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LEETONIA OH- Leetonia Bears hosted the Columbiana Clippers on Thursday night in a EOAC battle. The first half belonged to the Bears. Ella Gregorino (5) and Taran Ferry (6) led the Bears to a 25-14 lead at half.

The Clippers would try and make a fourth quarter comeback with Grace Witmer having 19 points at the half and 25 for the game.

Leetonia would prevail although they lost the second half 28-23. Taran Ferry and Haliegh Brock would finish with 10 points each with Ella Gregorino would finish with 12. The final score would be a Leetonia victory 48-42.

*Contributed By YSN’s Derrick Grossen


MINERAL RIDGE OH- Mineral Ridge Volleyball has gone a long time without a district championship. They’ve had several teams over the years with promise who have gotten to the title game, but came up short. Their 2020 squad was determined to put an end to the drought. They’d have to battle their way past a very scrappy Columbiana team in order to do it. The Rams came away with a hard fought four set victory to finally be crowned district champions (25-22 25-16 14-25 25-23).

Leading the Rams offense was Katelyn Lesko who finished with 19 kills on the day. She also completed a double double tallying the team lead in digs with 20. Morgan Sigley had a strong outing finishing with 19 digs, and 9 kills. She had the title clinching kill as well. Danielle Aulet ran the offense to perfection collecting 37 assists.

Columbiana was led by Tori Long who finished with a double double. She tallied 10 kills, and 10 digs. Maddie Witherow put together a strong performance with 7 kills, and 15 digs. Maci Linhart led the Clipper offense with 16 digs. Grace Witmer set up 19 assists. She also compiled 8 digs, and 4 kills.

(Chris Giovannone)

Mineral Ridge advances to the regional semifinals where they’ll travel to Uniontown Lake on Thursday to take on Dalton. That match is set to begin at approximately 7:30.

Columbiana ends the season with a 20-6 record.

(Chris Giovannone)

*Postgame interview with Katelyn Lesko, and Head Coach Ron Lesko

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COLUMBIANA OH- Newton Falls came to the hanger in Columbiana on Wednesday night in the district semifinals. The Tigers brought everything they had and it made for a wild match. The Clippers were able to do enough to win in four sets, but none of the sets had a team below 20, and two of the sets went to extra points (27-25 30-32 25-20 25-20).

Tori Long was impressive earning a double double with 29 digs, and 18 kills. Maddie Witherow also contributed a double double with 12 kills, and 12 digs. Not to be outdone, Grace Witmer was able to notch a triple double with 29 assists, 10 kills, and 10 digs. Maci Linhart made incredible defense and gathered 44 digs.

Columbiana advances to the district championship where they’ll travel to top seeded Mineral Ridge on Saturday. That game is set to start at 1:00.


COLUMBIANA OH- The Clippers got their tournament journey started on Wednesday night with a dominating sweep of EOAC rival Leetonia (25-7 25-13 25-18).

Tori Long did what she does best and led the offense with 8 kills. She also dug up 6 digs. Julia Rapp had a very productive day with 7 kills, and 5 blocks. She served 2 aces. Grace Witmer finished with a double double totaling 12 assists, and 13 digs. Maci Linhart also collected 13 digs to share the team lead.

Columbiana moves on to the sectional final where they’ll host twelve seeded Sebring. First serve is slated for 4:00.


COLUMBIANA OH- It was senior night in the Hanger as the Clippers hosted Southern Local on Thursday. The four seniors saw their last regular season home game end with a sweep of Southern (25-19 25-7 26-24).

The last time these two teams met, it took Columbiana five sets to put away Southern, but it was much more domination from the Clippers this time around. Defense set the tone as the Clippers seemed to dig up everything the Indians put across. Frustration mounted for Southern in the second set as they saw Columbiana run away with a 25-7 win.

Southern bounced back nicely in the third set though. They finally started to find some holes in Columbiana’s defense. It wasn’t enough however, as the Clippers made clutch points down the stretch to finish the sweep with a 26-24 victory in set 3.

