No matter what the fall sport is, there’s plenty of excitement to be had and found in all of them.
That is especially true in Scioto County, where several of the brightest individuals and units shined in a big way throughout the latter part of the week.
Read more below on the latest edition of the Daily Times’ fall sports roundup!
Clay def. Northwest, 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-15)
After splitting a pair of matches against Chillicothe Southeastern and Greenfield McClain in a Chillicothe Southeastern Tri-Match on Wednesday evening, the Clay Panthers took care of business in short order by defeating the Northwest Mohawks, 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-15) on Thursday evening at Northwest.
Overall, Jensen Warnock would not be denied on the evening as Warnock collected a team-high 14 kills while tying team-highs in digs (12), aces (five), and service receptions (eight) en route to an outstanding performance. Lila Brown followed with a spectacular performance in collecting 31 assists while Jaelyn Warnock added seven kills, 10 digs, a solo block, and eight service receptions while combining with her older sister to collect 27 points from serving on the evening.
In addition to the trio, Shaelyn Vassar showed off her grit on the backline by collecting team-highs in points from serving (16), digs (12), and aces (five) while also adding six service receptions. Taylor Lewis and Delanie Gilliland combined to collect 15 kills and one solo block each. Gilliland also added two service aces to round out the tremendous effort.
Clay improved to 2-1 on the year with the victory and will play at East on Tuesday evening. Northwest fell to 0-2 on the year with the loss but will have a chance to get back to winning form when the Lady Mohawks host Minford at home in what will be the opening SOC II match for the pair.
Minford 7, South Point 2
After taking care of business in a 4-1 victory against Fairland, Minford wasted no time continuing to show off its offensive outburst as Marissa Risner collected a hat trick in a 7-2 victory over the South Point Pointers on Thursday evening in South Point.
Risner, a senior standout on the soccer pitch, proved to be a tough cover throughout the affair by scoring all three of her goals via the unassisted variety. Risner scored two of her goals within 3:32 of each other en route to collecting goals in the 18th and 21st minutes, respectively, and added her final goal in the 63rd minute to turn a 1-1 tie into a 5-1 Minford lead.
Ali Brumfield, who scored the game’s opening goal off of a feed from Erin Daniels in the sixth minute, accounted for the remaining goal in the first half, while Emily Hinson also collected an unassisted goal in the 51st minute to help the Lady Falcons establish control. South Point’s Grace Simpson scored through unassisted form to cut the lead to 5-2 in the 65th minute, but great combination play from Brittani Wolfenbarker and Emily Shoemaker, along with Kiersten Lambert and Amy Shoemaker, allowed Wolfenbarker and Emily Shoemaker to score and establish the winning margin.
With the victory, Minford improved to 2-0 on the year. The Falcons will look to continue their offensive tear when Minford opens SOC II play at Northwest on Tuesday evening.
Minford, 1-0. Ali Brumfield, assisted by Erin Daniels. 6th minute.
South Point, 1-1. Own goal by Minford. 16th minute.
Minford, 2-1. Marissa Risner, unassisted. 18th minute.
Minford, 3-1. Marissa Risner, unassisted. 21st minute.
Minford, 4-1. Emily Hinson, unassisted. 51st minute.
Minford, 5-1. Marissa Risner, unassisted. 63rd minute.
South Point, 5-2. Grace Simpson, unassisted. 65th minute.
Minford, 6-2. Brittani Wolfenbarker, assisted by Emily Shoemaker. 71st minute.
Minford, 7-2. Kiersten Lambert, assisted by Amy Shoemaker. 76th minute.
Wheelersburg 4, Valley 1
Behind a strong effort where Wheelersburg’s singles units lost just one of its 37 games in the match, Jodi Wright’s Lady Pirates moved to a strong 4-0 on the season by claiming a 4-1 victory over the Valley Lady Indians on Thursday evening at home.
In each of the three singles matches, Wheelersburg’s Lea Wright, Maddie Gill, and Kaitlyn Sommer showed off their skills on the court as the trio lost just one game total in their matches, with Gill and Sommer collecting straight-set victories over Kaylee Hammonds and Brooke Phillips, to clinch the match victory. Grace Brown collected the lone game win for Valley in the singles department.
In doubles competition, however, Valley proved to be more potent to deal with as the doubles teams of Wheelersburg’s Victoria Thomas and Cadie Jenkins edged out the Lady Indians’ Shaylynn Baker and Taylor Copen (6-3, 7-5) in an exciting 20-game match. Valley’s Billie Jean Jennice and Hannah Copley followed by collecting straight-set wins over Wheelersburg’s Selena Potter and Chloe Imm (6-4, 6-1) to round out an excellent finish to the match for Valley.
