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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.

Litter Media Game of the Week, New Post Game Show debuts Friday

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The Jackson Ironmen work a possession with their backs against their own end zone in a Frontier Athletic Conference contest at Miami Trace during the 2019 Football Season. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media

For a fourth consecutive season, the Litter Media cameras will be on the sidelines for high school football action, and for 2021 has added The Litter Media Game of the Week Post Game Show to its coverage.

The first of the season features Zane Trace at Logan Elm.

Litter Media’s Dan Ramey and Mike Smith will return to the studio and take to Facebook Live following the Litter Media Game of the Week with a report on the game in addition to interviews with the coaches and players involved in the game.

Smith will also post score updates of the game on the Litter Media Facebook and Twitter pages in real time during the game each week. Look for Litter Media Game of the Week photos albums on our Facebook Page, too.

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The Litter Media Game of the Week highlight video launches each Tuesday throughout the season.
(CLICK HERE TO VIEW PREVIOUS GOTW VIDEOS)

The Litter Media Game of the Week Post Game Show is presented by Classic Brands, Hometown-Motors, Inc., McDonald’s and Rathkamp Financial.

Week 1 games in our region:

Thursday – Blanchester at Paint Valley, Logan at Jackson and Lucasville Valley at Portsmouth.

Friday – Adena at McClain, Huntington at Circleville, Minford at Piketon, Northwest at Southeastern, Unioto at Vinton County, Westfall at Madison Plains, Zane Trace at Logan Elm (#LitterMediaGOTW), Teays Valley at Chillicothe, Western Brown at Hillsboro, Miami Trace at Waverly, Franklin Heights at Hamilton Township, Bloom Carroll at Highland, Jonathan Alder at Amanda Clearcreek, Fairfield Union at New Lexington, Heath at Liberty Union, Oak Hill at Wellston, Wheelersburg at Ironton and Bexley at Washington CH.

Saturday – Fairland vs Portsmouth West at Portsmouth’s Trojan Coliseum.

Cavs Tap Pat Beard as New Boys Basketball Head Coach

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There’s truth to the saying “Once a Cavalier, Always a Cavalier”.

Pat Beard was hired as Boys Basketball Head Coach Monday morning at a special meeting of the Chillicothe City School Board, filling the vacancy left when Eric Huffer stepped down July 1st.

Beard’s walked the sidelines of The Hatt before, first as the Girls Head Basketball Coach, then as an assistant for Huffer until departing for his alma mater Zane Trace last season.

Beard told Litter Media Monday there had been inquiries if he was interested in the vacancy. “Up until a few weeks ago, I kept telling people ‘No, I was in a good spot at ZT’. The kids were very easy to coach and there was a connection.” He followed Gary Kellough back home where he played for him as a Pioneer. It was expected Beard was being groomed to replace Coach K.

“As time went by, all the conversations that I was having regarding the job… the more I began to really entertain the thought (of returning to Chillicothe.”

Over the last 16 years, Beard has been intertwined with Cavalier Athletics. He was part of Coach Kellough’s staff during the Cavs big tourney runs after 2005 and on to winning the D2 state championship in 2008. His son Trey had been in the Little Cavs programs and played four years at the varsity level before graduation in 2020.

Beard always dreamed of being a boys head coach, but the opportunity to coach the Lady Cavs came open first and he spent four seasons at the helm. He took Chillicothe to the D2 Regional in 2016 before becoming an assistant to Huffer in the boys program. “Coaching the girls allowed me to grow as a person and as a coach. It was the right thing to do and awe were able to have great success in those four years”

Now, the chore is implementing his system in a short window. The Cavs open the 2021-22 campaign in late November at Fairfield Union and the home opener is December 3rd in a Frontier Athletic Conference battle with McClain.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what the coaching staff can get out of these kids” said Beard. “We have a bunch of hard working kids that I feel can put a pretty good product on the floor this year.”

Pat Beard gets a kiss from his wife Robin after his Lady Cavs won a D2 District Championship in 2016. Photo from the Dan Ramey Cavalier Archives
Coach Pat Beard and his Lady Cavs after winning the D2 District Championship in 2016. Photo from the Dan Ramey Cavalier Archives

State Fair Sale of Champions: Record Setting $394,500 Breaks Four Individual Records

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COLUMBUS – During this year’s modified Ohio State Fair, generous agriculture advocates supported Ohio’s youth at the 52nd Sale of Champions livestock auction in the Ag-Pro Companies Taft Coliseum. The 2021 event set several records, including the highest overall total, highest amount raised for the Youth Reserve Program, and new records for the Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow, Reserve Grand Champion Market Chickens, Grand Champion Market Turkey, and Grand Champion Swiss Cheese.

