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Lakeview softball has high hopes for 2017 season

High School Sports

Last year’s Lakeview softball team had a surprise season, when it went 17-6 and won a district championship, despite having a freshman pitcher on the mound. However, the Bulldogs’ season ended on a sour note with a down-to-the-wire regional semifinal loss to Akron Hoban, on a controversial ...

Morse earns yet another hoops honor

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Cameron Morse takes nothing for granted, even when he’s been bestowed an award. On Wednesday, the Youngstown State junior guard was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 12 first team with other Horizon League players like Valparaiso’s Alec ...

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Girls nominees include (front, from left) Josie Campbell, Maplewood; Hannah Harnichar, Newton Falls; Brittany Davis, Chalker; Dakota Naples, Niles; Antonella LaMonica, John F. Kennedy; Makayla Trebella, Girard; Katarina Schubert, Mathews; (rear, from left) Morgan Meyer, LaBrae; Molly Williams, Champion; Hailee Elza, Bristol; Samantha Homa, McDonald; Sara Price, Howland; Jensen Silbaugh, Lakeview; Athena Smith, Hubbard; McKenzie Drapola, Brookfield; Kia Allen, Warren G. Harding. Missing from the photo is Izabella Lileas of Lordstown

Player of the Year nominees – girls

High School Sports

The Trumbull County Coaches Association will hold its 30th annual Basketball Player of the Year banquet Monday at 7 p.m. at Leo’s Ristorante in Howland. Melissa Jackson, women’s basketball associate head coach at the University of Akron, will be the featured speaker. Each Trumbull County ...

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Boys nominees include (front, from left) Justin Sherwood, Chalker; Dillon O’Hara, Hubbard; Joe Urso, Newton Falls; Andree Bowers, Liberty; Kenny Wallace, Mathews; Ty’rese Williams, Niles; Lucas Nasonti, Champion; Mike Eakins, LaBrae; Anthony Graziano, Girard; (rear, from left) Michael Massucci, Howland; Brian Hiner, Brookfield; Justin Bofenkamp, John F. Kennedy; Lynn Bowden, Warren G. Harding; Dakota Bingham, Lordstown; Zach Dawson, Maplewood; Chris Muir, Lakeview; Evan Magill, McDonald; Phil Aliberti, Bristol. Missing from the photo is Isaiah Martin of Bloomfield.

Player of the Year nominees – boys

High School Sports

The Trumbull County Coaches Association will hold its 30th annual Basketball Player of the Year banquet Monday at 7 p.m. at Leo’s Ristorante in Howland. Melissa Jackson, women’s basketball associate head coach at the University of Akron, will be the featured speaker. Each Trumbull County ...

Flashes hope to finish on top

High School Sports

CHAMPION — There’s a term often used in sports about how a team’s “window is closing” when players are nearing the latter years of their prime and a chance for a championship is growing smaller. It’s a not term heard much in high school sports, however. Windows open and close ...

Unsettled Indians

Local Sports

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For a defending AL champion, the Cleveland Indians are dealing with a lot of uncertainty less than two weeks before their April 3 opener at Texas. All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis is sidelined at least through April with an ailing right shoulder Outfielder Michael ...

Penguins taking steps to hire new coach

YSU Sports

Ron Strollo seems more like a research assistant than an athletic director these days. The Youngstown State University Director of Athletics has spent a good portion of his time investigating candidates for the men’s basketball coaching vacancy. He’s keeping YSU President Jim Tressel ...

Cribbs calls it a career

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — There will be no more returns for Josh Cribbs. The former Browns Pro Bowl return specialist and wide receiver officially announced his retirement Wednesday from the NFL, ending a storybook career he began as an undrafted free agent quarterback out of Kent State. Cribbs played ...

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Champion’s Lucas Nasonti drives to the basket as Boardman’s Travis Koontz guards him Tuesday night in the Al Beach Classic at Boardman.

