Photo by Dana Cousins\wbex.com
Head Coach: Gary Kellough
Tip Off times are approximately 7:30pm unless noted otherwise.
* Denotes SEOAL game
|12-6||at Canal Winchester||60||42||1||0|
|12-10||at Dayton Stivers||64||46||2||0|
|12-13||at Logan *||63||54||3||0|
|12-16||at Jackson *||47||44||4||0|
|12-17||at Hamilton Twp.||46||24||5||0|
|12-23||vs Ak Buchtel at Ironton||50||68||5||2|
|1-13||at Gallia Academy *||51||37||9||3|
|1-20||Logan * (PPD to 1/24)||--||--||--||--|
|1-21||Gahanna (PPD to 1/31)||--||--||--||--|
|2-3||at Portsmouth *||34||56||11||6|
|2-10||Gallia Academy *||57||38||12||6|
|2-17||at Warren *||48||50||13||7|
|2-29||vs Sheridan at OU||47||32||15||7|
|3-9||vs Circleville at OU||65||30||16||7|
|3-15||vs St.Clairsville at OU||52||59||16||8|
Game Night with the Cavs
Dan Ramey, Pat Highland, Lou Postage and Jim Day set the scene for Cavalier basketball games.
The Gary Kellough Show
Dan Ramey Pat Highland
Jim Day Lou Postage
Dan Ramey and Pat Highland are in their 12th Cavalier basketball season.
Jim Day joined the team as sideline reporter in 2006 while Lou Postage joined the team in 2009.
Dan is in his 27th season as Voice of the Cavs and host of "Dan & Mike in the Morning" on WBEX.
Pat is a long time Cavs supporter, former president of the Cavalier Club . Jim found his spot along the sideline and in the locker room as a photographer at football and basketball games. Lou spent many years as head basketball coach at Pickerington Central and Adena High Schools and is the co-host of WKKJ's Vallery Ford Scoreboard Show.
Dana Cousins and Jim Day tag team on photography duties for wbex.com. For photos, visit www.danacousinsphotography.com or www.gamedayphoto.smugmug.com.
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Chillicothe 63, Logan 54 (No Photos Taken)
NOTE:The new Boys Basketball Page is under construction. Until then, catch the Cavs here.
Drew Meister was hired last spring to guide a Cavs team which finished 2011-12 with a 16-8 mark.
Meister was faced with a team without the luxury of a big man following the graduation of Chillicothe’s all-time shot blocker MaLik London who’s now starring for the Grizzlies at Missouri State West Plains. The Cavs’ biggest body is senior Tim Beard at 6’ 3”. Returning to the floor is Zach Johnson, who’s beginning his fourth season in the Cavs lineup. Guard Adam Bixler will also be vital to the Cavs attack.
“This is a fun group to be around… they have a real fun way about them” says Meister. “I think that’s a great rapport to have especially early on with all the apprehension and uncertainty” with adapting to a new coach behind the whistle.
The night he was hired, Meister said he hoped to build upon the tradition and success built during the years under Coach Gary Kellough who retired after his Cavs were bounced from the Sweet 16 by St. Clairsville.
Coach Meister who enjoyed a good deal of success in five years of coaching Newark Catholic (74-47) hopes to instill work ethic and defensive discipline with the talent the Cavs will put on the court.
“We have a lot of natural instincts, but I think that we’ve got to supplement that with strong fundamentals”. Meister says most of the pre-season has been focused mostly on making sure the Cavaliers defensive-minded first and the offense will follow.
“Our roster is dotted with a lot of versatile guys, I call them ‘hybrids’, guys who can play many positions. A lot of times you don’t have to draw up a play for them to find their scoring opportunities” says Meister, adding those opportunities have been coming via their defensive play.
