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PAOLILLO’S 16 STRIKEOUTS LEAD WARRIORS PAST EAGLES

Story contributed by : Larry Jennings

East Ashtabula, OH- In a clash of rivals on the softball diamond, the Edgewood Warriors secured a resounding victory over Geneva, propelled by a standout performance from Luciana Paolillo. The game, played out on Monday at Edgewood High School, showcased the Warriors’ prowess, ultimately resulting in a three to zero triumph.

Paolillo, a force to be reckoned with in the circle, showcased her dominance by notching an impressive 16 strikeouts over seven innings of play. Her command of the game was evident as she limited Geneva to a mere five hits while denying them any opportunity to cross home plate.
The contest was marked by a formidable display of pitching prowess on both sides, with Geneva’s hurlers managing to strike out 3 of the Warrior batters. However, it was ultimately Paolillo’s masterful performance that proved to be the decisive factor.
Edgewood Warriors wasted no time in establishing their dominance, with their offense coming alive in the bottom of the second inning. A series of well-executed plays, including key singles, paved the way for the Warriors to seize an early lead.
Faith Vencill proved instrumental in putting Edgewood on the scoreboard, driving in a crucial run that set the tone for the remainder of the game. Meanwhile, Gianna Ianetta emerged as a standout performer, delivering clutch hits and driving in two runs from the number eight spot in the lineup.
Addison Lampson further bolstered the Warriors’ offensive charge, leading the team with an impressive 3 for 3 performance at the plate. The Warriors’ disciplined approach extended to the fielding aspect of the game, as they didn’t commit a single error throughout the match.
Despite Geneva’s valiant efforts, including a solid outing from starting pitcher A. Brass, they were unable to overcome the relentless onslaught from the Warriors. Geneva’s offense struggled to gain traction against Paolillo’s formidable pitching, ultimately falling short in their bid to secure a victory.  A Palmasono led Geneva with two hits in three at bats.
While Geneva managed to turn one double play during the game and showcased solid defensive play, it was not enough to counter the relentless offensive onslaught from the Edgewood Warriors.
Looking ahead, the Edgewood Warriors are set to continue their campaign with a home game against Jefferson Area on Tuesday. Buoyed by their impressive performance against Geneva, the Warriors are poised to maintain their winning momentum as they aim for further success in the season ahead.  Geneva is looking to bounce back, taking on Kirtland at the Geneva home field.

HERALDS LEAVE MYRTLE ON A HIGH NOTE WITH A WIN OVER ABBEVILLE

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Myrtle Beach, SC- Looking to shake off a shakey start to their first ever Myrtle Beach baseball trip, The St. John Heralds found success on the diamond, securing a solid 5-2 victory over the Abbeville Panthers (SC) this past Sunday.

Despite Abbeville’s early push, with Grady Overholt’s clutch single in the first inning, the Heralds swiftly responded. An error by the Abbeville Varsity Panthers allowed St. John to level the score at one apiece in the bottom of the second inning.

The momentum swung firmly in St. John’s favor in the third inning, as Ryan Williams and Aaron Wychock each delivered sacrifice flies, propelling the Heralds into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Will Anderson led the charge on the mound for St. John, showcasing resilience through five innings of work, allowing only two runs on five hits while striking out four. Williams provided reliable relief pitching, shutting down Abbeville’s offense with two innings of scoreless ball.

Offensively, Ezra Campbell, Kyle Hejduk, and Anderson contributed hits for the Heralds, while Wychock, Williams, and Anderson each drove in a run. Brady Cole’s speed on the basepaths was evident, swiping two bases, contributing to the team’s collective five stolen bases. Notably, the Heralds’ defense remained sharp, committing no errors throughout the game, with Williams making six key defensive plays.

For Abbeville, players like Easton Townsend, Lohen Nickles, and Dayne Botts notched hits, while Overholt and Thomas Booth drove in runs.

Looking ahead, the St. John Heralds will carry this victory’s momentum into their next matchup at home against Lordstown on Tuesday, aiming to continue their winning streak on familiar turf.

