Sport columns

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 ...

Time for goodbye to Wahoo

One part of me — a diehard Cleveland Indians fan since 1966 — hates to say this, and I know a lot of you out there don’t want to hear it, but it is time for the franchise to stop using Chief Wahoo as a team logo. Understand, I am not saying that everyone who has Chief Wahoo logos on ...

An early look at baseball in area

People always seem to be slightly annoyed by those way-too-early preseason polls that media outlets present for differing college sports. And yet, everyone looks at them. They’re too enticing not to. It’s like you want to get mad — or excited — over something you know means nothing. ...

Can Cavs ‘turn it on’ in playoffs?

Over the next few weeks — as few as two or as many as eight — we will find out if a good team not playing very well can suddenly “turn it on” when necessary. The defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers began defense of their title on Saturday with a 109-108 win over the Indiana ...

This haul of recruits could make YSU Bragg

YOUNGSTOWN — Bear with me as I play connect the dots. This is something of a recruiting puzzle that coach Jerrod Calhoun could fit together. Not to start the next Youngstown State men’s basketball season, but beginning with the 2018-19 campaign. The YSU coach and assistant coach Paul ...

Let’s wait and see on competitive balance

Be careful what you wish for. After years of voting and haggling and debating and complaining, competitive balance is here in Ohio high school sports. Will it work? We will pretty much have to wait and see. The Ohio High School Athletic Association this past week released the divisional ...

Adding pieces is vital for Penguins’ new regime

YOUNGSTOWN — Size. It’s something Jerrod Calhoun has noticed his first full week with Youngstown State. The Penguins need to get bigger. They need to be more athletic. Shooting the ball better from the team’s power forward and center spots wouldn’t hurt either. Calhoun, the YSU ...

YSU fans can forget dismal past

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun has taken hold of the dark past of Youngstown State men’s basketball and wants to turn his back on that chapter. The 35-year-old coach has his own take of YSU’s struggles which include 20 or more losses in 11 of the past 16 seasons. Depression around the ...

Calhoun recruiting focus on NE Ohio

Jerrod Calhoun is about relationships. He got off to a great start to his recruiting — for the class of 2019. The new Youngstown State University men’s basketball coach utilized his strong Cleveland ties to offer a scholarship to 6-9 sophomore Brison Waller from Garfield Heights, ...

Indians can do it again

The headline on the story in the Tribune Chronicle last year reads, “Will Indians put it together in 2016? Boy, did they. Cleveland Indians fans reveled in the 2016 season, from the 14-game winning streak in late June, to the arrival of ace reliever Andrew Miller, to the postseason run ...

YSU hiring looks like right choice

Who is Jerrod Calhoun? The 35-year-old coach is more than the new Youngstown State men’s basketball coach. He’s a tenacious recruiter. He’s visible in the community. He knows how to win. Those are just some things I’ve heard about the former Fairmont State coach, who earned 124 wins ...

Trumbull must stop drought

THERE almost seems to be a dark cloud hovering over Trumbull County this time of year as baseball starts up. Actually, never mind, there are always dark clouds hovering over Trumbull County this time of year, but there’s also another one that brings bad luck with it to county baseball ...