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WRITER: Doug Chapin

Preparing for a football season unlike any other one

High school football in Ohio is set to begin in four days after the most difficult and convoluted preseason that followers of the sport have seen. Despite not knowing whether or not the governor’s office would even allow games to be played, players and coaches prepared as if the season would be held. The season itself, with the playoffs beginning in what would normally be Week 7, all teams eligible for the ...

OHSFCA not consulted before new plan released

The Ohio High School Athletic Association did not directly consult the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association before formulating a plan released Friday for going forward with a 2020 high school football season. Lakeview coach Tom Pavlansky, president of the OHSFCA, said he was told in April by OHSAA officials that the coaches’ group would be consulted when a decision on the season was made. “I ...

Six weeks are better than none

So, the Ohio High School Athletic Association went and did it. The organizing body for high school sports in the state conferred with all the right people — school superintendents, principals, athletic administrators and coaches — and came up with a plan for high school football this fall that is designed to have something for everyone. Of course, since they didn’t confer with each individual Joe Fan ...

Decision on season will come eventually

Let me start by saying, “I don’t know.” I don’t know what should be done about high school fall sports. I know that plenty of people on various social media know exactly what should happen, but they aren’t the people who actually have to make the decision — and neither am I. I also know that for each person who knows what to do, there is someone else who also knows, but their solution is the ...

Raiders were replacing

Editor’s note: Despite the fact the high school spring sports season in Ohio was canceled before it got started, the Vindicator and Tribune Chronicle will continue to profile area teams and athletes. Readers can approach the stories with the attitude of “What might have been.” Replace, not rebuild. That was the motto this spring for South Range softball coach Jeff DeRose after his Raiders lost five ...

Former Austintown Fitch AD remembered

The high school athletic director position is not an easy one. Critics see only the things that go wrong and aren’t aware of much of the behind-the-scenes work that is necessary in the position. Obviously, scheduling, equipment procurement, ticket sales, scheduling gym/practice times, dealing with personnel from other schools, all are part of the job description. And that doesn’t include all the small ...

Bulldogs were ready to bark

Editor’s note: Despite the fact the high school spring sports season in Ohio has been canceled before it got started, the Vindicator and Tribune Chronicle will continue to profile area teams and athletes. Readers should approach the stories with the attitude of “What might have been.” POLAND — In a preseason of unknowns, Poland softball coach Jim Serich knew plenty about his team — a team that now ...

Spring athletes deserve recognition

While we wait for word from the Ohio High School Athletic Association on the fate of high school spring sports in Ohio, the Tribune Chronicle / Vindicator sports department has decided to begin publishing our spring sports preview stories and capsules. We regularly publish at the start of each season feature stories on some of the teams expected to have good seasons or that are coming off of excellent seasons. ...

17 new citizens to receive oath

NATURALIZATION EVENT: The naturalization of 17 new citizens will be celebrated at a ceremony 11 a.m. Thursday at the Mahoning County Courthouse. Judge Beth Smith will oversee the event with Mahoning County Clerk of Courts Anthony Vivo administering the oath to the new citizens. FALL AWARENESS: Physical therapists at TuDor Physical Therapy are raising awareness of fall-risk factors this winter season and will ...

Continue to be patient with us

Well, we are a week into this thing and all we can do is ask you to continue to be patient. When the Tribune Chronicle took on the publishing of a Vindicator edition for Mahoning County residents, we took on a lot of challenges, some obvious, some not so apparent. Obviously, the addition of thousands of new customers less than two weeks before getting started has created delivery problems. Our circulation ...