Cavs Earn 62-48 Win Over Marysville

The casual observer wouldn’t have known Chillicothe hadn’t played since February 15th. There was no rust on the Cavalier offense as they racked up a 62-48 Sectional Final win over Marysville at Hatton Memorial Gymnasium. 

The Cavs’ three Musketeers, Tre Beard (19), Jayvon Maughmer (18) and Brandon Noel (12) combined for 49 points while Eli Taylor (7), Vinny Roper (4) and Kam Smith (2) gave Chillicothe the cushion necessary for the win.

Chillicothe controlled the game from the start taking a 13-5 lead after the 1st Quarter, then led 31-19 by the intermission. Marysville failed to get closer than 10 points in the second half. 

Chillicothe (19-4) has won five straight and will face Pickerington North in a District Semi-Final Wednesday at a site to be determined Sunday afternoon. The game will have a 7pm tip-off with the winner heading to the District Championship Game at Ohio Dominican University Saturday. March 7th at 11:00am.

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Brandon Noel throws down two of his 12 points on night. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media
Tre Beard eyes the Marysville defense before sinking two of his 19 points. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media

St. Mary’s Opens Annual Lenten Fish Fry Fridays

Throughout the Lenten Season (February 26-April 9, 2020) Fish Fry’s will be held inside the St. Mary’s Church Family Life Center behind the church at the corner of Fourth and Paint Streets in Chillicothe.

Each year, proceeds from the Fish Fry’s go towards sending the 7th and 8th grade Bishop Flaget students on educational trips. This year’s trip is to Nashville, Tennessee.

Circleville Heads to Sweet 16 with Win over Vinton County

Tigers Win DII District

February 20, 2008… it was the last time Circleville won a District Championship. It was a 39-28 victory over Unioto. Now, nearly 12 years to the date of their most recent Sweet Sixteen appearance, the Tigers are heading back after a 61-45 victory over Vinton County (19-5). 

#1 Circleville (25-0) has a Regional Semi-final date with the winner of Thursday’s Lakewood/Whitehall game on Tuesday at Zanesville High School.

The Tigers began to separate themselves from Vinton County shortly following a 17-14 1st Quarter. Before the Vikings knew it, they were down by seven thanks to the inside play of Kenzie McConnell and dribble-drive attack of Jaylah Captain.

Circleville expanded its lead to 33-18 at the half… and that was without 6’1” Center Meghan Davis who sat for most of the first half due to foul trouble. 

Vinton County managed to cut the lead to 10 a couple of times in the second half, but the Tigers answered right back.

Trailing by 17, the Vikings whittled the margin to 530-43 on a Morgan Bentley three-pointer with 2:39 left. Circleville’s Tori Bircher followed with back-to-back bank shots, snuffing the Vinton County comeback. 

The Vikings had three players in double figures, led by Bentley with 16, Tegan Bartoe added 11 and Cameron Zinn had 10.

McConnell paced Circleville with 20 points. Bircher and Davis tallied 13 points each and Captain had 12. Brie Kendrick had the other three points for the Tigers.

Circleville’s return to the Sweet Sixteen is a 6:15pm tip-off Tuesday at Zanesville High School.

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Circleville is headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008 wit their 61-45 victory over Vinton County Wednesday at Southeastern HS. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media
Kenzie McConnell, the game’s leading scorer with 20 points clips a souvenir from the District championship. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter media

First Capital Celebrates Statehood Day March 7th

Happy 217th Ohio

It’s one of Chillicothe’s proudest moments, annually celebrating the birth of Ohio’s Statehood, March 1, 1803.

The celebration takes place Saturday March 7, 2020 beginning at Trinity United Methodist Church on East Main Street with the Statehood Day Prayer Breakfast, presented by the Chillicothe Kiwanis Club and Ross County Ministerial Association. This year’s honoree is Stan Mitchell, recognized for his achievement in service to the community. Speakers will include Ohio Auditor of State, Keith Faber and Chaplain Paul Ray. Tickets for the event are $10 and available at the Ross-Chillicothe Convention and Visitors Bureau, from Kiwanis members, Stacy Brooks or Diane Carnes.

Chillicothe’s museums and historic sites will be open free of charge, including Adena Mansion & Gardens (10am-4pm), Lucy Hayes Heritage Center (10am-4pm), Ross County Heritage Center (12pm-4pm), David Nickens Heritage Center (1p-4p) and the Ross County Genealogical Society at their new location, 303 South Paint Street, (9am-4pm).

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Adena Mansion & Gardens, 847 Adena Road, Chillicothe. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media
Trinity United Methodist Church, site of the Statehood Day Prayer Breakfast. Photo by Dan Ramey/ Litter Media
Litter Media’s 2019 Statehood Day preview
An interview with Beverly Gray, Director of the David Nickens Heritage Center
An interview with Tom Kuhn, Director of the Ross County Historical Society
An interview with Adena Mansion & Gardens Executive Director Kathy Styer

Danny Oates Selected to OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fifteen individuals have been selected for induction into the Ohio High School Athletic Association Officials Hall of Fame. The OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame induction banquet is scheduled for June 20 in Columbus and will welcome these 15 individuals selected by the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame Committee.

