Southeast Ohio Huddle: 14 conference champions crowned…who were they?


Southeast Ohio Huddle

All kinds of basketball headlines across the southeast this week as the
boys have finally completed the conference races and the girls have
completed sectional play. Did we mention wrestling? Yeah, there was plenty of that too…

All kinds of basketball headlines across the southeast this week as the boys have finally completed the conference races and the girls have completed sectional play. All totaled this week’s Southeast Ohio Huddle honors 14 conference champions on the boys’ side and 24 southeast sectional champions on the girls’ side plus a few sectional champions from over in the east sectionals.

With all the basketball this week, we go to the hardwood to find our top team and top individual. Actually the team of the week is teams of the week as both the boys and girls’ teams from one Southern Ohio Conference school are still perfect and both are eyeing return trips to the Final Four. As for the top individual, we head to the Muskingum Valley League where we had a 35-point performance.

The upcoming week is just as busy as boys head to sectional play and the girls are on to district action. In our On Tap section it is simply too much to list every singe match-up, but what we have is the hosting sites, the favorites, and some key match-ups to watch.

Wrestling is also entering the early stages of postseason as nearly 45 schools from the southeast huddle area hit the mat for sectional action. In next week’s article we start to headline and follow the southeast elite in their quest for this year’s state tournament.


Oak Hill, Boys & Girls Basketball: Winning basketball games has been the theme at Oak Hill this winter and both the boys and girls have been doing their part. The Lady Oaks, fresh off their perfect regular season and SOC title, hammered Portsmouth 87-36 to win the sectional title and improve to 21-0. The Oak Hill boys completed their SOC championship run while keeping their undefeated record in tact with wins over Wheelersburg and Waverly this weekend. Friday, the Oaks beat the ‘Burg 42-33 behind 18 points from Kyle Ondera, and then on Saturday, Oak Hill beat Waverly 44-36.


Jacob Horsly, Sheridan Basketball: Sheridan’s Jacob Horsley scored 35 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and recorded three steals as the Generals defeated Morgan 80-57. The win improves Sheridan’s overall mark to 14-4 and 10-5 in the Muskingum Valley League. The Generals are the four-seed in the Division II sectional at Logan High School. They play five-seed Vinton County on Wednesday with the winner most likely getting top-seeded Logan Elm in the final.


Girls D-III Sectional Finals at Lucasville Valley: With the abundance of Division III teams in southeast Ohio, all three sites are allowed four teams out to the district. This made for a busy day of basketball at Lucasville Valley High School.

Lynchburg started the day with a championship win over Peebles 45-35. In game two, it was Adena getting 14 points from Jenny Grigsby and 11 points from Kirsti Yates as the Lady Warriors won the title with a 39-24 win over Northwest. Next, it was Eastern Brown defeating Piketon 60-34, and in the nightcap, it was top-seeded North Adams blowing out Westfall 67-36.

Girls D-III Sectional Finals at Wellston:
Top-seeded Zane Trace got 20 points and eight assists from McKenzee Tatman as they rolled over Crooksville 54-42. Alexander also advanced beating Southeastern 46-34. Whitney Bear scored 22 points to help Lucasville Valley hold off River Valley 60-52 to win the title, and Trimble rolled to an easy 70-50 victory over Minford.

Girls D-III Sectional Finals at Rock Hill:
Undefeated Oak Hill (21-0) remained that way as they had four Lady Oaks in double-figures as they captured the sectional championship with an 87-36 win over Portsmouth. Portsmouth West, the six-seed, shocked three-seeded Chesapeake 40-21. Wheelersburg received a game-high 21 points from Molly Knapp as the Lady Pirates squeaked by Dawson-Bryant Coal Grove 38-34 to advance to district play, and Brea Tackett’s 20 points led Ironton over Fairland 59-24 to complete the Rock Hill bracket.

Early Exit:
Saturday’s Division II sectional championship at Adena High School is a great example of just how loaded the southeast girls’ tournament is in 2010. Fourth-seed Greenfield McClain knocked off top-seed Unioto 56-47 to end Unioto’s season much earlier than many would have expected.

In the win for McClain (18-3), Kate Hammond scored 18 points, but it was the scoring from Cortney Hyer and Chrissy Cobb that proved to be the difference. Hyer and Cobb both scored 10 points – all of which came after halftime to offset Unioto’s comeback attempt. For Unioto, who ends the season at 19-2, Janae Driggs scored 15 points, Chloe Cottrell scored 13 points, and Mackenzie Arledge added 10 points.

In the other sectional championship at Adena, it was a very talented Miami Trace team winning a sectional title over Washington Court House with a 41-33 win.

Chesapeake Wins OVC:
The Panthers of Chesapeake beat South Point Friday night to win the Ohio Valley Conference championship. Nathan Copley led the Panthers with 26 points and Austin McCaster added 17 points as Chesapeake improves to 14-4 overall and 9-0 in OVC play. The Panthers will try to complete the undefeated league season on Wednesday when they welcome River Valley on senior night.

Outright SVC Champions:
The Zane Trace Pioneers defeated Huntington Friday night 58-35 to complete their outright Scioto Valley Conference championship season. Zane Trace finishes the regular season at 13-1 in league play and 16-4 overall. In the clinching win, Gabe Haynes scored 18 points and Kirk Maxwell added 17 points. For Huntington in the loss, sophomore Dylan Gragg scored 11 points.

Division IV Girls Sectional:
The Paint Valley Lady Bearcats came from nine down in the fourth quarter to beat Manchester 56-53 to win the sectional title. Whitney Hollon scored 26 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while Abbie Walls added 22 points to lead Paint Valley. Other sectional champions from Thursday night included South Webster, Leesburg Fairfield, and Eastern Pike.

