This time of year the eyes of the fans start looking at the standings
with the goal of figuring out who will wear the crown as conference
champions throughout the southeast. In this week’s huddle we try to
sort out several of these races on both the boys’ and girls’ sides…
This time of year the eyes of the fans start looking at the standings with the goal of figuring out who will wear the crown as conference champions throughout the southeast. In this week’s huddle we try to sort out several of these races on both the boys’ and girls’ sides; however, each conference tells a different story. Some conferences went a long way this week in determining the champ, but others have several key match-ups coming this week. Some conference races are all but over, yet many of the instances still have a champion chasing perfection.
For this week’s top team we do not have a conference champion, but we do have a team that recorded a big upset win this week. As for our individual, we do highlight a conference leader and this guard is a big reason why.
News from basketball dominates most of this week’s discussion, but there was one big football hiring down in Ross County this week, and even though the weather wouldn’t suggest it, we also have some baseball in the news.
So here we go! We will head to the Muskingum Valley League first, to the Tri Valley Conference second, and then all over the southeast for a look at this week’s action.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Crooksville Lady Ceramics: Crooksville welcomed a Sheridan team this past week that entered winners of eight straight and an overall record of 12-2. Crooksville was entering just 5-10 overall and 2-9 in the MVL; however, after 32-minutes of play, it was Crooksville on the friendly side of a 60-51 final score.
The game started as the records would have predicted with Sheridan jumping out to a 28-14 lead, but Crooksville scored the final eight points of the first half to send the teams to the half at 28-22. In the second half, Crooksville continued to surge back as they eventually grabbed a 29-28 advantage. The lead changed hands several times, but in the end, Crooksville was able to pull the upset. Crooksville was led by Taylor German’s 28 points. Brittany Swingle added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winners.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cori Butcher, Athens High School: Athens passed a huge road test this past weekend at Belpre as the Bulldogs escaped the hostile environment with a 76-67 victory. In the win, Cory Butcher scored 30 points to lead the way as the 6’0” guard hit a pair of triples and converted 10 of 14 chances from the charity stripe. Athens is now 12-1 overall and 6-0 in the TVC.
NEWS, NOTES, & NUGGETS
Maxwell Moves Past 1,000: Zane Trace senior Kirk Maxwell kept his Pioneers in sole possession of the Scioto Valley Conference standings this week as ZT recorded two league wins. First, Maxwell scored 31 points in a blowout win over Southeastern before posting 24 points in a win over Adena. In the Adena win, Maxwell went over the 1,000 career point milestone.
Hinton Named New Cavalier Coach: Ron Hinton is the new Chillicothe football coach. In the past 29 years, Ron Hinton has enjoyed most of his success at Amanda Clearcreek, as the legendary coach has compiled a career coaching record of 281-70-3 – a mark that includes back-to-back state championships in 1999 and 2000. His teams have finished second in the state on three other occasions. The hiring of Hinton fills the job that became open due to the coaching retirement of Bill Davidson, who led the Cavs the past seven seasons.
ECOL Rundown: On the girls’ side, Barnesville slipped past Buckeye Trail 39-36 while Meadowbrook blew a 14-point, second half lead but still managed to beat Dover in overtime 51-49. Cambridge continues to still be the team to catch as the Lady Bobcats were victorious again this week as they beat New Philadelphia.
As for the boys, Coshocton won at Meadowbrook by a score of 67-64. Cambridge continues to show signs of playing better as the Bobcats captured their fourth straight win with a 58-33 win over River View.
Uncharted Territory: New Boston was forced this week to do something that this year’s seniors have never had to do. After suffering the first back-to-back losses of their careers, New Boston’s seniors stepped up to return the Lady Tigers to their winning ways with a 57-44 road victory over Notre Dame Thursday night.
New Boston (11-2, 9-1) was coming off a non-conference loss to Georgetown and a conference loss to Eastern that tightened the SOC I race. The defending SOC I champions now have a one-game lead over Eastern with four games remaining in their SOC I schedule.
In the bounce-back win, New Boston was led by Alyssa Raines with 22 points. Missy Buckley added 19 points while Christian Lykins scored 12 points.
Three-fourths the Way to Perfection: The quest for a perfect 20-0 regular season for the Lady Shermans of Unioto has now reached the 15-0 mark as the purple and gold recorded two more conference wins this week. Unioto first survived arguably their toughest test of the season at Zane Trace with a 51-43 win. Two days later, Unioto overcame a slow start to capture a 55-40 win at Piketon.
