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WRITER: Brad Emerine

Poland girls fall 2-0 at Howland

HOWLAND — The Poland girls soccer team had a game plan to combat Howland’s sturdy defense. But the Bulldogs struggled to execute that game plan and fell to the host Tigers 2-0 on Saturday night. “We wanted to feed the outside, but we kept getting stuck in the middle,” said coach Joel Monaco, whose team fell to 2-3 with the non-league loss. “We just couldn’t execute that game plan, especially in ...

Fitch will use 7-0 loss as motivation

AUSTINTOWN — The Howland High School boys soccer team worked hard on its offense during recent practices and it paid off Tuesday with a 7-0 victory at Austintown Fitch. Jordan Sperling scored four goals, Gabe Lisi scored twice and Austin Stassinis concluded the game’s scoring with a pretty header off a cross from Lisi. Now Fitch will be trying to take a page out of the Tigers’ approach. “Nobody likes ...

Mooney can’t slow Harding

WARREN — Both football teams in Friday’s battle between Warren G. Harding and visiting Mooney were seeking feel-good wins heading into the third week of the regular season. After all, both teams opened the season with losses. Th Raiders left Mollenkopf Stadium with the boost after muscling their way past the Cardinals 27-10. “We stressed how important this game was for us,” WGH coach Steve Arnold ...

South Range falls to Hubbard on late goal

HUBBARD — If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Hubbard’s Jacob Gulu was awarded that situation Thursday night when the Eagles played host to South Range in their Northeast-8 Conference opener. WIth the score tied 1-all and 93 seconds remaining, Gulu lined up for a free kick following an infraction by the Raiders. His shot up from 25 yards away sailed over the crossbar by approximately two ...

Boardman takes care of Harding

WARREN — After two tough results, the Boardman High School girls soccer team was looking forward to winning its first contest Monday night against Warren G. Harding at Mollenkopf Stadium. But coach Mark D’Eramo was more adamant about having his squad play to its potential than about earning a win. To the delight of D’Eramo, the Spartans accomplished both goals, rolling to a 7-0 victory. “We faced a ...

Seeing Red

YOUNGSTOWN — In what is expected to be the most unusual high school football season on record around the nation, it was fitting that Cardinal Mooney opened the campaign against Steubenville at Stambaugh Stadium on Friday night. It is a season of change. ¯ It marked the first regular-season meeting between the teams after nine meetings in the playoffs; ¯ It was the first road opener for the Big Red since ...

Ursuline impresses in rout over Chaney

YOUNGSTOWN — The Ursuline football team was looking to make a big splash this season after struggling to a 2-8 record last season. The Irish appeared to receive a sign from the heavens when a downpour occurred 60 seconds before their kickoff to Chaney in the opener Thursday at Stambaugh Stadium, and Ursuline then went on to a 29-6 victory. After a touchback, Cowboys quarterback Delshawn Petrosky fumbled on ...

Jackson-Milton held off by Ridge

NORTH JACKSON — After both volleyball teams opened their season with victories the night before, Jackson-Milton played host to Mineral Ridge on Tuesday night. The Rams looked more polished and showed depth and experience in pulling away with a 25-17, 25-14, 25-22 victory in the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference opener for both schools. “We were like 22-2 last year and so going into this season we’re ...

Engel eyes 4th Putt-Putt title

WARREN — The Putt-Putt Fun Center of Warren isn’t technically owned by Boardman’s Jim Engel. Engel recently owned his competition when the facility plays host to Great Lakes Tour events for the Professional Putters Association. Engel won all three events here last year and has won 13 state events on these two courses in his 21 years on the Great Lakes Tour. He will seek to win back-to-back ...

Dreams demolished

Braedon Poole is among thousands of athletes nationwide who did not get to see a special season conclude. The 2018 McDonald High School graduate was a sophomore starter for the Mount Union men’s basketball team this winter. The Purple Raiders, who set eight school records, posted a 27-3 record and were set to play host to Wittenberg in a regional semifinal on March 13 before the coronavirus threat forced ...