Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Spring weather can be a roll of the dice, but this weekend’s TVS Invitational had wonderful weather. The fans responded by packing the stands, and the athletes performed well - making for a successful meet. South swept 1st place among the 16 team field with both the boys and girls teams winning. Other local teams finished as follows: Girls – Eaton 9th; Brookville 11th, TCN 12th, Dixie 13th, Shawnee 14th, Trail 15th. Boys – Dixie 2nd; Eaton 3rd; Brookville 4th; TCN 9th, Trail and Shawnee tie 14th.
Top finishers: 4X800 TVS girls 1st (Madison Wright, Megan Wright, Grace Stewart, Abby Creech) 10:08.75 – meet record. 4X800 TVS boys 1st (JJ Utz, Sammy Shockey,Ethan Wells, Matt Hemmelgarn) 8:33.57. 100m hurdles 1st Hailey Thies TCN 16.84. 110m hurdles 1st Seth Reynolds 15.15. 100m dash 1st Mylan Crews 13.08. 100m dash Clayton Washington 1st 11.51; Isaiah Pritchard 2nd. 4X200m relay 1st TVS (Abby Beneke, Delany Adams, Grace Stewart, Mylan Crews). 4X200m relay 1st TCN (Garrett Woodyard, Austin Johnson, Billy Daughterty, Trey Summers).
4X100m relay Dixie 1st (Zach Roberts, Clayton Washington, Ethan Arnett, Isaiah Pritchard), 300m hurdles 1st Seth Reynolds Eaton 42.48. 800m run Madison Wright 1st 2:26.25. 800m run TVS JJ Utz 1st 2:06.76; Sammy Shockey TVS 2nd. 200m dash Dixie Clayton Washington 23.54. 3200m run Taylor Broermann 1st Eaton 12:04.42. Discus TVS Aaron Deaton 1st 139’9”. High jump TCN Hailey Theis 1st 5’4”. High jump Eaton Seth Reynolds 1st 6’. Long jump TVS Jared Kirkpatrick 1st 21’4”. Shotput TVS Aaron Deaton 1st 49’5”; Tristen Sizemore TVS 2nd.
Coach Livingston of Dixie had a few of dinged up athletes when I was able to catch up to her. One had taken a tumble on the track and had a skinned up shoulder, one had to drop out of the mile due to a stress injury, and yet another was icing a sore knee. So not quite a mash unit, but the coach felt that all would be ready for the next meet. “It has been a good meet for us, Madison Swigart came within a second of the school record in the 400m dash.
“We don’t have a very large team this year, and we are young but still talented. We just got back from spring break, and are just getting back into the swing of things. We have relay teams that can improve as well as some individual performers. Cassidy Shell scored points for us in the discus and shotput. Sydnee Reynolds had a personal best in the discus. Madison Swigart also placed in the 100, so she is having a good meet. Unfortunately our pole vaulter, Adrianna Parker, is out for the year.”
“It’s been a good season for us so far,” stated coach Hughes, the New Lebanon boys track coach, “we took first place in the Franklin Monroe relays. We graduated some distance kids last year, but other than that we have pretty much everyone back from last season. We were also at the Anna meet against some tough MAC completion and got 5th place there – but that’s the best we ever finished. We had a good meet at the Eaton relays – finishing behind Dunbar, which always has a really good team by 5 points. We have some kids that I think can compete at regionals and maybe even state.
Nick Adams is having a good year, he is the school record holder in the pole vault. Clayton Washington and Isiah Pritchard finished 1-2 in the 100 meter dash and Pritchard was also 2nd in the long jump with Washington 3rd. So both of them are having a good meet. Dakota Grise is only a freshman but he has been clearing 5’ 9” and today he cleared 5’10” for 3rd place.
The TVS girls won the Fred Durkle Invitational for the first time since it was started in 2002. Coach Mabry had this to say about the meet, “It started with the 4X800m relay team – they set the tone for the meet right off the bat. They broke the meet record and once we got started, we gathered momentum from there. Mylan Crews had a good night, winning the 100 meter and just getting beat out in the 200 meter, she was also on the 4X200m relay which won, and lead off the 4X100m relay which got 4th. So it was a good performance by a freshman in her first really big meet. She stepped up and handled the pressure well.”
