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MUSTANGS LOCK IN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Orwell, OH- In a resounding display of skill and determination, the Grand Valley Mustangs secured the CVC Valley division championship with a commanding victory over the Cardinal Huskies. The final score of 55-28 reflects the Mustangs’ dominance throughout the game, demonstrating their prowess on both ends of the court.

Quarter Scores:

  • Grand Valley Mustangs: 8 | 19 | 12 | 16 | 55
  • Cardinal Huskies: 8 | 10 | 1 | 9 | 28

Player Stats:

Grand Valley Mustangs Total Points:

  • Morgan Crawford: 17
  • Kaelyn Hart: 6
  • Reagan Boiarski: 8
  • Cloe Turk: 2
  • Abby Eland: 4
  • Dixie Miller: 8
  • Chloe Freeman: 8
  • Alex Hunt: 4
  • Kaitlyn Bauman: 2

Cardinal Huskies Total Points:

  • Emily Pleva: 8
  • Natalie Soltis: 6
  • Ivy Kamiski: 3
  • Nova Young: 11

The Mustangs showcased a balanced offensive effort, with multiple players contributing to the scoring. Morgan Crawford’s impressive 17 points led the charge, supported by notable performances from Reagan Boiarski, Dixie Miller, and Chloe Freeman.

This victory marks a historic achievement for the Grand Valley Mustangs, securing their first conference championship since 1989. The players, coaching staff, and fans celebrate this momentous occasion, recognizing the dedication and hard work that has led to this remarkable success.

In addition to the conference title, the Mustangs boast their most wins in a season since 2016, highlighting the team’s consistency and improvement over the years. The Grand Valley Mustangs, with a season record of 13-4, now set their sights on future challenges with confidence and determination.

The next game for the Grand Valley Mustangs is set to take place at home against the Cornerstone Christian Patriots (11-5) on 1/25/24. Anticipation runs high as the Mustangs aim to continue their winning streak and build on the momentum gained from their championship-clinching performance.

On the other side, the Cardinal Huskies (3-13) will regroup and prepare for their upcoming game on the road against the Berkshire Badgers (6-10) on 1/25/24. Despite the challenges faced in this matchup, the Huskies remain resilient and determined to bounce back in the games ahead.

As the Grand Valley Mustangs bask in the glory of their CVC Valley division championship, the entire community rallies behind them, eager to witness further triumphs as the season unfolds.

MUSTANGS FINAL PUSH ENOUGH FOR THE WIN

Orwell, OH- In a thrilling matchup that had fans on the edge of their seats until the very end, the Grand Valley Mustangs secured a hard-fought victory against the Cardinal Huskies, with a final score of 64-57. The game, played with intense energy and determination, showcased the resilience and skill of both teams.

Quarter Breakdown:

Quarter 1: The Opening Exchange (15-15)

The game began with an electrifying first quarter as both the Grand Valley Mustangs and the Cardinal Huskies showcased their offensive and defensive prowess. The teams traded baskets, with neither side willing to yield an inch. The quarter concluded with a deadlock, both teams finishing with 15 points apiece, setting the stage for a closely contested battle.

Quarter 2: Mustangs Take Control (28-32)

In the second quarter, the Grand Valley Mustangs managed to gain a slight advantage over the Cardinal Huskies. The pace quickened as both teams intensified their efforts, with Bobby Rogers and Braden Hart leading the Mustangs’ charge. The Huskies fought valiantly, but the Mustangs outscored them 17-13 in this quarter, heading into halftime with a four-point lead.

Quarter 3: Intense Back-and-Forth (43-47)

As the second half commenced, the intensity on the court escalated. The third quarter witnessed a fierce back-and-forth battle, with Troy Domen and the Huskies refusing to let the Mustangs extend their lead comfortably. Both teams traded blows, with each possession becoming crucial. The Mustangs added 15 points to their total, maintaining a slim four-point lead heading into the final quarter.

Quarter 4: Mustangs Secure the Win (64-57)

The fourth quarter unfolded with a crescendo of excitement. The Grand Valley Mustangs showcased their resilience and determination, putting up an impressive 21 points. Jerry Schultz continued his stellar performance, leading the Mustangs to a decisive victory. The Cardinal Huskies, though valiant in their efforts, managed only 10 points in the final quarter, allowing the Mustangs to secure the win with a final score of 64-57.

