High School Sports

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
John F. Kennedy’s Antonella LaMonica, center, dribbles up court as a host of players follow during Tuesday’s Frank Bubba Classic in Warren.

SR’s Ritter hits game-winner for Mahoning team

WARREN — The final shot of the Frank Bubba Classic was a predicament that could be a first in the game of basketball. The boys game was in a defensive struggle, tied at 124 and only 11 seconds left. The strange part is that if the Mahoning team, which had the ball, missed its final shot, it ...

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John F. Kennedy’s Justin Bofenkamp is ready to shoot a 3-pointer during Tuesday’s Frank Bubba Classic at Warren G. Harding High School.

Girls game all about intensity

WARREN — Just having fun wasn’t enough for a group of girls who only have fun when they’re winning. As Jackson-Milton senior Ashley Totani said, their competitive fire was why they were playing in the Frank Bubba Classic all-star game at Warren G. Harding High School on Tuesday. That ...

Rockets try to overcome youth again

Last year’s Maplewood Rockets stunned Division IV Warren District No. 1 seed Mathews in the district semifinal, en route to a trip to the district title game against Bristol. The underdog sixth-seeded Rockets certainly made big strides with the upset win but will once again face a problem in ...

Tuesday’s area stars

SOFTBALL McDonald’s Cheyenne Titus struck out 15 batters and allowed just one run on two hits in the Blue Devils’ 11-1 win over Windham. Kendra Kelly, meanwhile, went 5-for-5 with a home run, four stolen bases and four RBI’s against the Bombers. Lakeview’s Avrey Steiner had four ...

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GLEN W. BAXTER, 82, of Warren, died Monday at Community Skilled Health Care Centre. (Carl W. Hall) HELEN KEFFER, 93, died Tuesday at Washington Square Health Care Center. (James)

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Champion’s Lucas Nasonti, left, and Howland’s Sara Price, right, were named the Trumbull County Coaches Association’s boys and girls players of the year on Monday at Leo’s Ristorante.

Best of the best

HOWLAND — Lucas Nasonti was surrounded by family after Monday’s 30th Annual Trumbull County Basketball Banquet. The Trumbull County Coaches Association Boys Basketball Player of the Year award wasn’t too far away from the 5-foot-10 senior point guard as he stood with the trophy and ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Champion’s Lucas Nasonti, left, and Howland’s Sara Price, right, were named the Trumbull County Coaches Association’s boys and girls players of the year on Monday at Leo’s Ristorante.

Best of the best

HOWLAND — John Diehl knew there was something special about Sara Price’s basketball game. He saw her promise in middle school. Price, a 6-foot-1 senior guard/forward, exuded that effort throughout high school, and it made her Northeast Inland District Player of the Year the past two ...

AAC champs still fly under radar

Followers of area high school baseball might have a hard time guessing last year’s All-American Conference, Blue Tier champion. Many expected it to be Champion, which was the odds-on favorite as the returning champ and because of the level of talent it possessed in 2016, but the Golden ...

Monday’s area stars

BASEBALL Hubbard’s Tim Herberger went 4-for-4 with 5 RBI’s in a 12-0 win over Newton Falls. Champion’s Michael Turner had three doubles and six RBI’s in the Flashes’ 10-0 win over Jefferson. Austintown Fitch pitchers Kenny Misik, Malik Caige and Nick Desalvo combined for a ...

Mathews hopes to stay competitive in conference

Reloading is nothing new for Jared Terlecky and the Mathews Mustangs baseball team. Mathews has won two Northeastern Athletic Conference titles over the past four years and annually competes for the district title. Replacing graduated seniors with up-and-coming underclassmen is the norm with ...

Tribune Chronicle file / Michael Taylor
Champion’s McKenzie Zigmont throws toward home plate last season. The Golden Flashes, who won the Division III state title in 2015, hope to get back to state this season.

Back to greatness

The Champion Golden Flashes head into the 2017 season seeking a sixth softball state title since 2004, and will look to do so with an added influx of power. The traditionally small ball-style Flashes have a couple of big boppers in their lineup this year, led by junior standout Megan ...

JFK has high hopes heading into coach’s final year

WARREN — Don Lee is entering his 34th year coaching the John F. Kennedy baseball team, and he plans on retiring after the season. He admits he has a “bucket list” of things he wants to do before it’s too late. One of them is to visit every Major League Baseball stadium in the United ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Brookfield’s Xavier Bailey, left, and Mathews’ Kenny Wallace, right, are on different teams, but the state qualifying sprinter and distance runner complement one another.

Returning state qualifiers complement one another

BROOKFIELD — Xavier Bailey gives a quick high-five to Kenny Wallace as he passes by, heading to his distance event. Bailey travels a shorter distance, usually sprinting 100- to 200-meters — motoring down a straightaway. You could said Bailey and Wallace are the Odd Couple of the track ...

Trumbull must stop drought

THERE almost seems to be a dark cloud hovering over Trumbull County this time of year as baseball starts up. Actually, never mind, there are always dark clouds hovering over Trumbull County this time of year, but there’s also another one that brings bad luck with it to county baseball ...

Spring sports team capsules

Editor’s Note: More spring sports team capsules will appear in next Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle. Baseball HOWLAND • COACH: Justin Drapp; first year (14-48-1 career record in four years at Geneva). • LAST YEAR: 13-12; lost to Stow-Munroe Falls, 2-1, in a Division I sectional ...

Experienced Brookfield looks for more success

In past years, Brookfield softball coach Ken Forsythe used the success of the Champion Flashes as motivation for his players. However, Forsythe is taking a different approach this year, which is to focus on Brookfield softball. A year ago, Brookfield lost to Champion in a Division III ...

Lakeview softball has high hopes for 2017 season

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 ...

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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

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

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

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 ...