High School Sports

Family affair for Warriors

BROOKFIELD — For Brookfield senior running back Alex Clark, the football team is a family affair. For the past four years, his dad, Randy, has coached him. For the elder Clark, he has coached older son Joey, and now Alex, for the past eight years. Despite coaching his son, Randy says ...

Dollars and sense

Football and basketball are the lifeblood of a school athletics program. So is scheduling. When athletic directors have teams in their conference that they play each season, it helps as well. It’s much better than being an independent. “There’s no fish out there to find an ...

Beginning of the end

WARREN — Rivalries were lost, and some could be gained. There were hard feelings, and there could be some grudges held. In the end, teams did what was best for their schools — like it or not. The likely demise of the All-American Conference was swift and abrupt to some, but it’s part of ...

A deeper look

Damon Dohar knew he had to be proactive, along with the familiar schools of McDonald, Jackson-Milton and Western Reserve. The Weathersfield Local schools superintendent said Mineral Ridge High School and its three league cohorts had to make a decision. Rumblings in Columbiana County ...

What about no league?

WARREN — A lot of coaches only know what it’s like to be in a conference, while others have only been independents throughout the entirety of their careers. Warren G. Harding football coach Steve Arnold knows both sides. So does Ursuline football leader Larry Kempe. And, in a way, ...

Time capsule

A look at the history of area high school athletic leages and conferences over the years from Tribune Chronicle records and the Ohio High School Athletic Association website: OHIO SCHOLASTIC LEAGUE 1950-1953 ¯ Warren G. Harding ¯ Canton McKinley ¯ Massillon ¯ Alliance ¯ ...

Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple
Vince Perrotti (15) of Warren G. Harding looks for a receiver during football practice on Friday. The Raiders, like many area teams, are unsure of the future of their league, the All-American Conference, since the announcement that seven schools will withdraw to form a new league beginning next school year. That uncertainty of league alignment is not a new factor in area high school athletics.

Loss of rivalries bothers some fans

In life, change is inevitable. For Mahoning Valley high school athletes and sports fans alike, change seems to be all-around. Recently, the All-American Conference experienced a shakeup that will see at least one new league begin play in the coming years, while the Inter-Tri County League has ...

Change is name of game

WHO remembers the Turnpike Conference? How about the Ohio Scholastic League, the Northeast Ohio Athletic Conference, the Ohio Big 8, the Grand River Conference, or the All-American Athletic Conference? Who recalls that Boardman was a charter member of the Tri-County League in 1932, along with ...

1960s a time of change in area school athletics

The history of high school athletic leagues and conferences in Trumbull County — more specifically changes in those leagues, especially recently — is, according to most observers, tied to the sport of football. But until the 1960s, only seven schools in the county sponsored football teams ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Several LaBrae High School basketball players are improving their games playing on the AAU circuit. Among the Vikings playing in a tournament in the Columbus area this past weekend are  Logan Kiser, 10, and  Aaron Iler, 4.

Vikings improve on AAU circuit

REYNOLDSBURG — Aaron Iler saw the opening on the baseline, then drove toward the basket — dribbling with his left hand. He elevated as he got in the paint, switched the basketball to his right hand, and the 6-foot-2 senior-to-be at LaBrae High School emphatically slammed the ball during a ...

Pitts was easy choice for Canfield mat job

CANFIELD — The biggest endorsement for Steve Pitts to become the wrestling head coach at Canfield High School came from an interesting group of people. His own colleagues. When longtime coach Dean Conley recently announced he was retiring, the Cardinals, who have become a state power in ...

Canfield wrestling will miss Conley

The sport of wrestling has lost some great coaches over the last few years, specifically in the Mahoning Valley. In 2015, two of the area’s all-time great high school wrestling coaches, Jackson-Milton’s Dave Tomaino and Austintown Fitch’s Brett Powell, retired after illustrious careers ...

Soaring Sutton places at Fargo

Being part of the Cadet Freestyle National Wrestling Tournament in Fargo, North Dakota is quite an experience. Gus Sutton of Austintown Fitch is finding that out first hand. Maybe the most eye-popping part of one of the most popular and grueling offseason events for wrestlers is that there ...

Conley retires after building Canfield program

It’s been a good run recently for the Canfield High School wrestling team and coach Dean Conley. So good, that even the offseason brings them honors. Thing is, this might be the final one for Conley. The longtime coach was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association head coach of ...

Cross country returns to Mathews after Wallace created interest

Narrow misses, collapsing before the finish line, an injury that hinders his senior cross country season and two All-Ohio finishes in the Division III 1,600-meter run. Kenny Wallace felt the heartache, but had joyous moments standing on the podium inside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The ...

JFK grad LaMonica sprints her way to YSU

Recent John F. Kennedy graduate Antonella LaMonica overcame adversity to become one of the area’s best sprinters the past four years. The 5-foot dynamo outclassed many of her bigger and stronger competitors, and now it has led to a track and field scholarship to Youngstown State. For ...

Tribune Chronicle / Eric Murray
The Trumbull County team huddles up prior to Thursday’s Jack Arvin Classic in Hubbard. Trumbull defeated the Mahoning County team, 20-7.

Bowden bows out with W

HUBBARD — Former Warren G. Harding standout Lynn Bowden — arguably the area’s best football player the past few years — helped lead the Trumbull County squad over the Mahoning/Columbiana squad, 20-7, in Friday’s 33rd annual Jack Arvin Football Classic at Hubbard Memorial Stadium. ...

Special to Tribune Chronicle
Brookfield track and field coach Adam Hughes, left, with the Warriors’ 4x200 relay team, from left, Dionte Colwell, Nicholas Varga, Xavier Bailey and Alexander Bell.

Brookfield relay team runs one more time

Xavier Bailey said after this year’s Division III regional track and field meet that he had one goal — to take his teammates to the state meet and get them the experience on the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium track. It didn’t seem that was going to happen after three legs of the ...

Former opponents get together for win

Two All-American Conference standout linemen, LaBrae’s Xavier Hubbard and Brookfield’s Carmen Furillo, played their final high school game in Friday night’s 33rd annual Jack Arvin Football Classic in Hubbard. The two Trumbull County players helped their squad defeat the ...