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High School Sports

Mooney boys soccer chases another title

Life is a journey. Going into this fall, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding high school sports and the voyage that teams would go on as the summer heat gave way to the autumn wind. For the Cardinal Mooney boys soccer program, that journey ends this afternoon at MAPFRE Stadium, ...

Two with tradition

WARREN — The John F. Kennedy football team has met its match — in terms of traditions. The Eagles will battle perennial power Newark Catholic in a Division VII state semifinal at 7 tonight at Paul Brown Stadium in Massillon. “I knew Newark Catholic had a tradition-rich program like us, ...

State semis ‘not just another game’

Kennedy football coach Dom Prologo has a message for those who want to suggest that his team should treat its upcoming state semifinal game as though it was just any other contest. “Well, it’s not just another game,” Prologo said. “People say that you should treat it like you do any ...

On to the championship

LEXINGTON — The Howland boys soccer team gets another crack at a state title after some quick adjustments led to a 3-0 victory over Lima Shawnee in a Division II state semifinal at Lexington High School on Wednesday. The Tigers’ start was a little rocky as the team was unable to make many ...

Defense carries Mooney to final

MANSFIELD — Defense. Defense. Defense. When the white lights on the LED matrix board displayed zeroes at Arlin Field in Mansfield, Cardinal Mooney had plenty to celebrate in a Division III state semifinal. After having several offensive outbursts throughout the postseason, the Cardinals ...

Chasing history

HOWLAND — Last season, the Howland boys soccer team became the first team in Trumbull County history to make the state level of the postseason. After a 6-1 win over Chagrin Falls to win the regional finals, the Tigers return to the state level and take on Lima Shawnee tonight at 7 p.m. at ...

Liberty connection returns at Mooney

YOUNGSTOWN — Michael Morelli remembers a young Matthew Britton, as an eighth-grade soccer player in 2004. Morelli, a former Liberty High School soccer coach, saw the young Britton use his foot skills and eventually impress former Cleveland Crunch assistant coach Joe Raduka at summer camp in ...

Springfield, JFK last two teams remaining

For a sixth straight year, the Mahoning Valley will be represented in the state semifinals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association football tournament. Springfield and John F. Kennedy won regional championships over the weekend, and as a result the Eagles and Tigers are both one win away ...

Lott(s) of reasons to honor Liberty legend

LIBERTY — Former Liberty High School wrestling coach Don Lott has been said to have a way of reaching kids of all types — finding different ways to catch their attention and help them understand various aspects of sports and life. One of the many wrestlers he mentored during his 17 years ...

One game at a time

HOWLAND — Two in a row. For the second straight season, the Howland Tigers boys soccer team advanced to the Division II state final four. Howland hosted Chagrin Falls on Saturday afternoon in the D-II regional final and walked away with a 6-1 victory. “We take it one game at a time,” ...

Maplewood freshman wins state cross country title

Mike Richards saw his daughter enter the stadium at Fortress Obetz, less than 300 meters away from the finish line. He has seen Caleigh, a Maplewood High School freshman, lead races before, including last week’s dominating win at the Division III Boardman Regional. This is different. This ...

Shorthanded Ursuline stopped by Lake Catholic

YOUNGSTOWN — The 2020 Ursuline High School football team overcame the negativity brought on by one of the toughest four-year stretches in its history to reach the regional final. The Irish couldn’t overcome 2020 itself. Ursuline, down five of its best players because of ...

Defense carries Mooney into soccer final four

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — Many years ago, legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once remarked that, “Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.” Truer words couldn’t be said about the Cardinal Mooney boys soccer program following the Cardinals’ match Saturday ...

JFK gets physical

WARREN — Facing one of the more unique styles of offense he and his team had seen all year, John F. Kennedy coach Dom Prologo and the Eagles didn’t overanalyze the situation. Lucas, the defending regional champion and the Eagles’ opponent in a Division VII, Region 25 final Friday at ...

Crestview routs Brookfield

Ethan Powell powered a dominant Crestview run game with 263 yards as the Rebels cruised past Brookfield, 44-12, Friday night in a regular-season matchup. Crestview (7-2, 4-1 Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference, Grey Tier) ran for 348 yards and four touchdowns. Powell scored three times — ...

5 teams aim for berth in Final 4

A year ago two area schools — Poland and Springfield — advanced to the regional finals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association football tournament. This weekend, five area schools — Canfield, Ursuline, Springfield, South Range and Kennedy — will play in the title games in their ...

End of the road

HARTVILLE — Mineral Ridge didn’t stop fighting until the very last point, but couldn’t pull out the win on Thursday night as the Rams’ season ended in a 3-0 loss to Dalton in the Division IV, Region 13 semifinals at Lake High School. While some teams may have begun to play a bit safer ...

Ridge CC boasts family atmosphere

MINERAL RIDGE — Olivia Jackson, Olivia Rossi, Riley Cowles, Tabitha-Grace Toth, Sylvia Traw, Moriah-Ruth Toth, Grace Miller and Lydia-Faith Toth. The Mineral Ridge High School girls distance runners are heading back to the Division III cross country state meet for the second time in three ...

Surprise! Irish, Lake Catholic in regional final

Ursuline and Mentor Lake Catholic really aren’t supposed to be meeting in the Division IV, Region 13 final at 7 p.m. Saturday, according to the seedings and what happened last season. The Fighting Irish, who host despite being the sixth seed, were 2-8 a year ago — their first in coach Dan ...

Cardinals post 4-0 shutout on road

CRESTON — It would have been easy for a team with such a young roster to let the nerves of a regional semifinal get to them. Cardinal Mooney found itself on the road in a Division III regional semifinal, its first appearance this deep into the tournament since 2010. Mooney didn’t look ...