New Year’s Jammin’ Eve 2021

Presented By Classic Brands

(Waverly) – New Year’s Jammin’ Eve is set for Friday, December 31st at the Waverly Eagles and features two bands that offer a mix of pop, country, and bluegrass music.

(Logo: SamJam BluegrassFestival)

The featured act – The Goodwin Brothers – includes lead singer Kenneth Chase Bush, a finalist during season five of American Idol. The group is from Lexington, Kentucky, and performs a mix of pop, country, and bluegrass music that has made them one of the Ohio Valley’s hottest bands.

Following a catered dinner by longtime local restauranteur Lloyd Harmon that begins at 6 p.m., Bourbon Revival will kick off the music. This hard-driving band from Louisville, Kentucky, also performs songs from a range of genres with crowd-pleasing covers and original material.

“When Sam Karr and I began this New Year’s Eve event a few years ago, I wanted to create a nice, professional event locally so people from the area didn’t have to travel to Columbus or Cincinnati for a New Year’s Eve experience,” said Rick Greene, a Waverly resident and co-organizer of the SamJam Bluegrass Festival, which sponsors the event with the Waverly Eagles, where the event takes place. “It’s a perfect event for a date with a great dinner, great bands, and a local DJ (Matt Snodgrass) who will help us ring in the new year.”

Tickets are $80 and all bar proceeds benefit the Waverly Eagles.
“Rick and I make sure that our events have top-quality talent,” Karr said. “We’re really excited to bring The Goodwin Brothers and Bourbon Revival to Waverly. These aren’t necessarily straight-away bluegrass bands, these are versatile bands with talented singers and musicians who will put on a really great show.”

To purchase tickets, or for more information, check out the New Year’s Jammin’ Eve tab on the SamJam website at or the festival’s Facebook page at SamJam Bluegrass Festival.

Anyone who has questions or is interested in a VIP table for eight can contact Karr at (812) 699-0962 or Greene at (740) 547-9059.

Unioto Holds-Off Paint Valley Rally To Grab SVC Boys Basketball Lead

Presented By Rathkamp Financial

The Paint Valley Bearcats could not overcome a 15 point halftime deficit, but certainly made it interesting at games’ end as the Unioto Shermans fought off the furious comeback effort for a 66-62 win at home.

The Unioto victory leaves them alone at the top of the SVC standings, handing Paint Valley their first conference loss, while Westfall also dropped from the SVC unbeatens’ with a 63-39 loss at Zane Trace.

(Evan Park & Jordan Perkins of Unioto vs Paint Valley defenders- Litter Media/Mike Smith)

Paint Valley’s biggest lead came early at 12-7, but the Shermans finished the quarter on a 12-2 run for a 19-14 lead.

Unioto led at each stop: 19-14, 34-19, 47-39, 66-62.

Unioto’s halftime lead was their largest of the game at 34-19, but PV fought back to within 6 points- twice in the third quarter and within 51-45 at 6:10 of the fourth quarter.

Unioto built that lead back up to 10 points, before the Bearcats closed to within 64-62 with 6 seconds to play, but Blake Hoops sank two free throws to seal the victory at 66-62 for the Shermans. 

Unioto Scoring Recap:
DeSean Branson 29 points
Blake Hoops 11 points
Newt Hoops 8 points
Evan Park 6 points
Ben Spetnagel 6 points
Braxton Platt 3 points

Paint Valley Scoring Recap:
Cordell Grubb 22 points
Dax Estep 18 points
Cole Miller 11 points
Blaine Parker 4 points
Trent Mettler 4 points
Connor Free 3 points

Unioto improves to (3-0/5-1) while Paint Valley drops to (2-1/4-4)

To close conference play prior to the Christmas break, Unioto travels to Adena on Saturday, December 18th. Paint Valley travels to Piketon.

Elsewhere on Friday:
Zane Trace 63, Westfall 39
Adena 51, Huntington 38
Piketon 52, Southeastern 47
Lucasville Valley 79, Eastern Pike 58
Portsmouth West 67, Wheelersburg 63
Vinton County 58, River Valley 54
Nelsonville-York 47, Athens 40
Alexander 67, Meigs 56

Bloom Carroll 54, Amanda 41
Fairfield Union 65, Logan Elm 15
Circleville 53, Liberty Union 25
Teays Valley 50, Hamilton Township 13

OHSAA Baseball Final 4 To Stay In Akron

Presented By Atomic Speedway & Chillicothe VAMC

(Columbus)- The Ohio High School Athletic Association and the Akron RubberDucks have announced a partnership to keep the OHSAA Baseball Final Four at Canal Park in Akron for the next three years.

(Photo: Akron Canal Park)

The RubberDucks have hosted the OHSAA baseball state tournament since 2019 at Canal Park, a 7,630-seat stadium in downtown Akron that is home to the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians. 

“We are excited to return as the host of the baseball championships,” RubberDucks General Manager and COO Jim Pfander said. “It is an honor to once again be able to bring the best high school players from all around the state to the wonderful community of Akron. Thank you to Doug Ute, Emily Mason and the entire OHSAA staff for bringing this event back to Akron. After our own championship season in 2021, we are excited to see more champions crowned at Canal Park.”

The OHSAA softball state tournament is also held in Akron at nearby Firestone Stadium the first weekend in June, while the baseball state tournament is held the second weekend in June. 

“The RubberDucks have been great hosts and we are very excited to continue working with them,” OHSAA Executive Director Doug Ute said. “Canal Park is such a fantastic venue and our schools, communities and staff have had a wonderful experience in Akron. The stadium is a perfect fit for our state tournament, and even more importantly, the RubberDucks staff is so great to work with, and they go above and beyond to make the experience special.”  

Canal Park features two of the largest dugouts in minor league baseball and indoor batting cages for teams to warm up. Beyond right field is one of the largest video boards in the minor leagues. In 2022, Canal Park will debut an upgraded seating experience with the replacement and modernization of the seating bowl. Canal Park’s playing surface of Kentucky bluegrass rests on top of three levels of sand, fine peat gravel and a combination of large peat gravel and drainage tiles. The infield is a mixture of sand and clay, with the track surrounding the playing field is comprised of crushed red brick.