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By Matt Maher 

MINERAL RIDGE, OH – The Rams were on a mission, a mission to beat a team called McKinley and that’s exactly what they did in their 61-52 victory over Niles. After a disappointing loss to Sebring (also known as McKinley) on Friday night, the Rams were hungry for a win and beating Niles, while not directly or personally, was a nice bit of payback to our 25th Presidents last name. 


The first quarter was close and high energy with Niles narrowly winning it 11-10. After about 2 minutes of scoreless action, Nile struck first but Ridge stayed right behind them the whole time. Chase Moore was, well, Chase Moore and led his team with 6 points including 2 from under the hoop and 2-of-2 from the line. Jack Geddes also found a beautiful 3 to help out his team. Niles saw a more rounded out team effort with Avon Fryer, Anthony Budak and True Carey-Hardin all scoring 3 and Stef Dorsey adding 2.


Niles picked up the torch and scored 15 points to the Rams 10 in the second. For the Rams, Chase Moore continued to impress with another rebounded 2 and 2-of-4 from the line. Niles saw Anthony Georgalas hit a 3 off the bench, Hardin-Carey found 4 points in the paint and Dorsey and Yausene Blackmon both scored 2 points. The real headline came from Avon Fryer who took the ball from an inbound with 2 seconds on the clock and put up a why not type of shot from half court and buried it for a career highlight!


Niles kept up the pressure going up by 10 points early in the 3rd but the Rams saw that and came back and erased that lead with relative ease and came out with an impressive 22 point quarter. Niles saw Carey-Hardin score 6 points, hitting two 3’s while Fryer came back with another 3 (this time from much closer in). The Rams saw Moore, Geddes and Kaden Shaffer all put up 4 points while Blake Basista and Landon Bingham both found some nice scores from beyond the arc. 


The Rams continued to play with authority and came out with a 19-13 point 4th that would propel them over Niles. The Red Dragons saw Budak score 5 points including an and-1 while Dorsey found 6 more points with two 3’s. Ridge saw Chase Moore continue his dominance with 11 more points allowing him to finish with 25 points. Basista continued to add to the score sheet with 4 more points including making 2-of-2 free throw attempts. 


Hard work and concentration helped the Rams soar over the Red Dragons on Saturday night and gave them that much needed win to help them in their hunt for a playoff spot. Niles (4-11) are back home on January 23rd when they host Poland in another big NE8 matchup at 7:00PM, Mineral Ridge (5-9) will stay at home on January 23rd when they host McDonald for another pivotal MVAC matchup at 7:00PM.


By Matt Maher

GIRARD, OH – The day finally came! Girard earned their first win of the season over Niles Friday night by putting up a close score of 38-36. Ahmad curd had himself a nice night with 16 points and would be the hero Girard needed most.


Girard came out with the first 2 points of the game but Niles responded with 2 made 3’s from Anthony Budak and Niles went on to outscore Girard 8-4 after 1. Anthony Budak would put up all 8 for Niles while Stephen Sims found all 4 from within the paint for the Indians.


Things ramped up for Girard in the 2nd, scoring 13 points and limiting Niles to just 6 The Indians had the momentum they needed going into halftime leading 17-14. Niles saw True Cary-Harden score a long 3 while Yausene Blackmon found a nice layup down low. Girard saw the entrance of Ahmad curd to the floor with 6 points off of 2 made 3’s he had found the energy he needed. Kaiden Clare put up 5 points with a 2 and the 3 points that would give them the lead off of 3 made free throws he received after being fouled from shooting beyond the arc.


Niles had a hefty response in the 3rd with 15 points to Girards 9. Girard saw Ahmad Curd score 4 more points in the paint while Sims added 3 more from a 2 and 1 of 2 free throws made. Stefan Dorsey added some numbers to his stat sheet with 5 points including a contested 3. And Blackmon would add 4 more points to his total. 


The two teams played a close 4th with both teams trading 1 point leads before eventually seeing the game tied at 36. With 3 seconds left Girard called a timeout in order to receive an inbound closer to the hoop and from the inbound the Indians found Ahmad curd who would sprint down the court and push his way to the hoop and put in a gritty layup to seal the deal and send Niles home heartbroken! Harden put up 4 more points to finish with his team leading 10 while Girard saw most of their action from the free throw line where Dom Phillips went 4 for 8 and Curd went 2 for 6 while also finding two 2’s and finishing with his team leading 16 points.


