High School Sports

Girard’s O’Hara, Graziano lead Indians past Springfield

NEW MIDDLETOWN — Austin O’Hara and Anthony Graziano combined for 42 points to lead Girard past Springfield, 59-50. O’Hara had a team-high 26 points, while Graziano added 16 — including 8 of 8 from the foul line. The two had all but 13 of their points in the second half for Girard ...

McDonald, LaBrae both No. 1 in final statewide AP poll

WARREN — Regardless of what happens from here, the LaBrae and McDonald boys basketball teams have quite an accomplishment to look back on from the 2016-17 season. Both schools finished ranked No. 1 in the AP boys state basketball poll, which was announced for the final time Monday. McDonald ...

Vikings in showdown tonight in finale

There are a few different reasons LaBrae coach Chad Kiser is excited that the Vikings’ last game of the regular season also is the biggest. LaBrae, now 21-0, faces a fellow undefeated foe in South Range (21-0) at 7 tonight at LaBrae High School. The Vikings were ranked No. 1 in Division III ...

Harding girls on a roll at the right time of season

The Warren G. Harding girls bowling team is on a roll at the right time of the season. The Raiders returned all five starters from the 2016-16 team which finished 20-0, won the All-American Conference Red Tier regular season, captured a sectional title, and came 95 pins from making it to the ...

Harding girls capture bowling sectional title

With four bowlers in the top 15, the Warren G. Harding girls bowling team won the Division I sectional tournament Sunday at Sky Lanes in Garrettsville, edging second-place Howland by a score of 3,526-3,497. Both teams advance to the district tournament next Sunday at Canton. Also advancing ...

Ursuline star plays older than her years

Dayshanette Harris doesn’t shy away from her responsibility. In fact, the Ursuline 5-foot-7 sophomore point guard embraces her role. “Sometimes I forget she’s a sophomore until she reminds me,” Ursuline girls coach Vannessa Dickson said. “I need reminded as a head coach ...

Fitch senior leads area state meet qualifiers

A handful of automatic qualifiers will be joined by several more at-large qualifiers at the state swimming and diving championships this week at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Austintown Fitch senior Timothy Kubacki on Saturday won the Division I district title at Cleveland State ...

Tigers defense tames Girard

HOWLAND — Howland coach John Diehl has turned the objective of girls basketball into a glass-half-full/glass-half-empty kind of conundrum. Most teams try to outscore their opponents. The Tigers, however, are completely happy to hold their opponents to less points than they put on the board. ...

Spartans cruise past Harding

BOARDMAN — Warren G. Harding girls basketball team’s season came to an end on Saturday with a 68-42 loss on the road against Boardman in the first round of the Division I Canton sectional. This marks the third time this season that the Spartans have defeated the Raiders. “Jeff does ...

Postseason wrestling preview

The high school wrestling postseason starts Feb. 25 with the sectional tournament. The top four placers advance to the district tournament, which is March 3-4. The top four again move on to the state tournament, which is March 9-11 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus. The following ...

Naples, Niles advance, blast Crestwood

NILES — The Niles girls basketball team went off for a 24-2 first-half run in a 71-32 Division II sectional first-round win at home over the Crestwood Red Devils. Niles led, 10-7, midway through the first period before routing the Crestwood. “I think our intensity just picked up a little ...

Fitch swimmer wins district title

CLEVELAND — Austintown Fitch’s Timothy Kubacki won the 100-yard backstroke (50.69) and placed second in the 200 individual medley (1:52.79) at the OHSAA Northeast District Division I high school swimming championships held at Cleveland State University on Saturday. The top two in each ...

Salem tops Lakeview in D-II

GIRLS BASKETBALL ¯ SALEM 55, LAKEVIEW 50: CORTLAND — The Bulldogs trailed by double-digits at the half and were unable to complete a second-half comeback in Division II sectional first-round game. Jensen Silbaugh made seven buckets for 16 points. Lakeview finishes its season at ...

Pressed into action

CANTON — The plans were similar for Warren G. Harding and Canton McKinley going into their matchup at Canton Memorial Fieldhouse. The Raiders were focused on stopping 1,000-point scorer Darryl Straughter, and the Bulldogs’ eyes were centered on Harding standout Lynn Bowden. Oddly ...

Top-ranked LaBrae defense handles Howland

HOWLAND — The LaBrae Vikings boys basketball team got itself into a tight game early on against Howland, but then they did what they seem to always do this season — wear teams down with their suffocating defense. The Vikings, the No. 1-ranked team in the state in Division III, used a ...

JFK’s Bofenkamp gets milestone in win

WARREN — John F. Kennedy senior Justin Bofenkamp eclipsed the 1,000-point milestone in the first quarter of Friday’s 59-50 win against Valley Christian at Gillen Gymnasium. “There’s a lot of emotions going on right now,” Bofenkamp said. “A 1,000 points was never something I’ve ...

Bristol beats GV, wins NAC Challenge

BRISTOLVILLE — The Bristol boys basketball team has gained a bit of a reputation among Northeastern Athletic Conference coaches as a unit that will do all of the necessary little things to win. The Panthers lived up to their reputation in running out to a big halftime lead then holding on ...

McDonald rolls; Newton Falls gets past Liberty

¯ MCDONALD 92, SEBRING 54: SEBRING — The Blue Devils, the top-ranked team in Division IV, scored 62 first-half points. Zach Rasile made eight triples for 35 points, while Braedon Poole made seven buckets for 21 points. Sebring scored just 16 first-half points. Jason Dickson scored 21 ...

Stars, Stripes Divisions split Northeastern Athletic Conference Challenge

The Stars and Stripes Divisions split four matchups in Friday night’s Northeastern Athletic Conference annual Crossover Challenge. The Challenge pits teams from two divisions–Stars and Stripes–based on their finish in the standings. In the game between first-place teams, Bristol ...

Canfield relays take third at districts

CLEVELAND — Canfield’s 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams of sophomore Bobby Kutsch, senior Lake Bennett, junior Kamran Sarac and junior Cullen Brady placed third in each event — one place away from an automatic qualifier for next weekend’s state swim meet at the C.T. Branin ...