He continued, “Abbey Beneke placed well in both hurdle events. Madison Wright placed in both the 400m and 800m runs. Megan Wright scored in both the 1600m and the 3200m runs. All 4 of our relays placed. Abbey Creech did nice the high jump. We also got some points from the discus (Haily Keener) and the pole vault (Emily Hutchings, Delany Adams). It may have been just a few points here and there, but last year the district meet came down to the last event – every point that we can get matters.”
Next he was asked how the season has gone from the beginning to now, “We won a quad meet at Dixie, we next went to the National Trail relay meet and won that. We next had a dual meet against North which allowed everyone to get on the track and to see what we have. But overall I have been pleased with what all we have done and their work ethic. We have some depth – every event this last weekend, we had someone in the top 5. There have been years where we have been strong in sprints or strong in distance, but this year we seem to have it all.”
South’s coach Faber was the last coach up, “I thought things went fairly well, this was one of our goals this year – to win our invitational. Our 4X800m relay team set a personal best for the season. Both our hurdlers (Luke Stoner, Josh Chapman) ran well – Chapman had a personal best in the 300m hurdles. Jared Kirkpatrick had a personal best in the long jump – 21’4”. Aaron Deaton and Tristen Sizemore were 1st and 2nd in the shot put and had personal bests. JJ Utz finished 1st in the 800m and was on the 4X800m team that won.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The Brookville Blue Devils focused on stopping one player - Wes Cole. Cole, who had been fighting illness coming into the game, was held to just 5 points - and South could not find anyone else to score against Brookville's box and one defense. The defense was effective in that the chaser kept Cole from touching the ball from most of the night, and the box kept South from driving to the basket.
Finally South, with the exception of the 2nd quarter, had problems shooting from the outside. South’ defense, which had been playing with more vigor as of late, couldn’t keep Brookville from scoring. And Brookville’s taller lineup did a fair job on the boards as well.
As has been the case in several of the last few games, South got out to a slow start offensively. Brookville had a nice run to start the game, and South was forced to play catch up trailing 8-2. In the second quarter, South’s offense got on track and they actually outscored Brookville with 5 players nailing treys during the frame and at the half they were down by 4, 25-21. Cole provided momentum going into the locker room with a steal and layup right before the buzzer.
But that momentum did not carry far, Cole would not score the rest of the night and South was having problems hitting shots from outside again. With no one else stepping up, South was struggling to find any offense. The third quarter was a wash with both teams scoring just 6 points each. Brookville had another nice run to start the 4th quarter and went into a slowdown at the midway point. South responded with a trapping defense. Both teams were giving bonus, but Brookville was an impressive 18 of 20 on the night, while South only made 2 of 10. With the Blue Devils acing shots at the foul line, South could not make up any ground and finally fell 51-39.
Still South had a good season – an undersized but scrappy team that utilized intensity on defense and physicality on the boards to compete against taller teams. They could strike from outside, but were proficient in driving to the basket. Again using strength and quickness to drive to the basket for scores. They were also a hard luck team. Almost all their losses were by a basket or less. So they very easily could have had several more wins and only lost to the number one ranked team in the state by a last second basket.
“It was hard to prepare for this game with Wes Cole being sick,” stated coach Augspurger afterwards, “We considered the possibility that they might do something special against Wes. But with him being out, we got ready with what we already knew. We wanted our defense to keep them from being able to score, and I thought our effort was there. Brad Cox had one of his best nights ever for them. We held down their main two scorers, but he came thru for them in a big way. They outplayed us tonight – and they shot much, much better from the free throw line.”
He went on about the season, “I really enjoyed this team; this team played basketball the way that Twin Valley South basketball should be played. They played tough, they played hard and with intensity. I was disappointed that we could not continue on for them. Our 5 seniors will be tough to replace. Wes Cole has been a very good athlete for us. Anthony Augspurger was a hard nosed defender, Jacob and Jason helped quite a bit too. They were good, they will be missed.”
Sunday, March 01, 2015
This past week South went back to basics on defense during their preparation and it paid dividends in the opening round of the state tournament. It may have been first round jitters but South had problems scoring in the first quarter. Anthony Augspurger finally scored the first points of the night after South went scoreless for the first 4 and a half minutes. But fortunately their defense had held West Liberty to just 6 points at that juncture. South finished out that first quarter strong and were only down by a point at the end of the first quarter (7-6).