In the Zane Trace win, 6’1 junior Mackenzie Arledge scored 14 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked 6 shots. Janae Driggs added 13 points, while Chloe Cottrell, who hit a huge three-pointer late to break a tie, scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds. For ZT in the loss, Jessica Roepke led all scorers with 19 points while Sierra Sigman and McKenzee Tatman added 11 and 10 points respectively.
In the Piketon win, Cottrell and Driggs scored 14 points apiece and Arledge added 11 points. Piketon was led by Elisha Manley with 14 points and Brandi Brackett with 12 points.
Tigers Tamed for First Time: The Lady Tigers of Marietta fell in SEOAL play for the first time this week as Chillicothe avenged an earlier season 30-point loss with a 67-64 win in round two. Chillicothe’s Holly Casto-Lemay scored 21 points and teammate Monique Lee added 20 points as the Lady Cavs improve to 5-3 in league play. In a losing effort, Leeann Ross scored a game-high 32 points.
SOC Battle: The Waverly Tigers picked up a key road win this week at Lucasville Valley. In the 54-46 win, Harrison Martin and Jake Kretzer combined for 36 points to lead the Tigers. For Valley, three Indians were in double-figures led by Zac Utley with 19 points. Blake Yates and B.J. Coleman added 14 points and 10 points respectively. The win improves Waverly to 8-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play while the loss drops Valley to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in SOC play.
Oak Hill continues to lead the league at 10-1, 5-0 as they won this past week at Wheelersburg. Kyle Ondera scored 18 points to lead the Oaks to a 41-29 victory. The defending state champions controlled the contest from the opening tip and never trailed in the game.
Unmatched Nationally: The Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association has developed a reputation for putting on one of the nation’s top state clinics, and the 2010 clinic, which took place in Columbus this past weekend, was no exception. “Touch’em All” was the clinic motto as the Ohio coaches welcomed coaches such as Mike Anderson (Nebraska), Scott Stricklin (Kent State), Gary Gilmore (Costal Carolina), and more.
During Friday’s Hall of Fame luncheon, the association welcomed four new members as Dave DiDonato of Indian Valley, Jim Dougherty of Hilliard Davidson, Parkway’s Mike Schumm, and John Tipton of Portsmouth all made up the Class of 2010.
A Tough Two Days: Just as the Chillicothe Cavaliers appeared to have things rolling, two tough losses on back-to-back days set things back just a bit. Friday night, Chillicothe lost to Ironton 59-48 despite owning a 29-6 advantage earlier in the game. A Chillicothe win would have equaled a tie in the SEOAL but now Ironton (10-2, 8-0) leads Chillicothe by two games. Ironton’s Tim Kochendoerfer scored 19 points to lead the Tigers while Chillicothe’s Michael Turner scored a game-high 24 points in the loss.
The next day, Chillicothe fell to Canton Timken 59-42 in the Ohio Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic to drop to 7-7 overall. Jalen Ragland scored 17 points to lead the Cavs. Turner added 12 points.
Angle Over 1,000: Patrick Angle is a name that southeast Ohio fans became quite familiar with during football season, but now the great Logan athlete is putting a great cap on his basketball career as well. Saturday evening in a win over Vinton County, Angle recorded his 1,000th career point.
Waverly vs. Wheelersburg, Boys’ Basketball, Tuesday, January 26th, Wheelersburg High School, Freshmen tips at 5 p.m. Every year, regardless of records, one of the best southeast match-ups of the season is Waverly and Wheelersburg. The upcoming battle is a must-win for Waverly if they hope to stay in the conference race.
Zane Trace vs. Logan Elm, Girls’ Basketball, Tuesday, January 26th, Logan Elm High School: Great non-league match-up that is sure to play a role in sectional seeding in D-II (Logan Elm) and D-III (ZT).
Vinton County vs. Athens, Boys’ Basketball, Friday, January 29th, Athens High School, Freshmen tips at 5 p.m. This game will go a long way in determining the Tri Valley Conference Ohio Division champion. Vinton County travels with one league loss trying to stay in the running for their fourth straight TVC crown and their sixth in seven years while league unbeaten Athens, who is responsible for VC’s only league loss this season, is trying to take a two-game lead.
River View Invite, Wrestling, Saturday, January 30th, River View High School, 10 a.m. Many of the southeast schools will be on hand for this invite as the schools start preparing for their conference and post-season battles.
Chillicothe, River Valley, & Gallia Academy, Boys’ & Girls’ Swimming, Saturday, January 30th, Rio Grande, 9:45 a.m. Three southeast teams get together at Rio this weekend for a great post-season tune-up.