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Howland freshman jumps into regional

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AUSTINTOWN — Madison Sisler looked at the high jump bar, paused and made her approach. It was just a trial run as she made her way back to the edge of the pavement, bordering on the red, white and blue field-turf end zone at Austintown Fitch High School. She made the approach and went ...

Wednesday district track highlights

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DIVISION III SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT: NEW MIDDLETOWN — McDonald’s girls 4x800 went a season-best 9:44.42 to win the 4x800-meter relay and set them as one of the state’s best teams Division III distance relays at Wednesday’s meet. The Blue Devils led Newton Falls, 31-24, after the first ...

GV bests Flashes in pitchers’ duel

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NILES — In a pitching duel between Grand Valley’s Logan Newell and Champion’s Drake Batcho, Grand Valley won, 2-1, Wednesday to oust the defending state champion Golden Flashes and advance to the Division III Niles District title game. Grand Valley faces Crestwood at 5 p.m. today at ...

LaBrae’s season ended by Crestwood, 10-0

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NILES — In a game that got away from LaBrae quickly, Crestwood defeated the Vikings, 10-0, in five innings to advance to the Division III Niles District championship game. The Red Devils face Grand Valley at 5 p.m. today at Wilder Field. Both pitchers came out strong to start the game. ...

Maplewood baseball clips Mathews; Bristol girls win

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FAIRPORT HARBOR — Maplewood scored once in the first inning and never trailed the rest of the way, upsetting Mathews, 7-5, Wednesday in a Division IV baseball district semifinal. The Rockets (14-6), who had lost to Mathews twice during the season, will play in the district final Friday at 5 ...

Blue wave in softball

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LEAVITTSBURG — In its quest for another softball state championship, Champion took another step by beating Kirtland, 10-0 in six innings, in a Division III district semifinal game at LaBrae High School. The Golden Flashes, the defending Division III state champions, face LaBrae today at 5 ...

Cavs return home in 2-0 hole

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By KYLE HIGHTOWER The Associated Press BOSTON — The Celtics punched the Cavaliers first and never looked back in rolling to a Game 1 rout. LeBron James took a literal shot to the jaw in Game 2 but kept right on scoring. So did the Celtics. Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and Boston ...

LaBrae takes care of Wickliffe, 8-1

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LEAVITTSBURG — Though playing at home, LaBrae was the visiting team Tuesday in their Division III district semifinal game against third-seeded Wickliffe. As a result, the third-seeded Vikings batted first and they came out swinging, beating the Blue Devils, 8-1. For their troubles, the ...

Miller blows another lead

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DETROIT — John Hicks expected to be challenged by shutdown reliever Andrew Miller in a tight spot Tuesday night. Instead, he got an easy bases-loaded walk to cap an unexpected comeback. JaCoby Jones homered and doubled, and the Detroit Tigers rallied against Miller during a five-run ...

Niles nips Poland to earn title shot

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Niles scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice bunt in the third inning and held off a seventh-inning Poland rally in beating the Bulldogs, 4-3, Tuesday in a Division II district semifinal at Cene Park. Niles will face Canfield, which beat Cardinal Mooney, 4-3, in its semifinal game. The title ...

Williams, Pirate bullpen blank Sox

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PITTSBURGH — Trevor Williams scattered six hits in seven innings, Adam Frazier homered to start a four-run first, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the White Sox 7-0 Tuesday night to send Chicago to its worst start since 1948. Chicago has lost eight of nine and 12 of 14, dropping to a major ...

Ursuline seeing success in 2 tennis competitions

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BOARDMAN — Ursuline coach Kent Blacksher looked around and couldn’t help but smile. The humidity was stifling inside the white, puffy dome encasing tennis courts at Squaw Creek. His singles players and doubles teams were hitting backhands, forehands, some serves and adding some net play ...

Errors cost Girard against Springfield

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BEAVER TWP. — There are three main fundamental areas of softball, and Girard coach Charlie Mazzella believed his Indians were superior to Springfield in two of those areas. The third one was the most important Monday. The Tigers took advantage of some early errors from Girard and held on ...

Lineup change possible as Cavs look to win Game 2

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BOSTON — Put Kevin Love’s name atop the list of the Cavaliers that walked out of Cleveland’s 25-point Eastern Conference finals Game 1 loss to Boston a little staggered, but with an unbowed head. The reason: He’s got a teammate by the name of LeBron James that’s had a way of ...

Pride of the Bulldogs

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BOARDMAN — Zach McDivitt paced up and down the fence at Boardman High School, separating himself from the tennis courts. He saw a school-record five players qualify out of the Division II Boardman Sectional boys tennis tournament for Friday’s Division II Akron District. With every step, ...

Browns coach jumping into Lake Erie for charity

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CLEVELAND — Hue Jackson’s shuddering season with the Cleveland Browns will include one last chill. The coach is keeping his promise and plans to jump into Lake Erie on June 1 in an event for charity and hopefully wash away two long, losing seasons. Jackson announced Monday on the ...

Goodrum’s HRs lift Tigers past Indians

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DETROIT — The injury-plagued Detroit Tigers battled gamely against another top pitcher. Niko Goodrum homered twice and drove in five runs, and Detroit beat Carlos Carrasco and the Cleveland Indians 6-3 on Monday night. It was the second straight day the Tigers won despite fielding a ...

Things are different in 2018 for JFK soph

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BOARDMAN — Armand Nannicola feels the quick bounce of the ball off the racquet. It’s a quick jolt, which the John F. Kennedy tennis player felt go awry. A rare miss for the Eagles’ top-seeded singles player. A part of the game, it doesn’t rattle this sophomore. It’s much ...

Phantoms earned vital road split

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The Youngstown Phantoms return home for the next two games of the USHL Clark Cup Finals with a 1-1 series tie against the Western Conference’s Fargo Force. Games 3 and 4 will be Friday and Saturday, respectively, at the Covelli Centre. The best-of-five series could potentially end on ...

Spring athletes chasing state berths

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Weather permitting, area high school spring sports athletes get into the second week of postseason play this week, though it is the first week for track and field athletes. The sprinters, hurdlers, runners, jumpers and throwers begin their three-week trek to possible glory in Columbus with ...