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CANFIELD, OH- It was a real family showdown at Canfield as the Rarick brothers squared off on the mound, turning the game into a sibling rivalry showcase.

Trent Rarick was on fire for Canfield, striking out 11 batters, giving up four hits and three runs over four solid innings. Despite a rocky start with an error that gave Canfield an early lead, Heartland Christian quickly tied things up when Tyler Rarick daringly stole home in the second inning.

Heartland Christian then snatched the lead 3-1 in the third, fueled by Tyler’s bat and a wild pitch that brought another runner home. But Canfield wasn’t down for long. They stormed back in the bottom of the third, hammering out five runs with Zain Jadallah’s bases-clearing double capping off a wild inning to put them up 6-3.

Unfortunately for Heartland Christian, Tyler Rarick couldn’t contain the Canfield lineup, yielding six runs over three innings and eventually taking the loss. On the flip side, Sean Harrington came in relief for Canfield and pitched three shutout innings, not allowing a single hit and keeping the Lions at bay.

Canfield’s bats were alive with Jadallah, Enzo Cocca, Anthony Groner, Joey Gabriel, Michael Patellis, and Noah Anzevino each snagging a hit. Jadallah and Groner were big-time players, knocking in three runs apiece. The base paths were busy, too, with Canfield stealing six bases as they kept the pressure on all game.

For Heartland Christian, Tyler Rarick did his best to keep pace, notching a couple of hits and swiping two bases himself, proving he was as much a threat with his legs as with his arm.

The Cardinals next take the field against Poland on Monday in the Battle of 224, and featuring two of the top teams in our area.


NEW WATERFORD, OH- The Heartland Christian Lions fell short against Edison, losing 7-4 on Tuesday.

The game got off to a rocky start for Heartland Christian as Edison quickly put runs on the board in the first inning. Chase Freeman kicked things off with a single, a Lions error allowed another run, and Kayden Russell added a single to bring in yet another run, setting Edison up with an early lead.

On the mound, Cash Meadows was solid for Edison, allowing just one unearned run over four innings while scattering six hits. He struck out one and walked three, snagging the win. Jake Walker, pitching the distance for Heartland Christian, ended up on the losing end despite a gritty performance, allowing seven runs (only two earned) across seven innings.

At the plate, Tyler Rarick and Drew Gault led the way for Heartland Christian with two hits apiece. Brett Walker, Will Morgan, and Owen Bender each knocked in a run, trying to spark a rally for the Lions. Walker also showed great discipline, drawing two of the team’s eight walks.

Edison’s lineup saw Freeman and Russell each putting up two hits and combining for four RBIs, helping to keep their team ahead throughout the game. Nolan Haught also added two hits to Edison’s total.

Looking ahead, Heartland Christian will try to bounce back in their next game as they head to Columbiana on Friday, hoping to tighten up their game and turn things around.


NEW WATERFORD, OH- Drew Gault has been working towards days like these.  In a dazzling display of power-hitting, Drew Gault led the charge for the Heartland Christian as they clinched a decisive 12-2 win over East Palestine on Monday. Gault’s impressive performance, highlighted by two home runs and five RBIs, stole the spotlight and propelled his team to victory.

Gault wasted no time making his mark, launching homers in both the second and fourth innings to ignite the Lions’ offense and send the crowd into a frenzy.

Despite East Palestine striking first with a run in the opening frame, the Lions quickly responded, seizing the lead in the bottom of the inning. Brett Walker’s timely single drove in two runs, giving Heartland Christian the early advantage.

East Palestine managed to tie the game in the second inning, but Gault’s homer in the bottom half of the inning swung the momentum back in favor of the Lions, propelling them to a 5-2 lead.

The Lions continued to pile on the runs, with Tyler Rarick adding another tally in the third by stealing home. However, it was the explosive fourth inning that truly showcased Heartland Christian’s offensive prowess. Gault’s second homer of the game, coupled with errors that allowed additional runs to score, extended the Lions’ lead to a commanding 10-run margin.

On the mound, Jake Walker delivered a gutsy performance, stifling East Palestine’s offense and securing the win for the Lions. Walker’s six innings of work saw him allowing just three hits and two runs while racking up an impressive eight strikeouts.

Despite East Palestine’s efforts, they were unable to contain the Lions’ relentless offense and solid defense. Heartland Christian’s aggressive baserunning, highlighted by six stolen bases, kept the pressure on their opponents throughout the game.

With contributions from players like Rarick and Owen Bender, who stole multiple bases, and a patient approach at the plate that resulted in six walks, the Lions showcased their depth and versatility on both sides of the ball.

For East Palestine, Phoenix Marvin started the game on the bump, and surrendered three hits and two runs (one earned) over one inning, striking out one and walking none.  Payyon Rutledge took the tough loss for East Palestine. The reliever went one and one-third innings, surrendering one run on three hits, striking out two and walking one. 

Offensively, EP’s Marvin, Logan Guy, and Jason Robb each collected one hit for East Palestine. Morrison and Beatty each drove in one run for the Bulldogs.

As they look ahead to their next matchup, Heartland Christian will prepare to face Ursuline on Tuesday at the Ace of Diamonds facility. 



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