When players and coaches work hard, the overall results always take care of themselves.
That’s exactly what the Northwest Mohawks’ boys soccer program and the Wheelersburg Pirates’ girls soccer program have done, and as a result, the pair are earning statewide respect from coaches across the Buckeye State as the pair are either inside the top-10 or receiving votes in the latest Division III OSSCA Boys and Girls Soccer polls that were released on Tuesday evening.
For the Lady Pirates, the Todd Jarvis-led program is now in the Division III Girls OSSCA Poll for the third consecutive week running as Wheelersburg garnered 32 points to firmly position itself in seventh place in the polls.
Overall, Wheelersburg’s Madison Humble leads the Lady Pirates with an astounding 19 goals and 10 assists at the midway point of the year en route to 48 total points overall. Five additional players, including Libby Miller (11 goals, three assists), Lyndlee Willis (eight goals, two assists), Chelsee Steele (seven goals, three assists), Christen Risner (six goals, three assists), and Sophie Hagans (three goals, five assists), have collected at least 11 or more as the quintet have all collected at least three goals or more and two assists or more on the year.
The Lady Pirates only sit behind Cincinnati Summit Country Day, Columbus Grandview Heights, Sidney Lehman Catholic, Doylestown Chippewa, Cincinnati Madeira, and Archbold in the OSSCA Division III standings after collecting victories of 7-2 over Waverly, 10-0 over West, and 7-0 over Greenup County (Ky.) just in the past week, and have outscored their opponents by a massive mark of 62-10 over its first nine affairs. Wheelersburg defeated Fairland, 6-1, on Tuesday and will host South Point on Thursday evening at 5 p.m. as the Lady Pirates will attempt to continue their excellent play.
As for Northwest, the Mohawks made their long-awaited, and much deserved, debut in the polls after having been slept on by the state’s coaches throughout the season Northwest currently sits with a perfect 10-0 mark after an 11-0 drubbing of Williamsport Westfall on Tuesday evening that has pushed the Mohawks’ overall mark against its opponents to a staggering 76-13 in 2017.
Northwest is currently one of five schools — Cincinnati Mariemont, The Wellington School, Berlin Hiland, and Van Buren — that is currently receiving votes in the OSSCA Division III Boys Poll outside of the initial 10. Cincinnati Summit Country Day currently has 100 points to head up the poll.
OSSCA BOYS DIVISION III Poll
1. Summit Country Day School (Cincinnati) 5-2-0 100
2. Ottawa Hills 9-0-1 84
3. Grandview Heights (Columbus) 5-0-2 82
4. Dayton Christian School 6-1-0 72
5. Independence 8-0-0 56
6. Madeira (Cincinnati) 7-2-1 41
7. Archbold 6-1-1 39
8. Worthington Christian School 4-3-1 37
9. Bethel (Tipp City) 5-1-1 19
10. Troy Christian School 5-1-1 7
Receiving votes: Mariemont (Cincinnati), The Wellington School (Columbus), Hiland (Berlin), Northwest (McDermott), Van Buren
OSSCA GIRLS DIVISION III Poll
GIRLS DIVISION III
1. Summit Country Day School (Cincinnati) 6-1-0 98
2. Grandview Heights (Columbus) 7-0-0 88
3. Lehman Catholic (Sidney) 7-1-0 78
4. Chippewa (Doylestown) 5-0-2 55
5. Madeira (Cincinnati) 6-3-0 49
6. Archbold 6-0-0 48
7. Wheelersburg 8-0-0 32
8. Kirtland 4-3-1 28
9. West Liberty-Salem 7-0-0 27
10. Mansfield Christian School 7-1-0 17
Receiving votes: Columbus Academy (Gahanna), Lynchburg-Clay, Grand Valley (Orwell), Loudonville, Swanton, Elyria Catholic, Manchester (Akron), Worthington Christian School
Notre Dame sits 20th in OHSVCA Division IV Poll
After another successful week that saw the Notre Dame volleyball program go 4-2 with wins over conference rivals East and Eastern, along with Division III programs Portsmouth and Westfall, the Lady Titans currently sit 20th overall in the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association (OHSVCA) Division IV Poll with 11 points to its credit.
Notre Dame is led by Lexi Smith, who has collected 190 kills to her name on a .477 attack percentage, and Katie Dettwiller, who has added 75 kills on a .394 attack percentage despite missing seven sets earlier in the season due to injury. Smith has also collected 126 digs, 35 aces, and 35 blocks to lead the unit in each category, while Dettwiller also has 24 blocks to her name.
Ali Smith (107 digs, 48 assists) and Cassie Schaefer (292 assists) are among the standouts for the Lady Titans, who currently sit at 8-3 on the year and 6-0 in SOC I play.
Reach Kevin Colley at (740) 353-3101 ext. 1930 OR on Twitter @ColleyKevin7