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VIENNA, OH- The 2024 Spring Northeast 8 Athletic Conference (NE8) softball season celebrated the joint championship of Lakeview and South Range, both teams demonstrating exceptional skill and teamwork throughout the season. Mary Brant of Poland Seminary was honored as the Player of the Year, acknowledging her standout performance and contribution to her team’s success. Brant also won NE8 Player of the Year honors in basketball, and was a First Team selection in soccer, leaving her mark in her final year as a Bulldog.

The First Team selections highlight the top performers across various positions. Pitchers Jayli Wilt from South Range and Ava Bacon from Lakeview led their teams with impressive displays on the mound. Infielders Keira Brogan from South Range and Leanne Williams from Poland Seminary were pivotal in both defense and offense. Outfielders like Izzy Haines from Lakeview and Malina Serrano from Girard played crucial roles in maintaining strong defensive lines and contributing to their teams’ offensive strategies.

Catcher, designated hitter, and utility players such as Mackenzie Stowe from Lakeview and Leanna Boccieri from Poland Seminary showcased their versatility and were vital assets to their respective teams.

The Second Team selections also feature players who made significant impacts throughout the season. Pitchers Phoebe Rusnik of Hubbard and Olivia Horn of Poland Seminary provided reliable performances on the mound. Infielders such as Anna Aey from South Range and Lauren Komorek from Hubbard were essential in their roles, while outfielders like Hallie Capan from Lakeview and Ava Hall from Struthers strengthened their teams’ defensive efforts.

The 2024 NE8 softball season was marked by competitive spirit and outstanding individual performances, with every selected player contributing to a memorable and successful season. Congratulations to all the players for their achievements and for elevating the level of play within the Northeast 8 Athletic Conference.


**Team Champion(s):** Lakeview and South Range
**Player of the Year:** Mary Brant, Poland Seminary

– **Pitchers:**
– Jayli Wilt, South Range
– Ava Bacon, Lakeview

– **Infielders:**
– Keira Brogan, South Range
– Leanne Williams, Poland Seminary
– Gretchen Bartels, South Range
– Kennedy Bartlett, Lakeview

– **Outfielders:**
– Izzy Haines, Lakeview
– Malina Serrano, Girard
– Elliana Thompson, Poland Seminary

– **Catcher/DH/Utility:**
– Mackenzie Stowe, Lakeview
– Leanna Boccieri, Poland Seminary
– Haleigh Taylor, Hubbard

– **Pitchers:**
– Phoebe Rusnik, Hubbard
– Olivia Horn, Poland Seminary

– **Infielders:**
– Anna Aey, South Range
– Lauren Komorek, Hubbard
– Emma Morris, Struthers
– Kalyssa Werner, Lakeview

– **Outfielders:**
– Hallie Capan, Lakeview
– Ava Hall, Struthers
– Solena DeJesus, South Range

– **Catcher/DH/Utility:**
– Isabella Isenberg, Lakeview
– Lucia DeLuca, Niles McKinley


VIENNA, OH- The 2024 Spring Northeast 8 Athletic Conference (NE8) baseball season saw outstanding performances from athletes across the region, culminating in Poland Seminary being crowned the Team Champions. Highlighting the season’s accolades, Tyler Wright from Hubbard was named the Player of the Year, a testament to his exceptional contributions on the field.

The First Team selections include a mix of skilled pitchers, infielders, and outfielders who have demonstrated their prowess throughout the season. Pitchers Tyson Tarajack from South Range and Braydon Songer from Hubbard led the mound, while infielders like Matt Paparodis of Poland Seminary and Andrew Kali of Hubbard showcased stellar defensive and offensive skills. The outfield was patrolled by talents such as Andrew Brown from Lakeview and Jacob Hayes from Poland Seminary, ensuring tight defense and explosive offensive plays.

The Second Team selections also feature notable players who have significantly contributed to their teams. Pitchers Joe Zuccaro of Poland Seminary and Cam Herrick of Girard provided reliable arms for their squads. Infielders Gabe Rusnak from Hubbard and Carmine Tukalo of Poland Seminary were instrumental in their infield plays, while outfielders like Kristopher Hrosar of Niles McKinley and Matt Boccieri of Poland Seminary added depth to their teams’ defensive lines.

