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CANFIELD, OH- Canfield clashed with Howland on the diamond, sealing a solid 6-2 win on Wednesday, and propelling the Cardinals to the District Round.

Howland struck first in the second inning, with Perry knocking a single to bring in a run. Not to be outdone, Canfield’s Enzo Cocca blasted a double in the bottom half to even the score.

The tides turned in the third when Anders from Howland snagged the lead with a single. But Canfield wasn’t down for long. They stormed back later that inning with David Murphy and Dylan Mancini both smashing doubles to clear the bases, pushing Canfield ahead 5-2. A fielder’s choice from Joey Gabriel sneaked in another run, solidifying their lead.

Michael Patellis was the standout pitcher for Canfield, allowing just two runs off four hits across six innings, adding seven Ks to his record. Howland’s Ray absorbed the loss, giving up six runs over six innings. Zain Jadallah stepped in to close for Canfield, delivering a clean inning to lock down the win.

Canfield’s bats were hot, with Mancini, Murphy, Cocca, and Patellis all racking up two hits apiece. Mancini brought his A-game, driving in two crucial runs.

Despite the effort, Howland managed hits from Santee, Anders, Kovarik, and Perry, with Anders and Perry each notching an RBI.

Both teams flashed leather with Howland turning two double plays, while Canfield executed one smoothly. The win sets up Canfield nicely as they look to keep the momentum rolling into their next outing.  Howland, who finishes at 13-10 on the year, had a great showing and gained valuable experience that will keep them a contender for years to come.


JEFFERSON OH- Howland’s run in the district semifinals hit a snag as they dropped the game to Field 7-3 on a challenging Tuesday at Jefferson. Right off the bat, Brooke Tatar gave Howland an early lead with a scoring double.

Alyssa Massucci later tied things up with a clutch single in the fourth, making it anyone’s game. Unfortunately for Howland, they couldn’t maintain momentum. Tatar, pulling double duty in the circle, gave up seven runs on 11 hits across six innings.

At the plate, Massucci and Madison Schmitz made noise with two hits apiece, with Massucci knocking in two runs from the top of the order. The team showed discipline too, earning six walks thanks to the efforts of Calleigh Luman, Brianna Deeter, and Maya Kubancsek, who each walked twice.

With this game, Howland caps off their season with a solid 13-8 record, closing out a year of strong performances.


HOWLAND, OH- Monday saw the Howland Tigers claw their way to a 6-4 victory over the Niles McKinley Red Dragons.

Niles struck first in the second inning with Nick Clark grounding out to bring one home and Brady Court knocking a single to tally another run. But Howland wasn’t about to let them keep the lead for long. Come the third inning, the Tigers unleashed a barrage, scoring five runs off five hits, capitalizing on a critical error that sent two runners home.

Sully O’Donnell kicked things off on the mound for Howland, tossing over three innings, giving up two hits and a couple of runs while fanning three. On the flip side, Landon Turner toed the rubber for Niles, enduring three rough innings where he yielded seven hits and five runs, though only one was earned.

Howland’s bats were lively, racking up 10 hits. Dominic Santee, batting cleanup, delivered big time with two RBIs, going 2-for-4. Luca Fronzaglio and Richie Ansel also had notable performances with a pair of hits each. Fronzaglio wasn’t just a threat at the plate; he swiped two bases, contributing to Howland’s total of seven steals on the day.

For Niles, Court was clutch from the seven-hole, driving in two runs on a 2-for-3 day at the plate. Tyler Williams matched Court’s two-hit output as the Red Dragons turned a double play to tighten up their defense.

Next up, the Howland Tigers hit the road to face Alliance on Tuesday, looking to keep their momentum rolling.


