SW, NW, West all score impressive wins


‘Burg, Clay, ND volleyball handle business

By Kevin Colley - kcolley@aimmediamidwest.com



Boys Soccer

Tuesday (9/19)

South Webster 3, Zane Trace 1

Behind a strong second half performance, the South Webster Jeeps’ boys soccer program was able to keep a strong Zane Trace club off of the scoreboard, and, in the process, obtained two second-half blasts from Shiloah Blevins and Sam Holstein to allow South Webster to take home a huge victory over the Division II Pioneers, 3-1, in a nonconference battle that was held on Tuesday evening in South Webster.

During the first half of play, both teams each took turns controlling the tempo of the affair, with both units capitalizing on goals during the middle and back end of the first half to keep the game notched at at 1-1 tie, with the Jeeps’ Ty Collins scoring on a Michael Andrews pass in the 20th minute for the opening salvo and Zane Trace’s Christian Fetters adding an unassisted blast in the 38th minute to keep the contest hanging in the balance.

“The first half of this game was very close as indicated by the 1-1 halftime score,” South Webster head coach Corey Claxon said. “I thought we started off the game well with possession, but once the half set in, they may have had more possession than us. In spite of that, we took advantage of a nice cross by Michael that Ty put in the back corner of the upper net with a nice header. We held them off until the final minutes of the half where they got in behind our defenders and shot it past Tanner (Voiers).”

But as the second half got rolling, it was South Webster who proved to be too much for Zane Trace. Just seven minutes into the second half, Shiloah Blevins scored off of an unassisted shot with a shot that nestled into the left post to give the Jeeps the lead for good. Sam Holstein then added his own unassisted blast in the 60th minute to give South Webster the margin that was necessary to roll on to the victory.

“The second half was much different,” Claxon said. “I thought we controlled the ball much more. I told the guys at the half that if Zane Trace only wants to keep three guys in the back on defense we need to make them pay for it. And that is what happened. Sam played a nice ball to Shiloah who is deceivingly quick. As he rushed past the defense, he beat the approaching keeper with a nice low shot to the left corner. To finish off the scoring, Sam dribbled the ball towards the goal and ended up colliding with one of their defenders, but Sam was quick to pop back up and get a nice low shot past their keeper. Ty almost had one more in the final seconds of the game off of a corner kick, but the official thought he hit it with his hand and no goal was awarded.”

With the victory, South Webster improved to 5-0-3 on the year. The Jeeps will get a much-needed week of rest before heading to play Albany Alexander next Tuesday in what will be its second trip to Athens County in a matter of 12 days.

Northwest 10, Williamsport Westfall 0

Over the course of the 2017 season, the Northwest Mohawks’ boys soccer program has proven that they deserve to be ranked as one of the best teams in Division III.

And after finally obtaining the respect that they much deserve, Northwest went out and did as they have done all year in annihilating yet another opponent as the Mohawks destroyed Williamsport Westfall, 10-0, in a road bout on Tuesday evening.

For Northwest, it was hard to say who played or performed better for the Mohawks as Northwest pounded Westfall into submission on Tuesday evening behind a relentless offensive attack.

After Austin Slusher got the ball rolling with his initial goal in the 13th minute of action off of a corner kick from Harald Rundquist, Evan Throckmorton was able to collect two goals of his own within the next six minutes of action — the first goal coming on a cross from the endline and the second via a give-and-go pass from Rundquist — to take a 3-0 lead just 19 minutes into the affair.

Northwest, however, was far from finished. After obtaining a goal from Webb in the 24th on Rundquist’s third assist of the contest and collecting an additional goal from Throckmorton in the 26th on an unassisted free kick from 30 yards away, Rundquist added a goal of his own on a give-and-go from Throckmorton in the 33rd minute to put the Mohawks ahead by a 6-0 tally at halftime.

In the second half of action, Northwest, even though it was subbing freely en route to its 10th win in a row to start the 2017 season, didn’t slow down. A goal by Rundquist in the 45th minute off of a through ball from Austin Slusher, along with another blast by Tyler Webb off of another through ball from Rundquist allowed Northwest to take an 8-0 lead within the first 48 minutes of action. Austin Speer’s header off of an Evan Throckmorton corner kick and a through ball to Dylan Dehart from Braden Taylor in the 65th minute rounded out the Mohawks’ scoring.

