Southeast Ohio Huddle: Zanesville’s Kaidoa smacks three HRs in opening win


Southeast Ohio Huddle

The baseball diamond provides the southeast with the top individual
this week as the yard was having trouble holding the ball of one
Zanesville slugger; however, the team of the week comes from the track
where distance and relay teams of one southeast power led to a pair of
solid wins.

This past week marked the beginning of spring sports all over the southeast, and it didn’t take long for some to introduce themselves as individuals and teams to watch throughout the next couple of months.

Before we completely archive the hardwood headlines, we must first say goodbye to a legendary coach who has stood on the sideline at southeast member Greenfield McClain for the past 28 years. Coach Rick Van Matre announced earlier this week that there would not be a 29th season for him at the head of the Tiger basketball program. The leadoff title in this week’s News, Notes, & Nuggets highlights his great career.

The baseball diamond provides the southeast with the top individual this week as the yard was having trouble holding the ball of one Zanesville slugger; however, the team of the week comes from the track where distance and relay teams of one southeast power led to a pair of solid wins.

There was also some more off-season news as one Scioto Valley Conference program has a new volleyball coach, and one of the southeast’s finest all-around athletes has been honored on a national level.

All of this and more in this week’s southeast huddle, so let’s take a closer look.


Wade Kaidoa, Zanesville Baseball: Junior Wade Kaidoa hit three home runs and was dominant on the mound, as Zanesville opened its season with a 13-0 win in five innings over Meadowbrook. The win was Zanesville coach Dave Balo’s 100th at Zanesville, which made the Division I district last season. Kaidoa’s homeruns were all two-run shots and they came in the third, fourth, and fifth innings.


Unioto, Boys Track: The Shermans recorded wins in both a home meet and Zane Trace’s Invite this week. At Zane Trace, Unioto dominated the field with wins in the 3200-M Relay = 8:52.40 (Mark Flury, Sammy Holbert, Ryan Valentine, Adrian Ross), 800-M Relay = 1:35.90 (Kyle Halsey, Jordan Wheeler, Cody Strange, Quentin Detillion), the 3200-M Run,  Adrian Ross, 4:48.80, the 300-M Hurdles Jordan Wheeler, 45.10; 2, 800-M Run Adam Markins, 2:06.50.


A Longtime Tiger: For the past three decades, the Greenfield McClain Tigers boys’ basketball program has been led by Rick Van Matre. This past week, the legendary coach cited health reasons as a main reason for him stepping away. Van Matre was 472-170 during his time while winning eight district championships. He had only one losing season.

Cambridge Baseball Perfect in Week One:
The Bobcats swept a pair of games on Saturday. First, Cambridge beat Martins Ferry, 10-6, and then beat host Weir, 8-6, in the second game to complete week one at 5-0.

Sheridan Softball Still Perfect:
Despite some sloppy defense throughout Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Athens, Sheridan still managed enough offense to record 7-4 and 8-1 wins over Athens.

Rachel Paxton allowed 12 hits in the opener, but struck out 10 and didn’t walk a batter to earn the win. In game two, Courtney Mautz had three singles and Morgan Murray and Kira Wilson both had two apiece. Chelsea Nungesser added a double.
Barbina throws Union Local to Win: Andrew Barbina threw his Union Local squad to a 5-3 win over St. Clairsville. Barbina ended the contest with a pair of strikeouts, five walks and a hit-batter.

West Muskingum Track Wins Tri-Meet: Kaylee Nutter won three distance races and was part of a first-place relay, as West Muskingum beat East Knox and host Coshocton at a tri-meet on Tuesday.

Sweep for the Shermans:
Both the boys and girls for the Unioto Shermans recorded team wins in a home meet this past Tuesday night. On the boys’ side, Unioto posted a team total of 103 points which was 7.5 points better than second-place finishers in Chillicothe and Gallia Academy.

On the girls’ side, the Lady Tanks scored 101 points. Gallia Academy was second with 89 points and Chillicothe finished third with 79 points.

Knight to Lead Paint Valley Volleyball:
The Lady Bearcats of Paint Valley High School hired a new volleyball coach this week. Lollie Knight has most recently coached in the Huntington volleyball program as a junior high coach. Knight played her high school volleyball – as Lollie Wilson – at Adena in the early 80’s.

Meadowbrook Enjoys a Pair of Sweeps on Saturday:
While Meadowbrook baseball was picking up their first two wins of the season on Saturday with 5-1 and 5-4 wins over local rival Buckeye Trail, the Lady Colts were busy sweeping Fort Frye – 2-0 and 11-1 – to stay perfect at 4-0.

Chillicothe Signal-Caller Receives National Honors:
Chillicothe quarterback Caleb Knights was honored as The Old Spice® Red Zone Player of the Year. Knights was one of 50 players nationwide to receive this award for his great talent on the field, his fine academic standings, and his outstanding leadership skills.


Maysville vs. New Lexington, Baseball & Softball, Monday, April 6th at New Lexington. An early season Muskingum Valley League match-up between New Lexington and Maysville.

Marietta vs. Zanesville, Baseball & Softball, Monday, April 6th at Zanesville.
The week starts with a great Southeast Ohio Athletic League match-up between Marietta and Zanesville. Both teams appear to have their pitching at full strength which should make for a great game on the baseball side.

R.L. Davidson Invitational, Boys and Girls Track, Thursday, April 9th, 4:30 p.m. at Southeastern High School: Some of the finest teams and individuals from throughout the southeast will be on display at Southeastern this week.

Zane Trace, Portsmouth, and Wheelersburg, Baseball, Saturday, April 11th at Wheelersburg. Three fine southeast baseball programs get together in non-league action this weekend.

Unioto vs. Vinton County, Tennis, Wednesday, April 8th, 4:30 p.m. at Vinton County High School. Neighboring county schools get together as Unioto from Ross County makes the drive down Route 50 to Vinton County.

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