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Indians’ bats continue cold spell

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CHICAGO — Yo’n Moncada admitted he was a little tired, and then chuckled at the whole thing. “It’s nothing,” he said through a translator. “I’m just 23 years old. I can play.” No kidding. Moncada hit two of Chicago’s four solo homers and Reynaldo Lopez pitched 7 2/3 ...

Lakeview coach Trapp adjusting to new role

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BOARDMAN — Ryan Trapp’s view was much different during previous seasons of tennis. The former Howland High School and Youngstown State University standout has been a go-to instructor for some of the area’s top high school players looking to improve their respective games. Trapp is a ...

Buckeyes to Eastwood

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For only the second time the Youngstown State University baseball team is going to play host to Ohio State. The Penguins and Buckeyes are scheduled to meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Eastwood Field. Lucas Nasonti, leadoff hitter and centerfielder for the Penguins, is excited for the matchup against ...

Bulldogs, Ursuline vie for team state berth

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BOARDMAN — Lakeview’s boys tennis team has been one of the better teams in the Mahoning Valley. First-year coach Ryan Trapp wanted these Bulldogs to know they have more talent, enough to beat teams which were thought to be out of their comfort zone. Lakeview entered the Ohio Tennis ...

Perez, pitcher power Indians

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Cleveland manager Terry Francona acknowledges the Indians are still uncertain what they have in Jefry Rodri-guez after acquiring the 24-year-old pitcher from Washington in November. They like what they’ve seen so far from the 6-foot-6 right-hander. Roberto Perez hit a ...

Pittsburgh’s Bell rings up big day in win over Cards

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ST. LOUIS — Josh Bell put on a show for his mom on Mother’s Day. With his mother Myrtle in the stands at Busch Stadium, Bell homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Adam Frazier added a two-run, ...

Ursuline dominates in sectional

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BOARDMAN — Ursuline’s Greg Morgione kept trading forehands with John F. Kennedy’s Armand Nannicola, each one barely clearing the net, but struck with plenty of force. The two juniors were the top two seeded singles players at the boys tennis Division II Boardman Sectional. It was not ...

Veteran official Montana honored

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Tony Montana suffered an injury two years into his Youngstown State University football career. The center from nearby Ursuline High School eventually graduated from YSU in 1973. Montana wanted to stay close to the game he loved and played for the Irish before graduating in 1968. He ...

Saturday highlights

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SOFTBALL Sophie Howell had 12 strikeouts and walked two as Champion beat visiting North Canton Hoover in a district tune-up for both teams, 2-1. Paige Ogden had five RBIs, while Julia Nutter added four as Ursuline beat Edgewood in six innings, 18-1. Madison Lester struck out 10 batters as ...

Champion’s Allen concludes standout softball career

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Brittany Allen, a graduate of Champion High School, recently concluded her collegiate softball career at Edinboro University and has left an unforgettable mark on their program. “College softball has changed my life in different ways.” Allen said. “Not only did I enjoy being a college ...

Liberty’s Leshnack concludes standout softball career

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“She is the player every coach dreams of having on their team.” That’s how Ursuline College softball coach Sue Woodford feels about Leah Leshnack, the Liberty High School graduate who just completed a prestigious career as an infielder with the Arrows. “She has been a great leader ...

Ignoring the injury

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Dynesty Ervin felt the pain in her right leg again. She brushed it aside. It was there for about a week prior to her getting in the starting block. Ahead was 100 meters. The start’s gunshot (there are blanks inside) signified the start of the race. Leaning forward, it was the end for Ervin ...

Athletics beat Tribe in 12th, 4-3

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Matt Chapman homered against Brad Hand leading off the 12th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics over the Cleveland Indians 4-3 Friday night. Chapman hit a 3-2 pitch down the left field line for his first career game-ending hit. The homer was his 10th this season and the ...

Tough going

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NILES — On Friday, the LaBrae Vikings hosted the Rootstown Rovers at Eastwood Field and lost in a lopsided game by a final score of 11-2. “They (Rootstown) had a strong outing from their pitcher,” LaBrae coach Jim Bailey said. “We’ve run into a stretch where we get guys on base and ...

Williams pitches Pirates to win

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ST. LOUIS — Trevor Williams didn’t have his prettiest outing, but he’ll take it. Adam Frazier opened the game with a homer, Starling Marte drove in the game-winner and Williams allowed one run in seven solid innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday ...

Rookie WR seen as AB replacement for Steelers

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PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver Diontae Johnson understands parallels will be drawn between himself and former Steelers star Antonio Brown. The third-round pick, however, is focused on forging his own path. The comparisons and serendipitous circumstances that link the ...

Good time to shine

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CORTLAND — Cait Kelm of Lakeview High School was stellar Thursday as she tossed a one-hit shutout to help guide her team to a 4-0 victory over West Geauga in a Division II Jefferson Sectional bracket final. “My curveball was spinning really good, and my changeup, that was really good ...

LTBA honors longtime president

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LIBERTY — Memories and reminders are everywhere for Mick Marsco and the rest of his family, and they’re not easy to endure. The Marscos lost a father, an uncle, a grandfather and so much more on Sept. 7, 2018, and Liberty Township lost a fixture in the community for the last four decades. ...

Marsco left a legacy in Liberty Twp.

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PARENTS always adorn their children with so many words of wisdom as they’re growing up, especially when it comes to sports. Some concepts are easy to grasp. Father: “Keep your eye on the ball, son.” Son: “Thanks, Dad. How many years of baseball school did you take to learn that ...

WGH brothers hit right chord on the court

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Alex Payiavlas took the stage in front of an audience at Warren G. Harding High School. He held his tenor saxophone in front and played a jazz solo. His other instrument of choice is a tennis racket, strung to his specifications, grip put on the handle for comfort on every swing. It’s ...