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State champion Wildcats have community excited

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SOUTHINGTON — There was a cause for celebration in Southington recently, as a group of girls realized their dreams, and brought the township together in the process. The Southington 9-10 year-old girls softball team won the Ohio Girls Softball Organization (OGSO) state championship last ...

Win keeps MV in first place

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NILES — Hosea Nelson homered and had two hits, and Gregori Vasquez pitched six scoreless innings as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers beat the State College Spikes 6-3 on Sunday, maintaining their half-game lead in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. Vasquez (3-2) allowed two hits while ...

Time capsule

High School Sports

A look at the history of area high school athletic leages and conferences over the years from Tribune Chronicle records and the Ohio High School Athletic Association website: OHIO SCHOLASTIC LEAGUE 1950-1953 ¯ Warren G. Harding ¯ Canton McKinley ¯ Massillon ¯ Alliance ¯ ...

NY catches a break

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CLEVELAND — Their offense sputtering for nearly a week, the Yankees needed a break. A fly ball, the sun and Abraham Almonte combined to give them one. Almonte misplayed Jacoby Ellsbury’s shot to right field in the sixth inning into a three-run triple, Luis Severino overpowered ...

Fan favorite returns; wins game for Bucs

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PITTSBURGH — Sean Rodriguez’s improbable weekend had a Hollywood ending. Rodriquez homered in the 12th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. One day earlier, Pittsburgh acquired Rodriguez from the Atlanta Braves. Rodriguez lifted a 1-1 ...

Steelers boast D-line depth

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LATROBE, Pa. — Cam Heyward vividly remembers a December road game last season at Cincinnati, where the Pittsburgh Steelers were quickly running out of healthy bodies along the defensive line. Heyward was already sidelined with a torn pectoral muscle for a game the Steelers won by four ...

Yankees defense saves Chapman in 2-1 win over Indians

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Yankees saved Aroldis Chapman from re-living an October nightmare. On his first visit to Progressive Field since Game 7 of last year’s World Series, Chapman was bailed out by sensational defensive plays from Brett Gardner and Ronald Torreyes in the ninth inning as New ...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...