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Repeat: Aberdeen tops MV again

NILES - The score was the same but things were a bit different, including the fact there were no fireworks after the game.Aberdeen edged Mahoning Valley, 4-3, Sunday at Eastwood Field, the same score the Ironbirds won by the previous night, the Fourth of July.On Saturday night, the Scrappers ...

A volleyball ‘lifer’

When young people start playing a sport (or sports), they generally stick with it as long as they are enjoying it. A good part of the enjoyment comes from success. As kids move along into more and more difficult competition, the success rate often diminishes. Eventually, the athlete realizes he ...

Youngster Castro begins development with Scrappers

NILES - Travis Fryman knows there's something special about Willi Castro.The 18-year-old starting shortstop for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers is well beyond his years defensively.Fryman, the Scrappers manager, should know a thing or two about the left side of the infield. He was a Gold Glove ...

Howland’s Scott making impact with Ironbirds

NILES - Tanner Scott thrives on pressure-packed situations."Coming in with some weight on your shoulder and getting after it," said Scott, who is a reliever for the Aberdeen Ironbirds, after Saturday's 4-3 Ironbirds win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. "The atmosphere is awesome. Starting ...

USA Olympian?

McDONALD - Matthias Tayala was busy lifting weights under the main gymnasium of his alma mater, McDonald High School.He still has one more meet this summer, the Edmonton International Track Classic on July 12 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.The accomplished Kent State University hammer thrower has ...

Scrappers back home off 7-4 loss

BATAVIA, N.Y. - A three-run second inning by Batavia put Mahoning Valley in a hole from which it could not get out in a 7-4 loss Friday night to the Muckdogs.Scrapper starting pitcher Casey Shane yielded one run on a wild pitch in the first inning. In the second, he retired the first two ...

Scrappers become part of host families

Gail Druschel has always loved baseball. The crack of the bat, the smell of open peanuts shells wafting through the stands and the occasional breeze has brought the Champion native back to the game year after year.Druschel, who is part of the Scrappers Backers booster club, wanted to do more ...

Strong pitching performance leads to split

BATAVIA, N.Y. - Three Mahoning Valley pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as the Scrappers split a doubleheader on Thursday with the Batavia Muckdogs. Both games were seven innings.The Scrappers won the nightcap, 3-0, as Jose Zapata and Dominic DeMasi pitched three scoreless innings apiece. ...

New GM found in-house

YOUNGSTOWN - New Youngstown Phantoms general manager Jason Koehler knows exactly what his first task will be - finding a replacement for head coach Anthony Noreen.Koehler was promoted Thursday from his position of assistant general manager and director of player personnel. He has been a member ...

Ready for Round 2

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP - Urban Meyer is feeling good about his home state these days. With his Ohio State University football team having claimed the first College Football Playoff Championship, the Cleveland Cavaliers taking the Golden State Warriors to six games in the NBA finals and the ...

Progress finally leads to victory at home

NILES - During the Scrappers' five-game losing streak, there's been steady progression in the eyes of Mahoning Valley manager Travis Fryman.Fans and players may have had a hard time seeing that growth through all the slumps and blunders, but the improvement was evident in the Scrappers' first ...

Phantoms begin search after Noreen gets new job

YOUNGSTOWN - The Youngstown Phantoms' first United States Hockey League coach of the year is no longer the Phantoms' coach.Anthony Noreen, who led Youngstown to a 40-14-6 record and the club's first Anderson Cup, will be the new head coach of the Orlando Solar Bears, the East Coast Hockey ...

Howland girl wins event

HOWLAND - Gianna Clemente of Howland shot a 1-under par 71 over two 9-hole rounds to win the girls 7-under division of the U.S. Kids Golf Ohio State Invitational at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club.Clemente won the event last year and also won the Pennsylvania State Invitational June 22-23 at ...

Fryman-Borders friendship remains from big leagues to bush leagues

NILES - Maybe they'll call it "Border Patrol" or "Pat's Pack."Mahoning Valley manager Travis Fryman didn't have a name for the show, but he said his longtime friend and former Cleveland Indians teammate Pat Borders is pushing the limits with the size of his family."He's got nine kids," said ...

Strider trio to nationals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Warren Striders Track Club is assured of representation in the AAU National Junior Olympic Games for the 16th straight season after three Striders qualified for the event during a regional meet last weekend at the University of Charleston.Advancing to the nationals are ...

Champion’s Allen continues career at Edinboro

CHAMPION - Brittany Allen made the most of her three years of varsity play at Champion.This past season, she went out on top as the Golden Flashes captured the Division III state softball championship.Now Allen is taking her talents to Edinboro University, an NCAA Division II school.She played ...

Clemente leads age group at state event

HOWLAND - Warren's Gianna Clemente holds a seven-stroke lead at the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation's Ohio State Invitational, which started Monday at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club.She shot an opening round 2-under 34 - the lowest score, boys or girls, shot on the nine-hole format.Boys 9 years ...

Making adjustments

NILES - Mahoning Valley Scrappers manager Travis Fryman has a rule he follows during the beginning of the minor league season.As he and the rest of his coaching staff welcome in a new crop of draft picks, Fryman makes sure he doesn't throw too much at them too quickly. In fact, he doesn't ...

Fryman seeing things to build upon for MV

NILES - Not many people understand the purpose of minor league baseball better than Scrappers manager Travis Fryman.His entire coaching career has been spent in the Indians' minor league system, developing players and helping them reach the major league level as quickly as possible. He ...

Zallow running faster, looking to YSU

June has been very good to Chad Zallow as he showed off his uncanny speed in the 110-meter hurdles.He went a blazing 13.19 seconds to win the New Balance Nationals in North Carolina just over a week ago. It might have been wind-aided, but it was the fastest the John F. Kennedy graduate has run ...