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YOUNGSTOWN, OH- Jake Walker was on fire, driving in four runs on two hits to spearhead Heartland Christian’s overwhelming 17-1 rout of East on Monday. Walker’s magic came alive in the sixth inning when he singled twice, first bringing in three runs and then adding another RBI to his tally.

The Lions’ victory was solidified by an explosive sixth inning where they piled on 15 runs. Paul Bender and Matt Kingston delivered crucial singles, Kaden Stryffeler and Christian Hamilton worked the count for RBI walks, and Drew Gault smashed a couple of doubles. Will Morgan chipped in with a sacrifice fly, Seth Walker added a two-RBI single, and a couple of errors by East also helped fuel the scoring frenzy.

East initially got on the board in the first with Derek Cruz’s line-out. However, Heartland Christian quickly took control in the fourth, capitalizing on an error to grab a 2-1 lead.

On the mound, Brett Walker bagged the win, allowing just one run and three hits over three innings while striking out two. East’s Oscar Agosto shouldered the loss after yielding eight runs over five and a third innings. Tyler Rarick and Walker came in relief for Heartland Christian, effectively shutting down East’s lineup.

At the dish, Walker and Gault each notched a pair of hits, while Morgan led the team with three walks, highlighting their patience at the plate. The Lions drew a whopping 12 walks in total.

Defensively, Heartland Christian was flawless, committing no errors. Gault, in particular, was a standout, involved in seven plays.

Agosto was a bright spot for East, managing two hits in his three at-bats.

Looking ahead, Heartland Christian is set to host Edison on Tuesday, hoping to carry this momentum into their next game.


East Palestine, OH- The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has unveiled its Divisions and Regional assignments for the upcoming 2024 season, setting the stage for an exciting year of high school sports. The release, made on 04/25/24, marks a significant moment for area schools as several have been reassigned either moving up or down the divisions.

Divisional placements are primarily determined by enrollment figures, with a competitive balance multiplier in effect for transfers, which can adjust the qualifying numbers based on individual circumstances. Division 1 will see the fewest number of teams, with 70, while divisions 2 through 7 will average around 106 teams each. 10 YSN teams will find a new home for the 2024 season with the details listed below:

Moving Down

  • Ashtabula Lakeside (2023 record 4-6): The Dragons will transition from Division 2 Region 5 to Division 3 Region 9 due to decreased enrollment. Joining one of the toughest regions in the state, Lakeside will face formidable opponents like Chardon, Ursuline, Canfield, and Kenston, alongside CVC teams Geneva and Madison.
  • Girard Indians (2023 record 5-6): With decreased enrollment, the Indians move from Division 4 Region 13 to Division 5 Region 17. Competing against programs like Norwayne, Garfield, and Harrison Central, they’ll share the region with NE8 conference members South Range, Lakeview, and Poland.
  • Poland Bulldogs (2023 Record 10-2): Another team moving down, the Bulldogs shift from Division 4 Region 13 to Division 5 Region 17. Facing powerhouses like South Range, Garfield, and Harrison Central, they’ll also contend with NE8 members Girard and Lakeview in a region where conference play will heavily influence playoff seeding.
  • East Palestine Bulldogs (2023 Record 2-8): Due to decreased enrollment, the Bulldogs move down to Division 7 Region 25, where they’ll compete against programs like Danville, Lowellville, Western Reserve, and Toronto, alongside EOAC teams Lisbon, Southern, Leetonia, and Wellsville.

Moving Up

  • Conneaut Spartans (2023 Record 5-5): With increased enrollment, the Spartans ascend to Division 4 Region 13 from Division 5 Region 17. Joining a region with 2 state champions in Glenville for Division 4 and Perry for Division 5 from 2023, they’ll compete alongside CVC Lake division conference mates Edgewood and Jefferson.
  • Perry Pirates (2023 Record 16-0 Division 5 State Champion): Fresh off a historic undefeated season and a Division 5 state championship, the Pirates move up to Division 4 Region 13. Competing against successful teams like Akron Buchtel, Cardinal Mooney, and Mentor Lake Catholic, they’ll share the region with CVC conference mates Conneaut, Edgewood, Jefferson, and West Geauga.
  • Louisville Leopards (2023 Record 1-9): With increased enrollment, the Leopards transition from Division 3 Region 13 to Division 2 Region 5. Competing against annual playoff contenders like Akron Hoban and Austintown-Fitch, they’ll face tough competition alongside conference mates Lake and Hoover.
  • Youngstown East Golden Bears (2023 Record 3-7): Moving up from Division 4 Region 13 to Division 3 Region 9, the Golden Bears join arguably the most challenging region in the state, competing alongside fellow SVC members Ursuline and Chaney.
  • Crestview Rebels (2023 Record 5-6): Enhanced by the competitive balance multiplier, the Rebels move from Division 6 Region 21 to Division 5 Region 17. Facing programs like South Range and Garrettsville Garfield, they’ll join MVAC conference mate Champion in the region.
  • Springfield Tigers (2023 Record 7-5): Moving from Division 7 Region 25 to Division 6 Region 21, the Tigers enter a region with formidable programs like Kirtland and Mogadore, alongside fellow MVAC members Jackson-Milton and Mineral Ridge.

