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POLAND, OH- In a remarkable display of skill and teamwork, the Boardman girls’ basketball team claimed a decisive 59-37 victory on the road against the formidable Poland Bulldogs. The Spartans took control early, establishing a 15-6 lead in the first quarter, setting the tone for a game where they never trailed.

Despite Poland narrowing the gap to 7 points in the third quarter, the Spartans unleashed a spectacular 19-2 run to close the quarter, solidifying their dominance. The fourth quarter saw all 14 players from Boardman contributing to a comprehensive team effort.

Senior Mackenzie Riccitelli led the charge with an outstanding performance, pouring in a game-high 23 points, accompanied by 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals. Sam Duble showcased her sharpshooting prowess once again, finishing with an impressive 19 points, primarily from beyond the arc. Sarah Bero demonstrated her dominance on the glass, finishing with 7 points.

Ava Freeborough contributed 4 points and added 3 steals to the team’s defensive efforts, while M.C. Werth pitched in with 2 points and led in steals with 6. Mikayla Rivera and Tori Strines each added 2 points to the scoreboard.

The entire roster played a crucial role in the fourth quarter, with Jocelynn Torres, Janessa Prisby, Amira Mousa, Lily Ison, Emma Terlesky, Ava Gaps, and Olivia Combis all contributing valuable minutes to close out the team win.

The game was part of the United Way’s 2023 Holiday Classic, and the girls felt honored to be part of such a significant event. With this victory, the Lady Spartans improve to an impressive 3-1 on the young season, while Poland drops to 2-2. The next challenge for the Lady Spartans awaits as they face the Dukes of Marlington next Saturday.


COLUMBIANA, OH- The latest episode of “Catching the Curb” podcast featured Bob Camardo, the legendary co-host of the show, who discussed the ongoing success of the luncheons organized by the Curbstone coaches. These luncheons have been a mainstay of the Valley’s December events, offering both delectable food and exceptional speakers.

The speakers at the luncheons have included luminaries such as Dana Balash, Channel 21 sports director, and professional statistician Tom Bochenik, who enthralled the audience with their insights and stories from the sports world. Bob Camardo also gave a glimpse into the upcoming speakers, including renowned personalities in wrestling, boxing, and baseball, creating an exciting lineup for the coming weeks.

The podcast also delved into the selection process of the speakers, with Bob sharing that the committee carefully chooses individuals with remarkable stories and connections to the local sports community. Additionally, the episode highlighted the importance of memberships, encouraging the public to join the Curbstone coaches and support their charitable endeavors.

Furthermore, Chuck Fizet, a key figure within the organization, provided a sneak peek into the Curbstone coaches’ future plans, unveiling the list of honorees for the upcoming banquet. This highly anticipated event, set for May 5, promises an evening of recognition and inspiration, with guest speaker Gene Steratore, renowned for his involvement in NCAA and NFL officiating.

Additionally, the Curbstone coaches’ commitment to charitable giving was underscored, with Chuck enumerating a list of local charities that have benefited from the organization’s generosity in the past year. The selfless dedication to giving back to the community reflects the organization’s profound love for the Mahoning Valley.

The episode concluded with a heartfelt message from Chuck, emphasizing the Curbstone coaches’ dedication to making the area better through their love of sports and charitable contributions. Overall, the podcast provided an inside look at the impactful work of the Curbstone coaches, highlighting their unwavering commitment to sports, community, and philanthropy.





POLAND, OH- Boardman had an impressive neutral-site victory, 62-49 over a talented Hickory Hornets team in the United Way Holiday Classic at Poland High School.

Derrick Anderson shined for the Spartans with 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Tommy Fryda had a very good game for the Spartans with 11 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 rebounds. Connor Miller had a big presence for the Spartans scoring 6 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Zach Ryan played great defense and tallied 5 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Ethan Anderson had a huge defensive night with 6 blocks to go along with 7 rebounds and 4 points. Daeone Martin attacked the rim well for 4 points to go along with 3 assists. Charlie Davis had a very solid night, scoring with a big 3 point shot and grabbing 4 rebounds.

Boardman improves to 3-0 on the young season and will look to keep improving Tuesday night at home vs Uniontown Lake.


*Story contributed by Pat Birch and boardmanathletics.com