High School Sports

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AKRON — Most teams don’t get the chance to defend a state championship. But the Champion Golden Flashes have done it twice in this decade, claiming their second straight title on Saturday in a 9-4 win over Cardington-Lincoln in the Division III state title game at Firestone Stadium. The ...

Crew helps Mauri cruise to second in D-I 3200

COLUMBUS — Vinny Mauri looked across the track at the 30 or so orange shirts with the words Vinny’s Crew across a white winged foot. The Howland High School junior has always been a driven runner, spending Sundays around Twinsburg with some of the best distance athletes northeast Ohio has ...

Mitchell’s last race has Blue Devil girls in 2nd

COLUMBUS — The black baton with an Ohio High School Athletic Association inscription passed from one runner to the next. Only 400 meters stood between them and each handoff. Four times around the track. Malina Mitchell, knowing her career at McDonald High School was down to this — one lap ...

Jackson, relay mates gain Valley Christian’s 1st titles

COLUMBUS — For someone who doesn’t like running, Jamynk Jackson did his fair share on Saturday. A couple of sprints of 100 and 200 yards at a time resulted in something Valley Christian has never seen in its school history — a state champion. The Eagles won the Division III 4x200 ...

Liberty’s Hamner, Badger’s Stanhope on podium

COLUMBUS — Madyson Hamner didn’t know if this season would happen. She was unsure of her circumstances, but it was something she didn’t want to divulge. All the Liberty senior said was it was injury and school-related. Her track season was in jeopardy. She prayed about her situation ...

Southern, Klouda get D-2 places

COLUMBUS — Tyler Klouda was in seventh place after three laps of Saturday’s Division II 1600-meter run. The first two laps were quick, but the Garfield High School junior had a feeling the pack would drift back to him. It did. Klouda finished fourth in 4:20.47, just short of Vincent ...

Maplewood seniors on podium in final state meet

COLUMBUS — Charlotte Crouch usually wears eye black. On Saturday, the Maplewood High School senior settled for a gold ring of triangles around her right arm — a stick-on tattoo. She got the idea from a future teammate at Youngstown State University. “I like to be blingy,” Crouch ...

Local seated athletes competitive at state

COLUMBUS — For those of you who think a polite round of applause for seated athletes at the state track and field meet is enough to get them through their competition, think again. The seated events with racing wheelchairs and a bolted shot put area is not for spectacle. It’s real. It’s ...

Local results

How area athletes fared Saturday at the state track & field finals: Division III ¯ Boys 110 hurdles: 7. Devin Moore (Badger) 15.16 ¯ Girls 100: 3. Madyson Hamner (Liberty) 12.33 ¯ Boys 4x200: 1. Valley Christian (Brandon Paige, Jamynk Jackson, Lohron Brown, Terrance White) ...

Lightning strikes

AKRON — In games like this, it is a shame that a team has to lose after such a great performance. In a Division III state semifinal on Friday, Champion defeated Richwood North Union, 2-1, in eight innings at Firestone Park. Champion (30-0) will now face Cardington-Lincoln tonight at 7 for ...

Tigers’ Kline is state champ in shot put

COLUMBUS — Izzy Kline envisioned the mark. It had to be another personal best. The Newton Falls senior took the metallic 12-pound implement in her hand and thought this was her moment. Her throwing coach Jon Culp sat on an upside-down orange bucket, giving last words of encouragement. He ...

Coach search seeks good fit

WARREN — It’s been an up-and-down process as Warren G. Harding athletic director Bill Nicholson and a five-person committee search for their new basketball coach. The ups are that candidates are surfacing from all over Ohio. That’s also part of the downs, along with some local prospects ...

Veteran runners Mitchell, Sparks in final anchor legs

COLUMBUS — Malina Mitchell took the baton, handed to her by Anna Guerra. Mitchell, a West Virginia University recruit, knew on Friday that it would be the last time she would run two times around the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium track with that implement in her hands. The rush of energy ...

Defense does it for Flashes

AKRON — In a game that ended in a 2-1 win over Richwood North Union in eight innings, two things went very well for Champion on Friday: pitching and defense. For the Golden Flashes, those two things were important. The Flashes scored their runs in seventh and eighth innings. On the ...

McDonald’s Gray comparing favorably to Blue Devil greats

COLUMBUS — Zach Gray admitted he’s nervous when he steps inside the discus ring. A couple of turns, flick of the wrist and there goes the metal disc. The McDonald junior thinks of his school’s legends like Christian Smith and Matthias Tayala. It’s hard not to do. They are Blue Devil ...

PV’s Warsing wins in seated division

COLUMBUS — Pymatuning Valley sophomore Gabe Warsing struck gold for a second straight year. He sat in the bolted down chair in the shot put ring, held on to a pole and heaved the weighted implement as far as he could. He threw 21 feet to win state in the boys seated competition Friday ...

Results

Friday’s events at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus (top nine in each semifinal advance to today’s finals) Division III Finals ¯ Girls 4x800 relay: 4. McDonald 9:36.94, (Sela Jones, Anna Guerra, Bella Wolford, Malina Mitchell) 9:36.94 ¯ Boys 4x800 relay: 9. Maplewood ( ...

Youth plays big part in Flashes’ reign

CHAMPION — For all the great seniors and juniors the Champion softball team has, their freshmen and sophomores play just as an important role. For the Golden Flashes, youth is as important as experience on this team. In their normal starting lineup, nearly five players at any one time are ...

People, team make Flashes special group

CHAMPION — Anytime someone talks about a great team, it is generally always about the players and coaches. As important as those things are to the on-field product, parents and fans play just as important, if not more important, of a role for the Champion Golden Flashes. In the last 10 ...