Football, soccer, volleyball previews not far away

Staff Report

For most programs or interested onlookers, football scrimmages are a great way to get to know a program’s strengths and weaknesses before a season actually starts.

Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) fans — and Portsmouth aficionados — will get that opportunity on Saturday evening, when all eight of the OVC schools join together for the annual OVC Football Preview at Trojan Coliseum in Portsmouth on Saturday.

Gates for the preview will open at 4 p.m., and Chesapeake and Fairland will kick off the festivities at 5 p.m. Gallia Academy and South Point, Coal Grove and Rock Hill, and Portsmouth and Ironton follow at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.

Each contest, which will consist of half of a regulation game, will last approximately an hour. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Season ticket holders will have to pay to watch the previews.

2017 Ohio Valley Conference Football Preview Schedule — Trojan Coliseum

First team listed is home

Game I — Chesapeake vs. Fairland, 5 p.m.

Game II — Gallia Academy vs. South Point, 6 p.m.

Game III — Coal Grove vs. Rock Hill, 7 p.m.

Game IV — Portsmouth vs. Ironton, 8 p.m.

Southern Ohio Conference Volleyball Previews to commence Aug. 19

As fall sports begin to heat up around the area, so does the anticipation of the games themselves.

And as per tradition, the Southern Ohio Conference will be holding its annual volleyball previews for each of the 16 members inside the SOC I and II ranks on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. at Clay High School.

Over the course of the day, there will be eight matches, with each of the 16 times playing one time during the event. In each match, an SOC I club will be paired against an SOC II member school. Each contest will consist of two sets to 21.

Admission for the entire day is $5.

Southern Ohio Conference Volleyball Previews

First team listed is home

Clay vs. Waverly

Symmes Valley vs. Minford

New Boston vs. Wheelersburg

Western vs. West

Notre Dame vs. South Webster

Green vs. Oak Hill

Eastern vs. Valley

East vs. Northwest

SOC Boys/Girls Soccer Previews to be held on back-to-back weeks

In addition to the volleyball programs, the Southern Ohio Conference’s boys and girls soccer programs will be in action throughout the area over the next two weeks as the SOC girls soccer programs will combine with the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) to hold a preview on Saturday at West, which will commence at 10 a.m.

Then, during the following Friday, the SOC boys soccer programs will host its own individual preview on Friday, Aug. 18 at New Boston Municipal Stadium with a 6 p.m. start time. Admission is $5 for both previews.

SSU bowling tryouts to be held on Aug. 13

The Shawnee State men’s and women’s bowling programs will hold open tryouts on Sunday, August 13 at Sunset Lanes of Portsmouth.

Each of the SSU bowling squads will be entering their initial seasons in 2017-18 and are looking to fill out the roster for the upcoming year. Tryouts will be held on Sunday, August 13 at Sunset Lanes. Check-in will begin at 11 a.m. with the tryout commencing at 12 p.m.

For more information on open tryouts, contact Bryan Sturgell, head bowling coach, at [email protected] or at (740) 357-7696.

Staff Report