SPORTS BRIEFING

Trimmer is YSU’s hero

YOUNGSTOWN — Melinda Trimmer hit a jumper with 1.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and the Youngstown State women’s basketball team went on to beat Robert Morris, 69-59, in Tuesday’s season opener in front of 1,189 fans at the Beeghly Center.

Trimmer’s basket came on a broken play to cap a wild finish in regulation. Sarah Cash hit a driving bucket with 25 seconds left to put YSU back on top at 54-53, but Honoka Ikematsu answered with a 3-pointer with 9.3 seconds left to put the preseason NEC favorites back up and set the stage for Trimmer.

Cash was double-teamed near the basket, and she fought through it to get the ball to Trimmer in the left corner. Trimmer, a former West Branch High School All-Ohioan, hit the 17-footer with 1.2 seconds on the clock to tie the game.

The Penguins went on to score the first seven points in overtime – four on free throws and the other three on a three-pointer by Alison Smolinski – to go up 63-56 with 3:04 left.

Trimmer was 1-of-2 from the field with four rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes off the bench.

Youngstown State will host Loyola Chicago at 7 p.m. Friday.

NCAA-record 95-yard punt

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — Heidelberg senior Austin Baker set an NCAA Division III record with a 95-yard punt, but the Student Princes fell to John Carroll, 27-0, in Ohio Athletic Conference play Saturday at Don Shula Stadium.

Baker’s booming 95-yarder came midway through the second quarter. With the ball on the5-yard line and a brisk wind at his back, he took the snap and launched the ball2 yards deep in his end zone. It bounced at the John Carroll 37 (65 yards in the air), then hit and rolled into the JCU end zone.

The 95-yard punt set an NCAA Division III record, previously held by Maranatha Baptist’s Gunnar Rastenburg with a 91-yard punt vs. Presentation in 2014. The best punt in OAC history was a 88-yarder by Ohio Northern’s Steve Vagedes in 1999. Heidelberg’s previous best was Elliott Koch’s 73-yard punt in 2004 vs. Marietta.

Baker is leading NCAA Division III with an average of 44.2 yards on 44 punts, including 13 inside the 20-yard line.

Pair play Ashland club soccer

ASHLAND — A pair of local students are members of the Ashland University women’s club soccer.

Skylar Dredge, a 2018 graduate of West Branch High School, is majoring in psychology. She is the daughter of Jessica Dredge of Salem.

Molly Briceland, a 2018 graduate of United High School, is majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Jerry and Jodi Briceland of Salem.

Competitive sport clubs compete with other university or town-sponsored sport clubs, or teams, and travel to games throughout the year.

Columbiana hosts USATF meet

COLUMBIANA — The USA Track and Field Lake Erie Association’s Cross Country Championships will be held Saturday at Columbiana High School.

The Lake Erie Association includes Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan and Kentucky and this is a qualifying meet for the USATF national meet.

Entry fee is $10 per athlete and all runners must have a USATF membership card. Check in will start at 9 a.m. with the race beginning at 10 a.m.

Age groups (and the race distances) are 7-8 (2K), 9-10 (3K), 11-12 (3K), 13-14 (4K, 15-16 (5K, 17-18 (5K), 19-39 Open (5K) and Masters (5K).

For more information, call Don Groubert at (330) 718-3237 or Phil Pillin at (330) 757-7424.

Irving fined $25,000

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a basketball into the stands after a game.

The incident occurred at the end of the Celtics’ 115-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

Irving was mad that Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray took a 3-point-shot with the clock winding down when Denver already had put away the game. Murray, who already had scored 48 points, said he was trying to reach 50.

Winter basketball in Salem

SALEM — The Salem Community Center is now taking registrations for the upcoming winter basketball league with divisions for ages 3-18. For more information or to register, call (330) 332-5885.