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Kevin Connelly

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Shushok, Neumeister take home titles in Vindicator Greatest Golfer of the Valley junior championships

Shushok, Neumeister take home titles in final junior tournament appearances

Cole Christman and Hannah Keffler won 14-and-under titles.

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Greatest Junior tourney offers chance at title redemption

Vitali, Terlesky among talented finals field

Joey Vitali is hoping to shake off a poor performance in last year's final.

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Junior finals field set

Terlesky, Neumeister roll into final championship spots

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Plenty at stake in final qualifier

Austalosh brothers differ in motivation

The sixth and final qualifier of this year's Greatest Golfer of the Valley junior series is today at Trumbull Country Club.

Akron cutbacks include baseball program

University projects shortfall of $60 million

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Boardman's Thomas, Pikunas qualify for championship

Boardman's Thomas, Pikunas qualify in only event of year

Ethan Thomas and Jacinta Pikunas are classmates at Boardman High School and both qualified for The Vindicator Greatest Golfer of the Valley junior championship on Tuesday at Diamond Back Golf Course.

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Jacobson finds success as weather cooperates with largest juniors field

Zach Jacobson has been working on his short game.

Phantoms' Connor drafted No. 17 by Jets


It took longer than Kyle Connor had probably anticipated, but good things come to those who wait.

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Keller, Christman go low in junior qualifier

Keller qualifies for Greatest final

Ken Keller had your ho-hum, so-so. even-par round of golf on Friday.

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Storms wash out Greatest Golfer junior qualifier

Wednesday's scheduled event has been moved to July 1.

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Accuracy mattered at Friday's Greatest Golfer Junior qualifier

Long-hitting Vitali leaves driver in bag, but qualifies

Long-hitting Vitali leaves driver in the bag to qualify

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Poland's Burkert shuts out Watterson

Jared Burkert fired a two-hit shutout to send the Bulldogs into the first state baseball title game in their history.

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Youth reigns at first Greatest Junior qualifier

Younger players go low at year’s first Greatest Juniors qualifier

Connor Stevens shot a 1-under 71 to win the boys 14-and-under division.

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Greatest summer series kicks off at Squaw Creek

Squaw Creek hosts Sunday's GGOV Juniors event.

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Champs prepare to defend Greatest titles

It's been 260 days since Matt Gurska took home the title of Vindicator Greatest Golfer of the Valley sponsored by Farmers National Bank.

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Lumberjacks stun Phantoms to steal home-ice advantage, series lead

What began as a battle of grit and toughness ended nearly 100 minutes later as a battle of attrition.

Vazquez, Pitt will be at Eastwood

Panthers senior outfielder ready to play Youngstown State

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No sweat for Hubbard’s impressive class on NSD

Even Urban Meyer wasn’t able to change L.J. Scott’s mind.

Fitch's Hall, Harris commit

Darrin Hall stayed with Pitt despite a coaching change. Antwan Harris is headed for Lake Erie College.

In Youngstown, the royal football families run deep

Family ties provide recruiting edge

This year, they’ve put their imprint on just about every Division I recruit that will be signing a national letter of intent to play college football today.

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.

Sugar Bowl notebook

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.



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