High School Sports

High School Valley All-Star Baseball Classic

Rosters for the Trumbull vs. Mahoning high school senior baseball all-star game scheduled Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Eastwood Field in Niles. The Classic is presented by Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods. Trumbull County Name School Pos. Alex Bell Maplewood OF Dakota Bingham Lordstown P, ...

Champion is twice a champion

AKRON — Champion can now call itself the “Township of Champions,” as both the Golden Flashes baseball and softball teams won their respective Division III state crowns on Saturday. The baseball team defeated Berlin Hiland, 1-0, earlier in the day in Columbus, before the softball team ...

Baseball, softball teams both win state titles

COLUMBUS — The question was asked several times by Champion High School baseball coach Rick Yauger prior to the OHSAA Division III State Championship game. Yauger posed the thought to anyone who would listen, including his team. “Why not us?” Yauger asked No one had an answer, not ...

Russell, Batcho carried Flashes on the mound

COLUMBUS — Andrew Russell moved side to side, almost shaking, and then clapped his hands as best he could with a glove on. There were three outs to go in the OHSAA Division III baseball state championship between Champion and Berlin Hiland, and Russell was trying to finish a complete-game ...

Newton Falls’ Kline 2nd in state despite injury

COLUMBUS — Isabelle Kline saved her best for last, despite nursing an injured ankle. The Newton Falls High School junior thrower kept her composure despite having an air cast supporting her injury. She launched a throw of 43 feet-9.25 inches to take second in the Division II girls shot put ...

Brookfield’s Bailey gets teammates to podium

COLUMBUS — Brookfield High School senior Xavier Bailey wasn’t concerned that he finished fourth in the Division III 200-meter dash and fifth in the 100. Putting juniors Nicholas Varga and Alex Bell, along with sophomore Dionte Colwell, on the podium, where the top eight placers go after ...

Maplewood’s Hall model of consistency

COLUMBUS — Charlotte Crouch wore eye black on her face, a ritual normally reserved for baseball and softball players. The Maplewood High School junior distance runner thought this was a better option than the alternative on a warm, sunny day Saturday at the state track and field meet at ...

McDonald girls successfully battle heat

COLUMBUS — The last thing McDonald junior Malina Mitchell was going to do was let some stifling humidity get to her. The Blue Devils distance runner pulled off the unlikely double in the heat inside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. She took fourth in the Division III 1,600-meter run and ...

LaBrae’s Drake sprints away from baseball

COLUMBUS — Tariq Drake spent the first two years of high school frustrated, at the end of the batting order. He wondered why baseball wasn’t kind to him, despite his blazing speed — something he often displays on the football field. It could be the reason he’s heading to Ohio ...

Fairbanks gets 7th in discus, Fitch diploma

COLUMBUS — Austintown Fitch senior Brent Fairbanks made up his mind once he heard about the conflict. Fitch High School’s graduation and the throwing events of the Division I state track and field finals were on the same day. “As soon as I heard graduation was the same day as outdoor ...

How area athletes fared Saturday

DIVISION III ¯ Boys 100: Xavier Bailey, Brookfield, Sr., 5th, 11.09 ¯ Boys 4x200 relay: Brookfield (Nicholas Varga, jr.,; Dionte Colwell, so.; Alex Bell, jr.; Bailey, sr.), 4th, 1:30.36 ¯ Girls 1,600: Malina Mitchell, McDonald, jr., 4th, 5:04.27 ¯ Boys 1,600: Kenny Wallace, Mathews, ...

Another blowout

AKRON — With the Champion baseball team cheering them on from behind the plate, the Golden Flashes softball team made sure to hold up their end of the bargain in their bid to qualify for the state title game. Champion scored at least two runs in each of its four innings at the plate, as the ...

Sat. 10:20 a.m.: Champion boys take early lead in state title game

COLUMBUS - After a hit by pitch to the leadoff hitter Lucas Nasonti and sacrifice bunt, Champion boys baseball team has taken the lead on an RBI single from Michael Turner in the OHSAA Division III title game in Columbus. Flashes lead 1-0 after one inning.

Sat. 11 a.m.: Champion boys maintain lead in tight game

COLUMBUS - The Champion Golden Flashes boys baseball team are holding onto a 1-0 lead at the bottom of the fourth inning. They escaped another jam with Andrew Russell striking out two to work around a leadoff double and sacrifice bunt against the state's top-ranking Berlin Hiland. It is ...

Sat. 11:50 a.m.: Champion boys capture state title

COLUMBUS - The Champion Golden Flashes boys baseball team is the 2017 Division III state champions! The local team defeated top-ranked Berlin Hiland, 1-0. This was the Champion boys baseball team's first-ever Division III state title game appearance. The Champion girls softball team will ...

Williams cousins help make Flashes burn

CHAMPION — Firefighters in Champion Township better be on their toes today. Things could get a little wild in the community if the Golden Flashes baseball and softball teams are both able to claim state titles today (the boys play at 10 a.m. and the girls at 4 p.m.). Sure, an escort home ...

Garfield’s Jones wins 3rd discus title

COLUMBUS — Lauren Jones was frustrated at herself after last week’s Division II Austintown Regional. Now, anyone who knows Jones knows that anything close to mad for her is way out of the ordinary. She qualified for state in three events — the discus, shot put and long jump — but ...

Maplewood boys put it together in runner-up finish in 3200 relay

COLUMBUS — You could say it was a perfect storm for Maplewood’s boys 4x800-meter relay. The seemingly impenetrable 8-minute mark for Division III teams was almost out of reach due to the colder weather circulating around Ohio this spring. With temperatures more seasonable, around 70 to ...

Champion’s Bayus 5th in long jump; Marsico, Bailey advance in two events

COLUMBUS — Champion’s Noah Bayus was a first-year long jumper. The senior athlete knew he was heading to Youngstown State University as walk-on in football. Now, he’s going to YSU to be a track and field athlete as well. Bayus finished his career by rallying from eighth place to vault ...

PV’s Warsing is seated shot put champ

COLUMBUS — Gabe Warsing entered the shot put pit outside of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus Friday in an unfamiliar situation. Sure, it was the Ohio High School Athletic Association state track and field meet, a level at which the Pymatuning Valley athlete had never experienced ...