2011 Awards Night
Sunday 04-10-2011 8:28pm ET
The Chillicothe Cavalier Boys Basketball Banquet was held Sunday night.
Among the awards:
Team MVPs: Jalen Ragland and Malik London
Offensive MVP: Jalen Ragland (20ppg)
Defensive MVPs: Malik London, Zach Johnson and Isaac Beverly
Rebounding: Malik London (9.7 rpg)
Assists: Tyler Manion (4.2 apg)
Free Throws: Jalen Ragland Tyler Manion (78%)
Field Goal Percentage: Malik London (49%)
12th Career Scoring: Jalen Ragland (726)
Season Scoring: Jalen Ragland (485)
Made 3-point Shots: Jalen Ragland (56)
Hot Shot Awards: Jalen Ragland at Warren; Tyler Manion vs Circleville and Logan Elm; Max Corcoran vs Warren
Sportsmanship: Miloje Djacic, Marcus Dunn and Josh Garrett
Most Improved: Tyler Manion and Zach Johnson
Hondo 6th man Award: Max Corcoran
Huslter Award: Charlie Demint and Marcus Dunn
SEOAL: Tyler Manion, Jalen Ragland, Malik London and Zach Jonson (Honorable Mention)
All District: Honorable Mention - Tyler Manion and Zach Johnson
All State: Jalen Ragland (1st Team), Malik London (Honorable Mention)
All District Player of the Year: Jalen Ragland
Junior Varsity: (10-8)
Offensive MVP: Josh Garrett
Defensive MVP: Timmy Beard
Most Improved: Nolan Taylor
Offensive MVP: Isaiah Johnson (high game 25 points)
Defensive MVP: Pierce Knisley
Sportsmanship: Nolan Taylor
Most Improved: Chance Bower
Ragland to Play in Two Select All Star Games
Thursday 03-31-2011 10:09am ET
Chillicothe's Jalen Ragland and Nate Anderson of Teays Valley are listed among the Ohio All Stars for the Ohio-Kentucky All Star Game on April 9th. The game will be played at 7:30pm at Thomas Moore College in Northern Kentucky.
Ragland will also participate in the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association's North-South All Star Game at Capital University on April 17th.
The Rosters for the games at Capital are not set, but here are the times: 12:00pm Girls Division III & IV, 1:30pm Girls Division I & II, 3:30pm Boys Division III & IV and 5:00pm Boys Division I & II.
2011 District 14 Coaches Association All Stars
Monday 03-28-2011 11:52am ET
The 2011 District 14 Coaches Association All Star Game will be played this Thursday (3/31) at Eastern H.S. in Beaver, Ohio.
Jalen Ragland is the Player of the Year and Coach Gary Kellough the Coach of the Year.
Kellough will coach the District 14 Reds Team All-Stars with Josh Arey of Peebles, but Ragland will be playing in the Ohio-Kentucky and North-South All Star Games in the coming weeks.
The All Star Game is Thursday at Eastern High School in Beaver, Ohio. The Girls game begins at 6:00pm followed by the Boys game.
See the team rosters below.
