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WRITER: Brian Yauger

Kennedy holds off Newark Catholic, 21-7, to advance to second state title game in 3 years

ORRVILLE — The quintessential Kennedy football game is simple. Power through in the running game and play lockdown defense. With a familiar opponent, the same team that took the Eagles out of last year’s state semifinal matchup, Kennedy knew it had to play its absolute best. The Eagles were pushed and pushed by Newark Catholic on both sides of the ball Saturday night, but Kennedy stuck to their gameplan ...

Phantoms sign defensive prospect

YOUNGSTOWN — Over the last year or so, the Youngstown Phantoms have made an effort to become a premier junior hockey destination in North America. That effort looks to be paying off. On Friday, at their contest against the US National Team Development Program, the Phantoms announced the signing of Sascha Boumedienne, a 15-year old Swedish defensive prospect who already is turning heads. Boumedienne is a ...

Raiders ready for state semi vs. Liberty Center

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — South Range coach Dan Yeagley has been here before. Over the last 28 years at the helm of the Raiders’ program, this season marks the third time South Range has been to the state semifinals. The Raiders are looking to make it past the semifinals for the first time and get a crack at the state title. Their opponent? The Liberty Center Tigers, another program with a solid playoff ...

Dominant Raiders beat Perry, 49-21

In a battle of swashbucklers, it was the South Range Raiders who won. Their powerful offense continued its reign of terror Friday on the frigid field of Great Lakes Cheese Stadium, as South Range dispatched Perry 49-21 in the Division V, Region 17 final. The win gives the Raiders their first appearance in the state final four since 2017 and third all-time appearance at the state level. While it’s on to ...

Warriors get 2nd regional title shot

West Branch has made it back to where they were last year. Just a win away from the state final four. Instead of eventual state runner-up Ursuline standing in its way, the team that’s going to try and keep them from their first regional title since 1998 is Jefferson. The 10-3 Falcons have clawed their way to the Division IV, Region 13 finals, taking down Poland, third-seeded Girard and Canton South to make ...

For all the marbles: South Range hoping to capture regional title

It feels like this is said every week now, but the stakes continue to get higher and the opponents continue to get tougher for South Range. This week’s showdown for the Raiders is definitely the toughest yet as South Range takes on Perry, a school coming off a playoff run in Division IV a season ago. Last season the Pirates fell to West Branch in the regional semifinals, and the Raiders are hoping to be ...

Canfield hockey readies for new season

BOARDMAN - The snow is beginning to fall, and with that comes the return of the lone high school hockey team in the Mahoning Valley. Canfield has only been able to practice with a live puck for a little over a week, yet the regular season starts on Saturday. The Cardinals have used their scrimmages as a trial by fire. It’s worked so far as Canfield took the win in its second of two scrimmages this past week, ...

'Thunder and lightning' working well together for Eagles

CANFIELD — Some teams have a "Mr. Do It All" that can slot anywhere in the lineup and do whatever a team needs. Quarterback, running back, receiver, linebacker, safety, you name it, they can play it. Kennedy has two. Both Aidan Rossi and Caleb Hadley have seen significant time under center for the Eagles this season, and it continues to pay off. In the words of coach Dom Prologo, the pair of Hadley and ...

South Range knocks off Cardinal Mooney

GIRARD — Both South Range and Cardinal Mooney had two opponents Friday night. Each other, and the weather. The Raiders’ powerhouse offense took on each of them, and despite a few miscues, found the endzone five times in a 34-6 victory over the Cardinals to book a trip to the Division V, Region 17 finals. “That’s a great win against a very good program,” Raiders coach Dan Yeagley said. “We always ...

Canfield set for wet tilt with Ursuline

Last season, Canfield saw its season end earlier than it planned, falling 27-14 to eventual state champion Chardon in the regional semifinals. Now, the Cardinals are back in the same spot as last season and are a game away from a potential rematch against the Hilltoppers to decide the region. But the team standing in their way isn’t exactly an easy team to get past. In fact, to get a chance to play last ...