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GARFIELD HEIGHTS — Before stepping on the mat for his District semifinals bout against Ryan Elrod of St John, Pymatuning Valley’s Victor Verba said he had his nerves in check. 

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COLUMBUS — After missing three games with a concussion and facial injuries, Illinois star Ayo Dosunmu returned Saturday wearing a protective mask he chose because it makes him look a little like a superhero.

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ASHTABULA — A desire for a unique challenge drove Bryce Heinbaugh to recruit several friends to a 48-hour running event that challenges the body and mind.

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — Area athletes ended the Division 2/3 indoor track season at the Ohio Association of Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Finale on Friday at Spire Institute.

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NEW MIDDLETOWN — Pymatuning Valley coach Ryan Shontz embraced his players after they received their Division III district runner-up medals at Springfield on Friday night.

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SAN DIEGO — Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for multiple rapes and other sexual offenses against five women in Southern California, including one who was homeless when he attacked her in 2018.

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HOUSTON — Collin Sexton scored 39 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the hapless Houston Rockets their 12th straight loss with a 101-90 victory on Monday night.

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SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Brandon Ford used his football skills Lakeside’s 72-69 overtime win over Grand River at Lakeside High School on Monday night.

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Pymatuning Valley coach Ryan Shontz believes one of the most important matchups heading into Wednesday's Division III district semifinal game against visiting South Range is the play on the interior.

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MENTOR — As Edgewood's Gregory Stolfer was preparing to go to Lake Catholic for the Division II sectional tournament on Saturday morning,  the Edgewood wrestling coach said something to his father that probably hasn’t been said much around the Warriors wrestling room this season.

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LYNDHURST — The Madison and Brush boys basketball teams didn’t play each other in the regular season. But Blue Streaks head coach Nick Gustin’s team still knew what to expect.

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HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — The lack of fans changed the mood at Spire Institute this weekend, but athletes from the Big Ten Conference were still able to compete despite all that has happened during the past year.

YOUNGSTOWN — With six minutes left at Chaney High School, the referees looked over at the scorer’s table. A foul was called and the clock kept running. The Chaney boys basketball team was up by 42 points, signalling the start of the running clock.

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SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — The sun hasn’t even slipped over the horizon most mornings when the Lakeside girls softball team shows up for practice.

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — With 8.4 seconds left, trailing 49-48, Brandon Ford intentionally fouled Austintown Fitch’s Todd Simons, as he ran toward half court draining seconds off the clock during a Division I sectional semifinal on Wednesday at Lakeside High School.

CLEVELAND — Jarrett Allen tied his career high with 26 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked four shots as the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away for a 112-96 win over Houston on Wednesday night, extending the Rockets’ losing streak to nine games.

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ORWELL — The opposition may have been the Grand Valley Mustangs, but when Jefferson’s Robert Ray stepped on the court, it was those that determined the tournament seedings that he had it out for.

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The Cleveland Browns left town and came back, LeBron James was born and led the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA title (Cleveland’s first professional sports crown since 1964) and the Cleveland Indians fell short three times of winning the World Series.

COLUMBUS — On Tuesday, the Ohio High School Athletic Association and the University of Dayton have announced that the upcoming OHSAA girls and boys basketball state tournaments will be held at UD Arena in March after the Ohio Department of Health and Public Health — Dayton and Montgomery Cou…

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HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — Sitting in her lifeguard stand perched above the Olympic Pool at the Spire Institute, the same pool she qualified for the Division II state swim meet less than 24 hours ago, Izabella Hanek was still coming to terms with the range of emotions she’d been dealing with ov…

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POLAND — The Jefferson girls basketball team improved since its last meeting with Poland. The Bulldogs got the best of the Falcons in both games this year by a combined total of 112-54.

CONNEAUT — Freshman center Alex Cozzens used her size and skill to help lead the North East Grape Pickers to a 48-13 road victory over the Conneaut Spartans Friday night in District 10 action.

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