Denny Dobrindt used a 7-iron to shoot a hole-in-one on the 145-yard No. 11 at Old Dutch Mill.

Witnesses were Jerry Kohl, Dave Wagner and Biagio Iaderosa

Prep basketball showcase set Dec. 14


The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley will present the “The Hope Classic: High School Basketball Showcase” at the Struthers Fieldhouse.

The showcase will feature four games (two boys, two girls) on Dec. 14.

All of the proceeds from the games will benefit The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, which raises money for chronically and/or terminally ill children.

Teams participating include the girls’ teams from Boardman, Struthers, West Branch and Denver East. Boys’ teams are LaBrae, Cardinal Mooney, Warren G. Harding and Niles.

Tickets will be available at each participating school’s athletic departments.

Curbstone Coaches


Youngstown State Sports Information Director Trevor Parks, will be the guest speaker at the Curbstone Coaches meeting.

The group will meet at Lucianno’s Cafe Monday at noon.

Reporting prep results

Coaches and statisticians are encouraged to report prep results by 10 p.m. via email (sports@vindy.com), fax (330-747-6712) or phone (330-747-1478).

Emails and faxes are strongly preferred.

Prep football statistics

In order to include a football team’s statistical leaders in the weekly list featured in the Blitz, both in print and online, coaches and/or statisticians should report their updated statistics by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Email stats to dchapin@vindy.com or fax them to 330-747-6712, attention Doug Chapin.

Former Oilers coach Bum Phillips dies at 90


Bum Phillips, the folksy Texas football icon who coached the Houston Oilers during their Luv Ya Blue heyday and later led the New Orleans Saints, died Friday. He was 90.

“Bum is gone to Heaven,” son Wade Phillips tweeted Friday night. “Loved and will be missed by all — great Dad, Coach, and Christian.”

Phillips died at his ranch in Goliad.

Wade Phillips is the Houston Texans’ defensive coordinator.

Born Oail Andrew Phillips Jr. in 1923 in Orange, Phillips was a Texas original in his blue jeans, boots and trademark white Stetson — except at the Astrodome or any other dome stadium because he was taught it was disrespectful to wear a hat indoors.

Pacers beat Cavs


David West scored 20 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-79 on Saturday night for their first preseason victory.

Indiana (1-5) advanced to the Eastern Conference finals last season, but opened the preseason with five straight losses. The Pacers trailed by three at halftime, but outscored Cleveland 33-26 in the third quarter to take a 69-65 lead. The Pacers pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers (3-2) with 15 points. Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the draft, each added 11 points for Cleveland.

US wins upset ahead of rugby league WCup


Little has been expected of the United States ahead of its tournament debut at the upcoming rugby league World Cup.

After a remarkable victory in their only warm-up match, however, they could be ready to surprise some people.

The USA Tomahawks pulled off a surprise 22-18 win over fourth-ranked France in Toulouse, for one of the country’s best results.

“This is a real shot in the arm for USA rugby league,” U.S. coach Terry Matterson said. “We have traveled far and wide to get here.”

Vindicator staff/wire reports

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