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Sports Columns

Wrestlers go after state glory on weekend

Some things in sports are tough to watch, and other things in sports are downright excruciating to watch. In the last year, most fans just want any sport to watch (I saw the “Blue Jays” take on the “Cardinals” in an epic duel at the bird feeder during the quarantine). Now that most ...

To wrestling community, Joe is not just average

This past weekend, the Eastern Ohio Wrestling League had its annual tournament at Fitch High School in Austintown. It has become quite an event, as the league has grown to 25 teams spanning seven different counties in Northeast Ohio. This year, wrestling fans once again got to witness some of ...

Knowledge can lead anglers to more success, memories

Nothing compares to lessons well learned when it comes to advancing and succeeding in life — and that includes fishing. Put another way, shortcuts will get you to your destination quickly. But thorough understanding and lots of study will serve to make the journey an investment in staying ...

Plenty has happened since last Browns road playoff win

Let’s put the recent Cleveland Browns playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in historical perspective. If you have been a Cleveland Browns fan as long as I have, you may have experienced these life “stressors” and / or milestones between Browns road playoff wins: ¯ Getting cut by ...

Appreciation for fishing, life needed after 2020

In many ways, the dawn of 2021 is like the start of a new fishing day. When I go to the lake at sunrise and slide the boat off the trailer at the ramp, the day spreads out in front of me with opportunity and optimism. I can build on yesterday’s positives. But I also can learn from ...

Couch Fan offers wishes for New Year

As part of the new normal, us “boomer” sports fans have to get used to: ¯ Downloading apps to our televisions in this post-cable, post-satellite television universe. Now, does that Cleveland baseball team play on Fox Sports Go or just the regular Fox Sports app? ¯ Telling the ...

My time was special thanks to the people

Late morning, about 11 a.m. These grey corduroy and leather slippers hug my bare, size-14 feet on this chilly, snow-covered day as I make my way down the staircase inside my home. My daughter, Alexa, enveloped herself in a charcoal black polyester winter covering with a furry, brown ...

YSU seeks routine amid COVID chaos

YOUNGSTOWN College basketball coaches, their players and supporting staff are creatures of habit. Schedules are followed. Itineraries are met. Practices. Weight lifting. Classes. Meals. One-on-one meetings with position coaches. Those are just some of the on-campus activities student ...

Sights, sounds of Scrappers bring normalcy

A nearby wooded area encompasses the baseball stadium parallel to the Eastwood Mall. The Eastwood Field facility has been a fixture in the Mahoning Valley since the summer of 1999. Shane Bieber, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, CC Sabathia and Tyler Naquin are a few of the ...

Optics of college basketball different

MY wife looked at me, put up one hand, telling me she didn’t believe what she had just seen. I watched a clip from CBS’ Sunday Morning show myself, then shared it with my bride. George Clooney was trending on Twitter for some hair-raising reason, stunning for most of the fans of the ...