High School Sports

Timeout! Court puts rule on hold

COLUMBUS — Competitive balance is already taking a timeout. It’s anyone’s guess as to how long the break will last. The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that the Court of Common Pleas in Hamilton County has issued a temporary restraining order that prohibits the ...

LaBrae star set for ‘big’ change

There was really only one more thing for Tyler Stephens to do. The LaBrae tight end was a monster last year — on both sides of the ball. He caught 29 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns. And at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, with long arms, incredible leaping ability and the speed to outrun ...

G-Men, Wilson expect big year

GARRETTSVILLE — In what is expected to be a rebound year for a young Garfield squad, one of its elder statesmen in Dylan Wilson has one final year left to leave his mark on the program. The G-Men finished last season with a 4-5 record as injuries took their toll on the team. “Our ...

Brookfield golf no stranger to success

After finishing in the top five at the state tournament last year, the Brookfield Warriors golf team is yet again looking for success. The Warriors have had an unusual start to the 2018 season, with junior Connor Stevens not with the team as he’s playing in an out-of-state amateur ...

Gibbs transforms into key contributor for Blue Jays

NORTH JACKSON — Dyllen Gibbs stood 5 feet, 11 inches and weighed 140 pounds. The Jackson-Milton High School football uniform hung on his undersized body as the black and blue colors enveloped his frame. The then-sophomore was more cross country runner than gridiron warrior. That changed ...

Chalker QB set for big season

Coming off of a disappointing 2-8 season, Chalker quarterback Trystan Mollohan returns for his senior year, and after spending some offseason time with top area talent, he is ready to end his high school career on a high note and lead his team to its first playoff berth since 2013. Mollohan ...

Stahlman looking to lead Champion back to success

CHAMPION — In 2017, the Champion Golden Flashes didn’t fare so well. Champion finished without a win. That was in no fault to now-junior quarterback Nick Stahlman. Stahlman started all 10 games for the Flashes as a sophomore. He threw for 955 yards with six touchdowns and 11 interceptions. ...

Another Canter to lead Mathews

VIENNA — The 2017 football season was another solid year for the Mathews Mustangs. Finishing 6-4, the Mustangs made their fourth playoff appearance in the last six seasons. Led by the Canter brothers (Dillon and Daniel), Mathews’ offense put up 29.4 points per game. The undermanned ...

Lineman fired up to play for Fitch

AUSTINTOWN —Tommy Leskovac can’t wait for the hint of a fall breeze, black pellets of ground-up tires flowing beneath his cleats and the lights shining on him and his teammates. It pales in comparison to strapping on the white protective pads, slipping on his No. 76 jersey, pants and ...

Spartans seek 2nd straight berth

The Boardman Spartans have never made back-to-back playoff appearances in school history. For senior quarterback Mike O’Horo, that is something that he hopes to change. “It’s a big deal to me. Last year, that kind of was a stepping stone for us and we got some experience. It definitely ...

Eagles focus on next step

With a .500 regular season under the Valley Christian Eagles belts in 2017, they want more. More specifically, senior cornerback Jordan Trowers wants it more than ever. “I’m coming off last year where we made a 5-5 record before the playoffs,” said the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Trowers. ...

Niles seeks return to glory

NILES — Jim Parry felt the cement steps guiding his path, history surrounding him among the red painted metallic bleachers incrementally moving up toward the top. The direction was clear as he made his way more than halfway up the west (home) side of Bo Rein Stadium, just off to the right of ...

Speed is all the rush for Ridge

MINERAL RIDGE — Half way around and in the first of two groups, Nathan Chiclowe is among 10 or so teammates running on the all-weather track. An assistant football coach starts yelling, “24, 25, 26” from the middle of a roped-off field. A yellow sign said it was being re-sodded. It’s ...

Hubbard hopes to rebound from 5-5

HUBBARD — For the Hubbard Eagles and senior linebacker Lukas Mosora, the 2017 season was a strange one to say the least. At 5-5 without a playoff berth, the Eagles had to find a way to re-create themselves in the offseason. Mosora will be back at linebacker for his third year now. He feels ...

Howland tennis goal is to replace, keep winning

After a very successful 2017 campaign, the Howland Tigers girls tennis team is looking to repeat its success with a new roster. This season, Howland had four returning letter winners, but just one senior on the roster. “They realise we have new faces on the team this year. Being a younger ...

Area fall sports preseason capsules

Editor’s note: Preseason capsules are submitted by coaches. The Tribune Chronicle will publish more capsules the next two Sundays, Aug. 19 and Aug. 26. Not all submissions received by the Tribune sports staff are included today. Those coaches who have not yet made a submission can still do ...

Being all they can be

NILES — Football camps are meant to hone in on the fundamentals. The Niles McKinley High School football team wanted more. So did first-year coach Jim Parry. He reached out to United States Army Master Sergeant Scott Fredericks, a Youngstown native and former assistant coach when Parry ...

Canfield’s Stein says yes to Buckeyes

Tyler Stein’s response said it all. The Canfield wrestler received a text message one day after school. It was this past February, so Stein was nearing the end of his junior season and had yet to capture his eventual state title at 220 pounds. That didn’t stop a certain prominent school ...

Former YSU assistant takes over at Struthers

STRUTHERS — Mike Wernicki couldn’t wait until he stepped out on the Beeghly Center floor. Familiar faces surrounded him, officials, opposing players and coaches. He chatted with them as both teams warmed up prior to a Youngstown State University men’s basketball game. Sitting ...

Coaches from area honored

Trumbull County and the rest of the Mahoning Valley have produced, through their high school athletics programs, numerous student-athletes who have gone on to great success in the college and professional ranks. While in high school, those student-athletes have been stellar representatives ...