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LAKERS SEIZE A SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE FINAL SECONDS

PYMATUNING OH- In a thrilling contest that came down to the wire, Pymatuning Valley seized the opportunity to showcase their prowess on their home court, edging past Poland in a heart-pounding 50-48 victory. The Lakers, buoyed by a raucous home crowd, delivered a performance to remember, capped off by sophomore standout Sadie Paul’s clutch game-winning layup with just 2 seconds remaining on the clock.

Leading the charge for Pymatuning Valley was Zoey Painter, who poured in a staggering 30 points, dominating the offensive end with her scoring prowess. Paul contributed 6 points, while Taryn Tisch also chipped in with 6 points to bolster the Lakers’ attack.

Despite the formidable challenge posed by Poland, led by Sophia Generalovich with 15 points, Leanne Williams with 11 points, and Elliana Thompson with 9 points, Pymatuning Valley remained resilient and composed, ultimately securing the hard-fought victory.

With the win, Pymatuning Valley advances to the District Semifinals, where they will eagerly await the outcome of the Warrensville Heights versus Northwestern matchup. The highly anticipated semifinal clash is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at 6:00 at North Ridgeville High School.

WRESTLING WEDNESDAYS WITH GARY ALTHISER (EP 11) FEATURING ELLA THOMAS

We are days away from the sectionals getting started for wrestling! Gary and the boys of Running Point could not be more excited for the postseason. As we get through the calm before the storm, we thought it’d be a good time to recognize one of the brightest young stars on the mats this season. From Poland freshman Ella Thomas has reigned nothing but dominance on the girl’s side of grappling.  With a record of 35-0 and 33 pins, all challengers have fallen by the wayside when standing across from Thomas.  So now the question is how can she continue that success all the way to the state podium? Hear it from the phenom herself as Thomas joins wrestling Wednesday, and the guys get ready for the journey to Columbus!

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SIX YEARS OF NE8 PLAY, SIX POLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS

POLAND OH- In a fitting conclusion to their regular season, Poland’s senior night celebration was filled with jubilation as they clinched their sixth consecutive NE8 championship and their seventh straight league championship overall (AAC title in 2017). Facing off against Hubbard, Poland delivered a commanding performance, emerging victorious with a final score of 40-26.

Leading the charge for Poland was senior standout Elliana Thompson, who showcased her scoring prowess with an impressive 16 points. While Thompson led the scoring charge, Poland’s victory was a testament to the team’s collective effort, with seven other Bulldogs contributing 4 points or less to secure the win.

Despite Hubbard’s valiant effort, led by Cara Green with 9 points and Khamyah Howell with 6 points, they couldn’t overcome Poland’s dominance on the court.

With this win, Poland capped off their regular season in style, finishing with a record of 14-8 and solidifying their status as NE8 champions outright. Their remarkable consistency is highlighted by the fact that they have only shared the NE8 championship once in the six years of the conference.

Looking ahead, Poland sets their sights on the upcoming tournament, with their first game scheduled for Saturday, February 24th at Pymatuning Valley.

Meanwhile, Hubbard, with a record of 6-15, prepares for their final regular-season game on Thursday as they host Mooney.

Game Photos HERE: https://ysn.smugmug.com/2-12-g-bb-poland-hubbard/2-12-g-bb-poland-hubbard/105EOS1D

BULLDOGS TURN HAWKEN UPSIDE DOWN

GATES MILLS OH- In a triumphant morning matchup, Poland’s journey to Hawken proved fruitful as they secured a convincing 42-26 victory.

Leading the scoring for Poland was Leanne Williams with 9 points, followed by Elliana Thompson with 7 points. Kate Harrell and Kylee Hudran each contributed 6 points, while Leanna Boccieri added 5 points to round out Poland’s balanced offensive attack.

With this victory, Poland’s season record improved to 13-8, setting the stage for an exciting conclusion to their regular season. Their upcoming matchup against Hubbard on senior night presents a significant opportunity, as a win would secure the outright NE8 title for Poland.

 

TIGERS PUT THE CLAMPS ON LAKEVIEW

CORTLAND OH- In a dominant performance, the Howland girls’ basketball team secured a convincing victory over Lakeview with a final score of 64-32. Alyssa Massucci led the charge with an impressive 18 points, while Mia Thomas contributed 13 points to the team’s success. The win improved Howland’s overall record to an impressive 16-5.

Looking ahead, the Tigers have a challenging matchup as they are set to host the state-ranked West Branch. The JV game is scheduled for Saturday at 11:30 am, followed by the varsity game at 1 pm. It promises to be an exciting contest. Lakeview (6-16) closes out their regular season. They’ll look forward to their first tournament game on February 21st at Rootstown.

CARDINALS TAKE THE LATEST ROUND OF THE BATTLE OF 224

CANFIELD OH- In a highly anticipated showdown, Canfield emerged victorious on the road in the latest installment of the Battle of 224 rivalry, defeating Poland with a final score of 41-30.

