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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


ATWATER OH- In an impressive display of dominance, the Lowellville Rockets soared to a commanding 40-8 victory over Waterloo in Week 9. The Rockets left no room for doubt, showcasing their prowess throughout the game.

Lowellville quickly established their presence in the game when Michael Ballone connected with Matt Lucido for a sensational 65-yard passing touchdown. This early strike put Lowellville ahead 7-0, leaving Waterloo with a challenging climb ahead. The touchdown occurred with 4:22 remaining in the first quarter.

The Rockets continued to expand their lead in the second quarter. Geno Perry powered through for a 2-yard rushing touchdown, increasing Lowellville’s advantage to 13-0. This impressive run occurred with 11:15 left in the second quarter.

Tino Rivera-Ocasio added to Lowellville’s offensive prowess with a remarkable 52-yard rushing touchdown at 3:56 in the second quarter. This outstanding play extended the lead to 20-0.

Just before the end of the first half, Michael Ballone showcased his skill again. He launched a 28-yard passing touchdown to Landon Esenwein. The pass was tipped in the air, resulting in a jump ball that Esenwein skillfully grabbed. With 33 seconds left in the second quarter, Lowellville held a commanding 26-0 lead.

The third quarter brought no respite for Waterloo as Lowellville continued to assert their dominance. Tino Rivera-Ocasio, already having a standout game, secured his second rushing touchdown, this time for 26 yards. The extra point was good, pushing the score to 33-0 with 7:39 remaining in the third quarter.

Codi Nofli joined the scoring frenzy with a 3-yard rushing touchdown. The extra point was successful, making it 40-0 Lowellville.

In the final quarter, Waterloo managed to find the end zone with Luke Thomas scoring a rushing touchdown and a successful two-point conversion


BERLIN CENTER, OH- It was a crisp autumn evening, and the small town of Western Reserve was buzzing with excitement as their high school football team prepared to face off against the Waterloo Vikings. The stands were packed with loyal fans, each sporting the blue and white colors of Western Reserve, while the Vikings’ supporters, though fewer in number, cheered just as passionately.

As the game kicked off, it became apparent that Western Reserve was determined to dominate the field. In the first quarter, Luke Henning, the star Quarterback, showcased his skills with two remarkable touchdowns. The first came from a nine-yard rush, and the second from an impressive sixteen-yard sprint. The Western Reserve fans erupted in joy, their team taking an early lead.

The second quarter was no different, with Western Reserve continuing to pile on the points. Jack Darney powered his way through the Vikings’ defense for a five-yard touchdown. Nate Hemberger added to the lead with a breathtaking 33-yard touchdown run. The crowd roared in approval as Josh Stamp made a spectacular catch in the end zone, securing another 33-yard touchdown. The Vikings struggled to find an answer to Western Reserve’s relentless offense, and the score at halftime stood at 33-0 in favor of the home team.

After the break, the Western Reserve team showed no signs of letting up. In the third quarter, Joey Sigworth made a strong push and managed to score a 10-yard touchdown, extending their lead to 40-0.

In the final quarter, Western Reserve’s dominance continued, but it was now Chris Pater’s time to shine. He accounted for two touchdowns, one with a perfectly placed pass through the air and another with a sensational kickoff return. Western Reserve’s offensive prowess seemed unstoppable, and the score climbed to 54-0.

Despite the lopsided score, the Waterloo Vikings didn’t give up. In the closing moments of the game, their quarterback, Jayden Hakin, managed to break through Western Reserve’s defense with a six-yard rushing touchdown. The Vikings’ fans cheered loudly, celebrating their team’s fighting spirit.

However, it was Western Reserve’s night, and the final score read 61-8 in their favor. The hometown heroes celebrated their victory with a jubilant crowd, improving their record to 6-2 for the season. On the other hand, Waterloo, now with a record of 2-6, looked ahead to the next game with determination, knowing that they had shown resilience in the face of a formidable opponent.

The Western Reserve fans left the stadium that night with a sense of pride and optimism, while the Waterloo Vikings, though defeated, knew they had given it their all on the field. It was a memorable evening of football in Western Reserve, and the spirit of the game lived on in the hearts of the players and fans alike.

