Sport columns

Smart coaches should listen to dumb critics

It's no secret that coaches don’t like being criticized, even though it’s an inevitability of the job. From youth league to professional, there’s always someone who thinks a coach can do a better job in a certain area. Heck, part of my job as a sports writer is to voice my opinion if a ...

Stories of state champs will be told

PRETTY much every job has tasks that workers despise, but they’re part of the job, so they must be done. Nurses and doctors, for example, have the unenviable task of telling loved ones that a family member just passed away. Teachers must deal with the endless needs of dozens of rambunctious ...

Decisive weekend looms for wrestlers

It's the best and worst day of the season, with joy and agony happening simultaneously dozens of times at venues all over the state. The pinnacle moment of the season for just about every wrestler comes on the second day of the district tournament, during one of the most grueling, competitive ...

No flash, just grit for YSU women

YOUNGSTOWN John Barnes sat at the weekly news conference Monday at Youngstown State, talking about his women’s basketball team. There’s a lot to talk about. One is freshman McKenah Peters winning Horizon League Freshman of the Week. She’s feisty player and timely shooter who has ...

Harding has turned season around

They didn’t really look like a Division I team. In fact, they didn’t look like a Division II team, either. As lopsided losses started to pile up, it was hard to determine just how rough of a year it was going to be for the Warren G. Harding boys basketball team. Maybe they could finish ...

Cavaliers are much improved

CLEVELAND - Look at his feet. You’ll see the black sneakers with yellow lip and laces worn by Kyle Korver. The Cleveland Cavaliers guard takes shot after shot. His lanky, 6-foot-7 frame is squared up to the glass hoop inside Quicken Loans Arena. Korver’s feet are parallel as he swishes ...

It’s more than just basketball

WINDHAM There’s the small lot, snow piled up in scattered places. Enough room to park a tiny Hyundai Accent, which looks like a clown car with this tall, overweight, middle-aged writer standing next to it. No luck; there’s a small side lot with spaces marked off at 45-degree angles. One ...

Postseason starts well thanks to Canfield

Congratulations to the Canfield Cardinals wrestling team which last week became the first area team to advance to the dual team wrestling state tournament. The Cardinals defeated West Branch and Louisville in the Division II regional last week and will compete next Sunday (Feb. 11) in the ...

Picking winners in EOWL tourney

It’s generally never a good thing when a 285-pound wrestler points at you in disgust, but this time was a little different. As former Girard wrestler Ben Norman walked off the mat following a close victory over a fellow heavyweight from Crestview, he pointed at a skinny little reporter and ...

This season more than about numbers for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State is 6-17. The Penguins are 5-2 at home. They are 1-11 away from the Beeghly Center and 0-4 at neutral sites. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. The numbers are missing the bigger picture within the YSU men’s basketball program. Don’t get stuck on the numbers even ...

High school athletes prepare for postseason

With the high school winter sports season at about the halfway point, it’s time to take a look at the impending postseason. Before that, a quick note about basketball records and statistics. The Tribune Chronicle sports staff has endeavored this season to keep track of team and league ...

Sights & sounds inside the O’rena

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Two hands on the wheel, eyes ahead and a phone guiding the way. Belly full from lunch at a franchise owned by a local philanthropist. All is well … until. Red brake lights as far as the eye can see approaching Detroit. Did I make a wrong turn to Frankenmuth, where ...

Yes, YSU is off to 2-0 start in Horizon

It was as if Milwaukee was in a trance, wondering what just befell them in the first couple of minutes as its opponent surged way ahead. This sight was different, this team facing them, but not like before. Frankly, no one gave this team much credit, even after Monday’s win at Cleveland ...

A year later, YSU football faces change

It’s been one year and one day since one of the biggest moments in the last 20 years for Youngstown State University football. If you’re a sports a fan, you’ve seen the highlight — probably a couple of different times. YSU tight end Kevin Rader caught a ball on the back of a defender ...

Juggernaut on the mat

They’re hard to overlook, even though some people may want to, just out of spite. It’s like the New England Patriots in the NFL. There are a lot of great teams and spectacular players, but deep down, everyone knows the Patriots are the team to beat, even if they don’t want to admit ...

Get out of the seats and make some calls

So, you are sitting in the stands watching your son or daughter (or grandson, or niece, or granddaughter, or family friend, etc.) play. Varsity, junior varsity, middle school, even non-school competition, it doesn’t matter. Inevitably, there is a bad call by an official. At least it looks ...

Coming together a huddle at a time

YOUNGSTOWN You can see it out on the grassy area, yards ahead from the starting line. Clusters of athletes wearing their tank tops, shorts and sweatbands, or other thermal wear — depending on the conditions. Each cross country team gathers before the race. Sometimes the coach has a ...

Taylor honored for work in volleyball

Longtime Lakeview volleyball coach Scott Taylor was honored this weekend by the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association, receiving the organization’s 2017 Jim Muth Sportsmanship Award. Taylor spent 21 years — 17 as head coach — coaching volleyball at Lakeview where he also was a ...

It’s not about 88-point margin

YOUNGSTOWN — Jerrod Calhoun said it three times, three times too many in my book. You should never have to defend hard play, no matter how much the grumblings of some whiners would like you to do so. So Calhoun’s Youngstown State basketball team scored a school-record 134 points. You ...

Rome (YSU) won’t be built in a day

AKRON — Youngstown State’s team couldn’t even move about in a cramped locker room inside the James A. Rhodes Arena. The men’s basketball team took to the adjoining hallway to get some last-minute stretching in, jump a few raised hurdles no bigger than a foot off the ground. Some ...