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WRITER: Neel Madhavan

South Range takes down Champion

NILES — South Range got its hits in early and quick Monday. With how Champion starter Nate Holt was throwing, the Raiders knew they had to get their licks in before he settled in. All three of South Range’s runs came with two outs on the board in the second and third innings. The first was thanks to an RBI base hit from Tyson Tarajack, then the second came on a bases-loaded walk after Shane Lindstrom ...

Columbiana scores late, tops Springfield

NILES — After three scoreless innings Monday, something had to give. Both Columbiana and Springfield had gotten runners into scoring position, but neither could bring them home against stout pitching. Columbiana’s Zachary Pleska liked what he saw from Springfield starter Alex Rothwell in his first at bat, and tried to put the ball in play during his second at bat. Instead, Pleska blasted a shot to right ...

On to regionals: Malito siblings, Girard athletes take center stage at district meet

CORTLAND — Sweat dripped, blood spilled and records fell under the hot sun Saturday, as Girard put up a strong showing at the Division II district track meet at Lakeview. Both the Indians’ boys and girls teams finished in the top-four of the team standings and had plenty of athletes qualify for the Division II regional meet next week at Austintown Fitch. Two highlights of the meet were the Malito ...

Springfield’s Brungard shines at district meet

NEW MIDDLETOWN — The legend of Beau Brungard will live on forever in the annals of Springfield athletics. Brungard has broken records and set marks in football, basketball and track during his decorated four-year career as a Tiger, and on Friday, he continued to add a few more items to the list before he can finally close the book on his storied high school career. At the Division III district track meet, ...

Canfield takes down Poland in “Battle of 224” to capture title

YOUNGSTOWN — At the beginning of the season, Canfield did not look like a team that would end up challenging for a district title. Head coach Joe Angelo would be the first to admit it. The cold, wet weather wreaked havoc on the preseason practice schedule and the first half of the regular season. As a result, it forced the Cardinals to largely practice indoors and the team stumbled out to a 2-4 start to open ...

Won...not done: Fitch tops Green, 6-5, to capture district title

AUSTINTOWN — While Austintown Fitch has dealt with its own share of adversity off the field throughout the season, the team hasn’t faced much adversity on the field in about a month. In their nine-game winning streak leading into Wednesday’s Division I Austintown district final, the Falcons had outscored their opponents 67-11, with seven of those runs allowed coming in a road win at Howland. Against ...

Mathews wins second-straight district title

VERNON — Almost a year to the day of last year’s district finals victory, the Mathews Mustangs did it once again. The same two teams, but a new location, the Mustangs took down Brookfield 8-2, to win their second-straight district crown. Despite a roster of mostly newcomers, including a new coach, Mathews continues its hot streak. The jitters that plagued Mathews in its 1-0 district semifinal victory ...

Beidelschies’ no-no leads Canfield to 10-0 win over Poland

CANFIELD — Between hitting the road to face off against some out of state competition, the less than ideal weather, and just the weird circumstances that came to be, Canfield’s home field advantage has essentially been non-existent this season. Wednesday evening, the Cardinals welcomed rival Poland for the Division II Struthers sectional final, which was only the third time Canfield had the opportunity to ...

Payiavlas has his eyes on the prize

WARREN — Tennis great Roger Federer has long prioritized the mental side of the game. Emulating his idol, Harding senior Anthony Payiavlas has spent time improving the mental aspects of his tennis game in recent months in preparation for his final postseason singles run through the Division I district and state tournaments. “When I first started playing my first few tournaments, I kind of let the game ...

Kinnick’s triple leads Canfield past Aurora

JEFFERSON — With both pitchers in control and Canfield and Aurora deadlocked for the first few innings, someone needed to step up for either team — so out walked Cardinals’ senior Jackie Kinnick. In the bottom of the fifth inning, with the game tied 0-0, Canfield got both lead-off hitters on base with a pair of singles. After a fly out, Kinnick stepped up to home plate with one out and two runners ...