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WRITER: Brad Emerine

South Range gives it all in defeat

MENTOR — The South Range football team needed to play almost a perfect contest to beat top-seeded Kirtland in a Division V, Region 17 championship game Saturday night. The second-seeded Raiders gave it all they could, scoring more points than anyone did against the Hornets all season. It still wasn’t enough, as the defending state champions beat South Range, 49-35. “I am so proud of our kids and the ...

Raiders stung by Hornets

MENTOR — On a spring-like day, the South Range girls soccer team ran into a Hornets’ nest in its Division III regional final against Kirtland. The Hornets built a 4-0 halftime lead Saturday and beat the Raiders, 6-1, to improve to 17-1-3 and secure their fourth consecutive final four appearance. “Kirtland has a great program and everyone knows that,” said South Range coach Kelsey Malenic, whose team ...

Turnover troubles

CHARDON — The third time wasn’t a charm for the Canfield football team on Friday night. Turnovers plagued the third-seeded Cardinals in their Division III, Region 9 championship game as they fell to top-seeded host Chardon 38-6. It marked the third time in the past four seasons the Cardinals reached a regional final only to be denied their first trip to the final four since 2005. “Three times in four ...

South Range senior returns to win game

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — Welcome back, Tom Landry. The South Range boys soccer team was glad to have the senior midfielder back in action Wednesday night in a Division III regional semifinal against visiting Kirtland. Landry, who missed about two weeks when he was quarantined for COVID-19, scored with 7:44 remaining in the second overtime to give the Raiders a 2-1 victory and ensure the Mahoning Valley will send ...

Springfield foe looks a lot like the Tigers

NEW MIDDLETOWN — The Division VI, Region 21 final between third-seeded Norwayne and top-seeded host Springfield appears to be one that could be decided at the wire. Perhaps for the first time this season, the defending regional-champion Tigers are facing a team similar in style, approach and numbers. Both teams are 9-0. The Bobcats are averaging 38.3 points per game, and the Tigers are scoring 43 per ...

Springfield defense sparks win over Mogadore

NEW MIDDLETOWN — The Springfield Tigers can also play some defense. The top-seeded Tigers forced three turnovers, registered five sacks and limited fourth-seeded Mogadore to 182 total yards in a 21-0 victory Saturday in a Division VI, Region 21 semifinal. “I thought everyone played well defensively, from our linebackers to our secondary and especially up front,” said safety Beau Brungard, who recovered a ...

Another McDonald season ended by Lucas

LUCAS — McDonald was seeking to avenge two tough season-ending losses to Lucas last school year when the Cubs played host to the Blue Devils on Friday night in a Division VII, Region 25 semifinal at Bob Wine Field. Unfortunately, Lucas made more big plays than McDonald and did it for a third meeting in a row, as the Blue Devils’ season ended with a 27-14 loss. “We made some good plays early and had the ...

Canfield blanked by Kenston

CANFIELD — After winning Division II district championships in two of the previous three seasons, Canfield girls soccer coach Phil Simone said he and his team had heard from others outside the program that this season would be a rebuilding year for the Cardinals. Still, Canfield reached a district championship for the fourth season in row. This time, the Cardinals fell short. Sixth-seeded Kenston got a ...

South Range clobbers Garfield in semi

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The beat continues for the South Range girls soccer team. The second-seeded Raiders rolled past eighth-seeded Garfield 6-0 in a Division III district semifinal Monday at Raiders Field. South Range senior Bree Kohler supplied two goals and an assist, while sophomore Gabby Lamparty netted a pair of goals. Next up, South Range plays host to fifth-seeded Champion in a district final on ...

Irish hold off West Branch comeback try

BELOIT — In a game that had a little of everything, Ursuline had a little more where it mattered most. The sixth-seeded Irish defeated third-seeded host West Branch 38-31 in a lengthy Division IV, Region 13 quarterfinal Saturday night. The Irish improved to 6-2 and will play at second-seeded Poland next Saturday. “I wish we didn’t have to make it that close in the end, but we knew West Branch ...