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PEPPER PIKE, OH- Orange High School alumnae Janie Boyle ’19 and Lily Klinginsmith ’22 are making waves at the red, white, and blue Olympic Trials! These talented athletes are showcasing their skills on the national stage, bringing pride to their alma mater.

Lily Klinginsmith, a multi-NCAA swimming champion representing Brown University, competed in the 100 butterfly earlier this week in Indianapolis, finishing in the top 58 in the country. Her outstanding performance highlights her dedication and talent in the pool.

Janie Boyle, diving for The Ohio State University, is recognized as one of the top divers in the USA. She competed in the preliminary 10M Platform competition, further establishing her reputation as a diver to watch.

Congratulations to both Janie and Lily, pictured together at the 2019 State Championships with the OHS team, for being selected for the Olympic Trials! We are incredibly proud of your accomplishments and thrilled to see you both representing Orange, and our area on such a prestigious platform. Keep making us proud!


AKRON, OH-  Orange tennis teams have been making waves, and this year’s D2 Akron district tournament was no exception. For the third time in four years, the doubles final featured an all-Orange showdown, and for the third straight year, the singles champ was also a Lion.

The Lions have a history of strong doubles teams, and this year was no different with senior co-captains Ace Bloom and Gabi Kalir leading the charge. But the real surprise came from juniors Adam Saab and Gabe Guiler, who took an unconventional path to the title match.

Saab, who splits his time with the varsity soccer team, has been a standout on the ‘B’ tennis squad until this season. His transition to a starter, alongside Guiler, has been nothing short of impressive. They battled top-ranked opponents like the Hawken duo of Piazza and Snyder, and the University School pair of Kirchick and Weidenbecher. Their win against US was particularly thrilling, as they rallied from a 4-6, 1-4 deficit to clinch a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory. Although they lost the final to their teammates, both Orange doubles teams are poised for favorable draws in next week’s state tournament at the College of Wooster.

Senior co-captain Chika Nwaozuzu continued his dominant season, clinching the district singles title with wins over Heartland Christian’s Cooper Grim and University School’s top player Dean Kirchick. Nwaozuzu, along with the two doubles teams, will represent Orange at the state tournament on Thursday and Friday at the College of Wooster tennis center at 9 am.


MAPLETON, OH- Heartland Christian fell to Mapleton 6-2 on Thursday to finish their 2024 campaign.

Mapleton opened the scoring in the fourth with Lane Dreibelbis hitting a sacrifice fly to bring in a run.

Jack Morgan gave Heartland Christian a brief 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth with a single.

Mapleton took back control in the bottom of the fifth, with Ajay Workman doubling, Gabe Wrobleski singling, and Gavin Manion singling, each driving in a run.

Kollin Cline sealed the deal for Mapleton with a two-run homer to left field in the sixth.

Tyson Welch earned the win for Mapleton, pitching six and two-thirds innings, allowing four hits and two unearned runs while striking out nine and walking three. Jake Walker took the loss for Heartland Christian, pitching five innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits, with one strikeout and one walk.

Morgan led Heartland Christian at the plate, going 1-for-2 with an RBI. Drew Gault, Will Morgan, Owen Bender, and Jack Morgan each had one hit.

Mapleton racked up 13 hits, with Cline leading the way with two RBIs and going 2-for-4. Mason Sword went 3-for-4, and Workman and Wrobleski each had multiple hits.

Heartland finishes the year at 10-14.


PEPPER PIKE, OH- Last year, the Lions from Orange High School endured a tough loss against Cardinal Mooney, but this time around, they turned the tables with a solid 9-6 victory right on their home turf.

The game kicked off with Orange quickly taking control, notching a 3-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Mooney wasn’t about to roll over, though. They clawed back to even the score at 4-4 by halftime. However, the second half saw the Lions regain their roar, blasting in four goals to push ahead 8-4. They didn’t let up, adding another to their tally to clinch the win at 9-6.

Noah Reichek and Kenny Turner were the standout stars for Orange, each bagging a hat-trick and tossing in two assists. Jack Derow also made his mark with a couple of goals and two assists, while Will Davies chipped in with a goal. Between the posts, Caleb Rivchun was a wall, making 14 crucial saves to ensure the victory.

Next up, the Lions are set to face the #4 seed Akron Hoban on Friday in their ongoing quest in the OHSAA tournament. Orange is clearly in it to win it, bringing their A-game when it counts the most.


