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September 8, 2013
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

Softball league changes

STEUBENVILLE - The Steubenville Men's Softball League is changing format to unlimited arc and one pitch.

For information on the upcoming meeting call Gene Cicarelli at (740) 346-6488. The league hopes to begin in mid-September.

Lady Barons split a pair

PITTSBURGH - The Franciscan University of Steubenville volleyball team split its final two matches at the La Roche Volleyball Invitational Saturday, beating Carlow University 22-25, 25-23, 2-25, 25-17, 16-15 and then losing to Washington & Jefferson 25-18, 25-21, 25-16.

College (18-25, 21-25, 16-25). Franciscan was able to corrected the on-court errors that cost them crucial points earlier in the tournament.

The victory was a big step forward for the young FUS team who has been trying to find an identity with so many new players on their roster. The Lady Barons proved they have been progressing with each game by beating a team the lost to in three games exactly one week earlier.

"We were honestly very evenly matched against them last weekend even though we lost," said head coach Kelly Herrmann said. "We just have to play to our potential. We came in today and played much more consistently. The girls were really looking forward to this match."

Sophomore Dani Link had 13 kills and newcomers Jen Pagano and Anna Polkach each had eight kills. Link had 15 digs and fellow sophomores Samantha Kelly and Christina Lawrence each had 12 digs.

FUS visits Chatham Univeristy at noon Saturday.

FUS runners fare well

LATROBE, Pa. - The Franciscan University of Steubenville cross country teams ran well at the Seton Hill Invitational Saturday.

"We had some good races on a really difficult course against some top-notch competition," head coach Dan Kuebler said. "We knew we weren't going to do really well in terms of team competition but we were just using this as an early season measuring point to see how we are and to handle a really tough course."

Junior Patrick Flanagan led the men's team with a 14th-place finish in 31:10.

On the women's side, Colene Smith (35th, 23:06) and Molly Chambers (40th, 24:09) led the Lady Barons.

"We didn't see any other teams that we normally run against," Kuebler said. "We want to run against these stronger teams to challenge ourselves on a tough course, see where we are at. They did really well for having to run against mostly scholarship runners."

The Barons will run in the National Catholic Championships in South Bend, Ind. on Sept. 20.

FUS tennis splits

STEUBENVILLE - The Franciscan University of Steubenville women's tennis team split two home matches Saturday, losing to Bluefield (5-4) and beating Medaille College (8-1) at Belleview Park.

"It was really difficult going from the Division II match to the conference match because the levels of play were completely different," said Barons head coach Jenna Lynch said. "They had to generate their own pace on the second match, which is often way harder to do than playing at the pace of your opponent's ball."

The Lady Barons visit La Roche College Sept. 8.

Barkley with hole-in-one

NEW CUMBERLAND - Ken Barkley netted an ace on the 165-yard No. 15 hole at Mountaineer's Woodview Golf Course. Barkley hit a nine wood.

Witnesses were Tom Smarrella, Jim Quickle, and Andy Gulish.

WBA to hold meeting

WINTERSVILLE - The September Board Meeting of the Wintersville Baseball Association will hold a board meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Zalenski's. Election of officers will be held. Any parent with children in the WBA is welcome to attend.

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