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WRITER: Greg Macafee

Mooney maintaining state title expectations

YOUNGSTOWN — When the Cardinal Mooney boys soccer team took down the Kennedy Eagles on Saturday afternoon in the Division III, Niles 1 district finals, the celebration was minimal. Hugs were shared, smiles were had, and there was a sense of appreciation from the Cardinals about what they had accomplished. But, since the beginning of the season, Cardinal Mooney’s expectations have been higher than a ...

Mason Janis scores two goals as Cardinal Mooney beats Warren JFK to capture second district title in three years

NILES — Two years ago, the Cardinal Mooney boys soccer team made a run to the state championship, and they are looking to do it again. The top-seeded Cardinals (15-3-1) took the first step Saturday afternoon by dispatching the fifth-seeded Kennedy Eagles, 4-0, to capture the Division III, Niles I district title. “It’s a relief to come out on top. I mean, JFK put up a tough battle. We already faced each ...

Lakeview erases early deficit, tops Waterloo in PK shootout to capture first district title since 2009

NILES — Everything came full circle for Lakeview girls soccer coach Marissa Brown Thursday night at Niles’ Bo Rein Stadium in the Division III, Akron I district finals. The last time the Bulldogs reached the district title game and came out with a victory was in 2009, when Brown was a senior at Lakeview. So, after a whirlwind of a contest that had a pair of two-goal scorers and ended with Lakeview goalie ...

Canfield ready to roll into playoffs

CANFIELD — It’s not about how teams start the season, but how they finish. Despite a midseason loss to regional opponent Chaney, the No. 2 Canfield Cardinals are ready to roll. After cruising through their schedule, scoring an average of 32.7 points per game, while only allowing 10.3 points per game, the Cardinals (8-1) are entering the postseason on the right foot. But, they are still staying in the ...

Eagles top Tuscarawas Valley with 1-0 victory

WARREN — Trips to district title games don’t come around very often, so with his team needing a jolt of energy on Tuesday, Warren JFK boys soccer Anthony Ledenko sent them a special message during halftime. In turn, his boys responded for an exciting 1-0 win over Tuscarawas Valley to secure a trip to the Division III, Niles 1 district final Saturday at 11 a.m. against No. 1 seed Cardinal Mooney. “A ...

Brookfield’s Jones thriving in new role

BROOKFIELD — It’s no secret that head coach Randy Clark and the Brookfield Warriors have no shortage of athletes. From their starting quarterback in Donovan Pawlowski to their 6-foot-5, 190-pound wide receiver in Isaiah Jones, the football field is filled with talent with the Warriors crossing the white stripe on the sideline. But, early on, the Warriors had trouble getting them all onto the field, ...

Springfield looks to continue win streak

NEW MIDDLETOWN — After losing a talented senior class that led the Springfield Tigers to a great amount of success over the past few years, head coach Sean Guerriero knew that there would be growing pains this season. Through the first four weeks of the season, the Tigers went through those growing pains, losing all four games and starting off the season with an overall record of 0-4, a complete turnaround ...

Mooney win streak ends vs. Big Red

MINERAL RIDGE — Cardinal Mooney started off strong Saturday afternoon, but Steubenville proved to be too much in a battle of storied programs. After the Cardinals scored the first touchdown of the game with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, the Big Red scored 28 unanswered points in a convincing 28-7 victory at Mineral Ridge’s Joe Lane Sports Complex. “We just had a letdown game and ...

Lowellville, Mineral Ridge prepare for MVAC matchup

At this point in the season, Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference opponents Lowellville and Mineral Ridge have hit their strides. The Rockets (8-0) still hold an undefeated record and are scoring a mind-boggling 48.12 points per game. On the other hand, the Rams (7-1) suffered their lone loss of the season to Springfield four weeks ago and have put together a three-game winning streak ever since as they make ...

Youngstown’s Toney eager for title fight

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown native Victor Toney grew up in a boxing gym and over the course of his 10-year boxing career, he’s waited for his time to shine. That time is now. Saturday night, Toney, who holds a professional boxing record of 6-2-1 with five knockouts, will have the opportunity to wrap his first title belt around his waist when he squares up with Samuel Wildenhaus (Kettering, OH) for the ...