Austintown sport briefs

“Boom Boom” Mancini biography planned

A biography on Youngstown’s Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini called “The Good Son” is scheduled to be released in September. The book is written by Mark Kriegel, who also wrote bestselling biographies on “Pistol” Pete Maravich and Joe Namath. Mancini, who grew up on the South Side, was the WBA lightweight champion from 1982-84.

Penn State coaches caravan here May 15

Three Penn State head coaches will appear in the area to speak, as coordinated by the Nittany Lion Club and the Penn State Alumni Association.

Penn State football coach Bill O’Brien, women’s basketball coach Coquese Washington and men’s hockey coach Guy Gadowsky will appear on May 15 for a luncheon at the Boardman Holiday Inn.

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Shurmur to address Regional Chamber

Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur will headline a Regional Chamber executive luncheon on May 18 at the Maronite Center.

The event is titled “Football Friday with the Cleveland Browns.”

Shurmur will talk about plans for the 2012-2013 season and be available to field questions about the team, including his take on how the Browns did in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Current and alumni players will be on hand at the luncheon as well as the voice of the Browns, Jim Donovan.

Registration is required by May 14 by contacting Jennifer Mascardine at 330-744-2131 ext. 12, by email at or by going to the Regional Chamber website,

Tressel speaker at United Way event

Jim Tressel will be the keynote speaker for the United Way’s 7th annual “Champions Among Us” dinner on May 17 at Mr. Anthony’s Banquet Center.

Joining the former YSU and Ohio State football coach will be Michael Zordich, former Cardinal Mooney and Penn State football player.

Zordich will be honored by the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley as the local champion who has represented the Valley in a positive manner.

The event is sponsored by PNC Bank. Doors open at 5:30 for a silent auction and cash bar. Dinner is at 6:30. For more, call 330-746-8494 or visit

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