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BELOIT OH- The West Branch Lady Warriors were searching for a win to help boost their confidence after a 1-6 start to the season. West Branch has traditionally been one of the best girls basketball teams in the area for quite some time, and they really haven’t had to face a whole lot of adversity. The Warriors have been playing without YSU commit Sophie Gregory who should return before the end of the season. Today the Lady Warriors played host to Ursuline and walked away with a very impressive 43-27 victory.


West Branch came into the game struggling offensively but that changed quickly. Hannah Egli had her best game of the season from beyond the arch as she led the way with 16 points. Livvie Showalter had another solid performance as she added 10 points for the Lady Warriors. Alli Kanagy, Chloe Dennison, Mikalyn Fitts, and Cami Campbell all made a positive impact on the game as well. They all scored but more importantly, were their key contributors on defense. The strong defensive performance held Ursuline to just two points in the third quarter.


Ursuline struggled to find its offense all night after only scoring 14 points at the half. Alayna Smith who came in as the leading scorer was held quite the entire game. She came in averaging 12 ppg. but was only held to 7 points. Lilly Scott was the leading scorer for Ursuline with 8 points and Chelsea Johnson added 7 for the Lady Fighting Irish. 


Coach Deshields was very happy that his team was able to fight back today through some adversity. This isn’t how the team wanted to start the season, but he is pleased with the effort the Lady Warriors give him at all times. West Branch will look to continue their win streak when they welcome East Liverpool on Tuesday at 7P.M. The Lady Warriors improved to 2-6 with the win. Ursuline will look to bounce back when they head back home to take on a tough South Range team. Ursuline drops to 3-4 with the loss.   


CANFIELD, OH- The Canfield Cardinals hosted the Ursuline Irish in a non-conference boys’ basketball game on Tuesday night. These two programs are atop the best in the district this season in division two. The Irish had a comfortable lead in the first half, but a late spark by Canfield pushed them past the Irish by a final of 58-50.

In the first quarter, Ursuline senior shooting guard Vinny Flauto had four three pointers to score 12 of the Ursuline 18 points. The Irish and the Cardinals went back and forth in the second quarter to head to the locker room with Ursuline leading 30-25. In the third quarter, the Cardinals outscored the Irish 23-11 with Canfield junior guard Tony Russo scoring 10 points to take a 48-41 lead at the end of three quarters. Canfield clamped down defensively in the fourth quarter to hold the Irish to just nine total points in the final eight minutes. The Cardinals rallied back to win 58-50.

The Cardinals were led by Russo who scored 21 points, while junior forward Jake Schneider also contributed with eight points. Ursuline was led by Vinny Flauto and Terrance Pankey who each had 14 points.

Ursuline is now 3-1 and will host Grand River Academy at 7 P.M. on Saturday night. Canfield is now 3-1 on the season and will travel to Mooney this Friday. Head Coach John Cullen accomplished 600 career wins after tonight’s victory. Here is what coach Cullen had to say after the win:



YOUNGSTOWN OH- Road wins in the game of basketball are always a key component to a successful basketball season. United accomplished just that as they traveled to Youngstown and came away with a big non conference win defeating Ursuline 40-35.

The Eagles fresh off a deceive win over Southern on Thursday were looking to keep that momentum going on Saturday. Out of the gate United did just that, matching the Irish physical play behind inside play Taylor Cope (9 points / 7 rebounds), as she put the Eagles ahead 8-5. Ursuline would answer as Lily Scott hit a clutch shot from downtown evening the score at 8-8. Each team would trade baskets evening the score at 10 after 1 quarter of play. Defense dictated the 2nd quarter as both squads failed to gain anything consistent on the offensive end. Ursuline would do just enough to gain a 16-15 halftime advantage.

Ursuline came out of the locker room looking to separate themselves from United. Alayna Smith would lead that charge consistently hitting the offensive glass for opportunities helping extend the Irish lead to 26-19 midway through the 3rd quarter. Smith would finish the day with 11 points and 9 rebounds. United would claw their way back into the game as Grace Knight would provide the spark her team needed scoring back to back buckets as the Irish lead was 27-25 heading to the 4th quarter. Knight stepped up for United on the day scoring a game high 17, 13 of which came in the 2nd half. “She did not have her best game the other night against Southern, however great players show up in big moments.

