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WRITER: Joe Simon

Looking ahead

YOUNGSTOWN — Both Ursuline and Bristol entered an interesting matchup on Friday with hopes of using it as a way to prepare for the postseason. They were just prepping in different ways. The Irish continued to show their growth and overcame a hot start by the Panthers to pull away for a 74-59 victory at Ursuline High School. The Irish (6-8) have played a daunting schedule to this point, which is why ...

Flying Falcons

AUSTINTOWN — Two quick fouls messed with Todd Simons’ head. He cleared his mind at halftime. The Austintown Fitch standout dominated the third quarter and helped the Falcons pull away from Canfield, 65-51, in a rivalry matchup at Fitch High School. Simons scored 12 of his game-high 26 in the third quarter, when the Falcons (6-4, 2-0 All-American Conference, Red Tier) stretched a five-point lead to 11 ...

Area wrestlers take on the challenge

Stepping on the line seems so easy. It’s a flat line on a mat. You simply step on it. And yet so many miss it. So many avoid it. And so many are scared to death of it. The lines on a wrestling mat are approximately 3 feet apart from another and painted either red or green, and each competitor must step on their designated line before a match can start. They’re right in the middle of the mat. You can’t ...

Canfield continues dominance

CANFIELD — Over the past five years, the Canfield High School wrestling program has grown into a state powerhouse. The Cardinals crowned at least one state champion in each of the past four seasons. As a team, they finished as state runner-up at the individual state tournament three straight years (2016-2018). The pinnacle moment may have been last season, when Canfield set a school record with three state ...

Pelini excited about new recruiting class

YOUNGSTOWN — For someone who has never cared for the theatrics of National Signing Day, Youngstown State coach Bo Pelini sure seemed to be in a good mood Wednesday. “Great day for the program,” said Pelini as he walked into the press conference. “Great day.” This wasn’t the first time he felt that way. Pelini was equally exuberant last year when the Penguins signed a large contingent of players ...

Liberty outrun by John F. Kennedy

WARREN — As Liberty’s lead grew to 10 and Jameer Weaver continued to make shot after shot early in the second quarter of a non-conference matchup with John F. Kennedy, the Eagles decided it was time for a change. JFK hit the fast forward button on the Leopards, and Liberty couldn’t find a way to hit pause. The Eagles’ full-court press defense frazzled Liberty, resulting in 22 turnovers and a 56-51 ...

East falls short against Harding

WARREN — The East High School basketball team knows what’s coming on a nightly basis. Coach Kevin Cylar sees the formula, and he knows the Golden Bears’ opponents do, too. So, when teams deploy a full-court press defense, it’s not a shock, by any means, but that doesn’t make finding a way through it any easier. An East team that didn’t return a single starter from last year struggled to solve ...

East falls short against Harding

WARREN — The East High School basketball team knows what’s coming on a nightly basis. Coach Kevin Cylar sees the formula, and he knows the Golden Bears’ opponents do, too. So, when teams deploy a full-court press defense, it’s not a shock, by any means, but that doesn’t make finding a way through it any easier. An East team that didn’t return a single starter from last year struggled to solve ...

Listen up, Pelini coming back for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Telling people what they don’t want to hear is never an easy thing to do — for anyone. Doctors have to do it. Families have to do it. Friends, bosses, coworkers... and journalists. We all do. It’s part of life, whether we like it or not. So, while some people don’t want to hear that Youngstown State football coach Bo Pelini will be returning next season, he will, indeed, be back on the ...

One step short

CANTON — It was the one moment Springfield coach Sean Guerriero wasn’t ready for at the Division VI Football State Championship on Friday. He and the Tigers were well aware of the star-studded backfield of Anna High School. Guerriero knew the Rockets’ defense was going to blitz from all angles, and he understood their sound special teams play. But as Guerriero stood near midfield at Hall of Fame ...