Local Sports

Scrappers snap eight-game losing streak

LOWELL, Mass. - The Mahoning Valley Scrappers scored six unanserwed runs in the final three innings to end an eight-game losing streak with a 9-3 win over the Lowell Spinners.With the score tied at three heading into the top fo the seventh, Mahoning Valley (9-20) got the bats going and started ...

Area coaches weigh in on star player’s return, impact to area

Poland boys basketball coach Ken Grisdale's mother makes him a scrapbook after every season, which he keeps in his basement.Friday, Grisdale brought out the book for the 2001-02 season and flipped to pages involving the 2002 Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state semifinal at ...

Local residents react to LeBron’s return

WARREN - While LeBron James burned many in northeast Ohio with his decision in 2010 to leave Cleveland, just as many local residents seem willing to forgive and forget.As long as he wins a title for championship-starved Cleveland, that is.Warren resident Lisa Krokoski said she has spent much of ...

Timko improves, places fourth at Ohio Amateur

Sitting six strokes off the lead, Canfield graduate and former John F. Kennedy golfer Boo Timko started off the fourth and final round of the Ohio Amateur Golf Championship at Coldstream Country Club in Cincinnati on Friday looking to make a big move up the standings.He couldn't have had a ...

Hubbard native named new wildlife officer in Trumbull County

Martin E. Cisine, 34, of Hubbard, is a new state wildlife officer in Trumbull County.Officer Cisine is one of 16 new wildlife officer cadets who have been undergoing extensive training and were sworn in as commissioned state wildlife officers during ceremonies July 3 in Columbus. He began his ...

Ohio deer benefit from CRP

The most widely-used federal program that benefits wildlife is the Conservation Reserve Program. Continuous CRP signups began June 9, and landowners can enroll into the program at any time.Landowners can turn their farms into wildlife havens while receiving annual rental payments and up to a 90 ...

OUTDOOR BRIEFS

IRONMAN?CLAY?BIRD?SHOOT: The Leetonia Sportsman's Association, along with the Independence Fund, will host an Ironman Clay Bird Shoot to help buy an All Terrain Wheelchair for a wounded veteran on July 20. The event will be held on the club grounds at 311 East High Street in Leetonia.The three ...

Timko makes move at Ohio Am

Despite his scores the first two days of the 2014 Ohio Amateur Golf Championship, Boo Timko had plenty of reasons to stay positive heading into Thursday's third round at Coldstream Country Club in Cincinnati.The former Canfield and John F. Kennedy golfer shot a 3-over par during Tuesday's first ...

Wrestling to invade Eastwood Field

NILES - Pro wrestling fans will get a chance to see all their favorite TNA IMPACT WRESTLING superstars in action live and up-close, including World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young, Bully Ray, Mr. Anderson, Bobby Lashley, Gail Kim and many more.The TNA IMPACT WRESTLING 2014 World Tour is coming ...

DeJesus happy to be back with Scrappers

NILES - Luis DeJesus didn't see a demotion from Lake County to Mahoning Valley as a negative.In fact, he wouldn't refer to it as a demotion at all."I was happy to help start the season for the Scrappers," DeJesus said. "This feels like home to me."A Lufkin, Texas native, DeJesus spent one year ...

Lordstown’s Cash to walk on at YSU

Sarah Cash wanted to remain close to home.The 2014 Lordstown High School graduate and class valedictorian wanted to take her academic skills to Youngstown State University.Cash, a 6-foot forward, averaged 17.8 points, and was a dominant force for the Red Devils' girls basketball team.Her ...

Finding their way

NILES - The blinding glare shining from the Mahoning Valley Scrappers' stat sheet this season is probably the team's batting average.After the conclusion of Tuesday's game against the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Scrappers' batting average dropped to a staggering .219, third-worst in the ...

Still struggling

NILES - Mahoning Valley Scrappers manager Ted Kubiak called a team meeting Sunday night immediately after a loss to the Batavia Muckdogs.In the meeting, Kubiak emphasized the importance of maintaining team intensity and a sense of urgency in professional baseball. It was a desperate attempt to ...

Allen has speed, but not enough for MV

NILES - Mahoning Valley Scrappers right fielder Greg Allen put his fleet feet on display Sunday night at Eastwood Field.Allen came into Sunday's game with three stolen bases and doubled that stat by swiping three bases against the Batavia Muckdogs."He runs the bases very well," Kubiak said ...

Top pick heating up

NILES - Excluding Ohio's bipolar weather patterns, Scrappers outfielder Bradley Zimmer has adapted well to the Mahoning Valley so far.He's actually done more than adapt - he's flourishing.Zimmer, the Cleveland Indians' first pick of the 2014 MLB Draft, collected a single and recorded the ...

Area briefs

Thornton qualifies for National Senior OlympicsCANTON - Jack Thornton Jr., program director and coach of the Warren Striders Track Club and the boys and girls track coach at John F. Kennedy High School, qualified for the National Senior Olympic Games in Minnesota in 2015 following his ...

All eyes on him

NILES - Julius Merryweather is still getting used to the many sets of eyes all focused on him.Merryweather, a fifth-round selection from this year's MLB Draft out of Oklahoma Baptist University, finished his collegiate career with a 22-5 mark and 1.73 ERA in 182 innings pitched. He was ...

Patterson’s path brings him to Niles

NILES - Steven Patterson followed in his father's footsteps as an athlete at the University of California-Davis.Fred Patterson was a football player for the Aggies. Steven starred on the baseball diamond."I played football all through high school and started at linebacker," Steven said. "I ...

On the right path

There really wasn't another choice in Fitzgerald Toussaint's mind.Finding himself in the large land of undrafted NFL rookie hopefuls in early May, the Liberty High School graduate looked east to find a new football home. He found a comfortable landing spot in Baltimore, where he recently ...

Murphy’s Law changing course

NILES - Mahoning Valley Scrappers outfielder Taylor Murphy didn't always look like a future Major League draft pick.The Cleveland Indians selected Murphy with the 548th pick in the 18th round of the 2014 MLB Draft, but at one time, it appeared as though Murphy would never make it to the ...