YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – From championships to record seasons, 2021 has been another great year for the sport here in the Valley and across the country. Let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable sports stories from the past year.

Watch the video above for the full year recap.


The Browns earned their first playoff victory since the 1994 season, beating the Steelers 48-37.


The McDonald’s girls’ basketball team reached the state championship game for the first time in 20 years.

The Hickory boys’ basketball made a trip to Hershey after qualifying for the state final for the first time since 1961.

The Reynolds fight won its fifth consecutive state championship.

YSU’s Doug Phillips earned his first victory as the Penguins’ head coach.

Youngstown native Troy Hill signed with the Browns.


The YSU Women’s Bowling Team has qualified for its first-ever NCAA tournament.

The NFL draft took place in Cleveland.


The Mahoning Valley Scrappers have entered their first season in the MLB Draft League.

YSU softball won the program’s first-ever Horizon League regular season title and tied the school record for most wins in a season at 36.


The South Range softball team reached the state final for only the second time.

Warren JFK baseball won its first state championship in program history.


We named our Student Athletes of the Year: Connor Evans from Hickory and Jackie Grisdale from Poland.

The Cleveland Indians became the Cleveland Guardians.


The Crestview boys’ soccer qualified for the state championship game for the first time in program history.


The Ursuline football team reached the national final for the first time in 11 years.

Farrell advanced to the state semifinal and is 11-1 this season.

We announced our Big 22 class of 2021 and 5 blocks of granite.

Beau Brungard of Springfield was named Ohio’s Player of the Year for the third consecutive year.

Anthony Stallworth of Farrell was named Pennsylvania Player of the Year.

After winning just 22 games last season, the Cavaliers are 19-13 and fifth in the Eastern Conference.

The YSU Women’s Basketball Team is also off to a good start. The 11-1 Penguins have a perfect 5-0 record in conference.