It’s been a tough year for these young men but good things come to those who wait and work hard to achieve their goals and Girard certainly did both and they got to celebrate a big positive on this sour season. Niles (2-10) (0-6) will stay on the road when they face Lakeview on January 16th at 7:00PM and Girard (1-11) (1-5) will stay at home when they host South Range on January 16th at 7:00PM. 


Photo Credit: CM Photography

Ashtabula, OH- The Lakeside Dragons delivered a commanding performance as they outpaced the Conneaut Spartans in a high-scoring battle. The quarter scores tell the tale of Lakeside’s dominance, with the Dragons consistently maintaining on their lead throughout the game.

Quarter Scores:

  • Q1: Lakeside Dragons 43, Conneaut Spartans 18
  • Q2: Lakeside Dragons 25, Conneaut Spartans 27
  • Q3: Lakeside Dragons 18, Conneaut Spartans 18
  • Q4: Lakeside Dragons 19, Conneaut Spartans 19

Total Points:

  • Lakeside Dragons: 105
  • Conneaut Spartans: 82

The Lakeside Dragons led by top scrorer Dyln Newsome who scored 30 with 18 in the first quarter alone, showcased a well-rounded offensive effort, with multiple players contributing significantly to the team’s total points.

Lakeside Dragons – Top Scorers:

  • Dyln Newsome: 30 points
  • Aiden Hathy: 21 points
  • Chase Newsome: 14 points
  • Alex DiSalvatore: 8 points
  • Connor Mead: 8 points
  • Jarez Osborne: 9 points
  • Jay Lopez: 5 points
  • Zach Palmer: 3 points
  • Nick Roach: 3 points
  • Kerrye White: 2 points
  • Michael Hendricks: 2 points

Conneaut Spartans – Top Scorers:

  • Chance Loomis: 33 points
  • Jordan Kulko: 16 points
  • Noah Hamm: 16 points
  • Cole Stump: 6 points
  • JR Hutchinson: 4 points
  • Devonte Harris: 4 points
  • Cayson Hayes: 3 points

With this victory, the Lakeside Dragons improve their record to 3-7 and set the stage for an upcoming home game against the Hudson Explorers on 1/13/24. The Explorers, boasting a 7-4 record, will face a determined Lakeside team eager to continue their winning momentum.

Meanwhile, the Conneaut Spartans, now standing at 3-8, will gear up for a home matchup against the Edgewood Warriors on 1/16/24. The Warriors, coming off a close 69-67 overtime loss to the Madison Blue Streaks, will be looking to bounce back, setting the stage for an intense battle on the court.


By Tim Corso

NILES OH- Girard’s girls’ basketball team rolled past Niles on Thursday 71-35 in a NE8 showdown.

The Indians’ suffocating full court pressure dominated the Red Dragon’s offense forcing countless turnovers en route to the win.

Junior Makenzee White led all scorers with 25 points and was the driving force behind the Indians’ victory.

White knocked down a pair of her game-high three triples in the opening frame, in which Girard took off 29-8 and never looked back.

White also secured double-digit rebounds.

Mia Malito (12) and Ally Grossman (13) finished in double figures as well on the night.

Malito got to the charity stripe numerous times where she converted eight of her ten attempts.

Niles’ Gianna Wagner and Hannah Grimm both led the Red Dragons with five points apiece in the setback.

Coach Bornemiss’ squad improved to a better than .500 record (7-6) with the win, while Niles McKinley drops to 5-8.


Ashtabula, OH- In a hard-fought battle on the court, the St. John Heralds clashed with the Horizon Dragons, resulting in a final score of 67-78. The Dragons managed to secure the victory after an intense matchup that saw both teams giving their all.

Quarter Scores:

  • St. John Heralds: 13 | 17 | 23 | 14 = 67
  • Horizon Dragons: 13 | 24 | 22 | 19 = 78

Player Stats – St. John Heralds:

  • Anthony Severino: 26 points
  • Vin Narducci: 20 points
  • Anthony Petrochello: 8 points
  • Brady Cole: 6 points
  • AJ Henslee: 4 points
  • Don Crawford: 3 points

Player Stats – Horizon Dragons:

  • Raymond Jones: 24 points
  • TyShawn Ward: 15 points
  • Dejuan Bybee: 15 points
  • Jaleel Darries: 10 points
  • Geonni Adams: 8 points
  • Damorion Smeadly: 6 points

Despite the efforts of Anthony Severino and Vin Narducci, who contributed significantly with 26 and 20 points respectively for the Heralds, the Dragons managed to maintain the lead throughout the game. Raymond Jones led the Dragons with an impressive 24 points, supported by TyShawn Ward and Dejuan Bybee, each contributing 15 points.

