Southeast Ohio Huddle: Minford bounces back to snap losing streak against Wheelersburg


Southeast Ohio Huddle

There was a great variety of action around the southeast this past
week. Football entered the second half of the regular season, a Clemson-bound soccer star found herself in a strange position, the volleyball leader in the Muskingum Valley
League continues to run the table and a pair of sophomore cross country runners from one conference seems to win every time
they run.

There was a great variety of action around the southeast this past week. We have reached our first postseason action of 2009, and that action comes from all the golf programs being in sectional action on both the boys’ and girls’ side, and this week’s southeast huddle has several sites recapped. We also look ahead to a few key sites for district play in the upcoming week.

Football entered the second half of the regular season, and playoff pictures are starting to take shape. We have loaded conferences, many still owning unblemished records, and one Tri Valley Conference running back that posted a huge night. There were some battles of the unbeaten that didn’t really live up to the hype, but other games that on paper looked easy that were anything but that.

In soccer, a Clemson-bound star found herself in a position she is not accustomed to while the volleyball leader in the Muskingum Valley League continues to run the table. There is also cross country news as a pair of sophomores from one conference seem like they win every time they run.

So here we go! Were off to the SOC for our team of the week and then we travel to Nelsonville for our top individual.


Minford Football: A week after a tough six-point loss at Oak Hill, the Falcons bounced back to capitalize on two Wheelersburg turnovers with 10 points in a two-minute stretch in a 16-15 victory Friday in Minford. Even then, the game came down to one play. With Wheelersburg (4-2) scoring on a seven-yard run by Tyler Lang with 23 seconds to play, the Pirates, down just one, elected to go for two and the win. On the play, Lang was wrapped up by linebacker Tyler Gains in the backfield, securing the win for Minford.

It was fifth time’s a charm for the Minford seniors – the Falcons (5-1) had lost four straight to the Pirates, including a playoff contest last season. Aaron Oesch led the way for Minford rushing 19 times for 118 yards.


Derek Arnold, Nelsonville-York: The Nelsonville-York running back averaged over 11 yards per carry Friday night on his way to 259 yards and four touchdowns. The Buckeyes beat Belpre 49-6 to improve to 6-0 on the year. The big night put Arnold over the 1,000 yard mark for the third straight season.


Not as Advertised: In a crossover SEOAL match-up of two 5-0 teams, many thought this would be a tight, down to the last possession type of battle; however, Logan rolled over the Blue Devils of Zanesville 26-0. The game was a little closer throughout the first half than the final score might suggest, but by mid third quarter, Logan’s defense left little doubt in the outcome of this one.

Jaycees Sectional Results:
In Tuesday’s Division II results, Logan Elm shot a 332 to win the title while Unioto, McClain, and Westfall advanced as well. Individually, Southeastern’s Ben Davis, Brad Landis of Miami Trace, Zane Trace’s Jordan Long and Drew Davis, and Fairfield Union’s Colin Jessup all made it out.

The following day, it was Division III on the course. Waterford beat Huntington on the fifth score tie-breaker to take the title; however, both teams advance. Joining those two teams in the next round will be Todd Griffith of Belpre and Crooksville’s Caleb Jago.

TV Leads MVL:
Tri-Valley (14-2, 10-0) got 19 assists from Jess Moyer and 13 assists from Abby Leitenberger as they defeated Maysville this week to stay atop the Muskingum Valley League volleyball standings. Kelsie Kirkbride was 19-of-19 serving with two aces and two kills, while Haley Vallee added 11 assists, two aces and five kills.

Schambs Captures District Title:
Zane Trace golfer Michele Schambs fired a round of 77 to win the individual part of last week’s sectional. Joining her individually will be Callie Taylor of South Point and Belpre’s Natalie Perry while team wise it will be Logan Elm – sectional champs, as well as Peebles and Westfall advancing.

That’s Why They Play the Game:
On paper, this was supposed to be a one-sided affair, but someone forgot to send Linsly that message. Earlier this season, St. Clairsville had defeated Linsly 10-3 in a regular season blowout. In this week’s OVAC Cup quarterfinal rematch at Harding Stadium the Lady Red Devils and their talented senior Jaclyn Dutton were looking for a repeat performance. The Clemson University-bound Dutton had scored seven goals in the previous meeting, but in this one, it was a different story.

Before halftime, Alex Frawley had scored two goals and teammates Anna Giesmann and Aliya Kureishy had each added one. Trailing 4-0, not even Dutton could work enough second half magic to bring back the Red Devils. Though Dutton did manage to score twice, Linsly was able to maintain a 4-2 victory.

