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A WATERLOO WINNER IN ROUND ONE

ATWATER OH- As February meets its midway point and March is around the corner, that can only mean one thing. Playoff basketball! On the girls side of high school basketball, a handful of teams already tipped-off their first tournament game, with some already setting dates for their next round matchup. However, Wednesday night was a full-blown kickoff of tournament time in Ohio! Over in Atwater, YSNs own, #2 seeded Waterloo Vikings hosted a very tough, time-tested, #4 seeded Canton Central Catholic Crusaders came to town. 

Defense tends to take precedence in the playoffs and this matchup was no different! As both squads struggled to find offense, prompting a carefully calculated chess match to ensue on the hardwood amongst the two programs. Rose Couts opened the scoring for Waterloo, but The Crusaders Makayla Johnson responded promptly, creating a theme for the evening. The first eight minutes saw The Vikings take a small lead 12-9 after a quarter of play. If you thought the defense was good in the first quarter, well kick up the intensity because these amps go to 11 during playoffs! The Crusaders kept trucking along and found the counter offensive run they were looking for in the second. Subsequently, The Vikes went ice cold from the field, being held without a field goal in the second quarter, leaving Waterloo to make up their points at the free throw line. Despite the offense falling out of rhythm, it did not waiver The Vikings spirit on defense, keeping it close but The Crusaders held the slim halftime lead 17-15 heading to the locker room.

Out of the half the great game adjuster, Coach Kevin Longanecker, made a few tweaks in coaching with players like Bayley English and Rose Couts facing foul trouble and Kaylee Webb out with injury. Hoping the law of averages would finally fall their way in the second half, after a cold second quarter and going the entirety of the first half without a made three point shot. Enough offense was found for Waterloo as Bayley English connected from deep to help propel The Vikings back in front 23-22 with the final quarter still to play. Rolling with momentum into the final quarter, both Makayla Johnson and Kaira English were having block parties against one another in a battle of anything you can do I can do better, effectively limiting each other’s game with great defense. Jewel Lilley played some crucial minutes down the stretch that helped ease some of the worries of players fouling out before the end of the game. Abby Mazur hit “The Mazur’s Edge” three pointer from the wing that boosted The Viking lead to seven in the waning moments of the fourth! A team performance through and through, but it was the smallest girl with the biggest heart on the court, Lilly Foster who earned Player of The Game nods for her outstanding defense through four quarters of play, creating turnovers, winning 50/50 balls and helping turn the tides in Waterloo’s favor. Rose Couts sealed it with some made free throws, winning the sectional semi-final matchup 33-26!

With nothing short of heart, hustle and determination shown by a team of just six girls, The Waterloo Lady Vikings are moving on! The win will earn #2 Waterloo (15-7) another home playoff matchup, this time against #7 East Canton (5-16) in a meeting with The Wizards on Saturday, February 18th for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off! Interviews with winning Head Coach Kevin Longanecker and Player of The Game Lilly Foster can be found below!

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

VIKINGS SEND SENIORS OUT IN STYLE

With the end of the regular season rapidly approaching, many teams are getting their final regular season games played, while also celebrating their current seniors. That was the case in Atwater, Ohio Thursday evening when The Waterloo Lady Vikings hosted their senior night. Celebrating three key players for the program the last few years with Rose Couts, Jewel Lilley and Abby Mazur all playing in their final regular season game. With emotions running high, there was still a job to be done as The Vikings welcomed a crossover matchup in The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) with Gray Division representative, The Champion Flashes. Represented by two fantastic coaches in Kevin Longanecker (Waterloo) and Michael Cole (Champion), the game served as a perfect test for the two programs prior to the start of the tournament. 

Playing off a distracted Viking team, Champion wasted little time scoring, capitalizing on an early three-point make and taking a 10-2 lead in a flash! Bella Meyer and Addie Warzala made up all the offense in the first for Champion, including Warzala nailing down a pair of distance shots. Rose Couts found The Vikings first field goal of the game prior to the end of the first; however, through eight minutes of play, The Flashes remained in the driver’s seat 10-4. Needing an answer and desperately looking for points, The Vikings quickly learned that English translates to offense! When junior Kaira English put Waterloo on her back and had an impressive second quarter scoring the rock, converting six shots from the field while shooting 4 of 5 from the free throw line, English scored 15 points in the second quarter alone! Couts added another bucket in the quarter, enough for The Vikings to battle all the way back and take a 22-20 lead into halftime over Champion! 