Upcoming Matches:

  • The St. John Heralds (1-7) will be back on their home court to face the Chalker Wildcats (2-7) on 1/12/24. The Wildcats, coming off a tough loss to the Badger Braves (64-34), will be looking to bounce back.
  • The Horizon Dragons (3-5) are scheduled for a home game on 1/12/24 against the East Tech Scarabs. The Scarabs are fresh from a close encounter with the Beachwood Bison (61-55).

Both teams will be aiming to turn the tide in their upcoming matchups, hoping to build momentum as the season progresses. As the Heralds look to improve their record, and the Dragons aim to climb the ranks, basketball fans can anticipate more thrilling action on the court.



Ashtabula, OH-

In a thrilling display of skill and teamwork, the St. John Heralds secured a resounding victory against the Horizon Dragons, showcasing their dominance in every quarter of the game. The final scoreline reflected the Heralds’ prowess as they outscored the Dragons, finishing at 62-28.

Game Breakdown

First Quarter

The Heralds set the tone early in the game, establishing a lead with a score of 9-2. Alyssa Cevera led the charge with her impressive offensive play, contributing to the team’s early advantage.

Second Quarter

The momentum continued to swing in favor of the Heralds during the second quarter, where they outscored the Dragons 23-16. Grace DiSalvatore and Mickey Zheng emerged as key contributors, adding crucial points to extend the lead.

Third Quarter

The Heralds maintained their intensity in the third quarter, adding 21 more points to their tally. The Dragons struggled to contain the offensive onslaught, with the Heralds displaying remarkable teamwork. Alyssa Cevera, Grace DiSalvatore, and Mickey Zheng continued to shine on the court.

Fourth Quarter

Despite the game being well in hand, the Heralds didn’t let up in the final quarter. They closed out the match with a 9-5 run, securing an impressive 62-28 victory.

Player Stats

St. John Heralds:

  • Alyssa Cevera: 22 points
  • Grace DiSalvatore: 14 points
  • Mickey Zheng: 13 points
  • Caitlyn Carney: 4 points
  • Alexa Jordan: 2 points
  • Josyln Petro: 2 points
  • Rayah Spencer: 2 points
  • Izzy Holler: 2 points
  • Olivia Sposito: 1 point

Horizon Dragons:

  • Tydia Ward: 16 points
  • Don Ellis: 5 points
  • Zyon Jadaron: 5 points
  • Raniya Walker: 2 points

Upcoming Games

The St. John Heralds (3-7) are set to face the Lordstown Red Devils (0-11) on 1/11/24. The Red Devils, coming off a challenging loss, will be looking to bounce back. Meanwhile, the Horizon Dragons (1-5) will take on the Andrews Osborne Phoenix on the same date. The Phoenix, fresh from a defeat, will aim to turn their fortunes around against the Dragons


CANFIELD OH- South Range rebounded impressively on Tuesday, bouncing back from their previous defeat to Poland with a commanding 71-36 victory over Niles. The Raiders showcased their offensive prowess, leaving little room for Niles to counter.

Luke Rohan led the scoring onslaught for South Range, delivering a stellar performance with 25 points, including seven three-pointers. Dylan Turvey contributed 11 points, while Landon Moore, Nate Lewis, and Matt Singleton each added valuable points to secure the decisive win.

Niles, facing a tough challenge, had Stef Dorsey as their leading scorer with 10 points, closely followed by Anthony Budak contributing 7 points.

With this victory, South Range improves to a 7-4 record and enjoys a week off before their road matchup with Girard next Tuesday. On the other side, Niles (2-9) aims to bounce back as they face Girard on Friday in their upcoming contest.


Ashtabula, OH- The Dragons started the game strong, edging out the Eagles in the first quarter with a score of 14-13. However, the Eagles quickly responded, taking control in the second quarter with a 13-2 run. Lakeside struggled to find their offensive rhythm, managing only two points in the second quarter, allowing the Eagles to build a significant lead.

