LaBrae, McDonald boys beat league opponents
¯ LaBRAE 63, BROOKFIELD 49: BROOKFIELD — The Vikings got off to a strong start and fought off a strong fourth quarter to beat Brookfield.
LaBrae went up 17-7 after the first quarter and held off Brookfield outscoring the Vikings 18-9 in the final quarter.
Leading for LaBrae was Landen Kiser who scored 22 points and Tre’von Drake scored 10.
Brookfield’s Donovan Pawlowski also scored 22 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.
¯ MARLINGTON 61, HOWLAND 59: ALLIANCE — The Tigers couldn’t quite rally to earn their second win of the season, despite outscoring the Dukes 23-18 in the final period
Howland (1-5) trailed 23-19 at halftime and 43-36 entering the last period. Anthony Massucci scored 20 points, Gabe Badea had 15 and Jordan Sperling added 10 for the Tigers.
¯ 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.
Kross Naples led Niles with 17 points.
¯ CANFIELD 67, HUBBARD 51: CANFIELD — The Cardinals scored 24 points in the third quarter to pull away from Hubbard and get the win.
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.
¯ MATHEWS 64, FAIRPORT 62: FAIRPORT HARBOR — Dom Greenwood hit a buzzer-beater in a road win for the Mustangs over Fairport.
Mathews outscored the Skippers 28-17 to rally back from a 45-36 deficit.
Vinny Sharp and Kyle Powell led the Mustangs with 20 points each. Greenwood, who scored the game-winning shot, scored six points.
In the girls game that took place earlier in the day, Greenwood’s sister Bella also hit a game-winning shot over Fairport.
¯ 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.
Austin Governor and Maurice Clark scored 11 points apiece for the Rams.
¯ GRAND VALLEY 37, CARDINAL 28: ORWELL — The Mustangs limited their guests to ine points in the second half and took advantage of a 15-point difference from the free-throw line.
Grand Valley was 17-for-23 at the stripe, while the Huskies went 2-for-14. Ashton Zupancic led the Mustangs with 12 points. Jake Bean scored 10 to lead Cardinal.
HOWLAND — Wadsworth dominated the 60th annual Howland Invitational, the second-longest running tournament in the state, which took on a different format in 2021.
Normally an individual tournament, the HIT was changed to a dual team tournament. Wadsworth, one of the state’s top Division I wrestling teams, was a perfect 5-0, beating Canfield, 60-9, in the championship match.
Canfield was 3-1 as a team, with Nick Barber (120 pounds) and Kip Stewart (285) leading the way by going 3-1 individually.
Howland placed fifth, going 2-2. Gage Gibson went 4-0 for the Tigers. Rian Spangler and Tyler Copeland each went 3-1.
Uniontown Lake placed third, and Geneva was fourth.
≤ NORTHEAST-8 DUALS: 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.
¯ MATHEWS 58, FAIRPORT 56: FAIRPORT — Bella Greenwood made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Mustangs past the Skippers.
Greenwood, whose brother delivered a game-winning buzzer-beater at Fairport later in the night, finished with 13 points. It was her only made 3-pointer of the contest.
Ashley Deans made four of them on her way to 23 points to pace Mathews, which trailed 42-32 entering the fourth quarter. Brooke Bauer added 12 points for the Mustangs.
¯ LORDSTOWN 39, WINDHAM 36: The Red Devils picked up their first win by outscoring the Bombers 15-9 in the final quarter.
Lordstown (1-2) was led by Ava Spano’s 13 points. Emily Knox added 10.
Zarah Cunningham provided 11points and six rebounds to Windham’s cause.
¯ 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.
¯ 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.
¯ 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.
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.