High School Sports

Champion holds off LaBrae, 6-4

NILES — Redemption was on the mind of the Champion Golden Flashes on Monday afternoon in a Division III Niles District semifinal. Champion, the number two ranked team in the state in the district semifinal round last season, was upended by Grand Valley after coming off of a state title run ...

Late-inning magic lifts Edgewood past Grand Valley

NILES — The Edgewood Warriors try to have the classic mentality in baseball that the late legend of the sport Yogi Berra always had. That mentality being the game is not over until it’s over. And that was the case Monday night at Wilder Field. “That’s their identity,” Edgewood ...

Three NAC teams heading to D-IV district

The Division IV Fairport Harbor District baseball tournament plays host to three local schools when Bristol, Maplewood and top-seeded Mathews take the field today in the district semifinals. All four teams involved in the districts are from the Northeastern Athletic Conference with Mathews ...

McDonald, JFK head to Struthers District

A pair of Trumbull County baseball teams are preparing for their district semifinal matchups today in the Division IV Struthers District at Cene Park. The McDonald Blue Devils are coming off of a 2-1 victory over Southern in a sectional bracket final last Thursday, and are set to play the ...

Kennedy sprinters to regional

NEW MIDDLETOWN — Chloe Coates checks her phone. It’s her older brother, Jacob, with another reminder. It’s not like the Youngstown State University football player doesn’t know what his freshman sister is going through with the John F. Kennedy track team. He’s been there. The ...

Champion, LaBrae meet again

Momentum is a fickle thing in the game of baseball, especially at the high school level, and two teams set to go head-to-head today are ready to test a couple of theories. LaBrae comes into a Division III Niles District semifinal game against Champion playing as well as it has all season. The ...

Niles adjusts to Poland as foe

It was an early-season trip that Niles baseball coach Mike Guarnieri pointed to as a big reason for his Red Dragons being well prepared for the postseason. Oddly enough, that’s the same reason Niles has a new opponent in the district tournament. A surprising change of events occurred late ...

District champions

CORTLAND — The boys 3200-meter run had just finished. Garfield’s Tyler Klouda claimed yet another win for the G-Men boys track and field team, winning the 1600 race earlier in the day. That victory threw Saturday’s Division II Lakeview District meet into a free-for-all among four ...

Bowker paces Bulldogs

CORTLAND — Ashley Bowker never is satisfied with any performance. There is always improvement to be made. The Lakeview High School junior is dogged in her work ethic, something that showed as her 100- and 300-meter hurdle wins helped lead the Bulldogs to their third straight title at ...

8 locals advance to state tennis

AKRON — Alex and Anthony Payiavlas needed one win on Saturday to make the Division I boys tennis state tournament. The Warren G. Harding High School brother doubles team not only won one match, but two to head to Mason for the first time for both players. The Payiavlas brothers beat ...

Devil trouble

NEW MIDDLETOWN — Sophomores Brody Rupe and Greg Dickson knew the challenge that stood in front of them as an athletic Crestview team held almost a 10-point lead over McDonald. The Blue Devils have won the Division III Springfield District track and field meet every year since 2008. The ...

Howland’s Mauri stays on track to state

AUSTINTOWN — The Division I Austintown District track meet was held Friday evening at Austintown Fitch High School with Howland, Niles, Harding, Austintown, and Boardman competing for spots in next week’s regional. Howland’s Vinny Mauri has the fastest 3,200-meter time in the state. He ...

Six players net state bids

AKRON — John F. Kennedy’s Armand Nannicola and Ursuline’s Greg Morgione are headed back to this year’s Division II boys state tennis tournament in Mason after winning their first two matches at Friday’s Division II district at the Springside Racquet and Fitness Club. Nannicola beat ...

Badger boys, girls place second

CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS — Badger’s boys and girls won runner-up titles at Friday’s Division III Cuyahoga Heights district track and field meet. Badger junior Miranda Stanhope won the girls 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, while senior Brandon Greathouse won the boys 110 hurdles and part of the ...

Champion cruises past Crestview

Champion’s Allison Smith pitched a no-hitter, and the Golden Flashes slugged five home runs in a 14-0 victory over Crestview. Smith struck out 11, and her lone walk was all that kept her from a perfect game. Emma Gumont hit two home runs and had four RBIs. Smith, Brooklyn Whitt and Abby White ...

Bristol nips Mathews; grabs 2nd title in row

BAZETTA — Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning and with Alayna Sines on third, all the Bristol Panthers needed was to advance her home to claim their second consecutive Division IV Warren District championship. Enter Bella Homchosky. Just after making a stellar catch to end the ...

Devils claim school’s 1st district softball title

NORTH JACKSON — After making the district semifinals for the sixth straight year and the district final for the third straight season, McDonald finally has a district softball championship to call its own for the first time in school history. “I can’t believe it,” Blue Devils coach ...

Howell pitches Flashes back into regional

LEAVITTSBURG — District dominance. For the first time in school history the Champion girls have won a district title in soccer, basketball, and softball in the same school year. They finished off the trifecta with a 10-0 defeat of Newton Falls (17-9) in the Division III LaBrae District ...

Niles, Lakeview relays win

CORTLAND — Micah Curry took the baton as the third leg of the Niles boys 4x800-meter relay. He had two laps ahead of him, starting in sixth place of Thursday’s Division II Lakeview District track and field meet. It was one of few finals concluded that day. Niles needed to make top four ...

Relaxed Badger boys confident at district

CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS — Jim Richards smiled and laughed. It’s a paradox for the boys track and field team, one most Division III teams wouldn’t mind having. Brandon Greathouse is ranked third in Division III in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. The 4x400 relay of Jimmy Plunkett, Tanner Houser, ...