High School Sports

Pitching has powered Flashes

CHAMPION — For a long time now, the Champion Golden Flashes have relied on great pitching. Yet again, the Flashes have the pitching to fall back on. Sophomores Sophie Howell and Allison Smith have been everything and more for Champion this year. “I think that so far we have both done a ...

Three state appearances out of four isn’t bad for Champion

CHAMPION — May 25, 2016. That is a date both Megan Turner and Alayna Fell will never forget as seniors now. That was when South Range beat Champion, 6-1, to advance to the Division III Massillon regional final instead of them. “There are no words to describe how it feels to go three ...

Plans of action

MASSILLON — The last thing Ethan Sparks wanted to do was sit still. On May 23, the day wasn’t as planned. Finals and plenty of them for the Maplewood High School senior. Anxious energy filled him, even on the hour-plus bus ride to Massillon Perry High School for a Division III regional ...

McDonald girls ready for Friday’s 4×800 relay final

MASSILLON — Anna Guerra didn’t know if it was just a sophomore slump. The McDonald distance runner couldn’t feel herself breathing normally during runs. It didn’t happen last season. She was a standout for this Blue Devils girls track and field team. Out of breath quicker than ...

Repeat of 2015

After the Champion Golden Flashes softball team defeated Independence for the Division III Massillon regional championship, Champion is now in its 10th state semifinal. For the Flashes in the 2000s and 2010s, this is nothing new. They have made seven state final fours under coach Cheryl ...

Seniors follow one another to state meet

MASSILLON — Liberty’s Justin Clark crossed the finish line first. Badger’s Devin Moore followed. It seems like the two area senior hurdlers have been doing that all season. This time, the pair is heading to Columbus for the state track and field meet starting Friday at Jesse Owens ...

Mathews freshman keeps her focus

MASSILLON — Claire Miller knew she wanted more when she was in junior high. Her shot put throws weren’t where they needed to be. The Mathews freshman desired to do better. Those efforts this season were good enough to get her into the Division III girls shot put competition at the ...

Falls throwers making their own path en route to Columbus

MASSILLON — Libby Barreca’s view has always been as a spectator, sitting outside the discus and throwing areas at the state track and field meet in Columbus. Her sister, Kayla, throws for the University of Akron, finishing up her freshman year. Now, it’s Libby’s turn to star in the ...

Embracing the moment

MASSILLON — Dom D’Amico wandered into the grassy infield still a bit dazed. The Lordstown senior just needed a hug from his teammates. All he wanted to do is celebrate and embrace the moment. Sophomores Marcel Jenkins and Jermaine Jones, along with senior Jordan Beyah, set up D’Amico ...

Two area Division III athletes have NAC for high jump success

MASSILLON — You could say two area Division III high jumpers have the “NAC” for getting to state. Lordstown senior Greg Romain had one focus during Friday’s regional meet, to make it out to state in the high jump. He didn’t have the 4x400 relay to concentrate on, just his field ...

Track & field state meet

At Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus FRIDAY NOTE: In all running semifinals, the top two from each heat and the next fastest five times qualify for finals Division III Track events ¯ 9:30 a.m., 4x800 finals and semifinals Field events ¯ 1 p.m., girls discus, boys high jump, ...

Flashing their bats

MASSILLON — For the seventh time in Cheryl Weaver’s time as varsity softball coach, Champion High School will be playing in the state final four. Champion (28-0) defeated Independence, 13-3, in five innings on Saturday to win the Division III Massillon Regional title game. The Golden ...

Get the points

BOARDMAN — Micah Beckwith felt the rush on his exposed face, where his aerodynamic helmet and visor would allow. The Boardman High School freshman knew his racing apparatus was different than the normal wheelchair he’s seen for almost five years after a surgery went wrong, leaving him ...

Hubbard’s Southern, Girard’s Belcik headed to state

AUSTINTOWN — Jared Southern’s expression hasn’t changed over the past couple of weeks. Stoic. He didn’t dare show his hand. As soon as he found out he cleared 6-feet 4-inches and was one of the last four standing in the Division II high jump competition, he could show ...

Garfield’s Klouda captures regional 1600 race

AUSTINTOWN — Tyler Klouda made a natural progression. Third his freshman year. Second last season. Of course, this meant a Division II Austintown Regional title this season. The Garfield junior did just that in the boys 1600 Saturday, going 4:23.84. “I was ecstatic I was able to do ...

Spring sports all-conference teams

Baseball ALL-AMERICAN CONF. RED TIER ¯ Co-Players of the Year: Alex Cardona, Boardman; Dom Pilolli, Canfield First team Nick Belcik Fitch Sr IF Luke Cardillo Boardman Sr OF Alex Cardona Boardman Sr P Mike Grazier Fitch Sr C Alex Hernandez Canfield Sr OF Dylan ...

Bringing the heat

MASSILLON — The heat was bearing down on the black, all-weather track at Massillon Perry High School, making those mid-80 temperatures absorb it. Combine that with the humidity and there were a range of emotions. Ask Badger sophomore distance runner Miranda Stanhope, who had her mind ...

GV’s wild ride over after loss to South Range

MASSILLON — In what was a tightly contested battle for the Division III Massillon regional championship, South Range defeated Grand Valley, 4-2. Early on, Grand Valley was able to get a couple base runners but was unable to do anything with it against South Range’s Sam Brooks. Brooks ...

Friends battle in D-I regional meet

AUSTINTOWN — Local area athletes advanced to the state track meet in Columbus as the Division I Austintown Regional track and field event was held on a beautiful Friday evening at Austintown Fitch. The boys 3200-meter run turned into a battle between two friends. Howland junior Vincent ...

Versatile Flashes up for next challenge

It’s a spot all too familiar for Cheryl Weaver and the Champion Golden Flashes softball team. The circumstances may be a little different, though, as the Flashes have to play their Division III Massillon regional final at 10 a.m. today. The game time was moved up from noon in an attempt to ...