Mooney HOFinductees named
YOUNGSTOWN -- There will be 12 new inductees into the Cardinal Mooney Athletic Hall of Fame at the Ron Stoops Scholarship Dinner set for Mr. Anthony's in Boardman on Feb. 17.
To be honored are Andy D'Apolito (1975, baseball), Greg Finnerty (1979, basketball), Ernie Formichelli (boys tennis coach), Michael Haggerty (1984, tennis), Al Hutko (1968, football), Mark Kachmer (1982, football), Valerie Lawrence Wise (1981, basketball), Frank Lyons (1960, football), Mark "Bo" Pelini (1986, basketball/football), Jon Saadey (1983, baseball/football), Andy Santor (1983, golf) and Mike Stoops (1980, football).
For tickets, call the school at (330) 788-5007.
George Junior,St. V-M tickets
YOUNGSTOWN -- Tickets for the George Junior Republic-Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's boys high school basketball game set for Feb. 17 at Youngstown State's Beeghly Center will go on sale Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the YSU ticket office.
About 1,200 tickets remain for the contest at $8 apiece.
This Saturday, Beeghly Center will play host to a basketball tripleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m. when Sebring meets Lordstown. That game will be followed at 3 p.m. by George Junior against East Liverpool, while the YSU men's basketball team will play Loyola of Chicago at 7 p.m.
From 11:30 a.m. through 3 p.m., tickets for the George Junior-Akron contest will be on sale in the main lobby. That game, Sunday, Feb. 17, will be part of a doubleheader as Lisbon meets Slippery Rock at 2 p.m., while George Junior and Akron will clash at 3:30.
Poland sellingbasketball tickets
POLAND -- Poland High boys basketball tickets for the Bulldogs' game Friday at Niles will be on sale Thursday and Friday in the Poland athletic office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For questions, call (330) 757-7021.
Dupree named MVPof flag league
STRUTHERS -- Former Eastern Michigan University football standout Lincoln Dupree was voted the Most Valuable Player in the Valley Sports Limited first-ever Flag Football League.
Dupree caught four touchdown passes from Larry Thompson as Uno (14-1) defeated the Bushwackers 54-26 to win the league title.
Dupree also threw a touchdown pass to Daniel Johnson and he returned an interception for a score in the title game.
Balog, Heavenare champs
YOUNGSTOWN -- Robert Balog rolled 1,536 to beat out Thomas Morris' 1,509 for "C" division honors as the fourth Youngstown Bowling Association-sponsored Youngstown Senior Tournament came to a conclusion.
Ron Dreszel finished third in the division for men ages 60-64 with 1,376, followed by John Beene with 1,365; Richard Gulu with 1,346 and John Gagliardo with 1,343. One of Beene's games was a 300.
With a score of 1,551, Ray Heaven won "D" division for men 55 to 59, followed by Frank Bartholomew's 1,536 and Mitch Bellotta's 1,325.
Three games were bowled at West Side Lanes and three at Boardman Lanes.
Pirates readyto sign Reese
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates' winter-long search for a second baseman appears to be over.
The suddenly much-traveled Pokey Reese took a physical Tuesday with the Pirates, who would become his fourth club in six weeks. The Pirates expect to announce his signing on Wednesday or Thursday, as long as the tests come back OK and there are no contract snags.
Reese, a two-time Gold Glove winner, could inject more speed into the lineup of a team coming off its first 100-loss season since 1985 -- especially if he can again resemble the player he was in 1999.
The Pirates tried a variety of second basemen last season, including Pat Meares, Abraham Nunez, Warren Morris and Rob Mackowiak, but none could win the job.
Steelers firespecial teams coach
PITTSBURGH -- Jay Hayes was fired as the Pittsburgh Steelers' special teams coach following a season-long series of breakdowns capped by two touchdown-producing misplays in the AFC championship game.
Jackets centerchosen for game
COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have their first NHL All-Star. So does Norway. Center Espen Knutsen was chosen to join the World squad for Saturday's NHL All-Star game in Los Angeles.
MAC tournamenttickets available
CLEVELAND -- Individual-session ticket packages for the Mid-American Conference men's and women's basketball tournaments at Gund Arena are now on sale at TicketMaster locations.
The first round of both MAC tournaments will be held on campus sites on March 2 (women) and March 4 (men).
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers hired former division rival Marty Schottenheimer as coach, hoping he can end their six-year playoff drought, second-longest in the NFL.
Vindicator staff/wire reports