Herchik tops Kinder in friendly game of 21

by Matthew Herchik on January 17, 2018 at 12:14 am

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Unfortunately, due to the weather, all area high school basketball games were cancelled on Tuesday night. So what do two sports reporters do when there is no basketball to cover? They head to the Muskingum Recreation Center for a friendly game of 21. Every game starts with a hand-shake and a tip-ball;… Continue Reading

Second AP girls basketball poll released

by David Carl Kinder II on January 16, 2018 at 6:17 pm

  COLUMBUS, Ohio – The top ten teams in the Associated Press Ohio high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record. Total points and position last week at right: DIVISION I 1. NEWARK (15) 11-0 167 2. W. CHESTER LAKOTA W. (1) 12-1 141 3. PICKERINGTON CENT. (1) 13-1 126 4…. Continue Reading

Area basketball games canceled due to weather

by David Carl Kinder II on January 16, 2018 at 2:59 pm

  ZANESVILLE, Ohio – All area boys basketball games for Tuesday night have been postponed due to the winter conditions. The following is a list of games that have been pushed back as well as if a make up date has been announced yet. Newark vs. Tri-Valley (Jan. 17) John Glenn vs. New Lexington (Feb. 3)… Continue Reading

5 MVL athletes named to North-South All-Star Game roster

by David Carl Kinder II on January 15, 2018 at 10:30 pm

  MASSILLON, Ohio – Five football players from the Muskingum Valley League have made the roster for the 73rd annual Ohio North-South All-Star football game. There are two all star games. One that features the best players in DI-DIII and one that has the top talent in DIV-DVII. Both games are April 28 at Paul Brown… Continue Reading

Hawks second-half turns out power on Electrics win streak

by Matthew Herchik on January 15, 2018 at 6:42 pm

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — After a strong first quarter, Hartley’s zone defense stifled the Electrics offense, knocking off Philo 53-29– snapping their 6-game win streak. Cole Smith hit a pair of first-quarter three pointers, and the Electrics used a patient offense to build a lead by the slimmest of margins, 10-9 after the opening quarter. Hartley swarmed… Continue Reading

Lady Electrics rally comes up short in loss to Logan

by Matthew Herchik on January 15, 2018 at 6:38 pm

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The Philo Lady Electrics rallied from a 17-point deficit, but ultimately came up short in their 54-44 loss to Logan in the Route 40 Classic. Philo managed just 13 points in the first half, while struggling to slow down the Lady Chiefs who managed to take a 30-13 lead in the locker rooms…. Continue Reading

Blue Devil boys receiving votes in AP basketball poll

by David Carl Kinder II on January 15, 2018 at 6:33 pm

  COLUMBUS, Ohio – The top ten teams in the Associated Press Ohio high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record. Total points and position last week at right: DIVISION I 1. HUBER HTS. WAYNE (17) 11-0 179 2. SOLON 9-0 135 3. CIN. MOELLER (1) 9-3 107 4. TOL. ST…. Continue Reading

High school basketball player of the week – Jake McLoughlin

by David Carl Kinder II on January 15, 2018 at 3:22 pm

  DRESDEN, Ohio – Tri-Valley’s Jake McLoughlin has been voted the WHIZ-TV high school basketball player of the week. In a game Tuesday that decided suppremacy in the Muskingum Valley League against John Glenn, the Scotties senior had a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Tri-Valley was  tied with the Little Muskies at the break, but a… Continue Reading

Buckeye hoops crack AP top 25

by David Carl Kinder II on January 15, 2018 at 3:02 pm

  The top 25 teams in the Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Jan. 14, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: 1. VILLANOVA (63) 16-1 2. VIRGINIA (1) 16-1 3. PURDUE (1) 17-2 4. OKLAHOMA… Continue Reading

Heath’s defense smothers Independence in 51-34 win

by Matthew Herchik on January 14, 2018 at 5:07 pm

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — The Heath Bulldogs improved to 4-9 on the season after downing Independence 51-34 Sunday afternoon in the Route 40 Classic at West Muskingum. Heath used a smothering defense to hold the Blue Devils to just three points in the first quarter, and 10 points total in the first half. Wyatt McQueen lead the… Continue Reading