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CLIPPERS MAKE THEMSELVES CHAMPIONS IN THE SECTIONALS

By Joe Eusebio 

COLUMBIANA OH- The Columbiana Lady Clippers added a Sectional Title to their EOAC Tri Championship Saturday afternoon when they defeated Champion 39-34.  It was a tight game the entire way with Champion jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the early going on three point shots from Kayla Haynie and Kennedy Caldwell.  The Clippers responded by going on an 8-0 run with four points a piece from juniors Ellie Venezia and Averi Marshall to close the first quarter with an 8-6 lead.  Megan Moser’s three pointer late in the 2nd quarter helped Columbiana to take a 17-11 lead into the locker room at the half.

Champion senior Bella Meyer’s five points and junior Addie Warzala hitting on 4 of 4 from the charity stripe got the Flashes back into it in the third.  Columbiana had five players contributing points in the third, led by Evy Rapp’s 4 points and Ava Heinrich going 3-5 on free throws and the Clips took a 30-25 lead into the fourth quarter.  It was more of the same in the fourth quarter as the Flashes were unable to cut into the Clippers lead despite three pointers from Haynie and Meyer.  Columbiana’s Marshall went 4-6 from the line down the stretch with a big free throw from senior Alaina Johnston ultimately putting the game out of reach.

On the day, the Flashes were led by Kayla Haynie’s 11 points.  Junior Bella Meyer contributed 9 points, 5 Rebounds and 2 Blocks.   Columbiana’s Avery Marshall had 14 points and 5 rebounds while Ellie Venezia filled up the score sheet with 9 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and one block.  Champion closed their season with a record of 18-6 while the Clippers head to Struthers on Wednesday night for a District Semifinal game against Wooster Triway.

CLIPPERS EARN A SHARE OF THE LEAGUE IN THE SEASON FINALE

COLUMBIANA OH- In a pivotal matchup on Friday night, Columbiana seized their chance to claim a share of the EOAC championship, exacting revenge on Lisbon with a convincing 51-39 victory. Led by a balanced scoring effort, Columbiana showcased their depth and determination on the court.

Seth Struharik led the charge for Columbiana, pouring in 14 points, while Devin Daugherty added 11 points of his own, and Maddox Brown contributed 10 points to the winning cause. Ian Less chipped in with 8 points, rounding out a formidable offensive performance for Columbiana.

On the Lisbon side, Hunter Dailey and Tate Wallen each tallied 11 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Columbiana’s tenacious defense and efficient scoring.

With the win, Columbiana finishes their regular season with an impressive 17-5 record, securing a share of the EOAC title. Now, their focus shifts to the upcoming tournament, where they will host Chagrin Falls on Tuesday in what promises to be an exciting postseason opener.

Meanwhile, Lisbon, with an 18-4 record, also looks ahead to tournament play. They will host Cornerstone Christian on Tuesday, aiming to make a statement as they pursue postseason success.

 

BUCKINGHAM’S PALACE

COLUMBIANA OH-  Columbiana High School boasts a shining star in their swimming program, junior Preston Buckingham. Widely regarded as the best swimmer to come through Columbiana, Buckingham’s remarkable talent and dedication have propelled him to extraordinary heights in the pool.

Buckingham’s list of achievements is nothing short of impressive. With a staggering ten school records to his name, he has left an indelible mark on Columbiana’s swimming program. From the 100 Freestyle to the 400 Free Relay, Buckingham’s versatility and skill across various events showcase his exceptional ability in the water. Buckingham holds school records in all of the following:

100 Freestyle
200 Freestyle
500 Freestyle
100 Backstroke
100 Breaststroke
100 Butterfly
200 Individual Medley 200 Medley Relay 200 Free Relay
400 Free Relay

This year marks Buckingham’s third consecutive qualification for the state championships, a testament to his consistent excellence and unwavering commitment to his craft. With each appearance at the state level, Buckingham has represented Columbiana with pride and determination, leaving a lasting impression on the swimming community.

