Tribune Chronicle / R. Michael Semple
Vince Perrotti (15) of Warren G. Harding looks for a receiver during football practice on Friday. The Raiders, like many area teams, are unsure of the future of their league, the All-American Conference, since the announcement that seven schools will withdraw to form a new league beginning next school year. That uncertainty of league alignment is not a new factor in area high school athletics.

Loss of rivalries bothers some fans

High School Sports

In life, change is inevitable. For Mahoning Valley high school athletes and sports fans alike, change seems to be all-around. Recently, the All-American Conference experienced a shakeup that will see at least one new league begin play in the coming years, while the Inter-Tri County League has ...

Haden plans on silencing his critics

Local Sports

BEREA — Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden has heard the whispers. After two injury-plagued years, he plans on silencing them. The two-time Pro Bowl selection played most of last season with torn left and right groin muscles, but is healthy — and motivated by criticism — as he enters ...

Change is name of game

Sport columns

WHO remembers the Turnpike Conference? How about the Ohio Scholastic League, the Northeast Ohio Athletic Conference, the Ohio Big 8, the Grand River Conference, or the All-American Athletic Conference? Who recalls that Boardman was a charter member of the Tri-County League in 1932, along with ...

1960s a time of change in area school athletics

High School Sports

The history of high school athletic leagues and conferences in Trumbull County — more specifically changes in those leagues, especially recently — is, according to most observers, tied to the sport of football. But until the 1960s, only seven schools in the county sponsored football teams ...

Urshela shines as Tribe top Yanks

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — And outstanding defensive play by third baseman Giovanny Urshela helped out Trevor Bauer. Bauer won his third straight start, Jaime Garcia was chased in the fifth inning of his Yankees debut and the Cleveland Indians won 7-2 on Friday night to extend New York’s losing streak ...

Still no separation

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — No touchdowns. No sensational plays. No clarity. Cleveland’s quarterback competition doesn’t seem any closer to a conclusion. Calling the play of his QBs “spotty” during a scrimmage at FirstEnergy Stadium, Browns coach Hue Jackson said he isn’t ready to name his ...

MV back in first after win

Local Sports

AUBURN, NY. — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers scored eight runs in the top of the 10th inning to take a 15-7 win over the Auburn Doubledays on Thursday. The Scrappers amassed 23 hits and went 10-for-26 (.385) with runners in scoring position. With the win, the Scrappers regain the lead in ...

YSU Athletics
Youngstown State freshman running back Christian Turner, from Cincinnati LaSalle, takes part in the first day of practice Thursday at Stambaugh Stadium.

Fearful first day

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Day one of practice in a college football player’s career is often a tough day on a number of levels, but some instances strike more fear into a player than others. At Youngstown State University, that fear comes in different forms. First, there are bigger, stronger, ...

Indians make adjustments minus Miller

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — With All-Star reliever Andrew Miller sidelined for at least a week, Indians manager Terry Francona is remodeling Cleveland’s bullpen. Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with right knee tendinitis. Francona said an MRI confirmed the original diagnosis and ...

Browns expect plenty from Njoku

Local Sports

BEREA — The Browns have very high expectations for tight end David Njoku. It’s easy to understand why. The first-round pick from the University of Miami stands 6-foot-4 and is a chiseled 246 pounds, casting an imposing shadow at each training camp practice. “David is an extraordinary ...

Kuhl pitches Bucs past Reds

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Chad Kuhl allowed four hits in seven efficient innings, Starling Marte went 3 for 4 and scored three times and the Pittsburgh Pirates had little trouble with the Cincinnati Reds in a 6-0 victory on Thursday night. Kuhl (4-7) struck out six and walked two as the Pirates beat the ...

youth bowling scholarships

Youth bowling scholarships

Local Sports

The Trumbull County USBC Youth Bowling Association recently announced scholarships that were awarded to seven local youth bowlers. All scholarships were for $1,000. Those presented with scholarships were, front, from left, Susan Decker, Chalker, from Al Hrobak Memorial Fund, she will attend YSU ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Lordstown graduate Sarah Cash is ready to return to action for the Penguins after being injured last season.

Cash is doggone ready to return

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Sarah Cash loves that quick 23-minute drive from Youngstown State’s University’s campus. The Lordstown High School graduate knows what’s waiting for her — three dogs. Eddie is a Labrador, Addie is a poodle. Then there’s Kyrie — yes, named after the Cleveland ...

Late rally comes up a bit short

Local Sports

AUBURN, N.Y. — Mahoning Valley tried a two-out rally in the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough to dig out of an early deficit. The Scrappers tallied four runs in the ninth Wednesday, including a two-run home run by JasonRodriguez, in a 9-6 road loss to Auburn. With a second straight ...

Bryant back on track

Local Sports

BEREA — Desmond Bryant is savoring every snap, knowing the next one could be his last. He can’t forget those long days he spent last summer in the trainer’s room, where he endured grueling rehab sessions with doubts about the future filling his head. Bryant, who underwent surgery to ...

Pitchers Miller, Tomlin sidelined with injuries

Local Sports

BOSTON — The Cleveland Indians’ pitching staff has taken two big hits: All-Star reliever Andrew Miller is on the disabled list, and starter Josh Tomlin is out six weeks. Miller was put on the DL on Wednesday with right knee tendinitis, an injury that could explain his recent ...

Garrett praised by Hall of Famer

Local Sports

BEREA — Myles Garrett is getting Hall of Fame help. On the same day he took snaps with Cleveland’s starting defense, Garrett got a visit at training camp from Bruce Smith, the NFL’s career sacks leader who believes the No. 1 overall pick could be destined for greatness. “A very ...

Steeler receiver corps expected to be deep

Local Sports

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Their All-Pro wide receiver spent the day welcoming newborn son Apollo into the world. Their talented but enigmatic project watched practice in a long-sleeved T-shirt and shorts waiting for the NFL to fully reinstate him after a year away from the game for running afoul of ...

Tribune Chronicle / John Vargo
Former WGH and OSU standout Daniel “Boom” Herron  helped out during Monday’s basketball camp in Warren. After spending a couple of years in the NFL, he’s getting used to life after football.

Herron getting used to life after football

Local Sports

WARREN — Daniel “Boom” Herron looked around and saw something unfamiliar. The clashing of pads. The snap of a football skidding off the turf. The feeling of extending an arm, keeping a defender clear of the brownish pigskin enveloped in the muscles of a NFL running back — something ...