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WRITER: Brian Yauger

Harding topples Struthers 75-68

STRUTHERS — Both Harding and Struthers offered each other something the other needed to see in preparation for the tournament. Struthers needed to see a team as athletic as the Raiders and Harding needed to see a team as big as the Wildcats. Despite riding a very strong start to the game, Struthers wasn’t able to hang onto its lead as Tyriq Ivory guided the Raiders with 37 points to spark the team to a ...

South Range’s Giles hits 1,000-point milestone

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — South Range senior Lexi Giles has gotten her chance to shine this season. After the graduation of Izzy Lamparty last year, Giles has seen her role increase. While becoming the main target of area defenses, it still hasn't stopped her from getting points on the board. Giles reached the 1,000-point mark earlier in the week against Canfield from the free throw line. When she sank the ...

Liberty suffers first loss

BROOKFIELD — Just a few years ago, the junior classes of Liberty and Brookfield were battling it out for the now-Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference, Gray Tier title as eighth graders. Ever since then, a rivalry between the two programs has blossomed. Thursday marked another exciting chapter in that rivalry. The Leopards entered the contest undefeated with a record of 13-0, including a two-point win over ...

Canfield ramps up intensity to top Raiders

BEAVER TOWNSHIP — In the first half of Wednesday’s game between Canfield and South Range, baskets were hard to come by. If you were driving to the paint, there’d be bodies swarmed all over you. Things started to open up in the second half for the Cardinals as Canfield’s offense picked up, beating the Raiders on the road, 45-17. Heading into the locker room after the first half, Cardinals coach Matt ...

Cardinals top Tigers in thriller

CANFIELD — No matter who’s playing, it’s always interesting in the All-American Conference. While they didn’t get the victory in the end, Howland erased a 20-point deficit in the second half, but Canfield held tight defensively to hold onto the win, 75-70. “Howland’s hot, there’s no doubt about it,” Cardinals coach Todd Muckleroy said. “They’re a good team and they’ve had some really, ...

Late free throws help Liberty edge Girard 69-67

LIBERTY — Despite nipping at their heels for most of the game, Liberty was unable to get ahead of Girard. All that clawing and scratching paid off for the Leopards however, as they turned the tide in the fourth quarter, getting the best of their rivals, 69-67, in the hardwood edition of the Battle of Belmont. “It was an exciting game for us last year at Girard and it turned out to be the same thing ...

Fitch can’t counter Howland’s final stretch, falls 55-48 in conference matchup

AUSTINTOWN — There is an old adage that “basketball is a game of runs.” That was proven true in Friday’s All-American Conference tilt between Howland and Austintown Fitch. What started as an 8-0 lead for the Falcons, quickly evaporated and turned into a 9-8 Howland lead. That trend continued back and forth for 32 minutes. The Tigers went on the game’s final run and got the win, taking down Fitch ...

Garfield tops LaBrae in conference tilt

GARRETTSVILLE — In the first meeting of the year, Garfield and LaBrae came down to the wire. The second meeting however, was a little more lopsided in favor of the G-Men. Garfield came out hot, scoring 18 points, and kept the momentum, beating the Vikings for the season sweep, 58-41. “Last time we played against them it was a close game, and we had to hit a buzzer-beater at their place,” G-Men coach ...

Fitch falls to Howland in physical battle

HOWLAND — Both the Falcons and Tigers were almost literally clawing for every basket Saturday. Howland put a stop to Fitch’s second quarter momentum and powered through the second half to take down the Falcons, 60-43, in what was possibly the most physical game of either team’s season. “I told the girls this week this will be the most physical game you play, and if you’re not ready, they will run ...

Phantoms record first shutout in 2 years, topping RoughRiders 3-0

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Phantoms haven’t had a shutout in a while. A long while. Saturday, the shorthanded Phantoms ended a two-year shutout drought that dated back to Nov 29, 2019, with a stellar performance from goaltender Owen Bartoszkiewicz as the Phantoms took down Cedar Rapids, 3-0. Tha shutout in 2019 was a 1-0 win over Green Bay. Bartoszkiewicz made 35 saves on 35 shots from the ...