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WRITER: Brian Yauger

Ursuline bounced

YOUNGSTOWN — It only takes one bounce. That one bounce went into the Ursuline net as fifth-seeded Champion upended the fourth-seeded Fighting Irish, 1-0, in a district semifinal matchup at the YSU Soccer Complex. “We came out, gave it our best, they played well, we missed a mark early in the game and that was the difference right there,” Ursuline coach Roy Schmidt said. “They had play and we had ...

Springfield drills Aquinas

NEW MIDDLETOWN — The Springfield Tigers have powered their way through the schedule thus far and have scored at least 31 points in each of their games. That success continued Saturday with a 48-8 win over St. Thomas Aquinas in the Division VI, Region 21 regional quarterfinals. “I thought our kids came out with a lot of intensity,” Tigers coach Sean Guerriero said. “Just knowing that stuff that we ...

Schadl sparks McDonald win

LEETONIA — Going into Friday’s game between McDonald and Leetonia, both coaches agreed that the rushing game would be crucial. Blue Devils quarterback Dominic Schadl proved to be the X-factor for McDonald, rushing for six touchdowns as the Blue Devils beat Leetonia, 41-24, in the quarterfinal round of the Division VII, Region 25 bracket. “He’s a gamer man, the kid’s unbelievable,” McDonald coach ...

McDonald, Leetonia both run the ball well

LEETONIA — Tonight’s Division VII playoff match is a battle of a program on the rise against a program that has had one losing record since the turn of the century. Fresh off their first playoff win since 2004, the Leetonia Bears host their former Inter Tri-County League rivals McDonald. The Bears, who were voted 10th in the AP Division VII state poll, have seen a huge turnaround since the hiring of ...

Ready for Round 2

One of the most talked about matchups of the 2020 regular season will be getting a part two in the third round of the postseason. Back in Week 4, the Warren G. Harding Raiders and Austintown Fitch Falcons squared off, with the Falcons taking the win 25-21, and sending the Raiders to a 1-3 record on the year. Now, the teams will face off once again Friday in a Division II regional quarterfinal in ...

McDonald milestone

VIENNA — When a program is only in its second season, every win is huge. The first tournament win is even bigger. McDonald volleyball made history Tuesday by beating Mathews in five sets to get its first postseason victory as a program. “I think they played really well today,” Blue Devils coach Amy Harrison said. “One of our big things is trying to get them to fight through it and not getting behind ...

Young Spartans handle Perry

BOARDMAN — When the postseason rolls around, many teams rely on their older, more experienced players to take the reins and guide the team. However, the freshmen on the Boardman girls soccer team made their presence known in a 3-0 win over Massillon Perry on Monday in the first round of the playoffs. “I think we were really prepared for this one,” Spartans coach Mark D’Eramo said. “We looked at a ...

Bulldogs bite back

POLAND — After trailing 21-0 early in the second quarter, the Poland Bulldogs rallied back, scoring 24 unanswered points to beat the Salem Quakers, 24-21, in the second round of the Division IV, Region 13 playoffs. “I’m sure proud of my kids’ resilience,” Bulldogs coach Ryan Williams said. “That’s a darn good football team. They’re very well-coached, they had a good game plan coming in and ...

Rockets can’t keep up with top seed

LIBERTY — An explosion of offense by Warren John F. Kennedy in the second half propelled the Eagles to a 65-33 second-round playoff victory over Lowellville Friday night. “We came out and we absolutely gave them a shot,” Rockets coach Andrew Mamula said. “We came out and we wanted to win. We didn’t want to play for a close game. We came out to try and win. “Obviously we knew our only path was to ...

Crestview takes care of Newton Falls in MVAC tilt

NEWTON FALLS — Crestview kept its momentum going Tuesday. The Rebels defeated Newton Falls in four sets to clinch the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Gray Tier title. “It was fun,” Rebels coach Alisha Auer said. “I think Newton Falls came to play. They’re very defensive, very scrappy. I knew that we had a target on our back, and I knew that they would want to get a win here. It was a good ...