Adding to Buckingham’s success is the opportunity to swim alongside his sister, who is a freshman this season. The bond shared between siblings in the pool not only strengthens their connection but also serves as a source of inspiration and motivation for both athletes.

Beyond his impressive accomplishments in swimming, Buckingham’s leadership extends far beyond the pool deck. As the class president of the 2025 class, a member of the junior leadership of Columbiana County, and a participant in the Teen Advisory Board for the state of Ohio, Buckingham exemplifies the qualities of a true leader both in and out of the water. His dedication to serving his school and community underscores his character and integrity as a student-athlete.

With one more year of swimming ahead at Columbiana, Buckingham remains focused on reaching new heights and achieving his personal best. As he prepares to compete at the state championships once again, Buckingham’s determination, talent, and leadership promise to continue making waves in the pool and beyond. With his sights set on continued success, the future looks bright for Preston Buckingham and the Columbiana swimming program.

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COLUMBIANA PROTECTS THEIR COURT

COLUMBIANA OH- In a fast-paced and commanding performance, Columbiana emerged victorious in their non-conference showdown against Jackson Milton, securing a decisive 56-36 win on Tuesday night. From the opening tip-off, Columbiana seized control of the game and never looked back, showcasing their offensive prowess and defensive tenacity.

Leading the charge for Columbiana was Seth Struharik, who delivered an impressive 19-point performance, setting the tone for his team’s offensive attack. Maddox Brown added to the scoring onslaught with 16 points, while Ian Less contributed 9 points and Alex Eusebio chipped in with 6 points, further solidifying Columbiana’s dominance on the court.

Despite a valiant effort from Jackson Milton, led by Ryen Romigh with 18 points and Alex Rotuna with 7 points, they struggled to contain Columbiana’s relentless offensive pressure and fell short in their attempts to mount a comeback.

With this win, Columbiana improved their season record to an impressive 15-5, setting the stage for their upcoming matchup against Western Reserve on Friday. The victory not only extends Columbiana’s winning streak but also underscores their strength as a formidable opponent in both conference and non-conference play.

Meanwhile, Jackson Milton, with a record of 5-14, will look to regroup as they prepare to host Crestview on Friday. Despite the loss, Jackson Milton remains a resilient team, eager to bounce back and showcase their potential in future matchups.

CLIPPERS CLINCH OVERTIME VICTORY

In a thrilling and hard-fought battle on Thursday night, Columbiana emerged victorious in overtime against Western Reserve, securing a narrow 36-35 win.

Both teams displayed exceptional resilience and determination throughout the game, with neither side willing to concede defeat easily. However, it was Columbiana who ultimately prevailed, clinching the hard-fought victory.

Leading the scoring effort for Columbiana was Taylor Long, who delivered an impressive performance with 11 points. Megan Moser and Lilly Hoschar each contributed 6 points to the team’s scoring tally, showcasing their offensive contributions in a tightly contested matchup.

On the other side, Western Reserve put up a valiant effort, with Angelina Coppabianca leading the scoring charge with 13 points, followed by Quincy Miller with 9 points and Kylee Ramsey with 7 points.

With this crucial win, Columbiana improves their record to an impressive 18-3 as they prepare to close out their regular season with a home game against Lisbon on Saturday. Meanwhile, Western Reserve, now 12-8, will embark on a road trip to face South Range on Saturday, eager to bounce back from the tough loss.

 

UNITED CREATES LOG JAM ATOP THE EOAC

COLUMBIANA OH- In a showdown that shook up the standings, United soared into Columbiana on Monday, causing a three-way tie for first place in the EOAC with a hard-fought 39-35 victory over the Clippers. The Eagles secured a crucial win, having previously beaten Columbiana earlier in the season.

