High School Sports

JFK’s Coates injures leg again

COLUMBUS — Jacob Coates started out strong from the blocks of the 200-meter dash. The 2015 state champion in this event had a tumultuous junior year with a hamstring injury that ended his season at a district meet. He had a slow start to this season, but finally found his stride at last ...

Update: Sat. 6:45 p.m. Champion girls win state title 5-1

AKRON - The Champion High School girls softball team has won the Division III state championship title, defeating Wheelersburg 5-1. The girls took an early lead, 2-0, in the first inning and never looked back. It was the sixth inning before the defending champions scored their only run, but ...

On to the title game

COLUMBUS — Michael Turner’s base hit in the top of the seventh inning Thursday lifted the Champion Golden Flashes past Bellville Clear Fork, 2-1, in a Division III state semifinal at Huntington Park. The win advances Champion to its first-ever state title game on Saturday. The Flashes ...

Fri. 1:20 p.m.: Champion girls have big, early lead

AKRON - Champion girls softball team has jumped out to a big lead early in the Division III state semifinals. The local team is leading Springfield Northwestern by a score of 5-0 after two innings. The game is under way in Akron's Firestone Park. The winner advances to the state finals on ...

Fri. 1:45 p.m.: UPDATE – Champion girls widen gap

The Champion Golden Flashes girls softball team has widened the gap to an 8-0 lead over Springfield Northwestern after three innings. The Division III state semifinal game is under way at Akron's Firestone Park. The winning team will advance to Saturday's OHSAA state title game in ...

Fri. 2:05 p.m.: Champion girls win, play for state title Saturday

Champion girls softball team shut out Springfield Northwestern in five innings, 10-0. The girls team now will advance to Saturday's OHSAA Division III state title game against Wheelersburg at Akron's Firestone Park. The girls join their counterpart, Champion boys baseball team, in their ...

Coates follows (quickly) in dad’s steps

COLUMBUS — Jim Coates remembers that feeling in 1984. The sounds and echoes reverberating through Ohio Stadium, trickling down to the Jesse Owens Track. He and his John F. Kennedy High School teammates in the 4x100-meter relay — Scott Rindfuss, Joe Frandanisa and Tim Mrofchak — held off ...

‘Fun’ game will be competitive

HUBBARD — The subject of which county is better in football isn’t really a question to recent Warren G. Harding graduate Marlin Richardson. “Being me, I say Trumbull County is better,” said Richardson during a practice for the Jack Arvin All-Star Classic, a game in which Mahoning ...

Bill Sferra Fastpitch Classic

Tentative rosters for the Trumbull vs. Mahoning high school senior softball all-star game scheduled Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Youngstown State’s softball complex. The Classic will include two eight-inning games. Trumbull County Name School Pos. Josie Campbell Maplewood 1B, 3B Cristiana ...

Flash ahead

The Champion Golden Flashes softball program will be making its ninth trip to the state tournament Friday afternoon, when they take on Springfield Northwestern at Akron Firestone Stadium in a Division III state semifinal. This will mark Champion’s sixth appearance since 2004, and the ...

Thur. Noon: UPDATE – State semifinal baseball game still tied

COLUMBUS - The state semifinal baseball game between Champion boys and the team from Clear Fork High School remains tied at 1 at the start of the seventh inning. Stay up-to-date by logging on here, and read Friday's Tribune Chronicle for complete coverage and photos.

Thur. 12:30 p.m.: Champion heading to state final

COLUMBUS - Champion boys baseball team has won its state semi-final game and is heading to the state final 10 a.m. Saturday in Columbus. The final score of this morning's state semi-final high school baseball game is: Champion 2, Clear Fork of Bellville, Ohio, 1. Champion girls softball team ...

Champion to face surging Clear Fork

Prior to the season, Clear Fork baseball coach Rusty Staab said his Colts could absolutely return to the Division III state semifinal after reaching that point in 2016. A few weeks into the season, Staab was just hoping Clear Fork could field a full team. “Way back in mid-April when guys ...

Lumsden’s journey leads him over high jump bar

AUSTINTOWN — Lori Lumsden saw her son Jakari go up and over the high jump bar at 6-feet-5, just one inch short of his personal record. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Austintown Fitch High School junior athlete did more than win last week’s Division I Austintown Regional boys high jump title. He ...

All-star contests coming this month

As the area high school spring sports season comes to an end this weekend — and what a finish it is with area track and field athletes invading Columbus in their usual numbers, plus Champion’s baseball and softball teams in the final four — it is time to look toward upcoming senior ...

Thur. 11 a.m.: UPDATE – Champion game all tied up

COLUMBUS - Clear Fork boys baseball team came back to tie up the game against Champion boys, 1-1. Three innings are in the books at the Division III state semi-finals being played in Columbus. Tribune Chronicle sports writer Eric Murray is staffing the game. Check back here for updates, and ...

Thur. 12:20 p.m.: UPDATE – Champion takes lead

COLUMBUS - Champion has taken the lead in the top of the seventh inning. The game is heading into the bottom of the seventh with a score of Champion 2, Clear Fork 1, in the state semifinal baseball game. If Champion boys win, they will play for the state title at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Big stakes

CHAMPION — The total height of the two probable starters in a Division III OHSAA state semifinal between Champion and Clear Fork will be 12 feet, 10 inches. That doesn’t include spikes and hats. Maybe the only thing bigger are the stakes. Champion ace Drake Batcho, a 6-4 junior, ...