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By Matt Maher 

NEWTON FALLS, OH – The battle for second on the MVAC Gray division came down to the wire Friday night when Campbell Memorial visited Newton Falls. Newton Falls showed great defense combined with stellar offense right out of the gate but that defense and offense began to slip in the 2nd half and Campbell clawed their way back into it and forced an overtime thriller that came up just short for the Red Devils and saw the Tigers earn themselves a 50-45 victory.


Everyone knew this game was going to be a grind but the 17-8 first quarter score that saw Newton Falls on top started to question that. David Moore got his night started with the first triple for the Red Devils while Josue Rodriguez found 3 himself with a 2 and 1. Alex Stinson and Cameron Huff were money from the arc giving their team a huge 3 each while Jabriel Rufai found 5 points with a double then a triple. 


Campbell tightened their defense in the second quarter and only allowed Newton Falls to score 11 to their 5. It was Moore and Rodriguez leading the way again with Moore finding another 3 while Rodriguez found 2 more. Landon Mcgregor joined the party with his team’s only 3-pointer of the quarter and led his team in scoring this frame with that tally. Rufai was held scoreless this frame which is a testament to Memorials defense that they kept one of the deadliest Tigers from pouncing going into halftime.


Campbell knew they needed to improve on the defensive showing they put up in the last quarter and find simpler shots and boy did they deliver, with a 12-4 edge in the 3rd, Campbell got themselves right back into it and made Newton Falls nervous. Unlike the 2nd, the 3rd quarter saw Jabriel Rufai score all 4 for his team with a double and a perfect 2-for-2 from the stripe. David Moore seemed to have found Superman’s cape during the break because he went off on the Tigers with 10 points in the quarter starting with a 3 then continuing on with three made 2’s and an and-1 that hit.


The Red Devils would not and could not be stopped going into the 4th and man were they good with a 15-8 edge in scoring they had found enough to tie this game late and force overtime in this huge game. Rufai scored 4 points to lead his team this quarter with 2 hard fought 2’s. Moore and Rodriguez continued their dominance for their team with Moore putting up 4 more and Rodriguez adding 5 points to his teams total. 


The Red Devils went into overtime scoring the first 3 points quickly only to see McGregor respond immediately after with a 3 of his own and it didn’t take long for the Falls to find a narrow lead and force Campbell to foul which promptly sealed this game for the Tigers because Jabriel Rufai went 5-for-6 from the stripe.


Campbell showed grit and heart in this game but just fell short after finding their game and forcing this one to overtime. The Tigers will end their season on a 6 game winning streak and will host Chippewa on February 27th for round 1 of the OHSAA playoffs while Campbell gets ready for their first round brawl against Trinity on the 27th as well, both game will be played at 7:00PM EST. 


By Michael Ginocchi 

Beloit, OH-
The West Branch Boys’ Basketball team won their final game before tournament play by defeating Heartland Christian 64 to 42. West Branch finished the regular season with an 18-4 record and were EBC champs. 


The Warriors led 35 to 23 at the half, but Heartland showed a lot of heart by cutting the lead to eight points in the second before the Warriors pulled away. West Branch will play at home on Tuesday against the 13-9 Youngstown East Golden Bears in the first round of the state playoffs. The matchup between the two teams should be an exciting first round game. West Branch won the first meeting 73 to 71 in overtime a few weeks ago.


Leading the Warriors’ offense was Jeremiah Thomas with 16 points and Gavin Gregory with 10 points. Jaxon Robb contributed 9 points and Cooper Anderson and Joey Jackson each had 8 points.


The Heartland Lions were led in scoring by Will Morgan with 12 points and Jake Walker with 11 points. Their regular season record ends with a 13-9 record. The Lions will face Southington Chalker at home on Tuesday at 7 pm. in the first round of the state basketball playoffs. 


LOWELLVILLE OH- In a gritty defensive showdown, Lowellville emerged victorious over conference rival McDonald, prevailing in a hard-fought battle by a final score of 38-33. In a game characterized by tough defense and intense competition, Lowellville managed to secure a crucial win.

