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November 22nd, 2021. A date that seems distant, also happens to be the last time The Waterloo Lady Vikings suffered a loss.

Going into a Thursday night matchup on January, 27th 2022 with The Sebring Lady Trojans, Waterloo was looking to keep their win streak and perfect conference record alive! 

The Lady Vikings went into Thursday’s matchup having won twelve straight games prior to the conference game. 

Sebring got things started with an opening bucket by multiple sport star Blake Thomas that made it 2-0 Lady Trojans to start. 

However, The Lady Vikings sounded the horns and locked everything down on defense! Going on a 23-0 run that made the score lopsided in a hurry. 

Waterloo had their troubles from behind the arc on Thursday, but it was the play of junior Rose Couts that helped break The Lady Vikings out of the scoring slump.

With some incredible dimes for assists, paired with 19 points of her own was more than enough to get her team the win, and earn her The Player of the Game!

It was also senior night in Atwater. As they celebrated the lone senior on The Lady Vikings squad this season in Olivia Kolstrup. 

Kolstrup, comes all the way from Denmark to play for Waterloo this season, as she caught up with Ty Bartell to talk about her experience. 

The cherry on top of the sundae? Waterloo was able to get Kolstrup a bucket on senior night in the closing moments of their 49-13 victory over Sebring. 

Sebring (2-12) has a home matchup hosting The Lady Rams of Mineral Ridge (2-14) on Monday, January 31st.

For Waterloo (13-1) they will look to keep their conference record perfect, as they host The Jackson Milton Lady Blue Jays (9-6) on January 31st as well!

*Contributed by YSN’s Ty Bartell

Postgame Interview With Kevin Longanecker:

Postgame Interview With Rose Couts:

Postgame Interview With Olivia Kolstrup:


BERLIN CENTER OH- A Friday night of boys basketball in the valley saw The Western Reserve Blue Devils (6-9) go to battle with MVAC rival The Waterloo Vikings (2-8). 

In a rematch of The December 14th clash. That one saw The Blue Devils come away as the one-point victors over Waterloo that night, leaving The Vikings with revenge on their minds. 

Western Reserve left nothing to question, with a hot start that saw The Blue Devils score 25 points, missing just 2 shots in the first quarter! 

The hot start was thanks in part to Gabe Platt, who scored 11 in the first quarter alone, with a deadeye from distance.

Luke Simons was keeping Waterloo in the game early on, as he finished with 17 points on the night, his shooting in the first half kept The Vikings in striking distance. 

The Football Star in David Altiere was a star on the hardwood as well! Being described by Coach Serensky as “The Blue Devils Dennis Rodman”. A statement that was exemplified no better than on Friday night. With a multitude of phenomenal defensive blocks on the night, paired with pure dominance on the glass. 

Joe Serensky Jr. has been a welcome addition back to the team, as he contributed with 15 points of offense, while playing as the team’s point guard a few times during the game.

With balanced scoring, it looked like Reserve was set to run away with this one. Then, with a tribe of Vikings on his back, enter Anthony Podojil.

The Junior Podojil was responsible for 23 points on the night, with a majority of them coming in the fourth quarter, as he was hotter than a blowtorch from distance! Shooting from where the pros do it, Podojil helped bring Waterloo all the way back to within a single possession of Western Reserve. 

However, it was Gabe Platt’s shooting that helped seal this one in the fourth. The Senior finished with 19 on the night, one of three Blue Devils to score double digits.

Leading his team in scoring, including nailing down some clutch free throws in the fourth was enough to earn Platt The Player of the Game! 

The loss for Waterloo will have them refocus for a cross tier MVAC battle with Garrettsville Garfield on Saturday, January 22nd. 

The win for Western Reserve marks their fourth in a row, as they have a big road test on Tuesday, January 25th in a matchup with The Lowellville Rockets.

