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EAST PALESTINE, OH- In a thrilling Wednesday night showdown, the East Palestine Lady Bulldogs triumphed over the Toronto Red Knights with a final score of 30-23. The victory not only marked a significant win for the team but also held a special significance as they celebrated Senior Night. Adding to the jubilation, Coach Will Franklin achieved a remarkable milestone by securing his 100th career victory on the same memorable evening.

From the opening tip-off, the Lady Bulldogs displayed determination and resilience on the court. Led by the senior leadership of Leila Martin, East Palestine showcased their offensive prowess with Martin delivering an impressive performance, contributing 12 points to the team’s victory. Martin’s skillful play and leadership set the tone for the Bulldogs’ relentless pursuit of success.

Supporting Martin’s stellar performance, Jasmine Ludt and Alivia Magness added valuable contributions to the offensive attack, each tallying 6 points apiece. Ludt and Magness demonstrated their versatility and skill, complementing Martin’s scoring efforts with their own decisive plays throughout the game.

Gabby Andre and Marah Zimmerman also made notable contributions to the Bulldogs’ offensive output, with each player adding 3 points to the team’s tally. Their timely baskets and tenacious defense proved instrumental in securing the victory for East Palestine on this memorable occasion.

Despite the formidable challenge posed by the Toronto Red Knights, the Lady Bulldogs remained resilient and focused throughout the contest. Toronto’s leading scorer, Michelle Anderson, demonstrated her scoring prowess, while JJ Rebich and Ashton Thomas contributed 5 and 4 points respectively. However, the Lady Bulldogs’ cohesive teamwork and unwavering determination ultimately proved decisive in securing the victory.

The atmosphere was electric as fans cheered on their beloved Lady Bulldogs, celebrating both the team’s triumph and Coach Will Franklin’s remarkable milestone. Franklin’s dedication and leadership have been instrumental in guiding the Lady Bulldogs to numerous victories, and his achievement of 100 career wins is a testament to his unwavering commitment to excellence.  Franklin has led EP since 2013 and is the only coach in the girls’ program to ever lead his team to a conference title.

As the final buzzer sounded, the East Palestine Lady Bulldogs celebrated a hard-fought victory and a momentous milestone in Coach Franklin’s career. The win not only serves as a testament to the team’s talent and determination but also underscores the significance of Senior Night as a tribute to the invaluable contributions of the team’s graduating seniors.


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


Leetonia fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 12-0 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.  Toronto scored on a single by Karaffa, a walk by Snibchak, a single by Thomas, a single by Clegg, and a double by Berger in the first inning.

The Bears struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Toronto, giving up 12 runs.

Toronto opened up scoring in the first inning, when Karaffa singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run.

A single by Brayden Duko in the second inning was a positive for Leetonia.

Clegg earned the win for Toronto. He surrendered zero runs on one hit over three innings, striking out four and walking one.  Gulczynski threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.

Dylan Lennon took the loss for Leetonia.  He lasted five innings, allowing seven hits and 12 runs while striking out four.

 Brock Simpson started the game for the Bears.

Duko went 1-for-2 at the plate to lead Leetonia in hits.

Karaffa led Toronto with three hits in three at bats.  Toronto didn’t commit a single error in the field. Thomas had the most chances in the field with five.

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