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High School Sports

The mission continues

MASSILLON — From the opening tip, it seemed everything was going McDonald’s way. Two of the Mahoning Valley’s perennial girls basketball powers faced off on the regional stage Thursday at Perry High School. McDonald was on a mission, however, and they advance to the Division IV ...

Garfield has six wrestlers headed to district

Garfield wrestling coach Dan Andel has been around the sport for about three decades, and he has guided this current group of wrestlers since they were old enough to step foot on the mat. He helped perfect several areas of their technique during that time, but one thing Andel didn’t do was ...

A great season

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Garfield girls basketball team last reached the regional level of tournament in 2017, so none of the girls on this year’s team had enjoyed the experience previously. Although that most recent experience ended abruptly with a 65-46 loss to the Waynedale Golden Bears on ...

Familiar foes in battle of Blue Devils

For the third consecutive season, the girls basketball programs at McDonald and Western Reserve will compete in the postseason. The conference rivals, who share the Blue Devils nickname, will compete for the ninth time in three seasons tonight at 8 in a Division IV regional semifinal at ...

Pymatuning Valley boys to district final

PYMATUNING VALLEY 41, SOUTH RANGE 40: ANDOVER — Pymatuning Valley made a 36-30 lead through three quarters hold up and advances to a Division III district title game. The Lakers will play at Springfield on Friday night with a berth at the regional on the line. PV trailed by one at halftime ...

Poised Panthers

BRISTOLVILLE — Lowellville’s Anthony Lucente pounded his chest and let out a roar as the Rockets came back up court after forcing a Bristol turnover in a Division IV District semifinal. In a game of runs, Lowellville was enjoying its biggest of the game, cutting what was a 13-point ...

Top-seeded McDonald survives OT upset bid

McDONALD — Right before the biggest shot of the season for the McDonald Blue Devils, coach Jimmy Franceschelli drew up a play with 4.7 seconds left in overtime and told senior guard Eli Street he’s going to make it. The situation was that the Blue Devils trailed the Valley Christian ...

Newton Falls ousted by Waterloo in semi

NEWTON FALLS — The Newton Falls boys basketball team just needed a little more time in their Division III District semifinal with Waterloo on Tuesday. After trailing for most of the contest, the Tigers had a chance to send it to overtime but fell just short, 54-51. “It was just an ...

LaBrae exits as Mooney star hits milestone

YOUNGSTOWN — Top of the 3-point arc with 5:04 left in the contest. Cardinal Mooney senior Mike Pelini takes the ball, and fires it as he did all Tuesday evening. Nothing but net. It’s money, and also his 1,000th career point. Needing 35 points going into a district semifinal at home ...

Balanced scoring leads JFK; Mathews wins

¯ KENNEDY 60, JACKSON-MILTON 44: WARREN — Cam Hollobaugh led the Eagles with 13 points in a district semifinal victory over Jackson-Milton. Hollobaugh was aided by Gabe Green, who scored 12 points and both Michael Condoleon and TJ Harden who each had 11 points. Mason Robison scored 20 ...

Garfield, Mills find way back to regional

While not as rocky a road as other teams have traveled, the Garfield girls basketball program has battled injuries and shutdowns on the way to its second regional apperance in the last five seasons. Wednesday, the G-Men take on Apple Creek Waynedale, in a Division III regional ...

Eagles feel at home on the road

Nothing has been normal about the last year. In an effort to get back to some sense of normalcy, sports resumed with new safety measures. For the most part, things have worked out in the Mahoning Valley. John F. Kennedy High School athletics got back to action in the fall, and the football ...

Final familiarity

GARRETTSVILLE — The Champion and Garfield girls basketball programs have developed a rivalry over the last five seasons. The teams have met multiple times during that span and have faced off for a district title three times. With both teams delivering blows back and forth throughout ...

Young Warriors stopped by South Range

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The Brookfield Warriors girls basketball team has a lot to be proud of this year. Their season may have ended with a 41-30 loss to top-seeded South Range Saturday afternoon, but they definitely didn’t go quietly. The third-seeded Warriors, who were co-champions of the ...

Lakeview boys finish 5th at state

COLUMBUS — Lakeview’s boys bowling team placed fifth on Saturday at the Division II state tournament after running into eventual state champion, Mechanicsburg in the quarterfinal round of the head-to-head elimination finals. The Bulldogs placed fourth in the qualifying rounds, bowling a ...

Locals star in girls wrestling

Three area wrestlers placed at the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association’s Girls State Tournament last weekend. Hubbard wrestler Kylie Bentley continued a record-setting career for the Eagles. The senior placed fourth for the second straight year at the state tournament. ...

Wrestler makes name for himself

AUSTINTOWN — Boardman senior Jake Powell has been wrestling since he was in third grade, but for most of the last 10 years, he hasn’t really been known as Jake. The son of two wrestling legends, Powell was often referred to as “Justin’s younger brother” or “Kevin Powell’s kid” ...

Sectional wrestling roundup

Howland has 4 move on BELOIT — Howland placed fifth at the Division II West Branch Sectional and qualified four wrestlers for next week’s district tournament. Rian Spangler (132), Brayden Gibson (220) and Gage Gibson (285) all placed second, while Carter Mock was third at ...

Close comeback

GARRETTSVILLE — With a comfortable 13-point lead at halftime, it appeared South Range was going to cruise to an easy Division III sectional bracket final win over Garfield. That lead didn’t last however, as the G-Men continued to eat away at South Range’s advantage, but the Raiders ...

Mathews upsets Lions

COLUMBIANA — The Mathews Mustangs had plenty of reasons to be motivated in their sectional bracket final on Friday night. Their low seeding and a loss to Heartland Christian just two weeks ago helped power them to a hard-fought 67-63 overtime win. The Mustangs improved to 14-6 on the ...