Happy New Year southeast fans! The calendar turns to 2010 with some
basketball teams still without a loss, and we honor one of the
unbeatens with our top team honor this week. We also look at many of
our elite teams that have a few hiccups on their record but seem to be
playing some great basketball entering the second half of the season.
Happy New Year southeast fans! The calendar turns to 2010 with some basketball teams still without a loss, and we honor one of the unbeatens with our top team honor this week. We also look at many of our elite teams that have a few hiccups on their record but seem to be playing some great basketball entering the second half of the season.
As for our top individual, we go to Ross County to see how one senior from the Scioto Valley Conference knocked adversity to the side to record a career milestone.
We had holiday tournaments with nearby rivals fighting for bragging rights, and of course, with the second half of the season coming, we have conference schedules starting to heat up.
Two southeast schools had a unique opportunity to open for LeBron James on his birthday, and this week’s New, Notes, and Nuggets will recap it in case you missed it in this week’s blog.
Rounding out this week’s huddle, we have action in the pool, elite teams ready to repeat, and some fine individual performances. Also, this week’s On Tap section gives several undefeated conference battles that should help sort out some standings throughout the southeast.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Unioto Lady Shermans, Girls Basketball: Coach Cyndy Driggs and her Lady Shermans have hit the halfway mark of the 2009-2010 season still riding a perfect record at 10-0. Over the holiday break, Unioto took a break from the Scioto Valley Conference and recorded a 56-42 win over Washington Court House and a 73-47 victory over Amanda Clearcreek. Mackenzie Arledge led the way in both wins with 16 points in the Court House win and 21 against the Lady Aces.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jordan Ott, Paint Valley Wrestling: Paint Valley senior Jordan Ott suffered a broken leg in the preseason of his football season; however, Ott fought through a tough rehab to return for this final wrestling season. This past week that hard work allowed him to earn his 100th career victory at West Jefferson. In the big 23-team tournament, Ott finished third at 6-1 with four pins.
NEWS, NOTES, & NUGGETS
Cook leads Jeeps to victory: The South Webster Jeeps crossed over from SOC II play to take on SOC I rival Portsmouth Clay on Wednesday and recorded a 57-37 victory. South Webster’s Kayla Cook scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the win. Teammate Kendra Clark connected on three triples as she scored 13 points, and Katie Hanes scored four points for the Lady Jeeps and added nine rebounds. South Webster is now 6-3.
Scotties down Devils: Tri Valley used hot shooting and great work on the glass to improve to 5-0 with a 47-30 win over Zanesville. Tri Valley was led by Bryan Schley with 17 points. Rhys Jonard chipped in 11 points and Clay Cameron finished with six points and six boards for the Scotties.
Pike County Holiday Tournament: The Waverly Tigers defeated Piketon to win the Waverly Holiday Classic Championship Game 50-48 Wednesday. The Tigers held a 36-26 lead after three quarters, but Piketon fought back to pull to within one point, before the Tigers put the game away at the foul line.
Waverly’s Jake Kretzer and Piketon’s Evan Legg led all scorers with 16 points each, while Harrison Martin of the Tigers added 12 points. Piketon was without 6’6 senior Caleb Southworth. Southworth, who is Division I bound to Central Michigan, was not available to play due to a commitment in a high school football all star game out of state.
In earlier action that night, Eastern won the Consolation Game over Western 73-46.
A Winning Stroke: Host John Glenn won the girls’ team championship and placed second in the boys’ team race at the South East Ohio Swim League South swim meet at the Zanesville Rosecrans’ pool Saturday. Zanesville claimed the boys’ team championship with 101 points.
SEOAL Leader: This week’s 55-43 Portsmouth win over Marietta gives them an SEOAL South victory that improves Portsmouth to 3-0 in the conference. It is the best ever start since joining the SEOAL four years ago. The Trojans have guaranteed themselves as many conference wins as any previous year, already tied with last season’s three. Forrest Johnson led the Trojans with 16 points. In the loss, Marietta was led by Tyler Davis with 16 points.
