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YOUNGSTOWN OH- Last season Ursuline was a breath away from a trip to Akron to play in the state tournament. They have been knocking on that door for some time, and are hungry to kick it down this year.  They may have lost some great pieces to graduation, but there is still a ton of talent on this Irish roster. With a typical Ursuline schedule that’s going to push the team all season, the Irish will be ready to go come postseason.

Irish head coach Kristina Dugan comes into her second season leading the Irish.  She’s brought a great mentality to the program, and will look to continue to do so. She took the time to talk to YSN’s Anthony Hartwig to preview the season.  She talks about the returning stars, some new faces to get familiar with, and so much more.  Check out Episode 1 of Coach’s Corner With Kristina Dugan only on YSN.

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YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO- The Ursuline baseball squad has been a dominant force and are looking to defend their district championship from a year ago. The Irish are guided by Head Coach Paul Kempe, who is entering his second year of coaching and has a haul returning for him including seniors Andrew Kirila and Luca Ricchiuti, who are looking to fill the void of the departure of Brady Shannon.

Coach Kempe has been preparing for the regular season and had the chance to sit down with YSN’s Matt Morrison to talk about it plus the goals he has set for the season. 

*Contributed By YSN’s Matt Morrison

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YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO- For a team to prepare for an ultimate quest, it takes a team that has the perfect mold that keeps them glued together. A team like the Ursuline Irish has been the perfect example of that all year long. At the beginning of the year, Head Coach Keith Gunther tasked his group of young men with the opportunity to make a run at the Division II state championship. The Irish set out led by Terence Pankey Jr. to try and accomplish this difficult task and on the way achieved a 20 win season.

The Irish unfortunately fell in the district championship, but the things that they achieved together as a team will always be remembered. Everyone here at YSN want to contragulate the Ursuline Irish for an unforgettable season. We are honored to announce that the Ursuline Irish is the 2023 YSN Team of the Year!

*Contributed By YSN’s Matt Morrison.


YOUNGSTOWN OH- Ursuline head coach Keith Gunther is one of the area’s biggest legends on the sidelines. One of the first things that comes to mind when you think of a coach Gunther team is their defense. He’s not shy about the fact that he is a defensive minded coach. No matter how much offensive talent the Irish end up having on offense, they always seem to be one of the best defensive teams in the area. So it should not surprise anyone that they hold one of the best defenders in the area. At 6’7 Ursuline’s Jaden Payne is what you’d call a problem.  He is the great Irish walk that stops just about anyone from getting to the rim. Because Payne is under such a great coach that focuses on defense, he has been driven to master his craft. Watching Jaden play defense is nothing less than satisfying to any of the pure basketball fans out there.  He also has done all of it against a top notch schedule that Ursuline continues to put together.

We at YSN want to congratulate Jaden and his teammates on a fantastic season. It is our honor to announce that Jaden is the recipient of the 2023 Defensive Player of the Year Award!


YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO- What a magnificent season it has been for the Ursuline Irish men’s basketball team. Even though it has been a magnificent season, Ursuline has kept their eyes on one main goal, a state title. The man that has been guiding these young men and inching them closer and closer to that goal is Head Coach Keith Gunther. Gunther has kept these men focused on their journey to a state title and it their journey started as soon as they lost to Howland in the Division II tournament a year ago. Gunther has done well with his squad as he and his team are just one win away from a district championship. The only team that stand in their way is Gilmour Academy, who they will take on this Saturday night at 7.

Coach Gunther has the time to talk to YSN’s Matt Morrison about the wonderful journey this team has been on and as well objectives that they still face. Check out this exclusive interview only on YSN!

*Contributed By YSN’s Matt Morrison

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CHARDON OH- Ursuline used their talented roster to impose their will on Edgewood Wednesday night in a dominant 87-53 victory over the Warriors. After leading at the end of the first quarter 26-12 and cooling off in the second quarter, Ursuline really put the game away in the third quarter, erupting for 30 points as a team.

Leading Ursuline in scoring was Jayden Payne with 22 points. Terrance Pankey had a very solid game on the offensive end as he totaled up 19 points for the Irish. Ursuline will now await the winner of Girard vs. Gilmour Academy. Girard was blown out by Ursuline 70-38 in the first game of the regular season.

The Irish will be back in action on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin in Chardon.

*Contributed By YSN’s Michael Wolfgang


YOUNGSTOWN OH- Number one seeded Ursuline opened up tournament play last night hosting Streetsboro and the Irish proved why they are the real deal! Ursuline walked away with an impressive 61-28 victory. 


