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Andover, OH- Hoping to make their homcoming a sweet one, the Pymatuning Valley Lakers clashed with the Southeast Pirates in a high-scoring battle that had fans cheering the whole game. The Lakers displayed their dominance on the ground, led by the dynamic duo of Ryan Croston and Ty Vickery. The final score read Pymatuning Valley Lakers 64 – Southeast Pirates 34, leaving the Lakers with a triumphant victory.

The first quarter saw Pymatuning Valley strike first, as Ryan Croston bulldozed his way into the end zone with a 1-yard touchdown run, followed by a successful two-point conversion run by Ty Vickery, giving the Lakers an early 8-0 lead. Southeast answered back with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Antonio Mejia to Jack Muldowney, but their two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the score at 8-6 in favor of Pymatuning Valley.

The Lakers continued to pour on the points in the first quarter, with Ryan Croston finding the end zone again on a 7-yard touchdown run, followed by another successful two-point conversion, this time by Ty Vickery, extending their lead to 16-6. Before the quarter ended, Ty Vickery added to the lead with a 5-yard touchdown run and another two-point conversion, making it 24-6 in favor of Pymatuning Valley.

In the second quarter, Ryan Croston broke loose for a spectacular 37-yard touchdown run, and Ty Vickery’s two-point conversion run was good, stretching the lead to 32-6. Southeast fought back with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Antonio Mejia to Case Meyers, and Gavin Bertka’s extra point brought the score to 32-13.

Just before halftime, Ty Vickery found the end zone again with a 2-yard touchdown run, and his two-point conversion run was successful, giving the Lakers a commanding 40-13 lead at the break.

The third quarter saw Southeast’s Antonio Mejia connect with Austin Mejia for a 30-yard touchdown pass, and with the extra point from Gavin Bertka, the score tightened to 40-20. The Pirates continued their comeback efforts in the fourth quarter, with Antonio Mejia throwing a 56-yard touchdown pass to Austin Mejia, and Bertka’s extra point made it 40-27.

But Pymatuning Valley had an answer every time, as Ryan Croston and Ty Vickery continued their dominant performance. Croston’s 8-yard touchdown run and Vickery’s two-point conversion pushed the lead to 48-27. Southeast battled on with Antonio Mejia’s 12-yard touchdown pass to Case Meyers, and Bertka’s extra point cut the deficit to 48-34.

In the waning minutes of the game, Ty Vickery added two more touchdowns to his impressive performance with runs of 44 and 50 yards, along with successful two-point conversions on both occasions, sealing the Lakers’ 64-34 victory.

The Pymatuning Valley Lakers showcased an unstoppable rushing attack, with Ty Vickery leading all rushers with nearly 300 yards on the ground, 4 touchdowns, and 8 two-point conversions. Ryan Croston also had a remarkable game, amassing over 200 yards rushing and contributing 4 touchdowns of his own. Defensively the Lakers were just as impressive with multiple tackles for loss and snagging 3 interceptions including one by Alex Simon who brings his season total to 3.

With this victory, the Pymatuning Valley Lakers improved to 3-3 and are set to begin conference play on the road against the Fairport Harding Skippers (2-4) in week 7. Meanwhile, the Southeast Pirates, with a 5-1 record, will kick off their Portage Trail Conference campaign at home against the St. Thomas Aquinas Knights (0-6) in week 7.


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.


KINSMAN, OH- In an intense varsity volleyball matchup, the Badger Lady Braves faced off against the Bristol team, resulting in an exciting four-set match. The scores were 25-27, 25-10, 25-21, and 25-14, with the Badger Lady Braves ultimately securing the victory.

The first set was a nail-biter, with Bristol narrowly edging out Badger 27-25, showcasing the competitive spirit of both teams. However, the Badger Lady Braves quickly bounced back, dominating the second set with a score of 25-10. Their remarkable performance in this set was largely attributed to the serving prowess of Hannah Betts, who led her team with an astonishing 18 serves and contributed 4 aces alongside Brianna Lendak.

The third set was another hard-fought battle, but Badger managed to secure a 25-21 victory, taking the lead in the match. In this set, Brianna Huscroft showcased her setting skills with 18 assists, effectively distributing the ball to her teammates for successful attacks. Hannah Betts continued to be a standout player, not only in her serving and assists but also in her impressive 9 kills and 2 blocks, contributing significantly to her team’s success.

Hannah Betts also showcased her exceptional defensive skills with a staggering 25 digs throughout the match, demonstrating her commitment to ensuring that her team had the opportunity to counter Bristol’s attacks.

In the final set, the Badger Lady Braves sealed their victory with a score of 25-14, displaying their dominance and determination to secure the win.



