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BADGER SECURES NAC TITLE

KINSMAN, OH- In a commanding performance, the Badger High School girls’ basketball team clinched at least a share of the Northeastern Athletic Conference (NAC) title by defeating Mathews with a resounding score of 64-15. With this victory, Badger advances to an impressive 15-2 overall record, remaining unbeaten in conference play at 12-0.

Badger asserted its dominance from the opening tip-off, controlling the game on both ends of the court. The victory not only showcased the team’s prowess but also secured at least a share of the NAC title, marking a significant achievement for the program.

Katie Grexa emerged as the offensive standout for Badger, leading the scoring charge with an impressive 22 points. Grexa’s scoring outburst was complemented by Brianna Lendak, who contributed 9 points, and Gabriella Miller and Sophie Stanhope, adding 8 and 6 points, respectively.

The well-rounded offensive contributions underscored Badger’s depth and versatility, making them a formidable force in the NAC.

With this victory, Badger has set the stage for a potential outright clinch of the NAC title. The team is now scheduled to face a crucial matchup against PV on Thursday, offering them an opportunity to secure the title outright.

Badger’s success was not limited to the offensive end, as their defense played a pivotal role in limiting Mathews to just 15 points. The team’s commitment to defensive excellence has been a defining factor in their impressive run this season.

For Mathews, Clayton showcased resilience by contributing 7 points in the face of Badger’s staunch defense. Despite the challenging matchup, individual efforts like Clayton’s highlight the determination within the Mathews squad.

As Badger continues its quest for an outright championship, the upcoming clash against PV will be a decisive moment. The team aims to carry the momentum from this victory into the final stretch of the season, setting their sights on further success in both conference and postseason play.

The Badger community celebrates the team’s remarkable achievement of clinching at least a share of the NAC title and eagerly anticipates the outcome of Thursday’s matchup, where Badger will strive to secure the championship outright.

HERALDS LATE GAME COMEBACK FALLS SHORT

Photo Credit: Mickey Zheng Photography

Ashtabula, OH- The game between the St. John Heralds and the Mathews Mustangs unfolded in a series of closely contested quarters that kept the spectators eagerly anticipating each play. The opening quarter saw both teams matching each other point for point, with a balanced score of 13-13. However, the second quarter proved to be a turning point as the Mathews Mustangs surged ahead, outscoring the Heralds by a notable margin, establishing a 36-20 lead by halftime. Despite the Heralds’ efforts to close the gap in the third quarter with a 16-point effort, the Mustangs maintained their advantage, heading into the final quarter with a 56-36 lead. The Heralds showed resilience in the fourth quarter, putting up 23 points, but the Mustangs managed to secure the victory with a final score of 69-59. The back-and-forth nature of the quarters highlighted the competitive spirit of both teams, making for an exciting and hard-fought game.

Top Performers:

St. John Total Points:

  • Anthony Severino: 16 points
  • Aaron Wychock: 2 points
  • Aj Henslee: 11 points
  • Brady Cole: 7 points
  • Vin Narducci: 23 points
  • Anthony Petrochello: 3 points

Mathews Total Points:

  • Dom Spagnoletta: 35 points
  • Jake Petak: 10 points
  • Dom Toto: 10 points
  • Cody Kuhn: 3 points
  • Ty Grimes: 6 points
  • Anthony Marinkovich: 2 points
  • Billy Woodall: 3 points

Long Range Success:

Anthony Severino showcased his three-point shooting prowess, sinking 3 shots from beyond the arc, including 2 crucial baskets in the fourth quarter. Vin Narducci also made an impact from long range, hitting 2 three-pointers, with a pivotal one in the final quarter.

Despite the individual standout performances, the Heralds couldn’t overcome the Mustangs’ consistent scoring throughout the game.

Game Analysis:

The first half saw both teams neck and neck, with St. John and Mathews tied at 13 points each after the opening quarter. However, Mathews surged ahead in the second quarter, outscoring the Heralds by ten points and establishing a lead they maintained until the final buzzer.

Vin Narducci’s impressive 23-point contribution for the Heralds and Dom Spagnoletta’s stellar 35-point performance for the Mustangs were standout moments, showcasing the individual talents on display throughout the game.

Despite the loss, the Heralds exhibited resilience and determination, making it a hard-fought battle for Mathews.

Looking Ahead:

The St. John Heralds, now with a record of 0-6, will hit the road for their next challenge against the Chalker Wildcats (2-4) on 01/05/24. The Wildcats, coming off a tough loss to the Bristol Panthers, will be eager to bounce back.

Meanwhile, the Mathews Mustangs (6-1) will enjoy home-court advantage in their upcoming matchup against the Cardinal Huskies (2-4) on 01/02/24. The Huskies, fresh from a defeat against the Pymatuning Valley Lakers, will be seeking redemption in this clash of rivals.

