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Bloom Carroll To Induct New Members In Athletic Hall of Fame

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(Carroll)- The Bloom Carroll Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022 Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday January 29th, prior to the varsity boys’ home basketball game against Hamilton Township. (Approximately 6:45pm-7:00pm)

Inductees will be Tami Cox (Ireland), John Baas, Robb Ingram, and Maggie Loeffler.

The Service Award goes to Choc Woods.

Chillicothe’s Chris Gillespie Finds Success On The Dirt Track Circuit

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Chris Gillespie of Chillicothe is one of several area dirt bike riders that have made their names known on the national race circuits. Gillespie is a three-time champion on the AHRMA Race Circuit, winning back-to-back national titles in the Hagerty National Cross Country Series Champion Division for Vintage +50 Expert Champ.

(Photo: Chris Gillespie)

Chris was a guest on Litter Media LIVE- Special Edition Tuesday, January 25th, where Mike Smith talked about his career in dirt bike racing, the various divisions he races in and what lies ahead for his chances in 2022 to repeat as national champ.

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(Litter Media Live w/ Mike Smith and Chris Gillespie)

Zane Trace Defense Clamps Down On Unioto To Retain SVC Boys Basketball Lead

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The Zane Trace Pioneers defense smothered the Unioto Shermans Saturday in a 57-36 SVC bout of conference leaders.

(Photo: Courtesy of ZT Athletics Twitter)

The Pioneers led after each stop: 15-8, 29-15, 48-25, 57-36. ZT’s biggest lead was 46-21 late in the third period.

Zane Trace shot 20/42 from the field- including 3/8 from the arc for 48% and sizzled from the foul line at 14/17. The Pioneers committed 11 turnovers and out-rebounded Unioto 30-16.

Unioto was 16/43 from the field- including 2/16 from the arc for only 37%. The Shermans 2/5 from the free throw line and committed 8 turnovers.

Zane Trace had three players in double figures, led by Xzander Ream’s game-high 18 points. Kyle Stonerock scored 12, Nalin Robinson 11, Donavin Baker 8, Ben Nichols 4 and 2 each from Carter Hill and Brayden Jarrell.

Unioto scoring came from DeSean Branson with 12, Evan Park 11, Blake Hoops 8, Braxton Platt 3 and 2 from Newt Hoops.

Zane Trace improves to (7-2/9-5) and Unioto drops to (7-3/10-6).

(Photo: Courtesy of ZT Athletics Twitter)

Elsewhere in the SVC, Paint Valley was a 65-47 winner over Huntington to keep pace at (6-2) in the SVC. The Bearcats still have both of their games remaining against Zane Trace, having postponed their first round meeting due to COVID.

Piketon was a 44-18 winner over Adena.

Paint Valley Creates SVC Logjam With Impressive Win Over Unioto

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After the dust settled Friday, the SVC boys basketball standings showed a virtual three-way tie for first place in the loss column after the Paint Valley Bearcats rolled past Unioto 58-47 and Westfall edged Zane Trace in overtime, 60-58. Unioto, Zane Trace and Paint Valley all have two SVC losses, although the Shermans have 7 wins, ZT 6 and PV 5.

(Photo: Evan Park Defends vs Dax Estep- Litter Media/Mike Smith)

Unioto started out with a 7-0 lead when Paint Valley had to take a timeout to get settled down. Bearcats Coach Jason Smith told Litter Media’s Mike Smith after the game, that he told his players in his timeout after the 7-0 start- “We are not doing this again. We are not going to have these moments of not being confident”, said Coach Smith.

“We made a quick adjustment, we didn’t change any of the game plan and just played with emotion.”

Paint Valley cut the deficit to 13-11 at the end of the first quarter, then took off to a 6-2 start in the second quarter for their own 16-13 lead, which they never relinquished the rest of the game.

Trailing 23-18, Unioto pulled to within 23-21 with 1:36 in the first half, only to see PV finish on a 6-2 run for a 29-23 halftime advantage.

