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DARNLEY DIALS IN; FITCH FLIES PAST MOONEY

AUSTINTOWN, OH- The Austintown-Fitch Falcons delivered a powerhouse performance on Monday, securing a resounding 10-2 victory over the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals. From the first pitch to the final out, the Falcons showcased their prowess on both offense and defense, leaving their opponents in the dust.

The Falcons wasted no time asserting their dominance, putting runs on the board early and often. Mason Petridis set the tone in the first inning with a clutch double that drove in a crucial run, giving Austintown-Fitch an early lead.

Building on their momentum, the Falcons continued to pile on the pressure in the second inning. Frank Senediak’s well-timed single extended the lead to 3-0, setting the stage for what would be a commanding performance.

A relentless offensive onslaught saw Austintown-Fitch adding to their lead in the third inning, with Rocco DiFlorio’s sacrifice groundout bringing another run across the plate, further solidifying their control of the game.

The sixth inning proved to be the Falcons’ crowning moment, as they exploded for four more runs to put the game out of reach for Cardinal Mooney. Nik Kyprianou and Jake Wallace came through in the clutch with timely singles, while Hayden Warmouth’s towering homer to center field put the exclamation point on Austintown-Fitch’s commanding lead.

On the mound, John Darnley delivered a stellar performance, stifling Cardinal Mooney’s offense and earning the well-deserved win for the Falcons. Darnley’s five and one-third innings of work saw him allowing just one run on four hits, while striking out three and walking two.

Despite a valiant effort from Cardinal Mooney’s William Petty, who racked up six strikeouts, it was ultimately not enough to contain the Falcons’ potent lineup.

Austintown-Fitch’s offensive firepower was on full display, with Petridis, Carter Owens, and Senediak each contributing two hits to the team’s impressive tally. Petridis, Warmouth, and Senediak also played key roles in driving in runs, while Owens showcased his speed on the basepaths with two stolen bases.

Defensively, the Falcons remained solid throughout, working the count and drawing six walks to keep the pressure on Cardinal Mooney. With four stolen bases in the game, Austintown-Fitch proved to be a force to be reckoned with in all facets of the game.

The Cardinals showed flashes of what could be at times on offense, with Taco Verroco going 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the team in hits, while Ben Oddis went 1-for-3 with a double, RBI, and a run scored.

As they look ahead to their next matchup, Austintown-Fitch Varsity Falcons are poised to continue their winning ways as they take on the Lakeside Dragons at home on Wednesday. 

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CANFIELD TAKES THEIR SHOT, SNAPS FALCONS LONG WIN STREAK

By Ty Bartell 

CANFIELD, Ohio — The Austintown-Fitch varsity softball team suffered its first loss since May 28, 2022, ending a remarkable streak of 682 calendar days and 28 games without defeat in a drenching-thunderstorm ending 2-1 setback to All-American Conference neighboring rival Canfield.

The showdown unfolded Tuesday at Field #7 at McCune Park, where mother nature intervened with two outs in the Fitch 7th inning. Junior second baseman Sam Severn stood at third base, carrying the tying run. Severn had reached base with an infield single, advanced to second on a sacrifice, and then moved to third on a wild pitch by Canfield’s senior pitcher Malena Toth. As sophomore pinch-hitter Lily Stevens battled Toth in a tense at-bat, the skies opened up with intense thunder, lightning, and rain, forcing the umpires to clear the field. After a 10-minute delay and no signs of the weather letting up, the game was called due to at least five full innings being completed.

The last time Fitch faced a non-win was a 1-1 tie against Canfield on May 29, 2023. Both teams later competed in State title games on June 3, 2023, with Fitch clinching the Division I championship and Canfield coming up just short to Tallmadge.

The game showcased a classic pitcher’s duel between Lady Cardinal senior Malena Toth (7-1) and Lady Falcon junior Sydnie Watts (4-1). Toth, who secured her first win against Fitch in six career starts, was instrumental in both of Canfield’s runs, drawing a leadoff walk in the 2nd inning and hitting a crucial double in the 6th inning. Canfield’s sophomore designated player, Caylee Ortiz, and catcher Leah Figueroa were pivotal in driving in the runs.

