High School Sports

Playoff tickets

Tickets for high school football regional championship games will be available this week at participating schools. Tickets at the gate are $9, presale tickets are $8. All games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. KENNEDY – The Eagles play Cuyahoga Heights Saturday at Nordonia High School in ...

Another ‘flat-out war’

With so many star players and two of the most high-powered offenses in all of Division IV, one of the biggest keys in a Region 13 final will likely center around players not many have heard much about this year. The offensive and defensive lines could be the biggest factor in a marquee ...

Rematch vs. Redskins

The Division VII Region 25 championship game is set. John F. Kennedy will face the team that put them out in the first round of the playoffs last year, Cuyahoga Heights. The goal this year is to flip the scoreboard in the other direction. “It’s taking the same approach that we take ...

Falling forward: Klouda unfazed by tumble

HEBRON — Tyler Klouda took the first turn at the muddy National Trail Raceway course Saturday. He was soon taken off his feet as he was pinched by a herd of runners during the Division II boys cross country race. Just below his left knee was bleeding. The streams of blood soon froze in ...

Area earns 6 POY honors

Four players and two coaches were honored as the best in the Northeast Inland District on Monday. In Division IV, the area littered the district list, with Girard quarterback Mark Waid being named offensive player of the year, Hubbard’s Lukas Mosora taking co-defensive POY honors and ...

Northeast Inland All-District Football Team

The All-Northeast Inland District high school football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district, with height, weight and year: Division I FIRST TEAM Offense ¯ Ends: Chris Kelly, Medina, 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, senior; Jake Ryan, Massillon Jackson, 6-3, 170, jr.; Khyree ...

Rematches feature in regional finals

A couple of rematches are in the spotlight Saturday night as the Ohio high school football playoffs reach the third of five weekends when regional champions will be crowned. Third-seeded Hubbard (11-1) and fifth-seeded Girard (11-1) reprise their regular season Week 2 contest which the Eagles ...

Badger’s Stanhope wins state title

HEBRON — Miranda Stanhope stood at the finish line sporting a black Badger Braves hooded sweatshirt. She was still trying to comprehend what she had just accomplished. Her words were a bit hard to come by because of the lingering cold earlier this week. “I actually thought (Saturday) ...

Eagles shock champs

BOARDMAN — The Hubbard Eagles took down the defending state champion Steubenville Big Red in thrilling fashion, beating them 34-16 Saturday night to advance to the Division IV, Region 13 title game next weekend against Girard. The game is scheduled Saturday at 7 p.m. at a site to be ...

Third-quarter explosion carries Kennedy to win

CANTON — One errant bounce changed everything. Armand Nannicola squibbed a kick down the middle of the Lowell Klinefelter Field at Canton Central Catholic High School. The ball took an errant hop off the field turf and glanced off a Mapleton football player’s helmet. A John F. Kennedy ...

Girard loves taste of win over Perry

NILES — Girard entered Saturday night’s Division IV, Region 13 semifinal with a chip on its shoulder. The Indians got a rematch with Perry, the team that beat them in the same round in 2017 and was ranked in the top spot in the region after the regular season. Add the fact that ...

Manchester runs over Vikings, 56-14

LOUISVILLE — LaBrae’s outstanding 2018 season came to an end Saturday night at Louisville High School where Akron Manchester (9-3) defeated the Vikings, 56-14, in a Division V, Region 17 semifinal. “Anytime you play a program of Akron Manchester’s caliber, you’re going to have to ...

McDonald boys finish 4th, girls grab 6th spot

HEBRON — The McDonald boys cross country team had its fair share of uncertainty during the season, with runners injured and other mishaps along the way. Saturday, the tumultuous season ended in a fourth-place finish at the state meet with 161 points, four more than state favorite Mount ...

Fall sports all-star honors

Football NORTHEASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE First team Mason Angle Jr Windham Jacob Baker Jr Chalker Tyler Bean So Pymatuning Valley Ryan Busser Sr Grand Valley Cobe Cernuto So Chalker Jacob Chiles Sr Pymatuning Valley Julian Cicchella So Newbury Tyler ...

Fourth-and-done

AURORA — It was just one yard, but it seemed like so much more in this game. McDonald faced a fourth-and-1 in their Division VI, Region 21 semifinal against Mogadore. The Blue Devils trailed by seven as they drove inside Mogadore’s 30-yard line early in the third quarter. McDonald gave ...

JFK faces Mapleton’s prolific passer

Logan Pharmer stands 5 feet-9 inches and weighs 165 pounds. His stature might not be big, but his accomplishments make the Ashland Mapleton High School quarterback seem like he’s 7-feet tall. The Mapleton signal-caller has passed for 3,815 yards and 43 touchdowns this season. He holds the ...

LaBrae defense out to stop run

As the high school football playoffs begin, opponents get better and games get tighter. Or, you can just shut out your opponent, and move on to the next round. That is exactly what LaBrae did, defeating Wickliffe, 21-0, to advance to a Division V, Region 17 regional semifinal against Akron ...

Runners deal with delay of a week, altered course

The state cross cross country meet this season has not been a simple thing. There was an unprecedented week delay and a change to the schematics of the course at National Trail Raceway in Hebron. The race is scheduled Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m., after being pushed back from the original ...

McDonald confident in battle vs. Mogadore

Walking around practice, McDonald football coach Dan Williams overheard one of his players talking about the Blue Devils’ history against Mogadore, their opponent in a Division VI, Region 21 semifinal. “A kid mentioned today, ‘We’re 0-5 against Mogadore,’ ” Williams recalled from ...

Girard gets another shot at Perry

Girard nearly missed making it to round two of the Division IV playoffs after Saturday night’s closely contested 34-30 victory over Youngstown East. The Indians were able to overcome five turnovers and a three-point deficit to move on to the Region 13 semifinal Saturday against Perry at ...