Each of the 15 inductees is being honored for outstanding officiating careers and significant contributions to interscholastic officiating in Ohio. More information on the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame is posted at: http://www.ohsaa.org/Officiating/HOF

“In addition to being outstanding officials in their chosen sports, these 15 individuals have mentored countless other officials along the way,” said Beau Rugg, OHSAA Senior Director of Officiating and Sport Management and himself a member of the Hall of Fame. “Officiating is a service to student-athletes, coaches, schools and other officials and it is a joy to recognize these highly respected individuals with induction into the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame.”

2020 OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame Induction Class

Larry Black, Westerville (SB)

Robert Brammer, Dublin (FB, BK)

Don Green, Delaware (BK, BB, SB)

Don Giffin, St. Clairsville (FB, BK)

George Gulas, Medina (BK, BB, SB)

Michael Vaschek, Youngstown (FB, BK) (Deceased)

John Vicarel, Youngstown (FB, SO, VB, BK, BB, SB)

Truman Claytor, Toledo (BK)

Mark King, Fremont (FB, BK, BB)

Michael Poole, Maumee (FB)

Danny Oates, Chillicothe (FB, BK)

Tony Lingardo, West Chester (FB, BK, BB)

Richard Loewenstine, West Chester (WR)

Harry Robinson, New Carlisle (XC, TF)

Ken Myers, Fremont (FB)

Boys DII: Logan Elm & Waverly Advance to The Convo

DII Sectional Champs

Game 1: Logan Elm 57, Jackson 38
The Logan Elm Braves trailed Jackson 12-7 following the first eight minutes. That would change quickly in the second period.

The Ironmen went cold and were limited to two points in the second quarter, all while Logan Elm’s efficient offense clicked and its defense contained Jackson’s Caleb Wallis. The Braves played Miami Trace without their Jason Sailor in Wednesday’s semi-final. Coach Doug Stiverson regarded Sailor as his team’s best defender and Saturday, it showed. Wallis managed 13 points on the day, but Sailor shadowed and challenged his every move.

Meanwhile, the Braves began to pull away, leading 23-14 at the half and 36-26 through three.Jackson scrapped to within five on three possessions in the fourth, but couldn’t get closer. The Braves also distanced themselves with their play at the line, hitting 28-of-31 free throws. Thirteen of those were dropped in by Isaac Ward, who finished as the game’s leading scorer with 21 points. Gabe Chalfin added another 18, half of which were from the stipe.The Ironman were paced by Wallis with 13 and Braxton Hammond’s 11 points.

Jackson’s season closes at 20-4 and the Braves head to The Convo for a District Semi-Final with Athens Saturday February 29 at 8:45pm.

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Game 2: Waverly 38, Unioto 34 
Waverly took the lead from Unioto in the final quarter to open the fourth with a three-pointer by Trey Robertson and Unioto fought to keep pace, but the Tigers clawed out a 38-34 win for their fourth straight Sectional Championship.

The Tanks maintained a slight advantage over Waverly for most of the game, but couldn’t gain enough ground to keep the lead. The Tigers went ahead just before the half on a Robertson bucket, but Unioto’s Isaac Little drained a jumper at the buzzer for a 20-18 halftime lead. Little netted 17 points for the Shermans.

Waverly cut the margin to 25-24 through three quarters in a low scoring period before assuming the lead in the fourth. Robertson led Waverly with 18 points and Jason Futhey came up with some big buckets late.

The Tigers play Warren on Saturday February 29 at 7pm. The two clubs met at the beginning of the season in Piketon with Waverly coming out on top 63-60.

Gabe Chalfin (13) and Isaac Ward (4) celebrate a championship while Jason Sailor (10) looks on. Logan Elm faces Athens in the District Semi-Finals Saturday February 29th at The Convo in Athens. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media
Waverly Coach Travis Robertson affirms with his team that moments like this is why they work so hard for so long adding “We’ve got more work to do.” The Tigers play Warren in the District Semi-Final Saturday February 29th at 7pm at The Convo in Athens. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media
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Boys DIII: Adena, Zane Trace Advance to The Convo

DIII Sectional Champs

With a trip to The Convo on the line, Zane Trace and Adena earned wins in the Boys Division III Sectional Finals Friday. The two will face each other Sunday March 1st.

Getting there was not easy.

Game 1: Zane Trace 56, Piketon 50

The #9 Pioneers reached the District Tourney in Division II last season, and to get there again, they’d need to get past Piketon, which proved to be an unpredictable team.

