West falls to Zane Trace in Sectional Championship PDT Sports Report
Softball Sectional Championship Chillicothe No. 4 Zane Trace 3, No.5 West 1 McKenzie Whittaker and Allie Hoggard were lone bright spots for West as they fall to Zane Trace 3-1. Whittaker went 1-for-3 with a double and run scored. Hoggard finished the game going 1-for-2 with the only run batted in for the Senators.
West loses for starters to graduation: Hoggard, Abby Welch, Kayla Webb and Tara Journey.
Cody’s Corner: Latest OHSAA vote tells interesting story Cody Leist
PDT Sports Writer
With the recent results of the latest OHSAA statewide balloting, the state of high school athletics are now at a peculiar crossroads.
The 327-308 defeat of the Association’s latest attempts to bring competitive balance to tournament sports shows progress is being made but there are still hiccups in the system. One could point out the release of the Education Management Information System (EMIS) numbers for e...
Slone’s Sidelines: Stop the boredom Chris Slone
PDT Sports Editor
As I stated in a previous column, I enjoy racing. I’ve watched NASCAR religiously over the years. So, when I begin turn races off early because of boredom, you know there is something wrong.
I’m not necessarily talking about Sprint Cup racing, which has its own problems. But that argument will be made on another day.
I’m focusing on the Nationwide series right now. It has become predictable and boring. Th...
Third time isn’t a charm in OHSAA competitive balance Cody Leist
PDT Sports Writer
For the third time in as many years, Ohio High School Athletic Association member schools voted against the organization’s attempts to reform competitive balance.
The latest proposal by the OHSAA, which would add multipliers to rosters of volleyball, soccer, football, basketball, softball and baseball for participants who live outside of a school district’s geographical boundary, failed by a 51.5 percent vot...
Falcons claim regular season championship Chris Slone
PDT Sports Editor
Minford defeated Oak Hill 10-2 Wednesday to claim its first SOC II regular season championship since 1996.
Junior sensation Kelsey Conkey led the Falcons’ attack at the plate and on the mound. Conkey went 2-for-4 with a run batted in to close out her season. On the mound, Conkey improved her record to 16-5 while striking out 14 Oaks batters and allowing one hit.
Oak Hill led through five innings before Mi...
Notre Dame beats Waverly 4-2 in a makeup contest PDT Sports Report Thursday Results Softball Notre Dame 4, Waverly 2 Samantha Marting hit a two-run home run in the third inning to lead Notre Dame past Waverly 4-2 Thursday. Marting finished the game going 1-for-3 with the aforementioned home run, she had two runs batted in and scored two runs. The game was a makeup contest. Notre Dame — 103 000 0 — 4 7 1 Waverly — 100 100 0 — 2 7 0 Notre Dame — Stevenson 2-4 (2 R), Phillips 1-3 ...
No. 8 Minford sets date with top-ranked Pirates PDT Sports Report
No. 8 Minford defeated No. 9 Chesapeake 11-4 in the first round of the Division III Sectional Tournament behind the offensive outburst of Shawn Mersiel and Eli Duduit. Mersiel finished the game going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and Duduit went 2-for-4 with four runs batted in to pace the Falcons. Minford visits top-ranked Wheelersburg Saturday.
Chesapeake — 012 100 0 — 4 6 3
Minford — 440 300 x — 11 11 4
Area tennis players swing way to districts PDT Sports Report
Tuesday concluded the two-day Division II Boys Tennis Sectional Tournament as a plethora of area tennis players will head to Athens for next week’s district tournament.
On the singles side, Valley’s Nick Johnson finished as the tournament runner-up while Minford’s Josh Parsons will go into the districts as the No. 4 seed. After Johnson defeated Washington Court House’s Garrett Phipps 6-0, 7-5 and Parsons claimed a 6-4, 6...
Tigers advance in Division IV tournament PDT Sports Report
Ninth-seeded New Boston advanced to a Division IV Southeast Sectional Final with an 11-4 win at No. 8 Eastern Monday.
Nate Payton was 4-for-5 at the plate with a double and five runs batted in. Jordan Moore went the distance as he struck out 10 for the victory.
The Tigers will return to Beaver Tuesday for an SOC I makeup with the Eagles before New Boston travels Wednesday to No. 1 Whiteoak.
New Boston 130 101 5 — 11 ...
‘Burg claims 9th-straight SOC II in marathon thriller PDT Sports Report
Sam Robinson’s solo home run in the bottom of the 14th kept host Wheelersburg alive and Dylan Miller’s game-winning run batted in during the bottom of the 17th to score Garrett Carmichael gave the Pirates a 3-2 win over Waverly to claim the SOC II outright, their ninth-straight title.
The game resumed in the 12th inning after the original contest slated for April 22 was halted at 1-1 because of darkness. The home run was...
Getting the call Chris Slone
PDT Sports Editor
Very few sports fans have the opportunity to make a career in professional sports.
There are thousands upon thousands of high school athletes that never get a chance to play college ball, let alone professional ball. There are game officials at all levels, from pee-wee to high school, that will never officiate one professional contest.
Fortunately at one Portsmouth residence, the odds are more favorable. ...
Wright named coach for Team Ohio Paul Boggs
Jackson County Times-Journal
OAK HILL — Oak Hill High School baseball coach Jason Wright will be headed to the “Heartland” for quite the coaching honor.
That’s because Wright will be serving as an assistant coach for Team Ohio as part of the upcoming and annual Heartland Classic. The Heartland Classic is held in Norman, Oklahoma, and showcases the best high school baseball players from the states of Ohio, Arizona, Florida, Ge...
Three Personal Bests for SSU’s Men’s and Women’s Track at Louisville Sports Release
LOUISVILLE, Ky.– With classes and finals wrapped up for the spring semester, Shawnee State’s track & field team sent just 10 members combined between both of its men’s and women’s teams to the Louisville Cardinal Twilight Classic. Despite the shortened list of competitors, there were several highlights for the Bears in their final meet before the NAIA Championships as three members bested their seed times.
Brittney LiPira c...
Valley drops twin bill with Zane Trace PDT Sports Report
Although Zane Trace and host Valley were to play a doubleheader Saturday, it was as if the two teams played three games when they left the diamond.
The Pioneers went back to Ross County with a two-game sweep, winning 4-2 in 14 innings and 6-0 in the finale.
In the opener, Zane Trace scored the deciding runs in the top of the 14th inning. Nate Arnett and Jonah Garrett were each 3-for-6 at the plate for the Indians with ...
Black bears on the hiking trail? G. Sam Piatt
PDT Outdoors Writer
Roads that are straight and that end at a gate
Are not half so enticing to follow
As are long roads that twist and are lost in the mist
Like the path of the south-flying swallow.
— Robert F. Scott
I no longer own a backpack or a trail tent, but it hasn’t been too many years ago that I did and I used them. It was the most enjoyable pursuit in the outdoor world, in my opinion, those hiking/...