Poland Sports Briefs

Softball sign-ups set for Austintown league

Austintown girls softball league (slow-pitch) sign-ups, which are open to all Mahoning Valley girls, will be at the Austintown Township hall Jan. 5-6 from noon until 4 p.m. There will also be a free skills clinic at Austintown Middle School from 3-5 p.m. on Jan. 19. Additional sign-ups will be Feb. 2, 3, 16, and 17 from noon until 4 p.m.

Varsity girls win televised game

In a game televised live on MyYTV, the Poland varsity girls basketball team remained undefeated after beating Neshannock 48-44 in the opener of last Saturday’s four-game United Way Holiday Basketball Classic at the fieldhouse.

After shooting just 8-for-35 in the first half, the Bulldogs opened the second half with a 10-2 run to seize a 36-30 lead. After Neshannock rallied in the fourth quarter, Poland senior guard Rachael Robertson and Liz Suess each made a free throw in the final seconds to seal the Bulldogs’ win.

Kasie Serich (13 points, six steals) and Rachael Robertson (12 points, six rebounds) led Poland. Sophomore Aleah Hughes contributed 11 points and 13 rebounds. Suess tallied eight points and 10 rebounds.

PMS seventh-grade girls continue winning

The Poland Middle School seventh-grade girls basketball squad knocked off rival Canfield 36-27 on Dec. 10. The Bulldogs were led by Alexis Hughes, who scored 10 points to go along with five rebounds. Bella Gajdos chipped in seven points, eight assists and two steals.

The squad beat Niles 27-13 on Dec. 12. Bella Gajdos scored six points, grabbed eight rebounds and gathered six steals to pace the Dogs. Laiken Mauer, Alea Nicholudis and Juliana Blangero each chipped in four points, as Poland improved to 5-0 on the season.

Poland girls basketball routs Niles

The Poland girls basketball team improved to 6-0 with a 43-18 victory over Niles Dec. 13.

Aleah Hughes scored 13 points and pulled down 10 of Poland’s 42 rebounds. Rachael Robertson scored seven points for the Bulldogs.

Seventh-grade girls improve to 7-0

The Poland seventh-grade girls basketball team defeated Struthers 37-21 on Dec. 17. Poland was led by Alexis Hughes, who netted 11 points to go along with seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Bella Gajdos scored 11 and Juliana Blangero added nine points, five rebounds and three steals for the Bulldogs.

On Dec. 19, the quad improved to 7-0 on the season with a 32-15 defeat of Austintown Blue. Maggie Sebest led the Lady Dogs with 12 points and seven rebounds. Hughes added 10 points to go along with four rebounds and three steals. Gajdos had six points and six assists.

Varsity girls fall to Fitch by 20

The Poland varsity girls basketball team fell behind 27-10 at halftime and couldn’t recocer, falling 52-32 to Fitch on Dec. 20. The Bulldogs were led by Aleah Hughes with 13 points.

Basketball club hosts alumni game Jan. 2

The Poland Boys Basketball Club will host the first Poland Basketball Alumni Classic at the Poland Middle School Gym on College Street on Jan. 2. Doors open at 6:15 and tip off is at 7 p.m. The night will feature fan giveaways, a special recognition and a Ladies and Men’s game featuring, all Poland alumni players.

To register to play, call or text Paul Sherman at 330-550-0721 or via email at bpdare@aol.com.

Neighbors wants winter sports news

It’s winter sports season.

Your young athletes haves started playing, and it promises to be a great season filled with game-winning shots, wrestling tournaments, strikes and spares, balance beam routines and swim meets. Neighbors wants to be there every step of the way. If you’re a winter sports coach or the parent of an athlete, we need you help. In order to get teams and players the recognition they deserve, we want to showcase them in our pages. If you send it, it will get in.

You can email us at neighbors@vindy.com. You don’t have to be a writer — just send us the information and we’ll put it all together. When emailing pictures, send them as JPEG files as large as possible. Provide caption information and where people are located from left to right, front row to back.

The sports news we’re looking for ranges from varsity high school teams down to middle school and even elementary and recreational leagues. And not just basketball — we want wrestling, bowling, swimming, gymnastics and hockey, too.

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