By Joe Eusebio 

COLUMBIANA OH- Columbiana took at 9-3 lead into the 6th inning against Heartland Christian on Friday and were looking forward to celebrating Senior Day with a big win in Franken Bowl 5.  But the Lions had plans of their own and a series of Clipper walks and errors combined with singles from Jake Walker and Seth Walker, lead to an eight-run eruption.  By the time the inning was over, it was Heartland in the lead 11-9 and that’s how this non-conferencegame ended at Legion Field in Columbiana.

It was the fifth time in two years that Head Coaches Bryce Franken of the Clippers and Mark Franken of the Lions have met. After this one, the son, Bryce, still has the advantage over his father Mark, three wins to two.

Heartland jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Tyler Rarick singled in Drew Gault.  Columbiana answered with two runs, Ian Less tripled and scored on an RBI single from Alex Eusebio then Anthony Hall hit a Sacrifice Fly that plated Devin Daugherty. Heartland responded with two runs in the top of the second when Jake Walker singled, Seth Walker reached on an error that scored both Brett Walker and Jake Walker. That made the score 3-2 entering the bottom of the second when the Clips tied it up on a walk to Dylan Hogan, a Hogan steal of second and an error on a Hunter Davanzo grounder that allowed Hogan to score the tying run.

Columbiana was up 4-3 in the fifth when they broke through with five runs on a Colin Keleman Sac Fly that scored Ian Lessafter he led off with a triple.  Alex Eusebio and Anthony Hall singled, Avery Young walked to load the bases.  Eusebio scored on an error, then Cameron Clancy stroked a bases loaded single to left that scored Hall, Young and Hogan to give Columbiana a seemingly insurmountable 9-3 lead. But then the top of the sixth happened (see above) and Heartland scored those eight runs and that is how it ended up.

For Heartland Christian, Jake Walker, Tyler Rarick and Seth Walker each had two hits with two RBIs apiece for the Walkers and one for Rarick.  Christian Hamilton gets the win, pitching 4 2/3 innings giving up six hits, three walks and striking out one in relief of starter Seth Walker who went the first two innings.  Will Morgan closed it out for the Lions getting the final out of the game.

Columbiana was led by Anthony Hall, Alex Eusebio and Ian Less who each had two hits.  Hall with two RBIs and Eusebio had one.  Cameron Clancy had three RBIs on one hit, Colin Keleman added a hit and a RBI.  Hall started the game on the mound, pitching five innings and striking out five, Sam Inboden went 2/3 of an inning and took the loss while Keleman pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and striking out two.

Heartland Christian (9-10) plays Warren JFK on Saturday while Columbiana (14-9, 10-0 EOAC) heads to Howland to play the Tigers.


MINERVA, OH- Aiden Thompson was all about that free pass life yesterday, drawing three walks and helping the Poland Bulldogs cruise past Minerva 14-5. It wasn’t just walks, though; Poland’s bats were on fire too.

Minerva initially took the lead in the first inning thanks to some opportunistic hitting by Luke Somers and Ashtin McCrobie, but Poland flipped the script in the second. They blasted five runs off three hits, with Jacob Hayes delivering a clutch two-run single to snatch the lead.

The Bulldogs didn’t let up, unloading another five-run barrage in the fifth. Stephen Kopkash smashed a two-bagger to drive in two, Thompson chipped in with an RBI single, and an error along with Jacob Jenkins’ sac fly padded the lead even further.

Thompson not only rocked at the plate but also on the mound, picking up the win after giving up four runs over nearly five innings and striking out six. Jon Davis, on the other side, struggled through just over three innings, letting five runs slip through on eight hits.

Poland’s lineup was swinging hot with 16 hits on the board. Thompson and Hayes, along with Zach Livosky, all had a solid day, snagging a couple of hits each. The squad showed some serious discipline too, racking up eight walks altogether.

Minerva’s Somers put up a good fight with two RBIs, while Braydon Wood was picking gaps with two hits. McCrobie, not to be outdone, matched Thompson’s walk count for the day.

Next up, theBulldogs are set to face off with Canfield on Monday, looking to keep their bats and patience at the plate going strong.


CANFIELD, OH- It was a real family showdown at Canfield as the Rarick brothers squared off on the mound, turning the game into a sibling rivalry showcase.

Trent Rarick was on fire for Canfield, striking out 11 batters, giving up four hits and three runs over four solid innings. Despite a rocky start with an error that gave Canfield an early lead, Heartland Christian quickly tied things up when Tyler Rarick daringly stole home in the second inning.

Heartland Christian then snatched the lead 3-1 in the third, fueled by Tyler’s bat and a wild pitch that brought another runner home. But Canfield wasn’t down for long. They stormed back in the bottom of the third, hammering out five runs with Zain Jadallah’s bases-clearing double capping off a wild inning to put them up 6-3.

