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Salem cheerleaders get a leg up with online tryouts

SALEM — Salem cheerleading coach Jordyn Burke wasn’t about to wait around in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic to form her team for the 2020-21 school year, so she took the tumble in April to put together a plan for a virtual tryout. Since most classroom activity is now conducted via ...

6 Feet From Me Virtual 5K has 185 finishers

YOUNGSTOWN — There were 185 people who completed the Youngstown Marathon Foundation’s “6 Feet From Me Virtual 5K” that wrapped up Friday. All of the donations went to Gleaners Food Bank, a nonprofit orgainzation that serves over 4,000 families per month. Here are the top 10 ...

Everyone loses with no sports

LISBON — With local ballfields completely deserted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, action has also ground to a halt at businesses that depend on athletic events being played. Hall’s of Fame Trophies and Apparel in Lisbon would normally be in one of its busier times of the year with high ...

Quakers have to wait for next year for county run

This is the day Columbiana County athletes and track fans look forward to every year, except this year. The 117th annual Columbiana County Track and Field Meet — scheduled for this afternoon at East Palestine’s Reid Stadium — was canceled when Gov. Mike DeWine closed all Ohio schools ...

From one state champ to another

After winning two state track titles last June, Wellsville’s Justin Wright got a special delivery in the mail. It was from former Columbiana High School state champion Jim Ward, who saw Wright break his 56-year-old 200-dash record at the Columbiana County Track and Field Meet last ...

Columbiana County Meet back in East Palestine for 2021

East Palestine and Salem have hosted the Columbiana County Track and Field Meet every year except one since 1932. The 117th annual meet was scheduled for today at East Palestine’s Reid Stadium, but was canceled due to coronavirus. The oldest continuous county meet in Ohio will start over at ...

Meals’ big league story started on Salem’s fields

This is the second in a two-part series with major league umpire Jerry Meals of Salem. SALEM — Jerry Meals’ path to being a major league umpire began on the youth baseball fields of Salem. After graduating from Salem High School in 1979, the lifelong baseball fan was looking for a way to ...

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Peterson goes to W&J SEBRING — Sebring senior quarterback Zane Peterson will continue his academic and football careers at Washington & Jefferson College, an NCAA Division III program in Washington, Pa. OVAC HOF postponed WHEELING, W.Va. — The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference ...

Meals is at home in Salem, not at home plate like usual

This is the first in a two-part series with major league umpire Jerry Meals of Salem. SALEM — Salem resident Jerry Meals has seen a lot in his three decades as a Major League Baseball umpire, but he has never experienced anything quite like the past month. “It’s a very weird feeling ...

From EOAC champs to Ohio State Buckeyes

TORONTO — Nolan Clegg and Nate Karaffa, two starting outfielders for the Ohio State University baseball team, remember like it was yesterday when the coronavirus pandemic hit the sports world. The Buckeyes, fresh off a split against North Florida from March 10-11 in Jacksonville, Fla., were ...

Akron event delayed

AKRON — The world’s best 50-and-over golfers will have an extra month to get ready for the 2020 Bridgestone Senior Players Championship. Firestone Country Club will host the PGA Tour Champions major for the week Aug. 10-16, not July 6-12 as previously scheduled, due to the coronavirus ...

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Busy month for NASCAR CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR plans to restart its engines with a flurry of races at two historic tracks. NASCAR said Thursday it is set to return May 17 with an elite Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, the first of seven events in an 11-day ...

State meet to Obetz

COLUMBUS — Runners will be taking a different route to the state cross country meet this fall. The Ohio High School Athletic Association is moving the state meet to Fortress Obetz, a 50-acre multi-purpose sports complex with a 6,500-seat grandstand located in Obetz on the southeast side of ...

Wright would jump at chance at repeat

WELLSVILLE — The Wellsville boys track team had several workouts on the new all-weather track at Nicholson Stadium before Gov. Mike DeWine closed the schools in mid-March. “We practiced for a couple of weeks,” Wellsville track coach Randy Thrasher said. “They loved it.” It wasn’t ...

Spencer runs toward North Carolina

WEIRTON, W.Va. — Those who followed Sebastian Spencer with a close eye throughout his high school career at Weir High are left to wonder what could have been. Spencer was entering his senior season as a seven-time West Virginia state track champion (three individuals and four relays), while ...

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Hicks heads to Mount Union LEETONIA — Leetonia senior Connor Hicks signed a letter of intent Wednesday to continue his academic and football careers at NCAA Division III power Mount Union in Alliance. Hicks was a Division VII first-team All-Ohioan and the Morning Journal’s ...

Quakers want to play some more

While last week’s announcement that spring sports were officially canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic was widely expected, the news was still a gut punch to area baseball teams. “I was incredibly disappointed,” Columbiana baseball coach Ryan Wolf said. “I had a feeling it was ...

Sports prepare you for life

I want to thank Don Groubert, an OHSAA track official, for his inspiring words (in the April 24 edition) to the seniors and other classes who lost out on their spring sports this year. His words plus the letter from his high school track coach from 42 years ago was so inspirational and ...

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Three divisions? NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is exploring various options that could allow the season to start if the medical situation allows, including a plan in which the 30 teams could be split into three regional divisions. Among the formats is one is which teams could be ...

Coaches work to give players a chance

It was a hard pill to swallow for area softball teams. “We had hope when the governor said things would be closed through the end of April and the Ohio High School Athletic Association came out with a revised schedule,” South Range coach Jeff DeRose said. “Weighing on the side of being ...