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COLUMBIANA, OH- The Ohio Catholic Athletic Conference (OCAC) will kick-off its inaugural season in the Fall of 2026 with competition in Varsity Football. The Ohio Catholic Athletic Conference will begin as a Football only conference in 2026 with future plans for competing together in all Ohio High School Athletic Association-sanctioned sports. 

The participating schools in the first year will be: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, Cleveland Villa Angela Saint Joseph High School, Columbus Bishop Hartley High School, Columbus Bishop Watterson High School, Columbus Saint Francis DeSales High School, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit High School, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney High School, and Youngstown Ursuline High School. 

This unique partnership allows these eight Catholic schools the great opportunity to showcase not only their prowess in the athletic realm but their acumen in the classroom as well as their leadership in service to their respective communities.


By Matt Maher

STRUTHERS, OH – Ursuline truly has the luck of the Irish on their side this postseason, winning big games in big ways against opponents that, on paper, are the Goliath to their David but still, they find a way to win and that’s just what happened on Wednesday night when Ursuline took down Canfield 6-1 in their District Finals matchup!


Both teams looked evenly matched through the first inning with both teams stranding runners on base and both pitchers working with some great pitches. While the first inning was even, the 2nd inning was anything but. Ursuline struck offensive gold against Canfield starter Anthony Groner when they scored 3 runs on him. After a leadoff fly out to center from Thomas Pesa, Joe Balog worked a walk and AJ Snyder found some luck with a fielding error that allowed him to get on. Johnny Cambert would step up and put a ball into deep left field and allow Balog to score the game’s first run. A 2-run RBI single from Anthony Triverri would tack on the next 2 runs for the Irish.


The offense kept coming for Ursuline in the 3rd after Rowan Urbach led off with a double and Luke Koller walked, Pesa would come through with a RBI bunt single to extend the lead to 4. 3 batters later, Groner would throw a wild pitch that would allow Koller to come home and proceed to walk Cambert. Another sac-fly would score the 6th run, this time from the bat of Jake Bednar. 


Canfield joined Ursuline on the scoreboard in the 3rd thanks to an RBI single to right field from Dylan Mancini that would bring home Zain Jadallah. The Cardinals would struggle to crack any homes in CJ Franco’s pitching and if they did, the Irish defense would stand strong and put a stop to anything Canfield tried.


The Cardinals would keep Ursuline off the board for the remainder of the game but the 6 runs between the 2nd and 3rd innings proved to be enough and Ursuline took down another big opponent to move on past the district round! 


CJ Frasco threw a complete game finishing with 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 H and 6 Ks.


Groner finished with 2 IP, 6 ER, 5 H and 1 K. Will Murphy finished with 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H and 1 K and Ryan Weibling finished the game for Canfield with 4 IP, 0 ER, 1 H and 4 Ks.


Ursuline played a great, all around game and came out victorious in a well earned victory over the Cardinals. Canfield played a good game but at the end of the day, CJ Frasco proved to be unstoppable and was very hard to hit against. Congratulations to both teams on making it to the district finals and good luck to Ursuline as they move on to face West Branch in the next round. 


By Noah Ricks 

STRUTHERS, OH – The Ursuline Fighting Irish showed the true meaning of playoff baseball in their district semifinal Monday night against Alliance. Right from the first inning, the dominance showed no signs of stopping as the Irish ran away with an 8-2 victory at Bob Cene Park.


Ursuline sent in all but one of their batters in the first inning as they jumped up to a 2-0 start with a 3-hit stanza. The Irish overall would compile 10 hits on the evening. They were also led by the spectacular play of CJ Frasco, who would go 4 of 5 and would cash in 4 runs off of 3 hits with an RBI


It would be an 8-0 Ursuline game heading into the bottom of the seventh before Alliance would score. Despite their early struggles, Nate Butt and Diangelo Fisk both combined for 5 of the Aviators’ 9 hits, including a run each to put Alliance on the board late. The Irish, however, were too hot to handle on defense as the fast arm of Frasco at shortstop, as well as a 5 strikeout night from starting pitcher Anthony Triveri, would be all they needed to put it away.


