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YOUNGSTOWN OH- Mooney Senior CJ Sapp already has to come with grips of not playing softball in her senior season before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. CJ tore her ACL in a basketball game against Boardman in December. What she didn’t come to grips with however, is losing the ability to help her teammates reach their goals in her favorite sport, softball.

From a young age CJ fell in love with the game of softball. The community, and team mentality of the sport made her keep coming back. Her dad coached her in her youth and her abilities grew. Sapp slowly but surely became a excellent athlete. Now with the COVID-19 virus, she has been stripped of her last experiences with her teammates. She won’t be able to see them shine, or accomplish their goals.

CJ also excels in other sports. In volleyball Sapp defends the back row as the Cardinals libero, and statistically one of the best liberos in the area. She earned first team all YSN honors in volleyball. Moving on to basketball she is a great leader on the court, and the team missed her in their last couple months of the season. However, they got to show their appreciation by having CJ do the jumpball to start the game on Senior Night. Which ironically enough was against Boardman. She wouldn’t have played softball this year at the Field of Dreams, but she would have been there for every up and down her team went through, just for the love of the game.

Anthony Hartwig got a chance to talk to CJ through video chat. They discuss her recovery, her love of softball, and much more. Get to know the great Mooney senior in the latest softball player profile “For the Love of The Game.”

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Cardinal Mooney started their tournament run on the right foot with a first round sweep of Canton South (26-24 25-20 25-10).

The night began quicker than usual as technical difficulties bypassed the announcement of starting lineups. Canton South was ready to give the favored Cardinals all they could handle. The first set of the night was very competitive. Canton South held a small lead for most of the set. That was until the score reached into the twenties. It was at that point Mooney flexed their muscles and were able to come up with clutch points down the stretch. The Cardinals hit a modest .181 in the set helping them secure a 26-24 victory.

In set 2 the Cardinals would have to navigate some struggles hitting the ball. Their hitting percentage for the set dipped well into the negatives. At -.100 they weren’t going to win it with their attack. So the Cardinals made adjustments. They played solid defense and blocked extremely well in the front row. Mooney survived the tough hitting to take set two 25-20.

The Cardinals straightened everything out in set three. They had control from the very start. Rolling out to an 11-1 lead, they took away any momentum the already tired Wildcats had.  The Cardinals also had their best hitting set of the match. Only commuting two attack errors and finishing with a .269 percentage. Mooney rolled to a 25-10 match sealing set three win.

Katie Hough led the Mooney offense with 10 kills and 3 digs. Angelina Rotunno and Angela Proia split the setting duties tallying 8 assists each. CJ Sapp finished with 14 digs.

Mooney advances to play Salem on Saturday October 19th. That match will start at 6:30 at West Branch High School.


As Mooney prepares to enter tournament play, they’re looking to put together a win streak to finish the 2019 season strong. One of the unquestioned leaders of the Cardinal Mooney volleyball team, C.J. Sapp has put together an incredible body of work. Most recently, Sapp eclipsed the 1000 career digs mark, something she, nor many other Mooney fans have never seen done before.

A multi-sport athlete who leads by example, C.J. personifies everything that Cardinal Mooney wants in their students and athletes.

YSN’s Nate Keiper spoke with C.J. prior to the Cardinals game against Struthers to discuss this volleyball season, and Sapp’s goals for the rest of it.

You can bet that when it comes to volleyball, C.J. CAN DIG IT.


There was a volleyball match between South Range and Mooney to be played Monday night at Cardinal Mooney high school, but there was something going on much greater than volleyball. On this night rivals came together to fight against childhood cancer. Everyone on each team wore a yellow ribbon during the match to display their unity in fighting against childhood cancer.

There was volleyball to be played, and it was a rematch of a match earlier in the season. The Raiders took the first meeting in four sets at South Range in August 20th. Tonight was a different story. The match was controlled by Mooney early and often. Their defense led by the newest member of the 1,000 dig club, CJ Sapp was relentless. The Raiders could not get any of their attacks to fall to the floor. The Raiders also struggled with their passing tonight. They had trouble getting into system which made it hard to rally against Mooney. Not for the lack of effort though, in each of the three sets played the Raiders made a sizeable rally in the middle of the set. But the Cardinals were up for the task and they never let the Raiders get closer than two. In fact, the only lead the Raiders has all night was a 2-0 lead in to start the third. Mooney swept the Raiders in straight sets to avenge the early season loss. (25-20 25-20 25-19)

Izzy Lamparty led the Raiders offense with 7 kills, also collecting 2 digs. Emily Irons finished with 16 assists, 4 aces, and 2 digs. Reagan Irons finished with 9 digs.

