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WRITER: Greg Macafee

Mooney boys look to fill leadership hole

YOUNGSTOWN — The Cardinal Mooney boys basketball team will have a lot of growing up to do — both on the court and off of it — heading into the 2022-23 season. After losing senior point guard Mick Hergenrother, who led the Cardinals in almost every statistical category and provided Cardinal Mooney with an unquestionable leader, the Cardinals will have a big hole to fill leading into the season. But the ...

Third time’s the charm: Canfield downs No. 1 Chardon 14-7 to capture regional title, advance to state

RAVENNA — The third time is the charm. Behind a strong defensive performance and a game-breaking 56-yard run from junior running back Danny Inglis, the Canfield football team got the monkey off its back with a 14-7 win over Chardon in the Division III, Region 9 regional final Friday night at Ravenna High School. It’s Canfield’s first regional title since 2005, but the Cardinals (12-1) also were able ...

Warren JFK chasing 3rd straight regional title

WARREN — Tonight, the Warren John F. Kennedy Eagles will travel to New Philadelphia to take on the Danville Blue Devils for an opportunity to win their third straight Division VII, Region 25 title. It’s become something of a normal affair at Kennedy and the Eagles have been preparing for this next step all season long. But, it’s just the first step on the road back to a state championship. “This ...

Canfield OL lead way for Cardinals running game

CANFIELD — High school football games are often won in the trenches, where the defensive and offensive lines battle all night long to win the line of scrimmage. Over the course of the 2022 season, the Canfield football team has leaned on its offensive line to win that battle and open up holes for a stable of talented runners, including Indiana-bound quarterback Broc Lowry. Canfield’s run-first mentality ...

Canfield set to face Chardon for 3rd straight postseason

CANFIELD — For the past two years, the Chardon football team has ended Canfield’s season. The Cardinals have the opportunity to reverse their fortunes Friday when they travel to Ravenna’s Harry Gilchrist Field at Portage Community Bank Stadium to take on the Hilltoppers for the third straight postseason. Two years ago, the Hilltoppers took down Canfield 38-6 in the regional finals after going 9-0 in ...

Growing and learning

YOUNGSTOWN — When Carl Pelini took over the Cardinal Mooney football team, the current senior class was sophomores and as the Cardinals went through somewhat of a rebuild, Pelini asked them one thing. “I told them at that time, if you just stick with the program and stick to the process, we’ll have some success and they have,” Pelini said. After going 3-15 over the past two years, the Cardinals, and ...

Mooney falls in semifinal

SANDUSKY — Just two years ago, the Cardinal Mooney boys soccer team knocked off Toledo Ottawa Hills in the state semifinals to punch its ticket to the state championship game with a close victory. Wednesday night at Sandusky High School’s Cedar Point Stadium, the Green Bears (18-4-1) returned the favor with a 1-0 victory, taking down the Cardinals to earn a trip to the Division III state finals. With ...

Tigers roar to state final four

TWINSBURG — When the Howland Tigers headed to Twinsburg on Saturday for a Division III regional final matchup with Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, they were expecting a defensive battle. “We were definitely working on penalty kicks a lot this week,” Howland head coach Brian Stiles said. But, as it turned out, the Tigers didn’t need penalty kicks, or even overtime, to take down the Royals as ...

Late collapse dooms Canfield in 2-0 loss to Bay

TWINSBURG — When it came to their Division II regional final matchup with the Bay Rockets on Saturday at Twinsburg High School, the Canfield Cardinals stuck to their game plan. They locked up tight defensively and limited Bay’s star striker Tessa Knapp as much as they could. But, a three-minute stretch midway through the second half proved to be Canfield’s demise as the Rockets struck twice, and it was ...

Nick Pregibon scores 3 goals as Mooney defeats Wickliffe 4-0

BOARDMAN — Cardinal Mooney’s postseason run continues. Behind a three-goal performance from junior striker Nick Pregibon and a last-second goal by junior Mason Janis, the top-seeded Cardinals (16-3-1) dispatched No. 4 Wickliffe (16-5), 4-0, in a Division III regional semifinal matchup Wednesday at Boardman High School. The Cardinals move on to play Beachwood on Saturday afternoon at Howland High ...