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CANFIELD OH- In a nail-biting clash on the hardwood, the Struthers Wildcats secured their second win of the season in a close encounter against the Garrettsville-Garfield Lady G-Men, prevailing with a final score of 33-32.
The first quarter saw the Lady G-Men take an early lead, finishing with a 9-6 advantage over the Wildcats. The second quarter proved evenly matched, with both teams adding 10 points to their tally. As halftime arrived, Garrettsville-Garfield maintained a slim lead at 19-16.

The game’s intensity heightened in the third quarter as Struthers clawed back to take a narrow 27-26 lead heading into the final stretch. The fourth quarter saw both teams battling fiercely, each putting up 6 points. In the end, Struthers held on for the victory with a final score of 33-32.

Emma Morris emerged as the standout for Struthers, earning the Player of the Game honors with a team-high 16 points, including four shots from beyond the arc. Natalie Adams made crucial contributions, scoring 9 points, including the shot that put Struthers ahead for good, and grabbing 3 rebounds. Gianna Martin added 4 points and an impressive 12 rebounds to the Wildcats’ effort.

On the Garrettsville-Garfield side, Mandy Cardinal delivered a stellar performance with a game-high 19 points and 9 rebounds. Kaelyn Tasker contributed 4 points and 4 rebounds in a hard-fought contest.
With the win, Struthers improved to a 2-7 record and is set to host the Niles Red Dragons (4-5) on Thursday, January 4th. Meanwhile, Garrettsville-Garfield, now standing at 1-7, will face

a tough challenge at home against the undefeated Crestview Rebels (11-0). Basketball enthusiasts can stay updated on the high school basketball season, including live games, scores, stats, stories, and more on YSN!


Day two of the fifth annual South Range Holiday Hoops Classic saw a rematch between The Garrettsville Garfield Lady G-Men and The Nordonia Knights from a year ago. What turned out to be a turning point for The G-Men last season, had a completely different feel this time around. With Garrettsville protecting their perfect 8-0 season record in their quest to a conference crown in The Gray Division of The  Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) and perhaps a repeat as district champions. 

In this go around with The Knights, Garfield found success with guard Laura McCoy finding her shot from all over the floor to help lead her team in scoring throughout the first half. Utilizing multiple scorers as well in the passing game, McCoy was able to get her teammates involved to create the machine that is The G-Men offense, while also scoring 15 first half points herself. Madeline Shirkey complimented them with a fancy, finesse layup to end the half and put Garfield up 30-14 at halftime!

While Jensen Stehlik for Nordonia was an and-one machine for the nights, adding multiple three point plays, as well as the ever-rare four point play as she tried to will he team back into the game. Finishing with 22 points on the day, Stehlik certainly did her job and more for The Knights. 

By the start of the second half, Garfield ensured that they corrected the mistakes of Wednesday’s contest against Mooney, in that they kept their foot on the gas through halves. Scoring at will with some phenomenal ball-distribution throughout the contest, The G-Men were able to open up looks through their passing game. Laura McCoy continued her scoring dominance, finishing with 32 of her team’s 66 points at the end of the day to cap-off the win for Garfield 66-44 in her Player of The Game Performance! 

The loss for The Knights sent them to 3-10 on the campaign, while Garretsville stayed a perfect 2-0 in The Holiday Hoops Classic and 9-0 on the season! Garfield will now look to Monday, January 2nd where they will get back to conference play, as they host The Newton Falls Tigers. 

Interviews with both Head Coach Aaron Gilbert and Player of The Game Laura McCoy can be found below!

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell



Following back-to-back losses to Crestview and a heartbreaker to Berkshire, The Garrettsville Garfield Lady G-Men have now won 9 of their last 10 sets, all of which have come in their conference. There is no doubt that as long as The Crestview Lady Rebels are in The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference’s (MVAC) Gray Tier, they will be the team to beat. 

However, The Lady G-Men are the same team that came in second place last year with a chance at first. This season is much of the same, with Garfield’s hopes of a conference championship still alive. Speaking of champions, Garretsville had to make the conference trip out to Warren, Ohio on Thursday to face The Flashes.

The previous meeting between Garfield and Champion went to The Lady G-Men, but not without a tough fight from The Flashes. However, this time around Garfield made very few mistakes throughout the night. With an incredible team hitting percentage of .576, Garfield left little on the table in way of offense. Taking Set 1 by a convincing 9 points, Garretsville set the tone early on. 

Despite the scrappiness and fight The Flashes brought, The Lady G-Men took the succeeding two sets by 5 points in Set 2 and 6 points in Set 3 respectively. Madeline Shirkey, coming off her 1500th career assist, added 30 more in Garfield’s straight set win over Champion. 

Champion (6-8), looking to get back on their feet, will face off with Waterloo (3-8) when they travel to Atwater on Monday, September 26th. Garrettsville (10-4) will now entertain Streetsboro (6-9) on Saturday, September 24th when they welcome in The Rockets!

Set Scores

Garfield 25 – 14 Champion 

Garfield 25 – 20 Champion

Garfield 25 – 19 Champion

Stats (Garfield)

Montana McGranahan: 13 Kills, 2 Aces, 1 Block, 5 Digs. 

