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By Matt Maher 

NEWTON FALLS, OH – The battle for second on the MVAC Gray division came down to the wire Friday night when Campbell Memorial visited Newton Falls. Newton Falls showed great defense combined with stellar offense right out of the gate but that defense and offense began to slip in the 2nd half and Campbell clawed their way back into it and forced an overtime thriller that came up just short for the Red Devils and saw the Tigers earn themselves a 50-45 victory.


Everyone knew this game was going to be a grind but the 17-8 first quarter score that saw Newton Falls on top started to question that. David Moore got his night started with the first triple for the Red Devils while Josue Rodriguez found 3 himself with a 2 and 1. Alex Stinson and Cameron Huff were money from the arc giving their team a huge 3 each while Jabriel Rufai found 5 points with a double then a triple. 


Campbell tightened their defense in the second quarter and only allowed Newton Falls to score 11 to their 5. It was Moore and Rodriguez leading the way again with Moore finding another 3 while Rodriguez found 2 more. Landon Mcgregor joined the party with his team’s only 3-pointer of the quarter and led his team in scoring this frame with that tally. Rufai was held scoreless this frame which is a testament to Memorials defense that they kept one of the deadliest Tigers from pouncing going into halftime.


Campbell knew they needed to improve on the defensive showing they put up in the last quarter and find simpler shots and boy did they deliver, with a 12-4 edge in the 3rd, Campbell got themselves right back into it and made Newton Falls nervous. Unlike the 2nd, the 3rd quarter saw Jabriel Rufai score all 4 for his team with a double and a perfect 2-for-2 from the stripe. David Moore seemed to have found Superman’s cape during the break because he went off on the Tigers with 10 points in the quarter starting with a 3 then continuing on with three made 2’s and an and-1 that hit.


The Red Devils would not and could not be stopped going into the 4th and man were they good with a 15-8 edge in scoring they had found enough to tie this game late and force overtime in this huge game. Rufai scored 4 points to lead his team this quarter with 2 hard fought 2’s. Moore and Rodriguez continued their dominance for their team with Moore putting up 4 more and Rodriguez adding 5 points to his teams total. 


The Red Devils went into overtime scoring the first 3 points quickly only to see McGregor respond immediately after with a 3 of his own and it didn’t take long for the Falls to find a narrow lead and force Campbell to foul which promptly sealed this game for the Tigers because Jabriel Rufai went 5-for-6 from the stripe.


Campbell showed grit and heart in this game but just fell short after finding their game and forcing this one to overtime. The Tigers will end their season on a 6 game winning streak and will host Chippewa on February 27th for round 1 of the OHSAA playoffs while Campbell gets ready for their first round brawl against Trinity on the 27th as well, both game will be played at 7:00PM EST. 


By Ty Bartell


WINDHAM, Ohio — The Newton Falls Tigers claimed a hard-fought road playoff win against the Windham Bombers with a final score of 30-24, advancing to the next round of the Division IV, Region 13, Northeast 1 bracket.

In a matchup between two closely matched teams, the Tigers traveled to Portage County to take on the Bombers in a sectional semi-final showdown. Both teams had similar regular-season records, with the Tigers finishing 10-12 in the Gray Division of the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) and the Bombers ending with an 11-11 record as part of the Stripes Division in the Northeastern Athletic Conference (NAC).

The game got off to a slow start, with a low-scoring first quarter that saw Newton Falls holding a slim 6-4 lead after eight minutes of play, propelled by a pair of 3-point shots by Dani Drake and Madison Davis. Defensive intensity continued into the second quarter, with both teams struggling to find scoring opportunities. The Tigers managed to maintain their lead, outscoring the Bombers 6-5 in the quarter to take a 12-9 advantage into halftime.

After the break, Windham fought back in the third quarter, matching Newton Falls basket for basket. Led by Briah Daniel and Lorena De Oliveria, the Bombers rallied to tie the game at 19-19 heading into the final quarter. However, the Tigers regained their momentum in the fourth quarter, posting an 11-5 period to secure the 30-24 playoff victory.
Dani Drake was named Player of the Game for the Tigers, leading all scorers with 10 points, including three made 3-point shots. She was supported by Morgan Kendall with 6 points, and

Kennedy Howard and Madison Davis with 5 points each. Windham’s offense was led by Lorena De Oliveria and Briah Daniel, who each contributed 10 points.

