High School Sports

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
LaBrae’s Tariq Drake (14) celebrates along with the Vikings’ Tyler Stephens (21) and Andrew Hankins following LaBrae’s 55-50 victory over South Range. Both teams entered their final regular-season game 21-0.

Undefeated

LEAVITTSBURG — Two teams came into the final game of the regular season undefeated at 21-0. Ironically, they were scheduled to play one another. The No. 1-ranked Division III team in the state, LaBrae, against No. 6 South Range at LaBrae High School. Media from all over was on hand ...

Bowden’s 41 leads WGH past Maple Hts.

WARREN — It took overtime, but Warren G. Harding stormed past Maple Heights, 100-88, led by a 41-point performance by senior Lynn Bowden in a thriller Tuesday night. The Raiders outscored the Mustangs 20-8 in the four-minute overtime. “We score 39 points in the fourth quarter and overtime ...

Tribune Chronicle / Eric Murray
Howland’s Connor Tamarkin shoots free throws as teammate Mike Massucci and JFK’s Antonio McQueen, center, wait for Tamarkin to shoot, along with JFK’s B.J. Williams.

JFK rallies to get past Howland

WARREN — The John F. Kennedy Eagles used a 10-0 fourth quarter run to take control of the game and ultimately grab a win over Howland in Tuesday night’s 71-67 boys basketball matchup in a packed Gillen Gymnasium. The Eagles overcame an eight-point halftime deficit in the win. “I just ...

Tribune Chronicle / Bob Ettinger
Tommy Donadio of Bristol drives to the rim as Travis Myers (15) and Kevin Hawn (right) of Liberty defend at Bristol on Tuesday night.

Bristol takes care of Liberty

BRISTOLVILLE — The Bristol boys basketball team is on top of its game. That’s exactly the way Panthers’ skipper Craig Giesy likes it and it’s exactly the way his team closed out the regular season in an 86-54 non-conference victory over visiting Liberty. “Early on, we were ...

Salem hammers Niles

SALEM — The Salem boys basketball team made sure its final chance to tune up for the postseason wasn’t a wasted opportunity. It wasn’t the way Niles wanted to go into the Division II tournament. Behind a career-high 37 points, 15 rebounds and six assists from junior Mitch Davidson, ...

Girard’s O’Hara, Graziano lead Indians past Springfield

NEW MIDDLETOWN — Austin O’Hara and Anthony Graziano combined for 42 points to lead Girard past Springfield, 59-50. O’Hara had a team-high 26 points, while Graziano added 16 — including 8 of 8 from the foul line. The two had all but 13 of their points in the second half for Girard ...

Tribune Chronicle file / Eric Murray
McDonald coach Jeff Rasile, right, shouts out directions as the Blue Devils’ Evan Magill dribbles during a game earlier  this season. McDonald and LaBrae both finished ranked No. 1 in the final Associated Press state poll.

McDonald, LaBrae both No. 1 in final statewide AP poll

WARREN — Regardless of what happens from here, the LaBrae and McDonald boys basketball teams have quite an accomplishment to look back on from the 2016-17 season. Both schools finished ranked No. 1 in the AP boys state basketball poll, which was announced for the final time Monday. McDonald ...

Tribune Chronicle file / Bob Ettinger
LaBrae’s Carlton Brown, right, blocks a shot by Ty’rese Williams of Niles in a game earlier this season. The Vikings face South Range tonight at home in a battle of state-ranked teams to close out the regular season.

Vikings in showdown tonight in finale

There are a few different reasons LaBrae coach Chad Kiser is excited that the Vikings’ last game of the regular season also is the biggest. LaBrae, now 21-0, faces a fellow undefeated foe in South Range (21-0) at 7 tonight at LaBrae High School. The Vikings were ranked No. 1 in Division III ...

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Members of the Warren G. Harding girls bowling team include, from left, Taylor Arquette, Elizabeth Jones, Brianna Nolen, Isabella Frazzini, Emily Oswald, Zoey Schoolcraft, Payton Schuller, Katelyn Daughtery and coach John Nolen. The Raiders won the Division I sectional title on Sunday, then followed up by winning the All-American Conference Red Tier tournament on Monday.

Harding girls on a roll at the right time of season

The Warren G. Harding girls bowling team is on a roll at the right time of the season. The Raiders returned all five starters from the 2016-16 team which finished 20-0, won the All-American Conference Red Tier regular season, captured a sectional title, and came 95 pins from making it to the ...