The versatility and talent within the NE8 Conference were further exemplified by the selections of catchers, designated hitters, and utility players like Jaden Royal from Girard and Nathan Paolucci from Lakeview, who played crucial roles in their teams’ success.

Congratulations to all the players for their well-deserved recognition and for contributing to an exciting and competitive 2024 baseball season in the Northeast 8 Athletic Conference.

2024 Spring Northeast 8 Athletic Conference Champions / Selections

**Team Champion(s):** Poland Seminary

**Player of the Year:** Tyler Wright, Hubbard

– **Pitchers:**
– Tyson Tarajack, South Range
– Braydon Songer, Hubbard

– **Infielders:**
– Matt Paparodis, Poland Seminary
– Andrew Kali, Hubbard
– Hayden Newton, Lakeview
– Brennen Klasovsky, South Range

– **Outfielders:**
– Andrew Brown, Lakeview
– Jacob Hayes, Poland Seminary
– Joe Marsco, Girard
– Johnny Reyes, Hubbard
– Will Hynes, Girard

– **Pitchers:**
– Joe Zuccaro, Poland Seminary
– Cam Herrick, Girard

– **Infielders:**
– Gabe Rusnak, Hubbard
– Carmine Tukalo, Poland Seminary
– Landon Turner, Niles McKinley
– Michael Scavnicky, Struthers

– **Outfielders:**
– Kristopher Hrosar, Niles McKinley
– Matt Boccieri, Poland Seminary
– Tyler Wardle, South Range

– **Catcher/DH/Utility:**
– Jaden Royal, Girard
– Nathan Paolucci, Lakeview


By Ty Bartell

STRUTHERS OH- Canfield and Hubbard faced off in a postseason showdown on Monday, with the Cardinals advancing to the district finals after a dramatic 8-7 walk-off victory in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Michael Patellis started on the mound for Canfield, while Tyler Wright took the rubber for Hubbard. The Eagles took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with an RBI single by Gabe Rusnak, scoring Wright. Canfield quickly responded in the bottom of the inning when Taner Stricko got aboard with a hit and was later plated by a Zain Jadallah RBI single to tie the game at 1-1.

The Cardinals took their first lead in the bottom of the second. Stricko’s second hit of the day, an RBI single, scored Dylan Mancini, who had walked to lead off the inning. In the top of the third, uncharacteristic errors by Canfield allowed Hubbard to tie the game. Johnny Reyes hit a one-out double and scored on a misplayed ball at shortstop.

Stricko continued his clutch performance in the bottom of the fourth, delivering a two-out, two-run double to score Joey Gabriel and Enzo Cocca, giving Canfield a 4-2 lead. Hubbard narrowed the gap in the top of the fifth when Braydon Songer led off with a double and scored on a Canfield error at third, making it 4-3.

The Eagles tied the game again in the top of the sixth. A leadoff single by Matt Bobovnik and a hit-by-pitch to Kyle Burt set up first and second with no outs. Songer’s second hit of the game, a game-tying RBI single, scored Bobovnik to even the game at 4-4. Patellis regained the lead for

Canfield at 5-4 with a sacrifice fly, but Hubbard took a 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh on Geno Leshnak’s two-RBI single. In the bottom of the seventh, Canfield got the tying run aboard with a one-out single by Anthony Groner. Down to their final out and strike, Enzo Cocca delivered a game-tying RBI double to save Canfield’s season, knotting the game at 6-6 and sending it to extra innings.

In the top of the eighth, Hubbard pressured Canfield again. Back-to-back one-out singles by Wright and Reyes set the stage. Will Murphy, in relief, recorded an out before walking Rusnak to load the bases. A passed ball allowed Hubbard to take a 7-6 lead.
Patellis worked a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth, advancing to second on a wild pitch. Songer struck out a batter before walking David Murphy, with Patellis swiping third to set up runners at the corners. Songer struck out Mancini for the second out, but it would be an Anthony Groner fly ball that was misplayed to score the tying and winning runs, capping off an 8-7 win for Canfield.