Despite a more competitive third quarter, where the Dragons put up 8 points to the Eagles’ 14, they couldn’t bridge the gap. The final quarter saw the Eagles extend their lead further, securing the victory with a 23-18 performance.

Quarter Scores:

  • Lakeside Dragons: 14 | 2 | 8 | 18 | 42
  • Geneva Eagles: 13 | 13 | 14 | 23 | 63

Player Highlights

Lakeside Dragons:

  • Alex DiSalvatore: Leading the Dragons in scoring with 15 points, DiSalvatore showcased his offensive prowess but couldn’t single-handedly turn the tide.
  • Aiden Hathy: Contributing 11 points, Hathy displayed resilience in the face of the Eagles’ defense.
  • Dyln Newsome: Adding 7 points to the Dragons’ total, Newsome fought hard on both ends of the court.

Geneva Eagles:

  • Luke Barbo: The standout performer for the Eagles, Barbo led all scorers with an impressive 18 points, playing a pivotal role in his team’s victory.
  • Haiden Diemer and Luke Smith: Providing additional firepower, Diemer and Smith contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively, further solidifying the Eagles’ offensive dominance.

Looking Ahead

With this loss, the Lakeside Dragons (2-7) face a challenging matchup at home against the Conneaut Spartans (3-7) on 1/12/24. The Spartans, coming off a tough loss to the Madison Blue Streaks, will be seeking redemption, making this a crucial game for both teams.

On the other hand, the Geneva Eagles (9-2) continue their impressive season, gearing up for a home game against the Perry Pirates (4-4) on 1/12/24. The Pirates are riding high after a convincing win over the Harvey Red Raiders, setting the stage for an exciting clash between two talented teams.

As the Dragons regroup for their next game, they’ll look to learn from this experience and come back stronger in their pursuit of success on the court.


NILES OH- South Range continued their winning streak with a convincing 50-21 victory over Niles on Monday night, securing their third consecutive triumph.

Gwen Lowry delivered a stellar performance with a career-high 23 points, leading the charge for South Range. Sophia Lucente contributed 10 points, and Sydney Penick added 5 points to solidify the team’s success.

Niles faced a tough challenge, with Kherington Stanford as their leading scorer with 10 points.

Looking ahead, South Range (5-7) aims to extend their winning streak to four games when they host Girard on Saturday. Meanwhile, Niles (5-7) is set to face Girard next on their schedule, hosting the Indians on Thursday as they seek to rebound from the defeat.


Photo Credit: CM Photography

Painesville, OH- In a closely contested match on the road, the Lakeside Dragons faced off against the Harvey Red Raiders, ultimately succumbing to a 60-51 defeat. The Dragons put up a strong fight throughout the game, but the Red Raiders managed to secure the victory with a display of skill and determination in the final minute.

Game Overview:

Quarter Scores:

  • Harvey Red Raiders: 14 | 12 | 11 | 23 | 60
  • Lakeside Dragons: 13 | 14 | 12 | 12 | 51

Player Stats:

Harvey Red Raiders Total Points:

  • Chase Goines: 17
  • Davon Badley: 2
  • Mason Haffa: 9
  • Armani Hall: 7
  • Deonte Ware: 7
  • Neeman Booker: 7
  • Brandon Bildstein: 2
  • Braylon Johnson: 9

Lakeside Dragons Total Points:

  • Dyln Newsome: 29
  • Aiden Hathy: 11
  • Alec DiSalvatore: 6
  • Kerrye White: 2
  • Jay Lopez: 3

Player Highlights:

Despite the loss, Lakeside’s junior guard Dyln Newsome showcased an outstanding performance, finishing the game with an impressive 29 points. Newsome’s contribution included a remarkable 4 out of 5 three-pointers, demonstrating his prowess beyond the arc.

Upcoming Matches:

The Lakeside Dragons (2-6) are gearing up for their next game at home against the formidable Geneva Eagles (8-2) on January 9, 2024. The Eagles are entering the matchup with confidence after a convincing 91-64 victory over the Conneaut Spartans.

Meanwhile, the Harvey Red Raiders (6-4) are set to play at home on the same date against the Perry Pirates (3-4). The Pirates are coming off a close 67-64 win against the Edgewood Warriors and will be looking to build on their momentum.

The Lakeside Dragons remain determined to bounce back and secure a win in their upcoming clash, aiming to turn the tide in their favor as they face the Geneva Eagles in front of their home crowd.