Even though the weather wiped out most of the past weekend, there were
plenty of sports to talk about in the southeast this week. We still had
key basketball battles early in the week as a few elite teams are
trying to accomplish perfection.
Even though the weather wiped out most of the past weekend, there were plenty of sports to talk about in the southeast this week. We still had key basketball battles early in the week as a few elite teams are trying to accomplish perfection.
Wednesday saw several southeast football stars signing to commit to their college of choice. We look at a few elite signings at the Division I level. Speaking of Division I signings, we also had a soccer star sign on Thursday.
We also have some wrestling in the news as one Muskingum Valley League program finished off the league in the same dominant fashion they have shown all year long. We have details of this domination as we honor this program in our Team of the Week.
As for the top individual, we had a center at the center of attention in a championship clinching win. This team is also chasing perfection for the second straight season and we track that in our On Tap section.
The girls had their sectional draw Sunday. In the southeast, Division II top seeds were Marietta and Unioto. In Division III, No. 1 seeds went to North Adams, Zane Trace, and Oak Hill. Finally, Division IV top seeds were given to New Boston and Waterford. In the east, Minerva edged out Zanesville for the top seed in the Coshocton sectional.
Cambridge was rewarded for their fine season with the top seed over at Belmont and Shadyside’s 16-1 start was good enough to make them the No. 1 seed in the Union Local sectional.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
New Lexington Wrestling: The wrestlers from New Lexington continued to cement their spot in first-place all alone with a conference mark of 8-0. New Lex has outscored their MVL rivals 531-64 on the season. New Lexington finished their dual matches unbeaten by claiming all 14 weight classes including five pins (Tony Foreman, Nick Tolliver, Josh Hicks, Josh Huffman, and Alan Randolph) in a 74-0 win over host Crooksville on Thursday in the final Muskingum Valley League dual for both sides.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Mackenzie Arledge, Unioto Girls Basketball: The 6’1” junior center recorded a monster game to help Unioto improve to 18-0 overall. Arledge scored 27 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and blocked four shots as Unioto hammered Piketon 69-43 to clinch the outright Scioto Valley Conference championship – the third straight league title for Unioto.
NEWS, NOTES, & NUGGETS
Battling Across the Border: Chesapeake is now 11-3 overall as Nathan Copley scored 22 points and teammate Colin Kennedy just missed a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds in a 60-46 victory over a 12-win Huntington St. Joe team.
Once, Twice, Three Times a Champion: The Unioto Lady Shermans completed the three-peat in the Scioto Valley Conference. Unioto defeated Piketon 69-43 to clinch the outright championship for the third straight season. Unioto, now 18-0 overall and 13-0 in the league play, needs a win at Adena to complete their second straight perfect season in the SVC. They will also need to survive a tough test at McClain (a game that was supposed to be played this past Saturday but was postponed due to weather) to complete the overall perfect run.
MVL Showdown will have to Wait: The highly anticipated MVL showdown on the boys’ side between John Glenn (13-3, 11-1) and Tri Valley (13-2, 11-1) was unable to tip as scheduled due to the weather; therefore, the two will meet at John Glenn on Monday, February 15th. Tri Valley handed John Glenn their only league loss in the first meeting this season by a score of 47-45.
Weather Winning Elsewhere as Well: The MVL showdown wasn’t the only highly anticipated game erased by the storm this past weekend. Waverly was scheduled to host Oak Hill Friday night, but the weather forced them to move it to Saturday. Twenty-four hours later, the game was cancelled again due to weather. The two SOC rivals are hoping the third time is a charm but no new date has been set to this point.
Devilish Winning Ways: The Zanesville boys used an 11-0 third quarter run to defeat Cambridge 45-38. Tanner Gibson scored 13 of his game-high 22 in the second half to lead the Blue Devils while Ryan Hatmaker finished with 11 points for the Bobcats in the loss.
