Officials addresssafety concerns
YOUNGSTOWN -- When the Youngstown State University football team plays host to Southwest Missouri State today at Stambaugh Stadium at 4 p.m., there will be some adjustments to the stadium regulations for security purposes.
"Due to the events taking place throughout the world involving the Armed Forces of the United States, we have been advised by our Campus Police Department and other safety organizations to adjust our game-day regulations while still maintaining a fan-friendly atmosphere," said Rick Love, associate athletic director.
No backpacks, fanny packs, coolers, bags, containers of any size or televisions will be allowed in the stadium. No bags or totes containing clothing items of any kind will be allowed in the stadium. Pagers, cell phones and small purses are permissible. All purses are subject to search.
Appropriate apparel for weather conditions may be worn or carried through the gates. Fans with special health and medical related problems should report to the main ticket office at the north end of Stambaugh Stadium. All medical-related bags, however, will be subject to search. Only items required for health and medical problems will be permitted through the gates.
All persons, including fans, media and YSU Athletics Department personnel, will be subject to search. No one without a ticket or credential will be allowed into the stadium. All loge holders bringing food/beverage containers are asked to enter through the main ticket office area in the F-7 parking lot. All vehicles are required to have a valid parking pass to enter appropriate lots. There will be no exceptions.
Mathews defeatsLowellville in three
LOWELLVILLE -- Michelle Guidos scored nine points, with two aces, six kills and seven digs, but the Lowellville High volleyball team dropped a 14-16, 16-14, 14-16 decision to Mathews.
Emily Vasilchek added nine points and eight digs for the Rockets (2-16). Kathy Peterson had six points, eight digs and three kills.
Platt sistersheaded to Australia
NEW MIDDLETOWN -- Ashley and Colleen Platt, sisters from the Springfield Local school district, will be members of an elite softball team that will travel to Australia next summer.
They will play with the Coast to Coast Softball Stars after qualifying at a tryout held at Kent State.
Ashley will play with the 16-19 team, while Colleen will play with the 14-15 squad.
Camelli promoted
WARREN -- Howland resident Gino D. Camelli was recently promoted by the State of Ohio Athletic Commission as a state boxing inspector.
Camelli was a boxing referee for 11 years prior to the promotion.
Hannon is guest
YOUNGSTOWN -- Bob Hannon, WYTV Channel 33 sports director, will be the guest speaker at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, Mahoning Valley Chapter, monthly dinner Oct. 17.
The event will be held at Vernon's Cafe and Banquet Center, 720 Youngstown-Warren Road. For reservations, call (330) 544-3057.
U.S. junior teamGymnast dies
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A 13-year-old member of the U.S. men's junior national gymnastics team died after collapsing at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
An autopsy on Ricky Deci, of Stafford, Texas, was to be performed Friday, USA Gymnastics said.
Deci, the No. 2 gymnast in the 12-13 age division, was at the USOTC for a junior national team training camp. He was working on the pommel horse when he collapsed Thursday night and began having seizures. A USOTC trainer who was at the camp administered CPR before Deci was taken to nearby Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Deci hadn't fallen or had any trouble during the practice, and there was nothing in his medical history that would have predicted his death, said Ron Galimore, program director of the U.S. men's team.
Blake, Roddickkey Americans
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- James Blake and Andy Roddick won singles matches Friday to give the United States a 2-0 lead over India in their Davis Cup World Group qualifier.
The 21-year-old Blake knocked off Leander Paes 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 after the 19-year-old Roddick served 15 aces in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Harsh Mankad.
The United States needs just one more victory this weekend at the Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum to advance to next year's 16-team World Group.
Cowboys sign Leafto 3-year contract
IRVING, Texas -- Quarterback Ryan Leaf signed a three-year, $2 million contract Friday with the Cowboys, completing a courtship that began in March as Dallas looked for Troy Aikman's replacement.
Coach Dave Campo said Leaf will come in as the No. 3 quarterback but could move up the depth chart.
Vindicator staff/wire reports