With these adjustments, the stage is set for an exciting and competitive 2024 season across Ohio high school football and you can catch all the action here on YSNlive.com


YOUNGSTOWN, OH- As Coach Tanisha Franklin steps down from her role as the girl’s basketball coach at Youngstown East High School, the entire basketball community pauses to express profound gratitude for her unparalleled dedication and remarkable contributions to the team and the institution as a whole.

For an illustrious 13 years, Coach Franklin has been the driving force behind the Youngstown East women’s basketball program, leaving an indelible mark on the players she mentored and the school she served. Her decision to transition into the role of faculty manager reflects her continued commitment to the betterment of Youngstown East High School.

Throughout her esteemed career spanning 22 years in coaching, Coach Franklin’s achievements have been nothing short of extraordinary. Under her guidance, the Youngstown East women’s basketball team has soared to unprecedented heights, capturing an impressive array of titles and accolades. With an astounding 13 City Series Championships, 1 SVC Championship, and 2 District Championships, Coach Franklin’s leadership has propelled the team to unparalleled success, setting a standard of excellence that will be remembered for years.

“We are happy coach is going to get a breather and enjoy some time with friends and family.  Coach has been a huge part in the resurgence of the city programs and her taking a hiatus from coaching the girls and focusing on her role as faculty manager allows her to continue to make a difference for all students at East HS.  We couldn’t thank Tanisha enough for everything she has done for the scholars and the game of basketball.” said Youngstown City School Athletic Director Nick Sferra.

Beyond the trophies and championships, Coach Franklin’s impact extends far beyond the basketball court. She has been a mentor, a role model, and a source of inspiration for countless student-athletes, instilling in them the values of discipline, resilience, and teamwork. Her unwavering dedication to her players’ personal and academic growth has helped shape them into confident, empowered individuals ready to tackle life’s challenges head-on.

With an overall record of 169-145, Coach Franklin’s legacy is not merely defined by numbers but by the lives she has touched and the lasting impression she has left on the Youngstown East community. Her passion for the game, her unwavering commitment to her players, and her tireless pursuit of excellence serve as a beacon of inspiration for all who have had the privilege of knowing her.

As Coach Franklin embarks on this new chapter in her journey at Youngstown East High School, we express our deepest gratitude for her immeasurable contributions to the women’s basketball program and the profound impact she has had on the lives of countless students. While her presence on the sidelines will be missed, her spirit will continue to resonate throughout the halls of Youngstown East, serving as a testament to the transformative power of mentorship, dedication, and love for the game.

Thank you, Coach Franklin, for everything you have done and continue to do for our school and our community.


YOUNGSTOWN, OH- The Boardman Girls Basketball Program has turned a corner, and it doesn’t appear they’re looking back.

The Lady Spartans basketball team showcased their dominance on the road, securing a resounding 52-17 victory against Youngstown East. The win marks the Spartans’ sixth consecutive triumph and propels their season record to an impressive 14-4, underscoring their status as a formidable force in the area.

Once again, it was Mackenzie Riccitelli who spearheaded the Spartans’ offensive onslaught, delivering a stellar performance with a game-high 23 points, highlighted by an impressive display from beyond the arc with 5 three-pointers. Riccitelli’s all-around contribution was exemplary, as she amassed 6 steals, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists, showcasing her versatility and impact on both ends of the court.

Ava Freeborough proved to be a pivotal playmaker for the Spartans, tallying 8 points while dishing out a season-high 7 assists, orchestrating the team’s offensive rhythm with precision and finesse. Sarah Bero, a consistent presence in the paint, added 7 points and dominated the boards with an impressive 10 rebounds, anchoring the Spartans’ defensive efforts.

