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TIGERS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS ONE

Monday night brought plenty of premier matchups on the network, including a battle of two unbeatens inside The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) Scarlet Division, with The Waterloo Vikings hosting The Springfield Tigers. Both squads were sporting a 5-0 conference record going into Monday, meaning this game had major conference implications on the line. Last season, Springfield fell in both contests against The Vikings by a combined seven points in two games and with both squads returning all their key pieces, a lot of excitement surrounds their two matchups this year. 

The Tigers recognized the importance of getting an early lead and wasted no time to jump out in front with a 6-0 run early on in the first quarter. Springfield’s Jameka Brungard established her presence in the paint and was set to matchup with Vikings star Kaira English. Waterloo had a counterpunch ready in the first quarter, knotting the game up 10-10, before Jacey Mullen converted a bucket to give Springfield a 12-10 lead after one. This led to an offensive drought for both teams in the second with defense taking precedence; however, The Tigers maintained control winning the quarter 6-5 and holding an 18-15 lead at halftime. 

Out of the half, Springfield started getting key contributions from other players, with Marianna Tuscano and Ava Vecchione starting to find their rhythm in the second half. Allowing The Tigers to distance themselves a bit from Waterloo, controlling the lead 28-21 after three quarters of play. Rose Couts and Kaira English kept fighting for scores, despite offensive struggles on the night for The Vikes. Shots from the arc were not falling with the frequency Waterloo has been used to recently, forcing them to get creative in their scoring opportunities. The Tigers could smell the sole control of first place within their paws; however, needed to close out the final eight minutes to ensure their lead in The MVAC. English continued to find scores, fighting through double and triple-teams on the post, to the tune of 19 points on the night. But a balanced Tigers offense saw Vecchione and Tuscano put on the cape for some big shots from distance to help maintain the lead for Springfield. A 20 point fourth quarter allowed The Tigers stay undefeated in the conference, closing out the ballgame with a 48-36 win over Waterloo! The Player of The Game honors went to Springfield senior Jacey Mullen, for her ability to get key baskets throughout the night that put a stop to several Viking scoring runs. 

Following the loss, Waterloo (9-5)(5-1) will stay in conference action, hosting Lowellville (7-7)(2-4) on Thursday, January 12th. For Springfield (10-1)(6-0) they will look to keep their undefeated conference streak alive, traveling to McDonald (4-7)(1-4) in a bout with The Blue Devils, also on Thursday. Interviews with Springfield Head Coach John Matisi and Player of The Game Jacey Mullen can be found below!

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

WATERLOO WALKS A TIGHTROPE AGAINST OLD RIVAL

In a rare boys basketball game on a Thursday night for the network, The red-hot Waterloo Vikings took on The Red Devils of Crestwood for the first time in nearly three years! Two programs that reside in Portage County and have quite the history with one another, going back to Coach Jason Wise of Waterloo and Josh Jakacki from Crestwood competing against each other for their respective teams, when they were in the same conference,  many moons ago. 

Nowadays, the two teams play in two different conferences, but look to keep the feeling and emotions of beating their rival with nothing more than bragging rights on the line this season. But to the two schools, bragging rights means everything! Sporting a great crowd for both sides, especially for Waterloo, who still had nice attendance numbers despite The Lady Vikings being on the road and very much alive in their conference hopes. With the high amount of people, the energy was created in the junior varsity game and tension was at its highest just before the varsity tipoff. 

The first quarter saw the two teams exchange buckets early one before The Red Devils captured an early advantage. A two headed dragon of three point scoring from Dekota Johnson, Charlie Schweickert helped Crestwood maintain momentum, leading 12-8 after a quarter. By the second period, The Vikings had started on the comeback trail, getting as close as trailing by just two points 18-20, thanks to a big time three by Jackson Eichler. However, The Red Devils had a response run in them, scoring the next couple buckets to end the first half in front 24-18. 

Once again, Waterloo attempted to get back to even in the ballgame at the start of the third. Anthony Podojil got The Vikes within a bucket once again, as he found a turnaround hook to cut the deficit to three points at 26-29. As some things changed, others stayed the same, cause Crestwood had plenty of responses silencing the crowd on a 5-0 run to take an eight point lead and for Waterloo into a late third quarter timeout. Out of the huddle, The Vikings would slightly trim the Crestwood lead, with The Devils leading 36-30 after three. 