The contest underscored the tenacity and grit of both squads, with Hubbard concluding their season at 17-12 after a heartbreaking defeat. Canfield (19-6) now shifts its attention to the Division II, Struthers District championship game against Ursuline (15-12) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Cene Park. Ursuline won their earlier matchup with The Cards this season, 7-4.
Stay updated with Canfield baseball on their postseason run with live games, scores, stats, stories, and more on YSN.


HUBBARD OH- Hubbard took an early lead and held on tight for a 1-0 victory over Streetsboro in Thursday’s sectional final showdown. The Eagles notched the only run of the game on a clutch double in the first inning.

Pitching was the star of the show with both squads putting up a fight on the mound. Hubbard’s pitchers racked up an impressive 14 strikeouts, while Streetsboro’s crew managed four.

Tyler Wright was the winning pitcher for Hubbard, throwing a one-hitter over four and one-third innings with seven Ks and a couple of walks. Streetsboro’s Jack Batten was solid too, yielding one run on five hits over four innings, striking out three and issuing three walks. Braydon Songer came in to nail down the save for Hubbard.

At the plate, Andrew Kali drove in the game’s lone run for Hubbard, batting 1-for-2. Johnny Reyes was a bright spot offensively with two hits in three trips to the plate.

Scott Wilson picked up the only hit for Streetsboro, going 1-for-3. Defensively, Streetsboro was on point, not committing a single error, with Josh Boldin getting involved in six plays.

Hubbard advances to the district semifinal against Canfield on Monday. They will play at Cene Park at 4:00.


BOARDMAN, OH- Boardman edged out Hubbard 5-2 on Monday, thanks largely to the hustle of Landon Whippo, Ben Herrmann, and Zach Ganser. These guys, hitting lower in the order, knocked six of Boardman’s 12 hits, and crossed the plate three times to fuel the win.

Hubbard didn’t stay silent, making some noise early with a pair of runs in the third inning off a double by Bobby Thompson and a single from Gabe Rusnak.

But Boardman snatched the lead right back in the fourth inning. Marty Stachowicz started the rally with a single, followed by a double from Charlie Young and a walk to Grayson Eicher—each of them bringing a run home.

Mason Nawrocki pocketed the win for Boardman, handling the mound for four innings, giving up two runs on four hits and bagging five K’s. Hubbard’s starting pitcher, Mathew Bobovnik felt the heat, allowing four runs across eight hits in just over three innings of work.

Boardman’s bats were alive, racking up 12 hits. Eicher, hitting cleanup, was clutch, driving in two runs to lead the charge. Stachowicz was on fire, snagging three hits and setting a solid pace for the team.

Defensively, both squads were slick, but Boardman’s single double play edged out Hubbard’s pair. Kali for Hubbard was spot on in the field, though, handling the most defensive chances without a slip.

Boardman is set to keep the momentum rolling into their next clash at Cuyahoga Falls on Tuesday.


ALLIANCE, OH- The Baldwin Wallace University softball team clinched the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship with a 10-7 victory over Ohio Northern University, marking their first title since 2011. The Yellow Jackets, seeded third, secured the OAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division Tournament, while fourth-seeded Ohio Northern ended their season with a 24-20 record.

Among the standout players, local athletes Gillian Ryser (Hubbard), Lucia Wolford (McDonald), and Madison Lester (Boardman) made significant contributions throughout the tournament, earning spots on the All-Tournament Team. Their performances highlighted the local talent’s impact on the team’s success.

The game featured a high-scoring opening inning with BW notching six runs, sparked by Lucia Wolford’s first career home run, and continued to dominate with four more runs in the third inning. Madison Lester played a key role in keeping Ohio Northern at bay, pitching a solid third of an inning without allowing a run.

As BW moves onto the NCAA Tournament, all eyes will be on the selection show today at 11, with high hopes for continued success. Ryser, Wolford, and Lester not only represented their university but also their hometowns with distinction, underscoring the depth of talent in the local area.


HUBBARD OH- Haleigh Taylor lit up the diamond for Hubbard, putting on a show that helped propel the Eagles to a spirited 10-7 win over LaBrae as they gear up for their upcoming tournament game. Taylor smashed a homer, knocked in three runs, and scored twice herself, going 3-for-4 at the plate. Not to be outdone, Cara Green had a standout performance, batting a perfect 3-for-3, driving in two runs, and crossing the plate once. Alyssa Gregory added her own spark with a 2-for-3 outing, contributing an RBI and scoring twice.

