Southeast Ohio Huddle: Volleyball team sweeps weekly awards; Huge football games loom


Southeast Ohio Huddle

Football hits the midway point this week, but for our top team and individual honors, we go indoors to the
volleyball court. One volleyball team sweeps both awards for their
performance this weekend and for their junior middle-hitter who had an
amazing all-around performance this week. Here’s who else stood out in Southeast Ohio…

With football’s regular season halfway in the books, the look at computer points will start to pick up for all of those that feel they have a chance at Week 11. Several games in Week 5 will have plenty to do with this year’s playoffs as winners of marquee match-ups will not only benefit on the first level with their quality win, but will continue to benefit the rest of the way out on the second-level of the computer as the team they defeated goes on to record more wins of their own.

For our top team and individual honors this week, we go indoors to the volleyball court. One volleyball team sweeps both awards for their performance this weekend and for their junior middle-hitter who had an amazing all-around performance this week.

There were golf champions being crowned this week as teams prepare for sectional play, and a soccer match-up that didn’t go the way the records might have led you to believe. In volleyball, we had a rematch, a team continuing a pair of streaks that are unheard of, and another small-school program that continues to beat-up on bigger schools.

All this and of course a look at what’s coming up this week around the southeast part of the Buckeye State, so let’s get started. First, we are off to Guernsey County where we find this week’s top team and player.


Buckeye Trail, Volleyball: With the Pioneer Valley Conference title and an undefeated record on the line, Buckeye Trail battled back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Shenandoah in five games, 25-10, 22-25, 25-27, 25-21 and 15-7.
If that wasn’t enough, Saturday the Buckeye Trail Lady Warriors volleyball team won the loaded East Ohio Country Classic Invitational. Buckeye Trail picked up wins over Union Local (25-17, 25-15), Maysville (25-10, 22-25, 25-19) and #6 Indian Creek (25-23, 22-25, 25-23) to go to 11-0.


Alexa Abrams, Buckeye Trail Volleyball: A clean sweep for Buckeye Trail volleyball in this week’s top team and top individual awards. It is documented above the incredible week the Lady Warriors enjoyed and a big reason why was junior Alexa Abrams. Abrams had 31 kills and was 32-of-32 serving including 23 points with five aces Thursday night. The middle-hitter also recorded 12 digs and eight blocks.


Alexander & Athens Part II: On September 1st, it was Athens knocking off the defending Division III state champion Lady Spartans of Alexander in Albany, but Thursday night, Alex avenged that loss in Athens. After falling in the first set, the red and black responded to win games two, three, and four to hand the Lady Bulldogs their first Tri Valley Conference loss of the season.

Untarnished Devils:
Michael Lynn had a 91-yard punt return for a score and caught two more scoring passes from Cole Hudson as the Blue Devils of Zanesville moved to 5-0 on the season with a 49-7 win over Lisbon Beaver Local.

Hudson completed nine of his 15 passes for 199 yards. He threw three touchdowns and ran for another. Lynn caught four balls for 51 yards and Cory Harris had three receptions for 131 yards.

In another key game, Logan defeated Ironton 21-7. Logan and Zanesville will meet in Week 6 (see On Tap section below).

Rolling the Dice:
  With less than a minute to play and Zane Trace leading 14-7, Piketon scored to trim Zane Trace’s lead to 14-13 in Friday night’s key Scioto Valley Conference game played at Piketon High School. This left Piketon with a tough decision, and the Redstreaks rolled the dice and decided to go for the win. The potential game-winning pass was knocked away by Zane Trace’s Gabe Haynes to preserve the win.

In the win, Zane Trace quarterback Kirk Maxwell threw two touchdowns – both to Haynes – to keep his Pioneers unbeaten in league play at 2-0. This is a good ZT team that is flying under the radar a little bit. At 3-2, the Pioneers have only lost to Amanda (5-0) and Logan Elm (4-1, lost to Amanda).

Unioto Team, Huntington’s Irvin Win Titles: In the final Scioto Valley Conference golf matches of the year at Foxfire this past Thursday, the Unioto golf team and Huntington’s Duane Irvin both captured championships. Unioto won SVC Match #7 and then finished third in SVC Match #8 – which they lost to Westfall and Huntington by one stroke which cost them a perfect league season – to complete the championship season. Irvin carded a 79 (40-39) to finish off his Player of the Year season.

Win in Soccer for the Muskies: John Glenn scored twice in the final 3:21 of the first half which proved to be enough in a 3-1 victory over Rosecrans Thursday. The win improves John Glenn to just 3-4-1 while the loss is just the third in ten games for Rosecrans. Kade Davis assisted both the first half goals for the Muskies as he found Travis Adams at the 3:21 mark then hooked up with Andrew Fitzgerald with 39-seconds left for a 2-0 edge at half. Davis kicked in a goal off a Fitzgerald assist at the 39-minute mark of the second half. Logan Lazar scored with 17:20 left in the game for the Bishops.

Eagles Flying High:
A team honored as our top team just a few weeks back continues with their winning ways. Eastern Pike – a heavy favorite in this year’s Division IV tournament in southeast Ohio – defeated Division III Lucasville Valley for the championship of their own invitational tournament Saturday. After falling 25-17 in the opening set, Eastern Pike stayed alive with a tight 27-25 decision. Eastern then won 25-18 in the third game for the title.

