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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.


NEW MIDDLETOWN OH- Springfield has felt hungry all off season after getting to regionals and falling short last season.  The Tigers had a lot of goals to get back to the level they were the year before, and take the next step.  Now that we are sitting past the em half way point, we are seeing a phenomenal Springfield team dominate the MVAC.  The Tigers are currently undefeated in the conference and serious contenders to come away with the title.  They have a league matchup with Sebring coming up Thursday night , and a non conference matchup with South Range on Saturday.

Tigers second year head coach John Matisi hasn’t taken much time to breathe new life in to the program. He took the time to catch up with YSN’s Anthony Hartwig about his team’s season. He also breaks down each senior and what they bring to the table as the Tigers prepare for senior night. Check out Episode 2 of Coach’s Corner with John Matisi only on YSN.

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BERLIN CRNTER OH- A lot of Springfield’s wins this season have seen them score in bunches. They have multiple players on the court at all times that can find their way on the stat sheet at any time.  On Monday night in their first contest of the new year, the Tigers proved that they could handle a defensive battle and still come out on top. Western Reserve pushed the Springfield offense to their lowest total of the year but it wasn’t enough to tame the Tigers. Springfield found a way to win 34-24 over the Blue Devils.

Jacey Mullen still had an incredible output by finishing with 22 points.  Madi Lesnak added 7 points to the Tigers total as well.  Linny Jones led the Blue Devils with 9 points.  Alyvia Hughes was able to chip in 8 points as well.

Springfield has a week off to prepare for a major matchup with Waterloo on the road on Monday. Western Reserve will remain home on Thursday and host McDonald.


Day two of the fifth annual South Range Holiday Hoops Classic saw a rematch between The Garrettsville Garfield Lady G-Men and The Nordonia Knights from a year ago. What turned out to be a turning point for The G-Men last season, had a completely different feel this time around. With Garrettsville protecting their perfect 8-0 season record in their quest to a conference crown in The Gray Division of The  Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) and perhaps a repeat as district champions. 

In this go around with The Knights, Garfield found success with guard Laura McCoy finding her shot from all over the floor to help lead her team in scoring throughout the first half. Utilizing multiple scorers as well in the passing game, McCoy was able to get her teammates involved to create the machine that is The G-Men offense, while also scoring 15 first half points herself. Madeline Shirkey complimented them with a fancy, finesse layup to end the half and put Garfield up 30-14 at halftime!

While Jensen Stehlik for Nordonia was an and-one machine for the nights, adding multiple three point plays, as well as the ever-rare four point play as she tried to will he team back into the game. Finishing with 22 points on the day, Stehlik certainly did her job and more for The Knights. 

By the start of the second half, Garfield ensured that they corrected the mistakes of Wednesday’s contest against Mooney, in that they kept their foot on the gas through halves. Scoring at will with some phenomenal ball-distribution throughout the contest, The G-Men were able to open up looks through their passing game. Laura McCoy continued her scoring dominance, finishing with 32 of her team’s 66 points at the end of the day to cap-off the win for Garfield 66-44 in her Player of The Game Performance! 

The loss for The Knights sent them to 3-10 on the campaign, while Garretsville stayed a perfect 2-0 in The Holiday Hoops Classic and 9-0 on the season! Garfield will now look to Monday, January 2nd where they will get back to conference play, as they host The Newton Falls Tigers. 

Interviews with both Head Coach Aaron Gilbert and Player of The Game Laura McCoy can be found below!

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell


CANFIELD OH- In the first All-YSN matchup of the day at The South Range Holiday Tournament, The Cardinal Mooney Cardinals, acted as the home team, squaring off with The Garresville-Garfield G-Men. Both squads rode into Wednesday evening with a ton of momentum, with The Cardinals coming away with the victory against the red hot Youngstown East Golden Bears. For Garfield, despite a scare from Champion, The Lady G-Men were a perfect 7-0 going into Wednesday. 

Wasting little time, Garfield jumped out of the box immediately, creating turnovers that were then converted to points, The G-Men jumped ahead 7-2 within the first minutes of gametime. Highlighted by great passing, Garrettsville was able to open up the floor offensively in the first quarter, putting up 24 points throughout the first eight minutes. However, despite trailing by almost 20 points to start, Mooney was able to battle back before the half! Flipping the script, The Cardinals held the previously potent Garfield offense to just five points in the second quarter, thus allowing them to trim their deficit. Going into the half, The Lady G-Men held a 29-18 lead.

