SSU WBB, VB pick up wins

New Boston/SOMC League sign-ups still going

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SSU volleyball defeats Rio Grande, 3-1

The Shawnee State volleyball snapped a 15 game losing streak on Monday night, defeating Rio Grande (Ohio) 3-1 (25-14, 22-25, 25-21, 25-16).

The Bears coasted to a first set win over the Red Storm, taking an early 9-3 lead. A brief Rio Grande run cut the score to 9-7, but Shawnee State went on its own 4-0 run to make the score 13-7. From there, Shawnee State went go on a 7-0 run to push their lead to 22-9 en route to closing out the first set by a 25-14 tally.

Rio Grande rallied to win the second set, defeating the Bears 25-22. The Red Storm overcame an 11-6 deficit to win the set, just holding off the Bears at the end. Shawnee State then made its own comeback in the third set, winning 25-21 after trailing 12-10.

Set four proved to be a back and forth battle as Shawnee State looked to close out the match. With the score at 16-14, SSU rattled off five straight points to go up 21-14. The Bears then held off Rio Grande from there, winning the fourth set 25-16 and the match 3-1.

Christina Shelton had 18 kills to lead the Shawnee State attack. Brianna Wiget had 17 kills and Tyanna Smith added 12. Elaina Davenport led SSU with 25 assists, and Stacia Martin had 19 digs to lead the Bears defense.

Patricia Dennis was Rio Grande’s leading attacker, obtaining 14 kills.

The win improves Shawnee State’s record to 7-23 on the year. Rio Grande falls to 5-27. The win also snaps Shawnee State’s 15-game losing streak and ensures that the Bears will not end October without a win.

Shawnee State volleyball returns to action on Friday, November 3 when they host Life in a Mid-South Conference matchup. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

SSU WBB rolls over Kentucky Christian, Cincinnati Christian

The Shawnee State women’s basketball program wasted no time getting the 2017-18 campaign off to a hot start, as the No. 5-ranked Bears blitzed Kentucky Christian, 108-52, on Friday evening.

The Bears got off to a hot start, racing out to an early 7-2 lead to force a Kentucky Christian timeout. SSU then kept the pressure on, shooting 77.8 percent in the first quarter. Bailey Cummins obtained multiple layups at the rim, leading Shawnee State with 10 first period points as the Bears led 30-19 after a quarter of play.

The second quarter was all Shawnee State as the Bears quickly pushed its lead to 20 after a Lydia Poe and-one. The Bears ended the half shooting 75.7 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from distance, with Madison Ridout’s 12 second quarter points putting SSU ahead, 63-30, at halftime.

The Bears cooled off a bit in the second half, but continued to extend its lead. SSU won the third quarter 23-16, with the Bears stifling Kentucky Christian on defense. The Bears then continued to handle the Knights’ attack in the fourth quarter, allowing only six points to see out the victory 108-52.

Madison Ridout scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Shawnee State in both categories. Ashton Lovely added 22 points and five assists, while Bailey Cummins had 22 and four. Lydia Poe also had a big night for SSU, scoring 16 and grabbing eight rebounds. Shawnee State finished with a 59.5 percent mark from the floor on Friday evening.

Faith Conn led Kentucky Christian with 19 points. Lexie Gilliland, a Clay graduate, added 10 points.

The win improves Shawnee State’s record to 1-0 on the new season. Kentucky Christian drops to 0-1. Friday night marked the third consecutive season that Shawnee State scored 100 or more in its season opener. Shawnee State now leads the all-time series with KCU 4-0 after Friday’s win.

On Saturday, the Shawnee State women’s basketball program finished its opening weekend with another win on Saturday afternoon, routing Cincinnati Christian 96-54.

Shawnee State started the game on an 18-0 run, led by eight points from Lydia Poe. The Bears stifled Cincinnati Christian’s offense, allowing only five points in the first quarter en route to a 24-5 lead after a quarter of play. SSU continued to build the lead in the second quarter, with a Sienna King basket putting SSU up by 37 before setting for a 51-20 advantage at the halftime break.

The beginning of the third quarter would see the Bears and Eagles trade baskets, as Shawnee State took the foot off the gas in the second half. SSU led 78-39 at the end of the third quarter. Jeff Nickel would put in his subs in the fourth as Shawnee State ultimately collected a comfortable 96-54 victory.

Lydia Poe led the way for Shawnee State, scoring a career high 24 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Madison Ridout added a double-double, scoring 14 points and obtaining 12 rebounds. Ashton Lovely scored 17, Bailey Cummins 15 and Hannah Miller 14 to help the balanced SSU attack.

Kamiylah Bomar had 17 to lead Cincinnati Christian. Saylor Norton added 13 and Bryanna Bransford 12.

The win improves Shawnee State to 2-0 on the year. Cincinnati Christian falls to 0-1. Shawnee State now leads the all-time series with CCU, 1-0, after the win.

The Shawnee State women’s basketball program returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 4 when the Bears take on West Virginia Tech. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

Portsmouth’s Carter scores 20 in SSU loss to William Penn

The Shawnee State men’s basketball program started its season with a loss on Sunday afternoon, falling in new head coach Delano Thomas’ debut game, 94-86, to No. 3 William Penn (Iowa).

The Bears and Statesmen placed a close opening few minutes of the first half, with the two teams trading buckets early. Shawnee State obtained a made shot from Frederick Moore with 14:38 in the half to put SSU up 13-11, their first lead of the game. However, the lead wouldn’t last long as William Penn stormed back, eventually retaking the lead on a Mikeal Donaldson layup with 13:48 to go. The visitors built their lead heading toward halftime as William Penn eventually led Shawnee State, 51-35, at the break.

The second half saw William Penn maintain its double-digit lead for most of the half, keeping Shawnee State at arms’ length. The Bears began to chip away at the lead with under four minutes to play, with Jayllen Carter’s layup with 1:52 to go cutting the lead to 88-79. However, the Bears would ultimately fall short as William Penn hit free throws down the stretch to seal the game.

Carter had 20 points to lead Shawnee State. EJ Onu had an impressive freshman debut for SSU, scoring 15 points, grabbing six rebounds and adding two blocks. Justin Johnson added 12 and Tamal Watkins had 10.

Dominique Shaw led William Penn with game-highs in points and rebounds, scoring 23 and grabbing 12. JC Washington also had a double-double, scoring 17 points and snatching 11 rebounds. Mikeal Donaldson had 16, and Jovontae Carleton and Terrell Thompson each had 14.

The loss drops Shawnee State to 0-1 on the new season. William Penn improves to 3-0.

The Shawnee State men’s basketball program returned to action on Wednesday when the Bears took on Ohio-Chillicothe. Tipoff from Waller Gymnasium is set for 8 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

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