High School Sports

Chalker girls basketball still improving

The Chalker Wildcats girls basketball team has come a long way in fourth-year coach Matt Yoder’s time at the program. However, the team is still struggling to do exactly what Yoder had envisioned when he became the coach. “We’re still learning how to win,” Yoder said. “(This year) ...

Price paces Howland in win over Harding

WARREN — Howland pulled away in the second quarter and never looked back, beating Warren G. Harding, 55-39, Wednesday night on the Raiders’ floor. Senior guard Sara Price scored the Tigers’ first nine points of the second quarter. “Well, it takes a lot of practice, I guess,” Price ...

Flashes do enough to win vs. LaBrae

CHAMPION — The Champion girls basketball team passed an important test Wednesday night. A season ago, the Golden Flashes would have struggled mightily when tested the way they were by LaBrae. Despite the Vikings’ best effort, Champion walked away with a 43-36 home victory in All-American ...

Lakeview wins on the road at Fitch

AUSTINTOWN — Some clutch free throw shooting in the final quarter helped Lakeview survive on the road in a 44-36 win Wednesday night over Austintown Fitch. “We knew coming in to this game that this was going to be a physical and well-coached team,” Lakeview coach Jason Senedak said. ...

Chalker, Lordstown split games at the Q

Boys CHALKER 46, LORDSTOWN 29: CLEVELAND — The Wildcats defeated the Red Devils at Quicken Loans Arena, thanks to a 13-2 second quarter advantage. Tylar Caracunas made four buckets for 14 points. Lordstown only mustered seven first-half points. Dakota Bingham made six field goals for 12 ...

Harding wallops struggling Howland

HOWLAND — The Warren G. Harding boys basketball team is growing and learning every day. To that end, coach Andy Vlajkovich is trying to steer the Raiders to a level of consistency, not only in execution, but also in effort. His guys took a small step in that direction in an 83-46 victory ...

Bofenkamp leads JFK over Mooney

WARREN — John F. Kennedy extended its winning streak to six straight games, thanks to a 78-75 victory over Cardinal Mooney at home Tuesday night. Senior guard Justin Bofenkamp led the way with 23 points, including 14 in the second-half. “He’s in the gym, non-stop. With football, he ...

UnbeatenVikings roll over Flashes

LEAVITTSBURG — The LaBrae boys basketball team stayed undefeated, rolling over Champion, 81-63, at home on Tuesday night. “(LaBrae) plays at an extremely high level at all times, with a lot of energy,” Champion coach Jamie Carrino said. “If you don’t match it, you’ll get run off ...

Lakeview, Newton Falls, Girard post wins

LAKEVIEW 56, BROOKFIELD 47: CORTLAND — Lakeview led, 11-2, at the end of the first quarter. Chris Muir had 10 points, as the Bulldogs went just 4 of 19 from beyond the arc. Brookfield (2-8, 1-4 AAC Blue) went just 3 of 18 from long distance, and the Warriors scored just two points in the ...

Bristol’s Giesy nets 100th win; Maplewood wins big

BRISTOL 76, BADGER 35: BRISTOLVILLE — Bristol had a comfortable 35-23 halftime lead, then blew the game open in the third quarter with a 27-6 outburst. It was coach Craig Geisy’s 100th career victory, in just his sixth season as head coach of the Panthers. Tommy Donadio scored 10 of his ...

Repeat performance

NEWTON FALLS — The Newton Falls girls basketball team is off to a 7-1 start, as the Tigers look to defend their district title from a year ago. For veteran coach Mark Baker, it’s “so far, so good” with his team. “I would say we’re on pace (with where I thought we would be at this ...

Seniors are keys to Golden Flashes’ start

The Champion Flashes girls basketball team is off to a 7-2 start, and it’s in part due to the leadership of three seniors. The trio of Molly Williams, Erin Sindledecker and Izzy D’Urso have helped a young Golden Flashes team get off to a strong start, as they look to compete for an ...

Mineral Ridge’s Wyllie excited to be coaching at alma mater

For brand new Mineral Ridge football coach Steve Wyllie, the opportunity to coach his alma mater is a “dream come true.” The 1992 grad, who’s also an english teacher at the school, will have plenty of challenges that lie ahead of him, namely, changing the culture. “We gotta learn to ...

Mineral Ridge adds new baseball, softball coaches

The Mineral Ridge athletics program will have two new coaches at the helm this spring, as the school district recently announced the hiring of Jamie Ferguson as baseball coach, and John Scheckelhoff as softball coach. According to Mineral Ridge Athletic Director Tim Porter, both coaches have ...

Down to the wire

CHAMPION — There was a moment, while Byron Taylor was in the air looking at the rim, when time slowed down enough to wonder what he would do next. Would he go for the bucket himself or dish the rock to a John F. Kennedy teammate? Taylor elected to drop the dime and Antonio McQueen laid ...

McDonald races past Niles, stays unbeaten

McDONALD — McDonald pulled away late at home to remain unbeaten as the Blue Devils outlasted Niles, 82-58, on Friday night. “Tonight was a good test — we wanted to get a challenge and we got it,” McDonald coach Jeff Rasile said. “We saw some adversity in our kids tonight. They ...

LaBrae remains perfect, topples Garfield

BOYS BASKETBALL ¯ LaBRAE 65, GARFIELD 48: GARRETTSVILLE — LaBrae stayed undefeated thanks to a big run in the second quarter of a non-conference clash with Garfield. Tariq Drake scored eight of his game-high 18 in the second quarter, when the Vikings (7-0) outscored Garfield, 24-8. The ...

Double trouble

BROOKFIELD – Youngstown East girls basketball coach Levon Lamb wanted somebody on the Brookfield roster not named Bailey Drapola to step forward to beat his team. McKenzie Drapola answered the call as the Warriors toppled the Panthers, 59-29, in a semifinal of the Brookfield Lady ...

Bowden scores 30, WGH tops W.V. champs

MORGANTOWN, WV. — The Raiders trailed by five points at half in the Morgantown Holiday Tournament, but a 40-point second-half lifted them past Fairmont, 64-57. “The guys really competed their tails off tonight,” Harding coach Andy Vlajkovich said. “We didn’t play real great in the ...

Becker’s 3s lift Bulldogs

CORTLAND — Jason Senedak and the coaching staff of the Lakeview girls basketball team had a pretty good feeling Cammie Becker was going to have a good night as the Bulldogs went through a shoot around Wednesday afternoon. The senior guard knocked down a single-game record of 3-pointers — ...