Sport columns

Harding boys basketball season full of ups and downs thus far

To say it’s been an interesting season thus far for the Warren G. Harding basketball team would be like saying it was an interesting election this year. The word interesting — or any other adjective for that matter — just doesn’t adequately explain the situation. Most people are sick ...

Canfield, Girard are top seeds

Top seeds Girard and Canfield get the 2016-17 winter sports postseason started Wednesday when they host sub-regional action in the OHSAA Dual Team wrestling tournament. This is the fifth year for the Dual Team tournament. Regional semifinals and finals are scheduled Feb. 1 and the state ...

Women’s team at YSU hits its stride

Three straight wins can change your perspective. The Youngstown State women’s basketball team has noticed the change. The metamorphosis almost took full bloom following an up-tempo performance Monday night in a 92-67 domination of Cleveland State. The Vikings were tied for second with ...

Tourney time gets nearer

The calendar says we are midway through January and we are also about midway through the high school basketball season, which means it’s time to start looking ahead toward tournament time. It also is time for the Tribune Chronicle to begin publishing boys and girls basketball statistical ...

YSU fans now focus on hoops

The improbable title run is done. Youngstown State’s football team, a team predicted to finish in the middle of the Missouri Valley Football Conference pack, advanced to Saturday’s FCS title game — losing 28-14 against a talented James Madison team. That said, YSU fans will focus their ...

Can Penguins return to FCS title game?

IT’S a term most fans despise but say with regularity nonetheless. If you’re a Cleveland fan — specifically a Browns backer — it’s embedded in your vocabulary. We’ve all muttered it after a rough season — or a great one — and it never gets ...

Will he stay? Pelini should stick with YSU

FRISCO, Texas - Anyone from Youngstown who’s over the age of 30 can probably find one. Dig around in the attic or way back in the corner of the closet under your old baseball cards and there it is: A YSU National Championship T-shirt. Maybe it’s a sweater or an old dingy hat, ...

YSU needs more help in its scoring to be successful

YOUNGSTOWN SUCCESS is measured in different ways. Wins and losses in a sure-fire way. Defense is another. Offense is one as well. Youngstown State men’s basketball team is one of the Horizon League’s more athletic squads with the ability to run in transition on a consistent ...

2016 was year to remember for Ohio’s sports fans

The motto for the state of Ohio is: “With God, all things are possible.” For Ohio sports fans, seeing was believing in the year 2016. Consider: ¯ Who would have believed that the Cleveland Cavaliers would have had a snowball’s chance in you know where to win the NBA Title after they ...

Pelini’s way has Penguins in title game

There's always a few regular phrases a coach says that kind of just go in one ear and out the other. Players, assistant coaches and even members of the media become bored with what’s known as “coach speak” or cliches. Lines like, “We have to focus on one game at a time,” or “I tip ...

Situation disappointing for YSU fans, other players

Sometimes, handling success is just as hard as achieving it. That seems to be the lesson the Youngstown State football team is learning following a report that the Penguins will be without five key players for this weekend’s FCS national semifinal against Eastern Washington. The players ...

City, others recognize Kennedy state title

Everyone loves to jump on the bandwagon of a winner — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s been great to see how the community showed its support during and after the John F. Kennedy football team’s trek to the Division VII state championship. The city of Warren will ...

Opinion on Wells came to fruition

No one likes an “I told you so” person. Well, except for the person who’s telling you so. They’re the people who always think they’re right and LOVE to point out when they are, to again emphasize how they’re always right. If you’re married, this is probably your spouse — more ...

JFK’s Bayuk reaches first state final game of coaching career

THERE are things Jeff Bayuk doesn’t forget. Saturday, Nov. 18, 2000. Canton Fawcett Stadium. More than 16 years ago, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Stadium was the site of a Division III, Region 9 final between Hubbard and Copley. Bayuk, who spent 16 seasons at Hubbard, slowly developed ...

Playoffs are what Pelini had in mind

Even though the facts have been thrown out there countless times, they’re still hard to wrap your mind around. It’s really been 10 years since Youngstown State has made the FCS playoffs? (Actually, it was still Division I-AA back then). Really? The same school Youngstowers used to watch ...

County’s best often best in Big Ten

Yesterday we watched Hubbard’s L.J. Scott, a former Trumbull County Player of the Year, almost knock Ohio State out of the College Football Playoffs. Scott continued a fine season at Michigan State with some big plays against the Buckeyes, who ultimately prevailed, 17-16. That result kept ...

Between seasons is busy season

On the same night — Friday — that Warren G. Harding will face Hudson in a Division II football regional championship game, the high school bowling season starts in Ohio. Girls basketball starts the following Friday — the night after Thanksgiving — to be followed by swimming and diving ...

Don’t buy the hype; YSU must win to get in

Hopefully the Youngstown State football team isn’t listening to it. It was all over the radio, TV and probably a few newspapers, but don’t believe the hype, Penguin fans. Most believe the Penguins secured a trip to the FCS’s 24-team playoff with their 21-14 victory over Southern ...

Offensive problems have Bo frustrated

Bo Pelini finally might have reached his breaking point, and it’s understandable as to why. The Youngstown State football coach didn’t go on another raging sideline tantrum or ream out an official. He simply spoke the truth. The refreshingly honest moment came after last Saturday’s ...

Cubs, Indians Series not fun for Bucs fans

I must admit, this World Series has me in between a rock and a hard place. As a lifelong Pittsburgh Pirates fan living in Northeastern Ohio and having to tolerate Cleveland Indians fans, plus, seeing one of Pittsburgh’s hated National League Central Division rivals, the Chicago Cubs, both in ...