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Sports Columns

A quick look back at football season

The Ohio high school football season came to an official end this past weekend with the crowning of seven state champions. The season didn’t end on a winning note for the Mahoning Valley, as Springfield’s historic run was halted in a 48-14 loss to Anna in the Division VI state title game. ...

Listen up, Pelini coming back for YSU

YOUNGSTOWN — Telling people what they don’t want to hear is never an easy thing to do — for anyone. Doctors have to do it. Families have to do it. Friends, bosses, coworkers... and journalists. We all do. It’s part of life, whether we like it or not. So, while some people don’t ...

Fishing quells sports-induced anxiety

I am an anxious football fan. Game day stirs a churn of anxiety in me as the hours and minutes tick down to kickoff. Perhaps you are like me and were seeking distractions as The Ohio State Buckeyes prepared to square off against Wisconsin on Saturday evening. I was confident of the outcome, ...

Valley’s football continues to shine

CANTON For the second year in a row, things didn’t end well for the Mahoning Valley in the high school football state championship. Don’t let that fool you. Football is alive and well in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. Springfield and Poland solidified that point in the playoffs ...

Players, coaches learn to overcome

YOUNGSTOWN — Coaches are supposed to instill wisdom in their players. John Barnes has done just that for the Youngstown State University women’s basketball teams since he has been the team’s coach starting in the 2013-14 season. There’s on-court knowledge, practice habits, life ...

Protect your anglers from the sun’s harmful rays

While it is true that fishing will remain productive for another week or two here in the Youngstown-Warren area, the truth is most of us are turning our attention elsewhere as the nasty weather days outnumber the good ones. With Black Friday just behind us and the Ohio State Buckeyes suiting ...

Giving thanks for kids in sports

Driving with my 16-year-old son in the passenger seat, earbuds in, listening to his version of hype music. Some of it is classic rock, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC. Thank goodness. The other is this modern techno and this new, mundane rap. My eyes roll as we progress forward. Few words are said, Erik ...

Reasons to be thankful for YSU men

Thursday is a day to give thanks for the blessings we have, hence the holiday Thanksgiving. The Youngstown State University men’s basketball team is thankful winning two of three games this past week against North Carolina Central and University of South Carolina-Upstate, both with staunch ...

Is this the 2016-17 YSU season once again?

COACH John Barnes has seen this before. This is a repeat performance this Youngstown State University women’s basketball team didn’t want to make, especially after trying to find their footing following last Saturday’s come-from-behind win against Eastern Michigan. YSU saw starters ...

Emmerling gifts Student Fishing League to youth

It is possible Harry Emmerling is one of Santa Claus’ elves. He may dress in everyday clothing and work for the city of East Liverpool, but if you look and listen closely and pay attention to what you see and hear, you will detect clues that Emmerling is not your ordinary person. He ...