COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association and its six District Athletic Boards have awarded $169,000 in college scholarships to 169 recent high school graduates following selections made by each of the OHSAA’s six District Athletic Boards.

Each of the 169 scholarships is a $1,000 award. The OHSAA’s college scholarship program, now in its 29th year, returned in 2022 following a two-year hiatus due to pandemic-related financial constraints.

“The college scholarship program is a point of pride for our District Athletic Boards, OHSAA staff, Board of Directors and member schools,” said OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute. “These student-athletes represent the very best of high school athletics, and it is an honor for us to help these young leaders work toward their educational and career goals. We congratulate them on their accomplishments and look forward to celebrating their future achievements.”

More About the Scholar-Athlete Selection Process

Scholar-athlete recipients are selected based on a point system which rewards students for grade point averages; class rank; community service activities; varsity letters earned; and individual and team athletic honors. The number of scholarship recipients from each district are based upon the number of schools within the district. The recipients were selected by special committees within each of the OHSAA’s six athletic districts. Individuals who receive athletic scholarships from NCAA Division I or II institutions or appointees to military academies are not eligible for an award.

2023 OHSAA Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Recipients 

Southeast District

Andrew (George) Arnett, Lucasville Valley — OHSAA Southeast District Scholarship

Lucie Ashkettle, Lucasville Valley — OHSAA Southeast District Scholarship

Xander Dornon, South Point — OHSAA Southeast District Scholarship

Carson Emery, Mowrystown Whiteoak — OHSAA Southeast District Scholarship

Dax Estep, Bainbridge Paint Valley — OHSAA Southeast District Scholarship

Keetyn Hupp, Seaman North Adams — OHSAA Southeast District Scholarship

Leighton Loge, Nelsonville-York — OHSAA Southeast District Scholarship

Isabella Neal, Lancaster Fairfield Union — OHSAA Southeast District Scholarship

Reid Packer, Thornville Sheridan — OHSAA Southeast District Scholarship

Zander Rawlins, South Webster — OHSAA Southeast District Scholarship

Riley Raynard, South Webster — OHSAA Southeast District Scholarship

Ronald Rowley, Lancaster Fairfield Union — OHSAA Southeast District Scholarship

Samuel Simpson, Ironton Rock Hill — James Mains Memorial Scholarship

Ethan White, Ironton — OHSAA Ethnic Minority Scholarship

Madison Whittaker, Wheelersburg — OHSAA Southeast District Scholarship

Evan Williams, Ironton — Roger Thompson Memorial Scholarship

Nolan Wright, Wheelersburg — OHSAA Southeast District Scholarship

Jiarui Zhang, Chillicothe Zane Trace — OHSAA Ethnic Minority Scholarship

Central District

Matthew Bland, Mount Gilead — Kyre/ Young At Large Scholarship

Ally Carr, Newark — OHSAA Central District Scholarship

Hailee Cobb, Powell Olentangy Liberty — OHSAA Central District Scholarship

Maxwell Cummings, Gahanna Lincoln — Ethnic Minority Scholarship

Madilyn Elson, Mount Gilead — Kyre/ Young At Large Scholarship

Lily Goodfellow, Columbus Bishop Watterson — OHSAA Central District Scholarship

Eli Hitzhusen, Worthington Thomas Worthington — OHSAA Central District Scholarship