Top Performers:

Grand Valley Mustangs:

  • Jerry Schultz: 25 points
  • Bobby Rogers: 16 points
  • Braden Hart: 15 points
  • Ben Cozad: 3 points
  • Joey Galfidi: 3 points
  • Sammy Goforth: 2 points

Cardinal Huskies:

  • Troy Domen: 21 points
  • Cal Camello: 11 points
  • Aiden Gallagher: 11 points
  • Dominic Naples: 10 points
  • Landon Gallagher: 4 points

Key Highlights:

Jerry Schultz not only led all scorers with an impressive 25 points but also dominated the boards, leading both teams in rebounds. Schultz’s all-around performance played a pivotal role in the Mustangs’ success.

Upcoming Games:

The Grand Valley Mustangs (3-5) are geared up for a challenging road game against the Kirtland Hornets (4-2) on 1/9/24. The Hornets, coming off a close loss to the Crestwood Red Devils, will look to defend their home court.

Meanwhile, the Cardinal Huskies (2-8) are set to face the Berkshire Badgers (2-5) at home on 1/9/24. The Badgers, who recently suffered a narrow defeat to the Wickliffe Blue Devils, will aim to bounce back in this matchup.

The clash between these teams promises another exciting chapter in high school basketball, with both the Mustangs and Huskies determined to make their mark on the season.

HUSKIES SHOOTING TOO MUCH FOR HERALDS

Photo Credit: Joclyn Nicholas Photography

Ashtabula, OH- In a riveting Girls Basketball matchup, the St. John Heralds faced off against the Cardinal Huskies, resulting in a hard-fought battle that saw Cardinal emerging victorious with a final score of 46-35. Let’s break down the action quarter by quarter and analyze the standout performances from key players.

First Quarter: The opening quarter set the tone for a competitive game, with St. John taking a slight lead at 9 points, while Cardinal trailed closely with 7 points.

Second Quarter: Cardinal turned the tide in the second quarter, outscoring St. John 17-5. Emily Pleva was a force to be reckoned with, contributing significantly to Cardinal’s offensive efforts.

Third Quarter: St. John mounted a comeback in the third quarter, scoring 13 points. However, Cardinal maintained their lead with a 12-point effort, showcasing the resilience of both teams.

Fourth Quarter: In the final quarter, Cardinal secured their victory by adding another 10 points to their total, while St. John managed 8 points.

Player Stats:

St. John Total Points:

  • Mickey Zheng: 12 points
  • Izzy Holler: 4 points
  • Alexa Jordan: 6 points
  • Marissa Williams: 5 points
  • Grace DiSalvatore: 8 points

Cardinal Total Points:

  • Emily Pleva: 19 points
  • Natalie Soltis: 2 points
  • Ivy Kaminski: 15 points
  • Olivia Kreus: 4 points
  • Adelyn Grant: 3 points
  • Nova Young: 4 points

Despite the loss, standout performances from Mickey Zheng and Grace DiSalvatore showcased the tenacity of the St. John team. On the other side, Emily Pleva’s impressive 19-point contribution, including 5 3 pointers, played a pivotal role in Cardinal’s triumph.

Upcoming Games: The St. John Heralds (2-5) will regroup and prepare to play at home against the Chalker Wildcats (1-3) on 1/4/24. Meanwhile, the Cardinal Huskies (2-8) are gearing up for a home game against the Kirtland Hornets (3-4) on 1/5/24. The Hornets are riding high on a recent 45-44 victory over the West Geauga Wolverines, setting the stage for an exciting matchup.

HUSKIES WRANGLE MUSTANGS ON HOMECOMING

Story contributed by YSN’s Tyler Hartz

Orwell, OH-  The Grand Valley Mustangs played host to the Cardinal Huskies for their homecoming game. The first quarter began with Grand Valley turning the ball over on downs, inside Husky territory. However, the Huskies found the endzone in the first two plays of their drive coming from a 73-yard touchdown reception from Reese Soltis (#22), the PAT by Landon Gallagher (#5) was good.

The following drive the Mustangs drove the ball down the field and capitalized as Quarterback Sammy Goforth (#7) found running back John Foss-Peters (#13) on a 5-yard screen play to answer back, however for the Mustangs, the 2-point conversion was unsuccessful.

