There were several standout performances turned in by Southeast Ohio athletes last week. Three more players added their names to the 1,000-point club, while a couple girls basketball programs completed undefeated regular seasons. As for boys basketball, looks like Chillicothe and Zanesville are going to become awful familiar with each other in the next seven days.
With the not-so-consistent Ohio weather teasing us this week with some rising temperatures, basketball fans know that tourney time has arrived. The girls will start completing the brackets this week, which headlines our On Tap section, but on the boys’ side there are still some conference title races that need to run their course.
Speaking of boys’ basketball, there is a defending state champion that is starting to hit its stride, and I will tell you all about that in the Team of the Week feature. There is a big conference winning streak in the Tri-Valley Conference that could be tough to keep in tact in the final week of the season, and on the girls’ side of the TVC, we had an incredible scorer from Nelsonville continue to post astounding numbers earning her the top individual honor in the southeast.
Continuing the girls’ basketball breakdown, there are several teams celebrating conference championships this week, and some of them accomplished the feat in perfect fashion.
This time of year also marks the stretch run for wrestling. Several conferences crowned league champions, and many of the top wrestlers now turn their attention to a postseason run.
So here we go! Let’s take a more detailed look at what has happened and what is going to happen throughout the Southeast Ohio Huddle area.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Chillicothe Cavaliers, Boys Basketball: As the calendar inches closer to tourney time, it is hard not to notice the Division II defending state champs – the Chillicothe Cavaliers – starting to turn it up a notch. The Cavs have destroyed their opponents of late including Columbus East (53-38), Jackson (86-57), Portsmouth (81-54), Logan (48-35) and perhaps most impressive Reynoldsburg (70-67 in OT). All totaled, the Cavs played five games in eight days and won them all. Chillicothe is now 14-3 overall and in first place of the SEOAL’s South Division at 9-2. The Cavs have locked up their third straight appearance in the Day of Champions headline game. They will face Zanesville for the conference championship.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kim Kline, Nelsonville-York, Girls Basketball: The senior guard scored 32 points in her final home game. This performance came versus Meigs to break the all-time scoring record at Nelsonville York. Kline now has 1,480 points in her career. The 27-year-old record was held by Pete Taggart at 1,476. Kline is having a fine year averaging 26.3 points per game, along with 6.6 assists and 5.2 steals.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Wrestling Winners: The New Lexington Panthers recorded a seventh straight Muskingum Valley League championship this past weekend. In the SEOAL, Gallia Academy was 12 points better than Logan and finished 29 points better than Marietta to capture the league title. In the Scioto Valley Conference, it was Paint Valley capturing the title, and in the ECOL, New Philadelphia took the crown.
Unblemished: Unioto (SVC) girls’ basketball and Tri-Valley (MVL) girls’ basketball both finished off perfect regular seasons and now turn their attention to the tournament.
Banner seasons: Joining Unioto and Tri-Valley as conference champions in the southeast are Oak Hill (SOC II ), Alexander (TVC-Ohio), Waterford (TVC-Hocking), Zanesville (SEOAL – they beat South Division Champ Chillicothe in finals), and New Boston (SOC I).
More to 1,000: Philo’s Caitlyn Stiltner, Maysville’s Eastin Lewellen and Oak Hill’s J.D. Hale all scored their 1,000th career point this week. Stiltner’s milestone came in an all-around great performance as she recorded a triple-double (10 points, 12 assists, and 10 steals) in a 64-38 win over John Glenn. For Lewellen, his 1,000th came after scoring 26 points and hitting a game-winning shot at the buzzer Friday night at John Glenn. The Maysville star then poured in 25 on Saturday at Crooksville – including a bucket with 5:59 left in the game that gave him the milestone in a 63-24 win. Hale joined the mark this past Tuesday in a blowout win. His Oak Hill squad is putting the finishing touches on a league title before entering next week’s tournament as the No. 1 seed in their sectional.
Airing it out: Chillicothe’s Caleb Knights signed this week to play his college football at Air Force. Knights, a starter on last year state title hoops team, threw for over 5,000 yards in his four years as the Chillicothe signal caller.
A few other Cavaliers have decided their college plans this week as well. Jordan Benson is heading to West Liberty to play football while Curt Smith has signed to throw for the track team at The Ohio State University.
