High School Sports

Final four foes fixed

Girard football fans will be making the trek on Saturday to Dover to see the Indians face Newark Licking Valley in a Division IV state semifinal game. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Crater Stadium. The Indians (12-1) are coming off a 43-18 victory over Hubbard in an all-Trumbull County ...

Driving the Girard train

NILES — The headlights kept coming in two-by-two around Bo Rein Stadium as people from Struthers, Leavittsburg and other communities in the Mahoning Valley converged to see Hubbard and Girard face off for the second time this season. They played for bigger stakes this time since the Week 2 ...

Adversity finally too much for JFK

MACEDONIA — Not many teams bounced back from adversity like John F. Kennedy did this year. A team that was lucky to be 1-4 at the midway point of the year and was outscored 213 to 49 during a brutal four-game stretch somehow managed to win four of its last five games and qualify for the ...

Fall sports all-star honors

Football MAHONING VALLEY ATHLETIC CONFERENCE First team Joe Ballone Sr Lowellville Brannon Brungard Sr Springfield Josh Celli Sr McDonald Benjamin Chaszeyka Sr Springfield Nathan Chiclowe Sr Mineral Ridge Alex Cintron Sr McDonald Bryce Davis Sr Jackson-Milton Nate ...

Canfield season ends in 33-7 defeat

WARREN — Canfield and Kenston squared off in a game of truth or dare Friday in a Division III Region 9 championship game. The truth was that the Cardinals, the top seed in the region, were not skilled in passing the football. It also was true that they rarely needed to pass, considering ...

Canfield keeps focus on tonight’s regional final

CANFIELD — Canfield High School football coach Mike Pavlansky already has emphasized to his players to leave any thoughts of a state semifinal game in the furthest depths of their minds. It cannot enter the thought process during tonight’s Division III, Region 9 final against Kenston. ...

Playoff tickets

Tickets for high school football regional championship games will be available this week at participating schools. Tickets at the gate are $9, presale tickets are $8. All games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. KENNEDY – The Eagles play Cuyahoga Heights Saturday at Nordonia High School in ...

Another ‘flat-out war’

With so many star players and two of the most high-powered offenses in all of Division IV, one of the biggest keys in a Region 13 final will likely center around players not many have heard much about this year. The offensive and defensive lines could be the biggest factor in a marquee ...

Rematch vs. Redskins

The Division VII Region 25 championship game is set. John F. Kennedy will face the team that put them out in the first round of the playoffs last year, Cuyahoga Heights. The goal this year is to flip the scoreboard in the other direction. “It’s taking the same approach that we take ...

Falling forward: Klouda unfazed by tumble

HEBRON — Tyler Klouda took the first turn at the muddy National Trail Raceway course Saturday. He was soon taken off his feet as he was pinched by a herd of runners during the Division II boys cross country race. Just below his left knee was bleeding. The streams of blood soon froze in ...

Area earns 6 POY honors

Four players and two coaches were honored as the best in the Northeast Inland District on Monday. In Division IV, the area littered the district list, with Girard quarterback Mark Waid being named offensive player of the year, Hubbard’s Lukas Mosora taking co-defensive POY honors and ...

Northeast Inland All-District Football Team

The All-Northeast Inland District high school football teams, as selected by a media panel from the district, with height, weight and year: Division I FIRST TEAM Offense ¯ Ends: Chris Kelly, Medina, 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, senior; Jake Ryan, Massillon Jackson, 6-3, 170, jr.; Khyree ...

Rematches feature in regional finals

A couple of rematches are in the spotlight Saturday night as the Ohio high school football playoffs reach the third of five weekends when regional champions will be crowned. Third-seeded Hubbard (11-1) and fifth-seeded Girard (11-1) reprise their regular season Week 2 contest which the Eagles ...

Badger’s Stanhope wins state title

HEBRON — Miranda Stanhope stood at the finish line sporting a black Badger Braves hooded sweatshirt. She was still trying to comprehend what she had just accomplished. Her words were a bit hard to come by because of the lingering cold earlier this week. “I actually thought (Saturday) ...

Eagles shock champs

BOARDMAN — The Hubbard Eagles took down the defending state champion Steubenville Big Red in thrilling fashion, beating them 34-16 Saturday night to advance to the Division IV, Region 13 title game next weekend against Girard. The game is scheduled Saturday at 7 p.m. at a site to be ...

Third-quarter explosion carries Kennedy to win

CANTON — One errant bounce changed everything. Armand Nannicola squibbed a kick down the middle of the Lowell Klinefelter Field at Canton Central Catholic High School. The ball took an errant hop off the field turf and glanced off a Mapleton football player’s helmet. A John F. Kennedy ...

Girard loves taste of win over Perry

NILES — Girard entered Saturday night’s Division IV, Region 13 semifinal with a chip on its shoulder. The Indians got a rematch with Perry, the team that beat them in the same round in 2017 and was ranked in the top spot in the region after the regular season. Add the fact that ...

Manchester runs over Vikings, 56-14

LOUISVILLE — LaBrae’s outstanding 2018 season came to an end Saturday night at Louisville High School where Akron Manchester (9-3) defeated the Vikings, 56-14, in a Division V, Region 17 semifinal. “Anytime you play a program of Akron Manchester’s caliber, you’re going to have to ...

McDonald boys finish 4th, girls grab 6th spot

HEBRON — The McDonald boys cross country team had its fair share of uncertainty during the season, with runners injured and other mishaps along the way. Saturday, the tumultuous season ended in a fourth-place finish at the state meet with 161 points, four more than state favorite Mount ...

Fall sports all-star honors

Football NORTHEASTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE First team Mason Angle Jr Windham Jacob Baker Jr Chalker Tyler Bean So Pymatuning Valley Ryan Busser Sr Grand Valley Cobe Cernuto So Chalker Jacob Chiles Sr Pymatuning Valley Julian Cicchella So Newbury Tyler ...