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John Kovach

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Howland comes back with big win

The Tigers had too much offense for Niles in a 48-3 victory at Bo Rein Stadium. NILES — How

Salem halts Campbell rally, surges to fourth win, 32-14

CAMPBELL — The turning point in the Salem-Campbell Memorial High football game Friday night came in

ITCL has marquee game tonight

COLUMBIANA — It will be a battle of the unbeatens tonight when powerhouses Crestview and East

Boardman rallies late but Lake’s big plays are the difference

BOARDMAN — The Boardman High football team was unable to contain the passing of Uniontown Lake

Campbell HOFers face off (as dads)

Mike Mangiarelli and Ted Liszka will watch their sons from opposing sidelines. HOWLAND — The

After early lead, Campbell makes late stand, tops Liberty

The Red Devils’ defense stuffed the Leopards at the 6 in the last seconds. By JOHN KOVACH

Valley all over D-I rosters

This area continues to be represented by a large delegation of players and coaches participating in

Howland’s Megan Long finds home in Iowa

She’s playing soccer at Iowa State while her parents have relocated nearby. Soccer ace Megan

Freshman Cuba gets call at Pitt

Getting an early start in college has paid off for soccer standout Ashley Cuba of Poland and

Chaney graduate Clyde Morgan moving up the ladder with USA Track

Clyde Morgan, a Chaney High graduate, is becoming involved in USA Track and Field. By JOHN KOVACH

Girard’s Hunkus playing beach volleyball for U.S.

The Duke University graduate is competing in Finland with America’s No. 2 squad. By JOHN KOVACH

Davis moving up coaching ladder

After scraping up enough funds to make ends meet the last three years just so he could serve as a

WEC bout is added to event at Covelli

YOUNGSTOWN — Another bout with championship potential and overtones in the 155-pound lightweight

Scrappers rebound with shutout

Mahoning Valley returned home for a 4-0 win over Williamsport and first place. NILES — Strong

Deadline nears for Gus Macker

YOUNGSTOWN — The deadline to enter the first Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is today. The

ICED & READY FOR PLAY

Phantoms begin USHL era By JOHN KOVACH YOUNGSTOWN — Fans will be attracted to the new

Program has ties to Valley

There is a strong and historic Youngstown-area connection to the brand new athletic program at Lourdes College, a small private Roman Catholic school in the Toledo suburb of Sylvania.

Mainhardt excited about prospects

YOUNGSTOWN — General manager and coach Bob Mainhardt of the new Youngstown Phantoms of the United

Rondinelli, B League champion, a favorite in Connie Mack event

STRUTHERS — Blessed with outstanding defense, great overall pitching and several power hitters, the

First camp for Swish Saturday

YOUNGSTOWN — All systems are go for the first Youngstown Swish tryout camp. The new American

King Of The Cage

Donald Cerrone highlights cage show in the fall in Covelli Centre By JOHN KOVACH YOUNGSTOWN —

WEC boss: Once you see a show, you’ll be a fan

YOUNGSTOWN — Reed Harris, the founder and general manager of World Extreme Cagefighting, predicts

Stadium ready for Akron football

AKRON — The University of Akron football team, which includes seven Valley players, is looking

Gymnast Ruse, 16, achieves rare feat

The Poland junior won a national all-around title after breaking her arm.

Camp of Champions

College coaches offer kids words of wisdom, playing tips at Mooney football clinic By JOHN KOVACH

Pelini: Character, academics are key

YOUNGSTOWN — Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini said Monday he plans to emphasize the importance of

Undefeated mark vanishes as Scrappers lose to Spikes

Mahoning Valley had several opportunities to score but couldn’t take advantage as its winning streak

Perez breaks through; Scrappers stay perfect

NILES — Rookie catcher Roberto Perez of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers is trying to follow in the

Area seniors prepare to take the field again

25TH JACK ARVIN ALL-STAR FOOTBALL CLASSIC Area seniors prepare to take the field again By JOHN

Macker planners push for crowds

The basketball event will be Aug. 1-2 at the Covelli Centre parking lot. By JOHN KOVACH

Hockey Fervor: Penguins’ standout Fedotenko visits Ice Zone

Penguins’ standout Fedotenko visits the Ice Zone He accompanied his stepsons to a Youngstown

Twins pitcher Guerrier has family in Valley

YOUNGSTOWN — There is a Youngstown connection to the Minnesota Twins. Relief pitcher Matt

Gardner and Rowland earn Gold Glove Awards

Two Youngstown-area collegiate baseball players — Josh Gardner of Ohio Wesleyan University and Tyson

Ursuline grad helps relay team place fifth

Edwin Smith of Youngstown was a member of Ashland University’s 4x400 relay team that placed fifth at

West enjoys great rookie year for BG

The Canfield graduate was the team’s top defensive player and made All-MAC. Strong on both

Ursuline’s Clark confident entering last year as Penn State quarterback

BOARDMAN — Can senior quarterback Daryll Clark, an Ursuline High graduate, lead the Penn State

Crestline rallies in 7th for three runs to beat JFK in Div. III softball

KENT — Sometimes one swing at the right time can change the course and outcome of a softball game.

Poland freshman Erin Gabriel handcuffs Field in softball semis

AKRON — If freshman pitcher Erin Gabriel can continue her strikeout momentum, and if her teammates

Three area boys entered at state tennis

BOARDMAN — Tennis players and friends Robert Salcedo of Boardman High and Ben Brocker of Poland both

Zunic is selected All-NCAC

The Hiram College shortstop from Canfield set a number of school records. HIRAM — Stephanie

Bettura, Snoddy honored

The local softball players were selected to the All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic

Tigers corral Mustangs, face Clippers

STRUTHERS — In a game of comebacks, a rule controversy, a delay, clutch hits and strong relief

DiDomenico dominant in win

Her 17 strikeouts helped Boardman blank Madison in a Division I district semifinal. BOARDMAN —

Mannozzi learns from mistakes

EUCLID – Michael Mannozzi of Boardman and Notre Dame College is determined to avoid the same mistake

3 LaBrae football players receive scholarships

LEAVITTSBURG — Coach Bill Bohren of LaBrae High announced that three of his best players from the

Triathlon on Sunday poses big challenge

BOARDMAN — Athletes who enter Sunday’s Sprint Distance Triathlon at the D.D. & Velma Davis Family

10,740 straight days on the run

S. Mark Courtney has run every day for more than 29 years, and will be honored. YOUNGS-TOWN —

Pitcher perfect

Canfield’s Danilov dazzles on JCU mound She was the shortstop on Canfield’s 2008 state

Runner Flament making comeback

“I really fed off the reaction of the people around me because they were surprised that I was able

Trapshooter takes aim at shooting hall of fame

Only two shooters are inducted each year. LISBON — How good of a trapshooter is Terry Zaplata

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