Highland Chamber of Commerce To Host “Ag Is Everyone’s Business” Event

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(Hillsboro)- The Highland County Chamber of Commerce will host its 10th annual “Ag is Everyone’s Business” event on Friday, March 4th at Boeckmann Farms north of Hillsboro.

Speakers for this years event are Eric Snodgrass, Science Fellow and Principal Atmospheric Scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions – and Dr. Dennis Summers, Ohio’s State Veterinarian.

Snodgrass will provide a 2022 spring and summer outlook, with Dr. Summers providing information on maintaining healthy livestock.

The doors at Boeckmann Farms will open at 9:30am on Friday, March 4th.

Presale tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased by visiting the Chamber office at 338 West Main Street in Hillsboro. You can also call the Highland Chamber or visit its website.

Zane Trace Maintain SVC Lead Following 48-31 Win at Piketon

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Zane Trace earned a 48-31 victory at Piketon Friday night, in typical Pioneers fashion.

Patient… methodical… look for the open shot… take it… get back and defend.

It’s the pattern Gary Kellough’s teams have had success with for many years. The win kept Zane Trace atop the Scioto Valley Conference Boys Basketball standings at 8-2, a half game ahead of Paint Valley.

“Consistency’s been our thing the last month” said Kellough. “When we’re consistent, we have good guard play and stuff, we’ve been making good runs. In our last three games, we’ve given up under 40 (points) and the defense end right now is what’s igniting our offense.”

The two clubs traded baskets in the first period with a draw at 12-12. Then the Pioneers put together a 9-0 run to go ahead 21-12. They would maintain at least a six-point edge until the Redstreaks rallied to cut the deficit to 27-23 at the half.

In the middle two quarters, Zane Trace outscored the Streaks 29-17 and held Piketon to just eight second half points.

Piketon’s Kyle Miller credited the Pioneers defense for keeping his team in check in the second half.

“They did a great job of contesting everything… bumping us off our cuts, which is something we’ve prided ourselves on during this good stretch of play” said Miller. “And they hit shots. They executed. They deserve the credit.”  

Xzander Ream led all scorers with 18-points while the Pioneers inside trio of Kyle Stonerock (10 pts.), Nalin Robinson (9 pts.) and Donavin Baker (7 pts.) combined for 26-points.

Piketon had hopes of keeping pace with the SVC leaders, but suffered a setback dropping their conference record to 7-4 and 9-8 overall. They’ll travel to Paint Valley Saturday night. The Bearcats are 7-2/9-8 after a 71-60 win at Westfall Friday.

Meanwhile, Zane Trace keeps chugging along with an 11-5 mark overall and the 8-2 record in SVC action, They’ll head to Frankfort for a meeting with Adena Saturday. The Warriors fell short to Unioto 71-68 in overtime.

The other SVC game saw Southeastern pick up a 62-48 win at Huntington.

Box Score: Zane Trace (48); Xzander Ream, 18; Kyle Stonerock, 10; Nalin Robinson, 9; Donavin Naker, 7; Ben Nichols, 2 and Carter Hill, 2. Piketon (31); Tra Swayne, 13; Levi Gullion, 8; Declan Davis, 4; Kydan Potts, 3; Garrett Legg, 3.

McClain Clinches Share of FAC Boys Basketball Title

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The McClain Tigers have returned to the top of the Frontier Athletic Conference boys basketball world, clinching no worse than a share of the title with a 69-39 win at Miami Trace, Friday night.

The (7-1) Tigers need only one more FAC win or a (4-3) Chillicothe loss to win the undisputed crown. The Cavs beat Washington CH 65-56 to stay mathematically in the race.

Watch the Litter Media LIVE Postgame Show on the photo below:

(Photo: Joe B. Stewart- Litter Media/Mike Smith)

McClain led after each stop 13-8, 24-23, 44-34, 69-39. Early on, every time the Tigers made a run to get distance between the Panthers, Miami Trace would make a run of their own to get back in it.

McClain held a 17-10 lead in the second period, when the Panthers went on a 7-0 run, creating a 17-17 tie. Miami Trace did get a 23-19 lead late in the second quarter, but McClain finished on a 5-0 run for a 24-23 halftime advantage.

The score remained close in the third quarter at 36-33, but the Tigers started to make another run to build a 44-34 lead at the end of three quarters.

The final period was all McClain. The Tigers outscored the Panthers 25-5.

Miami Trace drops to (3-6) in FAC play.

(Photo: Bryson Osborne Defended by Kendyll Toney- Litter Media/Mike Smith)

McClain Scoring:
Bryson Badgley 26 points “McDonald’s Player of the Game”
Kendyll Toney 21 points
Braden Wright 8
Seth Wise 7
Isaac Carroll and Evann Mischal 3 each
Wesley Potts 1 point

Miami Trace Scoring:
Austin Boedeker and Andrew Guthrie each with 10 points
Eli Fliehman 7 points
Hayden Hunter, Garrett Guess, Bryson Osborne, and Bryson Sheets each scored 3 points.

In other Friday night action:
BOYS BASKETBALL … McClain 69, Miami Trace 39 … Chillicothe 65, Washington CH 56 … Jackson 40, Hillsboro 30 … Zane Trace 48, Piketon 31 … Paint Valley 71, Westfall 60 … Unioto 71, Adena 68 (OT) … Southeastern 62, Huntington 48 … Wheelersburg 53, Portsmouth West 24 … Valley 66, Eastern 58 … South Webster 58, Minford 37 … Notre Dame 55, New Boston 50 … Vinton County 46, Athens 32 … Ironton 78, Coal Grove 72 (2OT)

GIRLS BASKETBALL … Teays Valley 52, Hamilton Township 12 … Bloom Carroll 51, Amanda Clearcreek 30 …Fairfield Union 73, Logan Elm 8 …