Start of the fourth and final quarter and enter that man, that Player of The Game, Waterloo’s Navarre Alhassan! Scoring an opening three pointer, going to the foul line for two and securing a steal for a fast break bucket, The Vikings were able to capture their first lead of the game with a 7-0 run to start the fourth, all of the points being scored by Alhassan! A Resilient bunch of Red Devils would not be vanquished so easily, with Crestwood re-taking the lead in the fourth, Dekota Johnson clutching some free throws at the line to squeeze in front 42-41. Call him Navarre “The Answer” Alhassan, as the senior immediately took the next possession down the court and swished a mid-ranger to grab the lead once again, but this time, hold it for good. 

The Vikings would then be tested by being sent to the free throw line to clinch the game. Despite shooting a sharp click, with a majority of the makes coming from Alhassan, The Red Devils still would not go down. Dekota Johnson played hero ball in the fourth for Crestwood, hitting two big time three pointers in the winding seconds of the game, cutting The Viking lead to just a single point! However, not enough time would be allotted for The Red Devils, as Waterloo was able to dribble out the clock to escape with the thrilling 53-52 victory! 

After the loss, Crestwood (4-6) will now travel to Cuyahoga Heights (8-0) in a meeting with The Red Wolves on Saturday, January 7th. Following the win, Waterloo (8-3)(3-1) will go back to conference action, traveling to Mineral Ridge (0-9)(0-4) in a bout with The Rams! Interviews with Waterloo Head Coach Jason Wise and Player of The Game Navarre Alhassan can be found below! 

Scoring (Waterloo)

Navarre Alhassan: 19 PTS (Player of The Game).

Aidan Hall: 10 PTS.

Anthony Podojil: 10 PTS.

Drew Flarida: 8 PTS.

Ryan Wise: 3 PTS.

Jackson Eichler: 3 PTS.

 

Scoring (Crestwood)

Dekota Johnson: 18 PTS.

Charlie Schweickert: 16 PTS.

Jimmy Peters: 7 PTS.

Augie Schweickert: 5 PTS.

Ty Fanin: 4 PTS.

Josh Delaney: 2 PTS.

 

Scoring by Quarter

Q1: Waterloo 8 – 12 Crestwood

Q2: Waterloo 10 – 12 Crestwood

Q3: Waterloo 12 – 12 Crestwood

Q4: Waterloo 23 – 16 Crestwood

Final: Waterloo 53 – 52 Crestwood.

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

VIKINGS DEFENSE UP FOR THE TASK

MINERAL RIDGE,OH- The Waterloo Vikings traveled to the Ridge tonight to take on the Lady Rams. It was a very fast paced and back and forth first half as the Rams defense was on que. Waterloo led 19-13 at the half.

Waterloo adjusted heavily on the defensive side during the second half only allowing the Rams to score just 1 point in the 3rd quarter and just 6 in the 4th quarter.

Waterloo was led by Kaira English, who attacked the paint and dropped 22 points. Rose Couts also added 11 points for the Vikings. Ava Hulet came up with 8 points as she led the Rams in scoring. Olivia Booth had a strong defensive game and put up 3 points for the Rams, but it was not enough as the Rams fell short to the Vikings 34-20.

Mineral Ridge will be back in action against Western Reserve on Saturday. Waterloo will take on Springfield at home on Monday.

 

WATERLOO TAKES BLUE JAYS BEST PUNCH

ATWATER OH- On the Tuesday following The New Years, The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) had conference contests in both The Scarlet and Gray Divisions. One of those respective games would be held in Fred Brookover Gymnasium in Atwater, Ohio. Where The Waterloo Vikings played host to The Jackson-Milton Blue Jays where both teams were 2-1 in The Scarlet Division entering Tuesday night. 

The Blue Jays came in looking to stop a two game skid while The Vikings had momentum, riding a four game winning streak into the conference bout. However, Jackson-Milton cared little about momentum, grabbing control from the opening tip, grabbing a lead with an 11-5 opening run against Waterloo. Aiden Stanke was lighting up the court with shots from distance in the opening frame, leading The Jays to a 16-11 lead after a quarter. 

