BOWLING: Chillicothe and Washington Win SCOL Titles
The SCOL Bowling Tournament was held in Wilmington on Saturday, February 8th. The Chillicothe Girls Bowling Team came in first place with Miami Trace, Washington CH, Hillsboro, and Clinton Massie to follow. Chillicothe's Summer Finley finished top bowler in the SCOL Tournament with a 3 game series of 699. The Lady Lions were led by Chelsea Davidson with a 212 game and Sierra Dawson with a 500 three game series.
Washington CH finished the tournament in first place in the boys division with Chillicothe coming in 2nd, Clinton Massie, Hillsboro, and Miami Trace to follow. Nathan Warner lead all the boys in the tournament with a 727 three game series.
1st Team SCOL Girls: Summer Finley (Chillicothe), Paige Blankenship (MT), Miranda Wheeler (MT), Sierra Dawson (WCH), Reeanna Houser (Chillicothe), Elinna Ward (Hillboro) and Chelsea Davidson (WCH).
2nd Team SCOL Girls: Amber Chaney (Hillsboro), Kristen Eblin (Chillicothe), Michelle Crawford (Chillicothe), Abbey Carruthers (CM), and Kate Jude (WCH).
1st Team SCOL Boys: Nathan Warner (WCH), Gray Prater (Chillicothe), Hunter Lowe (Hillsboro), Jeremy Margurger (CM), Kevin Martin (Chillicothe), Josh Fry (CM), and James Pollard (WCH)
2nd Team SCOL Boys: James Burnt (WCH), Jesse Hale (Hillsboro), Tyler King (Hillsboro), Timmy Claytor (Chillicothe), and Sean Lucas (Chillicothe)
The Chillicothe Girls and Boys both finished their seasons as SCOL League Champs. The girls had a 11-1 record for the year, while the boys finished the season with a record of 10-2.
Chillicothe is a first time Boys Sectional Champion following Saturday’s Meet at Ohio University.
The Cavs tallied 329 points ahead of second place Washington (231). Other SCOL teams included McClain 4th (201), Miami Trace 8th (137) and Hillsboro in a tie for 10th with Portsmouth (96).
Athens (325) won the Girls title while Miami Trace (190) nipped Washington (189) in finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Chillicothe (176) was 5 th, McClain (133) 8th and Hillsboro (102) 10th.
First place finishers include the Washington Boys 200 Medley Relay team of Ryan Kvarness, Brody Morris, Ryan Smith and Derek Eckstein; Ryan Kvarness (Washington) in the Boys 200 IM and Boys 100 Backstroke; Nicole Straathof (Miami Trace) in the Girls 50 Freestyle; Casey Webb (Miami Trace) in Boys 50 Freestyle; Syndi Cox (Hillsboro) Girls 100 Butterfly; Zach Ayres (Chillicothe) Boys 100 Butterfly, Miami Trace Girls 200 Freestyle Relay team of Autumn Self, Jesse Neff, Clare Sollars and Nicole Straathof; Brody Morris (Washington) Boys 100 Breaststroke and the Washington Boys 400 Freestyle Relay team of Derek Eckstein, Nick Nitta, Ryan Kvarness and Ryan Smith.
District qualifiers are determined by comparing Sectional performance times across the Districts.
Washington CH 47, Greenfield McClain 45 OT
The Washington Court House Lady Lions used a balance scoring attack and offset a double-double performance by Tara Karnes to wrap up regular season play with a winning record and 4th place in the SCOL.
The Lady Lions (11-10 overall/5-7 SCOL) was led by Carleigh Chaffins with 15 points, Emily Bath had 11 and Emma Anderson added 10 points. The win snapped a three game losing streak for Washington who had lost in the last 10 days basketball contests to Wilmington, in overtime to Hillsboro and Clinton Massie.
Tara Karnes dominated for the McClain Lady Tigers (12-7 overall/7-5 SCOL) with 17 points (13 of them coming in the 4th period and overtime) and 16 rebounds. In fact Washington was outrebounded 35-17 unofficially in the rebounding department. Shania Massie who had 29 points against Washington on January 11th was held to 13 points in the rematch.
Both teams start tournament action this week with Washington CH playing Wednesday at 8pm at Zane Trace against Circleville. Washington lost 32-31 against the Tigers on December 18th. McClain got a first round bye and will play in the Division 3 sectional finals at Lucasville Valley on Saturday against the winner of the Ironton Rock Hill/Eastern contest.
Miami Trace 58, Chillicothe 31
The Lady Panthers had one of their best shooting night of the season hitting (unofficial 60%) and finished the regular season at home Saturday night against the struggling Lady Cavaliers. The Panthers (17-4 overall/10-2 SCOL) have won 5 in a row and face off again against the Lady Cavaliers (8-13 overall/4-8 SCOL) on Thursday at Zane Trace High School in sectional semi-finals.
Chillicothe, who has lost 4 of their last 5 games, will play Albany Alexander Monday night before the rematch with the Lady Panthers.
Clinton Massie 71, Dayton Meadowdale 21
The Lady Falcons become the first team in the school basketball history, either boys or girls, to record a perfect regular season. Saturday they jumped out to a 17-6 first quarter lead and rolled over Meadowdale (11-9) holding them to single digits in each quarter.