“She is the ultimate teammate doing whatever it takes to win as she proved today with her efforts all over the floor. I was very proud of her performance” United Coach Cory Leek.   The 4th quarter saw the momentum turn to the visitors from Hanoverton. Tied at 29-29 a Grace Knight runner in the lane would put the Eagles on top 31-29. Ursuline’s Lily Scott would answer with a huge 3 pointer putting the Irish back on top 32-31. Scott would finish the day with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. The next possession saw emotions get in the way as a held ball led to a technical foul being assessed to Ursuline. Senior Madison Kibler, held scoreless to that point, stepped to line calm and collected, nailing both attempts putting the Eagles back on top 33-32.

The free throw line decided the outcome as United was able to finish off the Irish in the final minute hitting their final 6 free throw attempts sealing the important road win. United guard Addyson Blazer turned in a solid performance on the day for the victors as well adding 7 points, 8 rebounds & 4 assists. Leek on his team’s impressive road win “This is a great win for us, to be able to come here and defeat a D2 school on the road really sets the tone moving into next week.

“Our schedule will continue to get tougher as we move deeper into December. A win like this provides us with a ton of confidence moving forward.” Ursuline (2-3) will continue to be tested as they travel to Warren Harding on Wednesday. United (4-1, 3-0), winners of 4 straight, continues the road trip as they travel to EOAC foe Wellsville on Monday.

*Contributed By YSN’s Chris Sigler


CANFIELD OH- Canfield meant business on Wednesday night as they welcomed in the Ursuline Irish. The Cardinals had gotten off to an impressive 2-0 start, but they knew the Irish would pose a challenge. Well, to say the Cardinals were prepared would be an understatement.  After a big 19-7 first quarter that set the tone of the night, Canfield rambled their way to a 56-18 victory.

Kate Sahli had a great night for the Cardinals inside and out. She beat the Irish off the dribble, but also was able to knock down some shots on the perimeter. She finished with a game-high 13 points.  Abby Muckleroy continued her shooting expertise hitting three triples on her way to 11 points.  Jenn Triveri had an impressive night off the bench for the Cardinals as well with 7 points.

Ursuline was led by Alayna Smith who finished the night withn8 points. She earned every point she got as the Cardinals defense was hyper focused on taking her away. Chelsee Johnson scored 6 points for the Irish.

Canfield has a huge test up next as they’ll welcome in Stow on Saturday.  Ursuline is also back in action on Saturday as they host United.


COLUMBUS, OH- The The Division two and three football All-Ohio teams were announced this afternoon by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. The teams consist of multiple YSN players in both divisions two and three.

Starting in division two, the Austintown Fitch Falcons had six players represented. On the first team all offense list was offensive linemen Josh Fitzgerald. On the second team defense was defensive back Davion Pritchard. Falcons quarterback DeShawn Vaughn made the third team all offense team. On the third team defensive team was Brian Robinson and Cam Smith. Austintown running back Jamell James also made the honorable mention team. For the Lakeside Dragons, both Angelo Collazo and Malachi Donahue made third team all defensive team.

In division three, 19 players under the YSN umbrella were honored from four different schools. Those schools include, Canfield, Ursuline, Louisville and Chaney. On the first team all offensive team was Canfield quarterback Broc Lowry and offensive linemen AJ Murphy. For Ursuline, wide receiver D.C. Ferrell, offensive linemen Brian Frasco, and defensive linemen Ty’Req Donlow made the list as first team selections. For Chaney on the first team all defensive team was Jason Hewlett and DJ Waller.

On the second team all offensive team was Ursuline running back Christian Lynch and offensive linemen Isaac Lucas. The Cardinals had a second team all defensive selection with linebacker Danny Inglis.

On the honorable mention team was nine student athletes in division three. Those nine include: Jacob Davide, Landon Charles, Will Burney, Mike Branch, Elijah Carter, Jack Davis, Santino Cocca, Hunter Kanotz and Dom Marzano. Congratulations to all 19 athletes that made the 2022 All-Ohio Football Teams.



KINSMAN, OHIO –  The Ursuline Irish’s girls basketball team traveled to small town Kinsman, Ohio to take on the Badger Braves. After a battle contested first half, the Irish pulled away in the second half led by Chelsea Johnson with 16 points and as well as a dominant performance by Alayna Smith, who had 15 points.

On the Badger side Katie Grexa led the team in scoring with 16 points in a great effort by her but it was in a losing effort as the braves fell to the Irish 61-38.

