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Waterloo Vikings were triumphant over Mineral Ridge Varsity Lady Rams 4-2 on Thursday to split the season series.

A single by Lily Merolillo put Mineral Ridge on the board in the bottom of the first to take the early lead. .

Waterloo jumped into the lead in the top of the fourth when Savannah Turek induced Taylor Heilman to hit into a fielder’s choice, but one run scored, and Morgan Switzer doubled, scoring two runs.

Kristlyn Kehrer earned the win for Waterloo. The starting pitcher allowed six hits and two runs (one earned) over seven innings, striking out eight and walking one. Merolillo began the game for Mineral Ridge. She gave up two hits and zero runs over two innings, striking out three and walking none.

Sweitzer and Kehrer each collected two hits for the Vikings. Sweitzer went 2-for-4 at the plate as the right-handed hitter led the team with two runs batted in.

Number nine hitter, Megan Haynie, showed the depth of Rams lineup, by leading them with two hits in three at bats. Merolillo and Sullivan Sandy each drove in one run. Mineral Ridge turned one double play in the game.


By Matt Maher 

MCDONALD, OH – Another Friday night, another great matchup between two Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference teams! This time around McDonald hosted Waterloo and these two fierce competitors showed strong defense and great free throw shooting in a tight 37-33 game that went to Waterloo in the final seconds.


The first quarter was close for the majority of play but Waterloo, with the help of some fouls, started to run away as the quarter ended 15-9 in favor of the visitors. Drew Zajack led his team in scoring with 5 points while Wyatt Wilford scored the first 2 points and found 2 more from the line. Gage Hawley was an impressive rebounder for the Vikings and found 5 points to start off his night including going a perfect 2-for-2 but the real star of the free throw line was Jackson Eichler who found 5 of his 7 points from the line going a perfect 5-for-5.


Waterloo found more scoring from the field in the 2nd while McDonald struggled to find any room in the crowded offensive zone. The quarter would go to Waterloo 13-8. Zajack found 4 more points in the paint while Joey Cappuzzello and Wilford both scored 2 points. Eichler continued to lead his team with 5 more points including a 3 and Kyle Werbeck and Hawley both found points beyond the arc. 


McDonald was disappointed with their first half efforts and came out with a strong response in the third, scoring 12 points and only allowing Waterloo 3. 2 of Waterloo’s points came from Drew Flarida who put up a contested jumper while Eichler found 1-of-2 from the line. Casey Miller found some energy and mustered 5 points starting off with a huge 3. Wilford found 4 points while Brady Klockner found his first 3 of the night.


Both teams locked down their defense in the 4th quarter and after McDonald got so close in the 3rd, Waterloo needed this quarter to go the way it did with them scoring 5-4 and capping off the night their way. Miller went 1-for-2 from the stripe while Zajack hit a game tying 3 but that tie would not last for too long as Waterloo was able to draw 3 different fouls in this frame with the last one on Hawley being the nail in the coffin, The Vikings went 5-for-5 from the line with 4 coming from Eichler and the other two from Hawley.


The free throws were landing for Waterloo and their precise shooting was ultimately what won this game for them and kept them neck and neck with Springfield for 1st place as they went 14-15 as a team. McDonald can’t be underestimated because they have proved all season they can compete against the big dogs of this conference and tonight was no different. Waterloo (13-4, 10-2) have the biggest game of the season on tap when they host Springfield on February 6th at 7:00PM (that game is scheduled to be on YSN) and McDonald (9-9, 6-5) will host Jackson-Milton on the 6th at 7:00PM. 


By Ty Bartell


ATWATER, Ohio — In a crucial Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) Scarlet Division matchup, the Waterloo Vikings boys basketball team triumphed over the Mineral Ridge Rams, clinching a key conference victory.

The first quarter saw a low-scoring affair, with The Rams edging ahead 4-2. However, Waterloo quickly turned the tide in the second quarter, outscoring Mineral Ridge 9-0 and establishing an 11-4 lead at the halftime buzzer.

The Vikings continued their dominance in the third quarter, besting The Rams 17-10 to take a commanding 28-14 lead into the final frame. In the fourth quarter, Waterloo sealed the deal with a 15-10 performance, securing a convincing 43-24 victory.
The standout performance of the night came from Waterloo’s Jackson Eichler, who earned the Player of the Game honors. Eichler delivered an impressive display, tallying 26 points and sinking six 3-point shots. Gage Hawley also contributed with 9 points for The Vikings. On the opposing side, Mineral Ridge’s offensive efforts were led by Chase Moore, who finished with 10 points.

With this win, Waterloo (11-4, 8-2) finds itself in a first-place tie in the conference standings with Springfield. Looking ahead, the Vikings will shift their focus to another MVAC opponent, as they prepare to face the Jackson-Milton Blue Jays (5-9, 3-7) on Tuesday, January 30th, with a 7 p.m. tip-off.

Meanwhile, Mineral Ridge (5-11, 2-8) aims to bounce back when they hit the road to take on the Lowellville Rockets (8-6, 7-2) on the same Tuesday evening. Basketball enthusiasts can stay updated on MVAC action throughout the season, with live games, scores, stats, stories, and more available on YSN!


By Ty Bartell

ATWATER OH- The beautiful thing about conference basketball is the fact that you have to play conference opponents twice, meaning one loss is not always the endgame for conference championship hopes. In the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conferences (MVAC) Scarlet Division, a log jam is starting to build of teams competing for the top conference spot this year. The Springfield Tigers currently lead with just one look inside the MVAC this season; however, The Lowellville Rockets sat only a half game back of Springfield after Lowellville managed the tough road win against The McDonald Blue Devils. Also in the hunt for the top spot was The Waterloo Vikings who sat a full game back of Springfield, needing this win, entering Tuesday night against Lowellville!