Sam Duble showcased her sharpshooting prowess, knocking down two crucial three-pointers en route to 6 points and contributing 3 steals to the defensive end. M.C. Werth provided valuable contributions with 4 points and 5 rebounds, epitomizing the Spartans’ depth and resilience as a team.

Tori Strines and Mikayla Rivera made notable contributions from the perimeter, with Strines sinking a three-pointer and Rivera adding a free throw to the scoreboard. The collective effort of the entire team was evident, as all 14 players saw action on the court, underscoring the Spartans’ unity and cohesion.

Amira Mousa, Jocelynn Torres, Janessa Prisby, Ava Gaps, Olivia Combis, Lily Ison, and Emma Terlesky seized the opportunity to showcase their talents in the second half, further highlighting the depth of the Spartans’ roster and their commitment to excellence.

For Youngstown East, Alyssa Crankfield and Yelian Seda led the scoring charge with five points each.

As the Lady Spartans savor their latest triumph, they shift their focus to their upcoming showdown against Warren Harding, a crucial AAC contest that promises to test their mettle once again. With confidence soaring and momentum on their side, the Spartans are poised to continue their pursuit of greatness, fueled by determination, teamwork, and a relentless drive to succeed.


HOWLAND OH- In a hard-fought contest on Tuesday, Youngstown East faced a determined and streaking Howland team, ultimately emerging victorious with a 54-51 win. The game unfolded as a gritty battle, with Youngstown East managing to maintain their lead despite Howland’s determined efforts.

Isaiah McCray led the scoring charge for Youngstown East, contributing an impressive 24 points. Jaren Colon added 8 points, while Tyris Davis chipped in with 6 points, collectively forming a strong offensive trio for the team.

Despite Howland making a strong push in the third quarter, winning it 16-6, Youngstown East displayed resilience to secure the narrow victory.

For Howland, Alex Henry stood out with an impressive 22 points, complemented by John Perry and TJ Douglas, each contributing 9 points.

With this win, Youngstown East improves to a 4-2 record and looks ahead to their next challenge on the road against John Adams on Thursday. Howland, now at 3-4, will regroup and prepare for their upcoming matchup on the road against Newton Falls on Friday. The intense battle between Youngstown East and Howland added another chapter to the season, showcasing the competitive spirit of both teams.



YOUNGSTOWN. OH – It was a chilly Friday evening as the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals took on the East Golden Bears in a thrilling high school football matchup. The excitement in the air was palpable, and both teams were determined to claim victory on the gridiron.

The game kicked off with a burst of energy from the East Golden Bears. Just one minute into the first quarter, running back Thomas Davis exploded with a spectacular 57-yard run. The crowd cheered as Davis showcased his speed and agility. Shortly after, Davis punched the ball into the end zone with a 1-yard touchdown run, giving East an early lead of 6-0. However, their two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

The Cardinal Mooney Cardinals quickly responded, showing their resilience and offensive prowess. With 1:51 left in the first quarter, running back Adyn Page carried the ball 8 yards into the end zone, giving the Cardinals their first touchdown of the game. Kicker Chris Clautti’s extra point was good, and Mooney took the lead, 7-6.

Mooney’s momentum continued to build as the first quarter came to a close. Quarterback Ashton O’Brien displayed his passing skills, connecting with tight end Johnathan Brenner on a 19-yard touchdown pass with just 32 seconds remaining. Chris Clautti’s reliable leg added the extra point, extending Mooney’s lead to 14-6.

The East Golden Bears, however, were not to be outdone. In the second quarter, Thomas Davis struck again with a 6-yard touchdown run, narrowing the gap to 14-12 as their two-point attempt fell short.

But the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals continued to make their presence felt. O’Brien’s arm was on full display as he connected with wide receiver Matt Kay on a 9-yard touchdown pass with 5:21 left in the second quarter. Clautti’s PAT was good, and Mooney’s lead grew to 21-12.

The East Golden Bears refused to back down and clawed their way back into the game. Quarterback Andrew Blackmon orchestrated a drive that culminated in a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nathaniel Torres. East’s two-point conversion attempt was once again unsuccessful, but they managed to narrow the gap to 21-18 with just 1:27 remaining in the second quarter.

As the clock wound down in the second quarter, Ashton O’Brien had one more trick up his sleeve. He launched a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tyon Flowers, and with Clautti’s extra point, Mooney’s lead stretched to 28-18.