KINSMAN, OH- In a thrilling varsity volleyball match, the Badger Lady Braves faced off against Chalker, and it was a match to remember. The Badger Lady Braves emerged victorious in a convincing three-set sweep, with scores of 25-18, 25-22, and 25-16.

The key to Badger’s success in this matchup was their impressive serving. Brianna Lendak led the way with a remarkable 9 serves that kept Chalker on the defensive throughout the game. Both Brianna Lendak and Gabriella Miller contributed 6 aces each, making it extremely challenging for Chalker to counter their serves.

Brianna Huscroft showcased her skills as the team’s primary setter, racking up 8 assists to help set up her teammates for successful attacks. Hannah Betts and Gabriella Miller were the offensive powerhouses for the Badger Lady Braves, each recording 7 kills. Their well-placed shots and strong attacks put constant pressure on the Chalker defense.

Hannah Betts also stood out defensively with 3 blocks, disrupting Chalker’s attempts to score and further cementing her team’s control of the match. Additionally, Ava Harnett played a crucial role in the backline with 9 digs, ensuring that Badger was able to dig out Chalker’s attacks and transition to offense smoothly.

The Badger Lady Braves’ all-around performance, from serving and setting to attacking and defending, proved too much for Chalker to handle. With this impressive victory, the Badger Lady Braves improved to 7-1 on the season, and 6-0 in the NAC.


Steubenville,OH- With one of the most action packed 2nd quarters you will ever see, the Steubenville Catholic Central Crusaders cruised past the St. John Heralds, securing a decisive victory with a final score of 34-7.

The first quarter began with an impressive 7-yard touchdown run by Steubenville Catholic’s BJ Fallon, followed by a successful extra point kicked by Daniel Bolster, giving the Crusaders an early lead of 7-0. Both teams showcased strong defenses, preventing any further scoring in the opening quarter.

The second quarter saw Steubenville Catholic extending their lead, with BJ Fallon showcasing his skills once again, scoring two more touchdowns with runs of 10 and 50 yards. Bolster’s precise kicking game was instrumental, as he converted both extra points. Additionally, Tyler Ialenti added another touchdown with a 1-yard run, although the two-point conversion attempt failed. Tommy Pergi contributed with a 7-yard touchdown run, and Bolster remained consistent with extra point conversions. The Crusaders dominated the second quarter, ending it with a commanding lead of 34-0.

The third quarter remained scoreless as both teams continued to put up strong defensive efforts.

In the fourth quarter, St. John’s Vin Narducci connected with Will Anderson for an impressive 76-yard touchdown pass. Emanuele Fantozzi’s successful extra point put the Heralds on the board with a score of 34-7.

One of the game’s pivotal moments occurred in the second quarter when Daniel Bolster executed back-to-back kickoffs that stopped on the 1-yard line, forcing St. John to start their offensive series deep in their own territory.

Despite the loss, the St. John Heralds had some bright spots, including senior Hank Wagner grabbing his 3rd sack of the year, Vin Narducci’s 118 passing yards on 7 completions, and Will Anderson’s impressive performance with 4 receptions for 104 yards and 1 touchdown.

The final score remained Steubenville Catholic Central Crusaders 34 – St. John Heralds 7. The Crusaders improved to 4-0 and are set to face the Fairport Harding Skippers (1-3) in week 4, while the Heralds, now 1-3, will host the Chalker Wildcats (2-0) in their upcoming game.


Geneva, OH- In a thrilling football game with both teams providing highlight reel plays the St. John Heralds defeated the Beachwood Bisons with a final score of 38-24. While the game would be full of action both teams need a quarter to figure out their plan of attack. The first quarter ended with both teams unable to score as the defenses held strong, causing multiple 4-and-outs.

The second quarter kicked off scoring with 8 minutes and 17 seconds left on the clock when a high snap resulted in St. John taking a safety, putting Beachwood on the board with 2 points. The momentum continued to swing Beachwood’s way as Mar’Tez Pinkney returned a punt for a spectacular 65-yard touchdown. However, the 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, leaving the score at St. John 0 – Beachwood 9.

St. John fought back with a 1-yard touchdown run by Vin Narducci, but once again, they couldn’t convert the 2-point attempt. The score now stood at St. John 6 – Beachwood 9.

Just before halftime, St. John’s defense made a crucial play with Ryan Williams intercepting Larry Clark’s pass. St. John’s offense seized the opportunity, executing a trick play with a double pass. Will Anderson connected with Anthony Severino for a 45-yard touchdown, making the score St. John 12 – Beachwood 9. St. John then successfully recovered an onside kick with only 1 minute and 32 seconds left in the second quarter.

In the dying moments of the second quarter, Vin Narducci found Will Anderson again, this time for a 21-yard touchdown pass. The successful 2-point conversion extended St. John’s lead to 20 – 9 as they headed into halftime.

