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LISBON OH- The Lisbon Lady Blue Devils were out-scored by 7 points in the final quarter as Toronto defeated Lisbon 44-37 in Monday night‘s girls action.

Pacing the way for the 0-2 Blue Devils was Cami Freeland with 11 points. Lisbon canned 4 3-point shots. Madison Haifley hit a pair and finished with 8 points, while Parker Henthorne, and Freeman’s each hit one as well.

The Lady Devils will travel to Columbiana Thursday night to take on the Lady Clippers.


*Contributed By YSN’s Gary Leininger


TORONTO OH- On Wesdnesday, Lisbon made the trip to Toronto for a match up outside of the EOAC. They fought hard, but couldn’t overcome Toronto as they got swept in three. (23-25 20-25 21-25)

Eliza Baker led the way with 8 kills, and 14 digs. Mya Emmerling, Kelsi Burns both had 4 kills on the night as well. McKenna Dailey led the back row for the Blue Devils with 20 digs.

Lisbon will return home on Thursday to get back to EOAC action. They will host United.


TORNTO OH- Some things as they say are bigger than football. No program understands that right now more than Lisbon. Friday night was the first time Lisbon was able to get back on the field after losing one of their own. Being on the field meant wonders for the Blue Devils, and so did the support of their opponent. Both teams met at midfield before the start of the game for a moment of prayer. When the action started Toronto took control of the game early and never looked back. They beat Lisbon 41-26.

Giovanni Estrada ran hard for Lisbon gaining 134 yards on the ground and scoring two touchdowns. Both scores came in the second half. Logan Stauffer threw for 67 yards, and ran for 34 and a touchdown.

Lisbon ventures in to the EOAC next week as they travel to Southern.


TORONTO OH- Lisbon is using this last week of the regular season to sharpen their skills for tournament time. The Blue Devils closed the regular season with a big win on the road against Toronto in 5 sets (25-22 25-22 23-25 20-25 15-12).

Brooke VanGiesen led the Devils with 11 kills on the night. Justyce Vrable finished with 9 kills. Eliza Baker ran the offense to perfection setting up 22 assists. McKenna Dailey has 19 digs to lead Lisbon’s defense.

Lisbon finishes the regular season at 6-15 and will now await the winner of Newton Falls and Bloomfield for their first tournament match. The location of that match will be determined by the outcome of the first match.


CAMPBELL, Ohio – On the very first play from scrimmage, senior quarterback and homecoming king candidate, Christian Stores, connected with freshman Dylon Henderson for a 60-yard touchdown just 15 seconds into the game.

After driving over an hour north, Toronto was already trailing by a score. Red Knights head coach, Josh Franke, turned to his senior leaders to will them down the field. Four different players would carry the ball on Toronto’s first drive. With 4th and goal from the 5, coach Franke turned to senior, Garrett Dozier, for a big play but would be stuffed at the goal line by the Red Devil defense. Just one play later, Campbell running back, James Shaffer, would be taken down in his own endzone for a safety.

Trailing 7-2, Toronto took over at their own 40, but Campbell would force a three and out. The very first play of the Red Devil’s drive, Henderson would put the ball on the ground, allowing Toronto to take over in Campbell territory. Able to capitalize on their good field position, Toronto quarterback, Caleb Leasure, was able to connect with Bryson Anderson for an 18-yard score, giving Toronto their first lead of the night.

While the Red Knights never relinquished their lead after Leasure’s touchdown pass, Campbell would not go easily into the night. Following a 17-yard carry by Toronto’s Dozier to put the Red Knights ahead 14-7, Christian Stores and the Red Devils would take over with just 4 minutes remaining.

Battling through injury, Stores was able to lead his team down the field. Connecting with 4 different receivers on the drive, Stores was able to cap it with a 22-yard touchdown pass to James Shaffer, moving the score t0 13-14 at the half.

While the scoring would halt there for the Red Devils, Toronto would keep points on the board throughout the second half. Staring 4th and goal right in the face, Leasure was able to connect with wide receiver, Jojo Savage, in the front corner of the endzone for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Then in the 4th, senior fullback, Ryan Matyas, was able to punch one in from 4 yards out, putting the score where it would finish, 26-13.


Campbell: As of now, the Red Devils will travel to Brookfield (3-1). Brookfield’s scheduled game for this week against Champion was canceled.

Toronto:  Looking to get back to .500, the Red Knights will return home to face off against the Catholic Central Crusaders (0-4).

*Contributed by YSN’s Jamie Thomson.


TORNOTO OH- The Edison girls golf team defeated Toronto at Dyer Country Club. Makayla Wells earned her first medalist honors for the match with a 49. Zoe Shell was next for the Wildcats with a 51 followed by Carley Taylor with a 52 and right behind them was Pam Johnson with a 53. Nicole Zullo was next in scoring with a 58, sixth on the team was Emily Adkins with a 65, and Rylee Wells with a 69. The second round of the Buckeye 8 Championship will be on September 1 at Belmont Hills Country Club starting at 9:00 AM.

*Contributed by Kodi Peterson at richmondedisonwildcats.com


LEETONIA, OH- The Bears coming in tonight‘s game (3-2) looking to bounce back from a loss to Columbiana 34-13. For Toronto, they came in at (4-1) after beating a close overtime win against Crestwood 12-6.

