High School Sports

Harding, Niles win; Fitch tops Howland

¯ WARREN G. HARDING 51, AKRON EAST 48: AKRON — Warren G. Harding used a big third quarter to get ahead while almost giving up the win in the fourth quarter over Akron East. Warren G. Harding (10-6) was led by Brayleonna Woods with 18 points and three steals. Indea Phillips grabbed nine ...

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems
Warren G. Harding’s Delmar Moore defends against Canfield’s Ben Shapiro during Friday’s game at Canfield High School. The Raiders swept the season series from the Cardinals and won, 62-43, on Friday.

WGH blasts Canfield

CANFIELD — Warren G. Harding dominated for the first three quarters of the game against Canfield to take the All-American Conference Red Tier lead and won Friday, 62-43. Warren G. Harding (9-6, 8-2) defeated Canfield (10-6, 6-3) 54-38 in their first match-up in Warren. Harding got out in ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Pymatuning Valley’s Gaige Willis, top, finishes a pin of Louisville’s Blake Robbins Friday at the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League Tournament. The top-ranked Willis wrestles Canfield’s Tyler Stein, ranked No. 1 in Division II, today

Willis, Stein clash in EOWL

AUSTINTOWN — Two top-ranked wrestlers who rarely look ahead couldn’t help themselves, and it’s hard to blame them. Pymatuning Valley’s Gaige Willis is a returning state champion and ranked No. 1 in the state in Division III. Canfield’s Tyler Stein is a returning state qualifier and ...

Special to Tribune Chronicle / Dianna Oatridge
Badger's Logan Popovich, left, gets past Grand Valley's Malik Mitchell on the way to the hoop during Friday’s game at Badger High School. Badger won, 63-61.

Badger holds off Grand Valley

VERNON — The Badger Braves pulled off a 63-61 victory over their Northeastern Athletic Conference rival Grand Valley Mustangs on Friday night. This win ends a three-game losing streak for the Braves, pushing them to 11-5 and 8-3 in the NAC Stars Division. The Mustangs (8-8, 7-5) were close ...

Tigers, ’Dogs, secure key tier victories

¯ HOWLAND 43, BOARDMAN 32: BOARDMAN — Howland got a much-needed win over Boardman to keep pace with Warren G. Harding for the All-American Conference Red Tier title. Howland (12-4, 7-2) was led by Connor Tamarkin with 15 points and Frank Rappach with 11 points with two ...

LaBrae, minus Iler, still beats Falls

LEAVITTSBURG — Intensity. Nervousness. Rivalry. The tension could be cut with a knife for the first two-and-a-half quarters of the Newton Falls-LaBrae basketball showdown Friday evening. A bad stretch in the third quarter was the Tigers’ undoing as LaBrae came back to beat Newton ...

McDonald, Windham stay undefeated in conferences

¯ McDONALD 67, WESTERN RESERVE 51: BERLIN CENTER — Zach Rasile led four McDonald players in double figures as the third-ranked team in Division IV stayed undefeated in the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference. Riko Rodriguez had 15 points and Braedon Poole had 15 points with eight rebounds. ...

Jackson-Milton, PV clinch league titles

¯ PYMATUNING VALLEY 65, GRAND VALLEY 33: ANDOVER — Madison Hurst had a game-high 23 points to lead the Lakers to the Northeastern Athletic Conference, Stars Division title. Hurst had nine of her points in the first quarter as Pymatuning Valley (13-3, 11-0) took a 23-11 lead. Kendall ...

EOWL rankings

The following are predictions of the top six wrestlers in each weight class of this weekend’s Eastern Ohio Wrestling League Tournament by Tribune Chronicle sports writer Joe Simon. Team predictions are at the bottom. The tournament begins today at 5 p.m., and continues Saturday at 10 a.m., in ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Canfield’s crowd celebrates as the Cardinals’ David Crawford finishes a pin of Louisville’s Lathan Larsen on Wednesday at Canfield High School. Canfield won the match, 33-31, to advance to the state quarterfinals in Columbus on Feb. 11.

On to Columbus

CANFIELD — It took every ounce of restraint that Tyler Stein had to stay composed. Of all the big moments the Canfield High School wrestling program has enjoyed over the last few years — and there have been plenty — this was the biggest one yet. And while Stein was the one who put ...

Special to Tribune Chronicle / Dianna Oatridge
Warren G. Harding’s Diamond Phillips, right, guards Howland's Mackenzie Maze as she dribbles upcourt during their All-American Conference, Red Tier matchup Wednesday. Howland won, 51-34.

