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WHITESTOWN IN- Austintown cruised past Nebraska on Wednesday, securing a 12-0 win in a regional tournament elimination game.

In the top of the fourth, Austintown exploded for six runs on four hits. Gracie Faunda’s single brought in two runs, followed by Gianna Hoops with another two-RBI single. Ellie Marquis added a run on a fielder’s choice, and Ava Fisher grounded out to drive in another.

The fifth inning saw Austintown tack on five more runs with five hits. Mila Hamley, Bella Mattern, Lexi Petrilla, and Hoops each had RBI singles, with another run scored on a steal of home.

Hamley was dominant in the circle, throwing three hitless innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. Jaden Rusche started for Nebraska, giving up three hits and one unearned run over three innings, with one strikeout and two walks. Annabel Mikesell pitched two scoreless innings in relief for Austintown, allowing no hits and striking out four.

Austintown racked up 12 hits in the game. Hoops led the charge with three RBIs, going 2-for-2. Hamley, Mattern, Hoops, and Petrilla each had two hits. Hamley, Hoops, and Petrilla also stole multiple bases, with Austintown swiping seven bases in total. They played flawless defense with no errors, and Marissa Polder made 11 plays.



WHITESTOWN IN- Indiana came out swinging on Tuesday, scoring four runs in the second inning to defeat Austintown 7-1 in regional tournament action.

Cadence Jansen got Indiana on the board in the first inning with a groundout that brought in a run. Austintown quickly tied it up in the top of the second thanks to a passed ball.

But Indiana broke the tie in the bottom of the second. Finley Poling smacked a triple, clearing the bases and scoring three runs. Another passed ball extended the lead to 5-1.

Indiana added another run in the third when Caroline Bennington singled.

Mila Hamley started for Austintown, giving up six hits and six runs (one earned) over three innings, with four strikeouts and no walks. Briley Mercer was strong in the circle for Indiana, giving up four hits and one unearned run over six innings, striking out eight and walking two.

Lexi Petrilla led Austintown at the plate, going 2-for-2 and stealing two bases.

Indiana totaled eight hits. Finley Poling made the most of her chances, driving in three runs from the nine spot, going 1-for-2. Stella Bibelhauser, Caroline Bennington, and Briley Mercer each collected two hits for Indiana. Bibelhauser also swiped two bases. Indiana played clean defense with no errors, turning one double play, and Naomi Wathen had the most fielding chances with 10.

Austintown faces an elimination game against Nebraska on Wednesday at 1:00 on ESPN+.


WHITESTOWN IN- Austintown 12U came out strong on Sunday, blanking Wisconsin 3-0 in their first game of the Central Region tournament. Mila Hamley was a beast in the circle, recording 18 outs and striking out 17 batters. She tossed a no-hitter, allowing no hits and no runs over six innings, with just one walk.

Austintown broke the ice in the second inning when Ava Fisher’s single brought in a run. They kept the pressure on in the third with Marissa Polder and Gracie Faunda each driving in a run, Polder with a single and Faunda with a walk.

Wisconsin’s starter Addyson Rosetti pitched five innings, giving up eight hits and three runs, with four strikeouts and five walks.

Austintown’s bats were hot, racking up eight hits. Annabel Mikesell was on fire, going 3-for-3 at the plate and swiping two bases. Polder had an RBI, going 1-for-3, and Fisher added two hits in two at-bats. Austintown’s patience paid off with five walks, sealing their win in style.


AUSTINTOWN OH- Just one summer ago, the Austintown 12U softball team captivated everyone in the community with a run all the way to the Little League World Series.  Although the team eventually fell short of their ultimate goal to win the World Series, they got a taste of what success was like, and they wanted more.  This season, Austintown returns a core of talent from that team, and now they’re on the doorstep of going right back to the World Series.

Over the span of two weekends we saw Austintown dominate their way to a district, and state championship.  They have given up one total run in 7 games during their run.  That is thanks in part to their one two punch in the circle Mila Hamley, and Annabel Mikesell. But Austintown’s offense is no slouch either. In those 7 games they’ve scored a total of 63 runs.  It’s been a deep lineup with plenty of players stepping up in different spots.

We had a chance to have a conversation with Austintown head coach, and members of the 12U team ahead of their trip to regionals.  In this exclusive interview you’ll hear from coach Hamley, Mila Hamley, Annabel Mikesell, and Marissa Polder.

