Sport columns

Top award starts in throwing circle

Simple spread of white chalk. Some prefer rosin on his or her hands. Deep breath. Focus. All that surrounds the thrower is a crowd. Some bystanders. Others have nervous energy. Shuffle. Shuffle. Throw. The weighted ball temporarily defies gravity through the power of the body ...

Another year, another epic state meet

COLUMBUS — The heat sheets and time schedule come first. Sift through the names, find the ones from Mahoning and Trumbull Counties, along with those from Grand Valley, Pymatuning Valley, Garfield and Windham. Blue highlighter, sometimes yellow. Whatever is the closest in hand. Use it and ...

Opportunity knocks for area coaches

It's hard not to look back at high school without some type of regret. Oh, come on. Don’t act like you’re not still upset over being too shy to ask that cute girl to prom, or that you’re not still wondering how good you could have been at sports if you wouldn’t have been out causing ...

NFL visit about more than new helmets

It’s not odd to see an NFL player in Warren G. Harding High School. Heck, the city of Warren has produced dozens of professional football players over the years. On this day, however, the appearance was, indeed, strange. Members of the Cleveland Browns organization were at the school on ...

Daniels adds to Warren legacy

The gentle giant wasn’t being so gentle on this day. It was just a regular season high school football game back in 2014 to most people, but to Warren G. Harding’s James Daniels, there was extra incentive. Daniels was a three-star prospect offensive lineman who was receiving scholarship ...

Local racing season about to begin

The first sign of spring is here as race cars have been sighted at the Shenango Valley Mall during the Twin State Auto Racing Club’s car show. The 2018 racing area season was scheduled to start tonight as Sharon Speedway was to play host to some of the top Late Model drivers in the country, ...

Weaver’s personality part of Flashes’ success

COLUMBIANA — If you don’t come away feeling better about yourself, maybe you don’t have a soul. That’s most people’s experience after talking to Champion softball coach Cheryl Weaver. It’s her demeanor, something that has you at ease when you say hello and engage in conversation ...

Who wears the pants in area baseball?

The first few weeks of high school baseball are always rough in northeast Ohio, but Mother Nature is really trying her hardest to show who wears the pants around here this season. How teams even got a few games in over the last two weeks was hard to believe. As is often the case, we’ll have ...

Looking at wins, losses for YSU men

Check Twitter. Type in Youngstown State. Hit the button that says latest. Scroll down. Repeat action a couple more times in the day. The Penguins men’s basketball team kept the transaction wire active Thursday with three players asking for their release and having that request granted, which ...

History of Sharon Speedway is featured

Ron Novak will present a program on the rich history of Sharon Speedway Monday evening at 7 at the fire station located in Hartford Center. Novak’s father, Jim, took control of the speedway in 1950 and promoted the speedway until 1980. It has always been my thought that if there was a hall ...

Wallace in middle of Loyola hype

FOCUS. Yes, focus on the task ahead. Kenny Wallace, disciplined by nature, never faced that quandary. The former Mathews Mustang entered his weekly history class at Loyola University in Chicago. It was 4:15 p.m., central standard time. Midterm exam. Focus on the task at hand. Kind of ...

Basketball, forgotten around here

AN orange sphere, some black stripes swirling around the surface. Some smooth. Some rough. Either way, it bounces on different surfaces. The length of the court remains 90 feet long as sweat drips, shoes squeal and various other grunts emit from the mouths of high school ...

Smart coaches should listen to dumb critics

It's no secret that coaches don’t like being criticized, even though it’s an inevitability of the job. From youth league to professional, there’s always someone who thinks a coach can do a better job in a certain area. Heck, part of my job as a sports writer is to voice my opinion if a ...

Stories of state champs will be told

PRETTY much every job has tasks that workers despise, but they’re part of the job, so they must be done. Nurses and doctors, for example, have the unenviable task of telling loved ones that a family member just passed away. Teachers must deal with the endless needs of dozens of rambunctious ...

Decisive weekend looms for wrestlers

It's the best and worst day of the season, with joy and agony happening simultaneously dozens of times at venues all over the state. The pinnacle moment of the season for just about every wrestler comes on the second day of the district tournament, during one of the most grueling, competitive ...

No flash, just grit for YSU women

YOUNGSTOWN John Barnes sat at the weekly news conference Monday at Youngstown State, talking about his women’s basketball team. There’s a lot to talk about. One is freshman McKenah Peters winning Horizon League Freshman of the Week. She’s feisty player and timely shooter who has ...

Harding has turned season around

They didn’t really look like a Division I team. In fact, they didn’t look like a Division II team, either. As lopsided losses started to pile up, it was hard to determine just how rough of a year it was going to be for the Warren G. Harding boys basketball team. Maybe they could finish ...

Cavaliers are much improved

CLEVELAND - Look at his feet. You’ll see the black sneakers with yellow lip and laces worn by Kyle Korver. The Cleveland Cavaliers guard takes shot after shot. His lanky, 6-foot-7 frame is squared up to the glass hoop inside Quicken Loans Arena. Korver’s feet are parallel as he swishes ...

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 ...