Clinton Massie 36, Bellbrook 24

The Lady Falcons perfect season moves on to the districts after a 12 point win Saturday afternoon over Bellbrook in the Lebanon Lower Bracket Sectional championship.

The win was a no-doubter after the Lady Falcons held an opponent scoreless for the second straight sectional contest with a 12-0 opening quarter. Last

Wednesday C-M jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter over Wilmington.
After the first period Clinton-Massie stayed even with Bellbrook (20-5) the rest of the contest as each team scored 24 points each.

Sydney Brackenmyre led the Falcons with 14 points and Brittany Holman added 8 points.

Clinton-Massie moves to the Mason High School Districts Friday night at 9pm against Tipp City Tippecanoe. There will be two separate sessions at Mason with officials clearing out the gym after the 5pm semi-final contest.

The Clinton-Massie/Tippecanoe game will be broadcast on Buckeye Country 105.5FM and iheartradio Friday night starting at 8:45pm.


Circleville 48, Washington CH 36

The Circleville Tigers defeated the Washington Court House boys basketball team at Ross Southeastern Saturday night in the Upper Bracket Sectional Championship. It was the second time in less than a month the Tigers have won by a double digit score over Washington Court House. The Tigers won at home on January 29th by a 61-48 score.

The Tigers (18-5) had an 18-11 lead after the first 8 minutes of action and led 27-20 at the half. The turning point of the contest came during a four-plus minute span starting with seconds left in the third quarter and in opening moments of the final period.

A Conner Eckles three-pointer for Washington CH pulled them to within 35-31 in the third quarter, but David Burroughs hit a  jumper at the horn bumping the Tigers lead back up to 6 points. The Tigers then started off the fourth on a 7-0 run and led by 13 points (44-31) before Max Knisley hit for 5 straight points to pull the Blue Lions back to with eight points (44-36) with 4 minutes left in the game but they couldn't pull any closer.

Washington (17-5) was led by Eckles 12 points. Garrett Phipps added 9 points as the Blue Lions were 13 of 41 from the field (31.7%) including 9 of 24 (37.5%) on three point shooting. They were only 1 of 5 from the free throw line and committed 16 turnovers.

Circleville who won their second sectional title in the last three years with the win now will face Warren Local Friday night at the Convo in Athens in the District Division 2 semi-finals. The Tigers were led by Reed Hugus with 13 points and Justin Hill added 12 points. The Tigers had only 8 turnovers and shot 18 of 41 from the field (43.9%) including 5 of 11 on three point shots (45.5%) and was 7 of 13 from the charity stripe.

Clinton-Massie ND East Clinton are the remaining SCOL boys teams left in the tournament. They each drew 1st round byes and won’t play until Wednesday night. Clinton-Massie playing at Springfield and East Clinton will be at Western Brown High School.

Reynoldsburg 63, Chillicothe 61

Rebounding is part of the game… and Saturday Reynoldsburg was more effective than the Cavaliers.

The game’s last rebound was a put back by Josh McCoy to end Chillicothe’s season and propel the Raiders into the next round of the tournament.

The Cavs trailed 61-58 with 28 seconds remaining. Tommy Bolte dropped in a three at 15 seconds to tie the game at 61. Reynoldsburg pushed the ball up the floor and McCoy followed up a miss with the Raiders’ 19th offensive rebound before the buzzer. With Raiders fans storming the floor, officials cleared them away and placed one second on the clock. Isaiah Johnson’s long inbounds pass was stolen at the other end by Ahston Dulin to deny Chillicothe its final shot at continuing the season.

“That hurt us” said Cavs Coach Eric Huffer. “They had a lot of opportunities… we did hit tough shots and they really picked up the pressure in the second half and that bothered us.”

The Cavs had won twelve of their previous thirteen matches. The season closed on a loss by the same margin as their previous three, by two-points. [CLICK HERE to see the Cavs 2013-14 season results]

Chillicothe (15-7), the lesser seeded team, traveled to 15th seeded Reynoldsburg Saturday. The Cavs were the aggressors early. Bolte, who led all scorers with 28, gave the Cavs a seven point lead, scoring the first 10-points. Isaiah Johnson (16 points) dropped in a baseline jumper over the first four minutes of the game. Bolte drained a three for a 15-7 Cavalier lead.

Reynoldsburg erased the margin, tying the game at 17 through the first period. Jarius Ward gave the Raiders their first lead hitting from beyond the arc at 20-17. Johnson dropped in another three knot the game at 24, then Nolan Taylor and Bolte teamed on a pair of field goals and the Cavs were back on top 29-24. The Raiders regained the lead with 1:35 left in the half but Johnson had the last say with another bomb to give the Cavs a 34-33 edge at the break.

There were 15 lead changes in the game, but the two clubs exchanged the lead on nine consecutive possessions during a 5-and-a-half-minute period in the middle of the game.

Trailing 44-40 with 3:51 left in the third quarter, Matt Benson and Johnson hit back-to-back baskets for a 44-44 tie. Bolte hit two more baskets and Nate Rosenbauer hit on a driving layup to give the Cavs a 51-44 lead through three quarters.

Then Reynoldsburg owned the last period, outscoring the Cavs 19-10.

The Raiders owned the edge in the rebound department 30-12 and at the line 9-of-12 to the Cavs’ 7-of-8. Chillicothe held the advantage in all the other categories: 23-of-41 field goals to 23-of-53, hit 8-of-13 3’s to 4-of-19 for ‘burg and 10 turnovers to the Raiders’ 11.

