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Feisty Wright to pace Falls

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NEWTON FALLS — Newton Falls senior running back Billy Wright is as competitive as they come. Wright’s not the biggest, nor the fastest, of running backs, but more than compensates for that with his toughness and leadership. In 2016, Wright became a full-time starter at running back, after ...

Higashioka, Yanks beat MV

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NILES — Kyle Higashioka hit a three-run home run and had three hits, driving in four, as the Staten Island Yankees exploded for a season-high in runs in a 10-7 win over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Sunday. The Yankees (33-19) swept the three-game series. The Scrappers (29-23) are a ...

Lineman ready for next step

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AUSTINTOWN — Nick Bush stood in the middle of Austintown Fitch’s football field with a red cast covering his lower arm and hand. He feels weird shaking hands with his left hand, so he outstretches his hardened limb. It’s something that has since transformed into a playing cast, which ...

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Mahoning Valley Scrapper Josea Nelson, left, is wearing a Mahoning Valley Packards jersey, as his teammates and coaches did on Saturday, to honor the National Packard Museum — celebrating the Packard car, legacy. Also pictured is Staten Island catcher Jason Lopez and home-plate umpire Matt Baldwin.

Scrappers rev up honors

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NILES — On Saturday night, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers transformed themselves into the Packards. This was to honor of the former car company and manufacturing facility’s proud Warren roots, which includes the Packard Music Hall and the National Packard Museum in downtown ...

Wrestling helps QB succeed

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BOARDMAN — Michael O’Horo sees the wrestling room just to the left of him as he enters the football weight room, located in a building on the west side of Boardman’s stadium. The Boardman junior cornerback knows wrestling, in which he competes in both traditional and freestyle facets, ...

Clevinger, Tribe blank Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — An 11-day break between starts proved to be just what Mike Clevinger needed. That and a start against the struggling Tampa Bay Rays. Jay Bruce drove in his first two runs for the Cleveland Indians and Clevinger struck out nine in seven innings Saturday night in a 3-0 ...

Crowell calm in final year of contract

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BEREA — Patience is a virtue that Isaiah Crowell is familiar with, having gone undrafted out of Alabama State three years ago. The powerful running back is relying on it again as he enters his final season under contract with the Browns. “I feel like God controls everything, so I’m ...

Kosco expects Poland revival

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POLAND — There aren’t too many high school quarterbacks who can say they started as a freshman, and there are even fewer who can say they started 9-0 and took their team to the playoffs. For Poland junior quarterback Cole Kosco, that was exactly what happened. However, after experiencing ...

Jackson cools Kizer hype

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CLEVELAND — DeShone Kizer’s time is coming. It’s just not here yet. Kizer excited Cleveland fans and impressed his teammates with a strong performance in his NFL exhibition debut, but Browns coach Hue Jackson isn’t ready to name him his starting quarterback. Unleashing his strong ...

Irish QB quietly leads Ursuline

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YOUNGSTOWN — Soft-spoken and unassuming, Ursuline quarterback Jared Fabry may not be the first guy that you picture as a three-year starter on a powerhouse program like Ursuline. The 6-foot-2, 173-pound Fabry is more than just a successful quarterback, however. Fabry doubles as one of the ...

Home away from home

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Once again, Carlos Carrasco made himself totally at home on the Tropicana Field mound. Carrasco took another no-hit try into the late innings at Tampa Bay, losing his bid on a two-out single in the seventh by Logan Morrison but leading the Cleveland Indians over the ...

Dean to lead Howland Tigers

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HOWLAND — The Howland Tigers faced some early-season adversity in 2016, as the team started the year 0-2, and some thought the season was a total loss. Howland had narrowly missed the postseason in 2014 and ’15, and all of the high hopes placed on 2016 were slowly beginning to fade, as ...

Saintly victory

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CLEVELAND — After a brief, brutal and breathtaking NFL exhibition debut, Myles Garrett was asked what he didn’t do well. “Nothing,” he said. Finally, the beleaguered Browns may have something. Garrett showed flashes of dominance in his first preseason game, and Cleveland rookie ...

Munno set to pace Lakeview receivers

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CORTLAND — A year ago, Lakeview featured a standout, 6-foot-4 wide receiver in Jatise Garrison. Garrison is now graduated, and the Bulldogs will have to turn to yet another go-to receiver, as they look to get to the postseason after missing out in 2016. Penciled in to be that go-to guy ...

Barrett, OSU eyeing playoffs

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is an oddity in modern college football, an elite player who stuck around for five years, a guy who helped win a national championship but still has something to prove. The 22-year-old Texan is again in the driver’s seat in an Urban Meyer ...

Rays prove too much for Tribe

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Corey Dickerson finally delivered a big hit for the Tampa Bay Rays with men on base. Dickerson’s broke out of an 0-for-21 slump with a three-run homer in the eighth inning that carried the Rays to a 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night. Tampa Bay had ...

Scrappers handle Aberdeen

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ABERDEEN, Md. — Will Benson drove in two runs to help Mahoning Valley get past Aberdeen Thursday to help the Scrappers to win their 10th series of the season, 5-1. The Scrappers still are half-game behind West Virginia game in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division standings. In the ...

Moorer hopes to have breakout season with Hubbard

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HUBBARD — Hubbard senior running back Tyreq Moorer is hoping to be next in a line of great Hubbard running backs, a line that includes the likes of Shaun Lane, L.J. Scott and George Hill. However, success in Moorer’s senior year won’t come without its challenges. Moorer injured his back ...

Eager to prove worth

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State left guard Michael Jordan paused to think when asked to pick one word to describe the defining characteristic of an offensive lineman. “Nasty,” he said. A chip on the shoulder may help make the Buckeyes linemen play nastier this season. Or at least motivated to ...

Family affair for Warriors

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BROOKFIELD — For Brookfield senior running back Alex Clark, the football team is a family affair. For the past four years, his dad, Randy, has coached him. For the elder Clark, he has coached older son Joey, and now Alex, for the past eight years. Despite coaching his son, Randy says ...