The Bearcats saw their first double-digit lead at 36-25 with 3:52 in the third quarter and after getting their biggest lead of the night at 42-26, saw the Shermans cut that deficit to 42-31 at the end of three periods.

Every time Unioto tried to make a move to get back into the game, Paint Valley answered each challenge, only allowing the Shermans to get within 9 points twice at 48-39 and 56-47 with 1:00 left in the contest, then settled for the 58-47 victory.

PV Scoring:
Dax Estep 20 points “McDonald’s Player of the Game”
Connor Free 12
Blaine Parker and Cordell Grubb 9 each
Cavan Cooper 4
Trent Mettler and Cole Miller 2 each

Unioto Scoring:
DeSean Branson 17 points
Blake Hoops 12
Evan Park 6
Jordan Perkins and Braxton Platt 3 each
Gabe Corcoran, Newton Hoops, and Ben Spetnagel 2 each

Paint Valley improved to (5-2) in the SVC, while Unioto is (7-2) and Zane Trace at (6-2) following their loss to Westfall. Unioto travels to Zane Trace, Saturday.

Here is a rundown of all the area games from Friday January 21, 2022: Paint Valley 58, Unioto 47 … Westfall 60, Zane Trace 58 (OT) … Piketon 51, Southeastern 40 … Adena 38, Huntington 36 … Miami Trace 60, Chillicothe 58 (OT) … McClain 73, Jackson 53 … Washington CH 69, Hillsboro 53 … Bloom Carroll 61, Liberty Union 29 … Logan Elm 62, Hamilton Township 34 … Fairfield Union 34, Circleville 32 … Amanda Clearcreek 46, Teays Valley 36 … Waverly 48, Minford 44 … Western 69, New Boston 29 … Vinton County 70, Nelsonville York 65 … Alexander 64, Wellston 58 … Logan 47, Athens 34 …

AEP Donates For Lucasville Area Park

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(AEP Press Release)- Lucasville is one of the few communities in southern Ohio without a park. With some help from AEP Ohio, that will soon change.

(Photo Courtesy of AEP)

AEP Ohio has donated $50,000 to Growing Lucasville Opportunities (GLO) – $25,000 this year and $25,000 next year – to help build a park on Robert Lucas Road about two miles from AEP Ohio’s local service center. GLO has put together a four-phase $700,000 plan for the construction of the park, which is part of a larger effort to bring more economic and community development to the area.

A planned park located a couple of miles from AEP Ohio’s service center in Lucasville will include an ampitheater, a gazebo, a playground and a nature trail.

A primary feature of the park will be the construction of a large amphitheater situated on the site’s hillside. Complete with a sound stage, speakers and benched seating, the open-air amphitheater (ideal as we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID) will be a destination for school field trips, concerts and a practice area for high school drama, choir and band groups.

Engineering and topographical surveys of the site are wrapping up now. Groundbreaking is planned for the spring, with full completion of the first phase expected in late 2022.

Additional phases of the project include the construction of a neighboring picnic shelter (the amphitheater’s stage will be viewable from the gazebo), a quarter-mile paved walking path (with access to a nature trail, day camp and picnic area on the 20-acre public grounds) and a playground (one area will be for young children and another for older, bigger kids).

The initial schedule called for about four years of planning and construction; however, with local interest and investment on the rise, project planners say the park could be up and running much sooner.

“AEP Ohio gave us a tremendous kick-start with their support for the project,” said Ken Boldman, a retired AEP Ohio customer service supervisor and a member of the GLO governing committee. “The company has been an important part of the revitalization effort in Lucasville.”

Boldman says the Portsmouth highway bypass built in 2017 is one of the factors driving economic and business development in the area. While bypass plans were still under review, AEP Ohio decided to place its stake the community pre-emptively, purchasing land for a new brand service center in 2012 and relocating its Portsmouth distribution facility in 2017.

