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A broadcast veteran of 40 years, including radio stints in Waverly, Circleville, West Union, Chillicothe and Columbus, Dan returned to Chillicothe as host of “Dan & Mike in the Morning” for nearly 25 years. Dan was known as “The Voice of the Chillicothe Cavaliers” for 35 seasons and in 2013 was inducted into the CHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

Teays Valley’s Walter Stewart Reportedly Joining UC Bearcat Football Staff

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According to a tweet by ESPN College Football Insider Pete Thamel, 2008 Teays Valley graduate Walter Stewart is returning to his college alma mater as Outside Linebackers Coach for Luke Fickell.

Stewart was a linebacker for the UC Bearcats from 2008-2012. The last three seasons, he was the Defensive Line Coach for the Temple Owls.

After leaving Ashville for Cincinnati, Stewart played in three bowl games, including the Bearcats’ Sugar Bowl appearance his sophomore season in which he recorded five-solo tackles.

Stewart’s resume has coaching stops at Northern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee before joining the staff at Temple under head coach Stan Drayton. If that name sounds familiar, he was the Running Backs Coach for Ohio State during the Buckeyes 2014 National Championship run.

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Chillicothe’s Osh Brown Continues to Shine at Rutgers

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Chillicothe’s Osh Brown continues to make an impact for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Women’s Basketball team.

Sunday in a 49-45 loss to Wisconsin, , with 11-points and 10-rebounds, Brown recorded her sixth double-double of the season, and the 55th of her career (the most among all active NCAA Division I women’s basketball players).

In a 68-63 loss at Northwestern last Thursday, Brown led all scorers with 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting and an 8-of-8 mark from the free throw line. She grabbed 16 rebounds before fouling out with two minutes left in the game. 

Brown, a graduate transfer from Ball State now with 1,658 career points, is the NCAA Division I active career leader in rebounds with 1,279 and in double-doubles with 55. 

Brown grabbed her first Rutgers double-double in grand fashion in the Paradise Jam opener with a 20-point, 20-rebound performance against DePaul, Rutgers’ first 20-20 since Betnijah Laney’s in 2014 against UNC. The effort fell two shy of Brown’s career-high of 22 rebounds, set in the 2021 NCAA Tournament last season, a Ball State program record.

In 19 games this season, Brown ins averaging 9.1 ppg and 9.1 rpg. She’s fourth in the Big Ten in rebounding. For her career, Brown has played in 134 games and averaged 12.4 ppg and 9.5 rpg.

Rutgers (7-14) is still searching for its first conference win. The Scarlet Knights play at Nebraska (13-4) Thursday and return home with Ohio State (13-3) Sunday at 1pm on ESPN2. The Buckeyes will host Rutgers on Monday February 7th at 6pm in Columbus.

Waverly Inducts Two Classes in Athletic Hall of Fame

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Members of the 2020 and 2021 Classes of the Waverly Athletic Hall of Fame are recognized Friday evening. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Waverly High School inducted thirteen individuals and the 1993 Golf Team into its Athletic Hall of Fame Friday evening between the Junior Varsity and Varsity games with Wheelersburg.

Due to spectator restrictions from the pandemic, the 2020 Class and the 2021 Class were enshrined together in a single ceremony.

The Class of 2020:

Teresa Campbell (2000) Girls Basketball; Dan DeVito (1969) Football; John Dyke (1987) Football, Track & Field, Boys Basketball; Rick Eblin (1971) Boys Basketball; Coach Bill Malloy, Track & Field; Kim Hewlett Swepston (1983) Tennis; Brenda Reed Walls (1983) Volleyball, Track & Field and Basketball; Trevor Walls (2008) Football; 1993 Golf Team

The Class of 2021:

Ted Evans (1966) Football; Geoff Grimes (2004) Track & Field; Robert Holsinger (1979) Basketball; Jim Ward (1951) Baseball, Basketball, Football & Track & Field; Sandy Monroe (Meritorious Service).

Robertson Becomes Waverly Basketball’s Scoring King

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The night was perfect, one with a story book ending.

Starting as young ball boy at age three, Trey Robertson would hit a three to send him into Waverly Basketball immortality. Hudson Kelly rebounded an errant shot on Waverly’s second possession, dished to Mark Stulley who found Robertson alone on the left wing. 23 feet after the release… nothin’ but net. Robertson was then mauled by his teammates.

The senior guard had just passed Jake Kretzer’s scoring mark and now sat upon the top of the heap in Waverly lore. Kretzer’s mark stood at 1,665 points, the most in Waverly Boys Basketball history. That was, until Robertson’s three-pointer.

