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Men, women look to get back on track

YSU Sports

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State players exited the floor with looks of dejection. The Nov. 20 decimation at Kent State was sure to be forgotten. For three-and-a-half quarters, the YSU women’s basketball team had thoughts of redemption. They were more than a glimmer for a team with eight ...

Right where they left off

High School Sports

CORTLAND — A year removed from a league championship, Brookfield continued its winning ways to start the 2018 season. The Warriors opened their year at Lakeview on Tuesday night and dominated for a 66-43 victory. To repeat as conference champions, they’ll need to keep improving ...

McDonald edges Clippers in OT

High School Sports

McDONALD 65, COLUMBIANA 57, OT: McDONALD — The McDonald girls basketball team outscored Columbiana, 10-2, in overtime to pull away for a season-opening. The Blue Devils (1-0) made 6-of-8 free throws in overtime. Molly Howard (18 points) and Olivia Perry (16) led McDonald. Sophia Costantino ...

Waid’s honor

High School Sports

HOWLAND — One trophy down, one to go for Mark Waid. The unprecedented season and career of Waid, the Girard Indians record-setting quarterback, won’t culminate until Saturday in the Division IV state championship game, but it’s already being honored. The 6-foot-3 senior was named the ...

Browns thinking playoffs possible after shaky start

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — Something shocking has happened to the Browns, those bumbling, fumbling, quarterback-searching, coach-firing, draft-busting losers. They’ve disappeared. Maybe gone for good. “This is a new team,” said center JC Tretter. “We had goals we came into the season with, and ...

Bayuk, Annarella remember their trips to state finals

High School Sports

Jeff Bayuk sat in that Ohio Stadium locker room on a cold, early December 2016 morning with his John F. Kennedy football team. The Minster team was doing the same across the vast expanse of the field turf The Ohio State University Buckeyes call home. Week 15. It was the precise moment these ...

Covington, Towns lead Timberwolves past Cavs

Local Sports

CLEVELAND (AP) — There’s no question the Minnesota Timberwolves have been better since trading disgruntled star Jimmy Butler. Monday night’s 102-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers improved Minnesota’s record to 6-2 since the trade two weeks ago that sent Butler to ...

Liberty has great start to season

High School Sports

LIBERTY — The Liberty Leopards have six letter winners and four starters returning from last year. There are several important pieces coming back to establish a solid foundation, but perhaps none more important than Sharda Williamson. The Leopards defeated Niles, 58-37, Monday night ...

All-state players named

High School Sports

Girard senior quarterback Mark Waid was named first-team All-Ohio in Division IV, along with senior defensive lineman and teammate Jack DelGarbino. The Indians (13-1) are playing Cincinnati Wyoming in Saturday’s D-IV state title game in Canton, starting at 8 p.m., at Tom Benson Hall of Fame ...

Lordstown, Maplewood, LaBrae notch wins

High School Sports

¯ LORDSTOWN 36, JACKSON-MILTON 33: JACKSON-MILTON — Lordstown played the spoiler for the opening game at Jackson-Milton. After falling behind early in the contest, Lordstown used the second and third quarters to outscore Jackson-Milton, 21-13. That would all Lordstown would need to get a ...

Girard in final game of 2018 season

High School Sports

Way back on Aug. 23, a Thursday night, the Girard Indians opened the 2018 high school football season in the Mahoning Valley with a 49-13 victory at Niles over the Red Dragons. It’s only fitting that the Indians will play in the final game of the season, Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the ...

Browns bash Bengals

Local Sports

CINCINNATI — As the touchdown passes quickly piled up, Baker Mayfield felt like he was back at Oklahoma leading his team to another freewheeling win. His new team — the Cleveland Browns — are starting to feel a bit like it’s the good old days, too. Mayfield set a Browns rookie ...

All-state players named

High School Sports

McDonald seniors Alex Cintron and Josh Celli both were named to the first team football all-state team for Division VI. Cintron was named as a running back and Celli was named as a defensive back, though he also was the Blue Devils’ quarterback. Senior linebacker Zach Gray was named to ...

Meyer: Buckeyes thinking league title, not playoffs

Local Sports

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer contends that nobody around Ohio State will be talking about the College Football Playoff this week, even though the Buckeyes inserted themselves back into the national championship conversation with a blowout of Michigan. Ohio State won the Big Ten East on Saturday ...

Steelers’ 6-game streak is snapped

Local Sports

DENVER — For a man who tips the scales at close to 300 pounds, nose tackle Shelby Harris sure gets overlooked a lot. Ben Roethlisberger didn’t see him Sunday when Harris intercepted his pass to Antonio Brown from the Denver 2 with 1:03 remaining, sealing the Broncos’ 24-17 win that ...

Mark of a champion

High School Sports

DOVER — Like two heavyweight fighters, Girard and Licking Valley exchanged blows in a Division IV state semifinal game. On Saturday, it was Girard who landed the knockout punch. The Indians are going to the state championship after posting a 53-48 victory over Licking Valley. “You ...

Bucks blitz UM — again

Local Sports

COLUMBUS — This season for Ohio State has been anything but normal, beginning with its celebrated coach suspended for three games. There have been spotty performances and troubling trends on both sides of the ball. There has been constant speculation and questions about Urban Meyer’s ...

Tigers top S. Range to win host tourney

High School Sports

GIRLS BASKETBALL ¯ HOWLAND 50, SOUTH RANGE 35: HOWLAND — Alex Ochman scored a career-high 31 points and helped the Tigers pull away from South Range to win the Toni Ross Spirit Foundation girls basketball tournament for the first time. Ochman scored 14 in the first quarter as Howland ...

Hue adds intrigue to Browns-Bengals

Local Sports

CINCINNATI — Bengals coach Marvin Lewis shut down the question immediately, making it clear he won’t be talking about the latest addition to his staff — one who’s in an unusual position to influence the next game. Only last month, Hue Jackson was Cleveland’s head coach, intimately ...

Cleveland wins again

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach Larry Drew believes his team is starting to figure things out. Cleveland’s players are proving him right, at least for the last two nights. Rookie Collin Sexton scored a season-high 29 points and the Cavaliers won consecutive games for the first time this ...