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WRITER: John Vargo

Timeout, YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — The COVID-19 pandemic closed businesses, led to massive unemployment and wreaked havoc with schools flipping between in-person and online classes. Positive cases amassed quicker than popcorn in a hot, oily pan. The Youngstown State University men’s basketball team was not immune to the massive airborne spread. Monday, the Penguins’ athletic department announced that all team activities are ...

Four recruits sign commitment to play for Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Not much has been normal in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, but Wednesday was one of those days for the Youngstown State University women’s basketball program. Coach John Barnes planted future plans for the 2021-22 season by signing four high school seniors: Athena Hocevar (West Geauga) and forwards Kiersten McNulty (Oshkosh, Wis.), Tenleigh Phelps (Fairland, Ind.) and Lamyia Woodson (Fort ...

Penguins lock up trio of ‘local’ recruits

YOUNGSTOWN — People are gravitating toward the Youngstown State University men’s basketball program. Verbal committments are coming much sooner than in past years. Luke Chicone (Mentor), Josh Irwin (Chesterland) and Michael Lucarotti (Erie, Pa.) made their intentions known almost a year ago. On Wednesday, all three signed with the YSU men’s program, which went 18-15 last season. “I have to give ...

Britton’s mentor now assistant at Mooney

YOUNGSTOWN — Michael Morelli remembers a young Matthew Britton, as an eighth-grade soccer player in 2004. Morelli, a former Liberty High School soccer coach, saw the young Britton use his foot skills and eventually impress former Cleveland Crunch assistant coach Joe Raduka at summer camp in the mid 2000s. Morelli, later on, put Britton in a practice game with some weaker players. Britton’s friends played ...

Two area runners finish in top 10 at state

Spencer Bush ended the first mile in 28th place. The South Range senior distance runner knew his team overcame plenty of obstacles this season. Saturday was a sunny day approaching 70 degrees, very odd for a state cross country meet. All Bush and his teammates had to overcome was the Division III boys field at Fortress Obetz, southeast of Columbus. Bush said he ran hard and waited for the race to spread ...

Brody Rupe carves his own path at state

Chris Rupe has made so many speeches the week of the state cross country meet, invigorating his teenage distance runners to stretch their talents to heights they never would imagine. McDonald High School’s boys cross country is synonymous with Division III state excellence, winning five in that classification, along with two more in Class A in the early 1980s. Today, at 9 a.m., at Fortress Obetz, south of ...

Poland runners wish they had teammates with them

POLAND — Tony Gallo remembered last year’s Division II boys state cross country meet, the times he spent with his teammates racing at National Trail Raceway in Hebron. The venue has changed this season to Fortress Obetz, southeast of Columbus. No matter the change, the Poland senior distance runner saw the benefit of qualifying this year, even though his team did not qualify. Gallo wants to set a ...

Mineral Ridge CC boasts family atmosphere

MINERAL RIDGE — Olivia Jackson, Olivia Rossi, Riley Cowles, Tabitha-Grace Toth, Sylvia Traw, Moriah-Ruth Toth, Grace Miller and Lydia-Faith Toth. The Mineral Ridge High School girls distance runners are heading back to the Division III cross country state meet for the second time in three years. This time, it’s not at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, but at Fortress Obetz, southeast of Columbus on ...

Raiders runners run back to state

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — South Range runners, coaches and family members had their faces closely fixated to their phone Saturday morning. No eyesight issues. Not being antisocial. The Raiders and their faithful tried to see if South Range’s boys team would have one more race. That run began Saturday at 9 a.m. Fourth place. Confirmed. The Raiders boys cross country team snared one of the top four places at ...

Chardon provides toughest task for Canfield

The last two times Canfield played Chardon was in the 2017 and ’18 football seasons in the regular season. The Cardinals beat the Hilltoppers, 31-14, and then 35-13. Friday, it’s much different for third-seeded Canfield (9-0) at top-seeded Chardon (9-0) in a Division III, Region 9 final, starting at 7 p.m. “They’re well-coached, talented,” Canfield coach Mike Pavlansky said. “They’re going to ...