Before the season started, softball fans speculated that the AAC would be one of the most talented conferences in the state of Ohio and now that the conference season has concluded, it didn’t disappoint.  Canfield and Austintown Fitch found themselves gridlocked at the top of the conference yet again.  Both teams took one game from the other with Fitch winning 5-0, and Canfield taking a 2-1 contest.  With the teams tied, the conference didn’t have to find a way to separate the two aces that have dominated the rest of the area. Malena Toth and Sydnie Watts would share conference player of the year for the second year in a row.  The rest of the conference honors were riddled with talent.  First team All AAC featured 5 Fitch players, and 4 from Canfield. Howland was able to devote 2 players on first team while Boardman added 1.




Kylie Folkwein

Ayla Ray

Sydnie Watts

Abby Toth

Kaliana Ray


Tori Strines


Malena Toth

Leah Figueroa

Jenna Triveri

Marina Koenig


Alyssa Massucci

Brooke Tatar


Azarrah Phillips



Morgan Roby

Samantha Severn


Alex Ward

Mikayla Rivera

Maddie Wymer


Sydney Lutz

Caylee Ortiz

Faith Morell


Maya Kubanscek

Madison Schmitz


Breasia Butler

Delano’s Riley


STRUTHERS, OH- The Cardinal Mooney Cardinals snatched a thriller from Howland, sealing the deal with a 7-6 walk-off win Wednesday night. As the tension peaked in the bottom of the seventh, Trent Litman delivered the knockout pinch-hit single on the first pitch he saw that drove in the winning run.

Howland struck first in the opening frame with Dominic Santee’s double bringing a runner home. But Mooney responded swiftly in the bottom half—Ben Oddis lashed a two-run double and Taco Verroco walked with the bases loaded, flipping the script to make it 3-1.

The game seesawed back to a tie in the fifth, thanks to Richie Ansel’s timely single for Howland. Not to be outdone, Mooney reclaimed the lead later that inning when Verroco singled home a run followed by a walk from Gabe Saunders that widened the gap to 6-3.

Pitching-wise, Vince Gentile clinched the win in a nail-biting final inning for Mooney, holding Howland to no hits and battling through two walks. Starter William Petty had a solid outing with five innings of three-run ball, striking out seven. Over in Howland’s camp, Steven Bubon bore the brunt, surrendering seven runs over nearly seven innings but striking out eight.

Ben Oddis was Mooney’s heavy hitter, driving in two runs and bagging a couple of hits. For Howland, Santee and Aidan Anders each notched two RBIs, with Luca Fronzaglio churning out a pair of hits.

The game was a battle of patience at the plate, with Howland drawing six walks, but in the end, Mooney’s clutch hitting made all the difference. Up next, Mooney hosts Kennedy on Thursday, hoping to carry the momentum forward.


HOWLAND, OH- The Howland Tigers took down Salem 9-4 on Monday in a game that really heated up in the later innings.

The Tigers kicked things off in the first inning with Dominic Santee driving one home and Aidan Anders bringing in another run with a sacrifice fly, setting the stage early.

Luca Fronzaglio then amped up the lead to 3-0 in the second inning with a crisp single.

The real action unfolded in the fifth inning when Howland erupted for six runs. Santee and Brayden Kovarik each slapped singles to bring in runs, Richie Ansel worked a bases-loaded walk, Keaton Perry forced in a run on a fielder’s choice, Fronzaglio took another walk that scored a run, and a wild pitch let another runner scamper home.

Brendan Ray was solid on the mound for Howland, pitching a full seven innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out five. On the other side, Salem’s Riesen struggled, surrendering nine runs (eight earned) on 10 hits over four innings.

At the dish, Howland totaled 11 hits with Santee and Ray each grabbing a couple. The lineup showed balance with runs batted in from Fronzaglio, Santee, Kovarik, Anders, Ansel, and Perry. The base paths were busy too, with Fronzaglio and Santee swiping multiple bags as part of six total steals.

For Salem, Gibson knocked in two runs, highlighting a lineup where several managed to get hits, but couldn’t string enough together to challenge Howland’s lead. Despite the loss, Salem was flawless in the field, with Colbert getting involved in several plays.

