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Thoughts from YSU’s week 2 win over Dayton

YOUNGSTOWN — In a number of ways, Youngstown State took a needed step forward in Week 2’s 49-16 decimation of Dayton. The offense had a record-setting day through the air, Jaleel McLaughlin once again broke the century mark and the defense was stingy for most of the day. However, as ...

Trying new, different things can yield great results

I heard the strike before I saw it, but I knew immediately it was no ordinary bass. Turning toward the commotion, I saw Ray Halter’s line zipping swiftly through the aquatic weeds, clipping the greenery as neatly as a scythe. He turned the bass and it jumped in protest, revealing its ...

League play begins

With three weeks of games in the books, the high school football season kicks into a new gear tonight with the start of league play for a large majority of area schools. Highlighting the week four slate is the 78th meeting between Mineral Ridge (3-0) and McDonald (1-2). The Mahoning Valley ...

The good and bad from YSU’s win over Duquesne

YOUNGSTOWN — Doug Phillips assessed things perfectly. YSU’s head coach noted following the Penguins’ 31-14 win over Duquesne that he liked the effort, but added, “We’re definitely not there yet.” Let’s start with the good. YSU’s run game remains potent, led by All-American ...

Learning from mistakes key out on the waters

Fishing, as in life, is about minimizing mistakes. Whether errors in judgment or failures in execution, the goof-ups we experience can turn around and bite us out on the water. A miscue can result in a missed opportunity, a broken line, a lost fish or even an injury. So it is that we seek ...

Football ‘golden ages’ unfolding across the Valley

Depending on the fanbase, area high school football enthusiasts will point to different bygone eras as “the golden age” of football in the Mahoning Valley. Niles fans are quick to mention the 1960s when the Red Dragons won a pair of state titles in the midst of a 48-game unbeaten ...