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Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
LaBrae’s Tyler Stephens takes the ball to the basket as Brady White of South Range defends Friday night.

LaBrae stays unbeaten

High School Sports

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — LaBrae saw its advantage slip away in the fourth quarter, it was something the Vikings expected against South Range. The Raiders rallied to tie the game and force overtime Friday at South Range High School. LaBrae coach Chad Kiser saw his team get flustered as the Raiders ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
D’Muntize Owens (10) and Trivell Trimble celebrate Trimble’s go-ahead 3-pointer Friday night in Warren G. Harding’s 53-47 win over Boardman.

Harding holds off Boardman, 53-47

High School Sports

WARREN — With his 3-point shot not falling over the last few games, Warren G. Harding senior guard Trivell Trimble decided to alter his game a bit. Normally a spot-up shooter, Trimble started attacking the hoop, and the results were impressive, as he scored a career-high 14 points against ...

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems
Logan Popovich of Badger runs into Mathews defender Tyler Koeppen.

Badger gets big road win at Mathews

High School Sports

VIENNA — In what became a back-and-forth contest, Badger escaped Rex Leach Court with a 46-44 Northeastern Athletic Conference win over Mathews. Mathews (7-8, 4-6) started the game hot as Zak Arnio hit two 3-pointers in the first couple of minutes and the Mustangs led 8-2. Badger (10-3, ...

JFK tops Aquinas; Howland edges Canfield on road

High School Sports

Tribune Chronicle ¯ JOHN F. KENNEDY 55, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 47: LOUISVILLE — John F. Kennedy used good second and third quarters to get the road win over St. Thomas Aquinas in North Coast League White Division. Kennedy (6-5, 1-1) was tied with St. Thomas after the first quarter at 16. It ...

Bristol, Windham win in NAC

High School Sports

¯ BRISTOL 78, NEWBURY 43: NEWBURY — Four players scored in double figures for Bristol as it cruised to a NAC win over the Black Knights. The Panthers (10-2, 8-1) led 45-19 at the half, thanks in large part to a 26-8 edge in the second quarter. Bryan Gabrielson led the way with 16 points. ...

McDonald edges Springfield in OT

High School Sports

¯ McDONALD 71, SPRINGFIELD 64, OT: NEW MIDDLETON — McDonald held off furious Springfield rally and dominated in overtime to stay unbeaten in the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference. The Tigers rallied from a 48-37 fourth-quarter deficit to tie the game and send it to overtime, but the Blue ...

Lakeview routs Niles for 8th straight win

High School Sports

NILES — Like a fine-tuned machine, the Lakeview Bulldogs rolled to another impressive victory, 84-51, over Niles Friday night. Five 3-pointers and 19 points from junior guard AJ McClellan led the way for Lakeview (10-3, 5-2) in the All-American Conference White Tier contest. McClellan ...

Flashes stay hot at home, beat NF

High School Sports

CHAMPION — Entering the second half down by two points, the Champion Golden Flashes stomped on the gas and didn’t let up. Senior Drake Batcho scored eight unanswered points to start the third quarter and gave the Flashes the momentum they needed to secure a 58-51 victory over the Newton ...

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems
Taryn Kolesar of Mineral Ridge gets up a shot over the defense of McDonald’s Maddy Howard Thursday night in the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference game at McDonald. The Rams won, 43-40.

Rivalry upset

High School Sports

McDONALD — After a poor offensive first quarter, Mineral Ridge righted things in the second quarter and went on to a 43-40 victory over McDonald Thursday night in Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference play. The loss ended a seven-game winning streak for the host Blue Devils. Early on, the ...

Cavs end skid, but look bad doing it

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — There was none of the usual postgame chatter or music in the Cavaliers locker room. The mood was somber and quiet, not the same place. “Right now we’re in Strugglesville,” LeBron James said. “But it felt like a win. We needed it. Definitely.” Isaiah Thomas made two ...

