High School Sports

Saturday’s highlights

SOFTBALL Kylie Konwalski was a triple short of the cycle with four hits and six RBIs as the Maplewood hitter led the Rockets past Windham, 14-5. Jaycee Ray kept Windham at bay with nine strikeouts.

Friday’s highlights

BASEBALL Vincent Armeni’s RBI double and Andrew Sabella’s fielder’s choice in the top of the eighth lifted Ursuline past Springfield in eight innings, 3-1. Brennan Romain’s one-hit shutout pushed Liberty to a 5-1 record and past East, 9-0. SOFTBALL Jordyn Kenneally’s ...

Mathews looking to excel again

After a 5-4 defeat to Lucas in the Kent Regional final in 2017, the Mathews Mustangs softball is ready to get after it yet again. With five returning seniors this year, the Mustangs seem geared up for another deep postseason run like they’ve had the last few years. Last year, the Mustangs ...

Thursday’s highlights

Baseball Niles scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Red Dragons rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Meade County (Ky.) in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., 5-4. South Range’s Sam Brooks threw a no-hitter against Georgetown (S.C.) in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., in a 5-1 ...

McDonald tries to take next step

As an assistant coach for the last five seasons, McDonald coach Michelle Titus has seen some great softball. Every year for the past four years, the Blue Devils softball team has reached the semifinal or final of their district — losing each time. “In softball it is any given day. Someone ...

Taylor’s career to end in all-star fashion

Byron Taylor was running late for practice. As he entered the gym, John F. Kennedy coach Mark Komlanc saw Taylor. Crap. It didn’t look good for Taylor. That’s what he thought. He made his way to Komlanc’s office and sat in his chair. The door was closed behind him. Again, not a ...

Colwell carries torch for Warriors

Dionte Colwell feels the brisk wind whip through the sides of his head, cut tightly so that you can see a couple of lines above his ears. The top of his head is bushy, curly and takes the brunt force of the conditions when he runs down the straightaway of any track. “If you look around, ...

Tuesday’s highlights

Ursuline started the North Myrtle Beach Grand Strand tournament with a five-run inning in an 11-0 win over Virginia High School. Jordyn Kenneally pitched a one-hit shutout. She added two hits and four RBIs for the Irish (2-0). Maris Barbato had four hits with three triples, four runs scored and ...

Battle of AAC wills

GIRARD — The game was on when Champion met Girard in what most saw as just a normal regular-season baseball game. But this one meant a lot to both teams. The Golden Flashes are the defending state champions, out to prove they’re ready to reload, while Girard is the up-and-coming ...

Youth shouldn’t hinder Bristol softball’s progress

After another great season for the tradition-rich Bristol Panthers’ softball program, they are back and ready to do even more than last year. First-year coach Alisha Kugler takes over a team that went 16-2 in 2017, including an 8-4 loss to McDonald in the Division IV Warren District ...

Monday’s highlights

BASEBALL STRUTHERS — Howland’s Dylan Keller was untouchable Monday, throwing to all 21 batters he faced. The 6-foot Tiger right-hander threw 11 strikeouts and allowed no walks in a 5-0 perfect-game performance against Ursuline at Cene Park. The University of Dayton recruit was backed up ...

Rough 2017 drives WGH

Nine times last year the Warren G. Harding baseball team played in a one-run game. Nine times the Raiders lost a one-run game. Nine! That’s nearly half the season. An ugly 4-18 record could have easily been 13-9. That was something that weighed on the minds of the coaches and ...

Pair of aces return for refocused Flashes

CHAMPION — One year after winning Trumbull County’s first baseball state title in 73 years, expectations haven’t changed for the Champion High School baseball team. The only thing is, winning a state title wasn’t necessarily the goal last year, and it’s not the goal this year — not ...

Champion softball on ‘target’ for a run

One of the realities of winning a championship is what happens the next season. Championship teams are often targeted by their opponents — they get each opponent’s best effort the following season. For most teams and coaches, playing with that target on their backs can be tough. For coach ...

High school spring sports preview capsules

Editor’s note: More spring sports preview capsules will be published in the Sunday, April 8 edition of the Tribune Chronicle. Baseball WARREN G. HARDING RAIDERS ¯ COACH: Andrew Burnett (3 years) ¯ LAST YEAR: 4-18 ¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference ¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN ...

Saturday’s highlights

BASEBALL Lisbon’s Garrett Cox hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 4-3 victory over Jackson-Milton. Sebastian Lay struck out 13 for the Blue Jays and didn’t allow a run through six innings. The Blue Devils scored twice in the seventh to tie it at 3 before ...

Weather toughest opponent in tennis

Rain. Snow. The natural enemies of springtime sports. Squeegees for tennis courts only go so far. The couple of weeks between practice and games are vital for northeast Ohio high school tennis teams. Mother Nature reins in her wrath so many days. Sunshine and dry weather in tandem, good ...

’Dogs ready to cap off year

It’s been quite the year for Lakeview athletics, with a district title in basketball, a playoff appearance in football and league titles in boys bowling, boys and girls soccer and boys golf. And the Bulldogs may not be done yet. “It’s a really motivating factor for us to be the final ...

Girard baseball speed to give other teams fits

Tyler O’Dell knows as well as anyone how annoying a speedy baserunner can be to a pitcher. A four-year starter for Girard, O’Dell has been on the mound many times when a base-stealer is just waiting for the right moment to make his move. He knows the increased anxiety level when multiple ...

JFK faces McDonald again in basketball

Mark Komlanc looked around his collegue’s office, staring at a picture and reminiscing. The scene was Warren G. Harding High School a little over a year ago, when lines of fans protruded out a couple of entrances of the school’s gym. The roads headed toward the site of the Division IV ...