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MINERAL RIDGE BASKETBALL COACH’S CORNER WITH BOB MOLNAR

MINERAL RIDGE, OH- Bob Molnar, the 8th grade basketball coach at Mineral Ridge, recently achieved an impressive feat as his team completed an undefeated 18-0 season, with a perfect 14-0 record in the conference. In a recent episode of the YSN podcast, hosted by DJ Yokley, Molnar shared his insights into the coaching profession and his dedication to the young athletes in his community.

Molnar emphasized the importance of setting and achieving goals, highlighting the girls’ determination to go truly undefeated in the MVAC and win the championship. He attributed their success to early training and exposure to competitive basketball, nurturing and mentoring the girls since the third grade. Molnar also stressed the significance of teaching life lessons through sports, instilling a long-term perspective in the young athletes.

With a background as a father of five and extensive coaching experience since 2000, Molnar expressed his preference for coaching girls due to their focused attention to detail and increased seriousness about their athletic and academic future. He also shared his involvement in other sports programs, illustrating his enduring commitment to the local community and its youth.

Molnar’s dedication to teaching and mentoring through sports has had a profound impact on the Mineral Ridge community, fostering a culture of perseverance, commitment, and sportsmanship among the young athletes he coaches.

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LONGHORNS STAMPEDE PAST FALCONS IN DISTRICTS

North Ridgeville, OH- In a hard-fought battle on the court, the Jefferson Falcons faced off against the Lutheran West Longhorns in the OHSAA playoffs district semifinal, ultimately falling short with a final score of 44-65.

QUARTER SCORES
Jefferson Falcons: 9 | 15 | 5 | 15 = 44
Lutheran West: 10 | 19 | 21 | 15 = 65

Jefferson Falcons Total Points:

  • Joey DeGeorge: 14
  • Anthony Covetta: 12
  • Dylan Beebe: 10
  • Robbie Pisano: 5
  • Joel Navarro: 2
  • Terry Brown: 1

Lutheran West Total Points:

  • Jayson Levis: 21
  • Tino Yli-Junnila: 15
  • Matt Meyer: 8
  • Josh Meyer: 8
  • Dylan Bartchok: 7
  • Nick Parker: 6

Despite a valiant effort by the Falcons, led by standout performances from Joey DeGeorge, Anthony Covetta, and Dylan Beebe, they were unable to overcome the formidable Lutheran West squad. DeGeorge led the Falcons’ scoring with 14 points, followed closely by Covetta with 12 points and Beebe with 10 points. However, the Falcons faced a tough defensive challenge from Lutheran West, which limited their offensive opportunities throughout the game.

On the other side, Lutheran West showcased their offensive prowess, with Jayson Levis leading the charge with 21 points, followed by Tino Yli-Junnila with 15 points. The Longhorns’ balanced scoring attack, coupled with their strong defensive performance, proved to be the difference-maker in securing the victory and advancing to the district championship game.

While the Falcons’ season comes to an end with this loss, they can look back on a season filled with remarkable achievements and milestones. Notably, both senior Joey DeGeorge and junior Anthony Covetta reached the impressive milestone of 1,000 career points, highlighting their outstanding contributions to the team.

As for Lutheran West, they will now prepare to face the winner of the Rocky River Pirates vs. Howland Tigers game in the district championship game. With their strong performance in the semifinal matchup, the Longhorns are poised to continue their postseason success and vie for the district title.

JEFFERSON BEATS BENGALS IN OVERTIME THRILLER

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Jefferson, OH- In a nail-biting showdown, the Jefferson Falcons soared to victory over the Benedictine Bengals in a thrilling overtime battle, clinching a hard-fought win with a final score of 71-59.

QUARTER SCORES
Jefferson Falcons: 19 | 15 | 10 | 10 | 17 = 71
Benedictine Bengals: 12 | 12 | 11 | 14 | 10 = 59

Jefferson Falcons Total Points:

  • Anthony Covetta: 27
  • Joey DeGeorge: 25
  • Joel Navarro: 13
  • Robbie Pisano: 3
  • Dylan Beebe: 2
  • Terry Brown: 1

Benedictine Bengals Total Points:

  • Kris Smith: 23
  • John Horn: 16
  • Makell Byrd: 13
  • Damone Darmond: 5
  • Bryce Meitan: 3
  • Noah Whistler: 2
  • Matthew Torres: 2

The Falcons’ victory was marked by an incredible display of determination and resilience, with senior Joey DeGeorge delivering a clutch performance when it mattered most. DeGeorge’s last-second three-pointer at the end of regulation sent the game into overtime, igniting the crowd and propelling the Falcons to victory.