Despite a valiant effort from Watts, who struck out nine batters over six innings, she could not slam the door shut with two down in the bottom of the sixth. Watts yielded five hits and two earned runs, while Toth allowed four hits and one earned run while striking out six.

Figueroa emerged as the hero for Canfield, delivering the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning. Her clutch performance earned her Player of The Game honors.

With this loss, Fitch moves to a 4-1 record, while Canfield improves to 7-1. Canfield will next host the Boardman Spartans (5-3) on Wednesday, April 10th, while Fitch will seek to bounce back against conference opponent, the Warren Harding Raiders, also on Wednesday in Warren, Ohio.

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FALCONS KEEP WINNING WAYS IN THE GRAND STRAND

MYRTLE BEACH, SC- The Fitch Falcons were on full flex with their offensive firepower, Carter Owens propelled the Austintown Fitch Falcons to a resounding 12-3 victory over the Ashland Tomcats 2024 on Friday.

Owens showcased his hitting prowess throughout the game, collecting an impressive three hits in four at-bats. His contributions at the plate proved instrumental in the Falcons’ offensive onslaught, as he singled in the third, fifth, and seventh innings, keeping the pressure on the Tomcats’ pitching staff.

Fitch wasted no time establishing their dominance, jumping out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. Jackson Cheeks drew a walk, Carson Fuller scored after tagging up, and Hayden Warmouth delivered a key RBI single, each contributing to the Falcons’ early scoring spree.

The Falcons continued to add to their lead in the third inning, with Jake Wallace’s double and Owens’ single driving in additional runs, further solidifying Austintown-Fitch’s control of the game.

On the mound, Anthony Wibert delivered a solid performance for the Falcons, earning the win as the starting pitcher. Wibert surrendered seven hits and two runs over five innings, striking out five batters and issuing just one walk. The Falcons’ pitching staff held firm against the Tomcats’ offense, stifling their scoring opportunities and preserving Austintown-Fitch’s commanding lead.

While the Tomcats fought valiantly, Drew Kelley endured a tough outing on the mound, taking the loss after giving up five runs on six hits over two and one-third innings. Austintown-Fitch’s relentless offensive attack proved too much to handle for the Ashland pitching staff, as they struggled to contain the Falcons’ potent lineup.

Offensively, Austintown-Fitch was firing on all cylinders, amassing an impressive 16 hits in the game. Cheeks led the charge with three RBIs, while Fuller, Frank Senediak, and Ross Harris also contributed with multiple hits each. Mason Petridis displayed patience at the plate, drawing two walks to keep the Falcons’ offense rolling.

Defensively, Austintown-Fitch was solid, turning one double play and committing no errors in the field. Wallace showcased his defensive prowess with the most chances in the field at eight, ensuring the Falcons’ victory remained secure.

With this convincing victory under their belts, the Fitch Falcons finish their beach party with a 3-1 record and are primed and ready for their next challenge as they prepare to face Harding on Monday. 

FITCH FINALLY PUNCHES THROUGH TO DISTRICTS

By Ty Bartell 

AUSTINTOWN, OH— The Austintown-Fitch Falcons girls basketball team delivered a commanding performance in the sectional final matchup against the Canton McKinley Bulldogs, securing a resounding 57-35 victory on Thursday night.

In a clash between the Falcons, representing the All American Conference (AAC), and the long-tenured Federal League member Bulldogs from Canton McKinley, Austintown-Fitch emerged as the dominant force.

The Falcons wasted no time asserting their dominance, starting the game with a fast-paced offensive onslaught to seize a double-digit lead by the end of the first quarter, holding a commanding 16-6 advantage over the Bulldogs. Fitch continued their stellar defensive performance in the second quarter, keeping Canton McKinley’s offense at bay while extending their lead with a 14-2 period to hold a commanding 30-8 lead at halftime.

