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Sport columns

Dedication, hard work pays off

Seeing my dad umpire a baseball game is nothing new, but seeing him umpire a baseball game on ESPN in the northeast regional tournament, a step away from the Mecca of little league baseball, is something I’ll never forget. For years I’ve seen my dad, Larry Hawthorne, work hard for ...

Preparation can lead to success on the waters

The lures we use to catch fish can tell us a lot about the mood of our quarry and the adjustments we might make to improve our fortunes. Two recent fishing trips underscore my point. One trip resulted in numerous missed opportunities. The other was a slugfest during which nearly every ...

Staying on staff: 24 former HC’s are assistants in the Mahoning Valley

As far as Poland head coach Tom Pavlansky is concerned, there are never too many cooks in the kitchen. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians? Nonsense! It’s like suggesting that you can have too many former head coaches on the same sidelines. “You simply cannot place a value on ...

A glance at the Valley’s best football helmets

For some weird reason, football helmets have always been an obsession of mine. Uniforms as a whole, but I was always super locked in on the helmets. Between the gumball machine NFL helmets my parents would buy for me at the grocery store to keep me quiet as a toddler, or the Riddell pocket ...

Passion hasn’t faded at the end of an extended absense

Eight weeks. Two months. Sixty days. Doesn’t seem like a long time, but it can be an eternity when it comes to certain things – like waiting for the day when I would cast a line with hopes of hooking a fish. I knew before the surgical team at Cleveland Clinic anesthetized me June 20 that ...

Gaining an appreciation for Warren football

Since starting my journalism career, I’ve had the opportunity to experience a few different things. Spring training in Arizona, a few different Arizona State sporting events, high school football in both Western Pennsylvania and in the Phoenix-metropolitan area, along with several other ...