ST. JOHN BASEBALL STARTS OFF WITH A BANG

Ashtabula, OH- The St. John Heralds dominated the Mathews Mustangs with a resounding 12-2 victory on Monday, led by an outstanding performance from Will Anderson, who drove in four runs on two hits. Anderson’s impact was felt throughout the game as he doubled in the fifth inning, bringing home two runs, and drew a walk in the fourth inning, scoring another.

The scoring action began early for St. John when Aaron Wychock executed a steal of home in the bottom of the second inning. Ryan Williams extended their lead to 2-0 with a timely single in the third inning.

The Heralds showcased their offensive prowess with a five-run outburst in the fifth inning. Anthony Severino’s walk brought in one run, followed by Anderson’s double which plated two more. Ezra Campbell contributed with a sacrifice fly, adding another run, and Williams capped off the inning with a double of his own, driving in one more.

On the mound, Williams started strong for St. John, allowing only three hits and two runs over five innings while striking out nine batters. Gabe Pesa started for Mathews, conceding six hits and five runs (two earned) over three and two-thirds innings.

Anderson also made a significant impact in relief, pitching one shutout inning, striking out three batters, and not allowing any hits.

St. John Heralds’ offense was firing on all cylinders, amassing a total of 12 hits in the game. Bryson Vennitti led the charge with three hits in four at-bats, while Brady Cole and Williams also contributed multiple hits.

Vennitti and Kyle Hejduk showcased their speed on the bases, each stealing multiple bases, contributing to St. John’s impressive total of eight stolen bases in the game.

For Mathews, Pesa led the team at the plate with one RBI, going 1-for-2. Dom Toto managed two hits in three at-bats for Mathews.

Looking ahead, the Heralds are set to face the Conneaut Spartans in their next home game on Tuesday, riding high on their commanding victory.

LADY HERALDS HAVE ROUGH START IN OPENER

Ashtabula, OH- The Fighting Heralds faced a tough challenge against the Mathews Mustangs, succumbing to a 14-0 defeat in Monday night’s matchup. Mathews wasted no time asserting dominance, seizing an early lead in the first inning with Ramsey’s triple followed by Matheny’s double and Hufford’s single, each driving in a run.

In the second inning, Mathews unleashed an offensive barrage, scoring seven runs on six hits. Newsome’s single brought in two runs, while Matheny and Hufford contributed with singles of their own. Shugart’s powerful homer to center field added two more runs, with another run coming in through a subsequent play.

Maintaining their momentum, Mathews tacked on another run in the third inning, with Hufford’s double extending their lead to 11-0. Matheny secured the win on the mound for Mathews, while Isabelle Holler of the Fighting Heralds endured the loss, pitching four and one-third innings and allowing 13 runs, 11 of which were earned.

Isabelle Stern managed to notch a hit for the Fighting Heralds, while Matheny led Mathews with an impressive three hits in three at-bats. Newsome and Hufford emerged as offensive standouts for Mathews, each driving in three runs. Pate contributed two hits for Mathews, and Ramsey drew two walks. Mathews demonstrated discipline at the plate, accumulating six walks overall, while also showcasing solid defense with no errors committed.

Hufford’s stellar performance included eight plays made in the field. Looking ahead, the Fighting Heralds prepare for their next challenge against the Windham Varsity Bombers on Tuesday.

HIGH FLYING DUNCAN PUSHES BRAVES PAST HERALDS

Kinsman, OH- In a matchup that showcased the Badger Braves’ prowess on the basketball court, they secured a decisive victory against the St. John Heralds. The final score reflected the Badger Braves’ dominance, with a total of 82 points, leaving the Heralds trailing at 40.