As the season progresses, both teams will strive to leave their mark on the league, and fans can expect more exciting matchups and memorable performances in the games to come.

HERALDS SERVE UP HOME COOKING BEHIND CEVERA’S 29

Ashtabula, OH- In a commanding display of skill and teamwork, the St. John Heralds girls’ basketball team secured a resounding victory against the Mathews Mustangs. The final score reflected the Heralds’ dominance, ending at 61-11, with the team showcasing their prowess across all four quarters.

Key Player: Alyssa Cevera Shines Bright

Leading the charge for the Heralds was senior guard Alyssa Cevera, whose stellar performance earned her the title of both leading scorer and player of the game. Cevera’s remarkable 29 points not only showcased her scoring ability but also underscored her leadership on the court. Her dynamic play was a force to be reckoned with, contributing significantly to the team’s success with blocks, steals, and assits as well.

Joining Cevera in the spotlight was sophomore Mickey Zheng, who added 10 points to the Heralds’ impressive total. Zheng’s contributions extended beyond scoring, as she showcased exceptional skills in stealing and assisting, further solidifying her role as a key player for the team.

Team Contributions and Scores

The well-rounded effort from the entire St. John Heralds team was evident in the distribution of points. Other notable contributors included Caitlyn Carney with 7 points, Alexa Jordan with 8 points, and Grace DiSalvatore with 5 points. The team’s collective effort and coordinated gameplay were instrumental in securing this decisive victory.

On the opposing side, the Mathews Mustangs faced a tough challenge throughout the game. Their total points were spread thin, with Ava Clayton leading the team with 5 points, and Katherine Rowan, Riley Paddock, and Marlee Ruiter each contributing 2 points.

Looking Ahead: Upcoming Matches

With this triumph, the St. John Heralds now stand at a 2-2 record and are gearing up for their next challenge on the road against the Lakeside Dragons, who currently hold a 0-4 record. The Dragons are coming off a 61-18 loss to the Madison Blue Streaks, setting the stage for an intriguing matchup on 12/20/23.

Meanwhile, the Mathews Mustangs, now at a 1-5 record, will face the Fairport Harding Skippers (0-3) in their upcoming game on 12/14/23. The Skippers, fresh from a 45-23 loss to the Rhodes Rams, will be looking to rebound, making this game an important test for both teams.

As the season unfolds, the St. John Heralds look poised for success, building on their recent triumph and aiming for further victories in the competitive basketball landscape.

LAKERS RUSHING RAMPAGE CONTINUES PAST MUSTANGS

Photo Credit: Kelly Summers

Andover, OH- In a dominating performance, the Pymatuning Valley Lakers left no doubt on the field as they clashed with the Mathews Mustangs. From the very beginning, it was clear that the Lakers were on a mission to secure victory.

The 1st quarter saw Ty Vickery taking charge with an 8-yard touchdown run, followed by a successful 2-point conversion, putting Pymatuning Valley ahead 8-0. But they weren’t done yet. Ryan Croston connected with Ty Vickery for a spectacular 49-yard touchdown pass, and once again, the 2-point conversion was successful, extending the lead to 16-0.

The 2nd quarter continued to be a showcase of Pymatuning Valley’s dominance. Ty Vickery bulldozed his way into the end zone with a 4-yard touchdown run, followed by another successful 2-point conversion, making it 24-0. Ryan Croston decided to showcase his speed with a stunning 64-yard touchdown run, and yes, you guessed it, another successful 2-point conversion, bringing the score to 32-0. Ty Vickery continued to add to his impressive performance with a 2-yard touchdown run and, of course, a 2-point conversion to make it 40-0.

As if that weren’t enough, the 3rd quarter saw Ty Vickery break away for a jaw-dropping 49-yard touchdown run, once again followed by a successful 2-point conversion, making it 48-0. The Lakers were relentless, and the Mustangs had no answers.

In the end, the Pymatuning Valley Lakers emerged victorious with a resounding 48-0 scoreline. The Lakers’ dynamic rushing duo of Ryan Croston and Ty Vickery stole the show, with both players finding the end zone multiple times. With this incredible performance, they’re inching closer to the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season.

The Pymatuning Valley Lakers (5-3, 2-0 NAC) continue to impress and will host the St. John Heralds (3-5, 1-2 NAC) in week 9, where they’ll look to keep their momentum going. Meanwhile, the Mathews Mustangs (1-7, 1-1 NAC) will have to regroup as they prepare to face the Windham Bombers (2-6, 1-2 NAC) at home in week 9. The Lakers are riding high, and their fans have every reason to be excited about what’s to come.

