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By Ty Bartell

YOUNGSTOWN OH- High school basketball season would not feel the same if YSN did not do the annual check in with Coach Dolph Carroll of The Valley Christian Eagles boys basketball team. Losing a handful of players and bringing a little more than that back, The Eagles finished last year 7-7 inside The Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference (EOAC) and 10-10 overall. Those wins put Valley Christian in the middle of the pack inside The EOAC, but it simultaneously put them in an interesting position this year of going either up or down from the .500 campaign.

In this edition of Coaches Corner, YSNs Ty Bartell gets the opportunity to talk with the legendary Coach Carroll about his Eagles squad this year, what to expect from Valley Christian basketball, the team strengths, an EOAC outlook, the love of basketball and more! Stay updated all season with Valley Christian live games, scores, stats, stories and more on YSN

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YOUNGSTOWN OH- As Valley Christian’s girls basketball team gears up for a new season, head coach Aaron Agresta reflects on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. While the team faced the departure of key players due to graduation, the increased roster numbers this season provide a silver lining, offering depth that was lacking in the previous year.

Coach Agresta acknowledges the importance of fundamentals, emphasizing a renewed focus on these foundational skills during the off-season. Recognizing the need for personal adjustments in coaching style, he believes that honing fundamental skills will be the key to success in the upcoming season.

Last season showcased Valley Christian’s talent, but a lack of depth hindered their performance. This year, Coach Agresta is optimistic that the expanded roster will not only mitigate the impact of graduations but also provide the team with a competitive edge.

Competing in the challenging EOAC conference, Coach Agresta envisions using a strategic rotation and the team’s tenacity to make a significant impact this season. The emphasis on fundamentals is expected to bolster their overall performance and create a more resilient and well-rounded squad.

For an exclusive preview of the upcoming season, tune in to Episode 1 of Coach’s Corner with Aaron Agresta, where Ty Bartell and Anthony Hartwig sit down with Coach Agresta to discuss the team’s preparations, strategies, and aspirations. Get ready for an exciting season as Valley Christian aims to make some noise in the EOAC conference.

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Contributed by Mike Swinhart


DIVISION 2 REGION 5 – Hoban is already in the playoffs
Austintown Fitch
– WIN or Eastlake North loss

– or losses by Cleveland CC, Lutheran East, Eastlake North, Solon, and Akron Ellet

DIVISION 3 REGION 9 – Ursuline is already in the playoffs
– WIN or Notre Dame – Cathedral Latin loss

– WIN + losses by Dover, Bedford, Kent Roosevelt, NDCL, and Marlington + win by Mooney or Boardman
– Loss + losses by Dover, Linsly(WV), Indian Valley, Kent Roosevelt, Harvey, West Geauga, Bedford, Marlington, Tallmadge, and NDCL + Boardman and Mooney wins

DIVISION 4 REGION 13 – WB, Struthers, Poland, Mooney, and Niles are already in playoffs
Beaver Local
– WIN or Ravenna loss

– WIN or Ravenna loss

– WIN or any losses by Ravenna, Field, Warrensville Heights, and Holy Name

East Liverpool
– WIN or any losses by Ravenna, Field, Warrensville Heights, and Holy Name

– WIN or losses by Lutheran East, Ravenna, and Warrensville Heights + either losses by Field & Holy Name or wins by Beaver Local, Youngstown East, Howland, and Greenville (PA)

DIVISION 5 REGION 17 – South Range and Garfield are already in playoffs
– WIN or 2 out of 3 must lose (Orrville, Smithville, Chagrin Falls)

– WIN or 3 out of 5 must lose (Brookside, Chagrin Falls, Smithville, Orrville, Fairless)

– WIN or 3 out of 5 must lose (Brookside, Chagrin Falls, Smithville, Orrville, Fairless)

– WIN or 3 out of 5 must lose – Brookside, Orrville, Chagrin Falls, Smithville, and 1 out of 3 (Fairless, Claymont, or Manchester)


DIVISION 6 REGION 21 – United, PV, J-M, LaBrae, and Brookfield are already in playoffs
Mineral Ridge
– WIN or a winner in the Valley Christian – Columbiana game, they will be in

