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Howland topples Fitch, readies for No. 1 seed

T.J. Lanier was all smiles after his team’s Division I sectional semifinal at Solon High on Monday.

Belonger’s shootout goal lifts Phantoms past USA

Ryan Belonger wasn’t thinking about scoring the game-winning goal as he ate his breakfast of water and a banana Friday morning.

Slocum: Penguins lacked effort in loss to Green Bay

If the Youngstown State men’s basketball team is going to put a run together before the Horizon League tournament, they’d better do it in a hurry.

Penguins ready for water

Couples traditionally receive something made of tin or aluminum for their 10th anniversaries. But Matt Anderson is hoping for something a little more golden.

Tolich hopes Ashland can get her to promised land

Ali Tolich basically could have thrown a dart at a map of the United States and gone to college wherever the dart landed.

South Range survives late Crestview barrage

The Crestview Rebels played an inspired four minutes of basketball to close out their game against South Range.

Jacubec’s 23 leads Wildcats to win

Jacubec’s 23 leads Wildcats to win By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Struthers With just a

Bracketology: Few surprises

McDonald, Maplewood, Struthers and LaBrae receive No. 1 seeds in OHSAA boys basketball tournament draws

Explosive first half gives Penguins first season sweep in three years

It was streak-end weekend for several Ohio teams, including the Youngstown State women’s basketball team.

YSU falls again in one-woman show

By Jon Moffett jmofffett@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN If the Youngstown State women’s basketball team

Coach: Softball team eager to begin season

It’s been a long and tough winter — even by Youngstown’s standards. So you can’t exactly blame the Youngstown State softball team for dreaming of some sun and warmer days.

Penguins focusing on home games for rebound

It’s been a hot and cold kind of a season for the Youngstown State women’s basketball team.

Slocum, Penguins ready for rematch with Butler

There are two opponents the Youngstown State men’s basketball team has to worry about tonight: Butler and hype.

Teague leads Irish class on National Signing Day

Akise Teague was sitting behind a table with his Ursuline teammates wearing three distinctive things: a University of Cincinnati hat and necktie and a big smile.

Patton to Pitt leads Valley football recruits

The city of Pittsburgh got a huge win in football days before Super Bowl XLV.

YSU women’s coach: ‘They didn’t try’

Bob Boldon was very candid regarding his feeling about the current state of the Youngstown State women’s basketball team.

Effort key for YSU’s season

It’s a pivotal week for the YSU men’s basketball team. The Penguins have the runners-up for the NCAA national championship and the Horizon League’s second-best team in back-to-back games.

A hopeful message from some basketball

There’s an old saying about sportswriters. Basically, it states that we write about the games we love because we can’t play them — at least not anymore.

Bad second half dooms YSU women

The YSU women’s basketball team was chugging along in Saturday’s first half against Cleveland State. But not only did the wheels fall off in the second half, the train jumped the tracks.

Frustrated by close losses, Penguins hope for more wins

Frustrated by close losses, Penguins hope for more wins By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com

Slocum lauds recent effort from Penguins

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Youngstown Jerry Slocum is by no means a moral victory kind

Girard downs Campbell for first AAC Blue win

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Campbell For first-year Girard coach Nolan Cubellis, the

Penguins explore importance of MLK

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Youngstown The Youngstown State women’s basketball team took

OHSAA proposes rule to adjust playoff balance

By Joe Scalzo and Jon moffett sports@vindy.com Youngstown A new bylaw could bring better

Liberty speed downs Hubbard

John Hritz said he didn’t exactly lose sleep over the Hubbard team that would visit his Liberty girls basketball team on Monday.

Not the same old Penguins

Bojana Dimitrov sat in front of the media to talk about another great effort that fell short of a win for the Youngstown State women’s basketball team.

YSU Women seeking home remedy

It’s been a while since Bob Boldon and the Youngstown State women’s basketball team has been home.

Taylor’d for success: Williams helps propel Howland to big AAC win over rival Poland

Taylor Williams looked as if she hadn’t even broken a sweat as she jogged off the court and into the locker room.

Horizon season heats up for Penguins

Now that the holiday food has digested, it’s time for the Youngstown State men’s basketball team to indulge in something else: conference play.

FEDERAL MATTERS: Hammond uses hair to help Boardman

It’s not his scoring or rebounding skills that make Boardman High junior forward Dayne Hammond such a threat on the basketball court.

Lawrence’s shot lifts Fitch over Canfield

Monday night’s win was like getting a sweater for Christmas for Fitch boys basketball Jason Baker.

Harding survives late surges in win

Warren Harding High boys basketball coach Steve Arnold has one thing come to mind when he looks at his team’s brutal remaining schedule: Bring it.

Akron stops Penguins at home

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Youngstown It’s been a long December for the Youngstown

Dual threat powers Canfield

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com canfield Pat Pavlansky knew it was going to take a total

YSU’s first month had highs & lows

There have been several highs and several lows for the Youngstown State women’s basketball team during its first month.

Ursuline seniors reflect

Standing outside of his team’s locker room, Ursuline senior offensive tackle Zach Conlan had only one wish after winning his third straight state championship with the Fighting Irish.

Penguins score season-low at unbeaten Kent State

The wintery conditions did enough damage to cool off the winning streak for the Youngstown State women’s basketball team.

YSU’s Kurt Hess named MVFC freshman of year

Youngstown State quarterback Kurt Hess was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Freshman of the Year.

Surging YSU faces road tests

The Youngstown State women’s basketball team is in the midst of its longest winning streak in more than three years.

Ursuline opponent ‘stays the course’

Dan Reardon is considered by many as one of the best coaches in the Mahoning Valley. But his opponent in this weekend’s state title game also knows a thing or two about walking on the path of greatness.

Irish numbers dazzle

Dan Reardon was casually reading off statistics during his conference call Monday morning with reporters.

Despite being born with cerebral palsy, Joe Slanina is one tough kid

If you saw Joe Slanina on a football field, you’d think he was just a normal 15-year-old.

Brown named Horizon’s best

It didn’t take first-year head coach Bob Boldon long to realize he had a special player in Brandi Brown.

YSU snaps 34-game skid

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Youngstown Brandi Brown tried as hard as she could to hide

Ursuline intends to practice again next week

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Youngstown Ursuline High is the one Mahoning Valley football

Ursuline Seniors Feel the Rush

Led by pass rushers Jordan Markota and Keil’n Thruston, the Irish D is hungry

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McDonald looking for revenge

McDonald has a history against Mogadore, and the Blue Devils are looking for some revenge By JON

Boldon: Bring on the best

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Bob Boldon knows the only way too get better is

Blocked punt sends Comets streaking over Falcons

By JON MOFFETT jmoffett@vindy.com Warren It took only six plays for the life to be sucked out


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