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Raiders go down fighting

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MASSILLON — Gabe Bubon stood with his knit black and yellow Pittsburgh Pirates hat inside the Massillon Washington High School gymnasium, ready to brave the elements on the way to the team’s bus outside the school. Roads weren’t the best and people were driving more cautiously than ...

Browns make Kitchens hiring official

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CLEVELAND — Freddie Kitchens had something on his coaching resume no other candidate could match. He made Baker Mayfield a better quarterback. Kitchens, who helped Mayfield turn his rookie season into a record-breaking one during an impressive eight-game stint as the Browns offensive ...

Rasile scores 52 in McDonald rout

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McDONALD — McDonald junior Zach Rasile set two school records Saturday night as the Blue Devils cruised to a 102-40 victory over the Maplewood Rockets for their sixth win of the season after a 2-4 start. “We played a big game last night against Lowellville and to come out on back to back ...

Boardman girls get long-sought victory over Howland, 51-43

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HOWLAND — 1,438 days. That’s how long it had been since the last time Boardman’s girls basketball team defeated Howland. That changed Saturday afternoon when the Spartans took down the Tigers, 51-43. “It feels so good,” Boardman senior guard Cate Green said. “This is our revenge ...

Ridge boys, girls top Chalker

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MINERAL RIDGE 85, CHALKER 56: SOUTHINGTON — Jordan Zupko scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the decisive third quarter as Mineral Ridge won the non-conference game. The Rams led 23-20 after one quarter, but the Wildcats (4-9) rallied for a 41-40 halftime lead. Ridge (9-3) outscored ...

EOWL Notebook

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HALL OF FAMERS: Seven former wrestlers and coaches were induced into the EOWL Hall of Fame Saturday. The newest members are: Alex Benedict (Canfield, 2011), Jim Hideg (Brookfield, ’72), Hugh Hively (Canfield ’73), Matt Mascioli (Jackson-Milton, ’08), Ben Pearce (Poland, ’08), James ...

EOWL results

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TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Beaver Local 292.5, 2. Canfield 259, 3. Louisville 242.5, 4. Austintown Fitch 184, 5. West Branch 135, 6. Girard 113.5, 7. South Range 105, 8. Poland 101, 9. Alliance 98, 10. Boardman 85.5, 11. Crestview 75, 12. Howland 71, 12. Newbury 71, 14. Grand Valley 70, 15. ...

Intense when needed

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WARREN — Intensity. It’s something the Warren G. Harding boys basketball team needs to fuel itself each game. In the first half Friday night, it was anything but, as neither team reached 30 points. The Raiders started to break some of those cobwebs off the initial, poor-shooting 16 ...

Browns, Kitchens add special teams coach

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CLEVELAND — The Freddie Kitchens Era, although still not official, is rolling along. While his agent continued to hammer out details for him to become Cleveland’s new coach, Kitchens continued to piece together his staff with the Browns. On Friday, former Vikings coordinator Mike Priefer ...

Pelini, Penguins work on contract

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — It doesn’t look like Youngstown State University football coach Bo Pelini is going anywhere. In fact, he’s bringing another Youngstown native home to join him. Despite speculation that Pelini might leave when his four-year contract expires on Feb. 28, YSU athletic director ...

PV rallies to beat Badger

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VERNON — A huge fourth quarter for Pymatuning Valley led to victory for the Lakers Friday night, as they defeated the Badger Braves in a Northeastern Athletic Conference matchup, 64-50. The Lakers fell behind at the end of the third quarter after leading for the entire game, including a ...

Lindor, Indians agree on contract

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The Associated Press CLEVELAND — All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians have reached agreement at $10.55 million for a 2019 contract, a huge raise over the $643,200 he made last year. The deal came before arbitration-eligible players were set to exchange salary ...

Rasile beats Lowellville with 48 points

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McDONALD — Top-level athletes thrive on the motivation of beating certain opponents. Ask Baker Mayfield his thoughts on winning against Hue Jackson, and you’ll hear a candid response. The same can be said for McDonald’s Zach Rasile. The Lowellville Rockets (6-3) bring a bus full of ...

Kennedy routs league foe on the road

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KENNEDY 74, TRINITY 34: GARFIELD HEIGHTS — The Eagles outscored the Trojans 44-18 in the second half to secure their first North Coast League, White Tier victory. Gianni Eaton led Kennedy (4-7, 1-2 NCL White) with a game-high 19 points and three 3-pointers, while Jody Hayes had 14, Cameron ...

Niles star sets school mark in loss

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SOUTH RANGE 61, NILES 46: BEAVER TWP. — Cyler Kane-Johnson became Niles’ all-time leading scorer with 24 points in Friday’s loss at South Range — finally catching his older brother’s record set a couple of seasons ago. Kane-Johnson’s 1,344 career points is two better than ...

LaBrae takes 6th straight; Newton Falls, Flashes win

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LaBRAE 67, BROOKFIELD 45: LEAVITTSBURG — The Vikings won their sixth straight powered by Elijah Whiteside’s game-high 19 points. He had eight of them in the first quarter. Tyler Stephens added six of his 12 points in the second quarter as LaBrae (9-1, 3-1 AAC Blue) took a 31-21 lead into ...

Mathews tops GV; Bristol, Chalker roll

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MATHEWS 51, GRAND VALLEY 43: VIENNA — John Smith scored 18 points and Tyler Roscoe had 17 as Mathews ended a three-game losing streak with the Northeastern Athletic Conference win. Mathews (6-4, 3-3 NAC) led 15-7 after one quarter, 32-19 at halftime and 39-35 after three quarters. Grand ...

Moving right along

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McDONALD — McDonald’s two-way game proved to be too much for Springfield, as the Blue Devils came out victorious in a Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference showdown Thursday night, beating the rival Tigers, 66-35. “I was very proud of our girls,” Blue Devil coach Amy Dolsak said. “I ...

Report: Browns to interview Joseph

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CLEVELAND — Freddie Kitchens hasn’t signed his contract as Browns coach. He’s working anyway. Kitchens has begun assembling his staff and will interview former Broncos coach Vance Joseph to be his defensive coordinator, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press on ...

Penguin men, women both lose conference road games

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From staff, wire reports CHICAGO — Tarkus Ferguson scored 23 points shooting 7 of 10 from 3-point range and Illinois-Chicago snapped a two-game skid and beat Youngstown State 78-63 Thursday night. Godwin Boahen scored 21 points with four 3s, Rob Howard shot 5 of 8 from the field and the ...