Sorting out the OVAC Postseason: In last week’s On Tap, we took a look at the postseason setup for this year’s OVAC conference tournaments. Here is a look at how they played out.
Championship Finals, Saturday, February 14, 2009
All games played at OUE, highest seeded team designated as home team
CLASS 2-A #3 Monroe Central 50 #1 Shadyside 42
CLASS 3-A #1 Martins Ferry 49 #2 St. Clairsville 44 (2ot)
CLASS 4-A #1 Indian Creek 53 #3 Edison 48
CLASS 1-A #2 Beallsville 58 #1 Bishop Donahue 37
The OVAC boys’ tournament will get going this week. Below in the On Tap section is a rundown of how the match-ups look.
Bobcat Bound: Tri-Valley’s Katelyne Amicone signed to join the Ohio University women’s soccer program. The Tri-Valley senior made it official Thursday afternoon, inking her name on a letter of intent. As a Division I first team All-Ohioan, Amicone finished her high school career as the all-time leading scorer in Tri-Valley history (42 goals, 40 assists, 124 points).
Still undecided: On the boys’ side, the Piketon Redstreaks are one win away from securing a share of the Scioto Valley Conference. Piketon got 21 points from Cody Smith in a win over Southeastern this week, and now only need to win at Unioto (1-17) to clinch a share. That share can become outright if Westfall is unable to win at Huntington Tuesday and at Adena Friday. If Westfall can win both and Piketon wins, the two will share the SVC title.
Trio of Tri-Valley games: The Vinton County boys have a two game lead with three games remaining. All three of those games will take place this week with games at Nelsonville on Tuesday, Pomeroy Meigs at home on Friday, and Wellston at home on Saturday. Vinton County is not only trying to win their third straight title, but they are trying to do so in perfect fashion once again. The Vikings streak could be tested this week as VC could possibly be without four-year starter and 6-4 senior Jake Prater who missed the last two games with mononucleosis.
Vinton County earned this cushion with an instant classic 72-68 overtime win over Alexander this past week. The win completes the season sweep over the preseason favorites, and it gives the Vikings the two game lead. In the win, VC was led by Andy Grillo with 19 points, while Alexander was led by Frost with 29 points.
All in the Family: Ironton Saint Joseph senior Chad Harvey scored 40 points in a 72-47 win over Ohio Valley Christian. The 40 points is believed to be a school record (for both boys and girls basketball), and he surpassed the previous mark of 35 points – held by his Mom.
Girls Sectional Tournament: Starting Monday evening and running all week will be the sectional tournament for girls’ basketball. By this time next week, the girls’ field will be down to the round of 64 teams.
OVAC Boys BAsketball Championships: The following is the schedule for the OVAC boys postseason tournament.
Semifinals: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 = played at higher seeded team’s court
#4 East Liverpool at #1 Wheeling Park
#3 Weir at #2 John Marshall
#4 Oak Glen at #1 Union Local
#3 Magnolia at #2 St. Clairsville
#4 Shenandoah at 1 Fort Frye
#3 Shadyside at #2 Wheeling Central
#4 Cameron at #1 Bishop Donahue
#3 Paden City at #2 Bridgeport
Championships: Saturday, February 21, 2009
All games played at OU-E, 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.
Championship Consolations: Friday, February 20, 2009 (played at the higher seeded team’s court)
Fairland vs. Chesapeake boys’ basketball, Friday, Feb. 20, Chesapeake High School: Senior night in Chesapeake will have the top two OVC teams looking to complete the standings and find out who will earn the right to be called conference champion.
Chillicothe vs. Zanesville boys’ basketball, Thursday, Feb. 19, Chillicothe High School and then again on Saturday, Feb. 21st, Zanesville High School (SEOAL) Day of Champions: The two SEOAL perennial powers will play a meaningless game (if there is such a thing when these two get together) on Thursday, before playing again two days later for the conference title. Don’t be surprised if these two meet a third time a few weeks from now with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
Buckeye Trail vs. Cambridge boys’ basketball, Friday, Feb. 20, Cambridge High School: It is senior night for Cambridge – a team that has already clinched a share of ECOL, and the Bobcats look to seal the deal in the final home game of the season.