Sport columns

Canfield wrestling will miss Conley

The sport of wrestling has lost some great coaches over the last few years, specifically in the Mahoning Valley. In 2015, two of the area’s all-time great high school wrestling coaches, Jackson-Milton’s Dave Tomaino and Austintown Fitch’s Brett Powell, retired after illustrious careers ...

Baseball isn’t always so easy to comprehend

NILES — Baseball is something I’ve grown up with since I was 7 years old. A little boy and a beige MacGregor glove with a scratch inside, occasionally irritating my fingers. It didn’t matter when the white ball with the red stitching hit the mitt off the crack of the bat. The contact ...

YSU hoops taking steps to be relevant

YOUNGSTOWN — A few of us were standing along the sideline during a recent workout. Two hours of watching the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team came to an end. A handful of players approached and outstretched their hands. Quick introductions and thank yous for watching ...

Warren football reunion returns

A fund-raising event that debuted in the area in 2016 will return this year after a very successful first run. The second annual Warren NFL Legends reunion dinner and celebrity golf outing event is scheduled Sept. 24-25 at Trumbull Country Club. The event last year raised between $35,000 and ...

Pelini, YSU prepare to return to playoffs

It took the Youngstown State football team six years after Jim Tressel left in 2000 to reach the postseason, and things only became more difficult from there. After former YSU coach Jim Heacock advanced to the Division I-AA national semifinal in 2006, there was a 10-year gap before the ...

Life lessons being taught through 2017 Arvin Classic

It’s a strange time for 2017 high school graduates around the Mahoning Valley, and things are only going to get weirder from here for a lot of them. Those first few weeks after graduation are a blur. You’re saying goodbye to friends you’ve known since grade school, going to graduation ...

Track and field powers YSU athletics

YOUNGSTOWN — Brian Gorby has been in the midst of coaching the best track and field teams in the Horizon League. He has the league’s best 110-meter hurdler and face of the Youngstown State men’s program — John F. Kennedy High School graduate Chad Zallow. He’s the Great Lakes Region ...

Is more Trumbull success coming?

Just like that, a drought more than seven decades long is over. No, this isn’t about Cleveland’s former curse (that drought wasn’t even six decades). This is about Trumbull County baseball crowning a state champion for the first time since 1943. Yes, Franklin D. Roosevelt was ...

Seniors see careers end differently

Lauren Jones hasn’t been shy saying she wants another puppy, but leaving for Oklahoma this summer presents a quandary. The Garfield High School senior thrower finished her Ohio High School Athletic Association career as a three-time state champion in the Division II girls discus, and went ...

How does Flashes’ success happen?

It's hard to pinpoint how it happened the way it did in Champion. Two teams — baseball and softball — going to state championship games. It’s a miraculous feat. In fact, only one school in OHSAA history has won state titles in both (Walsh Jesuit, 2004). The Golden Flashes can match that ...

Mom’s touch needed when it comes to conferences

Trying to please everyone is an act only a mom can pull off, and every now and then, even she fails. How is it possible to dress, feed, clean and extinguish fights between four children (and sometimes a husband) in a matter of 20 minutes? Oh, come on, we’ve all seen mom work her magic in ...

Community is full of champions

Years ago, I remember attending a Champion vs. Liberty boys basketball game being played at Warren G. Harding High School. Champion and Liberty had a good rivalry going in the old Trumbull AA League in the late 1960s, and for a couple of seasons played their games at neutral, larger sites. If ...

Change on Horizon after Valpo exit

Valparaiso is out of the Horizon League, finally heading to the Missouri Valley Conference. So, what’s next for the Horizon? Horizon League Commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone tried to answer those questions during Thursday afternoon’s teleconference. LeCrone emphasized he wants to improve ...

Calhoun continues progress with YSU

Jerrod Calhoun sat in front of the media for the first time since taking the head coaching position at Youngstown State. One of the first pieces of this new Penguins men’s basketball puzzle was complete with four high school signees, a transfer and three junior-college recruits joining the ...

YSU shows full-court press in recruiting

The hazy fog percolates through my head, attempting to shed the three-plus hours of intermittent sleep. A clear, plastic cup with a blue straw protruding through a transparent lid taunts me. A couple of drops of a 99-cent French Vanilla iced coffee is all that remains. The final sips of a now ...

County teams set for regional

Trumbull County traditionally does better at the regional and state level of high school athletics during the spring season, and that proved to be the case again in the 2016-17 school year. County athletes have been consistently outstanding performers in softball and track and field, and this ...

County’s baseball progress is evident

There have been more than a few times when this space in the Tribune Chronicle was filled with a column that pointed out how Trumbull County baseball has been terrible in the postseason for decades. In fact, I was the one who pointed out how it has been 73 years since a Trumbull team won a ...

Things on the Horizon

So much for a dead period in basketball season. Recruiting is still going on, but there’s been a shake up in the Horizon League. Tuesday, the Missouri Valley Conference invited Valparaiso to replace Wichita State, which left the MVC for the American Athletic Conference. Valparaiso has yet ...

It’s more than the numbers in track

Track and field means features, stories of different athletes and how they’ve overcome struggles on and off the track. Inherently, it’s about numbers, boring old numbers. These athletes don’t see these statistics as cumbersome. A scoreboard flashing those seconds, minutes, feet and ...

Tourney games get started this week

High school spring sports athletes and teams begin their postseason trek this week and several teams in Trumbull County appear to have legitimate shots at the regional tournament and from there, the state final four. In baseball this week, sectional tournament games are scheduled Monday and ...