Sport columns

Wrestling in Valley growing in stature

It may not be the most popular sport in Ohio, but wrestling sure has one of the coolest state championship events. Describing the scene doesn’t do it justice, but one comparison that comes to mind is to try to imagine being one of the people who takes a half-court shot at an NBA game. ...

Changes desperately needed for YSU hoops

YOUNGSTOWN DARKNESS swirls around. All you hear is a metronomic beat repeating and sometimes thrown in with a squeak like those of a car making a sudden stop. Then, I realize my head is buried in my arms, trying not to watch what is in front of me. Welcome to the Beeghly Center. Eleven of ...

Fitting end for Slocum with YSU

You can say it was a fitting end to long-tenured career. On Tuesday, Jerry Slocum retired as the Youngstown State men’s basketball coach. Slocum, 65, arguably had the biggest win in his 12 seasons as the Penguins’ mentor when YSU upset top-seeded Oakland Saturday in the quarterfinals of ...

YSU has a lot to figure out in the spring

Not too surprisingly, the first set of spring practices after Youngstown State’s run to the FCS Championship is a big one. Star players on both sides of the ball are gone. Leaders were lost. NFL-level talent is now preparing for the draft. There are big questions, and while the answers ...

‘Rallying cry’ has Harding back on track

It can be easy to point out when you’re right, and it can be difficult when you’re wrong, but what about when you’re both? Well, it’s easy and difficult. About a month ago, I wrote a column that was critical of the Warren G. Harding boys basketball team. There seemed to be a discord ...

Tunnel vision

There is a certain moment all wrestlers dream about at some point in their career. It starts by walking through a dark tunnel, with pictures of former high school state champions lining the walls, as they stand next to their opponent. Minutes can feel like hours as they wait in line, ...

LaBrae, McDonald top seeds; Bristol tied

As Major League Baseball spring training camps open up this week, we take a look at the online seeding voting for high school boys basketball tournaments. Coaches will attend meetings today when they will choose their team’s spot on their particular bracket, but the voting for seeds was ...

Current version of Vikings on track

Most coaches despise comparing teams from the past to their current ones, but LaBrae’s Chad Kiser didn’t seem to mind. One of the most successful high school basketball coaches in the Mahoning Valley, Kiser has led numerous great teams over the years, and the 2016-17 Vikings could be the ...

Decision time for YSU men

YOUNGSTOWN BAD offense leads to bad defense. I thought defense won championships. In the world of Youngstown State men’s basketball, the best defense is a good offense. That last statement applies to military strategy, but it serves the purpose of this column. YSU scores 77.4 points per ...

County girls miss out on top seeds

Trumbull County’s girls basketball teams will be chasing the favorites this year when tournament games begin in a couple of weeks. On the plus side, none of the county schools will have that No. 1 seed target on their back. The Northeast District Athletic Board released voting results ...

Tribune Chronicle / Joe Simon
Howland’s Isom Julian (top) wrestles against Dimitrius Mitchel of Painesville Harvey during the Howland Invitational in January. Julian and the Tigers join the rest of the area’s wrestling schools in the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League championships tonight and Saturday at Austintown Fitch.

David vs. Goliath a familiar sight in EOWL

Ever wonder if the best athlete at a small high school, say, Jackson-Milton, could compete with the best from a Division I school like Austintown Fitch? The question has probably crossed the mind of most area high school sports fans — and athletes — and the answer is yes. Where’s the ...

Wrestlers advance; bowlers, swimmers get ready

Four area wrestling teams managed to advance last week in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Dual Team tournament and will participate in regional semifinals and finals this week — Wednesday — with berths at the state meet on the line. Girard and Canfield both won in Division II ...

YSU men must start run tonight

YOUNGSTOWN – If there was a time Youngstown State needed to make a stand, that time is now. The men’s basketball team is in eighth place in the Horizon League, but had two close games against UIC and Milwaukee this month that could’ve made this team 5-4 and a half-game out of fourth ...

Moving track regional to other site was needed

THE Navarre Fairless High School site has long been northeast Ohio’s gathering space for the regional qualifiers of Division III track and field athletes. This May, that changes, hopefully for the better as the regional venue moves to Massillon Perry High School. It’s 15 minutes ...

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 ...