Tri-Valley joins Division I ranks after making D-II regional last year

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Tri-Valley Basketball
Tri-Valley, a 2007 Division II regional participant, found out at the
end of the school year the squad would be moving to Division I, a place they haven’t been since the 1997 season. Head Coach Tim Shumaker’s team appeared to be loaded for another run at
the Division II Regional in Athens with the return of several key
players and would have clearly been the best team on paper in Division
II (Eastern District).


Tri-Valley, a 2007 Division II regional participant, found out at the end of the school year the squad would be moving to Division I. The Scotties haven’t been in the Division I ranks since the 1997 season.

Head Coach Tim Shumaker’s team appeared to be loaded for another run at the Division II Regional in Athens with the return of several key players and would have clearly been the best team on paper in Division II (Eastern District). However, with just a few boys over the limit, the Scotties will find their selves trying to battle out of the loaded Columbus District featuring heavy hitters Columbus Northland, Newark, and newcomer Zanesville.

Following an ultra successful football campaign that featured many of the same kids who will headline the round ball squad, the Tri-Valley Scotties will look to carry on the success in the winter athletic season more specifically boy’s basketball.

The Black and Gold, who finished (22-2) a year ago, return 4 of their top 6 from last year’s regional semi-finalist squad that bowed out to Columbus St. Francis De Sales (57-47). Tri-Valley, along with West Muskingum, should be the favorites to repeat as Muskingum Valley League Champions.

Leading the returnees is 2nd Team All-District performer senior Adam Bice (6’5). The Akron football commit is a monster on the low block. Bice, who averaged 12 points per game as a junior, is the center/defensive end on the football team and the man on the low block in hoops. The big bodied post man will be hard for almost any MVL team to handle.

Senior Cameron West returns to his point guard spot. Coming off a monster football season at quarterback in which he was named co-offensive player of the year in the district, West will look to be the floor general on the hardwood. The 5-foot-10 senior has outstanding quickness on defense, and will most likely be a double figure scorer this season.

Junior Jordan Ayers (5’11) is back after a productive season as a sophomore starter. Ayers is a silky smooth saw paw who got better and better last season. By season’s end, Ayers was the go-to-guy on offense for the Scotties. Look for the crafty lefty to be one of the best players in the MVL.

Senior Aaron Shumaker (6’5) will be looked upon this season to be a starter after a productive junior year as the sixth man. Shumaker, who looks more like a body builder, logged big minutes off the bench last year but look for him to step up and be more of a scorer and board banger this season. Shumaker, along with Bice, will be arguably the best inside combination in the MVL along with West Muskingum’s trio of Wade Smith, Josh Osborn, and Nathan Shumate.

Other players on the varsity roster looking to contribute include: senior Nate Lapp; juniors Josh Butler, Eric Reed, Evan Harper, Jon Newton, Kaleb Krebs; and talented sophomore Clay Cameron.

The Dresden-based school, which went 10-0 at home a year ago, will play their usual 16 games in conference along with out of conference contests with Columbus Linden McKinley, Coshocton, Reynoldsburg, and River View.

Lost to graduation was Honorable Mention All-District performers Chip Strock and Curt Cameron.

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