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BULLDOGS KEEP THE CATS IN THEIR CAGE

By Matt Maher 


POLAND, OH – The Bulldogs welcomed the Canton South Wildcats to town for a high energy defensive brawl in the OHSAA playoffs!. The Bulldogs used their defense in the 2nd quarter and let their offense soar in the second half in their 59-49 round 2 victory. 

 

The Wildcats jumped out to a hot start with Tavon Castle and Julius Kimbrough lighting up the hardwood with a combined 17 points. Poland struggled in the opening frame and only recorded 9 points. Carmine Tukalo hit a long 3 for the Bulldogs and Danny Nittoli notched 4 hard fought points under the rim. The Bulldogs began slow and the Wildcats thought they had set the tone but boy did the Bulldogs have a huge response coming.

 

Poland may have only scored 10 points in the 2nd quarter but those 10 points look fantastic when compared to the 2 points Canton South was able to muster. The 2 points for the visiting Wildcats came from the charity stripe with Poochie Snyder sinking both of his shots. The Poland defense stood very tall and allowed for Tukalo to add another triple along with Andrew Todd’s monstrous three as well. 

 

The low scoring was left to the first half and Poland exploded with offense after the halftime break and put up 22 points to Canton Souths 13. Castle added to his already impressive night with two doubles while the other 9 points all came from beyond the arc. Carmine Tukalo unlocked and unloaded a tsunami of offense with 10 big points all from under the hoop with two of the tallies drawing fouls and allowing him to turn the 2 into 3. Todd continued to impress with two made 3’s and Oliver McCully added 4 points to his total. 

 

The 4th quarter saw a much tighter defensive game from the Wildcats and seemed to do a good job boxing out the Bulldogs but, while it was good, it wasn’t great because Poland still found their way around the traps and put up 18 points to South’s 17. Castle added a triple to end his night with 13 while Kimbrough entered the score sheet again with 5 more points to cap off his night with 16 points. Tukalo continued to amaze with 7 more points to finish off his team leading and game leading 23 point night. As a team Poland went 9 for 11 from the stripe and sealed this game.

 

While Canton South came out sprinting, Poland maintained a steady pace and then made their move near the end and never looked back as they crossed the finish line and advanced to the next round. The Bulldogs will have this big win in their back pocket as they look towards Valley Christian Academy who will try to stop the Bulldogs on March 6th in North Hill in Akron at 7:00PM. 

LAKERS SEIZE A SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE FINAL SECONDS

PYMATUNING OH- In a thrilling contest that came down to the wire, Pymatuning Valley seized the opportunity to showcase their prowess on their home court, edging past Poland in a heart-pounding 50-48 victory. The Lakers, buoyed by a raucous home crowd, delivered a performance to remember, capped off by sophomore standout Sadie Paul’s clutch game-winning layup with just 2 seconds remaining on the clock.

Leading the charge for Pymatuning Valley was Zoey Painter, who poured in a staggering 30 points, dominating the offensive end with her scoring prowess. Paul contributed 6 points, while Taryn Tisch also chipped in with 6 points to bolster the Lakers’ attack.

Despite the formidable challenge posed by Poland, led by Sophia Generalovich with 15 points, Leanne Williams with 11 points, and Elliana Thompson with 9 points, Pymatuning Valley remained resilient and composed, ultimately securing the hard-fought victory.

With the win, Pymatuning Valley advances to the District Semifinals, where they will eagerly await the outcome of the Warrensville Heights versus Northwestern matchup. The highly anticipated semifinal clash is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at 6:00 at North Ridgeville High School.