Gabby Barnard: 10 Kills, 2 Aces, 6 Digs.

Hannah Kernig: 7 Kills, 1 Ace, 3 Blocks, 1 Dig. 

Madeline Shirkey: 1 Kill, 3 Aces, 1 Block, 30 Assists, 11 Digs. 

Mandy Cardinal: 5 Kills.

Lily Shay: 2 Kills, 2 Assists, 3 Digs.

Hannah Warren: 1 Kill, 4 Aces, 1 Block, 1 Assist, 1 Dig.

Kyla Grace: 2 Aces, 16 Digs. 

Addisyn Miller: 6 Digs.

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell.


GARRETTSVILLE OH- Waterloo traveled to Garrettsville Wednesday night and battled through adversity to come out on top 3-1.

The Vikings got goals from Kaira English, Olivia Boyle, and a huge game-clinching goal from Carletta Henry. The defense worked very hard the entire game, and behind Grace Yarian’s 4 saves they were able to slow the Garfield attack. Registering assists for the Vikings were Kaira English, Olivia Boyle, and a crucial clutch assist from Sophia Wood.

The Vikings worked hard for the victory and continue their run of good play. The team is next in action Monday at home vs Newton Falls at 5:30 pm. Please come out and support the team as they continue their chase.

*Contributed By William Jackson at waterlooathletics.org


COLUMBIANA OH- It was a battle for first place on Thursday night in Crestview as Garfield came to town. Both teams came into the game undefeated. Crestview however sent a message that they are still the class of the division. They quickly swept the Lady G-Men to hold on to the first place spot in the MVAC. (25-10 25-13 25-7)

Abbey Emch finished with a season-high 20 kills as she dominated in the middle.  Grace Auer collected another double double with 16 assists and 11 digs.  She also finished with 7 kills.  Lainy Auer put in a good night with 11 assists and 6 kills.  Emily Downey chipped in 8 digs for the defense.

Crestview will return to the floor Tuesday as they travel to LaBrae. Garfield will continue their season Saturday as they host Berkshire.


GARRETTSVILLE OH-  Like everyone expected, Warren JFK and Garfield found themselves in a back and forth affair. But no one could have guessed the dramatic way it would end. With just over 1 minute remaining in the game, and JFK trailing 21-14, Caleb Hadley capped off an impressive drive with a three yard touchdown pass to Ambrose Hoso. This set the score at 21-20, and set the stage for an extremely dramatic ending. Rather than going for the tie, JFK elected to go for the lead with a two point conversion.  Hadley hit Thomas Valent on a jump pass to complete the conversion, and give the Eagles a 22-21 win.

Antonio Smith was a big reason why the Eagles won. He gained 134 years on 16 rushes and scored once. Hoso caught a pair of touchdowns through the air.

Keegan Sell was a force for the G-Men on the ground. He ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns.  Carter Bates also ran for 80 yards and he found pay dirt once.

The Eagles will welcome in Sandusky Perkins to Warren in Week 4. Garfield starts play inside the MVAC with a road trip to LaBrae.


GARRETTSVILE OH- It’s YSN’s first season covering Garfield softball, and we could not be more excited. We’ve already become familiar with some of the names that you’re going to hear on the Diamond this year through other sports. However, we are also excited to be introduced to some other fantastic athletes Garfield has to offer on the softball field. The Lady G-Men are always a competitive program, and that shouldn’t change this year. Under head coach Tina Faulhaber entering her twelfth season at the helm, everyone knows the culture and standard that is expected.

Coach Faulhaber was able to join YSN’s Running Point to give us a glimpse into Garfield softball. She talks with Ty Bartell, and Anthony Hartwig about some of the big names on her roster, her expectations of the season, and much more. You will not want to miss our first interview with Tina Faulhaber in Episode 1 of Coach’s Corner.

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CANFIELD OH- It was a beautiful day to open up the 2021 softball season on Saturday afternoon as South Range threw out the first pitch of the season with an 11-0 win over Garfield in 5.

Garfield got action started quickly as they managed to load the bases with two outs in the top of the first. Putting Raiders senior ace Bree Kohler in some pressure situations early. However, Kohler was up to the task and stranded the runners where they were at.

After holding Garfield off the scoreboard, the Raiders offense got to work in a hurry. Reagan Irons got the party started, as she launched a lead off home run to left field. Madison Dado would not be outdone though as she followed up Irons’ hone run with one of her own. The Raiders went back to back and were up 2-0 before the lady G-Men could blink. Kohler narrowly missed a third home run in a row with a deep fly out to center. The Raiders would go on to hit two more home runs as the game went on.

Madison Dado had a perfect day at the plate going 3-3 with 3 runs scored. She hit a HR and had a RBI. Juli Stachowicz went 1-3 with a HR and 2 RBI. Kelly Szolek went 1-1 with a HR and a RBI.

Kohler threw all 5 innings in the circle for the Raiders collecting the win. Her final line was 5.0 IP 3 H 0 ER 8 K 1 BB.

Elizabeth Moore took the loss for Garfield. She threw 3.0 IP gave up 11 hits and got hit with 5 ER.

The Raiders will open NE8 play on Monday as they travel to Niles.