– WIN or a winner in the Valley Christian – Columbiana game, they will be in

– WIN or losses by Independence, Brooklyn, Saint John School

Valley Christian
– WIN or losses by Independence, Brooklyn, Wickliffe, Saint John School + wins by Crestview, Wellsville, and either East Palestine or Leetonia

– WIN + losses by Columbiana, Crestview, East Palestine, Wickliffe, Independence, Saint John School, and Brooklyn + wins by Lisbon and Leetonia

East Palestine
– WIN + losses by Waterloo, Wickliffe, Columbiana, Crestview, Independence, St John School, and Brooklyn + wins by Leetonia and Wellsville

DIVISION 7 REGION 25 – Springfield, WR, Lowellville, Southern, Lisbon, & McDonald already in playoffs
Warren JFK
– WIN + Conotton Valley loss + either a Buckeye Central loss or two out of these next three need to lose (Crestline, St Joseph Central Catholic, and/or Bucyrus).

– WIN + losses by Conotton Valley, Buckeye Central, Saint John School, and Warren JFK + wins by Waterloo, Tuscarawas Central Catholic, and St. Thomas Aquinas


HANOVERTON OH- In a battle of the Eagles, it was United who rose to the occasion and secured a commanding 38-6 victory over Valley Christian. The win allows United to maintain their first-place position in the EOAC, showcasing their strength and determination on the football field.

United wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard in the first quarter, with Luke Courtney making a 21-yard touchdown run. The successful extra point put United ahead 7-0 with 6:12 remaining in the quarter.

Continuing their offensive dominance, United extended their lead in the second quarter. Andrew Ogilvie’s 1-yard touchdown run capped off a 65-yard drive, giving United a 14-0 lead at 9:56 in the second quarter.

United further solidified their advantage as Luke Courtney nailed a 27-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter, bringing the score to 17-0 at halftime.

United maintained their momentum in the third quarter when Dan Milburn returned the opening kickoff an impressive 72 yards for a touchdown, further extending their lead to 24-0.

Luke Courtney’s explosive 50-yard run set up Andrew Ogilvie’s 4-yard touchdown run, pushing United to a commanding 31-0 lead.

United continued to dominate in the final quarter when they recovered a fumble at Valley Christian’s 39-yard line. In the very next play, Andrew Ogilvie sprinted 39 yards for a touchdown, further solidifying United’s lead at 38-0.

Valley Christian managed to get on the board when Ja’Sean Lindsey made a 4-yard touchdown run, making the score 38-6.

The game concluded with a resounding 38-6 victory for United, highlighting their prowess on both sides of the ball and their determination to maintain their first-place position in the EOAC.

United, now 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the league, is set to return home to face East Palestine in their next matchup. Meanwhile, Valley Christian, with a record of 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the league, is scheduled to take on Columbiana in their upcoming game.


LIBERTY OH- In an eagerly anticipated Saturday night showdown, Southern sought revenge against Valley Christian, who had clinched the EOAC title over them the previous season. The Indians came through with a thrilling 46-36 win in front of a prime-time audience.

The first quarter set the stage for Southern’s offensive fireworks. Landen Heffner kicked things off with a 35-yard touchdown run, giving the Indians an early 6-0 lead with 9:18 on the clock. Southern kept the momentum going as Logan Mettenburger contributed with a 7-yard touchdown run, extending their lead to 12-0 at 1:31.

In the second quarter, Valley Christian made an effort to claw back into the game. Timmy Potts connected with Markell Smith on a 13-yard touchdown pass, narrowing the gap to 12-6 with 8:17 left. However, Southern responded swiftly, with Tommy Potts executing a 1-yard quarterback sneak, pushing their lead to 26-6 with 4:31 remaining.

Valley Christian managed to find the end zone before the half as Ike Lake executed a 9-yard quarterback run, making it 26-12 with just 35 seconds left on the clock.

The third quarter featured a safety, adding two points to Southern’s lead, now at 28-12. A pivotal moment came when Valley Christian returned an interception for a touchdown, closing the gap to 28-20 with 2:10 left in the quarter.

As the fourth quarter began, Heffner scored his second touchdown of the night with a 1-yard run, extending Southern’s lead to 34-20 with 10:00 remaining. Valley Christian wasn’t ready to concede, as Ahmire Dixon returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, making it a 34-22 game.

