Portsmouth cleans up, NW, Valley add W’s


‘Burg, Clay, ND VB earn W’s

By Kevin Colley - kcolley@aimmediamidwest.com



Boys Soccer

Tuesday (8/29)

Northwest 7, Minford 2

Over the course of the 2017 campaign, the Northwest Mohawks have proven to have a powerful offensive unit that has overwhelmed the vast majority of opponents that it has come across.

On Tuesday evening, that factoid proved to be no different as the Mohawks scored at least seven goals or more for the third consecutive contest in defeating Minford, 7-2, at Northwest to move to 3-0 on the year.

That’s a big win for us going into league play,” Northwest head coach Josh Keeney said. “Anytime you have seven goals in a game, you’re doing something right, but when you have seven assists to go along with it, that means even more. Several different guys are scoring and our defense has really stepped up. Great team win.”

Northwest wasted no time jumping out to the early lead as goals in back-to-back-to-back minutes from Austin Speer, Harald Rundquist, and Tyler Webb in the 13th, 14th, and 15th minutes — coming off of two assists from Mason Campbell and another from Speer — allowed the Mohawks to take a 3-0 lead.

And even though Minford answered right back with two goals of its own, the Mohawks shut the door for good. After Rundquist scored a goal off of a through ball from Evan Throckmorton in the 38th minute, Throckmorton stepped up in the second half by delivering a pair of goals off of assists from Cody Mosley and Austin Slusher, respectively, in the 56th and 59th minutes. Webb then capped off the scoring for Northwest by taking a Campbell pass from the wing and punching it home with his header in the 66th minute.

“I thought that our guys got out to a quick start and an early 3-0 lead, than kind of relaxed a little and let them sneak back into the game before halftime,” Keeney said. “Our guys came out strong in the second half and put one of the best halves of soccer together that I have seen since coaching out here.”

Offensively, a litany of Mohawks, including Rundquist, Throckmorton, and Webb, who combined to collect six goals and a assist, respectively, contributed in the scoring column. Campbell collected a trio of assists for the Mohawks, while Speer added a goal and an assist of his own on the day. Mosley and Slusher each collected an assist to round out the scoring.

Scoring Summary

First half

Northwest, 1-0. Austin Speer, 13th minute. Assisted by Mason Campbell.

Northwest, 2-0. Herald Rundquist, 14th minute. Assisted by Austin Speer.

Northwest, 3-0. Tyler Webb, 15th minute. Assisted by Mason Campbell.

Northwest, 3-1. Unknown.

Northwest, 3-2. Unknown.

Northwest, 4-2. Herald Rundquist, 38th minute. Assisted by Evan Throckmorton.

Second half

Northwest, 5-2. Evan Throckmorton, 56th minute. Assisted by Cody Mosley.

Northwest, 6-2. Evan Throckmorton, 59th minute. Assisted by Austin Slusher.

Northwest, 7-2. Tyler Webb, 66th minute. Assisted by Mason Campbell.

Valley 3, Clay 1

After splitting its first pair of contests in 2017, the Valley Indians’ boys soccer program reestablished momentum on Tuesday evening as Valley defeated the Clay Panthers, 3-1, in a contest that was held on the campus on Valley High School.

Cayton Ruby proved to be brilliant through the evening as the multi-sport athlete added a pair of goals — one in the 20th minute off of a corner kick from Brandon Phillips and another in the 35th minute off of a feed from Brandon Phillips — to push Valley’s lead to a 2-0 margin at halftime. Clay’s Alex Miller scored just four minutes into the second half to make the contest interesting, but Valley used a 68th minute tally by Cameron Phillips to walk away with the victory.

“We played pretty solid this evening,” Valley head coach Andy Johnson said. “Our defense had a lapse early in the second half, but the guys came back and really stepped it up over the remainder of game by winning balls and helping us maintain possession.”

Offensively, Ruby’s two goal output — with his 20th minute score coming off of a header — was vital in Valley’s decision. Cameron Phillips added his aforementioned goal and assist in the win.

“Our offense moved the ball well at times and is starting to spread the field better,” Johnson said. “However, we need to improve on finishing — we are getting a lot of good looks at the goal, but are having trouble converting them. Still, it’s good to get our first conference win. Hopefully, we will keep improving as the year progresses.”

With the victory, Valley improved to 2-1 overall preceding a home bout with New Boston. A contest at South Webster looms next Wednesday. Clay hosted South Webster on Thursday and will also host New Boston on the following Thursday, which will fall on Sept. 7.

Scoring summary

First half

Valley, 1-0. Cayton Ruby, 20th minute. Assisted by Brandon Phillips.

