FALL SCOREBOARD — September 29th
Portsmouth 3, Fairland 2 (25-23, 25-14, 17-25, 21-25, 16-14)
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Lady Trojans held off a comeback attempt from the Fairland Lady Dragons, ultimately prevailing in five sets in Ohio Valley Conference play.
With the five-set win, this year’s Lady Trojans improve their record to 5-8.
Junior Madison Perry finished with a team-high 13 kills and four aces to lead Portsmouth.
Sydney Tackett had seven kills and freshman Dickerson had five kills and a team-high four blocks.
Portsmouth traveled to Notre Dame on Wednesday in non-league play.
West 3, Valley 1 (25-22, 25-8, 21-25, 26-24)
WEST PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth West defeated Valley in four sets, sweeping the season series with the Lady Indians with the home win.
The Lady Senators improve to 8-6 following the victory.
Maelynn Howell had a team-high 12 kills and eight blocks to lead West at the net.
Eden Cline aided at the net and with ball-handling — managing 10 kills and 12 assists in the win.
Haley Coleman finished with seven kills and Emma Sayre totaled 25 digs defensively.
West hosted Minford on Wednesday in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.
Northwest 3, Minford 0 (27-25, 25-19, 25-23)
MINFORD — Northwest held off Minford in three close sets, improving its record to 13-2 with a road win in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.
Valerie Copas had a season-high 15 kills and 13 digs for the Lady Mohawks, while setter Reagan Lewis recorded a season-high 39 assists.
Ava Jenkins recorded 10 kills and 14 digs in the win, as Haidyn Wamsley and Audrey Knittel each finished with seven kills apiece.
Lydia Emmons added 10 digs for the Lady Mohawks.
Northwest hosts Valley on Thursday in SOC II play.
New Boston 3, East 1 (25-17, 25-19, 19-25, 25-17)
NEW BOSTON — New Boston defeated East in four sets in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play on Tuesday.
Shelby Easter led the Lady Tigers with 14 kills, followed by Dylan O’Rourke’s 12 kills and nine digs.
Junior Kenzie Whitley had four aces from the service line, as Jadelyn Lawson totaled 23 assists and Riley McClintic recorded five digs in the New Boston win.
New Boston is scheduled to host Clay on Thursday in SOC I play.
Notre Dame 3, Clay 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-11)
ROSEMOUNT — Notre Dame increased its lead in the SOC I race with a road win over Clay on Tuesday.
The Lady Titans swept the Lady Panthers to improve their record to 10-4.
Ava Hassel totaled a team-high 11 kills, while Claire Dettwiller had 10.
Hassel also had a team-high 26 digs, followed by sophomore Mallory Boland’s 17.
Sophomore Annie Dettwiller had 13 assists, second to Hassel’s team-high 17.
Notre Dame hosted Portsmouth on Wednesday in non-league play.
Wheelersburg 3, South Webster 1 (25-18, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22)
Western 3, Symmes Valley 0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-16)
Eastern at Oak Hill – postponed
Minford 8, Northwest 6
MINFORD — In a soggy Southern Ohio Conference contest, the host Minford Lady Falcons — spearheaded by five goals from forward Haley Knore — defeated Northwest 8-6 on Tuesday.
The Lady Falcons, with five first-half goals including four from Knore, seized the lead over the Lady Mohawks — as the pitch become waterlogged and mud-soaked.
Knore actually assisted on the game’s opening goal, which was scored by Kourtney Sherman only four minutes and 47 seconds in.
Knore’s first goal was unassisted, as —in a span of five-and-a-half minutes —she was assisted on markers by Sarah Lewis, Raven Fitzpatrick and Sherman to make it 5-1 at the 16:42 mark.
Katie Argueta then scored two tallies for Northwest —one at the 12:54 mark of the first half and the other only a minute and 13 seconds into the second.
That made it 5-3, as Mychal Cron collected a pair of unassisted goals over the next 30-and-a-half minutes —sandwiched around Knore’s fifth goal with 29:48 to play and which was assisted by Cron.
That marker made it 7-3, as Northwest didn’t score again until 12 minutes remained — when Emma Bayless scored off an Ellie Curtis assist on a corner kick.
Speaking of Curtis, she had a hat trick of unassisted goals —once in the first half for a 2-1 deficit and the other two in the final 6:20, which made it 8-6.
Minford goalkeeper Neveah Porter posted 13 saves, while Haley Montavon stopped five for the Lady Mohawks.
Northwest fell to 3-6-1 with the loss, while the Lady Falcons climbed over .500 to 5-4-2.
Minford 2, Northwest 1
MINFORD — In a rematch of their dramatic 0-0 draw earlier this season, Minford hung two goals on the scoreboard to best Northwest in Southern Ohio Conference Division II play.
Both teams had seven shots on goal for the game and did all their scoring in the first half.
Adam Crank assisted on each of the Falcons’ goals, one to Zane Miller to get the scoring started and another to Luke Oakes to retake the lead.
Northwest’s Dylan DeHart tied the game with his goal in the first half, but the Mohawks were unable to score a second equalizing goal after Oakes netted his.
Minford improves to 7-2-1 following the win, while Northwest falls to 5-4-2.
Wheelersburg 3, South Webster 0
SOUTH WEBSTER — The Wheelersburg Pirates sured up their case for the Southern Ohio Conference Division II championship with a convincing 3-0 win over South Webster, improving their record to a perfect 10-0-0.
The Pirates scored their first goal in the 24th minute of the first half — a team goal as a result of a South Webster own-goal.
Logan Davis scored an unassisted goal in the 22nd minute of the second half, giving the Pirates a 2-0 advantage.
In the 37th minute of the second half, Aaron Jolly found the back of the net via a Carter McCorkle assist — giving Wheelersburg its three-score lead and the win.
Wheelersburg travels to Waverly on Thursday in SOC II play.
South Webster hosts Lynchburg-Clay in non-league play on Saturday.
West 1, Peebles 0
WEST PORTSMOUTH — In a late addition to its regular-season schedule, West got a goal from Maverick Stone — via a Tucker Brickey assist — to defeat Peebles 1-0 in non-league play.
Jared Opperman, the Senators’ senior goalkeeper, pitched a shutout as the Senators’ defense limited the visiting Indians’ scoring chances.
The victory gives West its third of the season, as it prepares to host Minford on Thursday.
St. Joseph 1, Valley 0
LUCASVILLE — Unfortunately for the Valley Indians, it was another disappointing home outcome.
And, all three occurred in the Southern Ohio Conference Division I.
After a 1-1 tie against Clay, and a 3-2 loss against New Boston, the Indians lost to the visiting Ironton St. Joseph Flyers on Tuesday — by a count of 1-0.
As a result, St. Joe —which is now 10-1-1 and 4-0-1 in the SOC I —clinched the outright division championship.
Zachary Johnson got the golden goal in the second half, as St. Joe goalkeeper Jimmy Mahlmeister made 15 saves —with the Flyers recording their seventh shutout this year.
Valley once again outshot an opponent — a 20-15 advantage on the Flyers with a decisive 15-4 cushion on goal.
Wesley Holbrook had three saves for Valley, which were doubled up in corner kicks 6-3.
The loss left the Indians even again —at 4-4-2 but 1-2-2 in the league.
Valley’s other tie was against the same Flyers in their first matchup (1-1).
Fairland 3, Portsmouth 1