Southeast Ohio Huddle: Returning state semifinalists meet in regional semis


Southeast Ohio Huddle

The southeast continues to be well represented in Columbus come middle
to late March as a few more southeast elite have punched their ticket to
the Final Four on the girls’ side. Some boys’ teams will have that same
opportunity in the upcoming week.

The southeast continues to be well represented in Columbus come middle to late March as a few more southeast elite have punched their ticket to the Final Four on the girls’ side. Some boys’ teams will have that same opportunity in the upcoming week.

Ohio University’s Convocational Center continued to be the place to be this past weekend. Friday night a Division II boys’ district winner was crowned. Saturday, an all southeast regional final sent one team to the Final Four…but it wasn’t the one that many thought it would be. That same day a D-IV boys’ title was decided before a trio of Division III boys were cutting down the Convo nets.

There was also plenty of action in other parts of southeast Ohio. The girls are sending a southeast team to the Final Four in the Division II girls’ bracket while one Division IV squad fell just short. We will sort it all out in this week’s News, Notes, & Nuggets, but first, let’s talk about our top awards. As for the team award, we head to Athens to honor a team from Brown County that turned in a shooting clinic. Individually, we stay in Athens and we stay in D-III as one of southeast’s newest members to 1,000 career points carried his team to a district crown.


Miami Trace Girls Basketball: For the first time in school history, the Lady
Panthers from Miami Trace will be heading to the Final Four. The spot at
the Schott comes as a result of MT’s regional championship win over
Minerva. The final score was 48-38. The Lady Panthers were led once
again by their southeast District Player of the Year in Jenna Cobb as
the Miami Trace outscored the Lady Lions 17-7 in the final frame to
provide the final winning margin.


Nathan Copley, Chesapeake Boys’ Basketball: The silky smooth southpaw scored 13 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter as he sparked an 11-0 fourth quarter run to lead his Panthers to a 43-40 district final win over Zane Trace. This great performance caps off a great district tournament for Copley as he surpassed the 1,000 career point mark in the semifinal win over Piketon earlier in the week.


Blake Lifts Braves to Title: When you consider how deep and tight the top 10 Division II teams have been all year, it makes sense that the southeast district championship would come down to the final seconds.

Logan Elm and Warren were separated by only a few possessions all game long Friday night in Athens. Finally, with Warren leading 54-53, Logan Elm’s Adam Blake scored with seven seconds remaining to lift his Braves to the district title. Blake led all scorers with 23 points. Cory Whaley added 14 points and Tyler Pritchard scored eight points for the winners. In the loss, Warren was led by their outstanding leader Austin Cunningham. Cunningham scored 16 points to lead the Warriors. Logan Elm (22-2) will now meet Columbus DeSales in the regional in Athens on Thursday night.

Eastern Brown moves on: Five Warriors connected from
beyond the three-point arc as Eastern Brown recorded 10 total triples on
their way to a 72-56 district championship win in D-III at Athens.
Wheelersburg tried to stay in it with 18 points form Andrew Bendolph and
15 points and 11 rebounds from Andy Stegman, but Tyler Knapp hit four
threes on his way to 19 points as his Warriors shot a scorching
65-percent from the field on the day. Taylor Little led the winners with
20 points. Jordan Payne and Austin Smith were also in double figures
with 14 points and 11 points respectively.

Tigers Take Title:
All year long just two teams have been within single digits of Oak Hill, but one of those teams was Ironton – their regional championship opponent Saturday who has proven to be one of the only teams to slow the high powered Lady Oaks. This time around, with the Final Four on the line, Ironton not only slowed them down, but they held them to just 31 points in a 43-31 win. In the upset, Nikki Elswick scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Brea Tackett added 13 points. Rebecca Puckett led Oak Hill with 15 points, but the incredible stat was Karissa Adkins scoring just one point in the loss.

Waterford’s Final Four Hopes Fall Short:
Thursday’s semifinal was a match-up of the top two individuals in the southeast as Waterford’s Sina King and South Webster’s Kayla Cook went head-to-head. Both individuals were as advertised as King scored 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Cook scored 25 points, but as far as the team vs. team match-up it was all Waterford as the Lady Wildcats rolled to a 66-41 win.

In Saturday’s final, Waterford lead Harvest Prep 28-25 at the half, but a deep three at the end of regulation from Harvest Prep tied the game at 55-55, and Waterford fell in overtime 65-59.

