High School Sports

Maplewood’s 4×800 relays both advanced

CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS — Dave Deeter was surrounded by four of his distance runners. The Maplewood distance coach was angered by his team’s performance. The girls 4x800-meter relay consisting of three freshmen and a sophomore knew it, nodding in agreement with their coach. Each of their two ...

Badger’s Stanhope ready for run to state

Decisions. Miranda Stanhope has had plenty of them to make over the years as it pertains to her distance running. Competing May 3 at the Rod Russell Mason Invitational near Cincinnati was one of them. She ran in the top 12 of a highly-competitive field in a one-mile race, which is not the ...

Schedule violation costs Hubbard district berth

Hubbard High School’s baseball team violated Ohio High School Athletic Association bylaw 9-2-1. Because of that violation, the Eagles are eliminated from the Division II OHSAA baseball tournament for playing in the Viking Classic from March 28-30 in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Hubbard upset ...

Thursday highlights

BOYS TENNIS Warren G. Harding freshman Anthony Payiavlas and senior Alex Payiavlas beat St. Ignatius’ Kenny Li and Thomas Deucher in the first round of Thursday’s Division I Akron District tournment at Springside Racquet and Fitness Club, 6-1, 6-4. However, the Payiavlas brothers lost to ...

On to the district

NILES — The Niles McKinley High School baseball team had a plan against Salem in their Division II sectional bracket final, and coach Mike Guarnieri swore it wasn’t to wear out the Quakers left fielder. The Red Dragons scored three times in the first inning thanks to four consecutive hits ...

Mathews sophomore Miller repeats in shot

CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS — Claire Miller stood in the throwers circle and slapped one leg, then the other. The Mathews High School sophomore took the shot put in her right hand. A quick turn toward the crowd lined up along the 4-foot high chain link fence showed her intensity. Miller was in ...

Flashes continue run for 3 in a row

LEAVITTSBURG — As the debate goes on concerning the most dominating high school athletic program in area history, there is no question that the team playing softball in Champion cannot be left out of the discussion. The two-time defending state champion Golden Flashes (24-2) advanced to ...

Mathews returns to title game

BAZETTA — The Mathews Mustangs softball program is familiar with deep playoff runs. “We’ve been in the district final six out of the last nine years, and we’ve gone to regionals six out of the last nine,” Mathews coach Jim Nicula said. But to get back to that familiar place, the ...

Home run keys Bristol win

BAZETTA — The Bristol Panthers return to the Division IV Warren District final for the second year in a row after taking down Badger, 10-0, on Wednesday. “It took us a little bit to get going with the bats,” Panthers coach Alisha Kugler said. “Once we did, they were fired up. We made ...

Blue Devils walk off to title game

NORTH JACKSON — “I just went up to bat thinking I didn’t want my senior season to be over, because these girls, they deserve it.” That’s how Sierra Schrader said she felt after ripping a walk-off line drive Wednesday to send McDonald to the Division IV Jackson-Milton District final, ...

Wednesday’s highlights

BASEBALL Hubbard won an epic slugfest over Poland, 11-10, as the seventh-seeded Eagles upset the No. 2 Bulldogs in a Division II sectional bracket final. Hubbard (17-12) advanced to the district semifinal for the first time since 2010, with the Eagles playing Niles at 5 p.m. Monday at Cene ...

Irish gets redemption

YOUNGSTOWN — Greg Morgione kept trading forehands with Jake McDivitt as about 25 of the 75 people lining the north end of Volney Rogers Courts migrated to watch two of the best singles players northeast Ohio has to offer. Morgione won his first set and desperately wanted the second. The ...

Lakeview, Vogt blank Harvey

CORTLAND — Mike Johnson has some nervous habits that tend to surface during close games, but the Lakeview baseball coach prefers to keep them private — for reasons he chose not to disclose. Maybe there was a bat throw or some baseballs kicked during the Bulldogs’ early-season ...

Franklin named new WGH coach

The Warren G. Harding Raiders basketball program has a new, but familiar face guiding the program. Keelyn Franklin is that face. Franklin has worked in the school district since 2014 and has served as a freshman, junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at Warren G. Harding before being ...

Falls upends LaBrae

LEAVITTSBURG — The Division III LaBrae District softball tournament features local schools as the top three seeds. The host Vikings, seeded second, faced off with No. 3 seed Newton Falls on Tuesday afternoon with a trip to the district title game on the line. LaBrae, the 2013 and 2014 ...

Tuesday’s highlights

BASEBALL Nate Bencetic was 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead Hubbard past Girard, 8-1, in a Division II sectional first-round game. Bencetic and Dylan Durkos each had two RBI singles to lead a four-run fifth inning. Today, Hubbard plays Poland in a sectional bracket final. Harrison Lay hit a ...

Serving up success

BOARDMAN — Armand Nannicola lofts the small yellow tennis ball in the air. The force of his racquet launches it to his opponent. It lands in the service square diagonal from him as the opposition tries to make a forehand return. The ball takes a quick kick and spins out of the player’s ...

Thomson steals the spotlight in Hubbard

Hubbard baseball coach John Schiraldi discovered the perfect way to describe Jamie Thomson’s career with the Eagles: “He hit the ground running.” And he hasn’t stopped. Thomson is a four-year starter in center field, and he has become a master of thievery during those four years. ...

Weather wins on Monday in spring sports postseason

With spring comes rain, and with rain comes high school spring sports postponements. The rain doesn’t stop for the OHSAA tournament as most of Monday’s baseball and softball tournament games were postponed due to poor field conditions. Bob Cene Park in Struthers, which plays host to ...

Lakeview coach Trapp adjusting to new role

BOARDMAN — Ryan Trapp’s view was much different during previous seasons of tennis. The former Howland High School and Youngstown State University standout has been a go-to instructor for some of the area’s top high school players looking to improve their respective games. Trapp is a ...