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Browns sign Mooney grad to minicamp deal


Former Kentucky and Cardinal Mooney linebacker Courtney Love signed a minicamp deal with the Cleveland Browns on Monday.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Youngstown native started all 26 games for the Wildcats over the last two seasons.

Last season, Love was second on Kentucky with 92 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss,. He was tied for the team lead with two forced fumbles.As a junior in 2016, the former Cardinal was third on the team with 76 tackles.

Love was named the winner of the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy, an award that honors college football’s top community servant.

Ursuline grad finishes 37th at half marathon


Tom Joyce, a 1969 graduate of Ursuline High School, placed third in his age group in the 37th running of the Skunk Cabbage Classic half-marathon run.

The race, a Road Runners Club of America Championship event, is run through the Cornell University campus.

In a field of 625 entrants, Joyce, 66, ran 2:16.08 and was third in the 65-69 group.

It is the sixth time he has run the 13-mile race since turning 60.

Niles’ Johnson named PAC Player of the Week


Westminster College junior Jaret Johnson (Nilesy) has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Johnson hit .714 (15-for-21) and got on base at a .741 clip last week for 4-2 Westminster.

He finished the Titans’ six-game stretch with four doubles, a triple and a home run while scoring eight runs and driving in five.

During Friday’s split with PAC rival Bethany, Johnson went 7-for-10 (.700) at the plate with three doubles, a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored.

Mill Creek MetroParks to add Adaptive Golf


Mill Creek Golf Course will host an Adaptive Golf program this fall as part of a pilot program.

The Mill Creek golf professional staff of Brian Tolnar, Andy Santor and Stacie Butler recently became certified to teach Adaptive Golf by the PGA of America.

The adaptive program will be taught by the professional staff at Mill Creek and instruct handicapped players, disabled golfers and military members who were injured in combat.

Participants will learn all the skills necessary to play the game. Sept. 12 has been selected for the one-day pilot program at Mill Creek Golf Course, with details available later this summer.

Beyond the pilot program set for this fall, Mill Creek is looking to host a four-week program in the spring and a two-week program in the fall of 2019. This will be in conjunction with the PGA Hope Initiative set forth by the PGA of America and Northern Ohio PGA Section.

The Adaptive Golf Program is an addition to adaptive programs in tennis, softball and lacrosse which will be offered this summer by Mill Creek MetroParks in collaboration with Adaptive Sports Program of Ohio (ASPO).

For the second year, ASPO staff will be providing free instruction in wheelchair tennis basics to participants of any age who have a permanent disability.

Details are by calling 330.740.7107.

Local AAU team wins New York tournament


The Youngstown Basketball Club went 4-0 and beat Ease Elite 87-86 over the weekend.

This is YBC’s first championship and second year in AAU organization.

Warren Harding’s Tyree Marlowe hit game-winning shot with a baby hook to win the championship at the buzzer. Harding’s Munch Owens had the assist.

YBC features local 10th, 11th and 12th graders from Warren Harding, East, McDonald, Austintown Fitch, Liberty and Boardman.

In the first two games, YBC defeated 21 Hoops Beast and Shoot for Change. It advanced played WNY SkyForcez in the semifinals.

Staff/wire report

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