The third quarter saw St. John continuing their offensive prowess, with Vin Narducci tossing a 42-yard touchdown pass to Will Anderson. However, their 2-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the score at St. John 26 – Beachwood 9. But Beachwood’s Aaden Condor came up with a crucial interception to halt St. John’s momentum.

As the fourth quarter began, Beachwood’s Jacob Thomas made an impact with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Eriq Walker, followed by a successful extra point. The score tightened to St. John 26 – Beachwood 16. But St. John responded swiftly, with Vin Narducci connecting with Will Anderson again, this time for a 69-yard touchdown pass. Their 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, making the score St. John 32 – Beachwood 16.

Beachwood refused to back down, as Jacob Thomas orchestrated a 1-yard touchdown run and a successful 2-point conversion, closing the gap to St. John 32 – Beachwood 24. Beachwood then recovered an onside kick with just under 8 minutes left on the clock.

However, their momentum was short-lived, as Jacob Thomas threw an interception to St. John’s Donald Crawford. St. John capitalized on the turnover, with Ryan Williams scoring a 14-yard touchdown run. The 2-point conversion was once again unsuccessful, making the score St. John 38 – Beachwood 24.

With just 3 minutes and 34 seconds remaining in the game, St. John recovered another onside kick, sealing their victory.

The final score stood at St. John Heralds 38 – Beachwood Bisons 24. The St. John Heralds improved to a 1-2 record and looked forward to facing the Steubenville Catholic Central Crusaders in week 3, while the Beachwood Bisons, now 0-3, prepared to play against the Grand Valley Mustangs in their next matchup.


KINSMAN, OH- The Badger Lady Braves faced off against Fairport Harbor, showcasing their 1-0 record to start the contest, and walked away with a clean sweep victory. The final scores of the three sets were 25-11, 25-19, and 25-15 in favor of Badger.

The Badger Lady Braves demonstrated their dominance, taking control of the first set with a commanding 25-11 win. They continued their strong performance in the second set, securing a 25-19 victory as they maintained their strategic plays and coordination on the court. The third set saw the Badger team maintain their momentum, clinching a 25-15 triumph to complete the three-set sweep.

Badger’s standout players made significant contributions to their success. Gabriella Miller showcased her consistency and skill as a server, recording an impressive total of 12 points from the service line. Alison Price demonstrated her prowess with aces, contributing 5 key points to the team’s overall score.

Brianna Huscroft played a pivotal role as an assist leader, tallying a total of 9 assists to ensure the team’s smooth and effective offensive plays. Brianna Lendak exhibited her attacking abilities, earning 8 kills for the Badger Lady Braves, adding to their offensive power.

Defensively, Hannah Betts proved to be a force to be reckoned with. She excelled both at the net and in the backcourt, accumulating 11 digs to keep the ball in play and contributing 2 crucial blocks that thwarted Fairport Harbor’s attempts.


Wickliffe, OH- In an action-packed game, the Wickliffe football team showcased their dominance against St. John from the very beginning. The 1st quarter saw Wickliffe’s Ralph Jackson bulldozing through the defense with a 6-yard rushing touchdown, followed by a successful extra point, putting Wickliffe in the lead at 7-0. The momentum continued as Ej Mester scored an 8-yard touchdown run, and the extra point was good, extending Wickliffe’s lead to 14-0.

The 2nd quarter showcased more of Wickliffe’s offensive prowess. Nunzio Zivnoska sprinted for a spectacular 41-yard touchdown run, with the extra point sailing through the uprights, widening the gap to 21-0. Not to be outdone, Bobby Plumb powered through with a 14-yard touchdown run, and the extra point was successful, further solidifying Wickliffe’s commanding lead at 28-0.

As the game progressed into the 3rd quarter, Wickliffe’s Nunzio Zivnoska continued to dazzle with a 36-yard touchdown run, followed by a successful extra point, making the score 35-0. St. John managed to get on the scoreboard with a 65-yard touchdown pass from Vin Narducci to Will Anderson, although the 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 35-6. Wickliffe quickly responded with a 4-yard touchdown run by Jim Feaster, although the extra point was missed, extending their lead to 41-6. The scoring spree continued as Bobby Plumb found the end zone again with a 16-yard touchdown run, and the extra point was good, putting Wickliffe way ahead at 48-6.

In the 4th quarter, St. John managed to put together another touchdown play, with Vin Narducci connecting with Will Anderson for an 18-yard touchdown pass. However, like earlier, the 2-point conversion was unsuccessful, resulting in a score of 48-12 in favor of Wickliffe. The game concluded with Wickliffe’s dominant performance standing tall at 48-12.

