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Flashing their bats

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MASSILLON — For the seventh time in Cheryl Weaver’s time as varsity softball coach, Champion High School will be playing in the state final four. Champion (28-0) defeated Independence, 13-3, in five innings on Saturday to win the Division III Massillon Regional title game. The Golden ...

No Love for Cavs in 7th game

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BOSTON — LeBron James and the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers won’t get any sympathy from the Celtics when they return to Boston for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Already laboring to reach his eighth straight NBA Finals with a supporting crew made mostly of cast-offs and ...

Get the points

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BOARDMAN — Micah Beckwith felt the rush on his exposed face, where his aerodynamic helmet and visor would allow. The Boardman High School freshman knew his racing apparatus was different than the normal wheelchair he’s seen for almost five years after a surgery went wrong, leaving him ...

Bullpen backs 4-homer attack

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians’ beleaguered bullpen suffered another jolt when Andrew Miller went on the disabled list Saturday. A few hours later, the relievers played a major role in an 8-6 win over the Houston Astros. Zach McAllister, Tyler Olson, Dan Otero and Cody Allen combined ...

Hubbard’s Southern, Girard’s Belcik headed to state

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AUSTINTOWN — Jared Southern’s expression hasn’t changed over the past couple of weeks. Stoic. He didn’t dare show his hand. As soon as he found out he cleared 6-feet 4-inches and was one of the last four standing in the Division II high jump competition, he could show ...

Cardinal youngster tops Bucs

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PITTSBURGH — Jack Flaherty’s first win in the big leagues sent a message that the St. Louis Cardinals rookie wants to be a part of his team’s recalibrated rotation. His second victory was just as impressive for an entirely different reason. The swing-and-miss stuff that overwhelmed ...

Garfield’s Klouda captures regional 1600 race

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AUSTINTOWN — Tyler Klouda made a natural progression. Third his freshman year. Second last season. Of course, this meant a Division II Austintown Regional title this season. The Garfield junior did just that in the boys 1600 Saturday, going 4:23.84. “I was ecstatic I was able to do ...

Steelers confident they can replace Shazier

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PITTSBURGH — Ryan Shazier is neither gone nor forgotten. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker remains a fixture at the team’s facility as he continues his recovery from spinal surgery last December that left his football future uncertain at best. While there is a sense of loss, there is no ...

Spring sports all-conference teams

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Baseball ALL-AMERICAN CONF. RED TIER ¯ Co-Players of the Year: Alex Cardona, Boardman; Dom Pilolli, Canfield First team Nick Belcik Fitch Sr IF Luke Cardillo Boardman Sr OF Alex Cardona Boardman Sr P Mike Grazier Fitch Sr C Alex Hernandez Canfield Sr OF Dylan ...

Bringing the heat

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MASSILLON — The heat was bearing down on the black, all-weather track at Massillon Perry High School, making those mid-80 temperatures absorb it. Combine that with the humidity and there were a range of emotions. Ask Badger sophomore distance runner Miranda Stanhope, who had her mind ...

Brilliant again

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James chose Boston as the place he’ll play next. Game 7 is on. And any talk about James’ future is on hold. Delivering another performance for the ages, James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the ...

GV’s wild ride over after loss to South Range

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MASSILLON — In what was a tightly contested battle for the Division III Massillon regional championship, South Range defeated Grand Valley, 4-2. Early on, Grand Valley was able to get a couple base runners but was unable to do anything with it against South Range’s Sam Brooks. Brooks ...

Woes continue for Tribe ’pen

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CLEVELAND — The Houston Astros kicked off a late rally Friday night against relief ace Andrew Miller, then put their entire offensive arsenal on display. Jose Altuve tied it with a two-run double off Miller in the eighth and then scored the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez’s squeeze bunt, ...

Friends battle in D-I regional meet

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AUSTINTOWN — Local area athletes advanced to the state track meet in Columbus as the Division I Austintown Regional track and field event was held on a beautiful Friday evening at Austintown Fitch. The boys 3200-meter run turned into a battle between two friends. Howland junior Vincent ...

Versatile Flashes up for next challenge

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It’s a spot all too familiar for Cheryl Weaver and the Champion Golden Flashes softball team. The circumstances may be a little different, though, as the Flashes have to play their Division III Massillon regional final at 10 a.m. today. The game time was moved up from noon in an attempt to ...

McDonald girls finish 2nd

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MASSILLON — Sometimes they’re running along, happy with what they’ve already earned. That was the McDonald girls. They just won the 4x400-meter relay, seeing Jessica Stamp cross the finish line on Friday. Then, some reporter comes up to senior Malina Mitchell, who was part of that ...

James, Cavs again in battle to survive

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CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was answering a question about Boston’s defense on LeBron James during a teleconference when he tripped the security system at his home. A piercing alarm sounded. “Uh-oh,” Lue said Thursday as he punched in a code to silence the screaming ...

A grand win for Mustangs

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MASSILLON — As confident and at ease as Michael McGovern was as he stood at home plate with the game on the line in the bottom of the seventh inning, his assurance disappeared as he ran to first base. “I honestly thought I was going to trip and fall going up the first base line when I ...