“These compassionate buyers support the individual exhibitors, as well as thousands of youth participating in each year’s Fair,” explained Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler. “When they participate in the Sale of Champions, they also help fund the Youth Reserve Program, making a huge impact on all young exhibitors.”

Established in 1995, the Youth Reserve Program was developed to reward junior exhibitors who participate in the Ohio State Fair. Funds for the program come from the dollars received over a cap that is placed on the amount an exhibitor can receive from the Sale of Champions. The funds from the program are distributed among carcass contests, scholarships, outstanding market exhibitor program, outstanding breeding exhibitor program, showmanship, skillathons, 4-H, and FFA.   

Today, the livestock auction raised $394,500, including $306,000 for the Youth Reserve Program. Since its inception, the Youth Reserve Program has awarded more than $3.5 million to approximately 40,000 youth exhibitors.

While these Junior Fair exhibitors take great pride in raising a quality animal, the ultimate goal each year is to be awarded a grand champion ribbon. Grand or reserve champion is an immense honor for the exhibitor; and with the Youth Reserve Program and generous buyers, it is rewarding for the entire Junior Fair program. This year’s sale broke four records: reserve grand champion market beef, reserve grand champion market barrow, reserve grand champion market lamb and grand champion market turkey.  

The 2021 Sale of Champions results are as follows:  
Grand Champion Market Steer
Exhibited by: Carson Shafer, Preble County
Purchased by: Mark and Megan Kvamme and Family
Price: $71,000
Cap: $22,000

Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer
Exhibited by: Delaney Jones, Allen County
Purchased by: Steve R. Rauch, Inc. Price: $66,000
Cap: $11,000  

Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibited by: Aiden Knecht, Fayette County
Purchased by: Mark and Megan Kvamme and Family
Price: $55,000
Cap: $10,000  

*Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow
Exhibited by: Cade Peterson, Ottawa County
Purchased by: Bob Evans Farms, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, The Kroger Company
Price: $52,000
Cap: $7,000

Grand Champion Market Chickens
Exhibited by: Zane Ortman, Perry County
Purchased by: Gerber Poultry, The Kroger Company
Price: $22,000
Cap: $6,000  

*Reserve Champion Market Chickens
Exhibited by: Abecka Ruggles, Huron County
Purchased by: Mark and Megan Kvamme and Family
Price: $21,500
Cap: $4,000   Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibited by: Bailee Amstutz, Union County
Purchased by: Mark and Megan Kvamme and Family
Price: $23,000
Cap: $10,000

Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb
Exhibited by: Kaitlyn Zeedyk, Defiance County
Purchased by: Steve R. Rauch, Inc.
Price: $15,000
Cap: $7,000

Grand Champion Market Goat
Exhibited by: Paige Pence, Clark County
Purchased by: The Kroger Company
Price: $16,000
Cap: $5,000

*Grand Champion Market Turkey
Exhibited by: Johnathan Woodward, Coshocton County
Purchased by: Cooper Farms, Event Marketing Strategies, OKI Inc., Tim and Glenda Huffman, Concessions by Cox
Price: $20,000
Cap: $3,000

*Grand Champion Swiss Cheese, produced by Pearl Valley Cheese, representing the seven dairy champions and supreme dairy showmen
Exhibited by:
Grand Champion Ayshire: Logan Topp, Auglaize County
Grand Champion Brown Swiss: Madicyn Rupp, Wayne County
Grand Champion Guernsey: Aubree Topp, Shelby County
Grand Champion Holstein: Kayla Cring, Huron County
Grand Champion Jersey: Blake Greiwe, Shelby County
Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn: Aubree Topp, Shelby County
Grand Champion Red and White: Lily Elsass, Auglaize County
Supreme Showman, Week 1 – Exhibited by: Tim Gunkleman, Wayne County
Supreme Showman, Week 2 – Exhibited by: Madelyn Topp, Auglaize County
Purchased by: AG Boogher and Son, S&S Volvo, Turn-er Green LLC
Price: $33,000
Cap: $3,500

2021 total sale: $394,500
2021 amount earned for Youth Reserve Program: $306,000  

*Denotes new record

The Ohio Expo Center is a year-round, multi-purpose convention and meeting facility. The 2022 Ohio State Fair will be held July 27 – August 7, 2022

Ownership Change: Atomic Speedway Aims For “Next Level” On Dirt

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In spring of 2020, Atomic Speedway Chad Walters was introduced as a new partner in ownership of the track located in the Huntington Hills on Blain Highway. 

Just a few weeks later, Atomic Speedway became the first sporting venue to hold an event once Ohio was given the all clear to re-open in May of 2020 following the shutdown due to the pandemic.

