High School Sports

Harding boys basketball season full of ups and downs thus far

To say it’s been an interesting season thus far for the Warren G. Harding basketball team would be like saying it was an interesting election this year. The word interesting — or any other adjective for that matter — just doesn’t adequately explain the situation. Most people are sick ...

Badger goes with different approach on Wednesday

KINSMAN — Badger High School will do something completely outside of the box on Wednesday, and it won’t be the first time for the school, either. The Braves have decided to move their boys and girls varsity basketball games against Newbury to the morning and afternoon while school is in ...

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Howland’s Isom Julian, top, laces an arm-bar on Painesville Harvey’s Dimitrius Mitchel during the 195-pound championship match Saturday at the Howland Invitational. Julian won, 6-1.

Roughhousing

HOWLAND — Sonya Morgan isn’t exactly thrilled about it, but her house isn’t the most lady-like home on the block. With four boys, that’s understandable, but sometimes her two youngest sons, Isom and Chris Julian, a senior and a junior at Howland High School, take the “boys will be ...

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LaBrae’s Haylie Kiser takes the ball to the basket against the defense of Windham’s Mackenzie McLean Saturday at Windham.

LaBrae slows down Windham, Knight

WINDHAM — The Windham girls basketball team is at its best when it plays at a certain speed. The task for LaBrae was to keep the Bombers from reaching cruising speed on Saturday afternoon. Led by Morgan Meyer, the Vikings found the perfect speed bump and grounded Windham, 50-21, in ...

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First-year Brookfield coach Ben Solomon, right, yells instructions to wrestler Tyler Lucas, foreground, while assistant coach Tyler Thompson, middle, looks on Saturday at the Howland Invitational.

Brookfield coach gets plenty of help

HOWLAND — Ben Solomon knew he wouldn’t be alone when he was named Brookfield High School’s wrestling coach, but he didn’t realize just how much help he would have to build the Warriors’ program back up. Solomon was an assistant at Brookfield under former coach Brad Harnett for four ...

Homa’s big night leads Blue Devils

MCDONALD — McDonald senior Samantha Homa’s 20 point and 20 rebound performance lifted the Blue Devils over East Palestine, 65-31, on Saturday night. “I thought right from the beginning we played hard,” McDonald coach Amy Dolsak said. “We played with intensity, hustled and got after ...

JFK, Niles girls are big winners

KENNEDY 45, TRINITY 32: WARREN — The Eagles used a 25-15 second-half advantage to pull away from Trinity. Antonella LaMonica led the way with 12 points, while Julia Lombardi added 10 points. Kennedy improves to 7-5 on the season. Trinity scored just 15 second-half points. Bura made four of ...

Champion, NF, Brookfield get victories

CHAMPION 65, PYMATUNING VALLEY 32: ANDOVER — The Flashes led, 34-9, at the half. Champion sunk 10 3-pointers, including five from Abby White. White finished with 19 points, as she helps Champion improved to 12-3. The Lakers (6-6) were outscored, 21-3, in the first quarter and could not ...

Newton Falls boys top Chalker, 69-52

NEWTON FALLS 69, CHALKER 52: SOUTHINGTON — Joey Urso was 6-of-6 from the foul line in the fourth quarter as the Tigers rallied from a halftime deficit. Urso had 17 points, while Ben Simpson put in 21 — including 12 in the second half where Newton Falls (8-6) outscored Chalker (8-5) 36-18. ...

Fitch wins Hephner — again

AUSTINTOWN — Austintown Fitch won the Joshua Hephner Memorial Tournament for the second straight year, with eight wrestlers finishing in the top six. Michael Ferree was the Falcons’ lone champion, beating Braxton Freeman of Massillon Jackson by decision in the 160-pound final. Gus Sutton ...

Harding’s Culver out for season

WARREN — Warren G. Harding senior and West Virginia University-recruit Derek Culver will not finish his final season with the Raiders. Harding coach Andy Vlajkovich said Culver, a 6-foot-10 center, “will not be with the program for the remainder of the season.” Vlajkovich repeated the ...

Raiders easily handle Shaw, 83-53

WARREN — The first test for a Warren G. Harding basketball team that will be without star center Derek Culver for the rest of the season was a success. The Raiders dominated Cleveland East Shaw, 83-53, forcing 22 turnovers and hitting 10 3-pointers on the same day they found out Culver, a ...

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Niles’ Corbin Foy, left, is guarded by Howland’s Nate Leventis during Friday’s game at Niles High School. Foy helped the Red Dragons past the Tigers, 53-48.

Niles handles Howland

NILES — The Niles Red Dragons avenged its loss from 10 days ago to the Howland Tigers, by knocking off the Tigers, 53-48, in Friday night’s boys basketball showdown. Da’Jon Motley sunk a pair of free throws to seal the win with just 4.6 seconds left. “I think our toughness in the ...

McDonald rebounds from Tuesday’s loss

McDONALD — McDonald bounced back from its first lost of the year with a 74-51 thumping on Sebring at home Friday night. “We handled the South Range loss a lot better than I thought we would.” McDonald senior Evan Magill said. “When we came back to practice, the moral was up, which I ...

No. 2 LaBrae too much for Jefferson

LEAVITTSBURG — LaBrae coach Chad Kiser discusses with his players every day about the targets on their backs. That’s what happens when you’re the No. 2 team in the Division III Associated Press state poll and undefeated. The Viking coach said the longer his team keeps a goose egg in the ...

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Eric Park of Windham (23) goes in for a layup as Justin Sherwood (22) and several Chalker teammates collapse into the paint in Northeastern Athletic Conference action on Friday night in Windham.

Windham’s Angle hits game-winner

WINDHAM — Windham freshman Mason Angle instincts served him well as the clock was winding down. He raced toward the basket, lept above the crowd of players in the paint, caught the ball with one hand and laid it off the glass. He banked it in as the horn sounded and the Bombers had a ...

Valley Christian pulls past JFK; Mooney wins

¯ VALLEY CHRISTIAN 52, KENNEDY 49: YOUNGSTOWN — Valley Christian outscored Kennedy, 27-19, in the second-half. Jamynk Jackson made eight field goals and six free throws for 25 points. Kennedy (7-4, 1-2) could not maintain its halftime lead in the second-half, as it was held to just 19 ...

Mineral Ridge cans 16 3s; Bristol, Falls win

¯ MINERAL RIDGE 91, JACKSON-MILTON 78: NORTH JACKSON — The Rams hit 16 3-pointers to roll past the Blue Jays. Jackson-Milton led 42-31 at halftime, but Mineral Ridge outscored the Blue Jays 60-36 in the final 16 minutes. Daniel Breedlove, who had eight 3-pointers, had 26 points for the ...

Baseball coaches deal with counting pitches

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has approved a new rule for the 2017 high school baseball season, which would put pitch counts on pitchers. The rule, which is a nationally-mandated pitch count restriction, was approved Thursday by the OHSAA’s Board of Directors at its January ...

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Emma Baugher of Chalker attempts to drive past Emily Strama of Mathews Thursday night in Southington. Mathews won, 59-49.

Mathews’ plan works out in win at Chalker

SOUTHINGTON — Mathews girls basketball coach Joe Bornemiss did his homework on Chalker and gave the Mustangs the lesson plan. All they had to do, in turn, was pass the test to take down the Wildcats. They did so with ease in a 59-49 road victory in Northeastern Athletic Conference action on ...