Spartans sweep AAC meet; SR wins NE-8 title
The Boardman girls and boys teams won the All-American Conference swimming championships on Saturday.
Alexis Mihok won the 100 and 200 freestyle races and also was a part of the Spartans’ winning 200 freestyle relay team.
Maddie Murphy of Canfield also was a double winner, taking the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle.
Canfield’s Luke Dietz and Connor Fritz were double winners in the boys competition. Dietz won the 100 and 200 freestyles and Fritz won the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. They also were on the Cardinals’ victoriouus 200 medley relay team.
Jared Mindek of Howland also won twice, claiming the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.
GIRARD — South Range finished 4-0 to win the Northeast-8 Conference Duals at Girard High School on Saturday.
The Raiders dominated the field, beating second-place Poland, 63-15; Girard, 54-18; Jefferson, 75-0, and Hubbard 60-24. Michael Markulin, Raymond Cmil, Chris Colucci and Logan Cormell won all four of their matches for South Range.
Poland finished second, beating Girard, 46-30; Hubbard, 60-9; and Jefferson, 42-36. Griard was third with a 2-2 record. Hubbard was fourth at 1-3 and Jefferson went 0-4.
¯ SOUTH RANGE 48, NILES 37: BEAVER TOWNSHIP — The Raiders scored 31 points in the second half to come back from a 20-16 halftime deficit to beat the Red Dragons.
South Range matched their halftime total in the third quarter and then added 14 more while holding Niles to a total of 17 in the second half.
Leading for the Raiders was Eli Taylor who had 12 and Luke Crumbacher who scored 10.
Kross Naples led Niles with 17 points.
¯ McDONALD 85, JACKSON-MILTON 65: NORTH JACKSON — McDonald’s Jake Portolese scored 42 points and sank nine 3-pointers to power the Blue Devils to a Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference, Scarlet Tier victory.
Portolese hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter, when McDonald took a 31-15 lead. The Blue Devils made 18 3s in the game, with Eli Street adding four from long range. He scored 16 points. Jackson-Milton did cut into the lead, trailing by 10 at halftime, but Portolese scored 14 in the third quarter to help McDonald pull away. Miles Culp put in 11 points for the Blue Devils, seven in the third quarter.
Frank Prozy led Jackson-Milton with 20 points. Nick McGinnis was close behind with 19.
¯ WATERLOO 74, LOWELLVILLE 65: LOWELLVILLE — Lowellville couldn’t keep pace with the Vikings in a high-scoring MVAC Scarlet Tier matchup.
Kyle Shockley scored a game-high 34 points for Waterloo, including 24 in the second and third quarters when the Vikings outscored the Rockets, 47-38, to take the lead.
Lowellville’s Cole Bunofsky scored 10 of the Rockets’ 12 first-quarter points as they took a 12-10 lead. Johnny Michaels chipped in 16 points, and Vinny Ballone provided 11 for the ROckets, who made 11 3-pointers. Bunofsky made six of them.
¯ LEETONIA 60, EAST PALESTINE: EAST PALESTINE — Leetonia got out to a 21-10 lead in the first quarter and kept its foot on the gas to get a win over East Palestine.
Ian Davis led the Bears with 19 points. Dylan Lennon added 10.
Dom Wycoff led East Palestine with 18 points.
¯ CANFIELD 67, HUBBARD 51: CANFIELD — The Cardinals scored 24 points in the third quarter to pull away from Hubbard and get the win.
Trey Dye led Canfield with 19 points, Zane Muckleroy scored 12 and Nick Pantelakis paced the Cardinals with 10. Canfield hit 11 3-pointers on the night.
Leading for the Eagles was Riley Heckert with 17 points.
¯ LIBERTY 52, GIRARD 50: GIRARD — D’Andre Venters only scored four points for the Leopards, but made his prescence known with the game-winning shot to take down Girard.
After a converted and-1 from Girard leading scorer Nick Cario (27 points) to tie the game at 50 with a minute-and-a-half left, both teams rallied back and forth for the next minute and 25 seconds. With 5.2 seconds remaining, Venters hit the game winner for Liberty.
James Davis led the Leopards with 23 points and Jameer Weaver added 10.
¯ HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN 59, MINERAL RIDGE 55: COLUMBIANA — Joey Donofrio scored 20 points and Jonathan Bertovich scored 19 as the Lions overcame a slow start to topple the Rams.
Mineral Ridge led 20-13 after the first period and 32-26 at halftime, but the Lions used an 18-9 scoring advantage in the third period to take a 44-41 lead into the fourth quarter and then hung on
Austin Governor and Maurice Clark scored 11 points apiece for the Rams.
