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WELLSVILLE OH- In a commanding performance on Thursday night, United had no trouble securing a 60-36 victory over Wellsville, putting the game in cruise control.

United’s Addy Blazer led the scoring with an impressive 22 points, followed by Grace Knight with 17 and Grayson Kidder contributing 12. On the Wellsville side, Bella Poppelriter posted a game-high 25 points.

With a 12-5 record, United now shifts their focus to a crucial matchup with Columbiana, aiming for first place in the EOAC. Wellsville (9-9) will be on the road, traveling to East Palestine on Monday, seeking to bounce back from the challenging contest. The dominant win for United sets the stage for an exciting clash at the top of the conference standings.


COLUMBIANA OH- Columbiana showcased their continued dominance in the EOAC on Thursday night, securing a swift and commanding victory over Valley Christian with a final score of 57-5.

Contributing to Columbiana’s balanced scoring attack were Taylor Long with 13 points, Evy Rapp with 9, Ellie Venezia with 8, Ava Heinrich and Averi Marshall with 7 each, and Megan Moser with 6.

With a standout 15-2 record, Columbiana now shifts its focus to an important league matchup against United on Monday. Valley Christian (1-14) will be on the road to face Southern on Saturday, looking to bounce back from the challenging contest. Columbiana’s collective effort and diverse scoring options position them well for the upcoming league challenges.


WELLSVILLE OH- Continuing their impressive performance, Columbiana maintained their hot streak on Monday night with a commanding 50-29 victory over Wellsville.

Averi Marshall led Columbiana’s scoring effort with 12 points, closely followed by Megan Moser with 11 points and Ellie Venezia contributing 10 points. Ava Heinrich added 5 points to the team’s total.

Wellsville’s offensive highlights came from Bella Poppelriter, who secured an impressive 17 points.

Looking ahead, Columbiana will stay in league action on Thursday as they host Valley Christian, aiming to extend their winning streak. Wellsville, on the other hand, will remain at home on Thursday, welcoming United in hopes of a strong performance.


COLUMBIANA OH- Crestview maintained their stronghold on the MVAC’s top spot with a commanding 65-27 triumph over LaBrae. The second and third quarters proved pivotal as Crestview outscored LaBrae 47-11 during that stretch.

Addison Rhodes led Crestview’s scoring barrage with an impressive 24 points, followed by Ava Bucey contributing 11 points. Emily Downey and Luvrain Gaskins each added 9 points, while Myer Miller chipped in with 7 points.

Despite LaBrae’s effort, Emma Kuszmaul’s 13 points weren’t enough to overcome Crestview’s dominant performance.

Crestview, now boasting a flawless 14-0 record, sets their sights on hosting Liberty in their upcoming Thursday matchup. LaBrae, at 9-2, aims to rebound as they hit the road to face Garfield on Thursday.

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YOUNGSTOWN OH- In the much-anticipated round one of the Holy War, Ursuline took on arch-rival Mooney, delivering a dominant performance that reflected their control of every aspect of the game. After Mooney scored first, Ursuline seized control of the pace and emerged victorious with a convincing 47-24 win.

Ursuline’s Lily Scott led the scoring charge with an impressive 15-point contribution, showcasing her offensive prowess. Kennedy Carpenter added 11 points, while Brooklyn Brown and Nia Burney each chipped in 6 points. Meredith Gray rounded out the scoring with 5 points.

For Mooney, Sophia Diorio led the scoring effort with 9 points, while Sam Rotunno added 5 points.

With this victory, Ursuline extends their winning streak to three games, boasting a 6-5 record. The team will now shift their focus to a road trip to Warren Harding on Saturday. Mooney, now standing at 2-7, will stay at home for their next matchup against Southeast on Saturday. The game highlighted Ursuline’s dominance in the Holy War opener, setting the stage for both teams as they continue their respective seasons.


YOUNGSTOWN OH- In a clash of titans, undefeated Mineral Ridge showcased their dominance on the road against Chaney, securing a resounding 73-47 victory in a highly anticipated matchup.

Leading the scoring for Mineral Ridge were Gianna Gilbert and Ava Hulett, each contributing an impressive 19 points. Sullivan Sandy added 14 points, while Samantha Aulet and Kelcee Dye both chipped in with 8 points, highlighting a well-rounded offensive effort.

