Southeast Ohio Huddle: Two teams, two players over 30 points, one winner….who was it?


Southeast Ohio Huddle

The weather was able to wipeout some action but plenty games still
played as planned. In girls’ basketball a few unbeatens were facing
what is believed to be their toughest conference test and both passed
with little trouble. These teams were impressive, but we head to the
pool for this week’s top team. We honor a team that defended their
title against a solid field.

The weather was able to wipeout some action but plenty games still played as planned. In girls’ basketball a few unbeatens were facing what is believed to be their toughest conference test and both passed with little trouble. These teams were impressive, but we head to the pool for this week’s top team. We honor a team that defended their title against a solid field.

In boys’ basketball, the headlines were just as good. Overall the conference races seem much tighter this year. It appears that three or four teams that have dominated their respective conferences in the past two or three years are not quite as dominate this season. Even in a “down” year by their standards, they are still in the mix, but it has allowed two or three teams to become legitimate contenders in the standings. This is making more and more match-ups meaningful, and it is making for some great storylines.

A great example of this is in the SOC. This conference provided fans with a thriller, and it provided us with our top individual performance this week. Finally, on this same topic, we look closer at more of these match-ups in this week’s On Tap section.


John Glenn, Girls’ Swimming: The John Glenn girls’ swim team captured the second annual Tornado Invitational hosted by West Muskingum. The win gives John Glenn back-to-back titles at this event.

For John Glenn, the relay team of Julie Lewis, Erin Shade, Miranda Walker, and Julie Morgan won the 200 medley in 2:09:13, while the relay squad of Lewis, Shade, Julie Morgan, and Katie Morgan took the 200 freestyle (1:56.28). The Muskies also took the 400 freestyle with the team of Lewis, Walker, Katie Morgan, and Sarah Dailey in 4:26.35. Individual winners for John Glenn were Julie Morgan in the 100 freestyle (1:00.15), Walker in the 100 butterfly (1:16.65), and Shade in the 100 breaststroke (1:19.36).


Blake Yates, Lucasville Valley Indians: Lucasville Valley’s Blake Yates delivered several key plays for his Indians as he scored 33 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and blocked five shots in their 67-65 overtime victory at Northwest this past week. Yates knocked down four three-pointers on the night. The win improves Valley to 5-1 on the year and 2-1 in the SOC.

Northwest’s Hank Leslie scored 31 points in the loss. Leslie also surpassed the 1,000th career point mark.


Two Different Bobcats: This season has been two different stories for the Cambridge Bobcats and the Lady Bobcats of Cambridge. This week the opposite stories continued.

As for the boys, they lost 66-54 to visiting East Central Ohio League opponent Coshocton Saturday. Cambridge is now 0-7 overall and 0-4 in the ECOL. On the brighter side for Cambridge, the Lady Bobcats defeated River View 47-31 to earn their 10th win of the season.

Tank Tracks:
The Unioto Lady Shermans defeated Adena 64-40 this past weekend to take a strangle hold on the Scioto Valley Conference. The Tanks now own a two game advantage over both Adena and Zane Trace. In the win, Janae Driggs scored 20 points, Mackenzie Arledge scored 16 points, and Chloe Cottrell added 13 points as Unioto improved to 11-0 overall.

Sheridan Survives Tornadoes:
Sheridan improved to 8-2 thanks to a 65-50 win over MVL rival West Muskingum. Sam Robinson took advantage of the Tornadoes’ foul trouble in the post to finish with 24 points. Kristy Swinehart, who scored 36 points in a game a few weeks ago, chipped in 21 points for the Generals. Kaylee Nutter and Erika Winland recorded 14 points apiece to lead West.

A Key Win for the Cavs:
In a key SEOAL South Division game this week, Chillicothe traveled to Portsmouth and escaped with a 45-42 win. Chillicothe’s 6-foot-8 center Malik London pulled down 15 rebounds while adding 11 points and three blocks. Point guard Michael Turner led all scorers with 19 points. In the loss for Portsmouth, Forrest Johnson and Wayne Evans both scored 14 points to lead the Trojans. Tre Underwood added 11 points and seven rebounds. The Chillicothe win improves them to 2-1 in the league while Portsmouth dropped to 3-1.