Ethan Hostetler, West Jefferson — Kyre/ Young At Large Scholarship

Taylor Iden, Marion Harding — OHSAA Central District Scholarship

Madeline Kauble, Newark Catholic — OHSAA Central District Scholarship

Robert Keuchler, Pickerington Central — OHSAA Central District Scholarship

Emma Kim, Columbus School for Girls — Ethnic Minority Scholarship

Elaina Lahmers, Milford Center Fairbanks — OHSAA Central District Scholarship

Olivia Morse, Columbus School for Girls — Kyre/ Young At Large Scholarship

Syncere Royster, Newark — Ethnic Minority Scholarship

Ryan Rudzinski, Columbus Bishop Watterson — OHSAA Central District Scholarship

Brendan Sheehan, Newark Catholic — OHSAA Central District Scholarship

Jabreel Smith, Newark — Ethnic Minority Scholarship

Erik Underwood, Columbus Bishop Hartley — OHSAA Central District Scholarship

Caleb Wagner, Milford Center Fairbanks — OHSAA Central District Scholarship

Southwest District

Isabela Arredondo, Cincinnati Madeira — OHSAA Scholarship

Adam Ballas, Fort Loramie — OHSAA Scholarship

Alaina Baughn, Greenville — Franklin Young Memorial Scholarship

Olivia Baumann, Eaton — OHSAA Scholarship

Tyler Bond, Franklin — OHSAA Scholarship

Ryleigh Brown, Springfield Kenton Ridge — Dr. John Kronour Honorary Scholarship

Kyle Brueckman, Tipp City Bethel — Bob Huelsman Honorary Scholarship

Natalie Combs, Cincinnati Turpin — OHSAA Scholarship

Jamie Confer, Beavercreek — OHSAA Scholarship

Christian Conner, Batavia — Scott Kaufman Honorary Scholarship

Daniel Cooper, Cincinnati Mariemont — OHSAA Scholarship

Caroline Diels, Wilmington — OIAAA/SWOADA Scholarship

Samari Freeman, Cincinnati Elder — OHSAA Scholarship

Colin Gottron, Centerville — Gene Klaus Honorary Scholarship

AnnaBelle Hacker, Kettering Archbishop Alter — OHSAA Scholarship

Isabella Hamilton, Bradford — Fred Durkle Memorial Scholarship

Kolby Hamilton, Eaton — Dave Gray Honorary Scholarship

Jonathan Hildebrand, Urbana — George Rise Honorary Scholarship

Henry Hoblitzell, Oxford Talawanda — OHSAA Scholarship

Camille Lafferty, Franklin — Dave Gray Honorary Scholarship

Claire LeRoy, Cincinnati Madeira — Angus King Memorial Scholarship

Nathan Massie, Beavercreek — OHSAA Scholarship

Ty Molfenter, Dayton Archbishop Carroll — OIAAA/SWOADA Scholarship

Jace Mullenhour, Jackson Center — Fred Durkle Memorial Scholarship

Anne Murphy, Fayetteville-Perry — Tim Cook Honorary Scholarship

Sophie Nerl, Cincinnati Mariemont — OIAAA/SWOADA Scholarship

Carter Pleiman, Botkins — Dale E. Creamer Honorary Scholarship

Taylor Poeppelman, Anna — Andy Bixler Honorary Scholarship

Joy Resig, Mason — Emerson Brown Honorary Scholarship

Torie Richards, New Madison Tri-Village — OHSAA Scholarship

Jack Sandul, Cincinnati Miami Valley Christian Academy — Rossi-Denney Memorial Scholarship