Tori Long led the offense with 9 kills on the day. She also played great defense with 13 digs. Grace Witmer compiled a double double with 14 assists, and 10 digs. Maci Linhart led the back row with 20 digs. Julia Rapp has a nice night as well. She finished with 7 kills, 3 aces, and 2 digs.

Columbiana looks forward to tournament play now as they host Leetonia on Wednesday October 21st. Southern will travel to Ashtabula St John’s.


MCDONALD OH- In the first match of the season, Columbiana has no problem with McDonald as they swept the Blue Devils at home. On Saturday they faced a much improved Blue Devil team, and got a much harder fight. The scrappy Blue Devils rallied to force a fifth set but eventually fell to the Clippers in 5 (25-21 24-26 25-10 24-26 15-7).

Tori Long has a great day for the Clippers, totaling 17 kills over the five sets. She also completed a double double with 10 digs. Maci Linhart recorded 20 digs to lead the Clippers defense, but was helped out a ton by Maddie Witherow who finished with 17 digs. Grace Witmer set up 20 assists for Columbiana.

Megan Klockner the freshman setter did a tremendous job not just setting,  but also serving. Klockner had 5 aces, and also recorded 14 service points. Molly Howard led the Devils in kills with 12. Maria Rasile got in to double digit digs with 14. Olivia Booth had 6 kills, and 13 digs.

Columbiana will get ready for another big test on Tuesday as they travel to Heartland. McDonald will also hit the road and travel to Jackson Milton.


LISBON OH- Columbiana has been rolling all season and that would not stop now. They continued their strong season in the EOAC with a hard-fought victory over Lisbon on Tuesday in four sets (25-23 25-15 22-25 25-12).

Tori Long has a huge night with a double-double. She finished with 11 kills, and 17 digs. Grace Witmer barely missed a triple-double on the evening. She collected 17 assists, 13 digs, and 9 kills. Julia Rapp had 8 kills, and 4 blocks. Maci Linhart led the Clippers in digs with 16.

For Lisbon, Justyce Vrable had 8 points, and 4 kills, Eliza Baker had 6 points, 17 assists, and 14 digs while Brooke VanGiesen had 9 kills, 16 digs.  McKenna Dailey also had 34 digs. 

Columbiana now looks to a huge matchup on Thursday as they host Wellsville.  Lisbon will travel to Valley Christian on Thursday.


NEW MIDDLETOWN OH- The Clippers continued their 5 match road trip on Monday as they met a non conference challenge in Springfield. Columbiana didn’t miss a beat and swept the Tigers (25-16 25-17 25-21).

Maddie Witherow had a standout night swinging leading the team with 9 kills. She also played good defense with 8 digs. Maci Linhart led the team in digs with 12 and also collected 2 kills, and 3 aces. Grace Witmer set up 12 assists, and also finished with 8 digs, and 5 kills.

Columbiana returns to league play on Tuesday as they finish their road stretch at Lisbon.


COLUMBIANA OH- Columbiana continued a dominant stretch through the EOAC on Tuesday with a sweep of East Palestine to improve their record to 12-2 (25-21 25-23 25-12).

Tori Long led the Clippers with 6 kills, and 6 digs. Grace Witmer had a great day all over the stat sheet. She finished with 13 assists, 10 digs, and 5 kills. Julia Rapp totaled 7 digs, 5 kills, and 4 aces. Maddie Witherow had 12 digs, 4 kills, and 3 aces.

Columbiana has some time off before they travel to Springfield on Monday. East Palestine will try to bounce back on Thursday as they travel to Lisbon.


LEETONIA OH- Columbiana was coming off a tough loss to United on Thursday night, but it didn’t take them long to stabilize against Leetonia with a sweep of the Bears (25-7 25-14 25-11).

Julia Rapp and Grace Witmer both led the offense with 5 kills. Maci Linhart finished with 16 digs, and 5 aces. Tori Long was all over the stat sheet with 4 kills, 6 digs, and 2 aces.

Columbiana will host Warren JFK on Monday. Leetonia will stay in conference and play against Southern on Tuesday.