“I’m just glad I can be here to see him break it” said Kretzer, now a graduate assistant with the Duquesne University Men’s Basketball Program. He could stick around to see the outcome. Kretzer told Litter Media he had a previously scheduled flight to catch and would have to depart Waverly’s Downtown Gym once, as he put it, “Trey makes his shot”.

With 5:50 left in the 1st Quarter, Robertson was money and the record that stood since 2012, lasted just 9 seasons.

“The moment was surreal” Robertson told Litter Media. “I can’t thank enough people who have helped me get up to this point” said Robertson, “everybody I’s ever played with, everybody whose ever coached me, everybody who ever set foot in this gym for me. They’ve played a big part in this.”

Robertson added having Kretzer there was a plus. “I’ve looked up to him ever since I was three years old. I don’t think there’s a better person I’ve looked up to in my entire life.”

“One of the downfalls of this, I’m so worried about the way we played tonight, it’s hard for me to just sit back and enjoy and appreciate what Trey’s done” said Waverly Coach Travis Robertson.

The Tigers still had their work cut out for them. Waverly trailed Wheelersburg 12-3. They’d beaten the Pirates just six days before at ‘Burg 54-28. But through most of the first period, the Tigers struggled. However, they would hold on for a 54-46 victory.

The Pirates, paced by Eli Swords’ game-high 21 points, held a 14-8 lead through the game’s first eight minutes.

Will Futhey (15-points) got a put back to tie the game at 14 all early in the second quarter. He failed to give the Tigers their first lead of the game with a free throw. But another trip down the floor and he was back to the line again and broke the tie at 15-14. The two clubs traded baskets with Waverly holding a 21-20 edge at the break.

The Tigers had a series of buckets to start the second half, built a 39-30 lead and never looked back.

Robertson finished the night with 11-points, Wade Futhey added 10 followed by Kelly and Stulley with 8 each. Penn Morrison added two.

For the Pirates, Cooper McKenzie tallied 13 to go along with Swords’ 21 points.

Waverly improves to 9-3 overall and 7-1 in SOC action. The Tigers travel to McDermott to face Northwest Tuesday while Wheelersburg hosts South Webster.

RCCVB Accepting GAP Funding Applications

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The Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau is accepting applications for its annual Grant Assistance Program (GAP).

The purpose of the program is to provide GAP funding to organizations, attractions, and events in the Chillicothe and Ross County area for promotion of an upcoming event or program. Through the GAP program, the Bureau can participate in the community by aiding eligible candidates and to provide an avenue for the organizers of events to promote their activity. Its goal of this program is to increase overnight stays in Ross County, promote a positive image, and increase visibility of Ross County’s attractions to generate awareness and additional tourism visitation.

The GAP program is open to both non-profit and profit organizations with the emphasis on increasing tourism. Funding may be used for marketing / advertising expenses, qualifying entertainment fees, and printing or distribution of brochures that reach beyond a 100-mile radius of Chillicothe and Ross County. Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2022 to be considered in this year’s program. Additionally, the Bureau has maintained the program’s budget and has allotted $20,000 to be awarded through the Grant Assistance Program.

GAP funding applications through the Bureau’s website or office. To download a copy of the application visit www.VisitChillicotheOhio.com and click on the “Resources” tab. Completed applications can be scanned and submitted via email to melody@visitchillicotheohio.com, mailed to or dropped off at the Bureau’s office located at 230 N. Plaza Blvd during regular business hours.

A Visit with Scott Bartholomew, Chillicothe Cavalier Football

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Scott Bartholomew has been on the job as Chillicothe’s new head football coach a little over two weeks. It’s been a whirlwind for the Bartholomew since being tabbed at the Cavaliers 24th Head Coach since football was re-established in 1920 after the Spanish Flu pandemic had cancelled the 1918 and ’19 seasons.

Bartholomew might have led Chillicothe High School’s Football Program as early as in 2010. However, Ohio coaching legend Ron Hinton got the job and led the program for eight seasons.

December 27th, the CCSD Board of Education hired Bartholomew to fill the vacancy left by the non-renewal of Doug Pryor who succeeded Hinton in 2018.

Following Head Coaching positions at Oak Hill, Westfall and Logan Elm High Schools, Bartholomew followed his son Wade to Bloom-Carroll where the last two seasons ended in the State Semi-Finals. Son Wade stepped down as Bulldogs Head Coach a few weeks ago.