District 14 Coaches Association 2010-2011 Boys All District Division I & II
Jalen Ragland, Chillicothe, Senior
Brick Davis, Unioto, Senior
Kyle Slone, Washington, Senior
Jake Kretzer, Waverly, Junior
Harrison Martin, Waverly, Senior
Malik London, Chillicothe, Junior
Aric Carroll, Hillsboro, Senior
Nathan Elswick, Logan Elm, Senior
Jake Thomas, Logan Elm, Senior
Zach Matracia, McClain, Senior
Isaiah Carson, Miami Trace, Senior
Tyler Manion, Chillicothe, Senior
John Klinebriel, Circleville, Senior
Eli Hogsett, Hillsboro, Senior
Seth Stonerock, Logan Elm, Senior
Jerrod Loftis, McClain, Senior
Christian Dunkle, Unioto, Senior
Division I & II Player of The Year
Jalen Ragland, Chillicothe, Senior
Division I & II Coach of The Year
Gary Kellough, Chillicothe
Red Team Roster
| # || Player || School |
| 1|| Jordan Thornsberry || Eastern |
| 3|| Chris Cox|| Fairfield|
| 5|| Aric Carroll|| Hillsboro|
|10 || Blake Blevins|| Manchester|
|12 || Zach Matracia|| McClain|
|14 || Isaiah Carson|| Miami Trace|
|20 || Drew Dollich|| North Adams |
|22 || Kenny Crabtree|| Northwest|
|24 || Andy Countryman|| Peebles|
|33 || Joe Michael|| Whiteoak|
| C|| Gary Kellough || Chillicothe|
| C|| Josh Arey|| Peebles|
Blue Team Roster
| # || Player || School |
| 2|| Nathan Burchett|| Clay |
| 4|| T.J. McCloud|| Green |
|11 || Patrick Pierce|| Green|
|13 || Nathan Elswick|| Logan Elm |
|15 || Brett Taylor|| Minford |
|21 || Logan Markko|| Paint Valley|
|23 || Evan Legg|| Piketon |
|25 || Keenan Brush|| Piketon|
|30 || Conner Scott|| South Webster |
|32 || Brick Davis|| Unioto|
|34 || Harrison Martin|| Waverly|
|35 || Andy Stegman|| Wheelersburg |
| C|| Bobby Blanton|| Green|
| C|| Steven Ater|| South Webster|
| C|| Jeff Lisath || Piketon|
Ragland Named First Team All-Ohio
Tuesday 03-22-2011 11:25am ET
Chillicothe's Jalen Ragland was named to the First Team for the Associate Press All-Ohio Boys Basketball team for Division 2. The Cavalier Senior averaged 20.5 points per game, and will be heading to UTEP next year.
Miami Trace's Isaiah Carson was named to the Third Team. Special Mentions honors go to Jake Kretzer of Waverly and Logan Elm's Jake Thomas.
Honorable Mention to Chillicothe's Malik London, Brick Davis of Unioto, Waverly's Harrison Martin, Nathan Elswick of Logan Elm, Kyle Slone of Washington Court House, and Aric Carroll of Hillsboro.
Damond Powell of Toledo Rogers was the Player of the Year, and Columbus Hartley's Randy Kortokrax was the Coach of the Year.
See the Cavs-John Glenn Photo Gallery
Friday 03-18-2011 4:26pm ET
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Photos by Jim Day and Dana Cousins/wbex.com
Muskies End Cavs' Run 57-45
Friday 03-18-2011 4:44am ET
In racing, if a car isn't hitting on all cylinders, its performance is hampered.
The finely tuned Cavalier engine lost a cylinder as their race was cut short by New Concord John Glenn 57-45.
The Muskies, who reached the Sweet 16 by beating #2 Carrollton, found their stride in a 19-7 second quarter to gain the cushion necessary to hold off the #6 Cavaliers and advance to Saturday's Division II Regional Final with Columbus Hartley.
"The first half was just a nightmare" said Cavs coach Gary Kellough,
"We knew they were gonna pack their defense in, if you don't knock down a few shots it gets worse."
The Cavs' offense went south, shooting a season low 28% from the field as John Glenn began to pull away. Chillicothe started the game making just 5 of 20 field goals while the Muskies hit nearly half their shots for a 25-12 halftime lead.
"They got theirs going before we did and made some shots. Before we knew it we were way down."
Isaac Beverly hit the Cavs' first shot of the night, draining a three point basket from the corner for a 3-0 lead and Cavalier fans had a good feeling. The tide changed however as the Muskies dominated the glass, out rebounding the Cavs 45-30.
Senior Tyler Manion was the only Cavalier to find success from beyond the arc making 3-of-8 and scoring 15 points with 5 steals. Meanwhile, the Cavs big gun all season, Jalen Ragland couldn't find his stroke. A 48% shooter on 3's this season, Ragland was 0-12 and finished his Chillicothe career with 7 points.
