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Burton, OH- In a closely contested battle, the Grand Valley Mustangs faced off against the Berkshire Badgers, resulting in a heart-wrenching 41-38 loss for the Mustangs. The game, played on 12/20/23, kept fans entertained as both teams fought tooth and nail for the victory.

Quarter-by-Quarter Breakdown

The game began with Berkshire taking an early lead in the first quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 13-8. Grand Valley responded in the second quarter, narrowing the gap to 20-15. The third quarter saw both teams putting up a strong fight, with Berkshire maintaining a slight advantage at 30-25. In a tense final quarter, both teams traded blows, but the Badgers managed to secure the win with a final score of 41-38.

Player Point Totals

Berkshire Badgers

  • Jake Patterson: 4 points
  • Miles Miller: 5 points
  • Jack Hastings: 13 points
  • Gavin Hipp: 7 points
  • Cameron Beam: 4 points
  • M. Mendolera: 8 points

Grand Valley Mustangs

  • Bobby Rogers: 8 points
  • Jerry Schultz: 20 points
  • Braden Hart: 10 points

Turnovers Take a Toll

Despite the valiant efforts of the Grand Valley Mustangs, turnovers proved to be a significant challenge throughout the game. The team will undoubtedly focus on tightening up their ball control and minimizing mistakes in future matchups.

Looking Ahead

With a current record of 1-4, the Grand Valley Mustangs are gearing up for a road game against the Windham Bombers on December 23, 2023. The Bombers, currently standing at 3-2, are coming off a tough 70-49 loss to the Southeast Pirates. The Mustangs will aim to bounce back and secure a crucial victory on the road.

Meanwhile, the Berkshire Badgers, now holding a 1-2 record, are set to face the Utica Redskins (0-4) on the same date. Both teams will be eager to build on their performances and secure a win as they head into the holiday break.


Story by Tyler Hartz:

Burton, OH- The Berkshire Badgers wasted no time getting on the board, scoring at the 7-minute mark when Quarterback Miles Miller (#8) found the back of the endzone on a designed quarterback keeper. Just three minutes later Miller (#8) delivered a strike to wide receiver Mason Mendolera (#24) for a 7-yard touchdown. Two minutes later, on the first play of the Badgers third drive, Miller (#8) found wide receiver Jack Hastings (#5) open in the endzone on a hookup of 39 yards for the Badgers third score of the quarter putting them up 21-0 in 10 minutes of play. The Mustangs had little to no answer for the Badgers the entire game.
To start the second quarter Mustangs quarterback Sammy Goforth (#7) threw an interception and it was picked off by Paul Brent (#84) to give the Badgers the ball back to start the second quarter. The following drive, the Badgers found paydirt again as Miller (#8) found Jack Hastings again for a 12-yard touchdown, the PAT was no good and the Badgers led 27-0 with 10:25 remaining in the second quarter. Later in the quarter, Miller (#8) wasted no time finding the endzone again for his second touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run, the PAT was no good. Going into halftime the Badgers led 33-0.
Things for the Mustangs got worse in the second half, Berkshire running back Justin Phillips (#4) scored on an 8-yard run to put the Badgers up 40-0.
For the remainder of the game, both teams traded blows, but the game stayed 40-0 in favor of the Badgers of Berkshire.
Next week Grand Valley will be playing back at home week 10 against the Crestwood Red Devils, and the Berkshire Badgers will be traveling to Jack Britt Memorial stadium to take on the Harvey Red Raiders.


CHAMPION, OH – Slippery when wet! The Champion Golden Flashes beat the Berkshire Badgers 5-1 in Wednesday nights contest which included a steady stream if water all evening.


Champion got it going early after filling the bases, they were able to plate two runs and take a 2-0 lead in the first.

Berkshire was able to get one back on the third inning.

The Badgers filled up the bases and had their run scored after the Champion pitcher walked a batter with the bases loaded. They were unable to add to the score past that run so it went to 2-1 in favor of the home squad.

There was no scoring in the third or fourth innings but the rain did prove to be a challenge for the young pitchers for both teams. No pitcher who went to the mound was ever able to get a good grip on the ball and this ended up playing a role in the fifth inning.

Berkshire allows the lead off runner to get aboard to start the bottom half of the fifth. The following batter comes up and hits a double to score in the lead off man and give Champion a 3-1 lead.

With runners at second and third the Berkshire pitcher, Max Janssen, will lose his grip on the ball for a wild pitch that would allow the runner on third to score and make the lead 4-1.

With one away Champion hits a sac-fly to left field to allow the runner at third to score and round off scoring for the inning.

After facing the adversity of the rain and a rowdy Berkshire dugout, Champion was able to come away with the win with a final score of 5-1. Winning Pitcher was Hunter Haines and the losing pitcher was Max Janssen.

Champion advances to the district semifinals where they’ll meet South Range on Monday in Niles. First pitch from Waddell Park is 5:00.

*Contributed By YSN’s Matt Maher.


CORTLAND OH- Garfield walked away as district champions last season with their win over Champion. It earned them a trip to Cuyahoga Falls for the regionals. However, a taste of regionals makes you hungry for more. Now, Garfield finds themselves one win away from another championship. They beat Berkshire in the district semifinals Wednesday 59-33.

It was a pretty competitive first frame with Garfield leading 16-13 after 1. However, over the next two quarters the G-Men outscored Berkshire 29-14 to pull away.

