Southeast Ohio Huddle: Oak Hill hoops teams dominate the headlines


Southeast Ohio Huddle

The boys basketball state tournament this weekend will have a distinct Souhteast Ohio flavor. Logan Elm (D-II), Piketon (D-III) and Oak Hill 9D-IV) all have a shot at a state title. This past weekend, Oak Hill’s girls fell just short of that goal finishing state runner-up in D-IV.

The state tournament on the girls’ side and the regional tournament on the boys’ side had plenty of southeast flavor this week. On the girls’ side in Division II, River View dropped a semifinal decision to Wapakoneta. In Division III, Oak Hill was in action in Columbus where they advanced to the final with a 47-43 win over Versailles before running into a dynasty, and the Oak Hill boys – members of the Division IV tournament – will follow suit with a state appearance of their own this week thanks to a regional final win this past Friday.

The Oak Hill boys will not be alone in representing the southeast at the Schottenstein Center as the Piketon Redstreaks (Division III) and the Logan Elm Braves (Division II) also captured regional titles on Saturday at the Convo in Athens.

Earlier in the week, several southeast boys’ teams were still alive in Sweet 16 action; however, there was a glass slipper that slipped off and others that just simply ran into Logan Elm, Piketon, or Oak Hill.

Basketball definitely dominates the news this week, but can you dead lift 275 lbs.? Piketon’s Kalli Vance can, and it is a new state record.

There is also plans to hire a new football coach at Shadyside, and this weeks News, Notes, & Nuggets will tell you who.


Oak Hill, Boys Basketball: Longtime, legendary southeast Ohio coach Norm Persin and his Oak Hill Oaks are heading to the Final Four. After low scoring affairs in the district that saw Oak Hill survive 42-37 against Leesburg Fairfield and 32-22 against Waterford, Oak Hill exploded to blowout Racine Southern 80-53 and then came from behind to defeat Newark Catholic 56-52.


Cody Smith, Piketon, Boys Basketball: The Scioto Valley Conference Player of the Year picked the regional stage for two amazing performances this week. Piketon’s Cody Smith scored 34 points in the regional semifinal win over previously unbeaten North Adams. The senior southpaw then scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a come-from-behind, overtime win against Grandview Heights to lead Piketon to the first state tournament in school history.


Ice Cold: The Lady Bears of River View managed only 31 points in their nine-point loss to Wapakoneta in the state semifinal match-up. Division II Co-Player of the Year, Kari Daugherty, did score 19 points, but the rest of the Lady Bears shot under 20-percent in the loss.

An Oak Hill Sweep:
An incredible feat that many southeast hoop fans thought very possible entering this postseason was completed this past week by both the Oaks and the Lady Oaks of Oak Hill High School. The Lady Oaks, already in the state tournament, advanced to the final before losing 63-48 to powerhouse South Euclid Regina. Norm Persin’s boys’ team hammered Racine Southern 80-53 in the regional semifinal before coming from behind in the regional championship to defeat Newark Catholic 56-52.

Streaks to State:
The Piketon Redstreaks defeated North Adams 74-72 in the semifinal, and then overcame a late fourth quarter, 10-point deficit against Grandview Heights to record a 78-72 overtime win in the final. As stated in the Player of the Week segment, Cody Smith had an amazing regional tournament, and classmate Jordan Brabson added 18 points in the semifinal and 26 points in the championship.

The Slipper Falls Off:
The great run of Buckeye Trail came to an end in this week’s regional semifinal 49-35 loss to Grandview Heights. As honored in last week’s Team of the Week section, Trail ended the regular season at just 7-13, but was riding a four game postseason winning streak into the Convo. Trail ends the season at 11-14, but it does own a Division III district championship.

Home of the Braves:
The Logan Elm Braves eliminated the defending state champ in Chillicothe on Thursday night with a 50-42 win. In that game, Tim Congrove scored 15 points, while Adam Blake added 12 points and Tyler Pritchard scored 11 points. Seth Dawes led the Cavaliers with 15 points. Caleb Knights and Michael Turner each added 10 points.

Logan Elm then punched its ticket to the state with a 53-39 win over Cambridge thanks to 19 points from Congrove – including five triples. Brandon Amman added 14 points for the Braves and Adam Blake recorded 10 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.

Cambridge advanced to that game with a 61-52 win over Carrolton. In the semifinal win, Shayne Leggett scored 20 points while Kristian Cross led Carrolton with 16 points. In the loss to Logan Elm, Leggett once again led Cambridge with 13 points while teammate Thomas Norris also scored 13 points.

Shadyside to Name New Coach:
The Shadyside football program looks as if it will take its lead this fall from a familiar face. After successful head coach Ty Fleming decided to retire last month, the Shadyside administration appears ready to name defensive coordinator Mark Holenka the new grid leader at a special board meeting Monday night.

A Lofty Lift:
Piketon’s Kalli Vance finished first-place in the 115 D. with a dead lift of 275 lbs. This lift set a new state record breaking the old record of 250 lbs.

Green Devil Advocate:
The North Adams Green Devils saw their undefeated season stop in the regional semifinal with a 74-72 loss to Piketon. This marks the end of a great career for Kraig Unger. The senior didn’t go out without a fight as the District Player of Year nailed eight triples on is way to a 37-point performance in the loss.


The key On Tap event this week for southeast fans will take place on the campus of The Ohio State University. The Jerome Schottenstein Center’s Value City Arena will host The 2009 Boys Basketball State Tournament which includes a trio of southeast regional winners. Below are the times for Oak Hill (D-IV), Piketon (D-III), and Logan Elm (D-II):

Division IV Boys Basketball State Semifinal, 2 p.m., Thursday, Schottenstein Center:
Oak Hill vs. Ada

Division III Boys Basketball State Semifinal, 5:15 p.m., Thursday, Schottenstein Center: Piketon vs. Cleveland Central Catholic

Division II Boys Basketball State Semifinal, 10:45 a.m., Friday, Schottenstein Center:
Logan Elm vs. Dayton Thurgood Marshall

Boys Basketball State Championships, Saturday, Schottenstein Center:
If Oak Hill advances…D-IV title game is Game 1 at 10:45 a.m.; If Piketon advances…D-III title game is Game 2 at 2 p.m.; If Logan Elm advances…D-II title game is Game 3 at 5:15 p.m.

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