High School Sports

JFK vs. Toronto a repeat from 2015

WARREN — The last thing Jeff Bayuk wanted to see was his team lose two straight heading into the playoffs. After losing to Villa Angela-St. Joseph in Week 9, the John F. Kennedy coach knows his football team couldn’t enter week 11 with those kinds of setbacks. The Eagles (9-1) took care ...

YSU runners keep eye on qualifiers from alma maters

YOUNGSTOWN — Alan Burns remembers 2013 as if it were yesterday. The Boardman cross country team took fourth at the state cross country meet at National Trail Raceway, the highest placing for Boardman in school history. His teammate and current Furman University runner Mark Hadley won the ...

Blue Jays face perennial power once again

The Jackson-Milton football program made school history last year, making the OHSAA playoff for the first time. Unfortunately, J-M ran into perennial powerhouse Mogadore in the first round of the Division VII playoffs. Mogadore dispatched the Blue Jays, 63-20, on the way to a state runner-up ...

All-Star soccer games Sunday

The Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association District 1 all-star games are scheduled Sunday at Hubbard. The boys all-stars will play at 11 a.m. and the girls are scheduled at 1 p.m. Following are the girls rosters: Grey team No.    Player    School 1    Kaci Cera   ...

Harding hopes for better playoff outcome

High school football fans throughout the area know of the exploits of Warren G. Harding senior quarterback Lynn Bowden and the slew of outstanding skill players on the Raiders’ roster. Harding (9-1) has in the neighborhood of 30 seniors on a team that suffered a heartbreaking second-round ...

Blanked Bulldogs

SOLON — Lakeview boys soccer Bryan Phillips made a point to remind each Bulldog exactly what he thought of his team Wednesday night before a Division II regional semifinal soccer match. Despite a 3-0 loss to Richfield Revere, Phillips’ opinion of his Bulldogs hasn’t been ...

Hubbard, Mooney to have running battle Friday

WARREN — A Division IV, Region 13 first-round high school football matchup has a chance to be the quickest playoff game in the state. Why? Because Hubbard and Cardinal Mooney don’t like to pass the ball. Or, better put, they’re really good at running it. The teams have combined for ...

Cameron has inspiration to advance to state

BOARDMAN — Mineral Ridge coach Ron Toth felt the inspiration come over him as he was driving down to last Saturday’s Division III Boardman Regional cross country meet. He heard a contemporary christian song in his vehicle with the album title of Passion. It led to one of his many ...

LaBrae hopes it is up to its Week 11 challenge

For the second year in a row, the LaBrae Vikings will be playing in Week 11. This time around, LaBrae, a No. 4 seed in Division V, Region 17, hosts a playoff game, as No. 5-seeded Wickliffe travels to Viking Stadium Saturday night. A year ago, the Vikings were the five-seed and ultimately ...

Howland to face tough task in Akron Hoban

WARREN — When Dominic Menendez took over for longtime mentor Dick Angle as head football coach at Howland High School four years ago, his goal was to reach the postseason. Now that he’s made it after a few close calls, he realizes he better watch what he asks for. The seventh-seeded ...

Quick-strike Hathaway Brown defeats Howland

TWINSBURG — It doesn’t take long to go from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows or vice versa. In the span of just more than two-and-a-half minutes, the Howland girls experienced that manic swing from the wrong side in surrendering three goals in a 3-1 loss to Shaker Heights ...

Mathews’ Wallace heading to state

BOARDMAN — Kenny Wallace looked at the video. He found it hard to turn away, even though every fiber of his being told him to do so. The Mathews senior saw himself wobbling, stumbling, then falling to the ground 50 meters short of the finish line at the Boardman High School cross country ...

Regular season preps Garfield for South Range

A Division V, Region 17 first-round playoff matchup Saturday night pitting top-seeded South Range hosting the No. 8-seeded Garfield G-Men is a battle of two teams with completely different expectations coming into the season. For Garfield (7-3), it’s motto for 2016 was “playoffs or ...

Rivalry win a boost

Rivalries bring out the best in teams, and for the Howland Tigers girls soccer team, a recent tournament victory may be just what the doctor ordered. The Tigers defeated archrival Niles, 2-0, in a Division II district semifinal last week. In 2015, Howland’s dreams of being district champion ...

Young Windham team faces toughest test

For many high school football teams throughout the area, having a young team typically equals a rebuilding or reloading-type of season. The kind of season that may not include the playoffs, and is more of a learning experience to set a program up for success over the next two or three ...

Confident Bulldogs meeting their own high expectations

CORTLAND — When Lakeview boys soccer coach Bryan Phillips set the goals for the Bulldogs’ season, he wasn’t thinking big enough. Not in the mind of junior forward Noah Busefink, anyway. Busefink believed the Bulldogs were destined for something bigger than just a spot in a district ...

Playoff teams prepare for at least one more week

From the far west end of West Market Street to the far east end of East Market Street, playoff fever is here for high school football fans, players and coaches. Warren G. Harding and John F. Kennedy high schools will keep Mollenkopf Stadium lit up this week on Friday and Saturday evenings, ...

Golden Flashes return to regional

The Champion girls soccer team and coach Shawnn Wilson return to the Division III regional tournament this season after losing 1-0 in the second overtime period last year to eventual regional champion Kirtland. Champion, which lost 12 seniors from last year’s team, has seen an enormous ...

Settling down

NILES — The Lakeview boys soccer team finally settled down after about 13 minutes of play and scoring one goal. That fueled the Bulldogs as they stunned Canfield, 4-1, to claim the Division II Austintown District championship Saturday at Bo Rein Stadium. “To be honest, Canfield ...

JFK bounces back, beats Aquinas in OT

WARREN — A week after a disappointing home loss to Villa Angela-St. Joseph, the John F. Kennedy Eagles were looking for a big bounceback win against a tough St. Thomas Aquinas team. The Eagles ultimately found a way to win Saturday’s game in dramatic fashion, knocking off the Knights, ...