Sebring boys upset Springfield; girls winners to district
¯ SEBRING 61, SPRINGFIELD 60: SEBRING — Sebring’s Matt Byrd hit a 3-point shot as time expired as the Trojans stunned Springfield and kept the Tigers from claiming a share of the Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference, Scarlet Tier title.
“It might be the biggest upset in the (Mahoning) Valley this year,” Sebring coach Brian Clark said. “All five of our guys touched the ball on the last play, so it’s a credit to them. And Springfield defended it well, Matt just hit a big shot.”
Sebring (6-16, 1-13) earned its first MVAC win of the season against one of the area’s best teams. Springfield is the top seed in the Division III district tournament and could have shared the league title with McDonald with a victory. Sebring was down 18-9 after the first quarter and trailed by seven in the fourth quarter but kept finding ways to stay within striking distance.
“We led on the first bucket of the game and we didn’t have the lead again until the last one,” Clark said.
Byrd finished with a game-high 23 points, and fellow Trojan Frankie Lozoya was next with 19.
Adam Wharry led the Tigers (15-4, 12-2) with 16 points. Beau Brungard scored 13, and RJ Smith put in 12. The Tigers’ only other loss was against McDonald, which they beat in their second matchup. This was Springfield’s third straight loss in Sebring, according to Clark.
“I’ve got a bunch of seniors who didn’t want to lose their last game on their home court,” Clark said. “I’m beyond excited for them.”
¯ FITCH 64, HARDING 52: AUSTINTOWN — Todd Simons scored 27 points for the Falcons in a win over Harding.
Simons led with a game-high and was aided by DeShawn Vaughn who scored 14 points and Cam Smith who added 11.
¯ CANFIELD 57, HOWLAND 52: CANFIELD — The Cardinals close out the regular season on a high note with a win over Howland to move to 11-9 on the season.
Trey Dye led the team with 22 points and Zane Muckleroy scored 11.
¯ SOUTH RANGE 57, JEFFERSON 49: JEFFERSON– The Raiders finish the regular season at .500 with a win over Jefferson.
Mike Patrone led the team with 18 points and Eli Taylor added 12 for the Raiders (10-10).
¯ HEARTLAND CHRISTIAN 60, CRESTVIEW 58: COLUMBIANA — The Lions outscored Crestview by eight in the fourth quarter to push back and win.
Joey Donofrio and Jonathan Bertovich each scored 19 points to lead Heartland Chrisitan and Steven Baker added 12.
Anthony Cusick led the Rebels with 16 and Drake Golden scored 14.
The Lions open their tournament run Friday against the winner of Mathews and Southern.
¯ COLUMBIANA 64, BROOKFIELD 61: COLUMBIANA — The Warriors scored 28 points in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough to erase the deficit as the Clippers close out the regular season on top.
Nick Million and Dalton Whitehair each scored 19 points to lead Columbiana.
¯ WELLSVILLE 84, EAST PALESTINE 43: WELLSVILLE — Tyler Bistarkey led the Bulldogs with 13 points in a loss to Wellsville. Weston Jones tacked on 11 points for East Palestine.
¯ SALEM 60, WESTERN RESERVE 50: SALEM — The host Quakers used a 17-7 scoring advantage in the second quarter for a 26-15 halftime lead and staved off the Blue Devils in a non-league game.
Jon Null scored 18 points, Drew Weir scored 14 and Hunter Griffith added 10 for Salem.
Ryan Gordon checked in with a game-high 25 to lead Western Reserve. Noah Klasic added 17 points.
¯ POLAND 53, JEFFERSON 35: POLAND — Poland’s big first half allowed them to roll past the Falcons and move on to a DIvision II district semifinal.
The Bulldogs (20-2) took an 18-11 first-quarter lead and then dominated the second frame, holding a 9-1 edge for an insurmountable 27-12 halftime edge. Jackie Grisdale led all scorers with 18 points. She was the only Poland player in double figures, but 11 Bulldogs scored in the game.
¯ WEST BRANCH 54, ALLIANCE 11: BELOIT — The fifth-seeded Warriors rolled past the Aviators in a Division II sectional final and have allowed a combined 20 points entering a district semifinal at third-seeded Marlington on Wednesday.
West Branch, which beat Chaney 67-9 in the first round, led 18-4 after one quarter and 40-9 at halftime. Sophie Gregory led the way with 12 points and six rebounds. Sydney Mercer added 11 points and Anna Lippiatt scored eight for the Warriors (20-4), who lost twice to Marlington in Eastern Buckeye Conference play this season.
