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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.


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.


PEPPER PIKE: in a game that can only be described as a rollercoaster, Orange High School staged a massive comeback against their rivals in Chagrin Falls, overcoming a staggering 16-1 deficit by the middle of the fourth inning. The Lions roared back with an unbelievable 16-run rally in the same inning to seize a 17-16 lead. They didn’t stop there, adding six more runs in the next two innings to secure a wild 23-18 victory.

Orange was relentless at the plate, racking up 18 hits throughout the game. Kelsey Lewis was particularly unstoppable, driving in six runs on four hits, including an electrifying inside-the-park grand slam. Shannon McNeeley also had a hot bat, contributing four hits of her own. Clare Hess, Sarah Korland, and Halle Arnold each added multiple hits to round out a robust offensive performance by the Lions, who also showed great discipline by drawing 10 walks.

Despite the high score, Clare Hess pitched the entire game for Orange, giving up 18 runs on 16 hits. Remarkably, she struck out no batters and walked only one. It was a tough day in the circle, but her team’s offensive firepower kept them in the game and ultimately led them to victory.

Next up, the Lions will face Mayfield in the second game of a doubleheader, looking to keep their momentum going after this thrilling win.


PEPPER PIKE, OH- In a remarkable achievement, the Orange Lions’ 2023 football team has been named Academic All-Ohio by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association, solidifying their commitment to excellence both on and off the field. This prestigious honor places them among the top 20% of the 711 football-playing schools in Ohio, highlighting the team’s exceptional academic prowess.

To qualify for Academic All-Ohio recognition, the Lions had to meet stringent criteria set by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. Specifically, the team GPA of the top 22 student-athletes, as determined by their individual grade point averages (GPA), needed to be 3.6 or higher during the first quarter of the academic year.

This achievement underscores the Orange Lions’ dedication to balancing the demanding rigors of football with a strong commitment to academic excellence. Not only have these student-athletes showcased their skills on the gridiron, but they have also excelled in the classroom, demonstrating the values of discipline, time management, and hard work.

The coaching staff, school administration, and parents alike are undoubtedly proud of the Orange Lions for this significant accomplishment. Achieving Academic All-Ohio status is a testament to the culture of academic success that has been fostered within the team, reflecting positively on the student-athletes’ character, work ethic, and their ability to prioritize their education while engaging in high-level sports competition.

This recognition is not only a cause for celebration within the Orange Lions community but also serves as an inspiration to aspiring student-athletes across Ohio. It emphasizes the idea that success in sports and academics is not mutually exclusive but can be pursued simultaneously with dedication and a strong sense of purpose.

As the Orange Lions bask in the glory of their Academic All-Ohio title, they set a standard for excellence that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the school’s athletic and academic legacy. The recognition serves as a reminder that these student-athletes are not only competitors on the football field but also scholars in the classroom, embodying the true spirit of a well-rounded student-athlete.


RICHMOND HEIGHTS, OH- Congratulations to Orange junior Rachel Oberster as she earned game MVP at the MLK Tournament at Richmond Heights High School on Sunday.  Her 22 points led the Lions to a 40-36 win over Euclid.  Oberster had 2 three-pointer of her 7 field goals and made 6 of 10 from the foul line.


PEPPER PIKE, OH- In a game that went back and forth all night, the Orange Lions with key foul shots by Mi’Kya Fleshman and Courtney Norton in the final minute gave the Lions a 46-44 win.

Orange opened the game with 12-1 run to take an early lead.  Scoring by Rachel Oberster and Kynnade Bates got the Lions going in the first quarter.  But West Geauga would battle back in the second quarter and would cut the Lions lead to 21-20 at the break.  Faelynn Bectrest scored 11 of her team-high 19 points in the quarter for West Geauga.The second half became a battle of lead changes.  The Wolverines would take a 34-32 lead going into the final frame.  The Lions would battle back and take a 44-42 lead heading into the final minute of play.  Scoring for the Lions were Oberster and Olivia Jackson.  The Lions would put the game away with foul shots by Norton and Fleshman.  West Geauga would have one last chance when Bectrest drove in the lane but could not tie the game.

The Lions were led by Rachel Oberster with 20 points and Kynnade Bates with 12 points.  The Lions will be back in action on Sunday when they travel to Richmond Heights to take on Euclid High School in an MLK Weekend game.

West Geauga

Michaela Platt  1-0-0-2

Faelynn Beckrest  8-2-5-19

Ava Borz  1-1-2-3

Callie Kormos  1-0-0-2

Elsa Henderson  1-0-0-3

Maggie Furst  5-5-10-15

3 Point FG‘s (Bekrest-1, Henderson-1)



Kynnade Bates  6-0-2-12

Rachel Oberster  9-2-6-20

Courtney Norton  1-1-2-3

Mi’Kya Fleshman 2-1-2-5

Olivia Jackson  3-0-0-6

3 Point FG’s (None)


*Article written by Tim Porter via ohslions.com


PEPPER PIKE, OH- In a dynamic rivalry matchup between Beachwood and Orange, the Orange Lions orchestrated a stunning comeback in the third quarter, outscoring the Beachwood Bison 29-5 and ultimately clinching a commanding 69-49 win.

The first half proved to be a closely contested battle, with Beachwood holding a slim 26-25 lead over the Lions at the break. However, the Lions shifted the momentum dramatically in the third quarter, showcasing a balanced scoring effort from six different players and establishing a formidable 54-31 lead heading into the final frame.