Walters’ arrival gave Brad McCown the opportunity to make some much needed improvements to the 3/8ths mile high-banked dirt track. Wednesday, Walters confirmed he had bought out his partner of more than a year.

In a post on Facebook, McCown announced “It is with great sadness that, effective immediately, I am no longer a part of Atomic Speedway.” The post began with “One last trip around the ole girl” referring to a video taking a final lap on the dirt.

“The last 8 years have been quite a ride and Atomic Speedway will always hold a special place in my life. Hopefully over this time people have seen my passion for the rebirth and success of the speedway. I appreciate all the great people who I have met during this time and I hope that as future racing endeavors pop up that those relationships continue.”

Walters told Litter Media he agreed with McCown’s assessment of his passion and rebirth. Walters hope is to take the track to the next level. In so doing, the track will have new ownership with a group led by veteran sprint car driver Charlie Vest.

“Everybody included hopes the very best for Brad in his future endeavors” Vest told Litter Media. He’s done some good things in the track’s revival and we hope to take it to the next level.”

Vest says he was interested in purchasing the track a couple of years ago. “I really love the track. The staff’s going to stay and we’re gonna lean on their experience to finish out the 2021 season. We hope to take the track to the next level.” That level Vest says is as a more diverse entertainment venue. “We hope to diversify the track with other events (such as concerts) like the bigger tracks do.”

Vest also brings some NASCAR experience with him from his days driving in the Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Menards Series. “Brad did a great job, and we need to build on it and bring Atomic back to its hey day of the 70s and 80s.”

The next big night for racing is August 21st with Atomic Speedway’s Hall of Fame Night presented by Herrnstein Auto Group. Vest recently flipped his sprint car and desired making an entry into the race, but with the ownership change, he may have to strap in to a different kind of driver’s seat on race night.

“I’ll have some duties to be focused on rather than racing my car that night.” 

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Maggi Armstrong Named 2021 Pike County Fair Queen

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Watch the Litter Media interview with newly crowned Maggi Armstrong

Maggi Armstrong, an incoming Senior at Waverly High School, was beside herself after being announced Queen of the 2021 Pike County Fair Monday evening.

“I am in absolute shock right now” the Back Hills Bunch 4-H Club member told Litter Media following the ceremony. “I’m so excited and I could not be more honored… I’m just over the moon. I can’t stop smiling!”

Armstrong was one of five finalists selected from candidates interviewed in early July with the crowning taking place after the annual Parades of 4-H Clubs.  

With three attendants announced, once Shelby Carrico was named 1st Runner-up, Armstrong was left with the realization sinking in that she’d be crowned Queen.

“After they called the first name I thought ‘Okay, maybe I’m next’ and then after they said the 1st runner-up, I was like ‘Oh my gosh, I think I just won’!”   

Along with Carrico, an incoming Senior at Piketon HS (Legendary 4-H Club), the rest of the court are Malyn Conley, a dual enrollee at Piketon HS and Shawnee State University (Pike County Livestock 4-H Club); Olivia Southworth, a 2021 Piketon HS graduate (Prime Cuts 4-H Club); and Kelsie Helphenstine, a Senior at Eastern HS (Livestock Dealers 4-H Club).

Armstrong and her court have a busy week ahead, participating in the 4-H livestock shows and sales at the Pike County Fair in Piketon. As for Armstrong, she’ll be showing her rabbits as a part of Tuesday’s lineup.

Maggi Armstrong being interviewed after being crowned Queen of the 2021 Pike County Fair. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Zane Trace Athletic Complex Gets New Scoreboard

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Coach Heath Hinton’s Pioneers finish up their final day of summer camp in the foreground of the new Zane Trace scoreboard. Dan Ramey/Litter Media
A look at the scoreboard from the Litter Media Drone. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

When the Zane Trace football and Soccer teams hit the field this season, fans will see a new scoreboard.

“It’s something we needed and we knew it could only be done by booster and sponsorship support” Rod Detillion told Litter Media. 

The scoreboard was purchased with private dollars through sponsorship support and no school funds were used. 

Detillion and David Zeigler, who have worked together in the Zane Trace press box for years got the ball in motion, drumming up sponsorship. 

“A big selling point was, the sponsors were assured they’d be a part of the board for its lifetime” said Detillion, as opposed to a three or five year commitment. 

“It’s a great addition to our complex” said Athletic Director Andy Merriman. “We’re celebrating 50 years of varsity football at Zane Trace and the scoreboard make it look really nice.”

Merriman says the previous scoreboard was ready for replacement. “We’d bought it used and come Friday night, we’d keep our fingers crossed that it wouldn’t shut down on us.” Detillion agreed “There were times it was right up to game time whether we knew it would light up. I really want to thanks our sponsors for stepping up and helping make this happen.” 

