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https://youtu.be/ViWsT9cwbQs?si=D8amn6StCBTLAtuJBOARDMAN, OH- In a much-anticipated season opener, the Boardman Lady Spartans hosted the South Range Lady Raiders on Wednesday night, securing a convincing 62-22 victory. The Lady Spartans displayed a dominant performance, leaving the Lady Raiders unable to catch up.

Boardman’s offensive prowess was on full display, with several players making significant contributions. M.C. Werth led the scoring charts with an impressive 12 points, closely followed by Mackenzie Riccitelli with 11 points. Sam Duble and Sarah Bero each contributed 10 points, adding to the formidable offensive display. Ava Freeborough (8 points), Mikayla Rivera (7 points), Tori Strines (2 points), and Janessa Prisby (2 points) also played crucial roles in securing the victory for Boardman.

On the opposing side, the South Range Lady Raiders fought hard, with Sydney Penick and Gwen Lowry leading the scoring with 5 points each. Devin Sauerwein contributed 4 points, while Sophia Lucente and Taylor Dado each added 1 point. Kensington Scott also chipped in with a point, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Boardman’s commanding performance.



CANFIELD, OH- In today’s episode, we have a special guest joining us – the head football coach of the Canfield Cardinals, Mike Pavlansky. Coach Pavlansky has had an eventful week, with a thrilling win against Dover and a much-needed bye week to recharge.

We’ll be discussing the game-changing moments and the leadership displayed by the team’s seniors. Additionally, Coach Pavlansky shares his thoughts on the significance of the bye week and its impact on player development.

So sit back, relax, and join us in the Canfield Football Coach’s Corner with Mike Pavlansky. It’s time to delve into the world of high school football on YSN.




BOARDMAN, OH-  In this episode of “Boardman Football Coach’s Corner,” we have a special guest joining us – DJ Dota, the head coach of the Boardman Spartan football team. Coach Dota reflects on a tough week for the team, with both wins and losses on the depth chart, as well as some key injuries. He discusses the importance of building depth and preparing the players for any situation.

The conversation also delves into the difference between being injured and being hurt, and how the team works to keep players healthy and in optimal condition. Coach Dota highlights the role of their athletic trainer in ensuring the well-being of the players.

Additionally, they touch on the challenges of getting enough reps for the second-string players and the difficulty of simulating game-like conditions.



YOUNGSTOWN, OH- In a hard-fought battle under the Friday night lights, the Youngstown East High School football team emerged victorious with a 30-16 win over the Howland Tigers.

The game was a tale of two halves, with both teams showcasing their strengths and determination. Howland got off to a strong start in the first quarter when John Perry bulldozed his way into the end zone with a 1-yard run, and Jack Litton’s kick was on the money, giving the Tigers an early 7-0 lead.

The second quarter, however, saw a shift in momentum. East’s offense came to life, and they struck back with a 26-yard pass play that resulted in a touchdown, followed by a successful conversion. But the Panthers weren’t done yet. Andrew Blackmon connected with Daryan Brownlee on a 20-yard pass for another touchdown, and their conversion was good. East had now taken the lead at 16-7.

Howland managed to put some points on the board before the half with a field goal from Litton, narrowing the gap to 16-10.

The third quarter continued to be a competitive battle, with both teams refusing to back down. East extended their lead with a 36-yard pass that resulted in a touchdown, although the conversion attempt failed. Howland answered back with Brendan Ray’s powerful 9-yard run into the end zone, and Litton’s successful kick brought the score to 22-16 in favor of East.

As the game entered the fourth quarter, East High School wasn’t finished yet. Thomas Davis powered his way through with a 7-yard run, and the Panthers’ successful conversion widened their lead to 30-16.

In the end, East secured the win with a strong team effort, overcoming an early deficit and capitalizing on their opportunities. With a final score of 30-16, they celebrated a hard-earned victory over Howland.


WARREN, OH- In a wild matchup, the Warren G Harding Raiders clinched their second straight win by taking down the Boardman Spartans with a final score of 38-20.

The game kicked off with some unexpected twists. Donovan McCoy fumbled the ball after a reception, and it was quickly scooped up by Boardman’s Aiden Berg, who raced 30 yards into the end zone for a surprise touchdown, giving Boardman an early lead.

