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Sport columns

Sports writer’s farewell thoughts

There was never a moment during my childhood where I considered being a writer, not even a sports writer. All I cared about were sports, and my goal was the NFL or Major League Baseball. There wasn’t really a Plan B, not until college hit, and flag football and slow-pitch softball were the ...

All-Stars in the area this weekend

Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit of Champions will make a three-day swing through our region this weekend beginning Friday with a stop at Lernerville Speedway just south of Butler, Pa., on Route 356. The show also will include Lernerville celebrating its 1,000th sprint-car race. Joining the ...

Phillips, Penguins face many challenges

This probably wasn’t an easy decision. Then again, the Penguins had their reasons. The Youngstown State football team chose to end its season without playing the final game — a rescheduled contest — last weekend against North Dakota. It made sense to most, except for maybe the Fighting ...

Wrestlers go after state glory on weekend

Some things in sports are tough to watch, and other things in sports are downright excruciating to watch. In the last year, most fans just want any sport to watch (I saw the “Blue Jays” take on the “Cardinals” in an epic duel at the bird feeder during the quarantine). Now that most ...

License fees mean better fishing

March brings spring’s arrival, the start of a new fishing season and the obligation of anglers to invest in the management of the Ohio’s fish and fisheries. For many years, March 1 not only signaled the beginning of the end of winter, but also the time when a new fishing license was ...

A new style starts today with Phillips

There have been a lot of different approaches to restoring order within the Youngstown State football team since Jim Tressel stepped down as coach 20 years ago. Three coaches with varying styles tried their hand at building a consistent winner, and while there were some good years, two ...