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Piketon Stays Unbeaten With 28-24 Win Over Zane Trace

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The Piketon Redstreaks are off to one of their best football starts in years, opening the SVC season with a 28-24 win over Zane Trace, Friday. The win elevates the Redstreaks record to (1-0/4-0), while Zane Trace drops to (0-1/2-2).

(ZT QB Ben Nichols on a run into Piketon territory- Litter Media/Mike Smith)

The Pioneers darted out to a 14-0 lead, holding the Redstreaks scoreless until late in the first quarter. Piketon was averaging 43 points per game, coming into the contest.

Zane Trace’s Blake Phillips put the Pioneers on the scoreboard first, capping a 72 yard drive, when he took the ball into the end-zone on 1 yard run. Noah Fetters PAT kick made it 7-0 ZT at 5:48 left in first quarter.

The Pioneers didn’t take long to up their lead to 14-0 as they got the ball back on a Piketon fumble on the ensuing kick-off. Ben Nichols then connected on a 19 yard TD pass to Daniel Barnhart followed by Fetters PAT kick with 4:20 left first half.

The Redstreaks finally got on the board at 1:19 left in the first quarter as quarterback Levi Gullion found John Burton on a 17 yard TD pass over the middle to cap a 72 yard scoring drive. The PAT 2-point try failed, leaving ZT with a 14-6 lead.

Piketon drives back down the field, getting a big pass play to Kydan Potts to keep the drive alive. The Streaks then cut the margin to 14-12 at 9:14 left in the second quarter when with Jayden Thacker scored from 2 yards out. Again, Piketon’s 2 point PAT failed, leaving Zane Trace with a 14-12 advantage after their 80 yard scoring drive.

The Redstreaks grabbed their first lead in the game, driving 91 yards for a score, capped off by Levi Gullion’s 7 yard TD run with 4:01 left first half. Gullion’s 2 point run gave a 20-14 Piketon lead.

The Pioneers came right back down the field, but their drive stalled and they settled for a Noah Fetters 30 yard field goal as time expired to pull ZT to within 20-17 at halftime.

Zane Trace drew first blood in the second half, gaining a short field as the result of a Jagger Stauffer interception off a deflected pass. Daniel Barnhart got the ball to the one yard line, appearing to score, but officials said his knee went down prior to the ball crossing the goal line. Barnhart on the next play scored on 1 yard run to cap a 24 yard drive followed by Fetters PAT kick for a Pioneers 24-20 lead with 6:11 left in third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Zane Trace had the ball approaching midfield, but their drive stalled. On fourth down and seven, Piketon’s Zane Brownfield intercepted a pass at midfield, giving the Redstreaks the ball and a chance to regain the lead.

A big Levi Gullion pass took the ball into the red-zone into ZT territory and Levi Gullion scored on an 8 yard run with 9:57 left in game. Gullion then ran the ball into the end-zone for the two point conversion- putting Piketon up 28-24 lead.

With Zane Trace getting one more chance with the ball, Piketon’s Camren Loar intercepted Ben Nichols pass to end game.

Piketon’s 28-24 win over Zane Trace has the Redstreaks at (1-0/4-0) on season. Zane Trace falls to (0-1/2-2).

In other area action for Friday 9/10 Football Finals:

Piketon 28, Zane Trace 24 … Paint Valley 42, Westfall 7 … Adena 30, Southeastern 6 …. Unioto 33, Huntington 30 … Bloom Carroll 46, Circleville 0 … Teays Valley 49, Fairfield Union 22 … Hamilton Township 41, Logan Elm 14 … Amanda Clearcreek 20, Liberty Union 10 … Western Brown 33, Jackson 28 … Westerville North 48, Washington CH 14 … Hillsboro 21, Williamsburg 14 … Miami Trace 41, Goshen 6 …McClain 34, East Clinton 13 … Lucasville Valley 42, Eastern Pike 7 … Portsmouth West 41, Wellston 8 … Portsmouth Notre Dame 27, Fayetteville 21 … Pikeville 20, Wheelersburg 7 … Cincinnati Moeller 25, Ironton 7 …

Logan Elm Wins OT Thriller In Litter Media Game Of The Week Season Opener

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The Logan Elm Braves treated their fans and seniors to a thrilling season-opening 28-27 overtime victory over Zane Trace Friday, to kickoff high school football season for 2021.

