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By Matt Maher

LEAVITTSBURG, OH – The Vikings were on a mission to earn their 20th win of the season on Tuesday night and their opponent was on a mission to avoid their 20th loss and after a hard fought battle the kings of the MVAC showed everyone they were more than just that and took down their Northeast 8 opponent by the score of 70-62. 


The first quarter saw these two fierce competitors play a very tight game that saw several lead changes but ultimately saw LaBrae take the lead of 17-13 into the second but Girard stayed right behind them and never got too far out of reach from here. Dom Philips was electric from everywhere and that electricity started production in the first with an 8 point start including two 2’s a 3 and a made free throw. Stephen Sims also showed up with 5 points of his own. The Vikings showed a more balanced offense with four different guys scoring in the first. Austin Rowe and David Blackmon III both came out with 6 points while Derek Wilson warmed himself up with a 3 and Jay McGarry hit 2. 


The Vikings continued their offensive night and never lost the lead by putting up 17 more points to Girards improved 14 points. Philips continued to lead his team with 4 more points all found with tough shots down low to give him 12 first half points,  while Kaiden Claire and Cam Herrick both sank a 3 apiece. Austin Rowe continued to contribute, this time with two made 3’s to give him 12 first half points to match Girards Philips. Jay McGarry also sank two 3’s to help his team stay atop of the Indians.


While the IDom Philips continued to Impress, the Indians continued to trail after the third, with a 15-13 difference that went the way of LaBrae and a 49-40 overall score at the buzzer, Girard needed a huge boost going down the stretch. Philips continued his dominance with an 8 points quarter all found from within the paint. Sims found 2 more points while Claire hit another 3. Derek Wilson found himself atop his team in scoring this frame with 6 points all from within the arc while Rowe added another 5 points with 3 coming from range. 


The Indians geared up and showed a great push in the final 8 minutes and even outscored LaBrae 22-20 but it was too little too late as the Vikings just couldn’t be denied one last victory before heading into the postseason. The Vikings were fouled 9 times in the fourth and their free throw shooting, an excellent 14-for-17, ended up being the difference maker it needed to be. Girard saw scoring from all over the quart including two 3’s from Claire and two ore from Herrick as well as 6 points in the paint from Sims including a perfect steal and a breakaway late and 4 more points from Philips who would get the only two free throws of the quarter for his team and sank them both. 


Despite a solid effort everywhere on the floor for Philips and Girard, LaBrae had enough left in the tank after an excellent campaign to pull off another victory and send another team home wondering what more they could do. LaBrae celebrated their win over Girard while also celebrating their first place finish in the MVAC,complete with t-shirts and plenty of photos. Dom Philips led all scorers with 24 points with Austin Rowe a triple behind him with 21. Girard (2-20) gear up for tournament play when they travel to Glenville on February 27th at 7:00PM while LaBrae earned the first round bye and awaits the winner of Manchester vs Keystone and will play on March 1st at 7:00PM.


By Matt Maher 

GIRARD, OH – Springfield keeps moving on and can’t seem to be stopped. After a series of huge MVAC wins the Tigers made their way to Girard in hopes of defeating the Indians and while the game didn’t go as smoothly as one may have expected the Tigers still got the result they wanted in the form of a 45-42 victory over the struggling Indians team.


Right from the start these two teams showed everyone a very even game defensively as well as offensively with multiple lead changes in the first quarter these two rivals were ready to put on a show for the crowd in the gym and elsewhere on YSN and the close 12-8 quarter that was led by Springfield showed us the beginning of a fierce matchup. Dom Philips and Ahmad Curd combined for 6 points both with a made 3 each while Stephen Sims found the other 2 points in the paint. The Tigers saw Sean Guerriero put up 4 points while Carson Cunningham went 3-for-4 from the line.


Girard wouldn’t let Springfield stay on top for long and quickly squashed the 4 point lead in the early stages of the second quarter and fought their way to a 16-10 quarter and a 24-22 Halftime lead. Isaac Lamorticella found his first 5 points which would lead the Tigers this quarter while Drew Miller hit a 3 and the other 2 came from Cunningham. Ahmad Curd stepped up big time for his team scoring 8 points with 4 from the fields and the other 4 from the line! Kaiden Claire was right behind him with two made 3’s while Sims found himself another 2 points.


The Indians would not see the same performance from the second coming out of the break where the team only found 10 more points to Springfields 15. Nick Rafferty and Claire both found a 3 a piece while Melvin Dixon and Sims both found 2 in the paint. The big issue for Girard this quarter were their fouls, they hit the 5 foul limit before the halfway point of the quarter and that allowed Springfield to take full advantage with an impressive 8-for-10 as a team from the line. 