*Story Contributed by Chris Colucci


**Jackson Milton Secures Their 5th Win of the Season with a 19-6 Victory Over Waterloo**

In a hard-fought contest, Jackson Milton displayed their resilience and determination, securing their 5th win of the season with a 19-6 victory over Waterloo. The game was a testament to both teams’ defensive prowess, with standout plays on both sides of the ball.

The 1st quarter set the tone for the game, as Brayden Greathouse unleashed an 8-yard sack on Waterloo’s Jayden Hakin. Jackson Milton’s Leo Hines made a game-changing play with a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown at 6:40. However, the 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 6-0 in favor of Jackson Milton. Cayden Mitchell came up clutch with an interception at his own 2-yard line, effectively halting Waterloo’s drive.

The 2nd quarter saw Waterloo’s defense recovering a fumble at the 50-yard line at 11:44. They repeated the feat with another fumble recovery, this time at Jackson Milton’s 30-yard line at 8:53. Jayden Hakin capitalized on the field position, scoring an 8-yard rushing touchdown at 5:21. Unfortunately, the 2-point conversion attempt fell short, resulting in a 6-6 tie. The quarter ended with a crucial interception in the end zone by Waterloo’s Bobby Harouff at 0:11.

The 3rd quarter witnessed Jackson Milton regaining the lead as Keegan White powered through with a 4-yard rushing touchdown at 8:01, followed by a successful PAT by Sam Coon, making it 13-6 for Jackson Milton. Cayden Mitchell showcased his defensive prowess once again with an interception at 7:41. Waterloo’s defense held strong with a goal-line stand on 4th and goal at the 1 at 3:12, taking over on downs. Jackson Milton returned the favor, stopping Waterloo on 4th and 1 at the Waterloo 20 with just 3 seconds left in the quarter.

The 4th quarter saw Joey Zayas making a significant impact with a sack on Jaydin Hakin for a 5-yard loss at 2:50. Jackson Milton sealed the game with a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Cayden Mitchell at 1:25, although the 2-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful, resulting in a final score of 19-6 in favor of Jackson Milton.

In the end, Jackson Milton’s tenacious defense and timely plays on offense proved to be the difference-makers in this closely contested matchup. The final score of 19-6 highlighted their ability to rise to the occasion, securing their 5th win of the season in impressive fashion.


ATWATER, OH- In a high-octane football clash between the McDonald Blue Devils and the Waterloo Vikings, it was McDonald who emerged as the dominant force, securing a convincing victory with a final score of 42-12.

The game got off to an electrifying start for McDonald as Drew Zajack, their quarterback, showcased his versatility by executing a QB keeper from 4 yards out, putting the Blue Devils on the scoreboard with a 7-0 lead. Zajack continued to shine, adding to McDonald’s lead in the first quarter by running in another touchdown, this time from 6 yards away, with just 17 seconds left on the clock, making it 14-0.

The second quarter saw McDonald extending their lead further as Drew Zajack once again displayed his rushing prowess, scoring an 8-yard touchdown to bring the score to 21-0 with 9:01 remaining in the first half.

Waterloo, determined to get back into the game, managed to put together their first scoring drive with 6:38 left in the half. Jayden Hakin, the Vikings’ quarterback, connected with Bobby Harouff for a 6-yard touchdown pass, reducing the deficit to 21-6.

After halftime, Drew Zajack wasted no time resuming his impressive performance, scoring a 14-yard touchdown run to extend McDonald’s lead to 28-6 with 7:00 left in the third quarter. McDonald’s offense continued to shine, this time through the air, as Kyle Puckett found Jordan Taylor from 6 yards away with 2:56 left in the frame, increasing their lead to 35-6.

Waterloo, not willing to relent, saw Jayden Hakin take matters into his own hands as he rushed in from 6 yards out, closing the gap to 35-12 with just seven seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Drew Zajack put the finishing touches on this impressive performance, scoring another touchdown just over a minute into the final quarter. His fifth touchdown of the game sealed the deal for the McDonald Blue Devils, resulting in a convincing 42-12 victory.

In the end, McDonald’s (4-2) stellar offensive display and Drew Zajack’s exceptional performance led them to this resounding win, leaving the Waterloo Vikings (2-4) with a tough outing on the gridiron.


