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WRITER: Brian Yauger

The SteelHounds’ architect

What do you do when you need a player to draw a crowd to your budding Central Hockey League franchise in northeast Ohio? You get a former second-round draft pick with NHL experience who spent a large portion of his pro career in Cleveland. That guy was Jeff Christian, and for their first two seasons, he was the face of the Youngstown SteelHounds. It almost didn’t happen, however. Christian had an ...

Concussions ended Nicholson’s career

Editor’s note: The Youngstown SteelHounds were part of the Mahoning Valley sports scene for three seasons (2005-08) as part of the Central Hockey League. This is one in a series of stories about the minor league hockey franchise written by Tribune Chronicle / Vindicator sports reporter Brian Yauger as part of his journalism senior project at Youngstown State University. The stories will run periodically in the ...

SteelHounds' first expansion choice was ‘tough guy’ Mallette

Editor’s note: The Youngstown SteelHounds were part of the Mahoning Valley sports scene for three seasons (2005-08) as part of the Central Hockey League. This is one in a series of stories about the minor league hockey franchise written by Tribune Chronicle / Vindicator sports reporter Brian Yauger as part of his journalism senior project at Youngstown State University. The stories will run periodically in the ...

Patterson met future wife while a SteelHound

Editor’s note: The Youngstown SteelHounds were part of the Mahoning Valley sports scene for three seasons (2005-08) as part of the Central Hockey League. This is one in a series of stories about the minor league hockey franchise written by Tribune Chronicle / Vindicator sports reporter Brian Yauger as part of his journalism senior project at Youngstown State University. The stories will run periodically in the ...

Richards was team’s ‘steel man’

Editor’s note: The Youngstown SteelHounds were part of the Mahoning Valley sports scene for three seasons (2005-08) as part of the Central Hockey League. This is one in a series of stories about the minor league hockey franchise written by Tribune Chronicle / Vindicator sports reporter Brian Yauger as part of his journalism senior project at Youngstown State University. The stories will run periodically in the ...

Resatar achieves scoring milestone

Hubbard Eagles boys basketball coach Joe Bornemiss has seen a lot of basketball players over the years. Out of all those players, there are very few that have left an impact on him like Hubbard High School senior Cam Resatar. “There’s probably five kids that I can name that put the work in like he did, and he’s one of the five,” Bornemiss said. “You’re talking about a kid that played football. ...

Another feat for versatile Grisdale

Poland’s multisport threat Jackie Grisdale has a long list of accomplishments. She had already earned 10 letters heading into her junior year. She is a 4.0 student, a two-time state qualifier in cross country, earned multiple all-league honors in softball, track and field and basketball and played a role in Poland’s Northeast-8 championship in golf as a first-year member of the team. In February, ...

Tough way to go

CANTON — With 2 seconds left and McDonald with the ball trailing by two, the Blue Devils had a chance to advance to the Division IV Canton Regional final, but senior guard Zach Rasile was smothered by the Lucas defense. No foul was called, time expired and McDonald found its season come to an end in a 47-45 loss. The Cubs had an 18-4 advantage on free-throw attempts. That and the no-call on the final shot ...

South Range sees historic season end

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The South Range girls basketball team battled to the very end, but was unable to take down Elyria Catholic, falling to the Panthers 51-37 at Cuyahoga Falls High School on Saturday afternoon in a Division III regional title game. “I know it wasn’t the result we wanted, but it was an awful lot of fun,” Raiders coach Jeff Fishel said. “The girls had fun. It was a fun game to coach and ...

Phantoms bounce back to beat Cedar Rapids, 3-1

YOUNGSTOWN — Pulling a complete 180 from Friday night’s tilt against Cedar Rapids, the Youngstown Phantoms controlled the pace in a 3-1 win against the RoughRiders Saturday night at the Covelli Centre. “We needed that,” Phantoms coach Brad Patterson said. “Last night the frustration from my end was our intensity … at this time of the year, you need to be locked in and I felt like the guys, the ...