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WRITER: Greg Macafee

Aces in the circle: Pitchers played major role in local district titles

The old adage goes “Defense wins championships” and when it came to six of our local softball teams winning district titles this past week, that saying could not be truer. But, you could also throw a little wrinkle into the mix and include the young ladies that stepped into the circle for our local champions. Winning pitchers in five of the six district title games went the distance this past week and ...

NIL in high school? It should not happen

Monday is the final day that the 817 member schools of the OHSAA will have the opportunity to vote on the approval of a Name, Image, and Likeness proposal that mirrors changes made at the collegiate level in the last year. If the proposal passes, Ohio could be the 10th state to approve NIL regulations. The proposed addition would allow student-athletes to sign endorsement agreements so long as their teams, ...

GC-360 Leadership Summit to return in person after 2-year hiatus

Michael Engram is ready to get back to helping high school athletes in the Youngstown area. On June 11, the 1996 Warren G. Harding graduate and his non-profit, Gamechangers, will host the GC-360 Leadership and Player Development Combine at Youngstown State for the first time in two years. Given how the last two years have gone, Engram is excited to have another opportunity to reach out to the local athletes in ...

Bristol’s Zirzow, Howland’s Massucci win Trumbull County Player of the Year honors

HOWLAND — Bristol’s Belle Zirzow and Howland’s Anthony Massucci were the go-to players for their respective teams all season long. As seniors, they were leaned on in key moments of games and more often than not, they stepped up to the plate when their teams needed them the most. On Sunday, both were honored as Trumbull County Players of the Year by the Trumbull County Coaches Association at Leo’s ...

Heartbreaker: South Range’s Cmil falls in state final, places for 2nd straight year

COLUMBUS — Five years ago, South Range senior Raymond Cmil was ready to leave wrestling behind. That didn’t last long though and Cmil quickly rediscovered his love for the sport as a freshman and has been on a long journey ever since that dropped him on the biggest stage of high school wrestling in Ohio. After going 3-0 through the first two days of the OHSAA state wrestling tournament, Cmil found ...

South Range wrestlers earn podium spots at states

COLUMBUS — The South Range wrestling team took a total of eight wrestlers to the OHSAA state wrestling tournament at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center and came home with three placers. Before 132-pounder Raymond Cmil placed second in the state finals Sunday night, 106-pounder Hunter Newell and 165-pounder Logan Cormell brought home 7th place medals to add to the trophy case. Cormell placed for the ...

Cmil on the cusp: Will wrestle for state title this evening

COLUMBUS — South Range’s Raymond Cmil has always dreamed of winning a state title, but never really thought it was a realistic goal until last season. The former Boardman Spartan moved into the South Range school district at the beginning of the year and went on to earn a fifth-place finish at states. That’s when he said his dream started to become something of a reality. He was wrestling better, his ...

Duncan closing in: Will wrestle for state title this evening

COLUMBUS — Chalker’s Landen Duncan is looking to make history, and he’s one step closer to doing so. With a 4-1 decision victory over Genoa Area’s Phoenix Contos in the 120-pound semifinals of the OHSAA state wrestling tournament, Duncan is on the verge of becoming the first state wrestling champion in school history. “I knew that it was probably one of my most important matches of all time,” ...

Several Valley grapplers advance in state tournament

COLUMBUS — Patience is a virtue, and it paid off Friday afternoon for Austintown Fitch’s Tyler Lintner, who was one of two Falcons to move on to Saturday’s quarterfinals at the OHSAA state wrestling tournament at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center. For most of his first-round match against Perrysburg’s Noah Ewen, Lintner watched and waited for the perfect opening. It didn’t come in the first round ...

South Range’s Cmil in search of state title

At the end of last year, South Range’s Raymond Cmil started to find newfound confidence in himself. He had always dreamed of winning a wrestling state title, but after a fifth-place finish as a junior, the 132-pounder started to think his dream could become a reality. After winning his first district title this past weekend, Cmil is entering the OHSAA state tournament this weekend with a lot of ...