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Sport columns

Time to put fishing back on the radar

“One of these days …” It’s a threat, a promise or a dream. It all depends on the circumstances. Anglers often aspire to fulfill an ambition “one of these days.” Perhaps it’s to visit a faraway lake or to catch a bucket-list species. For many, however, the “one of these ...

A strong 1st impression

Mahoning Valley athletes, you’ve got our attention. Another year has come and gone for our area’s athletes, but for nearly all of the writers in this outlet’s sports department, it was Year 1 in the Youngstown area. Talk about a strong first impression. In the fall, we were ...

Recalling a home run fishing trip of sorts

Sometimes a fishing trip can be a home run even when the fish fail to show up. For retired Mathews High School teacher Mike Miller, a long weekend of frustration on Pymatuning Lake with his father and brother turned out to be one of the best days of his life. Mike’s dad, Gerry Miller, was ...

Like in life, coaches rely on mentors and other resources

As a journalist, whenever I find myself in a jam and in need of advice I always turn to former colleagues, bosses, and professors. There’s my former editor at the Verde Independent in Cottonwood, AZ, Dan Engler. He was the one who gave me my first full-time job as a journalist and someone ...

Local anglers giving back to support community

When the opportunity to give back to the community presents itself, some people step up and some turn away. It’s human nature. Some are givers. But even the most generous givers appreciate the opportunity to have some fun to go along with their investment. A dedicated corps of bass ...

Aces in the circle: Pitchers played major role in local district titles

The old adage goes “Defense wins championships” and when it came to six of our local softball teams winning district titles this past week, that saying could not be truer. But, you could also throw a little wrinkle into the mix and include the young ladies that stepped into the circle ...