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STRUTHERS OH- In a captivating NE8 matchup on Thursday, Niles and Struthers engaged in a thrilling contest that went down to the wire. Ultimately, Niles emerged victorious with a narrow 47-46 win, showcasing their resilience and composure in crucial moments.

Niles saw balanced scoring across their roster, with Kherington Stanford leading the team with 11 points, followed closely by Caroline Cormell with 10 points. Hannah Grimm and Katie Heinselman contributed 8 and 7 points, respectively, as part of a collective effort.

Despite the narrow defeat, Struthers demonstrated their offensive prowess, led by Ava Croyle’s impressive 17-point performance, securing the game-high in scoring. Emma Morris added 11 points to the team’s effort.

Niles (5-6) looks to build on this thrilling victory as they host South Range in the upcoming league play on Monday. Struthers (2-8) will hit the road for their next challenge, facing Lakeview on Monday.


Ashtabula, OH- In a commanding display of skill and teamwork, the Grand Valley Mustangs girls’ basketball team secured a resounding victory over the Lakeside Dragons. The final scoreline, 60-23, showcased the Mustangs’ dominance in every quarter of the game.

Quarter Scores

Lakeside Dragons: 6 | 8 | 7 | 2 – Total: 23
Grand Valley Mustangs: 20 | 12 | 10 | 18 – Total: 60

Player Stats

Lakeside Dragons

  • Marlaya McCoy: 9 points
  • Jalena Torrence: 6 points
  • AnnaMae Walter: 8 points

Grand Valley Mustangs

  • Morgan Crawford: 19 points (including three 3-pointers)
  • Dixie Miller: 12 points, 13+ rebounds
  • Abbey Eland: 2 points
  • Reagan Boiarski: 8 points
  • Alex Hunt: 4 points
  • Kaitlyn Bauman: 2 points
  • Cloe Turk: 9 points
  • Kira Dolan: 4 points

Morgan Crawford’s exceptional performance stood out as she led all scorers with 19 points, showcasing her accuracy from beyond the arc with three successful 3-pointers. Dixie Miller, not only contributing 12 points but also wrangling in over 10 rebounds for a double double which played a pivotal role in securing the Mustangs’ dominance on both ends of the court.

Upcoming Matches

The Grand Valley Mustangs (7-3) are set to play a crucial home game against the Wickliffe Blue Devils (7-2) on 1/5/24. The Blue Devils are entering the matchup with momentum from a 44-29 triumph over the Brooklyn Hurricanes.

Meanwhile, the Lakeside Dragons (1-7) will look to rebound in their upcoming home game against the Conneaut Spartans (3-6). The Spartans are riding high on a convincing 62-24 victory over the Girard Yellowjackets.


NILES OH- Liberty showcased their resilience and determination on Tuesday night, securing an impressive 60-43 victory over Niles and injecting new momentum into their season. The road win against the Dragons highlighted Liberty’s ability to execute effectively and control the pace of the game.

Evan Bates led the scoring charge for Liberty with a stellar 25-point performance, showcasing his offensive prowess. Armani Franklin added 14 points, and Adam Huynh contributed 8 points, providing valuable support to the team’s scoring effort.

For Niles, Yausene Blackman led the Dragons with 13 points, while Anthony Budak and True Carey-Hardin added 11 and 9 points, respectively.

With this win, Liberty improves to a 2-8 record and will carry the positive momentum into league play on Friday as they host Garfield, aiming for their third consecutive victory. On the other side, Niles, standing at 2-7, will regroup and prepare for their upcoming matchup at home against Struthers on Friday. The game highlighted Liberty’s determination and sets the stage for both teams as they continue their journey through the season.


SALEM OH- Salem continued their winning streak on Friday night, securing a hard-fought 64-58 victory over Niles in a challenging non-conference matchup.

Spearheading Salem’s offensive effort, Colin Riesen contributed 16 points, while Lance Bailey and Camden Sampson both delivered standout performances with 18 points each. Evan Jones added 9 points to round out Salem’s scoring distribution.