Tri Valley Chasing Perfection: The No. 3 girls team in Division I had little trouble running their record to 18-0 this week as they hammered Maysville 77-49. Hanna Luburgh led all scorers with 20 points, including three 3-pointers, while Carly Young added 16, Miller 11 and Kylie Prince 10.
Significant Southeast Signings: During this week’s signing day, three southeast football stars inked their names showing their commitment to play Division I football next fall. Waverly’s Derek Roback is off to South Bend to play football for the Irish of Notre Dame while Piketon High School’s Caleb Southworth is heading to Central Michigan. Chillicothe’s Drew Basil also made it official that he will be a Buckeye next year as he signed with Ohio State. Finally, Logan’s Pat Angle signed to play football at Youngstown State.
A Soccer Signing: The amazing career of St. Clairsville‘s Jaclyn Dutton has been well documented during the fall additions of the Southeast Ohio Huddle. Dutton, who gave a verbal commitment to Clemson University back in September, made it official this week by signing her NCAA Division I letter-of-intent to play soccer at Clemson University in South Carolina.
SOC 1 Race Heats Up; Blankenship Scores 1,000th: Franklin Furnace Green senior Adrianne Blankenship came into Wednesday night’s 63-35 home loss to Eastern just nine points shy of 1,000 career points. The milestone basket came on a runner with 36 seconds to play in the first quarter. Blankenship finished the night with 24 points and 16 rebounds.
Courtney Rowe and Rachel Staker combined for 42 points to lead Eastern to the win. The victory keeps Eastern alive in the SOC I race. Eastern (12-4, 10-2) trails New Boston (14-2, 10-1) but could still mathematically win an outright title.
Bruney to Enter Hall: As a result of an incredible 31-year run, Martins Ferry legendary coach Dave Bruney is about to earn an amazing honor. It was announced during this weekend’s Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Coaches Clinic that Bruney would be inducted to the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony in June at the Hilton Hotel near Easton Mall in Columbus.
Climbing in the Rankings: In boys’ basketball this week, several southeast programs continue to show up with the state’s elite teams. Oak Hill, the defending state champs, is now ranked fifth in D-III while southeast Peebles moved into the top 10 as well at No. 9. In Division II, the only southeast member in the top 10 is Logan Elm at No. 10. Tri Valley Conference leader Athens is ranked No. 12. In D-IV, Reedsville Eastern showed up with their 13-1 at No. 9 while Shadyside, who is still unbeaten at 12-0, is ranked tenth.
Unioto vs. Adena, Girls Basketball, Thursday, February 11th, Adena High School, JV tips at 5 p.m. Adena has the final chance to spoil Unioto’s perfect season. Unioto is trying for their second straight perfect regular season.
Zane Trace vs. Westfall, Boys Basketball, Friday, February 12th, Westfall High School, Freshmen game tips 4:45 p.m. With Zane Trace holding a one-game lead in the Scioto Valley Conference over Piketon, the Pioneers will face their final road test. It will be a tough atmosphere as one of the southeast’s best student sections in Westfall are sure to have the dome rocking.
Zane Trace stayed hot this week as they hammered South Point by 30 points. In the win, Kirk Maxwell had 22 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Drew Davis added 18 points and Gabe Haynes scored 15 points.
Athens vs. Nelsonville York, Boys Basketball, Saturday, February 13th, Nelsonville York High School: Assuming Athens avoids the upset at Pomeroy Meigs on Tuesday, the Bulldogs could be playing for an outright Tri Valley Conference championship when they head on the road to battle the Buckeyes.
Alexander vs. Maysville, Girls Basketball, Saturday, February 13th, Maysville High School, JV tips at 6 p.m. In a week that will most likely see the Lady Spartans of Alexander wrap up the Tri Valley Conference title, they will finish the week by traveling to take on a very solid team in Maysville from the Muskingum Valley League.
High School Boys’ Basketball, Sunday, February 14th, Jackson High School: Valentine’s Day marks the day for this year’s sectional tournament draw for high school boys’ basketball. Many of the outlying areas will head to alternate locations; however, all southeast district schools will be on hand at Jackson High School.