Southeast Ohio Huddle: Eastern volleyball, Wheelersburg’s Schankweiler steal headlines


Southeast Ohio Huddle

It was busy week in Southeast Ohio. Here’s who made noise and how things played out…

No doubt that most weeks during the fall season are going to be headlined by what happens on the gridiron. In Week 3, there were definitely plenty of exciting things that took place on the football field; however, I feel there is a small Division IV school in the southeast that doesn’t get enough credit for their consistency on the volleyball court, and I will tell you what they just accomplished over the weekend that was quite impressive.

Also, one of the biggest high school sports stories in our state this past summer is the problem the student-athletes were faced with due to the South-Western school levy. One of our News, Notes, & Nuggets from this week, shows that a group of cross country runners are making the best of it and doing it quite successfully against some elite southeast competition.

There is also a golf team that is chasing perfection in their league. We will take a look at their latest win, and we will see in our On Tap section when their next step will or will not come.

Finally, yes there was plenty of football, and we take a look at all sorts of stories. We have a five touchdown performance that earned one player our top individual honor of the week. We had one rivalry that almost saw something that hadn’t happened in two decades, and we have a bunch of southeast teams that are still perfect after three weeks of action.


Eastern Volleyball: This Division IV volleyball program is often lost in the southeast, but has been really solid for much of the last decade. This past weekend, the Lady Eagles from Pike County went head-to-head with some of the top volleyball programs in Division II and Division III and came away the champions of the Unioto Volleyball Invitational.

The Eagles – who are now 8-0 on the season – defeated Jackson and Amanda Clearcreek to advance to the final and then defeated D-II Washington Court House to take the title.

In the championship match, Rachel Staker and Courtney Rowe led the Eagles offensive attack with 15 and 12 kills respectively. Rowe also dished out 19 assists and recorded 10 digs, while Chelsea Pack had 13 assists and 13 digs. Defensively, Samantha Veach led the way with 14 digs.

Other teams in Saturday’s invite were Unioto, Dayton Carroll, Wheelersburg, and Circleville.


Brandon Schankweiler, Wheelersburg: In Friday night’s 68-14 win over nearby rival Portsmouth, Wheelersburg’s Brandon Schankweiler had a night to remember. Schankweiler rushed for 200 yards on just 12 attempts (16.7 avg.) and four touchdowns.

He also recorded another 110 total yard on three kick returns while taking one of those three all the way back to the house to give him five total touchdowns on the evening.

This was Wheelersburg’s second straight win following a Week 1 loss to Ironton. The Pirates will host Villa Angela-St. Joseph in Week 4.


Zane Trace Cross Country Invite: Sophomores Adrian Ross and Zane Trace’s Taylor Hatfield did Saturday what they usually do when they run – win; however, the story from this year’s Zane Trace Cross Country Invite is the team winners from both the boys and girls races. ROAM (Runners on a Mission), which is a group of leftover runners from last year’s Central Crossing team, which was one of the schools affected by the levy failure at the South-Western schools in August that shut down all sports and other extracurricular activities there.

ROAM boys edged out southeast powerhouse Unioto by one point for a first-place finish with 49 points, and the girls finished first with 51 points, followed by Logan Elm with 68 and Westfall with 70.

Another side note, the REBELS (Runners Empowered by Every Levy Supporter) – another club cross country program – also competed at ZT on Saturday. They finished third in the boys’ race with 94 points.

Scoring hard to come by:
St. Clairsville and Cambridge locked up for two halves in what eventually resulted in a scoreless outcome in high school soccer this week. Goalkeepers Steven Keating of St. C. (15 saves) and Cambridge’s Matt Drotovick (10 saves) proved to be the stars in this one. Perhaps the best scoring opportunity came with two minutes remaining in the match when Cambridge’s Chris Pearson had an opening; however, Keating was up to the challenge to preserve the shutout.

Late Drama:
Caldwell’s Bobby Snodgrass dove across the goal line with 17.6 seconds to go to give the Redskins (3-0) a 20-16 lead and an improbable win over Barnesville.
Caldwell quarterback Dylan Sayre finished with 161 yards through the air, with Snodgrass catching four passes for 73 yards and Seth Todd six for 59. Todd was the leading ground gainer, gaining 91 yards on 17 carries with a pair of first-half touchdowns.

Barnesville’s Dalton Smith was 18 of 27 for 182 yards while rushing for another 37 yards and a score. He also intercepted three passes on the defensive side of the ball.

Two impressive stat sheets:
Trimble’s Tyler Dyla and Portsmouth West’s Trevon Pendleton both had impressive stat lines while leading their teams to victories this week. First, Dyla rushed 17 times for 233 yards and a pair of scores to lead the Tomcats to a 52-25 win over Belpre. Dyla also caught two balls for 82 yards and two more scores.

As for Pendleton, all he did was rush for 313 yards on 20 carries and score three touchdowns in a 34-14 win over South Point. Pendleton also recorded 11 tackles and had a fumble recovery.

Seminoles continue winning ways:
The Monroe Central Seminoles put up 28 first-quarter points on its way to a 54-7 win over River, giving the team a 3-0 start which is much more to head coach Jay Circosta’s liking than his team’s 0-3 start a year ago. The good news for the Seminoles is starting in Week 4 of last year they went on to win their last seven, meaning this week’s win pushes their regular-season winning streak to 10 straight games.

