Youngstown Ursuline improved to 8-1 with a 80-65 victory Friday evening with a win over Youngstown Chaney (4-5) in the West side.


The Irish’s eight victories this season have come by an average margin of 24 points with wins by as many as 35 and twice 32. The dominance of the Green and Gold shows no signs of slowing down as they head into a difficult stretch of their schedule. After another SVC matchup in East this coming Tuesday, the Irish host the holy war against Mooney before seeing the Austintown-Fitch Falcons come to town. Ursuline will then make the trip to Louisville to take on St. Thomas Aquinas, followed by a two-game home stand against Massillon Washington and again the Chaney Cowboys.

In their win last night, the Irish took an early lead and would never look back. While the Cowboys would go on a few big runs, cutting the margin to just two possessions a few times, the Irish were able to respond every time.

Jaden Payne paced the Irish with 24 and DashaunWill added 18. Terrance Pankey had 17 with a chunk of the late third and early fourth quartersspent on the bench with four fouls.


Dropping their first game to the Irish since the return of athletics in 2018, the Cowboys have now lost back-to-back games the second time this season.

The road doesn’t get much easier for the Cowboyseither. Chaney will hit the road for a pair of Steel Valley matchups at Mooney and East before a very difficult home stand against the likes of Kennedy Catholic, North Canton Hoover, Grand River Academy, and South Range. Another round of Steel Valley play looms large along with non-conference bouts against the always talented Mentor and Poland programs.

Jason Hewlett led the Cowboys in their loss with 22 points, 16 of which came in the first half. Josiah Gonzalez was the second highest scorer with 20, leading the team with his second half 13. D’Juan Waller added 11, all coming in half number one.

*Contributed By YSN’s Jamie Thomson