Dominic Anekwe spearheaded the Lions’ offensive charge with an impressive 17 points, while Ernest Pryor added 16 points, contributing significantly to the team’s overall performance. On the Beachwood side, Daniel Rub led the Bison with 15 points in a hard-fought effort.

The Lions’ strategic comeback in the third quarter highlighted their resilience and ability to rally together as a team. The Beachwood Bison faced challenges in containing the Lions’ multifaceted scoring attack, ultimately succumbing to Orange’s dynamic play.

Looking ahead, the Orange Lions will carry their momentum into the next matchup as they hit the road to face Hawken next Wednesday night. The win not only adds to their overall record but also underscores their competitive spirit as they navigate the season.


PEPPER PIKE, OH- Junior basketball standout, Rae Oberster, is poised to make a significant impact on the court as a leader for the Orange Lady Lions. In a recent interview on the YSN podcast, Oberster shared insights into the challenges and aspirations that come with being a junior on the team.

Oberster recognizes the weight of her new role, highlighting the delicate balance between authority and unity among teammates. As the team’s floor general, she strives to lead by example, emphasizing the importance of understanding and directing plays to guide the team to success.

When asked about her passion for basketball, Oberster credited her parents for inspiring her determination, especially her mother’s courageous move to a foreign country during high school. She reflected on her love for the sport, emphasizing the value of hard work and the gratification of seeing results through dedication and skill.

While her offensive prowess is undoubted, Oberster’s commitment to growth and patience during times of adversity bodes well for the Lady Lions. She emphasized the significance of celebrating small victories as key stepping stones towards a successful season.

Oberster’s family plays a significant role in her life, particularly her father, with whom she shares a strong bond over basketball. Her enthusiasm for the game extends even to her Christmas wish, as she eagerly anticipates a win at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

As she gears up to represent her school and community on the court, Oberster’s infectious excitement and dedication make her a standout player to watch this season. With her leadership and offensive prowess, all signs point to a promising season for the Orange Lady Lions.

The Orange Lady Lions’ fans can look forward to witnessing Rae Oberster’s unwavering commitment and skill as she takes charge on the court.




PEPPER PIKE, OH- Liv Jackson, the senior center power forward for the Orange Lady Lions basketball team, recently sat down for an exclusive interview on YSN to discuss her experiences and aspirations as a talented athlete and driven student. During the interview, Liv shared her excitement for making the most of her senior year and creating lasting memories with her teammates and friends before embarking on her college journey.

With her eyes set on a career in the medical field as an orthopedic surgeon, Liv’s passion for medicine and surgery shone brightly as she expressed her desire to contribute to the ongoing discoveries in the field.

On the basketball court, Liv’s competitive drive and resilience were evident as she described her approach to the game, including her determination to be more aggressive and develop a more unpredictable playing style. She highlighted her strengths in finishing layups and rebounding, while also acknowledging the need to work on turning her weaknesses into strengths.

As a leader on the team, Liv emphasized the importance of radiating confidence and being a supportive friend to her teammates, offering advice and encouragement to the underclassmen and stressing the value of staying true to oneself, a virtue she learned from her mother.

Looking ahead to a special moment at Rocket Mortgage Field House, Liv expressed her eagerness to play in such a grand stadium, embracing the opportunity to shine on a larger stage.

Liv’s humility, determination, and respect for her family, particularly her mother, serve as a testament to her character and drive to succeed both on and off the court. Her positive outlook and leadership qualities make her a role model for her peers and aspiring athletes.

As she continues to make her mark both in basketball and academia, Liv Jackson illustrates the power of determination, resilience, and humility, embodying the spirit of a true athlete and scholar. Her journey serves as an inspiration to all those who strive for excellence in their pursuits.






PEPPER PIKE, OH- As the new basketball season approaches, all eyes are on Anthony Shablovski, the star senior guard of the Orange Lion team. In a recent interview on YSN’s player profile, Shablovski revealed his passion for the game and his excitement for the upcoming season.

Growing up with a deep love for basketball, Shablovski credits his family and their collective passion for the sport as the driving force behind his dedication. With several years of experience and countless memories on the court, Shablovski’s commitment to the game remains unwavering.

Having witnessed the supportive basketball culture in Cleveland, Shablovski acknowledges the significance of the opportunity to play for a new coach and embrace a fresh philosophy in his senior year. He has expressed gratitude for the chance to continue playing and is eager to thrive under the guidance of the new coaching staff.

Emphasizing the importance of community support, Shablovski recognizes the impact of loyal fans and the spirited student section, whose presence undoubtedly amplifies the team’s morale and performance.
Understandably, as a senior and a revered guard, leadership is a vital aspect of Shablovski’s role. His leadership style focuses on camaraderie, positive attitudes on and off the court, and ensuring that every team member gives their best effort.

When discussing his basketball influences, Shablovski named LeBron James as his idol, admiring his versatility on the court and his ability to read opposing defenses.
Looking towards the new season, Shablovski remains steadfast in his commitment to the game and his team. His dedication and determination speak volumes about his drive to succeed and make the most of this pivotal year.

As the Orange Lions prepare to dominate the court, Shablovski’s leadership, skill, and passion are undoubtedly key factors in their pursuit of success. With the unwavering support of the community and his teammates, Anthony Shablovski stands poised to leave an indelible mark on the upcoming season.