High School Sports

Rasile scores 43; Howland routs Niles

¯ McDONALD 92, WATERLOO 36: McDONALD — Sophomore guard Zach Rasile poured in 43 points in the Blue Devils’ rout of Waterloo. Braedon Poole, fresh off scoring his 1,000th career point last week, finished with 19 points in support of Rasile, and Josh Celli and Matthew Beedle scored 13 and ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Austintown Fitch’s Gia Direnzo looks for her time after competing in the 100-meter butterfly at Saturday’s All-American Conference meet.

Falcons staying afloat

WARREN — Austintown Fitch swimming coach Lisa Frederick looked through the lens of her camera, and she saw one of her athletes. She then switched to her phone, looking through the screen, focusing on the Falcon swimmer standing on the podium. It was one of the few swimmers placing in the ...

Girard tops Badger, Saxon earns win No. 399

¯ GIRARD 51, BADGER 43: KINSMAN — A second-half comeback by Girard moved Indians coach Andrew Saxon one win away from 400 career victories. Girard (3-9) trailed 27-20 at the half, but at 14-6 edge in the third quarter gave the Indians the momentum it needed down the stretch. Three ...

High school basketball records

Boys basketball (Records are unofficial) DIVISION I Canfield 7-3 Fitch 5-5 Harding 4-4 East 4-4 Boardman 3-7 DIVISION II Poland 10-0 Lakeview 8-3 Howland 6-4 Girard 5-6 Hubbard 4-5 Mooney 2-7 Niles 2-9 Ursuline 1-8 DIVISION III LaBrae 8-0 Grand ...

High school athletes prepare for postseason

With the high school winter sports season at about the halfway point, it’s time to take a look at the impending postseason. Before that, a quick note about basketball records and statistics. The Tribune Chronicle sports staff has endeavored this season to keep track of team and league ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Warren G. Harding’s Brendan Leecue competes in the 100-yard butterfly during Saturday’s AAC Meet in the WGH Natatorium.

AAC in the pool

WARREN — Terry O’Halloran, Carlo Cordon and Chad DeAngelo stood on the side of the Warren G. Harding pool, wearing white, long-sleeved dress shirts, black ties and khaki pants. Considering the humidity inside the WGH Natatorium and the mass of people watching and competing in the event, it ...

A lot goes into hosting conference swim meet

WARREN — Steam spewed out of the one door leading to the Warren G. Harding High School parking lot, separating the frigid conditions outside from the high humidity permeating around the school’s natatorium. It’s one of the perks the Raiders’ swim coaches sees this time of the year as ...

Flashes, NF triumph; Mathews gets key NAC win

≤ CHAMPION 64, MAPLEWOOD 45: CHAMPION — Chase Wheelock sparked a second-quarter run that helped the Golden Flashes pull away from Maplewood in a non-league matchup. The game was tied at 11 after the first quarter, but Champion (5-5) outscored the Rockets, 19-12, in the second stanza, with ...

Champion and Brookfield girls post big wins

≤ CHAMPION 42, NEWTON FALLS 35: NEWTON FALLS — Champion mounted a huge fourth-quarter rally to shock the Tigers in a vital All-American Conference, Blue Tier showdown. The Golden Flashes erased an 12-point fourth-quarter deficit with a 23-4 run. Champion had 19 total points before the ...

3 area wrestlers 1st at Top Gun

ALLIANCE — Three Mahoning Valley wrestlers claimed titles, and Austintown Fitch placed second as a team at the 32nd annual Top Gun Tournament on Saturday. The Falcons’ Gus Sutton and Michael Ferree each won their respective weight class, and Girard’s Jack DelGarbino dominated at ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Warren G. Harding’s D’Muntize Owens (10) guards Cardinal Mooney’s Johnnie Mikos during their game Thursday in Warren. Harding’s Ron Simmons, far right, defends Mooney’s Pete Haas (5) in the background. The Raiders won, 50-37.

