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SALINEVILLE, OH- In an emotional and compelling episode of the YSN podcast “Southern Local Girls Basketball Coach’s Corner,” host DJ Yokley sat down with the renowned and occasionally polarizing local basketball coach, Mike Skrinjar.

Coach Skrinjar shared his fervent passion for the game and his dedication to his team’s success, describing the intensity that has become his coaching hallmark. He recounted the profound experiences he’s had with his senior players, particularly delving into the struggles that stoke his drive to mentor and inspire.

Mike is no stranger to the spotlight in his hometown, acknowledging the weight of community expectations that come with the job. Yet, he remains undeterred, focusing on the positive impact he can have on his athletes’ lives. In a moving segment, he spoke about the tragic loss of a former player, using the sorrow as motivation to pour his heart into the game and life itself.

One of the spotlight stories Yokley and Skrinjar tackled was that of Ashley Shrodes, a player whose tenacity and skill on the basketball court have largely gone unnoticed. Despite the odds, Ashley’s exceptional scoring and defensive prowesses raised the bar for high school athletes. Her persistence and unparalleled work ethic, often translating to feats in scoring and steals, have solidified her status as an ultimate competitor.

Over the past six years, Coach Skrinjar has overseen and contributed to the profound growth of the Southern Local girls’ basketball program. Challenges have been transformed into lessons in character building and resilience. Yokley lauded Skrinjar’s distinctive coaching techniques, borne from his diverse background as an athlete and educator.

Skrinjar’s philosophy extends beyond the court, as he draws inspiration from figures like Dennis Rodman, advocating for authenticity and the pursuit of greatness in everyone. His coaching quirks, ranging from his sartorial choices to his ritual collection of field dirt, capture the essence of his unique approach.

As the conversation wound down, there was a mutual expression of respect between Coach Skrinjar and host DJ Yokley, closing out an episode that put a spotlight on the local heroes of basketball and the vibrant culture surrounding them.

The podcast ended with both men acknowledging the impact that uplifting figures like Coach Skrinjar have on young athletes, and how their mentorship extends beyond sport, shaping lives for the better in Southern Local and beyond.




SALINEVILLE, OH- In a recent exclusive interview with YSN, Southern Local’s basketball star Ashley Shroades opened up about her impressive achievements and future plans. Shroades, the all-time leading scorer in Columbiana County, has left an indelible mark on the local basketball scene, scoring an astonishing 2000 points in her high school career.

During the interview, Shroades reflected on the influence she has had on aspiring athletes in the community, emphasizing the importance of being a role model for both boys and girls. Her dedication to her craft and her ability to balance academic pursuits, leadership, and athletic excellence were evident during the candid conversation with YSN’s DJ Yokley.

Shroades expressed her ambitions of playing basketball at the collegiate level, aiming for Division II or III programs while pursuing a career in veterinary sciences. Her passion for animals and her determination to excel off the court reflect the depth of her character.

Through the interview, Shroades shed light on the crucial support of her parents and coach in shaping her work ethic and focus. She revealed her aspirations to leave not just a legacy of basketball prowess, but also of kindness and teamwork, demonstrating exceptional maturity and a commendable degree of self-awareness for a young athlete.

Accompanied by a spirited discussion about her coach’s unconventional fashion choices, the interview offered a glimpse into the endearing and down-to-earth personality behind the basketball phenom.
As Shroades enters the final months of her high school career, she continues to pursue new milestones, including breaking the all-time season assist record, while aiming for success in the upcoming championships. Her resilience, competitive spirit, and dedication to her community have carved a place for her as a beloved figure in the Southern Local basketball program.



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.


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- 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.


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.


LISBON, OH- United came in tied with Columbiana atop the girl’s standings in the EOAC, and Lisbon had hopes to play spoiler heading into Monday’s contest.  Unfortunately for the Lady Devils, those hopes were dashed early in the game with the relentless attack from the Lady Eagles to the tune of 46-18.

Lisbon kept things tight with some early points, including a big three from Brooklyn Cousins to give the Lady Devils an early lead, but the second-chance opportunities for United were just too much.  The Lady Eagles have 6 players listed as 5’10 or above on their roster- and the made the most of it on Monday night.

One of those players, senior Grace Knight, finished with a game-high 23 points in the victory.  Knight’s jumper was spot on all night, and her teammates kept dishing the rock to her as she had open looks time after time.  Sam Lippiatt finished the game with 8 points on the night, the Eagles were supplemented with Grayson Kidder’s five points, and four-point performances from Katie Dees and Addy Blazer.

For Lisbon, Captain Morgan Lively lit up the scoreboard for 12 points to lead the Lady Devils.  Brooklyn Cousins had a three-pointer, and Amore Ramos had a bucket along with Jayden Smyth’s free throw.

United improves to 9-3 overall, and 7-1 in the conference, while Lisbon falls to 3-9 overall and 2-6 in the EOAC.


YOUNGSTOWN, OH- In a commanding performance, the Lisbon Devils’ girls basketball team secured their first victory of the season by defeating Valley Christian with a resounding scoreline of 56-23 in Monday’s matchup.

Leading the charge for Lisbon was Morgan Lively, who showcased an exceptional all-around performance with 23 points, 13 rebounds, five steals, and five blocks. Jayden Smyth also made significant contributions, adding 10 points, six rebounds, and six steals to the team’s winning effort. Brooklyn Cousins played a pivotal role, tallying seven assists for the Devils.

Valley spread their offensive wealth between Mikayla Crum, and Ashley Gonzalez’s six points apiece.

The Lisbon junior varsity team also emerged victorious, winning the two-quarter game 16-10, with Jayden Smyth leading the scoring with eight points.

Lisbon’s upcoming challenge will be hosting Leetonia on Thursday, with the action kicking off with an eighth-grade game at 5 PM, followed by the varsity matchup.

**Game Summary:**
Lisbon Devils: 10-18-12-16–56
Valley Christian:6-4-8-5–23

Lisbon Scoring:
– Brooklyn Cousins: 5 points
– Morgan Lively: 23 points
– Alysa Wells: 3 points
– Lylah Brown: 9 points
– Jayden Smyth: 10 points
– Amore Ramos: 6 points
– Michaela Farson: 0 points
– Gionna Leninger: 0 points

Valley Scoring:
– Mikayla Crum: 6 points
– Ashley Gonzalez: 6 points
– Nia Jones: 4 points
– Aaliyah Underwood: 3 points
– Nevaeh Williams: 2 points
– Kayvonna Crocket: 2 points

Three-Point Goals:
– Lisbon: 5 (Smyth 2, Cousins, Wells, Brown)
– Valley: 4 (Crum 2, Gonzalez, Underwood)



COLUMBIANA, OH- In a dominant display, the Columbiana Lady Clippers asserted their position at the summit of the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference (EOAC) with a commanding 46-22 victory over Wellsville on Monday.

Fueling the Clippers’ triumph, Ellie Venezia led the charge with an impressive 11 points, while Taylor Long contributed 10 points to the team’s decisive win. The Clippers’ stellar performance propelled them to a 5-0 overall record, maintaining a flawless 4-0 standing in the league.

The upset victory by Southern over United on the same night propelled Columbiana into sole possession of the first-place position in the EOAC. With upcoming matchups against Valley on Thursday and a pivotal clash with United next Monday, the Clippers have the opportunity to widen the gap between them and the competition as they conclude the first round of EOAC games.

On the opposing side, the Wellsville Tigers, now standing at 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the league, were led by Sam Drysdale’s seven points alongside Bella Poppelriter’s 6. Looking ahead, Wellsville aims to bounce back as they face United on Thursday in their upcoming contest.