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High School Sports

On to district final

YOUNGSTOWN — Since Chaney re-opened its doors and the boys basketball program restarted three years ago, the Cowboys have not lost on their home floor. The seniors continued their three-year unbeaten home mark by downing sixth-seeded West Branch, 73-41, on Thursday night in a Division II ...

Balanced Bulldogs

POLAND — The second-seeded Poland Bulldogs may not have a star player or a big guy to dominate in the paint, but by playing as a team they knocked off the ninth-seeded Louisville Leopards, 53-43, in a Division II district semifinal on Thursday night. “We are not a team that has just one ...

Western Reserve stopped again by rival McDonald

MASSILLON — From the opening tip, it seemed everything was going McDonald’s way. Two of the Mahoning Valley’s perennial girls basketball powers faced off on the regional stage Thursday at Perry High School. McDonald was on a mission, however, and they advance to the Division IV ...

Struthers eager for another shot at regional

STRUTHERS — Come Saturday, it will have been 364 days since the Struthers Wildcats lost the Division II district championship in overtime to the Chaney Cowboys. It was the Wildcats’ last loss. Struthers improved to 24-0 on Thursday, as it got past Canton South 78-58 in a district ...

Clipper wrestlers like brothers

It was Christmas Eve in Columbiana, a mostly joyous time around the Mahoning Valley, but there was plenty stirring in the Columbiana High School wrestling room. The Clippers had practice, and coach Doug Velasquez decided to add a little holiday spice to the workout. Half of his 14-person team ...

Focus on first

After pushing through a chaotic regular season, the Boardman girls bowling team is right back to where it wanted to be, as the team sets up to compete in its second straight Division I state tournament. Boardman returns its entire lineup from last season’s team, which Spartans coach Justine ...

Familiar foes in battle of Blue Devils

For the third consecutive season, the girls basketball programs at McDonald and Western Reserve will compete in the postseason. The conference rivals, who share the Blue Devils nickname, will compete for the ninth time in three seasons tonight at 8 in a Division IV regional semifinal at ...

South Range boys eliminated

¯ PYMATUNING VALLEY 41, SOUTH RANGE 40: ANDOVER — South Range couldn’t finish a fourth-quarter comeback in a Division III District semifinal against the Lakers. The Raiders trailed, 36-30, entering the fourth 8 minutes after a third-quarter run by Pymatuning Valley. They held the Lakers ...

Birthday bonanza

CUYAHOGA FALLS — They’re right back where they left off. The South Range girls basketball team is back in the regional final for the second straight season after a 51-44 victory over Warrensville Heights in a Division III Regional semifinal Tuesday. “Warrensville Heights is as ...

Poland shut down by Pirates

BARBERTON — There was no drama in the Division II regional semifinal Tuesday night, unfortunately for the Poland girls basketball team. After needing overtime to beat West Geauga, 78-67, in a district semifinal, and hanging on to edge Marlington, 40-38, in a district final when the Dukes’ ...