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Jefferson, OH- In a thrilling matchup between the Edgewood Warriors and the Jefferson Falcons, the Warriors emerged victorious with a final score of 70-59. The game, played with intensity and skill, showcased the prowess of key players on both teams. Let’s break down the action quarter by quarter.

Quarter Scores:

  • Edgewood Warriors: 15 | 18 | 17 | 20 | Total: 70
  • Jefferson Falcons: 10 | 11 | 24 | 14 | Total: 59

Player Stats:

Edgewood Warriors:

  1. Jacob Ernst – 25 points (11 in the 1st quarter)
  2. Mason Thorr – 13 points, 9 rebounds (leading in rebounds)
  3. Brady Andrejack – 12 points
  4. Logan Kray – 11 points
  5. Peyton Williams – 6 points
  6. Russell Thomas – 3 points

Jefferson Falcons:

  1. Anthony Covetta – 25 points
  2. Joey DeGeorge – 21 points, 16 rebounds (leading in rebounds)
  3. Robbie Pisano – 7 points
  4. Dylan Beebe – 3 points
  5. Joel Navarro – 3 points

Key Performances:

Jacob Ernst delivered an outstanding performance for the Warriors, showcasing his scoring abilities with 25 points, 11 of which were scored in the 1st quarter. Mason Thorr contributed not only on the scoreboard with 13 points but also dominated the boards with 9 rebounds.

On the Falcons’ side, Anthony Covetta led the scoring with 25 points, while Joey DeGeorge showcased his versatility with 21 points and an impressive 16 rebounds.

Upcoming Games:

The Edgewood Warriors (13-4) are gearing up for their next challenge against the Madison Blue Streaks (11-5) on 2/6/24. The Blue Streaks enter the matchup fresh off a convincing 92-47 win over the Conneaut Spartans.

Meanwhile, the Jefferson Falcons (7-8) are set to face the Harvey Red Raiders (9-9) on 2/6/24. The Red Raiders, who recently suffered a 56-48 loss to the Perry Pirates, will be aiming for redemption on their home court.

The stage is set for more exciting basketball action as both teams look to make their mark in the upcoming games.


Jefferson, OH- In a high-stakes matchup between the Jefferson Falcons and the Madison Blue Streaks, the Falcons emerged victorious with a final score of 56-36. The game, played on [Date], showcased the Falcons’ resilience and offensive prowess, securing them a crucial win.

Quarter Breakdown:

First Quarter: The game started with both teams displaying competitive spirits, with the Blue Streaks taking a narrow lead of 12-8. The Falcons were determined to turn the tide in their favor.

Second Quarter: The Falcons surged ahead in the second quarter, outscoring the Blue Streaks 17-8. Dylan Beebe, the standout player of the game, showcased his skills, sinking three crucial 3-pointers and contributing significantly to the Falcons’ offensive efforts.

Third Quarter: The Falcons continued their dominance in the third quarter, adding 17 more points to their tally. Anthony Covetta and Joey DeGeorge played pivotal roles in controlling the boards, securing crucial rebounds and limiting the Blue Streaks’ second-chance opportunities.

Fourth Quarter: The Blue Streaks faced offensive struggles in the final quarter, going 0-12 from the field. The Falcons capitalized on this, extending their lead and ultimately sealing the victory with a final score of 56-36.

Player Stats:

Jefferson Falcons:

  • Dylan Beebe: 19 points
  • Joey DeGeorge: 17 points
  • Anthony Covetta: 13 points
  • Caleb Welser: 3 points
  • Robbie Pisano: 2 points
  • Terry Brown: 2 points

Madison Blue Streaks:

  • Noah Crites: 8 points
  • JP Dragas: 8 points
  • Seth Negin: 6 points
  • Mac Steel: 4 points
  • Bryant Perkins: 4 points
  • Noah Barnes: 2 points
  • Ryan Radkowski: 2 points
  • Dom Magda: 2 points

Looking Ahead:

The Jefferson Falcons (7-7) are gearing up for a crucial home game against the Edgewood Warriors (12-4) on 2/2/24. The Warriors are coming off a significant conference win against the Perry Pirates, setting the stage for an intense rematch. The last encounter between the Falcons and Warriors ended with a narrow victory for Jefferson, and fans can expect another thrilling contest.

Meanwhile, the Madison Blue Streaks (10-5) will be hosting the Conneaut Spartans (3-12) on the same date. The Spartans are aiming to bounce back after a tough loss to the Geneva Eagles. The Blue Streaks will be looking to maintain their momentum and secure another home-court victory in this upcoming matchup.


