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City View PodCast (Recorded on 1.17.2013 at Inner Circle Pizza in Austintown, Ohio)

Marc, Brian, and Larry come back at you with our newest podcast as City View SportsCast is back up and running after taking a few weeks off for the Holiday’s and to focus on family time, and to attend to personal matters.

Us here at City View apologize for the extended hiatus, but look for updates, and stories coming to the website in upcoming days including Phantom Phan Notes with Larry Snyder tomorrow morning…….and of course our Mahoning Valley Boys and Girls Basketball Top Five will be returning next week.

We look forward to some interesting ventures we have in the works, especially this upcoming spring  with our coverage of High School Baseball.  We will pass along details as they become available.

We once again apologize for the lack of updates, and appreciate all who follow us regularly on our site, facebook, and twitter.  If anyone has a suggestion, or an event you would like us to try and cover, we would love hear the feedback.  We can be reached by email at

- Brian Whan
Founder of City View

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The Youngstown Phantoms split a pair of games with the Muskegon Lumberjacks the first weekend of January at the Covelli Centre. Muskegon powered past the Purple and Orange with a 6 to 2 score on Friday night. The Phantoms came back to cut down the Jacks with a 4 to 1 score on Saturday night.

 The Lumberjacks had their special teams working on Friday night as they went 2-for-2 on the power play in the first period, and then chiped in a short-handed goal less than three minutes in to the second period. Muskegon goaltender Kevin Lindskoug took care of business between the pipes as he turned away 31-of-33 shots by the Phantoms. Forwards Markus McCrea and Cam Brown were the two Phantoms to get on the scoresheet.

 On Saturday night, it was Youngstown defenseman Ryan Lowney’s turn to grab the “First Star Of The Game” honors as he scored a pair of goals, and added one assist on the night to help down the Lumberjacks 4 to 1. Forward Kyle Connor and defenseman Dan Renouf also put the biscuit in the net for the Phantoms, with co-captain Austin Cangelosi added three assists to the scoresheet. Netminder Sean Romeo turned away 17-of-18 shots to bring home his twelth victory of the season.

 NEXT UP: The Phantoms will be on the road this weekend as they travel to Chicgo to take on the Steel on Friday, 01/11/13. Then it will be time to turn-and-burn as the Purple and Orange gas up the team bus to head to Lincoln, Nebraska to play the Stars on Saturday, 01/12/13. You can catch all the action on

 PUCK POINTS: Ryan Lowney’s game-opening goal on Saturday against the Lumberjacks marked just the eleventh time this season that the Phantoms have scored first in 30 games played. Youngstown is 9-2-0 when they get on the scoreboard first.

 It should also be noted that Lowney’s power-play goal in the third period on Saturday snapped a 0-for-15 drought for the Phantoms when they are on the man-advantage.

 Austin Cangelosi, for the second consecutive season, has been named to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. The showcase will feature 40 of the the top USHL players who are eligible for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The game is being held on January 23, and for the second straight year it will be held at the home of the Muskegon Lumberjacks, L.C. Walker Arena.

 The Phantoms front office announced last week a schedule change for an upcoming home game. Due to an event schedule change at the Covelli Centre, the Phantoms game against the Indiana Ice set for Sunday, 01/27/2013 has been moved back to its original date and time of Saturday, 01/26/2013 at 7:15 PM. All previously purchased tickets, including season tickets will be honored at the Covelli Centre. Please, call the Phantoms at 330-747-7825 with any questions.

 Forward Marcus McCrea is third on the team in goals scored with 9, and is tied with Sam Anas for the lead in power-lay goals with 3 each.

 REMEMBER to tune in every Tuesday night from 6 to 7 PM, so you can catch “Behind The Glass:” The Youngstown Phantoms Weekly Radio Show on SportsRadio 1240 AM – WBBW. The show is hosted by the Radio Voice of the Phantoms, Bart Logan and the Voice of the Covelli Centre, public address anouncer, Larry Snyder.

