High School Sports

Locals finish 1-2 at tennis district

AKRON — Ursuline’s Greg Morgione and Canfield’s Tim Cianciola earned top two seeds at Saturday’s Division I Akron District at the Springside Racquet & Fitness Club for next week’s state tournament in Mason. Cianciola beat Brunswicks’ Adam Slomski in the Division I semifinals, ...

Poland relay teams advance to regionals

SALEM — The Poland boys and girls 4x200 relays won in times of 1:31.25 and 1:46.54, respectively, at the Division II Salem District track and field meet. The Bulldogs boys 4x100 relay won in a time of 43.92. LaBrae’s Walt Allie took third in the boys 200 (23.39). The top four in each ...

All alone in first

NEW MIDDLETOWN — The moms could be heard standing on the Springfield High School track. One takes charge. Others either have phones or cameras in their hands, waiting for the McDonald boys track and field team to come together as a group, surrounding yet another district track and field ...

Upstart Rockets fall to Trinity

FAIRPORT HARBOR — With two big innings, Garfield Heights Trinity defeated Maplewood, 13-0, in five innings to win the Division IV Fairport Harbor District championship. Trinity now faces Springfield in the Lorain regional semifinals. After Maplewood (15-7) went down in order in the first ...

Clark leads Liberty to impressive finish

NEW MIDDLETOWN — Justin Clark saw the final hurdle at the Trumbull County Track and Field Meet. A quick misstep on the final hurdle saw Badger’s Devin Moore pass him to win the 300-meter hurdles title. That was before. No so on Friday. Clark, a Liberty senior, dominated the 110 and ...

3 tennis players go to state

AKRON — Three of the four singles players from the Division II Boardman Sectional are heading to this year’s boys state tennis tournament at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Mason, outside of Cincinnati. All three are sophomores from John F. Kennedy, Lakeview and Ursuline High ...

Harding’s Adams wins 100; Tigers’ Mauri takes 3,200

AUSTINTOWN — A pair of Trumbull County juniors can consider themselves Division I Austintown District track and field champions. Warren G. Harding’s Kay’Ron Adams won the boys 100-meter dash (10.84 seconds), while Howland’s Vincent Mauri took the boys 3,200 title ...

Panther power

BAZETTA — The Bristol Panthers are Division IV district champions after their thrilling 3-2 victory over the McDonald Blue Devils on Thursday at Candlelight Knolls. The game served as revenge after the Panthers fell to McDonald last season in the tournament semifinals. “It was a ...

Kennedy hitters stifled by Trinity ace in district semi

FAIRPORT HARBOR — John F. Kennedy’s Cameron Hollobaugh pitched one of his best games of the season at a critical time, with the Eagles facing Trinity in a Division IV district semifinal. The right-hander gave up just three hits in a complete-game gem. The only problem was the Trojans’ ...

Lakeview pole vaulters advance to regional

CORTLAND — Emma Churley knows the approach all too well. One step after another, knowing she would eventually be lifted over a bar and on to a padded mat below. The Lakeview junior said the pole vault makes her feel as if she has wings, floating 7 to 8 feet in the air. “When I’m on ...

Jefferson’s 12-run 3rd sinks Lakeview

JEFFERSON — Behind a 12-run third inning, Jefferson routed Lakeview, 13-3, in a Division II softball district semifinal Thursday at the Jefferson Little League complex. Lakeview (12-8) got out to a hot start early. Avrey Steiner reached on a throwing error to get it going. Annie Pavlansky ...

Blue Jays edged by Springfield

STRUTHERS — An extra-inning classic decided the Division IV Struthers District semifinal match up between No. 5 seed Jackson-Milton (12-13) and No. 1 seed Springfield on Thursday evening at Cene Park in Struthers. After losing in the district final three consecutive seasons to Western ...

Niles runner, rest of teammates improving

AUSTINTOWN — Hailey Zelinsky looked around the cross country course at National Trail Raceway in November, realizing her aspirations had become reality. The Niles junior distance runner finally made it to the state meet in cross country. She took that momentum throughout her indoor track ...

Thursday roundup

TENNIS AKRON — Warren G. Harding junior Alex Payiavlas lost in straight sets to St. Ignatius’ Jack McNally, 6-4, 6-2, at Thursday’s Division I Akron District tennis tournament at the Springside Racquet & Fitness Club. Canfield’s Tim Cianciola beat Lakewood’s Sam Dubusker, 6-0, ...

Return to regional

LEAVITTSBURG — A natural reaction when a person smiles is to smile back. Yet opposing hitters know they are in for a tough at-bat when they look up and see Champion’s Allison Smith in the circle. The flame-throwing sophomore’s infectious smile never left her face during another ...

Competitive fire burns in freshman

AUSTINTOWN — Faith Burch grazed the high jump bar before it fell to the ground. She couldn’t muster enough in her 5-foot-10 frame to arc her back over the fiberglass bar precariously hanging over two implements holding the long piece in place. The displeasure on the Warren G. Harding ...

Dragons’ glass slipper broken by Canfield

STRUTHERS — This season was a bit of a Cinderella story for the Niles baseball team. A team with just three seniors was full of underclassmen, and they not only won a conference title, but the Red Dragons scrapped and clawed their way to a second straight district final appearance. Niles ...

Change in transfer bylaw is approved

COLUMBUS — Ohio High School Athletic Association member schools approved a new transfer bylaw, which would cause some transferring students to sit out the second half of the season and the OHSAA postseason tournament. The results of voting, which was conducted from May 1-15, were announced ...

Howland freshman jumps into regional

AUSTINTOWN — Madison Sisler looked at the high jump bar, paused and made her approach. It was just a trial run as she made her way back to the edge of the pavement, bordering on the red, white and blue field-turf end zone at Austintown Fitch High School. She made the approach and went ...

Wednesday district track highlights

DIVISION III SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT: NEW MIDDLETOWN — McDonald’s girls 4x800 went a season-best 9:44.42 to win the 4x800-meter relay and set them as one of the state’s best teams Division III distance relays at Wednesday’s meet. The Blue Devils led Newton Falls, 31-24, after the first ...