Spring sports hit the halfway point this week as
conference standings start to take shape. Most league schedules turn to
the second round as the contenders and pretenders
begin to separate themselves. Here’s who had a big week…
Spring sports hit the halfway point in the southeast this week as conference standings start to take shape. Most league schedules turn to the second round this week as the conference contenders and pretenders begin to separate themselves. This past Friday hit some conferences with a rare rainout this spring, and now many teams will face four league games this week; meaning, that this time next week we should have a good idea of what teams will have a chance to win a league title.
There were also a lot of off-season sports in the news this week as a few athletes announced where they are heading this fall and one school in the east names a new gridiron leader.
A few of the elite track teams were in action this week and both won invitational titles. There were also a few individuals who continued to better their marks in preparation for the postseason next month.
This week’s top awards give southeast fans a pair of great stories. This week’s top team put an end to a three-year streak while our top individual used both his arm and his bat to give more clarity to the Muskingum Valley League standings.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Jackson Softball: The Jackson softball squad went on the road this week and handed Gallia Academy its first SEOAL loss in three seasons. In 2007, it was April 18th when Gallia lost to Ironton. Since then, the Lady Blue Devils had rolled off 32-straight wins in league play before falling to Jackson this week 5-4. The win came thanks to a late-inning rally. Down 4-2 entering their final at-bat, Emileigh Cooper produced an RBI double that scored Jami Oberholzer to trim the lead to 4-3. A Kelly Hughes single then scored Erika Colbert and Cooper giving Jackson a 5-4 lead. Pitcher Jessica Apsley, who picked up the win for the Ironladies, retired the Blue Devils in order to secure the upset. Jackson is now 4-9 overall and 2-4 in conference play while Gallia is 9-4 and 5-1.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chase Fuller, Philo Baseball: In a battle for first-place in the Muskingum Valley League, Philo’s Chase Fuller used both his arm and his bat to lift the Electrics to the 7-3 win and the current lead in the MVL standings. With the game tied at 3-3, Fuller hammered a three-run homer to help Philo to a five-run sixth inning. Fuller supplied the only offense he would need as he struck out 11 Sheridan batter in the win. Philo is now 7-1 in league play. They are tied with Tri Valley while Sheridan slips to 7-2 in league play.
NEWS, NOTES, NUGGETS
K: This is an often used symbol in the Piketon scorebook this year as the Piketon pitching staff continues to strikeout the competition at an amazing rate. As blogged last week, the Redstreaks recorded 20 strikeouts in a win over Adena. Zach Farmer then K’d 16 in a win over Huntington before Brandon Blackburn struck out 15 in a five-inning win over Paint Valley. Piketon is currently 3-1 in the Scioto Valley Conference and 6-6 overall. The Redstreaks are currently tied in the loss column with Adena, Westfall, and Southeastern.
Portsmouth Beats Rival Ironton: A pair of Portsmouth runs crossed the plate in the fifth inning to record a 5-3 win over nearby rival Ironton. Isaiah Reeves had three hits in the win while Myers struck out 11 to earn the win on the mound. For Ironton, Keith Wetzel and Anthony Harper both had a pair of hits. The loss drops the Fighting Tigers to 8-4 overall and 3-3 in SEOAL play while the win improves Portsmouth to 7-4 overall and 2-4 in league play.
Valley of Thunder: One of the elite events for southern Ohio took place this week at Symmes Valley as teams from all over the southeast attended for the 14th straight year. On day one it was host Symmes Valley winning in extra-innings 6-5 over Alexander. Alexander then rebounded to defeat Portsmouth Notre Dame 4-1. In the next game, Wheelersburg defeated Eastern Meigs 10-0.
On day two, Lucasville Valley beat Alexander 11-0. The Lady Indians then won again posting a 10-2 win over Eastern Meigs. The two wins improved Lucasville Valley to 14-1. Eastern Meigs responded with an 11-inning, 3-1 win over South Webster. South Webster then lost to Symmes Valley 12-3. In the next game, Alexander defeated Wheelersburg 7-1. Notre Dame dropped the final two games losing to Wellston 9-0 and Athens 12-10. Host Symmes Valley won their first game as well over Athens 9-8.
