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WRITER: Brad Emerine

Depth allows Poland to hold off Raiders

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — With a little more depth, a little more balance and strong leadership when things got tight, the Poland High School girls basketball team kept pulling away from a gritty South Range squad in a key Northeast-8 Conference contest Monday night. It all added up to a 51-36 victory for the visiting Bulldogs, who improved to 11-2 overall and 8-0 in conference action. “(South Range is) not as ...

Chaney overwhelms Valley Christian

YOUNGSTOWN — With four new starters in the lineup from last season, coach Dolph Carroll knew it would take some time for his Valley Christian boys basketball team to grow this season. No matter how much growth they have made as players, the Eagles faced a much taller task when they entertained Chaney on Friday night. The Division II Cowboys were taller at every position on the floor, had more depth and ...

WGH too much for Canfield

WARREN — After losing four consecutive games, the Warren G. Harding boys basketball team apparently got hungry for wins. On Tuesday night, the Raiders whet their appetite, “munching” up visiting Canfield 68-59 in the All-American Conference, Red Tier opener for both schools. Harding senior D’Muntize Owens, who is known as “Munch” around schools and in basketball circles, devoured the Cardinals by ...

Fast start carries West Branch to road win

GARRETTSVILLE — The road Warriors took care of business early in a non-league high school girls basketball game Monday. West Branch scored the first nine points of the game against host Garfield, built a 33-15 halftime margin and scored the first 12 points after intermission en route to a 69-26 victory. The Warriors improved to 9-2 overall and have won six of their seven road contests this ...

Derry dominates ‘diffability’

NEWTON FALLS — Lily Derry just has an independent spirit, according to her mother, Jen. Derry often got ahead of her peers and classmates with daily routines such as tying shoes, zipping jackets and even riding bikes. So when she joined her older brother, Dylan, shooting baskets in the driveway when she was 5-years-old, nobody batted an eyelash or told her basketball was something she shouldn’t or ...

Mats at the Mall

NILES — The Mats at the Mall event has a different feel than most regular-season high school wrestling matches — for good reason. The combatants — Howland and Canfield — competed at Eastwood Mall on Saturday in an attempt to draw more publicity and grow excitement for the sport. They work on their form and battle hard against an opponent, rather than a wrestling partner in the wrestling room at their ...

Closing stretch dooms Cards in loss to WGH

WARREN — For just over three quarters Friday night, the Youngstown Cardinal Mooney boys basketball followed the game plan that coach Carey Palermo drew up against host Warren G. Harding. But the Raiders forced a few turnovers and missed field-goal attempts from the Cardinals, then did what they do best — get up and down the floor. Harding used a 20-5 closing stretch, including a 12-0 scoring spurt, to ...

Canfield guts out close win over Poland

POLAND — Aggressiveness was the biggest factor in a Saturday afternoon girls basketball game between rivals Canfield and Poland. In the end, the Cardinals won that battle and the game, defeating the host Bulldogs 40-36 in the first of two non-league matches between the schools. “(Canfield) played a little harder than we did, got to more loose balls and more rebounds,” lamented Poland coach Nick Blanch, ...

Girard holds off Chaney in 54-32 win

GIRARD — With just one senior in its starting lineup the Girard High School girls basketball team looks to have a bright future. That was on display Saturday afternoon when the Indians defeated visiting Chaney, 54-32. Freshman Sieasia Triplett scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to help Girard pull away after Chaney trimmed its 16-point second-half deficit to eight points early in ...

Ursuline’s Phillips to Western Michigan

YOUNGSTOWN — According to Ursuline High School football coach Dan Reardon, James Phillips Jr., is a testament to what can happen for athletes who put in extra work in addition to what is asked of all players. Phillips signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to continue his academic and football career at Western Michigan. “He worked so hard in the weight room and was able to add great strength ...