High School Sports

Liberty has great start to season

LIBERTY — The Liberty Leopards have six letter winners and four starters returning from last year. There are several important pieces coming back to establish a solid foundation, but perhaps none more important than Sharda Williamson. The Leopards defeated Niles, 58-37, Monday night ...

All-state players named

Girard senior quarterback Mark Waid was named first-team All-Ohio in Division IV, along with senior defensive lineman and teammate Jack DelGarbino. The Indians (13-1) are playing Cincinnati Wyoming in Saturday’s D-IV state title game in Canton, starting at 8 p.m., at Tom Benson Hall of Fame ...

Lordstown, Maplewood, LaBrae notch wins

¯ LORDSTOWN 36, JACKSON-MILTON 33: JACKSON-MILTON — Lordstown played the spoiler for the opening game at Jackson-Milton. After falling behind early in the contest, Lordstown used the second and third quarters to outscore Jackson-Milton, 21-13. That would all Lordstown would need to get a ...

Girard in final game of 2018 season

Way back on Aug. 23, a Thursday night, the Girard Indians opened the 2018 high school football season in the Mahoning Valley with a 49-13 victory at Niles over the Red Dragons. It’s only fitting that the Indians will play in the final game of the season, Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the ...

All-state players named

McDonald seniors Alex Cintron and Josh Celli both were named to the first team football all-state team for Division VI. Cintron was named as a running back and Celli was named as a defensive back, though he also was the Blue Devils’ quarterback. Senior linebacker Zach Gray was named to ...

Mark of a champion

DOVER — Like two heavyweight fighters, Girard and Licking Valley exchanged blows in a Division IV state semifinal game. On Saturday, it was Girard who landed the knockout punch. The Indians are going to the state championship after posting a 53-48 victory over Licking Valley. “You ...

Tigers top S. Range to win host tourney

GIRLS BASKETBALL ¯ HOWLAND 50, SOUTH RANGE 35: HOWLAND — Alex Ochman scored a career-high 31 points and helped the Tigers pull away from South Range to win the Toni Ross Spirit Foundation girls basketball tournament for the first time. Ochman scored 14 in the first quarter as Howland ...

Season has started

HOWLAND — John Diehl isn’t the type of coach who starts the season by writing long-term goals in all capital letters on the whiteboard in the locker room. Like a lot of coaches, the longtime Howland girls basketball coach focuses on consistent, daily improvement. That isn’t stopping ...

UPDATE: Girard defeats Licking Valley, 53-48, in state semifinal

DOVER -- Girard defeated Licking Valley, 53-48, in the state semifinal game at Crater Stadium. The Indians will play for the Division IV state championship next Saturday. Read Sunday's Tribune Chronicle for complete game coverage by sports reporter Jamie Trina.

Shoot it, Zach, shoot it

McDONALD — Each dribble echos like surround sound, bouncing off the walls of the McDonald High School gymnasium. It’s the steady beat of Zach Rasile, one he’s had rattle though his head like a metronome since he was 4 years old. The swishing sound of basketball grazing the nylon ...

Coach returns home to lead young squad

Gabe Bubon woke up three weeks ago ready for the first game of the season. Only problem was, the season was still a little over a month away. One year removed from being the Point Park University men’s basketball coach, Bubon is about to enter his first season leading Warren G. Harding, ...

Bulldogs out to keep winning culture going

One season ago, the Lakeview Bulldogs saw their tournament run come to a close in Canton in a Division II regional semifinal game against Villa Angela-St. Joseph. The Bulldogs’ successful season came to an end with a 20-7 record. “The good thing for us is that we have three starters back ...

Kennedy returns just 1 letterwinner

Gianni Eaton is the last man standing, but he’s ready to lead the John F. Kennedy boys basketball team into the 2018-19 season. Eaton is the lone returning letter winner and senior on this year’s Eagles team which made a Division IV district semifinal last season. Eaton returns with ...

Newton Falls girls aim for regional appearance again

After a season that saw Newton Falls fall in a Division III regional semifinal against Elyria Catholic, 55-54, the bar in 2018-19 is set even higher. The Tigers finished 18-8 overall last year. “I don’t think there is any pressure,” Newton Falls coach Mark Baker said. “The idea is ...

Vikings look to continue recent success

To say that LaBrae has been nearly perfect during regular season play over the last two years is no stretch. The Vikings have managed to win all but one game in two years, going 43-1, in regular season play. Along with these wins are two league titles and two trips to the regional of the ...

Boys basketball team capsules

Warren G. Harding Raiders ¯ Coach: Gabe Bubon, 1st year ¯ Last year: 18-7, 10-2 in league play; lost to Garfield Heights in district semifinal ¯ League: AAC Red Tier ¯ Returning letterwinners (*-denotes letters won): Dom McGhee *, D’Muntize Owens * ¯ Others expected to ...

Girls basketball team capsules

Warren G. Harding Raiders ¯ Coach: Frank Caputo, 6th season, 59-79 ¯ Last year: 14-10, 5-7 in league play ¯ League: AAC Red Tier ¯ Returning letter winners: Diamond Phillips (5-4, So.), Kamarah Bender (5-7, So.), Braeden Morris (5-8, Jr.), Faith Burch (6-1, So.), Indea Phillips ...

Howland’s Mauri remains busy preparing for ASU

Vinny Mauri rarely lets anything faze him, or even come close to him and finishing first in a 3.1-mile distance race. Mauri and the other runners endured an uneven running surface at the state cross country meet Nov. 10 at National Trail Raceway, a place where NHRA drag races take place in the ...

Not done yet

The Gatorade bath that Girard coach Pat Pearson got after beating Hubbard in the Division IV Region 13 Final 43-18 has dried. The celebration is over, and the focus is now on Licking Valley (10-3), who Girard plays Saturday in Dover Crater Stadium for a chance to advance to the state ...

Winter sports preseason previews

Boys Swimming Warren G. Harding ¯ Coach: Steve Lukco, 11th season, 110-55 ¯ Last year: 10-7 ¯ League: Northeast Aquatic Conference, AAC Red Tier ¯ Returning letterwinners (*-denotes letters won): Brendan Leecue ** (Jr.), Santino DiCenso ** (Jr.), Dominic Audia ** (Sr.), Ty Loudin ...