High School Sports

Tribune Chronicle / Eric Murray
Members of the Trumbull County all-star team, from left, Girard’s Emily Scarnecchia, Brookfield’s Ella Simcox and coach Michelle Titus congratulate members of the Mahoning County team after the first game of the 14th annual Bill Sferra Fastpitch Classic held Tuesday at Youngstown State.

All-stars have some fun

YOUNGSTOWN — The Trumbull and Mahoning County softball all-stars split the two eight-inning games in the 14th annual Bill Sferra Fastpitch Classic, played at YSU Softball Field on Tuesday night. Trumbull took Game 1, 5-3, while Mahoning held off a late Trumbull rally to take a 9-4 victory ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Coach Dan Williams, left, demonstrates a play to Tyler Srbinovich (13), Lynn Bowden (1) and Tyriq Ellis, right, during a practice for the Jack Arvin All-Star Classic football game. Williams is coaching in the game for the second time — and he’s having fun doing it.

McDonald’s Williams has blast coaching all-stars

McDONALD — Dan Williams always has fun coaching football, but these days, it’s is a little more fun. The longtime McDonald High School coach is now leading the Trumbull County team in the Jack Arvin All-Star Classic football game, a matchup between Trumbull and Mahoning/Columbiana county ...

Football season features changes

It’s official. The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced that all football playoff games during the first four rounds will be played on Friday nights. New regions — the first under the new competitive balance format — and the Friday-only playoffs format were approved ...

McDonald ace Titus completes excellent career

One of the area’s best softball pitchers over the past four years, McDonald’s Cheyenne Titus, finished her illustrious prep career Tuesday, when she played her final game in the 14th annual Bill Sferra Fastpitch Classic all-star game at YSU. Titus was the Blue Devils’ ace pitcher for ...

Seniors see careers end differently

Lauren Jones hasn’t been shy saying she wants another puppy, but leaving for Oklahoma this summer presents a quandary. The Garfield High School senior thrower finished her Ohio High School Athletic Association career as a three-time state champion in the Division II girls discus, and went ...

Baseball stars looking toward final game

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers will once again host the High School Valley All-Star Baseball Classic at Eastwood Field, which will take place Friday at 5:30 p.m. The fourth annual game pits all stars from Trumbull and Mahoning counties against one another, and two of Trumbull’s best — ...

Arvin Classic experience a plus for those college bound

HUBBARD — There are plenty of challenges for college freshmen, even more so for those who decide to participate in athletics. The physical demands are obvious, with the speed of the game increasing along with the size, athleticism and quickness of the competitors. Then there’s the mental ...

Sferra Classic Softball stars bring their skill, passion

Tuesday’s Bill Sferra Fastpitch Classic, pitting senior all-star softball players from Trumbull and Mahoning counties at Youngstown State, features some of the area’s best and most passionate softball players. Two of Trumbull County’s best — John F. Kennedy’s Tiffany Slusarczyk and ...

High School Valley All-Star Baseball Classic

Rosters for the Trumbull vs. Mahoning high school senior baseball all-star game scheduled Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Eastwood Field in Niles. The Classic is presented by Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods. Trumbull County Name School Pos. Alex Bell Maplewood OF Dakota Bingham Lordstown P, ...

Tribune Chronicle / Eric Murray
Champion softball coach Cheryl Weaver and baseball coach Rick Yauger embrace Saturday at Akron after their teams both won Division III state titles.

Champion is twice a champion

AKRON — Champion can now call itself the “Township of Champions,” as both the Golden Flashes baseball and softball teams won their respective Division III state crowns on Saturday. The baseball team defeated Berlin Hiland, 1-0, earlier in the day in Columbus, before the softball team ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Members of the Champion High School baseball team show off the state championship trophy they won Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Berlin Hiland at Columbus.

Baseball, softball teams both win state titles

COLUMBUS — The question was asked several times by Champion High School baseball coach Rick Yauger prior to the OHSAA Division III State Championship game. Yauger posed the thought to anyone who would listen, including his team. “Why not us?” Yauger asked No one had an answer, not ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Champion sophomore pitcher Andrew Russell shows some emotion after an inning-ending out Saturday in the Golden Flashes’ win over Berlin Hiland in the Division III state championship game.