Both teams traded blows to start the second quarter, Grand Valley forced a turnover at the 6:21 mark, where Connor Sullivan jumped on the loose ball. Only for Grand Valley to give the ball right back the very next play where Troy Domen intercepted the ball, and the Huskies scored the following drive where Quarterback Logan Strever (#6) took off out of the pocket and scored a 10-yard touchdown. The following drive for the Mustangs, Aidan Gallagher (#1) got in on the action as he intercepted the ball giving the Huskies the ball back with 1:33 remaining before halftime. The Huskies offense was dialed in as Aidan Gallagher (#1) found the endzone on a 23-yard reception to give the Huskies the lead 21-6 going into halftime.

Coming out to start the second half the Huskies wasted no time finding the endzone, as Logan Strever (#6) found receiver Aidan Gallagher (#1) again for his second score of the game off another 23-yard reception to give the Huskies the 28-6 lead. 

During the 4th quarter of action, running back Kyle Sinclair (#11) got right to work as he found himself in the endzone on two separate occasions. Two rushing touchdowns, one off a 4-yard rush and the second being an 18-yard rush. Kicker Landon Gallagher was able to bury all his PAT attempts (6/6) to bring the final score to 42-6 during tonight’s matchup.

Next week the Grand Valley Mustangs (2-6, 0-3 CVC Valley Division) will travel to Burton, OH to take on the Berkshire Badgers during week 9. During week 8 play, the Badgers came out on top against the Crestwood Red Devils by a final score of 35-24, moving them to 4-4 on the season and 2-1 in conference play.

HARRISON CENTRAL TRAPS THE BEAVERS

The Beaver Dome played host Friday night to a story of two halves. The second half proved to be the stronger story as Harrison Central defeated Beaver Local 44-32 on Homecoming night.

The Beavers were in control early as Evan Stephenson would lead the way scoring six 1st quarter points guiding the red & white to a 13-6 lead. The strong play for Beaver Local continued in the 2nd quarter as the defense would put the squeeze on the Huskies creating transition points leading to a 19-9 lead. Broc Taylor would close out the first half converting a breakaway layup off a steal giving the home team a 26-16 halftime lead.

This is where the story would completely change as Harrison Central would author the ending. The Huskies defense would completely shut down the Beavers offense behind a smothering 2-3 zone. That defense would lead the Harrison Central comeback as they would limit the Beavers to just four points in the 3rd quarter.  Hayden Cassidy provided the highlight of the night as his beyond halfcourt shot at the buzzer would ignite the Huskies faithful tying the score 30-30 heading to the 4th quarter.

The final frame proved to be a forgettable chapter for Beaver Local as they would only muster two points late in the quarter off a Broc Taylor runner in the lane. The Huskies outscored their opponent 14-2 in the final frame on their way to the comeback victory.

The Beavers were led by Evan Stehanson and Broc Taylor each scoring 12 respectively. Every story deserves royalty as Faith Talbott would be crowned Homecoming Queen prior to the start of the game. Beaver Local 6-6 looks to stop a 2 game losing streak as they travel to Indian Creek Tuesday.

*Contributed By YSN’s Chris Sigler

BEAVERS SECURE BUCKEYE 8 TITLE

EAST LIVERPOOL OH- The Beaver Local Girls Soccer team defeated Harrison Central 4-1 Wednesday night.  The win secured the Buckeye 8 Championship.  This is the 6th league championship for girls soccer and the first since 2019.  The girls got off to a quick start when Taylor Fitzsimmons scored to take a 1-0 lead.  Not long after Karlee Cannon, Michelle Stoneburner, and Jordan Palmer all beat the Huskies Keeper to take a commanding 4-0 lead and the rest was history.  Caiden Lamp held down the Beaver net with 5 saves, while Tori Druschel contributed 2 saves of her own.

With the win the Beavers wrapped up regular season play with a 9-5-1 record.  Next up is the opening round of the OHSAA Tournament as the East Liverpool Potters come to Fighting Beavers Stadium next Wednesday at 6:30pm.