Talks in the locker room went well on the defensive side of the ball in regards to halftime, as subsequently both teams went cold from the field and put up the lowest combined scoring quarter of the night. Leaving Champion with just 5 points in the third and 8 points for Waterloo, with 5 of those points being scored from Kaira English. Slightly winning the quarter, The Vikes were able to extend their lead a bit, 30-25 with the final eight minutes of play to follow. So often it is said that “basketball is a game of runs.” and that was once again the case in the final frame at Fred Brookover Gymnasium on Thursday night. With Waterloo going on a game clinching run, capped off by Portage County three-point Queen, Abby Mazur (58) hitting back-to-back triples in the fourth to push The Viking lead to double digits for the first time! Kaira English also added 9 more points of offense as she finished with 31 on the night to help Waterloo get the win 50-38!

With the loss, #19 Champion (6-17) will now look ahead to The Division3, Northeast 2 tournament bracket where they will face the winner of #2 Garrettsville Garfield (19-2) vs. #23 Campbell-Memorial (1-19). Champion is not slated to be in-action again until Saturday, February 18th for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off. The Viking victory now sets #2 Waterloo (13-6) up in The Division 4, Northeast 3 bracket, where they will host #4 Canton Central Catholic (12-9) on Wednesday, February 15th for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off! Interview with winning Head Coach, Kevin Longanecker, can be found below! 

 

Scoring (Waterloo)

Kaira English: 31 PTS (Player of The Game)

Rose Couts: 10 PTS.

Abby Mazur: 9 PTS. 

 

Scoring (Champion)

Isabella Meyer: 19 PTS.

Kayla Haynie: 11 PTS.

Addie Warzala: 6 PTS.

Dalaney Sclesinger: 2 PTS.

 

Scoring by Quarter

Q1: Waterloo 4 – 10 Champion

Q2: Waterloo 18 – 10 Champion

Q3: Waterloo 8 – 5 Champion

Q4: Waterloo 20 – 13 Champion

Final: Waterloo 50 – 38 Champion

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

TIGERS ON THE HUNT

NEW MIDDLETOWN, OH- The Waterloo Vikings went on the road to take on the Springfield Tigers. The Tigers were led by Nico Servedio, who dropped 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Seandelle Gardner also contributed 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals.

The Vikings kept up for most of the way as Anthony Podojal dropped 13 points, but the Tigers snuck away to win 57-44 to secure 2nd place in the MVAC Scarlet Division.

The Tigers will finish the season with a three game home stand that starts Friday when they take on Mcdonald. The Vikings on the other hand will finish the season with a three game stand on the road starting when they take on Lowellville this Friday.

*Contributed by YSN’s Matt Morrison

TIGERS END THEIR MVAC SCHEDULE UNBEATEN

NEW MIDDLETOWN OH- After defeating the Waterloo Lady Vikings in the previous matchup on Jan. 9, the Springfield Tigers took down the Vikings for the second time this season on Monday night.

Springfield pulled away late to take the seven point victory with a balanced scoring attack. Jacey Mullen led the way with 11 points as Mariana Tuscano was right behind her with 10 points.

For Waterloo, Kaira English tallied up 15 points and Rose Couts helped out with 11 points as those were the two main scorers for the Vikings.

Springfield will be back in action this Thursday as they hit the road for a non-conference, 7 p.m. matchup with the Labrae Lady Vikings.

*Contributed By YSN’s Michael Wolfgang

WATERLOO GETS BACK ON TRACK IN MVAC PLAY

North Jackson, OH- The Waterloo Vikings traveled to take on the Jackson-Milton Blue Jays in MVAC Scarlet play on Tuesday night. The Vikings used a defensive effort to get past the Blue Jays.

The Vikings defense only allowed five points in the first quarter to take a 14-5 lead after one quarter. The Blue Jays countered defensively in the second quarter only allowing 8 second quarter points to pull within 7 points at the half. The Waterloo Vikings shot out of the gates in the second half, with a 7-0 run before a Jackson-Milton timeout. The Blue Jays came alive in the third quarter but still trailed 39-25 at the end of three. In the fourth quarter, Waterloo took a ginormous lead of over 20 points and cruised to a 55-42 victory.

The Vikings were led by Navarre Alhassan’s big fourth quarter scoring 22 total points. Alhassan made 11 free-throws in the fourth quarter to ice the game. Anthony Podojil was right behind with 15 points for the Vikings. Jackson-Milton was led by Ryen Romigh who scored 14 fourth quarter points and ended up with 18 total points.