Russell, Batcho carried Flashes on the mound

COLUMBUS — Andrew Russell moved side to side, almost shaking, and then clapped his hands as best he could with a glove on. There were three outs to go in the OHSAA Division III baseball state championship between Champion and Berlin Hiland, and Russell was trying to finish a complete-game ...

MICHAEL G. TAYLOR- 06-03-17 OHSAA State Track & Field Championships.
D2 Girls Shotput, Newton Falls' Izzy Kline throws shotput to a personal best to finish 2nd

Newton Falls’ Kline 2nd in state despite injury

COLUMBUS — Isabelle Kline saved her best for last, despite nursing an injured ankle. The Newton Falls High School junior thrower kept her composure despite having an air cast supporting her injury. She launched a throw of 43 feet-9.25 inches to take second in the Division II girls shot put ...

MICHAEL G. TAYLOR- 06-03-17 OHSAA State Track & Field Championships.
D3 Boys 4x200m, Brookfield's Dione Colwell hands the batton to his teammate Alex Bell

Brookfield’s Bailey gets teammates to podium

COLUMBUS — Brookfield High School senior Xavier Bailey wasn’t concerned that he finished fourth in the Division III 200-meter dash and fifth in the 100. Putting juniors Nicholas Varga and Alex Bell, along with sophomore Dionte Colwell, on the podium, where the top eight placers go after ...

MICHAEL G. TAYLOR- 06-03-17 OHSAA State Track & Field Championships.
D3 Boys 800m, start of the final lap of the race for Maplewood's Jake Hall. He ran a 1:55.80  minutes to finish 4th.

Maplewood’s Hall model of consistency

COLUMBUS — Charlotte Crouch wore eye black on her face, a ritual normally reserved for baseball and softball players. The Maplewood High School junior distance runner thought this was a better option than the alternative on a warm, sunny day Saturday at the state track and field meet at ...

MICHAEL G. TAYLOR- 06-03-17 OHSAA State Track & Field Championships.
D3 Girls 1600m, McDonald's Malina Mitchell runs a 5:04.27 minutes to finish 4th.

McDonald girls successfully battle heat

COLUMBUS — The last thing McDonald junior Malina Mitchell was going to do was let some stifling humidity get to her. The Blue Devils distance runner pulled off the unlikely double in the heat inside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. She took fourth in the Division III 1,600-meter run and ...

MICHAEL G. TAYLOR- 06-03-17 OHSAA State Track & Field Championships.
D2 Boys 200m, Labrae's Tariq Drake lunges to finish 3rd.

LaBrae’s Drake sprints away from baseball

COLUMBUS — Tariq Drake spent the first two years of high school frustrated, at the end of the batting order. He wondered why baseball wasn’t kind to him, despite his blazing speed — something he often displays on the football field. It could be the reason he’s heading to Ohio ...

MICHAEL G. TAYLOR- 06-03-17 OHSAA State Track & Field Championships.
D1 Boys Discus,  Austintown Fitch's Brent Fairbanks receives his diploma during the award cermony

Fairbanks gets 7th in discus, Fitch diploma

COLUMBUS — Austintown Fitch senior Brent Fairbanks made up his mind once he heard about the conflict. Fitch High School’s graduation and the throwing events of the Division I state track and field finals were on the same day. “As soon as I heard graduation was the same day as outdoor ...

How area athletes fared Saturday

DIVISION III ¯ Boys 100: Xavier Bailey, Brookfield, Sr., 5th, 11.09 ¯ Boys 4x200 relay: Brookfield (Nicholas Varga, jr.,; Dionte Colwell, so.; Alex Bell, jr.; Bailey, sr.), 4th, 1:30.36 ¯ Girls 1,600: Malina Mitchell, McDonald, jr., 4th, 5:04.27 ¯ Boys 1,600: Kenny Wallace, Mathews, ...

Tribune Chronicle / Eric Murray
The Champion softball team gathers in the middle of the diamond after a 10-0, mercy rule trouncing of Springfield Northwestern Friday in a Division III state semifinal at Akron’s Firestone Stadium. The Golden Flashes play Wheelersburg today at 4 p.m., looking for their seventh state title.

Another blowout

AKRON — With the Champion baseball team cheering them on from behind the plate, the Golden Flashes softball team made sure to hold up their end of the bargain in their bid to qualify for the state title game. Champion scored at least two runs in each of its four innings at the plate, as the ...