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CANFIELD, OH- Welcome back to YSN, the podcast where we bring you inspiring stories and profiles from the world of sports. In today’s episode, we have a very special guest, Ceci Foster, a junior volleyball player at South Range High School.

Ceci’s journey to South Range is a captivating one, as she discusses the challenges of uprooting herself from her previous school and adjusting to a new environment. She shares the importance of embracing challenges and never giving up, a valuable lesson she learned from her father. Ceci also gives us a glimpse into her life growing up on a farm and the memorable moments she shared with her cousins.

The podcast explores the unique expectations and experiences at South Range, where earning your place is crucial. Despite facing hardships, Ceci’s resilience shines through as she talks about personal growth and the unwavering support she receives from her tight-knit family and the South Range community.

Join us as we dive into Ceci Foster’s inspiring story and discover how she has found her place at South Range. Stay tuned for another episode of YSN, where we bring you extraordinary tales from the world of sports.





The energy inside the South Range gymnasium was simply different on Thursday night. The three seniors on the team were honored before the match started. Each of them wanted to end their careers in their home gym with a positive note. They did just that with a three set win over Niles (25-18 25-23 25-16).

The Raiders came out swinging right away. They were able to hit an outstanding .408 hitting percentage in the opening set. Led by Anna Primavera with 7 kills in that set alone. The Raiders were also a force on the block from the beginning, whether it was Izzy Lamparty or Abby George, the Dragons struggled to get through the Raiders front row. Niles has very scrappy defense that kept things close. However, a late Raider rally gave them a 25-18 win in the first stanza.

The second set was by far the most exciting. Neither team had a lead that was greater than 3. Both teams were finding holes in the other’s defense. Truly a back and forth affair. With the score tied 23-23 the Raiders went to Anna Primavera to get set point, and then Izzy Lamparty put down a block to seal the set 25-23.

After winning such a closely contested set two it was clear that the Raiders had momentum. Niles however fought off the Raiders in the beginning stages of the set, in fact it was tied 12-12. Then it just got to be too much for the Dragons. The flood gates opened and the Raiders went on a 12-1 run to gain match point at 24-13 and eventually the match clinching set 25-16.

Anna Primavera had a double double with 16 kills, and 13 digs. She also tallied 3 aces. Abby George also had a strong night with 8 kills and a block. Maria Primavera had a career night with 12 kills and 7 digs, and an ace. Emily Irons had 40 assists, a season high. Also Irons had 7 digs and an ace. Reagan Irons finished with 20 digs, 4 kills, and 2 assists.

The Raiders now look forward to tournament play. The Raiders first game is Saturday Oct 19 at Salem High School. They await the winner of Columbiana vs Campbell.

Niles opens their tournament Tuesday Oct 15th vs Jefferson at Jefferson.




Hubbard volleyball has been in the midst of a rebuild the last couple seasons, with only 4 wins coming in to Tuesday night they gave South Range all they could’ve wanted. The Raiders escaped Hubbard with a five set victory (25-23 19-25 25-20 24-26 15-10).

From the first point of the game Hubbard set the tone with their defense. They did a tremendous job the whole match keeping balls in play and just giving themselves a chance at getting the point. The Raiders struggled through every facet of the game, but everything started with their serving. Both receiving, and sending them over caused problems for the Raiders. They had 11 service errors as a team on the night. The saving grace for the Raiders was their defense. They gathered 66 digs as a team, on a night where long rallies were common.  The Raiders saw a lot of chances to win the match earlier than the fifth set slip away. They struggled to hold on to leads. They had a 20-14 lead in set 4 before ultimately dropping it. South Range was able to come out in the fifth set and take control of it early. The Raiders escaped Hubbard with the five set win.

Anna Primavera lead the offense with 15 kills, and 6 digs. Izzy Lamparty was also in double figures with 13 kills, 6 blocks, and 2 digs.  Emily Irons had 32 assists, and 7 digs. Reagan Irons finished with 29 digs.