Chillicothe opens the season in the Grove City Classic on November 30th against the host Grove City Greyhounds. The Cavs will return to Grove City the following night to play either Westland or Brunswick. Meister’s team will also be making a road trip to New Philadelphia in late December to play in the Quaker Invitational. Chillicothe will face Millersburg West Holmes on December 28th and either Sugarcreek Garaway or New Philadelphia on the 29th. The Cavs’ home opener is with Amanda Clearcreek on December 6th and they’ll open their final season of play in the Southeast Ohio Athletic League on December 7th at Hatton Memorial Gymnasium with Logan.
To hear more of Dan Ramey’s interview with Coach Meister, click on the link:
The new era in Cavs Basketball began taking shape around 4:57pm Wednesday.
After the Chillicothe City School Board finished preliminary business, the attention at Hatton Gym turned to filling the Boys Basketball vacancy. In attendance to accept the position, Drew Meister who told those in gym "When you have a 'calm' about you, you know you've got the right fit."
The new Cavs Hoops coach has six seasons under his belt as a head coach, but his career has taken him from his playing days at Claymont High School in the Northeast Ohio to Georgia's LaGrange College, first as a player, then began to cut his teeth on coaching at the NAIA college level. He landed his first high school coaching position at Newark Catholic where in five seasons he led the Green Wave to the Division IV championship game, falling short to Oak Hill in Columbus.
After finishing 6-15 at Canton South last February, the path has brought Meister to Chillicothe. He watched the Cavaliers win the state championship in 2008 and it made an early impression on him. He says he's "learning in a rather short span, just how valued the pride and everything that is associated with basketball excellence is ingrained here in this program, in this district, in this community... it's such an exciting feature."
He also respects the coaching fraternity and was emphatic in acknowledging the work done by his Cavalier successor Coach Gary Kellough. "I understand the sacrifices that everybody makes... and what Coach Kellough has done, that's priceless. Coach was able to get to the highest level, and reach the pinnacle, lay some ground work that I'm going to reap the benefits of, that's something I truly want to note and address to the community..." In his comments to the audience, Meister said "I expect to be here in 2018 when we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Coach (Kellough) and those players."
There were several Cavalier varsity players on hand, among them Zach Johnson, Isaiah Johnson, Adam Bixler, Tim Beard, Nolan Taylor who have anxiously awaited who their new leader would be.
Johnson (Isaiah) said "I was excited to meet the new coach... pretty anxious, and ready to play some open gym."
When asked what the players have been doing in the interim, Adam Bixler said "We've been playing together in the park, playing in some open gyms, just trying to stick together and play."
In addressing the seniors, Coach Meister noted "That anticipation and anxiety is over... we're gonna get after it. It's gonna be an upstream battle, but it'll be worth it when you reach the top."
In his introduction, Athletic Director Garin Veris acknowledged "We've found the right man for the job..." and echoing Meister's belief "in a style of play that is disciplined and dedicated to a team first attitude built on an attacking defense and balanced offense. This style is one that we will embrace at Chillicothe High School and one that wins championships."
Click Here to hear Dan Ramey's interview with Drew Meister
CAREER HEAD COACHING RECORD:
2011-12 Canton South H.S. 6-15
2010-11 Newark Catholic H.S. 17-8
2009-10 Newark Catholic H.S. 25-2
2008-09 Newark Catholic H.S. 21-5
2007-08 Newark Catholic H.S. 9-13
2006-07 Newark Catholic H.S. 2-19
Pending approval by the Chillicothe City School Board Wednesday afternoon, Chillicothe Boys Basketball has a new leader.
Andrew Meister comes to the Cavaliers after a one-year stint at Canton South High School near his ol' stompin' grounds.
The 38 year old Meister attended Claymont High School in Uhrichsville, Ohio and after five seasons as head coach at Newark Catholic, found an opportunity to head back home.
Now his home will be along the sideline at Ellis B. Hatton Memorial Gymnasium.
