High School Sports

2018-19 OPSWA Northeast Inland All-District basketball teams

The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Northeast Inland All-District basketball teams recognize the top players from parts of Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, Portage, Stark, Summit, Wayne, Ashland and Medina counties. The teams are selected by a media panel from those areas. Boys DIVISION ...

Locking up a state berth

GARFIELD HEIGHTS — There weren’t any words for Zion Matlock. He couldn’t adequately describe the feeling, the moment or the relief. There was just a smile — a really, really big smile. “My whole body was shaking,” said Matlock of when he won his 160-pound consolation semifinal ...

McDonald can’t get 3rd win over rival Devils

MINERAL RIDGE — McDonald (22-3) and Western Reserve (22-3) met Saturday in the battle of Blue Devils, round three, in the Division IV district title game. It’s difficult to beat an opponent three times in one year, and that was the task at hand for McDonald. A hard-fought contest saw ...

Liberty sees run ended by Southeast

STRUTHERS — As jubilation consumed the Southeast bench when the final buzzer sounded, tears and emotions flooded the Liberty players. The Leopards’ season came to an end in the Division III district championship game, 63-55. “We had some ups and some downs, but we ended the season ...

Jekyll & Hyde: PV state qualifiers very different

GARFIELD HEIGHTS — Dave Miller is a social studies teacher within the Pymatuning Valley School District, but he might have a future in psychology. Not that his other job, as the Lakers wrestling coach, isn’t going well, but it’s his psychology that’s helping. PV qualified two ...

District wrestling roundup

Fitch sends 2 to state, Boardman has one NORTH CANTON — Austintown Fitch finished ninth at the DIvision I Hoover District tournament and has three wrestlers going to the state tournament. The Falcons’ Gus Sutton placed third at 138 pounds, while Colin Roberts (113) and Zach Richards ...

Girard is top bowling qualifier; Maplewood’s Farmer finishes sixth

COLUMBUS — The Girard boys bowling team started off in great shape Saturday as the top team qualifier in the Division II state tournament, but the Indians were upset in the first round of the bracket finals. Maplewood junior Cody Farmer, competing as an individual, placed sixth among ...

Boys basketball

ANDREWS OSBORNE 76, MATHEWS 63: WILLOUGHBY — A late third-quarter run by Andrews Osborne doomed the Mustangs in a Division IV Grand Valley Sectional bracket final. Down six at halftime, the Mustangs (12-12) took a brief two-point lead in the third quarter, but the Phoenix finished strong in ...

All-conference honors

Boys basketball MAHONING VALLEY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE First team Drew Clark-u Jr Springfield Joey Clark-u Sr Sebring Vaughn Dorsey Jr Waterloo Shane Eynon-u Sr Springfield Caleb Francis-u Jr Waterloo Matt Hvisdak-u Sr Lowellville Riley Miller Sr Western Reserve Zach ...

Two area stars pursue repeat titles

ALLIANCE — Two of the biggest, baddest wrestlers in the state of Ohio have quite a bit in common — including the recollection of an old matchup. Let’s start with the obvious. Canfield’s Tyler Stein and Girard’s Jack DelGarbino are both immensely big and powerful. Stein, who wrestles ...

On to the district

CORTLAND — Lakeview will advance to the Division II district tournament after winning its sectional bracket final matchup Friday night, taking down Cardinal Mooney, 75-57. “Mooney plays really, really hard,” Lakeview coach Ryan Fitch said. “(Mooney coach) Carey (Palermo) is doing some ...

Bristol tops JFK to advance

BRISTOLVILLE — Gage Elza’s offensive production wasn’t what he normally has for the Bristol Panthers. John F. Kennedy’s intense defensive hounding had something to do with that result. But the Bristol senior guard helped solidify the Panthers’ 50-44 victory Friday over the Eagles ...

Flashes recover from Ridge rally, win in overtime

CHAMPION — It was a thrilling game Friday evening at Champion High School, where the Golden Flashes hosted the Mineral Ridge Rams in a Division III sectional bracket final in the Warren District. Champion built up a large halftime lead due to some great 3-point shooting. Mineral Ridge ...

PV ends season for Falls

NEWTON FALLS — Another basketball season has come and gone for coach Roy Sembach and the Newton Falls Tigers. This season may have ended a little too early for the talented Tigers as they fell, 60-52, to Pymatuning Valley in a Division III Warren District sectional bracket final. With just ...

Rasile is 25th in Ohio to 2,000

McDONALD 89, WELLSVILLE 54: McDONALD — Zach Rasile etched his name in the record books again in the Blue Devils’ big victory over Wellsville in a Division IV sectional bracket final. Rasile became the 25th boys basketball player in Ohio to reach 2,000 points for his career. Rasile ...

Area wrestlers set for day two of districts

Canfield in 2nd at district ALLIANCE — The returning district champion Canfield Cardinals are in a tight race after day one of the Division II Alliance District wrestling tournament. The Cardinals, whose 76.5 points trail Aurora’s 86, brought 13 of their 14 starters, and nine of them ...

Stephens leads rout by LaBrae

LABRAE 66, GARFIELD 41: LEAVITTSBURG — A big first quarter propelled the Vikings over Garfield in their Division III sectional bracket finals matchup. The Vikings (19-4) outscored the G-Men 20-6 in the first quarter. Tyler Stephens, who led the team, scored 16 points in the first quarter, ...

Division II state bowling

COLUMBUS — Mahoning Valley bowlers did well on Friday in the Division II girls state tournament at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. Madison Stanton, a sophomore from Struthers, topped the individual qualifying competition with a 634 series. She was followed by Lowellville senior Haylie Rotz ...

Remaining perfect

AUSTINTOWN — The Poland Bulldogs are district champions for the first time since 2000 with a 65-51 victory over Ursuline in Thursday’s Division II Austintown District girls basketball final. “I was born in 2000,” Poland senior Sarah Bury said. “It’s an amazing feeling. Since ...

Hubbard girls continue state bowling roll

The Hubbard girls bowling team is back in the state tournament once again. This is the 10th time in the last 13 seasons and fifth straight in the six seasons coach Ken Miller has guided this team to the state tournament. The Division II girls bowling tournament kicks off today at Wayne ...