Leading the charge for the Falcons were Anthony Covetta and Joey DeGeorge, who combined for an impressive 52 points. Their stellar offensive contributions, coupled with Joel Navarro’s 13 points, proved instrumental in securing the win for the Falcons.

Despite the Bengals’ formidable efforts, led by Kris Smith with 23 points and John Horn with 16 points, they ultimately fell short in overtime. The Falcons’ relentless determination and clutch performances proved to be the deciding factor in this intense playoff matchup.

With this thrilling victory, the Jefferson Falcons advance to the district semifinals of the OHSAA playoffs, where they will face the Lutheran West Longhorns. Riding high on the momentum of their overtime triumph, the Falcons look to continue their postseason success and advance further in the playoffs.

As for the Benedictine Bengals, their season comes to an end with this hard-fought loss in the sectional final.

FALCONS FLY BY MUSTANGS

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Hillsdale, OH- In a hard-fought playoff battle, the Grand Valley Mustangs faced off against the Hillsdale Falcons, but ultimately fell short with a final score of 70-54. Despite a valiant effort from the Mustangs, the Falcons’ offensive firepower proved to be too much to handle.

QUARTER SCORES
Grand Valley Mustangs: 12 | 10 | 15 | 17 = 54
Hillsdale Falcons: 19 | 16 | 17 | 18 = 70

Grand Valley Mustangs Total Points:

  • Braden Hart: 22
  • Jerry Arrington: 15
  • Bobby Roger: 8
  • Sammy Goforth: 5
  • Payton Plizga: 4

Hillsdale Falcons Total Points:

  • Troy Bennett: 23
  • Braylon Jaris: 19
  • Brian Knichbaum: 18
  • Jack Fickes: 5
  • Gabe Stack: 3
  • Hayden McFadden: 2

Despite facing a formidable opponent in the Falcons, the Mustangs showcased determination and resilience throughout the game. Led by Braden Hart’s impressive performance with 22 points, the Mustangs fought hard to keep pace with the Falcons’ offensive onslaught.

However, the Falcons proved to be a tough challenge, with Troy Bennett leading the charge with an outstanding 23-point performance. Supported by Braylon Jaris and Brian Knichbaum, who contributed 19 and 18 points respectively, the Falcons maintained their lead throughout the game.

Despite the loss, the Mustangs had several standout moments to celebrate this season, including senior Jerry Arrington’s achievement as the all-time leader in rebounds for Grand Valley. Although their playoff journey comes to an end with this defeat, the Mustangs can take pride in their hard work and dedication throughout the season.

As for the Hillsdale Falcons, their victory propels them into the district semifinals of the OHSAA playoffs, where they will face off against the Warren JFK Eagles. With their potent offensive attack and resilient defense, the Falcons look to continue their postseason success and advance further in the playoffs.

WARRIORS ON FIRE IN SECTIONAL FINAL WIN

East Ashtabula, OH- In a thrilling sectional final showdown, the Edgewood Warriors delivered a commanding performance against the Gilmour Academy Lancers, securing a resounding victory with a final score of 77-57. Led by the stellar scoring efforts of Jacob Ernst and Peyton Williams, the Warriors showcased their offensive prowess and defensive tenacity throughout the game.

QUARTER SCORES
Edgewood Warriors: 16 | 16 | 24 | 21 = 77
Gilmour Academy Lancers: 4 | 10 | 14 | 29 = 57

Edgewood Warriors Total Points:

  • Jacob Ernst: 41
  • Peyton Williams: 14
  • Brady Andrejack: 8
  • Logan Kray: 6
  • Mason Thorr: 4
  • Russell Thomas: 4

Gilmour Academy Lancers Total Points:

  • Jimmy Lawless: 10
  • Nick Iliano: 9
  • Tim Lee: 8
  • Kenn Flaherty: 8
  • David Pfundstein: 6
  • Zae Titas: 6
  • Brady Olson: 5
  • Tanner Deweese: 2
  • Kingston Seeles: 2
  • Brayden Titas: 1

From the opening tip-off, Jacob Ernst demonstrated his scoring prowess, delivering a dominant performance that set the tone for the game. With an explosive first quarter, Ernst showcased his sharpshooting abilities, knocking down five 3-pointers and contributing 14 points to the Warriors’ early lead. Peyton Williams also displayed his shooting skills, adding to the Warriors’ offensive onslaught with four 3-pointers of his own.

