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BELOIT OH- In a commanding display of dominance, West Branch claimed the sectional championship on Saturday with an emphatic 61-10 victory over Hubbard. From the opening whistle, West Branch showcased their superiority on both ends of the court, overwhelming Hubbard with their relentless defense and high-powered offense.

Leading the charge for West Branch was Sophia Gregory, who poured in 14 points, setting the tone for her team’s offensive outburst. Mikayln Woods added 11 points, while Livvie Showalter and Ellie Tucker each contributed 7 points to the winning effort. Additionally, Chloe Dennison and Audrey Eaton both chipped in 6 points, highlighting the depth and balance of West Branch’s scoring attack.

The suffocating defense of West Branch limited Hubbard’s scoring opportunities, allowing them to cruise to a decisive victory and secure the sectional championship.

With the win, West Branch advances to the District Semifinals, where they will face off against Chagrin Falls on Wednesday at Nordonia High School. Tip-off for this highly anticipated matchup is scheduled for approximately 7:30.


By Michael Ginocchi 

Beloit, OH-
The West Branch Boys’ Basketball team won their final game before tournament play by defeating Heartland Christian 64 to 42. West Branch finished the regular season with an 18-4 record and were EBC champs. 


The Warriors led 35 to 23 at the half, but Heartland showed a lot of heart by cutting the lead to eight points in the second before the Warriors pulled away. West Branch will play at home on Tuesday against the 13-9 Youngstown East Golden Bears in the first round of the state playoffs. The matchup between the two teams should be an exciting first round game. West Branch won the first meeting 73 to 71 in overtime a few weeks ago.


Leading the Warriors’ offense was Jeremiah Thomas with 16 points and Gavin Gregory with 10 points. Jaxon Robb contributed 9 points and Cooper Anderson and Joey Jackson each had 8 points.


The Heartland Lions were led in scoring by Will Morgan with 12 points and Jake Walker with 11 points. Their regular season record ends with a 13-9 record. The Lions will face Southington Chalker at home on Tuesday at 7 pm. in the first round of the state basketball playoffs. 


BELOIT OH- In a highly anticipated tournament matchup, the West Branch High School basketball team wasted no time asserting their dominance on the court as they dispatched Coventry with a commanding 56-18 victory. From the opening tip-off, West Branch showcased their skill and determination, leaving no doubt about their intentions in postseason play.

Leading the charge for West Branch was Sophia Gregory, whose stellar performance saw her rack up an impressive 22 points, setting the tone for her team’s offensive onslaught. Audrey Eaton contributed 11 points, while Chloe Dennison added 7 points to bolster West Branch’s scoring effort and help secure the win.

Defensively, West Branch stifled Coventry’s offense, holding them to just 18 points for the entire game. The team’s tenacity and cohesion on defense proved to be a key factor in their victory, as they effectively shut down their opponents and controlled the pace of the game from start to finish.

With this convincing win, West Branch advances to the sectional final on Saturday with their sights set on further postseason success. Their next challenge will come in the form of Hubbard, whom they will host at 7:00 in what promises to be another thrilling matchup.



BOARDMAN, OH- In a nail-biting showdown between West Branch High School and Boardman High School, the Spartans emerged victorious with a final score of 64-60, wrapping up their regular season in style. It was a game marked by intense competition and impressive displays of skill from both sides.

Boardman showcased their best performance of the season, demonstrating exceptional consistency in their gameplay while effectively managing turnovers and maintaining a steady scoring pace throughout the match.

Leading the charge for the Spartans was Grayson Eicher, who delivered a stellar performance with a career-high 27 points and 8 rebounds. Eicher’s standout contributions were crucial to Boardman’s success, particularly his flawless 4/4 free throw performance during the critical moments of the game.

Not to be outdone, Terrell McDowell also made his presence felt on the court, contributing 20 points, including an impressive 6/8 performance from the free-throw line in the decisive fourth quarter, securing the victory for his team.

Sullivan Smith rose to the occasion with 6 points of his own, including a crucial free throw that sealed the game with just 7 seconds remaining on the clock. Noah Ziak also played a vital role, adding 4 points to the scoreboard and demonstrating resilience during the intense final moments of the match.

Nico Holzschuh and Kaden Mayhew contributed 2 points each, with Holzschuh showcasing remarkable determination in battling against West Branch’s formidable size advantage in the paint. Zach Haus and Vince Butto rounded out the scoring, each connecting on a pivotal free throw while providing essential energy and defensive prowess throughout the game.