WRESTLING WEDNESDAYS WITH GARY ALTHISER (EP 11) FEATURING ELLA THOMAS

We are days away from the sectionals getting started for wrestling! Gary and the boys of Running Point could not be more excited for the postseason. As we get through the calm before the storm, we thought it’d be a good time to recognize one of the brightest young stars on the mats this season. From Poland freshman Ella Thomas has reigned nothing but dominance on the girl’s side of grappling.  With a record of 35-0 and 33 pins, all challengers have fallen by the wayside when standing across from Thomas.  So now the question is how can she continue that success all the way to the state podium? Hear it from the phenom herself as Thomas joins wrestling Wednesday, and the guys get ready for the journey to Columbus!

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SIX YEARS OF NE8 PLAY, SIX POLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS

POLAND OH- In a fitting conclusion to their regular season, Poland’s senior night celebration was filled with jubilation as they clinched their sixth consecutive NE8 championship and their seventh straight league championship overall (AAC title in 2017). Facing off against Hubbard, Poland delivered a commanding performance, emerging victorious with a final score of 40-26.

Leading the charge for Poland was senior standout Elliana Thompson, who showcased her scoring prowess with an impressive 16 points. While Thompson led the scoring charge, Poland’s victory was a testament to the team’s collective effort, with seven other Bulldogs contributing 4 points or less to secure the win.

Despite Hubbard’s valiant effort, led by Cara Green with 9 points and Khamyah Howell with 6 points, they couldn’t overcome Poland’s dominance on the court.

With this win, Poland capped off their regular season in style, finishing with a record of 14-8 and solidifying their status as NE8 champions outright. Their remarkable consistency is highlighted by the fact that they have only shared the NE8 championship once in the six years of the conference.

Looking ahead, Poland sets their sights on the upcoming tournament, with their first game scheduled for Saturday, February 24th at Pymatuning Valley.

Meanwhile, Hubbard, with a record of 6-15, prepares for their final regular-season game on Thursday as they host Mooney.

Game Photos HERE: https://ysn.smugmug.com/2-12-g-bb-poland-hubbard/2-12-g-bb-poland-hubbard/105EOS1D

BULLDOGS TURN HAWKEN UPSIDE DOWN

GATES MILLS OH- In a triumphant morning matchup, Poland’s journey to Hawken proved fruitful as they secured a convincing 42-26 victory.

Leading the scoring for Poland was Leanne Williams with 9 points, followed by Elliana Thompson with 7 points. Kate Harrell and Kylee Hudran each contributed 6 points, while Leanna Boccieri added 5 points to round out Poland’s balanced offensive attack.

With this victory, Poland’s season record improved to 13-8, setting the stage for an exciting conclusion to their regular season. Their upcoming matchup against Hubbard on senior night presents a significant opportunity, as a win would secure the outright NE8 title for Poland.

 

CARDINALS TAKE THE LATEST ROUND OF THE BATTLE OF 224

CANFIELD OH- In a highly anticipated showdown, Canfield emerged victorious on the road in the latest installment of the Battle of 224 rivalry, defeating Poland with a final score of 41-30.

Leading the scoring charge for Canfield was Cami Hritz, who delivered a standout performance with 11 points, showcasing her offensive prowess and leadership on the court. Grace McQuiston contributed 10 points, while Carly Fleming added 9 points and Macey Kalina chipped in with 5 points, highlighting the team’s balanced scoring effort.

Despite a valiant effort from Poland, led by Elliana Thompson with 11 points and Avery Jakubovic with 5 points, they couldn’t overcome Canfield’s determined performance.

With this crucial win, Canfield improves their record to 14-7 and now turns their attention to their season finale at home against Streetsboro on Saturday, February 17th. Meanwhile, Poland, with a 12-8 record, will embark on a long road trip to face Hawken on Saturday.

MORE WILLIAMS HEROICS GIVE POLAND ANOTHER NE8 TITLE

In a nail-biting showdown, Poland secured their reign as NE8 champions for the sixth consecutive year by narrowly escaping Struthers with a 33-32 victory. The Bulldogs’ Leanne Williams once again proved herself as a clutch player, sinking her second buzzer-beater of the season to seal the win.

