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Steve Ruman

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Late TD lifts Girard over Niles

Girard rallied from a 7-0 deficit with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

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Dynamic Duo survives

Poland, Ursuline earn regional games

Poland, Ursuline earn regional games

AAC superintendents approve expansion

Six schools — Boardman, Warren Harding, East, Brookfield, Ashtabula Edgewood and Pymatuning Valley — have been extended invitations to join the conference.

Aug. 27 — Akron Kenmore at Newton Falls, 7 p.m.

Aug. 27 — Akron Kenmore at Newton Falls, 7 p.m. Aug. 28 — Gilmour Academy at LaBrae, 7 p.m. Aug.

Rushing through playoffs

McDonald’s trio of running backs has been the key to its season McDONALD — Based on team

Mathews coach will not seek re-employment

He’s led the Mustangs to three conference titles and two playoff appearances. After leading

Up close with... Dick Angle

When Dick Angle took over the Howland football program in 1998, the Tigers were struggling both on

Hubbard, Liberty set for key clash

The winner will be in control of the White Division of the AAC White.

Up close with... Dan Williams

When Dan Williams was hired in 2000 to take over the McDonald football program, he was immediately placed in pressure-cooker situation which demanded immediate success.

ValleyCats get support from Ohio fans in win

Mahoning Valley (22-29) has dropped four straight.Tri-City was able to prevail despite seven errors.

Ruiter returns to his roots at Mineral Ridge

The longtime coach will take over the girls basketball program. MINERAL RIDGE — Del Ruiter is

Niles turns to former standout QB Yeager

The 2001 graduate replaces Tim Johnson, who stepped down after one season. NILES — In an

Hubbard heats up, holds off Dragons

The Eagles had a strong second quarter, led by Kurtis Drummond’s nine points. NILES —

Leadership and ability helps Province earn county award

The JFK senior battled through adversity to lead the Eagles to the playoffs. NILES — Based on

Howland expecting a battle

The Tigers face Madison Friday night at home in a Div. II regional game. HOWLAND — If Dick

JFK jolts Clairton behind Province

MINERAL RIDGE — In 2006, Warren John F. Kennedy and Clairton (Pa.) were two of the top small-school

Zitello, Ridge making beautiful music together

The senior running back has helped lead the Rams to a 3-0 start. MINERAL RIDGE — If an A.J.

Scrappers had up-and-down year

They wound up with a 37-37 record and in second place in their division. NILES — Looking back,

Niles outbattles Lakeview, 17-0

Nate Ganyard became the Dragons all-time leading scorer with 2 TDs. NILES — On a warm and

Williamsport ruins finale at Eastwood

The Scrappers will finish their season with a three-game road trip. NILES — The boys of summer

Taylor dream lost in a rout

Mahoning Valley’s 10-run loss to Williamsport matched a season low. NILES — Mahoning Valley

Scrappers’ GM back to normal

Dave Smith lists “Jim Traficant Night” as a memorable experience which will be tough to duplicate.

Scrappers all grit, no quit

Manager Tim Laker is missing the final six games for “family-related” reasons. The

Scrappers keep hopes alive

NILES — Though he knows his club faces an uphill battle, Mahoning Valley Scrappers manager Tim Laker

Scrappers fall short, 4-3

Jamestown rallied for two runs in the eighth before 5,235 fans. NILES — The Mahoning Valley

Scrappers win, remain four games back of first

Joanniel Montero (7-2) won his seventh game of the season, which ties him for the league lead in

MV has 3-1 win, but loss off field

The Scrappers beat the Muckdogs, but Juan Valdes was suspended for 50 games. NILES — The news

Scrappers blow early lead, suffer 6-4 loss to Batavia

The loss dropped Mahoning Valley 41⁄2 games behind in the division race. NILES — Murphy’s Law

Bummer at the ballpark

NILES — Ouch! That about sums up the feeling expressed by the 2,266 fans in attendance Wednesday

Scrappers cruise past Auburn, 7-2

Mahoning Valley now trails the Muckdogs by just 21⁄2 games. NILES — As homecomings go, the

Working hard behind the scenes pays off for Scrappers’ cast and crew

NILES — They’ll sell you a treat, and help find your seat. They’ll pour you a beer, and lead you

Scrappers lose twinbill by identical 2-0 scores Six Cyclones pitchers combined to limit the Scrappers to six hits in a sweep.

NILES — On Tuesday, thunderstorms and heavy rain prevented baseball from being played at Eastwood

Good fortune follows Thompson

The eighth-round pick was impressed by Eastwood Field. To suggest the baseball gods have been


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