SPORTS BRIEFING

Columbiana County Classic

LISBON — The 34th annual Columbiana County Classic, featuring the top senior boys and girls basketball players in the county, will be held March 26 at Lisbon High School.

The girls game will start at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The Columbiana County Basketball Coaches Association will award scholarships between games.

Mogadore in regional final

CANTON — Lukas Swartz scored 31 points in leading Mogadore past sixth-ranked Ashtabula Edgewood, 69-65, in a Division III regional semifinal Wednesday at the Canton Fieldhouse.

Mogadore (20-7) advanced to regionals after winning its first Salem district title.

Edgewood, the All-American Conference Blue Tier champion, finishes the season with a 24-2 record.

Mogadore will play Cleveland Heights Lutheran East (20-8) — a 63-50 winner over Orrville in Wednesday’s nightcap — in the regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Poland falls to Buchtel

CANTON — Fourth-ranked Poland dropped a 60-51 decision to Akron Buchtel in a Division II regional semifinal at the Canton Civic Center on Wednesday.

Poland closed the gap to 44-40 midway through the fourth quarter, but got no closer.

Braeden O’Shaghnessy led Poland with 25 points.

Buchtel (19-7) will play 13th-ranked Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph in the regional final at 6:15 p.m. Friday. VASJ (19-7) is heading to its seventh straight regional final after rallying past Cleveland Benedictine, 66-62, in Wednesday’s opener.

New Philly moves on

ATHENS — Ethan Heller scored 20 points to lead four Thornville Sheridan players in double figures during a 69-43 win over Steubenville in a Division II regional semifinal Wednesday at the Ohio University Convocation Center.

No. 15 Sheridan (21-5) will play 10th-ranked New Philadelphia (23-4) in the regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday.

New Philadelphia rallied from a seven-point deficit to beat 11th-ranked Chillicothe Zane Trace, 50-43, in Wednesday’s nightcap.

New Philadelphia beat East Liverpool, 67-48, in the district final.

Steubenville ends its season with a 19-6 mark.

Riccardo on first team

Beaver Local junior Jenna Riccardo and Minerva senior Addie Rhodes received Division II first-team honors on the District V Basketball Coaches Association All-Star girls team.

Toronto sophomore Kendall Thomas was named first team in Division IV.

Second-team honors went to East Liverpool junior Emma Ludwig in Division III and Toronto senior Jo’Zaeyan Jordan in Division IV.’

Receiving honorable mention are Beaver Local’s Elizabeth Kolkowski and Minerva’s Nelle Yankovich in Division II; East Liverpool’s Ciara Peachey and Edison’s Lauren Ferralti in Division III; and Toronto’s Maddie Anderson in Division IV.

Players of the year are New Philadelphia senior Aaliyah Currence in Division II; Hiland sophomore Zoe Miller in Division III; and Steubenville Catholic Central senior Julia Zatta in Division IV.

Coaches of the year are New Philadelphia’s Kevin Cornell in Division II; Sandy Valley’s Tim McBride in Division III; and Tuscarawas Central Catholic’s Greg Triplett in Division IV.

Roach on boys squad

East Liverpool senior Gabe Roach and Minerva senior Brice Williams were named to the Division II first team on the District V Basketball Coaches Association All-Star boys team.

Toronto senior Nathan Karaffa is the Division IV player of the year after guiding the Red Knights to the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference title.

Second-team honors went to East Liverpool junior Tresean Jackson in Division II; Edison senior Isaac Schmitz in Division III; and Toronto senior Trillion West in Division IV.

Receiving honorable mention were East Liverpool’s Timmy Neal, Beaver Local’s Luke Chetock and Minerva’s Reece Catlett in Division II; Edison’s Alec McVane in Division III; and Toronto’s Lucas Gulzynski in Division IV.

Players of the year are New Philadelphia senior Nate Voll in Division II; Garaway senior Erik Miller in Division III; and Karaffa in Division IV.

Coaches of the year are New Philadelphia’s Matt Voll in Division II; Garaway’s Terry Rowe in Division III; and Toronto’s Sean Tucker in Division IV.

Six selected for Bubba Classic

WARREN — Six area athletes have been selected to play in the Frank Bubba Classic at Warren Harding High School on March 26.

West Branch’s Brandon Zuchowski, South Range’s Jaxon Anderson, Sebring’s Joey Clark and Springfield’s Shane Eynon will play for the Mahoning County boys, while Western Reserve’s Maddy Owen and Springfield’s Makenzy Capouellez are on the Mahoning County girls team.

The girls game will start at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game. A skills contest will be held between games and three-point contests are planned at halftime of each game.

The will pit athletes seniors from Trumbull County schools against those from Mahoning County. Coaching staffs will be the LaBrae girls and Badger boys staffs for Trumbull County, and the Canfield girls and Sebring boys staffs for Mahoning County.

Recruiting violations costs school title

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina private school found guilty of football recruiting violations has been stripped of its 2018 state championship title.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association ruled Monday that Village Christian had recruited students to play football and offered them benefits during the 2017 and 2018 football seasons.

The ruling means the Knights’ football program will forfeit its 19 wins, state runner-up finish and NCISAA Division III championship from that timeframe. The school is also on probation for the next two academic years, making it ineligible for playoffs. It was also subject to an undisclosed fine.

The head coach during those two seasons, Emerson Martin, was removed Thursday. The former Carolina Panthers lineman told the newspaper the association had “done the school an injustice.”

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