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By Noah Ricks


YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Howland Tigers and Ursuline Fighting Irish boys’ basketball teams put on a thrilling finish to the regular season in a game that would take an extra period to complete. The Irish did the right things at the right time as they would defeat the Tigers in overtime 62-53.


Howland gave the red hot Fighting Irish all they could ask for in a non-conference classic. They would take control of the game in the first half thanks in part to senior Alex Henry, who would pick up 9 first-quarter points, en route to a 21-point performance. The Tigers were able to take a 23-21 advantage heading into the locker room as senior John Perry tagged along his teammate Henry with 13 tallies.


Despite first half struggles, Ursuline would make huge adjustments in the second half, which revolved mainly around coach Keith Gunther’s son Jaylen. The true freshman Gunther exploded for 21 points in the second half and overtime, ending the contest leading all scorers with 23. He would also connect on back-to-back threes to give his team a 46-43 advantage in the fourth.


Henry would come up clutch, however, for Howland, as he would drain a tray near the end of regulation to tie up the scoring at 48-48. With a chance to win the game, the Tiger heroics came up just short as the Irish defense blocked Steven Bubon’s layup at the buzzer to keep the tie, sending Howland into their third overtime game of the season. Ursuline used the momentum to fire away with a 14-5 overtime period. Overall, between the fourth quarter and overtime, the Irish outscored the Tigers 27-17.


Ursuline ends their regular season with an 18-3 mark as they start their tournament run in the Sectional Semifinal against Cleveland Collinwood. Howland, with the hard-fought overtime defeat, will finish the regular season 11-11 with a home Sectional Semifinal game coming up against Painesville Harvey. Both games will tip-off at 7:00 P.M. this upcoming Tuesday.


You can watch interviews with Ursuline head coach Keith Gunther and Howland head coach Dan Bubon below.


By Matt Maher 


YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Some nights are just your night and the fighting Irish came out and brought the pain against a tough Bombers team who, at times, looked very similar in play style and skill to Ursuline but those few glimpses weren’t enough for Kenston to overcome to giant that is Ursuline and the Irish found themselves with a massive 48-29 victory in round 1 of the OHSAA playoffs!


Ursuline came out with a fast start in the first and used that momentum to carry them toa 12-7 lead after the frame. The Bombers had two players score in this frame but the one who stood out the most was Morgan Cicero who found 3 points including a made free throw and a gritty 2 through a lot of traffic, she would be the main playmaker for her team as well and showed good ball movement throughout the game. Kennedy Carpenter led by example in this game, with 4 first quarter points she was on her way to a dominant night. Carly Casey found the first triple of the night while Lily Scott went 1-for-2 from the stripe and found 2 more points in the paint.


The Bombers played a much more locked down defensive 2nd quarter and ended up outscoring Ursuline 5-4 and only trailed at halftime by 4 points. Cicek added her team’s first three of the night and led her team with 6 points at halftime. Nia Burney and Brooklyn Brown combined for the 4 points for Ursuline both with 2 points within the arc. Ursuline was contributing from all parts of the court and had done a good job of defending against some quick attacks from Kenston, the Irish would also be the benefactors of several turnovers that helped them maintain possession.


Ursuline came out off the break energized and ready to rumble and their 13-8 3rd quarter proved that their offense was rejuvenated but their defense still needed some tweaks. Cicek would add 2 more points to her team leading total but couldn’t get past the long arms of Ursuline which was a common theme throughout the night. Carpenter found 5 huge points for her team with two 2’s and 1-of-2 made free throws while Lily Scott smashed a long 3 right through the basket. 


Ursuline went into the 4th quarter wanting to leave no doubt that they belong in this playoff tournament and with 8 minutes to prove that they were the better team the Irish pulled together their best offensive frame of the night with 19 points and held Kenston to just 9. Cicek would add another 2 pointer and would finish as the only Bomber in double digits with 10 points. Kennedy Carpenter was pure magic with an impressive 10 points in the quarter she would be the sole leader in points scored with 19 on the night! Meredith Gray found her first 4 points of the tournament while Carly Casey added 3 more points with a double and 1-of-2 made free throws. 