Player Stats:

Badger Braves:

  • Duncan Moy: 30 points
  • Prestine Geracitano: 18 points
  • Alton Winchek: 5 points
  • Lewis Flowers: 10 points
  • Jack Harnett: 7 points
  • Kyle Richards: 1 point
  • Bryce Gross: 5 points
  • Jared Schmidt: 2 points
  • Jason Parsons: 4 points

St. John Heralds:

  • Vin Narducci: 14 points
  • Aaron Wychock: 8 points
  • Anthony Severino: 6 points
  • Brady Cole: 6 points
  • Donald Crawford: 6 points

The standout performer of the night was undoubtedly Duncan Moy, who delivered a high-flying spectacle with six dunks, including an alley-oop that will be remembered as one of the most entertaining plays of the year. Moy’s incredible performance led all scorers with an impressive 30 points.

With this win, the Badger Braves improved their season record to 10-3, further solidifying their position as a formidable force in the league. Their next challenge awaits on the road against the Windham Bombers (5-6) on 1/19/24. The Bombers, coming off a 62-52 loss to the Maplewood Rockets, will face a tough test against the Braves.

Meanwhile, the St. John Heralds (2-7) faced a tough defeat and are set to play on the road against the Lordstown Red Devils (0-9). The Red Devils, coming off a 90-48 loss to the Badger Braves, will be eager to bounce back, creating an intriguing matchup for both teams.

As the Badger Braves continue their winning streak, fans eagerly anticipate more electrifying performances and thrilling victories throughout the remainder of the season.

HUSKIES SHOOTING TOO MUCH FOR HERALDS

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Ashtabula, OH- In a riveting Girls Basketball matchup, the St. John Heralds faced off against the Cardinal Huskies, resulting in a hard-fought battle that saw Cardinal emerging victorious with a final score of 46-35. Let’s break down the action quarter by quarter and analyze the standout performances from key players.

First Quarter: The opening quarter set the tone for a competitive game, with St. John taking a slight lead at 9 points, while Cardinal trailed closely with 7 points.

Second Quarter: Cardinal turned the tide in the second quarter, outscoring St. John 17-5. Emily Pleva was a force to be reckoned with, contributing significantly to Cardinal’s offensive efforts.

Third Quarter: St. John mounted a comeback in the third quarter, scoring 13 points. However, Cardinal maintained their lead with a 12-point effort, showcasing the resilience of both teams.

Fourth Quarter: In the final quarter, Cardinal secured their victory by adding another 10 points to their total, while St. John managed 8 points.

Player Stats:

St. John Total Points:

  • Mickey Zheng: 12 points
  • Izzy Holler: 4 points
  • Alexa Jordan: 6 points
  • Marissa Williams: 5 points
  • Grace DiSalvatore: 8 points

Cardinal Total Points:

  • Emily Pleva: 19 points
  • Natalie Soltis: 2 points
  • Ivy Kaminski: 15 points
  • Olivia Kreus: 4 points
  • Adelyn Grant: 3 points
  • Nova Young: 4 points

Despite the loss, standout performances from Mickey Zheng and Grace DiSalvatore showcased the tenacity of the St. John team. On the other side, Emily Pleva’s impressive 19-point contribution, including 5 3 pointers, played a pivotal role in Cardinal’s triumph.

Upcoming Games: The St. John Heralds (2-5) will regroup and prepare to play at home against the Chalker Wildcats (1-3) on 1/4/24. Meanwhile, the Cardinal Huskies (2-8) are gearing up for a home game against the Kirtland Hornets (3-4) on 1/5/24. The Hornets are riding high on a recent 45-44 victory over the West Geauga Wolverines, setting the stage for an exciting matchup.

TOUGH NIGHT FOR SPARTANS AT HOME

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Conneaut, OH- In a disappointing matchup for the Conneaut Spartans, they faced off against the Geneva Eagles, resulting in a one-sided contest with a final score of Geneva Eagles 55 – Conneaut Spartans 0. It was a tough day for the Spartans as they struggled to find their footing against the dominant Geneva squad.

The first quarter saw Geneva’s Bryce Peet making a statement with two touchdown runs, showcasing his prowess near the goal line. Despite missing the extra point on the first touchdown, Geneva led 13-0 after the first quarter. The second quarter only intensified the Eagles’ dominance, as Luke Barbo and Luke Smith both found the end zone with multiple touchdowns, including a spectacular 69-yard punt return by Luke Smith. Quarterback Kenny Young connected with Gio Rice for another touchdown, further solidifying Geneva’s lead, which ballooned to 41-0 by halftime.

