock Hill

WILLOW WOOD, Ohio — A tough day in the Valley.The Southern softball team traveled to Symmes Valley for the annual Thunder in the Valley softball tournament, where the Lady Tornadoes were matched up with Upper Arlington and Rock Hill. The Lady Golden Bears scored a 6-0 shutout victory over SHS in the first game, while the Redwomen claimed a 7-2 triumph in game two.The Lady Tornadoes (7-4) held UAHS scoreless for three innings but the Lady Golden Bears marked six run...

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Federal Hocking rolls past Lady Rebels, 15-5

MERCERVILLE, Ohio — A lot has changed since the first game of the season.In the season’s opening game the South Gallia softball team dropped a 11-10 decision at Federal Hocking. The Lady Rebels had their shot at revenge on Monday night when they hosted FHHS, but the Lady Lancers showed what they have learned and stormed to a 15-5 Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division victory.The Lady Lancers (4-3, 4-3 TVC Hocking) sent 11 batters to the plate in the first in...

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