¯ WEST GEAUGA 41, MOONEY 37: YOUNGSTOWN — The ninth-seeded Cardinals were outscored 14-5 at the free throw line by the 11th-seeded Wolverines in a Division II sectional final.
The game was tight throughout with the hosts trailing 12-9 after one quarter, 17-15 at halftime and 28-26 entering the fourth quarter.
Mooney (12-7) was 5-for-9 from the stripe and West Geauga was 14-for-22. Katie Hough scored 13 points and Alaina Scavina added 11 for the Cardinals.
¯ CANTON SOUTH 43, STRUTHERS 25: CANTON — The 12th-seeded Wildcats didn’t score in double digits in any quarter and could not overcome a 20-11 halftime deficit against the seventh-seeded hosts in a Division II sectional final.
Chloe Neider scored seven points to lead Struthers (11-10). Layla Thompson (18) and Rachel Porter (14) combined for 32 points to pace the Wildcats (16-8).
¯ MARLINGTON 56, GIRARD 39: ALLIANCE — The Indians saw their season end in the sectional bracket final to Marlington Saturday. Sieasia Triplett led Girard with seven points and Mia Malito added five. 10 players registered points for the Indians. Girard finishes its season at 8-10.
¯ BRISTOL 42, VALLEY CHRISTIAN 37: BRISTOL — Bristol scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to come back and get the win. Leading for the Eagles was Kristen Gill with 12 points. Dezyrae Dean tallied 10.
¯ McDONALD 96, CHALKER 16: McDONALD — The Blue Devils cruised to a sectional bracket final win after outscoring Chalker 36-0 in the first quarter.
Twelve players for McDonald registered points in the win with Sophia Constantino leading the way with 18. Maddy Howard scored 13 and Molly Howard scored 10.
¯ CHAMPION 49, COLUMBIANA 48: CHAMPION — The hosts Golden Flashes survived by scoring the final six points of the Division III sectional final in about 20 seconds to down the Clippers.
Columbiana (12-8) led 15-10 after one quarter, but Champion took a 24-19 halftime lead and held a 37-35 edge entering the last quarter. Grace Witmer netted 19 points to lead the Clippers and Tori Long added 15 points.
¯ EAST CANTON 47, LEETONIA 42: CANTON — The 10th-seeded Bears led 35-29 entering the fourth quarter, but were outscored 18-7 in the final period by the fourth-seeded Hornets in a Division IV sectional final.
Allison Francoscky scored 12 points and Haleigh Brock added 10 for Leetonia (13-9), which also got 11 rebounds from Samantha Schneider and five asissts from Taran Ferry.
¯ WESTERN RESERVE 55, ASHTABULA ST. JOHN 10: BERLIN CENTER — The second-seeded Blue Devils rolled from the tipoff against the 21st-seeded Fighting Herald in a Division IV sectional final.
Western Reserve (19-5) led 32-1 at halftime and eased off. Danielle Vuletich had 17 points, seven rebounds and five blocks in limited action.
Kennedy Miller scored 11 points and Olivia Pater added eight points and six steals for the Blue Devils.
¯ JACKSON-MILTON 62, WINDHAM 31: NORTH JACKSON — The Blue Jays’ Kylie Wilson and Chelsea Williams outscored Windham by themselves as Jackson-Milton cruised in a Division IV sectional bracket final.
Williams and Wilson each scored 20 points for the Blue Jays (15-7), who took a 19-6 first-quarter lead to set the tone. Williams sank four of the team’s six 3-pointers. Wilson hit the other two and was 4-of-5 from the line. Williams also dished out four assists and made six steals. Kelsie Taylor grabbed 10 boards and scored eight points.
¯ EAST PALESTINE 52, BERKSHIRE 34: BURTON — East Palestine outscored the Badgers, 38-15, to overcome a halftime deficit and win a Division III sectional bracket final.
The Bulldogs trailed 19-14 at halftime and scored just two points in the second quarter, but they erupted in the second half. Morgan Rutledge scored 13 of her 16 points in the final two quarters, and Joclyn Fristik recorded 11 of her 16 after halftime.
Canfield hockey advances to the second round of the OHSAA tournament after its matchup against Nordonia was canceled.
The teams were scheduled to meet Saturday at the Brooklyn Recreation Center.
The Cardinals (17-4-3) will face Gilmour Academy on Wednesday.