Southern continued to find the end zone with a 60-yard touchdown run, increasing their lead to 40-22. Valley Christian responded with another kickoff return for a touchdown by Dixon, cutting the deficit to 40-28.

However, Southern put the game out of reach with Frank Shagnot’s 50-yard touchdown run, securing a 46-28 lead with 7:36 left. Valley Christian managed one more trick play, a flea-flicker that resulted in a 50-yard touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.


LISBON OH- In another stunning display of skill and determination, the Lisbon football team secured a hard-fought 14-7 victory against Valley Christian. This win marked their second consecutive upset over a formidable opponent, solidifying their status as a team to watch in the season.

The 1st quarter was a defensive battle, resulting in a scoreless tie as both teams fought to gain the upper hand. However, the game began to heat up in the 2nd quarter when Valley Christian’s Ike Luke burst through with a 20-yard touchdown run, putting his team ahead 7-0.

The 3rd quarter brought hope to the Lisbon faithful when Trevor Siefke connected with Logan Stauffer for an 11-yard touchdown pass, narrowing the gap to 7-6 in favor of Valley Christian.

In a thrilling 4th quarter, Siefke and Stauffer became the heroes for Lisbon once more. Siefke found Stauffer again, this time for a 26-yard touchdown pass. Lisbon’s successful 2-point conversion gave them a crucial 14-7 lead that they would protect until the final whistle.

In terms of total yards, both teams fought hard, with Valley Christian accumulating 164 yards and Lisbon close behind with 189.

Key contributors for Valley Christian included Ja’Sean Lindsey, who rushed for 58 yards, and Deion Miller, who completed 2 of 5 passes for 75 yards, with Lindsey making a spectacular 58-yard catch.

Lisbon’s offensive efforts were led by Ashton Hinchliffe, who rushed for 46 yards, and Trevor Siefke, who delivered an impressive performance with 14 completions on 23 attempts, amassing 142 yards and tossing two crucial touchdown passes.

This victory showcased Lisbon’s resilience, proving that their previous upset was no accident. With a growing list of accomplishments, the Lisbon football team continues to capture the attention of fans and opponents alike, making them a formidable force in the season.


EAST PALESTINE OH- In a game that kept fans on the edge of their seats, Valley Christian managed to narrowly escape East Palestine’s determined Bulldogs with a 28-13 victory on the road, maintaining their position at the top of the EOAC standings.

Valley Christian asserted their dominance early, building a commanding 20-0 lead as the game reached the third quarter. However, East Palestine was far from done. Jesse Lipp of the Bulldogs found an opening and scored from close range, marking their first points of the game.

East Palestine continued to fight back, with Zach Schnelle making a crucial play by running it in from 13 yards out, narrowing the gap to 20-13. It seemed like an upset might be in the making.

But Valley Christian wasn’t ready to concede. Ja’Sean Lindsay, in a pivotal moment, capped off a significant Eagles’ response with a 24-yard touchdown, securing a late 28-13 lead.

Ike Lake played a vital role for Valley Christian, contributing with a pair of touchdowns, one through the air and another on the ground. Additionally, Geardon Traylor provided a game-changing play with a sensational 65-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Deion Miller.

East Palestine, though on the losing side, had notable individual performances. Owen Jurjavcic was instrumental, gaining 95 yards on 16 rushes and completing 15 of 28 passes for 168 yards. Jesse Lipp showcased his versatility with a rushing touchdown and a solid contribution on the ground, gaining 53 yards.

In a game that saw shifts in momentum and intense competition, Valley Christian ultimately held onto their EOAC lead. East Palestine’s spirited performance reminded everyone that they are a force to be reckoned with in the league, setting the stage for thrilling matchups in the games to come.


LEETONIA, OH- In a highly anticipated conference matchup between the Leetonia Bears and the Valley Christian Eagles, it was the Eagles who soared to victory with an impressive final score of 30-0.

The first quarter of the game set the tone for Valley Christian’s dominance. At 10:08, Ja’Sean Lindsey powered through the Leetonia defense, punching in a one-yard touchdown. However, the extra point attempt was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 6-0 in favor of the Eagles. Just a couple of minutes later, at 7:25, Ja’Sean Lindsey showcased his explosive speed, breaking free for a 39-yard touchdown run, extending Valley Christian’s lead to 12-0.