Those 3rd quarter fouls proved to be enough for Springfield as the 4th quarter would be an even split in scoring with both teams putting up 8 points. Rafferty found a 3 and would be Girards leader in the quarter while Sims found another 2 and would finish his streak of finding 2 points every quarter. Guerriero and Cunningham both found points in the paint while Dylan Sheely would be fouled 4 times and sent to the line for each of them and went 4-for-8 including the game winning free throw with only 3 seconds left. 


Girard put up a great game against one of the best teams in the MVAC as well as YSN and the Mahoning Valley but they just couldn’t do enough to trigger the upset and find their 3rd win of the season. Springfield showed they can rise to the occasion in tough and close games and Sean Guerriero did as well as he finished with a team leading 12 points while Dylan Sheely finished 2 points behind him with 10. The Indians saw Kaiden Claire and Ahmad Curd tie for their teams lead in points with both scoring 11 points. 


Springfield (16-4) will finish off their road trip when they face LaBrae on February 16th at 7:00PM while Girard (2-18) will stay at home and host West Branch on February 16th at 7:00PM.


NILES OH- In a thrilling senior night showdown, Niles exacted revenge on Girard, securing a decisive 53-43 victory and splitting the season series with the Indians.

Leading the way for Niles was Anthony Budak, who delivered a stellar performance with 14 points, followed closely by Yoursene Blackmon contributing 12 points. Truth Carey-Hardin added 9 points, while Avon Fryer chipped in with 8 points to seal the win for the Red Dragons.

Despite a valiant effort from Girard, led by Ahmad Curd with 14 points and Kaiden Clare and Stephen Sims each contributing 8 points, they couldn’t overcome Niles’ determined performance.

With this crucial win, Niles improves their record to 5-14 and looks to build on their momentum as they face Newton Falls next Tuesday. On the other hand, Girard, now 2-16, will regroup and prepare for their upcoming matchup against Jefferson on Saturday.


By Matt Maher 

GIRARD, OH – The final conference game of the regular season for these two squads came on Senior Night for Girard where the teams sole member of the class of 2024, Mia Malito, led her team to an impressive 69-44 victory of the Red Dragons.


The first quarter showed to be very close with Girard putting up 14 to Niles 16. Mia Malito got the game started with a pair of made free throws but Niles responded quickly and often. Malito found herself with 9 points with three 2’s and 3-of-4 made free throws; this would be her most dominant frame of the night. Ally Gassman found 3 points while Mackenzie White found the remaining 2. Emily Macik had the midas touch this quarter with two made 3’s both seeming automatic with no doubt of where they were going to land and a nice mid-range jumper she couldn’t be stopped. Hannah Grimm was also impressive with 4-of-4 made free throws.


Girard kept the pace in the 2nd while Niles had their struggles and a 15-7 quarter solidified that. Niles had trouble from the free throw line where, as a team, they went 1-for-6. Grimm found her first 4 points from the field while Caroline Cornell found her first points with a nice put back jumper. Carley Wilkes come on down! Wilkes rose to superstar quality in the 2nd with 7 points all through traffic that would clog most other players up. Whistle and Gassman both scored 2 points while Malito found 1-of-2 free throws.


The Indians kept the ball rolling after halftime with another 15 point frame while Niles found a mere 2 points. Emily Macik would find the only bucket of the frame for Niles while Mackenzie White took the lead on the other side with 5 points (two 2’s and 1-for-2). Malito, Wilkes and Gassman all found 2 while Ivory Hewitt went 2-for-2 from the stripe.


if you love high scoring by both teams then the 25-19 4th quarter was the quarter for you! Niles found the 19 points with Kherington Stanford and Grimm both finding 6 points with Stanford finding two 3’s while Grimm had two 2’s and went 2-for-3 from the stripe. The remaining points came from the free throw line. Girard found the majority of their points from the field with White scoring 7 points while Malito and Wilkes both scored 5. While those three showed up, so did Ally Gassman, who found two very unexpected 3’s late in the quarter that showed us a glimpse of what we could see as her career continues. 


Girard played very well with Mia Malito leading all scorers with 17 points which was only fitting on her night of recognition! Hannah Grimm led the Red Dragons with 13 points with Emily Macik trailing her by only 3. Girard will finish in 2nd place in the NE8 1 game behind Poland but after the rocky start they had and the fantastic ending they found this team is going to be fun to watch come playoffs. Niles (7-14, 3-9) will finish off their season on February 8th when they travel to Badger for a 7:00PM tilt. Girard (12-8, 10-2) will play their last home game on February 10th when they host Ursuline at 2:30PM.