Leading the scoring charge for Canfield was Cami Hritz, who delivered a standout performance with 11 points, showcasing her offensive prowess and leadership on the court. Grace McQuiston contributed 10 points, while Carly Fleming added 9 points and Macey Kalina chipped in with 5 points, highlighting the team’s balanced scoring effort.

Despite a valiant effort from Poland, led by Elliana Thompson with 11 points and Avery Jakubovic with 5 points, they couldn’t overcome Canfield’s determined performance.

With this crucial win, Canfield improves their record to 14-7 and now turns their attention to their season finale at home against Streetsboro on Saturday, February 17th. Meanwhile, Poland, with a 12-8 record, will embark on a long road trip to face Hawken on Saturday.

MORE WILLIAMS HEROICS GIVE POLAND ANOTHER NE8 TITLE

In a nail-biting showdown, Poland secured their reign as NE8 champions for the sixth consecutive year by narrowly escaping Struthers with a 33-32 victory. The Bulldogs’ Leanne Williams once again proved herself as a clutch player, sinking her second buzzer-beater of the season to seal the win.

Poland’s scoring efforts were led by Elliana Thompson with 10 points, while Williams contributed 7 points. Avery Jakubovic and Sophia Generalovich each added 6 points to the hard-fought victory.

On the Struthers side, Ava Croyle led the scoring with 10 points, supported by Gianna Martin and Natalie Wolikow, both contributing 6 points.

With the win, Poland, now 12-7, looks ahead to hosting arch-rival Canfield on Thursday. Struthers, with a 7-14 record, will close out their regular season with a Thursday matchup on the road against Champion.

WILDCATS WEAVE THEIR WAY PAST LAKEVIEW

STRUTHERS OH-  In a hard-fought battle on Thursday, Struthers emerged victorious over Lakeview with a final score of 53-40. Struthers showcased resilience, overcoming a tough third quarter to secure the win on their home court.

Leading the scoring charge for Struthers was Emma Morris, who delivered an impressive 16-point performance. Ava Croyle contributed significantly with 13 points, and Gianna Martin added 7 points, highlighting the balanced offensive effort of the Wildcats.

Lakeview, despite facing a formidable opponent, displayed grit throughout the contest. Makenna Warner led the Bulldogs’ offensive efforts with 9 points, while Anna Haynie, Sophie Irwin, and Mack Stowe each contributed with 8, 7, and 7 points, respectively.

With this victory, Struthers (7-13) looks to build on their momentum as they host Poland in their upcoming matchup on Monday. Lakeview (5-15) returns home to face Hubbard on Monday, seeking to bounce back from the tough loss.

MOONEY COMES BACK FROM THE BRINK

POLAND OH- In a dramatic Monday night showdown, Mooney staged a remarkable comeback on the road, overcoming a fourth-quarter deficit to secure a thrilling 38-34 victory against Poland. The Cardinals displayed resilience and determination, snatching a hard-fought win in the closing moments.

Leading the charge for Mooney was Sophia Diorio, who delivered an impressive 15-point performance. Katie Pregibon contributed significantly with 14 points, and Sam Rotunno added 5 points to round out the Cardinals’ offensive efforts.

Poland, despite a valiant effort, found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard. Elliana Thompson and Leanne Williams each contributed 14 points to the Bulldogs’ offensive showcase.

With this noteworthy win, Mooney’s record stands at 7-9, and they look ahead to their next challenge on Monday as they hit the road to face Canfield. On the other side, Poland (11-7) aims to regroup and return to conference play with a road matchup against Struthers on Monday.

RAIDERS REFUSE TO GIVE POLAND A CONFERENCE CROWN

CANFIELD OH-  In a nail-biting clash with high stakes, South Range battled Poland on Tuesday night, with the hopes of a repeat NE8 title hanging in the balance. The Raiders dug deep and delivered a thrilling performance in overtime, denying Poland a chance to celebrate on their home floor and securing a hard-fought 41-35 victory.

South Range showcased resilience and determination, epitomized by Landon Moore’s impressive 16-point performance. Dylan Turvey contributed 9 points, while Luke Rohan’s clutch 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter played a pivotal role in propelling the Raiders to victory. Matt Singleton added 5 points to the well-rounded offensive effort.

Poland, led by Carmine Tukalo’s standout 24-point performance, fought valiantly throughout the game. Oliver McCully added 6 points to the team’s effort, but they fell short in the face of South Range’s relentless pursuit of the win.

With this crucial victory, South Range (11-4) keeps their NE8 title hopes alive, setting the stage for a challenging road trip to Niles on Friday. Poland (12-4) remains in contention for an outright conference championship, with their next opportunity to secure it coming on Saturday as they travel to face Salem. As the regular season heats up, both teams navigate the competitive landscape, each game carrying significant implications for their postseason aspirations.