Grace Knight led the charge for United with a stellar 12-point performance, closely followed by Addy Blazer, who contributed 10 points, and Sam Lippiatt with 9 points. The trio’s collective effort proved instrumental in securing the Eagles’ victory.

Columbiana fought tenaciously, with Averi Marshall leading their offensive charge with an impressive 13 points, while Ava Heinrich added 11 points. Despite their efforts, the Clippers fell short in a closely contested battle.

With this victory, United (13-6) now finds itself in the midst of a three-way tie for first place in the EOAC. The Eagles will look to build on this momentum as they return home on Wednesday to face Maplewood. On the other side, Columbiana (15-3) aims to bounce back on Thursday with a road matchup against Leetonia. As the regular season unfolds, the EOAC race has become even more intense, with each game carrying significant implications for the standings.

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CLIPPERS SET THEIR GAGES TO THE NEXT CHALLENGE

COLUMBIANA OH- Columbiana showcased their continued dominance in the EOAC on Thursday night, securing a swift and commanding victory over Valley Christian with a final score of 57-5.

Contributing to Columbiana’s balanced scoring attack were Taylor Long with 13 points, Evy Rapp with 9, Ellie Venezia with 8, Ava Heinrich and Averi Marshall with 7 each, and Megan Moser with 6.

With a standout 15-2 record, Columbiana now shifts its focus to an important league matchup against United on Monday. Valley Christian (1-14) will be on the road to face Southern on Saturday, looking to bounce back from the challenging contest. Columbiana’s collective effort and diverse scoring options position them well for the upcoming league challenges.

CLIPPERS SURVIVE THE TIGERS DEN

WELLSVILLE OH- In a highly competitive matchup, Columbiana faced a resilient Wellsville team on the road, ultimately securing a hard-fought 76-67 victory.

Key contributors for Columbiana included Seth Struharik with an impressive 22 points, Ian Less with 15 points, Alex Eusebio with 14 points, and Maddox Brown adding 11 points to the tally.

Wellsville showcased notable performances from Elijah Douglas, who led the scoring with 24 points, Tyrell Watkins contributing 19 points, and Richie Dowling adding 13 points.

Columbiana (11-4) continues their strong season, gearing up for a home game against Valley Christian on Friday. Wellsville (7-7) looks to rebound on Friday with a challenging matchup on the road against United.

CLIPPERS SPEED PAST WELLSVILLE

WELLSVILLE OH- Continuing their impressive performance, Columbiana maintained their hot streak on Monday night with a commanding 50-29 victory over Wellsville.

Averi Marshall led Columbiana’s scoring effort with 12 points, closely followed by Megan Moser with 11 points and Ellie Venezia contributing 10 points. Ava Heinrich added 5 points to the team’s total.

Wellsville’s offensive highlights came from Bella Poppelriter, who secured an impressive 17 points.

Looking ahead, Columbiana will stay in league action on Thursday as they host Valley Christian, aiming to extend their winning streak. Wellsville, on the other hand, will remain at home on Thursday, welcoming United in hopes of a strong performance.

CLIPPERS GRAB A SIGNATURE WIN

COLUMBIANA OH- Columbiana made a resounding statement on Saturday afternoon, showcasing their prowess by taking down fellow conference leader Springfield. The Clippers seized control from the start with an impressive 18-0 first quarter and maintained their dominance throughout, ultimately securing a convincing 47-18 victory.

Averi Marshall and Ellie Venezia led the scoring efforts for Columbiana, both contributing 10 points, while Evy Rapp added 9 points. Ava Heinrich and Alaina Johnston also made notable contributions with 7 and 6 points, respectively.

On the Springfield side, Jameka Brungard led with 7 points, and Kendall Maughn chipped in with 6 points.

With this statement win, Columbiana (13-2) looks ahead to returning to league play on Monday as they travel to Wellsville. Springfield (11-5) also resumes league action on Monday with a visit to Lowellville, aiming to rebound from the tough loss and regain their winning momentum.