As Leetonia kicked it off, Toronto’s Brendan Matyas took it to the house to put the Red Knights up in front early. Toronto would not let their foot off the peddle as they forced a turnover on downs at Leetonia’s 10-yard line, which Quarterback Caleb Leasure would throw one of his four touchdowns to Zach Stackhouse. Leetonia would answer right before the half with their only touchdown on the night as Fullback Brett Davis pounded it in for a 1-yard touchdown to bring the score to 7-18 at the half. Leetonia would go scoreless the rest of the game as Toronto would finish with 38 for the night in the 38-7 victory.

Marco Ferry led all rushers with 22 carries for 103 yards, Davis with 4 carries for 16 yards and a touchdown. Passing, Dylan Lennon went 4/12 for 70 yards and 2 Interceptions.

Leetonia loses three straight to fall to 3-3 and Toronto extends their season record to 5-1.


*Story contributed by the voice of YSN Leetonia- Derrick Grossen


TORONTO, OH- The Wellsville football team ended the 2018 season with a disappointing 36-0 loss at rival Toronto. On that rainy night, Red Knights quarterback and Ohio State baseball recruit Nathan Karaffa set several school passing records. In a rarely seen twist of fate, the Tigers opened their 2019 season at the same place it ended the year before, but this time with much different results. In a game filled with cramps, penalties, and highlight-reel plays, the Tigers avenged their loss from 2018 with a 26-15 win at Bud Bucher Field. 

The Tigers were led on offense by senior running back/fullback combo Justin Wright and Justin Sarge. Wright led both teams in rushing with eight carried for 132 yards and a touchdown, while Sarge chipped in nine carries for 106 yards and a touchdown of his own. The duo each had long runs to paydirt. Wright ran 93 yards for a score in the first quarter, while Sarge had a 58-yard scamper in the third quarter. Wright is the defending OHSAA Division III 100 meter dash state champion. 

Seniors Jason Tice and Darien Suggs also scored for the Tigers. Tice’s score came in the third quarter on a five-yard scamper, while Suggs picked up right where he left off in 2018 with a highlight reel pick-six. Jojo Savage and Garrett Dozier led the Red Knights on the ground with 78 and 72 yards respectively, while sophomore QB Aiden Mick threw for 100 yards and a touchdown to go with four interceptions. 

The Tigers are back in action on September 6th in a home game against Edison. This will be  Wellsville’s first home game on their new turf field at Nicholson stadium. 



*Contributed by Gary Althiser


TORONTO, OH- The Toronto Red Knights defeated East Liverpool 12-0 in 5 innings on Wednesday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout.  Luke Gulczynski pitched a one-hitter before Zac Berger came in for the fifth frame.

Nate Karaffa led Toronto to victory by driving in four runs. He went 2-for-2 at the plate. Karaffa drove in runs on a sacrifice fly in the first, a single in the second, and a home run in the third.

Toronto had the lead from the jump when they fired up the offense in the first inning when Karaffa‘s sac fly scored one run for Toronto Red Knights Varsity.  Toronto scored six runs in the second inning. BergerTristan ThomasNick ChetockKaraffa, and Nick Sninchak all drove in runs in the frame.

One bright spot for East Liverpool was a single by Cory Weyand in the first inning, it was the only offense the Potters had to speak of on the afternoon.

Lucas Gulczynski earned the win for the Red Knights. He lasted four innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out three. Berger threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.  Paxton Grimes took the loss for East Liverpool. He lasted two and a third innings, allowing nine hits and nine runs while striking out one and walking zero.

Toronto had 14 hits in the game. ChetockGulczynskiSninchak, and Karaffa all managed multiple hits for the Red KnightsChetock led Toronto with three hits in three at-bats. They also tore up the base paths, as two players stole at least two bases. Karaffa led the way with two.

Weyand went 1-for-2 at the plate to lead East Liverpool in hits.



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In Toronto, Ohio- the baseball team is the heart of the town.  Immaculate facilities, great fans, and is almost always the case- a great product on the field.

A few years ago, a young man named Blaze Glenn graduated from Toronto High School after earning four letters in baseball and captaining the team for two years.  He was named the OVAC Player of the Year three times over as well as three-time First Team All-State with Ohio Player of the Year tabs in two of those years.  If that’s not enough, he STILL holds (and may for a while) the Toronto High School batting average record at .583.


After graduation, Glenn attended Sinclair Community College, where to no surprise to those who knew him, batted nearly .400 as a Freshman with double-digit home runs, and led his team to a conference championship, and All-Conference honors.

Then it was his moment to shine.  As Blaze would make the shift, and play Division 1 baseball by joining YOUR Youngstown State Penguins.

Business (his major) was booming as Blaze would light the ‘Guins lineup on fire by starting all 56 games as a Sophomore.  Glenn would reach base safely in 46 of those games, and would lead the team in batting average (.325), hits (64), RBI (43), slugging percentage (.558), and OBP (.445.)  However, the most impressive trait that we found about Blaze Glenn, he’s still getting better.  One of the hardest working athletes you’ll find, Glenn is always taking extra reps.  You can often time find him in the cage before AND after practice driving himself and his teammates to be the best they can possibly be.  Oh, and he’s not bad in the classroom, either.  We mentioned before about his Business Administration major, Blaze, and his teammates were recently recognized for a team GPA of over 3.3.

Truly impressive.

The best is yet to come this year, though.  All you have to do is ask the fire-starter, himself.

YSN General Manager, Steve Leslie sits down with Blaze Glenn after practice for this week’s YSU Baseball Player Profile- THE TORONTO TRAILBLAZER