Badger will look to get back into the winning column when the take on the visiting Chalker Wildcats. Ursuline will be back at home Monday night when they take on the South Range Raiders. 

*Contributed By YSN’s Matt Morrison


HOWLAND, OH- The Howland girls basketball team picked up there first victory of the season against the Ursuline Irish by a final of 44-37. The ballgame was tightly contested from start to finish, but the Tigers outscored the Irish by 3 points in the fourth quarter to secure the late lead.

For Howland, Alyssa Massucci led the way with 22 points while Gia Hoso was behind her scoring 7 points. For the Irish, Lily Scott had 15 points to lead the way with Alayna Smith not far behind with 8 points. The Irish start the 2022 campaign 0-1, while the Tigers pick up there first win of the season to go 1-2.

The Irish take on Lakeview on the road tomorrow at 5:30 P.M., while The Tigers travel to Girard at 7 P.M. on Thursday night.


YOUNGSTOWN OH- Can you feel it in the air? As the cold air comes in to the valley, it whispers the start of the basketball season. Everyone is excited to see what teams take steps towards their goals this year. A team that is literally returning everyone from a season ago is the Ursuline Irish. With their girls being one year older, and one season more experienced, Ursuline seems to be one of the most seasoned teams in the YSN family. A quick look around the arena in girls basketball this season, a lot of other teams lost key pieces to graduation. The door may be wide open for the Irish.  Ursuline finished 9-14 last season against a solid schedule.  This season opens up against Howland on the road on November 28.

Bernard Scott returns to the helm of the Irish for another year. With coaching experience at every level of basketball, you can believe that he knows what he’s doing. He took the time to talk to Ty Bartell for an in depth preview of the season.  They talk about the growth of the team, moving up to division 2, and much more. Check out Episode 1 of Coach’s Corner with Bernard Scott.

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, The Ursuline Fighting Irish have marched through the last few weeks with little trouble as they hosted the Tallmadge Blue Devils in Week 12, but they had to overcome some adversity to keep their state title hopes alive.

The Irish offense struggled through their first four drives, gaining first downs but not finding the end zone. Through the first four drives, Ursuline turned the ball over on downs three times, and missed a field goal. Tallmadge took advantage of those opportunities, as Jackson Dougherty found the end zone twice on the ground to give the Blue Devils a 14-0 lead halfway through the second quarter. An Irish safety on Tallmadge’s first play after stuffing Ursuline on the one-yard line started to give the Irish a little momentum, and then a 66-yard punt return TD by Will Burney really got the wheels rolling for Ursuline as the Irish made it a 14-10 game as both teams went into their locker rooms.

The second half was all Irish. After forcing three-and-outs on the first three drives for Tallmadge, the quick fire plays for the Irish came in bunches. The third quarter featured a 40-yard touchdown reception by Will Burney, a 64-yard touchdown reception by Marc Manning, a 4-yard touchdown run by Christian Lynch, and a 73-yard touchdown run by Manning. At the end of the third, Ursuline was up 38-14, as they scored 38-unanswered points to look like their old selves once again. A score from DC Ferrell accompanied by a few late scores from Tallmadge gave the Irish a 45-28 victory, and secured a Week 13 matchup for the Irish for the third-consecutive season. Ursuline will face the Canfield Cardinals next week with a trip to the regional final on the line.

*Contributed By YSN’s Anthony Romo


YOUNGSTOWN, OH – It’s Week 12 of the high school football season in the state of Ohio, and the number of teams remaining in the state playoffs are quickly dwindling, but the Ursuline Irish are one of those teams still left. The Irish defeated Hawken commandingly in the first round of the Division III playoffs, knocking off the Hawks by a score of 43-12. The Irish used a 28-6 first-half advantage to build a gap early and never look back. With the win, the Irish are granted another home game at Stambaugh Stadium this Friday Night as they play host to the Tallmadge Blue Devils. The Blue Devils knocked off VASJ 21-7 in Round 1, and hold a 9-2 record. Tallmadge is a team that will like to throw the ball a lot, as they attempt over 26 passes per game. The Blue Devils are led offensively by Wisconsin commit Collin Dixon, who has been the top target out of a talented receiving core, hauling in 72 passes this season for 1325 yards and 18 touchdowns.

In this week’s coaches’ corner, Ursuline Head Coach Dan Reardon talks about last week’s performance against Hawken, the boost of getting one more home game this season, what to look forward to in this week’s matchup with Tallmadge, and more!

* Contributed by Anthony Romo *