Sport columns

It’s more than just basketball

WINDHAM There’s the small lot, snow piled up in scattered places. Enough room to park a tiny Hyundai Accent, which looks like a clown car with this tall, overweight, middle-aged writer standing next to it. No luck; there’s a small side lot with spaces marked off at 45-degree angles. One ...

Postseason starts well thanks to Canfield

Congratulations to the Canfield Cardinals wrestling team which last week became the first area team to advance to the dual team wrestling state tournament. The Cardinals defeated West Branch and Louisville in the Division II regional last week and will compete next Sunday (Feb. 11) in the ...

Picking winners in EOWL tourney

It’s generally never a good thing when a 285-pound wrestler points at you in disgust, but this time was a little different. As former Girard wrestler Ben Norman walked off the mat following a close victory over a fellow heavyweight from Crestview, he pointed at a skinny little reporter and ...

This season more than about numbers for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State is 6-17. The Penguins are 5-2 at home. They are 1-11 away from the Beeghly Center and 0-4 at neutral sites. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. The numbers are missing the bigger picture within the YSU men’s basketball program. Don’t get stuck on the numbers even ...

High school athletes prepare for postseason

With the high school winter sports season at about the halfway point, it’s time to take a look at the impending postseason. Before that, a quick note about basketball records and statistics. The Tribune Chronicle sports staff has endeavored this season to keep track of team and league ...

Sights & sounds inside the O’rena

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Two hands on the wheel, eyes ahead and a phone guiding the way. Belly full from lunch at a franchise owned by a local philanthropist. All is well … until. Red brake lights as far as the eye can see approaching Detroit. Did I make a wrong turn to Frankenmuth, where ...

Yes, YSU is off to 2-0 start in Horizon

It was as if Milwaukee was in a trance, wondering what just befell them in the first couple of minutes as its opponent surged way ahead. This sight was different, this team facing them, but not like before. Frankly, no one gave this team much credit, even after Monday’s win at Cleveland ...

A year later, YSU football faces change

It’s been one year and one day since one of the biggest moments in the last 20 years for Youngstown State University football. If you’re a sports a fan, you’ve seen the highlight — probably a couple of different times. YSU tight end Kevin Rader caught a ball on the back of a defender ...

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Canfield’s David Crawford reacts after winning a Division II district title on March 4 at Alliance High School. Crawford went on to win the state title at 170 pounds and returns as a favorite to win another one.

Juggernaut on the mat

They’re hard to overlook, even though some people may want to, just out of spite. It’s like the New England Patriots in the NFL. There are a lot of great teams and spectacular players, but deep down, everyone knows the Patriots are the team to beat, even if they don’t want to admit ...

Get out of the seats and make some calls

So, you are sitting in the stands watching your son or daughter (or grandson, or niece, or granddaughter, or family friend, etc.) play. Varsity, junior varsity, middle school, even non-school competition, it doesn’t matter. Inevitably, there is a bad call by an official. At least it looks ...

Coming together a huddle at a time

YOUNGSTOWN You can see it out on the grassy area, yards ahead from the starting line. Clusters of athletes wearing their tank tops, shorts and sweatbands, or other thermal wear — depending on the conditions. Each cross country team gathers before the race. Sometimes the coach has a ...

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 ...