High School Sports

Slam dunk

POLAND — Jared Southern loves basketball. The Hubbard High School junior loves the swishing sound the ball makes going through the hoop. The accomplishment is like no other. He brings that same passion when he competing in the high jump. The two-time Trumbull County Champion shares his ...

Monday’s highlights

AAC WHITE TIER TRACK & FIELD MEET Lakeview’s Jatise Garrison won the 110- and 300-meter hurdles, along with the long jump. Garrison was part of the winning 4x100 relay. Niles’ Kyndia Matlock won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and anchored the winning 4x100 and 4x200 relays in the girls ...

It’s more than the numbers in track

Track and field means features, stories of different athletes and how they’ve overcome struggles on and off the track. Inherently, it’s about numbers, boring old numbers. These athletes don’t see these statistics as cumbersome. A scoreboard flashing those seconds, minutes, feet and ...

Newton Falls softball reloads in 2017

This season was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Newton Falls softball team, as it lost seven starters, including star pitcher Jenna Ballas. However, 2017 has become more of a reloading year for sixth-year coach Bill Pelyak and his Tigers, as the team has won 12 of its last 14 games, ...

Tourney games get started this week

High school spring sports athletes and teams begin their postseason trek this week and several teams in Trumbull County appear to have legitimate shots at the regional tournament and from there, the state final four. In baseball this week, sectional tournament games are scheduled Monday and ...

Flashes have pleasant pitching ‘problem’

Undefeated and ranked second in Ohio in Division III softball, according to a statewide coaches poll, Champion is experiencing a problem. However, before anyone jumps to conclusions, they should know that it’s a problem any team would love to have. Despite having the reigning All-American ...

Underclassmen make their mark in tennis seedings

Ursuline freshman Greg Morgione, along with the sophomore doubles team of Austin Arfaras and Luke Tsudis, all were named top seeds at this week’s Division II Boardman Sectional boys tennis tournament. Arfaras and Tsudis were state qualifiers last season. Lakeview freshman Jake McDivitt, ...

Fitch boys overcome Wadsworth in Optimist

AUSTINTOWN — Austintown Fitch wasn’t going to let Wadsworth get the best of the Falcons this year. Fitch dominated a cold, rainy field at Saturday’s Optimist Meet, beating the second-place Grizzlies, 100 to 80. The Falcons took second last season. Fitch started with 18 points from the ...

Up-and-down ’Dogs thinking big

Defending Division II Alliance District softball champion Lakeview will look to defend its crown as a No. 2 seed in this year’s tournament. However, the Bulldogs have experienced an “up and down” season to this point, according to veteran coach Vicki Lawrence. “We’re doing some ...

Focused Batcho eyes MLB

CHAMPION — As each pitch sailed out of the strike zone, Drake Batcho kept calm. Ball four, ball eight, ball 12 ... ball 16! It was like something out of the movie “Major League” except Batcho didn’t end up hitting a batter and then try fighting him (ala the fictional character, Rick ...

Leader of the pack

CORTLAND — George Beatty-Marsh apologized for not being attentive. The Howland senior had no reason to be sorry. He exuded himself on the track despite being woozy and fighting flu-like symptoms, taking fifth in the 100-meter dash, anchoring the 4x200 relay (the Tigers barely took second to ...

Ready for a run

Mathews softball is used to being one of the perennial powers in the area — if not in Division IV, in general. Last year, however, the No. 1 seed in the Division IV Warren District was shocked by a district semifinal loss to No. 6-seeded Maplewood, 5-1. The Northeastern Athletic ...

Several step up at county meet

Kenny Wallace pumped his arms and had his muscles bulging out when he finished the 3,200-meter run. The Mathews senior let out a series of yells as he finished second. “That’s the most excited I’ll be to get second place,” said Wallace, who won this year’s Trumbull County Track and ...

Trumbull County’s best ever passes on knowledge as coach

CORTLAND — Cachet Murray didn’t like her situation. Her surroundings enveloped her, closing in like a vice grip. Hamstring injuries plagued her. The 2005 Girard High School graduate had 10 Division II track and field state titles to her name — she was one of the most decorated ...

McDonald softball counts on offense

McDonald softball coach Tom Senich said before the season that his team has more success when it is able to score at least five runs per game. Through 13 games this year (as of Monday), it is mission accomplished. “It really has surprised me,” Senich said of his offense, which is ...

Fighting off cold & wind

CORTLAND — Riley Brown felt the cold whip across her body as she stood on the soft, black runway at Lakeview High School. The Warren G. Harding athlete focused on nothing besides the wooden launching board and the sandy landing pit. The brisk wind forced her to keep a yellow sweatshirt on ...

Trumbull County Meet notebook

TEAM SCORES: Howland’s boys and girls enter Thursday’s final day of the Trumbull County meet on top of the standings. Howland’s boys are the defending champion and tied with Maplewood after Tuesday’s competition with 29 points each. The Tigers are going after their third county title, ...

Older, wiser Eagles ready to take next step as top seed

When it comes to postseason play, there’s nothing like experience. Hubbard’s softball team should know that all too well, as veteran coach Ken Miller’s Eagles have several upperclassmen, led by five seniors as they begin tournament play next week. “These kids have all started at least ...

WR gets first win vs J-M

STRUTHERS — Ed Anthony kept his pre-game speech short and sweet prior to Western Reserve’s biggest game of the year, a conference showdown with Jackson-Milton. The Blue Jays came in undefeated in the Inter Tri-County League’s Blue Tier, and the Blue Devils were 7-1, needing to win both ...

Kish heading back home

Champion boys basketball will have a new face roaming the sidelines next winter, but to those in the community, the “new” face is all too familiar. Flashes basketball legend and 2000 graduate Nathan Kish will be Champion’s head man, taking over for Jamie Carrino, who coached the team for ...