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WRITER: Brad Emerine

Testing his mettle

BOARDMAN — Technically, he wasn’t the strongest man in Hilton Head, South Carolina, in late April, but make no qualms about it, Shawn Shumaker proved he’s no ordinary Joe. Nobody was going to kick sand in his face. Shumaker, a 2000 Boardman High School graduate and a 2010 Youngstown State University grad, finished fourth in the Clash on the Coast strongman competition held April 30 through May ...

Family ties

When Drew Kibler climbed out of the pool after placing third in the 200-meter freestyle during the U.S. Olympic Trials on June 15 in Omaha, Nebraska, he had plenty of supporters on hand to congratulate him for earning a berth to the Tokyo Games in the 800 freestyle relay. Among them were his grandparents, Art Kovacs and Lynne Challenger Kovacs from Youngtown. “We’ve gone to so many swim meets through the ...

Vindy names new sports editor

Greg Macafee has been named to lead the sports department of the Tribune Chronicle and The Vindicator effective last week, replacing outgoing Sports Editor Doug Chapin, who retired Friday after decades in the business. Macafee joins the newspaper staff, coming most recently from the sports department at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Macafee earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Journalism in 2018 at the ...

McDonald boys finish in second at state meet

WESTERVILLE — By most accounts, the McDonald boys track and field team had a tremendous weekend in the Division III state meet at Westerville North. But the Blue Devils completed the season with a little disappointment. After leading the chase for the team title from the first field events on Friday until the last event of the meet on Saturday, McDonald came up just short of its third state ...

Niles’ Clinkscale leads area state champions

COLUMBUS — While the McDonald boys team was impressive with its bid to win a team title, several area individuals were shining on the final day of their respective track and field state meets. The Mahoning Valley won six state championships on Saturday. Niles senior Chante Clinkscale won two of those. In the Division II meet held in Pickerington, Clinkscale swept the 100 and 200 meters, winning in 11.86 ...

Henry, relay team get Devils off to good start

COLUMBUS — Ryan Henry had competed at state as a freshman, but this time he seemed a bit more nervous. But the McDonald junior worked his way through it with his top throw in the Division III boys shot put event Friday at Westerville North sailing 57 feet, 11 1/2 inches. That put him in second place entering the finals and that’s where he finished. “It was kind of a relief to get one out there like that ...

Area runners shine at rainy regional

AUSTINTOWN — On a chilly day in a consistent, moderate drizzle, everything still has to be precise in order to be among the region’s best and qualify for the state meet. That’s the knowledge participants faced in the Division II regional track and field meet Saturday at Fitch, where the top four finishers in each event automatically earned berths to next week’s state meet in Pickerington. Only one ...

Mathews girls use small ball to win

AKRON — Mathews softball coach Jim Nicula says he routinely tells his players to turn the page when something bad happens. The Mustangs did that Thursday during their Division IV regional semifinal against East Canton at Firestone Stadium. On a few occasions, the Mustangs overcame an earlier mistake, got a second chance and produced key plays during a 3-1 victory. “Everyone’s liable to make an error ...

Falcons stall vs. Massillon

CANTON — En route to Thurman Munson Stadium for a Division I district semifinal baseball game between fifth-seeded Fitch and sixth-seeded Massillon early Tuesday afternoon, I-76 had a lane closure that brought traffic to a standstill. The Falcons encountered the same result against Massillon. Fitch generated plenty of traffic, but when the base paths got clogged up, they remained in a standstill, as the ...

K’s for the G-Men

STRUTHERS — Cole Litman was outstanding on the mound in Cardinal Mooney’s Division III district semifinal against Garfield at Bob Cene Park on Monday. The Mooney junior located fastballs and breezed through the G-Men batters with ease, as he took a no-hitter into the fifth before allowing two hits in the Cardinals’ 12-1 win in five innings. “He really had his fastball pumping out there and was just ...