Waterloo Head Coach Jason Wise talked to our YSN crew after the win, here is what he had to say:

 

DOUBTING ABBY IS A MAZUR PROBLEM

ATWATER OH- Rolling over to our friends in Atwater, Ohio The Waterloo Vikings girls basketball team is having another great season! One of those reasons is because Portage County sharpshooter Abby Mazur! The Waterloo senior has shown her abilities as a great basketball player and an even better person!

Learning basketball from her brothers at an early age, Abby quickly found herself falling in love with the sports. Through plenty of coaches and teammates over the years, Mazur has been through the ups and downs of the sport. Bringing an elite level of maturity to the team, Mazur is a unique individual that is wise beyond her years. Serving as a role model for younger players to follow, especially her little sister Aubrey.

This senior year came with a lot of scrapbook memories for Abby, including breaking The Waterloo record with 11 three pointers in a ballgame against Sebring! Not only a record-breaker for the basketball team, Mazur also is a member of the band while also having the intelligence to be able to code! Safe to say, Abby marches to the beat of her own drum! 

Learn the full story and more in YSNs Player Profile with an incredible player, person and friend. Abby Mazur!

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

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MCDONALD SERVES UP A WIN ON THE ROAD

The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) has plenty of premier programs that make for a number of incredible conference matchups throughout the course of the regular season. The Scarlet Division side of the conference had another night of boys conference matchups on Tuesday night. Inside The Scarlet Division, The McDonald Blue Devils made the trip up to Atwater in their second bout of the year with Waterloo. Playing in plenty of nail-biters in recent seasons, three of the last five meetings between The Blue Devils and the Vikings have been decided by a single bucket prior to Tuesday. 

The first quarter looked to set the makings of another instant classic between the two programs. With guys like Wyatt Wolford from McDonald and Navarre Alhassan of Waterloo exchanging buckets in the early going. Wolford would score 7 points in the quarter while Alhassan would contribute 5 points; however, three shots from distance found the mark in the first for McDonald, allowing them to take a slim 17-16 lead into the second eight minutes of play. By the second quarter, The Blue Devils Greg Costantino started to heat up after a quiet first. With Costantino hitting a pair of triples in the second quarter alone, he would chip in 8 points before the half, which happened to be all of the offense McDonald could muster in the second quarter. The Blue Devil defense did enough to pump the brakes on The Vikings while allowing McDonald to hold a 25-24 lead at halftime. 

The third quarter saw The Vikings regain momentum, capturing a lead a few times throughout the quarter. Initially taking the lead to start the quarter, before the efforts of Costantino and Kyle Crown from McDonald prying the advantage right back. Ryan Wise put on a show for Waterloo, scoring 8 of his team’s 15 third quarter points to propel The Vikings ahead 39-37 with the final quarter in sight. In an eight minute race to the finish, the final quarter of the conference battle ensued! Like two heavyweights in a championship slugfest, the two squads exchanged critical blows to one another down the stretch. Ryan Wise had a phenomenal game for Waterloo, scoring 5 more points in the fourth and finishing with 21 on the night. But it was The Blue Devils that would not be denied! Hitting three more triples in the fourth as a part of ten total distance shots that connected on Tuesday night for McDonald. Greg Costantino earned player of the game honors, finishing with 22 points total and scoring 9 in the final quarter, including a three pointer and two free throws that ended up sealing the slim 54-51 win for The Blue Devils over Waterloo! 

Waterloo (10-5)(5-4) will now set their sights on Sebring (10-7)(4-5) where they will have a date with The Trojans on Friday January 27th. Also on Friday, McDonald (5-10)(3-6) will also be on the road, heading to North Jackson next as Jackson-Milton (5-10)(3-6) will entertain their conference foe in a battle of Blue Devils versus Blue Jays on Friday! Interviews with winning Head Coach Jimmy Francechelli and Player of The Game Greg Costantino can be found below! 

 

Scoring (McDonald)

Greg Costantino: 22 PTS. (Player of The Game)

Wyatt Wolford: 13 PTS.

Drew Zajack: 6 PTS.

Shane Stoops: 6 PTS.

Nolan Agler: 4 PTS.

Kyle Crown: 3 PTS.

 

Scoring (Waterloo)

Ryan Wise: 21 PTS.

