High School Sports

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 ...

Mathews wins NAC Challenge matchup

VIENNA — The Mathews Mustangs used a strong first half to take a 47-33 victory over Lordstown, in Thursday night’s girls basketball Northeastern Athletic Conference Crossover Challenge. Mathews led by 15 points at half, thanks to an 18-point first-half performance by senior Paige ...

Naples’ travels lead her to 1,000 points

Niles girls basketball player Dakota Naples has been well-traveled throughout her high school playing career. Those travels recently brought the senior point guard to a career milestone — 1,000 points. Naples, who accomplished the feat on the road against Jefferson, needed 14 points for the ...

Stars girls dominate NAC Challenge

Stars Division teams won four of the five matchups Thursday night in the Northeastern Athletic Conference’s annual Crossover Challenge. The Challenge pits teams from the two divisions — Stars and Stripes — based on their finish in the standings. In the game between first-place teams, ...

Basketball statistical leaders

Girls SCORING Dakota Naples, Niles 23.9 Isabelle Kline, Newton Falls 20.8 Sara Price, Howland 20.6 Bailey Drapola, Brookfield 20.0 Courtney Warnick, Chalker 19.4 Lexi Knight, Windham 19.4 Grayson Rose, Garfield 19.1 Annie Pavlansky, Lakeview 18.6 Paige Sponsler, ...

Harding solid in closing out tight win over Ursuline

WARREN — Mike Hughes saw the opening on the lob pass from Anise Algahmee with 6.5 seconds remaining underneath the Ursuline basket. The Warren G. Harding junior saw the ball tipped away from Ursuline big man Anthony Howell and toward the Irish bench. Hughes made the move and got to the ...