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*Contributed by YSN’s Ian O’Brien*

YOUNGSTOWN OH- The Ursuline Irish enjoyed a nice off week after a surprising cancellation against the Chaney Cowboys. With that, the players got extra practice in and some more time in the weight room. One of those players is senior wide receiver and defensive back Jakylan Irving.

Irving has been a part of the Irish football program since 2018 and have seen the rebuilding days of ursuline, to now being able to compete in every game and a possible state championship. In 2021, Irving has shined as one of the top players on this team with 153 yards receiving and two touchdowns on offense. Defensively he has not had an interception but has been close as he has had 24 total tackles. One of his biggest moments this 2021 season however, a kickoff return with under two minutes to go to give the Irish the go ahead 50-49 win against Warren Harding two weeks ago.

YSN’s very own Ian O’Brien talks with the star wide receiver and defensive back about the huge victory against Warren Harding, the bye week that they had, what he wants to be remembered as when he leaves Ursuline and more. The Irish will head to Green Street Stadium/John Cistone field to take on brother Irish in Akron St. Vincent St. Mary’s (3-3). The last time Ursuline won against Saint Vincent St Mary’s was in 2011 42-31. Kickoff is Friday 7pm on YSN!!

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NEW MIDDLETOWN OH – Springfield Tigers hosted the Ursuline Fighting Irish coming off a loss from the South Range Raiders. Ursuline would come away with the victory having the lead until the end of the game where the Tigers momentarily took the lead. Terrence Pankey led all scorers for the Irish with 19 points in the winning effort. Irish win 67-66.

The Fighting Irish got the lead early in the first quarter and didn’t look back with the help of Jakylan Irving who had 8 points going into halftime. Pankey led the Irish in the second quarter by leading the team in free throws and fast break opportunities. Pankey had 17 going into halftime. The Tigers kept it interesting though with the help of RJ Smith and Adam Wharry. Both players had 12 points at the half highlighted by 3 3-pointers by Smith. Irish lead going into the third quarter 37-30.
Springfield chipped away at the Ursuline lead in the the third quarter holding Pankey to any scoring opportunities while RJ Smith added 5 points coming off the bench. Fourth quarter the game got interesting with a nice Tiger run that got them a one point lead late in the game but Irving of the Fighting Irish regained the lead in clutch seconds to win the game 67-66. Irving finished the game with 17 points while Pankey had 19. Ursuline (4-3) will face Howland this Friday while Springfield (6-2) will face Mineral Ridge. Catch both games on YSNlive.com.
*Contributed By YSN’s Anthony Melone


YOUNGSTOWN OH- Last year these two teams played each other and now this year, it was time once again but a lot more was on the line here as the Ursuline Irish looked to go .500 after going one for one in the Salem Tournament losing to Poland and taking care of Columbiana, while South Range was just coming off their first victory to Springfield in a much needed and upset win.  This was a tight game throughout three quarters especially when it was tied in the first and then only a six possession game at halftime.  However in the end, the irish would find a lot of GRIT as they pulled away big time, finding their pot of gold and possibly a breakout 2021 preview, beating South Range 49-37 as one of the last basketball games of 2020 ended with excitement as 2021 is on the way!


Ursuline Stats

For the Irish, they were led by Jakylan Irving who made his comeback, putting up 16 points.  Brady Shannon was a force inside the paint and behind the arc once, finishing with 13 points.  Terrance Pankey kept showing that strength with ten points.  Vinny Flauto finished with eight points while both Demarcus McElroy and Will Burney combined for four points and had a bunch of steals on the defensive side of the ball.  


South Range Stats

Leading South Range was their shooting star Eli Taylor who had a slight injury in this game but would comeback finishing with 14 points.  The next leading scorer was Brandon Mikos who had nine points, making a three-pointer and a couple of layups.  Nate Brown made all of his points at the free-throw line as he drew up the fouls nicely finishing with six points.  Meanwhile, Mike Patrone (3pts) Luke Crumbacher (2pts) Corey Penick (2pts) and Dylan Turvey (1pt) all combined for eight points.  