Navarre Alhassan: 12 PTS.

Anthony Podojil: 10 PTS.

Jackson Eichler: 4 PTS.

Kai Warren: 2 PTS.

Drew Flarida: 2 PTS.

 

Scoring by Quarter

Q1: McDonald 17 – 16 Waterloo

Q2: McDonald 8 – 8 Waterloo

Q3: McDonald 12 – 15 Waterloo

Q4: McDonald 17 – 12 Waterloo

Final: McDonald 54 – 51 Waterloo

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

BIG DUB FOR THE DEVILS

BERLIN CENTER OH- Thursday night on the network saw various girls basketball conference matchups take place, primarily occurring in The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC). The Scarlet Division of The MVAC had a premier matchup happening in Berlin Center when The Western Reserve Blue Devils hosted The Waterloo Vikings. In the last meeting in Atwater, The Viking were able to claim the 6 point victory. After losing three consecutive matchups to The Vikings, this one was of high importance to The Blue Devils.

The first quarter saw teams exchange buckets with Brook Schantz nailing down a three pointer for Western Reserve, while Rose Couts hit a mid ranger for Waterloo. The two teams played with the lead early on in the quarter before Reserve started to pull away late in the first. Impressively, The blue Devils did not relinquish the lead from that point on!

Alyvia Hughes and Lisa Eichert did a great job establishing a paint presence, both offensively and crashing the glass in the rebounding department. While seeing Lindsay Jones back on a basketball court is a great sight and an example of hardwork and accomplishing a long journey back! Kaira English and Rose Couts were scoring in bunches for Waterloo and several times helped cut the Western Reserve lead down to a single possession. But for every run Waterloo would muster up, The Blue Devils had a response and kept them at bay. 

A lot of great performances attributed to a 40-36 win for The Blue Devils, allowing them to split the regular season series with Waterloo! The Player of The Game performance went to Brooke Schantz who controlled the tempo throughout all four quarters, while contributing offensively, consistently, throughout. All while shouldering a ton of pressure down the stretch when both Hughes and Eichert were in foul trouble. Schantz hit a game-sealing free throw that stretched the lead to four and clinched the victory for Western Reserve! 

Both teams will be in-action again on Monday, January 23rd. Following the loss, Waterloo (10-6)(6-2) will be back home to host McDonald (5-9)(1-6). While Western Reserve (11-4)(5-2) will stay home to host Lowellville (7-8)(2-5). Interviews with winning Head Coach Steve Miller and Player of The Game Brooke Schantz can be found below!

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

VIKINGS USE BIG SECOND HALF TO ESCAPE LOWELLVILLE

Thursday night saw conference competition continue in The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC), with two solid programs on the Scarlet Division side of the conference in The Waterloo Vikings and The Lowellville Rockets, who were set to square-off in their second and final regular-season meeting. Despite losing some key pieces a year ago, Coach Modelski and company still brought forth a competitive squad that sported a respectable 7-7 record heading into Thursday night. On the other side, Waterloo would be fresh off their first conference loss of the season to The Springfield Tigers, leaving The Vikings looking for a bounce back game. 

The first quarter looked eerily similar to that of the previous four that fans in Atwater had to witness against Springfield. Following an opening three pointer by Kaylee Webb,  the distance shots would not continue to fall. This allowed The Rockets to blast off to an 11-5 lead after one quarter of play. Flipping the script, quite literally, Waterloo battled back and won the second quarter by a similar score of 11-5, thus meaning the two programs were knotted up 16-16 at the halftime buzzer. The first 16 minutes of play saw defense take center stage, with girls like Savannah Procick and Lily Vari-Coppola shutting down the fastbreak opportunities for Waterloo and Frankie Lellio using incredible form with her shot to lead The Rockets in scoring and had Lowellville putting The Vikings on upset alert! 

During the break, Coach Longanecker preached shooting the ball and being more aggressive in scoring opportunities. Ask and The Vikes shall deliver, grabbing the lead with an emphatic 8-0 run to start the quarter, Waterloo would grab a second half lead and never look back. Shots were starting to fall and Kaira English looks to be back at 100% and has returned to form with the level of play we saw from her last year. Other girls like Portage County Three Point Leader Abby Mazur, who helped spread the floor with her presence, paired with some more key swishes outside the arc from freshman Bayley English. Out scoring The Rockets in the second half 32-19 and 43-24 from the second quarter on, the big runs allowed Waterloo to add their tenth victory of the season by a final score of 48-35. 

