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Sports Columns

Tradition of fishing needs to be passed along

People who enjoy fishing and other outdoor sports would do well this year to consider giving a different sort of gift as we celebrate the Christmas season. Instead of rods, reels, clothing and accessories, anglers might consider giving back to the sport they have grown to love. We all ...

Can’t we all just get along with leagues?

Boardman football coach Joe Ignazio began explaining how his team was preparing for the 2019 season in his warm office with a fan circulating the humidity — an office parallel from the team’s practice field. Sweat occasionally dripped down from this reporter’s brow. Good, warm ...

Don’t get tangled up with the wrong fishing line

The most important piece of anglers’ equipment unfortunately is something they all too often overlook. Fishing line is not the most exciting stuff that anglers use, so it is easy to shrug it off. That’s a shame because neglect and indifference can lead to a great deal of disappointment ...

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 ...