Sport columns

Playoffs are what Pelini had in mind

Even though the facts have been thrown out there countless times, they’re still hard to wrap your mind around. It’s really been 10 years since Youngstown State has made the FCS playoffs? (Actually, it was still Division I-AA back then). Really? The same school Youngstowers used to watch ...

County’s best often best in Big Ten

Yesterday we watched Hubbard’s L.J. Scott, a former Trumbull County Player of the Year, almost knock Ohio State out of the College Football Playoffs. Scott continued a fine season at Michigan State with some big plays against the Buckeyes, who ultimately prevailed, 17-16. That result kept ...

Between seasons is busy season

On the same night — Friday — that Warren G. Harding will face Hudson in a Division II football regional championship game, the high school bowling season starts in Ohio. Girls basketball starts the following Friday — the night after Thanksgiving — to be followed by swimming and diving ...

Don’t buy the hype; YSU must win to get in

Hopefully the Youngstown State football team isn’t listening to it. It was all over the radio, TV and probably a few newspapers, but don’t believe the hype, Penguin fans. Most believe the Penguins secured a trip to the FCS’s 24-team playoff with their 21-14 victory over Southern ...

Offensive problems have Bo frustrated

Bo Pelini finally might have reached his breaking point, and it’s understandable as to why. The Youngstown State football coach didn’t go on another raging sideline tantrum or ream out an official. He simply spoke the truth. The refreshingly honest moment came after last Saturday’s ...

Cubs, Indians Series not fun for Bucs fans

I must admit, this World Series has me in between a rock and a hard place. As a lifelong Pittsburgh Pirates fan living in Northeastern Ohio and having to tolerate Cleveland Indians fans, plus, seeing one of Pittsburgh’s hated National League Central Division rivals, the Chicago Cubs, both in ...

Root for Tribe the way you first started

Here we go again, Cleveland. That saying used to have an entirely different meaning for Cleveland sports fans. Nowadays, instead of another jaw-dropping, heartbreaking defeat, teams are finding unthinkable ways to win. (Well, except for the Browns. They’re still, well, the Browns.) While ...

Feeling from ’95 is one to remember

The crowd enveloped you quite quickly. All you saw was Chief Wahoo’s face and script Indians everywhere. It was 1995. The memories, although 21 years old, are vivid in my mind. It started with viewing a dozen games during the season at then-named Jacobs Field, which even though it’s ...

Pairings due out today for football playoffs

Though the official pairings will come out later this afternoon when the Ohio High School Athletic Association releases them, high school football fans throughout Ohio have been poring over the ratings at the web site www.joeeitel.com to see who their favorite team plays when the posteason ...

Memories of Tribe’s past post seasons

It is hard to believe that the Cubs and Indians are meeting in a World Series. As an Tribe fans since Rocky Colavito’s return to the team in 1965, I have long suffered through the losing seasons, the threats of moves, and the generally bad trades, managers and play on the field for about ...

Teams make last push for playoffs

Area high school football teams approach this week, the final week of the regular season, with differing outlooks. Most teams realize this will be their last week — and for seniors the finality of it all is multiplied — of practice, their last Friday night under the lights, their last ...

Penguins have decisions to make after N. Iowa win

DIGESTING a football game can be a lot like digesting food — never try taking too much in during one sitting. This is coming from someone who drinks Pepto-Bismol straight from the bottle, so have some faith. Since there’s no such similar relief for your brain when trying to take in a ...

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 ...