Ursuline showed some fantastic bouts of offense throughout the night and used Kennedy Carpenter’s fantastic night to propel them past the Bombers and move on to the next round. Kenston showed good offensive possessions but left many empty due to either overshooting the ball or the Irish defense getting in the way and to be fair Ursuline also had some trouble shooting the ball in this game too but found ways to tighten up their offense and get the job done. The Bombers finish their season in Youngstown with a 8-15 overall record while Ursuline improves to 13-10 overall and gets ready for a huge showdown up in Ashtabula on Saturday when they take on the 3rd seed Edgewood at 7:00PM.


EAST LIVERPOOL OH- Ursuline showcased their offensive prowess on Monday night as they traveled to East Liverpool and emerged with a commanding 72-53 victory. The Irish wasted no time asserting their dominance, storming ahead early and never looking back.

Leading the charge for Ursuline was Jayden Payne, who delivered a stellar performance with 18 points, showcasing his scoring ability and leadership on the court. He was well-supported by Noah Bell and Jaylen Gunther, who each contributed 14 points, while Deshaun Will and Geno Lucente added 9 and 8 points respectively to bolster the team’s offensive output.

Despite East Liverpool’s efforts to mount a comeback, they were unable to contain Ursuline’s relentless offensive attack. Preston Kerr led East Liverpool’s scoring effort with 15 points, followed closely by Blake Adkins with 12 points and Quinton Conrad with 9 points.

With this convincing win, Ursuline improves their record to an impressive 17-3 as they return home to host Howland on Thursday. Meanwhile, East Liverpool, with a record of 16-5, faces another tough challenge ahead as they host Canfield on Thursday.


By Tim Corso 

YOUNGSTOWN OH- Ursuline fought its way past Akron Hoban Tuesday night 55-52.

A highly anticipated matchup lived up to the billing between the Irish and Knights as the game came down to a potential game-tying shot that fell short at the buzzer.

Despite outscoring Ursuline 15-9 in the final frame, Hoban’s comeback attempt fell short.

It was Ursuline going on a 13-0 run to end the first half that carried its momentum to the win.

The work on both ends of the floor for Jayden Payne sparked the Irish win, as well as forcing countless Knights’ turnovers.

Payne finished with a game-high 15 points while grabbing double-digit rebounds.

Akron Hoban’s push back was in thanks to the hot shooting of Joey Hardman.

Hardman used a couple big shots to cut down the lead to just one for Ursuline after they held a 7-point advantage following the third quarter.

Hardman finished with a team-high 14 points in the setback.

Jonas Nichols added 8 for the Knights, while Jaylen Gunther finished with 13 for the victorious Irish.

Ursuline (15-3) will host Bristol next on Friday 2/16. Akron Hoban (13-7) will travel to Gilmour Academy on 2/16.

Game Photos HERE: https://ysn.smugmug.com/2-13-b-bb-ursuline-hoban/2-13-b-bb-hoban-ursuline/105EOS1D


By Tim Corso

Ursuline outlasted Mooney in this year’s second installment of the Holy War 43-39.

It was the defensive effort of holding the Cardinals to four fourth quarter points and the game-sealing free throw from Jaylen Gunther that gave Ursuline the final say. 

That free throw was one of Gunther’s 8 points.

Ursuline went scoreless for nearly half of the fourth quarter before going on a run after a big three-pointer from Geno Lucente and the game go-ahead layup from Deshaun Will with barely 60 seconds left. 

Lucente finished with a game-high 16 ppints while Will pitched in 3.

To get to that point both teams faced a lot of adversity in the form of turnovers.

The first eight minutes were filled with numerous turnovers from both sides and gave everyone a feeling it would come down to that. 

Sharpshooting was the story for the Irish to start. Freshman Jace Ricardo buried a pair of threes in the opening quarter to propel them to a 17-9 edge early. 

Ricardo would finish with 6 points. 

However the Cardinals would storm back thanks to Jibri Carter and co. 

Carter was a catalyst all night and dished out multiple easy bucket opportunities for his team.

However, Carter sent the crowd into hysterics with a three-pointer at the second quarter buzzer to square the game up at 23.

Carter finished with 15 points in the setback. 

Mooney’s lead got as big as seven points in the third period as Carter kept making big plays.

The Irish stormed back to end the quarter to cut it to a two point Cardinal lead 35-33.

From that point, the defensive final frame began and two Mooney turnovers in the final 10 seconds sealed the deal for Ursuline.

Ursuline (14-3) will host Akron Hoban next on Tuesday 2/13.

Cardinal Mooney (14-5) will host Chaney next on 2/13.


