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LISBON, OH- In an intense matchup at the Lisbon Tipoff Tournament, the Heartland Christian Lions secured a hard-fought victory over the Salem Quakers with a final score of 70-61.

Heartland’s scoring was well-distributed, with Collin Kalaher leading the Lions with 14 points, closely followed by Jake Walker with 13 points. Isaiah Matthews contributed 9 points, while Tyler Rarick and Johnny Myer each had 7 points. Brody Conaway and Will Morgan rounded out the scoring with 6 points each. The Lions’ offensive efforts were instrumental in their success, demonstrating teamwork and efficiency on the court.

Salem, led by Trent Fink’s impressive 24 points, showcased resilience throughout the game. Evan Jones contributed 10 points, while Deontay Steele and Colin Riesen each added 9 and 8 points, respectively. Lance Bailey and Cam Sampson also made contributions with 8 and 2 points, respectively.

The tournament continues today in Lisbon with Heartland lining up against the Blue Devils of Lisbon, and Salem taking on Western Reserve.


NEW WATERFORD, OH-Heartland Christian  asserted their will over Lisbon on their way to an 8-2 victory

Heartland notched four runs in the second inning. The Lions scored their runs on a double by Drew Gault.

Brett Walker got the win for Heartland Christian. The pitcher went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out three. Luke Rafferty threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.

Ryan Reckner was on the hill for the Blue Devils. Reckner went five innings, allowing eight runs on five hits and striking out seven. Wallace threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.

Drew Walker started the game for the Lions. Walker allowed three hits and zero runs over one inning, striking out one and walking one

Heartland Christian saw the ball well on Saturday, racking up five hits. Walker and Gault all had multiple hits for Heartland to lead the team.

Reckner went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Lisbon in hits.


MINERAL RIDGE, OH- The Mineral Ridge Rams offense was led by the trio of Bickerstaff, Bunch, and Myers. All three had a team-high 2 runs scored apiece. Myers and Bickerstaff also led the team with 2 hits each.

Zupko got the win going 5 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 7 and walking 4. Ty Tamburro threw the final 2 innings. He allowed 2 hits while Striking out 5 and walking 1.

With the win, the Rams improve to 10-4 on the season


*Contributed by Anthony Ragozine


RICHMOND, OH- Heartland Christian stayed in it until the end, but Edison pulled away late in a 13-3 victory on Monday. The game was tied at three with Edison batting in the bottom of the fourth when Ian Mcbone drew a walk, scoring one run.

The Lions struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Edison, giving up 13 runs.

Heartland got on the board in the first inning. The Lions scored one run when Nate Garzanich doubled.

Hunter Rothacker led things off on the mound for Edison. The fireballer surrendered three runs on six hits over five innings, striking out nine.

Seth Walker started the game for Heartland Christian. The pitcher lasted three and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits and ten runs while striking out three. Garzanich threw one-third of an inning in relief.

Garzanich led Heartland Christian with two hits in three at-bats.

Gage Cline went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Edison in hits.


UNITY OH- Heartland Christian put up eight runs in the second on its way to an 11-1 victory over Chaney on Monday. Heartland’s offense in the inning was led by Seth Walker, Jake Walker, Drew Gault, Jake Kling, Brett Walker, and Walker, all knocking in runs in the inning.

The Lions got on the board in the first inning when Walker singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run.

Heartland put up eight runs in the second inning. Their offense in the inning came from walks by Walker and Gault, singles by Walker and Walker, by Walker, and a double by Kling.

Luke Rafferty took the win for Heartland. The righty allowed one hit and one run over two innings, striking out one. Nate Garzanich and Walker entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

Kling started the game for the Lions. The righthander allowed zero hits and zero runs over one inning, striking out three and walking zero

Heartland saw the ball well today, racking up nine hits in the game. Garzanich, Kling, and Walker all had multiple hits for Heartland Christian School Varsity. Walker, Kling, and Garzanich each collected two hits to lead.

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EAST PALESTINE, OH- Jonathan Bertovich has been named 2022 Your Sports Network Boys Basketball Most Valuable Player according to the media company.  Bertovich put the cap on an outstanding career this season while averaging 24 points per game, 5 boards, 5 assists, 4 steals, and a pair of blocks per contest.

The Heartland product competed in 24 games this season and “Jonny Buckets” also became the leading scorer in the history of Columbiana County in 2022, when he surpassed Nate Scott of Wellsville with 1,625 points in his illustrious career.

Bertovich also helped lead Heartland Christian to their first victory in program history this year inside the OHSAA Tournament.  Bertovich, who has been seen as a scorer his entire career rounded out his game when he arrived in Heartland his junior year.  JB elevated his game, and those around him with more dishes than Fiestaware his senior season.