Semancik to Play Soccer at Findlay: Tyler Semancik of Chillicothe High School announced this past Tuesday that he will play his college soccer at Findlay.
Meadowbrook Names New Football Coach: Shenandoah and Mount Union grad Jesse Wells has been named the new football coach at Meadowbrook High School. Wells, who was a standout high school and college player, has spent the last five years on the staff at Mount Union. Wells brings a lot of winning with him. In high school, Wells helped Shenandoah to a playoff performance before winning four league titles and a pair of national titles at Mount Union.
From Unioto to Urbana: Unioto’s Chloe Cottrell signed a full ride scholarship this week agreeing to play her college basketball at Urbana University. Cottrell, a 5-10 versatile athlete that can play anywhere on the court, averaged 10 points and four rebounds during her senior season while helping Unioto to back-to-back Scioto Valley Conference champions.
Turning Things Around: St. Clairsville softball enjoyed a great four-win week that helped turn a 3-6 record into a 7-6 mark. In the fourth straight win it was the bats that continued to produce an array of hits. The Lady Red Devils pounded out 12 hits as Tashia Hummel led the way with two singles, a three-bagger, and three RBIs. On the mound, Sarah Slenski continued to throw the ball well as she went the distance for St. Clairsville.
Repeat Champs: The Chillicothe Cavaliers repeated as champions at the Washington Court House Relays. The Cavs did so by winning five of the eight running events and the long jump as well. The blue and white posted dominate performances in the 800 relay, 1,600 relay, sprint medley relay, distance medley and 3,200 relay.
Piketon Softball Still Perfect: The Lady Redstreaks remained unbeaten this week improving their season mark to 10-0. They did so while not surrendering a run all week. Led by their standout pitcher Shella Zimmerman, Piketon beat Huntington 8-0, Jackson 15-0, and Paint Valley 19-0.
Shermans, Vikings Finish One-Two: In this year’s Unioto Track Invite the host Sherman Tanks took both the boys and girls’ team titles while Vinton County finished second in both. The day belonged to Unioto as the boys squad was 64 points better than the Vikings. Unioto dominated the relays winning the 400, 800, 1600, and the 3200. Kyle Halsey won the 100 and the 200, Shane Maier won the 400, Adrian Ross won the 1600 and the 3200, David Nace won the shot, and Harry McQuiniff won the pole vault. Ethan Allen helped Vinton County to the second-place finish winning both the long jump and the high jump. Rounding out the boys’ scoring, North Adams was third followed by Racine Southern and Eastern Brown.
On the girls’ side, Unioto’s Mallory Retherford won the 800 and the 1600. Maddie Davis took the title in the 400 while teammates Liza Elliott and Hannah Arbaugh won the discus and shot respectively. For Vinton County, Brittany Stewart swept the hurdle events to lead the Lady Vikings. Racine Southern took third followed by Eastern Brown and North Adams.
Symmes Valley vs. Notre Dame, Softball, Monday, April 19th, Notre Dame High School, 5 p.m. This match-up will go a long way in determing this year’s SOC I champion.
Southeastern vs. Jackson, Baseball and Softball, Tuesday, April 20th, Jackson High School, 5 p.m. A very improved Southeastern baseball team and a Jackson softball team coming off a huge win over Gallia Academy should make this non-conference match-up of neighboring rivals an interesting pair of games.
Waverly Track Invitational, Boys and Girls Track, Tuesday, April 20th, Waverly High School, 4 p.m. Several of the elite teams from around the southeast will visit Pike County to make-up a solid field at Waverly.
Cambridge vs. Meadowbrook, Baseball and Softball, Wednesday, April 21st, Meadowbrook High School, 5 p.m. In both baseball and softball, this match-up has major implications in the standings of the ECOL.
Adena vs. Portsmouth, Baseball, Saturday, April 24th, Portsmouth High School: This will be a key non-league DH for both teams in terms of sectional seeding later this month.