Valley, 2-0. Cayton Ruby, 35th minute. Assisted by Cameron Phillips.

Second half

Valley, 2-1. Alex Miller, 44th minute. Assisted by Cameron Phillips.

Valley, 3-1. Cameron Phillips, 68th minute. Unassisted.

Girls Soccer

Minford 6, Northwest 0

Behind a two-goal effort from Erin Daniels and another balanced effort from the entire Minford roster, the Falcons were able to put together another strong performance as the Lady Falcons defeated Northwest, 6-0, on Tuesday evening in McDermott.

Minford, who scored three goals in both halves, got play started off in the right fashion as goals from Brittani Wolfenbaker and Emily Shoemaker — off of the legs of Hannah Tolle and Amy Shoemaker, respectively — allowed the Falcons to collect a 2-0 advantage within the first 15 minutes of the contest. Ali Brumfield added an unassisted tally in the 27th minute to increase the Minford advantage to a 3-0 score at halftime.

In the second half of play, Marissa Risner immediately put her own stamp on the affair by scoring just five minutes in with her unassisted goal to keep Minford in control. Daniels then added the finishing touches on the affair with back-to-back unassisted goals in the 64th and 67th minutes to lead the Falcons to the victory.

Minford hosted Wheelersburg on Thursday and will travel to West on Wednesday for a road bout.

Scoring Summary

First half

Minford, 1-0. Brittani Wolfenbarker, 11th minute. Assisted by Hannah Tolle

Minford, 2-0. Emily Shoemaker, 15th minute. Assisted by Amy Shoemaker

Minford, 3-0. Ali Brumfield, 27th minute. Unassisted.

Second half

Minford, 4-0. Marissa Risner, 45th minute. Unassisted.

Minford, 5-0. Erin Daniels, 64th minute. Unassisted.

Minford, 6-0. Erin Daniels, 67th minute. Unassisted.

Volleyball

Tuesday (8/29)

Portsmouth def. Ironton, 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-14)

After collecting straight-set victories over West and Fairfield in their season-openers last week, the Portsmouth Lady Trojans’ volleyball program added another straight-set win over archrival Ironton, 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-14) on Tuesday evening.

The Lady Trojans were led by Lyda Spencer, who collected another standout effort with 16 total points, including nine aces and seven kills. Spencer also added seven digs to put together a strong effort on all fronts. Allison Douthat added 15 points to go along with 22 assists, Aiden Fields had 12 kills, and Morgan Grashel collected eight points off of four aces while collecting five digs en route to its third victory of the year.

Wheelersburg def. South Webster, 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-20)

Behind the gargantuan efforts of Abbie Kallner, Ellie Ruby, and Alli McQuay, the Wheelersburg Lady Pirates’ volleyball program was able to emerge victorious in a tight volleyball matchup between two rival programs on Tuesday evening in South Webster.

For Allen Perry, however, it was nothing but compliments for the program that South Webster, behind the direction of head coach Darcee Claxon, has put together in 2017.

“South Webster is a very disciplined team and they fought for every single point,” Perry said. “There were many times that I thought we were going to win a point and their players would find a way to keep it alive. They kept us off balance and out of system all night. That’s what good teams do. We were very fortunate to come away with the victory.”

McQuay collected 13 service points, 10 kills, two blocks, and an ace to lead the charge for Wheelersburg offensively, while Abbie Kallner accumulated 25 assists, nine digs, and seven service points en route to contributing in a litany of different areas for the Lady Pirates. Ellie Ruby solidified the result with her play on the backline as the senior collected 25 digs on the evening.

Clay def. East, 3-0 (25-1, 25-6, 25-10)

Throughout the course of the 2017 season, there has been some major sister-sister power on the Clay Panthers’ volleyball roster as Jensen and Jaelyn Warnock have proven to be outstanding forces at the net for Jill Hopkins’ squad.

On Tuesday evening, the pair were, once again, dominant at every level as the duo led Clay to a victory over East in straight sets (25-1, 25-6, 25-10) on Tuesday evening in Sciotoville.

Clay, who improved to 3-1 on the year with the victory, was led by Jaelyn Warnock, who had 27 points off of serves, including a massive 14 aces. Warnock also added six digs to continue to prove her effectiveness as a backline athlete. Jensen, her older sister, collected a team-high 14 kills and added seven service receptions to go along with six digs of her own to round out a stellar effort from the Warnock family.

