The Circleville Lady Tigers are Division 2 District Track & Field Champs at Washington CH.
Circleville won the girls team title with 121 points, outdistancing runner-up Unioto with 104 points. McClain was third followed by Logan Elm, and Washington CH in the 13 team field.
The Shermans of Unioto won the boys team championship with 79 points. Zane Trace was second with 69 points and Portsmouth third at 68, Logan Elm fourth with 63.5 points and Waverly fifth in the 16 team field.
Scioto Valley Conference Co-Champs Zane Trace and Unioto lead the selections of All SVC Baseball players voted on by conference coaches for 2022, after the Pioneers and Shermans shared the title with (13-1) records.
“Player of the Year” honor went to Zane Trace’s Ben Nichols, while Pioneers’ coach Ron Allen was voted “Coach of the Year”.
Here is the full list of All SVC baseball honors. (1st Team) Ben Nichols (Sr) Zane Trace Micah Geise (Jr) Unioto Peyton Weiss (Sr) Westfall Trey Edler (Sr) Zane Trace Cody Rawlings (Sr) Adena Dax Estep (Jr) Paint Valley Tra Swayne (Sr) Piketon Landyn Patterson (So) Unioto Braylon Leach (So) Huntington
(2nd Team) DJ Crocker (So) Huntington Andrew Griffin (Jr) Unioto Carter Glandon (Sr) Adena Austen Ison (Jr) Zane Trace Roger Woodruff (Sr) Piketon Jarrett McWhorter (Sr) Southeastern Ashton Nunemaker (Sr) Westfall Trent Mettler (Sr) Paint Valley Jacob Lenox (Sr) Southeastern
Honorable Mention Will Dratwa Adena David McGill Adena Dalton Black Huntington Allan Smith Huntington Connor Free Paint Valley Bo Blankenship Paint Valley Chase Carson Piketon Johnny Burton Piketon Derek Wheeler Southeastern Joey Pfeifer Southeastern Ashton Crace Unioto Ben Spetnagel Unioto Trent Walters Westfall Bryant Coker Westfall Blake Phillips Zane Trace Rece Allen Zane Trace
Player of the Year: Ben Nichols (Zane Trace) Coach of the Year: Ron Allen (Zane Trace) League Co-Champions: Unioto/ Zane Trace (13-1)
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.
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 …
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.
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.