Ursuline (15-12) will now play in the district championship on Wednesday night at Cene Park against Canfield. The Irish will go up against the Cardinals in a highly anticipated rematch of a 7-4 Ursuline win on April 18th. Ursuline showed that despite early season adversity, they would become red hot when it matters most.


POLAND OH-  It was nothing short of a pitcher’s duel on aThursday as Ursuline took a tight 2-1 victory over Poland. CJ Frasco was the standout performer, carving through the lineup and retiring 21 batters with ten strikeouts. Over seven solid innings, Frasco gave up just one run on five hits, keeping his composure and his walks to a minimum.

Poland first lit up the scoreboard in the fourth when Matt Paparodis smashed a double to bring in their only run of the game. But Ursuline wasn’t down for long. Luke Kollar swung back in the sixth with a crucial single to even the score. Then Anthony Triveri stepped up in the seventh, knocking a go-ahead single that clinched the lead for Ursuline.

On the other side, Jacob Hayes held his own for the Bulldogs, tossing seven innings and giving up two runs on six hits while striking out six. Despite his solid performance, the offensive support just wasn’t there.

Ursuline’s lineup saw hits from Jake Bednar, Frasco, AJ Snyder, Kollar, Triveri, and Johnny Cambert, with Kollar and Triveri each notching an RBI. For Poland, Carmine Tukalo was a bright spot, going 2-for-3 and adding dynamic base running with two steals. Paparodis also made his presence felt with a key RBI.

Ursuline advances to a District Semifinals on Monday against Alliance at Cene Park with a 4:00 first pitch.


STRUTHERS OH- On the mound, it was a tight showdown Tuesday, but Ursuline edged out Lakeview with a slim 1-0 victory. Dom Polkovitch was the standout performer for Ursuline, throwing a complete game shutout, scattering seven hits across seven innings while fanning three and issuing just one walk.

Polkovitch snagged the win, thanks to his clutch performance. On the flip side, Lakeview’s Eli Gough shouldered the loss after giving up the game’s only run in just two-thirds of an inning of work. Jackson Uphoff started strong for Lakeview, tossing six innings of scoreless ball, letting up just three hits and striking out five.

At the plate, Ursuline kept it modest with Jake Bednar, AJ Snyder, Luke Kollar, and Johnny Cambert each notching a single hit. Lakeview saw a bit more action with Andrew Brown and Brandon Toot each grabbing a pair of hits, but they couldn’t convert these into runs.

It was a pitcher’s duel through and through, with both teams flashing some solid glove work and keeping the scoreboard light.


STRUTHERS, OH- Joe Balog was untouchable on Monday, fanning 11 and throwing a no-hitter as Ursuline cruised past Chaney 14-0 at Bob Cene Park. Balog was in total command, breezing through five innings without letting up a hit or a walk.

The action started early for Ursuline, with CJ Frasco blasting an inside-the-park homer and Luke Kollar driving in a run with a single in the first inning.

The runs kept coming in the second. AJ Snyder ripped a double to bring one home, Johnny Cambert knocked in another with a single, and a couple of runs scored on a fielder’s choice from Rowan Urbach, while Kollar added another RBI single to the mix.

The third inning saw more of the same, with Ursuline piling on six runs. Jake Bednar and Anthony Triveri each delivered RBI singles, Frasco lofted a sac fly, Kollar doubled to bring two across, and Thomas Pesa chipped in with a run-scoring single.

Chaney’s Johnson, who started on the mound, struggled through three innings, giving up a hefty 13 runs on 12 hits and copping the loss.

Ursuline’s bats were hot, racking up 14 hits. Kollar was especially lethal, driving in four runs on a perfect 3-for-3 day. Balog added a couple of hits to his pitching gems. Defensively, Ursuline was spotless, with Pesa leading the way with ten plays.

Next up, Ursuline hosts Lakeview on Tuesday, riding high from their dominant performance.


It was a pitcher’s duel on Friday, but the Harding Raiders managed to edge out Ursuline with a tight 2-1 win. Anthony Triveri kicked things off for Ursuline, delivering three solid innings and striking out two.

Ursuline struck first in the fourth when Luke Kollar doubled to bring in a run. Harding quickly responded in the fifth, tying the game thanks to Gummy Hart’s double.

William List was the winning pitcher for Harding, throwing two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out four. On the other side, Rowan Urbach took the loss for Ursuline, despite not giving up any hits in his inning of work, due to a couple of walks.