Niles put up a resilient fight, with Anthony Budak leading their scoring efforts with 17 points, closely followed by Avon Fryer and Stef Dorsey, who each contributed 11 points.

The win marks Salem’s second consecutive triumph, highlighting their resilience and determination on the court. Salem looks ahead to their next challenge on January 5th at Carrollton, while Niles will return home after Christmas to host Edgewood on December 29th, aiming to regroup and bounce back in their upcoming matchup.

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Ashtabula, OH- The Lakeside Dragons have proudly unveiled Terrence Henton as their new head football coach, a homegrown talent with a deep connection to the Ashtabula Area City School District. Graduating in 1993, Henton’s journey from a standout running back to a mentor and coach exemplifies his commitment to the community and the sport he loves.

Henton’s football legacy began with the Ashtabula Panthers, a team that later merged with the Harbor Mariners to create the formidable Lakeside Dragons. His exceptional talents and unwavering work ethic earned him a spot with the renowned Ashland Eagles, a top-tier Division 2 football program. Transitioning to wide receiver in college, Henton maximized his speed and athleticism, showcasing his versatility on the field.

The coaching trajectory in Henton’s career took flight in 2004 when he joined Lakeside as a track coach. His passion for developing young talent became evident in 2007 when he stepped into the realm of youth football coaching, leaving an indelible mark on many of the area’s best high school players.

In 2017, Henton embraced the challenge of coaching high school players as a WR/DB. His coaching acumen flourished further when he assumed the role of Lakeside junior high head football coach for two seasons starting in 2019. A pivotal moment in Henton’s coaching journey unfolded in 2022 when he joined forces with Olajuwon Cooper, Head Football Coach of the Edgewood Warriors, as Offensive Coordinator. Together, they orchestrated one of the most prolific and record-breaking offenses in Ashtabula County history, guiding Tony Hall to become the all-time leader in both single-season and career touchdowns and passing yards.

Beyond the local arena, Henton has dedicated the past four years to coaching at the Nike Elite 11 QB camps, honing the skills of some of the nation’s most promising players and programs.

Henton’s decision to stay close to home and contribute to the community that shaped him is rooted in deep pride. “IM FROM BULA!! they wrote a song about it!!! I rep Ashtabula everywhere I go. I’m not from Cleveland or Youngstown!!! IM FROM BULA!!” he declares passionately, reflecting on the cherished memories of his upbringing, from the scent of popcorn and pizza to purchasing game tickets at Betty’s beauty shop.

Coaching, for Henton, is not just a job; it’s a calling. His ability to form lasting relationships with his players is a testament to his genuine desire to positively impact the lives of youth through sport. When asked about his coaching philosophy, Henton fervently states, “I coach because of the coaches I had!! My youth coach Gary Butte took me in like a son… Roby Potts is the Nick Saban/Kirby Smart in my life.”

Acknowledging the accomplishments of his predecessor, Coach Buzz Edwards, Henton expresses deep respect for the transformative work done in turning the Lakeside Dragons’ program around. “Buzz doesn’t get enough credit for what he has done,” affirms Henton. “He will always be one of the smartest football guys in my phone!! I told him I will keep picking his brain until he says get away.”

In addition to his gratitude towards Edwards, Henton commends Edgewood’s head football coach Olajuwon Cooper and Athletic Director Steve Kray. The opportunity and trust bestowed upon him to lead the youth at Edgewood High School are sources of everlasting gratitude for Henton.

Terrence Henton is a man deeply invested in the area, the students, and the future success of the Lakeside Dragons football program. His commitment, passion, and genuine care for the community set the stage for an exciting new chapter in the Dragons’ football journey.


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East Ashtabula, OH- In another matchup that kept fans on the edge of their seats to the very end, the Edgewood Warriors emerged victorious against the Lakeside Dragons with a final score of 62-61. The game showcased intense competition, with both teams delivering stellar performances and the outcome hinging on a dramatic last-minute sequence.