Jefferson, OH- In an exciting County and CVC basketball matchup, the Jefferson Falcons faced off against the Geneva Eagles in a game that kept fans entertained from opening tip to the final buzzer. The final score reflected the intensity of the contest, with the Eagles emerging victorious with a score of 56 to the Falcons’ 48.


1 2 3 4 TOTAL
12 10 16 10 48
12 8 15 21 56

Jefferson Falcons Total Points

  • Anthony Covetta: 23
  • Joey DeGeorge: 16
  • Joel Navarro: 5
  • Dylan Beebe: 2
  • Terry Brown: 2

Geneva Eagles Total Points

  • Luke Smith: 23
  • Hayden Diemer: 14
  • Caden Proy: 10
  • Luke Barbo: 4
  • Andrew Oros: 3
  • Bryce Peet: 2

The game showcased outstanding individual performances, with Anthony Covetta leading all Falcons in scoring with an impressive 23 points, including 2 successful 3-pointers. On the Eagles’ side, Luke Smith was the standout player, connecting for an incredible 4 3-pointers and contributing significantly to his team’s victory.

Looking ahead, the Jefferson Falcons (5-6) are gearing up for a home game against the Lakeside Dragons (3-8) on 1/19/24. The Dragons are coming off a tough 71-40 loss to the Perry Pirates. On the other hand, the Geneva Eagles (11-3) will hit the road to face the Madison Blue Streaks (9-3) on the same date. The Blue Streaks are coming off a commanding 77-51 win over the Harvey Red Raiders.


Jefferson, OH- In a commanding performance, the Jefferson Falcons soared to victory over the Conneaut Spartans, securing a resounding win with a final score of 81-35. The Falcons dominated each quarter, showcasing their offensive prowess and defensive tenacity throughout the game.

First Quarter: Jefferson Takes an Early Lead

The Falcons wasted no time establishing their dominance, outscoring the Spartans 20-2 in the opening quarter. Anthony Covetta led the charge with an impressive offensive display, contributing significantly to the team’s early lead.

Second Quarter: Falcons Continue to Soar

Maintaining their momentum, the Falcons added another 14 points to their tally in the second quarter. Joey De George emerged as a key contributor, showcasing his scoring ability and making it challenging for the Spartans to mount a comeback.

Third Quarter: Offensive Explosion

The third quarter witnessed an offensive explosion from the Falcons, as they piled on 30 points. Covetta and De George continued to shine, supported by contributions from Dylan Beebe, Terry Brown, and Robbie Pisano.

Fourth Quarter: Closing Out Strong

In the final quarter, the Falcons showed no signs of letting up, adding 15 more points to their total. The team’s well-rounded performance highlighted their depth and versatility on both ends of the court.

Player Point Totals: Covetta and DeGeorge Lead the Way

Jefferson Falcons:

  • Anthony Covetta: 37 points
  • Joey DeGeorge: 33 points
  • Dylan Beebe: 7 points
  • Terry Brown: 2 points
  • Robbie Pisano: 2 points

Conneaut Spartans:

  • Ryan Turner: 5 points
  • Davonte Harris: 8 points
  • Noah Hamm: 8 points
  • JR Hutchinson: 3 points
  • Chance Loomis: 11 points

Key Takeaways: Covetta and DeGeorge Shine

The Falcons’ victory was propelled by outstanding performances from Anthony Covetta and Joey DeGeorge, who not only scored impressively but also made significant contributions on the boards. The team’s well-coordinated efforts on both offense and defense were evident throughout the game.

Upcoming Games: Road Ahead for Both Teams

The Jefferson Falcons (2-4) are set to face the Madison Blue Streaks (4-2) on January 5, 2023, in what promises to be an exciting matchup. Meanwhile, the Conneaut Spartans (3-3) will hit the road to take on the Grand Valley Mustangs (1-4) on December 29, 2023. As the season progresses, both teams will look to build on their performances and make a strong push in the CVC.


Jefferson, OH- In a challenging matchup against the Lutheran West Longhorns, the Jefferson Falcons faced a tough battle on the gridiron. The game started with Lutheran West’s Jalany Theodore connecting with Xavier Vizcarrondo for a 38-yard touchdown pass, setting the tone for the Longhorns. They successfully converted the extra point, taking an early 7-0 lead.

Jefferson quickly responded, with Kaige Boczar breaking free for a spectacular 44-yard touchdown run. Unfortunately, the extra point attempt was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 7-6 in favor of Lutheran West. However, the Longhorns continued to assert their dominance, as Kendrick Boddie added another touchdown with a 14-yard run, and Theodore found Greg Fuentes for a 36-yard touchdown pass, both accompanied by successful extra point attempts. This propelled Lutheran West to a commanding 21-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Longhorns extended their lead in the second quarter when Kendrick Bodie rushed for a 20-yard touchdown, and once again, the extra point was good. By halftime, the score stood at 28-6 in favor of Lutheran West.