Shawnee State Sectional:
Champion Ironton will be joined by West Union, Jackson, Gallia Academy, and Chesapeake at this year’s D-II district tournament. Individually, a pair of Portsmouth Trojans, Kyler Brandenberg and Evan Summer, advance as does Piketon’s Jordan Buckler, Fairland’s Dalton Froehlich, and Dalton Kenyon of Portsmouth West.

In next day’s Division III sectional, Nate Rawlins’s round of 75 helped Wheelersburg capture the title, and they will be joined in the next round by second-place Portsmouth Clay. Individually, Will Angelos of Portsmouth Notre Dame will join Manchester’s Malachi Evans in the next round.

Ross, Hatfield Keep on Winning: The Unioto Boys and Gallia Academy Girls were winners of the Piketon Invitational Cross Country Meet. Two sophomore runners from the Scioto Valley Conference took the top individual times for both the boys and girls. Unioto’s Adrian Ross had the fastest time for the boys with 16:17.90. Leading the girls was Taylor Hatfield of Zane Trace with a time of 18:24.81

Off to River Greens: East Liverpool emerged as the team champion by way of a fifth-man tie-breaker, edging Indian Creek after both teams finished with rounds of 327. Minerva was next at 328 followed by Sandy Valley, Maysville, and Meadowbrook.

The top six individuals not on qualifying teams included Anthony Monaco of Dover, Eddie Romito of West Muskingum, Philo’s Dalton Kirkbride, Kyle Corder of Coshocton, Myron Jellison of Union Local and Fort Frye’s Bryan Neader.

Still Without a Loss:
With four weeks remaining, there are still several football teams looking for the perfect run. As mentioned above, Logan is still undefeated, but they are not the only team without a loss entering Week 7. 

Athens beat Alexander 33-7 in a battle of perfect teams. Nelsonville-York dominated Belpre 49-6. Clinton Massie beat London 33-14. Oak Hill shutout Sciotoville East 34-0 to stay perfect, while Jackson beat Marietta 35-21 to improve to 6-0. Finally, the team that barely remained on the list of unbeaten teams is Warren. Warren needed two overtimes to hold off Meigs 27-26.

Troyer, Garaway Capture Titles:
The three teams advancing from the Division III Sectional Tournament at Willandale Golf Course were Garaway – who shot a team score of 318, Strasburg, and Toronto. Garaway had the tournament medalist as Ryan Troyer shot a 74. Bailey Warfield of Barnesville and Newcomerstown’s Steven Brooks were two of the three individual golfers not on the three district-qualifying teams to advance.

A Loaded List:
The standings in the Southern Ohio Conference looks more like a realistic list of playoff teams than it does the race for a conference title. As mentioned early, Oak Hill is perfect at 6-0, but after that, there are plenty of talented, tradition-rich programs looming just behind. Minford, who lost to Oak Hill in Week 5, is now 5-1 after beating Wheelersburg and dropping them to 4-2. Portsmouth West, the defending champs, opened conference play with a huge 65-14 win over Waverly. Portsmouth West is now 5-1 overall, and Lucasville Valley is also 5-1. They defeated Portsmouth Northwest 56-14 in Week 6.


Southeast Sites for District Golf: D-II District Tournament at River Greens Golf Course on Monday, October 5th. The teams and individuals from the Eastern District will be joined by those from the Central District. D-III District Tournament at Cumberland Trails Golf Course in Pataskala on Tuesday, October 6th.

Westfall vs. Zane Trace, Football, Friday, October 9th, Zane Trace High School, 7:30 p.m.
All kinds of things on the line at Zane Trace in Week 7. The winner of this one has the inside track to a perfect league season in the Scioto Valley Conference which means league title and a likely trip to Week 11.

Minford vs. Portsmouth West, Football, Friday, October 9th, Portsmouth West High School 7:30 p.m. 
A battle of teams that are both off to 1-0 starts in the SOC and 5-1 starts overall. This game is all but an elimination game in terms of a league title and will go a long way with the computers as well.

Ironton vs. Jackson, Football, Friday, October 9th, Jackson High School, 7:30 p.m.
Two schools who love their football get together at the beautiful, field-turf facility at Jackson. The home team enters with a perfect 6-0 mark while Ironton comes in with a 4-2 overall record.

Rock Hill vs. Chesapeake, Football, Friday, October 9th, Chesapeake High School, 7:30 p.m.
  Someone gets their first win Friday night, as these two winless teams do battle.

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