It was a good team win,” Northwest head coach Josh Keeney said. The younger guys looked really good tonight passing the ball and keeping possession, and the defense played well tonight. Nine of the 10 goals assisted means that you’re playing the game right!”

Over the course of the affair, Throckmorton led the way with three goals and two assists on the evening, while Rundquist added two goals and four assists on his own to lead Northwest. Slusher and Webb each collected a goal and an assist apiece to also head the Mohawks’ onslaught.

With the victory, Northwest improved to an outstanding 10-0 overall to start 2017. The Mohawks will take to the road on Thursday to play Minford in a critical SOC II battle between the two programs.

Monday (9/18)

Northwest 9, West Union 2

While Northwest certainly put together another dominating performance on Tuesday evening, Monday night’s 9-2 victory over West Union nearly had the same amount of dominance behind it as the Mohawks also clobbered an impressive Dragons’ ballclub in a nonconference battle in West Union.

Webb and Rundquist, who have been catalysts for the Northwest soccer program all season long, were just that again against West Union, as the pair combined for five of the Mohawks’ six goals in the first half of play.

Webb scored in the fifth minute and the 20th minute on a through ball from Throckmorton and on a cross from Mason Campbell, while Rundquist collected goals in the 11th, 25th, and 27th minutes on a give-and-go from Throckmorton, a through ball from Throckmorton, and a header off of a long pass from Hunter Berry. Those goals, combined with a 16th minute blast from Austin Speer off of a cross from Tyler Webb, allowed the Mohawks to take a 6-1 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Northwest continued to pour it on, as an astounding goal by Cody Mosley from 40 yards out, an unassisted blast by Campbell from 18 yards out, and another Rundquist goal off of a cross from Webb closed out the Northwest scoring as the Mohawks cruised to another huge victory.

Once again, it was a total team effort by my guys,” Keeney said. “Seven of our nine goals were assisted, and that is because the guys handled their offensive possessions well by using the width of the field to open up things.”

West 3, Greenup County 2

Behind an excellent effort from its experienced hands, the West Senators, behind a goal and an assist apiece from Dalton Meyers and Uriah Christian, were able to go across the river and defeat Greenup County (Ky.), 3-2, in a nonconference matchup between the two foes on Monday evening in Lloyd.

Chase Lenegar collected a goal of his own and Caleb Hazelbaker added an assist for Larry Goodwin’s ballclub, who collected a huge victory over the Musketeers and showed off its improvement in the process.

“We have improved our time of possession since the beginning of the season,” Goodwin said. “It was a total team effort. Our seniors, Chris Dials, Dalton Meyers, Uriah Christian, Seth Shepherd, Jordan Frasure, Chase Lenegar, Brandon Moore. Nick Crabtree and Loris Ruffino have really stepped up their game as of late. I look forward to the progress that they will make over the remainder of the season. Our younger players are also starting to get used to the faster pace of the high school game.”

Volleyball

Tuesday (9/19)

Wheelersburg def. Valley, 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-10)

After obtaining a third-place finish in the Spartan Invitational at Albany Alexander over the weekend, the Wheelersburg volleyball program delivered another positive result on Tuesday evening as the Lady Pirates defeated fellow SOC II conference foe Valley in straight sets (25-10, 25-15, 25-10) in a bout that was held in Lucasville.

While the Lady Pirates’ three-headed monster of Alli McQuay (14 kills, 14 service points, three digs, two aces, a block, and an assist), Ellie Ruby (20 digs, nine service points, an ace, a kill, and an assist), and Abbie Kallner (21 digs, nine service points, seven digs) were critical, as usual, to Wheelersburg’s success, the Lady Pirates obtained another outstanding effort from Mallory Bergan, who collected nine digs, four blocks, and four kills on the evening, as well as the impressive skillset of Kaylee Darnell, who added five kills, four blocks, and an assist to the table for the Lady Pirates.