The Vikings showed poise and confidence despite the deficit, a highlight Coach Jason Wise has seen a noticeable improvement in. As Waterloo was able to battle their way back into the ball game in the following frame, using offensive rebounds to give The Vikings additional looks from the field. Flipping the script on Jackson-Milton, Waterloo outscored The Blue Jays 17-11 in the second quarter to take a 28-27 halftime lead. 

Keeping the momentum they gained in the previous half, The Vikings were as hot as a blowtorch to start the third quarter. Scoring furiously on a 9-0 run, Waterloo grabbed the first double digit lead for either team in the game. Anthony Podojil was scoring off some fantastic passing from Ryan Wise, while Podojil also hit a big three pointer that secured the ten point advantage for The Vikes. But The Blue Jays would not be pushed away that easily, with both Aaron and Ryan Romigh scoring from all areas of the court, slimming their deficit to Waterloo to three before the final eight minutes of play. 

Looking to put the game away, The Vikings were trying to swing the momentum back in their favor, while The Jays were trying to fly away with the game in the fourth. The Romigh’s continued to find buckets in the fourth, threatening the Waterloo lead several times. But it was the play of Navarre Alhassan, who was The Player of the Game, scoring at will in the final quarter, including two deadeye three pointers as he finished with 26 points to lead The Vikings to the 58-50 victory over Jackson-Milton!

The win for Waterloo (7-2)(3-1) will keep them within one game of Lowellville in their conference. However, their next game will take them out of conference, as The Vikings host Crestwood (4-5) on Thursday, January 5th. Following the loss for Jackson-Milton (4-6)(2-2), The Blue Jays will now turn their attention to another conference rival, The Springfield Tigers (4-5)(3-1) where they will head to New Middletown on Friday, January 6th.

 

Scoring (Waterloo)

Navarre Alhassan: 26 PTS. (Player of The Game)

Anthony Podojil: 13 PTS.

Ryan Wise: 9 PTS.

Jackson Eichler: 6 PTS.

Drew Flarida: 4 PTS.

 

Scoring (Jackson-Milton)

Aiden Stanke: 20 PTS.

Aaron Romigh: 15 PTS.

Ryan Romigh: 13 PTS.

Zeke Brock: 2 PTS.

 

Scoring by Quarter

Q1: Waterloo 11 – 16 J.M.

Q2: Waterloo 17 – 11 J.M.

Q3: Waterloo 11 – 9 J.M.

Q4: Waterloo 19 – 14 J.M.

Final: Waterloo 58 – 50 J.M.

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

VIKINGS CAPTURE CONSECUTIVE CONFERENCE WINS

The Waterloo Vikings were able to capture a conference win on Friday, December 16th against McDonald. In doing so, it kept them within one game of conference leader, The Lowellville Rockets. Trying to keep pace with Lowellville, Waterloo welcomed in The Sebring Trojans Tuesday night. After The Vikings dropped their first conference game against Western Reserve, Waterloo Head Coach Jason Wise stressed the importance of winning home conference games to his team. On the other side, Trojans Coach Lee Knepp is back as the skipper of Sebring and the foundation has been set for the younger players. 

The first quarter saw some good back-and-forth between the two programs. Waterloo was finding some success from distance, allowing them to take a 14-10 lead after the first eight minutes. The second quarter kept the same pace until Waterloo ended the half on a 10-0 run to give them a 12 point lead at halftime. From that run, The Vikings saw only blue skies ahead, as they did not relinquish the lead again. Outscoring The Trojans 27-13 in the second half to win the ballgame 54-38. 

Anthony Podojil was the Player of the Game with his performance, scoring 21 points on the evening, and was the motor behind some big Viking runs that helped Waterloo clinch another victory. Interviews with both Podojil as well as Head Coach Jason Wise can be found below. 

Following the win, Waterloo (4-2) will travel to Leetonia (0-8) in a battle with The Bears. As for Sebring (1-5) they will look to get back to winning ways, as they will return home to host The Fighting Herald of Ashtabula St. John (1-3). Both Waterloo and Sebring will wait till after the holiday to return to action, as both teams next games are slated for Tuesday, December 27th. 