The win for Waterloo (10-5)(6-1) keeps them one back of conference leader Springfield, but The Vikings will have their hands full, traveling to Berlin Center on Thursday, January 19th in their second bout with The Blue Devils! Following the loss for Lowellville (7-8)(2-5) will also be traveling to Western Reserve (9-4)(4-2); however, their matchup will be featured a little later on Monday, January 23rd! Interviews with Coach Longanecker and Player of The Game Kaira English can be found below!

 

Scoring (Waterloo)

Kaira English: 17 PTS.

Rose Couts: 12 PTS.

Bayley English: 9 PTS.

Lilly Foster: 4 PTS.

Kaylee Webb: 3 PTS.

Abby Mazur: 3 PTS.

 

Scoring (Lowellville)

Frankie Lellio: 11 PTS.

Lily Vari-Coppola: 8 PTS.

Savannah Procick: 7 PTS.

Averi Schumaker: 4 PTS.

Serinna Tych: 2 PTS.

Morgan Lewis: 2 PTS.

Alyssa Kuzan: 1 PT.

 

Scoring by Quarter

Q1: Waterloo 5 – 11 Lowellville

Q2: Waterloo 11 – 5 Lowellville

Q3: Waterloo 18 – 7 Lowellville

Q4: Waterloo 14 – 12 Lowellville

Final: Waterloo 48 – 35 Lowellville

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

WATERLOO COMEBACK SETS UP BIG OPPORTUNITY

ATWATER OH- In the second matchup in two days between Springfield and Waterloo, Fred Brookover Gymnasium in Atwater, Ohio played host to the boys edition of The Tigers versus The Vikings. Springfield came into this season as defending conference champs, going an impressive 14-0 against Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) Scarlet Division opponents. Despite losing a large portion of their team from a season ago due to graduation, The Tigers still found themselves in a second place tie in the conference with none other than The Vikings at the midway point of the season. Making their first meeting of the campaign on Tuesday night extra special knowing that sole possession of second place was on the line, keeping the winner one game back of conference leader Lowellville. 

Both teams exchanged a bucket early on, before Springfield started establishing a rhythm from the arc, with Seandelle Gardner being a premier shooter for The Tigers, capitalizing on a 14-8 lead after one quarter. Keeping that momentum from the first quarter and carrying it over to the second, The Tigers hot hand from distance continued, allowing them to extend their lead to double digits towards the end of the first half. Waterloo senior Navarre Alhassan had a response ready, nailing a much-needed three pointer to cut the Springfield lead. However, Coach Brink’s team remained in front 26-18 at the half. 

The horn was sounded at halftime and Waterloo Head Coach Jason Wise stressed the importance of defense in the locker room during the break and did The Vikings ever lock it down. Holding a solid Springfield offense to just three points total in the third quarter, Waterloo was able to inch closer, but still trails The Tigers by five entering the fourth quarter. The Viking defense remained as relenting in the fourth, while Navarre Alhassan entered the zone in clutch time and played takeover offense in the final quarter once again. Finishing with 24 points and 12 of them coming in the fourth, Alhassan, along with a lockdown Waterloo defense, pulled through 40-37 in a comeback victory over Springfield! 

Following the loss, Springfield (5-6)(4-2) will now set their sights on McDonald (3-9)(1-5) where they will pay The Blue Devils a visit on Friday, January 13th. The win for Waterloo (10-3)(5-1) sets them up in a battle for first place with Lowellville (10-1)(6-0) where The Rockets will come to Atwater, also on Friday! Interview with winning Head Coach Jason Wise can be found below! 

 

Scoring (Waterloo)

Navarre Alhassan: 24 PTS. (Player of The Game)

Anthony Podojil: 8 PTS.

Ryan Wise: 6 PTS.

Drew Flarida: 2 PTS.

 

Scoring (Springfield)

Seandelle Gardner: 16 PTS.

Nico Servedio: 8 PTS.

Connor Hudran: 7 PTS.

Sean Guerriero: 2 PTS.

Brandon Price: 2 PTS.

Dylan Sheely: 2 PTS.

 

Scoring by Quarter

Q1: Waterloo 8 – 14 Springfield

Q2: Waterloo 10 – 12 Springfield

Q3: Waterloo 6 – 3 Springfield

Q4: Waterloo 16 – 8 Springfield

Final: Waterloo 40 – 37 Springfield