In a release Tuesday evening, Chillicothe Athletic Director Garin Veris stated... "Chillicothe High School CHS Athletics is extremely excited to announce the recommendation of Andrew Meister as the new Head Coach of the Chillicothe Cavaliers Boys Basketball team. Coach Meister will lead the Cavalier program into a new era of tradition and excellence. Coach Meister has coached at both the collegiate and high school levels. He has coached at Southern Polytechnic, LaGrange College, Urbana University, Southern Polytechnic, Newark Catholic High School and Canton South High School. Meister led Newark Catholic to a state runner finish during the 2009-10 season (25-2) and also finished as the AP Poll champion. In his last three seasons at Newark Catholic, he led the team to 63 wins and a 22-game home winning streak. Coach Meister has been selected as Associated Press D-IV Coach of the Year, Central District D-IV Coach of the Year and Mid-State League (Ohio Division) Coach of the Year among other awards. The selection committee reviewed over twenty applications for this position and we all feel we have a coach who understands the meaning of student-athlete and is committed to helping our student-athletes reach their potential both in the classroom, on the court and in the Chillicothe community. We are proud to welcome Coach Andrew Meister into the Cavalier Family and we feel he will bring a positive and effective energy to the basketball program. Coach Meister will be recommended to the Chillicothe Board of Education tomorrow, Wednesday, May 9 at Hatton Memorial Gymnasium at 4:30 p.m."
The Canton Repository described Meister's style as "a defensive-minded coach who favors man-to-man principles and extending pressure".
Sound familiar? They're characteristics Cavalier fans have seen from Coach Gary Kellough's program the past seven seasons.
The release also quotes Meister as saying "I feel very fortunate to have been selected as the head boys basketball coach at Chillicothe High School and look forward to becoming more than a coach in this basketball community in the years to come. This is a community that is passionate about their basketball and finds value in hard work, and I wouldn't want to coach in any other situation. I think those connected with CHS will quickly identify with my own passion and core values that will go into leading our basketball program. Let me assure you, we are going to set the bar very high on and off the floor for the young men in our program."
As reported last week, Chillicothe Athletic Director Garin Veris told WBEX the selection committee to fill the Head Boys Basketball coaching vacancy May 9th. The position opened when Gary Kellough reisgned last month after seven seasons (read more here).
Veris, who is a member of the selection committee, says the committee will narrow the list down to eight candidates, then two or three for second interviews with a final candidate in time for a special board meeting (on May 9th). Veris adds, however, there's potential the decision may not come until after that date.
In a release to WBEX by Principal Jeff Fisher, there were twenty candidates which were reviewed by the committee.
Eight will be interviewed, including Piketon's Jeff Lisath, Vinton County head coach Matt Combs, former Adena head coach Richie Beverly, Travis Robertson who just resigned his post from Waverly a couple of weeks ago, Erin Woody a varsity assistant with D1 state champion Pickerington Central, Tokia Fant, head caoch at Horizon Science Academy, Canton South's Andrew Meister and Joe Richards, a 6th grade teacher at Chillicothe Middle School.
There are some familiar names among the candidates, Hemlock Miller's Tom Bremer, former Jackson head coach Todd May. And the list was far ranging, too. Canton South's Meister, Christopher Dorsey, Associate Head Coach Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire to Mike Decker from Woodlands High in Pittsburgh.
As for the players, there's anticipation. "They're chompin' at the bit..." said Veris. "They're anxious. Whoever the coach is , we want to get them in front of the kids as early as possible..." just do to the need for summer camps which take place for basketball program participants.
To hear Dan Ramey's interview with Garin Veris, Click Here
The List: Those with an (**) are to be interviewed
** Jeff Lisath - Head Coach Piketon H.S.
** Joe Richards - 6th Grade Teacher at Chillicothe Middle School
** Andrew Meister - Head Coach Canton South H.S.
** Erin Woody - Varsity Asst. Pickerington Central H.S.
** Travis Robertson - Former Head Coach Waverly H.S.
** Tokia Fant - Head Coach Horizon Science Academy
** Matt Combs - Head Coach Vinton County H.S.
** Richard Beverly - Former Head Coach Adena H.S.
Pat Beard - Future Cavs Basketball program
Richard Pertuset - unknown
Kevin Horner - Varsity Asst. Beavercreek H.S.
