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High School Sports

Two of a kind

BROOKFIELD — Brookfield and Liberty’s girls basketball teams have multiple things in common. Both are young, talented and each team looks to have a bright future over the next couple years. The teams met up for the second time this season, with the Warriors coming out on top again, 71-66, ...

Blue Jays pull away from feisty Ridge

NORTH JACKSON — The Jackson-Milton Blue Jays have a starting five consisting of one senior, two juniors, a sophomore and one freshman. They have taken their bumps against perennial league powers McDonald and Western Reserve, but they’ve also etched out a squad that is nine deep and ...

Frangos, Eagles edge Bulldogs

CORTLAND — Underclassmen lead the way for the Hubbard Eagles girls basketball team. In fact, the Eagles don’t have a senior on the roster. Hubbard’s youth movement didn’t stop the Eagles from taking care of business against the Lakeview Bulldogs 44-43 on Thursday. “I’m so happy ...

WGH, Champion girls win; Ursuline boys top Bengals

Girls basketball ¯ WARREN G. HARDING 36, NEWTON FALLS 34: NEWTON FALLS — A last-second layup from Diamond Phillips gave Harding the edge in a defensive showdown with Newton Falls. Phillips led the Raiders (9-0) with 20 points and had six steals. With 1:32 remaining on the clock, Phillips ...

Still undefeated

BOARDMAN — The Warren G. Harding Raiders have been red hot, despite missing the first month of their season. With wins over quality teams such as McDonald and Liberty, Harding has picked up early momentum, but it found itself in a battle Wednesday evening against a youthful Boardman team. ...

Howland boys hand Newton Falls 1st loss

¯ HOWLAND 56, NEWTON FALLS 42: HOWLAND — Howland handed the Tigers their first loss of the season with an impressive defensive effort. Howland (2-5) trailed, 14-11, after the first quarter, but the Tigers held Newton Falls to just 15 points total in the second and third quarters while ...

Lesson learned

WARREN — It took two additional periods to decide a winner, with neither team ceding ground, but as the dust finally settled, Fitch completed the comeback to beat Harding 72-67 on Tuesday night. “I thought we played well for three and a half quarters,” Raiders coach Keelyn Franklin ...

McDonald erupts for 91 in win over Liberty

¯ McDONALD 91, LIBERTY 74: LIBERTY — The visiting Blue Devils erupted for 28 points in each of the first two quarters and led 56-44 at halftime, as Miles Culp scored 31 points and Jake Portolese added 28 on the strength of six 3-pointers. Anthony Ragazzine added 13 points and Eli Street ...

Finding its footing

GIRARD — High school basketball games played at noon on a Monday aren’t exactly common, but when teams are fighting to get 22 games in, they’ll take any opportunity to hit the court that they can. Newton Falls and Girard met up Monday, with the Tigers coming out on top 53-30 in the ...

Brookfield nips Vikings; PV, Liberty cruise

Girls basketball ¯ BROOKFIELD 52, LaBRAE 49 (OT): BROOKFIELD — LaBrae tried to pull even with the Warriors in the standings, but Brookfield (7-1, 4-1) came out on top in overtime to take sole control of the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (Gray Tier). Brookfield outscored the Vikings ...

Falls fires away

NEWTON FALLS — Newton Falls closed out its first week of play, its fourth game since Monday, with a strong second-half performance to post an 82-60 win over Badger on Saturday night. The Braves took advantage of some sloppy Falls defense and fired off a 21-point second quarter to trail 36-33 ...

Seniors carry Raiders in final minutes of victory

WARREN — The Warren G. Harding girls basketball team displayed its experience Saturday when the Raiders were pushed by Canfield in the fourth quarter. Senior leaders Diamond Phillips and Faith Burch made the key plays during a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter that helped the Raiders defeat the ...

LaBrae, McDonald boys beat league opponents

¯ LaBRAE 63, BROOKFIELD 49: BROOKFIELD — The Vikings got off to a strong start and fought off a strong fourth quarter to beat Brookfield. LaBrae went up 17-7 after the first quarter and held off Brookfield outscoring the Vikings 18-9 in the final quarter. Leading for LaBrae was Landen ...

Getting off the zero

WARREN — After a tough stretch to start the season, the Warren G. Harding boys basketball team finally busted its slump, beating rival Howland, 62-53, on Friday night to get its first win of the season. “It feels good,” second-year Raiders coach Keelyn Franklin said about the first ...

Newton Falls downs LaBrae; Hubbard wins

¯ NEWTON FALLS 51, LaBRAE 46: LEAVITTSBURG — The Tigers used four putbacks in the third quarter to turn the tide against the host Vikings. Newton Falls outscored LaBrae 12-4 in the period to snap a 27-all halftime tie after the hosts had rallied from a 15-8 first-quarter deficit. Josh ...

Falcons fall to Boardman; Spartans’ coach at 100 wins

BOARDMAN — In celebration of coach Pat Birch’s 100th career victory, the Boardman High School basketball team dumped a water cooler on him in the locker room, but they didn’t do a great job of it. Birch, who wasn’t exactly mad about the players only getting his back wet, couldn’t ...

Back to winning

McDONALD — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause upheaval in our day-to-day lives, the McDonald girls basketball team has gotten back to what it does best. Winning basketball games. Sure, their season was delayed and they’ve been without their new coach, Tony Matisi, for four out of ...

Brookfield suffers first defeat of season

NEW WATERFORD — The Crestview Rebels were looking to snap a three-game losing streak. The Brookfield Warriors wanted to keep their streak going. The result was a low-scoring defensive battle with the Rebels knocking off the previously-unbeaten Warriors, 37-28, in a Mahoning Valley Athletic ...

Harding tops Liberty; Falls, Girard get wins

¯ HARDING 67, LIBERTY 52: — The Raiders utilized a strong 1-2 punch from Faith Burch and Kamarah Bender to pull away from the Leopards in the second half. Burch netted 23 points and Bender 21 to fuel Harding, which outscored Liberty 43-32 in the second half after leading 24-20 at ...

Mathews makes early lead stand up vs. Kennedy

VIENNA — It was a tale of two halves when the John F. Kennedy Eagles girls basketball team visited the Mathews Mustangs on Wednesday. The Mustangs jumped out to a big halftime lead before the Eagles battled back in the second half. In the end, Mathews prevailed, 47-41. It was also a ...