Zane Shappie, Russia — OHSAA Scholarship

Emma Smith, Clayton Northmont — OIAAA/SWOADA Scholarship

Lindi Snodgrass, Casstown Miami East — Dale E. Creamer Honorary Scholarship

Alaina Snow, De Graff Riverside — Rossi-Denney Memorial Scholarship

Caroline Soller, Cincinnati Mariemont — OHSAA Scholarship

Sarah Thomas, Fort Loramie — Harry Moore Memorial Scholarship

Harshita Uppuganti, Mason — OHSAA Scholarship

Kayla Watkins, Bellefontaine — Harold Shank Memorial Scholarship

Northwest District

Rhenn Armey, Continental — OHSAA Scholarship

Emma Aumend, Convoy Crestview — OHSAA Scholarship

Owen Auxter, Port Clinton — OHSAA Scholarship

Adam Ayad, Toledo Ottawa Hills — OHSAA Scholarship

Owen Barker, Convoy Crestview — OHSAA Scholarship

Paige Brown, Sylvania Southview — OHSAA Scholarship

Nathan Buderer, Oak Harbor — OHSAA Scholarship

Isabelle Burnett, Pioneer North Central — OHSAA Scholarship

Maddix Crutchfield, Van Wert — OHSAA Scholarship

Arda Dastan, Findlay — OHSAA Scholarship

Jack Gerker, Toledo St. John’s — OHSAA Scholarship

Camden Glaser, McComb — OHSAA Scholarship

Jared Griggs, Arlington — OHSAA Scholarship

Jacob Hershberger, Harrod Allen East — OHSAA Scholarship

Hailey Hochstettler, Findlay Liberty-Benton — OHSAA Scholarship

Sofia Houg, Van Wert — OHSAA Scholarship

Ashlee Hug, Edgerton — OHSAA Scholarship

Justin Kaup, Coldwater — OHSAA Scholarship

Jerome Kloepfer, Vanlue — OHSAA Scholarship

Parker Moore, Antwerp — OHSAA Scholarship

Caden Nesterk, Edon — OHSAA Scholarship

Tyler Ray, Bellevue — OHSAA Scholarship

Samantha Scoles, Bluffton — OHSAA Scholarship

Bryn Tegenkamp, Continental — OHSAA Scholarship

Maggie Verhoff, Ottawa-Glandorf — OHSAA Scholarship

Jayla Watson, Toledo Central Catholic — OHSAA Scholarship

Jayden Welker, Van Wert — OHSAA Scholarship

Hayden Welly, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon — OHSAA Scholarship