¯ SEBRING 82, KINGSWAY CHRISTIAN 42: ORRVILLE — Matt Byrd soared for 33 points on the strength of seven 3-pointers and the Trojans cruised to victory to improve to 3-11 overall.
Connor Shepherd scored 11 points and Elijah rederick added 10 for Sebring, which ed 19-7 after one period and 45-20 at halftime.
¯ VALLEY CHRISTIAN 50, LEETONIA 30: LEETONIA — After a slow start, Valley Christian pulled away from the Bears thanks to a big night from Kristen Gill.
Gill scored a game-high 21 points, and led the Eagles in rebounds (9) and assists (4). Valley Christian led 8-5 after one quarter and outscored Leetonia, 42-25, the rest of the way. Olivia Kitchen also reached double figures with 12 points.
Megan Rosko scored a team-best nine points for the Bears (7-5, 4-4).
¯ HOWLAND 58, FITCH 51: AUSTINTOWN — Howland found a way to overcome a one-point first quarter to upend the Falcons in an All-American Conference clash.
The Tigers fought back from a 12-1 deficit after one quarter, outscoring Austintown Fitch, 45-23, in the second and third quarters. Courtney Clark was the catalyst with 16 of her 21 points in the middle quarters. Alyssa Pompelia added 13 total points, 12 in the second and third quarter.
Chelsie Wheeler scored 18 for the Falcons, who trailed 46-35 going into the final 8 minutes. Zayda Creque poured in 16.
¯ LOUISVILLE 47, CARDINAL MOONEY 44: LOUISVILLE — Louisville overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to edge the Cardinals in a nonconference battle.
Cardinal Mooney’s Alaina Scavina scored a game-high 20 points, but she was the only Cardinal to reach double figures. Mooney held leads after the first and third quarters, but Louisville outscored Mooney, 11-7, in the final frame.
URSULINE 62, EAST 40: YOUNGSTOWN — The Fighting Irish showed up determined on senior night and walked out with their first league win of the year over East.
Cara McNally guided Ursuline, leading them on the scoresheet with 18 points. Anisah Moorman paced the team with 10.
Samini Colon led the Golden Bears with 17 points.
¯ MARLINGTON 52, WEST BRANCH 42: ALLIANCE — The host Dukes used a 21-11 third-quarter scoring advantage that proved to be the difference in a key Eastern Buckeye Conference contest.
The Warriors (11-4, 5-3) were trying to hand Marlington (11-1, 6-0) its first league setback, but Chelsea Evanich scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Dukes. Elizabeth Mason scored 14 and Allison Mason added 12.
Jillian Pigeon and Sydney Mercer scored 11 apiece for the Warriors.
¯ BROOKFIELD 57, LIBERTY 42: LIBERTY — Sophia Hook dominated inside, scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 rebounds as the Warriors stifled the host Leopards.
Audrey Reardon scored 11 points and Katie Gibson supplied nine points and five assists for Brookfield, which led 21-6 after the first quarter and 37-17 at halftime.
Demi Watson led Liberty with nine points.
¯ STRUTHERS 74, NILES 40: STRUTHERS — Four Wildcats scored in double digits and the hosts burst to a 20-7 lead after one quarter and stretched the gap in every quarter.
Ella Croyle and Kaylei Shaffer scored 16 points apiece, Heike Kaurschill netted 13 and Chloe Neider added 11 points.
Arissa Johnson led the Red Dragons with 15 points and Maddie Davis added 11 points.
¯ HUBBARD 52, CHANEY 22: YOUNGSTOWN — Sophie Murphy poured in 26 points and Peytyn Slovesko supplied 14 points as the visiting Eagles downed the Cowboys.
Hubbard led 11-1 after one quarter and 20-9 at halftime before extending their cushion.
Janasia Robinson led Chaney with eight points.
¯ JACKSON-MILTON 72, HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN 30: NORTH JACKSON — The Blue Jays (8-5) bolted out to a 19-7 lead and led 39-19 on the way to their easy victory.
Kylie Wilson led the winners with 23 points and seven rebounds. Chelsea Williams had 13 points and eight steals, Kelsie Taylor added 12 points and seven rebounds, Ava Darney scored 10 points and Camryn Mitchell contributed four assists.
Heartland was led by Madi Matthews with 11 points and Sophia Stambaugh with nine.
¯ COLUMBIANA 66, SOUTHERN 34: COLUMBIANA — Tori Long scored 28 points and Grace Witmer supplied 12 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, as the Clippers rolled after a slow start.
The Indians led 9-6 after the first quarter before Columbiana took a 25-19 halftime lead and then ended any suspense with a 28-4 third-quarter scoring cushion to lead 53-23 entering the final quarter.
Cassie Spait added 13 points for Columbiana. Ashley Shroades scored 17 to lead Southern.