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Battle of the best

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CORTLAND — A classic battle between two No. 1 seeds lived up to the billing. Both Mineral Ridge and Lakeview have earned top seeds in the upcoming postseason tournament. The Rams visited Cortland on Wednesday and walked away with the victory in a five-set nailbiter (21-25, 26-24, 21-25, ...

Buckeyes have championship goals yet again

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State came within one botched play of likely advancing to the national championship game last season. Getting that close — and the fervent belief they have the weapons to get there in 2020 — motivated the Buckeyes through the long, unpredictable offseason. Coach Ryan Day ...

Browns believe things are different in 2020

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CLEVELAND — Rising high above downtown Cleveland on an unusually warm autumn night, the Terminal Tower was bathed in bright orange lights on Sunday, a glowing tribute to a team that has this football-obsessed city fired up. For the first time in 26 years, the beloved Browns are 4-1. Talk ...

Springfield coach details work with Tigers

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BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The past three seasons have been very satisfying for Springfield Tigers’ football coach Sean Guerriero, his staff and team. His squad has posted a 29-2 overall mark, advanced to the Division VI state championship game a season ago and he has authored the best three-year ...

Cardinals blank Fitch

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AUSTINTOWN — The girls volleyball teams from Canfield and Fitch high schools celebrated every point Tuesday on the Falcons’ floor. And that was just the lively junior varsit match, which was forced to finish early to ensure the locally televised varsity match began at 7 p.m. sharp. The ...

Steelers not concerned about style, just wins

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PITTSBURGH — Stylistically, there are issues. A running game that seems to be all or nothing. A secondary that hasn’t been nearly as consistent as it was in 2019. A defense that seemed to have a strange aversion to getting off the field on third down. And an early schedule littered with ...

Familiar with success

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BROOKFIELD — The Springfield High School girls soccer team was posing for a photo after sealing the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference championship with a 6-0 victory over Brookfield on Monday. But they forgot someone during the photo op: head coach Justin Kosek. “It’s girls only,” ...

Tennis players prep for district

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Marissa Landers approached the tennis courts across the street from Cardinal Mooney High School. Her father, Tom, was across the net from her. Memories flooded back. She has been hitting ground strokes with her father since she was 5. Her coach, Jennifer Policy, was looking on as ...

Crestview takes care of Newton Falls in MVAC tilt

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NEWTON FALLS — Crestview kept its momentum going Tuesday. The Rebels defeated Newton Falls in four sets to clinch the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Gray Tier title. “It was fun,” Rebels coach Alisha Auer said. “I think Newton Falls came to play. They’re very defensive, very ...

Struthers trio ready for D2 district challenge in Akron

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STRUTHERS — Daniella Mendel enters this year’s Division II Akron district girls tennis tournament as a No. 2 seed for the second straight year, coming out of the Boardman sectional. The Struthers High School junior knows what to expect. “I’m expecting a higher level of play,” she ...