Harding girls capture bowling sectional title

With four bowlers in the top 15, the Warren G. Harding girls bowling team won the Division I sectional tournament Sunday at Sky Lanes in Garrettsville, edging second-place Howland by a score of 3,526-3,497. Both teams advance to the district tournament next Sunday at Canton. Also advancing ...

Ursuline star plays older than her years

Dayshanette Harris doesn’t shy away from her responsibility. In fact, the Ursuline 5-foot-7 sophomore point guard embraces her role. “Sometimes I forget she’s a sophomore until she reminds me,” Ursuline girls coach Vannessa Dickson said. “I need reminded as a head coach ...

Fitch senior leads area state meet qualifiers

A handful of automatic qualifiers will be joined by several more at-large qualifiers at the state swimming and diving championships this week at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Austintown Fitch senior Timothy Kubacki on Saturday won the Division I district title at Cleveland State ...

Tribune Chronicle / Bob Ettinger
Kayla Clark (40) of Howland uses her body to protect the ball from Girard’s Samantha Cave as she fires off a shot Saturday in Howland.

Tigers defense tames Girard

HOWLAND — Howland coach John Diehl has turned the objective of girls basketball into a glass-half-full/glass-half-empty kind of conundrum. Most teams try to outscore their opponents. The Tigers, however, are completely happy to hold their opponents to less points than they put on the board. ...

Spartans cruise past Harding

BOARDMAN — Warren G. Harding girls basketball team’s season came to an end on Saturday with a 68-42 loss on the road against Boardman in the first round of the Division I Canton sectional. This marks the third time this season that the Spartans have defeated the Raiders. “Jeff does ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Pymatuning Valley’s Gaige Willis, top, shown here attempting to pin Alex King of Boardman during a tournament earlier this season, hopes to win one more match than last season, when he was a state runner-up.

Postseason wrestling preview

The high school wrestling postseason starts Feb. 25 with the sectional tournament. The top four placers advance to the district tournament, which is March 3-4. The top four again move on to the state tournament, which is March 9-11 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus. The following ...

Tribune Chronicle / Eric Murray
Crestwood’s Mia Miller, left, look to pass to teammate Lilly Hoffman (2) while Niles Madison Johnson plays defense Saturday in a sectional first-round game. Niles won and now faces Struthers.

Naples, Niles advance, blast Crestwood

NILES — The Niles girls basketball team went off for a 24-2 first-half run in a 71-32 Division II sectional first-round win at home over the Crestwood Red Devils. Niles led, 10-7, midway through the first period before routing the Crestwood. “I think our intensity just picked up a little ...

Fitch swimmer wins district title

CLEVELAND — Austintown Fitch’s Timothy Kubacki won the 100-yard backstroke (50.69) and placed second in the 200 individual medley (1:52.79) at the OHSAA Northeast District Division I high school swimming championships held at Cleveland State University on Saturday. The top two in each ...

Salem tops Lakeview in D-II

GIRLS BASKETBALL ¯ SALEM 55, LAKEVIEW 50: CORTLAND — The Bulldogs trailed by double-digits at the half and were unable to complete a second-half comeback in Division II sectional first-round game. Jensen Silbaugh made seven buckets for 16 points. Lakeview finishes its season at ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Warren G. Harding’s Mike Hughes dribbles up court against Canton McKinley’s Sam Williams in the Bulldogs’ 70-61 victory over Harding on Friday night. The loss snapped the Raiders’ 10-game winning streak.

Pressed into action

CANTON — The plans were similar for Warren G. Harding and Canton McKinley going into their matchup at Canton Memorial Fieldhouse. The Raiders were focused on stopping 1,000-point scorer Darryl Straughter, and the Bulldogs’ eyes were centered on Harding standout Lynn Bowden. Oddly ...

Tribune Chronicle / Eric Murray
LaBrae’s Tyler Stephens, left, guards Howland’s Kevin Moamis during Friday’s game in Howland. The Vikings handled the Tigers, 77-60.

Top-ranked LaBrae defense handles Howland

HOWLAND — The LaBrae Vikings boys basketball team got itself into a tight game early on against Howland, but then they did what they seem to always do this season — wear teams down with their suffocating defense. The Vikings, the No. 1-ranked team in the state in Division III, used a ...