HERALDS FALL IN FINAL MOMENTS AT HOME

Geneva, OH- In an exciting but ultimately heartbreaking ending, the St. John Heralds clashed with the Mathews Mustangs, providing fans with a nail-biting contest that went down to the wire. The final score read St. John Heralds 28, Mathews Mustangs 30, but this game will be remembered for its dramatic twists and explosive plays.

The first quarter set the stage with both teams failing to put points on the board, but the second quarter quickly picked up the pace. St. John’s quarterback, Vin Narducci, connected with Donald Crawford for a 5-yard touchdown pass, followed by a successful 2-point conversion to Sully Twining, putting the Heralds ahead 8-0. Narducci struck again with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Will Anderson, though the extra point attempt was unsuccessful, extending their lead to 14-0.

Mathews wasn’t about to let the game slip away, as Dom Spagnoletta found Connor Thompson with a 12-yard touchdown pass, closing the gap to 14-7 just before halftime.

The third quarter proved to be another thrilling chapter in this contest, with Spagnoletta showcasing his versatility, scoring a 15-yard rushing touchdown and securing the extra point to tie the game at 14-14. However, Narducci and Anderson once again proved to be a lethal duo, connecting on a 47-yard touchdown pass, followed by a successful 2-point conversion, reclaiming the lead for the Heralds at 22-14.

The fourth quarter unleashed more fireworks, as Mathews’ Trenton Hyde delivered a 45-yard touchdown pass to Spagnoletta, and a successful 2-point conversion knotted the score at 22-22. Then, with just over two minutes remaining, Spagnoletta powered through for a 2-yard rushing touchdown, and the Mustangs converted another 2-point attempt, taking a 30-22 lead.

But the Heralds weren’t finished yet. In a stunning turn of events, Narducci unleashed an 80-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Severino, electrifying the crowd. Although the 2-point conversion failed, the Heralds were back within striking distance at 28-30.

As the clock wound down, Mathews had a chance to seal the game, but St. John’s defense held strong, stopping them on a crucial 4th down turnover on downs at the 30-yard line with just 55 seconds remaining.

Narducci once again displayed his arm strength, connecting on a 40-yard pass igniting the crowd. The Heralds comeback would fall short at the 17-yard line with 33 seconds left when Mathews’ defense held firm, denying St. John on a 4th down attempt with just seconds remaining, securing a heart-pounding 30-28 victory.

In a game defined by explosive plays, Narducci shined brightly with an impressive 340 passing yards and four touchdowns. Anthony Severino, Ryan Williams, and Will Anderson were standout receivers, each amassing over 100 yards in receptions.

With this thrilling contest in the books, the St. John Heralds (2-4) will look to carry their offensive momentum into their upcoming clash with NAC opponent Windham Bombers (2-3) in week 7, while the Mathews Mustangs (1-5) will travel to face the Mineral Ridge Rams (4-1) in what promises to be another exciting matchup. Football fans can’t wait to see what these teams have in store for the rest of the season.

TIGERS FEAST ON THE ROAD

VIENNA OH- In a one-sided football matchup, Springfield High School delivered an overwhelming performance against Mathews, securing a resounding 71-0 victory.

The first quarter showcased Springfield’s offensive prowess, with Kaesen Kosek leading the charge. Kosek powered through with a 2-yard touchdown run, although the extra point was unsuccessful. Shortly after, Kolten Raurk connected with a 23-yard touchdown pass, with Kosek successfully adding the extra point, extending Springfield’s lead to 13-0. Raurk continued to impress, unleashing a remarkable 70-yard screen pass to Dylan Sheely for another touchdown, and Kosek once again converted the extra point, pushing the score to 20-0. Springfield’s dominance persisted when Kosek recovered a blocked punt and converted the ensuing extra point, increasing their lead to 27-0.

The second quarter was equally lopsided, as Dante Gentile broke through for a 43-yard touchdown run, complemented by Kosek’s successful extra point, making it 34-0. Joey Centofanti joined the scoring frenzy with a 20-yard touchdown run, with the extra point adding another seven points to the scoreboard, now 41-0 in favor of Springfield. A misfortunate snap during a punt attempt led to a safety, accumulating two more points for Springfield, and bringing the score to 43-0. Springfield didn’t let up, as Noah Troggio recorded a 15-yard touchdown run, and Kosek once again converted the extra point, elevating the lead to 50-0.

In the third quarter, Springfield continued their domination with Dante Gentile’s 20-yard touchdown run, coupled with another successful extra point by Kosek, resulting in a commanding 57-0 advantage. Noah Troggio found the end zone once more with a 2-yard touchdown run, and Kosek’s extra point made it 64-0.

