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Sport columns

Finding the elusive bass at local lakes

Like the proverbial needle in a haystack, the bass in a weed bed can be difficult to find. Bass love aquatic vegetation. Lakes like Mosquito, West Branch and Pymatuning are loaded with a variety of leafy green plants that harbor largemouth bass and the food on which they prey. But ...

Jaws drop at move Howland makes

Jaw-dropping moments are pretty common in sports, and they come in all types. The last-second shot to win the game. The big hit or amazing catch in football. A walk-off hit or a diving catch in the outfield. Heck, they’re a big reason sports are so much fun. There are other shocking ...

MLB needs reform before it’s too late

It's nice to finally be able to catch a baseball game at one of the local parks in the area as baseball is starting to begin play around the Mahoning Valley. Groups of men and women came together, along with Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, to find a way to work around the ...

’20 senior class can learn from experience

Oh man, to go back to senior year in high school. Wouldn’t that be something? You could get away with just about anything as a senior. Plus, you were the top dog — in sports, at school, at parties and pretty much wherever you went. Good times. No, great times. The same can’t be said ...

Eerie quietness comes over Cortland

CORTLAND — The drive up state Route 11 provided no sense of anticipation, not even when my vehicle headed west on state Route 305 toward my destination. The road leading to Lakeview High School was barren, not a soul in sight as I made my way to the back toward Don Richards Stadium. ...

Bowden proving haters are wrong

Sometimes it can be frustrating when you’re really good at something. I’m talking REALLY good, like there might be one or two people better than you, but you’d have to fly across the world and ride a camel 250 miles into the desert to find them. When someone is Egyptian-desert good, ...

Why, not where, are the fish biting?

Opportunities abound for all of us to become better fishers every time we go to the water, but whether we understand what nature is telling us depends on how much we are paying attention and how keenly we analyze our experiences. Many anglers miss the clues they encounter simply because they ...

YSU coach has right mix to succeed

Skepticism is pretty normal for Youngstown State football fans, and for good reason. It’s annoying to belabor the reasons, but they’re hard to ignore. Forget that the Penguins have reached the playoffs just twice since Jim Tressel left for Ohio State in 2000. While it’s the most glaring ...

Spring athletes deserve recognition

While we wait for word from the Ohio High School Athletic Association on the fate of high school spring sports in Ohio, the Tribune Chronicle / Vindicator sports department has decided to begin publishing our spring sports preview stories and capsules. We regularly publish at the start of ...

Fishermen need to use caution at the lake

Fishing remains a popular activity throughout the Youngstown-Warren area as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s not to say precautions can be tossed aside when we head to the water. Officials in Ohio and Pennsylvania so far have not closed public access to our ...

Area fishing is business as usual

As tumultuous as our world has become in March, it is difficult to imagine a time and place where things are normal. Remember normal? Not so long ago, people took things like going to work, the store, school, church and whatever for granted. Watching a live ball game on TV was just a ...

Fans turn attention elsewhere

Now that the Major League Baseball season has been postponed indefinitely, it doesn’t seem possible that we had almost a month of spring training before COVID-19 pulled the plug. But all baseball fans need to keep the game alive in their hearts and minds. Today was supposed to be opening ...

Sports means a lot to fans

The first time I saw full-out, unbridled passion for a sporting event came from an unlikely source. It was my mom. My mom doesn’t mind sports. To my knowledge, she was never an athlete, but she didn’t have much of a choice but to learn to like them when she married my father (and then ...

Fishing can be calm distraction from daily stress

As we come to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is increasingly evident we are in a crisis like none in recent history. When we think we’ve seen it all, a new day dawns with another wave of bad news. What the virus already has done is scary enough. What it might yet do is still unclear. ...

Links to Valley found in Arizona

My idea of paradise is to get away for a few days, head for the sun of the southwest and take in a few spring training baseball games. The experience last week at the Goodyear, Arizona, training camps of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds, plus side trips to Las Vegas and Prescott, ...

Hurt turns to focus for YSU

CHICAGO — Steve McClain looked over and saw Darius Quisenberry on the floor, crying. The UIC coach helped the Youngstown State University men’s basketball leading scorer to his feet. It looked like Garrett Covington, YSU’s junior guard and defensive specialist, had shed a few tears ...

Tuesday another step for YSU men

Jerrod Calhoun sat in the second-floor film room inside the Beeghly Center surrounded by his assistant coaches. They discussed how to approach last week’s trip to Green Bay and Milwaukee. Eight, 12 and 17 wins. That’s the first three years for the Penguins under this coaching staff. ...

Some can laugh in the face of fear

Perspective. It’s a word we hear a lot as an adult. We probably heard it from time to time as children, too, but we’re carefree. We brush it off as some deep word parents use. You find out why they do when you get older. You realize life can change in an instant, and there’s nothing ...

Wrestlers battling more than opponents

Simi Moananu was drenched in sweat. His shirt was a darker shade of gray than when Liberty’s wrestling practice first started. The big, burly Moananu pushed through the final minutes of the conditioning portion of practice and seemed rather elated to hear the final whistle blow. He brought ...

Ups and downs of YSU game Saturday

Jason Slay looked around as the Youngstown State University men’s basketball team began to warm up with some stretching exercises. The YSU associate coach glanced around and started clapping. He observed his players — some stretching, others dunking. The group gathered around the basket. ...