Lucasville community leaders saw the growth of nearby communities such as Portsmouth – fueled by the passion of local volunteers and the creation of 501(c)(3) organizations to push for change – and decided Lucasville could do the very same thing. With the help of companies such as AEP Ohio, that change is on its way.

“A lot of new businesses are coming in and there’s enthusiasm to see some growth,” Boldman said. “This park will be the biggest thing our group has done yet, and we hope to do more. There’s a lot of optimism in the community. It’s all good stuff.”

Adena Closes Win at Unioto With Clutch Free Throws

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The Lady Warriors of Adena avenged their lone SVC basketball loss of the season in a 56-48 win at Unioto Thursday, to hang-on to sole possession of first place.

While Adena Coach Andrew Day says they have been a poor foul shooting team throughout the season, it was the charity stripe that helped put the game into the win column. The Lady Warriors were 14/21 for the game and made 9 of their last 10 attempts.

(Photo: Litter Media)

The game was close through the first three quarters with a 10-10 first quarter. Adena’s biggest first half lead of 20-16 was closed to 22-21 at halftime.

The two-shade blue built a 32-25 lead with 3:13 remaining in the third quarter, only to see Unioto storm back to close the score to 35-33 at the end of the period.

But Adena’s Emma Garrison, who led all players with 27 points, hit back-to-back three pointers for a 41-33 lead that was followed by a Unioto timeout with 7:15 left in the game.

The Lady Shermans went on a 5-0 run and got to within 41-38 and after falling behind 49-40, rallied one last time with a 7-0 run to close the gap to 49-47 on an Alexis Betts three pointer with 2:57 left. But things turned the wrong direction for Unioto when they missed an inside shot attempt that was followed with Avery Miller fouling out with under three minutes to play.

Less than one minute later with Adena up 50-48, “Garrison and Company” pulled away to close on a 6-0 run for the 56-48 victory.

Emma Garrison’s 27 points was one of two Lady Warriors in double figures as Makaela Lovely added 10. Cheyanne Ater added 8 points, Jadyn Smith, Sydney Foglesong and Caelan Miner each scored 3 points and Sydney Ater with 2. Foglesong controlled the boards with a game high 16 rebounds.

Unioto’s Amelia Uhrig scored 13 points while Avery Miller and Addison Mohan each scored 12. Ameris Betts scored 7 points.

Adena stats saw them shoot 20/47 for 43%- including 2/12 from the arc and the all important foul line of 14/21. Unioto was 19/45 from the field- including 5/8 from the arc, but managed only 5/14 from the foul line and a chilly 1 for their last 8.

Adena controlled the rebounding 39-21, 12 of which were on the offensive glass. Both teams combined for 45 turnovers. The Lady Warriors committed 23.

Adena improved to (8-1/11-2) while Unioto falls to (7-3/12-4). Paint Valley remains one game behind Adena after a 58-18 win over Westfall. PV’s Olivia Smith gained her 1,000th career rebound.

Elsewhere, Huntington edged Southeastern 50-48

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.

2022 Homecoming Week Set For Ohio University

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(Athens) – The Ohio University Alumni Association is excited to announce that the University will host Homecoming Week 2022 October 3-8. 

“Year in and year out, Homecoming Week is a special time for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the Athens community — a true celebration of Ohio University, its traditions, and the unique experiences that connect all of us to this wonderful University and each other,” said Lisa Milne and Carrie Myers, senior directors of the Ohio University Alumni Association, in a joint statement. “We hope you join us in looking forward to this exceptional event.”

Both traditional in-person events will be planned, culminating with the Homecoming Parade and home OHIO Football game on Saturday, Oct. 8, as well as virtual events designed to connect Bobcats to one other and their alma mater, no matter where they are.

Information about how to purchase football tickets will be found at ohiobobcats.com when available. Event details will be shared at ohio.edu/homecoming when plans are finalized.