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Jon Moffett

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No lie, Scrappers whiff

Tyler Naquin is a lot of things — a first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians, an up-and-coming prospect and a locker room leader.

Ursuline beats rival Cardinal Mooney 25-21

Irish’s Curry makes impact on both sides

By JON MOFFETT sports@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Jesse Curry didn’t care about his four touchdowns.

Jefferson defeats LaBrae 13-7 in the mud

By JON MOFFETT sports@vindy.com LEAVITTSBURG Have you ever been in a bog? Imagine walking on

Campbell’s speed too much for South Range

By Jon Moffett sports@vindy.com NORTH LIMA And at the 20th hour, Wayne Allegretto said, “Let

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Fitch kicks off with a big win, defeats Harding 28-7

By Jon moffett sports@vindy.com WARREN The start of the football season for Austintown Fitch

Auburn tops Scrappers in 10

By JON MOFFETT sports@vindy.com NILES In 1999, Mahoning Valley Scrappers manager David Wallace

Scrappers roll 13-5 over Yankees

By JON MOFFETT sports@vindy.com NILES There were no gimmicks, no themes and no promotions

Scrappers fall to Lowell in rain-delayed game

By Jon Moffett sports@vindy.com NILES If there

Scrappers take Williamsport 8-3

Three-game skid ends with win at Eastwood By JON MOFFETT sports@vindy.com NILES You won’t

Matt Weymer and Tigers ready for state tournament

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com New Middletown Matt Weymer makes no bones about his

Unconventional approach helps Flashes flourish

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Champion The Champion High softball team has one rule: you

Poland softball ready to rewrite history

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Poland It was June 5, 2010. Erin Gabriel was dominant, as

Fitch girls runners-up at Division I meet

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Austintown With a big grin on her face and an even larger

Fitch sends two to state in Div. I

Ali Tolich lay in the grass next to the discus area and watched as Austintown Fitch teammate Billy Price made his throws.

Home on the Range: Raiders win Div. III title

With her hair pulled back in a tight ponytail — with the tip dyed purple — and her sunglasses on, Carly DeRose looked like a rock star on the field.

DiDomenico no-hits Olmsted Falls

There is only one word to describe the performance by Alex DiDomenico and the Boardman softball team in their district championship game on Saturday - DiDominating.

Poland earns district final trip with win

By Jon moffett jmoffett@vindy.com Jefferson The only thing that was on Meredith Testa’s mind

Getting back on track

As Dan Skiba sat on the Mineral Ridge High team bus, probably the last thing he was thinking about was the meet he and his fellow athletes were missing due to the rain.

Otto hopes for big things as newest GM at Kennsington

Paul Otto has kind of been a nomad in recent years. A transplant from Wisconsin — or North Dakota or Florida, depending on the time of his life — Otto has always felt at home in one place: the golf course.

District track athletes set to compete

If you need to know how screwy this track season has been, look no further than Jackson-Milton High jumper Colton Horvath.

Running with the Devils

There isn’t a whole lot that can slow down Miles Dunlap. The McDonald High senior seemed to be in every race of the Inter-Tri County championship meet at Western Reserve on Wednesday.

Newton Falls girls, Girard boys win Blue

Destiny Prusky stood alone in the high-jump area. She had just won the event on her previous jump of 5-foot-4, and was looking to improve on her personal best.

Seniors special to softball

It was a tale of two seasons for the Youngstown State softball team in 2011.

Higgins hopes to repeat hoops success

Brian Higgins isn’t really big on fashion. But he does know one thing: he’s got a really big pair of shoes to fill.

Green Bay sweep ends YSU season

Softball always has been called a game of inches. And a few inches in Sunday’s game between Green Bay and Youngstown State made all the difference from it being an uplifting close to the 2011 season.

Runners happy for sun at Optimist meet

Area teams took top-three places in 32 events during the Optimist meet at Austintown Fitch High.

What’s in a Name?

When Jordan Ingalls read “Little House on the Prairie” as a young girl, she couldn’t help but be fascinated by the stories of life on the American plains.

Rohr’s strikeouts knock out Spartans

A shutdown defense led the Panthers past Boardman High 2-0 in Monday’s Federal League contest at the Fields of Dreams.

Italiano chooses Kent State

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Canfield It didn’t take long for Canfield High’s Jordan

Morrone anxious for WATTS next

Matt Morrone has got to feel like a student trying to make his choice for college right about now — it’s kind of a combination of anxiousness, hesitation, nerves and obvious excitement.

Canfield defense too much for Fitch

Depending on which side of home plate you were sitting on, Friday’s game between Canfield and Austintown Fitch was either really disappointing or really opportunistic.

Zeigler retires after 38 years as coach

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Hanoverton Roger Zeigler answered a lot of questions during

Extremely busy Sulzener keeps his focus

There are many people who use the golf course as an escape from the stresses of life. Spenser Sulzener is not one of those people.

Coaches: Mixed feelings on spring sessions

It’s not uncommon for high school athletes to toss the pigskin around in their downtime.

Track & field teams have a big weekend

Brian Gorby is generally a soft-spoken man who doesn’t command a lot of attention.

Giuriceo, Lyell to fight at home

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Campbell Right about now, Jake Giuriceo is either wrist-deep

Softball hopes for rebound

Brian Campbell figured it would take his Youngstown State softball team a little bit of time to get reacquainted with the city after having spent most of the past two months in the southern part of the country.

Road-weary team finally home

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Niles Joe Iacobucci isn’t ready to give up his home-cooked

Howland lineman Stanko picks Penn State

As a standout on the Howland High offensive line, Anthony Stanko is kind of used to letting others get all the attention for his work.

Penguins’ Phil Klein masterful vs. Toledo

Phil Klein pumped his fist and roared in triumph after striking out his 13th batter to end the eighth inning.

Bigger John Hay turns back Struthers

Bigger John Hay turns back Struthers By Jon Moffett jmoffett@vindy.com CANTON Joe Savko did

McDonald has tall order against Berlin Hiland

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com McDonald Forgive Jeff Rasile, Matthias Tayala and Nick and

Struthers’ band of brothers ready for regional semifinal

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Struthers There is little debate as to who the best player

McDonald advances to regional title game

Justin Rota felt like he was in one of those inspirational sports movies where everything goes into slow motion at the end.

Harding advances to district title game in Div. I

Steve Arnold looked all around the locker room for something made out of wood. A table, door, chair. Anything.

Poland uses grit to oust Streetsboro in Div. II

Ken Grisdale heaped plenty of praise on his Poland High basketball team after defeating Streetsboro in a Division II district semifinal game.

LaBrae wins easily to gain district final

Carl Brown couldn’t stop coughing in the locker room after his best game of the season.

Super seniors Tayala, Rotas propel Devils

With the game out of hand and the clock running, Mike Mangine walked over to his substitutes at the scorer’s table.

Brown out: YSU douses Flames

Hopefully there was no shortage of ink pens at Youngstown State for Thursday’s women’s basketball game, because Brandi Brown had the kind of night that can wreak havoc on a stat sheet.

Dillon stars in Falls’ win

Cody Dillon looked puzzled as his teammates, coaches and fans gave him a standing ovation after a layup and drawn foul.



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