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8 locals advance to state tennis

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AKRON — Alex and Anthony Payiavlas needed one win on Saturday to make the Division I boys tennis state tournament. The Warren G. Harding High School brother doubles team not only won one match, but two to head to Mason for the first time for both players. The Payiavlas brothers beat ...

Crew blanked on road

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MINNEAPOLIS — Ethan Finlay scored against his former team in the 70th minute, and Minnesota United held on for a 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night. Romain Mutanire played in a diagonal cross, which Brent Kallman headed back across the 6-yard box, and Finlay was waiting near ...

Devil trouble

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NEW MIDDLETOWN — Sophomores Brody Rupe and Greg Dickson knew the challenge that stood in front of them as an athletic Crestview team held almost a 10-point lead over McDonald. The Blue Devils have won the Division III Springfield District track and field meet every year since 2008. The ...

Tribe bats quiet in loss to Orioles

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Dylan Bundy kept Cleveland’s lineup in check — and in the ballpark — for 5 2/3 innings and Jonathan Villar hit a three-run homer as the Baltimore Orioles ended a three-game slide Friday night by beating the Indians 5-1. Bundy (2-5) cooled off the Indians, who scored a ...

Howland’s Mauri stays on track to state

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AUSTINTOWN — The Division I Austintown District track meet was held Friday evening at Austintown Fitch High School with Howland, Niles, Harding, Austintown, and Boardman competing for spots in next week’s regional. Howland’s Vinny Mauri has the fastest 3,200-meter time in the state. He ...

Koepka cruising at PGA

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — The power. The putting. The poise. Brooks Koepka has it all at this PGA Championship, along with the lowest 36-hole score in major championship history and the largest lead by anyone at the halfway point of a Grand Slam event in 85 years. It was daunting to so many ...

Six players net state bids

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AKRON — John F. Kennedy’s Armand Nannicola and Ursuline’s Greg Morgione are headed back to this year’s Division II boys state tennis tournament in Mason after winning their first two matches at Friday’s Division II district at the Springside Racquet and Fitness Club. Nannicola beat ...

Pirates’ Lyles fans 12 in win

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SAN DIEGO — Rookie Bryan Reynolds hit a go-ahead, two-run home run and Jordan Lyles struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-3 victory against the San Diego Padres on Friday night. Reynolds homered to right-center with one out in the fourth off ...

Badger boys, girls place second

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CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS — Badger’s boys and girls won runner-up titles at Friday’s Division III Cuyahoga Heights district track and field meet. Badger junior Miranda Stanhope won the girls 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs, while senior Brandon Greathouse won the boys 110 hurdles and part of the ...

Champion cruises past Crestview

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Champion’s Allison Smith pitched a no-hitter, and the Golden Flashes slugged five home runs in a 14-0 victory over Crestview. Smith struck out 11, and her lone walk was all that kept her from a perfect game. Emma Gumont hit two home runs and had four RBIs. Smith, Brooklyn Whitt and Abby White ...

Bristol nips Mathews; grabs 2nd title in row

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BAZETTA — Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning and with Alayna Sines on third, all the Bristol Panthers needed was to advance her home to claim their second consecutive Division IV Warren District championship. Enter Bella Homchosky. Just after making a stellar catch to end the ...

Jackson-Milton grad Pierce is softball star for UMBC

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Jackson-Milton graduate and softball star Sierra Pierce is now thriving at the Division I level of college, having success with the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. The Retrievers are having a great season, finishing 26-22 in the regular season, and sweeping through the America ...

Devils claim school’s 1st district softball title

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NORTH JACKSON — After making the district semifinals for the sixth straight year and the district final for the third straight season, McDonald finally has a district softball championship to call its own for the first time in school history. “I can’t believe it,” Blue Devils coach ...

Kipnis homers twice in Indians’ win

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CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs as the Cleveland Indians hammered the Baltimore Orioles 14-7 in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night. Kipnis hit a solo shot in the first inning, a three-run homer in the fourth off reliever Gabriel Ynoa ...

Howell pitches Flashes back into regional

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LEAVITTSBURG — District dominance. For the first time in school history the Champion girls have won a district title in soccer, basketball, and softball in the same school year. They finished off the trifecta with a 10-0 defeat of Newton Falls (17-9) in the Division III LaBrae District ...

Niles, Lakeview relays win

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CORTLAND — Micah Curry took the baton as the third leg of the Niles boys 4x800-meter relay. He had two laps ahead of him, starting in sixth place of Thursday’s Division II Lakeview District track and field meet. It was one of few finals concluded that day. Niles needed to make top four ...

Relaxed Badger boys confident at district

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CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS — Jim Richards smiled and laughed. It’s a paradox for the boys track and field team, one most Division III teams wouldn’t mind having. Brandon Greathouse is ranked third in Division III in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. The 4x400 relay of Jimmy Plunkett, Tanner Houser, ...

Maplewood’s 4×800 relays both advanced

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CUYAHOGA HEIGHTS — Dave Deeter was surrounded by four of his distance runners. The Maplewood distance coach was angered by his team’s performance. The girls 4x800-meter relay consisting of three freshmen and a sophomore knew it, nodding in agreement with their coach. Each of their two ...

Badger’s Stanhope ready for run to state

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Decisions. Miranda Stanhope has had plenty of them to make over the years as it pertains to her distance running. Competing May 3 at the Rod Russell Mason Invitational near Cincinnati was one of them. She ran in the top 12 of a highly-competitive field in a one-mile race, which is not the ...

Schedule violation costs Hubbard district berth

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Hubbard High School’s baseball team violated Ohio High School Athletic Association bylaw 9-2-1. Because of that violation, the Eagles are eliminated from the Division II OHSAA baseball tournament for playing in the Viking Classic from March 28-30 in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Hubbard upset ...