The onslaught continued into the third quarter, with Luke Smith adding another touchdown to his impressive performance. In the fourth quarter, Ricky DiPetta added a touchdown run to cap off a dominating performance by the Eagles.

For the Conneaut Spartans, this game served as a tough learning experience. With a final score of 55-0, they faced a formidable opponent in the Geneva Eagles. The Spartans will need to regroup and refocus as they prepare to take on the Edgewood Warriors in week 8.

On the other hand, the Geneva Eagles continue to soar, improving their record to 6-1, with a perfect 2-0 record in the CVC Lake Division. Their next challenge will be against the Lakeside Dragons in week 8, where they hope to maintain their winning streak and solidify their position at the top of the division.

HERALDS MORE EXPLOSIVE IN WIN OVER BOMBERS

Windham, OH- In a game decided in the final 12 seconds, the St. John Heralds managed to edge out the Windham Bombers by a final score of 36-33. This game had everything a football fan could ask for: incredible plays, multiple lead changes, and a nail-biting finish.

The first quarter started with a bang as Windham’s Jack Eye scored a 22-yard touchdown, putting the Bombers on the board. With the extra point good, the Heralds found themselves trailing early, 7-0.

The second quarter saw Windham extend their lead when Anthony Paolella rushed for a 2-yard touchdown, though the extra point attempt was unsuccessful. The Heralds answered back with Will Anderson’s 11-yard touchdown run, but the two-point conversion fell short. Windham then added to their lead with Carlos Bruton’s 22-yard touchdown run, making it 19-6.

The third quarter brought hope for the Heralds as Anderson found the end zone again, this time with a 5-yard run. However, they couldn’t convert the two-point attempt. St. John’s Vin Narducci brought them within striking distance with a 2-yard touchdown and a successful two-point conversion, making the score 20-19 in favor of the Heralds.

The fourth quarter was a rollercoaster ride. Windham’s Jack Eye scored twice, once from 2 yards out and again from 5 yards, with one successful two-point conversion. However, the resilient Heralds came roaring back. Will Anderson connected with Anthony Severino for a stunning 60-yard touchdown pass, and they successfully converted a two-point attempt, closing the gap to 33-26.

The Heralds’ determination paid off when they recovered an onside kick, giving them a chance to take the lead. Will Anderson seized the opportunity with a 2-yard touchdown run, and another successful two-point conversion put St. John ahead, 36-33.

With the clock ticking down, the St. John Heralds held onto their lead and emerged victorious in this high-scoring showdown. Their record now stands at 3-4 (1-1 NAC), and they will look to build on this thrilling win as they prepare to face the rival Fairport Skippers in week 8.

The Windham Bombers, now at 2-5 (1-2 NAC), will regroup and get ready for their upcoming home game against the Chalker Wildcats in week 8. This game will surely be remembered as a classic NAC battle between two determined teams that left fans on both sides breathless with excitement.

WARRIORS FALL IN OVERTIME THRILLER

Edgewood, OH- Hoping to bounce back off a tough loss in week 6, the Edgewood Warriors clashed with the Madison Blue Streaks in a game that had fans on the edge of their seats until the final play. The first quarter opened with Madison’s James Poe bulldozing his way into the end zone with a powerful 5-yard touchdown run, putting the Blue Streaks up 7-0 after Ben Amos nailed the extra point.

However, the Warriors wasted no time responding. Just moments later, Edgewood’s Anthony Hunt electrified the crowd with a jaw-dropping 76-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Samuel Linder’s extra point tied the game at 7-7. The first quarter continued to deliver excitement as Madison’s Carson Alley capped off a drive with a 5-yard touchdown run, adding another successful extra point, bringing the score to 14-7 in Madison’s favor.

In the third quarter, Edgewood’s Tony Hall showcased his arm strength with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Zach Carlton-Hull, and with the extra point, the game was tied once again at 14-14.

