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WRITER: Brad Emerine

Cardinals clipped

YOUNGSTOWN — A sharp, crisp game was what Warren G. Harding football coach Steve Arnold emphasized all week leading into Saturday night’s game with Cardinal Mooney at Stambaugh Stadium. His troops did exactly that in a 31-7 win over the Cardinals. “Starting with last week, we’ve told the kids that our playoffs had begun,” Arnold said. “If they want to play in week 11, we needed to win four in a ...

Fitch scores off corner kick for overtime win

AUSTINTOWN — A small combination made the biggest play Thursday night, as the Austintown Fitch girls soccer team defeated fifth-seeded Uniontown Lake, 2-1 in overtime, to advance to a Division I district semifinal game Monday. Standing only 5-feet-2, senior forward Katlyn Klasic headed in a corner kick from 4-11 junior midfielder Sydney Spencer with 9:43 remaining in the first overtime session to give the ...

Canfield puts on show in final home game

CANFIELD — Playing in its final home contest of the season, Canfield put on a show for its faithful in a 49-21 thrashing of East in a non-league football game Friday night. The Cardinals, who improved to 5-3, will close the regular season with games at Howland next week and at Boardman in Week 10. “We went into the game with things to work on after a tough one last week (31-28 loss to Highland), and I ...

Ursuline girls at ease in postseason

The Ursuline High School girls soccer team feels comfortable in its return to the Division III postseason. The Irish, who competed in Division II the past two seasons after being in Division III in 2016, defeated Waterloo 11-0 in a sectional final Wednesday night at Youngstown State. Ursuline, which is seeded second and improved to 10-7, will play host to third-seeded John F. Kennedy in a district semifinal ...

League rival eliminates Hubbard volleyball

JEFFERSON — The Lakeview High School volleyball team took its first step toward its goal of winning a district championship, as the fifth-seeded Bulldogs topped 12th-seeded Hubbard, 25-14, 25-14, 25-19, in the first round of Division II play Tuesday night at Jefferson. “We’re going to need to improve our serve receive and our passing to reach our goal of winning the district,” said Lakeview senior ...

Short-handed Cards lose to Leps in 2OTs

YOUNGSTOWN — A valiant effort from Cardinal Mooney fell short, as the banged-up Cardinals dropped a 20-14 loss to Louisville in two overtimes Friday night at Stambaugh Stadium. It was a difficult loss for Mooney, as it failed to score four times in the red zone, including both overtime possessions. “They all hurt, but in this one we failed to take advantage of several opportunities there,” Mooney coach ...

Mooney girls get ready for state golf

The Cardinal Mooney High School girls golf team is hoping the experience gained in the Division II state tournament last season will be of use when it returns to the Ohio State-Gray Course to compete on Friday and Saturday. “A lot has changed in the past year,” coach Mary Theresa Bellino said. “We have four girls going back who know what the course is about and who competed on that stage last year. But ...

Ursuline overcomes Chaney in SVC battle

YOUNGSTOWN — It wasn’t clean, or pretty. But in the end, it was exciting for Ursuline and excruciating for Chaney as the Irish made enough plays to pull off a 27-26 win over the Cowboys in a Steel Valley Conference matchup at Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday afternoon. “I am so proud of these guys because it would’ve been easy to tap out there in the third or fourth quarter,” Ursuline coach Dan ...

Lowellville tops Ridge after late-game fireworks

LOWELLVILLE — After a defensive struggle for the better part of the game, Lowellville and Mineral Ridge combined for three touchdowns in the final 2:09. The Rockets saved what could’ve been a disappointing homecoming by scoring the final points on Cole Bunofsky’s 27-yard touchdown reception from freshman quarterback Vinny Ballone with 13.1 seconds remaining and Michael Donatelli’s two-point conversion ...

Springfield volleyball enjoys block party

BERLIN CENTER — On what might have been the last warm night of the fall, the Springfield volleyball team decided to have a block party. The Tigers remained in contention for the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference title by downing host Western Reserve 25-21, 18-25, 25-23, 25-14 on Thursday night to improve to 16-3 overall and 11-2 in league play. The Blue Devils dipped to 11-7 overall and 10-3 in the ...