Leading the charge for Lowellville was Matt Lucido, who paced the team with 11 points, while Michael Ballone added 7 points and Drew Modelski contributed 6 points, helping to power Lowellville’s offense against McDonald’s stout defense.

On the McDonald side, Drew Zajack led all scorers with 13 points, followed closely by Wyatt Wolford with 12 points, but their efforts ultimately fell short against Lowellville’s defensive resilience.

With the win, Lowellville improves to a 14-8 record on the season and looks ahead to their next challenge in the tournament. They are set to face the winner of Springfield vs. Open Door Christian on March 1st in what promises to be an exciting postseason matchup.

Meanwhile, McDonald will regroup and prepare for their own tournament game, as they are slated to host Kidron Central Catholic on Tuesday. Despite the setback, McDonald remains a formidable opponent and will surely bring their A-game as they look to make a statement in the postseason.



COLUMBIANA OH- In a pivotal matchup on Friday night, Columbiana seized their chance to claim a share of the EOAC championship, exacting revenge on Lisbon with a convincing 51-39 victory. Led by a balanced scoring effort, Columbiana showcased their depth and determination on the court.

Seth Struharik led the charge for Columbiana, pouring in 14 points, while Devin Daugherty added 11 points of his own, and Maddox Brown contributed 10 points to the winning cause. Ian Less chipped in with 8 points, rounding out a formidable offensive performance for Columbiana.

On the Lisbon side, Hunter Dailey and Tate Wallen each tallied 11 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Columbiana’s tenacious defense and efficient scoring.

With the win, Columbiana finishes their regular season with an impressive 17-5 record, securing a share of the EOAC title. Now, their focus shifts to the upcoming tournament, where they will host Chagrin Falls on Tuesday in what promises to be an exciting postseason opener.

Meanwhile, Lisbon, with an 18-4 record, also looks ahead to tournament play. They will host Cornerstone Christian on Tuesday, aiming to make a statement as they pursue postseason success.



YOUNGSTOWN OH- In a commanding finale to their regular season, Mooney’s boys’ basketball team showcased their dominance on Friday night as they hosted Struthers in an electrifying showdown. Despite a brief setback in the second quarter, where they only managed to tally 5 points, the Cardinals rallied back with sheer determination to secure a convincing 63-39 victory.

Leading the charge for Mooney was Ashton O’Brien, whose stellar performance on the court yielded an impressive 18 points, supported by the dynamic duo of Eddie Nieves and Rocco Turner, each contributing 11 points to the scoreboard. Jibri Carter and Nick Genova also made significant contributions, chipping in with 9 and 8 points, respectively.

On the opposing side, Struthers put up a valiant effort, with Lucas Patti leading the charge with 13 points, while Jason Dukes and Tommy Cole each added 8 points to the team’s total.

With the regular season now in the rearview mirror, Mooney (17-5) sets their sights on the upcoming tournament, eager to carry their momentum into postseason play. Their journey begins with a home matchup against Academy of Urban Scholars on Tuesday, where they will look to make a statement on their quest for championship glory.

Meanwhile, Struthers (9-11) will also turn their attention to tournament action, determined to make a splash as they host Marlington on Tuesday.


EAST LIVERPOOL OH- In a thrilling showdown on Thursday night, the Canfield faced a tough test on the road against East Liverpool. Despite the hostile environment, Canfield delivered a consistent effort that propelled them to a hard-earned 66-56 victory over the Potters.

Leading the charge for Canfield was Ben Weaver, whose impressive performance saw him rack up a team-high 23 points, showcasing his scoring prowess and clutch play when it mattered most. Sam Castranova also made a significant contribution with 20 points, while Dom Cruz added 10 points to bolster Canfield’s offensive attack.

Despite facing a formidable opponent in East Liverpool, Canfield’s resilience and determination shone through, allowing them to maintain their composure and execute their game plan effectively throughout the contest.

On the other side, East Liverpool put up a valiant effort, led by Preston Kerr with 19 points, Quinton Conrad with 15 points, and Cohen Pease with 11 points. However, their efforts were ultimately not enough to overcome Canfield’s relentless pressure and offensive firepower.

With this crucial win, Canfield concludes their regular season with an impressive record of 18-4, setting the stage for what promises to be an exciting tournament run. They now turn their focus towards tournament time, where they will host Akron East on Tuesday in their first postseason matchup.

