High School Sports

Sat. 10:20 a.m.: Champion boys take early lead in state title game

COLUMBUS - After a hit by pitch to the leadoff hitter Lucas Nasonti and sacrifice bunt, Champion boys baseball team has taken the lead on an RBI single from Michael Turner in the OHSAA Division III title game in Columbus. Flashes lead 1-0 after one inning.

Sat. 11 a.m.: Champion boys maintain lead in tight game

COLUMBUS - The Champion Golden Flashes boys baseball team are holding onto a 1-0 lead at the bottom of the fourth inning. They escaped another jam with Andrew Russell striking out two to work around a leadoff double and sacrifice bunt against the state's top-ranking Berlin Hiland. It is ...

Sat. 11:50 a.m.: Champion boys capture state title

COLUMBUS - The Champion Golden Flashes boys baseball team is the 2017 Division III state champions! The local team defeated top-ranked Berlin Hiland, 1-0. This was the Champion boys baseball team's first-ever Division III state title game appearance. The Champion girls softball team will ...

Williams cousins help make Flashes burn

CHAMPION — Firefighters in Champion Township better be on their toes today. Things could get a little wild in the community if the Golden Flashes baseball and softball teams are both able to claim state titles today (the boys play at 10 a.m. and the girls at 4 p.m.). Sure, an escort home ...

MICHAEL G. TAYLOR- 06-02-17 OHSAA State Track & Field Championships.
D2 Girls Discuss,, Newton Falls' Kayla Barreca and Garfield's Lauren Jones celebrate their 1st (Lauren Jones) and second place finishes.

Garfield’s Jones wins 3rd discus title

COLUMBUS — Lauren Jones was frustrated at herself after last week’s Division II Austintown Regional. Now, anyone who knows Jones knows that anything close to mad for her is way out of the ordinary. She qualified for state in three events — the discus, shot put and long jump — but ...

Maplewood boys put it together in runner-up finish in 3200 relay

COLUMBUS — You could say it was a perfect storm for Maplewood’s boys 4x800-meter relay. The seemingly impenetrable 8-minute mark for Division III teams was almost out of reach due to the colder weather circulating around Ohio this spring. With temperatures more seasonable, around 70 to ...

MICHAEL G. TAYLOR- 06-02-17 OHSAA State Track & Field Championships.
D3 Boys long jump final,Champion's Noah Bayus finishes 5th with a jump of 22-03.75 ft.

Champion’s Bayus 5th in long jump; Marsico, Bailey advance in two events

COLUMBUS — Champion’s Noah Bayus was a first-year long jumper. The senior athlete knew he was heading to Youngstown State University as walk-on in football. Now, he’s going to YSU to be a track and field athlete as well. Bayus finished his career by rallying from eighth place to vault ...

WARREN DILLAWAY | Star Beacon
Pymatuning Valley's Gabe Warsing won the "Seated" division state championship on Friday at the state track meet in Columbus.

PV’s Warsing is seated shot put champ

COLUMBUS — Gabe Warsing entered the shot put pit outside of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus Friday in an unfamiliar situation. Sure, it was the Ohio High School Athletic Association state track and field meet, a level at which the Pymatuning Valley athlete had never experienced ...

MICHAEL G. TAYLOR- 06-02-17 OHSAA State Track & Field Championships.
D2 Girls Hurdles Preliml, Newton Falls'  Tori Blandine qualifies for 300m and 100m hurdles' final.

How area athletes fared Friday

DIVISION I BOYS Finals ¯ 4x800 relay: Canfield (Camryn Kohout, Fr.; Raquel Markulin, Sr.; Ashley Ventimiglia, So.; Anita Mancini, Sr.), 15th, 9:40.25 Running semifinals (Top 9 advance to today’s finals) ¯ Girls 100: Jahniya Bowers, Youngstown East, 12th, 12.31 ¯ Boys 100: ...