The Pioneers got on the scoreboard first, scoring on a Daniel Barnhart 2 yard TD run, after he had a big run to set up the score. The PAT kick was good and ZT took a 7-0 lead at 6:20 of the first quarter.

Blayton Reid got the Braves in the scoring column as he dashed down the right sideline after breaking several tackles for a long TD run. The PAT attempt failed, leaving Zane Trace with a 7-6 lead with :24 left in the first quarter.

The Zane Trace Pioneers offense is set to run a play

It didn’t take long for the Braves to grab their first lead as Logan Elm’s R.J. Weber had a career first pick-six TD return for a score. The Braves two point conversion was good for a 14-7 lead with 7:27 remaining, in the first half. That score would hold as the halftime score.

In the third quarter, Pioneers’ running back Blake Phillips broke through the Logan Elm defense for a 40 yard TD run with 6:35 left in the third quarter, tying the game at 14-14.

Logan Elm QB Garrett Summers scored on a 3 yard TD run at the 4:48 mark of the third period with the PAT also good, handing the Braves a 21-14 advantage.

The Pioneers drew even at 21-21 as Ben Nichols’ QB keeper up the middle for a long TD run with :16 left in third quarter. The PAT conversion tied the game at 21-21, which is how regulation play would end as both teams were scoreless in the fourth period.

In the overtime, Zane Trace had the ball first. The Pioneers drive nearly stalled, before Ben Nichols connected on a pass play for a first down. Nichols then scored on a 7 yard run for a 27-21 lead. The PAT attempt was foiled, when the snap for the extra point kick was too high for the holder to handle.

That then gave Logan Elm their possession, which saw Blayton Reid score his second touchdown of the game, tying the score 27-27 in OT. It was then place-kicker Jude Braun’s turn as he connected on the PAT kick for the 28-27 OT win.

(0-1) Zane Trace hosts Madison Plains next Friday while (1-0) Logan Elm travels to Westfall.

The Litter Media Game of the Week for August 27th is Amanda Clearcreek at Unioto, followed by the Litter Media Live GOTW Post Game Show, featuring video highlights, coaches and player interviews from that game.

Hillsboro Wins FAC Boys Golf Match #1

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The Hillsboro Indians held home course advantage Wednesday, winning Match #1 of Frontier Athletic Conference boys golf season. Hillsboro’s Caleb Crawford also took home match medalist honors with a 43.

Hillsboro 187

Washington CH 195
McClain 203
Chillicothe 208
Jackson 217
Miami Trace 226
*Match Medalist- Caleb Crawford of Hillsboro (43)*

Friday Boys Non-Conference Golf:
Unioto 168
Chillicothe 177
Zane Trace 192
*Match Medalist- Aidan Fischer of Chillicothe (38)*

Friday Girls Non-Conference Golf:
Chillicothe 210
Zane Trace 238
*Match Medalist- Isabella Fischer of Chillicothe 44*

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

Adena Powers Past Pioneers for 2020 SVC Football Title

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After a 10 year absence and finishing second the last two seasons, the Adena Warriors are finally back atop the Scioto Valley Conference.

Adena blanked Zane Trace 46-0 to finish 6-0 in the COVID-19 shortened football season. The Warriors nearly matched their game average of 48 points per game to earn a Gold Ball for the undefeated SVC season.

Preston Sykes had a scoop and score just 11 seconds into the game and tacked on a 56-yard TD pass on the Warriors first offensive play to post an early 16-0 lead.

“I came on a blitz” said Sykes “I didn’t think I was gonna get there – then all of a sudden, linebacker Cole Williams, he smacked a guy and I saw the ball shootin’ out… my eyes got real big. I thought ‘Oh I can scoop this and score on this’.” And like that, it was 8-0 after Sykes scored on a two-point conversion.

After forcing the Pioneers to punt on their next series, Sykes connected with Tate Myers on a 56-yard pass for a touchdown. And like that, the Warriors were ahead 16-0 1:54 into the first quarter.

Cade McWhorter tacked on a 18 yard field goal for a 19-0 lead. Nate Throckmorton punched in a 5-yard run and with just 13 seconds before halftime, Sykes found Logan Bennett on an 8-yard pass to lift the Warriors to a 32-0 lead.