Not to be outdone, Delanie Gilliland also showed out with another effective night, adding 10 kills, eight aces, and 13 points from serving, while Shaelyn Vassar collected nine points from serving to go along with five aces and four digs. Taylor Lewis’ nine kills, along with Lila Brown’s 29 assists, rounded out another strong effort for the Lady Panthers.

Notre Dame def. Green, 3-0 (25-5, 25-8, 25-11)

The dominance that is the Notre Dame volleyball program continued to uphold that standard on Tuesday evening, as the Lady Titans took down their SOC I counterparts, Green, in straight sets (25-5, 25-8, 25-11) in a contest that was held in Portsmouth on Tuesday evening.

As she has throughout her career at Notre Dame, Lexi Smith proved to be sensational for the Lady Titans. Smith collected 11 aces to just one error, seven digs, five blocks (including three of the solo variety), 19 kills on a .556 attack percentage, and 22 points from service en route to leading the Titans to the straight-set win.

Ali Smith, Alex Glockner, and Clara Hash each combined to collect eight aces, with Smith adding 17 points from serve and a team-high 24 assists. Ava Hassel collected six digs as Notre Dame closed the match out in a strong fashion.

Tennis

Wednesday (8/30)

Portsmouth 3, Waverly 2

After collecting a victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday evening, the Portsmouth Trojans’ girls tennis squad collected two consecutive clutch victories by edging Waverly, 3-2, in a match held at Waverly on Wednesday evening.

Avery Wolfe and Sarah Lemaster helped set the tone for the Trojans in singles play as the pair won 21 of their 24 games to allow Portsmouth to take a 2-1 advantage heading into doubles play. Despite only gaining one game victory in losses to Alli Entler and the doubles duo of Heidi Lamerson and Shanda Nibert, Emma Coleman and Sara Born made sure that the Trojans weren’t to be denied of a match victory as the pair defeated Kayleah Shiland and Kenzie Penrod, 6-1, 6-1 in straight sets to take the victory.

No. 1 singles — Avery Wolfe (Portsmouth) def. Megan Long (Waverly) 6-1, 6-2

No. 2 singles — Alli Entler (Waverly) def. Lauren Coleman (Portsmouth) 6-0, 6-1

No. 3 singles — Sarah Lemaster (Portsmouth) def. Montana Beekman (Waverly) 6-0, 6-0

No. 1 doubles — Heidi Lamerson and Shanda Nibert (Waverly) def. Rylee Moorhead and Elysia Copley-Lucas (Portsmouth) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 doubles — Emma Coleman and Sara Born (Portsmouth) def. Kayleah Shiland and Kenzie Penrod (Waverly) 6-1, 6-1

Tuesday (8/29)

Portsmouth 3, Notre Dame 2

On Tuesday, the Notre Dame Titans’ girls tennis squad gave Portsmouth top run before falling, 3-2, in a match played at Portsmouth on Tuesday evening at Portsmouth High School.

At the No. 1 singles position, Avery Wolfe defeated Maggie Whitman by a 6-2, 6-3 tally to get the contest started off in the right direction for Portsmouth before Notre Dame’s Molly Hoover came back from a 6-4 loss in the first set to square the contest up at one apiece with her 6-4, 10-3 set wins in the second singles match. As with the Waverly match on Wednesday, Sarah Lemaster’s victory — which came via a 6-1, 6-2 win over Katie Paterson — allowed the Trojans to take a 2-1 lead heading into doubles play.

And ultimately, that margin would stay true to the end. Despite an excellent effort from Lauren Delabar and GraceAnne Beckett in taking a victory over Portsmouth’s Rylee Moorhead and Elysia Copley-Lucas, Sara Born and Cassidy Bianco came through for the Lady Trojans by taking home a tiebreaking set, 7-5, to win the first set by a 7-6 margin. The pair then closed out the match for good by defeating Emma Madden and Bailey Webb, 6-4, to close out the match.

No. 1 singles — Avery Wolfe (Portsmouth) def. Maggie Whitman (Notre Dame) 6-2, 6-3

No. 2 singles — Molly Hoover (Notre Dame) def. Lauren Coleman (Portsmouth) 4-6, 6-4, 10-3

No. 3 singles — Sarah Lemaster (Portsmouth) def. Katie Paterson (Notre Dame) 6-1, 6-2

No. 1 doubles — Lauren Delabar and GraceAnne Beckett (Notre Dame) def. Rylee Moorhead and Elysia Copley-Lucas (Portsmouth) N/A

No. 2 doubles — Sara Born and Cassidy Bianco (Portsmouth) def. Emma Madden and Bailey Webb (Notre Dame) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

‘Burg, Clay, ND VB earn W’s

By Kevin Colley

kcolley@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7

Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7