*Contributed By Josh Sigler at blathletics.org

BEAVERS OFFENSE ROLLS AGAIN

CADIZ OH- The Beavers picked up another blowout victory, dominating Buckeye 8 opponent Harrison Central by a final of 65-7

After Beaver Local forced a punt on the first drive of the game for the Huskies, Caleb White took a hand-off 99 yards on the first play from scrimmage, and the Beavers were off to a 7-0 start. Harrison Central then fumbled on their first play the ensuing drive, and it was another 1 play TD drive for the Beavers, as Austin Cline threw his 1st of 3 TD passes on the day, this one to Dylan Ferguson from 24 yards out and in the blink of an eye it was 13-0 Beaver Local. They added a 31 yard FG from Kaleb Mays, a safety on special teams, and a 3 yard TD run from Hayden Beebout to get it to 25-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Huskies finally had an answer to start the second quarter, as Hayden Cassidy hit Parker Hutton for an 18 yard score to cut it to 25-7. Beaver Local went out and responded though, as Cline hit Ferguson again for a 53 yard TD to push the lead back up 32-7. 

 

Cline’s 3rd TD pass of the day was a bit of a scramble drill where he found White in the back of the end zone from 10 yards out which made it 38-7 at the break. The second half was all defense for Beaver Local, as they had three straight pick sixes to push the lead up to 58-7. Caden Foster, Tyler Prideau, and Keaton Heddleston all registered interception returns for a TD. Taylor Johnston then ran one in from 3 yards for his 3rd TD in 2 games to put the cherry on top of a 65-7 victory. It was tied for the largest offensive output this season for the Beavers, and their third 60+ point offensive performance of the season.

 

The Beavers move their winning streak to 5 games, as they will head into their home matchup with Indian Creek at 5-2.

*Contributed By YSN’s Michael McKenzie

POTTERS GET FIRST WIN ON PATTERSON FIELD

EAST LIVERPOOL OH- The Potters Boys soccer team started strong with Ayden Wright scoring the first goal scored by the boys on the new turf surface and they never let up. Scoring 5 unanswered goals and getting the first win on the new turf field by shutting out the Harrison Central Huskies 5-0.

Jake Smith kept several shots from the Huskies out of the goal .

*Contributed By Jimmy Joe at eastliverpoolpotters.com

IRISH ARE BACK IN THE REGIONAL FINALS

RAVENNA OH- One year ago, Ursuline matched their way to a regional championship game and fell just short, now a season later they have another opportunity to punch a ticket to Akron. They got there with a 6-2 win over West Salem Northwestern.

Ursuline pulled away for good with three runs in the second inning. In the inning Bednar doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run and Fedor homered on a 3-2 count, scoring two runs.

Paige Ogden led the the Irish to victory on the rubber. The righthander surrendered two runs on six hits over seven innings, striking out ten and walking one.

Olivia Amstutz took the loss for Northwestern. The pitcher lasted seven innings, allowing 11 hits and six runs while striking out three.

Ursuline hit two home runs on the day. Mia Opalick had a homer in the seventh inning. Fedor put one out in the second inning.

The Irish tallied 11 hits. Katie Koulianos, Opalick, Fedor, and Madelyn Miklandric all collected multiple hits. Miklandric, Fedor, Opalick, and Koulianos each collected two hits to lead.

Daylie Rickard went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Northwestern in hits. Northwestern didn’t commit a single error in the field. Avery Garver had six chances in the field, the most on the team.

Ursuline advances to their second straight regional championship. This time around they’ll be matched up with Tuslaw. First pitch from Ravenna is set for 4:00.

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IRISH TAKE ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS A DISTRICT TITLE

STRUTHERS OH-

Ursuline defeated Cardinal 3-0 on Monday to advance in the district tournament.  Two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Danny Smith induced a double-play from Jackson Puruczky to finish off the game.

The pitching was strong on both sides. Ursuline pitchers struck out ten, while Cardinal pitchers sat down eight.

One bright spot for the Huskies was a single by Troy Domen in the fourth inning.

Andrew Kirila was the winning pitcher for Ursuline. Kirila lasted five and a third innings, allowing three hits and zero runs while striking out nine and walking one. Smith threw one and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen.

Jake Bean took the loss for Cardinal. The hurler allowed nine hits and three runs over five and a third innings, striking out six and walking one.

The Irish racked up nine hits. Nick Bako, Tom Groner, and Marc Manning each managed multiple hits. Bako led with three hits in three at bats.

Ty Zeigler went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Cardinal  in hits.

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Postgame Interview With Andrew Kirila: