High School Sports

Tribune Chronicle / Bob Ettinger
Champion pitcher Andrew Russell, left, runs toward catcher Michael Turner in the moments following a Division III regional championship victory over Chippewa at Massillon Washington on Saturday afternoon.

Flashes zip Chips behind Russell

MASSILLON — In speaking of the moments just prior to the final out, Champion hurler Andrew Russell said he was just trying to stay calm and live in the moment. He may as well have been talking about the Golden Flashes’ entire day following a 2-0 victory over Doylestown Chippewa in the ...

Tribune Chronicle / Bob Ettinger
McKenzie Zigmont, Molly Williams, Alex Steigerwald and Jackie Mulvain hold the trophy high as they celebrate the Champion softball team’s regional championship Saturday at Massillon.

Veteran softball Flashes return to state tournament

MASSILLON — The Champion softball team has played its entire campaign with a burning hunger. The Golden Flashes found a way to satiate the beast — temporarily, anyway — with a 4-0 victory over Massillon Tuslaw Saturday in a Division III regional championship game at Washington High ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Kayla Barreca of Newton Falls passed the 150-foot mark in the discus on Saturday as she won the Division II regional at Austintown Fitch. Barreca also finished third in the shot put earlier in the week.

NF’s Barreca unleashes regional winning toss

AUSTINTOWN — Kayla Barreca let the tears flow following Saturday’s girls discus. She just saw her younger sister, Libby, a freshman, come up short and finish sixth. The Newton Falls thrower took her pent up emotions into her third throw of finals during the Division II regional track and ...

Tribune Chronicle / Eric Murray
Members of the Mathews infield get together before the start of an inning Saturday in the Division IV regional title game at Kent. The Mustangs lost, 5-4, to Lucas.

Mathews falters in final inning

KENT — One strike. That’s how close the Mathews Mustangs were to advancing to the state tournament on Saturday afternoon, but it was not meant to be. Liz Yirga of Lucas hit a walk-off single to left field to give the Cubs a 5-4 victory over Mathews in a Division IV regional softball final ...

Niles soph Matlock to Columbus

AUSTINTOWN — All Niles sophomore sprinter Kyndia Matlock had to do was look at the video board on the north end of Austintown Fitch’s football field. The time of 12.32 seconds was next to Matlock’s name. It was the same number next to Streetsboro’s Savannah Nevels. In the end, all ...

Tribune Chronicle / Eric Murray
Mathews second baseman Emily Derkach, left, and Kylee Knott of St. Thomas Aquinas await the call of the umpire on a pickoff play at first base Friday at Kent State University. Knott was called out after Derkach took a throw from catcher Alivia Oulton. Mathews defeated Aquinas, 6-3, in the Division IV regional semifinal.

Home sweet home

KENT — Mathews softball coach Jim Nicula said earlier in the week that Kent was like a second home to his Mustangs. Between the rabid Mathews cheering section and a party-like atmosphere by game’s end on Friday afternoon, one would think the game was actually being played in Vienna. The ...

Champion peaking at opportune time

MASSILLON — The Champion High School baseball team has been in pretty good form all year, but the Golden Flashes may be reaching their peak in the postseason. They came into Friday’s Division III Massillon Regional semifinal with a 23-3 record and ranked second in the state. They left the ...

Tribune Chronicle / Bob Ettinger
John F. Kennedy’s Alec Burzynski coasts into the bag as New Riegel third baseman Brandon Arbogast waits for the ball Friday in the Eagles’ 2-0 loss in a Division IV regional semifinal at Lorain.

JFK’s season, Lee’s coaching career end

LORAIN — Don Lee took his John F. Kennedy baseball team to the regional tournament in his very first season as the skipper. He is walking away from the game 34 years later, having taken his very last team to the Division IV regional tournament at Pipe Yard Stadium in Lorain. The Eagles ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Brookfield's Xavier Bailey celebrates after winning the 200-meter dash Friday in the Division III regional meet at Massillon Perry.

Brookfield’s Bailey wins in 3 regional events

MASSILLON — Xavier Bailey took the baton in last place at the start of the final leg of the boys 4x200-meter relay. His thought was singular, but soon became plural. The Brookfield senior powered past the rest of the field and finished first for the Warriors Friday in the Division III ...