Meanwhile, East Liverpool will regroup and prepare for their upcoming tournament game on March 2nd, where they will host Zanesville in a bid to make some noise in postseason play.



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.


NEW MIDDLETOWN OH- In a highly anticipated matchup filled with hometown pride and intense rivalry, the South Range High School basketball team squared off against Springfield on Tuesday night. With the coaching staff hailing from Springfield, the game carried added significance for both teams. In the end, it was South Range who emerged victorious, storming to a commanding 66-41 win over their rivals.

From the opening tip-off, it was clear that South Range was determined to assert their dominance on the court. Fueled by the energy of the rivalry and the support of their fans, the Raiders came out firing on all cylinders, overwhelming Springfield with their relentless attack.

Leading the charge for South Range was Landon Moore, whose outstanding performance saw him tally 19 points and move to second on the South Range career scoring list. Moore’s scoring prowess and leadership were on full display, inspiring his teammates to elevate their game to new heights.

Supporting Moore’s offensive onslaught was Dylan Turvey, who contributed 15 points, and Luke Rohan, who added 14 points to bolster South Range’s scoring effort. Tristan Toy chipped in 7 points to further solidify the Raiders’ dominance.

Despite Springfield’s efforts to mount a comeback, they were unable to contain South Range’s relentless pressure. Dylan Sheely led Springfield’s scoring effort with 9 points, while Sean Guerriero and Chris Cunningham added 8 points each. Drew Miller contributed 7 points in a valiant but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to rally his team.

With this statement win, South Range improves their record to 15-6 as they prepare for their regular season finale against Salem on Thursday. Meanwhile, Springfield, with a record of 16-5, shifts their focus to tournament play, where they will host Open Door Christian in their first tournament game on February 27th.


HANOVERTON OH- In a thrilling showdown on Tuesday night, the United High School basketball team faced a formidable challenge as they hosted Crestview. With both teams vying for supremacy, the stage was set for an intense battle on the hardwood. In the end, it was United who emerged victorious, protecting their home court with a hard-fought 64-56 win over Crestview.

Leading the charge for United was Jason Pratt, whose stellar performance saw him rack up an impressive 20 points, showcasing his scoring prowess and leadership on the court. Pratt was well-supported by Beau Eichler, who contributed 15 points, and Luke Courtney, who added 14 points to bolster United’s offensive attack.

Crestview put up a valiant fight, with Justin McKee leading the scoring effort with 16 points, followed closely by Jameson English with 14 points and Jonathan Best with 13 points. Despite their best efforts, Crestview ultimately fell short against a determined United squad.

With this crucial win, United improves their record to 9-13 as they now turn their attention to tournament play. Their next challenge will be against Brookfield at home as they look to make a splash in postseason action.

Meanwhile, Crestview concludes their regular season with a record of 7-14, with their sights set on finishing strong as they host Liberty on Thursday.

Game Photos HERE: https://ysn.smugmug.com/2-20-b-bb-united-crestview/2-20-b-bb-united-crestview/105EOS1D


EAST LIVERPOOL OH- Ursuline showcased their offensive prowess on Monday night as they traveled to East Liverpool and emerged with a commanding 72-53 victory. The Irish wasted no time asserting their dominance, storming ahead early and never looking back.

Leading the charge for Ursuline was Jayden Payne, who delivered a stellar performance with 18 points, showcasing his scoring ability and leadership on the court. He was well-supported by Noah Bell and Jaylen Gunther, who each contributed 14 points, while Deshaun Will and Geno Lucente added 9 and 8 points respectively to bolster the team’s offensive output.

Despite East Liverpool’s efforts to mount a comeback, they were unable to contain Ursuline’s relentless offensive attack. Preston Kerr led East Liverpool’s scoring effort with 15 points, followed closely by Blake Adkins with 12 points and Quinton Conrad with 9 points.

With this convincing win, Ursuline improves their record to an impressive 17-3 as they return home to host Howland on Thursday. Meanwhile, East Liverpool, with a record of 16-5, faces another tough challenge ahead as they host Canfield on Thursday.