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Can YSU sustain success?

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YOUNGSTOWN — The crowd started to fill the Beeghly Center earlier than usual on Saturday afternoon. The Youngstown State University pep band was more than doubled in size with area high school band members a part of the merriment in the loudest area inside the nearly 50-year-old venue, the ...

JFK gets physical

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WARREN — John F. Kennedy took advantage of some big runs Wednesday to knock off the Richmond Heights Spartans, 53-38, in a Division IV sectional first round game. “We were playing physical, they were playing physical, but we got after it defensively tonight,” JFK coach John Condoleon ...

Owner wary of payroll imbalance

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BRADENTON, Fla. — Having watched the San Diego Padres reach a $300 million, 10-year deal with Manny Machado, Pirates owner Bob Nutting doesn’t think it makes sense for Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington to add a pricey free agent. A huge salary could cause the portion paid to one ...

Mineral Ridge posts ugly victory, 61-42

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MINERAL RIDGE — Fifty-two combined turnovers. It was not a thing of beauty, but Mineral Ridge found a way to get it done in Wednesday’s Division III sectional first-round game, beating 10th-seeded Berkshire, 61-42. It’s the first time the seventh-seeded Rams (13-10) have played in a ...

Wesson, OSU shed sluggish start to defeat Northwestern

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State badly needed a win over Northwestern to stay teetering on the NCAA Tournament bubble. The Buckeyes overcame a sluggish start and found their footing in the second half to pull away from Northwestern 63-49 on Wednesday night behind Kaleb Wesson’s 22 points and eight ...

Lordstown thumps Heartland to advance

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LORDSTOWN — The Lordstown Red Devils earned a home tournament game giving their six seniors one last time to play on the court on which they grew up. Kellee Applegate, Kaylynn Higinbotham, Cadence Lickwar, Alexis Phillips, Jess Wilk and Alexis Weekley didn’t disappoint the hometown fans as ...

GM says team won’t be forced into move

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PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell is free to go. Antonio Brown, maybe not so much. The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to place a transition tag on Bell, allowing the star running back to reach the open market when free agency begins next month. And while the team will explore moving Brown, ...

Maplewood, Badger will play 3rd time

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MAPLEWOOD 61, CHALKER 14: MECCA — Courtney Hubbard sank eight 3-pointers, breaking her own school record, as Maplewood rolled in a Division IV sectional first round game. Hubbard set the previous mark of seven made 3s a year ago in the Rockets’ first tournament game. Marissa Ventura added ...

Girls basketball tournament pairings

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DIVISION I Ravenna District SEEDS: 1. Aurora, 2. Stow-Munroe Falls, 3. Austintown Fitch, 4. Kenston, 5. Canfield, 6. Warren G. Harding, 7. Boardman, 8. Cuyahoga Falls, 9. Hudson, 10. Walsh Jesuit, 11. Kent Roosevelt Sectional Saturday, Feb. 16 ¯ Cuyahoga Falls 39, Hudson 36 ¯ ...

Boys basketball tournament pairings

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DIVISION I Solon District SEEDS: 1. Shaker Heights, 2. Euclid, 3. Garfield Heights, 4. Twinsburg, 5. Warren G. Harding, 6. Hudson, 7. Maple Heights, 8. Bedford, 9. University School, 10., Kenston, 11. Nordonia, 12. Cleveland John Adams Sectional Wednesday, Feb. 27 ¯ University School ...

Finishing with a W

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WARREN — It may not have been on the football field, but it still felt good for the Warren G. Harding Raiders as they took down Massillon, 59-41, to close out the regular season. “We’re just happy to get a victory,” Raiders coach Gabe Bubon said. “Their three best players are out so ...

Brown meets with owner

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has ended his lengthy standoff with the team by meeting with president Art Rooney II, though any shot at reconciliation between the two sides appears to be out of the question. Brown, who has asked to be traded, posted a picture ...

Bristol star Elza leads Panthers over Mooney

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YOUNGSTOWN — Gage Elza stands 5-feet, 11-inches tall, lanky and has a knack for frustrating the opposition. Cardinal Mooney saw plenty of the Bristol High School senior guard during the first 16 minutes of the Panthers’ 59-51 win on the Cardinals floor Tuesday. It’s Bristol’s ...

Former major leaguers Kucek, Bream to speak at Hubbard

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HUBBARD — Former major leaguers Jack Kucek and Sid Bream are scheduled to speak at the fifth annual Spring Training Dinner hosted by the Hubbard High School Baseball Booster Club March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The event serves to raise funds for the high school baseball ...

Lakeview can’t miss on night for seniors

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CORTLAND — The sound of the horn that signified halftime was still reverberating around the gym when Badger came out of its locker room for the third quarter. Braves coach Josh Upshire apparently didn’t have much to say to his team, which trailed Lakeview by 19. Badger had to wait to start ...

Penguins down New Jersey

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NEWARK, N.J. — Bryan Rust scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the second period and the Pittsburgh Penguins avoided the embarrassment of being swept by the lowly New Jersey Devils with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night. Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel, Nick Bjugstad and Zach Aston-Reese also ...

Younger Harkins also reaches 1,000 points for Rams

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The latest to reach the Mineral Ridge basketball 1,000-point club is a name familiar to Rams fans. Junior Alexa Harkins is now one of five players to hit the 1,000-point mark for the Mineral Ridge girls program, almost four years to the day from when her sister, Alyssa, hit the mark in ...

Dragons win emotional game over Howland

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HOWLAND — Emotions were high Tuesday night in Howland. After learning of the passing of his grandmother earlier in the day, Niles senior Corbin Foy put on a special performance against the Tigers. “It was a lot to deal with today,” Foy said. “I was in school. I had to leave school ...

LaBrae closes Blue Tier season with rout; Flashes, NF win

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LABRAE 73, CRESTVIEW 41: LEAVITTSBURG — The Vikings blew open a 31-21 halftime lead with a 32-7 third quarter in the All-American Conference Blue Tier rout. LaBrae (18-3, 12-2) closed out their Blue Tier schedule finishing second in the league behind Edgewood. Benton Tennant scored 22 ...

Girard tops Springfield

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GIRARD 64, SPRINGFIELD 59: NEW MIDDLETOWN — Girard’s big third quarter propelled them over the Tigers. The Indians outscored Springfield 21-12 in the third quarter to take a 58-43 lead. Leading Girard (11-10) was Christian Graziano who scored 16 points. Three other players for Girard ...