Sykes wasn’t finished, he broke into the open field and sprinted 67-yards for a score. Gabe Stark was on the receiving end of Sykes’ third TD pass to finish the scoring.

“Starting off fast was the key” said Adena’s John Penwell. “It’s a big deal. Especially when you have a team like Zane Trace, who’s talented, young… The ,kids came out and played well. “

Adena was awarded a first round bye for the playoffs and won’t play until they host on October 17th. Zane Trace travels to Coshocton next Friday as the playoff season begins.

Adena’s John Penwell was all smiles with his family celebrating a 46-0 win over Zane Trace. The Warriors fell short of a title the previous two seasons. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media

#1 Harvest Prep Upends Pioneers

The Pioneers’ tourney run came to a close at The Convo in a 58-46 loss to top-ranked Harvest Prep Wednesday, before a crowd to rival an open practice or scrimmage.

Action by the Ohio High School Athletic Association Tuesday, limited the number of spectators for the game due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

As for the game, Zane Trace came out of the gates hot in their Division III Sweet 16 battle with #1 ranked Harvest Prep, posting a 7-2 lead, but the Warriors scrapped back for an 11-10 score through the first period… then, Harvest Prep ratcheted up the defense and rallied with a 17-0 run. Cam Evans nailed a basket to stop the Pioneers scoring drought. 

Harvest Prep held a 26-17 lead at the half.In the third, Zane Trace managed to pull within 28-26 but the Warriors hit another gear and pulled back on top by the end of the period by five points, 37-32.

The Pioneers tightened the game again at 39-36, but that was their final gasp as Harvest Prep moved to 44-36 with 4:30 remaining.

The final as the Pioneers season closed at 22-4.

Cam Evans dropped in 26 points for Zane Trace and with just minutes remaining became the Pioneers’ top scorer in school history with 1,652 points.Prior to last weekend, only the 1969 and 1970 Zane Trace Pioneers had won District Titles for their school. 

Harvest Prep returns to The Convo Saturday night for a spot in  next week’s Division III Final Four.

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Cam Evans (10) is congratulated by Nick Nesser (5) and Colby Swain (0) after sinking a free throw which was the basket that made him the All-Time leading scorer in Zane Trace Boys Basketball. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media
Few in numbers, the Pioneer fans made themselves heard Wednesday night. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media.

Pioneers Headed to the D III Sweet 16

Zane Trace won its fourth District Basketball Championship in school history with a 51-41 win over Ironton Friday at The Convo.

Nick Nesser had a hot hand early, scoring 9 of his team high 20 points in the first period as Zane Trace turned a 9-9 tie into a 13-9 lead.

Ironton kept pace with the Pioneers in the second period, cutting the margin to 23-20 by the half. 

Zane Trace pulled ahead again in the 3rd quarter and appeared in command until Triton Davidson picked up his fourth foul of the game midway through the period forcing the Pioneers to go to the bench for freshman Nalin Robinson. 

Despite the Tigers Reid Carrico keeping Ironton in the game with his team high 20 points, down the stretch, the Pioneers nailed some free throws to secure a 51-41 victory for the school’s fourth district title and winning them back to back for the first time since the 1969 and 1970 seasons. 

Nesser led the Pioneers with 20 points and Cam Evans added 15 while Reid Carrico also netted 20 to lead Ironton.

Zane Trace will face Harvest Prep Wednesday at Ohio University with a 6:15pm tip-off. Harvest Prep nipped Worthington Christian Friday night 49-47.

In the game prior to the Zane Trace-Ironton game, Fairland socked Chesapeake 71-43. Fairland battles Ridgewood in the nightcap at 8pm Wednesday at The Convo. Ridgewood breezed past Morgan 65-48.

Zane Trace Edges Adena 51-48

The third meeting between the Pioneers and Warriors was much closer than the first two. Zane Trace won by margins of 16 and 13 points in their previous matchups in 2019-20.

Adena had taken the first period 12-9 on a drop-in by Cade McKee just before the buzzer. Zane Trace got a hot hand while Adena cooled its shooting in the second quarter as the Pioneers outscored Adena 17-7 to take a 26-19 lead at the half.