Out of the half, Garfield looked to establish themselves in the passing game to create open looks. Initially finding success, Mooney quickly responded by clogging those passing lanes to force turnovers. Sophia Diorio was acting as a spark plug for The Cardinals offense in the second half and Maria Fire always ignited the flame of the defense to get them fired up. On the other side, Madeline Shirkey, Laura McCoy and Mandy Cardinal acted as a three-headed dragon on both sides of the ball, with a good blend of height and athleticism. 

Mooney continued to have success on the defensive end, allowing just 26 points in the following three quarters after the first. However, Garfield showed the difference between good teams and great teams, as The G-Men did enough defensively to maintain the lead through rough waters. Emerging victorious for their eighth time this season, The Lady G-Men are now a perfect 8-0 on the campaign. Mandy Cardinal was The Player of The Game, with her 16 points of offense to complement her ball handling and rebounding skills, she was an all-around all star in a winning performance! Both teams will be back in South Range on Thursday, December 29th for their second consecutive day of The South Range Holiday Tournament!

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell


COLUMBIANA OH- Heartland Christian picked up a big time win on Monday as they welcomed in Campbell. The Lions controlled the game from the jump and never missed a beat. They ran away to a 53-29 win.

Rylee Shadowens went off for the Lions having a great night with 15 points.  She shared the lead with Rachel Reynolds who also finished with 15. Sophia Stambough was right behind her grabbing 14 points to help out the offense. Heartland will continue their season on Wednesday as they host Chaney.

Akana Sanchez shot her way to double figures for Campbell leading the team with 10 points.  Cha’Daeja Marshall added 6 points to the offense. Campbell keeps their season going on Thursday as they host conference foe Brookfield.



COLUMBIANA OH- Winter is coming. You can feel it in the air, as the leaves continue to fall. Basketball is fastly approaching with the winter season. Columbiana has a girls program that you won’t want to miss this year. The amount of young talent the Clippers are about to put on the floor is reason to show up.  The Clippers have a lot of straight up athletes.  Last season the Clippers finished the year at 15-7 (11-2). They were serious contenders in the EOAC, and there’s no reason to think they won’t be again.  That campaign to a conference crown will start on November 28th against Lowellville.

Clippers head coach Dave Crismon took the time to come on to Running Point with YSN’s Anthony Hartwig, and Scotty Mincher.  They talk about what the outlook of the season should be, who he is going to lean on to be a leader in the season, and much more. Fly with the Clippers and check out Episode 1 of Coach’s Corner with Dave Crismon


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BOARDMAN OH- It’s the start of a new era in Boardman Girls Basketball, although Jeff Hammerton isn’t new to this program. He does take his first year back in the head coaching chair this season for the Spartans.  He has brought excitement to the program, and what they’re building. The Spartans were young and talented last season. They finished the year at 8-15.  They had plenty of games that they felt they could have won, so there’s no surprise they expect to improve that record this year.  They will start aiming for that goal on November 28 on the road at South Range.

Coach Hammerton took the time to hop on an interview with YSN’s Ty Bartell to give us a solid preview of the Spartans season. They go over key names on the roster, interesting matchups that appear on the schedule, and much more. Get ready Spartans fans basketball is right around the corner. Check out Episode 1 of Coach’s Corner With Jeff Hammerton.

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LISBON OH- Lisbon girls basketball has a bright season ahead of them looking at 2022-2023. There’s no reason to think the Blue Devils can’t take the positives of last season and expand them to deeper horizons.  Last season, the Blue Devils were 9-12 (7-4) and they finished 4th in the EOAC. They turned things around after a slow start. They lost 5 of the first seven last season. This year, the Blue Devils have high hopes. They’ll open their campaign November 22 at Malvern.

Lisbon’s head coach Ryan Snyder took the time to jump on to an interview with YSN’s Ty Bartell to preview the upcoming season.  They talk about the players that can make big impacts on the year, what makes Lisbon special, and so much more. Check out the season preview in Episode 1 of Coach’s Corner with Ryan Snyder.

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