Sport columns

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 ...

Cleanup needed for events

Two very interesting participartory events are coming up in Trumbull County in about three weeks - events that both require clean-up time afterward.On July 23 - and it's unfortunate these events will be going on at the same time, forcing any interested participants to make a choice - a ...

Throwers from area are in their Super Bowl

YOUNGSTOWN - Bobby Grace and Conner Neu embarked on territory no other Youngstown State University track and field athlete has previously explored.YSU coach Brian Gorby couldn't be prouder to see his two former athletes competing in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which run through next week in ...

What do we do as fans of champ?

Now what? With so few of us having any experience at this type of thing, what do we do, now that one of our favorite teams has won a championship?Those of you out there who remember the Browns' 1964 title will have some idea, perhaps, of how to handle being a fan of a championship team.I think ...

Warriors, Curry never on level some thought

As the NBA regular season drew to a close, Golden State majority owner Joe Lacob made some comments about his club."We're light years ahead of probably every other team," Lacob said. "We've crushed them on the basketball court and we're going to for years because of the way we've built this ...

Win or lose, other things are more important

Usually, it's a devastating loss that puts things into perspective for diehard Cleveland sports fans, but the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't having it.The first major sports title in Cleveland since The Beatles were in their prime and The Rolling Stones were just debuting brought back a sense of ...

Intensity on defense the key for Cavaliers

Personally, I would rather see the Indians do it, but I won't complain if the Cavaliers come through.Of course, I am referring to the end of the long streak of championship-free major professional sports seasons that Cleveland fans have endured.With the sports documentary "Believeland" airing ...

Heart among traits most evident at state meet

Aisha Jackson was proud of her fourth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles and being part of the Warren G. Harding girls 4x100 relay that placed second at last weekend's state track and field meet.To her, something else was more important.Her friend and teammate, Gariana Bercheni, was ...

Two Ali memories resonate in NE Ohio

The passing Friday night of boxing great Muhammad Ali brought memories to older northeast Ohio sports fans.Ali was and continues to be remembered and praised throughout the world as much for his presence since his retirement from boxing as much for his skills and dominance in the ring.From his ...

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

A few notes and random thoughts as we look forward to a healthy Cleveland Cavaliers team making a trip to the NBA Finals:The Warren Gridiron Club recently announced plans for a reunion of Warren's NFL alumni and other stars to coincide with the Warren Homecoming event scheduled in ...