Sport columns

It’s all about the finish for Penguins

Nothing is more aggravating to a sports writer than hearing a coach say the same old crap at a press conference.Some coaches have the lingo down to a science. No matter how well articulated a question is or how educated the thought is, a coach can easily dodge it with some old cliche that has ...

Olympians set to appear at Legends meet

Ted Rupe watched his television with excitement in 1972. The then-Maplewood High School senior was passionate about his distance running.He later went on to lead the Rockets to the school's first-ever team state championship in Class A. Maplewood won six more after that historic day.Rupe ...

Maplewood boys, McDonald girls favored in county cross country meet

Tuesday's Trumbull County cross country meet might be a Northeastern Athletic Conference dominated meet, but not in the way you might think.Yes, Maplewood's boys, the two-time Division III state cross country champions, are the team to beat and the three-time defending champions.The usual ...

Fall sports tourneys get started this week

With the high school football regular season at the halfway mark, fans are starting to look ahead, wondering whether or not their team can qualify for the postseason.More than a handful of area teams, led by undefeated Warren G. Harding and John F. Kennedy, are in the running for playoff berths ...

Howland runners take aim at title

Tyler Harigan, Ethan Neff, Vincent Mauri. The three Howland runners could be instrumental in the Tigers' boys cross country team breaking a threshold today.However, the Tigers have two big obstacles - Maplewood and Boardman, both schools very adept to taking home titles.At today's Suburban ...

Speedy Ohio State buries Oklahoma’s national championship hopes

NORMAN, Okla.Oklahoma had home field advantage and a Biblical-type pregame rainstorm to soak the field and maybe slow Ohio State's team of jackrabbits.Heck, it even had a vivid rainbow that ended just beyond one end zone. After a 1 1/2-hour storm delay, the Sooners fixed their sights on the ...

YSU gains plenty from loss to WVU

People often ask why smaller college football teams want to play some of the best Division I programs, and the answer usually revolves around money.For instance, Youngstown State received approximately $600,000 from West Virginia to play the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W.Va. FBS teams like WVU ...

JFK coping with loss of Coates

It's always interesting to observe how a team or organization deals with the loss - usually through injury - to one of its star players.The John F. Kennedy football team is dealing with that issue with the loss of star receiver/defensive back/kick returner Jacob Coates who broke a collarbone in ...

McDaniels remembers fondly time in Warren

Thom McDaniels' name resonates with Warren G. Harding football fans.It should. The retired mentor brought an uprising of gridiron fervor that spread like wildfire throughout the city of Warren.He left with a 63-21 record.The Raiders made the playoffs five of his seven years in town, including ...

WGH, JFK off to great starts

Two weeks into the 2016 high school football season and fans in Warren have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.Both the Warren G. Harding Raiders and John F. Kennedy Eagles are off to great starts. WGH clobbered two Cleveland-area schools, East Cleveland Shaw and Cleveland Heights. ...

Some observations: LaBrae is good; Wallace is special

There are some things you notice on this job, which is actually a big part of the position. Here are some of my observations from this past weekend:LaBrae's football team is pretty good. Minus some silly personal fouls and holding calls, and this team is one of the teams to beat this year.I was ...

Davis is apparent QB starter for YSU

By watching and listening to Bo Pelini, fans of Youngstown State football wouldn't have a clue as to who is winning the quarterback competition.For those who watch and listen to the quarterbacks, a winner has emerged.Ricky Davis carries a certain swagger during practice. Whether it's while he's ...

Football teams featured in special section

As the Rio Olympic Games come to a close today, attention turns - especially in Northeast Ohio - to high school football.The Tribune Chronicle's annual high school football preview publication is included with today's newspaper. It is 96 pages of stories of 30 area teams, with rosters, ...

People, stability lead to success

It's about people. It's about stability. In high school football, that's a combination for success.Ask Austintown Fitch coach Phil Annarella, who coached at Niles and mentored the 1990 Warren G. Harding state football championship.In three weeks he begins his 10th year with the Falcons, and you ...

Warren’s football legends to return

The list is impressive, to say the least: professional football players from Warren.At least 30 young men (see chart, page 6D) from Warren have become professional football players over the years, and the Warren Gridiron Club is inviting them to return to visit with and play golf with their ...

Western Reserve ready for challenge

BERLIN CENTER - Andy Hake said his team is focused on Week 1.However, the Mineral Ridge High School graduate is never one to mince words or back away from a challenge.Neither is his Western Reserve Blue Devil football team.The Blue Devils went to the Division VII state semifinals in 2013, but ...

Heat and humidity signify football?

Generally, when we think of football weather in northeast Ohio, we think of crisp, fall afternoons and evenings with colorful leaves falling and a bit of a breeze that calls for heavier jackets and maybe a blanket.Postseason football, of course, is a different animal with winter just around the ...

Tressel has come full circle in life

POLANDHERE'S a sports trivia question even the most knowledgeable fan probably might struggle with: Who was the Cleveland Cavaliers' first ball boy?The year was 1970. The kid was an Ohio native who played quarterback for his dad at Baldwin-Wallace University and later went on to become a coach ...

Viewers’ new habits affect TV ratings

The television ratings numbers came out for this week's midsummer classic - Major League Baseball's All-Star Game - and once again the prophets who continue to predict the fall of baseball hit their pulpits.For this Couch Fan, however, the game represented a new era for someone who felt ...

Basketball coaches moving

Things are getting interesting in the world of basketball these days.Aside from the absurd amount of money NBA free agents are reeling in and the ear-to-ear smile still beaming on the faces of Cleveland Cavalier fans, there are other areas - closer to home - to think about if you're a ...