 

Scoring (Waterloo)

Anthony Podojil: 21 PTS. (Player of the Game)

Navarre Alhassan: 11 PTS.

Ryan Wise: 9 PTS.

Drew Flarida: 6 PTS.

Kyle Werbeck: 4 PTS.

Jackson Eichler: 3 PTS.

 

Scoring (Sebring)

Kade Leasure: 13 PTS.

Dustin Black: 8 PTS.

Caden Shepard: 6 PTS.

Scott Boston: 6 PTS.

Jahvian Cundiff: 3 PTS.

Kaleb Rowles: 2 PTS.

 

Scoring by Quarter

Q1: Waterloo 14 – 10 Sebring

Q2: Waterloo 13 – 5 Sebring

Q3: Waterloo 10 – 11 Sebring

Q4: Waterloo 17 – 12 Sebring

Final: Waterloo 54 – 38 Sebring

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

MIGHTY MAZUR FLEXES FOR WATERLOO

Girls Basketball was out in full force for a Monday night on the network. With a total of 16 matchups, including over half a dozen conference battles, filling the YSN streams! One of those conference matchups occurred in Atwater, or better known as Atsnow this time of the year, when The Vikings welcomed in The Trojans of Sebring. 

Waterloo, taking a different approach in the non-conference slate at the beginning of the season, opted to schedule three tough games right out of the gate. Despite being competitive, The Vikings dropped those three contests; however, it was all to keep their sights set on The Mahoning Valley Athletics Conferences (MVAC) Scarlet Division and defending their crown. 

Following the losses to start the season, The Vikings have quickly bounced back as winners of five straight, including three consecutive conference matchups heading into Monday night. On the other side, The Trojans are looking to get back to the rich basketball tradition that is known at Sebring. Through some growing pains, Head Coach Anthony Agresta plans to be the guy to lead them there. 

With the mismatch, The Vikings wasted little time in jumping ahead early, as a scoring outburst put Waterloo ahead 29-4 after the first quarter and they never looked back. Scoring another 29 points in the second quarter for a total of 58 first half points. Finishing with 82 points overall, it was the largest offensive output from The Vikes this season. 

Abby Mazur had a night that was, quite simply, magical! As the senior was as dangerous as can be from three-point-territory, Mazur nailed down a program record-breaking total of eleven shots from distance! Finishing with 35 total points, Mazur’s major night helped lead The Vikes to victory while leaving a memory for the senior scrapbook that will last forever! 

Both teams look to get back to action this week! Waterloo (5-3) will stay home to host The Akron Firestone Falcons (0-3). For Sebring (0-6) they will look to change their luck against Leetonia (0-7) as The Bears will entertain them, also on Thursday.

 

Scoring (Waterloo)

Abby Mazur: 35 PTS, 11 3PM. (Player of the Game)

Rose Couts: 24 PTS.

Lilly Foster: 9 PTS.

Baylee English: 8 PTS.

Kaira English: 6 PTS.

 

Scoring (Sebring)

Raegan Wynn: 7 PTS.

Maddy Gilbert: 4 PTS.

Davianna Bowyer: 2 PTS.

Allie Horschar: 2 PTS.

Blake Thomas: 2 PTS.

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

RESERVE GETS REVENGE ON WATERLOO

ATWATER OH- It was boys basketball on a Tuesday night in Northeast Ohio and with that brought rivals, both old and new, to the court thus opening up conference play in The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference’s (MVAC) Scarlet Division. All eight teams from the conference competed in four games across three counties Tuesday night. Including Portage County, where the town of Atwater’s own Waterloo Vikings met The Western Reserve Blue Devils on the hardwood! 

A repeat matchup between the two schools, as The Vikings earned a 43-37 victory, on the girls side, against Western Reserve on Monday night. Leaving the boys with revenge on their mind, The Blue Devils also thought back to this past football season, where Waterloo gained the victory on the gridiron 27-24 on September 16th. 

