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WRITER: John Vargo

Lost at the line

YOUNGSTOWN — Donel Cathcart made a 3-pointer with 5:15 remaining in regulation, watching as it hit nothing but net. His arm was extended and wrist snapped after the shot. He finished with a team-high 19 points. The bucket gave Youngstown State a six-point lead, one the Penguins could not extend from that point forward. YSU lost the game at the charity stripe, missing 14 free throws in Thursday’s 75-73 ...

YSU women return home to face Green Bay

YOUNGSTOWN — Two straight wins on the road was the elixir the Youngstown State University women’s basketball needed as it seemed to be hobbling into the tail end of its road trip last week. Jen Wendler didn’t hesitate. She has been the team’s lone post player, thrust into a role no one thought the 6-foot-2 freshman would be in this time of the season. Injuries do that to a team, multiple ones for the ...

‘Nude on Park’ gets provocative

“Nude on Park” is getting more provocative in its fourth year. James Shuttic, director of the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, said the non-juried event has evolved in the years since its 2017 debut at the Art on Park building in downtown Warren. “One of the artists who was helping to hang the show asked if I thought it had become an erotic art show,” Shuttic said. “Since we first did it, the ...

Davis was coach to several locals

Bill Davis spent the 1980s as an NFL executive with the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. It was Davis who, as the Browns’ Vice President of Player Personnel from 1981 to 1986, who brought in Cleveland legends like Boardman High School graduate Bernie Kosar, Hanford Dixon, Frank Minnifield, Earnest Byner, Kevin Mack, Bob Golic and Eddie Johnson — players who guided the Browns to ...

Penguin men at home tonight

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University men’s basketball team is coming off two losses, both on the road against the top two teams in the Horizon League — Northern Kentucky and Wright State. Wright State, one of the best mid-major teams in the country at 17-4, leads the league with a 7-1 record. Northern Kentucky is 14-6 with a 6-2 league mark. The two have won the last three Horizon tournaments, ...

Teammates say prolific scorer is ‘pretty modest’

McDONALD — Zach Rasile, the area’s all-time boys basketball leading scorer, is working on a record that may stand for generations in the Mahoning Valley. The McDonald senior point guard, currently sixth on the state of Ohio’s all-time list for points scored in a career, just passed Rex Leach last week to become Trumbull County’s all-time scoring leader. Rasile is a prolific 3-point shooter, one of ...

Ohio coaches honor Fitch coach Steiner

Some snow fell on the ground, at least a couple of times. That brisk air got a bit colder. It didn’t matter to Austintown Fitch coach Seth Steiner, his assistant coaches or athletes. They went indoors, sped through the hallways. Yes, running inside the school is permitted at this time, after school is done for the day. Preparation for the orchestrated mass chaos which is indoor track and field continued. ...

Putting up a fight

FAIRBORN — Darius Quisenberry came out of the first 20 minutes dejected. The Springfield native was 1-of-8 from the floor for two points. Youngstown State University men’s basketball assistant coach Jason Slay put his arm around the sophomore point guard and started talking as they headed to the locker room during Saturday’s 79-72 loss at the Nutter Center. These Penguins kept fighting, down 37-34 at ...

Packers’ Linsley remains a good guy

People cannot say enough good things about 2009 Boardman High School graduate Corey Linsley. Sure, he’s the starting center for the Green Bay Packers. He’s a former standout with Ohio State University and the former Spartans standout has received numerous accolades for his football ability. His team plays in today’s NFL Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, but that’s not why people ...

Mooney in common for NFL executives

Coincidence, fate, some would call it just that. For Ed Policy and Jed York, it’s a path the two seemed destined to follow growing up in the shadow of the San Francisco 49ers system — a juggernaut in NFL circles in the 1980s and early-to-mid 90s with five Super Bowl championships. There was something even stronger which vaulted the two current league executives toward the NFL — Cardinal Mooney High ...