Wheelersburg Girls Tennis Claim SOC Title

Presented By Hometown-Motors, Inc.

Wheelersburg’s Lady Pirates are Southern Ohio Tennis Champs. In taking the crown, they were led by Coach of the Year Jodi Wright.

Player of the Year goes to Kathryn Nelson of Notre Dame, who was also the Singles Champion.                                       

All-Conference Singles Team includes: 
Blossom Smith – Waverly                                                                   
Kayla Barker – Waverly
Addy Akers – Minford                                       

Doubles All Conference:
Mollie Creech & Savanah Holtgrewe- Notre Dame, who was also Doubles Champions                     

Meagan Jolly & Emily Janney – Wheelersburg

Ross Health District Awarded Child Safety Seat Grant

Presented By Classic Brands

(Ross County)  Building on the success of our current community-based programs, the Ross County Health District (RCHD) is adding the Ohio Buckles Buckeye program! The Ohio Buckles Buckeye (OBB) grant provides child safety seats and booster seats to eligible low-income families throughout Ohio. The goals of this program are to increase the availability of child safety seats for families who could not otherwise afford them and to increase proper use of child safety seats. 

“We are so excited to have the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes program back at the Ross County Health District. This program allows us to increase the availability of child safety seats for families who may not be able to afford them for their child.” said Amie Unger, Children and Family Health Director. “It also allows us the opportunity to increase correct installation and proper uses of child safety seats within our community to limit risk of injury.”

Buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces the risk of serious and fatal injuries. Correct car seat use reduces the risk for injury in a crash by 71–82% for children, while correct booster seat use reduces the risk for serious injury by 45% for children age 4–8 when compared with seat belt use alone. 

In order to receive an OBB seat, income eligible families must attend a car seat class provided by RCHD staff. Income must be within Women, Infant & Children (WIC) Program guidelines but the recipient does not need to be enrolled in the WIC Program. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 46% of car seats and booster seats are used incorrectly. To help combat this percentage, the RCHD team has added 2 Certified Car Seat Technicians available to check if your child’s seat is in correctly. Seat safety checks can be done by scheduled appointment OR by walk in service.

If you or someone you know are in need of a car seat or booster seat, call the Ross County Health District at 740-775-1137.

Paint Valley Stuns SVC Volleyball Leader Zane Trace

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The Paint Valley Bearcats sent shockwaves through the SVC Volleyball world Thursday with a straight-set sweep of conference leader and #6 state ranked Zane Trace (25-22, 26-24, 25-19).

Paint Valley entered the match with a (2-6) SVC record, while the Pioneers sat 1/2 match ahead of Adena at (8-1). But Thursday, the Bearcats were right in the thick of the contest from the opening serve, and at times, led by as many as several points.

Each time, Zane Trace battled back, only to see PV come up with a key defensive play or big offensive attack. Paint Valley’s service game was a key to keeping the Pioneers on their heals and getting them out of system for their offensive attack. The Bearcats had 11 aces in the match, with Abbi Stanforth notching 8 of them.

Paint Valley Coach Kristen Posey said this about her team’s effort- “This was a complete team effort that shows all the work this group has put in as a team. I am so proud of their growth throughout the season. “

The Bearcats offense was led by Olivia Smith with 14 kills, 1 block and 11 digs.  Abbi Stanforth had  8 ace serves, 7 kills, 1 block, 3 assists and 15 digs.  Addison Furniss added 3 kills, 3 digs and 1 block.  Averi McFadden had 6 kills, 2 assists,  22 digs and 1 ace.  Bailey Brumfield added 13 digs, Kaitlin Potts 1 ace, 1 kill, 25 assists and 9 digs. Kendall Dye pounded 4 kills, had 1 block, 9 digs and 1 ace.

Zane Trace stats showed the following:
*D. Berry: had 8 assists, 7/7 service, 1/1 SR, 1 BA, 3/5 digs
*L. Scott: 13 kills, 2/3 service, 1 ace, 8/10 SR, 2/4 digs
*G. McCullough: 4 kills, 14/16 service, 14/17 SR, 4 BA, 20/20 digs
*A. Farley: 9 kills, 1/1 SR, 1 solo, 4 BA, 4/4 dig
*Emily Allen: 5 kills, 16/17 service, 2 aces, 17/19 SR, 2 solo, 4 BA, 13/17 digs
*K. O’Neill: 5/5 service, 6/7 SR, 6/8 digs
*B. Viney: 7/8 service, 11/11 SR, 9/11 digs
*A. Crow: 1 BA, 3/3 digs
*K. May: 1 kill, 21 assts, 9/9 service, 2/3 SR, 2 BA, 7/10 digs

With the loss, (8-2) Zane Trace drops a match behind (8-1) Adena in the SVC loss column. The Warriors, who beat Unioto (25-13, 25-19, 25-13) on Thursday, still have a match to make up with Paint Valley. PV improves to (3-6) in the SVC.

Zane Trace hosts Adena Tuesday.

Unioto Grabs 5th Straight SVC Golf Championship

Presented By McDonald’s, I’m Lovin’ It!

The Unioto Shermans have won another SVC Golf Championship, winning Match #7 and placed second to Piketon in Match #8. The 2021 title is their fifth straight and 12th in the last 13 years. They’ve won 22 championships in school history.

Unioto’s Charlie Lewis is the SVC “Player of the Year”.

In Match #7, Unioto shot a 163, six strokes better than Piketon’s 169. Zane Trace was third, followed by Adena, Westfall, Paint Valley, Southeastern, and Huntington with no team score.

Unioto’s Charlie Lewis was medalist in Match #7 with a 36.

The top 20 individual scorers in Match #7 were:
Charlie Lewis 36
Owen Armstrong 39
Aaron Evans 41
Jace Tucker 42
Jon Grondolsky Jr 42
Gavin Howard 42
Quade Kaltenbach 42
Josh Delong 42
Henry Zitzelberger 43
Braxton Platt 43
Davis Kerns 43
Logan Cummins 44
Christian Horn 44
Gabe Dettwiller 44
Brayden Popp 45
Keegan Snyder 45
Emma Winland 46
Brenton Ewry 47
Jacob Hicks 47
Brevin Wooldridge 47

In Match # 8, Piketon won with a best fifth scorer for team score 167. Unioto was second, followed by Zane Trace, Paint Valley, Westfall, Southeastern and Adena.

Co-Medalist were Unioto’s Charlie Lewis and Piketon’s Gabe Dettwiller at 39.

Top 20 individual scorers were:
Charlie Lewis 39
Gabe Dettwiller 39
Jon Grondolsky Jr 40
Logan Cummins 41
Jace Tucker 41
Quade Kaltenbach 42
Gavin Howard 43
Brayden Popp 43
Aaron Evans 44
Josh Delong 44
Davis Kerns 44
Brevin Wooldridge 44
Braxton Platt 45
Brenton Ewry 45
Jasiah Story 45
Emma Winland 46
Owen Armstrong 47
Bryson Dudgeon 47
Christian Horn 48
Jacob Hicks 48