Both teams started off sloppy with some turnovers and the Irish only led 12-10 after the first quarter. Coming into the second quarter, that’s when Ursuline ramped up the pressure and only allowed three points in the quarter. That defensive intensity carried over throughout the rest of the game forcing Streetsboro to continuously turn the ball over. 


For Ursuline Vinny Flauto was the star of the night! He was scorching hot from beyond the arch knocking down six three pointers and leading the team with 20 points. Jaden Payne also had a solid night with 14 points, and Will Burney contributed 7 points for the Irish. Ursuline is very gifted offensively and any player can light up the scoreboard on any given night. 


Streetsboro struggled all night to find their offense. Joey Hoffman, Micah Schuleter, and Jackson Gula all had 6 points. Turnovers really hurt the Rockets throughout the game. They handled the Irish pressure well in that first quarter, but struggled to keep up with Ursuline’s athleticism.


With the win, Ursuline will advance to play Edgewood in the District Semi-Finals. The Game will take place on March 1st at 7 p.m at NDCL.

*Contributed By YSN’s Michael Ginocchi



YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO- The Ursuline Lady Irish will begin their tournament quest tonight as they gear up to take take on Aurora in round one of the Division II girls basketball tournament. The Ursuline girls have been preparing for this tournament all year long with their amazing strength of schedule. The girls have been guided by head coach Bernard Scott who has led them to a 15-7 record and with some impressive wins as well against like East and Girard.

Coach Scott has done a great job at keeping his squad very calm and collective throughout the season and he had the opportunity to sit down with YSN’s Matt Morrison to talk about the season the girls have had and as well as the upcoming tournament play. Check out this exclusive interview only on YSN! 

*Contributed By YSN’s Matt Morrison

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YOUNGSTOWN OH- One of the first goals on Ursuline’s team list this season was to win the Steel Valley Conference.  Over the last couple years the conference had ran through Mooney, they were the team to beat.  On Saturday it came down to the Irish and the Cardinals in a game for first place.  Ursuline could win and secure an outright title, and Mooney was looking for a share of the crown.  After a dominating 3 quarters from Ursuline, Mooney made a major comeback attempt. It fell just short though, and Ursuline walked away with a 48-44 win.

The Irish were led by Alayna Smith with a big 19 points most of which came in the paint. Lilly Scott played well on both ends of the door scoring 9 points, and grabbing the game clinching steal.  Chelsea Johnson was also in double figures for Ursuline with 10 points


Maria Fire had the game of her career as she tried to Will Mooney back in the game. She scored a game-high 30 points.  Sophia Diorio battled foul trouble, and still came away with 7 points.

Ursuline will stay on the road Thursday as they travel to Hubbard out of the NE8.  Mooney will host Poland on Saturday.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Terrance Pankey and Jaden Payne combined for twenty-five points to move Keith Gunther into first place as Ursuline’s all-time winningest head coach. The win is number 278 in coach Gunther’s incredible career.  

Ursuline (15-1) dominated the first half holding a double digit lead for half of the first and almost all of the second quarter. The Irish held a fifteen point lead on two separate occasions, and would end the half of a 6-0 run to take a 36-21 lead into half.

Coming out of the break, Chaney (9-7) would start the third on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to ten. After an Ursuline bucket, the Cowboys would respond with a 13-0 run to take their first lead of the game with a little more than a minute to play in the quarter. The two teams would trade buckets and Chaney would take a one-point lead into the final quarter. Chaney outscored Ursuline 20-4 in the third.

Just seventeen seconds into the fourth, Jayden Payne would hit a pair of free throws to give Ursuline the lead, which they would never relinquish. The Irish would go on to outscore Chaney 22-13 in the final seven minutes and forty-three seconds to give Ursuline the win, 66-54.



Terrance Pankey – 19 points

Jaden Payne – 16 points

Vinny Flauto – 14 points


Jason Hewlett – 21 points

Jashaun Holcomb – 11 points


Ursuline: Now winners of their last eleven, the Irish will travel to take on the Howland Tigers (9-8). Howland won last season’s matchup 59-50, but the Irish have won 5 of the last 7.

Chaney: Following their second loss of the season to the Ursuline Irish, the Cowboys will look to bounce back with a home matchup against another SVC foe, in the rival East Golden Bears (8-8). Chaney dominated the Bears earlier this month, winning 61-34 on the east side. The Golden Bears will come in on a three-game losing streak.

*Contributed By YSN’s Jamie Thomson.