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YOUNGSTOWN, OH- Ursuline snuck past Steubenville Thursday, 36-28, on a night filled with uncertainty.

 While the Irish boasted a deep skill position group, many questioned how its line would fare after graduating all five starters from the previous season.

Ursuline came out of the gate firing when signal caller Jack Ericson found D.C. Ferrell wide open to move his squad into Big Red territory. The drive was extended with a couple of third down conversions, then capped off by a 14-yard touchdown scamper from All-State halfback Christian Lynch.

Once the Irish got going, they never surrendered the lead. A couple of stops in the second frame and timely touchdown catches from new starters Tairan Davis and Devonte Taylor put Dan Reardon’s squad up convincingly at the break, 29-12. 

As if Ursuline’s home opener wasn’t going well enough, Vinny Fecko was able to force a Steubenville fumble on the first play of the third quarter. Shortly after, Ericson connected with Taylor for the second time on the evening, and the route seemed to be on with the Irish holding a commanding 36-12 lead.

The Big Red would answer back in thanks to its seniors. First on a touchdown run from Savier Faulks, then later a pick-six from Elijah Mullins. Que the storm.

The weather delay for this game lasted well over an hour, but when it resumed, the Irish had fourth and 15 from the Steubenville 45-yard line. Only 5:06 remained in the contest/

Steubenville kept fighting, scoring a late touchdown with a successful two-point conversion.

However, an Ursuline three-and-out couldn’t help the Big Red’s hopes of forcing an extra session. A last-second “Hail Mary” attempt fell about 15 yards shy of the end zone and secured an impressive victory for Ursuline.

Ericson led the way for the Irish, tossing the rock for 235 yards and four touchdowns. Davis was also big in the win, racking up well over 100 receiving yards and a pair of scores.

*Article written by YSN’s Tim Corso


EAST LIVERPOOL OH- Basketball is a game where it takes a collective group to come together as a team to achieve success.  The team atmosphere was on full display at the Beaver Dome Friday night as Beaver Local defeated St Clairsville 72-67.

The Red Devils wasted little time racing out to a 9-1 advantage behind a hounding full court defense. The Beavers would settle down and go on a 9-2 run behind 5  points from Austin Cline to cut the deficit to 11-10 at the end of the 1st quarter. Beaver Local, without the services of Evan Stephenson (illness) combined with early foul trouble, would need others to step up on the offensive end if they were to keep up with the Red Devils scoring ability. Two players at different ends of their careers would answer the call in Senior Owen Bzinak and Freshman Owen HIll. The pair would combine for 13 of the Beavers 26 points in the quarter giving the red & white a 36-30 halftime lead.

Coach Nick Miller on the senior Bzinak’s performance “We have challenged him to be more of a leader, tonight was a great showing of his ability to lead by example on the floor.” Halftime would not slow Hill’s output down as the Freshman came through scoring 8 in the frame, guiding his team to a 52-47 lead through 3 quarters. The Red Devils would come alive early in the 4th behind a quick 6 points closing the gap to 54-53.

The Beavers would not panic, seemingly trading baskets with the Red Devils neither team able to separate themselves. St Clairsville would finally take back the lead with about 2 minutes to go. Trailing 63-61 with 1:00 on the clock Owen HIll would square up from the corner hitting his 4th shot from downtown on the evening giving the Beavers a 64-63 lead on their way to victory. Hill would finish the night with 17 points and 7 rebounds not to his head coach’s surprise

“We saw glimpses of that this summer, he was able to put it all together tonight in big situations.” Hill’s partner in crime Owen Bzinak (14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) would continue to be relentless in the closing minutes helping close out the Devils.  Austin Cline, (16 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists)  would seal the deal going 4 for 4 from the line down the stretch giving the Beavers their 3rd win in their last 4 opportunities. Michael McKenzie contributed to the balanced attack scoring 8 points as well for the victors.

Miller on his team’s outlook ” I really like how we have come together over the last week and a half. We have some tough opponents ahead, the sky’s the limit if we keep playing together.”

Beaver Local (4-4) looks to stay hot as they travel to rival Wellsville on Tuesday.

*Contributed By YSN’s Chris Sigler


GARRETTSVILLE OH- It was another close halftime score for Garfield on Saturday night. In Round 1 of the playoffs, the G-Men found themselves down 13-7, and stormed to a 28-13 win. This time around they were up 14-7 in a competitive first half, but ran away again in the second for a 44-14 win over Bellaire

After Bellaire scored first to go up 7-0, Anthony Demma set the tone for the G-amen offense. He scored both first half touchdowns. The Big Reds scored out of halftime to tie the game at 14-14, and then it was all G-Men with 30 unanswered points. Ryan Stoller caught two touchdowns from Brady Swagonski in that span, Swagonski also ran one in. Demma finished with 3 touchdowns on the day.