A Tough Way to Lose:
With the game tied at 42-42, St. Clairsville was hoping to use their foul to give against Indian Creek; however, as the play unfolded the foul came as time expired and in the act of shooting sending Meghan Billick to the line. The senior delivered the first shot to win it 43-42. In the loss, St. Clairsville was led by senior Brooke Cenkus with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Rosecrans Responds:
In need of a big win, Rosecrans got solid scoring from its underclassmen and utilized a box-and-one defense to record a 61-46 victory over Bishop Ready.  Sophomores Aaron Parry and Zack Hill combined for 27 points and 18 rebounds, but it was the defense on Ready’s Joe Graessle that told the story. Graessle came in averaging 24 points per game – including a 31-point performance just one night earlier, but Rosecrans held him to just seven points.

Entering the Hall:
A pair of coaches from the southeast will receive statewide recognition this month. John Tipton, a long-time baseball coach at Portsmouth High School and Carol Vice, who coached softball at Clay for 11 years, will be inducted this month into the Ohio High School Coaches Association Hall of Fames for their respective sports.

Tipton began his coaching career at Northwest and coached at Oak Hill as well. During his years at Portsmouth Tipton led the Trojans to No. 1 rankings in the Coaches’ Poll in 1992 and 1993.

Vice, a member of the Clay Coaches’ Hall of Fame, coached softball at Clay from 1978 to 1988, accumulating a career record of 261-20, never losing more than four games in a season. Vice’s teams won nine league titles, 11 sectional and 11 district championships as well state championships in 1980, 1981 and 1983.

Kretzer & Martin Lead Tigers in Win:
Jake Kretzer and Harrison Martin both scored 19 points to lead Waverly to a 63-41 win over conference rival Minford. The SOC win keeps the Tigers perfect in league play at 3-0 and improves them to 6-1 overall.

Fighting Tigers Roll:
Ironton held Gallipolis to two points in the first quarter and went on to defeat Gallipolis, 58-31, in a Southeast Ohio Athletic League boys’ game Tuesday night. Tommy Waginger and Tim Kochendoerfer led the Fighting Tigers (7-2, 4-0 SEOAL) with 18 and 16 points, respectively. J.P. Taylor added 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Lady Dawgs Still Perfect:
Tri-Valley (8-0, 11-0) remained unbeaten as it used solid shooting and transition scoring to defeat Maysville 63-46. Hanna Luburgh led the way for Tri-Valley with 20 points while Carly Young chipped in 13 points. In the loss for Maysville, Melanie Poorman scored a game-high 27 points.


Piketon vs. Zane Trace, Boys’ Basketball, Friday, January 15th, Zane Trace High School, Freshman game tips at 4:45 p.m. Huge Scioto Valley Conference game as both teams enter at 5-1. Zane Trace is completely healthy as they look to avenge their only league loss. Piketon, led by the league’s top scorer Evan Legg, looks to take control of the conference standings.

Chillicothe vs. Jackson, Boys’ Basketball, Friday, January 15th, Jackson High School, Freshman game tips at 5 p.m.
A match-up of two southeast Ohio coaching legends as Gary Kellough takes his Cavaliers on the road to battle with Larry Jordan’s Jackson Ironmen.

Vinton County vs. Nelsonville, Boys’ Basketball, Friday, January 15th, Nelsonville High School:
Big TVC battle in the Ohio Division as both these two schools and Athens appear to be a year-long battle for the conference championship.

New Lexington vs. West Muskingum, Girls’ Basketball, Saturday, January 16th, West Muskingum High School:
West Muskingum is at 5-1 in league play and New Lex at 4-2, this becomes a huge league battle when you consider league-leader Tri Valley is unbeaten at 6-0 in the MVL.

Adena vs. Zane Trace, Girls’ Basketball, Saturday, January 16th, Zane Trace High School, JV tips at Noon:
The loser is basically out! The winner stays within two of Unioto and still as hope in terms of an SVC title. Adena won round one in Frankfort, but now, Zane Trace hopes to return the favor at home.

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