By Ty Bartell 

LEETONIA OH- Multiple athletic events occurred throughout Northeast Ohio on Saturday, whether it was
on a field, on a court, or a cross country course! On the volleyball side of things, there were plenty of matchups with a first serve starting, in some cases, in the morning hours all the way into the early afternoon. One of those matchups was a non-conference contest between The Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference’s (EOAC) Leetonia Bears who hosted The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference’s (MVAC) Waterloo Vikings.

The Bears had seen their struggles this season, looking for just their second win of the season on Saturday. While The Vikings came in riding the roller coaster, going 3-3 in their last 6 matches while alternating between a win and a loss in those matches. The two programs had also had a prior meeting this season back on September 2nd on Waterloo’s home turf, The Vikings took that match 3-0.

The first set of match number two on Saturday saw a close battle in the opening set as The Bears were feeling the energy from playing at home. However, it would not be enough, as The Vikings pulled away with the opening set 25-18. Set two was much of the same, with both teams showing a good battle throughout. But unfortunately for Leetonia, the result shared similarities to the set prior, with Waterloo capturing the set two win 25-17. With a comfortable advantage of 2-0 in sets, The Vikings kept their foot on the gas and rode it all the way to a 25-12 straight set sweep of The Bears.

Arianna Rebecchi led the way with a double-double in kills (17) and digs (11) in the match! While Delaney Milley was doing work behind the service line with 6 aces to pair with 17 digs and 8 kills of her own! Both Eddy’s were active in the box score as Alexis Eddy led the team in digs with 24 and Brilyn Eddy worked the double-double in digs (17) and assists (23).

The win puts The Vikings back to .500 on the season, as Waterloo (5-5) will entertain an angry Western Reserve (9-1) on Tuesday, September 19th. Leetonia (1-12) will attempt to get back to winning ways when they host Valley Christian (0-10) also on Tues



WEATHERSFIELD, OH – In a thrilling Friday night showdown, the Mineral Ridge Rams clashed with the Waterloo Vikings in a high-stakes football game that would go down in local history. The Rams came into the game with high hopes, and they didn’t disappoint their fans, eventually securing a resounding victory with a final score of 47-12.

The first quarter kicked off with a burst of energy as both teams were eager to establish their dominance on the field. It was the Vikings who drew first blood when Jayden Hakin bulldozed his way into the end zone with a powerful 1-yard touchdown run. However, the Rams’ defense came up big, blocking the extra point attempt, leaving the score at 6-0 in favor of Waterloo.

The Rams weren’t about to let their rivals take the lead for long. With just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter, Ian Erb, the Rams’ star running back, answered with his own 1-yard touchdown plunge. Landon Pal nailed the extra point, giving Mineral Ridge a 7-6 lead.

As the second quarter got underway, the Rams continued to build momentum. Ian Erb, displaying his incredible skill and speed, scored his second touchdown of the night with a dazzling 7-yard run. Landon Pal was once again precise with the extra point, extending their lead to 14-6.

Waterloo fought back valiantly, with Jayden Hakin connecting on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Ralston. However, the Vikings couldn’t convert the two-point attempt, leaving the score at 14-12 in favor of Mineral Ridge.

The Rams weren’t done yet. Just minutes before halftime, quarterback Owen Shingledecker unleashed a perfect 56-yard touchdown pass to Ian Erb, who showcased his versatility by contributing in the passing game as well. Landon Pal’s successful extra point put the Rams up 21-12.

In the third quarter, the Rams continued to pour it on. Ian Erb added to his incredible night with a third rushing touchdown, this time from 7 yards out, though the extra point attempt was unsuccessful, making the score 27-12.

The Rams weren’t content with their lead; they wanted to secure a decisive victory. In the late stages of the third quarter, Ian Erb struck again, this time with an 8-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but Mineral Ridge extended their lead to 33-12.

With the game all but sealed, the Rams put the finishing touches on their dominating performance in the fourth quarter. Preston Holbrook found the end zone with a 2-yard touchdown run, and Landon Pal’s reliable leg added the extra point. The scoreboard read 40-12 in favor of the Rams.

As the final minutes of the game ticked away, the Mineral Ridge Rams capped off their impressive victory with a well-executed touchdown drive. Landon Pal’s PAT was good, bringing the final score to 47-12.