The Eagles’ defense was equally formidable, as demonstrated by Ahmire Dixon at 5:16 in the first quarter. Dixon intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards to the end zone for another touchdown, widening the gap to 18-0.

As the game moved into the second quarter, Valley Christian continued to dominate. Ike Lake made a spectacular 37-yard touchdown run at 4:25, further extending the Eagles’ lead to 24-0. The Bears’ defense struggled to contain the relentless attack from the Eagles.

Deion Miller, the Eagles’ quarterback, showcased his passing skills in the third quarter. At an impressive 3:22-minute mark, he connected with a receiver from 20 yards out for another touchdown, capping off the scoring at 30-0.

Throughout the game, the Valley Christian Eagles displayed an impressive blend of offensive and defensive prowess, while the Leetonia Bears faced difficulties in finding a foothold in the contest.


LIBERTY OH- In a matchup marked by big plays and determined football, Brookfield continued their successful run against Valley Christian with a 26-12 victory.

The first quarter set the tone for Brookfield’s dominance as Josh Rankin connected with Christian Davis for an explosive 60-yard touchdown pass, with Brian Smith adding the extra point to put them ahead 7-0. The momentum continued for Brookfield with a 3-yard touchdown run by Rico Smith, and Smith’s successful extra point extended their lead to 14-0.

Valley Christian answered back in the second quarter with an impressive 80-yard touchdown run by Ike Lake, although their two-point conversion attempt fell short, making the score 14-6 in favor of Brookfield. Brookfield wasn’t done yet, as Rankin connected with Davis again, this time for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:32 left in the half, putting them up 20-6 at halftime.

The third quarter saw Valley Christian mount a comeback, with Jasean Lindsey sprinting for a 69-yard touchdown run, closing the gap to 20-12. However, they couldn’t convert the two-point attempt, leaving them trailing Brookfield.

In the final quarter, Brookfield sealed their victory with a 4-yard touchdown run by Kaiden Karilla, although the extra point was unsuccessful. The game ended with Brookfield securing a 26-12 win.

With this victory, Brookfield improved to a 1-2 record and now looks forward to starting conference play in Week 4 as they host Champion. On the other hand, Valley Christian, also at 1-2, prepares for a matchup with Sebring in Week 4. This game highlighted the determination and resilience of both teams on the football field, with Brookfield ultimately emerging as the victors.

Game photos can be found HERE: https://ysn.smugmug.com/9-1-fb-valley-christian-brookfield/9-1-fb-brookfield-valley-christian/


Youngstown, OH- In a commanding display of defensive prowess and strategic playmaking, the Labrae Vikings outshined the Valley Christian Eagles in a resounding 20-0 victory. The game, filled with thrilling moments, showcased Labrae’s dominance on both ends of the field.

The opening quarter witnessed Labrae’s Jay McGary breaking through the defensive lines with a 12-yard touchdown run, followed by a successful extra point by Max Young. This early offensive strike set the tone for Labrae’s determination to seize control of the game.

As the second quarter unfolded, the momentum continued to favor Labrae. With 5 minutes and 49 seconds left, Valley Christian’s Ja’Sean Lindsay’s pass was intercepted by Labrae’s Treyton Derry, adding to Labrae’s growing advantage.

The fourth quarter intensified the pressure on Valley Christian. Labrae’s Kenny Yoho showcased his precision with a 17-yard pass to Eric Riebold, extending the lead to 14-0 after Max Young’s extra point. Labrae’s defense remained unyielding, with Ja’Sean Lindsay of Valley Christian throwing yet another interception, this time claimed by Labrae’s Mike Henderson. In a swift response, Treyton Derry sprinted 20 yards for another Labrae touchdown, although the subsequent 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

The final score of 20-0 reflected Labrae’s exceptional defensive performance, effectively neutralizing Valley Christian’s run game and consistently capitalizing on turnovers. The victory secured Labrae’s position with a 1-1 record, as they now prepare to face off against the Niles Red Dragons in week 3. Meanwhile, the Valley Christian Eagles, also with a 1-1 record, are set to host the Brookfield Warriors in their upcoming week 3 encounter.