Bartholomew’s Logan Elm Braves ended the 2008 Chillicothe playoff run in a 28-14 battle, the only meeting between he and the Cavaliers.

Bartholomew visited with Litter Media Monday following the Cavaliers’ first winter session with their new skipper.

Westfall Earns 49-35 Win at Huntington

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After a closely contested first half, the Westfall Mustangs pulled away from Huntington for a 49-35 road victory over the Huntsmen.

Following a few lead changes in the first period, Westfall’s Seth Gifford beat the buzzer with a put back to give Westfall a 14-13 advantage.

The second quarter was evenly played until the Mustangs’ Casey Cline drilled a three from the left wing as time expired, lifting the Mustangs to a 24-20 lead at the intermission.

Huntington came up empty on all but three possessions in the third period as Luke Lewis and Dalton Black combined for six points. Westfall took advantage with the defense setting up the offense to surge ahead 34-26.

“Our kids started getting comfortable with making shots” Christian Meister said of his Mustangs’ effort in the second half. Westfall hadn’t played a game in more than a week. “This was a good game to get back in the swing of things” said Meister.

The Mustangs began to distance themselves further outscoring Huntington 15-9 in the final period for the win.

Huntsmen Coach Kyle Bradley was impressed by Westfall’s guard play. “They make things tough with how they switch defensively… When they switched and went zone, we struggled with it and they forced a handful of turnovers in the second half, especially in the third quarter kinda went on a run and created that separation.”  

Westfall guard Tyler Shipley said his team gained confidence as the night progressed. “Our zone defense, 1-3-1, it worked well. We pushed offensively. Because we pushed, they played out of control. We were able to fluster them and good things happened from there.”

Westfall improves to 3-2 in the Scioto Valley Conference while the Huntsmen slipped to 0-5.

Cline led all scorers with 15 points and his Westfall teammates spread the wealth on a balanced attack. Tyler Shipley had 8 points, Brody Clark added 7, Gifford and Ashton Nunemaker had 6 points each. Trevor Wolfe chipped in 5 and Josh Layton had 2.

Seth McCloskey and Black were the only Huntsmen in double figures with 10 each, Lewis had 9 while Noah Potter, Wes brown and Matt Jordan each scored two apiece.

Westfall hosts conference leader Unioto Saturday while Huntington heads to Piketon.

Litter Media Extras:

Tyler Shipley is the McDonald’s Player of the Game.

The 2021 Huntington Athletic Hall of Fame: Left to right: Ariel Sams, Dylana Gragg Barker and Josh Newland. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Huntington welcomed three new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame during the halftime break.

Enshrined were:

Dylana Gragg Barker (2016) a four-year letterman in Volleyball and three-year letterman in Basketball.

Josh Newkand (1995) a four-year letterman in Golf and two-time SVC Player of the Year.

Ariel Sams (2016) a four-year letterman in Basketball.

Adena Officials Give Health Update During Conference with Chillicothe Mayor

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As cases of Covid-19 have increased in recent weeks, Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney hosted a Facebook Live broadcast Friday morning featuring leading officials of Adena Health System for an update on the System’s management of the pandemic.

Click on the photo to watch the entire Facebook Live presentation

The hour long conversation included Adena CEO Jeff Graham, Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Kirk Tucker and Chief Nursing Officer Molly Grooms.

Graham described as people have gotten back to a sense of normalcy going to the store an other public places, “you would never probably imagine that the pandemic is as bad as it is in the walls of our hospital.”

“In the last week… at the PACCAR Medical Education Center, we’ve had double lines, clear out and around Hospital Road, of people getting tested” explained Graham as more families are dealing with an increase of concern over the delta and omicron variants.

Tucker added the importance of receiving vaccination for Covid-19. and gave a sampling from the current hospitalization numbers. As of Friday, among those at Adena, only nine of 72 patients are vaccinated. Tucker says in addition, there are six patients in the intensive care unit on ventilators, none of them had been vaccinated.

“You can be fully vaccinated, boosted, gotten anyone one of the three vaccines available… can you get omicron? Yes. Absolutely” Tucker added “The difference is that instead of it being something that has the potential to progress with landing you in the ER because your oxygen levels begin to fall and your body can no longer oxygenate itself… you’re likely to be at home for five days with a headache, a fever, a cough, stuffy nose, sore throat, muscle aches and pains, fatigue and then it breaks and goes away.” Tucker says the same is true with the delta variant.

