High School Sports

Wrestling for girls is overdue in Ohio

The thought certainly doesn’t evoke much excitement for parents. Watching their daughter or son run onto a wrestling mat to face what is often a bigger, more built wrestler can be a tough sight to endure. Furthermore, watching them being twisted, lifted in the air, slammed and pinned would ...

Feeling at home

GIRARD — When Girard Indians football coach Pat Pearson was asked to describe wide receiver and University of Toledo commit Nick Malito, “unselfish superstar” are the two words he used. “He does everything right in the classroom and on the field,” Pearson said. “He definitely ...

OHSWCA to sponsor state girls wrestling

Former Canfield High School wrestling coach Dean Conley has been involved in wrestling for nearly 40 years, and the former Ohio high school coach of the year can spend hours explaining the benefits he has taken from the sport. Now the president of the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches ...

Busy Drapola came back to softball as her favorite sport

Bailey Drapola felt a twinge in her back as she exited the floor one night late in February. Her Brookfield High School girls basketball team had just been eliminated by Western Reserve in a Division IV district semifinal. Drapola, a 5-foot-10 forward, had strained back muscles on her right ...

Stephens blossomed from ‘short, stubby, fat and slow’

WARREN — It was always easy to spot Tyler Stephens as a kid playing sports. The soon-to-be Division I college tight end wasn’t dunking at the age of 13 or catching touchdowns overtop defenders in junior high. Not even close. Husky and clumsy, the recent LaBrae High School graduate was ...

No rest for the weary

YOUNGSTOWN — Coach Ryan Fitch sees his team’s current makeup, mostly sophomores and some juniors. This is a Lakeview boys basketball program that was right around 20 wins each of the last two seasons, including a district championship in 2017. But Lakeview graduated six seniors, an ...

Dominant defenses

NILES — The 35th annual Jack Arvin Classic started off with a somber feeling. The late head coach and molder of men Phil Annarella was honored with a moment of silence before the game. It’s fair to say coach Annarella would be very proud of a close game that took place between the best ...

Local teams assigned regions

As the Mahoning Valley seemingly morphs into an area with more small schools than large, that trend is reflected — perhaps not purposely — in the football region assignments released Thursday by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. (See list on Page C4) The 2019 season will be the ...

Regional assignments for area schools

Division II, Region 5 COUNTIES: Trumbull, Mahoning, Portage, Ashtabula, Lake, Summit, Stark, Cuyahoga SCHOOLS: Warren G. Harding, Austintown Fitch, Boardman, Kent Roosevelt, Twinsburg, Ashtabula Lakeside, Madison, Painesville Riverside, Eastlake North, Willoughby South, Alliance, Hudson, ...

Remembering Annarella’s part in Warren merger

WARREN — In a story that seemed to be ripped straight from a movie, two rival high schools were brought together as one and defied the odds to achieve the ultimate goal — to win a state title. Both Warren G. Harding and Western Reserve had historic programs, so the task of uniting the two ...

Trowers, Celli ready to be new teammates

McDONALD — Area players have been drawn to Youngstown State University’s program in recent years. It reminds one of the heyday when YSU President and former coach Jim Tressel recruited “The State of Youngstown,” a 100-mile radius around the Mahoning County city. Area players Josh ...

Warren trio going to Lake Erie College

It’s no secret that the city of Warren is a historic hotbed for football talent. The city and the rest of Trumbull County have produced many college players in recent years. The 2019 class is no exception, but with an interesting twist, as three players from Warren will be going to the ...

MVCA Jack Arvin Classic

7 p.m., Thursday, Bo Rein Stadium Trumbull County Team Jarrett Likens Kennedy 5-11 180 Jeremy Wilson Harding 6-1 175 Marco Donatelli Girard 6-3 220 Gabe Canter Mathews 5-10 175 Dakota Whitt Lakeview 5-11 185 Jakari Salter Harding 6-3 200 Troy Jackubec Harding 6-2 175 Preston ...

Last time around

YOUNGSTOWN — Conchetta Rinaldi shined in her last appearance as a Cardinal, knocking in five runs and helping her team win 9-0 in the first matchup of the Bill Sferra Softball Classic Tuesday at the Youngstown State University softball complex. Rinaldi was thrilled to have one last game ...

Humble Weaver joins stars

While Bristol’s staff is coaching the Trumbull County squad in this year’s Bill Sferra All-Star Softball Classic, they’ll be joined by a legend in the coaching ranks, Champion coach Cheryl Weaver. The Bristol staff and Weaver will be coaching the group of Trumbull County All-Stars. ...

Schuller gets 2nd chance

When a kid’s high school life has revolved around sports, playing in their last game can be an emotional experience. Having one’s final few games as a senior spoiled by an injury can make them wish for another chance to suit up, even if it’s just one last time. Harding’s four-sport ...

Champion duo together for 1 more game

CHAMPION — As the sixth day of practice for the 35th annual Jack Arvin Classic began at Champion High School, an easy going feeling was in the air. A heavy dose of rain ran through the Mahoning Valley Monday’s, which led to a mild practice as Champion and Trumbull coach Tim McGlynn ...

Switzer heading home

Kendyl Switzer, for the past four years, has helped the Bristol Panthers succeed in three sports — volleyball, basketball and softball. Tuesday, she has her final chance to represent Bristol High School in the Bill Sferra All-Star Classic at the Youngstown State University softball ...

Trumbull’s walk-off winner

NILES — It may have been an all-star game, but the players must not have received the memo. Girard’s Austin Claussell hit a double to right-center field and Hubbard’s Jamie Thomson was waved home and scored the walk-off winner in Friday’s High School Valley All-Star Classic, ...

Donatelli has one last hurrah with Girard

HUBBARD — For many Youngstown-Warren area high school football players, the privilege of representing and playing for their community has come to an end. Many of those players also have the privilege of earning an opportunity of playing football at the next level, and that is the case for ...