Bofenkamp, Nasonti help Trumbull boys come back

High School Sports

BOARDMAN — The last thing Justin Bofenkamp wanted was to lose this one. The John F. Kennedy senior had his competitive nature kick in during the final couple of minutes of Tuesday’s 47th annual Al Beach Classic at Boardman High School, put on by the Mahoning Valley Coaches ...

QB Barrett ready for final season

Local Sports

COLUMBUS — Social media and sports talk radio dripped with vitriol toward J.T. Barrett after Ohio State was embarrassed by Clemson in the College Football Playoff. The veteran quarterback had heard it all before. He shouldered the blame, shut out the noise and quickly announced his intention ...

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Howland’s Sara Price, left, who won the Trumbull MVP award, blocks the shot of Boardman’s Lauren Gabriele.

Howland’s Price is MVP for Trumbull

High School Sports

BOARDMAN — Sara Price knows she’s going to meet some new teammates in a couple of months. Howland High School’s all-time leading scorer is heading to Ball State to play women’s basketball. Before that happens, the senior forward won Trumbull County MVP honors at Tuesday’s 47th ...

Versatile D-lineman added

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Tyson Alualu spent seven years in Jacksonville trying to help revive a struggling franchise while simultaneously trying to live up to his draft pedigree. Neither really happened. Alualu, the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, never registered more than 3¢ sacks in a season. ...

Garfield’s Bissler is second team All-Ohio

High School Sports

Garrettsville Garfield senior Tommy Bissler was named to the Associated Press All-Ohio second team for Division III. Bissler averaged 17.1 points per game for the G-Men who knocked off LaBrae in the district final at Warren G. Harding. LaBrae was undefeated in the regular season and wound up ...

Frank Bubba All-Star Classic rosters

High School Sports

Rosters for the Frank Bubba Classic senior all-star basketball games scheduled Tuesday at Warren G. Harding High School. The girls game is scheduled at 6 p.m., with 3-point shooting and skills competitions at halftime. The boys game will follow the girls game, again with 3-point shooting and ...

Niles gets ‘sort of new’ baseball coach

High School Sports

NILES — T.C. Guarnieri admits he is a different person than when he last coached the Niles High School baseball team. Thing is, the baseball team isn’t much different. Guarnieri, who led the Red Dragons’ program from 1997 to 2007, returns after his younger brother, Mike, stepped down ...

Brantley progresses, but Indians are cautious

Local Sports

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — For most teams, seeing an All-Star get two hits in a spring training game would be no big deal. For the Cleveland Indians, watching Michael Brantley swing back into action meant something. Coming off a year almost totally lost to shoulder trouble, Brantley singled twice, ...

Interest growing in YSU’s opening

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YOUNGSTOWN — Interest has grown in Youngstown State University men’s basketball — as far as prospective coaches go. Names have circulated around the university the past couple of weeks since Jerry Slocum retired after 12 years at YSU. You might ask why? Why does a program with very ...

JFK’s Bofenkamp first team All-Ohio

High School Sports

COLUMBUS — John F. Kennedy’s Justin Bofenkamp was named to the Associated Press All-Ohio boys basketball Division IV first team Monday. Bofenkmap led the Eagles in scoring at 17 points per game during their run to a regional final. The 6-foot senior shot 58 percent from the floor, ...

Bubba Classic rosters set

High School Sports

Rosters for the Frank Bubba Classic senior all-star basketball games scheduled Tuesday at Warren G. Harding High School. The girls game is scheduled at 6 p.m., with 3-point shooting and skills competitions at halftime. The boys game will follow the girls game, again with 3-point shooting and ...

Safety visits Browns

Local Sports

CLEVELAND Bradley McDougald could fill a sizeable space for the Browns. The free agent safety visited on Monday with Cleveland, which is in the market to replenish its secondary after losing Jordan Poyer in free agency and failing to sign Tony Jefferson. McDougald started 31 games over the ...