FALL SCOREBOARD — October 8
Wheelersburg 7, New Boston 1
WHEELERSBURG — In addition to advancing ever-so-close to the Pirates’ perfect regular season, Wheelersburg senior Aaron Jolly continued his pace in his historic senior season — in the Pirates’ 7-1 home win over New Boston at Ed Miller Stadium.
The Wheelersburg win snapped a five-game winning streak for New Boston, which fell to 6-7-1.
Jolly scored career goal number 100 at the 11:06 mark of the first half, on an assist from Jacob Saxby, but his work was far from finished.
In helping the Pirates continue their perfect start of 14-0-0, Jolly added career goals No. 101 and 102 in the second half — via a penalty-kick goal and a goal assisted by Braxton Sammons with 17 minutes remaining.
Sammons scored a goal of his own to make it 2-0 Pirates with 20:12 left in the first half, thanks to Saxby’s second assist, before adding another goal unassisted less than two minutes later.
Sammons submitted his own hat trick alongside Jolly — with his third goal with 19:34 left in the game on an assist by Max Hagans.
Braxton Rase scored with eight minutes left via a Tyler Sommer assist, putting a seal on the Pirates’ 7-1 win.
Jolly, with his 102 career goals, now stands just seven scores from tying the Wheelersburg boys soccer career scoring record of 109.
That record is likely to come down regardless of how far the Pirates advance into the postseason — what remains is the question of whether Jolly breaks it in the regular season or come tournament time.
Wheelersburg’s unbeaten record will be tested come Monday, when it travels to face Unioto — before facing Minford on Thursday at home in its SOC II and regular-season finale.
The Pirates have already clinched the outright SOC II championship, regardless of their results during the final week of the regular season.
Minford 1, South Webster 1
SOUTH WEBSTER — Both teams were scoreless at halftime of this Southern Ohio Conference Division II battle, but each did manage a goal apiece — as the Falcons and Jeeps played to a 1-1 draw on South Webster’s home field.
Connor Bender gave the Jeeps a 1-0 lead just 58 seconds into the second half on a goal assisted by Tryston Robinson.
Zane Miller played the late-game hero for Minford, scoring the tying goal at the 31:25 mark of the second half on an assist by Adam Crank.
Miller also scored the go-ahead goal in the final five minutes of the Falcons’ 2-1 win over Waverly on Tuesday.
South Webster improves to 4-6-4 with the draw, while Minford stands at 7-2-3.
Valley 3, Clay 0
Northwest 2, West 1
Unioto 5, Waverly 1
Wheelersburg 3, Oak Hill 0 (25-7, 25-6, 25-6)
WHEELERSBURG — Wheelersburg strengthened its position in the Southern Ohio Conference Division II race with a three-set win over Oak Hill, whose return-to-play following a short layoff was Thursday.
Emily Boggs spent much of her time at the service line in Thursday’s win — totaling a season-high 29 service points, eight digs and seven ace serves.
Kylee Barney had a team-high nine kills, while Ryleigh Meeker and Kaylee Darnell each added seven.
Meeker also had two blocks, while senior setter Lauren Jolly had a team-high 24 assists and one ace.
Wheelersburg’s match with Chillicothe set for Saturday was cancelled — meaning the Lady Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday at Eastern in SOC II play.
South Webster 3, Minford 0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-12)
SOUTH WEBSTER — South Webster returned to play following a cancellation versus Oak Hill, sweeping the Minford Lady Falcons and improving its record to 15-1 — with an 11-1 mark in SOC II play.
Notably for Minford, senior and the program’s all-time kills leader Ally Coriell recorded her 1,000th career kill to add to the Lady Falcon record books.
Faith Maloney totaled 15 kills and four blocks to lead the Lady Jeeps, while Bri Claxon finished with five kills, six digs and four aces.
Libero Graci Claxon had 11 digs and five service points, while sister Bella Claxon totaled eight digs, a team-high 20 assists, four kills and two blocks.
Gwen Messer managed five kills and eight digs in the Lady Jeeps’ win, with Natalie Adkins and Rylee McGraw having three kills apiece.
Kendall Bender finished with 13 assists, 15 service points and four aces, while Skylar Zimmerman had one kill and two digs.
South Webster is back in action on Saturday, when it will travel to Waverly for an SOC II makeup matchup.
Minford will host Valley on Tuesday in SOC II play.
Northwest 3, West 0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-11)
McDERMOTT — Northwest improved to 16-3 with an 11-3 mark in SOC II play, entering the final week of the regular season, following its three-set win over West in league play.
Haidyn Wamsley finished with 19 kills and two blocks to lead the Lady Mohawks.
Setter Reagan Lewis tallied a team-high 30 assists and a pair of blocks of her own in the win.
Ava Jenkins had seven kills, Valerie Copas totaled four kills and 12 digs, and Audrey Knittel had five kills, three ace serves, a block and three digs.
Kloe Montgomery rounded out Northwest’s stat notables, tallying two kills and an assist.
Northwest will host North Adams on Monday in non-league play.
West, now 10-8, will host South Webster on Tuesday in SOC II play.
Portsmouth 3, Chesapeake 1 (16-25, 25-12, 25-21, 25-21)
PORTSMOUTH — As part of their ‘Trojans Pink Out’ night to raise money for the Amy Keating Memorial Scholarship fund, the Portsmouth Lady Trojans rallied to defeat the Chesapeake Lady Panthers in four sets — after dropping the first in Ohio Valley Conference play.
Madison Perry led Portsmouth with a team-high 16 kills, followed by Sydney Tackett, who finished with 11 of her own.
Kennedy Bowling totaled seven kills and six blocks in the win, while setter Olivia Ramey had a team-high 12 assists.
Portsmouth will return to action on Tuesday when it will host Ironton in OVC play.
Green 3, Western 1 (26-28, 25-20, 25-18, 25-23)
FRANKLIN FURNACE — The Green Lady Bobcats defended home court on Thursday — defeating the Western Lady Indians in four sets after dropping the first in Southern Ohio Conference Division I play.
Senior Kame Sweeney had 16 kills and two blocks to lead the Lady Bobcats in their league win, while Gracie Daniels finished with 10 kills.
Sophomore Lori Brown had nine kills for Green, while junior Adriah Barber had eight.
Senior libero Ava Jenkins totaled a team-high 23 digs, just ahead of Sweeney who had 16.
Sophomore Alex Smith totaled a team-high 30 assists in the win, ahead of senior Marissa Boza who had 16 of her own.
Green is scheduled to travel to Peebles to face the Lady Indians in a non-league contest on Monday.
Waverly 3, Valley 0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-16)
East at Notre Dame – postponed
Symmes Valley at Clay – postponed
Northwest 6, West 0
Unioto 3, Waverly 0
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