Khalef Freeman opened on the mound for Harding, giving up three hits and one run across four innings in a no-strikeout, no-walk effort.

At the bat, Kollar led Ursuline, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Ursuline was flawless in the field, with Thomas Pesa getting involved in six plays. For Harding, Hart and Carter Knupp were key, with Knupp leading the team with a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Bryttain Fuller was a defensive standout for Harding, also involved in six plays, helping keep the game error-free on their side too.


BOARDMAN OH- In a thrilling sectional semifinal matchup on Tuesday, Ursuline overcame an early deficit to defeat Girard and secure a spot in the sectional finals. After trailing 2-1 through four innings, Ursuline’s offense exploded, scoring 11 runs in the next two innings to seal the victory.

Ursuline’s bats came alive when they needed them most, led by standout performances from Lilly Ditz and Savannah Patrone. Ditz went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs, while Patrone contributed with a 2-for-4 performance, driving in two runs and scoring once. Katie Koulianos also made her presence felt, adding two RBIs and a run scored to the offensive onslaught. Gia Schiavone and Arri Wendt each chipped in with key hits to fuel Ursuline’s rally.

In the circle, Ditz delivered a dominant performance, pitching six innings of stellar softball. She allowed just three hits and no earned runs while striking out four Girard batters.

Despite the loss, Girard put up a fight, with Brooklyn Broll, Destiny Flaherty, and Molly Durkin each recording hits for the Indians.


AUSTINTOWN, OH- Tuesday’s game was a nail-biter, but Austintown-Fitch snatched a walk-off 7-6 win over Ursuline in the bottom of the seventh when Carson Fuller grounded out to send a runner home from third.

Carter Owens was on fire, bagging three hits throughout the game, including key singles that kept the scoreboard ticking for Austintown-Fitch.

The action started early with Owens sparking a scoring play in the first inning, complemented by a miscue from Ursuline that brought in another run. Ursuline fought back, tying it up in the fourth thanks to AJ Snyder’s fielder’s choice.

The tug-of-war continued with Austintown-Fitch nudging ahead after CJ Frasco coerced a fielder’s choice in the fourth, followed by Nate Mcgahagan’s sacrifice fly. But Ursuline wouldn’t stay down, leveling the score and then briefly taking a 6-5 lead in the seventh after capitalizing on an error.

In a dramatic final inning, Owens’ bat and Fuller’s groundout flipped the script, giving Austintown-Fitch the walk-off win.

Owens also took home the win on the mound with a three-inning stint, allowing just one earned run. Thomas Kosovan shouldered the loss for Ursuline in his brief appearance.

Nik Kyprianou opened for Austintown-Fitch with a solid effort, and on the opposing side, CJ Frasco put in a hefty shift despite giving up some runs.

Both teams showed their prowess in defense, turning two double plays each, ensuring the game remained tight till the last play.

AJ Snyder stood out for Ursuline, driving in two crucial runs and proving essential in their lineup.

As Austintown-Fitch preps to host Kennedy, Ursuline will travel to Youngstown East.


STRUTHERS, OH- On Monday, Austintown-Fitch Falcons clinched a tight 3-1 victory over Ursuline Irish, thanks to some solid pitching. John Darnley was on the mound starting for the Falcons and snagged a cool 18 outs.

The Falcons kicked off the scoring in the second inning, sparked by a clutch single from Jake Wallace that brought a runner home. Darnley wrapped up the win, letting just one hit and one run slip through in six innings, striking out five and giving up three walks.  Carter Owens came in in the final frame to slam the door shut and earn the save.  Joe Balog shouldered the loss for Ursuline after allowing three runs across six innings, matching Darnley’s five Ks and three walks.

Carson Fuller and Frank Senediak swung hot bats, each bagging two hits for the Falcons. Wallace, Senediak, and Trevor Porter each punched in an RBI, helping to cement the lead.

The Falcons showed off their defensive chops too, turning a critical double play that kept Ursuline at bay. For Ursuline, CJ Frasco and Anthony Triveri each snagged a hit, with Thomas Pesa driving in their lone run.

The Falcons are set to face the Irish again tomorrow, closing out the series as both teams gear up for the OHSAA tournament on deck.