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Sports Columns

Busy week for Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Focus. The Youngs-town State University men’s basketball team has it this season, looking to improve on its 12-win campaign of the 2018-19 season. The Penguins had a six-game win streak midway through the Horizon League season and is a team that wants to be prevalent during the ...

Area fisherman sees bright future for northeast Ohio lakes

National champion walleye fisherman Sammy Cappelli of Poland sees a bright future for Lake Erie and Ohio’s inland lakes. Cappelli knows walleyes. He’s won dozens of tournaments on Pymatuning, Mosquito, Berlin, Milton, Lake Erie and elsewhere in the U.S. and shared the 2017 Cabela’s ...

Consistent play is necessary for YSU

Time is running out for the Youngstown State football team — and maybe for coach Bo Pelini. No, YSU won’t be firing him anytime soon — nor should they — and no, the Penguins won’t be eliminated from playoff contention if they lose Saturday’s showdown with top-ranked North Dakota ...

The lure of the big catch

Big fish capture the imagination and fuel the pursuit of anglers who cannot resist the drive to raise the bar as high as possible. They are the reason states keep records and international associations publish lists of those who are recognized worldwide for their magnificent catches. ...

The 3 weeks of CC that matter

The warmth from the sun was beating down on the exposed Trumbull County Fairgrounds. For a Saturday in mid October, it’ll be a welcomed change to start the biggest three weeks of the cross country calendar. District cross country. Some dirt and grass paths weaving in and out the vast ...

Some good, some bad after Penguins loss at Northern Iowa

AS great as the Youngstown State football team looked through four games, there were reasons to hesitate before lauding them a playoff team. A somewhat soft non-conference schedule allowed for a mostly dominant start — with YSU winning its first four games by 20 points or more. Then came ...

Area tracks still open late in racing season

While the curtain is closing on the 2019 racing season there is still some great racing to be had. This weekend, October 4-5, Michaels Mercer Raceway will present the 20th Little Guy Nationals. The 3/8-mile dirt oval will host an eight-division program consisting of what would usually be ...

Game fish hungrier than ever this time of the year

Game fish species here in northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania have kicked up their feeding as our days get shorter and water gets cooler. Their appetites are impressive. Imagine if people could eat quantities that are the equivalent of the proportion of body weight that bass, walleye ...

Walleye, perch forecasts excellent

Lake Erie is the gift that keeps on giving. The lake has become world famous for its outstanding walleye fishing, and the yellow perch aren’t about to be upstaged either. Since Erie began its rebound in the 1970s after two decades of decline, thanks to poor water quality and over-harvest, ...

YSU ‘grit’ campaign has its positives

YOUNGSTOWN — A little lumberjack, a little grit and maybe even a little swag. That’s the best way to describe the new sideline props of the Youngstown State football team, and if that doesn’t also accurately depict the Mahoning Valley, I don’t know what does. Maybe you caught a ...