High School Sports

LaBrae’s Ervin, Badger relay into finals

COLUMBUS — Redemption. LaBrae senior Dynesty Ervin thought about it for about a year, that twinge in her right leg which abruptly ended her junior season in last year’s Division III 100-meter state semifinals. It was a hamstring injury. She didn’t run the 200-meter dash later that ...

Area athletes deal with weather delay

COLUMBUS — Three hours, 38 minutes. That was the weather delay on Friday, the first day of the state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Three Trumbull County athletes had their own ways to deal with the delay which included frequent lightning strikes within a 10-mile ...

Local results from state track meet

Friday’s area track and field results at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus SEATED Finals Boys shot put ¯ Micah Beckwith (Boardman), ninth, 11-6.5; Gabe Warsing (Pymatuning Valley), third, 21-9 Semifinals (top nine to today’s finals) Boys 800 ¯ Micah Beckwith ...

Here we go again…

AKRON — One game remains for the Champion Golden Flashes in their journey toward their sixth state title in a decade after taking down Byesville Meadowbrook, 10-0, in a Division III State Semifinal on Thursday. Champion coach Cheryl Weaver continues to save all the excitement and the credit ...

Mathews drops thrilling regional

STRONGSVILLE — Sometimes the ball rolls your way. Sometimes it doesn’t. When Clayton Nezbeth knocked a single toward the middle in the bottom of the seventh inning of a Division IV Regional Semifinal game tied at 2, the ball hit off of the pitcher’s mound, then took an unusual hop and ...

Three-sport star Drapola has state debut

Bailey Drapola stands at the start of the runway, grass growing on either side of the path. The Brookfield High School senior builds up speed as she goes faster and faster down toward a sandy pit awaiting her. She jumps, pushing her feet to give her momentum to propel her up and out. Drapola ...

A reason to make a change

WARREN — Michael Engram had a good reason to start the Game Changers organization. He also had good reason not to start it. He’s glad he went with the former. Engram is the founder of Game Changers, a leadership and character development program focused on athletes. The 1996 Warren G. ...

Flashes go after 6th title in decade

CHAMPION — The Champion Golden Flashes (28-2) softball team has reached the state final for the sixth time this decade. Winning state titles in 2011, ’12, ’15, ’17, and ’18, the Flashes have finished the job and come home with the trophy every time they’ve made it to this point ...

A new deck of Cards

NORTH BLOOMFIELD — For many softball teams, a 6-10 record may be considered underwhelming, but it just might have been the first step in building a great program at Bloomfield. “For a first year coach, it was an amazing experience,” Cardinals coach Amanda Ihrig said. “I had girls that ...

Mathews senior is happy to be on field

Jake Miller and one of his teammates recently went to a Taco Bell near Vienna, and as they were in line to make their order, someone noticed them. “This guy noticed us, that we were Mathews district champs,” said Miller, a senior first baseman for the Mustangs, who take on Springfield at ...

JFK sprinter Likens sees progress in program

MASSILLON — Jesse Likens ran angry during the last 100 meters of the 200-meter dash last week at the Division III Massillon Perry regional track and field meet. It was good enough for the John F. Kennedy sophomore sprinter to finish in fourth place and earn a trip to this weekend’s state ...

Facing a perennial foe

Reaching the regional was a long time coming for Mathews and coach Jared Terlecky. It often seems like a right of passage to the Mustangs’ opponent. Mathews (20-3) takes on Springfield (25-3) at 2 p.m., Thursday in a Division IV Strongsville Regional semifinal at Strongsville High School ...

Tiger tames track

William Hines had something gnawing at him when he began middle school. He had plenty of family members who had competed in track and field. In middle school, his feet led him to the track behind his school. It would be one he’d run on for years to come. Hines ran AAU Junior Olympics in ...

Lordstown 400 runner heading to state again

MASSILLON — Jermaine Jones remembers the atmosphere he and his 4x400-meter teammates felt last season at the Division III state track and field meet. The noise he and his three other Lordstown High School teammates felt both Friday and Saturday was something they never experienced, noise ...

Going up and over

MASSILLON — Aaron Blevins saw the litany of competitors at last year’s state track & field meet. Some trepidation came over the Windham High School high jumper. He finished tied for 10th, only reaching 6 feet, 2 inches. On Friday, he tried to go up and over for a Division III Massillon ...

Leopards’ relay team has something to prove

MASSILLON — Zion Matlock took the baton. All he had was 100 meters in front of him and the finish line. Nothing else between the Liberty High School senior and a regional championship in 43.53 seconds Friday at the Division III Massillon Perry Regional track and field meet. Liberty had ...

Irish tennis 2nd in state

Mother Nature, she’s a fickle one. Thunderstorms rolling through Ohio Sunday morning forced the move of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Division II semifinals and final from Reynoldsburg to Plain City. Hop on I-270 west and travel for 40 minutes. Welcome to Elysium Tennis Center ...

Flashes play on Thursday

The Champion softball program’s amazing run in the Ohio High School Athletic Association postseason continues on Thursday at Firestone Stadium in Akron where the Golden Flashes will be gunning for their third straight Division III state championship. Champion (28-2) faces Byesville ...

Area state track qualifiers

¯ WHEN: Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. ¯ WHERE: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Columbus DIVISION I ¯ Boys high jump: Deondre McKeever (Fitch); Girls high jump: Madison Sisler (Howland); Boys shot put: David Merdich (Boardman); Girls pole vault: Madison Skelly (Fitch); Girls 100: Chante ...

State softball pairings

Rankings are from the May 13 Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association state poll. Thursday, May 30 ¯ Division III semifinals: West Jefferson (22-6) vs. No. 3 Cardington-Lincoln (24-4), 10 a.m.; No. 1 Champion (28-2) vs. Byesville Meadowbrook (18-9), 12:30 p.m. ¯ Division ...