But Harding wasted no time in responding. Javonte Jones made a spectacular return on the ensuing kickoff, bringing the ball all the way to Boardman’s four-yard line. That set the stage for Antonio Smith, who, despite a tricky snap, managed to grab the ball and dart into the end zone from the right side.

Throughout the game, the Raiders displayed a well-balanced offense, mixing both running and passing plays effectively. Israel Reynolds had a strong showing, carrying the ball 16 times for 79 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Antonio Smith also contributed with nine carries for 31 yards.

The standout performance, however, came from the Raiders’ passing game. Quarterback Chaz Coleman completed nine of his 16 pass attempts, racking up an impressive 219 passing yards. Naujeat Jones emerged as a key target, hauling in five passes for an incredible 179 yards.

Jones found the end zone twice, both times early in their respective drives. On the first occasion, Coleman connected with the senior wide receiver for an 84-yard touchdown, exploiting a gap in the Spartans’ secondary. Later, following a turnover on downs by Boardman, Coleman found Jones on a crossing route, and the talented wide receiver did the rest, breaking multiple tackles in the open field for a remarkable 69-yard touchdown.

During a pivotal second touchdown drive, Boardman managed to pin Harding on its one-yard line. Antonio Smith, however, showcased his agility by gaining 12 yards on a single play and then adding another 11 yards on the next. This set the stage for a meticulous 99-yard, 12-play drive, capped off by Israel Reynolds’ first touchdown of the night.

Boardman’s quarterback, Zach Haus, completed 25 of his 49 pass attempts for 218 yards. Haus connected with Willy Torres and Jaylen Soto for touchdowns of six and seven yards, respectively. Despite numerous incompletions, Harding’s active secondary consistently disrupted passes, earning praise from Coach Arnold.

With this win, the Raiders have now notched two consecutive victories. They’re gearing up for an away game against Cardinal Mooney next Friday. On the other hand, Boardman will be hitting the road to face Dover.



CANFIELD, OH- In a recent interview, Canfield Cardinals football coach Mike Pavlansky shared his excitement about returning in 2023 to lead the team’s defense of their Division III State Title. With the departure of 28 seniors, the upcoming season and its schedule presents a new challenge for the Cardinals.

However, Coach Pavlansky remains optimistic, highlighting the presence of 19 motivated seniors who are poised to step up and make their mark. Discussing the transition from last year’s success, Coach Pavlansky emphasized the importance of turning the page and allowing this year’s team to carve out their own legacy.

With a keen focus on the present and a determination to shape their destiny, the Canfield Cardinals are gearing up for an inspiring season under Coach Pavlansky’s guidance.



NILES, OH- In a riveting matchup between the Howland Tigers and the Niles Red Dragons, football fans were treated to a roller-coaster of action, with both teams leaving it all on the field. The first quarter remained scoreless as the two teams jockeyed for control. However, the second quarter brought a flurry of excitement. Howland’s quarterback, John Perry, showcased his skills with a precision 20-yard touchdown pass to TJ Douglas, putting the Tigers on the board at 6-0 with just 4 minutes and 10 seconds left on the clock. The successful PAT by Jack Litton extended their lead to 7-0.

Not to be outdone, the Niles Red Dragons roared back just before halftime. With a mere 6 seconds left, Antuan Gardner sprinted his way into the end zone with a 9-yard touchdown run, bringing the score to a close 7-6 in favor of Howland as the teams headed into the locker rooms.

As the third quarter unfolded, Niles continued to surge. Gardner once again demonstrated why he’s considered one of the area’s best with a 9-yard touchdown run at the 8:38 mark. Anthony Georgalas’s successful extra point kick boosted Niles’ lead to 14-7. The fourth quarter proved to be a pivotal turning point, with both teams fiercely battling for supremacy. Niles’ Anthony Budak unleashed an electrifying 85-yard touchdown run, extending Niles’ advantage. Howland responded with a stunning 62-yard touchdown pass from Perry to Josh Jarvis, reigniting their hopes and narrowing the gap to a one-score game.

