Stat sheets were being stuffed all over the southeast this weekend, so
picking just one for our top player was not an easy decision. Week 2
proved that one conference could have a tough time picking its Player
of the Year later this season, and another conference had a Week 2 that
they would just assume forget. Here’s how the week played out…
Stat sheets were being stuffed all over the southeast this weekend, so picking just one for our top player was not an easy decision. Week 2 proved that one conference could have a tough time picking its Player of the Year later this season, and another conference had a Week 2 that they would just assume forget.
The two most elite southeast Ohio volleyball programs in recent history fell on hard times this week. One of them lost a league match for the first time in half a decade and the other – although they still have their 58 straight league match streak in tack – received an injury report this week that will cost them their setter for the year.
We also have golf news, a soccer star bound for the ACC, some cross country results, and some games to keep your eye on in the upcoming week.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Logan Football: The Chiefs defeated Pickerington North in Week 2 to start the 2009 season 2-0. This great team win was highlighted by a big night from quarterback Pat Angle. The signal caller completed 28 of 33 passes for over 300 yards. He threw three touchdowns and recorded an interception on the game’s final drive to seal the 24-21 win.
Up next for Logan will be a Week 3 clash with the Rangers from Hamilton Township.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tres Wilkes, Ironton Football: In Ironton’s Week 2 45-0 win over Russell, Kentucky, Wilkes needed just four carries to rack up 138 yards including touchdown runs of 91 and 22 yards. He also took two punts back to the house one of which was 76 yards and the other covering 64 yards. All totaled, he had 279 total yards, four total touchdowns, and he also scored a two-point conversion.
NEWS, NOTES, & NUGGETS
Changing of the guard? With the recent half-decade the Alexander volleyball program has experienced, the Tri Valley Conference Ohio Division has been over before it started. Now, with many of the core players from last year’s state title team playing at various colleges, perhaps the door is open for a new team to take charge. This was the plan for the Lady Bulldogs of Athens as they defeated Alexander 25-20, 12-25, 25-17, 25-19 this week. In the win, setters Caity Willis (18 assists) and Kayla Nicholson (14 assists) led an attack that saw six different hitters record three or more kills.
Par for the course: The Unioto Shermans continue to watch their league lead grow. In this week’s SVC Match #4, Unioto got a 34 from Dallas Johnson as well as a 38 from Drew Nichols, Cory Porter, and Michael Smart to finish first again. The Shermans, who improved to 28-0 in league play, now lead by eight points with four matches remaining.
Another note from SVC Match #4, Zane Trace’s Jordan Long fired a 34 to share medalist honors with Johnson.
Fairland Football: Chad Fisher threw for 251 yards and four touchdowns – three of which were to Matt Bloomfield as the Dragons outlasted Pomeroy Meigs 34-27. Meigs quarterback Jacob Well was really good as well throwing for 213 yards and four scores. Jeremy Smith caught two of those scores on strikes covering 71 and 15 yards. Smith also rushed 26 times for 164 yards.
Gallia Girls, Unioto Boys run to win: At Chillicothe this week seven different southeast schools competed in cross country and in the end it was the girls from Gallia Academy and the boys from Unioto finishing on top.
For the girls, Gallia was 17 points better than Chillicothe. Payton Adkins crossed the line first with a time of 21:14. Teammates Samantha Barnes (3rd – 22:53), Gena Baker (4th – 23:07), and McKenna Warner (4th – 23:20) helped complete the win.
As for the boys, Unioto posted only 18 points as they took five of the first six spots. Sophomore Adrian Ross led the charge with a winning time of 17:36. Paint Valley finished second with 48 points. The Bearcats were led by Logan Krivak who finished third with a time of 18:17.
A BARNesville BURNER: Tuesday at Barnesville, the Lady Jets of Union Local took the fifth and final set 15-7 to escape with a win.
Barnesville won the opening set 25-21, but the Lady Jets responded with back-to-back wins in the next two sets by scores of 25-16 and 25-22. Barnesville posted a 25-17 win in the fourth set to set up the fifth and deciding set.
For Barnesville, Heidi Hines recorded 14 kills and Katy Hickenbottom delivered 10 kills. Defensively, Jessica Clary recorded 25 digs.
For Union Local, Lindsay Schafer totaled 11 points, dished out 21 assists with six digs and three blocks. Shayla Lucas scored 17 points and hammered 18 kills.
Reinbeau leads John Glenn Golf: John Glenn pushed its Muskingum Valley League record to 9-1 with an easy 161-200 victory over Morgan at Wildfire Golf Club on Tuesday. Connor Reinbeau fired a one-under par round of 35 to take medalist honors while Wes Radecke carded a 40; Michael Magyar posted a 42 and Daniel Hixon had a 44 for the other JG scores.
