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New coach impressive at podium

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CLEVELAND — Kevin Stefanski made a favorable first impression. Dressed impeccably, he came across lawyer-like, polished and articulate. He exuded confidence and passion. Now, he’s got to win. In Cleveland, that’s always the issue for coaches. “I’m excited for this challenge,” ...

Sparkling Spartans

High School Sports

AUSTINTOWN — Tuesday night’s contest between the Boardman Spartans and host Austintown Fitch Falcons looked to be an early battle for position in the Red Tier of the All-American Conference. The schools came into the game without a loss in the league, but it was the undefeated Spartans ...

Can YSU remain among the best?

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Is Youngstown State one of better teams in the Horizon League? My friend Mike laughs at the thought. ‘Who have they beaten?’ he asks. He starts rattling off Thiel, Westminster, USC-Upstate, North Carolina Central, SEMO (Southeast Missouri State), Robert Morris, Binghamton, along with wins ...

Crosby helps Pens roll

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PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists in his first game back from abdominal surgery and the Pittsburgh Penguins rolled past Minnesota 7-3 on Tuesday night. Crosby needed less than eight minutes to pick up his first point since before Halloween, assisting on Evgeni ...

Struthers squeaks past league foe Niles

High School Sports

NILES — On paper, Tuesday’s Northeast-8 Conference game between Niles and Struthers was a mismatch. The Wildcats entered the night with just one loss, while Niles had just two wins and was riding a five-game losing streak. However, while fans might have expected a lopsided game, ...

BLUE JACKETS 3, BRUINS 0

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COLUMBUS — Elvis Merzlikins recorded his second consecutive shutout and Columbus beat Atlantic Division-leading Boston for its fourth win in five games. Alexander Wennberg, Kevin Stenlund and Riley Nash scored for Columbus. Merzlikins won for the sixth time in his last eight starts and ...

Chaney dumps Irish; Poland, Girard win in NE-8

High School Sports

¯ CHANEY 77, URSULINE 60: YOUNGSTOWN — Chaney had a strong first quarter which built up enough of a lead to fend off Ursuline. The Cowboys outscored Ursuline 22-8 in the first quarter and despite the Fighting Irish offense beginning to click, Chaney maintained the edge. Cameron Lawrence ...

Prep scoreboard

High School Sports

Boys basketball TUESDAY’S SCORES Area games ¯ Boardman 68, Austintown Fitch 44 ¯ Warren G. Harding 78, Howland 58 ¯ Chaney 77, Ursuline 60 ¯ Struthers 39, Niles 37 ¯ First Love Christian Academy 57, East 38 ¯ West Branch 61, Salem 39 ¯ Poland 67, Hubbard 34 ¯ ...

Indians broadcaster still optimistic about season

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BEAVER TOWNSHIP — Spring Training is a little over a month away, and Cleveland Indians broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus is already gearing up for his first spring training broadcast, which takes place Feb. 22. Like the players, Rosenhaus is excited when spring training begins because that means ...

Depth allows Poland to hold off Raiders

High School Sports

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — With a little more depth, a little more balance and strong leadership when things got tight, the Poland High School girls basketball team kept pulling away from a gritty South Range squad in a key Northeast-8 Conference contest Monday night. It all added up to a 51-36 ...