Adena has been seeing up to 180 patients infected with Covid per day. Grooms suggests if someone is experiencing symptoms, the testing center at the PACCAR MEC is the place to go. “Depending on the severity of how you’re feeling, that’s where you should start.” They’re currently testing Monday through Friday and Adena is receiving assistance from the Ohio National Guard which will help AHS extend the hours for the testing center. “We still have a lot of access within our own primary care” Grooms added. “We have a lot of support in our Urgent Cares for this testing… an if you feel you have the level of acuity and you need to see the emergency room, I’m not discouraging that from happening at all.”

Hear the entire conversation by clicking on the photo above.

Jackson Outlasts McClain in FAC Battle, 31-28

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Jackson gets the leg up in the Frontier Athletic Conference standings improving to 2-0 after handing McClain its first loss on the season, 31-28.

“We won’t play a more tough team than McClain. Hats off to them because they’re well coached and those kids are physical” Max Morrow told Litter Media after the game. “We were down and we fought back… no one in this game was gonna get a big lead” said Morrow.

It was the fourth consecutive road game for McClain who entered the contest 3-0. The Tigers worked the inside game to reach the charity stripe early, sinking 5-of-6 free throws with a pair of field goals for an early 9-5 lead through the first period.

The second quarter was different. In fact, the fourth followed suit as McClain managed just four points in each. Jackson would take advantage.

In the second quarter, Jacob Winters was strong in the paint hitting three field goals to pull the Ironmen within three points. Meanwhile, the Tigers managed just two buckets, one each by Kendall Toney and Wesley Potts.

Before the half, Boston Campbell dropped in a couple of free throws and to give Jackson a 14-13 entering the intermission. The Tigers had gone empty five of their last six possessions to close out the period.

The two fought through a see-saw third with McClain regaining the lead 24-23. But as in the second, the Tigers had difficulty finding the basket in the 4th quarter.

The two clubs exchanged leads five times in the fourth with McClain going ahead 24-21 on a spin and shot by Bryson Badgley. Jackson closed the gap from the stripe, with Campbell knotting the score at 26. The sophomore guard drained the net from the corner on an assist by Holden Blankenship to send the Ironmen ahead 29-26. Tristan Prater and Winters combined for for two free throws to secure the lead and wouldn’t yield to the Tigers.

McClain was scoreless the final 5:29 following a bucket by Potts.

“Both teams shot the ball terribly, but both teams knew what the other was doing offensively” said Morrow.

The stat Joe Stewart had an issue with was his team’s 18 turnovers. “The fact is, we just didn’t get it off the defensive boards that we needed to.” The Tigers were patient offensively, but simply had trouble finding the bottom of the basket to get what they needed.

“We’re quite a bit better than we were a week ago in regard to patience in the offense, working for something good” said Stewart. “They contested everything, we just didn’t have enough answers on that end of the floor. The errors with the ball… We have nine offensive rebounds in the second half, if we just get some more shots, then we’ll have extra opportunities.”

Campbell led all scorers with 10 points for Jackson and was selected the McDonald’s Player of the Game. Badgley paced McClain with 9 points and had to sit for most of the fourth quarter after picking up a fourth foul inside 60 seconds of the period

Jackson plays Athens Saturday night and McClain will host Miami Trace in their home opener on Tuesday.

SCORING:

JACKSON (31): Boston Campbell 10, Jacob Winters 7, Tristan Prater 7, Nate Woodard 6, Evan Jarvis 1.

MCCLAIN (28): Bryson Badgley 9, Braden Wright 6, Kendall Toney 5, Wesley Potts 4, Seth Wise 2, Preston Saunders 2.

Other FAC Games:

Chillicothe 54, Miami Trace 48 (OT)

Washington 58, Hillsboro 51

Holidays on the Mountain Now Freed Admission, Donations Will Be Accepted

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News from Sugarloaf Mountain: Holidays on the Mountain is now a free event.

“After hearing from numerous people in the community that they simply didn’t have extra money to do a holiday event with their families, we’ve decided to make this a free event” explained Brandon Smith, President/CEO of The Scioto Society in a news release Saturday morning.

Previously, the producers of Tecumseh charged $20 per car for admission for the event. While admission to the remainder of the event will be free, donations will be accepted.

The event continues through Sunday and next weekend from 12pm-6pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Holidays on the Mountain” is something new at Sugarloaf Mountain, featuring The Timberworks Lumberjack Show with shows at 1pm, 3pm, and 4:30pm daily.

Smith adds “Enjoy seasonal food and drinks, try your hand at axe throwing with Southern Ohio Axe Throwing, enjoy classic holiday movies, shop our gift shop for unique gifts and more.”

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