As a team, Chillicothe managed just 4 of 27 three point attempts.
"We just didn't played the way we normally play." Kellough added.
The Muskies' Jake Haegen lived up to his billing, leading all scorers with 30 points. The 2010 East District DII Player of the Year also grabbed 14 rebounds and sank 9 of 15 free throws to pace the John Glenn attack.
Despite their shooting woes, Chillicothe rallied from a 16 point deficit to pull within 38-33 on a steal and layup by Manion with 6:38 remaining.
But as the Cavs pressure defense forced 14 second half turnovers to lead to the rally, Chillicothe saw the tide turn as a technical foul led to a 9-0 John Glenn run to go back ahead by 14 at 47-33.
"They showed that we have a lot of heart on this team with the come back" Kellough said, "we just ran a little out of gas and they (John Glenn) made a few plays and that was it."
Rounding out the Cavs scoring, Zach Johnson had 14 points and 6 steals, Malik London added 6 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocked shots and Beverly's three-pointer.
Chillicothe ends its season 21-4.
John Glenn will play Hartley at 3pm Saturday for a trip to the State Final Four. The Hawks were 48-44 winners over Zanesville.
Dan Ramey talks with Gary Kellough: Click Here
Photos by Dana Cousins and Jim Day/wbex.com
Thursday 03-17-2011 9:39am ET
Hear what the coaches have to say here.
Chilliocothe Coach Gary Kellough: Click Here
John Glenn Coach Greg Woodard: Click Here
Cavs coverage begins at 7:40pm on 1490 WBEX (also on Horizonview 298).
Hitchens'/JMU Season is Done; Chambers Plays On
Wednesday 03-16-2011 5:26pm ET
Former Cavaliers Ray Chambers and Humpty Hitchens have lost their first college post season games.
Hitchens had 7-points 2-steals and 3 assists in James Madisons' 85-65 loss to Davidson in the College Basketball Invitational.
Chambers is playing with Lakeland Community College in Danville, Illinois in the NJCAA National Tournament, which is round-robin play.
Chambers had 26-points, 10-rebounds and 3-dunks in the Lakers' 94-72 loss to defending national champ Lincoln College.
Lakeland will play Waubonsee at 11 Thursday morning in the loser's bracket.
Click here to see the NJCAA tournament lineup.
Thursday's Division II Sweet 16 Preview
Tuesday 03-15-2011 11:51pm ET
Thursday night's Division II Athens Regional features a couple of newcomers and two teams that have traveled a pathway to the Sweet 16.
Chillicothe (21-3) and Zanesville (21-2) have had trips through Athens to the Final Four in Columbus. The Blue Devils fell to Port Clinton in last year's State Semi-Final and the Cavs won it all in 2008.
Bishop Hartley (20-1) moved up to D II for the 2009-10 season and (21-3) New Concord John Glenn's last Regional appearance was on the shooting hand of high-scoring Jay Burson in 1984.
The Hartley Hawks' Randy Kortokrax likes the match up with Zanesville in the 6:15pm game at the Convo.
"We're very similar in what we want to do." said Kortokrax. "We've got a couple of pretty good athletes on athletes there and they've got some blue collar guys down low like we do."
Zanesville is led by Tanner Gibson and Riann Burrell, a transfer from Beechcroft.
"Gibson's probably the X factor and they've got another long athletic kid in Burrell who's much like our four man (Kendall Sherrod)."
"It becomes a different level of basketball." said Chillicothe's Gary Kellough. "There's so many things that (coaches) do. Usually you see bigger, stronger kids at the regional and state level at DII and DI."
While John Glenn is new to regional play, Muskies coach Greg Woodard says they're familiar with Zanesville and Chillicothe's traditions. "Coach Aaronhalt is about 12 miles from us so we're familiar with Zanesville's program." The John Glenn graduate adds "Chillicothe is a little different than what we see in our league. We were fortunate to go up to Eastern Michigan to team camp and see some teams similar to Chillicothe. Hopefully we can use what we learned there to help us against Chillicothe."
