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WRITER: John Vargo

Voyaging to Allegheny

Adam Rumble is more than a Poland High School senior who had nine goals and three assists for the Bulldogs boys soccer team last season. He’s more than an athlete heading to Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., this fall. Go back a couple of years in Rumble’s high school career. He used to go to the Pymatuning Yacht Club in Jamestown, Pa., sailing with his father, Ed. His father spotted a sailboat in ...

Boardman’s Merdich gets chance to represent YSU

All David Merdich thought about since the eighth grade is one thing – how can he get himself in a Youngstown State University uniform? The Boardman High School senior knew that dream was fading after the COVID-19 pandemic took away spring sports. No competition. No second chance to get to the Division I state meet in Columbus to throw better and get him noticed by prospective colleges after finishing 17th ...

Shooter from Shaw

Tammie Kelley looked on from the sidelines, leaning from her coaching spot in front of the team bench toward the action on the floor. She saw her son, Greyson, on the AAU court in front of her playing for the FAB5 team. Shots started to go in for the younger Kelley. His focus in his younger days was concentrated near the basket or the foul line. Shooting 3s was allowed if the shooting form remained the same ...

Boardman’s Anderson ready for Lakeland

BOARDMAN — Derrick Anderson hoped things would’ve been different. He can’t wonder what might have been, playing AAU basketball and taking a handful of on-campus visits. That wasn’t possible. The COVID-19 pandemic put a screeching halt to those kind of activities. Enter Lakeland Community College, which was 22-7 last season. LCC, located in Kirtland, was preparing for the National Junior College ...

Playoffs expanded

Niles football coach Jim Parry saw his team finish 7-3 last fall, its best record since 2012 when the Red Dragons made the postseason. The Red Dragons finished 11th in the Division III, Region 9 final computer ratings. The top eight in each region, Divisions I-VII, advanced to the postseason. Niles would’ve been in the top eight in two of the regions in Division III and would have been ninth in the other. ...

Double the fun

The younger version of Naz Bohannon had a bird’s-eye view of life, taller than his classmates. Basketballs would fill his hands as the Lorain native learned the basics of playing the interior. Middle school games followed. He was told that it was unlikely he would become 7-feet tall, so maintaining a constant presence around the basket wasn’t fruitful for his maturation as a player. Versatility, ...

Ericson enjoys fond farewell

BOARDMAN — There were more than a dozen cars gathered in an empty Boardman Library parking lot. Signs, balloons and gifts. The Ursuline High School softball team gathered together and left as a caravan south of Boardman High School toward Emma Ericson’s house. Ericson was the Irish’s lone senior. She’s headed to Fairmont State University next season, but she didn’t have a chance to help her ...

YSU has no plans to eliminate sports

The University of Akron cut men’s cross country and golf, along with women’s tennis. Bowling Green State University eliminated its baseball team. Those moves occurred last week. Earlier this month, Western Michigan slashed more than $6 million of its more than $31 millon athletics budget. Those are three Mid-American Conference schools feeling the economic effects of the coronavirus ...

JFK’s Condoleon honored, even without usual banquet trappings

There was no gathering of people at circular or rectangular tables, no buffet lines, speeches or presentations. The annual Trumbull County Coaches Association basketball Player of the Year banquet was not held in late March as it normally is following the season. The area senior basketball players being honored weren’t dressed in suits or dresses. Everyone is encouraged to stay six feet apart to maintain ...

Hughes helps team win British title

Mark Hughes was standing by his new coach Matt Newby. The two were celebrating winning the British Basketball League cup trophy with the Worcester Wolves, who stood victorious among the other 10 teams in the league. That late January night is what set Hughes, a former Ursuline High School and Wright State University standout, apart from the rest — playing across the Atlantic Ocean. It’s what came next ...