Kelly Barzak selected academic All-American

Kelly Barzak selected academic All-American


Thiel College senior forward Kelly Barzak (Howland High) has been selected to the Capital One academic All-America division women’s basketball team.

Barzak, a third team selection, is the first-ever Thiel women’s basketball student-athlete to earn academic All-America honors.

This is the second time this year Barzak has received academic All-American honors, as she was named to the CoSIDA academic All-America third team for volleyball.

Barzak, with a 3.85 GPA and a seven-time member of the Dean’s List, is a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and a four-year letterwinner in basketball.

Spaghetti dinner


The Youngstown Christian Athletic Boosters have a spaghetti dinner on Sunday at Highway Tabernacle, 3000 Raccoon Rd., Austintown from noon until 3 p.m.

Adults $7 and children under six are free. Takeout is available.

Reporting prep results

The Vindicator encourages coaches and statisticians to report prep results by email ( or fax (330-747-6712).

Phone calls (330-747-1478) are also acceptable but emails and faxes are strongly preferred. Deadline is 10 p.m.

NFL exec: HGH testing resolution needed


NFL senior vice president Adolpho Birch said Thursday the league and players association need to reach agreement soon on HGH testing.

The NFL and the union agreed in principle to HGH testing when a new 10-year labor agreement was finalized in August 2011. But protocols must be approved by both sides and the players have questioned the science in the testing procedures, delaying implementation.

In 2011, the NFL became the first professional league to agree with its players on HGH testing. But while the sides debated the scientific validity of the test, and the union still is not satisfied with the process.

A 1-2 golf knockout: McIlroy, Woods lose


The snow is gone from the Match Play Championship, and so are Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

In a stunning conclusion to what already is a bizarre week on Dove Mountain, Shane Lowry of Ireland made a 4-foot par putt on the 18th hole to eliminate Rory McIlroy in the opening round Thursday of golf’s most unpredictable tournament.

Moments later, Charles Howell III finished off a fabulous round in cold conditions by defeating Woods on the 17th hole.

NBA trade deadline has only minor moves


The only trade involving Dwight Howard came last summer. The potent scorers that moved did so long ago.

There was no eye-catching activity left for deadline day, resulting in minor deals Thursday to the disappointment of those hoping for a frenzy.

Josh Smith stayed put and the Boston Celtics’ core stayed together, leaving J.J. Redick, dealt to Milwaukee, as the biggest name to be traded.

There were nine moves, nothing approaching a blockbuster and none to jump-start the Lakers. Players such as James Harden and Rudy Gay were traded far before the deadline, but with teams perhaps fearful of new penalties for the biggest spenders, Thursday was mostly quiet.

2014 Giro starts in N. Ireland and Ireland


The Giro d’Italia cycling race in 2014 will begin in Northern Ireland and Ireland. Giro director general Michele Acquarone hopes the race can “unite the entire island of Ireland.”

The three-week cycling showcase will start May 10 in Belfast and pass through Dublin and Armagh on May 11 and 12.

This will be the 11th time the race will start outside Italy.

Vindicator staff/wire reports

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