Zane Trace took control early on with lads of 18-21 after the first and maintained a 31-26 game at halftime. Piketon fell behind by 10 in the second half but managed to pull within 44-42, but in racing terms, catching the leader is one thing, passing them is another.

Each tie the Redstreaks threatened, Zane Trace managed to pull ahead by five. 

Per usual, Cam Evans was tough to control. The SVC Player of the Year netted 26, including five three-pointers while Colby Swain scored 10 while Nick Nesser (8), Triton Davidson (6) and Luke Johnson (4) teamed for another 18.

Levi Gullion led the Piketon attack with 18 and Tyree Harris tallied 11. Brody Fuller (9), Chris Chandler (7), Logan Nichols (3) and Tre Swayne (2) combined for 21.  

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Game 2: Adena  53, Alexander 41 

The Warriors historic run to the Division III District championship game last year was memorable, and the team has had plenty of motivation to return. 

The community was rocked in late January when a car crash left team captain Brandon Smith and his brother Jacob critically injured. 

Friday’s battle with Alexander was one more mountain to climb. 

The Warriors darted out to a 10-2 lead on Alexander, but the Spartans went on a 12-0 run to assume the lead and went into the intermission with a 19-15 advantage. 

Then came a physical second half of play which ended up seeing Alexander Head Coach Jimmy Kearns being sent to the showers early and the game slipping away from the Spartans.

Adena tightened up the defense in the third period and attacked the basket. After trailing most of the period, the Warriors scrapped back to tie the game at 27 on a three-pointer by Jarret Garrison and Preston Sykes laid in a basket to give Adena the lead to close out the quarter.

They wouldn’t trail again.

In the moments after, just 85 seconds into the fourth, Kearns was ejected arguing a call as Alexander fell behind 32-27. Logan Bennett sank three free throws to extend the margin to 8-points.

Play was stopped for nearly five minutes to settle some rowdy fans. Once play resumed, Adena had all the momentum and stretched their lead to 43-30 on a basket by Cade McKee.

Bennett and Sykes had their hands full with controlling 6’10” Caleb Terry, who finished the game with 10 points. Kaleb Easley led Alexander with 14 points.

The Warriors were paced by Bennett and Sykes with 12 points each, Jarret Garrison added 11, McKee 9 while Nate Throckmorton and Dillon McDonald combined for another 9.

It’s back to The Convo for both Adena and Zane Trace. They’ll tip off at 5:30pm on Sunday March 1st.

Cam Evans scored a game high 26 points leading Zane Trace to a return trip to the Convo following a 56-50 win over Piketon at Waverly High School. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media
Caden McKee drives to the basket as Adena overcame a 19-15 halftime deficit for a 53-41 victory over Alexander at Jackson High School. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media.
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Jackson, Logan Elm Advance with Wins

D II Sectionals at SEHS

Game 1 Recap: Jackson 66, McClain 31
Caleb Wallis dropped in 25 points as Jackson overcame a 13-10 deficit to hold McClain to 21 points the remaining three periods.

Ironmen Coach Max Morrow credited the Tigers’ preparation from the first two meetings between the schools this season. “Coach Stewart does a great job, and their kids were ready” said Morrow. “they were prepared, they knew what we were gonna do.”

Jackson won their two meetings in the Frontier Athletic Conference 72-38 and 89-69.

Jackson quickly turned the tables at the start of the second quarter on a 10-2 run and took a 35-20 lead into the intermission.

Caden Donaldson added 14 points as the on other Jackson played in double figures. Camden Closson led the Tigers with 10 points.

Jackson plays Logan Elm for the Sectional Championship game Saturday at 3pm at Southeastern HS.

Game 2 Recap: Logan Elm 51, Miami Trace 26
Following a tightly contested first quarter, Logan Elm built on it’s 13-12 lead, outscoring the Panthers 14-1 in the second for a 27-13 lead at the half.

The Braves’ Isaac Ward paced their attack with 11 first half points.

The mismatch in size was countered with patented Logan Elm patience offensively combined with high percentage shooting. At 6’3”, Jared Harrington is the Braves lone big man. Miami Trace touts a combination of Logan Rodgers (6’8”), Andrew Guthrie (6’7”) and Dylan Bernard (6’6”), but the Braves handled the size indifference with defensive quickness and contesting passes at lower trajectories.

“Our defense was extremely active tonight” said Braves Coach Doug Stiverson. “I thought we got our hands on a lot of passes, and then was able to get us in some transition as well.”

Logan Elm managed to keep the Panthers at bay the remainder of the contest for a 51-26 victory.Ward led the Braves finishing with 17 points followed by 14 from Gabe Chalfin. Rodgers led the Panthers with 9 points.

Jackson’s Caleb Wallis works under the basket for a tough two-point shot, Wallis scored a game high 25 points. Click the photo to see more game photos from the Litter Media Facebook Photo Album. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media