The final quarter saw Springfield’s Evan Mericle break through with a 25-yard touchdown run, and Kosek’s extra point put the finishing touches on an impressive 71-0 victory for Springfield over Mathews. The game showcased Springfield’s offensive prowess and unrelenting determination from start to finish.

BLUE DEVILS HIT THE GROUND RUNNING

VIENNA OH- In a thrilling volleyball matchup, McDonald dominated Mathews with a decisive 3-set victory. The scores were notched at 25-5, 25-7, and 25-13, showcasing McDonald’s exceptional performance across the board.

Gianna Costantino and Julianna Krumpak were the stars of the game, each recording 7 kills that left Mathews scrambling to defend. Megan Klockner’s masterful playmaking came to the forefront as she set up an impressive 23 assists, setting the stage for her team’s success.

Costantino displayed her versatility by leading the defense as well, racking up 8 digs, while Miley Titus added 7 digs to keep the rallies alive. Klockner’s serves proved to be a game-changer, as she confidently delivered 12 service points and fired 5 aces past the opposition.

With their combined efforts, McDonald showcased their unity, skill, and determination, leaving no doubt that they were the superior team on the court. Mathews fought valiantly but couldn’t match McDonald’s prowess, resulting in a well-earned victory for the triumphant McDonald squad.

BLUE JAYS BLANK THE MUSTANGS

NORTH JACKSON, OH-The Mathews Mustangs faced off against the Jackson Milton Blue Jays in an intense game that saw a series of dynamic scoring drives. The first quarter showcased Jackson Milton’s offensive prowess, as Cayden Mitchell connected with Jonah French on a spectacular 37-yard touchdown pass at the 7:34 mark. The Blue Jays took an early lead, setting the tone for the game.

The second quarter continued to highlight Jackson Milton’s dominance. Cayden Mitchell remained in top form, launching a 41-yard touchdown pass to Joey Zayas just 11:48 into the quarter. Not content with just one impressive drive, the Blue Jays’ Jack McDevitt intercepted a pass, providing the perfect opportunity for Cayden Mitchell to strike again. Mitchell capitalized on the turnover, throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to Jonah French.

The first half ended with a strong defensive play from Cayden Mitchell, who secured an interception just before halftime, adding to his multifaceted contribution to the game. The halftime score stood at 21-0 in favor of the Blue Jays.

Returning to the field in the second half, the Blue Jays continued their offensive onslaught. Aiden Stanke emerged as a force to be reckoned with, breaking through the Mustangs’ defense with a 15-yard touchdown run. The Blue Jays’ momentum only grew stronger, as Aiden Stanke duplicated his success with a 20-yard touchdown run just a few minutes later.

Despite the Mustangs’ efforts, the Blue Jays’ defense remained steadfast, thwarting any attempts at a comeback. The game ended with a decisive victory for Jackson Milton, shutting out Mathews with a final score of 27-0. Unfortunately, the game had to be called off due to inclement weather with only 1:30 left in regulation.

Jackson Milton moves to 1-0, while Mathews falls to 0-1 to start their campaign.

BADGER BREAKS UP THE ROCKETS TAKEOFF

VIENNA, OHIO- The Badger Braves traveled to take on their arch rival, the Mathews Mustangs. Duncan Moy led the Braves once again as he dropped 21 points. Moy also had help from Cole “Magic Man” Burnett, who finished the game with 12 points, including going 6 for 6 from the free throw line. The Braves had a 17 point lead going into the half.

The Mustangs came roaring back as Ethan Petak, who dropped 20 points, led the way and the Mustangs managed to tie the Braves in the fourth quarter. In the end the Braves escaped once again beating the Mustangs 59-51.

The Badger Braves now move to a record of 15-4 and will take on the Pymatuning Valley Lakers on Monday. 

*Contributed By YSN’s Matt Morrison

BADGER LOOKS AHEAD TO NAC CHAMPIONSHIP

KINSMAN, OHIO- The Badger Braves took on the Mathews Mustangs on Senior Night. It was a valuable team effort for both sides tonight as well as a back and forth game.

The Mustangs were led by Brooke Bauer, who dropped 14 points for the Mustangs. Ava Clayton also chipped in 11 more points for the Mustangs as they led the Braves 24-19 at the Half. The Braves made some adjustments during halftime and went to work as soon as the second half started. Hannah Betts and Katie Grexa combined for 28 points and Bree Huscroft dropped another 12, including 4 three pointers, 3 of which came in the 3rd quarter alone.

The Mustangs tried to keep up but exhaustion and foul trouble kept them from it and the Braves pulled away to win their 16th game in a row and will take on Chalker on the road this Thursday for the NAC championship.

*Contributed By YSN’s Matt Morrison