The student of the week is Abigail Woodward. Abby has participated in YSU CCP courses and will attend YSU in the fall . She is a member of the National Honor Society. She loves soccer and track. Is involved with her youth group at Bailey Road Baptist Church where she also sings for services. All that plus works at Panera Bread.
Abby is a hardworking student. Whatever project or assignment she starts the effort is always 110%. She is kind and very respectful.
Great job to all of the 5th graders in the Science Fair this year! I’d like to recognize some students who went above and beyond and received an Awesome Achievement Award from BJ’s Restaurant. Pictured: Judah Rosario, Lauren Sargent, Bobby Kelly, Dominick Posterli, Nasri Hernandez (who also won Beat Project), Katlyn Rivera-Colon, Adianez Gonzalez, and Iyana Colpetro. Remote students: Brianna Paige and Abigail Martinez.
His hobbies include football, basketball, weightlifting, video games, and hanging out with his friends. Raquan’s favorite color is white. He is active in his local ministry, We Walk by Faith Church, where he regularly volunteers.
His teachers wrote:
He has been working so hard this year. He has stayed strong despite all the challenges this school year has brought. We are very proud of him.
McDONALD, Ohio (WKBN) – Playoff play continues as McDonald welcomes Valley Christian for a Division IV District Semifinal matchup.
The Game of the Week team will be in Trumbull County for the rematch. McDonald won game #1 of the season prior to Christmas.
The Blue Devils have lost only twice this year. The Eagles have won 87% of their games over the last 48 days.
You can watch the ‘Game of the Week’:
Digital over the air at 33.2 Armstrong Cable Channel 13 and 108 Comcast Cable Channel 3 Direct TV Channel 15 MyYTV – Spectrum Channel 997 or 1008
High School Boys’ Basketball Game of the Week Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7 pm (LIVE on MyYTV) Valley Christian (15-4) at McDonald (22-2)
*Live streamed on WKBN.com, tape delayed on MyYTV at 10 p.m.
Last Three Meetings Dec. 23, 2020 – McDonald, 72-49 Nov. 30, 2019 – McDonald, 80-51 (Lisbon Tip-Off Classic) Feb. 22, 2019 – Valley Christian, 58-52
Last Meeting -The Blue Devils opened the season two days prior to Christmas as they handed Valley Christian their first loss of the year, 72-49. Jake Portolese (23) and Eli Street (17) combined for 40 points in the victory. Joey Battista and Sekou Stanley each scored 11 points to lead the Eagles.
Team Statistics Scoring Offense: McDonald, 74.8; Valley Christian, 59.0 Scoring Defense: Valley Christian, 46.9; McDonald, 56.4
Game Notes -Valley Christian has won their last 7 games. The Eagles have outscored their opponents by an average of 23 points per game (67.3 to 44.3).
-Since sitting at 2-2 on January 11, Valley Christian has won 13 of their last 15 games.
-When the Eagles are able to hold their foes to 55-points or less, they’re 13-1 this season.
-Last year, the Eagles finished with a 5-17 record. In 2018-19, Valley Christian was 18-5 and the year before (2017-18) were 15-8.
-The last time Valley Christian handed McDonald a loss was in the 2018-19 season finale. Lohron Brown led the Eagles with 20 points as Valley Christian topped the Blue Devils, 58-52. In the second half, the Eagles outscored McDonald – 36-21.
-After beginning the 2020-21 season with a perfect 18-0 mark, the Blue Devils closed out the campaign with a 2-2 mark over the final week of the regular season.
-McDonald has scored 70-points or more in 18 of their 24 games played this season, finishing 17-1 in those contests.
-The Blue Devils are after their 4th District crown in the last 6 years (2016, 2017, 2020).
-With a win, McDonald would accumulate their 5th season of 23-wins in the last 12 years (2009-10, 2010-11, 2015-16, 2016-17).
2021 Division IV – Northeast 2 District Field Sectional Semifinal (Feb. 23) McDonald 83 Bloomfield 23 Valley Christian 71 Maplewood 28 Lake Center Christian 66 Leetonia 42 Jackson-Milton 44 Western Reserve 41 Sectional Championship (Feb. 26) McDonald 75 St. John 29 Valley Christian 77 Windham 68 Warren JFK 76 Lake Center Christian 70 Jackson-Milton 47 Sebring 45 District Semifinals (Mar. 2) Valley Christian at McDonald Jackson-Milton at Warren JFK District Championship (Mar. 5) Remaining Winners, 7 pm
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Tamiya loves to shop, decorate, and apply make-up. Tamiya plans on attending cosmetology school and she would like to continue her education to earn a degree in Interior Design.
Her Teachers wrote:
Tamiya is kind, respectful and a hard worker. If she does not understand something she is willing to work at the assignment until it is right. I believe Tamiya deserves the opportunity to become Student of the Week.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Tournament time is right around the corner and the Valley Christian boys basketball team is hoping to make a deep run, seeded eighth in their Division IV District.
Senior Sekou Stanley leads the charge for the Eagles as an All Conference point guard who’s just as accomplished in the classroom. He does it all for the Eagles, both on and off the court, and now Sekou is our “Student Athlete of the Week.”
“I’m super competitive, I hate losing,” Stanley said. “I’m always trying to be first in every drill and try to outwork and just uplift others as well.”
Sekou stands just 5’10 at 150 pounds, but he’s the heart and soul of the Valley Christian basketball team. Head Coach Dolph Carroll calls him a “basketball junkie,” and it’s true — Sekou is always working to improve his game.
“I just try to play my game and play for my teammates because I know if I do that then the winning part will take care of itself,” he said. “I just try to make the right play, find the open teammate and when it’s time for me to take over the game I try to.”
Sekou has helped the Eagles roll off 10 wins and counting in a shortened season. He does a little bit of everything, averaging 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals per game. He also leads Valley Christian as a senior captain.
“We actually came up with a word this year, ‘ubuntu’ — ‘I am because we are,’” Stanley said. “We always try to give all the glory to God because we understand that basketball is just one part of the whole thing when you come here. We understand that we’re playing for a bigger purpose every single night.”
Off the court, Sekou ranks in the top 10 of his class with a 3.7 GPA. He’s also a member of the National Honor Society and wants to attend college next year to continue his basketball career.
“Grades mean everything. My parents are always pushing me to do just as well and to work just as hard in the classroom as I do on the basketball floor,” Stanley said. “I try to be just as competitive because I’m competitive in everything. I always want to be the best and do as best as I possibly can.”