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WRITER: Greg Macafee

Lowellville QB Ballone ties state record

For the past three years, Lowellville head football coach Andrew Mamula has seen senior quarterback Vinny Ballone grow up in front of his eyes. During that time, the star signal-caller has put up some pretty dazzling numbers as he passed for 2,114 yards and 28 touchdowns last season as a junior while leading the Rockets in rushing with 870 yards on 90 carries. So, Mamula has become used to seeing Ballone ...

A special event for a special team

There aren’t many things that can tie together a group of athletes quite like a championship season. There are memories that are created, moments that are shared, and times that can be looked back on as something those athletes will never forget. After being honored before, and during halftime, of Warren G. Harding’s matchup with Ursuline Friday night for the 50th anniversary of their state championship ...

Milton showing growth during hot start

NORTH JACKSON — A year ago, the Jackson-Milton Blue Jays stepped off the field after a close 28-26 home loss to McDonald, which ended their season with a disappointing record of 2-7. It wasn’t exactly what head coach Nate Brode or the Blue Jays wanted to experience. But, with a young roster that had sophomores and juniors littered across the field, it was something that they may have had to endure in ...

Dynamic duo of Valley, Erb has Mineral Ridge off to 3-0 start

MINERAL RIDGE — The Mineral Ridge Rams have been running rampant through their opponents. With blowout victories over Pymatuning Valley (41-8), Orange (48-6) and Newton Falls (33-14), the Rams are averaging 40.6 points per game and have only given up 28 points heading into conference play this week. The early-season success could be attributed to a few different things, but junior tailback Ian Erb and ...

Lowellville off to fast start behind offense

LOWELLVILLE — It didn’t take long for the Lowellville Rockets to hit the ground running this season. Through three games, the Rockets are averaging 51.3 points per game and recorded wins over Columbiana (55-14), Campbell (50-41), and most recently South Central (49-15). With returning starters at almost every skill position offensively, the Rockets were bound to get off to a hot start. They were strong ...

Chaney throttles Boardman, 40-14

BOARDMAN — Friday night didn’t start the way the Chaney Cowboys wanted, but it definitely ended like they planned. The Cowboys inadvertently touched a punt on Boardman’s first offensive drive, which the Spartans recovered and turned into a 25-yard touchdown pass from Tomas Andujar to Isaiah Torres. Then, the Cowboys fumbled on their first offensive play of the night. Senior wide receiver Jason Hewlett ...

Gaining an appreciate for Warren football

Since starting my journalism career, I’ve had the opportunity to experience a few different things. Spring training in Arizona, a few different Arizona State sporting events, high school football in both Western Pennsylvania and in the Phoenix-metropolitan area, along with several other things. But the stories I’ve gotten to tell and the people I get to talk to along the way will always be the best part ...

Accomplishing the dream: From Warren to the NFL

WARREN — When you walk into the varsity football building at Warren G. Harding High School the walls are littered with memories of the past. Photos and jerseys of former players fill the hallway as you walk through the lobby of the building. Paul Warfield, Ross Browner, Korey Stringer, LeShun Daniels Sr. — along with his sons LeShun Daniels Jr. and James Daniels — Mario Manningham, Maurice Clarett, Boom ...

From rivals to teammates: Harding/Reserve merger and the 1990 state championship season

WARREN — All big-time sports programs go through a major change at one point or another. Whether it’s building a new stadium or arena, hiring an influential coach to change the culture of the program, or in Warren’s case, merging two powerhouse programs into one. In 1990, the Warren football program went through that major change. After splitting into two schools in 1966 and then battling one another ...

Built at Mollenkopf: A look at the Harding vs. Western Reserve rivalry

Editor’s note: Today and in coming days, the Tribune Chronicle will revisit significant points in the history of Warren high school football. Stories will highlight the Western Reserve / Harding cross-town rivalry, historic championship seasons, the teams’ eventual merger, and accomplishments of former players. WARREN — In the early 1960s, Warren G. Harding High School was bursting at the seams. The ...