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Hughes helps team win British title

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Mark Hughes was standing by his new coach Matt Newby. The two were celebrating winning the British Basketball League cup trophy with the Worcester Wolves, who stood victorious among the other 10 teams in the league. That late January night is what set Hughes, a former Ursuline High School and ...

Topwater techniques remain successful

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The popularity of various fishing techniques seems to grow then fade as time goes on, but topwater action never gets old. Longtime Lake Erie anglers remember the glory days of nightcrawler-baited, weight-forward spinners in the 1970s and ’80s, when everybody had Erie Dearies ready for their ...

Former Steeler clarifies ‘envelope’ anecdote

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PITTSBURGH — Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is finding ways to make headlines in his retirement as easily he did during his productive but volatile career. Harrison, a five-time Pro Bowler and the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, raised eyebrows Thursday when he ...

Voitus ready to wreck it for Penguins

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POLAND — Mike Voitus said he made the decision to go to Youngstown State University to play football for a couple reasons, but one of the biggest was he liked first-year YSU coach Doug Phillips. “His approach to the game is similar to mine,” Voitus said of Phillips. The Penguins coach ...

Devils hire 2 new coaches

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James Franceschelli considered himself lucky to be where he was the last couple of years. The 2003 Struthers High School graduate spent his four-year basketball career playing for former Wildcat coach Joe Fuline, who mentored many teenagers on the court. Franceschelli never forgot those ...

Mayfield huddles teammates for workouts

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CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield isn’t waiting around for the NFL to re-open facilities. Cleveland’s quarterback invited several of his Browns teammates, including tight end David Njoku and wide receiver Rashard Higgins, to work out with him in Texas during the COVID-19 shutdown. Like the ...

TCCA to present awards

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The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with the sports world, including the cancellation of an event that many took forward to each year, the Trumbull County Coaches Association boys and girls basketball Player of the Year banquet. The event was scheduled for March 22. Since the voting had ...

2020 Trumbull Player of the Year nominees

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The Trumbull County Coaches Association’s basketball Player of the Year nominees: School Girl Boy Badger Lauryn Hamilton Logan Lendak Bristol Brook Songer Matt Church Brookfield Rebecca Litz Conner Stevens Chalker ...

Virtual competition

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Road races normally are popping up like May flowers in a Mahoning Valley springtime. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the blossom-like gathering of runners taking to the pavement has wilted and died, as if it had been affected by an unseasonable wave of frost-covered mornings. Road racing ...

Teams stay in touch throughout pandemic

High School Sports

John F. Kennedy High School boys basketball coach Mark Komlanc constantly provides information to his team through his social media accounts. The Eagles are coming off a Division IV regional semifinal appearance. They’ve made regionals two of the last four seasons. He would like to be ...

Nance grateful for chance to practice

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CLEVELAND — There’s been a massive void in Larry Nance Jr.’s life that no amount of watching Korean soccer games, practicing yoga, riding a stationary bike or playing video games can ever replace. Basketball is his world. The COVID-19 pandemic has deprived Nance of his greatest passion ...

Earning respect at YSU

YSU Sports

Earning respect hasn’t always been a given for Colt McFadden. The Poland High School graduate has been a place kicker throughout his football career, and said kickers don’t always garner the same esteem as the rest of the team. Fortunately for McFadden, he isn’t the average ...

OHSAA moves girls tourney to Dayton

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COLUMBUS — The University of Dayton Arena will host the Ohio High School Athletic Association girls basketball state tournament for the next three years, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass announced Tuesday. Having hosted 125 NCAA basketball tournament games, UD Arena has been the home ...

MAC eliminating, scaling back postseason tournaments

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The Mid-American Conference is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, and men’s and women’s basketball are among nine sports that will have postseasons scaled back. The MAC’s announced the cost-cutting move Tuesday in response to the ...

Malito had high hopes in track

High School Sports

Girard High School track and field coach Kevin Hetrick knew the expectations for Nick Malito coming into this track and field season. Malito, a Girard High School senior, finished eighth in last year’s Division II 100-meter dash at the state track and field meet. He was the defending ...

Go hard or go home

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YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State linebacker Ray Anderson remembers his first meeting with new football coach Doug Phillips quite well. Anderson was already a bit skeptical of Phillips. The junior was more than just recruited by former YSU coach Bo Pelini. He was friends with him. Anderson, a ...

Malito had high hopes in track

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Girard High School track and field coach Kevin Hetrick knew the expectations for Nick Malito coming into this track and field season. Malito, a Girard High School senior, finished eighth in last year’s Division II 100-meter dash at the state track and field meet. He was the defending ...

Ready for next level

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Life is about to change for Niles’ Joe Gallo, but lucky for him, the senior will be used to it. For one, there’s this whole pandemic thing people may have heard about recently. Yeah, well, COVID-19 has brought about quite a bit of change for Gallo — and most of the world — by ...

Powerful Panthers

High School Sports

Editor’s note: Despite the fact the high school spring sports season in Ohio was canceled before it got started, the Vindicator and Tribune Chronicle will continue to profile area teams and athletes. Readers can approach the stories with the attitude of “What might have ...

’20 senior class can learn from experience

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Oh man, to go back to senior year in high school. Wouldn’t that be something? You could get away with just about anything as a senior. Plus, you were the top dog — in sports, at school, at parties and pretty much wherever you went. Good times. No, great times. The same can’t be said ...