High School Sports

PV has big plans for Drnek

ANDOVER — The Pymatuning Valley coaching staff has big plans for senior quarterback Logan Drnek this season. And he certainly is up for the challenge. Coming off a 3-7 season in which he passed for 1,138 yards and 11 touchdowns, Drnek is asked to carry even more of a load in 2018. “As a ...

Ursuline’s Griswold has new perspective

YOUNGSTOWN — Popping shoulder pads provide a loud, thunderous noise in each collision. High school football players and coaches alike revel in the sound. It signifies the days are getting closer to the start of another season. Unfortunately, a couple of jarring movements meant the end of ...

Lordstown looks for another successful season in 2018

For the past three years, the Lordstown Red Devils volleyball team has seen success more than most can say. The last three years has put the Red Devils in the Cortland District final pitted against Ashtabula St. John. Unfortunately for Lordstown, each season has ended in close losses to St. ...

Footwork helps Mooney’s Jornigan solidify o-line

YOUNGSTOWN — Set. Move. Shuffle. Throw. Each movement is about repetition, which becomes second nature for a shot put thrower. Cardinal Mooney senior Kyle Jornigan took his talents to the state track and field meet in June, finishing fifth in Division II. Three-point stance. Hands ...

Gaining perspective

WARREN — Steve Arnold remembers the early August inter-squad scrimmage. He’s seen plenty before, but never from this perspective. His 6-foot-2, 155-pound sophomore nephew, Brandon, strapped on the helmet for the Warren G. Harding Raiders. Trepidation? Sure, he had a little. This was his ...

Hard-hitting Hadley powering Kennedy

In today’s world, where old-school approaches are often frowned upon and rarely practiced in the game of football, Isaac Hadley holds onto them like one of his jarring tackles. The John F. Kennedy linebacker prefers a brand of football that centers around “3 yards and a cloud of dust” ...

Lakeview boys looking for continued success

Last year, the Lakeview Bulldogs were taken to double overtime in the district final before they lost to Howland, 1-0. For Lakeview, it is now about getting back to that spot — and more — as the team looks a little different than the year before. “The last two years, we are a combined ...

JFK girls looking to further success in 2018

When the season started for the John F. Kennedy Eagles, there were no real expectations with first-year coach Kayla Zoccole. Now, that has completely changed after just one year. The Eagles girls soccer team finished 12-4-1 last year and made a district semifinals appearance before they ended ...

Tribe retires Thome’s No. 25

CLEVELAND — His red socks pulled high to his knees, Jim Thome pointed his bat outward in his well-known stance before taking a swing and one last trip around the bases in a ballpark where his number is now on permanent display. On Saturday, the Cleveland Indians retired Thome’s No. 25 ...

Area fall sports preseason capsules

Cross country HOWLAND TIGERS BOYS ¯ COACH: Dan Libert (13 years) ¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier ¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-years lettered): Vinny Mauri (Sr.) ***, Will Eisen (Sr.) ***, Angelo Mauri (Sr.) *, Isaac Robertson (Jr.) *, Lane Goble (So.) *, Zach Brill (So.) ...

Maplewood boys, Klouda win titles

HEBRON — Maplewood’s boys won an open race boys race at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Early Bird Invitational with 71 points, while Mineral Ridge was 15th with 423. Maplewood’s Hunter Omerzo was eighth in 17:58.9. Garfield’s Tyler Klouda won Division II and III in 16:39.3. ...

Changes afoot in McDonald

Josh Celli is going to be the trailblazer for what some people in McDonald — and around the Mahoning Valley — may see as an offensive revolution. The former running back moved to quarterback this year for the Blue Devils, but that’s not the real turning point. The jarring change is ...

Brookfield’s Colwell gives Warriors speedy back

Patience may be virtue, according to the old saying, but it’s not one of Dionte Colwell’s virtues. Not yet, at least. That’s understandable for the Brookfield senior. Colwell is one of fastest players in the Mahoning Valley — he won the 100- and 200-meter races at the Trumbull County ...

Red Dragons roll to win

NILES — In dominating fashion, the Niles Red Dragons girls soccer team defeated the Champion Golden Flashes, 5-1. It was tough from the start for Champion (0-1) as it struggled to control the ball in Niles (1-0) end. Niles worked with the ball for a lot of the first half in the Flashes zone ...

Niles has its shots, but Champion gets the win

NILES — Despite a huge discrepancy in shots on goal, the Champion Golden Flashes boys soccer team defeated the Niles Red Dragons, 2-1. The first was all about Niles (0-1) as it controlled the ball in its offensive zone for a lot of the time. Unfortunately for them, it never resulted in a ...

Crish, Lakeview looking forward

CORTLAND — It should be easy to reminisce after the Lakeview Bulldogs played its first home playoff game in school history and finished 9-2 in 2017. But for senior running back and linebacker Tony Crish, the past won’t help the present. “We have a lot of young guys that are looking to ...

Rapczak hopes to push Falls in right direction

NEWTON FALLS — Wins have been hard to come for Newton Falls. The Tigers are 12-68 since 2010. The last winning season, 7-3, was 2009. That may start to change in 2018. Enter John Gillespie, who coached Newton Falls from 1979-90. After a couple of seasons as an assistant, Gillespie is ...

Timeout! Court puts rule on hold

COLUMBUS — Competitive balance is already taking a timeout. It’s anyone’s guess as to how long the break will last. The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that the Court of Common Pleas in Hamilton County has issued a temporary restraining order that prohibits the ...

LaBrae star set for ‘big’ change

There was really only one more thing for Tyler Stephens to do. The LaBrae tight end was a monster last year — on both sides of the ball. He caught 29 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns. And at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, with long arms, incredible leaping ability and the speed to outrun ...

G-Men, Wilson expect big year

GARRETTSVILLE — In what is expected to be a rebound year for a young Garfield squad, one of its elder statesmen in Dylan Wilson has one final year left to leave his mark on the program. The G-Men finished last season with a 4-5 record as injuries took their toll on the team. “Our ...