On the mound, Taylor and Phoebe Rusnak shared duties, navigating through seven innings where they surrendered 11 hits and five earned runs while fanning seven batters.

LaBrae wasn’t without their highlights. Leah DeArmitt and Mackenzie Lichty each put up solid efforts, with DeArmitt going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run, and Lichty 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run. Shelby Bragg and Vada Allen also chipped in with key hits and runs, ensuring the game kept its competitive edge.


HUBBARD OH- In a commanding display of power and precision, Hubbard softball surged to a resounding 14-1 victory over East in their first tournament game on Tuesday. The win extends Hubbard’s impressive run of form, with five victories in their last six games, as they head into the sectional finals in Kenston with momentum on their side.

Hubbard’s offense was firing on all cylinders, led by Phoebe Rusnak, Ashley Masluk, and Jillian Polumbo. Rusnak contributed with a 1-for-2 performance, driving in two runs and scoring twice, while Masluk went 1-for-1 with two RBIs and a run scored. Polumbo also had a standout game, going 2-for-2 with two RBIs, a walk, and a run scored. Ashley Gregory, Haleigh Taylor, and Lauren Komorek also made significant contributions to Hubbard’s offensive onslaught.

In the circle, Taylor delivered a dominant performance, allowing just one earned run on four hits while striking out eight East batters over five innings. Notably, Taylor issued no walks, showcasing her control and command throughout the game.

Despite the loss, East saw a standout performance from Brooklyn Evans, who launched a home run and scored the lone run for her team. Jolyce Maldonado also contributed with a 2-for-2 effort at the plate.


NILES, OH- Braydon Songer was the star on the mound Tuesday, racking up 14 strikeouts and giving up just one hit as Hubbard shut down Niles  8-0.

Songer dominated all seven innings, keeping the runs off the board and issuing four walks.

The scoring started early for Hubbard when Johnny Reyes knocked a single to bring in the first run. The action heated up in the second with Noah Adamson ripping a triple to pad the lead.

Geno Leshnack chipped in with a single in the third, bumping the lead to three. Then just one day after throwing a no-hitter,  Tyler Wright cranked a two-run homer to right field in the fourth, really opening up the game for Hubbard.

Niles McKinley’s starter Brixton Gilmour faced a tough outing, surrendering six runs on 11 hits through five innings.

Hubbard’s bats were hot, racking up 13 hits. Songer and Leshnack both bagged a pair of hits, contributing big to the team’s offensive firepower.

Adamson and Wright both plated two runs each, adding to the day’s haul. Defensively, Hubbard was flawless, with Reyes getting his hands on the most chances with 11 plays.

Landon Turner managed the only hit for Niles McKinley, finding some space in his three trips to the plate.

Hubbard’s next challenge is a road game against LaBrae this Thursday. They’ll be looking to carry this momentum forward.


HUBBARD, OH- It was a career night for Hubbard standout Tyler Wright  at the plate and on the bump as the Eagles shut out Niles commanding 8-0 win on Monday. Wright was a machine, racking up three singles through the third, fourth, and fifth innings.

But it wasn’t just his bat doing the talking—Wright dazzled on the mound, striking out 15 batters and throwing a no-hitter across seven innings, walking just two. A true one-man show!

The Eagles got their scoring started in the third when the lineup lit up. Braydon Songer and Wright kicked it off with singles, then the bases loaded up from a hit-by-pitch and a couple of walks. Mathew Bobovnik and Noah Adamson drew walks to bring runners home, and Jonny Adamson’s single capped off the rally.

Landon Turner took the loss, surrendering five hits and seven runs in just three innings, managing only a pair of strikeouts against three walks.

Hubbard’s lineup tallied 10 hits total, with Andrew Kali and Adamson also turning in multi-hit performances, ensuring the scoreboard kept ticking over. Defensively, the Eagles were flawless, not giving up a single error, while Johnny Reyes turned in a busy day with 15 fielding chances.

Over for Niles McKinley, their defense held tight without errors, and they managed to turn a smooth double play despite the pressure.

Next up, Hubbard hosts McKinley on Tuesday, wrapping up the season series against the Dragons.