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High School Sports

Fitch continues successful run

AUSTINTOWN — For the 11th straight season, the Austintown Fitch Falcons boys track team won the Mahoning County Championship. Senior Nate Leskovac played a large role for the Falcons, taking the crown in the high jump and helping Fitch win the 4x100 relay as the third runner. The Fitch boys ...

Saturday highlights

TRACK & FIELD EAST PALESTINE — The McDonald boys and girls track teams took the top spots in the Bulldog Invitational held at Reid Memorial Stadium at East Palestine High School. The Blue Devil boys walked away with 107 points and the girls had 95. Hubbard and Mineral Ridge tied ...

Perfect 10

YOUNGSTOWN — Two of the area’s top softball programs over the last few years met up on Thursday with Ursuline and Champion squaring off at the YSU Softball Complex. With two home runs for Ursuline and a nine-run lead after three innings, it looked like the Fighting Irish were going to ...

Eagles’ Jarvis tosses no-no

HUBBARD — A first-pitch temperature of 43 degrees. Then came the rain, the hail and finally the sun. Despite everything that mother nature threw at both Hubbard and Brookfield, the one consistent factor was Evan Jarvis. The Hubbard senior had good command of his fastball and curveball, ...

Webb, Webster lift Rockets

Baseball Brayden Webb went a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate including the game-tying RBI in a 6-5 win for Maplewood over Lordstown. Masyn Webster hit an RBI single to win the game. Webb also struck out 11 over seven innings. Howland’s Anthony Massucci had four hits and six RBIs in a 13-2 ...

Wednesday highlights

BASEBALL Mathews’ Alex Nicholson tossed a one-hitter, striking out eight in the Mustangs’ 8-1 victory over Badger. Christian Mudrey added two doubles for Mathews (6-2). Liberty’s Trevor Strohmeyer struck out 13, and Liberty scored eight runs in the seventh inning to break open a tie ...

Hurdling along

AUSTINTOWN — With track and field season in full swing, teams are beginning to set their sights a few weeks ahead toward the league and district meets. Howland met up with Fitch and Canfield at Fitch High School Tuesday to get some preparations in. “I thought overall we did very well,” ...

Irish win Holy War

STRUTHERS — In what seemed like a marathon Tuesday afternoon at Bob Cene Park in Struthers, Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” probably would have been an appropriate song to add to the PA playlist between innings. That’s because there were a total of 14 total walks issued during the ...

McDonald rallies to beat league rival Springfield

McDONALD — It showed early on, that lack of experience. Just three players with varsity experience. Those early-game jitters were evident with just three players with varsity experience, but once the McDonald Blue Devils settled in, they never looked back Tuesday as they rode Logan ...

LaBrae wins; Brookfield’s Gibson takes pair of events

NORTH JACKSON — Although both the LaBrae boys and girls track teams came away with victories on Tuesday, athletes from host Jackson-Milton and the Brookfield Warriors also put on impressive performances. “Our leadership has been instrumental,” LaBrae coach Collin Dotson said. “Our ...

Fitch is flying

AUSTINTOWN — There was a near-constant drizzle during Fitch softball’s first All-American Conference contest of the season, but the Falcons provided an offensive downpour, scoring 17 runs in the third inning and taking down Howland, 22-3, for the team’s fifth win of the year. “I ...

Off to a quick start

EAST PALESTINE — After the 2020 spring sports season was canceled, a sense of normalcy is finally returning. Reid Memorial Stadium in East Palestine played host to over 20 schools for the William Ward Invitational on Saturday. Salem’s girls and McDonald’s boys walked out with the ...

Hubbard softball wins 2 at West Branch

BELOIT — Both the Hubbard and West Branch softball teams have multiple reasons to carry high hopes in the 2021 softball season. Saturday afternoon on the Warriors’ home field, the Eagles won two hard-fought, tournament-type battles, 5-2 and 6-5, in a doubleheader sweep. The two victories ...

Saturday highlights

BASEBALL Niles’ Kolton Christopher struck out eight and allowed just two hits in the Red Dragons’ 12-1, five-inning victory over Campbell. Zack Leonard added three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Newton Falls’ Holden Hanzel went for 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two doubles to ...

Offensive outburst

LIBERTY — By the end of Crestview’s 14-6 win over host Liberty in a high school softball game Friday, both sides were left more pleased than disappointed. Both coaches saw some promising play, but also recognized their teams must continue to improve. After beating the Leopards 21-0 ...

Harding explodes to rout Niles

NILES — It’s been a rough go for the Warren G. Harding Raiders softball team. Coming into Friday evening’s matchup with the Niles McKinley Red Dragons, they were winless and had just lost by 17 to the Lakeside Dragons the day before. Harding coach Meaghan Coe talked about her team being ...

Friday highlights

BASEBALL Mathews’ Christian Mudrey doubled twice and drove in three runs to keep the Mustangs undefeated with a 6-1 victory over Pymatuning Valley. Alex Nicholson struck out 13 and walked three for Mathews (5-0). SOFTBALL McDonald’s Bri Callow struck out 16 in a three-hit shutout of ...

Seizing opportunities

NORTH BLOOMFIELD — A couple errors were all Badger needed to rip open the floodgates, breaking a 0-0 tie in the fifth inning with five runs, en route to an 8-0 win over Bloomfield for the Braves. “We got a slow start,” Badger coach Bengie Bengala said. “I think we should have been ...

Hubbard drops dual with Boardman

BOARDMAN — The unknown of a sporting event is part of what makes the game so much fun for Hubbard coach Joe Zagorec. It’s also what makes them so frustrating at times. Boardman junior shortstop Jenna Olexa drove a pitch to left-center field during the bottom of the seventh inning with two ...

Callow tosses perfect game

SOFTBALL McDonald’s Bri Callow twirled a perfect game, striking out 17 as the Blue Devils beat Mineral Ridge, 7-0, in a Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference matchup. Lucia Wolford socked a homer for McDonald to power the offense. Mathews senior Ashley Deans had four hits including a home ...