Jeffrey Markovitch and Jayse Varley also played their part in securing the victory, contributing to the team’s collective effort and determination on the court.

For West Branch, Jaxon Robb finished with 23 points to lead the way.  Gavin Gregory and Cooper Anderson each had double-doubles.  Gregory scored 13 and grabbed 12 rebounds while Anderson knocked down 12 and had 13 boards.

The Warriors will close out the regular season on Friday at home against Heartland Christian.

With this impressive win under their belt, Boardman now sets their sights on tournament play, with their next matchup scheduled for Wednesday, February 28 at Massillon Perry. As they carry the momentum from this triumph into the postseason, the Spartans are poised to make a strong statement on the basketball court.


By Matt Maher 

GIRARD, OH – The red hot Warriors made their way out to Girard for an end of season tuneup against the Indians. After a fairly close 1st quarter, the Warriors continued to outscore Girard and found themselves with a 65-40 victory. West Branch fought hard with great defensive coverage and took advantage of most of their possessions while Girard had their struggles.


The Warriors started out the night by winning the opening tip and quickly converting the first 2 points and while Girard did have a response it wasn’t nearly as powerful as what West Branch was showing and the frame ended 19-11 in favor of the Warriors. The 3 ball was the specialty for Girard in the first quarter with Kaiden Clare hitting two of them to get 6 of his 8 points and a third coming from Melvin Dixon. While Girard specialized from beyond the arc, West Branch was hard to tame in the paint, finding 7 of their field goals from within the arc with Gavin Gregory scoring four of them. Camden Lane found the first 3 of the game for West Branch and went 1-for-2 from the charity Stripe as well.


Both teams slowed down the offensive output in the 2nd quarter with West Branch finding 16 to Girards 7. Dom Philips found 4 points with a layup and 1 as well as putting up 1-of-2 later down the stretch, Nick Rafferty found another 3 ball for the Indians as well. Cooper Anderson found three 2’s to lead his team with 6 points in the frame while Ricky Hendershott followed Anderson with 5 points including another 3 for his team. 


Girard had a better 2nd half and started it out with a 10 point 3rd quarter that came up just 3 points shy of West Branches 13 points. The Indians found four scores from four different sources: Dixon and Stephen Sims both put up 2’s and Cam Herrick and Rafferty both shot from range and put up a combined 6 points. Jaxon Robb was the leader for West branch in the 3rd, with 7 points that came from two 2’s and a good 3-for-4 from the line he helped his team keep Girard at bay.


The Indians had their highest scoring quarter yet with a 12 point 4th. While Girard was reaching new heights late in this game, West Branch was staying put and scored 16 points to really put this one to bed. The Indians yet again found all their scoring from four different sources but this time all of them each hit a 3, Ahmad Curd, Nick Rafferty, Chris Cardiero and Cam Herrick all found buckets for Girard. West Branch spread the wealth as well with 7 different players all scoring at least 1 point with Gregory leading the cause with 4 points and Lane adding one last triple.


Girard was excellent from beyond the arc on Friday night but it wasn’t enough to take down one of the top teams in our area. West Branch found themselves in some favorable spots throughout the game and that was due in part to their excellent play making as well as some less than desirable coverage from their opponent. West Branch (17-3) will stay on the road when they face Boardman on February 20th at 7:00PM while Girard (2-19) will finish off their season at LaBrae on the 20th as well at 7:00PM.


BELOIT OH- West Branch’s senior night was nothing short of spectacular as they clinched a commanding victory over Girard with a final score of 42-23. The jubilant crowd cheered on their seniors in what proved to be a memorable game.

Leading the charge for West Branch was Livvie Showalter, who poured in an impressive 13 points, showcasing her scoring prowess on the court. Not far behind was Chloe Dennison, who contributed 11 points, adding to the team’s offensive firepower.

Sophia Gregory and Mikayln Woods also made significant contributions, each chipping in 5 points to secure the team’s victory. Their solid performances underscored the depth and talent of the West Branch lineup.

With this win, West Branch concluded their regular season with an outstanding record of 20-2, setting the stage for an exciting tournament run. Looking ahead, they are poised to face Coventry in their first-round game next Wednesday.

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HOWLAND OH- In a thrilling road showdown, West Branch showcased their defensive prowess and emerged victorious against Howland with a hard-fought 43-39 win on Saturday. It was a test of resilience for both teams, but West Branch’s stalwart defense proved to be the difference-maker in the end.

