Sport columns

Potential playoff teams face pressure

The pressure is building for high school football players — and coaches. They can use the old cliche of focusing on one game at a time and not looking ahead all they want, but every coach knows exactly where they stand in the computer ratings of their respective region. It’s part of their ...

Weather drier for XC postseason

My eyes deceive me. I really can’t believe what I’m seeing on my laptop. These AccuWeather forecasts are wrong. It’s the cross country postseason. Rain, cold, mud. Repeat three early and often. This year, not so much. I’m confused by the 72-degree forecast for Saturday’s district ...

The meaning of ‘Lakeview football’ showed up Friday

POLAND — Where does this game rank in games you’ve seen? Lakeview football coach Tom Pavlansky asked the question before either reporter could utter a question. Lakeview rallied from 17 points down and upended previously undefeated Poland on Friday, 35-30. It ranked high on my list, ...

Olympian coming to area event

It took less than 2 minutes, but it gave Clayton Murphy a lifetime of memories. Murphy went to Rio de Janeiro as part of the U.S. Olympic contingent for the 2016 Summer Olympics. He ran the 800-meter run in 1:42.93 seconds and took home a bronze medal, becoming the first American in 24 years ...

Coverage of protests takes away from games

If you’re one of the people sick of reading, watching or hearing about NFL protests, please raise your hand. No need to take a knee. We’ve seen enough of that lately. There’s a little contradiction in this column because it, too, relates to the peaceful-yet-incorrigible protests taking ...

Maplewood runners always in contention

Maplewood. It’s synonymous with all things cross country. It is the school’s football — the dominant sport. Entrenched in an area where football is hyped more times than not, the Rockets are one of a handful of schools in Trumbull County without a football team. The difference is those ...

Penguins continue recruiting in Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN — Click. Refresh. Click. Refresh. Repeat a couple of more times. Potential Youngstown State University men’s basketball recruits are out there. Searching under Youngstown State and going latest is the key. I read a little over a week ago a senior guard, who is around 6-feet ...

Legends, Legacy & other stuff

A little bit of this and a little bit of that as the Cleveland Indians begin another winning streak: If you haven’t made reservations for next week’s second annual NFL Legends Reunion and golf outing at Trumbull Country Club, contact Virginia Holmes of the Warren Gridiron Club, or Ray ...

Regional recruits key to YSU success

YOUNGSTOWN — Walking from your car, you see the imposing building from the outside. The Wolstein Center opens it doors and it feels more like a professional arena with its metallic turnstiles welcoming you in its gates. You walk in the arena and then feel a sense of being gypped. What ...

Salute to Indians, colleagues

As football season gets started and the Cleveland Indians begin the regular season stretch run in what fans hope will be another deep postseason run, it is time to wish good luck to a couple of my Tribune Chronicle colleagues. Eric Murray, who has been our part-time sports reporter for the ...

YSU must communicate in system of new coach

YOUNGSTOWN - Going into something new can be a daunting prospect, depending on the situation. It could be the first day of high school when you can’t quite remember your locker combination. You may have forgotten your favorite pencil at the start of fifth grade or the boy in the next row ...

We work to prevent mistakes in print

Mistakes are prevalent in sports. We keep track of errors and turnovers and we’ve seen enough mistake pitches hit for home runs and errant passes turned into pick sixes. Those of us in the business of writing about sports certainly are not immune to making mistakes. I can imagine the ...

Football is king when it comes to conferences

It was tough to accept the inevitable as a kid. Your life basically belonged to someone else — your parents or guardians — whether you liked it or not. They dictated whether you got to have a sleepover with your friends or stay up late to watch TV. In fact, pretty much every relevant ...

Change is name of game

WHO remembers the Turnpike Conference? How about the Ohio Scholastic League, the Northeast Ohio Athletic Conference, the Ohio Big 8, the Grand River Conference, or the All-American Athletic Conference? Who recalls that Boardman was a charter member of the Tri-County League in 1932, along with ...

Kyrie’s break-up would be hard to do

It kind of felt like the first time a good-looking girl broke up with you. You’re kind of in shock for a few seconds. Your heart drops to your stomach. You feel like you got the wind knocked out of you. One thought enters your mind and you can’t escape it: THIS REALLY SUCKS! Yes, that’s ...

Canfield wrestling will miss Conley

The sport of wrestling has lost some great coaches over the last few years, specifically in the Mahoning Valley. In 2015, two of the area’s all-time great high school wrestling coaches, Jackson-Milton’s Dave Tomaino and Austintown Fitch’s Brett Powell, retired after illustrious careers ...

Baseball isn’t always so easy to comprehend

NILES — Baseball is something I’ve grown up with since I was 7 years old. A little boy and a beige MacGregor glove with a scratch inside, occasionally irritating my fingers. It didn’t matter when the white ball with the red stitching hit the mitt off the crack of the bat. The contact ...

YSU hoops taking steps to be relevant

YOUNGSTOWN — A few of us were standing along the sideline during a recent workout. Two hours of watching the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team came to an end. A handful of players approached and outstretched their hands. Quick introductions and thank yous for watching ...

Warren football reunion returns

A fund-raising event that debuted in the area in 2016 will return this year after a very successful first run. The second annual Warren NFL Legends reunion dinner and celebrity golf outing event is scheduled Sept. 24-25 at Trumbull Country Club. The event last year raised between $35,000 and ...

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 ...