By Matt Maher

GIRARD, OH – As the season continues ton wind down, the Indians continue to stay red hot! After winning 6 of their last 8 games, Girard had every reason to come out on top Monday night and oh boy did they deliver, with an impressive 42-22 victory the Indians kept themselves right behind Poland for first place and with only 2 conference games remaining, every game is crucial for Girard.


If you’re a fan of slow starts this game was made for you because after the first 8 minutes the score stood tied at 2-2. Both teams showed some nice bouts of defense early and both struggled to find the hoop even from directly under it, but about halfway through the frame Lakeview found the first tally, a beautiful rebound by Mackenzie Stowe would finally give the crowd something to react to. While Lakeview found the bucket first it would be Mia Malito in the final moments of the quarter to use her strength to drive to the basket and lay in the equalizer.


The second quarter was the polar opposite of the first with Girard dominating the paint and scoring 21-4 and finishing the half 23-6. Mackenzie Stowe found the first 2 for Lakeview with a mid-range jumper and Anna Haynie found a bucket soon after. While Stowe continued to lead her team, so did Malito. Mia came out of the break with more energy which helped her put up 9 more points including her first and only made 3. Mackenzie White got into a groove and scored 6 points with a made free throw, a 3 and a nice bucket from down low. 


Lakeview found themselves with a much improved 3rd quarter and outscored the Indians 11-8. Malito put up two more 2’s and White found 3 more points with another free throw and a 2. On the other side of the floor Mackenzie Stowe stepped it up and scored 9 of the 11 for her team with two made 3’s and an impressive 3-for-4 from the line she continued to prove she was the best of the Bulldogs that night. 


While the Bulldogs had a strong 3rd they couldn’t weather the storm and as a result they were outscored 11-5 to end the game. The 5 points came from two different sources and neither were Mackenzie Stowe. Sammi Oravec put up a nice 3 and Annalise DeJulio found the other 2. For Girard Malito put up another 5 points which allowed her to finish with a team leading 20 points. Ally Gassman showed us more of her potential with 4 hard fought points all in the paint as well.


Girard needed this game to go exactly how it did in order to keep up with Poland in the race for the Northeast 8but, despite the score, they did have some troubles against the Bulldogs who still showed some solid defense but just had a hiccup in the 2nd and ran out of gas in the 4th which prompted the bench to sub in for the starters and while they only scored 5 points they gave the Indians their toughest challenge of the night and did not make scoring easy by any means which is just a fantastic thing to see for Lakeview because this team is going to be dangerous when they young ladies are ready for full time varsity minutes. Lakeview will finish their road trip on February 1st when they visit Struthers at 5:30PM and Girard will hit the road and take on Hubbard on February 1st for another important NE8 matchup at 7:00PM.


By Matt Maher

GIRARD, OH – The Indians welcomed Struthers to town for another night of Northeast 8 conference action. Girard came out hungry for a win after a disappointing loss to Cardinal Mooney on Monday while Struthers came in red hot with a two game win streak intact. While The Wildcats had momentum from their last games, it would be the Indians who would dominate the night and pull out a 44-21 victory.


Girard came out with a bang, scoring the first 6 points and forcing Struthers to take a timeout that would help the WIldcats to keep it close at 19-12 Girard after 1. Emma Moore had an incredible start, scoring 11 of the 12 for her team including two 3’s, a 2 and going 3-for-3 from the line. Girard was led by MacKenzie White and Mia Malito with White scoring 9 points and Malito putting up 8.


The Indians settled in on defense for the rest of the game and continued to pressure Struthers on offense and marched out of the 2nd with 14 points to Struthers 3. It was a difficult quarter for Struthers who had plenty of offensive opportunities that all either saw great blocking from Girard or missed shots. Natalie Wolikow was the needle in the hay stack with a nice made 3. White continued to lead her team this time with 6 points all from beyond the arc while Caylee Wilkes found 5 including an and-1.


The second half didn’t see much offense on either side with Girard scoring 7-4 over Struthers in the third. Ava Croyle hit a 3 and Morris went 1-for-2 which would be her final score of the night finishing at 12 points on the night. Malito got back on the score sheet with 3 points while White and Ally Gassman both scored 2. 


The scoring woes continued with Girard only putting up 4 points and Struthers 2. Natalie Adams found the two for Struthers while Malito found all 4 for Girard. Despite the low scoring from Girard it wasn’t a big deal when you see the final score.


