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High School Sports

No. 1 vs. No. 2

It’s not often where a team faces their mirror image. It’s even more rare when it happens in the regional semifinals. The Howland boys soccer team will do just that tonight as they travel to Bay High School to take on the Rockets in the Division II, Region 5 semifinals. “We’re very, ...

JFK starting to click going into regional final

WARREN — In a different era, say, non-2020, this weekend would mark the final week of the regular season in Ohio high school football. Instead, it is regional finals week. That’s a perspective not lost on first-year John F. Kennedy coach Dominic Prologo, whose top-seeded team hosts ...

Mooney’s growth has Cards in D-III regional

YOUNGSTOWN — When Matthew Britton was brought in to lead the Mooney boys soccer program, he saw a disconnect between his team and made his priority to fix it. “When I came in, one of the first things I noticed, I remember my first team meeting and there was 14 boys there. We were spread ...

Howland duo heading back to state meet

Megan Hipple and Molly Yasnowski remember the camaraderie from last season when the Howland High School girls cross country team made the state meet for the first time in school history. The two made their way around National Trail Raceway in Hebron last season — the final year the state ...

Running toward tradition

It is special for northern Trumbull County distance runners to wear an “M” on their uniform. With eight state championships and six state runner-up titles, the Maplewood High School boys cross country is steeped in tradition. You’ll see at every regional meet a bunch of teenage boys ...

Some end paths, but others moving on in playoffs

For Warren G. Harding, Poland, Crestview and McDonald, it’s time to look forward to 2021. For Canfield, Ursuline, South Range, Springfield and Warren John F. Kennedy, the postseason moves forward. The Cardinals, Irish, Raiders, Tigers and Eagles all logged fourth-round playoff wins last ...

Quick start gets Howland past Aurora, 4-0

HOWLAND — In Howland coach Brian Stiles’ opinion, anytime a Cleveland-area team comes in with the amount of victories that the Aurora Greenmen had, you are playing a good team. But his team might be labeled a great team as three goals in the first 13 minutes of play were more than enough ...

Fields fires away

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Justin Fields doesn’t need 110,000 sets of eyeballs trained on him to want to put on a show. The Ohio State quarterback is just fine with his coaches, teammates and national TV audience watching him shred defenses. Justin Fields passed for 318 yards and four ...

Badger’s great season ends

VERNON — A record-breaking season came to an end on Saturday for the Badger Braves boys soccer team as a couple early strikes by South Range made the difference in the Raiders’ 3-0 win in a Division III district final. “It’s a blessing to get this far in the tournament,” Braves coach ...

Physical Ursuline dominates Poland, 35-7

POLAND — Ursuline had heard a lot about the tough, physical brand of football that Poland likes to inflict on its opponent going into their Division IV, Region 13 semifinal. The Irish made sure the Bulldogs got a taste of how they play football when the two met in a Mahoning Valley ...

Trumbull pair win regional individual titles

BOARDMAN — Caleigh Richards ignored the calls from the crowd. The Maplewood freshman runner began increasing her lead during Saturday’s Division III girls cross country regional race at Boardman High School. Richards said she began to go with the lead pack. Then she started to increase ...

ND-CL ends Lakeview volleyball’s fine season

CORTLAND — District championships are not just handed out. Sometimes, there’s a team lurking in your bracket that nobody would want to encounter. That was the case Saturday afternoon in Cortland. Number one seed Lakeview went down, in three sets, to third-seeded Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin ...

Rams live up to No. 1 seeding

MINERAL RIDGE — For the first time since 2011, the Mineral Ridge Rams have captured a volleyball district title with a 25-22, 25-16, 14-25, 25-23 win over the fifth-seeded Columbiana Clippers on Saturday. The top-seeded Rams advance to play Kidron Central Christian or Dalton in a Division IV ...

Mooney boys soccer blasts Clippers

YOUNGSTOWN — For the seniors playing for the Cardinal Mooney boys soccer program, the last two season have been wildly different. After only winning four games in 2017 and 2018, Mooney brought in coach Matthew Britton, who yielded a 10-win season last year in his first year at the helm of ...

Mooney volleyball ousted by top seed

COLUMBIANA — Crestview successfully repeated as Division III district volleyball champion, the 10th in the school’s rich history in the sport, by turning back a determined Cardinal Mooney 3-1 on Saturday in the Rebels’ gymnasium. The scores were 25-17, 21-25, 25-19 and 26-24. Cardinal ...

Big plays

WARREN — Dalton’s Tate Geiser took the ball on the first play of a possession late in the first quarter and 81 yards later the Bulldogs’ featured running back gave his team a 12-7 lead over top-seeded Kennedy on Friday night at Mollenkopf Stadium. The Eagles weren’t able to get much ...

Harding misses chances in 35-6 loss

HUDSON — The Harding Raiders were unable to capitalize in the red zone and it proved fatal in a 35-6 loss to the Hudson Explorers in a Division II Region 5 semifinal. “We got down in the red zone three times, and three times we came with two field goals and one was blocked,” Raiders ...

Lucas ends another McDonald season

LUCAS — McDonald was seeking to avenge two tough season-ending losses to Lucas last school year when the Cubs played host to the Blue Devils on Friday night in a Division VII, Region 25 semifinal at Bob Wine Field. Unfortunately, Lucas made more big plays than McDonald and did it for a ...

Girard tops Brookfield in 2OT

¯ GIRARD 27, BROOKFIELD 20: GIRARD — Preston Mays caught a 25-yard TD pass from Andrew DelGarbino in double overtime as the Indians beat the Warriors. Brookfield (6-3) was close to a first down on its possession of double overtime after the first two plays, but was called for a false start ...

COVID brings weird mix for fans in 2020 season

The final week of October was originally scheduled to be the final week of the regular season for all high school football teams in Ohio. COVID played a nasty trick on the schedule-makers, so instead fans will be treated to a mixture of regional finals, regional semifinals and regular season ...