Finally finalists

High School Sports

AUSTINTOWN — Sometimes all it takes is patience and one crack of the bat. For Fitch, that’s all the Falcons needed when it really meant the most. Fitch junior Maddy Taylor wasn’t initially sure that the ball was going to clear the left-field fence in the fifth inning Monday at Fitch ...

Hubbard native ends up with dream job

Local Sports

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — During his 17 years in the newspaper business, Hubbard native Craig Muder embraced the opportunity to cover teams from Major League Baseball, his favorite sport. When the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, New York, was looking for a sports editor in 1998, he jumped at the ...

‘Buzzsaw’ beats Boardman

High School Sports

By ROBERT HAYES Correspondent AUSTINTOWN — Having a season end on the wrong side of a contest is never easy. But, if Boardman can say anything, it’s that there’s a changed culture for a team that’s already eyeing the 2022 campaign. Monday evening wasn’t the 10th-seeded Spartans’ ...

Cavaliers still trying to figure out their future

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — The night before their season finale, the Cavaliers ditched their masks and got together for a team dinner on a rooftop in Brooklyn — a symbolic high point. The view was awesome, the ambience exquisite. Finally, something a little more familiar. Barely anything else was normal ...

‘Rollercoaster’ season ends for Eagles

High School Sports

HUBBARD — The first postseason game for the Hubbard baseball team was a lot like their regular season: all over the place. The Eagles endured an epically bad first inning, rallied twice to get back into the game but struggled toward the end of a 12-4 loss to Lakeview in a Division II ...

Mathews drives on to title game

High School Sports

BAZETTA — From the opening pitch this season, Mathews softball has been in the driver’s seat. In each of the last eight games, the Mustangs have tallied 10 or more runs. That streak was extended to nine on Monday as Mathews powered its way past Badger, 13-0, in a Division IV district ...