“It was nice to see our young freshmen outside hitter, Kaylee Darnell, step up tonight at the net,” Wheelersburg head coach Allen Perry said. “She played with more confidence than I have seen from her and it showed in her play. I think her ceiling is high. She is very athletic and I feel that I can put her anywhere on the court and she will be able to get the job done for us. This year we needed her to fill a role on the outside and she has done a very nice job.”

With the victory, Wheelersburg improved to 10-1 on the year. The Lady Pirates will return home on Thursday for a match against South Webster, which will start at 5:30 p.m.

Clay def. Eastern, 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-19)

After coming off of a successful week that saw the Clay Panthers’ volleyball program take home the Spartan Invitational Tournament Championship, Clay continued that same run of success over into Tuesday evening’s SOC I road bout against Eastern, as the Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Eagles in straight sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-19) to move to 11-2 on the year and 6-1 in SOC I conference play.

Over the course of the evening, Clay was nothing less than dominant at the net, with Jensen Warnock leading the way once again behind an output that included 18 service receptions, 17 kills, 12 digs, nine points from serve, and two assisted blocks. Lila Brown, who set up the vast majority of those kills, collected 38 assists and an astounding four assisted blocks to add onto a fantastic season that has seen the junior eclipse the 1,000-assist mark already for her career.

On the backline, Shaelyn Vassar and Shaley Munion continued to show off their fantastic abilities as Vassar collected 15 service receptions and 12 digs while Munion added 11 digs, nine points from serve, and three aces to round out the strong backline play for the Lady Panthers.

Delanie Gilliland (13 kills, 11 points from serve, five service receptions, three aces) and Taylor Lewis (11 kills, five assisted blocks, five service receptions, three aces) rounded out another well-balanced effort for Clay, who will look to keep the momentum going in a home bout against East on Thursday evening.

Notre Dame def. New Boston, 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-15)

Behind 38 combined kills from Clara Hash, Katie Dettwiller, and Clara Hash, the Notre Dame Titans’ volleyball program continued to build momentum for the latter part of the 2017 campaign by taking home a straight-set victory over SOC I foe New Boston (25-15, 25-11, 25-15) to improve to 9-3 overall and a perfect 7-0 in SOC I conference action.

Smith (18 digs, 15 kills), Hash (13 digs, 11 kills), and Dettwiller (10 kills) were on fire throughout the evening as the trio each collected attack percentages north of .300 for the match. Smith’s 15 kills came on one attack error en route to a .560 mark, Hash added a .360 attack percentage on her 13 kills, and Dettwiller, who collected just two attack errors on the evening while obtaining an even .400 attack percentage for the match, collected four solo blocks to prove herself as a defensive terror.

Cassie Schaefer collected 36 assists for Notre Dame on the evening to help head the Lady Titans, who hosted North Adams on Wednesday and will play at Green on Thursday evening.

Girls Soccer

Monday (9/18)

Waverly 9, West 0

Over the course of the 2017 season, the Waverly Tigers’ girls soccer program has had a good blend of youth and experience show up on the scoreboard in each of its affairs throughout the year.

On Monday evening, that fact proved to be no different as six Waverly players scored in a 9-0 victory over West in an SOC II affair that was held in West Portsmouth.

Zoiee Smith, who is only of freshman eligibility, scored two goals for the Lady Tigers while senior Hannah Goodman added two goals and an assist for Waverly. Loren Moran (one goal, two assists), along with Courtney Boyer, Hailey Hauck, Bella Newsom, and Lauren Snodgrass — who all collected one tally on the evening — rounded out a balanced effort for the Lady Tigers.

“I want to commend West on a strong effort,” Waverly head coach Chris Murphy said. “You can tell that they are striving to improve and have been working on their game since we previously saw them at the SOC Previews in August. Tonight’s match allowed us to work on developing a one-touch game to create more space and a faster-paced match. I feel that we accomplished our objective. We were able to play fewer passes before finishing at the goal.”

With the victory, Waverly improved to 6-2 overall in 2017 and 3-1 in SOC II conference play. The Lady Tigers will travel to Zane Trace on Saturday to take on the Lady Pioneers. West, who played Peebles on Wednesday evening, will look to rebound from its conference defeat next Monday against Northwest.

‘Burg, Clay, ND volleyball handle business

By Kevin Colley

kcolley@aimmediamidwest.com

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

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