Despite the Lancers’ efforts to mount a comeback in the second and third quarters, the Warriors maintained their composure and continued to control the tempo of the game. With a balanced offensive attack and stifling defense, the Warriors extended their lead heading into the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriors showcased their resilience and determination, fending off a late surge from the Lancers to secure the sectional championship victory. With Jacob Ernst leading the charge with an impressive 41-point performance, the Warriors celebrated their well-deserved triumph on the court.

With this victory, the Edgewood Warriors (18-5) clinch the sectional championship title and advance to the district semifinals of the OHSAA playoffs. They will await the winner of the Notre Dame Cathedral Latin Lions vs. Geneva Eagles game as they continue their postseason journey.

As for the Gilmour Academy Lancers (15-9), their season comes to an end with this loss in the sectional final.

DRAGONS FOUGHT THE LAW AND THE LAW WON

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In a spirited playoff battle, the Lakeside Dragons faced off against the John Marshall Lawyers in a game filled with intensity and determination. Despite a strong performance from junior guard Dyln Newsome, who made history with his remarkable 3-point shooting, the Dragons were unable to secure the victory, ultimately falling short with a final score of 62-74.

QUARTER SCORES
Lakeside Dragons: 14 | 6 | 21 | 21 = 62
John Marshall Lawyers: 18 | 15 | 20 | 21 = 74

Lakeside Dragons Total Points:

  • Dyln Newsome: 25
  • Aiden Hathy: 13
  • Alex DiSalvatore: 12
  • Connor Mead: 5
  • Chase Newsome: 4
  • Jarez Osborne: 3

John Marshall Lawyers Total Points:

  • Jarvion Williams: 22
  • Reece Green: 11
  • Drevontae Jeffries: 8
  • Willie Wilson: 8
  • Jaiden Taylor: 8
  • Tylan Richardson: 6
  • Markell Harris: 4
  • Lindzell Curry: 2
  • Dominic Taylor: 2
  • Tra’Sean Artist: 2
  • Jamarrion Banks: 1

Despite the loss, Dyln Newsome’s outstanding performance was a standout highlight for the Dragons. Newsome made history this season by breaking both the all-time single-game 3-point shot record with 13 and the single-season record with 54. Strong showings from Newsome, Hathy and DiSalvatore were instrumental in keeping the Dragons competitive throughout the game. Newsome caught fire in the second half knocking down 5 3-pointers and Hathy kept the crowd on their feet with a few big dunks throughout the game.

However, the Lawyers proved to be a formidable opponent, with standout performances from Jarvion Williams, who led the team with 22 points, and a balanced scoring effort from several players contributing to the victory.

With this loss, the Lakeside Dragons conclude their season with a final record of 5-16. Despite the disappointment of the defeat, the Dragons can take pride in the many bright spots throughout their season and the opportunity for their underclassmen to gain valuable experience on the court.

As for the John Marshall Lawyers, they advance to the next round of the OHSAA playoffs, where they will face the Garfield Heights Bulldogs. With their hard-fought victory over the Dragons, the Lawyers look to carry their momentum forward and continue their postseason journey.

Although the outcome may not have been what the Dragons had hoped for, they showcased determination and resilience throughout the game, leaving everything on the court in their pursuit of victory. As they reflect on their season, the Dragons will look to build upon their successes and lessons learned, setting the stage for future achievements on the basketball court.

COUGARS POUNCE ON LAKERS IN OHSAA PLAYOFFS

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Andover, OH- In a hard-fought sectional round matchup, the Pymatuning Valley Lakers faced off against the Lake Catholic Cougars in a game filled with intensity and determination. Despite a valiant effort from standout player Blake Krznaric, the Lakers were unable to secure the victory, ultimately falling short with a final score of 59-64.

