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High School Sports

Winter sports preview capsules

Editor’s note: More winter sports preview capsules will appear in future editions of the Vindicator and Tribune Chronicle. Coaches should send information to sports@tribtoday.com or fax it to 330-841-1717. Wrestling Howland ¯ COACH: Matthew Zakrajsek (7th year, 26-58) ¯ LAST YEAR: ...

Starting off right

BROOKFIELD — Last season, Brookfield went 9-14 and started off the season sluggish before winning five out of its last seven contests. The Warriors earned upsets over the sixth and third seeds in the district tournament before bowing out to Cornerstone Christian in the Division IV Orwell ...

Garfield gets past LaBrae

GARFIELD 51, LaBRAE 49: LEAVITTSBURG — A 23-point third quarter by Garfield propelled them past LaBrae to get their first win of the season. The Vikings had a 33-21 lead at halftime, but the G-Men outscored LaBrae 23-9 in the third quarter to push ahead. Jenna Smith and Grace Mills each ...

Tigers lose heartbreaker on final play

MASSILLON — The 2020 season deserved such an ending. The Springfield Tigers probably didn’t. The Division VI state finals seemed destined to be won by the team that had possession of the ball last. That team was Coldwater as a last-second field goal sealed the deal and handed the ...

Garfield drops opener on road

BELOIT — The lights are back on, the scoreboards show signs of life, and a limited number of spectators seat themselves within the confines of the West Branch Fieldhouse. Believe it or not, basketball is back, and on Saturday, Garfield traveled to Mahoning County to face state Final Four ...

Brungards spark Springfield on field and sideline

NEW MIDDLETOWN — Mark Brungard was certain he wanted to coach his kids when the opportunity presented itself. He just wasn’t sure if his kids wanted him to be their coach. Brungard was the head coach at Poland back in 2015, helping build the Bulldogs into one of the area’s premier ...

Say it ain’t so

MASSILLON — The words were hard for John F. Kennedy football coach Dom Prologo to say. He hasn’t had to say them at any point during the Eagles’ postseason run to the Division VII state championship. This time was different. This time it hurt. “The moment got a little big for us,” ...

LaBrae opens season with win over Rams

MINERAL RIDGE — The LaBrae girls basketball team kicked off the 2020-21 season right, overcoming a slow start to take down Mineral Ridge, 52-29, in a season-opening win. The teams were playing even for most of the first half, but as the Rams began to tire out, LaBrae took over, going on a ...

OHSAA to schools: Winter sports season is a go

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association has reaffirmed its position that it does not intend to alter the previously announced statewide winter season dates, though it did acknowledge that individual school districts can pause sports at any time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Eagles are all lined up

WARREN — There wasn’t one second of hesitation from John F. Kennedy lineman Eddie Kiernan. The two-way starter was responding to a question asking who the other starters were up front for the Eagles, who play New Bremen at 1:15 p.m. today for the Division VII state championship at ...

Football championship games moved to Massillon

The two Mahoning Valley high school football teams — Springfield and Kennedy — playing in state championship games this weekend won’t have as far to go, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association. A new health advisory issued on Wednesday by the Franklin County Department of ...

2019 runner-up, Springfield wants title

NEW MIDDLETOWN — It was snowing Tuesday during the conditioning portion of Springfield High School’s football practice. Some teams might be annoyed to have to practice in the frigid temperatures. Not the Tigers. “Our kids were so energetic today,” Springfield coach Sean Guerriero ...

Football title games moved to Massillon

The two Mahoning Valley high school football teams — Springfield and Kennedy — playing in state championship games this weekend won't have as far to go, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association. A new health advisory issued on Wednesday by the Franklin County Department of ...

Times changed for finals

COLUMBUS — In order to assist with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s 10 p.m. statewide curfew order, the Ohio High School Athletic Association has adjusted the game times for the football state championship games this weekend at Fortress Obetz in Columbus. The games will now kickoff at 1:15 p.m. ...

QB battle

WARREN — It’s obvious that John F. Kennedy coach Dom Prologo is a college football fan, as he often compares his Eagles, and their opponents, to famous NCAA players. So, as JFK prepares to face New Bremen in the Division VII state championship at 2 p.m. Friday at Fortress Obetz, Prologo ...

Kennedy, Springfield add to area’s history

When the playoffs were introduced to Ohio high school football in 1972, the Mahoning Valley’s presence was immediate. Warren Western Reserve won the first-ever Class AAA title in ’72 with a 37-6 win over Cincinnati Princeton. Reserve returned to the title game the following year, only to ...

Dominating display

COLUMBUS — The Howland boys soccer team had been waiting a year for this moment. Getting the opportunity for revenge against Tipp City Tippecanoe, the team that beat the Tigers in last year’s state final, Howland dished it out on Saturday with a 5-0 win in the Division II state title ...

Mooney’s quest ends in 4-1 loss

COLUMBUS — A rush of goals early in the second half proved to be the difference as Cardinal Mooney fell, 4-1, to Cincinnati Mariemont in the Division III boys soccer state championship game on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium. “I’m extremely proud of this group,” second-year Cardinals coach ...

Where they want to be

MASSILLON — The Kennedy football team is right where it expected to be, believe it or not. Through a coaching change. Through a pandemic. Through one of the wildest years in centuries … the Eagles found a way to reach the Division VII football state championship game. It took every ...

It’s all about revenge for Tigers

Revenge. It’s been on the mind of everyone involved in Howland’s boys soccer program for a year now after a 1-0 loss to Tipp City Tippecanoe in the Division II state final last season. The Tigers have a chance to rectify that this afternoon as Howland gets another shot at Tipp City in ...