It looked like Zane Trace was going to run away with the game in the third, but Adena drained three-pointers on three consecutive possessions and pulled to within 32-30. The Pioneers recovered and extended their lead to 40-30 to close out the period.

In the 4th, Adena stormed back and whittled the lead to 51-48 with an opportunity to tie the game at the end of regulation, but a three-pointer from Logan Bennett missed its mark and Zane Trace grabbed the rebound as time expired.

Nick Nesser led the Pioneers with 17 points ahead of Cam Evans’ 15. Logan Bennett was the game’s top scorer with 19. 

Adena closes its season at 16-9 while Zane Trace improves to 21-3.

The win sends Zane Trace to the DIII District Championship game March 6th at 8:15pm with upset minded Ironton. The Tigers were a 56-41 winner over 3rd seeded Eastern Brown Sunday. Ironton trailed 3-0 but went on a 17-0 run and kept Eastern Brown down 10-17 points the rest of the game. Ironton is 13-10 entering Friday’s game. Zane Trace defeated Ironton in the regular season 54-50.

Nick Nesser aims for two of his team high 17 points for Zane Trace. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media

Boys DIII: Adena, Zane Trace Advance to The Convo

DIII Sectional Champs

With a trip to The Convo on the line, Zane Trace and Adena earned wins in the Boys Division III Sectional Finals Friday. The two will face each other Sunday March 1st.

Getting there was not easy.

Game 1: Zane Trace 56, Piketon 50

The #9 Pioneers reached the District Tourney in Division II last season, and to get there again, they’d need to get past Piketon, which proved to be an unpredictable team.

Zane Trace took control early on with lads of 18-21 after the first and maintained a 31-26 game at halftime. Piketon fell behind by 10 in the second half but managed to pull within 44-42, but in racing terms, catching the leader is one thing, passing them is another.

Each tie the Redstreaks threatened, Zane Trace managed to pull ahead by five. 

Per usual, Cam Evans was tough to control. The SVC Player of the Year netted 26, including five three-pointers while Colby Swain scored 10 while Nick Nesser (8), Triton Davidson (6) and Luke Johnson (4) teamed for another 18.

Levi Gullion led the Piketon attack with 18 and Tyree Harris tallied 11. Brody Fuller (9), Chris Chandler (7), Logan Nichols (3) and Tre Swayne (2) combined for 21.  


Game 2: Adena  53, Alexander 41 

The Warriors historic run to the Division III District championship game last year was memorable, and the team has had plenty of motivation to return. 

The community was rocked in late January when a car crash left team captain Brandon Smith and his brother Jacob critically injured. 

Friday’s battle with Alexander was one more mountain to climb. 

The Warriors darted out to a 10-2 lead on Alexander, but the Spartans went on a 12-0 run to assume the lead and went into the intermission with a 19-15 advantage. 

Then came a physical second half of play which ended up seeing Alexander Head Coach Jimmy Kearns being sent to the showers early and the game slipping away from the Spartans.

Adena tightened up the defense in the third period and attacked the basket. After trailing most of the period, the Warriors scrapped back to tie the game at 27 on a three-pointer by Jarret Garrison and Preston Sykes laid in a basket to give Adena the lead to close out the quarter.

They wouldn’t trail again.

In the moments after, just 85 seconds into the fourth, Kearns was ejected arguing a call as Alexander fell behind 32-27. Logan Bennett sank three free throws to extend the margin to 8-points.

Play was stopped for nearly five minutes to settle some rowdy fans. Once play resumed, Adena had all the momentum and stretched their lead to 43-30 on a basket by Cade McKee.

Bennett and Sykes had their hands full with controlling 6’10” Caleb Terry, who finished the game with 10 points. Kaleb Easley led Alexander with 14 points.

The Warriors were paced by Bennett and Sykes with 12 points each, Jarret Garrison added 11, McKee 9 while Nate Throckmorton and Dillon McDonald combined for another 9.

It’s back to The Convo for both Adena and Zane Trace. They’ll tip off at 5:30pm on Sunday March 1st.

Cam Evans scored a game high 26 points leading Zane Trace to a return trip to the Convo following a 56-50 win over Piketon at Waverly High School. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media
Caden McKee drives to the basket as Adena overcame a 19-15 halftime deficit for a 53-41 victory over Alexander at Jackson High School. Photo by Dan Ramey/Litter Media.
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