…that’s what happened in Southeast Ohio last week. Here’s what else and who else made headlines.
Great week of sports in southeast Ohio as the list of unbeatens on the hardwood starts to shrink. All the leagues around Ohio are now into conference play and several standings have already gone against the preseason predictions. Even with all the league battles, there were still plenty of non-league match-ups that were more than intriguing. We had recent Final Four members playing one another, a rematch of last year’s sectional final, and a long list of really good basketball teams at the Convocational Center in Athens on Saturday.
There was also some key wrestling in the news including the results from the Logan Invitational. Many southeast programs were on hand including several from the Muskingum Valley League – a league that has a key date coming next week, and we give you that date in this week’s On Tap section.
Even with all this winter sports news, there was some soccer in the news this week as Ohio’s best ever was informed of an honor that goes beyond the borders of the Buckeye State.
As for awards this week, we head to the SOC to honor a team that is off to a perfect start, and individually, we honor a player that has sparked a rebirth in a basketball program that is has been lifted by a legendary coach.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Lucasville Valley Lady Indians: Jordan Arbaugh scored a game-high 18 points and teammate Kassie Cox added 14 points as the Lady Indians of Lucasville Valley defeated Wheelersburg 53-40 to improve to 6-0 on the season overall and 4-0 in Southern Ohio Conference. More great news for the Indians was the return from injury of Whitney Bear to the lineup. Bear scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds in her first game back.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dylan Newsome, Jackson Ironmen, Boys’ Basketball: Legendary coach Larry Jordan and his Jackson Ironmen posted a statement win of sorts this week when they beat Athens 70-44. In that win, Dylan Newsome scored 32 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the way for the red and white. Newsome, a very undersized forward, is quickly proving to be one the southeast’s elite post players.
NEWS, NOTES, & NUGGETS
A Tiger Turnaround: After losing to a very talented Logan Elm team in last week’s opener, Waverly rebounded with a two-win weekend. First, they defeated Lucasville Valley in their SOC opener Friday night. In that 58-44 win, junior Harrison Martin scored 19 points and sophomore Jake Kretzer added 17 points. The Tigers then faced a short turnaround as they traveled to the Convo in Athens for an early afternoon tip the next morning. Waverly was up to the challenge as they defeated Chesapeake 63-56. Waverly was once again led by Martin who scored 25 points.
Indian Creek off to 4-0 start: Megan Billick led all scorers with 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks as her Indian Creek squad hammered Martins Ferry 56-18 to stay unbeaten on the young season. Chelsea Furda added eight points and Bri Kamarec ended with nine points and four assists. Point guard Ty Harris dished out four assists and had five steals.
Pike County Rivals: Eastern Pike scored 46 points in the second half to pull away from nearby rival Western Pike to record a 78-55 win Friday night. Derek Lawhorn dished out 10 assists as three of his Eagle teammates were in double figures led by Doug McVey with 21 points. Kevin Montgomery and Jordan Thornsberry added 17 points and 14 points, respectively. In the loss for the Indians, Klay Park scored 16 points and Kory Bakenhaster added 12 points.
More balanced than we thought? Entering the SVC season many felt Piketon and Zane Trace would be involved in a two-man race for the title. Zane Trace then lost senior Gabe Haynes due to an injury for what appears to be at least two months. This news along with Piketon’s 63-43 win over ZT Tuesday night had many people thinking the league was all but over. This thought was erased just three days later as Huntington defeated Piketon 52-49 in a major upset that shakes things up in the Scioto Valley Conference. Even Legg, who scored 28 points in Tuesday’s win, was held to just 10 points in Friday’s loss while Huntington sophomore Dylan Gragg continued his great start to the season with a 17-point effort.
Buzzer Beater: Junior Kendra Justice delivered a three-pointer with 1.5 seconds to help Minford to a 58-55 SOC win over South Webster. Courtney Spriggs scored a game-high 22 points in the win. In the loss for the Jeeps, senior standout Kayla Cook scored 19 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, and dished out four assists. Teammate Brianna Rawlins added 17 points.
Tank Tracks: The Unioto Lady Shermans improved to 5-0 with two more wins this week. First, Unioto defeated Southeastern Thursday night behind 20 points from Janae Driggs. Unioto then got 19 points from junior Mackenzie Arledge Saturday as the Shermans defeated Zane Trace 50-43. ZT was predicted by many to challenge Unioto for this year’s title, but this loss marked ZT’s second league loss in three days as the Pioneers dropped a 42-35 decision at Adena Thursday night. Unioto and Adena will not meet until January 9th.
