Southeast Ohio Huddle: 79 points, 35 turnovers and two football coaches out…


Southeast Ohio Huddle

That’s just part of what happened in Southeast Ohio this past week. Here’s what else went on…

The first batch of winter weather did impact some action over the weekend, but for the most part, games were a go across the southeast. The cold weather did nothing to slow down this week’s top team as they scorched the nets for a 90-percent start from the field in a blowout win that keeps them perfect on conference play. Speaking of top honors and sharp shooting, one of the elite guards in all of southeast Ohio had a dominant week scoring the basketball.

As we move to News, Notes, & Nuggets, there is plenty of other action from the hardwood, but there was more than hoops in the news this week. Wrestling had several teams in action including a solid field in Barnesville that had a lineup full of southeast teams. There was also a lot of football news this week. As blogged earlier this week, Unioto has made a changed and now a few more schools have announced a change.

Finally, our On Tap section gives us a chance to look at some non-conference match-ups. Most leagues take a break over the holiday which allows some of the top teams from neighboring conferences to get together for a great mid-season test.


Cambridge Lady Bobcats, Girls’ Basketball: Cambridge connected on nine of its first 10 shots from the field to open an 18-8 lead after the opening quarter. Cambridge maintained control with a 30-18 scoring edge in the second half to stay unbeaten in ECOL play, improving to a perfect 5-0.

In this win, Junior Molly Ritz led Cambridge (6-1 overall) with 16 points and eight rebounds, while senior Carly Kehn scored 14 points and dished out seven assists. Junior Candice Bumgardner added 10 points. Junior Abby Wetherell recorded four steals.


Piketon’s Evan Legg, Boys’ Basketball: The Piketon junior guard led his Redstreaks to a 2-1 week that included two Scioto Valley Conference wins over Westfall and Paint Valley with the only setback coming in an 84-83 loss to Columbus Mifflin. In three games, Legg scored 79 points including a 30-point performance against Mifflin.


Meadowbrook Football Coach Resigns: Mitch Bendle announced his recognition this week as the head football coach at Meadowbrook High School. Bendle led the Colts to a 19-51 mark in seven years with the best season coming in 2005 when Meadowbrook finished 6-4.

Waverly Beats ‘Burg:
The Waverly Tigers started the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to record a 47-42 win over SOC rival Wheelersburg. Harrison Martin scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Jake Kretzer added 11 points, all in the second half, and eight boards while Sam Johnston scored 10.

Wendy’s of Barnesville Wrestling Invite:
Claymont captured the team championship of the 40th Anniversary Wendy’s of Barnesville Wrestling Invitational. The Mustangs had three individual champions, two runners up, two thirds and four fourth place finishers to collect the points.

Claymont won the tournament with 194 points as several teams from the Southeast Ohio Huddle area followed. Steubenville was second with 144 points while Cambridge finished third at 115 points. Caldwell was close behind in fourth with 111.5 points. Rounding out the field in order of finish included St. Clairsville (108), Martins Ferry (100), Indian Creek (72.5), Barnesville (72), Shadyside (68), Shenandoah (38), Monroe Central (28.5), Bridgeport (19), Union Local (19), Beallsville (11) and Bellaire St. John Central (9.5).

A Sure Schott: Shenandoah caught fire in the third quarter, putting together a run of 21-7 to roll to a 63-42 win over Zanesville Rosecrans. The Lady Zeps were led by a 27-point performance by Sami Schott. Schott also had eight boards and two blocks. Miranda Redden added 20 points. Nicole Sills chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds and Renee Schweiterman dished out eight assists.

Rosecrans’ Lin Morris scored 10 points, while Olivia Durant added nine points and Lakota Browning recorded seven points.

Streaking Shermans: The Unioto Lady Shermans improved to 7-0 Saturday with a 54-40 win over Paint Valley. Janae Driggs led Unioto with 20 points. The win was Unioto’s 28th straight SVC win. Unioto is currently 5-0 in the SVC and is tied with Adena in first-place. The two teams meet in early January for the first time and then will play a second time in the final league game of the year.

Bragging Rights: This past week had Athens making trips to nearby Alexander on back-to-back nights as the Athens boys defeated Alexander 44-37 behind 14 points from Frank Valentor. One night earlier, Alexander took the girls game to move to 4-0 in the Ohio Division of the Tri Valley Conference. In the win, The Spartans were led by Morgan Grinstead with 14 points, and Kayla Radekin, who scored in 11.

Not Even Close: On paper, this week’s SOC match-up between 6-0 Lucasville Valley and 7-0 Oak Hill appeared to be a great match-up and a match-up that would show who the team to beat is in this year’s conference race. The game was not as advertised as Oak Hill recorded a 67-26 blowout win. The Lady Oaks’ pressure defense caused 35 turnovers and Karissa Adkins scored 20 points as Oak Hill allowed Valley just 31 shot attempts.

Second Half Surge in SEOAL Opener: Ironton’s boys overcame a 15-point first half deficit against Chillicothe this past week to record a 51-48 win. Tim Kochendoerfer scored a game-high 23 points for Ironton, who started the game missing its first 13 shots before getting it going against the Cavs.

Mutual Agreement: Notre Dame football coach Kyle McKnight has resigned in what is being called a mutual decision and adding that the school wanted to go in a different direction. McKnight inherited a program that had gone 6-34 the previous four years, going winless in 2002 and 2003, and compiled a regular season record of 20-19 over four seasons. McKnight was 0-1 in the playoffs, losing to top-seeded Covington 44-12 in 2007.

Starting to ‘Peake:
The Lady Panthers of Chesapeake are hoping their 47-36 win over OVC rival Fairland is the win that will jumpstart their season. After a tough start, Chesapeake is now 3-2 overall. In this win, the Lady Panthers were very balanced as Amanda Ruffner led with 11 points and Kimmie Bennett added 10 points. Courtney Heffner and Sarah Mayo both scored nine points. 


Adena vs. McClain, Girls’ Basketball, Monday, December 21st, McClain High School, 6:00 p.m. Great non-conference match-up as current co-SVC leader Adena makes the short trip to Greenfield to take on the undefeated Lady Tigers of McClain.

Pike County Tournament, Girls Basketball, Monday, December 21st & Tuesday, December 22nd, Western High School:
Host Western, Eastern, Waverly, and Piketon all get together for the annual Pike County Holiday Tournament.

Sheridan vs. Tri Valley, Boys’ Basketball, Tuesday, December 22nd, Tri Valley High School:
Undefeated Tri Valley welcomes a MVL rival in a one-loss Sheridan team for a key, early-season battle.

Logan Elm vs. Unioto, Girls’ Basketball, Wednesday, December 23rd, Unioto High School:
Two great southeast, Division II schools get together in what should be a very competitive non-league contest.

Cambridge vs. Buckeye Trail, Girls’ Basketball, Wednesday, December 23rd, Buckeye Trail High School, JV tips at 6 p.m.
This week’s top team goes on the road for a key test before the holidays.

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