In this win, Kole Hogue needed just three carries to collect a team-high 82 yards, while Jesse Headley added 60 yards on two rushes. Derek-London Dierkes also added a  48-yard run. All totaled, five Monroe Central running backs scored touchdowns.

Panther Pride:
  Peter Hintz’s third touchdown of the night was a 14-yard run in the third overtime to lift the Chesapeake Panthers to a thrilling 39-33 win over Symmes Valley on Friday night at Symmes Valley. Jon Pinson’s interception at the goal line killed the third OT possession for SV, which set the stage for Hintz and the Panthers to keep their winning streak alive against the Vikings.

As stated in last week’s On Tap section, Friday’s game was the 20th anniversary of the last Symmes Valley win in this rivalry. Many thought this would be the year the Vikings would break that streak as Chesapeake came in 0-2 and Symmes Valley 2-0.

Colt Cross Country Carnival:
Saturday in the Colt Cross Country Carnival hosted by Meadowbrook High School, Meadowbrook took first in the girls’ race with 25 points, while John Glenn won the boys’ event with 27 points.

In the boys’ race, the Muskies were led by sophomore Zak Geiger, who placed first easily, crossing the finish line in 16:51 – nearly 90 seconds ahead of second place Woody Jamiel. Other finishers included Scott Fisher in seventh (19:28), Zac Klies placed eighth (19:44), and Austin Miller took 15th (22:01).

In the girls’ race, Meadowbrook’s first place effort was anchored by Kaity Dettra, who took second with a time of 21:42. Also finishing for the Lady Colts were Kristen Pratt, eighth (23:51); Tyler Matesic, ninth (23:51); Madyson Epperson, 13th (25:19); and Summer Reese, 14th (25:43).

A punishing pair: The Frontier (2-1, 1-1 PVC) pair of Corey Fickiesen and Reid Tilton slashed through the Buckeye Trail defense for 158 and 121 yards, respectively, in a 28-21 Pioneer Valley Conference victory.

Fickiesen also added a 7-of-15 passing performance for 78 yards and one score. Levi Zartman added 17 yards on eight carries, also catching two passes for 32 yards and a touchdown. Brandan Murphy grabbed two catches for 16 yards, and Tyler Binegar picked up 19 yards on just one catch.

Bobby Beros led Trail (0-3, 0-2 PVC) in rushing with 168 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Noah Burris carried it 10 times for 71 yards and a score. Beros also completed six of 13 passes for 80 yards and a TD.

Perfect – for now – in southeast Ohio: Greenfield McClain overcame three touchdowns from Paint Valley’s Wes Parker to record a 26-20 win to improve to 3-0. Perhaps the biggest surprise start in the southeast comes from Alexander. The Spartans posted 55 points in a win over Unioto this past weekend. Minford also is still perfect as they pounced Huntington 57-6 in Week 3. Winless Vinton County did hold an 8-6 lead, but Jackson (3-0) exploded for a 42-16 win. Warren, who played Parkersburg, WV this past weekend, posted a 31-28 win to stay unbeaten. Last week’s top team, Logan, had little trouble in Week 3 staying perfect as they beat Gallia Academy 49-7 behind four TD throws from their outstanding quarterback Pat Angle. It was mentioned to start the season the high expectations at Oak Hill this year and the Oaks are off to a 3-0 start thanks to their 42-8 win over Rock Hill. Speaking of high expectations, Coal Grove Dawson Bryant defeated Lucasville Valley 36-28 to make it three-for-three in 2009, and finally, two Tri Valley Conference teams in Athens and Nelsonville-York are still perfect as Athens defeated Bloom Carroll 41-14 and the Buckeyes squeaked by Berne Union 21-20.

Three of a Kind: In a battle of two of the Muskingum Valley League’s top girls’ teams, Ashleigh Boyd single-handily took care of the necessary scoring. Boyd scored three times as her hat trick lifted John Glenn to a 3-1 win over visiting West Muskingum Saturday. John Glenn held the Tornadoes to only three shots on goal.


Scioto Valley Conference League Match #6, Golf, Thursday, September 17th, Jaycees Golf Course in Chillicothe, 4 p.m. The Unioto Shermans made it five straight wins to run their league record to 35-0 earlier this week. Now, they welcome the other seven SVC schools to their home course where they will try to continue their perfect run.

Minford vs. Coal Grove, Football, Friday, September 18th, Coal Grove High School – Kick-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Week 4 or not, this game will have all sorts of playoff implications later this season as both these teams enter perfect with the idea of staying that way throughout the season.

Zanesville vs. Chillicothe, Football, September 18th, Chillicothe High School – Kick-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
In a match-up that has been known for basketball more in the last couple of years still contains plenty of athletes on the football field.

Oak Hill vs. Trimble, Football, Friday, September 18th, Trimble High School – Kick-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
This is a game that should have a whole lot of hitting. Two very physical teams with solid tradition, and the winner should benefit from several secondary computer points throughout the year.

Adena Volleyball @ Piketon on Tuesday, September 15th and home vs. Southeastern on Thursday, September 17th – both matches are scheduled to have JV start at 5 p.m. The Lady Warriors of Adena have had their consecutive Scioto Valley Conference win streak reach 60 straight. This week they go for No. 61 and No. 62.

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