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Q&A: Poland's Mark Brungard

Mark Brungard has never been shy about schedling for his Poland Bulldogs, and the 2011 schedule is

Struthers rallies to beat Liberty 20-18

By John Bassetti bassetti@vindycom LIBERTY After starting the season 0-3, it looked as if

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Leflore adapts and adopts East

By john bassetti bassetti@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The Ten Commandments tattooed on the inside of

Hubbard edges Youngstown East in prep football

By john bassetti bassetti@vindy.com HUBBARD As opera performer Jason Budd bellowed out the

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Anthony Pesce - LINE BUSTER

In football years, Anthony Pesce has more time as a letterman — two — for Hubbard High’s team than the age of his one-full-year-old school building. Strange, but true.

Mahone leads Fitch past pesky Poland

By john bassetti bassetti@vindy.com AUSTINTOWN On a night when people were trying to beat the

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Graziano a master of Girard offense

By John Bassetti bassetti@vindy.com GIRARD When talking to Dan Graziano, you find him to be

Struthers rings the bell in win

By John bassetti bassetti@vindy.com STRUTHERS Mark Asher literally dropped what he was doing —

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Struthers lineman Mike Shaffer is one tough kid

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com struthers Mike Shaffer wouldn’t hurt a fly, but a bee is

Rios hits the ground running at Harding

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com WARREN The zeal of Warren Harding football might best be

Scrappers rally, then hold on to win

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com NILES The Mahoning Valley Scrappers lived up to their

Anemic offense costs Scrappers in loss

By John Bassetti bassetti@vindy.com NILES The Mahoning Valley Scrappers didn’t have much

Giuriceo, Koval ready for tonight

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com STRUTHERS When the lights go on, Jake Giuriceo hopes that

Poland softball denied a berth in World Series

Paul Hammond has hit all the right buttons this summer: first, as manager of the Ohio Glaciers team which won the Class B League’s new minor league division, then, most recently, as manager of the Youngstown 14-year-old PONY All-Star team, which opens world series play on Friday night in Washington, Pa., against Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

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Howland's Dan Moody merges brains with brawn

Staff report Howland Dan Moody isn’t sure what he’ll be doing 10 years from now, but he knows it

Scrappers move back into tie for 1st place with victory

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com NILES Rob Nixon’s first pitch to Auburn’s Caleb Ramsey

Errors doom Scrappers in defeat

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com NILES Anticipation should be no greater when two teams

Kelly Pavlik: FIT & READY

Kelly Pavlik knows a win on Saturday will give him a title shot By JOHN BASSETTI

East Palestine man moves in auto racing circuits; taking on ARCA trucks

Brandon Huff of East Palestine moves along in auto racing circuits; taking on ARCA trucks By JOHN

Scrappers snap skid

— new york-penn league — By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com NILES The Scrappers tallied

Pavlik moves on from weight issue

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN For a tune-up that is supposed to have the

Terry McCluskey of Vienna world champ

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com VIENNA The definition of a golden ager is an elderly

Astro stays hot at CABA

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com STRUTHERS The deadline for averting a threatened Aug. 2

Blaney relishes bright spots

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com “It’s been better than expected.” Those words from Dave

Canfield’s Hunter an all-around good investment

Nick Hunter was born in Seattle in 1992 — about the time Starbucks Coffee was looking to become publicly traded.

Canfield gets victory in marathon game

By john bassetti bassetti@vindy.com STruthers Brock McGivern’s walk-off hit — a fly ball to

Giuriceo has fight date, but still needs a fighter

Lights Out Management coordinator Mike Cefalde spent much of Wednesday afternoon’s “press conference” at Dona Vito’s Italian Grille pacing in and out of the establishment while talking on his cell phone.

Giuriceo needs a new foe

With the possibility of contraction of hepatitis B virus, the opponent for Jake Giuriceo for Saturday night’s fight in Campbell will be switched.

Olympic Hopes

If Michael Mannozzi walks as fast as he talks, he’s got a future. Not only does the 2005 Boardman High graduate rattle off his thoughts a mile a minute, but he’s making inroads with the rest of his body as a racewalker.

Pavlik ready for next step

Boxing is serious business, no doubt. But when a little humor has an opportunity to rear its funny head, someone will jump on it.

Liberty’s Baroff still rolling

While some air traffic controllers sleep, Richard Baroff doesn’t get much sleep.

Pavlik only looks ahead

Fighter says May 7 bout most important of his career By John Bassetti sports@vindy.com

Area players, coaches ready for ‘Classic’

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com Today’s North-South All-Star Classic will showcase some the

Irish grad Ezzo draws raves

Ray Yost’s comments are a testament to Kim Ezzo’s career.

2 YSU students off to run in Boston

Cory Okular, Mitchell Thornton and Sam Gindlesberger all qualified for this year’s Boston Marathon, but only Okular and Mitchell were able to enter.

Marathoner Sarah Flament refocuses on eve of Boston race

By JOHN BASSETTI bassetti@vindy.com POland Sarah Flament would be delighted to improve on her

Baker resigns as Fitch coach

A posted comment following the online version of the published story of Jason Baker’s hiring as Austintown Fitch High boys basketball coach simply said: “Good luck! You’ll need it.”

Mahoning County Warriors headed to state basketball tournament

Staff report NEW MIDDLETOWN The Mahoning County Public Warriors’ Div. 4 adult traditional team

BMX dirt specialist visits U.S. troops

Anthony Napolitan may not be on top of the world right now, but he’s certainly been around it.

Top seeds advance

Monday’s Struthers-Mooney boys basketball game wasn’t an offensive clinic, but the Division II district semifinal did make a point.

Howland, Harding eliminated in Div. I

Twinsburg romped over Warren Harding, 57-25, while Howland (21-2) was ousted by Shaker Heights, 58-56, in the Warrensville High district.

Five wrestlers win twice in Div. III tourney

Jackson-Milton’s Vinnie Pizzuto, Tim Wiseman and Johnny Matacic plus Girard’s Josh Barnes and Jacob Carpenter won twice in the championship round of Saturday’s Division III wrestling tournament at Garfield Heights.

J-Milton wrestlers hope for success in rings

The planets seem to be aligned for Jackson-Milton to have a fruitful district when nine Bluejays engage in district wrestling competition at Garfield Heights this weekend.

Tigers send nine to district meet

Howland has qualified nine wrestlers, including sectional champions J.R. Perry (112) and Bryce Tricker (160), for this weekend’s Division I district tournament at Mentor.

Struthers faces tall task in tourney warmup

The Struthers boys basketball team has had an impressive season, winning 18 of 19 games. But the Wildcats will face their toughest test of the regular season on Friday night.

Wrestler’s big heart overcomes bad spine

Austintown Youth Wrestling Coach Greg Faunda marvels at the determination of Anthony Winterburn, a Frank Ohl 5th-grader who has scoliosis or curvature of the spine.

Sectional wrestling champions crowned

Crestwood repeated as team champion, but runnerup West Branch had three individual champions and fourth-place Canfield had a pair of winners at the Div. II sectional wrestling tournament.

Wrestlers expect tough tests at sectional

Austintown Fitch wrestling coach Brett Powell expects more individual achievement than team accolades at the Division I sectional tournament in Austintown.

Powell to lead OHSWCA

Fitch High wrestling coach Brett Powell will begin a three-year term as president of the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association during the state tournament in Columbus next month.


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