High School Sports

Warren G. Harding ends season against Garfield Hts.

SOLON — In a slow, defensive battle in a Division I Solon District semifinal, Garfield Heights defeated Warren G. Harding, 39-30. Harding (18-7) had its energy up and ready to go as the Raiders were up 7-2 with 3:48 left in the first quarter. Harding led Garfield Heights (18-5) after one, ...

Falls’ season ends in triple OT

CUYAHOGA FALLS — With a packed crowd on Newton Falls’ side every step of the way, the Tigers girls kept climbing back. At the end of the fourth quarter and the first two overtimes, Newton Falls was down, only to charge back and extend the game. Eventually, the Tigers’ luck ran out ...

Grappling with the Crawfords

CANFIELD — Couches, family vacations and unblemished walls don’t stand a chance with the Crawfords. Not for the last 10 to 12 years, at least. Three rambunctious boys have been finding different ways to damage the house, and change vacation sites, since they were old enough to put one ...

On to final

ORWELL — After a forgetful first quarter, Bristol put things together and beat Northeastern Athletic Conference foe Windham for the second time in three meetings, this time by a 65-51 score in a Division IV district semifinal game at Grand Valley High School. Windham (19-5) seemed to be ...

Champion drills Tigers in D3 semi

WARREN — It’s on to the Division III Warren District final for the Champion Golden Flashes boys basketball team. Newton Falls and Champion met for the third time this season Tuesday evening in a district semifinal at Warren G. Harding High School. After splitting the first two affairs, ...

N. Falls girls set for regional

After winning the Division III district championship at Ravenna High School on Saturday, the Newton Falls Tigers girls basketball team is ready for the challenge that lies ahead of it. The Tigers (18-7) face Elyria Catholic (20-5) in a regional semifinal tonight at 8 at Cuyahoga Falls High ...

Understand this: Fitch’s Sutton getting better

AUSTINTOWN — The slower things come to Austintown Fitch’s Gus Sutton, the faster he goes. In a sport where complex movements and imperative reactions occur in the blink of an eye, Sutton is beginning to see things more simplistically. “He’s really understanding the sport,” Fitch ...

Valley Christian beaten at buzzer

STRUTHERS — Valley Christian’s season came to a heartbreaking end after a layup by East Canton’s Anthony Baad beat the clock to give the Hornets a 52-50 victory in a Division IV district semifinal at Struthers Field House Tuesday night. Eagles senior Emmanuel Armour split a pair of ...

Local wrestlers ready for state tournament

The 81st annual Individual State Wrestling Tournament begins Thursday at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus. There are 19 area wrestlers (34 when including all of Mahoning and Columbiana counties) competing in the double-elimination tournament, which ...

Returning the favor

ORWELL — It was a long 12 months for the Cornerstone Christian basketball team, and Sunday was a long night for its coach. Seeing the John F. Kennedy Eagles on Monday in a Division IV district semifinal brought back haunting memories. It was JFK that knocked off the Patriots in last ...

LaBrae gains revenge in rout of G-Men

WARREN — After losing two straight years to Garfield in tournament play, LaBrae wasn’t going there again. The Vikings defeated Garfield, 76-24, in a Division III Warren District semifinal Tuesday night at Warren G. Harding High School. From the tip, LaBrae (23-1) got out to an 8-2 lead, ...

Western Reserve upsets McDonald

STRUTHERS — With six seconds left, Western Reserve senior Kade Hillis’ lay-up ended the Blue Devils’ 13-year losing drought to McDonald, winning, 54-52, in the Division IV Struthers District semifinals at the Struthers Field House Monday night. “It was the best feeling in my life,” ...

Second-half shutdown

TWINSBURG — Warren G. Harding’s defense again came to the rescue, especially in the second half, as the Raiders defeated Twinsburg, 47-42, Saturday night to advance to the Division I district semifinals. Harding (18-6) will face top-seeded Garfield Heights Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Solon ...

Tigers win another district crown

RAVENNA — Excellent defense, especially in the second half, carried the Newton Falls girls basketball team to another district title Saturday with a 41-27 win over Waterloo in the Division III Ravenna District title game. The Tigers (18-7) were beaten by Champion last year in the district ...

Champion turns up intensity in victory

CHAMPION — Champion coach Nathan Kish stood on the sidelines, frustrated at times, yelling and, yes, disgusted. Understandable. You would be too. The second-seeded Golden Flashes were flustered by a late-surging Liberty team as the 10th-seeded Leopards just wouldn’t go away in ...

Girard junior repeats district title

ALLIANCE — Sure, Jack DelGarbino can squat the equivalent of a vending machine. Yes, DelGarbino can bench press about the weight of a pony. But that doesn’t mean the 285-pound Girard wrestler is going to use all that strength during his matches. That’s not his style. DelGarbino ...

Canfield wins district; Tiger tandem advances

ALLIANCE — After all was said and done, with Canfield claiming its second consecutive district title and advancing a school-record seven kids to the state tournament, the Cardinals were excited ... about a parking pass? Wait, what? “We’ve had six (state qualifiers) the last two years, ...

Wrestling districts

Fitch third at D-I district NORTH CANTON — Austintown Fitch placed third overall at the Division I Hoover District tournament and qualified four wrestlers for the state tournament. The Falcons finished with 106 team points, trailing only Wadsworth and Massillon Perry. The top four ...

Sparks, Holmes star at state indoor track meet

GENEVA — Maplewood’s Ethan Sparks took second and Garfield’s Tyler Klouda was third in the Division II-III boys 1,600-meter run at Saturday’s Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches state indoor track and field meet at the SPIRE Institute. Sparks ran 4:19.90, while Klouda ...

Hubbard bowlers 8th at state

Hubbard’s girls bowling team qualified eighth in the qualifying rounds, then lost their first head-to-head match to eventual state finalist Coldwater Saturday in the Division II girls state tournament at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. The Eagles were led by sophomore Jenny Reebel who placed ...