Also in the SVC, don’t forget about Piketon. Coach Brett Coreno’s Lady Redstreaks are now 6-0. Piketon still plays Adena, Unioto, and Zane Trace in the first round, but the quick start has the attention of many around the Scioto Valley Conference.
Philo at their finest: The Philo wrestlers took the Logan Invitational title Saturday against a long list of solid opponents – almost all from within the southeast. Philo’s winning total was 203 as host Logan finished with 196. Vinton County finished third with 136.5. Rounding out the field in finishing order was Fairfield Union, Logan Elm, Alexander, Logan Purple, Trimble, Crooksville, and Wellston.
Major Match-up: The head-to-head meetings between Chillicothe and Logan Elm the past couple of seasons have led to one of the two eventually playing in the Final Four. This year’s regular season battle took place this past weekend with Logan Elm winning 49-34. The Braves were led by Adam Blake’s 15 points. Also in double-figures were Logan Hauserman and Tyler Pritchard. They both finished with 11 points each. No Cavalier finished with 10 or more points as Jalen Ragland led Chillicothe with nine points and Michael Turner scored eight points.
Lockdown Defense: Heading into the final quarter on Thursday, the host Shenandoah trailed Pioneer Valley Conference rival Buckeye Trail by just five points; however, a stifling defense and dominating inside play led the Lady Warriors (2-2, 2-1 PVC) to a big fourth quarter, outscoring Shenandoah 13-4 and holding the Lady Zeps (2-2, 1-1 PVC) without a field goal until there was less than a minute remaining as they rolled to a 47-33 victory.
Buckeye Trail was led by Courtney Frame with 15 points and nine rebounds. Julie Bates added 14 points and seven rebounds.
For Shenandoah, Sam Schott scored 12 points and recorded three steals. Cali Ginn knocked down two triples as she added 10 points.
Full Day of Hoops: Incredible line-up of southeast hoops at the Convo in Athens this past Saturday produced some great games. As mentioned in nuggets above, Waverly defeated Chesapeake. In other action, Vinton County defeated John Glenn to improve to 2-0. Peebles avenged last year’s sectional final loss to Zane Trace by defeating the Pioneers 66-61. Alexander improved to 4-0 with a 76-59 win over North Adams. Eastern Brown also stayed unbeaten with a win over Fairland, Eastern Meigs defeated Huntington 50-36.
All-American Honor: The University of Clemson bound Jaclyn Dutton found out last week that she has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas All-American team. Dutton established the Ohio record for career goals, capping her prep career with 192, which was 10 clear of the previous mark. She also set the state record for goals in a single game when she scored 13 at Magnolia in the Lady Devils’ final regular season contest. All told, Dutton’s name appears in the OHSAA record book 14 times.
Lucasville Valley vs. Portsmouth West, Girls’ Basketball, Monday, December 14th, Portsmouth West High School: This week’s top team, the Lady Indians of Lucasville Valley, will attempt to stay perfect as they visit SOC rival Portsmouth West.
Piketon vs. Westfall, Boys’ Basketball, Tuesday, December 15th, Westfall High School, Freshmen game tips at 4:45 p.m. Last year’s two co-champions in the Scioto Valley Conference get together for the first of two meeting this season. Westfall is the only SVC team without a loss at 2-0 in conference play. Piketon, as a result of being upset by Huntington this week, enters at 1-1 in the SVC.
Sheridan vs. Tri Valley, Girls’ Basketball, Wednesday, December 16th, Tri Valley High School: Two of the top teams in Muskingum Valley League get together for a key, early-season match-up.
Athens vs. Alexander, Girls and Boys Basketball, Thursday, December 17th & Friday, December 18th, Alexander High School: This heavy rival, which is now a Tri Valley Ohio Division match-up instead of a non-conference battle, takes place in girls on Thursday and in boys one night later. Athens will make the short trip up Route 32 for what should be two, heated nights of basketball.
Muskingum Valley League North/South Duals, Wrestling, Saturday, December 19th, New Lexington High School, 9:30 a.m. All the league schools get together at New Lexington for a long day of wrestling. Next week’s Southeast Ohio Huddle will have the results.