Player Point Totals:

Edgewood Warriors:

  • Peyton Williams: 3 points
  • Brady Andrejack: 12 points
  • Jacob Ernst: 17 points
  • Russell Thomas: 5 points
  • Logan Kray: 21 points
  • Mason Thorr: 4 points

Lakeside Dragons:

  • Alex DiSalvatore: 26 points
  • Dyln Newsome: 11 points
  • Aiden Hathy: 13 points
  • Chase Newsome: 8 points
  • Jarez Osborne: 3 points

The Dragons fought fiercely and managed to take a narrow lead, 61-60, after Dyln Newsome’s clutch layup with just 5 seconds remaining. However, the Warriors quickly responded, and in a heart-stopping moment, Logan Kray received the inbound pass and drove the length of the court. With only 0.3 seconds left on the clock, Kray was fouled and calmly sank both free throws, securing a thrilling 62-61 victory for the Edgewood Warriors. They say pressure both bursts pipes and creates diamonds and Kray showed that he could shine brightly.

With this win, the Warriors improve to a 4-1 record and will face the Pymatuning Valley Lakers (5-2) in their upcoming home game on 12/22/23. The Lakeside Dragons (2-3) will hit the road to take on the Chardon Hilltoppers (1-1) on 12/23/22. The Hilltoppers, coming off a home game against the Geneva Eagles, will be looking to make an impact in their matchup against the Dragons.


NILES OH- Poland continued their perfect record in the NE8 on Monday, securing a decisive 46-28 victory on the road against Niles.

Mary Brant led the scoring for Poland with an impressive 16 points, supported by Leanna Boccieri and Elliana Thompson, each contributing 9 points. Leanne Williams added 8 points to the scoreboard.

On the Niles side, Caroline Cormell and Kherington Stanford each scored 6 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Poland’s dominance.

With this win, Poland advances to a 5-3 record and will return home to host Lakeview on Thursday. Niles, now at 2-5, will hit the road to face Mathews on Thursday. Poland’s continued success in the NE8 sets the stage for an intriguing season as they navigate upcoming challenges.


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Ashtabula, OH- In a back and forth exciting game with long 3’s and big blocks, the Lakeside Dragons emerged victorious against the Madison Blue Streaks with a final score of 59-50. The Dragons showcased their resilience and skill in a matchup that saw both teams fighting tooth and nail for every point.

Key Players Shine for Lakeside: The Dragons’ success in this game can be attributed to the standout performances of key players. Dyln Newsome, with his sharpshooting prowess, stole the spotlight by sinking two crucial three-pointers in the fourth quarter, finishing the game with an impressive 21 points. Aiden Hathy made his presence felt on both ends of the court, contributing 13 points and delivering six emphatic blocked shots that ignited the crowd.

The Dragons’ balanced scoring attack included notable contributions from Alex DiSalvatore, Connor Mead, Jay Lopez, and Chase Newsome. Together, they formed a cohesive unit that proved too much for the Blue Streaks to handle.

Upcoming Clash with Edgewood Warriors: With this hard-fought victory, the Lakeside Dragons improve their season record to 2-2. The team’s next challenge lies in a road matchup against the Edgewood Warriors on December 20, 2023. The Dragons will be looking to carry the momentum from this win and gain an edge over their crosstown rivals, the undefeated Warriors.

Seth Negin’s Sharpshooting Not Enough for Madison: Despite a valiant effort from the Madison Blue Streaks, led by the sharpshooting Seth Negin, who nailed four three-pointers en route to a 17-point performance, they couldn’t overcome the Dragons’ offensive onslaught. Mac Steel and Dom Magda also made solid contributions with 14 and 10 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough to secure the win.

Next Challenge for Madison: The Madison Blue Streaks, with a season record of 3-2, will be regrouping for their upcoming home game against the Perry Pirates. The Pirates, coming off a dominating 75-39 win over the Conneaut Spartans, will be aiming to build on their success. Madison looks to bounce back and continue their pursuit of victory in what promises to be another thrilling matchup.

As the Lakeside Dragons savor their hard-earned win, and the Madison Blue Streaks regroup for their next challenge, basketball enthusiasts eagerly await the clash between Lakeside and Edgewood, anticipating another intense battle between these fierce rivals.


