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Boardman visits Paul Brown Stadium

High School Sports

Joe Ignazio was there in April as part of the North coaching staff in the senior-laden North-South All-Star Game in Massillon. On Friday, the Boardman coach walks the sidelines again as his Spartans take on Massillon in Friday’s Division II, Region 7 quarterfinal matchup at Paul Brown ...

Niles, football coach Shaner part ways

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The six-year tenure of Brian Shaner had its ups and downs. There were apparently too many downs for the Niles school district. According to Niles athletic director Marc Fritz, “the district and coach Shaner have come to an agreement and are going in a new direction.” Shaner’s time ...

Liberty relishing underdog role vs. unbeaten Kirtland

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Liberty coach Chet Allen and his Leopards have heard it all before, and all the noise didn’t faze them the first time. Fresh off a rousing upset of previously unbeaten Girard — a victory that vaulted the Leopards into the postseason — Liberty is welcomed to the first round of the ...

Sizable task for perfect Canfield

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The statement was a bit shocking coming from Mike Pavlansky. The Canfield football coach has been leading the Cardinals for 17 years. They’ve been in numerous postseason games and played in the 2005 Division II state championship game. So, when Pavlansky said Aurora, Canfield’s opponent ...

Tough road prepared Mathews

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Facing the No. 1 seed in the first round of the playoffs is no easy task for Mathews, but then again, neither was this season’s schedule. After missing out on the 2016 playoffs with a 5-5 record, the Mustangs enter this year’s postseason with a 6-4 record. All four of Mathews losses ...

Maplewood runners proving doubters wrong

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BAZETTA — The chants came out from the pack of Maplewood runners as they ran. It was the name of a nearby street at the Boardman High School course. The Rockets girls distance runners had that chant running through their minds. It was the name of their principal. He told the girls heading ...

Good timing

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Things couldn’t have worked out better for the Howland High School boys soccer program. When the Ohio High School Athletic Association came out with new enrollment figures earlier this year, the Tigers found themselves in Division II — just when a large contingent of their experienced ...

Still winless at season’s midway point

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CLEVELAND — The Browns came back from London jet lagged, filled with memories but missing a souvenir victory. Still winless — home, away and abroad. One day after a 33-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on a rugby pitch in England dropped Cleveland to 0-8, Browns coach Hue Jackson ...

Penguin freshman Bohannon expects to be contributor

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YOUNGSTOWN — Naz Bohannon has a tattoo of Lorain on his body. It signifies his past struggles and shows the pride he feels for his hometown. Bohannon points to the success of fellow Lorain High School graduate Thomas Wimbush, a former Fairmont State University player who was drafted by ...

LaBrae’s Rose runs to success

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BOARDMAN — Jason Rose saw the path in front of him and liked what he saw. The 43-year-old used distance running to overcome his issues growing up. It’s something he’s continued for the last two-and-a-half decades. Twelve miles a day. Seven days a week. “It was an emotional and ...

Ohio State tries to bounce back with new coach

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COLUMBUS — The offseason for the Ohio State basketball program was strange and tumultuous. First the Buckeyes missed the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season, finishing 7-11 in the Big Ten. Center Trevor Thompson left early for the NBA draft. One of the team’s best players, ...

Blue Devils happy to be back in playoffs

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After missing out on the playoffs in 2016 at 7-3, the Western Reserve Blue Devils (8-2) are happy to be back. “We have been in the playoffs quite a lot and, not to be braggadocious, we are going into the game with the idea that we can win,” Western Reserve coach Andrew Hake said. “We ...

Steelers’ young defense making huge difference

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PITTSBURGH — The offense expected to light up scoreboards is instead grinding it out. The way the Pittsburgh Steelers defense is playing, it hardly matters. The team expected to compete for a Super Bowl berth looks the part at the season’s midway point. The Steelers just aren’t doing ...

State cross country area qualifiers

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Division I boys – Vincent Mauri, Howland; Giovanni Copploe, Canfield. Division II boys – Tyler Klouda, Garfield; John Steimle, Grand Valley. Division III boys — McDonald (Zack Canada, Zack Dean, Ethan Domitrovich, Carson Fortune, Elliot Gibbons, Brody Rupe, Connor Symbolik); Adam ...

Girard at Lakeview draws attention on playoff schedule

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The Ohio high school football playoff field, which was announced on Sunday, includes 33 undefeated teams — among them Canfield and Grand Valley — and two teams, one being John F. Kennedy, that had 4-6 regular season records. In addition, a big change this season is that all playoffs games ...

Jackson says he has the support of team owners

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LONDON — Coach Hue Jackson believes he has the backing of the Cleveland Browns’ ownership after the team lost its first eight games for the second consecutive year. Jackson, whose Browns lost 33-16 to the Minnesota Vikings at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday, has overseen one victory since ...

Defensive line played big for Buckeyes

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COLUMBUS — With his team trailing by five points late in the fourth quarter, Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard tore into the Penn State backfield and tackled Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley at the same time in one big group hug. The dazzling play for a 7-yard loss was symbolic of how ...

Cavaliers’ October struggles are over

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CLEVELAND — After the Cavaliers’ fourth loss in five games, LeBron James is turning to the calendar for comfort. “What month is this for me? October? I’m not about to go crazy over it right now. It’s too long of a season. I’ve been a part of this way too many times,” James said ...

Doing just enough

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DETROIT — JuJu Smith-Schuster scored on a 97-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger late in the third quarter and the Pittsburgh Steelers forced the Detroit Lions to turn the ball over on downs twice in a 20-15 win Sunday night. The AFC North-leading Steelers (6-2) go into their bye ...

The best of Barrett

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COLUMBUS — In the tunnel at Ohio Stadium that leads from locker room to the field, J.T. Barrett was posing for pictures with friends, receiving handshakes and hugs and thanking one older man with a scratchy voice for screaming himself hoarse. Barrett smiled and laughed. Apparently, the Ohio ...