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BOARDMAN OH- Austintown steamrolled Hamilton 18-0 on Monday to clinch the state championship.

They got things rolling in the second inning with Gianna Hoops singling in a run, Kyndra Lake drawing a walk to score another, and Peyton Severn singling to bring in three runs.

The third inning was a slugfest, with Austintown scoring eight runs on four hits. Mila Hamley walked in a run, Lexi Petrilla singled to drive in two, Lily Sheffield’s fielder’s choice brought in another, Lake tripled to score three more, and an error added another run.

Austintown didn’t let up, tacking on five more runs in the fourth. Marissa Polder singled to drive in two, and errors allowed two more runs, with Hoops lining out to bring in another.

Hamley was dominant on the mound, throwing three hitless, scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. Annabel Mikesell closed it out with one inning of shutout ball, striking out three.

Austintown’s offense racked up 11 hits, with Mikesell and Petrilla each collecting two. Severn and Lake each drove in three runs. Mikesell also had an immaculate inning in the fourth, striking out the side on nine pitches, and stole two bases. Austintown ran wild, swiping seven bases and committing no errors. Polder led the defense with 11 plays.

With this win, Austintown secures the state championship in dominating fashion.


BOARDMAN, OH- Mila Hamley was lights out in the circle, racking up 16 strikeouts as Austintown 12U Allstars took down Rock Hill All Stars 4-0 on Thursday. Hamley was nearly untouchable, giving up just one hit and no runs over six innings, without walking a single batter.

Austintown broke the game open in the fourth inning. They took advantage of an error to score one run, then Gracie Faunda singled to bring in another. Gianna Hoops capped it off with a two-run triple.

Mayler McFann started on the mound for Rock Hill, giving up six hits and four runs (one earned) over five innings, striking out two and walking two.

Hoops led Austintown at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two RBIs from the number seven spot. Hamley had an immaculate inning in the fourth, striking out the side on nine pitches. Austintown played flawless defense, with Marissa P leading the way with 16 chances.

Paislee Slone was the lone bright spot for Rock Hill, going 1-for-2 at the plate.

Both teams are back at it on Friday with Austintown taking on Cuyahoga at 3 pm, and Rock Hill matching up with Big Walnut at 5 pm.




Canfield finished up their journey all the way through the loser’s bracket in the 10U softball District 2 championship on Tuesday, beating Austintown for the second night in a row 3-1 to clinch the title and punch their ticket to state.

Canfield’s offense was on fire, with Grace Carpenter leading the way by going 2-2 with an RBI. Gabby Stack contributed with a 1-2 performance and an RBI, while Lydia Handel also added an RBI. Lilly Barber, McKayla Lang, and Emmie Edenfield each went 1-2 and scored a run, with Jessa Deley chipping in with a 1-2 night.

On the mound, Stack pitched 2.2 innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 5. Barber took over for 3.1 innings, giving up 2 hits, no runs, and striking out 7, sealing the deal for Canfield.

For Austintown, Addison Figley had a strong performance, going 2-2 with a run and a walk. Camille Williams and Lucia Williams each went 1-2, while Khloe Grimm drove in a run. Figley also pitched 4 innings, giving up 7 hits and 3 runs while striking out 4.

Canfield’s combination of solid hitting and strong pitching proved too much for Austintown, earning them the championship and a spot in the state tournament.


AUSTINTOWN, OH- The recent Austintown Fireworks Celebration was a testament to community bonding, orchestrated meticulously by none other than Jim Davis, a former trustee and long-standing member of the community. His passion for bringing joy and unity to Austintown is palpable, making him the heart and soul of this annual event. In a recent episode of the “YSN Coach’s Corner” podcast, DJ Yokley sat down with Jim Davis to delve into the man behind the magic.

From the outset, it was clear that Jim’s dedication is geared towards serving his community. “It’s all for the community,” Jim emphasized. “It’s great to have things like this for the kids and for everybody to come out and enjoy.”

One might think that orchestrating such a grand event for the Austintown community would lead to stress, but for Davis, the challenge is a labor of love. “The motivation is the community and knowing how much they love and enjoy it,” he expressed with a sense of pride.

