When individuals work hard, it’s only fair that their dreams should become a reality.
On Friday morning, the state journey for two of the area’s best tennis athletes in the Clay doubles tandem of Nate Hinze and Gage Keller will officially begin at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason on Friday evening as the pair drew the Southwest District Runner-Ups in Cincinnati Country Day’s Vishaal Nalagatla and Justin Baker in the first round.
If the pair defeat Nalagatla and Baker, they’ll continue pay later in the day against Lima Shawnee’s tandem of Michael Rutter and Isaac Hanover — the top overall finisher in the Northwest District — or Pepper Pike Orange’s Santiago Bustamante and Rahul Krishnan — the fourth overall finisher in the Northeast District — in the quarterfinals. Hinze and Keller will clinch, at worst, a No. 4 overall finish at the OHSAA Division II state level if the pair are able to win their first round and quarterfinal drawings regardless of what happens on Saturday.
REGIONAL BASEBALL/SOFTBALL TIMES OFFICIAL FOR CLAY, SOUTH WEBSTER, WHEELERSBURG
While most of the baseball and softball draws were already known as play concluded throughout the day on Saturday, the draws for the Clay softball, South Webster baseball, and Wheelersburg baseball and softball programs were made official on Monday morning.
Division IV, Region 15 Softball
No. 2 Danville (26-1) vs. No. 7 Strasburg-Franklin (20-7), Wednesday, 3 p.m., Pickerington Central HS
No. 4 Clay (28-1) vs. No. 8 Leesburg Fairfield (N/A), Wednesday, 5 p.m., Pickerington Central HS
Fate for winners — Division IV, Region 15 Finals, Saturday, 12 p.m., Pickerington Central HS
Clay, who took home a thrilling 2-1 victory over Bainbridge Paint Valley in 10 innings on Saturday afternoon in the Minford I District Finals, will play Leesburg Fairfield, who won by a 10-1 count over Peebles in the Minford II District Finals following the Lady Panthers’ district title-winning performance.They’ll play at 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening in Pickerington in a Division IV, Region 15 Semifinal matchup.
The winner of the contest between Lady Panthers and the Lady Lions — who are the No. 4 and No. 8 teams in the 2017 OHSFSCA State Poll, respectively — will play either No. 2 Danville or No. 7 Strasburg-Franklin in the Division IV, Region 15 Finals on Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m.
Division IV, Region 15 Baseball
No. 1 Toronto (23-3) vs. Danville (N/A), Thursday, TBA, Lancaster HS (Beavers Field)
South Webster (14-13) vs. Waterford (22-5), Thursday, 5 p.m., Lancaster HS (Beavers Field)
Fate for winners — Division IV, Region 15 Finals, Friday, 5 p.m., Lancaster HS (Beavers Field)
After redeeming themselves in an earlier defeat to Green back in April, South Webster defeated Notre Dame, 7-2, in the Southeast II District Finals to advance to Lancaster, where the Jeeps will play the Waterford Wildcats on Thursday evening. Waterford defeated Reedsville Eastern, 9-3, to advance out of the Southeast I District. The winner of the regional semifinal between the pair will play the state’s No. 1-ranked team in Division IV, Toronto, or Danville on Friday at 5 p.m. in the Division IV, Region 15 Finals.
Division III, Region 11 Softball
No. 1 Wheelersburg (22-2) vs. Piketon (15-8), Wednesday, 3 p.m., Lancaster HS
Magnolia Sandy Valley (24-3) vs. Williamsport Westfall (24-6), Wednesday, 5 p.m., Lancaster HS
Fate for winners — Division IV, Region 11 Finals, Saturday, 12 p.m., Lancaster HS
Throughout the course of the Division III, Chillicothe I District Tournament, the Wheelersburg Lady Pirates made life miserable for its opponents in the Division III realm as Wheelersburg blitzed South Point, Zane Trace, and Sardinia Eastern by an astronomical 36-2 margin — with Northern Kentucky signee Faith Howard recording a perfect game from the circle against South Point — to advance to the Division III, Region 11 Tournament for the fourth consecutive year.