Plenty of animosity and tension has been built in this, new-found, friendly rivalry that has emerged in recent years and Tuesday night was no different. Taking a page from the girls teams a night previous, it was four quarters of a defensive grudge-match between the two programs. With guys like Hayden Fellows (Reserve) and Drew Flarida (Waterloo) battling for every rebound, every loose ball and making life difficult in the paint for opposing offenses. 

As both teams jockeyed for position in a feeling out process on offense, Reserve was able to grab an early 14-4 advantage. The Vikings would have to turn back the clock and claw their way back into the game, old-school, with free throws. Working themselves into the single-bonus Waterloo scored their next seven points at the stripe, going 7 for 8, including a 6 for 6 stretch by Navarre Alhassan! Stepping back a few paces, Alhassan also nailed down a big 3-pointer that made the deficit just four for The Vikings heading into halftime with The Blue Devils leading it 18-14. 

Returning from the half, both teams picked up where they left off defensively, meaning both coaches were looking for someone to step up offensively. Enter Luke Henning, a young man who hit a 3 in the first half, but dialed it in from all over the court in the second 16 minutes. Hitting two more shots from distance, Henning helped Western Reserve reclaim their double digit advantage. A point in which The Blue Devils would never look back from! Scoring 14 points total, his season-high, Henning also had some partners in crime with Hayden Fellows and Dom Riccardi both scoring in double figures. 

Heading into conference play, The Vikings were 2-1 with wins against Windham and Rootstown, while dropping one to a tough Mogadore team. Despite The Blue Devils 0-3 record, reading between the lines showed that Western Reserve was right there in games against three phenomenal programs in Mathews, Crestview and Struthers. While also not losing any of those contests by more than eight points; however, Reserve needed to learn how to win through their tough losses. 

Following the loss, Waterloo (2-2)(0-1) will look to have better luck against the Blue Devils, as they head to McDonald (2-2)(1-0) on Friday, December 16th. As for Western Reserve (1-3)(1-0), they will now travel to the launching pad in Lowellville to take on the conference-favorite Lowellville Rockets (4-0)(1-0), also on Friday! Four teams now sit at 1-0 in The MVAC, taking that first-step to realizing a conference crown!

 

Scoring (Western Reserve)

Luke Henning: 14 PTS.

Hayden Fellows: 13 PTS

Dom Riccardi: 12 PTS.

Josh Klasic: 5 PTS.

Joey Serensky: 2 PTS. 

 

Scoring (Waterloo)

Navarre Alhassan: 11 PTS.

Anthony Podojil: 7 PTS.

Ryan Wise: 6 PTS.

Drew Flarida: 4 PTS

Kai Warren: 2 PTS

Kyle Werbeck: 1 PT

 

Scoring by Quarter

Q1: Waterloo 2 – 12 W.R.

Q2: Waterloo 12 – 6 W.R.

Q3: Waterloo 6 – 13 W.R.

Q4: Waterloo 11 – 14 W.R.

Final: W.R. 45 – 31 Waterloo

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

WATERLOO FINDS WAYS TO WIN

ATWATER OH- In what was a highly anticipated matchup on the girls side of The Mahoning Valley Athletic Conferences Scarlet Division, The Western Reserve Blue Devils traveled to Atwater, to take on the reigning, defending, undisputed conference champions in The Waterloo Vikings. Like most matchups inside the conference a year ago, this one started as a defensive grudge match and saw no let up throughout. Both teams went into Monday night undefeated in conference play, albeit just 1-0 records for both; however, they were congested at the top with Mineral Ridge and Springfield who also have yet to drop a game in-conference.

As most Vikings games go, Kaira English started Waterloo off on the right foot and got them in tempo, scoring the first seven points for her team. The first half had plenty of punches and counterpunches from both teams, as an answer was dialed up in response to every heavy hit in the contest. As Kaira English was scoring with brute force, Angelina Cappabianca was responding with a deadeye from distance, knocking down some, timely, corner 3’s throughout that kept Reserve in striking distance. 

