Austintown sports briefs

Chili cook-off set for March 9

Austintown Little Falcons’ first Chili Cook-off Fundraiser is set for March 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Austintown. The cost is $5 for adults. Kids under 14 eat free. The cost includes pizza, snacks, soft drinks and chili tasting. The cost to enter the cook-off contest is $20. First, second and third-place prizes will be awarded. For more information or to reserve a place in the contest, contact Tracy Hall at 330-519-5551 or Matt Hlebak at 330-398-5512.

Softball sign-ups set for Austintown league

Austintown girls softball league (slow-pitch) sign-ups, which are open to all Mahoning Valley girls, will be at the Austintown Township hall today and tomorrow from noon until 4 p.m.

Neighbors wants winter sports news

It’s getting cold outside and the snow will be flying before you know it. That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news: It’s winter sports season. Your young athletes have already started practicing and games will be starting before the end of this month. It promises to be a great season filled with game-winning shots, wrestling tournaments, strikes and spares, balance beam routines and swim meets.

Neighbors wants to be there every step of the way. If you’re a winter sports coach or the parent of an athlete, we need you help. In order to get teams and players the recognition they deserve, we want to showcase them in our pages. We can only do that if you commit to sending us game reports and photos each week. If you send it, it will get in.

You can email us at You don’t have to be a writer — just send us the information and we’ll put it all together. When emailing pictures, send them as JPEG files as large as possible. Provide caption information and where people are located from left to right, front row to back.

The sports news we’re looking for ranges from varsity high school teams down to middle school and even elementary and recreational leagues. And not just basketball — we want wrestling, bowling, swimming, gymnastics and hockey, too. We look forward to hearing from you and celebrating this season’s successes.

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