One of the notable discussions during the interview was about the collaboration that made this year’s event possible. Hollywood Gaming played a significant role in hosting the event, offering their expertise in event planning. “Their staff really welcomed us with open arms and said, ‘Here’s the blank canvas. What do you think?'” Jim explained, acknowledging the teamwork that made the event a success.

While some people might get starstruck meeting local celebrities and sports figures, Jim remains grounded. Reflecting on his experiences with notable names, he said, “I just enjoy sitting down with those guys and asking questions… But I’ve never really geeked out over guys.” The only exception to this cool composure, Jim cheekily admits, might be “Hulk Hogan.”

For Jim Davis, community work is deeply personal. Recalling his family’s roots and their decision to settle in Austintown, Jim shared, “My parents made a decision… would they live in Boardman, would they live in Canfield? And they chose Austintown. And ever since then, my heart’s fallen in love with this community.” His sense of duty is clear: “If guys like me, the younger generation, don’t pick up and do it, who’s going to do it? We’re not going to have the fireworks in Austintown.”

The emotional highlight of Jim’s experience each year is a tradition he shares with his daughter. “My daughter counts down from ten to one to light the fireworks with me… It really makes me happy to know she enjoys being a part of it,” he shared, his pride and love as a father shining through. “She is just the apple of my eye, and to get to do that with her is the highlight of my night.”

Not forgetting to express his gratitude, Jim extended heartfelt thanks to YSN for their role in showcasing local talent. “You’re getting our kids out in front of scouts everywhere,” he said. “Making sure these kids in the community have that opportunity like I did, to grow up, be a Falcon, and be successful. And you’ve helped us do that.”

Jim Davis stands as a beacon of dedication and service, ensuring the spirit of Austintown is celebrated and preserved for future generations. The fireworks celebration is more than just a display of pyrotechnics; it is a symbol of community, tradition, and the enduring legacy of those who cherish it.
In closing, as Jim so passionately put it, “I just love the Austintown community.” This sentiment is clearly reflected in every firework that lights up the sky, bringing joy to all who gather to watch.




AUSTINTOWN, OH-  The bustling atmosphere of Austintown, Ohio, came to life recently on the campus of Hollywood Gaming Gracino, where the latest episode of YSN Podcast featured an inspiring conversation with Rick Sandoval, the General Manager of Greenwood Chevrolet. The event was a vibrant demonstration of the community spirit that Greenwood Chevrolet continually nurtures, underlining why this local dealership means so much to the Austintown area.

Rick Sandoval joined DJ Yokley to discuss Greenwood Chevrolet’s deep-rooted commitment to the community, an ethos that extends far beyond selling cars. As Sandoval articulated, “First of all, it’s a responsibility, right? To have that kind of interaction with our community means so much to us. In the end result is activities like this where people are making memories, having a great deal of fun with their families and everybody. It’s pretty awesome when you invest in the community, you just see so much growth.”

Members of the local community are no strangers to the presence and impact of Greenwood Chevrolet. From supporting local schools to sponsoring sports events, the dealership’s influence is pervasive. When asked why this community-focused approach is so essential to Greenwood’s mission, Sandoval emphasized, “It’s, once again, just keeping as much as we can, getting this area, and helping it to grow and continue to thrive is so important to us.”

The richness of Austintown’s sports culture is another area where Greenwood Chevrolet shines, particularly with its provision of opportunities and support for local athletes. “This area is just… I don’t know, it’s immersed in sports,” Sandoval shared, reflecting on the significance of sports in his life and the community. “I met Pete Rose once… he named every high school in this area Harding, Fitch, Ursuline, Mooney. He was just like an encyclopedia about local here in northeast Ohio.”

Beyond the connection with sports and education, Sandoval noted the internal culture at Greenwood Chevrolet, which thrives on the principles of hospitality and customer service. Highlighting Greg Greenwood’s leadership and the dealership’s philosophy, Sandoval said, “We just thrive on serving our customers. Right now, a lot of us are studying a book called unreasonable hospitality, and it speaks to just being so unreasonable in the way that you treat the community, you treat the people, you treat your employees, your team.”

