There was some solid representation from the southeast at the state
wrestling meet this past weekend. Several wrestlers posted respectable
finishes with one competitor from Sheridan capturing a historic individual title.
There was some solid representation from the southeast at the state wrestling meet this past weekend. Several of them posted respectable finishes with one wrestler from Sheridan capturing an individual title.
The warmer the weather gets the smaller the number of basketball teams still alive in the tournament. Both the boys and girls’ tournament action was busy again this week. Most girls’ brackets are now set for the regional level, while the boys’ are setting the brackets for district championships. Like always, the beautiful Convocational Center at Ohio University is the site to watch for the majority of southeast hoops. Nearly 20 games on the Convo stage in the past week, and this week’s huddle has them all covered for you in terms of results. We also look at the upcoming schedule in this week’s On Tap section.
As for our top honors, we look closer at a legitimate state title contender in girls’ hoops, and then honor a state champion from this past weekend’s state wrestling championships in Columbus. So, here we go! First, we are off to Jackson County to see a team that only two teams have even come within single digits of the entire year. Second, we honor a Muskingum Valley League wrestler as he earned the ultimate high school prize over the weekend.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Oak Hill, Girls Basketball: Saturday was my first chance to see the Oak Hill girls in person, and wow, this team is locked and loaded for a return trip to Columbus. The mission of the Lady Oaks returning to the Final Four became more of a reality this week as they hammered Adena 82-33 to capture their eighth district title in the last 11 years. As usual, Oak Hill was led by their 1,000 point duo of Karissa Adkins and Rebecca Puckett. The two of them combined for 45 points Saturday, and both were given plenty of room to operate thanks to nine total three-pointers being knocked down by the Lady Oaks. This year’s Oak Hill roster has eight players listed at 5-9 or taller and is extremely versatile throughout their line-up. The Lady Oaks are now 23-0 as they head to the Sweet 16.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Drew Carpenter, Sheridan Wrestling: Drew Carpenter of Sheridan defeated Vincenzo Cardone of Toledo Central Catholic 4-1 to capture the state title in the 285 pound weight class at the state meet in Columbus this past week. Cardone scored first, but it was all Carpenter from that point. The win makes the Sheridan star the first Muskingum Valley League wrestling state champion in the history of the conference.
NEWS, NOTES, & NUGGETS
Logan Elm & Warren to Play for District Title: Waverly was outscored 18-7 in the third quarter of the D-II district semifinal as Logan turned a five-point, halftime deficit into a 40-34 lead after three quarters. The run was too much for Waverly to overcome as Logan Elm advanced. Adam Blake led the winners with 20 points. For Waverly in the loss, Harrison Martin scored a game-high 22 points.
Logan Elm’s district final opponent will be Warren. The Warriors defeated top-seed Washington Court House 55-51. The winners were balanced with three players in double-figures while Court House (20-3) was led by Matt Stringfield with 17 points.
In D-II action over at Coshocton, Zanesville advanced to the district championship with a 54-39 win over Claymont. The Blue Devils will now face a tough 20-2 Dover team for the title. At Ohio University Eastern, it was Meadowbrook beating Coshocton 61-46.
Two Familiar Faces to Play for District Title: Following Wheelersburg’s upset of Oak Hill last week that part of the D-III bracket became wide open. Wheelersburg’s tournament run continued this past weekend with a 43-32 win over Belpre. Andy Stegman led the Pirates with 15 points. Next up for the ‘Burg will be Eastern Brown who eliminated Alexander 47-35 to advance.
D-IV Boys’ Sectional Recap; Cox & Loop hit 1,000: Two Tri Valley Hocking Division teams advanced from the Wellston D-IV sectional as Reedsville Eastern defeated Symmes Valley 47-36 and Racine Southern squeaked by Eastern Pike 51-49.
In the Lucasville Valley sectional, South Webster beat Leesburg Fairfield 50-43. On a side not for these two teams, South Webster’s Wes Loop and Leesburg’s Chris Cox both surpassed the 1,000 point mark this past week. In the other final, Manchester beat Sciotoville 77-54.
