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High School Sports

Gatorade girl

Allison Smith still gets Dairy Queen every now and then after a long day’s work on the softball field. She’ll be adding more Gatorade to her diet now. The Champion High School softball star was named the Gatorade Ohio Softball Player of the Year last week. Smith, an Ohio State ...

Richards coaching back at alma mater Maplewood

Mike Richards stood there with the large M with blue, yellow and white colors on his outfit. His son, Caleb, finished his 3.1-mile trek around the challenging Boardman High School cross country course. All Caleb’s Maplewood High School team needed was the right places in order to finish ...

#FeedTheNest

AUSTINTOWN — T.J. Parker had his mask up over his beard. It’s not the look he envisioned when he took over the Austintown Fitch football program in December. Then again, who saw this coming? The former Falcons athlete was on social media with the constant hashtag #FeedTheNest. Offseason ...

OHSAA: Fall sports athletes all are eligible

The Ohio High School Athletic Association is making all students entering grades 7 through 12 academically eligible for the fall sports season, according to a release sent to schools Friday. The announcement came in a memo from OHSAA executive director Jerry Snodgrass that touched on a variety ...

‘Amazing’ Chieffo has bright future

WARREN — Alexa Chieffo sees the scope of the entire pitch in front of her, calling out to her teammates as the play develops. Formations are easier to spot in front of the pipes and netting of a the 24 feet-by-8 feet soccer goal. It’s what the John F. Kennedy High School senior girls ...

Playoffs expanded

Niles football coach Jim Parry saw his team finish 7-3 last fall, its best record since 2012 when the Red Dragons made the postseason. The Red Dragons finished 11th in the Division III, Region 9 final computer ratings. The top eight in each region, Divisions I-VII, advanced to the ...

Playoff changes

REGIONAL FIRST ROUND Oct. 29-30 ≤ Top 4 seeds get bye ≤ No. 5 vs. No. 12, 6 vs. 11, 7 vs. 10, 8 vs. 9 REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS Nov. 5-6 ≤ No. 1 vs. 8-9 winner, No. 4 vs. 5-12 winner; ≤ No. 2 vs. 7-10 winner, No. 3 vs. 6-11 winner REGIONAL SEMIFINALS Nov. 12-13 ≤ ...

Ericson enjoys fond farewell

BOARDMAN — There were more than a dozen cars gathered in an empty Boardman Library parking lot. Signs, balloons and gifts. The Ursuline High School softball team gathered together and left as a caravan south of Boardman High School toward Emma Ericson’s house. Ericson was the ...

Voitus ready to wreck it for Penguins

POLAND — Mike Voitus said he made the decision to go to Youngstown State University to play football for a couple reasons, but one of the biggest was he liked first-year YSU coach Doug Phillips. “His approach to the game is similar to mine,” Voitus said of Phillips. The Penguins coach ...

Devils hire 2 new coaches

James Franceschelli considered himself lucky to be where he was the last couple of years. The 2003 Struthers High School graduate spent his four-year basketball career playing for former Wildcat coach Joe Fuline, who mentored many teenagers on the court. Franceschelli never forgot those ...

TCCA to present awards

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with the sports world, including the cancellation of an event that many took forward to each year, the Trumbull County Coaches Association boys and girls basketball Player of the Year banquet. The event was scheduled for March 22. Since the voting had ...

2020 Trumbull Player of the Year nominees

The Trumbull County Coaches Association’s basketball Player of the Year nominees: School Girl Boy Badger Lauryn Hamilton Logan Lendak Bristol Brook Songer Matt Church Brookfield Rebecca Litz Conner Stevens Chalker ...

Teams stay in touch throughout pandemic

John F. Kennedy High School boys basketball coach Mark Komlanc constantly provides information to his team through his social media accounts. The Eagles are coming off a Division IV regional semifinal appearance. They’ve made regionals two of the last four seasons. He would like to be ...

OHSAA moves girls tourney to Dayton

COLUMBUS — The University of Dayton Arena will host the Ohio High School Athletic Association girls basketball state tournament for the next three years, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass announced Tuesday. Having hosted 125 NCAA basketball tournament games, UD Arena has been the home ...

Malito had high hopes in track

Girard High School track and field coach Kevin Hetrick knew the expectations for Nick Malito coming into this track and field season. Malito, a Girard High School senior, finished eighth in last year’s Division II 100-meter dash at the state track and field meet. He was the defending ...

Powerful Panthers

Editor’s note: Despite the fact the high school spring sports season in Ohio was canceled before it got started, the Vindicator and Tribune Chronicle will continue to profile area teams and athletes. Readers can approach the stories with the attitude of “What might have ...

Former Austintown Fitch AD remembered

The high school athletic director position is not an easy one. Critics see only the things that go wrong and aren’t aware of much of the behind-the-scenes work that is necessary in the position. Obviously, scheduling, equipment procurement, ticket sales, scheduling gym/practice times, ...

A chance not taken

NILES — Those interesting years spent coaching little league baseball were finally about to be pay off for Niles High School coach Mike Guarnieri. It was back then that Guarnieri first utilized a “bullpen” game, in which several relief pitchers combine to pitch the entire game. The ...

Bristol was reloading

Editor’s note: Despite the fact the high school spring sports season in Ohio has been canceled before it got started, the Vindicator and Tribune Chronicle will continue to profile area teams and athletes. Readers can approach the stories with the attitude of “What might have ...

Basketball with a bite

D’Muntize Owens, a 6-foot Warren G. Harding senior guard, is usually called Munch. His boys basketball coach, Keelyn Franklin, was unsure of the nickname’s origin. Why not go right to the source, Owens, who averaged 16 points per game for the Raiders this past season. He was named ...