Jenna Smith was unstoppable. She finished with 28 points, which helped her eclipse 1600 career points. Smith completed a double double as well with 14 rebounds. Sarah Seaman broke her own three point in a season record with perimeter shot number 62. She finished with 18 points.

Garfield advances to the district championship on Saturday where they’ll meet a familiar foe in Champion. Not only have these two teams already met twice this season, but this will be the third year in a row they meet in the final. That game is scheduled to tip at 7:00 on Saturday at Lakeview.



Jim Campbell struck out eight over six innings of work in the Cardinal Mooney Cardinal’s district final matchup against the Berkshire Badgers.Despite his stellar performance, Campbell and the Cardinals came up short, as his opponents across the diamond also put-up supreme efforts on the mound.

Berkshire’s Max Jansen got the start for the Badgers, going 5 strong innings of shutout baseball while allowing just 3 hits and whiffing 3 batters before Jacob Brown would slam the door shut on the Cardinals, earning the save with his 2 inning no hit performance.

Although a boring box score, this game was full of edge of the seat clenching drama, starting in the top of the third. After a hit by pitch would put a runner on for the Badgers with one away, Jack Jacobs would make his way over to third where he was eventually stranded.

Mooney, just squeaking out of the top half without allowing a run, would promptly hit a first pitch single to right before a bunt single saw two on with none away. The Cardinals then popped out and struck out before a diving catch by the Berkshire right fielder would end the inning.

Just a few minutes removed from his diving grab, Evan McDermott would watch four balls go by for a free pass to first. McDermott would then reach 2nd on a wild pitch before Chris Groudle would hit a chopper to the third baseman. The Mooney third baseman had to move to his left to field the ball then threw it across the diamond for the outbefore McDermott would try to advance over to third on the throw. Seeing McDermott on the move, the Mooney first baseman would try to deliver one back across the diamond for a double play, however, the throw would get away from shortstop trying to range over to the bag, allowing McDermott to advance home and slide in safely to plate the first run of the game.

Looking to respond in the bottom half of the inning, a walk and a single saw the Cardinals with two men in scoring position with two away. With the count at 1-1, Mooney would try and have senior Ian Francis steal home where he was eventually cut down to end the inning. Neither team would threaten to score for the rest of the evening, proving Berkshire’s single run 4th inning to be enough to give them the victory, 1-0.



Max Jansen – W, 5 innings pitched, 3 hits, 3 Ks, 0 runs allowed

Jacob Brown SV, 2 innings pitched, 0 hits, 3 Ks, 0 runs allowed


Jim Campbell – L, 6 innings pitched, 4 hits, 8 Ks, 0 earned runs


BERKSHIRE – Securing their first district title since 2016, the Badgers will advance to the regional semi-final to take on the defending region champion Canton Central Catholic Crusaders.

*Contributed By YSN’s Jamie Thomson



Emily Holland was brilliant in the pitcher’s circle on Tuesday, as Holland threw a no-hitter to lead Ursuline past Berkshire 10-0.

Ursuline secured the victory thanks to six runs in the second inning. The big inning was driven by singles by Paige Ogden , Alyssa Sheely, Julia Nutter, and Liza Barbato, a triple by Maris Barbato, and a sac fly by Mia Opalick.

The Irish opened up scoring in the first inning. Ogden doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

Ursuline notched six runs in the second inning. Barbato, Ogden , Sheely, Nutter, Opalick, and Barbato all moved runners across the plate with RBIs.

Holland led the Irish to victory on the rubber. The bulldog went six innings, allowing zero runs on zero hits, striking out 14 and walking one.

Ursuline socked one home run on the day. Holland put one out in the sixth inning.

The Irish racked up 15 hits in the game. Barbato, Sheely, Holland, Nutter, Barbato, and Ogden each managed multiple hits. Ogden, Nutter, Holland, Sheely, and both Barbatos each collected two hits to lead.

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Mia Opalick threw a shutout to lead Ursuline past Berkshire 18-0 on Saturday.

Alyssa Sheely collected four hits in five at bats to help lead the Irish. Sheely doubled in the first, singled in the third, singled in the fourth, and homered in the fifth.

Ursuline opened up scoring in the first inning. Sheely doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.

The Irish scored eight runs in the third inning. Their big bats were led by Opalick, Layni Bednar, Maris Barbato, Paige Ogden , Julia Nutter, and Emily Holland, all knocking in runs in the inning.

Opalick took the win for Ursuline. The fireballer allowed three hits and zero runs over five innings, striking out eight.

Ursuline launched one home run on the day. Sheely had a four bagger in the fifth inning.

The Irish scattered 20 hits in the game. Sheely, Ogden , Barbato, Bednar, Holland, and Nutter all managed multiple hits. Sheely led with four hits in five at bats.

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BURTON OH- Down 19-14 at the midway mark, the East Palestine Lady Bulldogs outscored the hosts Berkshire Badgers  38-15 in the final 2 periods to take home a 52-34 win Saturday afternoon.

Morgan Rutledge paced the way  for East Palestine netting 16 points and Joclyn Fristik also scored 16 points.

With the victory the Bulldogs will travel to South Range to do battle with the Lady Raiders next Wednesday night in a Division II tournament contest.

*Contributed By YSN’s Gary Leininger