Other Division IV sectional champions from the southeast include Waterford – Paint Valley’s next opponent – who defeated Belpre 75-36. Eastern Meigs beat Symmes Valley 79-45. SOC champion, New Boston captured a sectional title with a 45-22 win over Sciotoville East, and Portsmouth Clay beat Whiteoak 47-35.

Muskingum Valley League Showdown…Finally:
In a game that has been scheduled, rescheduled, and rescheduled again, the battle for the MVL title finally took place Saturday night. John Glenn overcame a 26-20 halftime deficit to post a 52-46 win over Tri Valley. The win leaves John Glenn (14-1, 16-3) just a Tuesday night win over Crooksville away from enjoying an outright Muskingum Valley League title. The loss leaves Tri Valley at 14-2 in the MVL and 16-3 overall as they will need a Crooksville win to earn a share of the MVL title.

In the win for the Muskies, Jake Heagen scored 14 points and Guy Long added 10 points. For Tri Valley, Clay Cameron scored a game-high 20 points, but the Tri Valley sharp-shooter was limited to just four points in the second half.

1,000 Career Point:
Kristy Swinehart of Sheridan scored 22 points to surpass the 1,000 point mark in a 62-60 D-II sectional final win over two-seeded South Point. In the other final at Alexander High School, top-seeded Marietta rolled 63-46 over New Lexington to advance.

One other southeast player hit the 1,000 point mark this week as well. Kris Tibbs, a member of the Symmes Valley boys’ squad, also hit the milestone.

Rounding Out the Conference Champs:
The Redskins of Coshocton defeated River View 67-32 on senior night to secure the outright ECOL championship. Brandon Taylor led Coshocton with 17 points as 11 Redskins scored on the night. The win is the 10th straight for Coshocton as they finish the regular season at 11-1 in league play and 16-4 overall.

Eastern Pike completed a perfect SOC I run to win the conference title. Athens finished off their Tri Valley Conference championship in the Ohio Division as did Eastern Meigs in the Hocking Division. Peebles is still perfect as they clinched the outright title in the Southern Hills League, and Ironton is the SEOAL champion. Finally, in the crowded OVAC it was Bridgeport (1-A), Shadyside (2-A), Weir (3-A), and Wheeling Park (4-A) winning league titles.


This week starts tournament action on the boys’ side and the following gives you the sites to follow each division in the southeast.

Division III
*Three sites (Waverly, Athens, Jackson – four advance from each site)
*Top seeds include Oak Hill (Jackson), Zane Trace (Athens), and Peebles (Waverly)

*Some of the featured games at each site are as follows:
Friday, February 26th at Athens High School, 8:30 p.m.
The four-five match-up should be a really good one for the title. Fairland and Belpre play for a trip to the Convo.

Friday, February 26th at Waverly’s Downtown Gymnasium, 8:30 p.m.
Solid four-five match-up here as well as Huntington and Northwest battle for a sectional championship. Both are led by solid post players as Dylan Gragg of Huntington and Hank Leslie of Northwest will be a key match-up to watch.

Saturday, February 27th at Jackson High School, 8:00 p.m.
#3 Chesapeake vs. #6 South Point/#11 Portsmouth West: If South Point is able to avoid the upset in round one, this would setup an all-OVC final with OVC champion Chesapeake meeting South Point for a third time this season.

Division II
*Two sites (Logan, Southeastern – only two get out from each site)
*Top seeds include Logan Elm (Logan) and Washington Court House (Southeastern)

*Some of the featured games at each site are as follows:
Wednesday, February 24th at Logan High School, 8:00 p.m.
Four-five match-up here has Sheridan and Vinton County playing for a chance to take on top-seeded Logan Elm for the title on Saturday.

Friday, February 26th at Southeastern High School, 7:00 p.m.
If Waverly (against Jackson) and Chillicothe (against Unioto) can survive early week first-round games the two will meet for what should be a dandy of a sectional final.

Division IV
*Two sites (Lucasville Valley, Wellston – two get out from each site)
*Top seeds include South Webster (Valley) and Eastern Meigs (Wellston)
*This sectional does not play their finals until March 2nd – check out next week’s On Tap section to see these match-ups.

This week starts district action on the girls’ side and the following gives you the sites to follow each division in the southeast.

Division II
*The two southeast sectionals send their winners to Southeastern High School on Thursday, February 25th

6:15 = Sheridan vs. McClain
8:00 = Marietta vs. Miami Trace

Division III
*The three southeast sectionals send their winners to Waverly High School on three separate dates

Thursday, February 25th
6:15 = Oak Hill vs. Eastern Brown
8:00 = Adena vs. Lucasville Valley

Saturday, February 27th
NOON = North Adams vs. Trimble
1:45 = Alexander vs. Portsmouth West

Monday, March 1st
6:15 = Zane Trace vs. Wheelersburg
8:00 = Ironton vs. Lynchburg Clay

Division IV
*The two southeast sectionals send their winners to Jackson High School on two separate dates

Thursday, February 25th
6:15 = Glenwood New Boston vs. South Webster
8:00 = Eastern Meigs vs. Leesburg Fairfield

Saturday, February 27th
NOON = Waterford vs. Paint Valley
1:45 = Clay vs. Eastern Pike
D-II District = Friday, February 26th & Saturday, February 27th at Goshen High School
D-III District = Friday, February 26th & Saturday, February 27th at Heath High School (combined with East and Central qualifiers) 

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