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EAST PALESTINE, OH- In a flex on their home court, the East Palestine Lady Bulldogs stormed into the OHSAA Tournament with an emphatic opening-round victory over Fairport Harding. Riding the wave of momentum they had built late in the season, the Lady Bulldogs dominated the court, sealing a resounding 45-11 win.

The standout of the game was undoubtedly Leila Martin, who delivered a career-high performance, lighting up the scoreboard with an impressive 22 points. Her stellar play not only energized her teammates but also showcased her individual talent and determination on the court.

Backing up Martin’s stellar performance, Gabby Andre contributed 11 points, showcasing her own offensive prowess and helping to extend the Lady Bulldogs’ lead. Marah Zimmerman added 5 points to the scoreboard, while Marley Blythe and Alivia Magness rounded out the scoring with 4 and 2 points respectively.

The victory wasn’t just about the final score; it was a testament to the Lady Bulldogs’ hard work, dedication, and teamwork throughout the season. Their late-season surge had ignited a fire within the team, propelling them to a dominant performance when it mattered most.



EAST PALESTINE, OH- In a thrilling Wednesday night showdown, the East Palestine Lady Bulldogs triumphed over the Toronto Red Knights with a final score of 30-23. The victory not only marked a significant win for the team but also held a special significance as they celebrated Senior Night. Adding to the jubilation, Coach Will Franklin achieved a remarkable milestone by securing his 100th career victory on the same memorable evening.

From the opening tip-off, the Lady Bulldogs displayed determination and resilience on the court. Led by the senior leadership of Leila Martin, East Palestine showcased their offensive prowess with Martin delivering an impressive performance, contributing 12 points to the team’s victory. Martin’s skillful play and leadership set the tone for the Bulldogs’ relentless pursuit of success.

Supporting Martin’s stellar performance, Jasmine Ludt and Alivia Magness added valuable contributions to the offensive attack, each tallying 6 points apiece. Ludt and Magness demonstrated their versatility and skill, complementing Martin’s scoring efforts with their own decisive plays throughout the game.

Gabby Andre and Marah Zimmerman also made notable contributions to the Bulldogs’ offensive output, with each player adding 3 points to the team’s tally. Their timely baskets and tenacious defense proved instrumental in securing the victory for East Palestine on this memorable occasion.

Despite the formidable challenge posed by the Toronto Red Knights, the Lady Bulldogs remained resilient and focused throughout the contest. Toronto’s leading scorer, Michelle Anderson, demonstrated her scoring prowess, while JJ Rebich and Ashton Thomas contributed 5 and 4 points respectively. However, the Lady Bulldogs’ cohesive teamwork and unwavering determination ultimately proved decisive in securing the victory.

The atmosphere was electric as fans cheered on their beloved Lady Bulldogs, celebrating both the team’s triumph and Coach Will Franklin’s remarkable milestone. Franklin’s dedication and leadership have been instrumental in guiding the Lady Bulldogs to numerous victories, and his achievement of 100 career wins is a testament to his unwavering commitment to excellence.  Franklin has led EP since 2013 and is the only coach in the girls’ program to ever lead his team to a conference title.

As the final buzzer sounded, the East Palestine Lady Bulldogs celebrated a hard-fought victory and a momentous milestone in Coach Franklin’s career. The win not only serves as a testament to the team’s talent and determination but also underscores the significance of Senior Night as a tribute to the invaluable contributions of the team’s graduating seniors.


SALINEVILLE OH- In a memorable night for Southern senior Ashley Shroades, she achieved a significant milestone, surpassing the 2,000-point mark in her illustrious career. The Indians capitalized on this momentum, cruising to a commanding 55-20 victory over East Palestine.

Ashley Shroades led the charge with an impressive 30-point performance, showcasing her scoring prowess. Josie Stanley added 11 points, while Makenna Jones and Alyssa Shroades contributed 6 and 5 points, respectively.

East Palestine saw Gabby Andre and Marah Zimmerman each score 6 points in their effort.

With the win, Southern boasts a 10-5 record and looks forward to a home conference matchup against Valley Christian on Saturday. East Palestine (8-8) is set to host Wellsville on Monday, seeking to rebound from the challenging contest. Ashley Shroades’ milestone night added an extra layer of significance to Southern’s dominant performance.


EAST PALESTINE, OH- The Lady Bulldogs spread the wealth in the points column on Monday night in a win against their EOAC foe, the Leetonia Lady Bears in a 47-17 victory.

Leila Martin led all scorers with 19 points all over the floor while going 4/8 from the free-throw line.  Gabby Andre also found herself with double digits in scoring with 10, including two from long range and going 2/2 from the line.  Jasmine Ludt scored six, while Marah Zimmerman, and the freshmen tandem of Marley Blythe and Alivia Magness each posted four points in the contest.

For Leetonia, Breyle Merritt scored 7, while she was supplemented with Taylor Chapman’s five points, Star Neel’s three tallies, and a bucket from Alee Keyes.

EP improves to 8-11, and 6-4 in the EOAC, while Leetonia drops to 1-17 and 0-11 in the conference.


YOUNGSTOWN, OH- In a commanding performance, the East Palestine Bulldogs secured a resounding win against Valley Christian with a final score of 52-17. The game showcased East Palestine’s offensive prowess and solid defense, leaving Valley Christian struggling to keep up throughout the matchup.

The scoring unfolded quarter by quarter, highlighting East Palestine’s consistent and dominant play:

East Palestine’s offensive efforts were led by a balanced scoring attack, with Leila Martin and Alivia Magness each contributing 13 points to the team’s total. Marah Zimmerman also played a significant role, adding 13 points to the Bulldogs’ impressive scoring display. The Bulldogs displayed efficiency from the free-throw line, converting 16 of 28 attempts.