However, Niles’ Gardner refused to be contained. With a relentless drive, he powered his way into the end zone from 4 yards out, expanding Niles’ lead to 28-14. Gardner continued his stellar performance, notching another touchdown with a 15-yard run, securing Niles’ commanding 35-14 lead with just 3 minutes and 47 seconds left on the game clock. Mother Nature had other plans, though, as inclement weather abruptly brought the game to an early close.

When all was said and done, Niles emerged victorious with a well-fought 35-14 lead, starting their season off on a high note with a 1-0 record. On the other side, Howland faced an unfortunate defeat, commencing their season at 0-1.


The Lady Tankers won their 9th straight AAC Conference Championship with an impressive TEAM performance.  “This is a great local conference with talented swimmers from all of the teams.   In order to have a chance to win this Championship meet, every athlete must contribute.  Some of our younger swimmers were asked to swim some difficult events and they answered the call.  Coaches Chelsea DeAngelo and Mark Brooks have worked very hard with our developmental group and these kids have become a pivotal part of our team strength,” mentioned Coach Cordon.

Off the blocks, the Spartans were led by seniors Madison Murphy and Lexxi Mihok.  Murphy, who was named AAC Swimmer of the Meet, broke a Boardman High School Team record, an AAC meet record, and the Warren G. Harding pool record in the 50 free with a time of 24.42.  Murphy also won the 100 Free with a time of 53.49.  Lexxi Mihok won the 200 Freestyle (2:01.00) and the 100 Back (1:00.42).  Murphy and Mihok, along with Petra Crnjak and Gina DiNapoli, also set a new AAC Meet mark in the 200 Medley Relay time of 1:50.74.

Single event winners and AAC First Team Awards for the Spartans include:  Gina DiNapoli in the 100 Butterfly (59.42).  Gina also nabbed 2nd in the 50 Free (26.12).   Aly Murray won the 500 Free (5:39.23) and placed 2nd in the 100 Back (1:02.22). Petra Crnjak won the 100 Breaststroke (1:11.02) and placed 3rd in the 100 Free (59.36).

The Spartan Tankers also nabbed 1st in the 200 Free Relay with DiNapoli, Crnjak, Lexxi Mihok, and Murphy with a time of 1:42.65.

Other Top 3 places include: 2nd place for Sam Murray in the 100 Free (58.50) and 3rd in the 200 Freestyle (2:09.62), 2nd place for Julia Basista in the 200 IM (2:28.14), 3rd place for Morgan Russo in the 200 IM (2:31.54), Abbi Mihok 3rd in the 50 Free (26.56) and 3rd in the 500 Free (5:51.26), Mazie Kauffman 2nd in the 1 meter diving (337.15) and Lily Warren 3rd in the 1 meter diving (227.50).

The Spartans are back in the water at YSU Beeghly Natatorium with a meet on Wednesday January 18th against Poland, Austintown, and Champion.

*Contributed by Chelsea DeAngelo at boardmanathletics.org


It was a fantastic regular season in the AAC for volleyball.  With plenty of teams poised for a postseason run, it’s time to look at which players made the biggest impact on the AAC coaches in their postseason award voting.  Austintown Fitch won the AAC for the third straight season.

Winning the AAC Player of the Year this season was Austintown Fitch’s Jocelyn Jourdan.  Gresham Riley Simons joined Jourdan as Falcons on the First Team list. They are joined by Abby Muckleroy from Canfield, Cami Goske out of Boardman, Courtney Clark and Sianna Dykes representing Howland, Canfield’s libero Parker Wilkins also was named as a First Team member.

Second Team All AAC starts with Afton Roby and Kylie Folkwein from Austintown Fitch, Gia Triveri from Boardman, Alyssa Massucci representing Howland, Riley Kinkade makes it for Canfield, and the list is rounded out by Savana Shipman out of Warren Harding.  Boardman’s libero Gianna Cicchillo was second team libero.


YOUNGSTOWN OH- The Youngstown Country Club was the site of the girls AAC Golf championships on Tuesday. The Cardinals of Canfield were the ones that finished on top when it was said and done.

Canfield was led by Jocelyn Zhao who shot a 80.  Chloe Leskovac shot a 90 to be next on the team.  Miya Cohol was next finishing with a 91.  Taylor Marrone wasn’t far behind shooting a 93.  Ava Millich also finished with a 93.