High School Sports

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 ...

Baseball regional pairings

Rankings are from latest Coaches Association state poll. DIVISION I Region 4 – Cincinnati Regional ¯ No. 8 Vandalia Butler (23-6) vs. Cincinnati Turpin (17-10) at University of Cincinnati, Thurs., 2 p.m. ¯ No. 12 Springboro (23-6) vs. No. 16 Cincinnati Elder (21-6) at University of ...

Quest for 3 continues

MASSILLON — For the eighth time since 2004, Champion softball returns to Akron on the path to what would be their third consecutive state title by beating West Salem Northwestern, 3-0, in the Division III Massillon Regional title game on Saturday. “These girls just did such a tremendous ...

Soph leads Girard trio to state

AUSTINTOWN — Jalaya Brown is stunned she jumped 17 feet, 5.75 inches. It was her first jump of six on Saturday in the Division II Austintown Regional girls long jump competition. Girard High School track and field coach Kevin Hetrick was amazed his sophomore long jumper was able to do ...

Klouda, Bowker continue trek to Columbus

AUSTINTOWN — Tyler Klouda has made that final stretch run before. Some kind of bell is run. A starter’s gun goes off. One more lap left. The Garfield High School senior took off around that final 400 meters. The last four years at the Division II regional track & field meet, Klouda ...

Leg cramps stop Irish’s Morgione

Greg Morgione took the court at the Linder Family Tennis Center Saturday morning in Mason, just outside of Cincinnati. He knew facing Trevor Ball was one more step to his ultimate goal, a state championship. Morgione won his Division II state semifinal match, 7-6, 5-7, 6-0, but it didn’t ...

All-Conference honors

Softball ALL-AMERICAN CONF. RED TIER ¯ Player of the Year: Sidney Griffith, Lakeside FIRST TEAM Emily Darlington Howland Sr IF Mary Gomez Canfield Sr CF Sidney Griffith Lakeside So IF MacKenzie Hamilton Lakeside Sr IF Karlie Heilman Harding Jr C Kayla ...

Head of the class: Ervin leads area onset

MASSILLON — Dynesty Ervin had a choice to make. Stay in Leavittsburg and graduate or run for a chance to state. The LaBrae senior chose the latter and proudly stood alone on the podium in the front of the Massillon Perry High School track, facing the crowd at hand. Her red robe draped ...

The race to state

AUSTINTOWN — Records are made to be broken. Howland senior distance runner Vincent Mauri broke his personal best time of 9:04 in the 3200 meter run, which he set at last year’s Division I state meet. Mauri set his new mark of 9:03.63 at Friday’s Division I regional final at Austintown ...

Ursuline’s Morgione in state semifinal

MASON — Ursuline junior Greg Morgione is two matches away from being called a state champion. The Division II singles player defeated Dayton Miami Valley School’s Niyanth Reddy, 6-4, 6-4; and Waverly’s Penn Morrison 7-5, 6-2, to advance to today’s semifinal match against Columbus ...

Eagles’ run stopped by Springfield

STRUTHERS — The Springfield Tigers returned to the scene of last season’s Division IV Struthers District championship victory Thursday — Bob Cene Park. The John F. Kennedy Eagles had ideas of their own in Thursday’s title game. Springfield’s Shane Eynon was last year’s hero for ...

Partying like 1996

FAIRPORT HARBOR — Mathews coach Jared Terlecky was a starting third baseman during his freshman season at Mathews in 1996, the last time the Mustangs claimed a baseball district title. For Terlecky, Thursday’s district championship victory was 23 years in the making. “To finally get ...

McDonald stumbles in initial regional appearance

AKRON — The McDonald softball program got its first taste of regional tournament play in school history, but the trip was cut short, as the Blue Devils fell to Monroeville, 15-3, on Thursday in a Division IV regional semifinal at Firestone Stadium. While not making excuses, Blue Devils ...

Young Bristol team eliminated

AKRON — The Bristol Panthers’ softball season came to an end Thursday in a 7-1 loss to Jeromesville Hillsdale in a Division IV Akron Regional semifinal at Firestone Stadium. “We did not play our best game today,” Bristol coach Alisha Kugler said. “Defense was a small part, our ...

Area throwers headed to Columbus

AUSTINTOWN — Dylan Wilson was playing junior varsity baseball his freshman year before Garfield High School athletic director Jim Pfleger told him about track and field. Wilson was 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds his sophomore year. He didn’t throw the discus more than 99 feet. Wilson, who ...