Garfield will advance to play Kirtland in the Division 5 Region 17 semifinals. That game is slated to be played at Perry High School on Saturday at 7:00


STUEBENVILLE OH- The Beavers we’re able to bounce back on Tuesday after losing two straight matches. They went on the road and beat Stuebenville in straight sets. (25-6, 25-17, and 25-20)

Emma Joseph had 18 assists and 6 digs. Bailey Bowersock had 7 kills and 13 digs. Leah Riccardo had 3 kills and 10 digs. Kodi Kinsey had 14 digs. Brooke Talbot had 6 kills, 10 assists, and 17 digs. Grace Hill had 14 kills and 5 blocks. Briar Wolski had 8 kills and 7 digs. Lexi Schrieber had 5 assists.

The Beavers will play on Thursday at home for the buckeye 8 championship against Union Local.


EAST LIVERPOOL OH- The Beavers were away from the court for a week, but it did not phase them one bit on Wednesday. They were able to sweep Steubenville in straight sets. (25-9 25-17 25-16)

Emma Joseph had 19 assists. Brooke Talbot had 11 kills and 6 assists. Elizabeth Kolkowski had 9 kills. Leah Riccardo had 5 kills. Grace Hill had 8 kills. Lexi Schrieber had 7 assists. The beavers play at home tomorrow vs Oak Glen. The jv match will begin at 4:00.

Coach Sarah Lowe: After being off for over a week, our athletes from freshman through varsity came out tonight ready to execute. It was positive to see the growth from
Getting quality reps in the gym.

Senior: Leah Riccardo: We played a great game and started strong right out of the gate. Our offense was strong tonight and we used that to our advantage.

Senior Brooke Talbot: tonight was a huge step in the right direction from our defense to our front row attack. i feel like we all mixed up where we were placing the ball in the front and moved very well in the back row. for not having a game in a while, the coaches kept our game high with having practices to prepare for our upcoming games. i bet everyone can say the same, our students play a huge roll in the score board getting in the opposing teams heads, and pumping us all up on the court and on the side lines.

*Contributed by Sarah Lowe



GAME 1 vs University:

Four hits from Mary Brant helped lead the way for Poland over University 23-2 on Saturday. Brant singled in the third, tripled in the third, singled in the fourth, and homered in the fifth.

Poland got on the board in the first inning. Abby Farber grounded out, scoring one run.

In the bottom of the first inning, University tied things up at one.

The Bulldogs pulled away for good with three runs in the second inning. In the second Connie Cougras singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run, Jackie Grisdale singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run, and Cameryn Lattanzio hit into a fielder’s choice, but one run scored.

Poland put up ten runs in the third inning. Leanne Williams, Grisdale, Lattanzio, Farber, Brant, and Katie McDonald each had RBIs in the frame.

McDonald got the win for the Bulldogs. The righthander went three innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out six and walking zero. Lattanzio threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. Lattanzio recorded the last six outs to earn the save.

Poland launched one home run on the day. Brant had a four bagger in the fifth inning.

Poland had 24 hits in the game. Brant, Cougras, McDonald, Lattanzio, Emily Denney, Grisdale, Williams, and Farber each racked up multiple hits. McDonald, Cougras, and Brant each managed four hits to lead.

GAME 2 vs Steubenville:

Poland dropped the second game of the day to Steubenville 9-5 on Saturday.

Steubenville opened up an early lead in the first inning when an error scored one run.

Poland knotted the game up at two in the top of the second inning. Mary Brant hit a solo homer.

After Poland scored one run in the top of the sixth, Steubenville answered with one of their own. The Bulldogs scored when Abby Farber hit a solo homer. Steubenville then answered when Mary Marshall singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

Steubenville took the lead for good with five runs in the third inning. In the third Marshall singled on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs, Lakyn Blackburn singled on a 1-0 count, scoring two runs, and an error scored one run.

Jules King was the winning pitcher for Steubenville. King went seven innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out 13.

Katie McDonald took the loss for Poland. The righty allowed 11 hits and nine runs over six innings, striking out two and walking zero.

The Bulldogs hit two home runs on the day. Farber had a long ball in the sixth inning. Brant had a four bagger in the second inning.

