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Morton, Astros baffle Indians

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HOUSTON (AP) — Charlie Morton doesn’t think he’s pitched that well this season. After another strong outing Friday night, that’s hard to believe. Morton pitched seven solid innings, Tony Kemp had a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh and the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians ...

3 tennis players go to state

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AKRON — Three of the four singles players from the Division II Boardman Sectional are heading to this year’s boys state tennis tournament at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Mason, outside of Cincinnati. All three are sophomores from John F. Kennedy, Lakeview and Ursuline High ...

Panther power

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BAZETTA — The Bristol Panthers are Division IV district champions after their thrilling 3-2 victory over the McDonald Blue Devils on Thursday at Candlelight Knolls. The game served as revenge after the Panthers fell to McDonald last season in the tournament semifinals. “It was a ...

Phantoms can capture title at home

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With the Youngstown Phantoms home from their two-game road trip in North Dakota, they have the chance to close out their best-of-five series against the Fargo Force and clinch their first ever Clark Cup championship. A victory tonight (7:05 p.m., Covelli Centre) sends Saturday’s game into ...

Kennedy hitters stifled by Trinity ace in district semi

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FAIRPORT HARBOR — John F. Kennedy’s Cameron Hollobaugh pitched one of his best games of the season at a critical time, with the Eagles facing Trinity in a Division IV district semifinal. The right-hander gave up just three hits in a complete-game gem. The only problem was the Trojans’ ...

Weather permitting, locals tracks revving up

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On Saturday night, Sharon Speedway is having “Fan Appreciation night.” What that means is free admission for all. That’s right, take the entire family for a night of entertainment at no cost. Race fans this is your lucky night. If you have never been to a race or to Sharon Speedway come ...

Lakeview pole vaulters advance to regional

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CORTLAND — Emma Churley knows the approach all too well. One step after another, knowing she would eventually be lifted over a bar and on to a padded mat below. The Lakeview junior said the pole vault makes her feel as if she has wings, floating 7 to 8 feet in the air. “When I’m on ...

Polanco, Pirates beat Padres 5-4 for 8th win in 9 games

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates weren’t expected to contend in the strong NL Central this season, especially after trading stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in January. Yet the Pirates are on top of a division in which four of the five teams are at least four games over ...

Jefferson’s 12-run 3rd sinks Lakeview

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JEFFERSON — Behind a 12-run third inning, Jefferson routed Lakeview, 13-3, in a Division II softball district semifinal Thursday at the Jefferson Little League complex. Lakeview (12-8) got out to a hot start early. Avrey Steiner reached on a throwing error to get it going. Annie Pavlansky ...

Blue Jays edged by Springfield

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STRUTHERS — An extra-inning classic decided the Division IV Struthers District semifinal match up between No. 5 seed Jackson-Milton (12-13) and No. 1 seed Springfield on Thursday evening at Cene Park in Struthers. After losing in the district final three consecutive seasons to Western ...

Niles runner, rest of teammates improving

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AUSTINTOWN — Hailey Zelinsky looked around the cross country course at National Trail Raceway in November, realizing her aspirations had become reality. The Niles junior distance runner finally made it to the state meet in cross country. She took that momentum throughout her indoor track ...

Thursday roundup

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TENNIS AKRON — Warren G. Harding junior Alex Payiavlas lost in straight sets to St. Ignatius’ Jack McNally, 6-4, 6-2, at Thursday’s Division I Akron District tennis tournament at the Springside Racquet & Fitness Club. Canfield’s Tim Cianciola beat Lakewood’s Sam Dubusker, 6-0, ...

Return to regional

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LEAVITTSBURG — A natural reaction when a person smiles is to smile back. Yet opposing hitters know they are in for a tough at-bat when they look up and see Champion’s Allison Smith in the circle. The flame-throwing sophomore’s infectious smile never left her face during another ...

Competitive fire burns in freshman

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AUSTINTOWN — Faith Burch grazed the high jump bar before it fell to the ground. She couldn’t muster enough in her 5-foot-10 frame to arc her back over the fiberglass bar precariously hanging over two implements holding the long piece in place. The displeasure on the Warren G. Harding ...

Dragons’ glass slipper broken by Canfield

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STRUTHERS — This season was a bit of a Cinderella story for the Niles baseball team. A team with just three seniors was full of underclassmen, and they not only won a conference title, but the Red Dragons scrapped and clawed their way to a second straight district final appearance. Niles ...

Change in transfer bylaw is approved

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COLUMBUS — Ohio High School Athletic Association member schools approved a new transfer bylaw, which would cause some transferring students to sit out the second half of the season and the OHSAA postseason tournament. The results of voting, which was conducted from May 1-15, were announced ...

Howland freshman jumps into regional

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AUSTINTOWN — Madison Sisler looked at the high jump bar, paused and made her approach. It was just a trial run as she made her way back to the edge of the pavement, bordering on the red, white and blue field-turf end zone at Austintown Fitch High School. She made the approach and went ...

Wednesday district track highlights

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DIVISION III SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT: NEW MIDDLETOWN — McDonald’s girls 4x800 went a season-best 9:44.42 to win the 4x800-meter relay and set them as one of the state’s best teams Division III distance relays at Wednesday’s meet. The Blue Devils led Newton Falls, 31-24, after the first ...

GV bests Flashes in pitchers’ duel

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NILES — In a pitching duel between Grand Valley’s Logan Newell and Champion’s Drake Batcho, Grand Valley won, 2-1, Wednesday to oust the defending state champion Golden Flashes and advance to the Division III Niles District title game. Grand Valley faces Crestwood at 5 p.m. today at ...