With the win, the 23rd-seeded Newton Falls Tigers advance to the sectional final, where they will face the winner of the matchup between the 25th-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas and the 13th-seeded East Canton.
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NEWTON FALLS OH- In their final regular-season showdown, Newton Falls delivered a stellar performance to secure a decisive 38-25 victory over Brookfield. From the opening tip-off, the Tigers asserted their dominance, propelled by a strong start and a lockdown defensive effort that proved too much for Brookfield to handle.

The Tigers wasted no time in setting the tone for the game, racing to a commanding lead by winning the first quarter 15-4. This early advantage set the stage for Newton Falls’ continued success throughout the matchup.

Leading the scoring charge for Newton Falls was Dani Drake, who poured in a game-high 12 points, showcasing her offensive prowess on the court. Lilly Sait also made significant contributions with 9 points to bolster the Tigers’ offensive output.

Despite a valiant effort from Brookfield, led by Cailey Wellman with 10 points and Mya Jumper with 9 points, they struggled to overcome Newton Falls’ relentless defense.

With this win, Newton Falls concludes their regular season with a record of 10-12, ending on a high note and carrying momentum into the postseason. Their next challenge awaits in the tournament, as they prepare for a trip to Windham on February 21st to open tournament play.

Meanwhile, Brookfield, with a record of 8-14, will also await their first tournament matchup on the road at Trinity on February 21st.


In a hard-fought contest on Tuesday, Newton Falls  managed to secure a victory against Brookfield with a final score of 54-43.

Leading the scoring effort for Newton Falls was Jabriel Rufal, who delivered an impressive performance with 15 points, followed by Caden Clonch contributing 11 points. Carson Howard added 10 points to the scoreboard, while Landon McGregor chipped in with 7 points.

Despite Brookfield’s best efforts, led by Matteo Fortuna’s impressive 21 points and Judah DeJoy’s 7 points, they couldn’t overcome Newton Falls’ determined performance.

With this important win, Newton Falls improves their record to 13-5 and now sets their sights on their next matchup against Champion on Friday. Meanwhile, Brookfield, now 6-12, will look to regroup as they travel to face Garfield on Friday.


By Matt Maher 

LEAVITTSBURG, OH – Two of the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference’s (MVAC) beast ducked it out Tuesday night when LaBrae welcomed Newton falls to town. While LaBrae sits atop the MVAC Grey division it was the Tigers (3rd) who would climb the mountain and take down the Vikings by the final score of 64-56.


These two juggernauts battled in a close first quarter where the tigers would narrowly lead 14-12 after the first 8 minutes. The Vikings held multiple 5 point leads in this frame but Newton Falls found their groove in the second 4 minutes and set the tone moving forward. LaBrae saw Austin Rowe lead his team with 5 points, 3 made free throws including an and-1 and David Blackmon III would add 4 points in the paint as well. Carson Howard led his squad with 5 points in the first and Jabriel Rufai snatched another 4.


The second Quarter was where the Tigers truly took control with 17 points to LaBraes 6 it wasn’t even close. Rowe added a nice 3 and Blackmon found a 2 and went 1-for-2 from the line to account for all Vikings points. Newton Falls saw Landon Mcgregor enter the chat with three made 2’s for 6 points while Howard continued to score with 5 more points.


Newton Falls continued to outdo themselves coming out of the break with 21 points but LaBrae kept close by with 17 points. LaBrae saw Jay McGarry score his first 5 points while Rowe hit a 3 and went 2-for-2 from the line and Jackson Lancaster found 3 more points with a 2 and 1 of 2 made free throws. Cameron Huff found himself on top of his team with 6 points all from beyond the arc which is where he excels from. Zach Stinson added 5 more points with two 2’s including an and-1. 


LaBrae found life in the 3rd with an impressive 21 point performance and much better defense that limited Newton falls to just 12 points. Huff found 6 more points from beyond the arc while both Howard and Rufai had the same point line with a made 2 and going 1-for-2 from the line for 3 points each. Austin Rowe looked rejuvenated this frame with three made 3’s all from well beyond the arc he really turned it up. Derek Wilson scored 8 points, all 2’s and Owen Boone brought the boom with two made 2’s. 


Despite a good second half and Austin Rowes 22 point night, the Vikings just couldn’t stop the Tigers who built momentum off of a dominant 2nd quarter and great play from Carson Howard with 16 points and Cameron Huff with 14 as well as solid team play. Newton Falls (10-4, 6-2) will be home on January 26th to take on the Liberty Leopards at 7:00PM while LaBrae (11-2, 7-1) will stay home to take on the Champion Golden Flashes on January 26th at 7:00PM.


