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BLUE JAYS BATTLE THROUGH SCRAPPY VIKINGS

**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.

MCDONALD PAINTS THE ‘LOO BLUE; ZAJACK GOES FOR FIVE SCORES

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.

VIKINGS GEAR UP TO TAKE DOWN LEETONIA

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

RAMS RUN OVER THE VIKINGS

* CONTRIBUTED BY NATE DICROSS

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.

TIGERS LET OUT MIGHTY ROAR

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.

TIGERS TAKE DOWN REIGNING MVAC CHAMPIONS

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.

VIKINGS SECURE FIRST WIN

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.

VIKINGS RACK UP A BIG MVAC VICTORY

LAKE MILTON OH- Waterloo and MIneral Ridge squared off Thursday looking to cement their status as one of the top golf teams in the MVAC in 2023.

It was the Vikings who garnered that status as they came away with a 167-174 victory over the Rams at Old Dutch Mill. Jackson Eichler took medalist honors posting a 38. Teammates Clayton Smith 40, Trevor Simons 44 and Drew Flarida 45 all posted solid scores in the Vikings victory.

MIneral Ridge was led by Trey Rigley who carded a 39. The Rams also received contributions from  AJ Sandy 42, Jackson Geddes 45, Keaton Kucera and Cody Gongaware each shooting 48.

LILLEY’S MONSTER DAY PUSHES VIKINGS FORWARD

By Matt Morrison


ATWATER, OHIO- Waterloo got the best of Mineral Ridge as they took the win 15-5. Waterloo’s big innings were when they scored 5 runs in the second inning and six runs in the fourth inning.

The Vikings were led by Jewel Lilley, who had a grand slam and also had a walk off 2 run home run. She finished with 8 RBI. Lilley also was the winning pitcher on the day  allowing  8 hits, 5 runs, and had 8 strikeouts.

Lily Merolillo and Maddy Ylonen led the Rams in hitting as they both went 2 for 3. Merolillo was also the losing pitcher on the day allowing 7 hits, 9 runs, and had 3 strikeouts.

Waterloo will travel to Mineral Ridge on Tuesday to take on the Rams once again. 

VIKINGS OPEN THE TOURNAMENT WITH A THRILLER

ATWATER OH- Officially, high school tournament basketball is now in full-swing for the state of Ohio with various sectional semifinals occurring all over the state, in what hopes to be the first step of many for a large number of talented squads. Head over to Atwater on Tuesday night and you would have seen the intriguing matchup between two members of The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC); however, not in the same conference division. With The Waterloo Vikings (Scarlet) hosting The Crestview Rebels (Gray). Throughout the regular season, Cresview sported an 11-11 record, good enough to get them #17 in The Division 3 Northeast 1 (Canton District), while The #13 Vikings had a resurgent year with a solid 14-8 record and an opportunity to host a playoff game.

The Rebels, as their team name would indicate, cared very little who had home court, as they came out of the opening tip red hot from behind the arc. At one point, Crestview captured a double digit lead 16-6 in the opening quarter! Waterloo was able to cut into the deficit following a timeout from Coach Wise, but it was Coach Gates and company that held a 16-10 lead after eight minutes of play. It is typically said by many coaches that you lean on your seniors during this time of the year and boy did the senior leaders show up in Fred Brookover Gymnasium. Navarre Alhassan was a deadeye from distance in the second, nailing down three shots from the perimeter while also getting other players involved as four Vikings scored a three pointer in the second to push Waterloo back in front. On the other side, it felt like Kirkland Miller had a response ready for The Vikes, no matter the shot. Hitting buckets from the perimeter, the post, at the line or on the drive it did not matter, Kirkland Miller was the real deal! After both teams found their offensive rhythm, Waterloo held a slim 30-29 lead at halftime.

Out of the half, the third quarter kept the same script as the eight minutes previous. This time, it was Vikings senior Anthony Podojil who got the hot hand, hitting three of his five triples in the third quarter alone! But the ability to curb momentum was there for Kirkland Miller, as he nailed down a pair of threes to his own credit in the third. Both teams scored 11 points in the frame and The Vikings still remained in front by just a single point heading to the fourth. Crestview was tired of being on the comeback trail and managed to get over the hump down the stretch, reclaiming a lead in the final quarter. However, the lead was short lived, as Navarre Alhassan put on his Captain Clutch hat and absolutely nailed down a distance three to retake the lead for Waterloo! Working to get themselves in the bonus down the stretch, The Rebels sent Alhassan to the free throw stripe eight times in the fourth, he hit six of those shots to stretch the lead and keep The Vikings in front for good! 

The loss for Crestview (11-12) will end The Rebels season, but nothing to be ashamed about from that performance. Leaving it all out on the floor, like Coach Gates teams always tend to do, The Rebels look to get back to work in the offseason and come back stronger in the 2023-24 campaign. As we here at YSN bid a farewell to the seniors and wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors! For #13 Waterloo (15-8) they will now hit the road in a matchup with #7 Newton Falls (17-5) in a Sectional Final on Friday, February 24th set for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. Interviews with Co-Players of The Game Anthony Podjil and Navarre Alhassan as well as winning Head Coach Jason Wise can be found below! 

 

Scoring (Waterloo)

Navarre Alhassan: 24 PTS.

Anthony Podojil: 17 PTS.

Drew Flarida: 4 PTS.

Ryan Wise: 4 PTS.

Jackson Eichler: 3 PTS.

Aidan Hall: 3 PTS.

 

Scoring (Crestview)

Kirkland Miller: 25 PTS.

Jonathan Best: 13 PTS.

Matt Lindsay: 5 PTS.

Jameson English: 5 PTS.

James Best: 2 PTS.

 

Scoring by Quarter

Q1: Waterloo 10 – 16 Crestview

Q2: Waterloo 20 – 13 Crestview

Q3: Waterloo 11 – 11 Crestview

Q4: Waterloo 14 – 10 Crestview

Final: Waterloo 55 – 50 Crestview

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell