The southeast welcomed many great players to the 1,000-point club
during this past week. One of the new members is on the brink of leading her
school to its fourth straight conference title, and our top team is led by
two 1,000 point scorers – one of which posted a big night in a recent
Another week is in the books for southeast sports and again we have plenty to talk about on the hardwood. Both the girls and boys get closer to the sectional draw as teams continue to jockey for position on the postseason bracket. We leave the postseason talk for future weeks, because for now, we have great conference races starting to heat up as most conferences have just two weeks remaining.
The southeast also welcomed many great players to the 1,000 point club during this past week. In our top honors this week, we do have a 1,000 point theme as one of the new members is on the brink of winning her school’s fourth straight conference title, and our top team is led by two 1,000 point scorers – one of which posted a big night in a recent win.
We also have swimming in this week’s news as Wheelersburg High School enjoyed some great success this week at Shawnee State.
Finally, we have more than just this week’s top team chasing perfection. We look at some of these teams and who they recently beat and who they play next. Also, there was one southeast team that removed their name from the winless ranks this past weekend.
So here we go! We are off to the SOC for this week’s top team and then we head west to the SHL to honor our top individual.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Glenwood New Boston, Girls Basketball: New Boston continues to put together a great season in the SOC I as they have now run their record to 13-2 overall and 10-1 in conference play. New Boston continues to lead the conference as they are trying to win a fourth straight league title.
This incredible run has been led by Missy Buckley. Buckley scored 25 points in their recent win over Western Latham as she surpassed the 1,000 point career mark. Teammate Alyssa Raines added nine points but added 26 rebounds as well.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Andrew Seaman, Peebles High School: When listing southeast teams that are still unbeaten, Peebles still makes the cut. Their latest victim was Paint Valley as the Indians made the trip over to Ross County and recorded an 86-46 win. Leading the way for the red, white, and blue was Andrew Seaman with 30 points. The senior has been a great compliment to standout junior Blake Justice (23.5 ppg.) as many are looking at Peebles as a great contender to make a deep run in March.
NEWS, NOTES, & NUGGETS
Fast Finish: The three time defending TVC Ohio champion Vinton County Vikings entered Friday’s game at Athens trailing the Bulldogs by one game in the standings. Vinton County dominated tempo and the scoreboard for the first 30 minutes as they held an 11 point lead with just a few minutes to play; however, Athens stormed back to win it 56-53.
In the other half of the TVC – the Hocking Division – the Eastern Meigs squad holds the top spot. On the girls’ side, Alexander is leading the Ohio Division and Waterford leads the Hocking Division. All four divisional leaders are currently unbeaten in TVC play.
Wheelersburg’s Swimmers Sweep at Shawnee State: In the 22 events in Wednesday’s SOC swim meet at Shawnee State’s Warsaw Natatorium, the Wheelersburg swim team won 17 individual and relay races.
The Pirates claimed both the girls and boys team titles for the second-straight year as the teams from Notre Dame came in second and the girls and boys from Lucasville Valley took third place.
Scioto Valley Conference Basketball: Mackenzie Arledge and Janae Driggs both scored 17 points and Erin Bane added 14 points as Unioto hammered Paint Valley 68-29 to clinch a share of the SVC title. Unioto is now 17-0 overall.
On the boys’ side, Zane Trace continues to roll. Kirk Maxwell and Gabe Haynes combined for 35 points in a 62-38 win over Unioto and then combined for 41 points in a 92-57 win over Westfall. The Pioneers currently hold a one-game lead over Piketon with three league games remaining.
Tigers and Jeeps Still Chasing Oaks: Oak Hill shot 90-percent from the floor in the first half to open up a lead as the rolled to a 54-35 win over SOC rival South Webster. The loss drops South Webster to 9-2, 6-2 as the Jeeps now trail Oak Hill by two games.
Waverly, a team that trails Oak Hill by two games as well defeated Minford Friday night. Jake Kretzer scored 16 points to lead the Tigers as they and the Jeeps both still have hopes of chasing down the reigning D-IV state champs in this years SOC title chase.
A Win for the Warriors: After losing their top six players to graduation a year ago, Adena had lost their first 12 games this season. Friday night, the Warriors entered the win column with a 58-49 win over Southeastern. John Cottrill scored 17 points including five triples while teammate Auston Hottinger added 15 points including 10-of-12 shooting from the charity stripe.
OVC Showdown: South Point had three players in double figures as they beat Chesapeake in a battle of OVC unbeatens. Kayla Fletcher scored 19 points, Jalynn Bradburn scored 14 points, and Tinesha Taylor added 10 points as South Point improves to 13-1 overall and 6-0 in OVC play. The loss drops Chesapeake to 11-4, 5-1. The Lady Panthers were led by Amanda Ruffner with 13 points in the loss.
Southeast Elite to 1,000: Several players throughout the southeast have reached the 1,000 career point mark recently. Lucasville Valley’s Jordan Arbaugh, New Boston’s Missy Buckley, and Kasey Turley of Reedsville Eastern all reached the outstanding milestone this week. As for the boys, Oak Hill’s Kyle Ondera and Markie Tate of Belpre also joined the 1,000 point club.
Tri Valley Fans Enjoying another Great Year on the Hardwood: The dominance on the hardwood continued this week for Tri Valley High School. On the girls’ side, Tri Valley stayed perfect running their record to 17-0. The Tri Valley boys continue to push for another conference title as they are 9-1 in the MVL and 11-2 overall, but this year’s run is being challenged by a good John Glenn team that is currently a half game up at 10-1 in the conference.
Outright Title: The Lady Oaks of Oak Hill had their season end a year ago just one win shy of a state title, and now in 2010, they look as if they are primed for another great run. Oak Hill beat Waverly 89-34 to secure the outright SOC title this week. In the win, Karissa Adkins led the Lady Oaks with 23 points. Taylor Hale, Rebecca Puckett and Breanna Butler added 13, 12 and 11 points respectively.
Solid Non-Conference Battle Prepares a Couple of Heavyweights for Postseason: Piketon made the long bus trip over to Zanesville Saturday. Piketon guard Evan Legg scored 21 points to lead the Redstreaks, but it wasn’t enough as Jordan Bouterse finished with 17 points leading Zanesville to a 66-54 win. Carpenter and Allen Harris had 10 each for Zanesville. Carpenter also had 10 rebounds and three assists, while Raheem Forman had eight points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Zane Trace vs. South Point, Boys Basketball, Tuesday, February 2nd, South Point High School: This should be a great non-conference match-up between two red hot teams. Depending on the seeding later this month, this could also be a district championship or even regional preview in Division III.
Maysville vs. Tri Valley, Girls Basketball, Wednesday, February 3rd, Tri Valley High School: Tri Valley’s undefeated bid continues this week as they welcome a Maysville team that enters with an overall record of 9-6. Tri Valley has dominated their schedule outscoring their opponents 982-608 on the season.
Waverly vs. Oak Hill, Boys Basketball, Friday, February 5th, Waverly High School Downtown Gymnasium: Oak Hill leads South Webster and Waverly by two, so this is obviously a must win for Waverly.
Tri Valley vs. John Glenn, Boys Basketball, Friday, February 5th, John Glenn High School: First place in the MVL is on the line as Tri Valley tries to continue their conference supremacy, but Friday’s trip to up-and-coming John Glenn will perhaps be their toughest test to date.
Unioto vs. McClain, Girls Basketball, Saturday, February 6th, Greenfield McClain High School: The Lady Shermans are looking to run the table throughout the regular season and beyond, but this week they face a big challenge when they travel to McClain. It was McClain that ended Unioto’s 23-0 start last year.