Cavs Three-Peat In FAC

Chillicothe’s Brandon Noel jams home two of his 20 points in the Cavs’ 68-49 win over Jackson for the program’s third consecutive FAC title.

Chillicothe (17-4) scored a 68-49 victory over Jackson (18-3) Thursday to win its third straight Frontier Athletic Conference Boys Basketball Championship.
The Cavs’ Jayvon Maughmer led all scorers with 24 points and Brandon Noel tallied another 20. Caleb Wallis led Jackson with 22, including his 1,000th career point.
Chillicothe goes for a 10-0 FAC season as they wrap up with McClain in Greenfield Friday night. Jackson (8-2) hosts Athens in a non-conference battle.
Litter Media’s Dan Ramey caught up with Coach Eric Huffer after the game.
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Southeast District Girls Shine In AP TOP 10

The Final AP Ohio Girls Basketball Poll touts heavyweights from the Southeast District who could find themselves playing for District Championships the last week of February.

Division 2 has top ranked Circleville (22-0) with Warren (21-1) at #4, Sheridan (20-2) at #5 and Unioto (17-5) at #10. If each reach the District Finals, Southeastern’s Larry Jordan Gym will be a hot ticket February 26 and 27. The Tigers and Shermans could meet on the 26th the Generals and Warriors potentially meeting the next night, each for a trip to the Sweet 16.

Not to be surpassed, D3 at Waverly and D4 at Jackson could have three top 10 teams in their respective Finals.

Eastern Brown (21-1) is ranked #5 in D3, with Ironton (18-3) at #8 and Wheelersburg (18-2) at #9. The girls from Brown County could play for a title at 12pm on February 29th at Waverly and Ironton could face The ‘Burg at 3:30pm that afternoon.

At Jackson, D4 second-ranked Portsmouth Clay (19-2) could play in a title match at 6:15pm while #8 Peebles (18-3) could potentially face #10 Trimble (17-5) in the nightcap at 8:15pm.

However, there are several other teams who’ll have a say in if those matchups occur. Of the aforementioned teams, only Ironton is in action Wednesday as they battle West Union (2-17) in a Sectional Semi-Final at Lucasville Valley High School at 6:15pm. In the second game, Minford (8-11) battles New Lexington (10-8) at 8pm.

Click here to see the AP Poll from the OHSAA website.

Cutting Down the Nets

While Valentine’s Day is made for lovers, February 13th is shaping up to be a night of potential heartbreak while others could be clipping down the nets.

The night was already scheduled as Sectional Championship nights for the Girls Basketball in Divisions 2, 3 and 4. Added into the mix, reschedule Boys Basketball games. 

Ladies first. 

Undefeated Circleville, ranked #1 in the state, faces Athens in the first of two D2 championship games being played at Adena High School Thursday at 6:15pm. The nightcap has Unioto facing River Valley at 8pm. In the D2 Sectional Finals at Logan High School, Chillicothe plays Vinton County at 6:15pm and Logan Elm battles McClain at 8pm.

Four more Sectional crowns will be decided in D3 at Lucasville Valley and Jackson High Schools. Northwest squares off with Crooksville at 6:15 in Scioto County with Huntington facing South Point at 8pm. At Jackson, Oak Hill tips off with Meigs at 6:15pm with Nelsonville-York and Rock Hill closing out the night at 8pm.

In D4, Northwest will host Portsmouth Notre Dame and Portsmouth Clay at 6:15pm with South Webster and Manchester playing at 8pm while at Wellston High School, Paint Valley tangles with Peebles at 6:15pm and Waterford plays Miller at 8pm.

Illness, which shutdown many school districts in recent weeks, wreaked havoc with the regular season schedules, setting up for a log jam of games this week. Among them, Chillicothe (8-0) versus Jackson (8-1)
Thursday and Waverly (13-1) who entertains Wheelersburg (13-1). The Cavaliers and Tigers earned wins in their respective initial meetings of the season.

A Chillicothe win and they’ll grab another Frontier Athletic Conference championship, but a Jackson victory would give the Ironmen at least a tie for the title. Chillicothe closers the regular season with another makeup game at McClain Saturday. 

Both Waverly and Wheelersburg enter Thursday’s game still tied atop the Southern Ohio Conference II standings. The winner gains a one game advantage heading into SOC battles Friday (Waverly at Lucasville Valley; Wheelersburg  at South Webster). 

It is indeed the February frenzy before the madness of March.

Bring on Spring!

While we’ve enjoyed a relatively mild winter across Southern Ohio, we can still be eager for the arrival of Spring!
This photo of Caldwell Lake was taken be the Litter Media Drone last May during the practice sessions for the 2019 Southern Ohio Forest Rally at Scioto Trails State Park.
Soon the leaves will return to green, but until then, we’ll hold out for the Groundhog’s forecast of an early Spring!
Note: The 2020 Southern Ohio Forest Rally is scheduled for June 18-20.

2-1-1 Resource Available for Ross County Residents

While 2-1-1 is not new to Ross County, the service has been given an upgrade. Litter Media sat down with Rick Smith, President/CEO of United Way Ross County who says the resources available to callers 24/7 has been expanded greatly. UWRC Board Chairperson Kim Jones adds the free service is available to everyone in Ross County regardless of need.
When Ross County residents call 2-1-1, a community resource specialist will help identify organizations that can provide services like food, housing, heating assistance, disaster relief, education and employment opportunities, health care, support groups, veterans services and more.
WATCH the video below to learn more.

Friday’s February Sunset

A snowy start to Friday cleared up enough to sneak in some late day sun. With forecast temperatures hovering around 32 degrees, there could be more snowflakes across the Scioto Valley.

Now That's Hot!!!

While learning to play the trombone in school, my band director, Fred Brobst shared with me the magical piece of brass “is the closest instrument to the human voice“.
Trombonist Valentin Guerin has taken it to a whole new level with his flame throwing Pyro-Trombone.
NOTE: Kids, don’t try this at home.
Guerin plays Arthur Pryor’s “Fantastic Polka” while launching flowing streams of flame all while maintaining magnificent range.
Another reason to put the trombone section at the front of the band marching through the parade, eh?
As a trombonist, this is seven minutes of true combination of joy and peril!
— Dan Ramey

Mmmm… Chocolate Fantasy This Sunday

The 27th annual Chocolate Fantasy is Sunday February 9th from 12pm-3pm at the St. Mary’s Family Life Center, 40 East Fourth Street, Chillicothe.

The buffet styled event includes chocolate in a wide assortment of baked goods, candies and more. Area churches and civic groups contribute the chocolate goodies.

Tickets are $6 and are available at the door. Proceeds from the event benefit the Scioto Valley Habitat for Humanity which has built more than 30 homes in the region over the years.

Waverly at Jackson

Jackson takes Waverly 51-37 in Litter Media Game of the Week

The Jackson Ironmen improved to 17-2 with a 51-37 victory over Waverly Saturday February 1st, 2020.
The non-conference battle followed the Tigers’ SOC II win over Oak Hill Friday as Waverly slips to 14-4 on the season.
Jackson’s Caleb Wallis led all scorers with 18 points.
Waverly (11-1) finishes SOC II play this coming week with Beaver Eastern (3-10) and Wheelersburg (10-1) while Jackson (7-1) returns FAC action with Washington CH (0-8) and Chillicothe (7-0). Litter Media’s Dan Ramey spoke with both coaches, Travis Robertson (Waverly) and Max Murrow (Jackson) after the game.