Although the Bulldogs managed to play the game more evenly in the second half, with Fitch holding a narrow 12-11 edge in the third quarter, the Falcons maintained control with a 42-19 lead heading into the final period. Austintown-Fitch then put the finishing touches in the fourth quarter, securing the victory despite Canton McKinley outscoring them 16-15 in the final period.

Player of the Game honors were awarded to both “Ace” Ayla Ray and Rachel Spalding. Ray led all scorers with a game-high 15 points, while Spalding contributed 11 points to help pace the Falcons. On the opposing side, Kylonee Foster led Canton McKinley with 14 points, followed by Sha’Rayia Hall with 9 points.

With the win, Austintown-Fitch improves to a 14-9 record on the season and advances to the Division 1, Region 1, Northeast 1 brackets district semi-final at Massillon Perry, where they will face another pack of Bulldogs in Stow-Munroe Falls (19-5) on Tuesday, February 27th. Canton McKinley concludes their season with a record of 9-14.

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RAIDERS SPOIL SENIOR NIGHT IN FITCH

By Ty Bartell

 

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio — The Warren G. Harding Raiders claimed a hard-fought 51-41 victory over the Austintown-Fitch Falcons in a tough-nosed All American Conference (AAC) basketball matchup on Friday night, spoiling the Falcons’ senior night.
From the opening tip-off, the Raiders asserted their dominance, building an early lead over the Falcons. By the end of the first quarter, Harding held a commanding 11-4 advantage. The Raiders maintained their lead throughout the second quarter, heading into halftime with a 23-15 lead.

However, the Falcons came out firing in the third quarter, mounting a spirited comeback. With a strong offensive surge, Austintown-Fitch outscored Harding 19-10 in the period, taking their first lead of the game at 34-33 as the teams headed into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Warren Harding’s defense stepped up, stifling the Falcons and limiting their scoring opportunities. The Raiders’ impressive defensive effort, coupled with clutch performances from Gummy Hart, who scored 10 of his 12 points in the final quarter, secured the 51-41 victory for Harding. The Colemans also made significant contributions, with both Chaz Coleman and Ny Coleman posting 10 points each.

Despite the loss, Marcel Finkley led the scoring for Austintown-Fitch with an impressive game-high 18 points, supported by Allen Hill, who contributed 14 points.

With the win, Warren Harding improves to a 12-8 record overall and 6-2 in conference play, securing second place in the AAC. The Raiders will now prepare to face the Farrell Steelers

(17-4) on Tuesday, February 20th, with a 7 p.m. tip-off. Meanwhile, Austintown-Fitch (11-9, 4-4) will aim to bounce back against the Highland Hornets (11-8) also on Tuesday, with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.
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GLEN OAK SNEAKS PAST THE FALCONS

By Tim Corso 


AUSTINTOWN OH- Glen Oak snuck past Fitch 53-50 in boys’ basketball action Tuesday Night.

In what was a back-and-forth game all night, the Eagles used Ja’Corey Lipkins’ 31-point effort to shoot down the Falcons in their own gym.

Lipkins knocked down two clutch free throws to put the lead at three with just 3.5 seconds remaining.

The game wasn’t all Glen Oak as Fitch got out to a 9-0 start, forcing the Eagles to use a timeout after going scoreless for more than half of the first quarter.

Whatever adjustments Canton made worked as they got the deficit down to just three heading into the half.

Late into the third quarter, Lipkins took over.

He knocked down a pair of three-pointers in what turned a 35-34 Falcon lead into a 42-35 Glen Oak lead.

For most of the night, whatever Lipkins threw at Fitch, DeShawn Vaughn and Marcel Finkley had an answer for it.

Finkley answered multiple Eagle three-pointers and hit the clutch shot to tie the game late.

Vaughn also hit a couple big shots down the stretch to keep his squad in the game.

When it came down to it, Finkley’s 24 and Vaughn’s 12 weren’t enough to propel Fitch past Glen Oak and Lipkins.

Neither team had another place reach double-figures on the night.