Too Much for Tolsia: Amanda Ruffner scored a late basket Saturday that broke a tie and lifted Chesapeake to a 47-44 victory over Tolsia. Ruffner had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots. Sarah Mayo added 12 points for the Panthers who are now 5-3.
Opening for LeBron: As blogged earlier this week, two southeast teams had a great opportunity to play on a big stage this week. Huntington and Lucasville Valley traveled to Cleveland for an afternoon affair in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.
The two southeast Ohio schools treated the fans to very entertaining game as Lucasville Valley defeated Huntington in overtime 70-62. Huntington led most of the way and found themselves up by 10 points with two-and-a-half minutes remaining. Valley stormed back to take a three-point lead late, but Huntington’s Kyle Deal knocked down a 25-footer to send the game to overtime. In the extra session, it was all Valley. The Indians outscored the Huntsmen by eight for the game’s final difference.
In the win, Blake Yates topped the Indians with 19 points and B.J. Coleman added 18 points. As for the Huntsmen, Dylan Gragg scored 16 points and Cole Addy added 12 points.
Ready for Repeat Run? With pretty much the same roster returning, the defending Division III state runner-up Oak Hill is playing like it’s ready for a repeat as it handed Adena just its second loss of the year Monday, 67-32. Oak Hill was led by post player Rebecca Puckett with 21 points. Two other Oaks players hit double digits as Karissa Adkins scored 14 points and Breanna Butler had 10 points.
Cavs Win: In trying to stay close to Portsmouth, the Chillicothe Cavaliers improved to 2-1 in the SEOAL and 3-2 overall with their 52-44 victory over Gallia Academy Tuesday night. Michael Turner led the Cavaliers with a game-high 22 points while Jalen Ragland scored a career-high 17 points. With the loss, Gallia slips to 3-3 overall.
Lady Bobcats Continue Fast Start: The Cambridge Lady Bobcats recorded a 67-50 win Saturday afternoon over the host Carrollton Lady Warriors. The Lady Bobcats (9-1) jumped out to a 20-8 opening quarter lead and stretched the margin to 34-19 by halftime. Candice Bumgardner led four players in double figures with 20 points as she connected on four three-pointers. Carly Kehn followed with 13 points, dished out 12 assists, and recorded eight steals.
Chillicothe vs. Portsmouth, Boys’ Basketball, Tuesday, January 5th, Portsmouth High School, JV tips at 6 p.m.: As stated above, Portsmouth is off to a great start, but Chillicothe will try to prove that the title still runs through Cavalier country. This should be a great match-up between two very athletic squads.
Cambridge vs. River View, Girls’ Basketball, Saturday, January 9th, Cambridge High School, 1 p.m.: Cambridge will return home and to East Central Ohio League play Saturday hosting the River View Lady Black Bears. Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts remain on sale in the school office for $10 as Cambridge pushes to make a good donation to the cause.
Tri Valley vs. Maysville, Girls’ Basketball, Saturday, January 9th, Maysville High School: In a battle of the only two remaining unbeatens in the Muskingum Valley League, Tri Valley enters still without a loss overall at 6-0. Maysville is 5-1 overall but still perfect at 4-0 in the MVL.
Unioto vs. Adena, Girls Basketball, Saturday, January 9th, Unioto High School: In a battle of conference unbeatens, the Lady Tanks welcome the Lady Warriors of Adena. This is the first of two meetings as Unioto will visit Frankfort in the final meeting of the year.
John Glenn vs. Dover, Boys’ Basketball, Saturday, January 9th, Dover High School: John Glenn has only one loss on the season, but this test at Dover will be its third road game in five days as John Glenn goes to Crooksville Tuesday, to Philo Friday, and then visits Dover in what should be a great non-league clash.