Howland is gearing up to face Cardinal Mooney next Wednesday, hoping to carry over their momentum.


COLIMBIANA OH- Howland didn’t hold back in their final game before tournament play, putting on an offensive showcase to secure a convincing 13-3 run-rule victory over Columbiana.

The Tigers came out swinging, with their bats on fire from the first pitch. Brooke Tatar led the charge, going 2 for 4 at the plate with an impressive 4 RBIs. Madison Schmitz and Alyssa Massucci also contributed, each going 2 for 4 with multiple RBIs and runs scored. Maya Kubanscek had a standout performance, going 3 for 4 with a home run, 1 RBI, and scoring 3 runs. Zoey Tomko added to the offensive onslaught with a timely hit and an RBI of her own.

In the circle, Tatar was in control, pitching five innings and tallying seven strikeouts. Despite allowing 8 hits, Tatar limited the damage, allowing just 3 earned runs to secure the win for Howland.

Columbiana fought hard at the plate, but they couldn’t keep up with Howland’s offensive barrage. Caitlynn Pleska led the way for the Clippers, going 1 for 1 with a home run, 1 RBI, and crossing the plate twice. Ava Davanzo and Maryn Hepler also contributed RBIs, while Alaina Johnston added a run scored.


By Joe Eusebio

HOWLAND OH- The Columbiana Clippers took headed north to battle the Howland Tigers on Saturday afternoon and ran into a talented freshman pitcher who helped the Tigers defeat the Clippers, 5-0.

The pitcher, Brayden Kovarik took a perfect game into the fifth inning, retiring 13 Columbiana batters in a row before Max Conway hit a ground single through the hole and into left field.  Hunter Davanzo hit one to the same spot in the sixth and those were the only hits the Clipper bats could muster against Kovarik, who went seven innings, striking out nine and walking one.

Kovarik had a big day at the plate as well, with two singles and an RBI.  Brendan Ray & Dominic Santee also had two hits apiece with Santee contributing two RBIs for the Tigers.  Sully O’Donnell also had a single and two RBIs.

For Columbiana (14-10, 10-0 EOAC), Avery Young took the loss going six innings, allowing eight hits and five runs with one walk and no strikeouts.  The Clippers return to action at East Palestine on Monday when they will attempt to clinch the EOAC championship after securing at least a tie for the league crown after defeating United on Wednesday.  Howland (10-8 overall) will host Salem on Monday.


HOWLAND OH- The Howland Tigers dominated the battle of the big cats, securing an 8-2 victory over the Struthers Wildcats.

The Tigers’ offense was firing on all cylinders, led by Brendan Ray’s 2 RBIs, going 1-for-4 at the plate. Bode Biggin contributed with a 2-for-3 performance, driving in a run, scoring twice, and drawing a walk. Aidan Anders and Keaton Perry each added RBIs to support the offensive effort.

On the mound, Steven Bubon delivered a strong performance, pitching a complete game with 7 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 6 Struthers batters.

Struthers struggled to generate offense, with Travis McMurray driving in their only run. Eddie Bradley and Anthony Pastella each had 2 hits for the Wildcats.


ROOTSTOWN OH- Howland showcased their dominance on Friday night, delivering a commanding 10-0 shutout victory over Rootstown.

At the plate, Brooke Tatar led the offensive charge, going 3-4 with an impressive three home runs, driving in 4 runs and scoring 3 herself. Alyssa Massucci also contributed significantly, going 2-4 with a home run, 4 RBIs, and 3 runs scored. Madison Schmitz, Sydney VaNess, and Abigail Lewis each added key hits and RBIs to bolster Howland’s offense.

In the circle, Tatar showcased her skill set not only with the bat but also with her arm, pitching 5 innings, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 8 batters, keeping Rootstown off the scoreboard. Maya Kubanscek came in for relief and continued the shutout, pitching 2 innings with 3 strikeouts and not allowing any hits or runs.