Gabriella Wetherill, Kenton — OHSAA Scholarship

Carrie Zeedyk, Sherwood Fairview — OHSAA Scholarship


East District

Cabot Arbaugh, Cadiz Harrison Central — OHSAA Scholarship

Marshal Bier, Hannibal River — OHSAA Scholarship

Carson Copeland, McConnelsville Morgan — Ethnic Minority-Male OHSAA

Riley Crupper, Cambridge — OHSAA Scholarship

Benjamin Hamm, Dover — OHSAA Scholarship

Hailey Helter, Coshocton — OHSAA Scholarship

Hansel Holmes, Dresden Tri-Valley — East District Overall Winner

Myrakle Johnson, Coshocton — Ethnic Minority-Female OHSAA

Nathan Lopez, Cambridge — Ethnic Minority-Male OHSAA

Megan Malin, St. Clairsville — OHSAA Scholarship

Hannah Raper, Hannibal River — OHSAA Scholarship

Ty Shawger, Zanesville West Muskingum — OHSAA Scholarship

Max Silverthorn, Toronto — OHSAA Scholarship

Navaeh Smith, Cambridge — Ethnic Minority-Female OHSAA

Abigail Starkey, Wintersville Indian Creek — OHSAA Scholarship

Reese Triplett, New Philadelphia Tuscarawas Central Catholic — OHSAA Scholarship

Carter Vandall, New Philadelphia — OHSAA Scholarship

Northeast District

Griffin Barton, Youngstown Ursuline — OHSAA Scholarship

Chloe Bautista, Gates Mills Hawken — OHSAA Scholarship

Jenna Boyd, Massillon Tuslaw — OHSAA Scholarship

Nicholas Brandt, Mentor Lake Catholic — OHSAA Scholarship

Colin Casey, Wickliffe — OHSAA Scholarship

Allison Chinchar, North Ridgeville — OHSAA Scholarship

Gaetano Difini, Chagrin Falls Kenston — OHSAA Scholarship

Caleb Domitrovich, McDonald — OHSAA Scholarship – Al Lopez

Sierra Dorobek, Amherst Steele — OHSAA Scholarship

Ella Gregorino, Leetonia — OHSAA Scholarship

Gage Gretter, Gates Mills Hawken — OHSAA Scholarship

Tamia Hall, Parma Heights Valley Forge — OHSAA Scholarship

Bradely Hamilton, Kinsman Badger — OHSAA Scholarship

Jacob Harms, Canton GlenOak — OHSAA Scholarship

Taylor Hennessey, Madison — OHSAA Scholarship

Vladimir Herdman, Lodi Cloverleaf — OHSAA Scholarship

Sophia Hook, Brookfield — OHSAA Scholarship

Dallas Hostetler, Kidron Central Christian — OHSAA Scholarship

Jake Hoverstock, Jeromesville Hillsdale — OHSAA Scholarship

Robbie Huber, Westlake — OHSAA Scholarship

Samuel Janning, North Ridgeville — OHSAA Scholarship

Dominic Johnson, Gates Mills Hawken — OHSAA Scholarship

Anna Jones, North Canton Hoover — OHSAA Scholarship

Kaci Kanicki, Ashtabula Edgewood — OHSAA Scholarship – Ed Batanian

Madeline Kavenagh, Richfield Revere — OHSAA Scholarship

Chance Laczko, Struthers — OHSAA Scholarship

Elijah Ladue, Lakewood — OHSAA Scholarship

Brandon Lucek, Strongsville — OHSAA Scholarship

Megan Mcginnis, Chesterland West Geauga — OHSAA Scholarship

Nicholas Michael, Akron Firestone — OHSAA Scholarship

Nash Minor, Alliance Marlington — OHSAA Scholarship

Jacey Mullen, New Middletown Springfield — OHSAA Scholarship

Donovan Pawloski, Brookfield — OHSAA Scholarship

Kylee Purdy, West Salem Northwestern — OHSAA Scholarship

Hayden Ringle, Creston Norwayne — OHSAA Scholarship – Larry Acker

Lauren Rogers, Canton McKinley — OHSAA Scholarship

Divya Shanmugam, Massillon Jackson — OHSAA Scholarship

Sarosh Sheth, Warren John F. Kennedy — OHSAA Scholarship

Ethan Stuz, Dalton — OHSAA Scholarship

Aurora Tedrick, Willoughby Cornerstone Christian — OHSAA Scholarship

Nicholas Vesey, Warren Champion — OHSAA Scholarship

Jacob Wakefield, West Salem Northwestern — OHSAA Scholarship

Ella Wong, Gates Mills Hawken — OHSAA Scholarship

Vincent Woods, New Middletown Springfield — OHSAA Scholarship

Kailey Zagst, Massillon Jackson — OHSAA Scholarship


EAST PALESTINE, OH- The road over the last few months has been a bumpy one for the residents of East Palestine following the February 3rd train derailment.  However, like so many small towns in the United States, there have been residents that have set a great example of how to overcome adversity, and challenges that may be facing- and East Palestine has been no different.

Resident and youth advocate in the town, Matt Werner has put his hand in the pile of people looking to pick up the pieces and put things back together better than before.  Werner has been leading the efforts in creating the Road2Recovery Walk/5K event on June 10th in downtown East Palestine.  Proceeds will benefit youth activities throughout the village, and it’s not just limited to sports.  “The money is specifically going to go to youth initiatives and youth programs.  It could be EPYSA, Rotary soccer, wrestling, Little Bulldogs, as well as K-12 stem programs or whatever is suggested within the school” said Werner.

The event will feature NFL Hall of Famer, and legendary Pittsburgh Steeler Runningback Jerome Bettis during the day.  “If you look up his story, and you understand what he went through in middle school/high school to get to where he is now…the adversity he went through lined up with ours,” added Werner.

Werner emphasized the fact that The United Way of Northern Columbiana County will be helping with the donations, but ALL 100% of donations will be funneled through a committee to aid in the recovery efforts for youth in East Palestine.

“I think all of our sponsors are going to be extremely proud to know they donated money to this campaign and they had a huge impact on letting these kids succeed and distracting them from the negative messaging going on in the village,” said Werner.

Interested parties can register at www.road2recoveryep.com


EAST PALESTINE, OH- Noah Ricks has been a popular voice heard across all YSN platforms this summer. Ricks called over 80 games during the Youngstown Class B baseball season this summer at Bob Cene Park.

Ricks began his broadcasting career at a very young age while at Chalker High School. Ricks traveled with the Wildcats basketball team, and did his own play-by-play on his cell phone at games. Ricks took a big leap in his career when he enrolled at Youngstown State University, to begin his studies in the sports broadcasting department.