Tiger trio lifts Howland past WGH

HOWLAND — A trio of Howland Tigers proved to be too much for Warren G. Harding to handle as the Tigers beat the Raiders, 51-34, Wednesday evening in an All-American Conference Red Tier girls basketball game. Number 20, Alex Ochman, matched her jersey with an impressive 20 rebounds and had a ...

Niles beats Jefferson at overtime buzzer

¯ NILES 56, JEFFERSON 54: NILES — Sierra Werden made the game-winning basket as time expired in overtime for the Red Dragons (8-10, 5-5 All-American Conference White Tier). Werden finished with 12 points in the game. Niles also got 14 points from Aneziah Fryer and 11 from Emma ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Warren G. Harding coach Andy Vlajkovich watches during the Raiders’ 50-44 loss Tuesday night at Austintown Fitch.

WGH loss scrambles Red Tier

AUSTINTOWN — It’s often said in sports that there’s a “magic word” coaches can’t say to referees, and doing so results in harsh consequences. Whatever the word is, Warren G. Harding coach Andy Vlajkovich must have said something close to it in the final seconds of the Raiders’ ...

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems
Tyler James of John F. Kennedy drives to the basket Tuesday night in the Eagles’ 75-54 loss to VASJ.

VASJ too much for JFK, 75-54

WARREN — Villa Angela-St. Joseph got the big road win over John F. Kennedy, 75-54, in North Coast League action. VASJ beat Kennedy the first time, 104-68, at home. Quickly in the first quarter, Kennedy (7-7, 1-3) fell behind. The Eagles were down 8-2 just a few minutes into the game. ...

Special to Tribune Chronicle / Dianna Oatridge
Lakeview's Jeff Remmick drives the lane against Edgewood's Ty Rood Tuesday in the Bulldogs’ 61-49 loss at home.

Bulldogs bounced

CORTLAND — A rematch from a little over a month ago had the opposite result this time around. On Dec. 19, Lakeview traveled to northern Ashtabula County to take on Edgewood. Lakeview handed the Warriors one of their two losses on the season with a 12-point triumph. Last night, in Cortland, ...

Tribune Chronicle file / Joe Simon
David Crawford, top, and his Canfield Cardinal teammates wrestle tonight in the Ohio Dual Team Tournament regional semifinals.

Fitch, Canfield pursue state tourney berths

Two teams that have been on the brink of reaching the OHSAA Dual Team State Tournament finals get another chance — maybe their best — today. Austintown Fitch, competing in Division I, and Canfield, in Division II, are both hosts for the regional semifinals and finals, which will take ...

LaBrae holds off Girard; Falls wins big

¯ LABRAE 68, GIRARD 52: GIRARD — The Vikings made it 13 wins without a defeat, using a 30-19 fourth quarter to open up a close contest. LaBrae (13-0, 7-0 All-American Conference Blue Tier) led 21-13 after one quarter, 29-21 at halftime and 38-33 after three quarters. Tyler Stephens led the ...

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems
Jackson-Milton’s Emily Williams, left, drives as McDonald’s Molly Howard, center, and Jackson-Milton’s Ashley Cameron trail the play during Monday’s game at McDonald High School. The Blue Devils won, 37-32.

Unbeaten no more

McDONALD — In a low-scoring affair in Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference play, McDonald upset Jackson-Milton, 37-32. Early in the game, Jackson-Milton (15-1, 11-1) got out to a 5-0 lead and seemed in control, but McDonald (12-4, 9-3) settled down defensively. The Blue Jays seemed a little ...

Special to Tribune Chronicle / Dianna Oatridge
Brookfield’s Dana Sydlowski shoots over Bristol’s Katie Webb during Monday’s game at Bristol High School.

Brookfield’s push for AAC Blue too much for non-conference Bristol

BRISTOLVILLE — The Brookfield Warriors continued their push for the All-American Conference, Blue Tier lead Monday with a 59-29 win over the Bristol Panthers. Brookfield’s Tori Sheehan and Bailey Drapola each put up more than 20 points in this non-conference game. Sheehan contributed 22, ...

Lakers want to go further in duals

A loss at this point of the season went a long way in helping the Pymatuning Valley wrestling team last year. Coach Dave Miller is hoping a few wins can take the Lakers even further this time. PV competes in the Region 20 semifinal of the Division III Dual Team State Tournament at 6 p.m. ...