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WRITER: Joel Whetzel

Boardman falls to Walsh Jesuit, 2-1

MASSILLON — It’s been a postseason of close calls for Boardman. The 14-seed Spartans opened their playoff run with a 3-0 victory over 16-seed Uniontown Lake, and followed by upsetting 3-seed New Philadelphia 3-0 in the Division I Massillon District semifinals. On Thursday, the magic ran out, as the Spartans fell to 5-seed Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit, 2-1, in the title game. “I’m proud,” said ...

Kirila Ks 12 as Ursuline moves on to districts

STRUTHERS — Andrew Kirila may need to add a few more Ks to his last name after his latest outing. Ursuline’s ace was dominant from beginning to end Wednesday, as the junior struck out 12 batters over 6 2/3 innings of work in the Irish’s 8-4 victory over Waterloo to send UHS (15-8) to the district round of the postseason for the first time since 2019. Kirila gave up four runs — just one earned — ...

Youngstown State's Garrett Covington to return for 6th season

YOUNGSTOWN — Garrett Covington will return to Youngstown State for his sixth season with the program, head coach Jerrod Calhoun said Thursday. Covington was part of Calhoun’s original recruiting class, and began with the Penguins in the 2017-18 season. He had entered the transfer portal after this past season concluded, but after some time decided to return, Calhoun said. Covington played in just three ...

Fitch stays locked in

AUSTINTOWN — Sydnie Watts said she felt “on” this morning ahead of Austintown Fitch’s Division I district softball semifinal against Louisville. The freshman ace may be feeling even better after fanning the first 10 batters she faced en route to a 17-strikeout day. She gave up just two hits and held the visiting Leopards scoreless as Fitch (21-2) rolled to a 6-0 victory Monday. “I felt on since ...

Fast start sends Fitch past JFK, 7-2

AUSTINTOWN — A five-run first inning was all Austintown Fitch needed Thursday, as that fast start propelled the Falcons to a 7-2 nonconference victory over Warren John F. Kennedy at Coppola Field. Fitch (15-4) piled up five of its nine hits during the first frame, including three triples and a double. “We just put together good at-bats,” said Fitch coach Joe Paris. “The one thing that stood out to ...

Havrilla’s walk-off sends Canfield past Boardman

STRUTHERS — After falling to Boardman in walk-off fashion early this season, Canfield had revenge in mind during the rematch. The Cardinals got the vengeance they were seeking Wednesday, as a walk-off single from A.J. Havrilla capped a late-game rally as Canfield topped the Spartans, 3-2, at Cene Park. “We definitely had this marked on the calendar since they beat us last time in the same fashion,” ...

Supplying the power

YOUNGSTOWN — In her final season with Ursuline softball, Paige Ogden is going out with a bang. The Irish have raced out to an impressive 14-1 start, and Ogden is playing a huge role in that. The senior recently set the UHS school record for home runs in a season after blasting her ninth shot of the year. That came during a two-game tear in which Ogden hit five homers. Ogden says the recent tear begins ...

Rivalry rally: Ogden Ks 17 as Ursuline tops Mooney, 7-2

YOUNGSTOWN — By her own admission, Paige Ogden wasn’t in the right mindset at the beginning of Ursuline’s rivalry matchup with Cardinal Mooney. As a result, the Cardinals jumped on her early, as Alaina Francis and Alaina Scavina launched back-to-back solo home runs over the left field fence. After that wake-up call and a brief visit with coach Kristina Dugan, Ogden dominated. The Irish ace finished with ...

Mistakes cost Poland in 7-1 defeat

POLAND — Too many mistakes and a quiet day of offense were too much for Poland to overcome Saturday, as the Bulldogs fell to visiting Howland in nonconference play, 7-1. Poland (7-7) committed six errors in the loss and fell behind the Tigers (5-6) early, as Howland jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings and made that stand for the victory. “We were expecting a good game out of Howland, and in the ...

West Branch walks it off

BELOIT — West Branch’s Skyler Greeneisen made sure to celebrate her birthday in style. With the Warriors and Howland deadlocked at 15-all in the eighth inning, Greeneisen belted a two-run blast over the centerfield fence to lift West Branch to a 17-15 walk-off victory over the visiting Tigers on Friday evening in a wild game that featured 32 runs on 36 hits. “I was just looking for that perfect pitch ...