Chaney’s scoring efforts were led by Alyssa Brown, who posted a game-high 26 points, showcasing her offensive prowess. Jaziya Burley-Anderson added 9 points in the effort.

With this convincing win, Mineral Ridge maintains their unblemished record at 6-0 and will return to league play on Monday with a road trip to Lowellville. Chaney, now 4-3, will have a week off before hosting Valley Christian on Thursday, December 21st, as they regroup from the tough contest against Mineral Ridge.

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Maintaining their flawless record, Mineral Ridge showcased dominance on Monday with a resounding 70-34 victory over McDonald.

Ava Hulett led the charge for the Lady Rams, achieving an impressive double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 steals. Sullivan Sandy contributed 15 points, while Gianna Gilbert and Kelcee Dye each added 10 points. Lily Merolillo chipped in with 7 points, and Ava Carkido contributed 7 points as well.

The well-rounded performance propelled the Lady Rams to a 6-0 season record, highlighting their strength on both ends of the court. Their next challenge awaits on Thursday as they face off against Chaney, aiming to continue their undefeated streak in what promises to be another exciting matchup.


BOARDMAN OH- Spartan nation has to be excited for another fantastic year of basketball. On the girls side, Boardman returns Jeff Hammerton to sidelines for another year at the lead.  With fantastic leadership returning to the roster, there are many reasons to be optimistic on the outlook of the season.  Board man will hand their hat on turning defense into easy offense.  They certainly have the athleticism to accomplish that.

Coach Hammerton took the time to talk with YSN’s Anthony Hartwig about the season, and what it could bring. They talk about the culture inside the program, the Spartans hard schedule, and much more. Check out Episode 1 of Coach’s Corner with Jeff Hammerton only on YSN!

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By Noah Ricks

HOWLAND CENTER, OH – The girls’ basketball tournament is officially underway, and the Howland Tigers pulled off a nice start to their postseason. On Wednesday night, they welcomed Notre Dame Cathedral Latin in a Division 2 Sectional Semifinal. It was a game in which Howland held the lead for a good majority, as they would pick up the 53-32 victory.


Howland junior Alyssa Massucci was the player of the hour yet again, as she would lead all scorers 23. She compiled an impressive night from the foul line, as she connected on 10 of 13 shots from the stripe. In the second half, she would contribute 13 of those points, all while drilling three shots from downtown on the night in total.   


Despite the Lions hanging in the game throughout the first half, the Tigers’ defense was a huge factor, holding NDCL to single digits in three of the four quarters. They would also do a good job defending the key, giving up just two shots from beyond the arc. The Lions were not without their successes, however, as they came crashing in on offensive rebounds to set up second and third attempts. Melissa Brownlee led NDCL with 9 points. 


Howland improves to 11-12 with the win as they will play host to Alliance on Saturday in the Sectional Final. The Tigers will try to win back-to-back Sectional titles as they are hosting the Aviators in a rematch of a 54-48 victory back on December 17th. Tip-off will be at 1:00 P.M.


Tigers coach Aaron Pounds talked with YSN’s Noah Ricks following the contest. You can click on the video below to watch the full interview.



NEW MIDDLETOWN OH- On Saturday afternoon two teams that were once the biggest of rivals took the floor again to renew a nostalgic grudge match.  If you look at the last several years of these two programs playing each other before the hiatus, it was South Range that was the dominant team.  The only Tigers win over the Raiders you’ll find since 2010 was a Callie Ford buzzer beater in the jungle in 2014.  But now in 2023 it’s a new Tigers team, and the tables have turned.  Springfield eyed down the ghosts of the past and dominated their way to a 47-33 win over the Raiders.  It was the Tigers 13th win of the season.

Jacey Mullen was an unstoppable force for the Tigers as she bullied her way to 23 points.  Jameka Brungard used her dominance inside to contribute 8 points.  Mariana Tuscano was able to rack in 7 points.

Emma Cunningham led the Raiders with 8 points on the day. Gwen Lowry had one of her better games of the season adding 7 to the Raiders offense.  Taylor McClish chipped in 6 points.

Both teams get right back to conference play on Monday as Springfield will travel to Mineral Ridge, and South Range will hit the road to Poland.