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Mahoning Valley OHSAA Boy’s Basketball Scores from 12.28.2012


Salem did not let a shaky first half keep them from doing what they do best…..and that’s win as the Quakers defeated previously unbeaten Carrollton, 64-55 on Friday night in Salem.

Carrollton who jumped out to a 19-15 lead after the first quarter would eventually take a 30-23 lead into the locker room at the half.

Unfortunately for the visitors the Quakers came out smoking in the second half scoring 41 second half points en route to the 64-55 victory improving their record to a perfect 7-0.

Salem was led in scoring by Anthony Shivers who had a monster game with 26 points.  Also leading the Salem charge was Ryan Bush who chipped in with 14 points, and Max Wolfgang who dropped in 11 points.

The Quakers will return to action on January 4th of the New Year when they host Canton South (8-0).


The Youngstown East Panthers continued to show they are one of the premier teams in the Mahoning Valley as they pulled away from the Sharon Tigers on Friday evening in Farrell to advance to the Championship game of the Dresh-McClusky Tournament.

Leading the charge in the Panthers 73-66 victory was Taylor Johnson who led East with 25 points.  Also contributing for the Panthers was Deontay Scott who chipped in 16 points while grabbing 11 rebounds in another double-double effort.

With the victory East improves to 6-1 on the season and will take on on West Middlesex on Saturday at Farrell High School.  West Middlesex defeated Farrell by a score of 63-43 to improve their season record to 4-2.

Other OHSAA Boy’s Basketball Scores from around the Mahoning Valley:
Beaver Local 34  Struthers 32
Boardman 46  Cardinal Mooney 44
Brookfield 74  South Range 58
Canfield 67  Howland 64
Champion 50  Campbell 42
Crestview 65   Heartland Christian 46
Girard 79  Jefferson 75
LaBrae 60  Newton Falls 47
Liberty 55  Lakeview 51
Lordstown 56  Jackson-Milton 43
Lowellville 55  Badger 48
Maplewood 49  Warren Jfk 46
Mathews 93   Mineral Ridge 85, Ot
Niles 68   Hubbard 40
Poland 46  Austintown Fitch 27
Ursuline 58  East Liverpool 44
West Branch 56  Western Reserve 42
Youngstown Christian 75  Lisbon 53

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It was time for a game of “Monkey See/ Monkey Do” as the Youngstown Phantoms and Team USA traded 3 to 0 shut-outs last weekend at the Covelli Centre.

The U-18 Squad of the National Developmental Program shut out the Phantoms 3 to 0 on Friday night. It was the first time in nearly a month for the Purple and Orange to host a game in Youngstown. Team USA got on the scoreboard about midway through the second period, and was able to add a pair of insurance goals in the third period. Thatcher Demko was voted the “First Star Of The Game” by the off-ice officials, as he got the job done between the pipes for Team USA. The Phantoms’s Sean Romeo allowed three goals off 27 shots during the evening.

Then, on Saturday night, it was the Phantoms who got to return the favor as they closed down Team USA 3 to 0 to split the weekend series. First-year forward Luke Stork got Youngstown on the scoreboard as he put the biscuit in the net with less than 3 minutes left in the first period. Right wing Sam Anas and defenseman Tom Davis both added a goal and an assist on the scoresheet for the Purple and Orange. Goaltender Sean Romeo was able to put up a “First Star” performance by turning away all 28 of Team USA’s shots to bring home his fourth shut-out of the season. Sean is the only USHL goaltender to shut-out the U.S. National U-18 Team this season to go along with a pair of shut-outs against the U-17 Squad.

*NEXT UP: The Phantoms will close out the 2012 part of their schedule with a game against the Indiana Ice on Saturday night at the Covelli Centre. The puck will drop that night at 7:15 PM. The Phantoms have won both of their games this season against Indiana. The first 500 children throught the door will receive a free Phantoms rubber wristband.