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

Postgame Interview With Joe Serensky:

Postgame Interview With Gabe Platt:


ATWATER OH- On a frigid Thursday night in Atwater, Ohio. Two teams brought the heat in the gymnasium of Waterloo High School.

The MVAC Scarlet leading #9 Waterloo Lady Vikings (9-1) went to battle, for the second time this year, with The Western Reserve Lady Blue Devils (6-7). 

Both teams also brought The Big Dogs in this matchup, with both Kaira English (Waterloo) and Brooke Schantz (Reserve).

Both ladies brought the intensity Thursday night, as they both ended the evening as their respective teams leading scorers. 

On top of that, on a hard-nosed defensive night, both English and Schantz had 13 Points on the night to lead their teams. 

Waterloo got out of the gates and jumped The Blue Devils for a 10-2 run, one of three different times Waterloo held a lead of 8 points or more. 

But as most Coach Miller led teams are, that resilient bunch of Lady Blue Devils had not an ounce of quit in them. 

On three separate occasions in the first, third and fourth quarters did Western Reserve narrow the gap to just a single possession. 

However, game face was on for English and The Vikings, as a late run helped seal the victory for Waterloo 39-34. Keeping them undefeated in conference play.

Western Reserve will look to refocus towards another conference matchup Saturday, January 22nd in a trip to McDonald.

Waterloo will enjoy the victory, but will have little time to waste. As a trip to Akron is on the horizon with a matchup vs. Firestone also on Saturday, January 22nd.

*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell

Postgame Interview With Kevin Longanecker:

Postgame Interview With Kaira English:


NEW MIDDLETOWN, OH – The Waterloo Lady Vikings walked into Springfield Monday night looking to spoil the Lady Tiger’s night who have been on a roll as of late. In a back and forth matchup, both teams were not backing down from a fight and searching for something to propel them to a victory late in the game. Waterloo got the upperhand with huge depth scoring as two Vikings put up double figures to help Waterloo get the victory over Springfield, 48-42.


For Waterloo, Kajra English led the way with 20 points on the night. Rose Counts added 17 for the Vikings.


For Springfield, Madison Lesnak put up 11 points to lead the Tigers.


Waterloo will be back in action on Thursday as they travel to Lowellville to take on the Lady Rockets. Springfield will also be in action on Thursday as they are set to host McDonald. Don’t miss it on YSN!

*Contributed by YSN’s Brendan Miller



On what was a cold, but clear Monday night of girls basketball for YSN, including several area teams with their first home games of the year. 

Over in Atwater, Ohio, The Waterloo Lady Vikings looked to make some noise with their first appearance on the network this season. 

That matchup was with The Saint Thomas Aquinas Lady Knights, who had a clear height advantage going into this one. 

With girls like 6’2” Jo Smith for The Lady Knights, you would think rebounding might be cause for concern. However, that was not the case, as Waterloo had the advantage on the glass.

You may not be able to teach height, but you can teach effort and positioning as Coach Longanecker might say for The Lady Vikings. A generous amount of rebounds for Waterloo came off just that. Beingpositioned well for the box out and never giving up on the ball lead to countless offensive boards for Waterloo.

Yes, Waterloo may lack some height compared to other teams. There is something else you cannot teach in basketball, and that is heart, which The Lady Vikings exemplify so well! 

The two teams met in the middle for the opening tip, and Waterloo wasted no time getting to work. As the defense implemented by The Lady Vikings forced so many turnovers that resulted in offensive buckets in the first half. 

Aquinas tried making a halftime adjustment, which they did a great job at, but Waterloo did not take their foot off the gas. Rose Couts and Kaira English both had 20 points for Waterloo, while Abby Mazur pitched in 14 as well, for a combined 54 points of offense between 3 players. It helped propel The Lady Vikings to the emphatic 66-38 victory on Monday.

With a team as young as this, you expect there to be growing pains early in the season. But the Basketball IQ of the seven strong Lady Vikings was the most impressive Monday night. Passing was like poetry in motion, creating a lot of baskets off assists, a brand of basketball that Waterloo can have a ton of success in. 