Glen Oak improves to 13-5, while Fitch drops to 10-7.

FITCH OWNS OVERTIME

By Tim Corso


AUSTINTOWN OH- Fitch used a big overtime push to get past Ursuline 73-64 Friday Night.

The Falcons got off to a fast start to begin the game with a 7-2 run. Unfortunately for the Falcons, that spark didn’t last long.

They held a slim lead after one quarter, but the Irish got things going.

Jayden Payne was a force in the paint and on the glass forcing the Falcons into many difficult shots.

His strong post-game helped bring the Irish back.

He would end up finishing the night with 12 points.

It was until the end of the first half that Ursuline got going. Down 20-18 late in the second frame, Ursuline went on a 15-0 run to end the first half. That run included multiple big three-pointers from Jaylen Gunther.

Gunther ended the game with 13 points.

Then, the second half…and it was all Fitch.

A once 15-point lead shrunk to just three after the third quarter. A lot of that was due to the stellar play of Deshawn Vaughn.

Vaughn hit a game-high four shots from deep as apart of his 26-point showing. His 19 points in the second half, and overtime was just the push the Falcons needed.

Vaughn made a big shot late that was answered by Gunther’s two free throws to send it to overtime.

In the extra session, Allen and Allex hill used their length and athleticism to shut down the glass and finish the game strong. Fitch outscored Ursuline 11-2 in the period.

On top of Vaughn’s big night, Marcel Finkley (14), Allex Hill (12), and Carter Owens (10) also reached double figures for the Falcons.

For the Irish, Geno Lucente (20) joined Gunther and Payne in double-figures in the setback.

For Fitch (10-6) they’ll take host Canton Glen Oak on Tuesday, 2/6.

As for Ursuline (12-3), they’ll have a quick turnaround and take on the South Range Raiders, tomorrow 2/3.

CARDINALS WIN STREAK STILL GOING

AUSTINTOWN OH- In a thrilling matchup, Canfield showcased resilience to extend their winning streak to eight games, holding off a late rally by Fitch. The game hung in the balance until the final moments, and Canfield emerged victorious with a 51-48 win.

Tony Russo and Sam Castronova each contributed 12 points for Canfield, playing key roles in the team’s offensive efforts. Fitch’s Marcell Finkley delivered an outstanding performance, claiming the game-high with 20 points, while Carter Owens added 17 points in a commendable effort.

Fitch managed to seize a late one-point lead, setting the stage for a dramatic finish. However, Canfield responded with poise, sinking crucial shots and free throws down the stretch to secure the hard-fought victory.

With this win, Canfield continues their impressive streak and will enjoy some well-deserved time off before facing Green on January 14th. Fitch, determined to bounce back, will host Boardman in their upcoming matchup on Tuesday.

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FALCONS BACK ON TRACK AFTER WIN AGAINST BOARDMAN

BOARDMAN, OH-Austintown Fitch got off to a strong start with a three-and-out defensive stop and then rattled off 36 straight points. Senior Dan Evans III contributed with a spectacular 79-yard punt return in the first quarter. Other scoring plays in the first half included a 2-yard run by freshman Deon’Dray Richard and two field goals of 27 and 31 yards by junior Anthony Ruggles.

Richard, who finished with two touchdowns and 115 rushing yards, stepped up after senior running back DJ Williams left the game due to injury. The Falcons’ defense played a pivotal role, limiting Boardman’s offensive opportunities, resulting in a shutout.

Boardman made several attempts at fourth-down conversions, following Evans’s punt return, but went 0-for-5 on fourth-down tries. Austintown’s defense, led by junior linebacker Rocco DiFlorio, applied pressure and held Boardman to just 87 total yards and five first downs.

Fitch applied pressure to Boardman’s quarterback, leading to a safety when he was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone. Austintown sealed the victory with a seven-yard touchdown pass from DeShawn Vaughn Jr. to sophomore Allen Hill Jr.

Fitch will now turn the page to Week 10 to take on Warren G Harding, while Boardman will finish the campaign against Canfield.