*PUCK POINTS:Austin Cangelosi continues to lead the Phantoms with 10 goals, 16 assists for a total of 26 points. Sam Anas is the leader in goals

Larry Snyder is currently the Public Address Announcer for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL at the Covelli Centre located in beautiful downtown Youngstown, Ohio. Larry is also the Co-Host of "Behind The Glass": The Youngstown Phantoms Radio Show with Bart Logan on ESPN 1240 AM - WBBW

scored with 12. John Padulo is first in assists with 17.

Goaltender Sean Romeo has started 12 straight games, and has posted shut-outs in four of his past five wins. Romeo has a 3.04 goals-against-average this season to go along with a .902 save percentage.

Ryan Lowney is the points leader among the defensemen with 3 goals to go along with 15 assists for a total of 15 points. D-man Dan Renouf leads the team in plus/minus with a plus-18. Dan is tied for fifth best in the USHL.

Don’t forget to tune in every Tuesday night from 6 to 7 PM, so you can catch “Behind The Glass:” The Youngstown Phantoms Weekly Radio Show on SportsTalk 1240 AM – WBBW. The show is hosted by the Radio Voice of the Phantoms, Bart Logan and the Voice of the Covelli Centre, public address announcer Larry Snyder.

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City View Mahoning Valley High School Basketball Top Five (Boys and Girls)


1. LaBrae
2. Salem
3. East
4. Poland
5. McDonald
Others recieving votes: Warren G. Harding, Springfield Local, Cardinal Mooney
1. Struthers
2. Canfield
3. Lowellville
4. West Branch
5. Austintown Fitch
Others recieving votes: Columbiana, Newton Falls, Poland

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City View SportsCast NCAA Basketball Top 25 (Week #8)

In a wild Saturday which saw Syracuse fall for the first time this season with a 83-79 defeat to Temple,  Ohio State fall at home to Kansas by a score of 74-66, and Florida fall on the road to Kansas State by a score 67-61 causing some changes among the top ten in polls across the country.

One team who has yet to receive love from the AP, or USA Today poll is the Wyoming Cowboys who enter the City View poll at #23 with a 12-0. record.  The Cowboys feature wins so far over Colorado (76-69), and Illinois State (81-67).

1. Duke
2. Michigan
3. Arizona
4. Indiana
5. Cincinnati
6. Kansas
7. Louisville
8. Syracuse
9. Minnesota
10. Illinois
11. Missouri
12. Gonzaga
13. Ohio State
14. Georgetown
15. Florida
16. Butler
17. UNLV
18. Creighton
19. Michigan State
20. Oklahoma State
21. San Diego State
22. Kansas State
23. Wyoming
24. Notre Dame
25. Pittsburgh
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Kansas ROCKS Ohio State in men’s basketball, again

Plans of the new floor which should be in place when Ohio State returns to action on December 28th when they host Chicago State.

By Marc Means

Despite a sold out home crowd, the Ohio State Buckeyes fell for the third time in the last calendar year to the Kansas Jayhawks by a score of 74-66 on Saturday afternoon.

Inwhat was the first road game of the season for the Jayhawks, redshirt freshman Ben McLemore scored a game-high 22 points and thundered down several impressive dunks in the non-conference clash of top ten teams.

Kansas jumped out early on the Buckeyes taking a 23-17 lead early in the first half, but Ohio State rallied with a 14-0 run. Kansas would eventually take a 37-35 lead into the half.

The Ohio State struggled from the floor all afternoon shooting just 31% (20-65) from the floor and 26% (8-31) from the three-point line in their second loss of the season, dropping their record to 9-2 on the season.

The Buckeyes were led by Deshaun Thomas who scored 16 points while pulling down 6 rebounds on the afternoon. Shannon Scott also had a solid game for Ohio State as he contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds.