Up Next 

Ursuline (3-3) if there are no cancellations after the New Years will head to New Middletown to face the Springfield Tigers (6-1) Tuesday at 7pm.  South Range (1-6) as of now after the New Years is going to face Girard as Trumbull County has just started up their basketball season.  Tip-off for that game is 7pm.  

*Contributed by YSN’s Ian O’Brien


YOUNGSTOWN, OH- Last week, Dan Reardon and his Youngstown Ursuline Irish escaped a near comeback by a final of 38-31 as they knocked off the then undefeated West Branch Warriors at Clinton Heacock Stadium. In the game, not only do the seniors make some big plays on the field, but so do the juniors who learn from these seniors every day. In that game, one receiver had a 38-yard touchdown, finishing with 49-yards receiving. His touchdown would put the Irish up by 20 at one point too. That player is junior Jakylan Irving who on the field can make a big impact for this Ursuline Irish team.

Some of his other key plays on the offensive side this season was having a total of 202 receiving yards, his biggest coming during the last three played games (Mooney, VASJ, and West Branch), along with some touchdowns to boot. On the defensive side of the ball, he is all over the place like he’s a mix of Richard Sherman and Stephon Gilmore, heck he’s fast like the road runner with 32.5 total tackles, with his best game being against Boardman on the defensive side, getting two interceptions.

On this episode of the YSN Player Profile Playoff Ursuline Football edition, Ian O’Brien catches up with Jakylan Irving as he talks about his position, who he is, if we would have a season due to COVID-19, what he did during quarantine to get ready for the season, who inspired/idolized playing the game, how he improved from his freshman season to now, and more. The Irish (6-2) will head to Dave Pavlansky Field on Saturday to take on the Poland Bulldogs (7-1). Should be a good game as we see speed against speed and power against power in what is going to be one of the biggest games of the week. The game starts at 7pm and you can buy it on YSNLive.com for $9.99. Not only can you get that game, but you can also get all the other games.

*Contributed by YSN’s Ian O’Brien*

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YOUNGSTOWN OH- For the first time since 2015, the Ursuline Irish were in a playoff game, but in order to make it to the next round, they’d have to face a tough Villa Angela St. Joseph’s team that was red hot after getting a big upset win against Fairless last week by a score of 28-17.  

The Vikings continued the momentum by picking off Brady Shannon and scoring first as Nicholas Mcclinton took it in for a 10-yard touchdown making it 7-0.  However, the Irish knew what to do next, as Brady Shannon found Jakylan Irving for a 38-yard touchdown tying it at seven all.  Later on, it was our player profile guest DeMarcus McElroy who ran his feet into the endzone three-yards out making it a seven-point game going into halftime with a little upset alert on our hands. 

This game continued to have upset alerts written all over it as both teams went back to back in scoring.  Once again, it was McElroy showing off the J.K. Dobbins speed from 10-yards out making it 21-7.  The Vikings were still rowing the boat, however.  Just before the end of the third, quarterback Kevin Eiseman found Jordan Dean for a 39-yrs touchdown, and the lead was cut back to seven.  

However, Shannon went off, giving us flashbacks like Tom Brady against Tennessee back in 2009.  Shannon found Terrell “TG” Dillworth twice and Matthew Reardon once.  The Irish got their last touchdown of the night when John Edmonds picked off Eiseman taking it in for a pick-six.  The Vikings got one more touchdown but it was not enough as the Irish advance with the final of 47-21. 

This is Ursuline’s first win in the playoffs since their 41-13 quarterfinal win against Crestwood in 2015.  



Brady Shannon: 15-20 for 238 yards and four touchdowns. DeMarcus McElroy: 17 carries for 52 yards and two touchdowns.  Matthew Reardon three receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown.  


Sixth-seeded Ursuline (5-2) will now have to make a trip to Beloit to face the third seed West Branch Warriors (7-0)  next Saturday at 7pm.  You can catch that game live on YSN! 


*contributed by YSN’s Ian O’Brien*