Two Southeast Squads Meet to Join the Elite: Many doubted that Waterford would take one of the spots in the regional tournament as the Lady Wildcats got 26 points from Sina King to roll over Portsmouth Clay 71-35, but the other district final was expected to be a great one…and it was. South Webster’s Kayla Cook scored 33 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as her Lady Jeeps got past Reedsville Eastern 62-58. In the loss, the great career of Kasey Turley came to an end as Turley did all she could scoring 28 points in the loss.
Alexander & Ironton Win District Titles as Well: In D-III girls’ action Saturday at the Convo, Alexander scored late to win 50-48 over North Adams. In the next game Ironton got 20 points from Lorna Ceaser, 12 points from Brea Tackett, and 11 from Nikki Elswick as the Lady Tigers defeated Zane Trace 50-30.
D-III Boys Tournament: The Zane Trace Pioneers and the Piketon Redstreaks – both of the Scioto Valley Conference – were hoping for an all-SVC district championship. Zane Trace did their part as they defeated McDermott Northwest 52-48, but Piketon was hammered by Chesapeake 73-46. Kirk Maxwell led ZT in the win with 20 points while Hank Leslie of Northwest scored a game-high 26 points. In the Chesapeake win, the Panthers were led by Austin McCaster with 28 points, while the Redstreaks got 20 points from Evan Legg in the loss.
At Ohio University Eastern, Barnesville stayed alive with a 42-32 win over Ridgewood.
Somewhat of a Shocker: In D-III action from other parts of the southeast, it was West Muskingum defeating St. Clairsville 82-73. The win came despite St. Clairsville’s fine duo of Dan Monteroso and Dan Slavik who scored 28 and 26 points respectively. In the win, the Tornadoes were led by Jordan Wilson with 20 points.
Lady Panthers Roll to Regionals: Two teams that know quite a bit about one another met for the D-II district title Saturday in Athens with Miami Trace winning 36-19. The Lady Panthers were led by Jenna Cobb and Kristen Reisinger with nine points each. Josie Hall scored eight points. In the loss, McClain was led by Kate Hammond with 13 points. The story in this game was Miami Trace’s defense as the Lady Panthers held McClain to 15% shooting from the field.
Over in the east, the Lady Bobcats of Cambridge had their season come to an end with a 48-37 loss to West Holmes. West Holmes is also responsible for eliminating Zanesville and Dover in this year’s tournament.
Other Southeast Wrestlers at State: Kurtis Jefferis of Barnesville finished the weekend with a second-place finish. Miami Trace’s Travis McIntosh finished second in the state in his weight class as well. Chillicothe Danny Demick finished third in the 285 pound weight class. Dominic Prezzia of St. Clairsville recorded a third-place finish in his 145 pound class. Joey Young of Athens, Seth Callarik of St. Clairsville, and Riley Shaw of Washington Court House all recorded fourth-place finishes.
Ending Too Soon: The Tri-Valley girls saw their perfect run end one step shy of the Sweet 16 as Gahanna turned up the defensive pressure causing 30 turnovers. Hannah Luburgh and Carly Young each scored 12 points in the loss as the Lady Dawgs finish their fantastic season at 23-1.
Once again this week, the Convo in Athens is the place to be for all of your southeast tournament action.
Tuesday, March 9th
Division IV District Semifinals
South Webster vs. Racine Southern (6:15 p.m.)
Manchester vs. Reedsville Eastern (8:00 p.m.)
*The two winners will meet for the title Saturday, March 13th at 3:00 p.m.
Friday, March 12th
Division II District Championship
Warren vs. Logan Elm (7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, March 13th
Division III District Championship
Wheelersburg vs. Eastern Brown (5:00 p.m.)
Zane Trace vs. Chesapeake (7:00 p.m.)
Peebles/Lucasville Valley vs. Nelsonville York/Ironton (9:00 p.m.) – these two semifinal games are going to be played Monday, March 8th at 6:15 and 8:00 p.m.
*Division II Regional Semifinal is at Hamilton Township High School
Tuesday, March 9th
Miami Trace vs. Columbus Eastmoor Academy
*Division III Regional Semifinal is at the Convo in Athens
Wednesday, March 10th
Ironton vs. Sugarcreek Garaway (6:15 p.m.)
Alexander vs. Oak Hill (8:00 p.m.)
*Division IV Regional Semifinal is at Pickerington North High School
Thursday, March 11th
Waterford vs. South Webster (6:15 p.m.)