Harding holds court

WARREN — Andy Vlajkovich said his team emphasizes defense in practices. Thursday, his Warren G. Harding Raiders boys basketball team protected their home court by keeping Cardinal Mooney at bay, 50-37. It is by necessity. “This team, we have to guard,” said Vlajkovich, whose team ...

Weather, again, postpones area high school games

Due to predicted inclement weather, the Newton Falls Honor Our Past recognition event — and the boys basketball games against Brookfield — have been moved from tonight to Saturday. The 1958 Trumbull AA League championship team will be recognized on its 60th anniversary, and the 2003 ...

PV holds off Mathews; J-M still unbeaten

¯ PYMATUNING VALLEY 62, MATHEWS 55: ANDOVER — Pymatuning Valley led by 25 at one point, but they had to hold off the Mustangs after a valiant comeback in this Northeastern Athletic Conference clash. Carlie Pratt scored nine of her team-high 18 in the fourth quarter, and Emily Strama put in ...

Special to Tribune Chronicle / Dianna Oatridge
Liberty’s Nysa Gilchrist (32) and Karrington Rucker (21) try to stop Izzy Kline of Newton Falls Wednesday night on the Tigers’ floor. Kline scored 22 points, but the Leopards pulled out a 54-48 victory.

Balance lifts Liberty

NEWTON FALLS — Everyone played a part in a real team effort for Liberty Wednesday evening, an effort that led to a big win in the All-American Conference Blue Tier. Karrington Rucker and Nysa Gilchrist each scored 12 and Delia Watson had 11, as the Leopards’ balanced attack was enough for ...

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems
Anezah Fryer, right, of Niles dribbles against Howland’s Ka’Rina Mallory Wednesday.

Howland defense stifles Niles

HOWLAND — Howland took a big lead early and Niles couldn’t recover as the Tigers won, 49-17, Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to eight games. In the first quarter, Howland (11-3) played great defense, as Niles (3-7) couldn’t get off any good shots. The Tigers led 14-0 ...

Maplewood boys, Valley girls knock off ranked foes

≤ MAPLEWOOD 86, WINDHAM 80: MAPLEWOOD — Despite scoring just six points in the first quarter, Maplewood pulled out a big time win over Windham. Windham’s five-game win streak was broken with the loss. Windham (8-2) shot the ball well and even outrebounded the Rockets but couldn’t get ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Howland’s Jonah Weisman, right, looks to pass as Warren G. Harding’s Chris Hughes (4) and Dom McGhee (23) defend during their game Tuesday at Warren G. Harding High School.

Ugly WGH win important in Red Tier race

WARREN — To say there wasn’t much rhythm during the Warren G. Harding-Howland boys basketball game would be doing a disservice to the cheerleaders for the teams. Both squads showed some nice dance moves during the halftime show. The game itself? Well, someone had to win. The Raiders ...

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems
Tyler Stephens of LaBrae dunks during the Vikings’ 83-55 victory Tuesday night over Champion on the Golden Flashes’ floor. LaBrae is ranked eighth in the state in Division III and has a record now of 8-0 and 4-0 in the All-American Athleitc Conference Blue Tier.

Quick start for Vikings

CHAMPION — LaBrae continued its run of great wins — and won for the first time as e eighth-ranked Divion III team in the state — with an 83-55 win over Champion in All-American Conference Blue Tier action Tuesday night. A day after debuting eighth in the first Associated Press statewide ...

Falls still unbeaten in Blue tier; Niles wins

¯ NEWTON FALLS 37, CAMPBELL 36: NEWTON FALLS — Adam Honeycutt hit a 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds left to win it for the Tigers. Honeycutt’s 3 — his third of the game — gave Newton Falls (5-4, 4-0) a one-point lead. Campbell missed a 3 in the final seconds, and while the ensuing putback ...

McDonald rolls WR; Ridge tops Blue Jays

¯ McDONALD 86, WESTERN RESERVE 56: McDONALD — Western Reserve took a 14-12 lead after the first quarter. McDonald outscored it, 74-42, the rest of the game. McDonald (9-1, 5-0 Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference) was led by Braeden Poole with 33 points on 16 mad field goals. Josh Celli had ...