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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 ...

Interest growing in YSU’s opening

YOUNGSTOWN — Interest has grown in Youngstown State University men’s basketball — as far as prospective coaches go. Names have circulated around the university the past couple of weeks since Jerry Slocum retired after 12 years at YSU. You might ask why? Why does a program with very ...

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John F. Kennedy junior Byron Taylor (5), shown in an earlier game against Cleveland VASJ, provided plenty of positives during the Eagles’ tournament run which ended Friday in a Division IV regional final at Canton.

So close to their goal

CANTON — Justin Bofenkamp fought a losing battle, holding back his emotions Friday evening. Anger. Sadness. Frustration. He and his John F. Kenendy teammates knew they wanted more than a regional final berth. They knew this Eagles team had a sole focus — be the first team in school ...

Tournament brackets alter seeding

One of the intriguing aspects of high school tournaments in northeast Ohio will go by the wayside with a recent move by the Northeast District Athletic Board. The board approved the language and brackets for seeded brackets recently by an 8-0 vote. Baseball and softball tournaments this ...

McDonald vs. JFK a must next season

WARREN — The line went back to the Paul Warfield statue in front of Mollenkopf Stadium. Fans lined up for a chance to get one of those few remaining tickets for Wednesday’s anticipated matchup between McDonald and John F. Kennedy’s boys basketball teams. Two-hundred and fifty ...

Pro Day turnout impressive for YSU

If there was ever any doubt that last year’s Youngstown State football team was one of the school’s all-time best, it was removed Tuesday. When 18 scouts — and what seemed like half the student body — show up to the Penguins’ Pro Day, that tells you something about YSU. More ...

Wrestling in Valley growing in stature

It may not be the most popular sport in Ohio, but wrestling sure has one of the coolest state championship events. Describing the scene doesn’t do it justice, but one comparison that comes to mind is to try to imagine being one of the people who takes a half-court shot at an NBA game. ...

Changes desperately needed for YSU hoops

YOUNGSTOWN DARKNESS swirls around. All you hear is a metronomic beat repeating and sometimes thrown in with a squeak like those of a car making a sudden stop. Then, I realize my head is buried in my arms, trying not to watch what is in front of me. Welcome to the Beeghly Center. Eleven of ...

Fitting end for Slocum with YSU

You can say it was a fitting end to long-tenured career. On Tuesday, Jerry Slocum retired as the Youngstown State men’s basketball coach. Slocum, 65, arguably had the biggest win in his 12 seasons as the Penguins’ mentor when YSU upset top-seeded Oakland Saturday in the quarterfinals of ...

YSU has a lot to figure out in the spring

Not too surprisingly, the first set of spring practices after Youngstown State’s run to the FCS Championship is a big one. Star players on both sides of the ball are gone. Leaders were lost. NFL-level talent is now preparing for the draft. There are big questions, and while the answers ...

‘Rallying cry’ has Harding back on track

It can be easy to point out when you’re right, and it can be difficult when you’re wrong, but what about when you’re both? Well, it’s easy and difficult. About a month ago, I wrote a column that was critical of the Warren G. Harding boys basketball team. There seemed to be a discord ...

Tunnel vision

There is a certain moment all wrestlers dream about at some point in their career. It starts by walking through a dark tunnel, with pictures of former high school state champions lining the walls, as they stand next to their opponent. Minutes can feel like hours as they wait in line, ...

LaBrae, McDonald top seeds; Bristol tied

As Major League Baseball spring training camps open up this week, we take a look at the online seeding voting for high school boys basketball tournaments. Coaches will attend meetings today when they will choose their team’s spot on their particular bracket, but the voting for seeds was ...

Current version of Vikings on track

Most coaches despise comparing teams from the past to their current ones, but LaBrae’s Chad Kiser didn’t seem to mind. One of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the Mahoning Valley, Kiser has led numerous great teams over the years, and the 2016-17 Vikings could be the ...

Decision time for YSU men

YOUNGSTOWN BAD offense leads to bad defense. I thought defense won championships. In the world of Youngstown State men’s basketball, the best defense is a good offense. That last statement applies to military strategy, but it serves the purpose of this column. YSU scores 77.4 points per ...

County girls miss out on top seeds

Trumbull County’s girls basketball teams will be chasing the favorites this year when tournament games begin in a couple of weeks. On the plus side, none of the county schools will have that No. 1 seed target on their back. The Northeast District Athletic Board released voting results ...

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Howland’s Isom Julian (top) wrestles against Dimitrius Mitchel of Painesville Harvey during the Howland Invitational in January. Julian and the Tigers join the rest of the area’s wrestling schools in the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League championships tonight and Saturday at Austintown Fitch.

David vs. Goliath a familiar sight in EOWL

Ever wonder if the best athlete at a small high school, say, Jackson-Milton, could compete with the best from a Division I school like Austintown Fitch? The question has probably crossed the mind of most area high school sports fans — and athletes — and the answer is yes. Where’s the ...

Wrestlers advance; bowlers, swimmers get ready

Four area wrestling teams managed to advance last week in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Dual Team tournament and will participate in regional semifinals and finals this week — Wednesday — with berths at the state meet on the line. Girard and Canfield both won in Division II ...

YSU men must start run tonight

YOUNGSTOWN – If there was a time Youngstown State needed to make a stand, that time is now. The men’s basketball team is in eighth place in the Horizon League, but had two close games against UIC and Milwaukee this month that could’ve made this team 5-4 and a half-game out of fourth ...