With The Rockets and The Vikings squaring-off to clear up some conference chaos. Both teams managed early buckets and early leads, as momentum hung in the balance between the conference foes. Michael Ballone would end the first quarter putting Lowellville up off an impressive step-back three to take a 15-13 lead after a quarter for The Rockets. However, the second quarter belonged to The Vikings! As Jackson Eichler propelled the Waterloo offense with 10 points of his own in the second, The Viking defense was shut down, complementing the offense, outsourcing Lowellville 18-4 in the second to take an emphatic 31-19 halftime lead! “We made shots!” Viking Head Coach Jason Wise said as Waterloo put up more points in the first half on Tuesday than they did the entire game in the loss at Lowellville on December 15th.

From the point of grabbing a big lead in the second quarter, The Vikings would not look back and would not allow Lowellville to score double-digits in another quarter in the ballgame. Besting The Rockets 13-8 in the third allowed enough separation for Waterloo that the 9-7 Rocket favoring fourth quarter could not top The Vikings! The 51-36 win for Waterloo gets them revenge against The Rockets for the slip up earlier this campaign and puts them right in the thick of the conference race!

The Player of the Game was Jackson Eichler, who was raining three-point bombs on The Rockets all night long! Finishing with 24 points and six shots from distance, The Vikings senior was able to space the floor to create a plethora of offensive opportunities for his teammates! Following Eichler was Gage Hawley who finished with 11 points and both Kaii Warren and Kyle Werbeck who each had 6 points. For Lowellville, they were led by Michael Ballone who had 10 points followed by Matt Lucido with 8 points.

Waterloo (10-4, 7-2) continues to control their own destiny in conference play, as they will now look to host another MVAC opponent in The Mineral Ridge Rams (5-10, 2-7) on Friday, January 26th with a 7 p.m. tip-off. As for Lowellville (7-6, 6-2) The Rockets have a big test, traveling to conference-leading Springfield (11-3, 8-1) also on Friday! Keep updated with all MVAC basketball this season with live games, scores, stats, stories and more on YSN!


ATWATER OH- In a pivotal conference matchup within The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) Scarlet Division, the Waterloo Vikings boys’ basketball team showcased their dominance with a convincing win against The Western Reserve Blue Devils. The game unfolded at a brisk pace, ultimately resulting in a 52-40 victory for The Vikings.

Waterloo wasted no time asserting their authority, storming ahead with a commanding 14-4 lead over Reserve by the end of the first quarter. The second quarter further solidified Waterloo’s dominance, as they outscored their opponents 19-7, extending their halftime lead to a formidable 33-11.

A remarkable display of sharpshooting saw Waterloo connect on seven 3-pointers in the first half, contributing significantly to their substantial advantage. Although The Blue Devils rallied in the third quarter with an 18-15 effort, The Vikings maintained a comfortable lead of 48-29 heading into the final period.

Reserve staged a late comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, outscoring Waterloo 11-4. However, their efforts fell short as The Vikings secured the win with a final score of 52-40.

The standout performer for Waterloo was Jackson Eichler, who earned the title of Player of the Game with an impressive 20-point contribution. Eichler showcased his scoring prowess by hitting five shots from beyond the arc. Supporting him were Drew Flarida with 9 points and Gage Hawley with 8 points. On the opposing side, The Blue Devils were led by Andrew Handricks and Dom Ricciardi, both contributing 7 points.

With this conference triumph, The Vikings improved their season record to 9-4 overall and 6-2 in MVAC play. Their next challenge awaits as they host The Lowellville Rockets (6-5, 5-1) on Tuesday, January 23rd, with a 7 p.m. tip-off. Meanwhile, Western Reserve (4-10, 3-5) will have an opportunity to bounce back as they host Springfield (10-3, 7-1) on the same evening.

Stay updated on MVAC basketball action throughout the season with live games, scores, stats, stories, and more on YSN!


MCDONALD OH- In a fiercely contested battle on Tuesday night, Waterloo showcased their resilience, securing a hard-fought 61-52 road victory against McDonald, further solidifying their impressive season.

Leading the charge for Waterloo, Gage Hawley delivered a stellar performance with 24 points, supported by Jackson Eicher with 12 points and Kaii Warren with 10 points, as the team fought their way to success.

McDonald, displaying their own tenacity, had notable contributors in Wyatt Wolford with 15 points, Joey Cappuzzello with 11 points, and Drew Zajack with 9 points.

With this win, Waterloo advances to a 6-3 record and sets their sights on maintaining their winning momentum as they travel to face Springfield on Friday. McDonald, at 5-5, looks to bounce back as they hit the road to take on Jackson Milton in their upcoming Friday matchup.


LOWELLVILLE OH- In a game that unfolded as a tale of two halves, Lowellville and Waterloo clashed on Friday night, showcasing a shift from offensive prowess in the first half to a defensive lockdown in the second. Despite a low-scoring struggle, Lowellville emerged victorious with a narrow 32-29 win.

The first half witnessed both offenses in fine form, combining for 24 points in the second quarter alone. However, the game took a different turn in the second half as both defenses tightened up, resulting in a mere 23 combined points.

For Lowellville, Michael Ballone and Matt Lucido each contributed 10 points, while Josh Pazel added 6 points to the scoreboard. On the Waterloo side, Trevor Simons led with 7 points, supported by Jackson Eichler and Kyle Werbeck, who each contributed 5 points.

With this hard-fought win, Lowellville, now standing at 2-2, looks to build on the momentum as they return to the court on Tuesday, hosting Springfield. On the other hand, Waterloo, with a 2-3 record, will hit the road again on Tuesday, traveling to Mineral Ridge, aiming to bounce back from the close defeat.


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