Noah Ricks left the broadcasting department during his college tenure, and began a new journey in coaching. He loved to coach, but after the 2020 pandemic, Ricks jumped back in to his true passion of sports broadcasting. He has become the new voice of the Howland Tigers, and will spend the upcoming fall season broadcasting Tiger football.

To hear more about Noah Ricks journey, here is an interview with Noah on the YSN Power Hour:




COLUMBUS, OH- Let’s turn back the clock 25 years to a simpler time, a time where you and your friends would gather on your bikes, ride down to the local mini-mart or convenience store, and trade in a couple of crisp George Washington’s that would burn a hole in your pocket for a pack of fresh, mint, out of the box trading cards.

You’d rip open the pack to discover a new set of opportunities to trade, play, learn or idolize until the next pack came around.  Trading cards were a hot commodity in the late 80’s and early 90’s, it was the juvenile equivalent to the stock exchange or the gold rush.

Then…it went away.

Most of those cards were not worth the ink that was printed on them, useless, valueless, and many times homeless or kindle for a fire.

Much like Beanie Babies in the late 90’s, trading cards fell belly up on collectors and left hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars in investors in their wake.

Fast forward to 2020: everything is closing due to a global pandemic, but like a phoenix rising from the ashes- here comes trading cards.  Now, most will tell you that our country had some spare time on their hands, so the prosperous combination of wives and mothers giving ultimatums about trading cards in the attic, and natural boredom from binge-watching reruns of The Office may have pushed that generation from trading cards on the street with their friends, to selling cards online with complete strangers.

Either way, it rebounded the industry back to the days when you could look at a pack of cards, and the nostalgic smell of stale bubblegum came rushing back to your nose.

We sat down with Chuck Filek of Midwest Cards to talk about the new generation of cards, collections, and no matter how much things have changed, some things will always stay the same.


EAST PALESTINE, OH- Chances are, if you’ve scored a baseball game in the last decade, you’ve come to know and use the scoring app, GameChanger.

The world’s top-ranked scoring app has become so much more since its debut in 2009.  It’s become a scheduling tool, a source of information for rosters, stats, recaps, and now GameChanger is looking to boost its user-base through streaming games live in addition to all of the above.

With that said, GameChanger has leaned on some of the advice of the nation’s top streaming company, YSN to assist in that growth and initiative.

GameChanger’s Alex Trezza stopped by during YSN’s Power Hour to talk shop and discuss the past, present and future of the platform, and what fans should be getting excited for off the diamond as well!



EAST PALESTINE, OH- After a great week on the track, the Boomhauer Bandit returns to the studio to talk about the week on the track, and brought some company with him.  Fellow racer, Zach Robles joins Corey in the driver’s seat for Episode 2.


The battle is on for the Valley’s best pizza.  Vote as many times as you like during rounds, as they will finalize with the basketball tournament (ie, if there are games on Saturday in Round 1- there is still time to vote for your favorite establishment until that night at midnight.)

This page will remain the polling place for the entirety of the tournament, so save it as a bookmark due to the high levels of content on the main page.




2021 March Pizza Madness Championship


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Four great pizza franchises will get us started in our maiden voyage of Pizza Madness.


Polls will be open until 11:59 Thursday Night, at which time the most voted will move onto the full bracket.


Vote as many times as you’d like.



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EAST PALESTINE, OH- Another week?  Another vote!  This time we’re looking to crown the People’s Champion for pizza in the Mahoning Valley.  Now, we realize that not every pie can be represented, but through the power of public suggestion, we’ve come up with a list of 34 that we feel will begin an annual battle for the perennial pizza prize!

To make things a bit more meaningful, we brought in our pizza expert Jeremy Oklota of Youngstown Pizza Review’s to help us out in projecting how things will go!

Check out the review, and get your mouse charged up – voting for the play-in round begins on 3/18 while the main bracket play starts at noon on 3/19.


