SPORTS DIGEST || Metsa’s goal in OT lifts Phantoms to win

Metsa’s goal in OT lifts Phantoms to win


Zach Metsa’s overtime goal lifted the Youngstown Phantoms (4-4-2-1, 11 points) to Saturday’s 4-3 victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks in USHL action.

Curtis Hall set up the game-winning goal at 2:42 of the extra session.

Hall scored the Phantom’s first goal. Steve Holtz and Chase Gresock also scored. Matthew Thomson, Matthew Barry, Craig Needham and Max Ellis also had assists.

The Lumberjacks (4-5-1-1, 10 points) forced overtime when Vincent de Mey scored with 2:48 remaining in regulation.

Ivan Prosvetov was the winning goaltender.

Dean Congemi set as Curbstone speaker


Dean Congemi, who is Regional Account Manager for VICIS the impact reducing football helmet company, 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.

Applications are being accepted for nominations for the 2018 Hall of Fame Class that will be inducted on May 6. For an application to nominate please call 330-506-6774 or 330-792-2272. The application deadline is Nov. 18.

Canfield-SVSM tickets to go on sale Tuesday


Tickets for the Division III regional final Canfield-Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary will be on sale Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Canfield athletic office.

Tickets are $8 in advance and will be $9 at the gate Friday at Salem’s Reilly Stadium.

Tickets also will be available Wednesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Canfield athletic office.

Call 330-533-5341 for more information.

YSU volleyball team ends season with win


The Youngstown State volleyball team posted 15 blocks and finished the season with a four-set win over Milwaukee on Saturday at Beeghly Center.

Freshman outside hitter Margaux Thompson had13 kills and 13 digs, and senior Sam Brown had 10 kills and five aces in her final match as a Penguin. Sarah Varcolla had nine blocks to go along with seven kills, and senior Lauren Blanco notched 17 digs to secure her place atop the Horizon League rankings in digs per set during conference play.

Bridget Wallenberger had 22 kills to lead Milwaukee.

The Penguins (8-22, 1-15 Horizon League) triumphed despite hitting just .122 for the match, and their 15 blocks helped limit Milwaukee to a .175 attack percentage. YSU hit .212 in the first and .368 in the fourth, and it took the third set while hitting a negative percentage.

Byron wins Phoenix as Xfinity Series field set


Justin Allgaier, William Byron, Elliott Sadler and Daniel Hemric took the four spots next week in the Xfinity Series championship race.

All four berths in the championship were on the line Saturday at Phoenix Raceway, where Byron raced to his fourth victory of the season. The other three drivers made it into the Homestead-Miami finale on points.

It made for an enjoyable race for the final spot between Hemric and Cole Custer, as the two battled for position in the closing laps. Custer was fourth and Hemric fifth, and if they stayed that way, Hemric had the spot. But Christopher Bell chased Hemric, who couldn’t afford to give up a position between Custer.

Bell used a three-wide pass on the outside to get by both drivers, and Hemric eventually passed Custer and finished fifth.

The finale will be all Chevrolet drivers, and three from JR Motorsports. The team owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., his sister, Kelley, and Rick Hendrick, had a rollercoaster day when a mechanical issues forced a plane carrying its pit crews to make an emergency landed.

Staff/wire report

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