The sports schedule did slow down this week as Santa paid the southeast a visit, but before the holiday hit there was plenty of action to talk about. The southeast saw some great non-conference match-ups on the hardwood, and these battles included buzzer-beaters, unbeatens falling for the first time, and area bragging rights being earned.
The sports schedule did slow down this week as Santa paid the southeast a visit, but before the holiday hit there was plenty of action to talk about. The southeast saw some great non-conference match-ups on the hardwood, and these battles included buzzer-beaters, unbeatens falling for the first time, and area bragging rights being earned. More and more areas have developed tournaments over the holidays that make for great crowds, great atmospheres, and great rivalries.
There was also plenty of news away from basketball. We had one athlete that got on a perfect roll in Ross County to earn our top individual honor. We had a softball standout from the Muskingum Valley League that decided her college choice, and Cambridge wrestlers continued their solid start.
We get started with our top team, and for this honor, we return to basketball. The winner of this week’s award was the winner of our best game as two SEOAL teams needed not one, but two extra sessions to decide a winner.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Portsmouth Trojans, Boys Basketball: This week’s top team goes to the winner of our game of the week. The Portsmouth Trojans improved to 2-0 in the SEOAL and 3-2 overall as they handed Jackson its first loss of the season in a 74-69 double overtime thriller this week.
Portsmouth’s Forrest Johnson knocked down four three-pointers on his way to a team-high 33 points. He also grabbed six rebounds. Teammate Wayne Evans, who had a hand in every point of the second overtime, ended with 18 points, seven rebounds, and four steals, and center Tre Underwood finished with 13 points and 11 boards.
Jackson’s Dylan Newsome scored a game-high (and career-high) 34 points in the loss. Morgan Dobbins added 14 points including four triples and Andrew Christman scored 11 points.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cody Oates, Chillicothe Bowling: The Chillicothe Cavalier bowling team captured the championship in the Holiday High School tournament held at Shawnee Lanes. The Cavs were led by junior Cody Oates who bowled a perfect 300 game. Oates also added games of 289 and 235 for an 824 series for the day.
Chillicothe led the 18 team qualifying round by 227 pins to receive the top seed in the championship round. The Cavs defeated Westerville Central who beat Kettering Fairmont to get to the final match. The Cavs lost the first game in the best-of-three final, but they roared back with games of 231 and 238 to secure the championship.
NEWS, NOTES, & NUGGETS
A Pair for the Bobcats: Cambridge improved to 2-0 in dual matches as they swept John Glenn and Marietta in high school wrestling Wednesday. The Bobcats defeated John Glenn 50-18 and then rolled over the host Tigers by a 68-12 final. Cambridge had 10 wrestlers complete the night with a pair of wins and they are as follows: Wesleigh Lewis (103), Sawyer Leppla (112), J.T. Good (119), Andrew Bertubin (125), Tim Fox (130), Dillon VanDyne (135), John Scrudders (152), John Coleman (160), Tanner Roller (171), Caleb Gunn (215) and Zac Wojciechowski (285). Bertubin improves to 6-0 on the year with VanDyne going to 9-1, and Leppla to 8-1.
Pressure Defense: Chillicothe used pressure defense to get early control of Wednesday’s SEOAL battle in Portsmouth as it took home an SEOAL South win with a 46-34 win. Monique Lee finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and five steals in the win. Alyssa Oates came off the bench to contribute seven points and six rebounds, while Brittny Strawser added six points, eight rebounds and four steals. Chillicothe is now 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the SEOAL.
Pike County Party: The four Pike County schools got together last week for the annual Pike County Holiday Tournament. This year’s girls event was held at Western High School. In first round action it was Waverly defeating Western and Piketon knocking off Eastern. In the final, Waverly beat Piketon 44-41 to take the title.
A Tough Way to Lose: Zanesville blew a 12-point first-quarter lead before overcoming an eight point fourth-quarter deficit, but in the end they found themselves on the wrong side of a 55-53 final against Massillon Washington.
