Sport columns

YSU football embarking on pivotal year

YOUNGSTOWN — There isn’t any hiding it for the Youngstown State football team. Last season was disappointing, on a number of levels. Coming off its first national championship appearance in nearly 20 years, the Penguins, who brought back numerous starters, had a chance to make ...

Formula differs for promoting prospects

It’s one of the many mysteries of minor league baseball — up there with who comes up with all the quirky promotions. Some managers don’t even like to talk about it, as if it’s a secret code or some type of classified information that, if unveiled, will result in a catastrophic ...

Decision is a memorable one

COLUMBUS — The decision. Nothing to do with LeBron James leaving Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers. An 11-year-old girl pondering an all-day trip to Columbus with her father. She saw the forecast for Sunday, mid-90s. All she thought about was the heat as she ate lunch with her ...

Coaches from area honored

Trumbull County and the rest of the Mahoning Valley have produced, through their high school athletics programs, numerous student-athletes who have gone on to great success in the college and professional ranks. While in high school, those student-athletes have been stellar representatives ...

Top award starts in throwing circle

Simple spread of white chalk. Some prefer rosin on his or her hands. Deep breath. Focus. All that surrounds the thrower is a crowd. Some bystanders. Others have nervous energy. Shuffle. Shuffle. Throw. The weighted ball temporarily defies gravity through the power of the body ...

Another year, another epic state meet

COLUMBUS — The heat sheets and time schedule come first. Sift through the names, find the ones from Mahoning and Trumbull Counties, along with those from Grand Valley, Pymatuning Valley, Garfield and Windham. Blue highlighter, sometimes yellow. Whatever is the closest in hand. Use it and ...

Opportunity knocks for area coaches

It's hard not to look back at high school without some type of regret. Oh, come on. Don’t act like you’re not still upset over being too shy to ask that cute girl to prom, or that you’re not still wondering how good you could have been at sports if you wouldn’t have been out causing ...

NFL visit about more than new helmets

It’s not odd to see an NFL player in Warren G. Harding High School. Heck, the city of Warren has produced dozens of professional football players over the years. On this day, however, the appearance was, indeed, strange. Members of the Cleveland Browns organization were at the school on ...

Daniels adds to Warren legacy

The gentle giant wasn’t being so gentle on this day. It was just a regular season high school football game back in 2014 to most people, but to Warren G. Harding’s James Daniels, there was extra incentive. Daniels was a three-star prospect offensive lineman who was receiving scholarship ...

Local racing season about to begin

The first sign of spring is here as race cars have been sighted at the Shenango Valley Mall during the Twin State Auto Racing Club’s car show. The 2018 racing area season was scheduled to start tonight as Sharon Speedway was to play host to some of the top Late Model drivers in the country, ...

Weaver’s personality part of Flashes’ success

COLUMBIANA — If you don’t come away feeling better about yourself, maybe you don’t have a soul. That’s most people’s experience after talking to Champion softball coach Cheryl Weaver. It’s her demeanor, something that has you at ease when you say hello and engage in conversation ...

Who wears the pants in area baseball?

The first few weeks of high school baseball are always rough in northeast Ohio, but Mother Nature is really trying her hardest to show who wears the pants around here this season. How teams even got a few games in over the last two weeks was hard to believe. As is often the case, we’ll have ...

Looking at wins, losses for YSU men

Check Twitter. Type in Youngstown State. Hit the button that says latest. Scroll down. Repeat action a couple more times in the day. The Penguins men’s basketball team kept the transaction wire active Thursday with three players asking for their release and having that request granted, which ...

History of Sharon Speedway is featured

Ron Novak will present a program on the rich history of Sharon Speedway Monday evening at 7 at the fire station located in Hartford Center. Novak’s father, Jim, took control of the speedway in 1950 and promoted the speedway until 1980. It has always been my thought that if there was a hall ...

Wallace in middle of Loyola hype

FOCUS. Yes, focus on the task ahead. Kenny Wallace, disciplined by nature, never faced that quandary. The former Mathews Mustang entered his weekly history class at Loyola University in Chicago. It was 4:15 p.m., central standard time. Midterm exam. Focus on the task at hand. Kind of ...

Basketball, forgotten around here

AN orange sphere, some black stripes swirling around the surface. Some smooth. Some rough. Either way, it bounces on different surfaces. The length of the court remains 90 feet long as sweat drips, shoes squeal and various other grunts emit from the mouths of high school ...

Smart coaches should listen to dumb critics

It's no secret that coaches don’t like being criticized, even though it’s an inevitability of the job. From youth league to professional, there’s always someone who thinks a coach can do a better job in a certain area. Heck, part of my job as a sports writer is to voice my opinion if a ...

Stories of state champs will be told

PRETTY much every job has tasks that workers despise, but they’re part of the job, so they must be done. Nurses and doctors, for example, have the unenviable task of telling loved ones that a family member just passed away. Teachers must deal with the endless needs of dozens of rambunctious ...

Decisive weekend looms for wrestlers

It's the best and worst day of the season, with joy and agony happening simultaneously dozens of times at venues all over the state. The pinnacle moment of the season for just about every wrestler comes on the second day of the district tournament, during one of the most grueling, competitive ...

No flash, just grit for YSU women

YOUNGSTOWN John Barnes sat at the weekly news conference Monday at Youngstown State, talking about his women’s basketball team. There’s a lot to talk about. One is freshman McKenah Peters winning Horizon League Freshman of the Week. She’s feisty player and timely shooter who has ...