No. 1 singles — Lea Wright (Wheelersburg) def. Grace Brown (Valley) 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 singles — Maddie Gill (Wheelersburg) def. Kaylee Hammonds (Valley) 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 singles — Kaitlyn Sommer (Wheelersburg) def. Brooke Phillips (Valley) 6-0, 6-0
No. 1 doubles — Victoria Thomas/Cadie Jenkins (Wheelersburg) def. Shaylynn Baker/Taylor Copen (Valley) 6-3, 7-5
No. 2 doubles — Billie Jean Jennice/Hannah Copley (Valley) def. Selena Potter/Chloe Imm (Wheelersburg) 6-4, 6-1
Wheelersburg 5, Portsmouth 0
On Wednesday, Wheelersburg faced little trouble again in the singles sets as the Lady Pirates dispatched Portsmouth, 5-0, on Wednesday evening in Wheelersburg.
While Portsmouth put up a strong fight in the singles matches behind the play of Avery Wolfe, Lauren Coleman, and Sarah Lemaster, the Trojans were only able to take seven games as Wright, Gill, and Coleman took their respective matches by 6-3, 6-0; 6-1, 6-0; and 6-3, 6-0 counts.
The Lady Pirates only continued their successes in doubles play, where Thomas and Jenkins ultimately defeated Rylee Moorhead and Elysia Copley-Lucas, 6-2, 6-3 to win in straight sets despite a strong challenge from the pair. Potter and Imm capped off the day by coming back from a 6-4 defeat to Sara Born and Cassidy Bianco in the first set en route to taking home victories of 7-5 and 10-2 en route to giving Wheelersburg the match sweep.
No. 1 singles — Lea Wright (Wheelersburg) def. Avery Wolfe (Portsmouth) 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 singles — Maddie Gill (Wheelersburg) def. Lauren Coleman (Portsmouth) 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 singles — Kaitlyn Sommer (Wheelersburg) def. Sarah Lemaster (Portsmouth) 6-3, 6-0
No. 1 doubles — Victoria Thomas/Cadie Jenkins (Wheelersburg) def. Rylee Moorehead/Elysia Copley-Lucas (Portsmouth) 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 doubles — Selena Potter/Chloe Imm (Wheelersburg) def. Sara Born/Cassidy Bianco (Portsmouth) 4-6, 7-5, 10-2
Wheelersburg 4, Waverly 1
Tuesday’s match against Waverly saw more of the same domination from the Lady Pirates, as Wheelersburg defeated a tough Waverly squad by a 4-1 tally at Waverly.
Wright, Gill, and Sommer controlled play again by winning 36 of the 48 games played in singles competition, and even though Thomas and Taylin Long were edged by a strong squad in Waverly’s No. 1 doubles unit, Potter and Imm salvaged a game in doubles play by coming back from a 6-2 loss to Kaylin Smith and Kayleah Shiland in the first set to grab victories of 6-1 and 7-5 en route to setting up the final result.
No. 1 singles — Lea Wright (Wheelersburg) def. Megan Long (Waverly) 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 singles — Maddie Gill (Wheelersburg) def. Alli Wilburn (Waverly) 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 singles — Kaitlyn Sommer (Wheelersburg) def. Hope Wilburn (Waverly) 6-0, 6-2
No. 1 doubles — Heidi Lamerson/Shande Nibert (Waverly) def. Victoria Thomas/Taylin Long (Wheelersburg) 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 doubles — Selena Potter/Chloe Imm (Wheelersburg) def. Sara Born/Cassidy Bianco (Portsmouth) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5
Wheelersburg 5, Notre Dame 0
On Monday, Wheelersburg began its four-game roll by taking home all five contests in a match against Notre Dame on Monday at home.
After Wright straight-set Maggie Whitman by a 6-0, 6-0 count, Gill and Notre Dame’s Molly Hoover battled valiantly as Hoover took the first set, 6-1, and Gill took the second set, 6-2, to force a tiebreaking match. There, Gill set the tone for the rest of the match by outlasting a valiant effort by Hoover, 10-5, to claim the win at the No. 2 singles slot.
From there, Wheelersburg was able to take care of the final six sets as Sommer outlasted Bailey Webb, 6-1, 6-1 while the doubles duos of Thomas/Long and Potter/Imm took 24 of the 30 games played despite strong efforts from Notre Dame’s Lauren Delabar and Katie Patterson at the No. 1 doubles slot and Emma Madden and Millie West at the No. 2 doubles position.
No. 1 singles — Lea Wright (Wheelersburg) def. Maggie Whitman (Notre Dame) 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 singles — Maddie Gill (Wheelersburg) def. Molly Hoover (Notre Dame) 1-6, 6-2, 10-5
No. 3 singles — Kaitlyn Sommer (Wheelersburg) def. Bailey Webb (Notre Dame) 6-1, 6-1
No. 1 doubles — Victoria Thomas/Taylin Long (Wheelersburg) def. Lauren Delabar/Katie Patterson (Notre Dame) 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 doubles — Selena Potter/Chloe Imm (Wheelersburg) def. Emma Madden/Millie West (Notre Dame) 6-2, 6-0
For more on area golf scores and a recap of Waverly girls soccer, check the Tuesday, Aug. 29 edition of the Portsmouth Daily Times
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