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John Bassetti

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Watson brothers working up coaching ranks

The Watson brothers of Austintown are assistant coaches at NCAA Division I schools whose geographic locations and won-loss records are miles apart.

East falls short against Heights

So few points after so much work.

Mooney sets sights on another state title

Marcus McWilson doesn’t have a vision problem, but, right now, he’s seeing double — double sessions that is.

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Mill Creek's Miller — from frustration to jubilation — in 5 seconds

Dennis Miller will get his first glimpse of San Francisco next week. More importantly, he’ll get to play in his first U.S. Open.

Another full year for Class B teams

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com STRUTHERS Sponsors, bat type, tournaments and rosters —

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Ursuline takes advantage of miscues

Blaneys: Like father, like son — really, really fast

Remember the kid who, out of high school, followed in his father’s footsteps and went to work in the steel mills?

Ursuline advances in Div. III

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com struthers Sam Donko seemed to have a hand in every phase

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New basketball bosses hired at Harding

New basketball bosses hired at Harding

The Warren Board of Education pulled the personnel equivalent of basketball’s one-and-one play when it approved the hiring of two basketball coaches Tuesday afternoon.

Donbar rolls 611 in final week of Camelot Seniors

Not by design, but Karen Donbar waited until the final week of the Monday Senior Mixed Doubles

Lakeview boys coach resigns

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com CORTLAND George Lanterman resigned as Lakeview’s boys

Area man teams up to cycle across the country

This summer, some of us will find a hammock and take it easy. Others, like 30-year-old Shawn Aker, a Columbiana High and YSU graduate, is part of a cycling team that will compete in the Race Across America.

Petraglia at home in Bell-Wick

Johnny Petraglia Jr., who recently participated in the PBA Hubbard Open in March, felt at home at

Improved play on the green is key for Kokrak

By john bassetti bassetti@vindy.com An inscription on a priest’s coffee mug playfully reads:

Damicos are among PBA’s biggest fans

In some respects, Doxie Damico would be classified as a groupie, but, in reality, the Austintown

A fun, final night

Trumbull boys and girls all-star teams pick up a sweep at the Frank Bubba Classic By John Bassetti

Working toward the Tour

East Palestine native Alex Casi goes for a LPGA card By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com Tony

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Kokrak makes a change in caddies

Maybe it was coincidental that the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor Fla. last weekend was also a juncture for a switch.


Rhino Page unseats defending champion

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Springfield ousted by Chanel’s defense, 3s

Instead of being ecstatic, Eric Fender was pragmatic.

JFK rallies but comes up short

By john bassetti bassetti@vindy.com WARREN It was another Windham-Warren JFK showdown and

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Kokrak says better putting performance is key

Jason Kokrak says a better putting performance is the key

Mercer HOF inducts James, D’Angelo, Rossi, Clayton

The Mercer County Bowling Hall of Fame inducted four new members on Feb. 25. Almeda James, Gabe

4 boys bowling teams at state today

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com It’ll be a Wayne Webb’s weekend for four area boys teams,

Hubbard girls win district bowling

Fitch falls just short in state qualifier

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com KENT Pizza, pressure, pain. Entering the day’s final two

5 Mahoning Valley bowling teams head for state competition

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com KENT Struthers’ boys bowling team will be making its

Ex-QB Hipple gives YSU audience hope

Like a true athlete, Eric Hipple worked up a sweat giving his presentation on depression and its most extreme scenario — suicide — to a group of mostly students at Youngstown State’s Kilcawley Center on Tuesday night.

Pebble Beach success increases Kokrak’s media time

He’s no longer an unknown.

Nites, Williams lead Howland past ’Cats

By John Bassetti bassetti@vindy.com HoWLAND It wasn’t a matter of if it would happen, but how

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Warren native Jason Kokrak has stars in eyes, goals in sights at Pebble Beach

Warren native Jason Kokrak has stars in his eyes and goals in his sights at Pebble Beach

Tournament season is coming up fast

Several tournaments and events are upcoming on area lanes. The Youngstown-Salem Women’s Bowling

Pro-am bowling tourney returns to Hubbard alley

By John Bassetti sports@vindy.com What was designed to be a fund-raiser for the Liberty and

LaBrae rallies after half to take bite out of Bulldogs

By John Bassetti bassetti@vindy.com POLAND It was too good a game for this early in the

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Second-half dominance is a staple of Mooney’s season

Cardinals making a habit of coming from behind for victories

Cardinal Mooney will be making its 11th state finals appearance on Friday when the Cardinals (10-3), play Springfield Shawnee in the Division III championship game.

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Cardinals will play for eighth state title against Springfield Shawnee next week By John Bassetti

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Crestview gets stung by Kirtland

Kirtland defenders swarm Crestview quarterback Adam Coppock during the Division V regional championship game Friday at Mollenkopf Stadium in Warren. The Hornets overwhelmed the Rebels, 35-7.

Quick-striking ’Jacks top Phantoms

By John Bassetti bassetti@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN While celebrity chef Guy Fieri watched the game

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Strength versus Strength

Division IV playoff game comes down to Girard’s offense vs. Canton Central Catholic’s defense.

Crestview, Cuy. Heights have traditions

By John Bassetti bassetti@vindy.com Columbiana Mad Magazine has a Spy vs. Spy cartoon feature.

Brian Marrow answers the call at YCS

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Brian Marrow had to be convinced to take the

Ursuline vs. Mooney for 57th renewal of series

Long-time rivals primed for 57th renewal of series By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com

Harding strikes first, but Howland gets win

By John Bassetti bassetti@vindy.com HOWLAND Howland allowed only a half-dozen goals prior to

Lakeview defeats Struthers 48-14

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com CORTLAND After taking photos with family, friends and his

Special night all ’round for the Tigers

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com NEW MIDDLETOWN Tuesday night’s girls game between South

Girard absorbs opening shock, runs past Niles

By john bassetti bassetti@vindy.com GIRARD It wasn’t long after Ciara Bello was named queen

Junior Ryan Mosora has Brookfield rushing towards the playoffs

Junior Ryan Mosora has Brookfield rushing towards the playoffs By John BASSETTI

Canfield defeats East 20-12

By JoHN bassetti bassetti@vindy.com CANFIELD After beating East in fairly convincing fashion

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Campbell leads Boardman quest for a league title

Just a few weeks ago, Boardman running back Devin Campbell had a mind-boggling, jaw-dropping, eye-popping performance against Uniontown Lake.

Lakeview boys soccer team remains unbeaten

Bulldogs on verge of AAC boys soccer championship By john Bassetti bassetti@vindy.com CORTLAND

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Clegg’s goal is winning

From backyard football games to QB for state-ranked Western Reserve BERLIN CENTER Are football



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