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Scrappers rally from four-run deficit to beat Connecticut

Scrappers rally from four-run deficit to beat Connecticut By tom WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com

Dave Blaney gets a boost on the business side

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com HARTFORD Before the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series began in

Tour of the Valley gets tough

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The hills of downtown will be alive with the

Hubbard’s Coonce fulfills coaching dream

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com HUBBARD After graduating from Hubbard High School in 1998,

Athletes of the Year: Tayala, Gabriel

McDonald's Matthias Tayala and Poland's Erin Gabriel were named The Vindicator Athletes of the Year.

Local flavor to NHL draft

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Scott Mayfield said he is “more excited than

Phantoms’ Carr optimistic after selection camp

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com BOARDMAN The Youngstown Phantoms’ selection camp ended

MANHATTAN MOMENT

Zoldan, Team Valor bask in Belmont spotlight By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN

Gruver, Turocy, Klein selected for big league teams

— MLB DRAFT — Gruver, Turocy, Klein selected By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com CANFIELD

Columbiana falls in D-4 semifinal

By Tom wILLIAMS williams@vindy.com AKRON Jitters were a part of the Columbiana High softball

Champion, Poland go for titles today

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com AKRON After Champion’s 5-2 victory over Clear Fork earned

Poland softball dominates Tippecanoe

Poland dominates Tippecanoe By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com AKRON Minutes after

Champion one win from a perfect season

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com AKRON After 31 straight victories, Clear Fork coach Jeff

Hoover maintains dominance; Boardman falls in regional

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com AKRON The third time was anything but charming for the

Champion High softball still unbeaten

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com MASSILLON Haley McAllister’s two-run homer and key

Ursuline can’t get key hits

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com MASSILLON The Ursuline High baseball team’s road to the

Chaney graduate was star on field and off

Frank McPhee, 80 By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN East High graduate Joe

State tennis features 4 Valley players

For the fourth straight year, Warren JFK’s Michael Fredericka will play for the state title in Division II singles tennis tournament.

March’s arm propels Tigers

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com Boardman Right fielder Alyse March turned in a memorable

DiDomenico powers Spartans’ romp

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com BOARDMAN Tavia Dukes’ solo home run in the first inning

Weather (again) wreaks havoc on diamonds

Mother Nature has thrown another fastball past the high school baseball and softball tournament directors trying to get their district competition completed.

Columbiana seeks another state berth

After last spring’s state semifinal trip to Columbus’ Huntington Park, Columbiana High’s baseball players know they have targets on their uniforms this tournament season.

Phoenix rise for softball sweep of Penguins

Needing a split of Saturday’s doubleheader for a chance to finish above .500, Lady Luck appeared to be on Youngstown State’s side after consecutive home runs tied the first game, 3-3.

Everything’s rosy

Youngstown businessman Bruce Zoldan enjoys involvement with Kentucky Derby-caliber horses By TOM

Zoldan, horse ready for Derby

Animal Kingdom, a horse owned by a group that includes Youngstown businessman Bruce Zoldan, is a go for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

Cavalier legacy is part of Rocket

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com LOWELLVILLE Mark Cavalier’s legacy as Lowellville High’s

Zoldan has another horse in the Derby

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Three years after watching Visionaire finish

Coaches, ADs struggle as Mother Nature rules

April showers may bring May flowers but this year, they’ve also delivered hundreds of canceled high school spring sporting events.

Dragon tales: YCS star Carroll to Drexel

Casey Carroll, The Vindicator’s 2010 boys basketball Player of the Year, feels the rigors of playing a season with Kiski Prep in Saltsburg, Pa., have helped prepare him for Division I college basketball.

W. Reserve takes round 1 from rival

Tuesday’s first-place showdown between the Jackson-Milton and Western Reserve softball teams featured a biting wind, rain followed by sunshine and clutch two-out hits.

Beany tapped to take over at Fitch

Austintown Fitch High is turning its boys basketball program over to a coach well-versed in Falcons lore.

Poland rallies for 10-4 league victory

Poland rallies for 10-4 league victory By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com HOWLAND An

NOT QUITE BONUS HOCKEY

More than any other, the game that encapsulates the Youngstown Phantoms’ 2010-11 season was a 5-4 shootout loss on March 5 at the Covelli Centre.

Phantoms finish season with win

The Youngstown Phantoms closed their second USHL season with their second straight eight-goal output and hat trick.

Phantoms stay alive with wild win

By Tom Williams williams@vindy.com Youngstown Thanks to

Penguins sweep Toledo in softball twinbill

By TOM WILLIAMS williams@vindy.com CANFIELD Despite Thursday’s overcast skies, sunshine broke

With playoff hopes fading, every game counts

The good news for the Youngstown Phantoms is that goaltender Matthew O’Connor is back on the ice practicing.

Phantoms frustrated by loss and fall back in playoff race

By TOm Williams williams@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Desperation has embraced the Youngstown Phantoms

Host Raiders roll in Bubba Classic

The opportunity to play for fun on their home court one last time was all the motivation Warren Harding seniors Craig McFerrin, Tre’ Brown and Quenten Jackson needed to put on a show.

Phantoms facing must-win contests in USHL

With six games remaining in the USHL regular season, it’s crunch time for the Youngstown Phantoms and the Waterloo Black Hawks in the race for the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot.

Columbiana stars enjoy new friendships

Southern’s Jake Boyle did his best to close the 26th annual Columbiana County Scholarship Basketball Classic with a slam.

Loyola’s Gardner tames Penguins

In weather conditions more suitable for the AFC Championship Game or the NHL Winter Classic than softball, the hottest thing on the field was Loyola pitcher Brittany Gardner.

Phantoms dealing with rise in concussions

Like most hockey fans, Curtis Carr likes the way Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke plays.

Loney: Phantoms need to get back to winning

The first thing you notice when you meet Phantoms forward Ty Loney is the smile.

Phantoms ready for their version of ‘March Madness’

Asked if he has started calculating the effect on his Youngstown Phantoms when he’s scoreboard watching, Curtis Carr resisted giving the standard answer all coaches are expected to recite, i.e., “we’re taking them one game at a time.”

McDonald seeks its first win past district level

Tonight in the Canton Fieldhouse, the McDonald High boys basketball team will pursue something its extremely successful program has never experienced — a regional victory.

Ursuline escapes scare by Orrville

Two clutch free throws each by Courtney Powell and Aurielle Irizarry in the final 30 seconds have the Ursuline High girls basketball team one win away from the Irish’ third trip to state in eight seasons.

Late rally by Lake Cath. sidelines Struthers girls

For two quarters, the Struthers High girls basketball team threw a real scare into state-ranked Mentor Lake Catholic.

Irish chances hinge on defense

If the Ursuline High girls basketball team earns its third trip to Columbus in eight seasons, they’ll do it with defense.

Wildcats feed off of doubt

You don’t need to spend much time with the Struthers High girls basketball team to find out what motivates them.

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