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High School Sports

McDonald aiming for another state run

NEWTON FALLS — Athletes from Brookfield, Crestview and McDonald gathered Tuesday with host Newton Falls on a gorgeous day for a track and field meet. “When you’re the host, it makes it kind of hard to coach,” Newton Falls coach Jon Hill said. “When you’re competing against ...

Tuesday highlights

BASEBALL Adam Fisher of Champion had three hits, including a double, and drove in two runs to help the Golden Flashes earn a key, 8-6, victory over Crestview. SOFTBALL Hubbard’s Sydney Bowser etched her name into the record books twice Tuesday as she hit three home runs and had nine RBIs ...

Errors doom Indians in loss to Poland

POLAND — A few early errors snowballed for the Girard Indians and put them in a hole. They weren’t able to recover as they dropped a road contest to Poland, losing 5-1 to the Bulldogs in Northeast-8 play. “Four unearned runs, and it’s simple math, we lose 5-1 with four unearned ...

Veteran Ridge rallies for win

MINERAL RIDGE — Experience is a major factor in high school sports. A pair of teams on opposite ends of the experience scale squared off when Lowellville visited Mineral Ridge on Monday. Thirteen of the Rams 15 players are returning letter-winners. Mineral Ridge took advantage of the edge ...

Fitch’s Lawrence strikes out 13

BASEBALL Austintown Fitch’s Jake Lawrence struck out 13 for the Falcons in an 11-1 win over Harding on Monday. Fitch scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game early. SOFTBALL Hubbard’s Grace Narkum had four hits for the Eagles in a 17-0 win over Lakeview. Gillian ...

Fitch swept meet at Poland

Fitch swept the competition on Saturday at the Poland Invitational, with the Falcon boys outscoring McDonald, 128-87, and the Fitch girls winning with 88 points to runnerup Garfield’s 71. McDonald was third in the girls competition with 63 points, and Springfield was third on the boys side ...

Champion rallies from nine down to top Dukes

CHAMPION — Coming back from a nine-run deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning to win was seemingly a commendable accomplishment for the Champion Golden Flashes baseball team. However, Flashes’ coach Rick Yauger felt they never should have been in that position to begin with after they ...

Capan, Wilms lead ’Dogs past GV

CORTLAND — Before the bottom half of the seventh inning, Lakeview coach Mike Johnson could be heard telling his players to rally together and start making some noise after his team failed to close out the Grand Valley Mustangs to force a last at-bat. The Bulldogs had already lost a 7-1 lead ...

Falcons find sticks

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — After losing two tough contests to Canfield on back-to-back days, Austintown Fitch rebounded in big fashion, taking down a strong South Range team, 11-4 on Friday evening. “We played really well,” Falcons’ coach Joe Paris said. “South Range is ranked really high in ...

Friday highlights

SOFTBALL ≤ Lakeview had no issues with the bats Friday, unleashing 21 runs on 25 hits in a win over Ashtabula Edgewood. Kylie Imes, Gianna Caruso and Maggie Pavlansky each had four hits. Reagan Schick, Abbie Campana and Mariah Tackett each had three. Tackett, Imes and Schick hit ...

Persistent Panthers

BRISTOLVILLE — After quickly falling behind by five runs, the Bristol Panthers battled back, scoring 11 runs in two innings and kept the pressure on throughout to win a 16-8 softball shootout over Lordstown. “I thought that after getting down a few runs we did a good job keeping our ...

Expanded playoff move draws criticism

WARREN — The Ohio High School Athletic Association was excited on Thursday to announce the expansion of the high school football playoffs from eight to 16 teams in each region. Some area coaches weren’t so enthused. The OHSAA expanded the number of playoff qualifiers to 16 schools per ...

Thursday highlights

SOFTBALL Champion’s Emma Gumont tossed a three-hitter, blasted a home run and drove in four runs in Game 1 of the Golden Flashes’ doubleheader sweep of Campbell. Champion improved to 9-5 and 6-0 by defeating the Red Devils, 17-1 and 11-0. Hubbard scored four runs in the top of the ...

Trying to heat up

WARREN — Forty-six degrees, windy and gloomy. Oh, and there’s snow on the horizon. It’s football weather — not track weather during the latter half of April. It doesn’t help that Warren G. Harding’s track sits atop of a bluff that allows wind to tunnel up and cause a breeze ...

Sparks tosses no-hitter for GV

BASEBALL Dane Sparks threw a five-inning no-hitter in Grand Valley’s 13-1 win over host Crestwood. The Mustangs (6-6) got two hits and three RBIs from Derek Jackson and two hits, two hits from Hagan Hejduk and three RBIs from Sparks. Garfield’s Kaiden Spade allowed one hits and struck ...

Lakeview can’t hold early lead against Poland

CORTLAND — What a wild afternoon between a pair of Bulldog teams. At first, it appeared that Lakeview was in position for an upset, leading 8-3 going into the top of the sixth inning in a game against Northeast-8 rival and 2019 state finalist Poland. Hitting a trio of home runs will ...

Howland stopped by AAC foe Boardman

HOWLAND — After falling behind 10-0 in the top of the fifth inning on Monday in an All-American Conference game against Boardman, the Howland Tigers scored two runs to avoid a five-inning shutout. Boardman scored two runs in the top of the sixth to extend the lead back to 10 and took down ...

Monday’s highlights

BASEBALL Newton Falls pitcher Julian Cunningham threw 13 strikeouts and walked zero batters in a 13-1 win over Brookfield Monday. Cunningham also had three hits in the win as well as Josh Honeycutt. Mathews’ Ethan Petak collected four hits to help power the Mustangs (8-3) to a 13-8 ...

Fitch continues successful run

AUSTINTOWN — For the 11th straight season, the Austintown Fitch Falcons boys track team won the Mahoning County Championship. Senior Nate Leskovac played a large role for the Falcons, taking the crown in the high jump and helping Fitch win the 4x100 relay as the third runner. The Fitch boys ...

Saturday highlights

TRACK & FIELD EAST PALESTINE — The McDonald boys and girls track teams took the top spots in the Bulldog Invitational held at Reid Memorial Stadium at East Palestine High School. The Blue Devil boys walked away with 107 points and the girls had 95. Hubbard and Mineral Ridge tied ...