The Raiders return to action Wednesday as they travel to Ursuline.


On August 22nd South Range beat Poland in four sets. Over a month later the bad taste of the early season loss was still in Poland’s mouth. They took a five set thriller from the Raiders this time around. (25-16 16-25 25-22 7-25 15-8).

In the first two sets, both teams traded poor hitting performances. The Raiders hit a negative percentage in set number one, and Poland returned the favor in set number two. Each team won a set by a score of 25-16.

Set three was maybe the most important set because both teams were clicking. Lauren Mellilo has a tremendous set for the Bulldogs. Three straight kills at the ladder end of the set helped Poland pull through a tough set 25-22.

In set number four, the Raiders hit the lights out of the gym. Everything was finding it’s way to the floor. Marina Schneider set the tone for the Raiders early with two strong kills from the outside and the offense never looked back. The Raiders hit .348 in the set. They had 11 kills and only 2 errors in the set. They seemed to have all the momentum forcing a set five with a 25-7 win.

If you were to survey everyone in the stands after set four, everyone would say the Raiders had the momentum. However, Poland had other thoughts. They came out in the fifth set and were the more energetic team. Led by the tremendous defense the Bulldogs frustrated the Raider offense not letting anything fall. Morgan Kulchar was getting a hands on just about everything that was coming over the net. Poland found a way to bounce back from a 7-25 loss in set four to win set five 15-8 and avenge the earlier loss to the Raiders.

Anna Primavera led the Raider offense with 11 kills, 5 digs, and 5 aces. Izzy Lamparty also has a strong night with 10 kills and 5 aces. Emily Irons finished with 34 assists, 5 digs, and 3 aces. Reagan Irons had a season-high 35 digs.

The Raiders look to bounce back Thursday night hosting Girard. Poland travels to Lakeview on Thursday night.

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The Raiders welcomes the reigning NE8 champions, Lakeview into their gym Thursday night. Although the Raiders gave the Bulldogs just their second lost set in league play this season, Lakeview still took the match in four sets (25-16 25-20 21-25 25-22)

The first set can be summed up simply to a poor hitting start by the Raiders. They could not stay away from unforced errors. The Raiders finished the set with three more errors than kills that led to a hitting percentage of -.097. Lakeview scored the last 7 points of the set and took it 25-16.

The Raiders cleaned things up dramatically in set number two. Anna Primavera and Abby George has huge sets. George had 4 kills while Primavera had 5. However, the Bulldogs were up for the task as Lexi Inman flexed her muscles and led the Bulldogs past the Raiders in set two 25-20.

The tough serving of the Raiders wore down Lakeview in set three. Emily Irons had been getting Lakeview out of system all night, but in set three she finally got some aces out of her jump serve. Her serve helped the Raiders score a 5 point rally to lead 13-4. After Lakeview fought all the way back to tie the set at 15, the Raiders took  back a commanding lead. This time the clutch points came from Anna Primavera who tallied another 5 kill set. The Raiders took a close set three 25-21.

The fourth set was extremely competitive. For a large part of the set neither team had a leaf greater than 3. Lakeview a blocking was the difference. It forced the Raiders into bad situations. The Bulldog block was led by Tara Lytle. Lytle was a force in the front row giving the Raiders fits all night. She got the big points when her team needed them and Lakeview was able to come away with a 25-22 victory in set four, sealing the match.

The Raiders were led on offense by  Anna Primavera with 13 kills, she also gathered 5 digs. Abby George also had a strong night with 9 kills and 2 blocks. Emily Irons had 31 assists, 6 kills, and 5 aces. Reagan Irons finished with 13 digs.

The Raiders return to action Monday as they travel to Mooney. Lakeview travels to Jefferson on Tuesday.


South Range extended their winning streak to 5 games with a four set victory over Niles Tuesday night (25-21 25-14 21-25 25-15).