Earlier in the day, Eastern beat Peebles, while Valley topped Paint Valley to advance to the finals. Paint Valley won the Consolation match with a two-set win over Peebles. The Eastern Pike Eagles now stand at 16-0 on the season.

Another side note on the Eastern volleyball success is the milestone reached by head coach Janet Day. Earlier this week, the Eastern win over Green was Day’s 300th career win.

A No-Fly Zone:
The offense of the Union Local Jets normally features a high-level attack; however, Martins Ferry has had their number of late and Friday night was no different. The Purple Riders’ domination of the Jets during the last three meetings now tells a tale that reads like this: The combined scores of the three encounters equal 151-32, including Friday night’s 42-0 blowout. Leading the way for Martins Ferry was senior quarterback Marco Ricchetti. He ran for 96 yards on 13 carries and completed 7-of-10 passes for 69 yards and a pair of scores.

Runner-up Redskins:
The volleyball squad from Indian Creek almost earned the top team honor this week as they continued their pursuit of perfection. Coach Crystal Hammack’s talented Redskins defeated St. Clairsville Thursday night 25-19, 25-22, 29-27. The win improved Indian Creek to 11-0.

The seniors from Indian Creek played well in the win. Christine Furda delivered 24 assists, 14 digs and eight points. Morgan Reducha added 10 kills, nine points and eight digs. Ty Harris added 11 digs, six points, and five kills.

Juniors Taylor Fithen (nine points, seven digs, six kills, five blocks) and Emily Mathieu (13 digs) also played well as did freshman Brey Mays who compiled five kills and five blocks.

Now back to the Team of the Week decision. The No. 6 ranked Redskins picked up two more wins Saturday before falling to Buckeye Trail in the finals. The Redskins are currently 13-1.

Second Half Surge:
With Minford leading 14-7 at halftime, Oak Hill scored 13 unanswered second-half points to win it 20-14. The Oaks’ 6-foot-4 junior quarterback Jesse Slone ran for both second half scores to send the home crowd home happy. Southern Ohio Conference fans may remember that a year ago it was the Oaks that suffered a 41-0 defeat in Minford, but with this win in 2009, the Oaks are celebrating a 5-0 start.

The Comforts of Home:
As documented on the Southeast Huddle in the past few weeks, the volleyball team at Adena is in the middle of an impressive streak of 64 straight Scioto Valley Conference victories, but perhaps more impressive, the Lady Warriors defeated Washington Court House and Jamestown Greenview to stretch their current home court winning streak to 121 games – a streak that dates back to the middle of 1995. 

A Crack in the Ceramics:
The Ceramics of Crooksville suffered their first loss of the season Friday night as West Muskingum held Levi Watts, one of the better backs in all of southeast Ohio, to only 56 yards on 26 carries., The 30-15 loss now as the Ceramics trailing Tri-Valley by a game in the loss column for the Muskingum Valley League lead.

In the win for West, Cade McCullough ran for 102 yards on 22 carries and keyed the defense by intercepting a pass and returning it for a touchdown in the first half.


Golf postseason: A large number of schools from the southeast play their sectional tournament at Jaycees Golf Course in Chillicothe. Below are the days and tee times for many of the schools.

Tuesday, September 29th = Division 2
9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. = Front 9 Tee Times:
Unioto, Logan Elm, Zane Trace, & Waverly
9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. = Back 9 Tee Times:
Washington CH, Circleville, Southeastern, & Westfall
9:50 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. = Front Tee Times:
Alexander, Meigs, McClain, & Miami Trace
9:50 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. = Back Tee Times:
Fairfield Union, New Lexington & Vinton County

Wednesday, September 30th, Division 3
9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. = Front 9 Tee Times:
Huntington, Western & Eastern Beaver (Crooksville 5 man at 9:40)
9:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. = Back 9 Tee Times:
Adena, Nelsonville-York, Eastern Reedsville, & PV (Southern 5 man at 9:40)
9:50 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. = Front Tee Times:
Waterford, Trimble & Belpre
9:50 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. = Back Tee Times:
Crooksville, Miller & Southern

Marietta vs. Warren, Volleyball, Thursday, October 1st, Warren High School:
The top two teams in the North Division of the SEOAL get together on Volley for a Cure Night. This should be a great match-up for a great cause.

Alexander vs. Athens, Football, Friday, October 2nd, Athens High School, 7:30 p.m.
After these two nearby rivals just finished an emotional battle on the volleyball court, they now look to battle on the football field. Both teams enter at 2-0 in the Ohio Division of the Tri Valley Conference and 5-0 overall.

Waverly vs. Portsmouth West, Football, Friday, October 2nd, Portsmouth West High School, 7:30 p.m.
Key Southern Ohio Conference match-up that contains two of the best all-around football players in southern Ohio in Waverly’s Derek Roback and West’s Trevon Pendleton. 

Zanesville vs. Logan, Football, Friday, October 2nd, Logan High School, 7:30 p.m.
Late Friday night we will have one less perfect team in the southeast as two 5-0 football teams get together for what should be a great high school football game.

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