The Cavaliers and Muskies meet in the nightcap at 8:00pm.
Coach Kellough says John Glenn is a hybrid of their District opponents Logan Elm and Warren. "They mix zones in with their man-to-man, a lot of sets and sometimes, they'll just run a shoot. We know their going mix defenses a lot more than teams we see in our league."
So who's the underdog of the Athens foursome? Woodard and Kortokrax contend it's their teams.
Woodard's argument begins with Chillicothe, Zanesville and Hartley each being ranked among the top 6 teams in the Associated Press. "We're kind of the odd man out or the underdog, and that's fine" said the District 12 Coach of the Year. "We'll relish that role."
Kortokrax says of Chillicothe "They have some size which concerns us and they're very experienced. They have that mindset of we're a team that can win and we expect to win." As for Zanesville, "They went to the state last year. You can't go on for ever. We're excited to go show what we have and if we it ain't good enough, I'm proud of them (his team) either way."
Neither the Hawks or Muskies are pushovers.
John Glenn has four year starter and 2010 East Division and District 12 Player of the Year Jake Haegen. The 6'5" point guard has led the Muskies to 16 consecutive wins.
Coach Kellough says the New Concord community is riding high and should be.
"They've had more success in football than they have in basketball over the last 20 years. It's a new experience for their community. So I'm sure they're real excited."
"With the success we've had here at late, our kids' confidence is pretty high right now." Woodard adds, "but we also understand each game out now we don't have to play perfect, but have to play well."
Hartley rolled through the Central Catholic League this season and won their Central District by beating Bishop Watterson for a third time. Coach Kortokrax says his team has had to survive game plans during the regular season which are not conducive to what the Hawks will see beyond the District. "The thing that excites me, we're playing someone different. In our District they were all teams we've played this year and we were expected to win. When you get to the Regionals, you get teams that aren't going to change their style of play and we're not gonna change our style of play."
The son of Ohio's winningest coach (Kalida's Richard Kortokrax) says Hartley will need to "force the issue on every play" to get past Zanesville.
For the Cavs to beat John Glenn and continue through the tournament, Kellough says his kids will have to play really well. "Of course at the Regional level, you can't have those two or three minute spells when you're not playing very well offensively... we can't have spells where we don't score for a couple of minutes at a time."
Chillicothe surrendered a 9-point lead in the fourth quarter of their District Final last Friday. "Our kids are comfortable right now, we survived and dodged a couple of bullets" Kelllough said "and you have to do that in tournament play. We know we've got to play really well in the next two games (to get to Columbus)."
Woodard and his team were at the Convo to see the Cavs play Warren Friday. "We saw Jalen Ragland and at 6'6" on the perimeter, he can be a problem for anyone... They're long and their athletic and have an ability to play uptempo. Fortunate for us we have Haegen, a guard that's 6'5" as well that's athletic and hopefully Jake can do a good job in containing Jalen."
But as Warren found out Friday, teams need to contain more than Ragland. Chillicothe's Max Corcoran broke for the basket undefended because of a double-team on Ragland's final shot. Malik London rebounded and got the basketball to Corcoran who sank the winning shot as time expired for the Cavs win.
Kortokrax added rebounding and defense will be a premium for whichever teams advance to the Regional Final. "In those one game scenarios like Thursday night and Saturday, it's gonna be who shows up and who knocks down shots."
The team who does will likely cut down the nets Saturday afternoon.
Coverage of the Chillicothe-John Glenn game begins around 7:40pm Thursday on 1490 WBEX.
NOTE: Zaneville's Scott Aronhalt was unavailable for comment.
See the Chillicothe-Warren photo gallery.
Saturday 03-12-2011 11:10pm ET
Photos by Dana Cousins/wbex.com
Click on Dan and Pat to see the photo gallery.