Flashes hope to continue torrid offense

The Champion Golden Flashes did their best rendition of a rain dance before Wednesday’s Division III softball regional semifinal against Cardinal Mooney, but they certainly didn’t need it. The Flashes routed the Cardinals, 11-0, to advance to today’s regional final vs. Massillon Tuslaw ...

Harding soph Adams wins 100 at regional

AUSTINTOWN — Excuse Kayron Adams if he stops, stares and looks around a bit when he gets to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium next weekend. It is on the campus of The Ohio State University and the Warren G. Harding sophomore sprinter loves rooting for the Buckeyes. He has a reason to go there ...

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Garfield’s Lauren Jones, left, Newton Falls’ Isabelle Kline, middle, and Kayla Barreca pose on the podium at the Division II Austintown regional final after finishing first, second and third in the shot put event Thursday.

Three of a kind

AUSTINTOWN — Isabelle Kline jumped up to switch her feet after one of her throws earlier this week. Her landing spot was less than ideal. Kline’s right foot landed on the toe board surrounding the throwing circle at Newton Falls. She thought it was broke because the bone was sticking ...

Flashes’ Turner named All-Ohio

It’s been a good spring for Champion High School athletics, with both the softball and baseball teams in the regional tournament, and things got better Thursday. Senior catcher Michael Turner was named first-team All-Ohio in Division III by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association. ...

Regionals rained out

Several regional baseball tournament games were rained out Thursday, including all four that included local teams. All regional games were scheduled for Thursday but several will now be played today. In Division II, Canfield’s regional semifinal matchup with Chagrin Falls was postponed. ...

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Cardinal Mooney junior Autumn DeSantis finished first in the high jump at Thursday’s Division II Austintown Regional meet.

Pre-game juices spark DeSantis

YOUNGSTOWN — Autumn DeSantis had her cooler in hand. Her friends, who were competing at the high jump area on the north end of Austintown Fitch’s football stadium, enjoyed what was inside. Slices of watermelon. The Cardinal Mooney junior had to have it for Thursday’s Division II ...

Tribune Chronicle / Bob Ettinger
Gabby Hollenbaugh of Champion slides safely into third as Cardinal Mooney third baseman C.J. Sapp awaits the ball in a Division III regional semifinal at Massillon on Wednesday. The Golden Flashes blitzed the Cardinals, 11-0, to advance to Saturday’s regional final.

Dancin’ days

MASSILLON — While its next opponent was busy scratching out an extra-inning win at the Division III regional tournament, the Champion softball team was dancing. That’s right. Less than an hour before their most crucial game of the season to date, the Golden Flashes were cutting a rug on ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Austintown Fitch's Brent Fairbanks gets a hug from his cousin Brooklyn Hall on Wednesday after winning the Division I regional boys discus title.

Fitch thrower wins at regional

AUSTINTOWN — Brent Fairbanks exited the throwing circle after hearing the final results of Wednesday’s boys discus. The Austintown Fitch senior was proud of his first-place throw of 177 feet-11 inches, and so were the family members hugging him after he laid claim to a Division I regional ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Champion senior Noah Bayus has qualified for the regional in his first season as a long jumper.

Champion’s Bayus is quick study in long jump

CORTLAND — The small red pouch is in his hand. Noah Bayus holds it, dumps some contents in his hand and eats it. They’re Skittles. Yes, Skittles. The multi-colored, hard-shelled, chewy candy is part of the Champion senior’s routine before sprinting down a runway, hitting a wooden board ...

Blue Devils hope familiarity leads to victory

BERLIN CENTER — Fresh off winning their fourth straight district title, Western Reserve baseball coach Ed Anthony wanted to do something for his players. Practice. And not just any practice. Two days after the Blue Devils beat Jackson-Milton, 4-3, in an 11-inning district final thriller, ...

Valley Christian’s Yanno jumps to title

MASSILLON — Valley Christian senior Dante Yanno on Wednesday broke a Region 9 boys long jump record which stood since 1983 on his way to winning the event in the Division III regional at Perry High School. Yanno went 23 feet-1 inch. The previous record was 22-8.75. The top four in each ...