The big story in high school sports this past weekend was obviously the
start of playoff football, but with Ohio’s elite cross country runners
meeting at Scioto Downs this past Saturday, there were plenty of
southeast runners stamping their final mark to the 2009 season.
The big story in high school sports this past weekend was obviously the start of playoff football, but with Ohio’s elite cross country runners meeting at Scioto Downs this past Saturday, there were plenty of southeast runners stamping their final mark to the 2009 season. This list includes the boys and girls from St. Clairsville, Zane Trace’s Taylor Hatfield’s bid for a state title, and another boys’ team looking to repeat as state champions.
As we return to football, we find our top team and our top individual. On the team side, we had an Elway-like drive that lifted a team from Belmont County into the second-round. As for our top individual, he actually saw his season come to an end; however, his Week 11 effort was elite in the loss.
Staying with the football theme, there are some southeast huddle area teams still perfect after Week 11. Oak Hill and Logan headline this list and News, Notes, and Nuggets will explain how their elite quarterbacks helped them stay that way. Week 11 was not as kind to some, and we will look at some Playoff Poundings in that section as we look at the blowouts in the opening week of playoff action.
The week saw several dreams smashed at the regional level for area soccer and volleyball teams, but one volleyball team from Ross County gave their Hall of Fame coach a return to the Final Four next weekend.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Shadyside Football: On the verge of falling down two possessions to Columbiana, Shadyside made a great goal line stand to take the ball at their own seven yard line with just 1:28 to play. Without a timeout and trailing by a point, quarterback Dylan Kimble and his Tigers started on a 93-yard play that saw Kimble hook up multiple times with both Tyler Cline and Ellis Brown to move the ball down to the one-yard line. On first-and-goal, Kimble’s quick-out to Brown was incomplete, but on the next snap it was Kimble to Cline on a quick slant to give Shadyside the 19-14 win.
With Shadyside’s win over the two seed, they will now meet Grove City Christian at Zanesville’s Sulsberger Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Clay Cameron, Tri-Valley Football: Usually this award goes to a player from a winning team, but when you rush for 302 yards on 32 carries in a Week 11 instant-classic against a school like Olentangy Orange I will make an exception.
Tri Valley’s Clay Cameron accounted for all three Scottie touchdowns including a pair of runs –the first for 61 yards and the second for 36 yards – in a wild 14 minute span that saw the Scotties take a 21-20 lead. Unfortunately for Tri Valley, Olentangy responded to record a 28-21 lead, but few performances from around the southeast stacked up to Cameron’s this past week.
NEWS, NOTES, & NUGGETS
Defense Optional: In the Division V match-up at Marietta College, it was Wheelersburg outscoring Monroe Central 52-42 to advance to the second round. Tyler Lang, Tyler Craigmiles and Brandon Schankweiler all rushed for 100-plus yards while combining for six touchdowns to lead the Pirates.
A First and Last: Buckeye Local fell to Canal Fulton Northwest 28-0. It was the first time Buckeye Local had the opportunity to host a playoff game, and it was the final game for Ron Pobolish. The Panthers closed the season at 8-3, but did win the OVAC Class 4-A and Buckeye 8 titles.
In other action from that area, Harrison Central and star running back Ben Palmer found little room to operate as Dover delivered a 42-0 Week 11 win. Playoff football was kinder to Bridgeport. Bridgeport, who easily defeated Tuscarawas Central Catholic Saturday night, will meet top-seeded Malvern at Steubenville’s Harding Stadium. Lastly, Steubenville is the only other OVAC squad left in Ohio. The Big Red will meet Salem at New Philadelphia’s Quaker Stadium.
The Wright Stuff: Two incredible programs clashed again in a regional championship for the right to head to Wright State, and after an incredible day of volleyball at Logan High School, it was Adena winning in straight sets.
These two teams earned their way to that game with semifinal wins that did not come easy. Alexander, who won the D-III State Championship a year ago, needed five sets to hold off Wheelersburg while Adena knocked off the top ranked Tusky Valley squad.
Playoff Poundings: In Division VI action, Symmes Valley ran into a tough, Week 11 opponent up in Carroll County as Malvern’s Doug Wood fired four touchdown passes and ran for another and Malvern’s defense shut out visiting Symmes Valley 43-0.
In other one-sided playoff affairs, Zane Trace gave up 403 rushing yards to Heath in a 48-9 loss. Ironton defeated Sparta Highland 36-0. Southeast district member Alexander was eliminated by Amanda 42-14, and Clinton Massie improved to 11-0 with a 43-0 win over Waynesville. Finally, it was Fredericktown blowing out Caldwell 47-7.