Unfortunately for Heartland Christian, Tyler Rarick couldn’t contain the Canfield lineup, yielding six runs over three innings and eventually taking the loss. On the flip side, Sean Harrington came in relief for Canfield and pitched three shutout innings, not allowing a single hit and keeping the Lions at bay.

Canfield’s bats were alive with Jadallah, Enzo Cocca, Anthony Groner, Joey Gabriel, Michael Patellis, and Noah Anzevino each snagging a hit. Jadallah and Groner were big-time players, knocking in three runs apiece. The base paths were busy, too, with Canfield stealing six bases as they kept the pressure on all game.

For Heartland Christian, Tyler Rarick did his best to keep pace, notching a couple of hits and swiping two bases himself, proving he was as much a threat with his legs as with his arm.

The Cardinals next take the field against Poland on Monday in the Battle of 224, and featuring two of the top teams in our area.


NEW WATERFORD, OH- The Heartland Christian Lions fell short against Edison, losing 7-4 on Tuesday.

The game got off to a rocky start for Heartland Christian as Edison quickly put runs on the board in the first inning. Chase Freeman kicked things off with a single, a Lions error allowed another run, and Kayden Russell added a single to bring in yet another run, setting Edison up with an early lead.

On the mound, Cash Meadows was solid for Edison, allowing just one unearned run over four innings while scattering six hits. He struck out one and walked three, snagging the win. Jake Walker, pitching the distance for Heartland Christian, ended up on the losing end despite a gritty performance, allowing seven runs (only two earned) across seven innings.

At the plate, Tyler Rarick and Drew Gault led the way for Heartland Christian with two hits apiece. Brett Walker, Will Morgan, and Owen Bender each knocked in a run, trying to spark a rally for the Lions. Walker also showed great discipline, drawing two of the team’s eight walks.

Edison’s lineup saw Freeman and Russell each putting up two hits and combining for four RBIs, helping to keep their team ahead throughout the game. Nolan Haught also added two hits to Edison’s total.

Looking ahead, Heartland Christian will try to bounce back in their next game as they head to Columbiana on Friday, hoping to tighten up their game and turn things around.


YOUNGSTOWN, OH- Jake Walker was on fire, driving in four runs on two hits to spearhead Heartland Christian’s overwhelming 17-1 rout of East on Monday. Walker’s magic came alive in the sixth inning when he singled twice, first bringing in three runs and then adding another RBI to his tally.

The Lions’ victory was solidified by an explosive sixth inning where they piled on 15 runs. Paul Bender and Matt Kingston delivered crucial singles, Kaden Stryffeler and Christian Hamilton worked the count for RBI walks, and Drew Gault smashed a couple of doubles. Will Morgan chipped in with a sacrifice fly, Seth Walker added a two-RBI single, and a couple of errors by East also helped fuel the scoring frenzy.

East initially got on the board in the first with Derek Cruz’s line-out. However, Heartland Christian quickly took control in the fourth, capitalizing on an error to grab a 2-1 lead.

On the mound, Brett Walker bagged the win, allowing just one run and three hits over three innings while striking out two. East’s Oscar Agosto shouldered the loss after yielding eight runs over five and a third innings. Tyler Rarick and Walker came in relief for Heartland Christian, effectively shutting down East’s lineup.

At the dish, Walker and Gault each notched a pair of hits, while Morgan led the team with three walks, highlighting their patience at the plate. The Lions drew a whopping 12 walks in total.

Defensively, Heartland Christian was flawless, committing no errors. Gault, in particular, was a standout, involved in seven plays.

Agosto was a bright spot for East, managing two hits in his three at-bats.

Looking ahead, Heartland Christian is set to host Edison on Tuesday, hoping to carry this momentum into their next game.


COLUMBIANA OH- Heartland Christian displayed their offensive firepower on Friday night, overpowering Jackson Milton in a 14-6 victory.

Leading the charge for Heartland’s offense was Jake Walker, who went 3-for-4 with an impressive 4 RBIs. Seth Walker contributed with a 1-for-2 performance, driving in 2 RBIs, scoring 2 runs, and drawing 1 walk. Paul Bender added to the onslaught, going 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs, 3 runs scored, and 1 walk, while Brett Walker went 2-for-4 with 1 RBI and crossing the plate 3 times.

On the mound, Will Morgan delivered a stellar performance for Heartland, pitching a complete game of 7 innings, allowing just 6 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 6 batters.

Jackson Milton’s efforts at the plate was valiant, with Landon Workman going 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and 1 run scored, and Cayden Mitchell contributing 2 RBIs and scoring 1 run on his 2-for-3 performance.