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Niles adjusts to Poland as foe

High School Sports

It was an early-season trip that Niles baseball coach Mike Guarnieri pointed to as a big reason for his Red Dragons being well prepared for the postseason. Oddly enough, that’s the same reason Niles has a new opponent in the district tournament. A surprising change of events occurred late ...

Musgrove returns home, pitches Pirates to win

Local Sports

SAN DIEGO — Joe Musgrove of the Pittsburgh Pirates is undefeated against his hometown San Diego Padres. Musgrove pitched well enough to survive a rough seventh inning and Colin Moran had a three-run home run and four RBIs for the Pirates, who won 6-4 Sunday to take three of four. “I ...

District champions

High School Sports

CORTLAND — The boys 3200-meter run had just finished. Garfield’s Tyler Klouda claimed yet another win for the G-Men boys track and field team, winning the 1600 race earlier in the day. That victory threw Saturday’s Division II Lakeview District meet into a free-for-all among four ...

Plutko shines in win

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — Adam Plutko’s season debut for Cleveland couldn’t have gone much better. Called up from Triple-A Columbus before the game, Plutko allowed one run in six innings — a solo homer by Trey Mancini for Baltimore’s only hit — and the Indians defeated the Orioles 4-1 on ...

Ursuline grad Hake ready for one more season

YSU Sports

NILES — Before Saturday’s regular season finale at Eastwood Field, the Youngstown State baseball team honored two graduating seniors who were unable to attend the spring commencement ceremony a few weeks ago due to a road series at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Kip DeShields and ...

Bowker paces Bulldogs

High School Sports

CORTLAND — Ashley Bowker never is satisfied with any performance. There is always improvement to be made. The Lakeview High School junior is dogged in her work ethic, something that showed as her 100- and 300-meter hurdle wins helped lead the Bulldogs to their third straight title at ...

Bell’s 2 HRs lead Pirates

Local Sports

SAN DIEGO — Josh Bell homered twice and drove in four, rookie Bryan Reynolds connected for the second straight night and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Diego Padres 7-2 on Saturday. Padres rookie left-hander Nick Margevicius (2-5) allowed four homers in four-plus innings. Bell has ...

8 locals advance to state tennis

High School Sports

AKRON — Alex and Anthony Payiavlas needed one win on Saturday to make the Division I boys tennis state tournament. The Warren G. Harding High School brother doubles team not only won one match, but two to head to Mason for the first time for both players. The Payiavlas brothers beat ...

Crew blanked on road

Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS — Ethan Finlay scored against his former team in the 70th minute, and Minnesota United held on for a 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night. Romain Mutanire played in a diagonal cross, which Brent Kallman headed back across the 6-yard box, and Finlay was waiting near ...

Devil trouble

High School Sports

NEW MIDDLETOWN — Sophomores Brody Rupe and Greg Dickson knew the challenge that stood in front of them as an athletic Crestview team held almost a 10-point lead over McDonald. The Blue Devils have won the Division III Springfield District track and field meet every year since 2008. The ...

Tribe bats quiet in loss to Orioles

Local Sports

CLEVELAND (AP) — Dylan Bundy kept Cleveland’s lineup in check — and in the ballpark — for 5 2/3 innings and Jonathan Villar hit a three-run homer as the Baltimore Orioles ended a three-game slide Friday night by beating the Indians 5-1. Bundy (2-5) cooled off the Indians, who scored a ...

Howland’s Mauri stays on track to state

High School Sports

AUSTINTOWN — The Division I Austintown District track meet was held Friday evening at Austintown Fitch High School with Howland, Niles, Harding, Austintown, and Boardman competing for spots in next week’s regional. Howland’s Vinny Mauri has the fastest 3,200-meter time in the state. He ...

Koepka cruising at PGA

Local Sports

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — The power. The putting. The poise. Brooks Koepka has it all at this PGA Championship, along with the lowest 36-hole score in major championship history and the largest lead by anyone at the halfway point of a Grand Slam event in 85 years. It was daunting to so many ...

Six players net state bids

High School Sports

AKRON — John F. Kennedy’s Armand Nannicola and Ursuline’s Greg Morgione are headed back to this year’s Division II boys state tennis tournament in Mason after winning their first two matches at Friday’s Division II district at the Springside Racquet and Fitness Club. Nannicola beat ...

Pirates’ Lyles fans 12 in win

Local Sports

SAN DIEGO — Rookie Bryan Reynolds hit a go-ahead, two-run home run and Jordan Lyles struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-3 victory against the San Diego Padres on Friday night. Reynolds homered to right-center with one out in the fourth off ...

Badger boys, girls place second

High School Sports

CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS — Badger’s boys and girls won runner-up titles at Friday’s Division III Cuyahoga Heights district track and field meet. Badger junior Miranda Stanhope won the girls 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, while senior Brandon Greathouse won the boys 110 hurdles and part of the ...

Champion cruises past Crestview

High School Sports

Champion’s Allison Smith pitched a no-hitter, and the Golden Flashes slugged five home runs in a 14-0 victory over Crestview. Smith struck out 11, and her lone walk was all that kept her from a perfect game. Emma Gumont hit two home runs and had four RBIs. Smith, Brooklyn Whitt and Abby White ...

Bristol nips Mathews; grabs 2nd title in row

High School Sports

BAZETTA — Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning and with Alayna Sines on third, all the Bristol Panthers needed was to advance her home to claim their second consecutive Division IV Warren District championship. Enter Bella Homchosky. Just after making a stellar catch to end the ...

Jackson-Milton grad Pierce is softball star for UMBC

Local Sports

Jackson-Milton graduate and softball star Sierra Pierce is now thriving at the Division I level of college, having success with the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. The Retrievers are having a great season, finishing 26-22 in the regular season, and sweeping through the America ...

Devils claim school’s 1st district softball title

High School Sports

NORTH JACKSON — After making the district semifinals for the sixth straight year and the district final for the third straight season, McDonald finally has a district softball championship to call its own for the first time in school history. “I can’t believe it,” Blue Devils coach ...