The Mineral Ridge Rams had displayed their football prowess in spectacular fashion, led by the unstoppable Ian Erb. Their fans rejoiced as they celebrated a memorable win over their rivals, the Waterloo Vikings, in a game that would be remembered for years to come.


NEW MIDDLETOWN OH- In a commanding performance on the gridiron, Springfield rolled to a resounding 56-0 victory over Waterloo.

The 1st quarter set the tone for Springfield’s dominance as Dante Gentile exploded with a stunning 71-yard touchdown run, followed by Kaden Kosek’s 16-yard TD run, and another 27-yard TD run by Gentile. Josh Felasco added to the onslaught with a blocked punt recovered in the end zone. Kolten Ruark connected with Dylan Sheely for a 40-yard touchdown pass just before the quarter’s end, establishing a 35-0 lead. In the 2nd quarter, Joey Centofanti contributed a 5-yard touchdown run, making it 42-0 by halftime. The 3rd quarter saw Wyatt Kuboff and Mathew Wymer add to the scoring, securing a dominant 56-0 win.

Kolten Ruark showcased his passing skills, completing 6 of 7 attempts for 94 yards and a touchdown, while Dante Gentile led the rushing attack with 117 yards and 2 TDs, including a spectacular 71-yard dash. Dylan Sheely was the receiving standout, tallying 60 yards and a touchdown with 3 receptions. Springfield’s performance was nothing short of spectacular, leaving no doubt about their football prowess.


NEW MIDDKETOWN OH- The girls soccer rivalry between Waterloo and Springfield has picked up serious steam over the years. The two teams have been consistently fighting over the top spot in the MVSC for years. For a long time the spot belonged to Springfield, but last season the Vikings finally took their seat at the top. The Tigers took a big step in reclaiming their throne on Monday as they took down Waterloo 2-1.

Springfield’s offense was all about Ava Vecchione who delivered with a pair of goals.  Macey Isaacson and Maddie Page both helped out with assists on the night.  Emma Mills had 8 saves in the Tigers defense, Ally Guerriero added a pair.

Waterloo’s lone goal came from Olivia Boyle.  Sophia Wood had 4 saves in the goal for the Vikings.

Springfield has a big matchup inside the MVAC on tap as they travel to 4-0 Champion on Wednesday. Waterloo will try to bounce back Wednesday hosting Brookfield.


LEETONIA OH- In a resolute performance on the road, Waterloo secured their first victory of the season, triumphing over Leetonia with an emphatic 21-0 scoreline.

The opening quarter set the tone for Waterloo’s dominance, as Landon McClain electrified the field with a spectacular 78-yard TD return off the kickoff. Aaron Hart’s successful PAT extended their lead to 7-0.

Waterloo’s drive, starting from their own 15, was interrupted by a pivotal play when Dylan Johns intercepted the ball at Leetonia’s 6-yard line with 2:50 on the clock. Leetonia’s possession from the 6-yard line, however, faced challenges with consecutive errant snaps, leading them to punt from deep within their territory.

As the second quarter commenced, Waterloo capitalized on a short punt, taking over at Leetonia’s 20-yard line. Following a 5-yard penalty, Jaydin Hakin connected with Bobby Harouff for a 16-yard gain, positioning Waterloo at the 9-yard line. Just two plays later, Hakin himself dashed into the end zone with a 5-yard TD run, propelling Waterloo to a 14-0 lead at 10:13. Aaron Hart’s successful PAT solidified the advantage.

At halftime, Waterloo commanded a comfortable 14-0 lead, showcasing their determination on both ends of the field.

As the third quarter unfolded, Leetonia faced a turnover on downs at their own 15-yard line with 4:00 remaining. Waterloo’s ensuing possession took only three plays, with Jayden Hakin completing a 1-yard TD run at 3:39. A successful PAT widened the gap to a commanding 21-0.

The fourth quarter saw both teams battling fiercely, but neither managed to break through for any additional points, resulting in a scoreless period.

The final whistle confirmed Waterloo’s triumphant display, securing a shutout victory with a final score of 21-0.

Looking ahead, Waterloo (1-1) will return home for Week 3, where they are set to face off against Lisbon. Meanwhile, Leetonia (0-2) is geared up for a Week 3 challenge on the road against Strasburg. The victory marks a pivotal moment for Waterloo, setting the stage for an exciting journey in the coming weeks.