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High School Sports

Western Reserve falls in final to E. Canton, 53-48

STRUTHERS — With both sides of the Struthers Fieldhouse packed most of the way up, both East Canton and Western Reserve played in an electric atmosphere Friday night. The seventh-seeded East Canton Hornets upset the fourth-seeded Western Reserve Blue Devils, 53-48. Quickly, Western Reserve ...

Player of Year nominations

Nominees for the Trumbull County Coaches Association Player of the Year award. The winners — one boy and one girl — will be named at the annual TCCA Player of the Year banquet March 26 at 7 p.m. at Leo’s Ristorante in Howland. Youngstown State coach Jerrod Calhoun will be the guest ...

Upsets continue

BOARDMAN — Struthers has been upset-minded all postseason and that proved true yet again. The Wildcats defeated Howland, 49-48, in a Division II Boardman District semifinal Thursday night. Struthers will make its first appearance in a district title game since it won in 2012. The Wildcats, ...

Garfield’s Kissell remains on pace for title at state

COLUMBUS — Dominant doesn’t really describe the victory for Garfield’s Logan Kissel. It was more humiliating. Kissell beat his opponent in the first round of the OHSAA individual wrestling state tournament, and he beat him 17-0 before the first period ended. Beating an opponent by 15 ...

Howland seniors win openers

COLUMBUS — They were beyond exhaustion at this point. If they were a car, Chris Julian and Brandon Matlock’s “low fuel” lights came on miles ago. No matter. There was a reserve tank. The Howland seniors both dug down deep to finish off close victories in the first round of the OHSAA ...

All-District selections announced

It wasn’t an easy start, rough to say the least, but Warren G. Harding’s boys basketball team made a run in the second half of the season. The Raiders ended the season with an 18-7 record, coming around from a blowout loss at Youngstown East in December. Today, WGH coach Andy Vlajkovich ...

Battle of the Bulldogs

BOARDMAN — Lakeview had its obstacles. There was top-seeded Poland. Then, Braeden O’Shaungnessy’s game-high 39 points. Lakeview overcame both as it held off Poland 56-53 and advanced to the Division II Boardman District Final on Saturday. “We’ve been wanting this forever,” ...

Warren G. Harding ends season against Garfield Hts.

SOLON — In a slow, defensive battle in a Division I Solon District semifinal, Garfield Heights defeated Warren G. Harding, 39-30. Harding (18-7) had its energy up and ready to go as the Raiders were up 7-2 with 3:48 left in the first quarter. Harding led Garfield Heights (18-5) after one, ...

Falls’ season ends in triple OT

CUYAHOGA FALLS — With a packed crowd on Newton Falls’ side every step of the way, the Tigers girls kept climbing back. At the end of the fourth quarter and the first two overtimes, Newton Falls was down, only to charge back and extend the game. Eventually, the Tigers’ luck ran out ...

Grappling with the Crawfords

CANFIELD — Couches, family vacations and unblemished walls don’t stand a chance with the Crawfords. Not for the last 10 to 12 years, at least. Three rambunctious boys have been finding different ways to damage the house, and change vacation sites, since they were old enough to put one ...

On to final

ORWELL — After a forgetful first quarter, Bristol put things together and beat Northeastern Athletic Conference foe Windham for the second time in three meetings, this time by a 65-51 score in a Division IV district semifinal game at Grand Valley High School. Windham (19-5) seemed to be ...

Champion drills Tigers in D3 semi

WARREN — It’s on to the Division III Warren District final for the Champion Golden Flashes boys basketball team. Newton Falls and Champion met for the third time this season Tuesday evening in a district semifinal at Warren G. Harding High School. After splitting the first two affairs, ...

N. Falls girls set for regional

After winning the Division III district championship at Ravenna High School on Saturday, the Newton Falls Tigers girls basketball team is ready for the challenge that lies ahead of it. The Tigers (18-7) face Elyria Catholic (20-5) in a regional semifinal tonight at 8 at Cuyahoga Falls High ...

Understand this: Fitch’s Sutton getting better

AUSTINTOWN — The slower things come to Austintown Fitch’s Gus Sutton, the faster he goes. In a sport where complex movements and imperative reactions occur in the blink of an eye, Sutton is beginning to see things more simplistically. “He’s really understanding the sport,” Fitch ...

Valley Christian beaten at buzzer

STRUTHERS — Valley Christian’s season came to a heartbreaking end after a layup by East Canton’s Anthony Baad beat the clock to give the Hornets a 52-50 victory in a Division IV district semifinal at Struthers Field House Tuesday night. Eagles senior Emmanuel Armour split a pair of ...

Local wrestlers ready for state tournament

The 81st annual Individual State Wrestling Tournament begins Thursday at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus. There are 19 area wrestlers (34 when including all of Mahoning and Columbiana counties) competing in the double-elimination tournament, which ...

Returning the favor

ORWELL — It was a long 12 months for the Cornerstone Christian basketball team, and Sunday was a long night for its coach. Seeing the John F. Kennedy Eagles on Monday in a Division IV district semifinal brought back haunting memories. It was JFK that knocked off the Patriots in last ...

LaBrae gains revenge in rout of G-Men

WARREN — After losing two straight years to Garfield in tournament play, LaBrae wasn’t going there again. The Vikings defeated Garfield, 76-24, in a Division III Warren District semifinal Tuesday night at Warren G. Harding High School. From the tip, LaBrae (23-1) got out to an 8-2 lead, ...

Western Reserve upsets McDonald

STRUTHERS — With six seconds left, Western Reserve senior Kade Hillis’ lay-up ended the Blue Devils’ 13-year losing drought to McDonald, winning, 54-52, in the Division IV Struthers District semifinals at the Struthers Field House Monday night. “It was the best feeling in my life,” ...

Second-half shutdown

TWINSBURG — Warren G. Harding’s defense again came to the rescue, especially in the second half, as the Raiders defeated Twinsburg, 47-42, Saturday night to advance to the Division I district semifinals. Harding (18-6) will face top-seeded Garfield Heights Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Solon ...