The passion and dedication Sandoval brings to his role were evident throughout the interview, especially when touching on personal affiliations, such as his loyalty to sports teams. “I am a Steelers fan. But you know what? Since when the Browns came back in 99 and had Carmen policy, a local guy, as their general manager, I would cheer for them, except when they played the Steelers,” he confessed with a smile.
As the evening at Hollywood Gaming Gracino continued, Sandoval expressed his enthusiasm for being part of such a lively community event. “I’m going to be here all night. I’m going to be helping this. He watched everybody here make memories with their children, grandchildren. It’s going to be fun,” he declared.

DJ Yokley wrapped up the interview by acknowledging the invaluable support Greenwood Chevrolet provides to the YSN mission. “Thank you incredibly much, Rick. We can’t thank you enough,” said Yokley, to which Sandoval responded, “No, I very much appreciate it. Thanks for giving me the honor of being on, and whatever we can do, you let us know.”

Rick Sandoval’s passion for serving the community, combined with Greenwood Chevrolet’s unwavering support, continues to forge a brighter future for Austintown, ensuring that the next generation feels celebrated and empowered. Through such heartfelt dedication, they are not merely driving sales – they are driving community spirit and growth.




AUSTINTOWN,  OH- Hollywood Gaming was buzzing with excitement as two NFL legends, Hanford Dixon of the Cleveland Browns and Louis Lipps of the Pittsburgh Steelers, took center stage during the Austintown fireworks celebration. Hosted by DJ Yokley and Sam Torres, this episode of YSN Player Profile dove deep into the lives, careers, and experiences of these two storied professional athletes.

The camaraderie and humor between Dixon and Lipps were palpable right from the start. When DJ Yokley introduced Lipps as “Mister Louis Lipps,” Dixon playfully interjected, “What the hell? We got a problem already? What I do, you say, mister Louie Lips and you say, and then you gonna say, here for Dixon, you know.”

The event was not just a reunion for the two former athletes but also a nostalgic trip through the annals of football history. Both guests shared their fond memories of fans and the passionate football culture in Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Hanford Dixon reminisced about the fierce rivalries and devoted fan bases: “It’s just awesome, man. And the people, I tell you, they just like you. I know you’re still a fan.”
Louis Lipps echoed Dixon’s sentiments, adding a humorous anecdote about game days: “They got the grills already smoking, they drinking beer, they tossing the football all over the place. And I look at these people and I’m like, what is wrong with these people, man? They crazy.”
Even though Lipps found fans’ early-morning rituals perplexing during his playing days, he admitted that retirement has given him a new perspective. “But now that I’m retired, I find myself doing the same thing,” he confessed.

Yokley and Torres steered the conversation towards the evolution of football, specifically the changes that have occurred since Dixon and Lipps hung up their cleats. Both ex-players agreed that the financial landscape and gameplay rules have transformed drastically.
“For me, I would say the money, first of all, and then secondly, the passing game,” Lipps stated. Dixon concurred, expressing his amazement at today’s salaries: “I’m happy. I’m glad they’re making every dime or every dollar that they can make.”

One of the highlights of the interview was when DJ Yokley brought up the iconic Dog Pound, a term coined by Hanford Dixon that has become synonymous with the Cleveland Browns’ fan base. Dixon reflected on its origins with pride and a hint of humor: “But you know what? On a serious note, I’m really, really happy because this thing is still going.”
Dixon explained that the concept began as a way to motivate the defense: “We were thinking about the defense, mainly because we had the two all pro quarterbacks, myself and Frank Minnie Field, and Clay Matthews. ” The idea was simple: defensive players were dogs, and the quarterback was the cat.

As the conversation came to a close, both Dixon and Lipps shared advice for young athletes dreaming of professional careers. Louis Lipps urged: “Just keep shooting for your dream, man. You never know what the ending is going to be until you give up.”
Dixon, drawing from his own upbringing, emphasized the importance of belief and faith: “You could do anything you want to do. You just got to believe it… Keep God first in your life. Everything else will work out.”

This special episode of YSN Player Profile offered not just a walk down memory lane but also invaluable lessons in perseverance, camaraderie, and community engagement. Hanford Dixon and Louis Lipps exemplify what it means to carry the torch for future generations, both on and off the field.
As DJ Yokley aptly concluded, “Thank you for what you’ve done for the sport. You’ve grown the sport.”
For more captivating stories and interviews from the world of sports, stay tuned to YSN Player Profile, where legends share their legacy.