Tribune Chronicle   John Vargo
Youngstown State’s Devin Haygood cannot convert on a layup Thursday in Youngs-town. Haygood, who had 13 points, was defemded on the play by UIC’s Tai Odiase (21), who had 17 points and five blocked shots in the Flames’ 92-78 victory. Odiase set the Horizon League’s all-time blocks record, breaking the previous mark held by former YSU center and Warren G. Harding graduate Damian Eargle.

Flames burn YSU

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Scouting. It’s something coaches do during the course of the week. It translates into film study and work on the court as players go against a scout team. Tendencies are known. Strategies are learned. Thursday, Youngstown State didn’t implement those tools in a 92-78 ...

Buckeyes have surprised everyone

Local Sports

COLUMBUS — Ohio State’s elimination from the Big Ten tournament by lowly Rutgers last March showed the depths to which Buckeyes basketball had fallen in a just few short seasons. First-year coach Chris Holtmann showed his players video cuts of that debacle before Sunday’s game, the ...

Pittsburgh signs closer Rivero to 4-year contract

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PITTSBURGH — Felipe Rivero admits he was a little surprised when Pittsburgh Pirates parted with established stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen over the last week, part of a roster reset the club insists is not to be confused with an actual rebuild. “They were saying they wanted to ...

New offensive coordinator named quickly

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PITTSBURGH — The Steelers didn’t look very far for offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s replacement, promoting longtime quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to the position on Thursday, four days after Pittsburgh’s season ended with a divisional round playoff loss to Jacksonville. The ...

Special to Tribune Chronicle / Dianna Oatridge
Warren G. Harding’s Tyre Marlowe battles with Mattia Acunzo of  Kennedy Christian Wednesday at Harding.

Scrappy Raiders

High School Sports

WARREN — Andy Vlajkovich saw his team out on the floor Wednesday, knowing how much they have come together the past couple of weeks. The Warren G. Harding Raiders faced a Herculean task this night, face a team peppered with a bunch of NCAA Division I talents — a few on the high-major ...

Cavaliers ponder latest January slump

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INDEPENDENCE — With sweat streaking down his face and into his bushy beard, LeBron James was not in a playful mood following practice. The cold stare. The pursed lips. The focus. This is no time for frivolity. With Cleveland in the midst of its annual January deep freeze, a troubling ...

Penguins return home after struggling on road

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Establishing culture isn’t just for the changes happening around Youngstown. The Youngstown State University men’s basketball team knows it is viewed solely on wins and losses. The 5-14 mark heading into tonight’s game against Illinois-Chicago is what it is. College ...

Special to Tribune Chronicle / Dianna Oatridge
Kamarah Bender, right, of Warren G. Harding tries to get off a shot after getting past Lakeview’s Beady Titus Wednesday night at Harding. Faith Burch (22) of Harding and Annie Pavlansky (33) of Lakeview watch the play. Harding beat Lakeview, 44-41.

Harding, Brookfield girls get tier wins

High School Sports

¯ HARDING 44, LAKEVIEW 41: WARREN — Brayleonna Wods had 18 points as the Raiders held off a late surge from the Bulldogs in this All-American Conference, Red Tier game. Chiparis Alexander added 10 points for Harding (8-4, 3-3 AAC Red). Lakeview senior Annie Pavlansky, a Kent State ...

Buckeyes roll on; hold off Northwestern rally

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — Chris Holtmann became the first coach in 95 years to win his first seven Big Ten games as No. 22 Ohio State defeated Northwestern 71-65 on Wednesday night. C.J. Jackson had 12 points, eight assists and three steals, Micah Potter scored 13 points off the bench, Jae’Sean ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Youngstown State University point guard Devin Morgan, a transfer from Delaware State, is waiting to showcase his talents next season for the Penguins. Morgan has to sit out this year due to NCAA transfer rules and has two more years of eligibility.

YSU transfer Morgan waits, but stays sharp

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Devin Morgan sees water breaks during practice as an opportunity. He quickly gets a drink and has a basketball back in his hand, preferably at midcourt. The transfer from Delaware State University heaves up a shot and likely sees nothing but the net as the basketball swishes ...