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Locals must adjust to changes at state meet

High School Sports

The state swimming and diving championships will look a little different this season, as the OHSAA has made many adjustments to ensure the health and safety of the competitors and all involved at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Among those COVID-19 related changes is a one-and-done format ...

Cavaliers snap 10-game skid

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CLEVELAND — Lamar Stevens drove for an easy dunk with 4.1 seconds left and Atlanta failed to get off a final shot as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Hawks 112-111 on Tuesday night to end their 10-game losing streak — the NBA’s longest this season. It was Cleveland’s first win since ...

Hayes ready to move from prospect to star

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The numbers were eye-popping. At least, they were eye-popping to everyone except Ke’Bryan Hayes. His ability to handle his business at third base was never in doubt. Winning three Gold Gloves in the minors offered all the proof required. Yet there were still questions — at least ...

Obiazor leads award winners

YSU Sports

Youngstown State’s Nneka Obiazor was named women’s basketball Freshman of the Year in the Horizon League, one of several Penguins to earn honors for men’s and women’s basketball. Obiazor, Eden Prairie, Minn., ranked fifth in the league in rebounding (8.3 per game) and eighth in ...

Jackson-Milton beats rival WR for third time

High School Sports

NORTH JACKSON — For the third time this season, Jackson-Milton met up with Western Reserve, but this time it was in the opening round of tournament play. The Blue Jays, who won each of the first two meetings by four points, overcame a slow start to complete the season sweep, taking down ...

Late free throw lifts Mathews in sectional

High School Sports

SALINEVILLE — Vincent Greenwood split a pair of free throws with 3 seconds remaining to break a tie as 12th-seeded Mathews defeated ninth-seeded Southern 57-56 in a first-round Division IV sectional contest Tuesday. “Games like this are really tough because we don’t know much about them ...

Brookfield slips past Devils in nailbiter

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BROOKFIELD — Lordstown and Brookfield took their Division IV sectional first-round game down to the wire on Tuesday. The Warriors escaped victorious, 46-43, in a back-and-forth nailbiter that came down to the very end. “I guess it’s like the playoffs,” Brookfield coach Shawn Hammond ...

Penguins win in overtime

Local Sports

WASHINGTON — Kasperi Kapanen scored on a one-timer 1:43 into overtime, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals. The Penguins won for the fourth time in five games against the Capitals this season, including two in overtime and one in a shootout. They ...

Blue Jackets fall in shootout

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COLUMBUS — Patrick Kane scored career goal No. 398 and collected three assists, helping the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-5 shootout win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Alex DeBrincat had the only successful attempt in the tiebreaker. Cam Atkinson, Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic came up ...

Champion, Newton Falls win, advance

High School Sports

¯ CHAMPION 61, ROOTSTOWN 41: CHAMPION — The Flashes had a 23-point third quarter to pull away for a first round sectional victory over Rootstown. Champion outscored the Rovers 23-11 in the third quarter. Austin Willforth led the team with 17 points. Trayvon Edwards scored 16 and Mason ...

Hubbard eliminated by West Branch

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BELOIT — A young Hubbard boys basketball team was caught between a rock and a hard place Tuesday night in its Division II sectional first-round game at sixth-seeded West Branch. The Warriors had things going inside and outside and the 20th-seeded Eagles struggled to contain that combination ...

Salem puts away Girard with fine 4th quarter

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SALEM — In a game closer than the final score indicated, the 19th-seeded Girard boys basketball team pushed seventh-seeded Salem hard into the fourth quarter Tuesday before falling 61-41 in a Division II first-round sectional game. Salem coach Jeff Andres would like to bottle how his team ...

Waiting for history

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NORTH JACKSON — It’s been a long time coming for Jackson-Milton senior Mason Robison. Back on Feb. 9 at home against Columbiana, the 6-foot guard came flying in off the left side of the lane and laid in a feed from fellow senior Andrew Bouch Jr. to record his 1,000th career point. ...

Scrappers see benefits with new league

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The more things change, the more they’ll stay the same. That’s the message proclaimed by Mahoning Valley Scrappers General Manager Jordan Taylor, who is gearing up for a return to summer baseball at Eastwood Field. The Scrappers last played a game on Sept. 2, 2019 when they closed out ...

WGH misses state; Spartans 2nd

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Warren G. Harding came up a little short at qualifying for the Division I state bowling tournament on Monday. The Raiders placed eighth — the top five teams advanced to state — behind Marissa Stear at 550, Abbey Frazzini at 537 and Hailee Misel with a 518 at Freeway Lanes. Boardman’s ...

Life without Lindor

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For the Indians, the changes go beyond just dropping their debated name. As a new season dawns, the four-time All-Star shortstop and face of the franchise is long gone, traded to the New York Mets this winter along with one of Cleveland’s most popular players and established pitchers. There ...

Pirates 2B Frazier one of last men standing after trades

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Adam Frazier spent the winter watching the Pittsburgh teammates he came up through the minors with get flipped for prospects or flat-out released. Josh Bell. Jameson Taillon. Trevor Williams. The Pirates parted ways with all of three and a handful of others during the offseason as part of a ...

Swimming state qualifiers, district results

High School Sports

Listed are area athletes who have qualified for the state swimming and divings championships scheduled this week at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Included are the athlete’s state seeding position based on results of district meets across the state. Also listed are district results for ...

Surpassing the hype

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COLUMBUS — In a virtually empty Value City Arena, the matchup between No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State in February looked more like an intense NCAA Tournament game in March: good shooting, timely 3-pointers, fierce play under the rim, few mistakes and some late drama. After six ties in ...

Penguins beaten in spring opener

YSU Sports

FARGO, N.D. — A Trumbull County touchdown connection — Girard’s Mark Waid to Kennedy’s Jake Coates — pulled Youngstown State within 11 points, 18-7, of three-time FCS defending champion North Dakota State late in the third quarter on Sunday, in YSU coach Doug Phillips’ first game at ...