QUARTER SCORES
Pymatuning Valley Lakers: 16 | 6 | 16 | 21 = 59
Lake Catholic Cougars: 15 | 10 | 18 | 21 = 64

Pymatuning Valley Lakers Total Points:

  • Blake Krznaric: 20
  • Caydence Wiser: 7
  • Zane Neczporenko: 10
  • Seth Bryan: 6
  • Trevor Clute: 3
  • Brady Tisch: 2
  • Ryan Croston: 11

Lake Catholic Cougars Total Points:

  • Peterlin: 24
  • Pellecchia: 15
  • Budrys-Rini: 14
  • Nimmo: 4
  • Rozman: 4
  • Trinetti: 3

Despite facing a tough opponent, the Lakers showcased their resilience throughout the game, led by Blake Krznaric with an impressive 20 points. Krznaric’s leadership and scoring prowess were instrumental in keeping the Lakers competitive against the Cougars.

However, the Cougars proved to be a formidable adversary, with standout performances from Peterlin, who led the team with 24 points, and Pellecchia, who contributed 15 points. Despite the Lakers’ efforts, they were unable to contain the Cougars’ offensive firepower in the final moments of the game.

With this loss, the Pymatuning Valley Lakers conclude their season with a final record of 17-6. Despite the disappointment of the defeat, the Lakers can take pride in their successful season, which included notable victories and the milestone achievement of Blake Krznaric reaching 1,000 career points as a Laker.

As for the Lake Catholic Cougars, they advance to the next round of the OHSAA playoffs, where they will face the Campbell Memorial Red Devils in the sectional final on 3/1/24. With their hard-fought victory over the Lakers, the Cougars look to carry their momentum forward and continue their postseason journey.

Although the outcome may not have been what the Lakers had hoped for, they showcased determination and resilience throughout the game, leaving everything on the court in their pursuit of victory. As they reflect on their season, the Lakers will look to build upon their successes and lessons learned, setting the stage for future achievements on the basketball court.

MAPLEWOOD ROCKETS PAST HERALDS IN SECTIONAL

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In a challenging playoff encounter, the St. John Heralds battled against the Maplewood Rockets but ultimately fell short with a final score of 52-81. Despite a valiant effort from standout player Vin Narducci, the Heralds struggled to contain the Rockets’ offensive onslaught throughout the game.

QUARTER SCORES
St. John Heralds: 9 | 19 | 14 | 10 = 52
Maplewood Rockets: 26 | 25 | 16 | 14 = 81

St. John Heralds Total Points:

  • Vin Narducci: 26
  • Anthony Severino: 9
  • Aaron Wychock: 7
  • AJ Henslee: 4
  • Donald Crawford: 2

Maplewood Rockets Total Points:

  • Alex Donaldson: 31
  • Brandon Hoffstetter: 16
  • Andrew Barnett: 12
  • Seth Roper: 7
  • Brighton Roper: 4
  • Andrew Donaldson: 3
  • Jimmy Stander: 3
  • Tom Dahman: 3
  • Ethan Nevinski: 2

Despite facing a significant deficit, Vin Narducci led the charge for the Heralds with an impressive 26 points, showcasing his offensive prowess and determination on the court. However, the Rockets’ strong defensive efforts limited the Heralds’ scoring opportunities throughout the game.

For the Rockets, Alex Donaldson delivered a standout performance with an impressive 31 points, leading his team to victory. Brandon Hoffstetter added 16 points, while Andrew Barnett contributed 12 points, highlighting the Rockets’ balanced offensive attack.

With this loss, the St. John Heralds conclude their season with a final record of 3-19. Although their playoff journey has come to an end, the Heralds can take pride in their efforts throughout the season and look to build upon their success in the future.

As for the Maplewood Rockets, they advance to the next round of the OHSAA playoffs, where they will face the Warren JFK Eagles in the sectional final on 3/1/24. With their dominant performance against the Heralds, the Rockets will look to carry their momentum forward and make a statement in the postseason.

Although the outcome may not have been what the Heralds had hoped for, they showcased determination and resilience throughout the game. As they reflect on their season, the Heralds will look to learn and grow from their experiences, setting the stage for future success on the court.

KRZNARIC HITS 1,000 CAREER POINTS IN WIN OVER SPARTANS

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Andover, OH- Looking to sharpen up before the playoffs the Pymatuning Valley Lakers and the Conneaut Spartans met for one final regular season game in Andover. The Lakers emerged victorious with a thrilling 92-80 win. Led by standout performances from Blake Krznaric and Caydence Wiser, the Lakers showcased their offensive prowess and celebrated a historic achievement by Krznaric.