They will look to continue that success Thursday, December 9th in a MVAC Scarlet Conference matchup with The Lowellville Lady Rockets!

There may only be seven, but sound the horns! Because The Lady Vikings are here!

*Contributed by YSN’s Ty Bartell

Postgame Interview With Kevin Loganecker:


Postgame Interview With Kaira English:



COLUMBIANA OH- Crestview opened their big tournament run on Tuesday night with a quick win over Waterloo to advance to the sectional finals. (25-4 25-6 25-7)

Grace Auer had 8 kills, and 21 assists to finish as one of the team’s leaders. Abbey Emch led the Rebels offense with 12 kills, and added 2 blocks. Lucy Montgomery had a nice night as well. She finished with 9 kills, and 8 digs.

Crestview advances to the sectional finals on Thursday as they host East Canton. Start time is set for 6:00.


ATWATER OH- Waterloo has made tremendous strides as a football program the last couple years, not just on the field, but off as well. The football program was finally given the opportunity to add stands to their stadium, and the community stepped up big to help install them. Much like building stands, getting through a football season takes a community. Waterloo will need that support now as they deal with some adversity being cut out of their Week 9, and Week 10 games due to COVID protocols. But, as a family they will continue to grow together, and tackle this adversity like they would any of their opponents.

Head coach Mike Devies wears many different hats at Waterloo. The head football coach is also the athletic director, and the Dean of students. So we appreciate him taking the time out of his obviously busy schedule to stop by Running Point this week. He talks with Anthony Hartwig, and Ty Bartell about the development of his program, the support of the community, and much more. Set sail with the Vikings in Episode 1 of Coach’s Corner With Mike Devies.


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ATWATER OH- Springfield traveled to Waterloo Thursday night with a chance to win the MVAC Championship outright. The Tigers did not disappoint.

Playing a very defensive formation to take some pressure off back up keeper, Mya Argiro, the Tigers went up 3-0 before Waterloo scored to make it 3-1 at the half. Waterloo tied it up at 3 before Springfield made it 4-3. Kaila LaMorticella put in the game clinching goal before Waterloo scored once more with 1 minute remaining to make the final 5-4.

Gracie Venturella had a 3 goal hat trick and Brionna Holt had a goal for the Tigers. Springfield got assists from Holt and Sami Shafer. Argiro had a strong 11 saves for the Tigers.

Springfield finishes the season 12-2-2 (10-1-1 in the MVAC) to win the league title for the second straight year.

The Tigers play the winner of Columbiana and Brookfield next Thursday to start their tournament play.

*Contributed By Justin Kosek at springfieldlocalathletics.com


BERLIN CENTER OH- Western Reservd kept on rolling in the MVAC on Thursday night as they wasted no time sweeping Waterloo. (25-15 25-8 25-12)

Alyvia Hughes led the way with 9 kills, 6 digs, and 7 aces. Lisa Eichert had a nice night as well finishing with 9 kills, and a pair of blocks. Hannah Diaz finished the night with 7 kills. Gianna Paris set up 20 assists to along with her 7 kills, and 7 digs.

Taryn Brown led the Vikings with 4 kills. Sophia Gonzalez collected 4 digs.

Western Reserve will finish their MVAC schedule Tuesday as they travel to Sebring. Waterloo will travel to Mathews on Tuesday.


NEW MIDDLETOWN OH- Springfield just kept rolling along inside the MVAC on Friday. The Tigers haven’t lost a conference game since their 2018 matchup with McDonald. They earned the win in week 7 over Waterloo 51-0. Beau Brungard set the tone early marching the Tigers down the field on their first drive, and punching it in the endzone himself.

The Tigers will continue their MVAC schedule on Friday against Western Reserve. Waterloo will hit the road and travel to Jackson Milton.