In the third quarter, Kendrick Boddie added another touchdown to his impressive tally with a 4-yard run, and the extra point was converted, making it 35-6 in favor of the Longhorns.

The fourth quarter saw Lutheran West’s Jalany Theodore connecting with Jamyan Theodore for a 13-yard touchdown pass, with the extra point adding to their lead. However, Jefferson managed to find the end zone one more time when Kaige Boczar broke free for a 50-yard touchdown run, and this time the extra point was successful. Despite the late effort, the final score favored Lutheran West with a convincing 42-13 victory.

With this result, the Jefferson Falcons (0-5) will now shift their focus to hosting the Conneaut Spartans (3-2) as they kick off conference play in the CVC Lake Division for week 6. Meanwhile, the Lutheran West Longhorns (3-2) will be heading on the road to face the Perry Pirates (5-0) in week 6, as they begin their campaign in the CVC Chagrin Division


East Palestine, OH- The Jefferson Falcons are gearing up for another exciting football season in 2023, following their remarkable Cinderella story in the previous year. With an impressive 11-4 record and the school’s first-ever regional championship win, the Falcons have set the stage for high expectations and a thirst for continued success. However, the new season brings about significant changes, from the loss of key graduating players to a shift in conference competition.

In 2022, the Falcons enjoyed their most successful football season, leaving fans and the community in awe as they clinched victory after victory. Notably, they secured their first regional championship, marking a historic achievement for the school. The players who contributed significantly to this triumph, including Grant Hitchcock, Wade Woodworth, Trent Hodge, and Mason Pawlowski, have graduated, leaving behind big shoes to fill on the field.

Grant Hitchcock, recognized for his outstanding dual-threat capabilities, passed for an impressive 1,188 yards and 15 touchdowns while also rushing for 1,855 yards and 24 touchdowns. Wade Woodworth, a defensive stalwart, claimed the title of Ashtabula County’s top tackler with an impressive 122 tackles. Trent Hodge, the team’s top wide receiver, made his mark with 37 receptions for 552 yards and 5 touchdowns. Mason Pawlowski, awarded Ashtabula County Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2022, showcased his exceptional skills in the trenches.

The 2023 season ushers in changes not only in personnel but also in conference affiliation. The Falcons will make their debut in the CVC conference, competing in the Lake Division. This shift presents an exciting challenge as the team faces new opponents and strives to continue its winning streak.

Leading the charge for the Falcons this year is quarterback Kaige Boczar. Boczar, known for his electrifying athleticism, transitions to the role of full-time starter after taking snaps in the previous season and accumulating 313 yards on 24 attempts. Notably, Boczar previously showcased his skills as a wide receiver, with 26 catches for 425 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2022. His versatility and speed make him a force to be reckoned with on the field.

In the running back position, Luke Funtash steps up as the primary option for the second consecutive year. Funtash demonstrated his capabilities in the previous season, amassing 873 rushing yards and contributing 7 touchdowns. The offensive line, while young, holds promise with players like Alex VanGiesen, Jose Rivera, Dylan Jacobs, Colton Rood, and Jordan Tressler bringing their natural size and strength to the table.

The wide receiver corps is undergoing competition for the top spot, with players such as Devin Salinas, Caden Heinly, and Dylan Burlingham vying for their chance to shine. On the defensive front, the Falcons’ linebacking core, featuring Anthony Shank, Brandon Truckey, Luke Funtash, and Matthew Webster, aims to thwart opposing offenses with their agility and strength, stopping run games in their tracks.

The Falcons also boast one of Ashtabula County’s top kickers, Jensen Yarosh. Yarosh’s precision on special teams in 2022, with a field goal success rate of 5/7 and a remarkable 46/52 on PATs, adds an extra layer of confidence to the team’s performance.

The 2023 schedule introduces seven new opponents, including strong teams like Beaver Local, Lutheran West, and Perry, each with 9 or more wins and deep playoff runs in the previous year. Familiar foes from Ashtabula County, including Lakeside, Geneva, and Conneaut, also make appearances. The Falcons kick off the season against Girard, their old NE8 conference rival, in what promises to be an exciting opening match.

A highly anticipated event in the Falcons’ schedule is the annual faceoff against Edgewood, with the coveted Hoadley Cup at stake. The competition is bound to draw immense excitement from fans and players alike.

As the 2023 season unfolds, third-year head coach Brandon Hanna, awarded the Division 4 Coach of the Year in Ohio, emphasizes the team’s youthful energy, speed, grit, and unity as the key factors for success. Coach Hanna underscores the importance of maintaining the team’s health and fostering rapid growth and cohesion throughout the season. Coach was quoted “Expect a young team that’ll strive to play fast, with grit and together. In order to see success we’ll have to stay healthy and find a way to gel and grow at a quick pace through the season.”