At the conclusion of his senior campaign, Bertovich made it known his commitment to continue his academic and athletic careers at Geneva College in the Fall of 2022.  We congratulate Jonathan Bertovich for a stellar season, and career, as well as his selection as the 2022 YSN Boys Basketball Most Valuable Player.


HANOVERTON OH- Fresh off a successful opening weekend, the Heartland Christian Lions basketball team visited United on Tuesday night looking keep their early momentum.  The visiting Lions took that momentum and ran with it early and often en route to a 80-58 victory.

The home standing Eagles gave the Lions all they could handle behind in a very entertaining first period with the Lions holding a 23-21 lead.  Limiting United to only 9 second quarter points the Lions were able to extend their lead to 39-30 at the break. The halftime break was the wakeup call Hearland’s offense needed.  Enter standout guard Jonathan Bertovich.  Fresh off a career weekend, Bertovich backed up his opening weekend performance tallying 28 points, 6 assists, & 9 steals.

Head coach Josh Scott knows a lot of attention is paid to Bertovich but really likes what he has around him “Our team around Jonathan is very good and deserves a lot of attention.”  It is that team around him that showed up as well.  Stephen Barnes added 16 points & 6 rebs in a supporting role for the Lions. Off the bench Jake Walker tallied 9 for the victors.  Heartland as a team tallied 11 three point field goals on the night.

That performance was is one Coach Scott appreciates “Our kids work extremely hard on offense in practice.  I’m happy to see it pay off for them on game night.”   United tried to hang with the talented Lions squad in the second half but were limited to just 4 fourth quarter points.

The Eagles were led by Steffen Jarrett who poured in 23 points in defeat.  Grant Knight and Ward Kiko added 12 and 11 respectively for United.  Both teams will be back in action on Friday.

Up next for Heartland (3-0) is a home date with Leetonia.  United (0-1) will welcome Wellsville to town.


*Contributed By YSN’s Chris Sigler


EAST PALESTINE, OH- Just one night after suffering a loss to EOAC rival, Columbiana, East Palestine Head Coach Jess Franklin had her team focused, and ready to go against a strong Heartland Christian program.  The Lady Bulldogs came out ready in the first set and set the tone in a 3-2 (25-15, 23-25,25-15, 21-25, 15-6) victory on Wednesday.

Freshman Ceci Foster led the way with 18 points, 10 digs, 8 assists, and 4 aces, while her sister Sophia had 17 digs, 12 points, 6 kills, and 5 aces as well.  Other key contributors for EP were Mia Lee and her 17 dig, 13 point, 11 kill night, and Gia Brestelli’s 17 digs and 4 aces from the service position.  Mackenzie Parker was also clutch with 10 assists, 9 points, and a pair of aces.

The two teams went back and forth in sets, and while it came down to the fifth set, neither team could truly take over the match.  Heartland’s Emma Hall was all over the floor for the Lady Lions and kept the Bulldog defense uneasy in all five sets.  Sophomores Bella Drokin and Elise Winterstellar also created problems for East Palestine, as Winterstellar was a force at the net all evening, and Drokin’s play from deep in her own zone, including her serves were key in keeping pace.

East Palestine (2-2) will now eye up Lisbon on Saturday Morning at 11 in the Devil Dome in an effort to create their first winning record of the season.



Cam Hollobaugh shut down Heartland Christian, throwing a complete game shutout and leading John F. Kennedy Catholic  to a 10-0 victory on Thursday

The Eagles were boosted by Jaden Rishel who went 4-for-4 at the plate. Rishel singled in the second, singled in the third, singled in the fourth, and singled in the fifth.

JFK scored five runs in the fourth inning. Their offense in the inning was led by Michael Condoleon, Gavin Shrum, Rishel, and Aidan Rossi, who each had RBIs in the inning.

A single by Jake Kling in the fifth inning was a positive for Heartland Christian.

Hollobaugh got the win for the Eagles. The pitcher lasted five innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out seven and walking one.

Caleb Graft took the loss for Heartland Christian. Graft went three and a third innings, allowing seven runs on three hits and striking out two.

Rishel went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead JFK in hits.

Kling led Heartland Christian with one hit in two at bats.

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STRUTHERS, OH- Aaron Gault wasted no opportunities at the plate on Tuesday, driving in four on two hits to lead Heartland Christian past Southern 17-3 on Tuesday. Gault drove in runs on a double in the second.

Southern scored three runs in the second inning, but Heartland still managed to pull out the victory. Cooper Edmiston and Aiden Spahlinger each drove in runs during the inning.

Hayden Stewart took the win for Heartland. Stewart went five innings, allowing three runs on three hits, striking out seven and walking zero.

Brock Smalley took the loss for Southern. The bulldog allowed eight hits and 11 runs over two innings, striking out three.

Heartland Christian racked up 17 hits on the day. Devin SirotaNate GarzanichTom KlingDrew WalkerSteven BakerJoel Morgan, and Gault all managed multiple hits for the LionsSirota went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Heartland in hits.

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