Note: This column appears in the Wednesday, Oct. 23 newspaper on Page B1.
I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen so many fantastic games in a seven-day span, no matter which sport it is.
Soccer games going down to the wire, upsets on the gridiron, playoff seeds changing. Honestly, one of the best sports week in a long time for me.
Now we enter district action for soccer and volleyball, and there’s two weeks of regular season football left.
As the weather gets colder, the competition just continues to heat up. Here’s this week’s ‘Two-Minute Drill’:
Here are the scores from Friday’s action around the area:
Jackson 48, Miami Trace 19
Oak Hill 17, Minford 14
Vinton County 30, River Valley 0
Athens 34, Wellston 12
Typically, I would just go with one player who excelled in their respective sport, but I’m mixing it up this week.
First, I have to shoutout the Oak Hill offensive line. The defense deserves a lot of credit as well, but the offensive line played like men against Minford in the second half. Its taken some beatings this season against Wheelersburg, Fairland and Chesapeake.
But Friday was the Oaks’ chance to give the beating, and they didn’t miss. As the game continued, they seemed to get more and more fresh as they moved Falcon players left and right.
They followed a perfect game plan of how to slow down a team scoring 36.2 points a game: control time of possession and don’t turn the ball over.
Check, and check.
Speaking of dominate teams, Vinton County girls cross country continued its path of destruction.
The higher the competition, the better they seem to perform as they were crowned district champions with Rylee Fee, Olivia Mayers and Lexie Walker all finished inside of the top eight.
Off to regionals they go, along with the boys’ team who qualified for the first time since 2013.
Vinton County sports continue thriving across the landscape and there’s no stopping it. Keep it going.
Getting it done
Although its season ended on Saturday, Oak Hill volleyball has really turned its program around.
After years of being a layup for most opposing teams, the Oaks became a team that others had to show respect towards.
They battled hard, played teams to five sets and learned how to win those tough games. While finishing 8-15 doesn’t seem like a ‘successful’ season to those on the outside looking in, considering the years of just 2-3 wins, it’s a victory.
The senior class of Abby Meldick, Caitlyn Brisker, Peyton Miller and Kylee Myers should be proud what it helped turnaround.
Hopefully it continues to build and next year’s team cracks double digit wins.
Oh, addition shoutout to Jackson’s Mazie Wechter on qualifying for regionals after a ninth-place finish at districts.
What has me excited
Vinton County’s Division II district volleyball matchup against Fairfield Union tops my excitement list.
I still can’t get over Saturday’s game against Unioto. Simply just as a fan of high school sports, that goes down as one of the top five games of any sport I’ve watched. And believe me, I’ve seen a lot of instant classics.
Now the Vikings have a chance to win its first-ever game at the district level, although Fairfield Union will be a tough out.
The Falcons, who finished second in the Mid-State League behind undefeated Hamilton Township, do possess some quality victories over Big Walnut, Circleville and Unioto.
Needless to say, another instant classic could be on the horizon and I can’t wait to get to Southeastern to watch everything unfold.
Also best of luck to Jackson boys soccer as it plays against Alexander in a Division II district semifinal at Logan.