Doug Stiverson’s Logan Elm Braves pushed state champion Chillicothe to the limits in
last year’s district championship only to fall short. Now, Logan Elm returns with even
more weapons and is eager for a second opportunity. Coming off the school’s best football season ever has helped as well.
CHILLICOTHE – Doug Stiverson’s Logan Elm Braves pushed Chillicothe to the limits in last year’s district championship game in Athens only to fall short to the eventual Division-II state champs. Now, Logan Elm returns with even more weapons and is eager for a second opportunity.
The Braves have experienced some delays in their plans due to the regional final run the Logan Elm football team had in the late fall. Logan Elm is still looking for its “basketball legs” and is confident that improvement will continue to be made in time.
“It has been tough to get any sort of continuity with the limited time that we have been together, but I feel good about the progress we are making,” said Stiverson after his team defeated Harvest Prep in the season opener at the 20th Annual Zane Trace Tip-Off Classic. “I feel like we had a great week of practice and things are starting to come together. We definitely have a lot of areas to get better, but I am pleased with where we’re at considering the circumstances.”
A major factor for the extremely high expectations is the presence of move-in Brandon Amann. Amann, who comes to Logan Elm from Teays Valley, is a dynamite scorer who can shoot the three and beat opponents off the bounce. Amann’s full repertoire of offensive skills was on display in the opener as the senior hit four triples, nine other field goals inside the arc, and six free throws to score 36 points in Logan Elm’s 68-60 win over Harvest Prep.
Another big addition comes from 6-7 center Logan Hauserman. Hauserman, an outstanding lineman on the playoff football team, comes to Logan Elm from Adena and gives the basketball Braves a much needed presence in the paint. Hauserman scored 10 points in the season-opener and helped a fairly small Logan Elm team hold its own on the boards.
Even with the two additions, Stiverson credits the early chemistry to his returning leaders in Adam Blake and Tim Congrove. Blake, the floor general, is still working his way into basketball shape, but did have eight assists in the Harvest Prep win. Congrove is an outstanding shooter with great range. He scored 14 points in the opener.
“We have great leadership,” Stiverson said. “Adam (Blake), Tim (Congrove), and Chad (Holbrook) have done such a great job of accepting the new guys. This team just cares about winning. I feel like everyone is just proud to be a part of a great team, and I think that is going to translate into success down the road.”
Just minutes before Logan Elm tipped off Saturday night at Zane Trace High School, the Chillicothe Cavaliers were tipping their title defense off across town in their home gymnasium against North College Hill. The Cavs stormed out early to a big lead and then held off a late surge from the Trojans to capture a 50-39 victory. In the win, Caleb Knights scored 15 to lead Chillicothe while Seth Dawes added 13 points and Michael Turner scored 12 points.
Earlier in the day at Chillicothe, the Scioto Valley Conference started with three straight wins as Jordan Elam scored 18 points to lead Southeastern over Jackson. Adena’s Clay Roll then exploded for 34 points and Buddy Barnes added 20 points has Adena defeated Circleville 73-63. In game three, Piketon got 32 points and eight rebounds from senior Cody Smith in 67-56 win over Cincinnati Clark Montessori. Chillicothe’s victory was game four, and finally, it was Portsmouth getting 21 points from Anthony Williams to knock off Greenfield McClain.
Back over at Zane Trace, there was plenty of action as well leading up to the Logan Elm victory. Game one was a girls match-up with host Zane Trace playing Chillicothe. Chillicothe defeated the Pioneers 38-27. In boy’s action for the remainder of the day, it was Westfall defeating West Union 61-44 behind a huge day from Tyler Cobb. Cobb scored 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked 9 shots, recorded six steals, and dished out four assists. Next, Lucasville Valley beat Grandview Heights 62-59 and Bloom Carroll knocked off Alexander.
The Zane Trace Tip-Off Classic and the Chillicothe Hoops Showcase actually both got started Friday night. At Zane Trace, it was Zane Trace falling to Hillsboro 48-45 despite 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists from Kirk Maxwell. Washington Court House defeated Manchester 59-57 and Westerville North beat Africentric 53-36.
Over at Chillicothe, both Huntington’s girls and guys were in action. In girls, Huntington was defeated by Chillicothe 33-22. The Lady Cavs were led by Jasmine Vinson with 12 points while Huntington was led by Bridgette Neighbors who scored 15 in the loss. In guys, Huntington fell to Eastern Brown 54-40 despite a game-high 21 from Drew Trusty. Jordan Cierley scored 20 to lead the Warriors in the win.