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WRITER: Brian Yauger

WR defense stifles Ridge

MINERAL RIDGE — Western Reserve coach Steve Miller has been worried about peaking. When a team reaches a certain point, he thinks it’s harder to notice progression. Miller isn’t as worried after a strong showing Thursday night when his Blue Devils beat Mineral Ridge, 72-42. “I was concerned coming in tonight because I felt as a team that we had plateaued,” Miller said. “I think it’s difficult ...

Poland holds off Tigers in postseason tune-up

POLAND — The middle of January is typically the midpoint for the boys basketball season. Most teams know what they’re capable of achieving and are refining it for the tournament. Poland and Springfield have a head start on their development. The two teams hoped to get a step closer to putting everything together as the teams met Tuesday at Poland High School. The Bulldogs edged out the Tigers, ...

Gradishar more than Hall of Fame worthy

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has been known for questionable, or frankly, downright stupid decisions over its lifespan. The Hall of Fame class for the NFL’s centennial season was a chance to make up for all the mistakes that have been made. All the legends over the years who have yet to get the call to Canton — Roger Craig, Clay Matthews Sr., Drew Pearson, Randy Gradishar. The latter, a Champion High ...

A different story

YOUNGSTOWN — After Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Tri-City Storm, Youngstown Phantoms coach Brad Patterson talked about the team’s poor execution and compete level. His players heard the message loud and clear as the Phantoms rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to pull out a 5-3 victory. “I thought the little things that we talked about last night, that I thought we were extremely poor, I thought we were much ...

Storm blasts Phantoms, 4-1

YOUNGSTOWN — With the score tied 1-1 after the first period Friday night, it looked like there would be a battle between the Youngstown Phantoms and Tri-City Storm. But that battle turned out to be one-sided, as the Storm poured in three unanswered goals and claimed the first game of the series, 4-1. “Definitely not pleased,” Phantoms coach Brad Patterson said. “I thought that not only was our ...

Defensive dominance

YOUNGSTOWN — After a rough stretch with losses against Hubbard and Liberty, Youngstown East is now on a four-game wining streak after taking down John F. Kennedy, 44-24. “I thought we played a well-rounded game,” Golden Bears coach Tanisha Franklin said. “I thought we controlled the boards, which was a huge contribution to the game. … Our freshman guard Samair Colon stepped up big time for ...

Phantoms mount huge rally for OT win

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown Phantoms defender Jason Dobay was Saturday’s hero as he fired a slap shot past US National Team Development Program goaltender Gibson Homer to cap off a 6-5 comeback victory in overtime. “There were crazy ups and downs, a lot of momentum swings, it was physical and there were some great plays,” Phantoms coach Brad Patterson said. “I’m sure it was a great game for the ...

Stymied in shootout

YOUNGSTOWN — Just like in Friday’s game against the Madison Capitols, it took more than 60 minutes to decide a winner on Sunday evening at the Covelli Centre. The Youngstown Phantoms gave up a game-tying goal in the third period and then fell in the shootout, to lose 3-2 to Madison. “We knew it was going to be a tight game and again it was tonight,” Phantoms coach Brad Patterson said. “I thought we ...

Phantoms post 6-4 win over Madison

YOUNGSTOWN — The last time the Youngstown Phantoms reached the win column was in November, in a 6-4 road win against Madison. After a winless December, the Phantoms were able to right the ship on Friday night, picking up a much-needed 3-2 overtime victory over that same Madison team. “I thought they made some great plays and I thought that they got some very good goaltending, as did we,” Phantoms coach ...

Slow start dooms Leopards in loss

CORTLAND — Brendon Kilpatrick had a strong performance, tallying 28 points in an 85-73 win for Lakeview over Liberty on Friday night. It seemed like the Bulldogs couldn’t miss from behind the arc early in th game. Lakeview made six 3-pointers in the first quarter and held a 27-9 lead going into the second As happy as Bulldogs coach Ryan Fitch was with the win, Fitch was worried about maintaining momentum ...