A tribute to a longtime Pioneer is emblazened in the middle of the scoreboard reading “In Memory of: James L. “Pete” Dunkle” who passed away last school year. Dunkle was a former Zane Trace Principal and Superintendent and supporter of Pioneer Athletics.

The Pioneers will host Alexander for their 2021 Foundation Game August 13th. The regular season begins on the road at Logan Elm August 20th with the home opener set for week later with Madison Plains.

The new scoreboard pays tribute to former educator and longtime Pioneers supporter Pete Dunkle. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Paints Sweep Kings for 6th Straight Win

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Chillicothe outscored Champion City 12-11 Sunday to finish a weekend road sweep of the Kings.

The Paints snapped a 2-2 tie with a six-run third inning, but their 8-2 lead was short lived as Champion City answered with 4 more runs in the home half of the inning.

The teams entered the 9th tied at 9-all when Chillicothe scored three times for a 12-9 advantage. Rueben Ramierez (Point Park) yielded two runs by the Kings before managing to get out of trouble and preserve the win.

Ben Gbur (Wooster) smacked his ninth home run of the season while Alex Ludwick (Baldwin Wallace) and Will Spear (Indianapolis) drove in three runs each. Spear had a two-run double in the 9th to give the Paints the necessary cushion to nail down the victory.

It’s the sixth straight win for the Paints who head to Lafayette for a three-game series with the Aviators. Lafayette owns the best record in the Prospect League this summer, but is 5-5 in their last ten games while Chillicothe is 9-1 in the same stretch. The Aviators were nipped by Burlington Sunday 4-3.

Recall: Kingmade Jerky Buffalo Style

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Top Notch Jerky, LLC has recalled Kingmade Jerky Buffalo Style. Details below

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2021 – Top Notch Jerky LLC., a Sugar City, Idaho establishment, is recalling approximately 107 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef jerky due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains anchovies, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The RTE buffalo-style flank steak beef jerky items were produced July 12, 2021. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 2.25 oz plastic bags containing KINGMADE JERKY BUFFALO STYLE with BEST BY JAN 13 2023 and Lot 071221 located on the back lower half of the bag.
  • 1.0 oz plastic bags containing KINGMADE JERKY BUFFALO STYLE and BEST BY JAN 13 2023 and Lot 071221 located on the back lower half of the bag.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 20290” located on the back lower half of the bag next to the “Best By” date. These items were produced for, shipped, and distributed to PGA golf events in Minneapolis, Minn. and Memphis, Tenn. The items are available to PGA tour athletes, trainers, and staff. The items are not available to spectators at the PGA events. The items are not available at any retail locations.

The problem was discovered during routine FSIS label verification activities when it was determined that the labels did not accurately list all sub-ingredients.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be at the PGA events. PGA personnel should not serve the product to athletes, trainers, or staffs and should throw the product out or return to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Nathan Cook, Quality Assurance Officer, Top Notch LLC., at (208) 372-3231 and email at qatopnotch2020@gmail.com.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

Paints Score 9-Runs in 9th to beat the Kings 13-2

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After five scoreless innings in Springfield Saturday night, the Paints turned a 2-1 lead into a 13-2 victory over Champion City.

Kent Reeser (Rio Grande) broke the ice for the Paints with a two run homer in the 6th. It was the first of four two-run home runs on the night for Chillicothe which smashed five homers on the night.

Chillicothe took a 4-1 lead into their final at bat, then erupted for a nine-run night-inning.

The Paints hit four home runs in the 9th inning. Alex Ludwick (Baldwin Wallace) got the fireworks started after Ryley Preece (Morehead State) drew a lead off walk. Ludwick knocked his third homer of the season. Reeser singled and Issac Blair (Indianapolis) followed with another two-run shot. Then, Nathan Karaffa (Ohio State) singled and Trey Maeker (Forham) socked the third two-run shot of the inning. Jackson Feltner (Morehead State) drilled a solo round tripper. Before the Kings could get out of the frame, Preece walked for a second time in the inning, Ludwick followed with a single and Reeser drilled a triple to bring the two home.  

Dane Armbrustmacher (Western Michigna) had a solid pitching performance, striking out six, yielding one run on five hits over seven-innings of work. Three relievers finished from the mound. Marshall Pile (Charleston) and Ruben Ramierez (Point Park) worked a scoreless eight and Ludwick pitched the 9th closing it out with two hits and a run.

It’s the 15th time the Paints have scored more than 10-runs in a game this season and the 14th time since June 19th.

The two clubs play again Sunday afternoon in Springfield.

The division leading Paints maintain a half-game lead over Johnstown who scored a 7-5 win over West Virginia.