MICHAEL G. TAYLOR- 06-02-17 OHSAA State Track & Field Championships.
D3 Boys 200m Prelim Dash, JFK's Jacob Coates strains his hamstring and realizes his shot at a 2nd title is gone. However, he finished the race

JFK’s Coates injures leg again

COLUMBUS — Jacob Coates started out strong from the blocks of the 200-meter dash. The 2015 state champion in this event had a tumultuous junior year with a hamstring injury that ended his season at a district meet. He had a slow start to this season, but finally found his stride at last ...

Update: Sat. 6:45 p.m. Champion girls win state title 5-1

AKRON - The Champion High School girls softball team has won the Division III state championship title, defeating Wheelersburg 5-1. The girls took an early lead, 2-0, in the first inning and never looked back. It was the sixth inning before the defending champions scored their only run, but ...

Tribune Chronicle / Eric Murray
Members of the Champion High School baseball team celebrate after their 2-1 victory Thursday over Clear Fork in a Division III state semifinal at Huntington Park in Columbus. The Golden Flashes will face Berlin Hiland on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the state championship game.

On to the title game

COLUMBUS — Michael Turner’s base hit in the top of the seventh inning Thursday lifted the Champion Golden Flashes past Bellville Clear Fork, 2-1, in a Division III state semifinal at Huntington Park. The win advances Champion to its first-ever state title game on Saturday. The Flashes ...

Fri. 1:20 p.m.: Champion girls have big, early lead

AKRON - Champion girls softball team has jumped out to a big lead early in the Division III state semifinals. The local team is leading Springfield Northwestern by a score of 5-0 after two innings. The game is under way in Akron's Firestone Park. The winner advances to the state finals on ...

Fri. 1:45 p.m.: UPDATE – Champion girls widen gap

The Champion Golden Flashes girls softball team has widened the gap to an 8-0 lead over Springfield Northwestern after three innings. The Division III state semifinal game is under way at Akron's Firestone Park. The winning team will advance to Saturday's OHSAA state title game in ...

Fri. 2:05 p.m.: Champion girls win, play for state title Saturday

Champion girls softball team shut out Springfield Northwestern in five innings, 10-0. The girls team now will advance to Saturday's OHSAA Division III state title game against Wheelersburg at Akron's Firestone Park. The girls join their counterpart, Champion boys baseball team, in their ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Jacob Coates, left, and Jim Coates pose in front of the Jesse Owens Statue at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

Coates follows (quickly) in dad’s steps

COLUMBUS — Jim Coates remembers that feeling in 1984. The sounds and echoes reverberating through Ohio Stadium, trickling down to the Jesse Owens Track. He and his John F. Kennedy High School teammates in the 4x100-meter relay — Scott Rindfuss, Joe Frandanisa and Tim Mrofchak — held off ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Champion’s Brandon Allen, right, prepares to hand off to Niles’ Tyler Srbinovich during a practice for the Jack Arvin All-Star Classic football game at Hubbard.

‘Fun’ game will be competitive

HUBBARD — The subject of which county is better in football isn’t really a question to recent Warren G. Harding graduate Marlin Richardson. “Being me, I say Trumbull County is better,” said Richardson during a practice for the Jack Arvin All-Star Classic, a game in which Mahoning ...

Bill Sferra Fastpitch Classic

Tentative rosters for the Trumbull vs. Mahoning high school senior softball all-star game scheduled Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Youngstown State’s softball complex. The Classic will include two eight-inning games. Trumbull County Name School Pos. Josie Campbell Maplewood 1B, 3B Cristiana ...

Tribune Chronicle / Bob Ettinger
Champion’s McKenzie Zigmont throws a pitch during the Division III Massillon Regional championship game against Tuslaw last week. The Golden Flashes are in Friday’s Division III state semifinal in Akron.

Flash ahead

The Champion Golden Flashes softball program will be making its ninth trip to the state tournament Friday afternoon, when they take on Springfield Northwestern at Akron Firestone Stadium in a Division III state semifinal. This will mark Champion’s sixth appearance since 2004, and the ...