The Falcons are poised to build on their incredible momentum from the previous year and are set to continue their journey towards success. Fans can catch all the action on Ashtabula’s home for high school sports, www.ysnlive.com, as the Falcons aim to make their mark once again on the football field.



Girard beat Jefferson Area 5-3 on Monday.

Jefferson Area fired up the offense in the first inning. Adrienne Smith grounded out, scoring one run.

The Indians pulled away for good with three runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth McKayla Durr singled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run, Allison Durkin laid down a sacrifice bunt, scoring one run, and Aly Wakefield singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.

Emily Rosace led Girard to victory in the circle. The righthander surrendered three runs on three hits over seven innings, striking out six.

Sammi Speakman took the loss for Jefferson Area. The bulldog surrendered five runs on nine hits over six innings, striking out four and walking zero.

Girard had nine hits in the game. Durr, Seyhan Dede, and Sophie Griffith each racked up multiple hits. Griffith, Dede, and Durr each managed two hits to lead.

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MACTION! That’s right, todays issue of Hot Corner is all about the Mid American Conference. The MAC has been front and center in local sports news for the last week. The conference has decided to cancel or alter all of its tournaments for the 2020-2021 season. This of course means there will be no MAC Tournament at Akron Firestone Stadium next spring.


The pros and cons of having no tournament are pretty clear. An advantage is the best team in the regular season will now be automatically in the NCAA field of 64. They won’t have to worry about a team having a hot weekend and winning the MAC tournament, ending their hopes of a tournament bid. However, it does hurt the teams that are competitive in the MAC and lets say have a 3-5 seed in a conference tournament. These teams have had a good season, and in normal circumstances would have the chance to go fight for a MAC title, and a NCAA tournament birth. The people that real happy about the MAC (and other mid major conferences) canceling their tournaments are the Power 5 teams. They no longer have to worry about a team in 4th place of the MAC win the conference and in essence steal an at large bid.

We have a couple players in the YSN family who will be directly impacted by the future of the MAC. Let’s highlight a couple of players that are heading to play in the MAC, and won’t be heading to a MAC tournament.

Sheridon Wilber (Jefferson Area)

Sheridon Wilber is a player that tends to get overlooked out of the NE8. While everyone is focused on Poland, and South Range and their postseason runs, Sheridon is quietly become arguably the best dual threat in the conference. Wilber is a three year letter winner at Jefferson. In those three years her batting averages are .541 (2017) .494 (2018) and .474 (2019).  In those three years in the circle she had ERA’s of 3.40, 2.17, and 2.47. In 2017 she was Ashtabula County Player of the Year, First Team All County, and 2nd team NE8. The fact that these numbers made her 2nd team consistently will show you how good the NE8 was, and possibly how overlooked Wilber was. Sheridon has signed to play for Akron next spring. In a statement about her signing on GoZips.com Akron coach Meaghan Pettipiece said “Sheridon comes to us with complete athleticism, and great personality. I can’t wait to see her development in the circle and what she brings to our offense as well.” That statement tells me that Akron fully plans on using Sheridon as a dual threat. I’ve personally had the chance to broadcast a few of Wilber’s game, and she is the real deal.

(Photo Courtesy JeffersonFalconAthletics.com)

When you talk MAC softball, the name that has to come to mind is Jen Gilbert. The Ball State outfielder was a super star in the conference. Gilbert finished her career with conference records in RBI (246) Home Runs (75), runs scored (215), doubles (62), and slugging percentage (.810). By the way that 75 home runs mark ranks 8th in Division 1 softball history. After her career at Ball State, Gilbert was drafted 10th overall in the 2014 NPF Draft to the Akron Racers. She is still playing in the NPF as a member of the Canadian Wild, and is also a member of the Canadian National Team set to compete in the Olympics in Tokyo in 2021. Jen was gracious enough to join me all the way from the great state of Texas to be the first special guest of Hot Corner.

(Photo Credit: Don Martukovich)

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Jefferson Area Falcons head football coach, Ed Rankin, joined John Batcho on YSN Live’s “Breaking Batch” this past Tuesday. Coach Rankin and John discussed the Falcons football team, what Coach Rankin’s outlook on this upcoming season is, and much more.




The Poland Lady Bulldogs kept on rolling Thursday night with a 42-24 victory over Jefferson.

Poland started in a hole trailing Jefferson 16-11 after one quarter, but their defense locked down after that only allowing eight points the rest of the game. That helped them cruise to a 42-24 win in Jefferson.

Jackie Grisdale shines with 22 points.

Poland returns to action Saturday as they travel to Warren Harding.