High School Sports

Maplewood’s Crouch has special reason to run

MASSILLON — Charlotte Crouch crossed the line behind two of the best distance runners in the state — St. Thomas Aquinas sisters Kalee and Kacee Soehnlen — in the Division III regional track and field meet last week at Massillon Perry. Crouch, a Maplewood junior, kept up with the ...

Rockets hope to soar at state

MASSILLON — Mark Yoder assessed the situation after Friday’s Division III Massillon Perry Meet. He saw the time of 3:24.52, a new school record in the boys 4x400-meter relay — smashing the old mark. “That was the end of a pretty good day for us,” said Yoder, the Maplewood boys ...

Weymer excited to lead Mathews

The Mathews School District approved the hiring of Mike Weymer as the school’s varsity boys basketball head coach last week. Weymer, a 2001 Mathews graduate, spent the last three years as an assistant coach under Mark Mollohan and was the team’s junior varsity coach. “It’s ...

Wacky win in Game 1

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins rarely tested the hottest goaltender in the playoffs in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Nashville. They beat Pekka Rinne anyway. Rookie Jake Guentzel fired the puck past Rinne with 3:17 left in regulation to put the Penguins ahead to stay in a ...

Champion’s Megan and Michael Turner have success because of their …

CHAMPION — After being drafted out of high school by the New York Yankees in 1989, Brian Turner spent quite a bit of time in the minor leagues, which is understandable considering he was 17-years-old when he was chosen in the 40th round. The Grand Valley High School graduate was in the minor ...

Flashes zip Chips behind Russell

MASSILLON — In speaking of the moments just prior to the final out, Champion hurler Andrew Russell said he was just trying to stay calm and live in the moment. He may as well have been talking about the Golden Flashes’ entire day following a 2-0 victory over Doylestown Chippewa in the ...

Veteran softball Flashes return to state tournament

MASSILLON — The Champion softball team has played its entire campaign with a burning hunger. The Golden Flashes found a way to satiate the beast — temporarily, anyway — with a 4-0 victory over Massillon Tuslaw Saturday in a Division III regional championship game at Washington High ...

NF’s Barreca unleashes regional winning toss

AUSTINTOWN — Kayla Barreca let the tears flow following Saturday’s girls discus. She just saw her younger sister, Libby, a freshman, come up short and finish sixth. The Newton Falls thrower took her pent up emotions into her third throw of finals during the Division II regional track and ...

Mathews falters in final inning

KENT — One strike. That’s how close the Mathews Mustangs were to advancing to the state tournament on Saturday afternoon, but it was not meant to be. Liz Yirga of Lucas hit a walk-off single to left field to give the Cubs a 5-4 victory over Mathews in a Division IV regional softball final ...

Niles soph Matlock to Columbus

AUSTINTOWN — All Niles sophomore sprinter Kyndia Matlock had to do was look at the video board on the north end of Austintown Fitch’s football field. The time of 12.32 seconds was next to Matlock’s name. It was the same number next to Streetsboro’s Savannah Nevels. In the end, all ...

Home sweet home

KENT — Mathews softball coach Jim Nicula said earlier in the week that Kent was like a second home to his Mustangs. Between the rabid Mathews cheering section and a party-like atmosphere by game’s end on Friday afternoon, one would think the game was actually being played in Vienna. The ...

Champion peaking at opportune time

MASSILLON — The Champion High School baseball team has been in pretty good form all year, but the Golden Flashes may be reaching their peak in the postseason. They came into Friday’s Division III Massillon Regional semifinal with a 23-3 record and ranked second in the state. They left the ...

JFK’s season, Lee’s coaching career end

LORAIN — Don Lee took his John F. Kennedy baseball team to the regional tournament in his very first season as the skipper. He is walking away from the game 34 years later, having taken his very last team to the Division IV regional tournament at Pipe Yard Stadium in Lorain. The Eagles ...

Brookfield’s Bailey wins in 3 regional events

MASSILLON — Xavier Bailey took the baton in last place at the start of the final leg of the boys 4x200-meter relay. His thought was singular, but soon became plural. The Brookfield senior powered past the rest of the field and finished first for the Warriors Friday in the Division III ...

Flashes hope to continue torrid offense

The Champion Golden Flashes did their best rendition of a rain dance before Wednesday’s Division III softball regional semifinal against Cardinal Mooney, but they certainly didn’t need it. The Flashes routed the Cardinals, 11-0, to advance to today’s regional final vs. Massillon Tuslaw ...

Harding soph Adams wins 100 at regional

AUSTINTOWN — Excuse Kayron Adams if he stops, stares and looks around a bit when he gets to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium next weekend. It is on the campus of The Ohio State University and the Warren G. Harding sophomore sprinter loves rooting for the Buckeyes. He has a reason to go there ...

Three of a kind

AUSTINTOWN — Isabelle Kline jumped up to switch her feet after one of her throws earlier this week. Her landing spot was less than ideal. Kline’s right foot landed on the toe board surrounding the throwing circle at Newton Falls. She thought it was broke because the bone was sticking ...

Flashes’ Turner named All-Ohio

It’s been a good spring for Champion High School athletics, with both the softball and baseball teams in the regional tournament, and things got better Thursday. Senior catcher Michael Turner was named first-team All-Ohio in Division III by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association. ...

Regionals rained out

Several regional baseball tournament games were rained out Thursday, including all four that included local teams. All regional games were scheduled for Thursday but several will now be played today. In Division II, Canfield’s regional semifinal matchup with Chagrin Falls was postponed. ...

Pre-game juices spark DeSantis

YOUNGSTOWN — Autumn DeSantis had her cooler in hand. Her friends, who were competing at the high jump area on the north end of Austintown Fitch’s football stadium, enjoyed what was inside. Slices of watermelon. The Cardinal Mooney junior had to have it for Thursday’s Division II ...