Other Cavs in the scoring column, Taylor with 8 points, Rosenbauer 7 and Benson 2. The Raiders had three players in double-figures, led by Travis Gleason’s 16, 14 by Ward and 12 for Lloyd Chatman.

“We stayed with them and we got after ‘em… I don’t know how many teams can say they can guard that team five-on-five like that, man-to-man, aggressively, too.”

The Raiders will host Briggs Friday night in the next round of the boys D-I Central District Tournament.


The Chillicothe Girls were Sectional Runners-Up in the Central District Bowling Tournament at Eastland Lanes Saturday and the Boys placed 19th. Both teams advanced to the District next Saturday. The top 20 teams advance.

Summer Finley and Reeanna Houser had the top series for the Lady Cavs (529 and 526) respectively and Kristen Eblin rolled a 467 while Claire Corzine (379) and Michelle Crawford (402) helped the five to a 2303 total entering the Bakers. Their 911 in the Bakers secured the second place finish.

Sean Lucas had the top score for the Boys with a 538. Timmy Claytor (500), Kevin Martin (492) had solid series while Gray Prater, Marquis Jackson and Nick Rinehart teamed to tally a 2319. Then the Boys put together the 11th best Baker score to push them into the top 20.

Hillsboro’s Boys placed 10th but the Girls just missed qualifying.

Saturday’s District play begins at 8am for the Girls and 12pm for the Boys at Eastland Lanes on Refugee Road in Columbus.

The Miami Trace and Washington Court House high school bowling teams concluded their 2014 season Saturday at the Zanesville District Tournament. The top two teams and the top two individuals not bowling on a qualifying team advanced to the State Tournament.

After the first three games of individual bowling and before the start of the Baker games, the Lady Panthers were sitting in second place behind Maysville who was leading by 363 pins. Close behind the Panthers trailed Carrollton and Minerva who were looking to advance to the State Meet with a second place finish.

The Lady Panthers tried to cling on to second place but could not hold on through the remaining baker games. The Miami Trace Girls finished in fourth place with a new personal best of 3371, only missing second place and a spot at the state tournament by 61 pins.

Miranda Wheeler lead the team in scoring rolling a 587 series with a new high game of 246 allowing her to advance to the state tournament as an individual. She will be bowling in Wayne Webb’s Columbus bowl on Saturday March 1.

There were also two other Lady Panthers in the top 20 including Paige Blankenship with a 478 and Macy Detty with a 475.

Cory Barrett of Miami Trace was the only male who qualified for the district tournament. He had great last game of 218 but it was not enough to qualify.

The Ladies of Washington Court House finished in 6th including Kate Jude with a 498 and Sierra Dawson with a 486. The Courthouse boys finished in 4th 4020. They also had two bowlers in the top 20 including James Pollard with a 636 series and Adam Crabtree with a 595.


The SCOL will send at least nine wrestlers to the OHSAA Wrestling Tournament starting Thursday at The Ohio State University campus. At least three more may go as alternates. Here's a recap:

D-II at Wilmington:

The SCOL had five of their seven schools plus Wilmington who will be joining the SCOL next year participating in the Wilmington Districts.

St. Paris Graham again dominated winning the team district title with 306 points with Carlisle a distance second at 96 points. Graham was helped by having eight weight champs out of the 14 weight classes.

Miami Trace coming off their SCOL and Sectional titles finished third overall with 86 points and qualified four wrestlers for the state meet. Hillsboro came in 10th place, Wilmington 12th, Washington CH finished in 17th place, Chillicothe was 19th and McClain came in 27th place.

Miami Trace:
113 pounds-Trent Duffy finished 2nd at the districts.. This will be Duffy's 3rd straight trip to the state meet. Trent was 6th at state in 2012 and 8th last year.
132 pounds-Bryan Laytart finished 3rd at the districts. In 2012 he qualified for the state meet after a 4th place finish and last year was 5th in his weight class at the districts and an alternate.
Russell Miller (170) and Jeremiah Jones (195) both finished in 3rd place at the districts and are making their first trip to the state wrestling tournament..

120 pounds-Ryan Kelley finished 3rd in his weight class. He was an alternate after finishing 5th in 2012.
160 pounds-Kordell Ford is making his 3rd straight trip after finishing as district champ in 2012 and last year came in 3rd place.

Washington CH:
170 pounds-Tye Smith came in 4th place after finishing 5th in 2012 will be making his 1st trip to the state matches.

138 pounds-Caleb Price finished 4th at the Wilmington districts.

138 pounds-Zach Johnson finished 3rd at the districts.

Those wrestlers finishing 5th would be called up to participate if something were to happen before the state begins includes Matt West-Hillsboro (113), Washington CH Shawn Murphy (126), Cristian Collins of Chillicothe (160) and Ryan Hickey of Wilmington (182).

Finishing 6th place was Toby Warrington of Hillsboro (126), Dakota Farrell of Wilmington (170) and Gable Smith of Greenfield McClain (195).

D-III at Troy:

Clinton Massie:

Davey Tunon who was an alternate last year in the Division 2 districts at Goshen came in 3rd in the Division 3 districts at Troy High School. He qualifies for the state meet starting Thursday afternoon. His placement helped the Falcons finish 18th in the team scoring. Justin Gibbs also of the Massie wrestling program finished 6th at 106 pounds.

East Clinton:

The three Astros District qualifiers failed to advance.


Clinton Massie freshman Gracie Storm had the 23rd fastest time in the Girls D-II 500 Freestyle with a 5:22.76, but failed to qualify for the final.