Besides the monster game from McLemore, the Jayhawks got 14 points from Jeff Withey who also pulled down 10 rebounds in his double-double performenace. As a team, Kansas shot the ball 25 of 49 (51.0%) from the field inlcuding 5 of 11 (45.5%) from behind the arc.

Ohio State wraps up non-conference play next Saturday December 29th when they host the 3-11 Chicago State Cougars out of the Great West Conference. Tipoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. ET


- Aaron Craft continues to struggle offensively as we went 2 of 9 from the field including 2-6 from behind the arc. Craft also turned the ball over four times while handing out three assits.

- This was posibly the last game played on the current floor at Value City Arena, the Buckeyes were due for a new floor at the start of the season but magnafacturing problems delayed the arival of the floor. This will be the third floor in the arenas history.

- Ohio State will open Big Ten play on January 2, 2013 when the host Nebraska at 6:30 p.m. ET.

- The Buckeyes were one of four top ten teams to fall on Saturday along with Syracuse, Florida, and Illinois.

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Central Florida Dominates Ball State in Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl

The Central Florida Knights dominated their Mid-American Conference opponent, Ball State by a score of 38-17 in the Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl in St. Petersburg on Friday night.

Central Florida jumped out to a 13-0 leads, scoring on their first two possessions as Latavius Murray would find the endzone both times.  Murray would go on to finish the game with three touchdowns.

The Knights would go on to build a 28-7 halftime lead as they would cruise to the final whistle to finish the season, their last in Conference USA with a 10-4 record.  Next season Central Florida will be joining the Big East.

Offensively, the Knights finished the game with 494 yards, led by sophomore Blake Bortles who threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns on 22 of 33 passing.  Bortles also finished the game as Central Florida’s leading rusher as he gained 80 yards on 9 carries.

Ball State struggled all game long, only accounting for 71 rushing yards and 288 yards total yards of offense for the game as they finish their season with a 9-4 record.

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Mahoning Valley OHSAA Boy’s Basketball Scores from 12.21.2012

Craig Hannon

Girard defeats rival Liberty behind monster game from Craig Randall

Craig Randall scored 35 points to help give first year head coach Craig Hannon a victory over the Indians rival, the Liberty Leopards in his first attempt.  

With the 64-60 thrilling victory, the Girard Indians improve their season record to 3-3 and 1-1 in All-American Conference National play.

The Indians started off on fire as they pushed out to a 21-4 lead on the Leopards, but Liberty led by David Hight who finished with 25 and Darrien Underwood who chipped in with 14.

The Leopards, who fell to 4-3 on the season and 1-1 in conference play took a
50-49 lead midway through the final period of play, their first and only of the game as Girard was too much on their home floor.

Girard will look to keep the momentum rolling when they travel to Jefferson on December 28th.

The Leopards will look to end their two-game losing streak when they host Lakeview on December 28th.

The Indians and Liberty will face off again on February 1st at Liberty Leopards Gymnasium.

Other OHSAA Boy’s Basketball Scores from around the Mahonig Valley:
Massillon Jackson 55 Boardman 42
Canfield 57 Austintown Fitch 42
Poland 69 Howland 50
Canton Glenoak 57  Cardinal Mooney 44
Struthers 45 Hubbard 23
Niles 78 Beaver Local 66
LaBrae 91 Campbell 29
Newton Falls 69 Champion 26
South Range 69 United 26
Springfield 47 Crestview 42
Mineral Ridge 79  Jackson-Milton 42
East Palestine 61  Lisbon 43
Wellsville 57  Lowellville 48
Sebring 38  Western Reserve 31
Southern 54  Columbiana 49
McDonald 100 Leetonia 62
Warrensville Heights 62  Warren Harding 58
Warren JFK 62 Holy Name 58, OT
Salem 63  Minerva 50
Alliance 68  West Branch 44
Maplewood 58 Brookfield 52

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