Wednesday’s highlights


Hubbard won an epic slugfest over Poland, 11-10, as the seventh-seeded Eagles upset the No. 2 Bulldogs in a Division II sectional bracket final. Hubbard (17-12) advanced to the district semifinal for the first time since 2010, with the Eagles playing Niles at 5 p.m. Monday at Cene Park. Hubbard led 4-0 before the Bulldogs rallied for a 5-4 lead in the third inning. The Eagles quickly responded with a five-run fourth, highlighted by Jimmy Palumbo’s three-run homer (one of three home runs in the game), to take 9-5 lead. It didn’t last long. Poland scored four times in the bottom of the fourth, thanks in part to a three-run shot by Jeremy Castro, to knot the game at 9. Hubbard took the lead for good in the fifth, scoring a run on a Lukas Mosora single. The Eagles added to the lead with a homer by Evan Jarvis in the sixth, and the insurance run was big because Poland pulled within 11-10. Mosora pitched the final 3 2/3 innings to earn the win, inducing a groundout by the Bulldogs’ No. 3 hitter with a man on first to end the game.

Badger’s Curtis Houser led a powerful Braves’ offense with three hits and four RBIs in a Division IV sectional first-round win over Chalker, 18-1. Houser doubled as well. Nick Centofanti added a double and four RBIs, and Jack Lendak had two hits and three RBIs. The Braves play at fourth-seeded Newbury at 5 p.m. today in a sectional bracket final.

Lakeview fell in a tight game in their Division II sectional bracket final against Geneva, ending their season with a 3-2 loss. Clay Lazarri and Austin Vogt scored for Lakeview in the loss.

LaBrae moves on to the Division III district tournament after taking down Newton Falls, 12-0, in their sectional bracket final mathup. Malakai Roberts picked up the win and had three hits. Connor Meyer and Phil Barnhart also had three hits with Colton Stoneman and Nate Ostas each getting two hits.

Andrew Russell threw 16 strikeouts in Champion’s’ 9-0 victory over Cardinal in their Division III sectional bracket final matchup. Russell finished the game with three hits with Aaron Ellsworth, Jack O’Shaunessy and Brandon Dykes adding two hits each.

Grand Valley won in a close match in their sectional bracket final against Garfield. Logan Newell threw eight strikeouts in the win. Gordon Seger recorded two hits for Grand Valley and Cam King recorded two for the G-Men.

Track & field

DIVISION I AUSTINTOWN DISTRICT: AUSTINTOWN — Howland sophomore Madison Sisler won the girls high jump with a height of 5 feet, 2 inches.

Local girls shot put throwers took the top three spots in Austintown Fitch’s Taylor Bailey (36-7.25), Boardman’s Emily Carnahan (36-2.5) and Howland’s Kayla Clark (35-11.5).

Boardman’s Ted Anzevino won the boys pole vault with 12 feet, while the Spartans’ 4×800-meter relay won (8:06.82) won as well.

The top four district finalists advance to next week’s regional in Austintown. Other area regional qualifiers were in the boys discus: Nikitas Missos (Boardman); boys long jump: Fitch’s Deondre McKeever and Harding’s Jamel Anderson; and Harding’s 4×800 relay.

DIVISION III SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT: NEW MIDDLETOWN — McDonald’s 4×800 relay and Zach Gray in the discus, both got the defending district champions a 27-15 lead over second-place Crestview.

McDonald’s girls are tied by Pymatuning Valley in second, two points behind East Palestine, and led by the 4×800 relay which ran 9:49.44.

The top four district finalists advance to next week’s regional at Massillon Perry High School.

Other local competitors to advance are Newton Falls’ Libby Barreca, Jackson-Milton’s Grace McDevitt and Liberty’s Alyssa Wilson in girls shot put. Mineral Ridge’ girls 4×800 and Pymatunating Valley’s Ashley Hall in the high jump both took fourth.

DIVISION III CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS DISTRICT: CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS — Badger’s Kiersten Tricker won her second straight girls high jump title with a height of 5-1. Her teammate Suzanne Shaffer was third (5-0) and Lordstown’s Ruley Cuckavich was fourth (4-10). Badger’s girls are tied for first place with Gilmour Academy with 21 points each.

The top four district finalists advance to next week’s regional at Massillon Perry High School.

Badger’s Scotlund Shaffer took third in the boys long jump..

Maplewood’s boys took second in the 4×800 relay, while Badger was fourth. Maplewood’s girls were third in the 4×800 relay.