Ashtabula, OH- In a high-scoring showdown, the Jefferson Falcons soared to a commanding 68-40 triumph over the Lakeside Dragons. The Falcons showcased their offensive prowess, particularly from beyond the arc, en route to their first conference victory of the season.

Quarter by Quarter Recap:

  • First Quarter: The game kicked off with both teams battling fiercely, but the Falcons managed to edge ahead with a 15-13 lead.
  • Second Quarter: Jefferson continued to build momentum, outscoring Lakeside 19-13 in the second quarter. The offensive effort was led by sharpshooter Anthony Covetta, who contributed significantly to the Falcons’ growing point total.
  • Third Quarter: The Falcons dominated the third quarter, posting an impressive 21 points while holding Lakeside scoreless. The Lakeside Dragons faced a challenging defensive effort from the Falcons.
  • Fourth Quarter: Although Lakeside fought back in the final quarter, the Falcons maintained their offensive prowess, securing a 68-40 victory by the end of the game.

Top Performers:

  • Jefferson Falcons:
    • Joey DeGeorge was the standout performer for the Falcons, contributing a staggering 30 points to the team’s total.
    • Anthony Covetta showcased his sharpshooting skills, knocking down four crucial three-pointers and finishing the game with 16 points.
    • Robbie Pisano also played a key role, adding 9 points to the scoreboard while creating extra possesions with multiple steals.
  • Lakeside Dragons:
    • Connor Mead led the Lakeside team with 13 points, showcasing his scoring ability.
    • Jay Lopez and Dylan Newsome also made valuable contributions, with 8 and 7 points, respectively.

Beyond the Arc: The Falcons’ success beyond the arc was a defining factor in the game, as they sunk a total of seven three-pointers. Anthony Covetta, in particular, proved deadly from long range with four successful three-point shots.

Upcoming Matches:

The Jefferson Falcons, now boasting a 1-3 record, will look to build on their success as they face the Conneaut Spartans on December 22, 2023. The Lakeside Dragons, with a 1-2 record, will aim to rebound at home against the Madison Blue Streaks, who are coming off a victory over the Geneva Eagles. The upcoming matchups promise to be intense battles as both teams seek to make their mark in the conference standings.


Photo Credit: Edgewood Athletics

East Ashtabula- In a commanding performance, the Edgewood Warriors girls’ basketball team maintained their perfect record by overpowering the Lakeside Dragons in a decisive 75-37 victory. The Warriors showcased a balanced offense and stifling defense throughout the game, leaving their opponents struggling to keep pace.

Key Players Shine for Edgewood

Several Warriors contributed significantly to the team’s impressive point total. Leading the charge was Katie McCollister with a standout performance, accumulating 16 points. Mckenna Vencill also played a pivotal role, adding 15 points to the scoreboard. The scoring was well-distributed among the team, emphasizing the depth of talent within the Edgewood roster.

Lakeside’s Efforts Fall Short

Despite a valiant effort from Lakeside, Marlaya McCoy’s notable contribution of 21 points couldn’t bridge the gap against Edgewood’s relentless attack. The Dragons faced a formidable opponent in the Warriors, who demonstrated not only individual skill but also a cohesive team strategy that proved too much for Lakeside to handle.

Looking Ahead

With this victory, the Edgewood Warriors maintain their undefeated status with a 5-0 record. The team now sets its sights on a road matchup against the Perry Pirates (4-1) on December 15, 2023. The Pirates are eager to rebound from a close loss to the Madison Blue Streaks and will undoubtedly present a challenge for the Warriors.

On the other side, the Lakeside Dragons (0-5) will hit the road to face the Harvey Red Raiders (1-4) on the same date. The Red Raiders, coming off a tough loss to the Geneva Eagles, will be looking to secure a win on their home court. The Dragons aim to bounce back and turn their season around with a strong showing against the Red Raiders. Both matchups promise exciting basketball action as teams vie for crucial victories in the ongoing season.