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Sport columns

The 3 weeks of CC that matter

The warmth from the sun was beating down on the exposed Trumbull County Fairgrounds. For a Saturday in mid October, it’ll be a welcomed change to start the biggest three weeks of the cross country calendar. District cross country. Some dirt and grass paths weaving in and out the vast ...

Some good, some bad after Penguins loss at Northern Iowa

AS great as the Youngstown State football team looked through four games, there were reasons to hesitate before lauding them a playoff team. A somewhat soft non-conference schedule allowed for a mostly dominant start — with YSU winning its first four games by 20 points or more. Then came ...

Lake Erie walleye and perch forecasts excellent

Lake Erie is the gift that keeps on giving. The lake has become world famous for its outstanding walleye fishing, and the yellow perch aren’t about to be upstaged either. Since Erie began its rebound in the 1970s after two decades of decline, thanks to poor water quality and over-harvest, ...

YSU ‘grit’ campaign has its positives

YOUNGSTOWN — A little lumberjack, a little grit and maybe even a little swag. That’s the best way to describe the new sideline props of the Youngstown State football team, and if that doesn’t also accurately depict the Mahoning Valley, I don’t know what does. Maybe you caught a ...

Get your northern pike experience close to home

You can spend big bucks on a dream trip to a North Woods wilderness lodge where northern pike prowl the cold waters. Or you might just drive up to Bazetta and Mecca townships and work the weedy waters of Mosquito Lake. Northern pike have been slashing and crashing anglers’ baits all across ...

Continue to be patient with us

Well, we are a week into this thing and all we can do is ask you to continue to be patient. When the Tribune Chronicle took on the publishing of a Vindicator edition for Mahoning County residents, we took on a lot of challenges, some obvious, some not so apparent. Obviously, the addition of ...

Optimist always hits with next cast

For anglers, the next cast is one that still holds the promise of a magnificent catch. Fishing is the epitome of optimism. Its practitioners take new hope and big dreams every time they go to the water. Every trip is a fresh opportunity. Every cast has new potential. No matter how many ...

Loud fans can solve shortage of officials

You’ve heard that person. He or she is loudly berating the game officials at the athletic event you are attending. If it’s a professional sport, that’s one thing. Professional umpires and officials get plenty of training and are paid good money. They can handle a little verbal abuse ...

Gabrielson wins Bickerstaff race

Joe Gaberielson won the final leg and biggest race of his career, the Bickerstaff Cup, Saturday evening at Sharon Speedway. Besting a stellar field of the region’s best Outlaw E-Mods, the 31-year-old Bristolville native started fifth and drove a smart to victory. He bided his time, saving ...

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 ...