As the game unfolded, both teams had opportunities to secure victory in regulation, but missed field goals sent this nail-biter into overtime. In the first overtime series, Edgewood’s Samuel Linder stepped up and drilled a clutch 25-yard field goal, giving the Warriors a 17-14 lead.

With the pressure mounting, Madison’s Carson Alley proved his mettle in the second overtime series, connecting with Alexander Davis for a 16-yard touchdown pass, securing a heart-pounding 20-17 victory for the Blue Streaks.

The final score told the tale of a fiercely competitive contest, with the Madison Blue Streaks emerging triumphant over the Edgewood Warriors, 20-17. The Edgewood Warriors, now at 4-3 (0-2 CVC Lake Division), will prepare for a road battle against the Conneaut Spartans, while the Madison Blue Streaks, with a 6-1 record (2-0 CVC Lake Division), will hit the road to face the Jefferson Falcons, who are still seeking their first win of the season at 0-7 (0-2 CVC Lake Division). Football fans can expect more excitement and drama in the weeks to come as these teams continue their pursuit of victory in the CVC Lake Division.

DRAGONS BURN HOT AT HOME

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Ashtabula, OH- Looking to grab their first win in the CVC Lake Division against an old but familiar foe, the Lakeside Dragons soared to victory against the Jefferson Falcons with a commanding final score of 44-14. Lakeside’s fans at Lakeside Stadium were treated to an impressive performance by their home team.

The game kicked off with Lakeside’s quarterback, Alex DiSalvitore, showing his prowess early in the 1st quarter. With 8:05 left, he connected with Devan Miller on a 38-yard touchdown pass, setting the tone for the night. Alex then followed it up with a successful 2-point conversion run, making it 8-0 in favor of Lakeside.

Devan Miller wasn’t done making an impact in the 1st quarter. With 3:10 remaining, he dashed 45 yards for another Lakeside touchdown, and the 2-point conversion was good, extending the lead to 16-0.

As the 1st quarter drew to a close, Jefferson’s Dylan Burlingham attempted to mount a comeback but was intercepted by Lakeside’s Caleb Stitt. The Dragons’ defense remained steadfast, denying Jefferson any scoring opportunities.

The 2nd quarter was marked by more frustration for Jefferson as Dylan Burlingham was intercepted once again, this time by the multi-talented Devan Miller. Lakeside continued to dominate, and with just 9 seconds left in the half, DiSalvatore found Sincere Turner for another touchdown pass. A successful 2-point conversion by Nate Bartone brought the score to 24-0 in Lakeside’s favor at halftime.

Jefferson showed some signs of life at the start of the 3rd quarter when Kaige Boczar returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, with Devan Salinas converting the 2-point attempt. However, Lakeside quickly countered with an 8-yard touchdown run by Alex DiSalvatore, though the 2-point conversion was unsuccessful. The Dragons continued to build their lead, with DiSalvatore connecting with Matt Wagner for a 19-yard touchdown pass, although the 2-point conversion was again denied.

In the 4th quarter, Jefferson finally managed to break through Lakeside’s defense with a 44-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Burlingham to Kaige Boczar. Despite the touchdown, the 2-point conversion was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 36-14.

Lakeside sealed the deal with 7:02 left in the game as Nate Bartone ran for an 8-yard touchdown, followed by a successful 2-point conversion on a pass from DiSalvatore to Matt Wagner. The final score stood at 44-14 in favor of the Lakeside Dragons.

Devan Miller was undoubtedly the star of the game, racking up 150 yards rushing, 1 interception, and 2 touchdowns. Lakeside’s overall performance showcased their strength on both sides of the ball.

With this victory, the Lakeside Dragons improved their record to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the CVC Lake Division. They look ahead to a challenging road game against the Geneva Eagles in week 8. On the other hand, the Jefferson Falcons, now 0-7 overall and 0-2 in the CVC Lake Division, will face the Madison Blue Streaks at home in week 8, hoping for a turnaround in their season.