Welcome to what will certainly be another “riveting” installment of “Goal Line Stance” with Scotty Mincher & Super Dave O’Malley, a bi-whenever column that delves deep into the psyche of the Mahoning Valley sports fan. In this segment, Scotty and I would like to take the time to reflect and celebrate our time at YSN, or what Scotty and I refer to as “Our Year in the Show”. Allow me to continue…

The year 2020 will, obviously, be remembered for the struggle and the uncertainty we faced on a global level. It was a year of pandemic proportions.  But, in spite of the challenges we were up against, life did go on. Scotty and I, often in hushed whispers, talked about what a great year it was, an unpopular opinion. That opinion was based on a tremendous opportunity we were given to be part of something special. Here is our story…

My experience with sports streaming is very limited. The extent of my experience has, basically, been watching LeBron’s block of Andre Iguodala on Youtube over 140 times.  So, when I was approached about being part of YSN, a rising star sports streaming company, I was a little tentative. I knew sports but my approach was a little dated, to say the least. (I’m in a fantasy paper football league). Then I was informed my sports partner in crime would be uber millennial Scotty Mincher, a highly intelligent sports pundit who I knew I could lean heavily on. Scotty is an absolute beast! I accepted the offer and our new adventure at Your Sports Network was underway…

YSN is headquartered in East Palestine, Ohio, a Big Ben pass away from the Pennsylvania border.  East Palestine possesses all the charms of small-town America, regressed but proud. (and no longer at war with East Israel).  It would soon be a town we would adopt as our second home.  From the first time Scotty and I pulled up to the YSN office, located in a nondescript strip mall on the right side of the tracks, we felt an instant connection.  Our lives would never be the same…

Scotty had been involved with YSN for a few months before I came on board. He wrote “Scotty’s Stories”, did a podcast, and contributed the wildly entertaining “60 Seconds with Scotty”.  He made my arrival very easy. He was my proverbial sports media sherpa. I should mention that Scotty and I share a love for Cleveland sports.  It’s an unbreakable bond predicated on suffering, a bond that runs, at times, thicker than blood.  The reason I mention this bond is that, as all sports fans know, when you share the love of a sports team, you share the love. Scotty and I both knew that our new adventure was a labor of love, both professionally and personally.

YSN is a sanctum for local sports, the first of its kind in this area. And what an area!  Northeastern Ohio is steeped in sports history, its traditions unrivaled. This is what makes YSN, as Scotty puts it, a locomotive with a full head of steam. There is no shortage of inspiring sports narratives in the area. YSN seems to be the perfect storm at the perfect time in the perfect place. Of course, even with all the elements aligned, it still takes a tireless visionary to steer the ship. Enter D.J. Yokely…

When I first met D.J. Yokley, founder and CEO of YSN, I was immediately taken by how welcomed I felt  (thank you, Scotty!) and the palpable camaraderie amongst his staff.  D.J. was, obviously, a great leader. He was confident, passionate about sports, an extraordinary salesman, and very humorous. YSN was going to be fun! Scotty and I set up our stations and we were ready to get to work…

YSN’s mantra is “Live For Greatness”.  As Scotty and I have observed over the past year, this mantra is not taken lightly at YSN.  Scotty and I both knew greatness was within our grasp. At YSN, we could taste it.  Scotty and I arrived at YSN at the beginning of last year and although it was a tough year for many, we lived the year 2020 pursuing our sports dreams.  We spent the year surrounded by an amazing group of young, passionate sports fans. We engaged in the arguments of the traditional sports: Pittsburgh or Cleveland? and Who’s the GOAT?   We covered High School Football with an unbridled fervor every Friday night on Audible Call and, most importantly, we began paving the way for the future of sports.

Scotty and I are very proud to be part of YSN.  Scotty is a natural. He has an obvious place in sports and I hope to continue being partnered with him.  The future also looks extremely bright for YSN, a true testimony to the people involved.  As YSN continues to grow (we just got the Scrappers!) Scotty and I will also continue to grow and who knows how far this magical ride will take us. Hopefully, it will never stop.

There is no guarantee that our sports future will be lined with MVP Awards and Championship Trophies, but one thing we can definitely be sure of is, here at YSN…the future is now.