A Week to Forget! The Scioto Valley Conference football teams had little to no fun this week. The eight team conference posted just one win as Adena got three touchdowns from John Johnson as they defeated Mechanicsburg 24-21. Paint Valley lost to Coal Grove 58-6, Huntington lost to Fisher Catholic 35-8, Piketon dropped a 21-7 decision to Nelsonville York as Buckeye running back Derek Arnold rushed for 235 yards, Southeastern let a fourth-quarter lead slip away in a 20-16 loss to Sciotoville East, Unioto lost to McClain 29-12, and Zane Trace was hammered by Amanda Clearcreek 47-0.
Even the league’s perennial power Westfall lost 22-21 to Logan Elm. I won’t steal the thunder from my friend Brad Morris on his weekly Central Ohio Huddle, but make sure you read later this week to see this rivalry’s instant classic finish.
Future Lady Tiger: St. Clairsville’s Jaclyn Dutton has given a verbal commitment to Clemson to play soccer. Dutton has found the net 141 times during her three-plus seasons, which ranks her third on the all-time Ohio girls’ goal-scoring list. She is 41 goals shy of the top mark set by Amber Silvis of Mt. Orab Western Brown (1999-2002).
Shootout with Shadyside: Monroe Central outlasted Shadyside 49-26 in a game that contained plenty of offense. Monroe Central quarterback Derek-London Dierkes completed eight of his 15 pass attempts for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried it 15 times for 84 yards and two more scores.
The game’s other quarterback was impressive himself. Dylan Kimble was 15 of 28 for 317 yards and four touchdowns.
Tough News to Take: As I blogged earlier this week, the Adena volleyball team has lost their setter Cadie Cory for the entire year due to a torn meniscus that required immediate surgery.
The Lady Warriors did win their two SVC matches this week to extend their conference winning streak to 58 straight matches. On Saturday, Adena attended the Lehman Catholic invite. This was an invite that looked more like a Final Four bracket in October than a Saturday morning invite in September. Adena defeated Lima Central Catholic before dropping a tough match to Lehman Catholic. Adena then defeated Minster to take third-place. Lehman Catholic beat Norwalk St. Paul in the final.
SOC Stat Sheet Stuffers: Incredible stat lines from around the Southern Ohio Conference this week – take a look:
Trevon Pendleton, Portsmouth West: 18 carries, 178 yards, 2 TDs; 16 tackles, 8 TFL
Jesse Sloan, Oak Hill: 9-11, 218 yards, 4 TDs; 7 tackles, 2 TFL, INT
Kevin Malone, Waverly: 7 rec., 145 yards, TD and 15 carries for 91 yards and two scores – also had an INT on defense
Don’t forget this doesn’t include that quarterback from Waverly that isn’t too bad of player and it also doesn’t even mention anyone from Minford or Wheelersburg. Good luck to the SOC coaches trying to sort this POY vote out later this year.
Huntington vs. Adena, Volleyball. Tuesday, September 8th, 5:00 p.m. JV start, Adena High School. Both teams are unbeaten in the SVC. Adena carries a 58 straight SVC match winning streak into this game – ironically, it was Huntington who last beat the Warrior in the final SVC match of the 2004 season.
Buckeye Trail vs. Steubenville Catholic Central, Volleyball. Tuesday, September 8th, 5 p.m. Steubenville Catholic Central High School. Trail is off to a 3-0 start in 2009. Their latest wins came in a two straight set wins against Union Local and Maysville.
Warren vs. Parkersburg South, Football. Friday, September 11, 7:30 p.m. Parkersburg South High School. Warren is off to a 2-0 start with their latest win coming 43-0 over Morgan. In that win, Kaleb Wolfe threw for 154 yards and two scores.
Chesapeake vs. Symmes Valley, Football. Friday, September 11, 7:30 p.m. Symmes Valley High School. It has been 20 years since Symmes Valley has beaten Chesapeake in football; however, this year has SV entering 2-0 and the ‘Peake entering at 0-2…so wait and see.
Unioto Invitational, Volleyball. Saturday, September 12th, 10 a.m. Unioto High School. Unioto, Dayton Carroll, Washington Court House, Circleville, Eastern, Jackson, Wheelersburg, and Amanda all meet at Unioto for what has always proven to be a very competitive day of volleyball.
Zane Trace Invitational, Cross Country. Saturday, September 12th, Zane Trace High School. The Zane Trace cross country program has really become one of the elite southeast programs in recent years. They will host many of the elite program from around southeast Ohio as well as many from outside the southeast area.