Southeast Ohio Huddle: Unioto girls hoops, St. Clairsville’s Vivod lead standout performances


Southeast Ohio Huddle

This week in Southeast Ohio saw more 1,000 point scorers on the hardwood – including our top individual performance which we found over in Belmont County – and more members on the wrestling mat hitting the century mark. Who had a big week? Read on to find out.

This week in the southeast saw more 1,000 point scorers on the hardwood – including our top individual performance which we found over in Belmont County – and more members on the mat hitting the century mark.

Conferences are pushing towards the postseason in all sports with busy schedules forced by last week’s bad weather. The Caldwell wrestlers captured the Pioneer Valley Conference this week with a dominant performance and the upcoming Tri Valley Conference Wrestling match headlines are in the On Tap section.

In girls basketball the southeast has a Top 5 team in the top three divisions with Tri-0Valley in D-I, Unioto in D-II and Oak Hill in D-III. All three of these teams clinched conference titles this week.

There was a Division I signing for an elite athlete for a Barnesville runner and the boys’ teams found out their postseason opponents in basketball.

First, let’s take a look at the top team and individual this week – both of which come from girls’ basketball.


Unioto Lady Shermans, Girls Basketball: The fifth-ranked Division II team in Ohio continued its perfect run. Wednesday night, Unioto defeated Greenfield McClain in a big non-conference match-up, and then followed that up with a 63-46 win over Paint Valley on Thursday night – a win that clinched a second straight Scioto Valley Conference title for the purple and gold.

In the McClain win – a win that was number 206 for head coach Cydny Driggs at Unioto – sophomore pivot Mackenzie Arledge scored 18 points, grabbed nine reboundss, and blocked five shots. Shiann Ray, Unioto’s Ashland bound all-around star, scored 14 points, pulled down five boards, and recorded four steals. Junior Chloe Cottrell added 12 points and five rebounds.

One night later at Paint Valley, Janae Driggs led the Lady Tanks. The 5-5 sophomore guard ended with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Ray, Cottrell, and Arledge were solid as usual with 14, 13, and 10 points respectively.

Now at 17-0 overall, the Lady Shermans are just three overall wins from the perfect season and just two SVC wins shy of winning a gold basketball for a perfect conference run.


Alessia Vivod, St. Clairsville, Girls Basketball: For this week’s top individual honor, we head all the way to northeast tip of the Southeast Huddle area in Belmont County. At St. Clairsville, Red Devil senior Alessia Vivod reached a milestone as she surpassed the 1,000-point barrier with a 28-point effort. She needed 16 going into the game.

St. Clairsville wasted no time in jumping on the visiting Buckeye Local Panthers as it led 20-7 after one period and 39-23 at the half. Buckeye Local made a little second half push but Vivod and the Lady Devils finished the deal with a 57-48 win.

Brooke Cenkus added 14 points for the Lady Devils, while Ashley Gordon had 10.
Lauren Hall paced Buckeye Local with 13 points. Ashley Becca added nine.

94-point victory:
The South Point Lady Pointers jumped out on TVC’s Wellston 58-2 at halftime. The second half was more of the same as South Point never let up recording a 98-4 win.

Later in the week, the Lady Pointers returned to Ohio Valley Conference play with a win over Chesapeake. The win improved South Point to 16-1 overall and a perfect 8-0 in the OVC. In the win, Tinesha Taylor scored 22 points with Jolynn Bradburn and Kayla Fletcher each adding 16 points.

Come a little closer:
With Tri-Valley ready to take a strangle hold on the MVL standings in boys’ basketball, Maysville put a kink in the plans with a 49-47 upset Friday night. The winners got 14 points from Eastin Lewellen and 12 points and three steals from Corey Denman as the Panthers are now 8-3 in conference play just one behind Tri Valley in the loss column. Leading the Scotties in the loss was Ryan Spiker with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while Jordan Ayres scored 12 points and dished out five assists and Josh Butler had a nice all-around game with 10 points, four assists, and three steals.

This upset also opened the door for West Muskingum. West used great balance scoring Friday night – Josh Osborne with 21 points and Jarred Lynn with 19 points and 14 rebounds – to defeat Sheridan to improve to 8-2 in the MVL which is tied with Tri Valley in the loss column.

Daugherty Dominates:
River View’s Kari Daugherty helped keep her team atop the Eastern Central Ohio League with a 26 point, 19 rebound, seven assist, four blocked shot and two steal performance. The blowout win over Meadowbrook improves River View to 15-2 overall and 8-1 in the ECOL.

On the boys’ side of ECOL, senior Shayne Leggett scored a career-high 28 points to lead Cambridge to a 76-52 bounce-back (after losing to conference rival Dover in double OT)  victory over Claymont. The win improves the Bobcats to 11-5 overall and 9-2 in the conference.

Reaching a milestone:
Earlier this week, New Lexington wrestler Adam Fondale recorded his 100th career win in a dual match against Morgan. Another key milestone this week came in girls’ basketball in the Southern Ohio Conference where Minford’s Breslyn Harris scored her 1,000th point Thursday night.

Season Sweep:
Fort Frye stayed perfect on the year as the Cadets beat Warren for the second time this season. Round one was a nail-biting win; however, Tuesday night’s round two was a different win. Warren led by 13 at halftime and by has much as17 at one-point only to see FF battle back for a 53-50 win.

Jarid Bates scored 15 points on five triples and Brandt Thieman scored 15 points as well. Jarrod Arnold added 10 – all coming in the fourth including two foul shots to seal the deal.