In the first set the Raiders got off to a rough start hitting in set one. All season they’ve continued to find ways to get points during hitting slumps and this set was no different. Despite hitting just .059 the Raiders picked up set one 25-21.

In the second set, the Raiders offense got going. They were able to drastically raise their hitting percentage and keep themselves in system. That, in turn, kept the Dragons out of system and caused them to send over a lot of free balls. The Raiders cruised to a 25-14 set two victories.

In set three Niles flipped the script of the set prior. They were the ones swinging with high efficiency and keeping the Raiders out of system. Despite hitting a steady .118 the Raiders weren’t able to keep the Dragons from forcing a fourth set, Niles took it 25-18.

The Raiders bounced back brilliantly in set number four. They aggressively jumped out to a big lead early and never gave it up. With maybe the best set the Raiders have had all season, they had an attack percentage of .308. The Raiders only had 2 attack errors in the set. They flew by the Dragons to claim the match with a 25-15 win.

Anna Primavera led the offense with 8 kills, 10 digs, and 2 aces. Marina Schneider had a strong performance as well with 6 kills, 3 digs, and 2 aces. Emily Irons had 26 assists, 7 kills, and 6 digs. Reagan Irons had 11 digs, 4 kills, and 2 aces.

The Raiders return to action Thursday as they host Lakeview.


The South Range Volleyball team has no trouble sweeping Struthers Thursday night (25-9 25-11 25-16).

The Raiders used 14 service aces to help them roll against Struthers. Izzy Lamparty got her five aces of the match in one 10-0 rally in set number one. Anna Primavera also scattered five aces in the match. The Raiders hit very efficiently hitting .174 on the match. The win completes an undefeated week for the Raiders.

The Raiders had three players with 6 kills on the night. Anna Primavera, Abby George, and Izzy Lamparty.  Maria Primavera led the defense with 7 digs. Emily Irons had 15 assists.

The Raiders return to action Monday as they welcome in Jackson Milton.


The South Range volleyball team dropped a four set match to Girard Tuesday night (25-23 16-25 17-25 21-25).

Girard got out to a strong start in set one holding at least a 3 point lead most of the way. The Raiders caught just to stay in striking distance not letting the lead get larger than 5. Late in the set, Girard have the Raiders an opening , and they took it. They went on a 12-6 run to close a set one victory 25-23.

The power of Girard, especially from the service line started to take its toll on the Raiders in set two. Natalie Pallone served up a big rally in the middle of the set giving the Indians control in the set. Helped out by 5 service errors in the set by the Raiders, Girard cruised to a set two win. 25-16.

The defense of the Indians led by senior captain Lexi Cochran was a clear advantage as the third set went on. Cochran and the Indians back row made kills come at a premium for the Raiders offense. Attack errors also hurt the Raiders, who hit in the negatives for the set. The Indians rolled again 25-17.

In set 4 both teams started shaky. Trading service errors, or attack errors leaving the set tied for the first 10 points. However, with Natalie Pallone serving another big rally Girard was able to gain a comfortable lead. The Raiders were able to come all the way back though using soft touches at the net to neutralize the Indian block. Girard was able to buckle down and get 5 of the last 6 points and seal the match with a 25-21 win in set four.

Anna Primavera had 10 kills for the Raiders, Emily Irons had 21 assists, and Reagan Irons had 13 digs.

The Raiders return to action Wednesday traveling to Boardman. Girard welcomes Poland on Thursday.


With Senior year upon her, South Range Senior Drew Feren has a chance to reflect on her growth over the last 4 years on the court.  A multi-sport talent returns to help lead the Lady Raiders in 2018, and sits down with our Anthony Hartwig to talk about everything from leadership, to who is the most outgoing, all the way to the teammate is most locked in.

Also, find out why South Range means so much to Drew on this edition of South Range Player Profile: EXACTLY HOW SHE DREW IT UP.