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High School Sports

JFK names baseball coach

James Ciambotti is the new varsity baseball coach at Kennedy High School. A Cardinal Mooney graduate, Ciambotti played at Youngstown State and has been an assistant coach at several local high school programs. Ciambotti also has coached competitive summer travel baseball as well as in the ...

OHSAA says let’s get started

WARREN — The Ohio High School Athletic Association is moving forward today with its plans to begin fall sports. The governing body for high school sports reassured its members that teams in girls tennis, girls and boys golf, field hockey, girls and boys soccer, cross country, volleyball and ...

Hitting and hoping

YOUNGSTOWN — Nagging doubts are in the minds of high school fall sports coaches and athletes. It’s hard to shake those depressing feelings. Even the masks, social distancing and precautions can’t hide the trepidation. Will there be fall sports? Lanna Dellick took the yellow tennis ball ...

OHSAA suspends scrimmages for contact sports

The Ohio High School Athletic Association sent a memo to member schools Tuesday night informing them that school vs. school scrimmages have been suspended for contact sports until further notice. The announcement, which came around 9 p.m. Tuesday, suspends scrimmages for football, soccer, ...

Fecko out, Pelini in at Mooney

YOUNGSTOWN — Longtime Cardinal Mooney High School football coach P.J. Fecko was let go by the school on Monday, according to a press release. Fecko, who led the Cardinals to four state titles, will be replaced by Carl Pelini, a Mooney graduate who has head coaching experience at the high ...

How does sport of cross country stay on course?

Mark Lipinsky is the chief executive officer and race director of the Youngstown Marathon, and he coordinated the Freedom 4-miler which was run at the Canfield Fairgrounds on July 4 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Runners were required to remain in their car until 15 minutes before ...

Organizations work together

The Ohio High School Athletic Association released “Return to Play Guidelines” earlier this week for all seven fall sports. The guidelines were in conjunction with many of the rule modifications set forth by the National Federation of State High School Associations. One of the main ...

PV teams won’t leave county

Pymatuning Valley athletic teams will play only Ashtabula County opponents for the 2020-21 school year, according to a published report. Superintendent Christopher Edison confirmed the plan this week to the Ashtabula Star-Beacon. “I notified the NAC (Northeastern Athletic Conference) to let ...

They want a season

Football. A game played with 11 people per side. Helmets collide into padding that pops. The sound echos off the metal bleachers, into the earshot of players, coaches and fans. Friday nights in the Mahoning Valley. They are the sounds Chaney High School football coach Chris Amill wants to ...

OHSFCA considerations

The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association had a committee of coaches selected by president Tom Pavlansky, research from medical professionals, the guidelines for a Responsible Restart of Ohio by Gov. Mike DeWine’s task force. Here are the considerations by the OHSFCA: Before, ...

Program goal is bridge between players

CANTON — The rain finally stopped over the Pro Football Hall of Fame as Cleveland Heights assistant football coach Kahari Hicks started to greet other coaches and see players in different-colored jerseys start to gather. The second Build The Bridge gathering happened Tuesday morning with a ...

Ready for takeoff

WARREN — Jesse Likens never really envisioned himself going into the Air Force after high school. He didn’t have anything against the military, but the thought just never really crossed his mind. It certainly crossed the mind of John F. Kennedy coach Dom Prologo. “I thought early on ...

Exciting times in McDonald

Lou Domitrovich was hesitant. He’s heard talk before about a new athletic facility since the early 1980s when his older brother Bart played football at McDonald High School. There was a cinder track in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and beyond. That has changed in 2020 with an all-weather ...

Wolke back as coach at Chalker

SOUTHINGTON — The Chalker High School football program was rudderless with no coach heading into July to replace former coach Tom Conrad. Athletic Director Craig Lefkowitz and his assistant, Jim Wolke, didn’t know what to do. A couple of prospective coaches were offered the job, but no ...

OHSAA sheds light on seasons

WARREN — As of Tuesday afternoon, it had been 125 days since the last Ohio High School Athletic Association sanctioned sport was played — boys basketball regional games on March 11. On July 14, the OHSAA interim commissioner Bob Goldring, who has been on the job for about a week after ...

Complications of moving football to springtime

Football to the spring. It’s flown off of people’s lips and on their social media accounts. With the COVID-19 pandemic, people are getting nervous about increased positive test results. Talking about moving a staple of the fall — high school football — to the spring isn’t as easy ...

Right place, right time: Zekkour takes over at JFK

Sean Zekkour played with a successful Maplewood High School boys basketball team, graduating in 2009. Coaching became his calling with assistant coaching stints at Sharon (Pa.), Mathews and Howland High Schools for boys basketball. That was supposed to be his path, eventually being the head ...

Passing on the idea

The Ohio Department of Health issued an executive order earlier this week allowing for contact and non-contact competition to resume for sports on a short-term basis, but the impact seems somewhat minimal in the Mahoning Valley. The announcement, which came during Gov. Mike DeWine’s news ...

Area administrators miffed by OHSAA move

Jerry Snodgrass had a presence as the Ohio High School Athletic Association commissioner, through his social media accounts and in person. He was admired by most athletic directors and administrators for his tireless work. That came to an abrupt end Monday night as the OHSAA Board of ...