Jeeps Traveling Tournament Trail: South Webster got first half goals Brice Patterson and Braden Ruth to defeat Berlin Hiland 3-0 in the Division III Regional Semifinal at Philo High School on Tuesday night. Berlin Hiland was able to put more shots on goal; however, South Webster goalie Wes Looper recorded 10 saves to help post the shut out.
In Saturday’s final, Looper recorded 21 saves and Braden Ruth scored on a penalty kick, but it wasn’t enough, as South Webster fell one match short of the Final Four as Worthington Christian defeated the Jeeps 2-1.
The Eagles have Landed: In a 2009 season where expectations have been though the ceiling in Pike County for the Beaver Eastern volleyball team, the Lady Eagles had flown high entering Saturday’ regional championship at Lancaster. Entering with an unblemished record, Eastern ran into a tough Tuscarawas Central Catholic squad and TCC took the regional title 25-19, 25-23, 25-20. The key in the match came in the second set when Central Catholic found themselves down 23-20, but scored five straight points to prohibit Eastern from tying the match at a set apiece. For Central Catholic, Millie Patchan and Molly Lawless combined for 33 kills and 30 assists to lead the Saints.
Strong as Oaks: The Oak Hill Oaks played in the football postseason for the first time this past week, and the unbeaten Oak Hill squad remained that way with a 42-14 drubbing of Coal Grove. Westen Hale ran for three touchdowns for Oak Hill, and Joey Maynard added a TD run and catch to lead the Oaks. Quarterback Jesse Slone threw two scores – one to Kyle Ondera and the other being the before mentioned pass to Maynard.
Next up for Oak Hill is Ridgewood. Ridgewood, who defeated the SOC II champ in Minford during Week 11, will now take on the SOC I champs in Oak Hill in a Week 12 regional semifinal battle.
St. Clairsville, Taylor Hatfield, & Repeat Bid Headline State Cross Country for Southeast Participants: The St. Clairsville girls capped off their best year ever with a second-place finish at Scioto Downs this past weekend. Equally impressive in this race was Zane Trace’s Taylor Hatfield crossing the finish line in second-place overall.
St. Clairsville boys finished third. The Red Devils closed their season with 132 points at the State Meet, trailing only Peninsula Woodridge and Elyria Catholic. Senior Alex Thornburg led the way. After qualifying in each of his first three years, Thornburg finished in ninth place with a time of 16:20 to give him the all-Ohio finish.
The other big southeast story was Bellaire St. John Central’s attempt to repeat as state champions; however, they finished third in D-III boys. For the Irish, Luke Holubeck finished sixth overall with a time of 16:21 – a time that earns him all-Ohio status. Teammate Matthew Moscato also earned all-Ohio honors with his 22nd place finish and time of 16:41.
Another all-Ohio runner from the southeast was Tri-Valley’s Allison Stillwell. Stillwell capped her outstanding high school cross country career with a fifth-place finish in the Division I girls meet.
Tiger Duo: The Marietta soccer teams on both the boys and girls side were hoping for trips to this year’s Final Four, but both fell just a little short this past week. In boys’ action, DeSales eliminated Marietta from postseason play in the regional semifinal with a 2-0 victory.
As for the ladies, they ran into a very good Upper Arlington squad and were eliminated 7-2. An interesting side note in this game came from the first half. Upper Arlington had allowed just four goals all year, but Marietta found the net twice in the first half to head to halftime tied at 2-2. Unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, the second half was all UA as the Golden Bears scored five times.
Angle Points to Week 12: Logan and their outstanding quarterback Pat Angle delivered a very impressive Week 11 performance defeating a good Canal Winchester team 30-7. In the win, Angle completed 22 of 35 passes for 255 yards while throwing for two scores and running for another.
Regional Semifinal, Football, Friday, November 13th, 7:30 p.m.
Regional Semifinal, Football, Saturday, November 14th, 7:00 p.m.
State Tournament, Volleyball, Ervin J. Nutter Center, Wright State University
Thursday, November 12th
12:00 p.m. – Division I Semifinal
2:00 p.m. – Division I Semifinal
4:00 p.m. – Division IV Semifinal
6:00 p.m. – Division IV Semifinal
Friday, November 13th
12:00 p.m. – Division III Semifinal
2:00 p.m. – Division III Semifinal
4:00 p.m. – Division II Semifinal
6:00 p.m. – Division II Semifinal
Saturday, November 14th
11:00 p.m. – Division I State Final
1:00 p.m. – Division IV State Final
3:00 p.m. – Division III State Final
5:00 p.m. – Division II State Final
State Championships, Soccer, Columbus Crew Stadium
Friday, November 13th
Division III Boys State Title Game = Noon
Division II Boys State Title Game = 3:00 p.m.
Division I Boys State Title Game = 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 14th
Division II Girls State Title Game = 10:00 a.m.
Division I Girls State Title Game = 1:30 p.m.