The Raiders get back in action on Tuesday night in Poland.


Game 1.

Cardinal Mooney defeated Berkshire 6-1 on Saturday.

Berkshire fired up the offense in the first inning.  An error scored one run.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Cardinals tied things up at one.  Gia Difabio singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

Cardinal Mooney pulled away for good with four runs in the third inning.  In the third Caitlin Perry doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring two runs and Romano threw a wild pitch allowing one run across the plate for the Cardinals.

Alaina Francis was the winning pitcher for Mooney. She lasted seven innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out 11.

Romano started the game for Berkshire. She allowed nine hits and five runs over six innings, striking out one and walking zero.

Mooney tallied nine hits.  Carly Francis and Alaina Francis each collected multiple hits for Cardinal Mooney.  Alaina Francis and Carly Francis each collected two hits to lead Cardinal Mooney Varsity.

Lillibridge went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Berkshire in hits.

Game 2

Maddie Filisky was brilliant in the pitcher’s circle on Saturday, as she threw a no-hitter to lead Cardinal Mooney past Berkshire 20-0.

CJ Sapp led the Cardinals to victory by driving in five runs.  She went 3-for-4 at the plate.  Sapp drove in runs on a double in the first and a home run in the third.

In the first inning, Mooney got their offense started.  Alaina Francis grounded out, scoring one run.

Mooney put up eight runs in the second inning.  Conchetta Rinaldi, Gia Difabio, Filisky, Lexi Diaz all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.

Filisky earned the win for the Cardinals  She went five innings, allowing zero runs on zero hits, striking out six and walking zero.

Somrak toed the rubber for Berkshire. She allowed 16 hits and 20 runs over two and a third innings.  Skolaris threw one and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen.

The Cardinals launched three home runs on the day. Sapp went deep in the third inning. Rinaldi had a pair of long balls in the second inning

Mooney collected 18 hits.  Caitlin Perry, Sapp, Rinaldi, Diaz, Difabio, Alaina Scavina, and Filisky each had multiple hits for Mooney.  Sapp and Perry all had three hits to lead the Cardinals.

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Cardinal Mooney nabbed the lead late in the game in an 8-5 victory over South Range on Friday.  The game was tied at four with  Mooney in the top of the sixth when Alaina A. Francis homered on a 1-1 count, scoring three runs.

The Cardinals  earned the victory despite allowing South Range to score three runs in the second inning.  Maddie Helon and Marlaina Slabach all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.

South Range got on the board in the first inning when Bree Kohler hit a solo homer.

Mooney knotted the game up at four in the top of the fourth inning, when CJ Sapp doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring three runs.

Alaina Francis led the Cardinals to victory on the rubber. She lasted four innings, allowing one hit and one run while striking out three and walking zero.

 Maddie Filisky started the game for Mooney. She went three innings, allowing four runs on five hits and striking out one

The Cardinals launched one home run on the day. Alaina Francis had a long ball in the sixth inning.

Mooney racked up 12 hits in the game.  Sapp, A. Francis, Brooke Chandler, and Gia Difabio all had multiple hits for Cardinal Mooney Varsity.  Difabio, Chandler, A. Francis, and Sapp each collected two hits to lead Cardinal Mooney Varsity.

South Range saw the ball well today, racking up six hits in the game.  Kohler and Julie Centefonti each had multiple hits for South Range. Kohler hit 2 home runs while Maddie Helon also added 2 RBI.

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Mooney put up nine runs in the third on its way to a 12-2 victory over Edison on Wednesday.  Mooney offense in the inning was led by Alaina A. Francis, Alaina Scavina, Brooke Chandler, CJ Sapp, Carly C. Francis, and  Chet Rinaldi, who all drove in runs.

A. Francis earned the victory in the pitcher’s circle for the Cardinals. She allowed four hits and two runs over five innings, striking out three.

Merdogis was in the circle for Edison. She went four innings, allowing 12 runs on ten hits and striking out three.

Mooney launched one home run on the day. A. Francis went deep in the third inning.

Mooney totaled ten hits.  Caitlin Perry and C. Francis all managed multiple hits for Cardinal Mooney Varsity.  Perry led Cardinal Mooney Varsity with three hits in three at bats.

Edison didn’t commit a single error in the field. Mcgiery had the most chances in the field with two.

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