CAMPBELL OH- In a decisive road trip on Thursday night, Newton Falls showcased their dominance, swiftly taking care of Campbell with a commanding 53-23 victory.

Newton Falls’ offensive charge was led by Dani Drake, who delivered an outstanding performance with 17 points. Torrie Fenton added 8 points, while Madison Davis, Chloe Butler, and Lilly Sait each contributed 7, 6, and 6 points, respectively.

Campbell, facing a tough challenge, had Diamon Sims leading their scoring effort with 10 points, while Angelis Diaz added 5 points to the tally.

With this convincing win, Newton Falls advances to a 4-9 record, aiming to maintain their positive momentum as they host LaBrae next Thursday. Campbell, now at 2-9, looks to rebound in their next Thursday matchup at home against Crestview.


WARREN OH- Champion showcased their dominance with a resounding 52-19 victory over Newton Falls, securing their 10th win of the season. Bella Meyer led the charge with an impressive 17 points, closely followed by Kennedy Caldwell contributing 16 points. Sam Strock and Kayla Haynie also played pivotal roles, adding 9 and 6 points, respectively.

Newton Falls faced a tough challenge, with Dani Drake scoring 6 points as their leading contributor. However, Champion’s solid defense and offensive prowess proved too much for Newton Falls to handle.

With this victory, Champion boosts their record to 10-4 and sets their sights on hosting Brookfield in the upcoming Thursday matchup. On the other hand, Newton Falls, now standing at 4-9, aims to bounce back as they travel to face Campbell on Thursday.


COLUMBIANA, OH- Despite the 16-point first quarter, Crestview failed to keep pace with MVAC rival, Newton Falls on Friday- falling 47-34 to the Tigers.

Landon McGregor led the Tigers with 14 points, which included 7 points in the first stanza.  Cam Huff plugged in 9 points including two big shots from deep.  Zach Stinson spread out a bucket in 3/4 quarters to the tune of six points in the contest.  Falls was supplemented with scoring from Alex Stinson, Carson Howard, Ethan Powell and Jabriel Rupai who all scored 3 points apiece.

For Crestview, Justin McKee led the way with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the Rebels.  Jonathan Best had 8 points comprised of a field goal, a three-pointer, and three free throws, and Tyler Savage posted six points and 11 boards.  Jameson English had 5 assists to go along with a four-point performance.

Crestview drops to 2-2 in the MVAC, and 2-7 overall.


BROOKFIELD OH- In a recent turnaround, Brookfield showcased their growing confidence on Thursday as they secured their 4th win of the season with a 39-32 triumph over Newton Falls. The Warriors, who faced challenges earlier in the season, displayed resilience and determination in this notable victory.

Mya Jumper led the scoring charge for Brookfield with an impressive 17 points, while Cailey Wellman contributed 13 points, showcasing the team’s offensive prowess. Madisyn Fisher added 5 points to the Warriors’ scoring effort.

Newton Falls, despite the loss, saw notable performances from Chloe Butler with 10 points, GiGi Morgan with 8 points, and Dani Drake with 6 points.

With this victory, Brookfield moves to a 4-7 record and will carry the momentum into their upcoming road matchup against Columbiana on Saturday. Newton Falls, now standing at 4-8, will continue conference play with a road game against Champion on Monday.


COLUMBIANA OH- On Tuesday night, Newton Falls took their potent offense on the road and secured an impressive 71-58 win against Heartland Christian. The game showcased Newton Falls’ scoring prowess as they executed effectively to emerge victorious.

Jabriel Rufai led the offensive charge for Newton Falls with an outstanding 25-point performance, highlighting his scoring ability. Carson Howard added 12 points, and Ethan Powell contributed 10 points to the Tigers’ well-balanced scoring effort. Zach Stinson chipped in 7 points, further bolstering Newton Falls’ offensive production.

Heartland Christian put up a commendable effort, with Jake Walker leading their scoring with 16 points. Will Morgan contributed 15 points, and Collin Kalahee added 11 points for the Lions.

With this road win, Newton Falls moves to a 4-4 record and will shift their focus back to MVAC play as they host Crestview on Friday. Heartland Christian, now standing at 5-4, looks ahead to their next matchup at home against Chalker on Saturday. The game demonstrated Newton Falls’ offensive firepower and sets the stage for both teams as they navigate the challenges of the season.