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WRITER: Brad Emerine

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 ...

Struthers’ Ryan had banner season

STRUTHERS — While the winter sports season may wind up being remembered with an asterisk in the Ohio High School Athletic Association record books for one reason, Struthers senior Carson Ryan will remember it for several others, including reaching the 1,000-point career milestone. The 6-foot-5 guard walked off the court for the final time in his prep career March 7 following the second-seeded Wildcats’ ...

Making the call

Karen (Lane) Pavlansky always loved the rhythmic bounce of a basketball and the squeaking of tennis shoes. Long after her playing days were over, she wanted to give back to the sport she played at Champion High School before graduating in 1982. That’s when she learned to love the sound of a blown whistle intertwined with the swish sound of the ball as it falls through the twine. At the urging of her ...

Honors keep coming

The honors continue to mount for McDonald High School senior Zach Rasile. He was named the state’s Division IV Player of the Year on Monday by members of the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and is expected to be in the mix for Ohio’s Mr. Basketball, which is awarded to the state’s top player, regardless of division. That award will be announced Wednesday. “Every award I get is special and can be ...

Return to Columbus

ALLIANCE — As expected, Canfield High School senior Anthony D’Alesio rolled through the Division II district tournament field, getting a challenge in just one of his four matches en route to winning the championship at 182 pounds Saturday at Alliance High School. The state’s top-ranked Division II wrestler in his weight class will now look to defend his state title when he returns to Columbus for a ...

Buckettes nip Devils in regional

MASSILLON — Making its first regional appearance since 2008, the McDonald High School girls basketball team was looking for more Thursday night in its Division IV semifinal against New Washington Buckeye Central. The Blue Devils put up a strong second half but eventually fell to the Buckettes, 44-39, after missing a potential tying 3-point shot with 6 seconds left. Taylor Ratliff tacked on the game’s final ...

Second-half defense carries South Range

CUYAHOGA FALLS — The South Range girls basketball team played lock-down team defense in the second half of its Division III regional semifinal Wednesday night against Champion to pull away from the Golden Flashes and advance to Saturday’s regional final against Elyria Catholic. The Raiders limited Champion to nine points in the second half to turn a 21-16 halftime lead into a blowout, winning ...

Canfield continues domination in D2 wrestling

BELOIT — The Canfield High School wrestling team continues to display the consistency and depth to dominate its Division II sectional. The Cardinals had a wrestler in the finals of 10 of the 14 weight classes Saturday at Beloit and ran away with its sixth sectional title in the past seven seasons. As expected, senior Anthony D’Alesio got a strong start to the postseason in the hopes of repeating as a state ...

Sweet, sweet revenge

CANFIELD — Senior Joe Bruno believed his Canfield High School boys basketball team would be able to put aside an ugly 28-point loss to rival Poland last week and put forth a stronger showing when the teams met again Friday night in a Division II sectional bracket final. He was correct, as the host and fourth-seeded Cardinals downed the fifth-seeded Bulldogs, 50-41, in the teams’ third meeting of the ...

District dismantling

MINERAL RIDGE — With a 6-foot-2 cog in the middle and a number of strong perimeter shooters spreading the floor, the Western Reserve High School girls basketball team is diverse and dangerous. The second-seeded Blue Devils proved that again Wednesday night as they dismantled third-seeded Newton Falls, 52-31, in a Division IV district semifinal at Mineral Ridge. Danielle Vuletich, a junior, scored 24 ...