The second half continued to favor the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals. With 8:45 left in the third quarter, running back Cam Paige powered through with a 4-yard touchdown run, making it 35-18 after Clautti’s PAT.

O’Brien, the talented Mooney quarterback, extended their lead even further with a 19-yard touchdown run, and kicker Mason Janis added the extra point to make it 42-18 with 5:23 left in the game.

Mooney was not finished, and in the final minutes, O’Brien connected with Matt Kay again. This time, it was an 18-yard tip-drill touchdown pass that left the East Golden Bears in disbelief. The extra point attempt was no good, but Mooney sealed the deal with a commanding 48-18 lead.

When the final whistle blew, the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals emerged as the victors, their determination and skill on full display. The win was a testament to their teamwork and resilience, and their fans celebrated this exciting victory on that chilly Friday night under the stadium lights.



YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The stage was set for an epic showdown between the Youngstown East Golden Bears and the Dohn Community Prep Panthers. Fans from both sides packed the stands, eager to witness the clash of these two high school football titans.

The game began with a burst of energy, and it didn’t take long for Youngstown East to assert their dominance. With 7:12 left in the first quarter, Thomas Davis, the star running back for the Golden Bears, bulldozed his way into the end zone with a 10-yard touchdown run. The crowd roared as Youngstown East successfully converted the two-point attempt, taking an early 8-0 lead.

Youngstown East’s offense was firing on all cylinders, and their defense was equally relentless. The Panthers struggled to find their footing, and before they knew it, Thomas Davis struck again. With 3:44 left in the first quarter, Davis powered through the Panthers’ defensive line for a 2-yard touchdown run. This time, the two-point conversion failed, but the Golden Bears extended their lead to 14-0.

Determined not to be left behind, the Dohn Community Prep Panthers came roaring back in the second quarter. Robert Kelly, their speedy running back, broke free on a 73-yard touchdown run, leaving Youngstown East’s defenders in the dust. The Panthers successfully converted the two-point attempt, closing the gap to 14-8 with 10:59 left in the second quarter.

But Youngstown East wasn’t about to let their lead slip away. Thomas Davis, proving to be a force to be reckoned with, scored yet again. This time, he powered his way into the end zone with an 8-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was no good, but the Golden Bears were still ahead, now leading 20-8 with 6:57 left in the second quarter.

As the first half neared its end, Youngstown East decided to air it out. Quarterback Andrew Blackmon launched a perfect pass to Bre’Shean Buie, who sprinted 63 yards to the end zone. Although the two-point conversion was unsuccessful, the Golden Bears now held a commanding 26-8 lead with just over a minute remaining in the second quarter.

The third quarter began with Youngstown East showing no signs of slowing down. Daryan Brownlee connected with Tyris Davis on a 16-yard touchdown pass, further widening the gap. The two-point conversion was once again unsuccessful, but the score now stood at 34-8 with 8:06 left in the third quarter.

Youngstown East continued to pour on the pressure. Thomas Davis scored his fourth touchdown of the night with a 3-yard run, and this time, the two-point conversion was successful, making it 42-8 with 6:25 left in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Christopher Lacey joined in on the scoring frenzy with a 26-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but Youngstown East had an insurmountable 48-8 lead with 10:33 left in the game.

The Panthers, undeterred, managed to find the end zone once more with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Javier Shockley to Larry Washington. However, the two-point conversion was no good, and the score was 48-14 with just 4:38 left in the fourth quarter.

As the final seconds ticked away, it was clear that the Youngstown East Golden Bears had dominated the game from start to finish. Their explosive offense and unyielding defense had secured a resounding victory, leaving their fans celebrating in the stands. The Youngstown East Golden Bears had once again proven that they were a force to be reckoned with in high school football.


YOUNGSTOWN, OH- You know it’s tournament time when teams start locking in their focus, and for East Palestine- they tuned up the band on Tuesday in a 25-16, 25-8, 25-5 fashion over the East Golden Bears.

Leading the way for EP was Junior, Emily Berger with 17 points, 15 kills, 3 aces, and 3 digs.  Morgan Cheurco had 30 assists, 2 points, and 4 digs while Jade McBride had 11 points, 3 digs, and an ace.  Sophomore standout Paige Snyder had 6 points, 4 aces and 11 kills for the Lady Bulldogs.

East Palestine now improves to 14-7 (9-3) and the Bulldogs will now turn their attention to another Youngstown City School when Chaney comes to town on Thursday for EP’s Senior Night.