QUARTER SCORES
Pymatuning Valley Lakers: 24 | 24 | 24 | 20 = 92
Conneaut Spartans: 17 | 22 | 15 | 26 = 80

Pymatuning Valley Lakers Total Points:

  • Blake Krznaric: 25
  • Caydence Wiser: 24
  • Zane Neczporenko: 14
  • Seth Bryan: 11
  • Max Smith: 8
  • Brady Tisch: 6
  • Ryan Croston: 4

Conneaut Spartans Total Points:

  • Chance Loomis: 28
  • Noah Hamm: 26
  • Jordan Kulko: 17
  • Cayson Hayes: 3
  • Ryan Turner: 3
  • JR Hutchinson: 3

The Lakers’ seniors rose to the occasion in this matchup, with Blake Krznaric leading the charge with an impressive 25 points. Krznaric’s outstanding performance also marked a significant milestone, as he reached 1,000 career points as a Pymatuning Valley Laker. The moment was made even more special as he was honored on his final regular-season game on his home court, adding a memorable touch to the evening’s proceedings.

Joining Krznaric in the scoring column, Caydence Wiser contributed 24 points, while Zane Neczporenko added 14 points, and Seth Bryan chipped in 11 points, highlighting the Lakers’ balanced offensive attack.

Despite a resilient effort from the Spartans, led by Chance Loomis with 28 points and Noah Hamm with 26 points, they were unable to contain the Lakers’ relentless offense.

With this victory, the Pymatuning Valley Lakers conclude their regular season with an impressive record of 17-5 and now set their sights on hosting the Lake Catholic Cougars in the first round of the OHSAA playoffs at home on 2/27/24. Eager to carry their momentum forward, the Lakers will look to make a statement in the postseason.

As for the Conneaut Spartans, they conclude their regular season with a record of 4-18 and now prepare to face the Canfield Cardinals in the OHSAA playoffs on 3/1/24. Despite the loss, the Spartans remain determined to showcase their competitive spirit and resilience on the road to postseason success.

ARRINGTON BECOMES ALL TIME REBOUND LEADER

Southington, OH- In a commanding display of skill and determination, the Grand Valley Mustangs secured a resounding 78-49 victory over the Chalker Wildcats. Led by standout performances from Jerry Arrington and Bobby Rogers, the Mustangs showcased their offensive prowess and celebrated a historic achievement by Arrington.

QUARTER SCORES
Grand Valley Mustangs: 13 | 33 | 16 | 16 = 78
Chalker Wildcats: 16 | 8 | 14 | 11 = 49

Grand Valley Mustangs Total Points:

  • Jerry Arrington: 21
  • Bobby Rogers: 16
  • Braden Hart: 14
  • Peyton Dryer: 11
  • Logan Zirzow: 5
  • Ben Cozad: 5
  • Teagan Fenton: 3
  • Sammy Goforth: 2
  • Joey Gelfidi: 1

Chalker Wildcats Total Points:

  • Daniel Keller: 26
  • Tanner Kelson: 8
  • Zach Pack: 4
  • Nick Karr: 4
  • Andrew Kirkland: 3
  • Ryan Herdman: 2
  • Tegun Noble: 2

Jerry Arrington delivered a standout performance for the Mustangs, scoring 21 points and pulling down an impressive 18 rebounds in the game. With his dominant performance, Arrington secured his place as the all-time leader in career rebounds for the Grand Valley Mustangs with 583, adding a historic milestone to the evening’s achievements.

Joining Arrington in the scoring column, Bobby Rogers contributed 16 points, while Braden Hart added 14 points, and Peyton Dryer chipped in 11 points, highlighting the Mustangs’ balanced offensive attack.

Despite a resilient effort from the Wildcats, led by Daniel Keller with 26 points, they were unable to contain the Mustangs’ relentless offense.

With this victory, the Grand Valley Mustangs improve to a record of 8-14 and now set their sights on their upcoming matchup against the Windham Bombers in the first round of the OHSAA playoffs. Eager to avenge their previous loss to the Bombers, the Mustangs will look to carry their momentum forward and make a statement in the postseason.

As for the Chalker Wildcats, they move forward to face the Heartland Christian Lions in the first round of the OHSAA playoffs, determined to showcase their competitive spirit and resilience on the court.

The Mustangs’ victory over the Wildcats not only highlights their talent and determination but also celebrates the record-breaking achievements of Jerry Arrington, setting the stage for an exciting postseason journey.