By Matt Maher

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Some may say Easter and others may say Christmas but I say Wednesday night was the holiest of nights as Ursuline hosted Cardinal Mooney for round 2 of the Youngstown Holy War! While the first meeting was very lopsided in favor of Ursuline, Mooney showed some great bouts of scoring and held a strong defense against the most dominant team in the Steel Valley Conference and only lost 43-36. 


The first quarter started off slow as neither team could find a rhythm for the first two minutes of action but it would be Ursuline who would get on the score sheet first and from there the flood gates began to open as Ursuline outscored Mooney 13-5. Katie Pregibon and Sophia Diorio brought the 5 points to light for Mooney as Pregibon hit a 3 and Diorio found herself 2. Carly Casey and Kennedy Carpenter would each score 3 points with Casey finding a long 3 and Carpenter pushing in a 2 and going 1-for-2 from the stripe. Lily Scott would also find her first 2. 


Mooney found a better response in the next frame as their defense held Ursuline to just 7 points and their offense found 8. Carpenter found the most impressive score for Ursuline with a beautiful drive to the hoop that resulted in the score plus 1. Lily Scott got herself another 2 more points and started to show everyone she would be one of the more consistent of the Fighting Irish. Pregibon found herself another phenomenal 3 as Ta’lecia Huff and Sam Rotunno both got on the board with a 2 pointer each. 


Cardinal Mooney came out of halftime energized and ready and the score of 15-7 showed they turned the dial up to 11. Carpenter and Scott both found points from the free throw line where Carpenter went 1-for-2 and Scott hit 2-of-4. The free throw line would prove to be fortuitous for Mooney as well as they went 6-for-7 as a team. Delanie Olesh found 4 points with a field goal and 2-of-2 free throws drained while Pregibon found herself 4 more points as well with the exact same score line as Olesh. Sophia Diorio hit the stripe twice where she went 1-for-2 on her first trip then sank her third on an and-1 opportunity.


While The Cardinals showed they weren’t going to be pushed around in the third the Irish successfully unraveled all of Mooney’s work and scored 16 to cardinal Mooney’s 8. Ursuline’s defense from the first quarter showed up again and completely blocked out most of Mooney’s attempts to just get into the paint. Since Mooney couldn’t find any luck in the paint they looked towards Pregibon who found her third triple of the night and Sam Rotunno went 1-for-2 from the stripe while Sophia Diorio went 2-for-2. Ursuline was led by Kennedy Carpenter once again with an 8 point quarter including a 3 and 5-for-6 from the line while Brooke O’Palick found a 3 and went 2-for-2 from the line and Lily Scott scored 3 off of and-1.


Ursuline once again showed everyone why they’re the queens of the Steel Valley Conference after taking down their arch rivals in the second chapter of the Holy War and their second to last regular season game. Sophia Diorio finished the night with 9 points while Katie Pregibon led her team with an impressive 13 points. Lily Scott matched Diorio with 9 points of her own and Kennedy Carpenter led all scorers with 15 points. Cardinal Mooney (7-11, 2-3) will be back home on February 9th when they host New Castle (PA) at 3:30PM while Ursuline (11-10, 6-0) will travel north to Girard to take on the Indians on February 10th at 2:30PM.

Game Photos HERE: https://ysn.smugmug.com/2-7-g-bb-ursuline-mooney/2-7-g-bb-mooney-ursuline/104EOS1D


YOUNGSTOWN OH- Ursuline delivered a commanding performance on Saturday, utilizing a massive second quarter surge to overpower South Range with a final score of 72-51. The Irish dominated the second frame 27-10, establishing a commanding 44-22 lead at halftime.

Jaylen Gunther led Ursuline’s scoring efforts with an impressive 21 points, accompanied by Geno Lucente with 13 points, and Noah Bell and Jaden Payne each contributing 9 points. Myles Miller added 8 points to the winning effort.

South Range, despite a resilient effort, couldn’t overcome Ursuline’s strong performance. Landon Moore led their scoring with 17 points, followed by Luke Rohan with 12 points and Dylan Turvey with 7 points.

Looking ahead, Ursuline (13-3) is set for a crucial road matchup against arch-rival Mooney on Friday, while South Range (12-5) returns home to face Salem on Tuesday.

