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Pick six games of the week

High School Sports

Harding (1-6) at East (1-7) WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m. WHERE: Rayen Stadium, Youngstown. LAST MEETING: 2016, Harding won, 49-0 LAST WEEK: Cardinal Mooney 15, Harding 14; Canfield 24, East 0 COACHES: Steve Arnold, Harding; Brian Marrow, East. ABOUT HARDING: The Raiders are trying to ...

2017 area league standings

High School Sports

All-American Conference Gold Tier Team Conference All games W-L Pts Opp W-L Pts Opp Austintown Fitch 2-0 70 20 5-3 219 130 Boardman 1-0 28 21 5-3 198 175 Harding 1-2 79 89 1-6 145 192 Lakeside 0-2 26 73 4-4 161 195 Last week’s scores ≤ Cardinal Mooney 15, Warren G. Harding ...

Injury in the spotlight

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — Gordon Hayward’s face was etched in pain and shock. Of all the juicy subplots for this hyped homecoming and a season opener between heated rivals, a serious injury to Hayward wasn’t on the list. Boston’s season changed in a gruesome instant Tuesday night. Hayward, one ...

Potential playoff teams face pressure

Sport columns

The pressure is building for high school football players — and coaches. They can use the old cliche of focusing on one game at a time and not looking ahead all they want, but every coach knows exactly where they stand in the computer ratings of their respective region. It’s part of their ...

Can Penguins afford another loss?

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — The situation is one that Youngstown State seems to be in every year. Win, and you’re in. The Penguins may be at the midpoint of the season, but after back-to-back heartbreaking losses within the Missouri Valley Football Conference, YSU (3-3, 1-2) can ill afford any more ...

Lordstown cruises past JM, 6-0, in boys soccer

High School Sports

At the home of General Motors, the Lordstown Red Devils cruised to a 6-0 boys soccer win over the Jackson Milton Blue Jays Tuesday afternoon. A hat trick by freshman forward Jay Frank led the way for Lordstown. The Red Devils move on to a sectional bracket final in the Division III ...

Mathews volleyball team focused on postseason goals

High School Sports

Coming into this season, the Mathews volleyball team set goals. The Mustangs’ 19-3 overall record and 13-1 mark in the Northeastern Athletic Conference demonstrate that they have achieved a good many of those goals. “We expected to compete from the start of the year,” Mathews coach ...

Howland volleyball advances in Div. II

High School Sports

Howland swept Conneaut and Brookfield needed four games to beat Bloomfield Tuesday in area volleyball tournament play, while John F. Kennedy and Girard won shutout victories and Champion and Mineral Ridge hit double figures in goals in boys soccer. VOLLEYBALL Howland swept Conneaut by ...

Tribune Chronicle / Marc Weems
Maplewood’s Maria Danko, far left, hits the ball over the net at Chalker’s Caitlyn Stuart, right, defends during Monday’s Division IV Lakeview District sectional first-round match. Maplewood’s Lori Wakefield, left, and, Kelsey Swogger, center, are also pictured. Maplewood beat Chalker 3-0 to advance.

Rocket power

High School Sports

CORTLAND — In the first round of the Lakeview District, the Newbury Black Knights and the Maplewood Rockets won to advance to the district quarterfinals. Newbury faced off against the John F. Kennedy Eagles. It won quite convincingly in three sets 25-12, 25-4, 25-11 to advance. “I ...

LeBron’s status unclear for opener

Local Sports

INDEPENDENCE — Following Cleveland’s final practice before a season opener against Boston with playoff-level hype, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue still wasn’t sure if LeBron James was playing tonight. J.R. Smith knows. “Oh, he’s gonna go,” Smith said of his celebrated teammate. ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
YSU’s Braun Hartfield looks on during a recent practice. The sophomore guard looks to be one of the Penguins big contributors this season.

Hartfield to be big contributor for YSU

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Braun Hartfield dribbled, bounced the basketball and drove some more. The Garfield Heights High School graduate knew his role last year, dysfunctional as it was, playing around the basket and maintaining a 6- to 8-foot circumference around the rim. Hartfield did his due ...

Fitch’s quick goals too much for WGH

High School Sports

AUSTINTOWN — On a frigid night in Austintown, the Fitch girls soccer team came out on fire in a 2-0 victory over Warren G. Harding in a Division I Austintown District first-round sectional game. With 1:19 into the game, the Falcons flew down the field and scored. Austintown quickly moved ...

Downward spiral continues for Browns

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — The incessant failure has been unbearably painful for the Browns and their fans. On Sunday, Deshaun Watson made it feel even worse. Houston’s getting-better-by-the-week rookie quarterback, a player Cleveland could have drafted this year but chose to go in a different ...

Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests again

Local Sports

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Minutes after LeBron James lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors four months ago, he vowed to return to the gym right away with plans to get back to the big stage. To win another ring. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant heard it yet already knew it — and ...

Weather drier for XC postseason

Sport columns

My eyes deceive me. I really can’t believe what I’m seeing on my laptop. These AccuWeather forecasts are wrong. It’s the cross country postseason. Rain, cold, mud. Repeat three early and often. This year, not so much. I’m confused by the 72-degree forecast for Saturday’s district ...

Marlatt wins NCL honors; Hubbard girls victorious in OT

High School Sports

Girls tennis MARLATT TOPS IN NCL: John F. Kennedy’s Kaytlin Marlatt was voted North Coast League MVP Monday by a vote of the league’s coaches. Marlatt finished the season with a 15-1 overall record, playing No. 1 singles all season. She was 6-0 in league matches, including a ...

Bryant downplays reports of demand

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Yes, Martavis Bryant wants a trade. To the Golden State Warriors. Otherwise, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver insists he’s just fine even after multiple reports that he asked the team to ship him elsewhere. Asked Monday if he’d like a change of scenery, Bryant ...

From bad to worse

Local Sports

HOUSTON — Cleveland started a new quarterback on Sunday. The results were the same. Kevin Hogan became the 28th different starter at quarterback for the Browns since 1999 after rookie DeShone Kizer was benched this week. But Hogan’s mistakes kept the Browns (0-6) winless with a 33-17 loss ...

The meaning of ‘Lakeview football’ showed up Friday

Sport columns

POLAND — Where does this game rank in games you’ve seen? Lakeview football coach Tom Pavlansky asked the question before either reporter could utter a question. Lakeview rallied from 17 points down and upended previously undefeated Poland on Friday, 35-30. It ranked high on my list, ...

Streak stopper

Local Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Le’Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers spent Sunday beating up on the Kansas City Chiefs. Beating up the goal-post padding, too. The Steelers’ star running back churned out 179 yards and a touchdown in a performance reminiscent of January’s playoff victory over ...