Sport columns

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 ...

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 ...