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WRITER: Nathanael Hawthorne

Professional disc franchise a family affair

When it comes to sports in the Mahoning Valley, there are strong ties to professional football, basketball and baseball, but one local family is etching their name, and the Valley, into a different sport. Dr. Tracy Neuendorf, his wife, Amy, and stepson Andrew Gardner are the owner, chief financial officer and general manager, respectively, of the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds — an ultimate disc team. When the ...

Baseball fans flock to Niles

NILES — Last season for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers was the first of its kind. This year, however, some changes in the league itself as well as no pandemic restrictions will give fans a sense of normalcy when they walk through the gates at Eastwood Field. Thursday night, the Scrappers opened the 2022 campaign excited and “looking forward to a good year.” “Last year was a good first year. We had a ...

Raiders look to roll on

Playoff baseball has become a familiar spot for the South Range Raiders baseball team and head coach Jim Hanek. Last season, the Raiders found their way to the regional final game but ultimately fell short. This year, however, Hanek is confident in his team’s ability to go back and take the crown, but the focus has been on short-term goals rather than getting back to the championship game. “The first ...

Canfield girls lacrosse ‘proud’ of strong season

For Canfield girls lacrosse coach MeLynda Guerrieri, the 2022 season was nothing short of successful. Despite losing 9-5 to Chagrin Falls in the Division II Region 6 finals — the furthest the Cardinals have gone in program history — Guerrieri couldn’t be prouder of her team. “What everyone did and how far we went, I’m really proud of the girls,” Guerrieri said. “I think we had a really good ...

Canfield lacrosse nabs crucial win, tops Kenston

CANFIELD — Earlier this season, the Canfield Cardinals and Kenston Bombers tied in a thrilling double-overtime game. Wednesday night’s regional semifinal, however, had a much different ending with the Cardinals beating the Bombers 11-7. Canfield started out hot, scoring two goals early in the first half and kept its foot on the pedal as the game headed to halftime with a 6-3 score. “Kenston’s ...

Gavin Hyde twirls gem as Boardman upsets Lake in extra innings

The Boardman Spartans showed patience is a virtue Tuesday beating Lake High School in extra innings in a Division 1 Canton District semifinal game. In the 1-0 win, starting pitcher Gavin Hyde picked up the win, throwing eight innings and picking up seven strikeouts while only allowing four hits and dishing out two free passes. Coach Joseph Gabriel said Hyde has been the team’s go-to all season. “He ...

Kirila leads Ursuline back to district final

STRUTHERS — In a tight pitchers’ duel, the Ursuline bats woke up in the later half of Monday night’s contest against the Cardinal Huskies. Irish pitcher Andrew Kirila got the starting nod from skipper Paul Kempe, who had nothing but praise for Kirila after the juniors exceptional outing in a 3-0 win to advance the Fighting Irish to the district finals. “That’s what Drew’s done all year, that’s ...

Kennedy’s Valent excited for opportunity at Rice

WARREN — Warren John F. Kennedy standout lineman Patrick Valent said playing at the college level has been a dream of his, and something he’s worked for, since he was in seventh grade. On May 2, Valent announced his verbal commitment to Rice University to continue his academic and athletic career. The decision to go to Rice, over several other schools that offered him scholarships, came down to the highest ...

Having snow fun

With the abysmal start to spring, poor weather has meant high school baseball and softball in the Mahoning Valley is off to a slow start. Coaches in the area are finding it difficult for their teams to get quality practices when they take place indoors or at hitting facilities when the game is meant to be played outdoors. Among many of the concerns is making sure the teams get live at-bats, the fielders get ...

Austintown Fire Dept. upgrades parking lot

AUSTINTOWN — Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Mahoning County commissioners, Austintown Fire Station No. 1 is getting a much needed parking lot improvement. The project is broken into phases and the first phase in the rear of the property is nearly complete. Construction on the new parking lot began Sept. 27. “We wanted to do the back parking lot first because it makes sense with the flow of ...