High School Sports

Flash and dash

The combination is odd, to say the least. Not so for Alex Payiavlas. It’s part of his routine. Agility. Footwork. It’s part of the Warren G. Harding wide receiver’s routine. The junior has no problem running a slant route. The same could be said for tracking down an overhead ...

Lakeview, Irish dominate at sectional tennis

BOARDMAN — There were plenty of blue and green swirling around the Boardman High School tennis courts on­ Saturday morning. The color scheme wasn’t by accident. Neither was Jake McDivitt’s Division II Boardman Sectional boys tennis singles win. It was the second time in three years ...

Saturday’s highlights

SOFTBALL Regular season Champion’s Emma Gumont homered and drove in three to help the Golden Flashes edge West Branch, 7-5, in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Allison Smith powered Champion to a 3-2 win in Game 2, keeping the Golden Flashes’ record perfect at 23-0. Smith hit a home run and ...

Canfield’s Cianciola wins Division I Canton sectional

Canfield’s Tim Cianciola won Saturday’s Division I Canton Sectional singles title with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Massillon Jackson’s Danny Thomas. Cianciola defeated Lake’s Dawson Drummond in the semifinals. Canfield’s Sirin Nalluri and Ben Martin won the doubles title with a 6-1, ...

Triple play

NILES — This was supposed to be the year Niles baseball succumbed to the losses of graduation. The Red Dragons’ two-year reign as All-American Conference, White Tier champions was going to end. Their run of success would falter as they attempted to integrate young, unproven players into ...

Lakeview rolls past ND-CL

CORTLAND — The Lakeview bats were hot on a cool Friday evening in Cortland. Seniors Avery Steiner and Tori Wells helped lead the hit parade in a 11-1 Division II sectional bracket final victory over Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin. NDCL took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI ...

Kennedy avoids errors from piling up to defeat Bristol

WARREN — The John F. Kennedy Eagles baseball team stayed alive in the Division IV Fairport Harbor District Tournament after Friday’s 10-3 victory over the Bristol Panthers. “We have a young team, and we finally started to come together,” said Eagles coach Thomas Elder after his ...

Six-run first inning pushes Springfield past McDonald

NEW MIDDLETOWN — When Brandon Walters threw his first pitch for Springfield, it was 5:02 p.m. When he threw his first pitch of the second inning, it was 5:35 p.m. That’s how the game went for McDonald as Springfield defeated it, 10-0, in six innings to advance to the Division IV ...

Fitch sprinters adopt change, stay on track

BOARDMAN — It wasn’t the way Seth Steiner envisioned, but the Austintown Fitch boys track and field coach will take the results. Senior Jakari Lumsden pulled a hamstring in practice before the season started. Lumsden came back two weeks ago and has focused on the high jump, an event he ...

Friday’s highlights

Softball tournament roundup Ursuline advanced to the Alliance district semifinals by beating Alliance 14-4 behind Gia Caldrone’s three doubles and four RBIs. Ursuline plays Cardinal Mooney on May 17. Regular season Waterloo defeated McDonald, 6-3, to win a share of the Mahoning Valley ...

GV’s man of action

LIBERTY — The nerves were finally getting to Grand Valley freshman Derek Jackson, with his team leading by one run entering the bottom of the seventh in a Division III district tournament matchup with Liberty. The season was on the line. The final three outs were in the hands of a ...

Howland offense too much for Struthers

HOWLAND — Despite a six-run fourth inning from Struthers, Howland came out on top, 16-6, in a Division II sectional first-round game. After Struthers (3-15) threatened in the top half of the first, Howland (7-15) came through with a run to take the lead. Bailee Beasom singled with two outs ...

Fitch’s Williams keeps calm and runs fast

BOARDMAN — Alena Williams needs to find solace before her race. She throws on her earbuds, or over-the-ear headphones, with music blaring. If only staying calm came as easy as it does her mother, Anita. “My mom is the calm one,” Alena said at Tuesday’s All-American Conference, Red ...

Ridge survives Heartland Christian

MINERAL RIDGE — The Mineral Ridge Rams advanced to a Division IV Struthers District sectional bracket final. However, the first-round baseball game wasn’t easy at all. Heartland Christian gave the Rams everything they could handle and then some as Mineral Ridge got by on Thursday, ...

Ursuline’s Morgione advances to semifinals

BOARDMAN — Ursuline’s Greg Morgione defeated Lakeview’s Hunter Dickson, 6-1, 6-1, to claim the fourth and final spot in the Division II Boardman Sectional singles tennis tournament. The other seeds qualified on Wednesday for Saturday’s semfinals and finals, to determine seeding for ...

Thursday’s highlights

BASEBALL Tournament Roundup Maplewood got the win over Newbury, 3-1, in a Division IV sectional bracket final as Hunter Bates struck out three batters while two players had two hits. Maplewood now faces Mathews in the Fairport Harbor district semifinals. Sebastian Lay struck out seven ...

Niles going back to district

GIRARD — Behind strong defense, timely hitting and an outstanding pitching performance from Marco DeFalco, Niles defeated Girard, 7-1, to advance to the Division II Stuthers District semifinals. DeFalco helped himself in the top of the first inning as he reached on an error where he got to ...

WGH, JFK, Ursuline, Lakeview tennis players advance

Warren Harding’s Alex Payiavlas is heading to next week’s Division I district tournament in Akron after defeating Aurora’s Dan French, 6-3, 6-3, in Tuesday’s quarterfinals of the Division I Solon Sectional at Shaker Heights High School. Those who advance into semifinals and finals ...

McDonald strikes early to down Maplewood

McDONALD — The McDonald Blue Devils offense was good early and often, led by Bri Callow’s home run, as McDonald beat Maplewood 9-3 in a Division IV Warren District sectional final. McDonald scored five runs in the first inning at Woodland Park. McDonald (12-4) put two more runs on the ...

Wednesday’s highlights

BASEBALL Tournament Roundup Seven-seeded Lakeview defeated two-seeded Jefferson, 3-0, in a Division II sectional as Daniel Brammer tossed a complete game one-hitter along with a double and an RBI. Cardinal Mooney defeated Howland, 11-2, behind a nine-run fifth inning in a Division II ...