In addition to a refocused defense, South hit the boards hard and despite West Liberty-Salem’s height advantage, they did a good of pulling rebounds off of the glass. They were very effective snagging defensive rebounds, which limited the Tigers ability to get points off of put backs. South played an aggressive man to man defense the entire game while the Tigers alternated between man to man and zone defenses.
At about the 3 minute mark of the second quarter, South got their first lead of the night. The Tigers made their first defensive switch of the night dropping the man defense and going to a zone defense. But the Panthers proceeded to go on a little run to close out the first half with the lead 20-13.
South broke the game open in the second half. West Liberty had the South lead down to 2 points in the 3rd quarter. Wes Cole then got into a shooting zone and scored 12 points in the quarter and gave South an 8 point lead. When West Liberty pressured the edge to get Cole out of his game, South fed the ball inside in the 4th quarter and went on a 10-2 run to extend the lead even more thanks to Augspurger who scored 9 of his 15 points in the last quarter.
The Tigers went into a press in the last 5 minutes as they pulled out all of the stops in an effort to generate some points. Being aggressive they fouled and South shot a decent 9 of 14 from the foul line. South outscored West Liberty and was able to empty the bench in last minute and a half as they won 56-38.
“We talked this past week about how we played so well defensively in the first 12 games or so,” spoke coach Augspurger after the game, “and it wasn’t that we were a bad defensive team – but we were not doing things as well in the second half of the season. And this week we went back to doing drills, working on fundamentals and doing things the right way. And tonight I thought that we played 3 excellent quarters of defense. That was definitely the key to the game.”
Next he was asked about South breaking the game open in the second half, “It all started when Wes Cole got hot and started feeling it in the 3rd quarter. He hit a crazy shot at the end of the quarter to give us momentum. Then I thought that Anthony Augspurger did a great job of going inside and being strong in the 4th. And we clamped the D back down - not giving them good looks and that was what made the biggest difference. At this point, you survive and move on.”
South will be playing Brookville on Tuesday at 6pm at Bellbrook High School, “Brookville is scary, they are playing better than when we played them the first time. They know us and we know them – they chose to play us and they have had more time to get ready. Brookville plays in this league, so they play in this gym all the time so that is an advantage for them. I just hope that we continue to be nasty on D and we will see what we see.”
Thursday, February 26, 2015
South was dropped from the State Tournament in the first round by Southeastern's Lady Rams. Southeastern used an aggressive press and sharp ball movement on offense to keep the Panthers off balance the entire game. South had a rough time figuring out the press and the Trojans half court defense. Dominating from beginning to end the Trojans defeated South 64-16.
South was struggling against the Ram press and the Rams made their first lineup change of the game. Looking across the court as they lined up in man to man defense, each Ram player was a head taller than the corresponding South girl that they were guarding. So not only were they quick and athletic, they were also taller than the Panthers. The team could not catch a break at all on the night.
South could not slow down and had to play at full speed as the Rams pressed for almost the entire game. South did try a zone and some man to man to defense in the half court to try and slow down the pace of scoring, but the Rams adjusted well and did not slow down their pace on offense much at all. Still the girls scrapped as best they could for all 4 quarters.
It was not the best season for the Panthers, but on a positive note the numbers are up for both Varsity and Junior Varsity teams from a year ago. Also all the starters are underclassmen, so there should be a lot of experience coming back for next season. And it wouldn’t hurt for one or two of the players to hit a growth spurt over the summer, the team has to be one of the shorter teams around.
“They are quick and can shoot the ball, “ said coach Mabry of Southeastern, “We played them hard and I told them afterwards that they are starting to see the game. We had places where we passed well and moved the ball. But other places where we used the wrong pass, or tried to pass over top of people. There are still things like we need to work on.”
Milan Crews did a pretty good for being thrown into the fire as freshman at point, “ he responded when asked about the point guard, “she and a lot of the players have a lot of work to do. It’s really up to them – how much time do they want to put in the off season to be better? Over the year from last year to this year I think that we did get better. We easily could have had a couple of more wins. But when you let things get away from you in a season like this then it snow balls. It’s not that they give up – it’s that the frustration sets in.”
South will lose two seniors this season, Jessica Keener and Abbey Horton, “They knew coming in that with the players we had that playing time was going to be limited. They accepted their roles. They were leaders on the team – not always on the court, but in the locker room and at practice. I am proud of them for their leadership.”
Scoring for TVS: Bingham 1, Crews 2, Hutchings 4, Vorhis 1, Creech 4, Newhart 2, J. Keener 2.