Game Photos HERE: https://ysn.smugmug.com/2-3-b-bb-ursuline-s-range/2-3-b-bb-ursuline-range/104EOS1D


By Tim Corso

AUSTINTOWN OH- Fitch used a big overtime push to get past Ursuline 73-64 Friday Night.

The Falcons got off to a fast start to begin the game with a 7-2 run. Unfortunately for the Falcons, that spark didn’t last long.

They held a slim lead after one quarter, but the Irish got things going.

Jayden Payne was a force in the paint and on the glass forcing the Falcons into many difficult shots.

His strong post-game helped bring the Irish back.

He would end up finishing the night with 12 points.

It was until the end of the first half that Ursuline got going. Down 20-18 late in the second frame, Ursuline went on a 15-0 run to end the first half. That run included multiple big three-pointers from Jaylen Gunther.

Gunther ended the game with 13 points.

Then, the second half…and it was all Fitch.

A once 15-point lead shrunk to just three after the third quarter. A lot of that was due to the stellar play of Deshawn Vaughn.

Vaughn hit a game-high four shots from deep as apart of his 26-point showing. His 19 points in the second half, and overtime was just the push the Falcons needed.

Vaughn made a big shot late that was answered by Gunther’s two free throws to send it to overtime.

In the extra session, Allen and Allex hill used their length and athleticism to shut down the glass and finish the game strong. Fitch outscored Ursuline 11-2 in the period.

On top of Vaughn’s big night, Marcel Finkley (14), Allex Hill (12), and Carter Owens (10) also reached double figures for the Falcons.

For the Irish, Geno Lucente (20) joined Gunther and Payne in double-figures in the setback.

For Fitch (10-6) they’ll take host Canton Glen Oak on Tuesday, 2/6.

As for Ursuline (12-3), they’ll have a quick turnaround and take on the South Range Raiders, tomorrow 2/3.


By Tim Corso

YOUNGSTOWN OH- Ursuline stormed past Chaney tonight 82-62 in a Steel Valley Conference battle.

It was what can only be described as a “shootout” from Chaney High School and was filled with bucket after bucket.

The Irish got out to the early lead 21-14 on the Cowboys in thanks to its well-rounded scoring attack.

Jayden Payne and Jace Riccardo both hounded the glass all night, creating second chance opportunities for their team on the way to victory.

They were combatted by the Cowboy trio of Matt Jones, Latrell Kimbrough, and Austin Brown.

Those three stayed aggressive and got the game down to just a nine-point Irish lead in the third quarter.

However, it wasn’t enough as the Irish maintained its sizeable halftime lead throughout the contest after using its 22-10 second quarter to push the lead to 20 any never look back.

Ursuline outscored Chaney 17-15 in the fourth quarter to hold off any comeback attempt.

The Irish was paced by Geno Lucente who led with a game-high 18 points.

Payne (17) and Deshaun Will (10) were the other Ursuline Irish in double-figures.

Riccardo, Jaylen Gunther, and Jared Klucinec each had 9 points apiece as well.

For the Cowboys, Brown led them with 18 points, while Jones (16) and Kimbrough (10) also scored in double-figures.

Ursuline (12-2) extends its winning streak to 6 games and will travel to Austintown Fitch on Friday, 2/2 to take on the Falcons.

For Chaney (5-6) will look to get back to even with a home matchup against Cardinal Mooney on 2/2.


YOUNGSTOWN OH- In a display of formidable firepower, Canfield asserted their dominance on Monday with a commanding 50-28 victory on the road against Ursuline. The Canfield squad showcased their prowess, leaving no doubt about their offensive capabilities.

Leading the charge for Canfield was Cami Hritz, who lit up the scoreboard with an impressive 18 points, complemented by Camie Dill’s solid 14-point contribution. Carly Fleming added 5 points to round out the team’s well-balanced offensive performance.

Ursuline, facing a relentless Canfield team, found their offensive rhythm led by Lily Scott, who tallied 11 points. Nia Burley and Kennedy Carpenter added 7 and 5 points, respectively, in an effort to counter Canfield’s offensive onslaught.

With this victory, Canfield improves to an 11-7 record, setting the stage for their upcoming clash against Warren Harding on Saturday. Meanwhile, Ursuline (9-9) is poised to bounce back, returning to action on Thursday with a matchup against Springfield. As the regular season progresses, both teams are gearing up for the challenges that lie ahead, determined to leave their mark on the basketball landscape.