Notre Dame def. Paint Valley, 3-0 (25-6, 25-17, 25-19)
Behind another monster effort from Lexi Smith and strong hitting performances from fellow frontline players Katie Dettwiller and Clara Hash, the Notre Dame Titans’ volleyball program continued its roll as Notre Dame defeated Paint Valley in straight sets, 3-0 (25-6, 25-17, 25-19) on Thursday evening in a Division IV Sectional Final that was held in Portsmouth.
Smith, who eclipsed the 1,500-kill mark for her career during the last week of the regular season, obtained 17 kills on a rock-solid .382 attack percentage while also adding a team-high 14 digs, 11 points from serve, three aces, and two blocks (a solo block and an assisted block) to head the Notre Dame efforts. Dettwiller added nine kills on a strong .533 attack percentage in addition to a solo block and an assisted block, while Hash obtained 13 digs and put together eight more spikes on a .235 hitting percentage.
Cassie Schaefer’s 12 points from serve, eight digs, and five aces, along with perfect serving percentages and 14 combined digs from Ali Smith and Taylor Schmidt, were critical for the Lady Titans, who improved to 18-5 on the year.
With the victory, Notre Dame will move on to the Division IV District Semifinals, which will be held at Jackson High School. There, the Lady Titans will face Corning Miller, a 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-14) victor over Ironton St. Joseph, on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m.
Clay def. Manchester, 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-7)
Behind a strong effort from its frontline trio of Jensen Warnock, Delanie Gilliland, and Taylor Lewis, the Clay Panthers’ volleyball program made quick work of the Manchester Greyhounds’ volleyball program in a 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-7) victory over Manchester in a Division IV Sectional Final that was held on Thursday evening in Rosemount.
Warnock, who obtained 20 kills, 10 digs, 10 points from serve, five aces, and Gilliland, who added 19 points from serve, 15 digs, eight kills, seven aces, and seven service receptions, were nothing short of dominating in the straight set victory. Lewis added 10 kills, two aces, a solo block, and an assisted block, while Lila Brown set the table with 37 assists to complete the attack.
The backline duo of Shaley Munion (10 digs, six service receptions, two aces, and an assist) and Shaelyn Vassar (nine points from serve and five service receptions) were also critical to the overall result as Clay improved to 20-3 on the year.
With the victory, Clay will also advance to the Division IV District Semifinals at Jackson High School, where the Lady Panthers will face off against Reedsville Eastern — a 3-0 winner (25-16, 25-9, 25-10) over Symmes Valley — on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
New Boston/SOMC Basketball League to commence
The New Boston/SOMC and Challenger Basketball League will be conducting signups for its annual league, which include boys and girls grades kindergarten through sixth grade for the New Boston/SOMC League and all ages for the Challenger Basketball League, on seven different dates from late October through mid-November.
The league costs $30 to enroll one player, $50 for two players, and $60 for three or more individuals to participate in. Teams from other schools can sign up teams in the league. Those units will need to list a roster with school name, the grade and age for each player on said roster, and any issues for the aforementioned players on the list. Coaches will also have to have their name and phone number on roster. Teams will have to call or email for their league fee cost.
The league, which is in its 14th year of operation, introduced SOMC to the team in 2010. In 2013, the New Boston Challenger League was officially formed as part of the league.
“I am very blessed and happy to have seen so many players come through this league and go on to do great things,” Steve Hamilton, New Boston Village Administrator, said. “The league’s logo has always been ‘It’s all for the kids.’
Signups can be done at the New Boston Community Center, 3980 Rhodes Avenue, New Boston, Ohio 45562 on Friday, Oct. 27th, Monday, Oct. 30th, Friday, Nov. 3rd, Monday, Nov. 6th Friday, Nov. 10th, Monday, Nov. 13th,and Friday, Nov. 17th. The time for all sign up dates is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Hamilton at (740) 352-5906 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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