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High School Sports

Postseason wrestling battles start Saturday

When wrestling coaches Steve Pitts and Jim Cardiero were asked to look ahead and gauge the difficulty of the Division II Alliance District wrestling tournament, they gave their thoughts, but they quickly stopped. They realized their sectional tournament is tough enough to begin with. Pitts, ...

Top-seeded West Branch peaking at right time

AUSTINTOWN — If defense wins championships, the West Branch girls basketball team has a chance to prove that Saturday evening at Fitch High School. The top-seeded Warriors face second-seeded Poland that night at 7 in a Division II district championship game. West Branch reached the title ...

Postseason preview

The following is a breakdown of area wrestling teams by staff writer Joe Simon. Information was provided by coaches. The postseason begins Saturday with sectional tournaments. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the district tournament on March 6-7. The top four at the ...

Schedule

(Subject to change) TONIGHT Boys basketball Div. II sectional bracket finals ¯ Lakeview at Chaney, 7 ¯ Poland at Canfield, 7 ¯ East at Struthers, 7 ¯ Ursuline at West Branch, 7 Div. III sectional bracket finals ¯ Mineral Ridge at Garfield, 7 ¯ Champion at Pymatuning ...

District dismantling

MINERAL RIDGE — With a 6-foot-2 cog in the middle and a number of strong perimeter shooters spreading the floor, the Western Reserve High School girls basketball team is diverse and dangerous. The second-seeded Blue Devils proved that again Wednesday night as they dismantled third-seeded ...

Raiders use quick start, stop Clippers

STRUTHERS — South Range put it all together in a 58-28 romp of Columbiana on Wednesday in a Division III district semifinal at the Struthers Fieldhouse. Junior Izzy Lamparty had 20 points, and the aggressive Raider defense pitched a shutout against Columbiana’s all-time leading scorer to ...

This Poland team is writing its own story

AUSTINTOWN — The Poland Bulldogs are trying to make their own history. The second-seeded Bulldogs have not lost a game since December and have won 16 in a row, including Wednesday’s a 47-36 victory over the Southeast Pirates in a Division II district semifinal. The victory propels the ...

Girard pursues Moore success

The Girard High School boys and girls bowling teams entered the Division II district tournament Feb. 17 with a common goal: to extend their seasons one Moore time. Missions accomplished. With the help of the Moore family, both Indians teams will participate in the state tournament. The ...

Crestview upsets No. 1 seed Liberty

STRUTHERS — Nearly two weeks before Wednesday’s Division III girls basketball district semifinal, the Crestview girls basketball team had a real shot at pulling off an upset over Liberty in a regular season All-American Conference Blue Tier contest. That didn’t happen as the pesky ...

Devils get job done in victory

MINERAL RIDGE — With the game on the line Wednesday, the McDonald High School girls basketball team reverted back to the things that coach Amy Dolsak stressed during rugged practices this winter. The top-seeded Blue Devils used a balance of quick-strike offense and patience, plus they ...