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Pelini, YSU prepare to return to playoffs

It took the Youngstown State football team six years after Jim Tressel left in 2000 to reach the postseason, and things only became more difficult from there. After former YSU coach Jim Heacock advanced to the Division I-AA national semifinal in 2006, there was a 10-year gap before the ...

Life lessons being taught through 2017 Arvin Classic

It’s a strange time for 2017 high school graduates around the Mahoning Valley, and things are only going to get weirder from here for a lot of them. Those first few weeks after graduation are a blur. You’re saying goodbye to friends you’ve known since grade school, going to graduation ...

Track and field powers YSU athletics

YOUNGSTOWN — Brian Gorby has been in the midst of coaching the best track and field teams in the Horizon League. He has the league’s best 110-meter hurdler and face of the Youngstown State men’s program — John F. Kennedy High School graduate Chad Zallow. He’s the Great Lakes Region ...

Is more Trumbull success coming?

Just like that, a drought more than seven decades long is over. No, this isn’t about Cleveland’s former curse (that drought wasn’t even six decades). This is about Trumbull County baseball crowning a state champion for the first time since 1943. Yes, Franklin D. Roosevelt was ...

Seniors see careers end differently

Lauren Jones hasn’t been shy saying she wants another puppy, but leaving for Oklahoma this summer presents a quandary. The Garfield High School senior thrower finished her Ohio High School Athletic Association career as a three-time state champion in the Division II girls discus, and went ...

How does Flashes’ success happen?

It's hard to pinpoint how it happened the way it did in Champion. Two teams — baseball and softball — going to state championship games. It’s a miraculous feat. In fact, only one school in OHSAA history has won state titles in both (Walsh Jesuit, 2004). The Golden Flashes can match that ...

Mom’s touch needed when it comes to conferences

Trying to please everyone is an act only a mom can pull off, and every now and then, even she fails. How is it possible to dress, feed, clean and extinguish fights between four children (and sometimes a husband) in a matter of 20 minutes? Oh, come on, we’ve all seen mom work her magic in ...

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 ...