Poland’s scoring efforts were led by Elliana Thompson with 10 points, while Williams contributed 7 points. Avery Jakubovic and Sophia Generalovich each added 6 points to the hard-fought victory.

On the Struthers side, Ava Croyle led the scoring with 10 points, supported by Gianna Martin and Natalie Wolikow, both contributing 6 points.

With the win, Poland, now 12-7, looks ahead to hosting arch-rival Canfield on Thursday. Struthers, with a 7-14 record, will close out their regular season with a Thursday matchup on the road against Champion.

MOONEY COMES BACK FROM THE BRINK

POLAND OH- In a dramatic Monday night showdown, Mooney staged a remarkable comeback on the road, overcoming a fourth-quarter deficit to secure a thrilling 38-34 victory against Poland. The Cardinals displayed resilience and determination, snatching a hard-fought win in the closing moments.

Leading the charge for Mooney was Sophia Diorio, who delivered an impressive 15-point performance. Katie Pregibon contributed significantly with 14 points, and Sam Rotunno added 5 points to round out the Cardinals’ offensive efforts.

Poland, despite a valiant effort, found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard. Elliana Thompson and Leanne Williams each contributed 14 points to the Bulldogs’ offensive showcase.

With this noteworthy win, Mooney’s record stands at 7-9, and they look ahead to their next challenge on Monday as they hit the road to face Canfield. On the other side, Poland (11-7) aims to regroup and return to conference play with a road matchup against Struthers on Monday.

RAIDERS REFUSE TO GIVE POLAND A CONFERENCE CROWN

CANFIELD OH-  In a nail-biting clash with high stakes, South Range battled Poland on Tuesday night, with the hopes of a repeat NE8 title hanging in the balance. The Raiders dug deep and delivered a thrilling performance in overtime, denying Poland a chance to celebrate on their home floor and securing a hard-fought 41-35 victory.

South Range showcased resilience and determination, epitomized by Landon Moore’s impressive 16-point performance. Dylan Turvey contributed 9 points, while Luke Rohan’s clutch 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter played a pivotal role in propelling the Raiders to victory. Matt Singleton added 5 points to the well-rounded offensive effort.

Poland, led by Carmine Tukalo’s standout 24-point performance, fought valiantly throughout the game. Oliver McCully added 6 points to the team’s effort, but they fell short in the face of South Range’s relentless pursuit of the win.

With this crucial victory, South Range (11-4) keeps their NE8 title hopes alive, setting the stage for a challenging road trip to Niles on Friday. Poland (12-4) remains in contention for an outright conference championship, with their next opportunity to secure it coming on Saturday as they travel to face Salem. As the regular season heats up, both teams navigate the competitive landscape, each game carrying significant implications for their postseason aspirations.

POLAND STILL STRONG IN THEIR HOUSE

POLAND OH- In a crucial NE8 showdown on Monday night, Poland tightened its grip on first place with a hard-fought 48-42 victory over South Range, avenging an earlier season loss. The home crowd witnessed an intense battle that showcased Poland’s resilience and determination.

Leading the charge for Poland was Elliana Thompson, who delivered a standout performance with an impressive 25 points, proving to be a force on the court. Leanne Williams contributed 12 points, while Avery Jakubovic added 5, combining for a well-rounded offensive effort.

South Range fought valiantly, with Gwen Lowry leading their offensive charge, accumulating 15 points. Sydney Penick and the duo of Maddie Dado and Ceci Foster each chipped in with 11 and 6 points, respectively.

The win propels Poland to an 11-6 record, solidifying their first-place standing in the NE8. Looking ahead, they will venture outside the conference on Thursday, hosting Mooney in what promises to be another thrilling matchup. On the other side, South Range (8-11) is determined to bounce back, setting their sights on a home clash against Niles on Thursday. As the regular season unfolds, the NE8 remains a battleground, and Poland’s victory has set the tone for the challenges that lie ahead.