With a great output in the first half and solid defense in the second, Girard showed no issues cruising past Struthers on their home court and picking up their 7th conference win of the season keeping them neck and neck for first with Poland. The Wildcats (5-12, 2-7) will be back home on January 27th to take on West Branch at 12:45PM while Girard (9-8, 7-2) will stay at home to take on Lakeview on January 29th at 6:15PM.

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By Matt Maher

GIRARD, OH – Cardinal Mooney made their way out to Girard to take on one of the top teams in the Northeast 8 on Monday night. Girard showed their skill level early on in this one but showing up so early is what allowed Mooney to figure out a game plan that would allow them to find some impressive buckets and even better defense in a 55-44 victory on the road.


The Indians scored the first 4 points of the game before Mooney hit 1-of-2 free throws from Samantha Rotunno to break the silence. Girard would continue to stay consistently on top of Mooney with 5 points from Makenzee White and 3 from Mia Malito but Mooney stayed close with 4 points from Sophia Rotunno and 2 more from Samanthantha Rotunno.


With the stage set, Mooney decided to tear it all down and came back with an even better look, a look that would net them 21 points and hold Girard to only 11. Sam Rotunno led the charge with 10 points in the quarter alone which was the most by far on her team. Caylee Wilkes and White would both score 4 points to help the Indians in their quest to keep up with the cardinals. With Rotunno catching fire and much better man-to-man defense, Cardinal Mooney set themselves up nicely for the rest of the night.


The scoring slowed down for Mooney out of the break but the good news for them was their defense reigned supreme, only allowing Girard 4 points in the quarter. Gianna Schubert found 2 points in the paint while Malito hit 2-of-2 free throws. Mooney saw Rotunno add 5 more points with two made 2’s and 1-of-2 made free throws. Sophia Diorio would also make a dent by hitting the games first and only 3 pointer. 


Girard would not back down in the 4th with a 21 point performance that helped them get close to Mooney at times but the Cardinals found more buckets as well and netted 17 more p;pints which would be enough for them to keep Girard at arms length. Samantha Rotunno added 5 more points which allowed her to finish with 23 points while Diorio added 7 points including 5-of 6 made free throws. 


While Girard found their second wind in the 4th it came too late as Cardinal Mooney had done enough to top the Indians and send them to Thursday with another loss. Cardinal Mooney (6-8) are back home on January 24th when they take on the red hot Boardman Spartans at 7:00PM while Girard (8-8) will stay at home for another big conference game when they host Struthers on January 25th at 6:15PM.


GIRARD OH- In a crucial matchup for first place in the NE8, Poland and Girard engaged in a back-and-forth battle on Thursday night. Both teams entered the game with only one loss in the conference, setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown. In a dramatic conclusion to the closely contested affair, Poland’s Leanne Williams delivered a buzzer-beating shot from the block, securing a thrilling 43-41 victory and sole possession of first place.

Mary Brant led the scoring charge for Poland with an impressive 16 points, while Williams contributed 9 points, and Avery Jakubovic and Sophia Generalovich each added 8 points.

On the Girard side, Mackenzie White delivered a standout performance with a game-high 19 points, supported by Ally Gassman with 11 points and Mia Malito adding 7 points.

With this hard-fought win, Poland (8-5) will return home on Monday to host Niles, looking to maintain their position at the top. Girard (7-7) will host Mooney on Monday, aiming to rebound from the narrow defeat and stay competitive in the conference race.


GIRARD OH- In the second round of NE8 play, South Range displayed their prowess on Tuesday, securing a commanding 63-39 victory against Girard on the road.

Leading the charge for South Range, Landon Moore contributed an impressive 19 points, supported by Luke Rohan with 14 points, and Dylan Turvey and Nate Lewis chipping in with 9 and 8 points, respectively.

On the Girard side, Kaiden Clare led the scoring efforts with 12 points, accompanied by Stephen Sims with 8 points and Ahmad Curd contributing 5 points.

With this win, South Range (8-4) maintains their strong season and looks forward to their next challenge at home against Struthers on Friday. Girard (1-12) aims to regroup and find success as they head to Poland on Friday in pursuit of positive momentum.


CANFIELD OH- In a pivotal matchup that Girard needed to win to stay in first place, the Indians secured a road victory against South Range with a final score of 43-32.

Mackenzie White led Girard’s charge with an impressive 16 points, closely followed by Mia Malito contributing 15 points, and Ally Gassman adding 6 points.

South Range, despite Gwen Lowry’s 15-point effort, faced challenges as six other Raiders scored 4 points or less. The win propelled Girard to a 6-6 record, setting the stage for their upcoming home game against Poland on Thursday. On the other side, South Range (5-8) looks to bounce back on the road against Liberty next Monday.