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PYMATUNING OH- Last season Mineral Ridge opened the season with Pymatuning Valley. It did not go as planned. The Lakers beat the Rams 22-7, and it was a game everyone inside the program felt like they left on the table. Well this season they got start off with the Lakers again, and it was a completely different story. The Rams emphatically earned revenge with a 41-8 win.

The Rams scored 20 points in the first quarter alone to put the Lakers on their toes. Tristen Valley was a difference maker. He made his debut under center for the Rams. He gained 320 yards of total offense. He ran for 151 yards, and threw for 169.  Mason Miller was his favorite target as he gained 81 receiving yards.  Ian Erb led the Rams in running with 171 yards.

Mineral Ridge will try to go 2-0 next week as they welcome in Orange for their home opener.



Billy Skripac threw a shutout to lead South Range past Pymatuning Valley 10-0 on Wednesday in the sectional finals. The win advances the Raidersvto districts.

The Raiders fired up the offense in the first inning. Dylan Dominguez singled on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.

Skripac led the Raiders to victory on the pitcher’s mound. The pitcher allowed one hit and zero runs over five innings, striking out 12 and walking zero.

South Range had nine hits in the game. Shane Lindstrom and Dominguez each managed multiple hits. Lindstrom led with three hits in four at bats.

South Range advances to the Niles district semifinals on Monday where they’ll meet up with Champion. First pitch from Waddell Park set for 7:00.

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MINERAL RIDGE OH- Pymatuning Runs All Over Ridge

Mineral Ridge and Pymatuning Valley both opened their seasons Friday looking to each get their first win of the new year. Senior QB for the Rams, Mark Bunch, knew he would have to be at his best to get the win over a heavily talented Py Valley roster.
Ridge took an early lead late in the 1st quarter when Bunch connected with Mason Miller for a 30 yard passing touchdown. Mineral Ridge struggled after that, however, and would be held scoreless for the remainder of the game.
The story of the night was the big 6’3”, 235 lb QB for the Lakers, Robert Verba. The Lakers used his size and agility, followed by the O-line’s size to plan out a perfect ground attack all night long.
Mineral Ridge had no answers all night long for the senior QB who led his Py Valley Lakers to get their first win of the season (1-0) Mineral Ridge falls to (0-1) early in the season

Mark Bunch 11-24 114 yards 1 TD 1 INT
Nathan Rohrman 5 rushes 23 yards
Mason Miller 5 recs 54 yards 1 TD
Tyler Tamburro 4 recs 34 yards

Robert Verba 1-6 29 yards 1 TD 2 INTS // 21 rushes 151 yards 2 TDs
Andrew Root 10 rushes 29 yards
Devin Ray 9 rushes 16 yards
Garrett Smith 1 rec 29 yards 1 TD
(Stats provided by Nathan Spalding)

*Contributed By Jake Sylak



Crestview defeated Pymatuning Valley 13-3 on Wednesday thanks to a timely ten runs in a big first inning. The offensive onslaught came from singles by Matthew Lindsay, Jesse McKee, and Matthew Strank, a triple by Connor Hughes, a home run by Carter Blakeman, and an error on a ball put in play by Kyle Saunders.

In the first inning, Crestview got their offense started when Lindsay singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

Sam Campbell was credited with the victory for the Rebels. The righty allowed six hits and three runs over five innings, striking out six. Blakeman threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen

Crestview smacked one home run on the day. Blakeman had a homer in the first inning.

The Rebels totaled 14 hits. Blakeman, Lindsay, Joey Hawkins, Hughes, and Strank all managed multiple hits. Blakeman led with three hits in four at bats.

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NEW MIDDLETOWN OH- Springfield has been to three straight district championships, and after Friday night, they have won two of those three. The Tigers kept Pymatuning Valley at bay and won the district crown 63-53.

THe big turning point in the game was a 15-0 Springfield run in the second quarter. It gave the Tigers a vice grip on the game that they never let go of.

Beau Brungard, and RJ Smith both shared the scoring lead for Springfield’s offense with 16 points each. Clay Medvec was right behind them with 15 points.

Springfield advances to the regional semifinals where they will square off against Norwayne. That game will take place Tuesday at Twinsburg High School.



PYMATUNING OH- South Range a their season come to an end Wednesday night as they fell to Pymatuning Valley 41-40 in the district semifinals.

The Raiders came out strong leading after one quarter 13-8. The Raiders were slicing up the Lakers defense with mid range jumpers from the high post. The game would get closer as it ventured towards halftime. The Raiders took a narrow 22-21 lead into the locker room.

The third quarter is where the Lakers put some space between them and the Raiders. They outscored South Range 15-8 to lead 36-30 after three quarters of play. The Raiders never stopped fighting however in the final frame, although they never led the Raiders cut the lead to one with several chances to take the lead in the final moments of the game. The shots just would not fall for South Range, and they fell 41-40.

Brandon Mikos led the Raiders offense with 14 points. He hit 2 threes. Mike Patrone finished in double figures as well with 10.

Pymatuning Valley advances to the district championship game Friday night at 7:00. They will travel to Springfield to take on the Tigers.


JEFFERSON OH- The 2020-2021 winter sports season has been crazy. From not knowing if there was going to be one to not knowing who your opponent will be from night to night. But teams have pushed ahead. Jefferson is one of those teams. The NE8 is going forward without half of its teams right now, but the Falcons are making the best of it.

Tuesday night they welcomed in one of their rivals Pymatuning Valley. Both teams were ready to go from the opening tip. The first quarter both teams were feeling each other out and seeing where they could attack. The Lakers were able to be get the early lead and keep it throughout the game. Jefferson fought hard all night, but unfortunately they couldn’t get the shots to fall. Py Valley was aggressive all night and keep the pressure on the Falcons. Lakers lead at the half 33-22.

They extended the lead to 20 in the third quarter. Jefferson was able to get as close as 9 in the forth, but Py Valley pushed a head and closed out the evening with a 76-62 win over the Falcons. Jeffersons lone senior Dakota Cunningham was their leading scorer with 22 points. He hit 5 threes on the night.  Leading the way for the Lakers was Tanner Rhodes who had 25 points. He also had 2 dunks on the night.

Jefferson looks to bounce back on Friday as they travel to Struthers and face the Wildcats.

*Contributed by YSN’s Paul Munson


COLUMBIANA OH- Crestview is heading to their second district championship in a row as they made quick work of Pymatuning Valley on Wednesday in a straight set victory (25-13 25-8 25-12).

Lucy Montgomery added another double double to her collection with 12 kills, and 13 assists. She also served up 6 aces. Molly Emch had a good night in the front row with 6 kills, and 4 blocks. Grace Auer had 4 kills, and 13 assists on the night. Hannah Cope led the defense with 8 digs.

Crestview will now host the district championship Saturday as they welcome in a Mooney team that has upset their way into the title match. That match is set to begin at 1:00.