High School Sports

Fitch, Boardman defeated

EUCLID 35, AUSTINTOWN FITCH 0: EUCLID — Euclid rolled up 28 first-quarter points and cruised past Austintown Fitch in a Division I, Region 1 playoff matchup. The Panthers’ Brandon Wright ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries. He had touchdown runs of 18 and 77 yards. ...

It’s finally week 11

This year’s Warren G. Harding football senior class has felt the gamut of emotions throughout their career, on the cusp of a state semifinal one year and just two wins the next. For this year’s Raiders, it’s better to be back on top. Coach Steve Arnold had more than an inclination ...

Vikings play with chip on shoulders

Missing the playoffs last year was disappointing to the LaBrae Vikings after consecutive postseason appearances, so they were determined to return in 2018. But just getting there wasn’t their goal. The Vikings aren’t happy to simply be in the playoffs following an impressive 9-1 season. ...

Rain forces cross country postponement

A state cross country course with low-lying areas and a majority of the parking on grass with very few gravel or pavement spots, was considered by some a disaster waiting to happen Then came what some saw as the inevitable. Mother Nature finally got the best of the state cross country meet ...

Valley Christian plans playoff adjustments

Saturday marks the beginning of another state championship quest for the Valley Christian Eagles, their second in as many years. Valley Christian finished as the sixth-ranked team in Division VII, Region 25, with a 5-5 record and ended at the bottom of the Portage Trail Conference County ...

Other postseason scheduling moves

The announcement by the Ohio High School Athletic Association that it is postponing for a week the state cross country meet which has been moved from Saturday to Nov. 10, was not the only schedule change this week affecting area fall sports athletes. McDonald’s Division VI regional playoff ...

Making some noise

TWINSBURG — The wave of blue ponchos filled the visitor’s side of the Twinsburg pitch. The blue and white colors of the Hubbard Eagles were prevalent, about 100 strong braving the constant rain. They were heard as well with the sounds of the Hubbard pep band, something that was ...

Outstanding Mineral Ridge season is ended

NILES — Year four of soccer at Mineral Ridge was the Rams’ best yet, which is a strong statement considering they were 15-4 last season and reached the district title game. They were dominant throughout most of 2018 and on a 12-game winning streak heading into Wednesday, including ...

JFK riding unlikely path to postseason

Being in Division VII but playing the schedule of a team more fit for Division IV or V usually gives John F. Kennedy a shot at the OHSAA playoffs even without a winning record. But not this year. Not after the start the Eagles endured. They were outscored 213-49 from Week 2 to Week 5 and a ...

Devils’ playoff road is difficult

Mogadore, Kirtland, Norwayne and Rootstown — that’s the top four in Division VI, Region 21 of the Ohio High School Athletic Association football alignment. “There was no easy draw in that whole region,” McDonald coach Dan Williams said. On Friday, the fifth-seeded Blue Devils (10-0) ...

Chemistry key to Fitch playoff berth

After a two-season absence, the Austintown Fitch Falcons are back in the playoff picture, earning the sixth seed in Division I, Region 1 and traveling to third-seeded Euclid (8-2) on Friday. “We just don’t want to be going through Friday night content that we made the playoffs,” Fitch ...

Area league standings

All-American Conference Gold Tier Team Conference All games W-L Pts Opp W-L Pts Opp Harding 3-0 116 36 8-2 305 162 Austintown Fitch2-1 84 83 8-2 233 176 Boardman 0-2 34 38 5-4 179 126 Ash. Lakeside 0-3 20 154 2-7 176 348 Week 10 scores ≤ Boardman 55, Lakeside ...

Champion gets chipped in OT

RAVENNA — Old habits die hard for Champion soccer. Annual trips to the district championships have been constant since 2013 for the Flashes, and in 2018 they just missed making a run at a regional championship after losing in overtime to Chippewa, 1-0. “It was a good game,” Champion ...

Girard’s Waid paces Indians into playoffs

Girard has become known for its high-powered offensive attack over the years, especially during the last four seasons, which have featured quarterback Mark Waid. The Indians and Waid will air it out against Youngstown East in the Division IV, Region 13 first round Saturday at Youngstown ...

Boardman in back-to-back playoff appearances

For the first time in program history, the Boardman Spartans will play in back-to-back playoff appearances. “It’s the first back-to-back playoff appearance for us in program history,” Boardman coach Joe Ignazio said. “We feel that they have accomplished something a lot of other teams ...

Hubbard not settling for just getting to regional

A nearly perfect season, culminating in an achievement the program had never previously reached, has the Hubbard boys soccer squad looking forward eagerly for more. The Eagles, in coach Cory Reinard’s eighth season, put together a 15-0-1 regular season, then won the program’s first ...

Campbell, Rams in tonight’s regional

In its fourth year of existence, the Mineral Ridge boys soccer team can call themselves Division III district champions. The team has been successful ever since its inception in 2015. The Rams went 12-4 that year, losing in the sectional bracket final. They followed that up by going 10-3-1 in ...

Selfless nature carries Maplewood boys to state

BOARDMAN — Doubt prevailed and circled around like a dark cloud, following the Maplewood High School boys cross country team. That was an outsider’s view. Those who knew this Rockets program had a different perspective. Maplewood won the Division III boys state cross country meet in ...

Rams have a little help on way to state

BOARDMAN — Hannah-Abigail Toth felt her gait slow after the first mile. Rain and colder temperatures surrounded her and the other runners at Saturday’s Division III girls regional cross country race near Boardman High School. She felt cramping in her legs, but she knew she had to ...

Battle-tested Flashes ready

It’s more of the same for the Champion girls soccer program as they face Doylestown Chippewa at 7 tonight in Ravenna in a Division III regional semifinal. The Golden Flashes have played in a district championship game each season since 2013 and have now won four district titles in that ...