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Kevin Connelly

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Fitch's Price returns to class after big victory

Billy Price was attending his first day of macroeconomics at Ohio State University on Wednesday.

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Mooney basketball clamps down on JFK

Mooney clamps down on JFK

The Cardinals’ physical approach led to a 63-43 win.

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Sugar Bowl notebook

Kevin Connelly: Tide turned just before halftime

Defense, turnovers and a big-time rushing performance are why the Buckeyes have a chance to be the first-ever college football playoff national champions.

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SV-SM stuns Eagles in improbable final minute

It was an ending the Hubbard Eagles would rather not remember, but won’t soon forget.

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Unfinished business: Hubbard ready for another shot at SV-SM

It will be the third time in as many seasons Hubbard has faced the Irish in the postseason.

St. Vincent-St. Mary lacks star power, but not talent

Two years ago, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary football coach Dan Boarman called Hubbard a bunch of “young pups.”

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Power statement: Ursuline dominates Liberty in second half

Defensive adjustments helped the Irish contain Leopards QB Lynn Bowden.

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Mahoning Valley's Battle of the North Side

If two Mahoning Valley schools, located less than five miles apart, hardly ever play each other on the football field, can there really be a rivalry?

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What happens when athletes break law or school policy?

Current coaches and former players weigh in on how to prevent code of conduct violations from happening — or if it's even possible — and ways to deal with them once they do.

Ownership focuses on adding fans to Phantoms

Troy and Aafke Loney have spent the last seven months trying to change the culture inside the arena and out.

Connor figures to be Youngstown's most-watched player

Kyle Connor arrived in Youngstown a sheepish high school sophomore with a bright hockey future.

Howland's Grant ready for fun finale at Penn State

The senior wants to finish with another national volleyball title.

Egler inches closer to history in YSU win

The senior captain is closing in on 1,000 career kills and digs.

Fitch overcomes injuries to shut down Boardman

No Darrin Hall, no Joey Harrington ... no problem for Austintown Fitch High School — at least on Friday night.

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Boardman hopes technology helps prevent, treat concussions

Thanks to new proactive equipment from Riddell, Boardman High School can now measure just how dangerous collisions can be for its players.

'Johnny Football' leads Blue Devils

John Clegg who ran for 87 yards and a score and threw two TD passes in Western Reserve’s 20-14 win over South Range.

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Lukasz Witkowski battled the OHSAA in a fight to play

The story of Struthers High School senior Lukasz Witkowski

The Struthers senior sat out the Wildcats' first two games, but will play Friday against Mogadore Field.

Negative plays plague Ursuline, power Benedictine

On the very first series of the game, Ursuline held Cleveland Benedictine to a negative rush play, a negative pass play and an incompletion.

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Fall sports fanatic: Girard's Bello plays football, golf and soccer

Christian Bello plays football, golf and soccer at Girard. And that’s just during the fall season. He also plays baseball and basketball for the Indians.

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Gurska, Rogner shine on Greatest stage

GURSKA AND ROGNER shine on Greatest Stage

Roderick Cook of Girard blasts out of the sandtrap as he competes in the Greatest Golfer of the Valley finals on Sunday.

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Hill, Scott give Hubbard a 1-2 punch

After committing to Ohio State and Michigan State, the talented running backs are looking to lead Hubbard into Week 15.

Zarlenga, others vie for Greatest title

Josh Zarlenga is no stranger to championship Sunday.

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GGOV: Former YSU golfers off to strong starts

Former YSU golfers off to strong starts

Just because someone walks away from competitive golf, doesn't mean the competitive golf ever leaves them. Tim Morrow and Katie Rogner learned that in Friday's first round of the 5th annual Vindicator Greatest Golfer of the Valley tournament sponsored by Farmers National Bank.

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Armeni strong-arms Greatest Driver field

Jim Armeni, Pam Porter victorious in inaugural Greatest Driver

Pam Porter finished first among women at the inaugural event.

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Greatest Scramble champions avenge 2013 runner-up finish

Winning team goes low, shoots 15-under par

Bryan Horne, Zack Mansky, Chad Hanysh and Gary Woods shot 15-under par to win the low gross championship.

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Ray, Pikunas shine in stormy Greatest Golfer junior final

Ray, Pikunas shine in stormy final

Donavan Ray, Jacinta Pikunas, Jared Wilson and Jenna Vivo score victories Sunday.

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Redemption key for Juniors at championship

Snyder hopes for a happier memory

Nolan Snyder hopes for a happier memory

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New fashion, new faces fill final spots in Greatest Juniors field

Joey Shushok's bucket hat might be a good-luck charm.

YCS community mourns death of Harris


The 21-year-old former Eagle was a third-team All-Ohioan in 2011.

Fitch grad Matasy hopes to bring golf lessons home

Matt Matasy wasn't sure what the next step for him entailed, but he knew it had to include golf.

Like LeBron, Scott made his decision

The Hubbard running back committed to Michigan State.

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Boys put to the test in Greatest Jr. series

Keller needs playoff to qualify

Keller needs playoff to qualify

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Junior girls tame Diamondback

The Junior girls took center stage on Monday; Alexis Cadle and Britney Jonda stole the spotlight

Alexis Cadle of Western Reserve High shot the low round of 86 on Monday.

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Big Juniors field awaits Diamondback; girls, boys tee times here

Miller honing his game; Keller preparing for Fla.

Phantoms set record as 3 selected in NHL Draft

There were hugs and tears all around the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday as three young hockey players with Youngstown Phantoms ties lived out a childhood dream of hearing their name called in the National Hockey League Draft.

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Juniors go low to qualify

Snyder redeems himself with 1-under 71

Snyder redeems himself with 1-under 71 to win boys 17-U title at Tam O'Shanter

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Results add up for four junior golfers

New points standings generates excitement

New points standings generates excitement

New-look Phantoms

Final roster decision due Sunday

McDonald’s track and field program produces three elite athletes and Kent State is reaping the benefits

Miles Dunlap joins former Blue Devil teammates and current Flashes Matthias Tayala and Joh’Vonnie Mosley at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore.

Ladies Night

Local league continues to provide opportunity

Every Sunday since May 11, the league has hosted dozens of women from all over the area.

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Greatest Juniors: Pikunas, Terlesky win at Mohawk Trails

Pikunas, Terlesky win at Mohawk Trails

Jacinta Pikunas played an impressive round of 6-over par 78 to win the girls 17-and-under division.

Terlesky, Christman prepare for qualifier

Terlesky, Christman prepare for qualifier

Saturday's Greatest Golfer junior qualifier is at Mohawk Trails Golf Course.

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Stanford ends YSU baseball's dream run


The Penguins took a 2-0 lead before falling 12-4 in the NCAA elimination round.

Connelly: Gillispie's challenge sparked NCAA run

It took three-plus weeks to change YSU's bad habits into good ones.

YSU wins first NCAA tournament game

Penguins win 1st NCAA game

Boardman's Patrick O'Brien pitches Penguins past Indiana State 5-2 in an elimination game.

Stanford is next for upstart YSU

In its first 24 hours in Bloomington, the Youngstown State baseball team was referred to by a variety of different names.

No upset this time as YSU falls in regional opener

The Penguins will meet Indiana State in an elimination game.

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Gillispie's plan, patience paid off

Gillispie gets his team ready for the national spotlight

The Youngstown State baseball team has been preparing for this moment all season.

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Experience pays off for juniors

Colbert, Neumeister solve Pine Lakes to qualify



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