Clinton Massie (22-0 overall/12-0 SCOL) was led by Logan Fredricks with 13 points, Sydney Brackenmyre with 12 and Miquel Santoro had 10 points. A total of 10 Lady Falcons scored in the contest as they had a 20-3 made free throws advantage and had 25 field goals (only 1 three pointer) to Meadowdale 9 field goals.
Chillicothe 62, Clinton Massie 51
Chillicothe earned its sixth straight win beating Clinton Massie 62-51 Saturday night.
There was concern the Cavaliers would be fatigued following their physical encounter at Miami Trace and the Falcons would be rested having a night off Friday night.
“Tonight was tough” said Cavs Coach Eric Huffer. “This was a big game… I thought we worked hard, it was one of those games where you just had to battle.”
The 1-3-1 zone created some problems for the Cavs. “They’re (Massie) long and they trap in the corners and trap on the wings… that caused us some problems. We made some good decisions to finish it off.”
The Cavs came out hot in the first period as Isaiah Johnson dropped in a three-pointer from the left and followed up a couple of Tommy Bolte free throws with another jumper taking a 7-0 lead. They led 15-6 at the end of the quarter and built a 13-point lead at 24-11. The Falcons started chipping away and pulled to 26-23 on a 20-footer by Cory Saddler. Nolan Taylor gave the Cavs a 5-point spread at the break with a buzzer beating lay in at 28-23.
Massie closed the gap and Dylan Rose tied the game at 31 and the teams exchange points over the next three possessions before Zach Santoro sank a pair of free throws with 1:10 left in the third for a 39-37 lead.
The Falcons led by as many as four before Bolte reduced the deficit to 45-44 on a three-pointer at 6:07 in regulation. Bolte followed up Matt Benson’s two free throws with a mid-range jumper and a layup for a 50-47 margin and the Cavs didn’t look back.
“We were not very good boxing out that second, third and fourth quarter at all” said Huffer “That’s frustrating because it’s something we practice every day.”
The Cavs hit 25 of 48 field goals for 52% to Massie’s 42%.
Chillicothe, winners of nine of their last ten games, were paced by Botle’s 27-points. Johnson dropped in 16 and Matte Benson 11 more. Nate Rosenbauer and Nolan Taylor had 4-points each.
The Falcons were led by Rose’s 18, Santoro’s 17 and 10 by Saddler.
Chillicothe (12-6/8-2) heads to Greenfield (Monday for a battle with McClain, Coach Huffer’s alma mater. “They have one of the best big men in the league in Ryan Falcouner… they don’t beat themselves. Should be a good crowd… should be a fun game.”
Clinton Massie (8-5/5-3) faces league leader Washington in back-to-back games, in Lees Creek Tuesday and Fayette County Thursday.
Lynchburg Clay 56, Hillsboro 44
The Hillsboro Indians took on Highland County rival Lynchburg Clay Saturday night and saw a five point lead early in the 2nd quarter disappear and had to play catch-up the rest of the contest after the Mustangs turned a 18-13 deficit into a 21-18 lead.
The Mustangs led 25-21 at the half and opened with a 6-0 run which Hillsboro never could get any closer than seven points the remainder of the game.
Hillsboro saw two players---Jordan Captain and Alex Van Zant back in the line-up after missing the last 6 games with Captain scoring 13 points and offering a missed inside presence for the team on rebounding and Van Zant out with an ankle injury played limited minutes but hit a big three pointer in the 4th period. Hillsboro (4-15 overall/1-10 SCOL) was led by Captain and DJ Brown with 13 points each. Zach Young the team leading scorer was held to 4 points as he got in early foul trouble and played a limited role during the game.
Hillsboro was 17 of 52 from the field (32.7%) including 3 of 15 on three point shots.
Lynchburg Clay (13-5) was led by Ryan Inman with 20 points and Devin Pierson with 14 points. The Mustangs were 17 of 43 from the field (39.5%) including 3 of 15 also on three point shooting.
The difference came from the free throw line as L-C was 19 of 28 at the charity stripe and Hillsboro was 7 of 13.
Hillsboro had 26 turnovers while L-C had 19 with the rebounding even at 28 each.
Hillsboro is scheduled to play two non-league games leading into the boys sectionals. Indians will host Batavia on Tuesday and travel to Goshen on Thursday.
Unioto 88, Miami Trace 74
Despite good shooting by both teams, the Shermans (17-3) pulled away in the 2nd half to hand the Panthers their second loss in two nights. Miami Trace (13-5/ 6-3 SCOL) shot unofficially 45 % from the field and now have recorded four of their 5 losses against Ross County schools this season (Chillicothe twice, Ross Southeastern & Unioto).
Panthers will play Monday at home against East Clinton in an SCOL makeup game and then Wednesday play at Washington CH, wrapping up the week by hosting Bishop Ready on Saturday. They still have a makeup game at Clinton Massie to schedule.
East Clinton 71, Manchester 53
The Astros rebounded from Friday night loss to Hillsboro by posting their highest offense point output of the season. The Astros (8-11 overall/1-8 SCOL) will play Monday at East Clinton, Tuesday at Paint Valley and on Friday host Chillicothe.