The Blue Devils would capture a lead towards the end of the first half; however, The Vikings called on another English, as freshman Bayley English knocked down a pair of triples late in the first half to give The Vikings the halftime lead! Defense stayed the story in the second half, with Western Reserve doing an incredible job of limiting Waterloo’s fastbreak game. Give credit to Brooke Schantz who played her heart out on both sides of the ball and put together an MVP-worthy performance for her team! But The Vikings Rose Couts started to see her shot fall and provided a late jolt of scoring to help The Vikings over the hump. Waterloo had the lead with a waning clock, meaning it would be a game of free throws, that is where Couts and company shined. Knocking down some clutch, late-game, free throws that helped put The Blue Devils on ice. 

Winning their first matchup of the year against Western Reserve 43-37. The Vikings (3-3)(2-0) will now travel to take on ANOTHER set of Blue Devils in McDonald (3-3)(0-2) on Thursday, December 15th. Also on Thursday, Western Reserve (3-2)(1-1) will head to Lowellville to take on The Rockets (3-3)(0-1). 

 

Scoring (Waterloo)

Rose Couts: 13 PTS

Kaira English: 12 PTS

Bayley English: 9 PTS

Abby Mazur: 7 PTS

Lilly Foster: 2 PTS

 

Scoring (Western Reserve)

Brooke Schantz: 11 PTS

Alyvia Hughes: 8 PTS

Lisa Eichert: 6 PTS

Angelina Cappabianca: 6 PTS

Madison Leone: 3 PTS

Quincy Miller: 3 PTS

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

WARRIORS GO ON THE ROAD AND SINK WATERLOO

ATWATER OH- In a cross-divisional Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (MVAC) battle, The Brookfield Warriors from the Gray Division traveled to Atwater to take on, Scarlet Division champion from a year ago, The Waterloo Vikings on Monday night. The Vikings, returning all starters from last season, were looking for their first victory of the season following a close loss to Alliance in their opener. However, despite a good turnover from a season ago, Waterloo was easing Kaira English back into the rotation with an injury prior to the start of the 2022 campaign.

That did not prevent this game from still being a competitive battle between two quality teams. Brookfield also brought back a lot of familiar faces, allowing Coach Forsythe to utilize a starting five made up of four seniors and one junior. Including Sophia Hook, with her passes on line and her shots being sinkers from deep! Legend has it, The Hook has been sighted making a ton of noise just off of Bedford Road. On Monday night, Hook contributed with 21 of her team’s 51 points on the night in another Warriors win! 

Following the loss, The Vikings (0-2) will now travel to Akron St. Vincent & St. Mary’s (1-0) on Thursday, December 1st. Brookfield (2-0) will take their early season success back home where they will host another Scarlet Division representative of The MVAC in The Springfield Tigers (0-1) also on December 1st. 

 

Scoring by Quarter

Q1: Brookfield 17 – 10 Waterloo

Q2: Brookfield 15 – 12 Waterloo

Q3: Brookfield 10 – 11 Waterloo

Q4: Brookfield   9 – 9 Waterloo

Final: Brookfield 51 – 41 Waterloo 

 

Scoring (Brookfield)

Sophia Hook: 21 Points

Cailey Wellman: 15 Points

Katie Gibson: 6 Points

Katie Logan: 5 Points

MiKenzie Jumper: 3 Points

Abby DeJoy: 1 Point

 

Scoring (Waterloo)

Kaira English: 14 Points

Rose Couts: 13 Points

Abby Mazur: 9 Points

Lilly Foster: 5 Points

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

FAMILIAR BEGINNINGS FOR WATERLOO

ATWATER OH- Last season, Waterloo went on a rampage to win the MVAC Scarlet tier. They only lost one game in the regular season, and it was to Alliance to open the season.  This year the Vikings saw their season open up with the Aviators yet again.  With a different result on their mind, the. Vikings would have to try to do it without Kaira English. With English on the bench with an injury the Vikings controlled a big chunk of the game,  but a resilient Aviators team came back on them using a late 16-2 run to win 56-50.  It shouldn’t be panic time for the Vikings though, last season after losing the opener to Alliance they rattled off 20 wins in a row.

Rose Couts had a great day for the Vikings notching 22 points.  She shot well going 10-14 from the field.  Abby Mazur used 5 three pointers to shoot her way to 19 points for the Vikings.

Waterloo returns to action on Monday as they will host Brookfield, a top contender on the other side of the MVAC.