Wheelersburg’s hopes are to return to the OHSAA State Final Four at Firestone Stadium in Akron for a third consecutive season, but in order to do that, the Lady Pirates will have to defeat Piketon on Wednesday and take down the winner of the additional Division III, Region 11 Semifinal matchup between Magnolia Sandy Valley and Williamsport Westfall on Saturday afternoon in Lancaster. Not surprisingly, Wheelersburg is the overwhelming favorite to do just that.
Division III, Region 11 Baseball
No. 1 Berlin Hiland (27-0) vs. Martins Ferry (N/A), Thursday, 5 p.m., Minerva Carl Michael Field
No. 11 Wheelersburg (21-5) vs. Chillicothe Zane Trace (20-10), Thursday, 5 p.m., VA Memorial Stadium
Fate for winners — Division IV, Region 11 Finals, Friday, 5 p.m., TBA
By taking home a 3-0 victory over Frankfort Adena on Saturday afternoon in the Division III, Chillicothe I District Championship Game, Wheelersburg (21-5) advanced to its 10th consecutive regional tournament with the victory. They’ll play Zane Trace (20-10), who defeated Minford, 5-3, in the Division III, Chillicothe II District Championship Game. The winner between the pair, who will play at the VA on Thursday evening at 5 p.m., will take on Division III’s No. 1-ranked unit in Berlin Hiland or Martins Ferry at 5 p.m. on Friday in a location to be determined.
Tri-State Junior Golf Tour to hold six different tournaments in area
The Tri-State Junior Golf Tour, which begins the first week of June, will begin its 35th annual season on Thursday, June 8, with trips planned across Portsmouth, Ashland, Ky. and Huntington, W. Va. for all interested participants.
On June 8, the tour begins with a stop at Riveria Golf Course in Lesage, W. Va., with a trip to Sugarwood Golf Course in Lavalette, W. Va. planned for Monday, June 19.
Eight days later, the tour begins the Ohio portion of its schedule as the TSJGT makes a stop at Shawnee Golf Course in Friendship on Tuesday, June 27, two weeks prior to its date at the Elks Country Club in McDermott. The TSJGT caps off the summer with stops at the Bellefonte Country Club in Ashland (Monday, July 17) and the Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington (Friday, July 28).
In addition to the packed summer schedule, the TSJGT will also be expanding their age groups to include kids from the ages of seven to nine, as well as six years old and under.
For information call Jason VanDeusen at 740-285-5004 or visit our webpage at www.TSJGT.com.
Wheelersburg Boys Basketball Camp to run from June 5th — 7th
The 2017 Wheelersburg Boys Basketball Camp has been scheduled by Wheelersburg boys basketball head coach Steven Ater and will run from Monday, June 5 through Wednesday, June 7.
The camp, which is available for boys who are entering third through eighth grades, will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. all three days. Campers get a t-shirt and a daily beverage.
The camp is open to any area boy and campers will be organized into age/skill specific groups to play games, practice skills and compete for prizes. Total cost for the camp is $40 per participant.
Contact Steven Ater at email@example.com for a brochure or to register.
SSU Golf to conduct Junior Golf Clinics June 19th — 23rd
The Shawnee State University golf programs will be conducting golf clinics from Monday, June 19th through Friday, June 23rd as part of its 2017 Junior Golf Clinics program.
The clinics, which cost $100 to register for, will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants get to obtain five days of golf instruction from Shawnee State’s best golfers, along with a free lunch each day. There will be instruction for all ability levels.
For registration and further questions, contest the Elks Pro Shop at (740) 259-6241.
Del Rice League signups available
Signups for the 2017 Del Rice Baseball League are now available.
If anybody is interested in playing or entering a team this summer, please call 740-250-4369 for more information.
Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7