The ‘Peake to the Sweet 16:
Nathan Copley scored 29 points to lift Chesapeake past Zane Trace 43-40 in Saturday’s D-III district championship in Athens. Zane Trace led 33-26 after three quarters of play, but the Panthers scored the first 11 points of the final quarter to take control of the game. Kirk Maxwell scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the final game of his outstanding career. Maxwell ends his career with 1, 213. Chesapeake will now advance to play Sugarcreek Garaway.

Sweet 16 for Sugarcreek:
As mentioned before, Garaway will be Chesapeake’s next opponent. Garaway beat Barnesville 75-51 to win a district crown as well. Brennan Mullet led the winners with 19 points while Ryan Troyer added 15 points. For Barnesville in the loss, a pair of sophomores led the Shamrocks. Tyler Fitzpatrick and Zach Dornon both scored 11 points.

A Late Night Classic:
With the time change considered, it was nearly Sunday morning by the time Ironton cut down the district net at the Convo. The reason being, the game that didn’t tip off until after 9:00 p.m. anyway needed two overtimes to figure out a winner.

This was a tight game throughout with no team every really spacing out a lead of any significance. At the end of regulation, it appeared that Ironton was in control, but late three-pointers from Peebles outstanding duo – Blake Justice and Andrew Seaman – tied the game. In the first OT, both teams managed just one point, with both teams leaving some extra free throws on the table that would have won it. Finally, in the second overtime, Peebles appeared to have it wrapped only to see Ironton’s Malcolm Morton dial one up from way out to win it 69-68. In the loss, Justice scored 23 points and Seaman added 20 points. For the district champs, Travis Elliott scored 18 points. Tim Kochendoerfer added 15 points, and the hero, Morton, finished with 11 points.

A Shadyside Comeback:
Over in the east district bracket, the undefeated Tigers were down 23 points to Hiland in this week’s D-IV district semifinal at Meadowbrook High School but came all the way back to win it 55-50. Justin Andes led the way with 16 points including four, three-point field goals.  Two other Tigers were in double-figures as Nick Schuetz and Heath Brooks scored 14 and 12 points respectively.

This win allowed Shadyside to advance to Saturday’s district championship against a Zanesville Rosecrans teams that the Tigers had already beaten twice during the regular season. In Saturday’s final, Shadyside completed the hat trick with a 60-57 win. Heath Brooks scored 24 points to lead the winners. The still perfect Tigers now advance to the D-IV regional.

Greyhounds Departing for Regionals:
Manchester, the only team to beat Peebles in the regular season, is still rolling through the D-IV tournament. Saturday, Manchester recorded a 69-59 district championship win over Racine Southern in Athens.

Tri Valley’s Allison Stillwell has signed to run cross country at Ohio University. South Webster’s Braden Ruth has signed to play college soccer at Shawnee State while Wheelersburg’s Kyle Brooks did the same. Waverly’s Cassie Kyle signed this week to say she will play her college soccer at Rio Grande, and Daniel Scott of Warren will also be heading to Rio Grande.


Chesapeake vs. Sugarcreek Garaway & Eastern Brown vs. Ironton, Boys’ Basketball, D-III Regional Semifinal, Convocational Center at Ohio University, Wednesday, March 17th, 6:15 & 8 p.m. Four teams…one spot in the Final Four. The winners will return Saturday to play for the championship.

Manchester vs. Tree of Life, Boys’ Basketball, D-IV Regional Semifinal, Convocational Center, Tuesday, March 16th, 7 p.m.
The Greyhounds of Manchester are in the regional tournament for the first time in 50 years.

Ironton vs. Middletown Madison Senior, Girls’ Basketball State Semifinal, Thursday, March 18th, Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center, 1 p.m.
Fresh off their upset win over Oak Hill, the Lady Tigers take the Final Four stage.

Miami Trace vs. Kettering Alter, Girls’ Basketball, State Semifinal, Thursday, March 18th, Ohio State’ Schottenstein Center, 7:45 p.m.
As stated above Miami Trace of the southeast district is heading to the Final Four for the first time in school history. Their semifinal opponent will be Kettering Alter who advanced with a 36-34 win over Chaminade-Julienne.

Zanesville vs. Carrollton & Logan Elm vs. Columbus DeSales, D-II Regional Semifinal, Convocational Center, Thursday, March 18th, 6:15 & 8 p.m.
It was explained above how Logan Elm earned their way back to the Sweet 16. On the other side, Zanesville beat Dover 46-40 to win the district title while Carrollton defeated Meadowbrook 73-57.

In Zanesville’s win, Tanner Gibson led the Blue Devils with 15 points while Dover (20-3) was led by Anthony Monaco with 28 points.

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