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WRITER: Joe Simon

Whatever it takes

Each of the best wrestlers Steve Pitts coached over the last few years possessed a seemingly incredible ability on the wrestling amt. What that innate quality was differed for all of them, but no one’s was as different than senior Anthony D’Alesio’s. Pitts, the Canfield High School wrestling coach, helped guide four wrestlers to Division I colleges over the past three years. There was Georgio Poullas ...

Decompress the stress

Following the news every day has become a little overwhelming lately for Terry Grossetti — and probably a lot of other people. Grossetti admits the coverage of the current coronavirus pandemic is important, but an overload of information starts to take a toll on the Youngstown State University football strength and conditioning coordinator. To decompress from all the negativity, the 34-year-old works ...

Run for speed, fitness

Time seems to have slowed down for a lot of high school athletes with schools closed, sports on hold and team workouts canceled. A battle for area athletes is making sure they themselves don’t slow down — literally. The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak led to the Ohio High School Athletic Association canceling winter tournaments and postponing spring sports. Coaches are left text messaging and calling ...

Lifting with limits

WARREN — Doing push-ups and sit-ups can get old really quickly for athletes who aren’t exactly sure how to stay in shape during Ohio’s stay-at-home order. Breaking up the monotony is possible. In fact, Youngstown State University assistant strength and conditioning coach Terry Grossetti said most of what he teaches the football players under his tutelage can be done without equipment. “Honestly, as a ...

Working at home

Home training First in a series of stories on how athletes can stay in shape during Ohio’s “stay-at-home” order issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Terry Grossetti is the strength and conditioning coach at Youngstown State University, and the former Slippery Rock football player owns two training facilities in western Pennsylvania, where he has helped prepare around 150 athletes for the NFL ...

It is how you finish

Dylan O’Hara wasn’t sure if he would ever play in the Presidents Athletic Conference after his freshman season, let alone be named player of the year. The former Girard High School standout had his college career begin with a devastating injury. He then transferred out of Waynesburg University and was away of basketball for a year. When he returned, more injuries surfaced, and the wear and tear started ...

Finding a balance

Area golf courses are doing all they can to fight back against the impact of the coronavirus, both on their customers and their businesses. Several courses within Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties are remaining open during the current outbreak, but they’re being as vigilant as they can. A couple of local owners said they’re following instructions set forth by Gov. Mike DeWine and the Northern Ohio ...

Canfield’s Machuga was leader at ODU

Ohio Dominican baseball coach Christopher Antonides saw something in Joey Machuga before Machuga ever saw it in himself. Machuga, a former Canfield standout, didn’t play much as a freshman at ODU. He really broke out as a sophomore when he was a first-team all-conference selection, but there was a moment during that freshman season when Antonides saw what was to come for Machuga. Ohio Dominican was in a ...

Ready for the first pitch

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2020 baseball season is set to begin June 24, and as of now, general manager Jordan Taylor believes they will start on time. The Scrappers, a minor-league affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, are one of many local attractions that currently are facing an uncertain future. The future for the Scrappers isn’t just being affected by the coronavirus though. The Mahoning Valley ...

Sports means a lot to fans

The first time I saw full-out, unbridled passion for a sporting event came from an unlikely source. It was my mom. My mom doesn’t mind sports. To my knowledge, she was never an athlete, but she didn’t have much of a choice but to learn to like them when she married my father (and then had three boys). Still, she isn’t one to sit on the edge of her seat and throw things at the TV when a game is on, but ...