With the game tied at 53 and just 22 seconds left, the Tigers worked a pick-and-roll to perfection when Trennie Richardson ran the clock down to the closing seconds and found a wide-open Joe Muntean for the game-winning lay-up as time expired.
It was Zanesville’s second loss of the season. In the loss, junior point guard Tanner Gibson scored 26 points.
Greyhounds Balanced in Win: Manchester outscored Ironton St. Joe 18-6 in the final period to take control in a 66-53 win over the Flyers in the Ironton Classic on Monday at the Conley Center in Ironton.
Manchester had great balance in the win. Dylan Hanson scored 18 points to lead the Greyhounds. Travis Combs added 16 points, Dawson Little scored 12 points, and McKenzie Smith added 11 points.
In the giving mood: Cambridge’s Carly Kehn dished out 10 assists to help lead her Lady Bobcats to a win over Buckeye Trail 57-42 to improve to 7-1 on the season. Brandy Simpson scored 10 points and Kehn and Abby Wetherell both added eight points in the win.
Shingary Signs for Softball: John Glenn softball standout Jenna Shingary made a decision this week on where she would play at the next level. Shingary signed to play her college softball at Kentucky State University.
First Setback: Domination in the middle two quarters lifted Meadowbrook High to a 68-61 victory over visiting Maysville on Wednesday. Bre Jones led the Meadowbrook scoring with 22 points while Shelby Stover finished with a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Kat Jirles added nine points and 10 boards as the Lady Colts improved to 4-2 while the loss was the first for Maysville. The Lady Panthers are now 5-1 on the season.
Great Week for SVC Elite: The co-leaders in the Scioto Valley Conference – the Lady Shermans of Unioto and the Lady Warriors of Adena – both recorded nice non-league wins before Christmas.
Adena went on the road last Monday night and handed Greenfield McClain its first loss. The Lady Warriors of Adena led at all stops (12-9, 28-23, 41-31, and eventually winning 60-49). Adena, who is now 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the SVC, benefited from great balance on the offensive end. Kirsti Yates led four Lady Warriors in double-figures with 18 points. Autumn Smith, who played a key role in blowing the game open in the third quarter, finished with 14 points, while backcourt mate Brytan Givens scored 12 points. Kelsey Bielanow recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Two nights later it was Unioto hosting and defeating Logan Elm. In that win, Mackenzie Arledge scored 21 points and Janae Driggs added 16 points as Unioto dominated the battle at the charity stripe in the 48-34 win. Unioto is still perfect at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the SVC. Unioto and Adena meet January 9th at Unioto.
Oak Hill vs. Adena, Girls Basketball, Monday, December 28th, Adena High School. Most southeast fans know plenty about the perennial power Oak Hill, and Adena is a team that more and more are starting to take notice. The two meet for a non-conference battle.
Meigs vs. Athens, Boys Basketball, Tuesday, December 28th, Athens High School. In a crossover game between the Tri Valley Conference Ohio Division (Athens) and Hocking Division (Eastern), fans will see Athens entering fresh off their win over Vinton County and a Division IV school in Eastern getting an opportunity to take down a Division II squad.
Pike County Holiday Tournament, Boys Basketball, Monday, December 28th & Wednesday, December 30th, Waverly High School’s Downtown Gymnasium. In first round action, Piketon meets Eastern and Waverly matches up with Western. Unless there is a first-round upset (which this tournament has had plenty in the past), southeast fans could be in for a real treat Wednesday if Piketon and Waverly play for the title.
Eastern Brown vs. Chillicothe, Girls Basketball, Saturday, January 2nd, Chillicothe High School, JV game tips at 6 p.m. A great southeast district program from the Southern Hills League in Eastern Brown makes the trip to Chillicothe for a non-league battle.
Zane Trace vs. Vinton County, Girls and Boys Basketball, Saturday, January 2nd, Vinton County High School. Two of the top programs in the southeast in recent years get together for a rare girls/boys doubleheader.