Poland saw the ball well today, racking up seven hits in the game. Jackie Grisdale and Emily Denney all managed multiple hits. Denney and Grisdale each managed two hits to lead.

Steubenville tallied 11 hits in the game. King, Amaria Swearengen, and Marshall all had multiple hits. King went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead in hits.

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YOUNGSTOWN OH- After a big 59-43 win on Saturday against the Western Reserve Blue Devils, the Cardinals were going to play against the Valley Christian Eagles.  That was until the game was cancelled due to COVID concerns with Valley Christian as Mooney made a last second change to host the Steubenville Big Red who were coming off a 86-55 victory against the Catholic Central Crusaders.  


Steubenville got off to an early start, but Mooney came right back early in the first leading 19-13 and never looked back as the full court press was tough for Steubenville to find any room.  Mooney would cruise to a 69-52 victory. 


The Cardinals were led by Mick Hergenrother who had 12pts in the first half and finished with a high 22pts while making a big impact on defense stealing the basketball like it was candy.  Thomas Fire had nine points in the first half and had to leave the game for a bit with an injury.  However Fire came back and was on Fire finishing with 20 pts.  Michael Pelini had a tough first half but got the momentum rolling as he finished with 15pts.  Other Cardinals who got on the board were Jack Pepperney with seven points, James Campbell with two points, Lawrence Williams and Drew Pecchia finishing with two points.  


For Steubenville, they had a lot of turnovers in this game and it was hard for them shooting wise.  Cade Kernahan and Phaeton Hill finished with two points.  Zion Sawyer finished with 13 points, Chase Zimmerman had a three and a two finishing with six points along with Ivan Buggs who also had six.  Andrew Gresko and Quinn McCoy finished with eight points, and Brenten Jones with seven points.  


Up Next: Cardinal Mooney (2-0) as of now is scheduled to play Austintown Fitch (0-2) on Friday.  Steubenville (1-1) will regroup and for now if there are negative tests will play Minerva (1-1) who are coming off of a 56-40 loss to Salem next Tuesday and may even pick up a game beforehand. 


*Contributed by YSN’s Ian O’Brien* 



AUSTINTOWN OH- Fitch had a chance at an undefeated season staring them in the face Friday. The Steubenville Big Red were looking to put a stop to that hope. In what ended up being the most exciting game on the Friday skate, it was the Falcons defense that came up big. The Falcons offense did answer every punch the Big Red threw and but defense made a huge play in overtime to stop a Steubenville  two point conversion that would have given the Big Red the game. Instead the big stop gave the Falcons the victory 42-41.

Devin Sherwood had a super efficient day throwing the back in high pressure situations. He went 13-17 with 239 and 4 TDs. Jamell James led the Falcons run game with 115 yards on 13 carries averaging 8.8 yards a carry. Nate Leskovac led the talented receiving core with 92 yards on 4 catches.

Fitch finishes the regular season at 6-0 and has earned a bye in the OHSAA playoffs. They’ll await the winner of Brush vs Twinsburg as they take the week to get healthy and prepare.


YOUNGSTOWN OH- Cardinal Mooney looked to kick off the Carl Pelini era in the good direction as Mooney hosted the Steubenville Big Red at Stambaugh Stadium. Little fun fact, this was the first time that the Big Red did not have a home opener week one since 1980 according to WFMJ’s Dana Balash.

Mooney stalled on their first possession after getting stuffed by the Steubenville defense.  That opened up the Big Red offense led by Rodney James who scored two touchdowns in the first quarter making it 14-0.  The cardinals opened up a bit on offense in the second as senior quarterback Pat Guerrieri gave the ball to running back Zy’ere Rodgers stretched across the goal line for a five-yard touchdown, the extra point was no good making it within eight.

 The Big Red kept getting hot and the rain couldn’t cool them off as in the second, Spencer Ostovich took it 61-yards to the house with nobody stopping him.  Mooney went into halftime down 28-6, needing an answer for the second half, seeing how they can turn it around. Things took a turn in the second half where Mooney scored, adding a Brian Philibin extra point making it 28-13.  However, Steubenville decided after thatto turn on the jets, scoring two more times late in the fourth and ending it off with a kneel down with the final score 40-13.

Cardinal Mooney (0-1) will head to the legendary Mollenkoph Stadium to take on the Warren G. Harding Raiders.  Steubenville (1-0) will head back home at Harding Stadium to face the Dover Crimson Tornadoes (1-0).

*Contributed by YSN’s Ian O’Brien