With this victory, Wickliffe improved to 1-1 for the season and looks ahead to hosting Orange (1-1) in week 3. On the other hand, St. John fell to 0-2 and is set to host Beachwood (0-2) in week 3, aiming to turn their fortunes around.


KINSMAN, OH- In an electrifying display of skill and teamwork, the Badger Varsity Volleyball team dominated their opponent, Bristol, with a series of commanding victories. The sets unfolded with scores of 25-15, 25-12, and 25-14, showcasing Badger’s consistent and dominant performance throughout the match.

Brianna Lendak emerged as a key player on the serving front, delivering an impressive total of 11 well-placed serves that posed a challenge for Bristol to handle.

Brianna Lendak’s exceptional serving skills translated into a remarkable tally of 4 aces, contributing significantly to Badger’s control over the game’s momentum.

Gabriella Miller showcased her role as a facilitator with a total of 10 assists. Her precise and well-timed passes set up her teammates for impactful plays, showcasing the team’s strong coordination.

Hannah Betts shone as a dominant force at the net, recording an impressive 10 kills. Her powerful spikes and strategic placement of shots contributed to Badger’s consistent offensive performance.

Hannah Betts not only excelled in the attacking department but also showcased her defensive prowess with a solid block, preventing Bristol from executing successful attacks.

Gabriella Miller demonstrated remarkable agility and commitment on the defensive end, registering a staggering 26 digs. Her exceptional digging skills allowed Badger to maintain control over rallies and counter Bristol’s offensive efforts effectively.

Overall, Badger’s performance was characterized by a strong and balanced display of skills across all facets of the game. Their powerful serves, precise assists, dominant kills, and staunch defense allowed them to secure a convincing victory over Bristol, highlighting their potential as a formidable volleyball team.


Mineral Ridge, OH- In a heart-pounding clash between two formidable high school football teams, the Mineral Ridge Rams emerged victorious against the Pymatuning Valley Lakers with a final score of 29-22. The game, which showcased intense back-and-forth action and spectacular plays, had fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish. The game kicked off with both teams displaying their offensive prowess. The Mineral Ridge Rams, led by quarterback Ian Erb, wasted no time in making their mark. With just over three minutes left in the first quarter, Erb executed a 1-yard touchdown run, followed by a successful PAT by kicker Landon Pal. The Rams took an early 7-0 lead, setting the tone for an exciting contest. The Pymatuning Valley Lakers were quick to respond, showcasing their resilience. Quarterback Ryan Croston orchestrated a 12-yard touchdown run with just 23 seconds left in the quarter. Running back Ty Vickery then added a two-point conversion, putting the Lakers ahead with a score of 8-7 at the end of the first quarter.  As the second quarter unfolded, the Lakers continued to showcase their offensive prowess. Ty Vickery, the standout running back for Pymatuning Valley, powered through the Rams’ defense for a 2-yard touchdown run. However, the subsequent two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, leaving the Lakers with a 14-7 lead. The Rams refused to be outdone. Ian Erb orchestrated an impressive drive down the field and connected with wide receiver Brady Balestrino for a remarkable 26-yard touchdown pass. Despite having the PAT blocked, the Rams closed the gap to a single point, with the Lakers leading 14-13. The third quarter showcased the Rams’ determination to regain control of the game. Ian Erb’s versatility was on full display as he executed a 1-yard touchdown run, followed by a successful 2-point conversion pass to none other than Brady Balestrino. The Rams surged ahead with a score of 21-14, setting the stage for a thrilling final quarter. As the tension mounted in the fourth quarter, both teams continued to fight tooth and nail for supremacy. Ryan Croston, the Lakers’ quarterback, demonstrated his passing skills by connecting with wide receiver Jaren Nowkowski for a 33-yard touchdown pass. Ty Vickery once again added a crucial two-point conversion, swinging the lead back to the Lakers at 22-21. However, the Rams were determined to have the final say. Quarterback Owen Shingledecker showcased his arm strength with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Brady Balestrino in the waning moments of the game. Shingledecker then completed a vital 2-point conversion pass to Ian Erb. With the scoreboard reading 29-22 in favor of the Rams, the stage was set for a dramatic finish. With mere seconds remaining on the clock, the Lakers desperately sought to tie the game. However, Rams’ defensive back Owen Shingledecker intercepted a pass from Ryan Croston as time expired. The Rams emerged victorious in a nail-biting contest, securing a hard-fought 29-22 win. The clash between the Mineral Ridge Rams and the Pymatuning Valley Lakers will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most thrilling games of the season. With momentum shifts, explosive plays, and a game-deciding interception, both teams demonstrated their dedication and skill on the field. The Rams’ triumphant finish underscored their resilience and ability to rise to the occasion, leaving fans eager for their next electrifying matchup.