Sport columns

Area loses legend; another star rises

We lost another local racing legend with the passing last weekend of Bill Forney at the age of 92. Today’s racers may or may not know about the former racing champion who was from Boardman. However, many wish they could have had such an illustrious racing career. Forney raced in the 1950s ...

Basics mean everything for YSU basketball

YOUNGSTOWN JOHN Barnes saw the four wooden, folding chairs all set on a 45-degree angle, facing toward the hoop. One was knocked out of place. He quickly went over to straighten it back into place. Everything was succinct and had its place. It’s been Barnes’ discipline each and every ...

Horizon vs. MAC hoops matchups make sense

Type in Horizon League Summit League in any search engine, then scroll down slightly on your smartphone. Under people also ask, it says, “Is the Horizon League Division I? Is the Summit League d1?” The same could be said for Youngstown State. I’ve heard enough people being surprised ...

Warren Football Legends moves to mid-August

The annual Warren Football Legends celebration dinner and golf outing has a few major changes for 2019 — the fourth year of the event — but a couple of things that haven’t changed are that all proceeds benefit the Warren G. Harding football program and former players from Harding and ...

Sharon Speedway is more than just racing

HARTFORD DIRT flies underneath my low-riding SUV, feeling the undulations of the bumpy grass terrain below. The remnants of a quick-moving rainstorm soaked the already saturated surface, leaving some tan-colored muddy indents — ready to cake any vehicle in its wake. Sounds like the ...

Lou Blaney Memorial coming this Saturday

It’s time to honor a true racing champion, Lou Blaney. On Saturday, Sharon Speedway will hold the Lou Blaney Memorial. Fans and drivers alike will honor a man who raced for five decades, winning over 600 feature events, including 121 Modified wins and 11 in a Sprint car at Sharon alone. The ...

Crucial summer for YSU men’s basketball

YOUNGSTOWN SIX-game winning streak. These group of young men saw a glimmer turn into real hope, hope of turning a program around. It’s a solemn vow each current Youngstown State University men’s basketball player and coaching staff member has pinpointed since Jerrod Calhoun took the ...

Wrestling for girls is overdue in Ohio

The thought certainly doesn’t evoke much excitement for parents. Watching their daughter or son run onto a wrestling mat to face what is often a bigger, more built wrestler can be a tough sight to endure. Furthermore, watching them being twisted, lifted in the air, slammed and pinned would ...

Annarella was consummate professional

It's 9:32 a.m., and I’m speaking with Phil Annarella in the Austintown Fitch High School football locker room, adjacent to the Falcons playing surface. It’s late July as the Fitch football coach spots a senior sneaking in the room, heading for his locker. It’s photo day, and if you knew ...

Quit clapping, just respect these athletes

COLUMBUS THIS column was to be about how great this year’s state track and field meet was and how it is my favorite event to attend every year. I was going to talk about how Howland senior Vinny Mauri was amazing in his final running, winning his long-awaited state championship in the ...

Nominees, senior all-stars & Flashes

Before we talk about the amazing success of the Champion High School softball program, a couple of housekeeping notes. First, is the timeline for the annual Tribune Chronicle Senior Athletes of the Year awards. Each year, we contact area schools through their athletic directors and invite ...

Drive to state track meet well worth it

THE cushiony grip on the wheel gets tighter as the mundane drive down I-71 continues. Break it into parts. First Ashland. Then Mansfield. Finally, that Sunbury exit says you’re almost there. Pass by Polaris and take a right on I-270. Mental checklist on the drive: laptop, camera, ...

Marsco left a legacy in Liberty Twp.

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 ...

Area’s best seek place on state podium

The last 100 meters lie directly in front of an area athlete. A second-place competitor is closing fast. Who crosses the line first? The allure of being a track and field state champion is like no other. This May 31 and June 1, some area athletes have a great opportunity to be high atop the ...

April proves difficult for AAC

The irony was amazing. In the Tribune Chronicle sports department we keep stacks of our sports sections, piled by year — each stack includes 365 (or 366 for leap year) different issues. Each day we pull the bottom issue from each stack and put it on top of the next stack. It gives us an idea ...

Weather affects coaches’ best plans

Not many coaches are put in the type of predicament of a high school baseball coach in northeast Ohio. With unpredictable weather and a season that’s basically a month and a half, coaches are practically preparing for the postseason from Day 1. Sure, coaches and teams in all sports have one ...

Weather OK so far for spring season

Don’t tell anyone you heard this from me — I don’t want to be accused of jinxing things — but the weather for the high school spring sports season in 2019 has been downright decent. That has made for some busy evenings in our sports department, but we are OK with that as we try to ...

Plenty are working so kids can play

While waiting for my grandson Carter’s baseball team to get their photos taken on Saturday, I got to thinking about how much effort — not to mention expense — goes into providing organized sports opportunities for youngsters in our communities. As we start another baseball season, while ...

Don’t overlook the benefits of baseball

IN the professional world, it’s one of the four major sports, but in the high school realm, baseball seems to be further back on the list — for whatever reason. Blame Mother Nature. Blame the slow pace that seems to irk some people, or maybe blame the fact that a lot of times, people ...

Can area players change culture at YSU?

One of the more nauseating quotes fans and media hear from coaches is the old “we need to change the culture” line. Yeah, and I need to change the inordinate amount of time I spend scouring meaningless social media posts on my phone, but that’s not happening either. However, the ...