Valley Christian faced a challenging defensive effort from East Palestine, struggling to find offensive opportunities. The scoring for Valley Christian was led by Levy with 6 points, while Miles added 4 points to the team’s total. The Bulldogs’ defensive prowess limited Valley Christian’s scoring options, resulting in a challenging night for the Eagles.

The Bulldogs’ control over the game was evident in all aspects of play, from scoring to defense. East Palestine’s commitment to both ends of the court showcased their determination and skill.

While Valley Christian managed to sink one three-pointer courtesy of Levy, East Palestine’s overall defensive effort limited the Eagles’ ability to capitalize from beyond the arc.

As the game concluded, East Palestine’s dominance secured a convincing victory, providing a testament to their teamwork and execution on the court. The Bulldogs’ well-rounded performance showcased their capabilities and set a positive tone for the remainder of the season.


EAST PALESTINE: 17-14-19-2–52

VALLEY CHRISTIAN: 4- 1- 9-3–17


EAST PALESTINE OH- In an impressive display on Friday night, Lisbon maintained their unbeaten streak in the EOAC, overpowering East Palestine with a final score of 82-54.

Key contributors for Lisbon included Trevor Siefke, leading the scoring with 27 points, followed by Hunter Dailey with 16 points and Alex Schreffler contributing 15 points. Luke Kraft and Tate Wallen added to the well-rounded performance with 11 and 10 points, respectively. East Palestine’s efforts were led by RJ May with 19 points, and Owen Jurjavcic and Drew Bycroft contributing 11 and 8 points.

With an 11-2 record, Lisbon looks ahead to their next challenge on Friday against Columbiana. East Palestine, standing at 3-8, is set to play against the Academy of Urban Scholars on Tuesday.


EAST PALESTINE, OH- There are many that look at the 2024 East Palestine Girls Basketball roster and wonder what the future will look like, and the  exciting potential it has in Bulldog Country.  Then there’s the actual roster this season that realizes that there is no time like the present to put potential on full display.  That was apparent on Thursday night in EP as the Lady Bulldogs showcased a true team victory to the tune of 38-29 over EOAC rival, Lisbon.

Senior Leila Martin helped EP shake off a slow start by leading all scorers with 17 points, and hustled on both sides of the floor.  Freshman Alivia Magness was a bright light for the Bulldogs as well, and she tallied seven points in victory.  Senior Gabby Andre had a pair of three-pointers that dazzled all in attendance as well, while freshman Marley Blythe chipped in 4 points in a great effort.

Lisbon was led by Layla Brown who was all over the floor and contributed 12 points on the evening. Morgan Lively was contested by double-teams throughout the night but was still able to post 9 points, while Alyssa Wells and Brooklyn Cousins were held to 3 points apiece.

The Lady Bulldogs improve to 5-7 overall and 3-4 in the conference, while Lisbon drops to 3-9 and 2-6 in the EOAC.


EAST LIVERPOOL OH- In a commanding performance, East Liverpool wasted no time establishing their dominance, running away with a convincing 43-19 victory over East Palestine on Wednesday.

Leading the charge for East Liverpool, Kenzie Headley displayed her scoring prowess with 14 points, while Aynsley Galeoti contributed 10 points. Reagan Edwards and Dacianelle Andrews each added 5 points to solidify the team’s comprehensive win.

Despite the effort from East Palestine, with Leila Martin scoring 8 points, they found themselves unable to withstand East Liverpool’s relentless attack.

With this decisive win, East Liverpool advances to an 8-7 record, aiming to stay above .500 in their next Wednesday matchup as they host Southern. East Palestine, now at 5-7, looks to regroup and jump back into league play on Thursday as they host Lisbon, seeking a positive shift in their season.


COLUMBIANA, OH- The Traveling Trophy between Columbiana and East Palestine will stay in place for another year thanks to an 81-46 final on Tuesday Night.

Columbiana Junior Seth Struharik was unstoppable on offense, as Agent Zero tallied a game-high 24 points on the night, including six splashes from deep.  Senior Alex Eusebio had a career night with 13 points, and Maddox Brown was also in double figures with 11, and dunked one down for all in attendance.  Other key contributors for the Clippers included Cam Clancy, and Ian Less who each posted 7 respectively.  Devin Daugherty had eight points, Cooper Brown had six, and Santino Gaglione had five in the win.

For East Palestine, Will Dixon got it done all over the floor while finishing with 12 points and led the Bulldogs in scoring.  Kyler Bourne showcased incredible work in the paint and finished with 10 points, while the Bulldogs were supplemented by a group effort RJ May and Drw Bycroft had 8 points, and Owen Jurjavcic had six.

The Clippers (8-3, 6-1) remain one loss behind EOAC-leading Lisbon, but those two will tie up next Friday to settle the score.  East Palestine will drop to 3-7 overall and 1-6 in the conference.  The Clippers will visit Southern on Friday, and EP will play host the Lisbon in the Dog Pound.


COLUMBIANA OH- Columbiana geared up for a crucial showdown for first place in the EOAC with a commanding 53-22 victory over East Palestine on Monday. Averi Marshall led the Clippers’ charge with 14 points, complemented by Evy Rapp, Taylor Along, and Megan Moser each contributing 7 points.

East Palestine’s efforts were led by Gabby Andre and Marley Blythe, both scoring 6 points.

With this win, Columbiana boasts a 10-1 record, setting the stage for a pivotal clash against Southern Local on Thursday. The match will determine the leader in the EOAC. East Palestine, now at 5-6, looks ahead to a Wednesday matchup against East Liverpool.