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Sports Columns

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 ...

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 ...