Sport columns

Streak may result in memorable season

YOUNGSTOWN Looking across the way at the Beeghly Center, I remember those red, plastic chairback seats where I was sitting, about four rows up. Joining me was the late Dan Peters, as he normally did when I stopped by practice. I was in my mid-20s, my first year covering Youngstown State ...

Barnes has special time in Indiana

“OH my gosh, that is so freggin’ cool.” That’s how I started a conversation with Youngstown State University women’s basketball coach John Barnes. Circumstances took his team to the famed Hinkle Fieldhouse on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis. If you ever watched the ...

More than meets the eye with YSU hoops

YOUNGSTOWN — Todd Burkey stood in a corner, watching and observing during Thursday’s game. His focus was vastly different than those in the Beeghly Center stands watching and complaining about a missed call, errant shot or successful play. They all saw the last-second bounce pass from ...

Resiliency, the key to YSU men’s success

DETROIT Shot swish, others clank off the rims inside Calihan Hall for a few collegiate players. It was a Friday night a couple of miles outside one of our nation’s largest cities. The Motor City has tried to reinvent itself, modernizing the downtown area, making that area more palatable ...

High school postseason gets rolling this week

Area wrestlers kicked off the 2018-19 high school winter sports postseason on Saturday with the Dual Team Tournament regionals, and area swimmers and divers begin their postseason trek this week at sectional meets. The wrestlers competed Saturday in the usual dual match format with each ...

Have some patience and it’ll all be fine

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — I have a key card for my room and a pass for Friday morning’s buffet breakfast. That’s all I had on me, along with my phone. One round of the berries, melon, yogurt and oats and another trip for a bit of eggs, potatoes and bacon. If you’ve ever been to a hotel ...

Stop, look up from your phone screen

YOUNGSTOWN — Screen goes blank. Quick vibrate on an attempted restart. Nothing. Quick trip to my cell phone provider confirms my worst fears. My phone is dead. A new one isn’t coming until Monday. Weird feeling not having that tether cord attached, being the slave to that handheld ...

YSU women all about consistency

YOUNGSTOWN — The dribbles of the basketball reverberate among the walls, as well as the yells emanating from those players honed in on one task. Some are louder than others. All have the same goal: improvement. John Barnes stood near center court, where a media table would be on game day. ...

Defense the key for YSU against Wright State

KEITH GUNTHER is bound to be there, surround by his Ursuline boys basketball team, looking at the action on the Beeghly Center floor. All eyes are on Mark Hughes, the Wright State University senior guard. Hughes and his Raiders have that same green and white color scheme as Ursuline, so ...

Pelini, YSU need to take next step

There was a lot of hype when Bo Pelini was hired at Youngstown State, and rightfully so. Many in the media, locally and nationally, felt the Penguins, as the saying goes, might have outkicked their coverage with the hiring — meaning not many expected a coach of his caliber to come to ...

EOWL on the move after duals change

THERE are lot of strange things you’ll hear coming from the corner of a wrestling mat. For those not familiar with the sport, coaches sit in the corner of the mat during tournaments and shout instructions — among other things — during the match. The moves they scream out have all ...

Dynasties continue to dominate

Sports dynasties aren’t dead in the 21st Century after all. Clemson vs. Alabama, Part 4, in the College Football Playoffs occurs Monday night. From 2015 to 2018 the NBA Finals featured the Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Golden State Warriors for world basketball surpemacy. In Major ...

YSU men work hard to change culture

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun hasn’t minced words since he’s taken over theYoungstown State University men’s basketball program. He wants to win, something that has happened as many times as you can count on one hand in the past three decades. Losing has permeated around this program ...

#Save The Red Dragons

BO Rein Stadium is directly in front of you, the arch and iron metal gates welcoming you into the home of the Red Dragons. The sense of history envelops you quickly. The streak of 48-straight games without a loss in the 1960s, a state championship. Legendary figures like former coach Tony ...

Raining 3s in McDonald with Kennedy

I can’t forget the lines streaming out of Warren G. Harding High School during an early March evening in 2017. Onlookers from around the Mahoning Valley wanted that coveted ticket to this Division IV Regional boys basketball semifinal between John F. Kennedy and McDonald. It was slated to ...

Wrestling is good for football players

There have always been certain stigmas when it comes to wrestling. And no, I’m not talking about how pro wrestlers take steroids. That’s not a stigma. That’s as obvious as their terrible attempts at acting. I’m talking about high school wrestling, and the specific stigma of weight ...

Vision of what’s to come for YSU

Picture this ... Hot chocolate in one hand, a soft pretzel with extra salt in the other, both providing a brief respite of warmth to the extremities. Concrete is below each step as the sudden rush of bone-chilling air rushes over the body. It’s a blustery day on a cold, harden seat ...

Let’s combine bowl games & playoffs

College football for me crossed the rubicon in 2018. There were several times in the last week or so that I felt that something was terribly wrong with this great sport. No, it wasn’t the fact that Big Ten champion Ohio State didn’t make the top four and once again fell short of ...

Waid’s impact far beyond one contest

CANTON Mark Waid sat at a table with three of his teammates in the underbelly of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, awaiting questions from a few area reporters. His body language dictated he’d rather be someplace else instead of having an Ohio High School Athletic Association microphone in ...

Decision to stay, or go, is on Pelini

The speculation began before the season even started. Before the epically embarrassing loss to Butler. Before there was a quarterback controversy. Before the team was eliminated from playoff contention. People have wanted to know what’s next for Bo Pelini since last season ...