Leading the charge for West Branch was Audrey Eaton, who displayed her scoring prowess with 11 points, supported by Sophia Gregory with 8 points and MiKalyn Woods with 7 points. Carter Shepard also contributed 6 points to bolster their team’s offensive efforts.

Howland put up a strong fight, with Alyssa Massucci leading their scoring with 11 points, followed by Jessie DeSalvo with 7 points and Sophia Powell with 6 points.

However, West Branch’s tenacious defense proved to be the deciding factor, as they held off Howland’s offensive threats to secure the victory.

With this win, West Branch improved their impressive season record to 19-2, setting the stage for a final regular-season showdown at home against Girard on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Howland, with a season record of 15-6, will conclude their regular season with a matchup against Fitch on Tuesday.


By Michael Ginocchi 

Beloit, OH-
The matchup at West Branch High School between the West Branch Warriors and the Youngstown East Golden Bears was an absolute must-see event. The atmosphere was electric, with a packed crowd eagerly anticipating the clash between these two formidable teams. The  Golden Bears held the lead throughout the entire game. With just about 2 seconds left on the clock, Jaxon Robb was fouled while attempting a game-tying three-pointer. Showing nerves of steel, he sank all three free throws, forcing the game into overtime. In a heart-pounding finish, the Warriors narrowly clinched a thrilling 73-71 victory on their home court.


Jaxon Robb displayed remarkable composure as he stepped up to the line, sinking all three of his foul shots to force the game into overtime. His calm demeanor was evident throughout the game, where he showcased his athleticism with several highlight-reel plays en route to scoring 22 points. Jeremiah Thomas demonstrated his lightning-quick reflexes on the court tonight, tallying 15 points. Notably, he even surprised fans by sinking a crucial three-pointer, a shot he typically doesn’t attempt.


Gavin Gregory also contributed 15 points to the scoreboard, matching Jeremiah Thomas’s impressive performance. Cooper Anderson also helped the Warriors offensively with his eleven points. Meanwhile, Joey Jackson held his ground defensively, limiting Isiah McCray to just 10 points in the second half while chipping in with 10 points of his own on the offensive end


For East, Isaiah McCray was tough to stop! He drilled five three pointers and scored a game high 29 points. Cam’Eron Sly finished with 18 points. His ability on the offensive glass kept extra possessions alive. Finally, Jerry Smith scored 10. 


With the win West Branch improves to 15-3 on the season. The Warriors will be back in action on Friday at 7:00 PM  for a big rivalry game vs Salem. East drops to 8-9 with the loss and will host Chaney on Friday in a big SVC matchup at 7:00 PM.



BELOIT OH- Employing a stifling defense, West Branch showcased their dominance on Saturday, securing a convincing 50-21 victory over Fitch. Sophia Gregory led the scoring charge with an impressive 17 points, complemented by Audrey Eaton contributing 12 points.

On the Fitch side, Destanie McCullough managed to notch 7 points, while Ayla Ray added 6 points, but they faced a formidable defensive effort from West Branch.

With this win, West Branch boasts an impressive 17-2 record and looks ahead to a road trip on Wednesday for a matchup with Norton. Meanwhile, Fitch, with a 12-7 record, will return home on Monday to host South Range. The game highlighted West Branch’s defensive prowess and sets the stage for their upcoming challenges in the season.


SALEM OH- In a highly anticipated showdown between arch-rivals, West Branch emerged victorious on the road against Salem on Wednesday, securing a hard-fought 40-34 win. The game not only marked the second triumph of the season for West Branch against Salem but also a momentous occasion for Sophia Gregory, who reached the significant milestone of scoring her 1,000th career point.

Sophia Gregory led the way for West Branch with a standout performance, contributing an impressive 23 points. Livvie Showalter added 12 points to the Warriors’ offensive effort.

Salem, despite a valiant effort, faced a determined West Branch squad. Rylee Hutton led the Quakers’ offensive charge with 12 points, supported by Reese Davidson-Chuck with 8 points and Riley Flickinger with 6 points.

With this win, West Branch (17-2) solidifies its position as a formidable force and will now turn its attention to a non-conference matchup on Saturday, hosting Fitch. Salem (7-11) is determined to bounce back from the defeat, facing NDCL on the road in their upcoming Saturday clash.