YSU baseball coach to speak at Curbstoners
New Youngstown State baseball coach Dan Bertolini will be the guest speaker at Monday’s luncheon meeting of the Curbstone Coaches at The Avion Banquet Center on Western Reserve Road in Beaver Township. The event begins at noon and the public is welcome to attend.
Also, plans are underway for the 50th Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony which is set for May 7 at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman. The keynote speaker will be former Oakland Raider offensive lineman and local businessman Ed Muransky.
Tickets are available by contacting Mariel Sallee at 330-519-6819. Tickets are also available for $50 for any inductee over the last 50 years in honor of the Curbstone Coaches 50th anniversary.
In Saturday’s story about the YSU College Invitational track and field meet, it was reported Chad Zallow won the 60-meter dash.
Carl Zallow won the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.82 seconds.
Scourge seeks football players
The Mahoning Valley Scourge minor league football team is seeking players for the 2017 season which kicks off May 6 against the Ohio Gladiators at Campbell High School.
The Scourge is beginning its fifth season in the Ohio Football League and needs players with varsity, college or professional football experience. For more information, contact co-owner Jim Craven at 330-502-9402 or email him at email@example.com.
Colts fire GM Grigson
Colts owner Jim Irsay announced Saturday that he has fired general manager Ryan Grigson after five seasons.
The move comes after Indianapolis missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season and only the third time since 2001.
Irsay hired the up-and-coming Grigson after the Colts went 2-14 in 2011. With a series of shrewd moves and No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck leading the way in 2012, the first-time GM rebuilt almost overnight and was the architect of one of the greatest turnarounds in league history. Indy went 11-5 and earned a wild-card spot that season.
It seemed like there was a bright future with Grigson calling the shots, too.
Indy made the playoffs three straight times, won back-to-back division titles in 2013 and 2014 and reached the AFC championship game following the 2015 season.
But a reported rift between Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano loomed over an injury-riddled 2015 season that didn’t go as expected and was followed with another 8-8 season in 2016.
Eastern Washington hires new head coach
Aaron Best has been promoted to head football coach at Eastern Washington.
Best had been the Eagles’ offensive line coach. He will replace Beau Baldwin, who recently left to be the offensive coordinator at California.
Baldwin’s final game at Eastern Washington was a 40-38 loss to Youngstown State in the FCS semifinals.
Athletic director Bill Chaves made the announcement Saturday on Twitter, saying Best would be introduced on Monday.
Best has been an assistant coach at Eastern Washington since 2000.
Wayne Rooney breaks United scoring record
Wayne Rooney has become Manchester United’s record scorer after moving onto 250 goals by netting an injury-time equalizer in Saturday’s Premier League game against Stoke.
Rooney had been tied on 249 goals with Bobby Charlton, who has held the record since 1973.
The 31-year-old England captain is in his 13th season at United and no longer assured of a starting spot.