For Warren in the losing effort Jonathon Hebb scored 17 points and Austin Cunningham added nine.

Belpre’s Best:
Belpre wrestler Ashton Packard predominantly does his work in the 160-pound level – where he is listed fourth on the Brakeman Report of the best wrestlers in the state – and throughout the last four years work has gone well.

Packard recently recorded his 158th career win making him the all-time wins leader in the history of Belpre wrestling.

A Bear of a Signing:
On Wednesday at Barnesville High School, the Ohio Valley’s most decorated female runner of all-time formally signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and athletic careers at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Stephanie Morgan’s other finalist was Arizona State University, but in the end, Baylor’s offer was more than enough to make Morgan a future Lady Bear.

This past fall, Morgan was undefeated in the regular season. She once again captured the OVAC, district and regional individual championships and added her second straight state title, giving her six OHSAA wins with another track season to go yet.
She went on to win the Nike Regional Cross Country meet in Wisconsin in a course-record time of 18:00.90 – a performance that helped earn her the Gatorade Female Cross Country Athlete of the Year for the Buckeye State.

Protecting the home court: In boys’ basketball this week, Marietta moved to 7-0 at home this season with a come-from-behind, two-point victory over SEOAL rival Ironton. Marietta trailed by seven entering the final frame; however, a 20-point fourth quarter lifted the Tigers to a 57-55 win. Marietta was led by Anthony Tabler with 13 points and Zach Arnold with 11.

In the loss, the Ironton Fighting Tigers had three in double-figures with Tim Kochendoerfer scoring 16 points and Tommy Waginger and Michael Lamb added 12 and 10 points respectively.

Bracketology: Sunday was the voting for seeds and the releasing of this year’s sectional tournaments that start the road to Columbus. In the southeast – an area that contains a large number of Division III schools – there were several teams from the Southeast Ohio Huddle that earned some high seeds. Chesapeake earned a top-seed in the Jackson High School sectional while Piketon earned a No. 2 seed at Waverly.
In Division II, last year’s state champion Chillicothe will start its title defense with a second-seed in the Southeastern sectional while Marietta earned the top-seed at Logan. Also at Logan, defending district champion Vinton County takes the two-seed spot on the bracket.

In Division IV, Pike County’s Western earned the top-seed while the other No. 1 went to Oak Hill – a team that many think is primed and ready to make some serious noise in the postseason. Some other key points in this division come from the Tri Valley Conference’s Hocking Division schools as well as Western’s match-up. First, Racine Southern (No. 2), Waterford (No. 3) and Reedsville Eastern Meigs (No. 5) all entered Sunday’s draw with many losses coming with the Tri Valley trio beating up on one another in the conference race. A second key point comes in Western’s bracket where Paint Valley is sitting at the No. 9 seed. Despite Paint Valley’s 4-14 overall record, the Bearcats defeated Western by a score of 74-54 just a few weeks ago.


Tri Valley Conference Wrestling Tournament at Nelsonville York High School, Saturday, February 14th:  All the schools from both the Ohio Division (Athens, Alexander, Belpre, Pomeroy Meigs, Nelsonville York, Wellston, and Vinton County) and the Hocking Division (Federal Hocking, Hemlock Miller, Racine Southern, Reedsville Eastern Meigs, Trimble, and Waterford) will battle for the title this Saturday.

OVAC Girls Basketball Final Four:
The postseason will get started this week at the various host schools around the conference. Here is a breakdown of how things look.

Monday, February 9, 2009 played at higher seeds court
#4 Steubenville at #1 Indian Creek
#3 Edison at #2 John Marshall
#4 Harrison Central at #1 Martins Ferry
#3 Oak Glen at #2 St. Clairsville
#4 Frontier at #1 Shadyside
#3 Monroe Central at #2 Steubenville Central
#4 Cameron at #1 Bishop Donahue
#3 Valley at #2 Beallsville

Saturday, February 14, 2009
All games played at OUE, highest seeded team designated as home team
CLASS 2-A at 10 a.m.
CLASS 3-A at 1 p.m.
CLASS 4-A at 4 p.m.
CLASS 1-A at 7 p.m.

*All the teams that did not make the final four in their respective divisions will participate in a two-game consolation bracket to finish their respective regular seasons.

Piketon vs. Vinton County boys’ basketball, Saturday, Feb. 14th, Shoemaker Center on the campus of Ohio University-Chillicothe: The top team in the Scioto Valley Conference in Piketon and the Tri Valley Conference in Vinton County will meet Valentine’s Day in the beautiful neutral facility.

Before these two get to this point, they will both face huge conference games throughout the week. Piketon – who is two wins away from a conference title – travels to Southeastern on Friday, while Vinton County welcomes second-place Albany Alexander on Tuesday before traveling to Belpre on Friday.

Westfall vs. Zane Trace boys basketball, Friday, Feb. 13th, Freshmen tips a triple-header off at 4:45 p.m., Zane Trace High School: Another key note in the SVC race this week is the stretch that Williamsport Westfall starts. The Mustangs, who are currently tied with Piketon in the loss column – visit Zane Trace in the first of three brutal road tests with the final two coming the following week at Huntington and at Adena.

Southeastern Ohio Athletic League’s Day of Champions (Girls’ Basketball) – Saturday, Feb. 14th, Chillicothe High School: The final standings in the North Division will meet their counterparts from the South Division with the conference championship being decided in the nightcap.

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