Sport columns

Taylor honored for work in volleyball

Longtime Lakeview volleyball coach Scott Taylor was honored this weekend by the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association, receiving the organization’s 2017 Jim Muth Sportsmanship Award. Taylor spent 21 years — 17 as head coach — coaching volleyball at Lakeview where he also was a ...

It’s not about 88-point margin

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun said it three times, three times too many in my book. You should never have to defend hard play, no matter how much the grumblings of some whiners would like you to do so. So Calhoun’s Youngstown State basketball team scored a school-record 134 points. You ...

Rome (YSU) won’t be built in a day

AKRON — Youngstown State’s team couldn’t even move about in a cramped locker room inside the James A. Rhodes Arena. The men’s basketball team took to the adjoining hallway to get some last-minute stretching in, jump a few raised hurdles no bigger than a foot off the ground. Some ...

QB duel had fans buzzing

The question was posed throughout the season by all kinds of fans, coaches, players and media who follow high school football in the Mahoning Valley, and the debate picked up quite a bit over the last week. The area’s two best quarterbacks (arguably) finally squared off, and the result was ...

YSU lands top-level recruit for 2018-19

Atiba Taylor said he cannot remember when he did not have a basketball in his hands. The 6-foot-4, 176-pound combination guard is said to have an uncanny court vision. Schools like LaSalle, Temple, Rutgers, Kansas State and St. Joseph’s (Philadelphia) took notice of the New Jersey standout ...

McDonald outside looking in at playoffs

Many area high school football fans are looking forward to a potential Girard at Lakeview playoff game later this week, but the attention of some is drawn to the unfortunate plight of the 8-2 McDonald Blue Devils. With the Ohio High School Athletic Association about to release the official ...

Penguin basketball progress continues

Pat Birch had an open-ended invitation. Jerrod Calhoun, Youngstown State’s first-year men’s basketball coach, recently told all the area high school boys basketball coaches that they were invited to his team’s practices. It was an offer Birch couldn’t refuse. Now Calhoun might not be ...

Usually reliable line play an issue

There is a litany of reasons the Youngstown State football team will likely be on the outside looking in when the FCS postseason field is announced next month, and they’re not the ones fans are used to hearing. For years, inexplicable losses that could have vaulted YSU into the playoffs ...

Potential playoff teams face pressure

The pressure is building for high school football players — and coaches. They can use the old cliche of focusing on one game at a time and not looking ahead all they want, but every coach knows exactly where they stand in the computer ratings of their respective region. It’s part of their ...

Weather drier for XC postseason

My eyes deceive me. I really can’t believe what I’m seeing on my laptop. These AccuWeather forecasts are wrong. It’s the cross country postseason. Rain, cold, mud. Repeat three early and often. This year, not so much. I’m confused by the 72-degree forecast for Saturday’s district ...

The meaning of ‘Lakeview football’ showed up Friday

POLAND — Where does this game rank in games you’ve seen? Lakeview football coach Tom Pavlansky asked the question before either reporter could utter a question. Lakeview rallied from 17 points down and upended previously undefeated Poland on Friday, 35-30. It ranked high on my list, ...

Olympian coming to area event

It took less than 2 minutes, but it gave Clayton Murphy a lifetime of memories. Murphy went to Rio de Janeiro as part of the U.S. Olympic contingent for the 2016 Summer Olympics. He ran the 800-meter run in 1:42.93 seconds and took home a bronze medal, becoming the first American in 24 years ...

Coverage of protests takes away from games

If you’re one of the people sick of reading, watching or hearing about NFL protests, please raise your hand. No need to take a knee. We’ve seen enough of that lately. There’s a little contradiction in this column because it, too, relates to the peaceful-yet-incorrigible protests taking ...

Maplewood runners always in contention

Maplewood. It’s synonymous with all things cross country. It is the school’s football — the dominant sport. Entrenched in an area where football is hyped more times than not, the Rockets are one of a handful of schools in Trumbull County without a football team. The difference is those ...

Penguins continue recruiting in Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — Click. Refresh. Click. Refresh. Repeat a couple of more times. Potential Youngstown State University men’s basketball recruits are out there. Searching under Youngstown State and going latest is the key. I read a little over a week ago a senior guard, who is around 6-feet ...

Legends, Legacy & other stuff

A little bit of this and a little bit of that as the Cleveland Indians begin another winning streak: If you haven’t made reservations for next week’s second annual NFL Legends Reunion and golf outing at Trumbull Country Club, contact Virginia Holmes of the Warren Gridiron Club, or Ray ...

Regional recruits key to YSU success

YOUNGSTOWN — Walking from your car, you see the imposing building from the outside. The Wolstein Center opens it doors and it feels more like a professional arena with its metallic turnstiles welcoming you in its gates. You walk in the arena and then feel a sense of being gypped. What ...

Salute to Indians, colleagues

As football season gets started and the Cleveland Indians begin the regular season stretch run in what fans hope will be another deep postseason run, it is time to wish good luck to a couple of my Tribune Chronicle colleagues. Eric Murray, who has been our part-time sports reporter for the ...

YSU must communicate in system of new coach

YOUNGSTOWN - Going into something new can be a daunting prospect, depending on the situation. It could be the first day of high school when you can’t quite remember your locker combination. You may have forgotten your favorite pencil at the start of fifth grade or the boy in the next row ...

We work to prevent mistakes in print

Mistakes are prevalent in sports. We keep track of errors and turnovers and we’ve seen enough mistake pitches hit for home runs and errant passes turned into pick sixes. Those of us in the business of writing about sports certainly are not immune to making mistakes. I can imagine the ...