Dan Rosenfield - unknown
Tay Rufts - Head Coach (Girls) Garfield Heights
Todd May - Asst. Columbus State, former Head Coach Jackson H.S.
Mike Decker - Head Coach Woodlands H.S., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Christopher Stout - Former Head Coach River Valley H.S. and Belpre H.S.
Tom Bremer - Head Coach Miller H.S.
Christopher Dorsey - Associate Head Coach Daniel Webster College (New Hampshire)
Rob Fultz - unknown
When Gary Kellough resigned Friday afternoon as CHS Boys Basketball coach, it created an opening for what is considered by many to be one of the top high school basketball programs in Southern Ohio.
Speaking Saturday afternoon, Chillicothe Athletic Director Garin Veris said "Coach Kellough has done a great job at Chillicothe High School and has kept the strong tradition of strong basketball teams and successful teams for seven years... Hopefully, he still has the passion to coach because he has a lot to offer wherever he goes..."
In an email released to the media Saturday morning, Veris said "We are grateful for his dedication to this program and the work he did in coaching 7 NCAA Division I college athletes among others. His 2008 state championship season was a shining moment for our school and community."
And now, the search begins in the process to move forward.
Veris added "We'll probably post (the opening) sometime this coming week and look for some strong candidates to apply, and then we'll form a basketball committee... I think because of the strong basketball tradition of Chillicothe High School basketball, we're going to attract some good basketball coaches that we can move forward with..."
While Veris didn't give an actual time table for filling the coaching position, it's hoped a candidate may be in place as soon as possible.
Chillicothe will enter it's final year of membership in the Southeast Ohio Athletic League this November, leaving Warren's Blane Maddox as the longest tenured head basketball coaches in the league.
Listen to an interview with Veris. Garin Veris on Basketball Opening
With 31 seasons, over 400 victories and a state championship in the books, Chillicothe Boys Basketball Coach Gary Kellough is putting the wraps on his days at CHS.
So, why now?
“I’m not saying I’m never gonna coach again” said Kellough. “You never know, if you say ‘never’ that’s a long time. Right now, I just need a break. I need to step away and do some things I wanna do.”
Kellough took over the Cavaliers basketball program in 2005 and just two seasons later, led Chillicothe to its only Division II state title.
Prior to his arrival at Hatton Gym, Coach K spent 21 seasons on the bench at Zane Trace where he led the Pioneers to six Scioto Valley Conference championships, but could never get his teams beyond the District level.
That all changed when he traded colors to Blue and White. During his Chillicothe tenure, the Cavs made it to the Convo in Athens all but two seasons… 2006, in a loss to Dante Jackson and Greenfield McClain & 2010, in a loss to Waverly. Among the accomplishments at CHS: four SEOAL titles, four District championships, a Regional runner-up and of course in 2008 going the distance in a 25-2 season.
The program has come a long way from Coach K’s first season, a year with no place to call home due to the ongoing renovations to Hatton Gym, which was part of a construction phase for the campus. The Cavs found practice time at the Ross County Y and other facilities within the Chillicothe City Schools system. With home games moved to OUC’s Shoemaker Center, the Cavs finished 11-11 that first season. But every season since has been above .500 tallying an average of 18 wins and 9 losses. The Cavs finished the recent season 16-8 and reached the Division II Regional semi-final a second straight year.
Kellough smiles when he thinks of the CHS players who helped return the Cavaliers to prominence as one of the top 15 Boys Basketball programs in the state. Chillicothe’s All-Time leading scorer Anthony Humpty Hitchens finished up his college career at James Madison University in Virginia last month. After spending time at Junior Colleges, Ray Chambers found a Division 1 home at Troy University in Alabama, Jalen Ragland a freshman at UTEP, Stu Beverly and Tyler Manion who just finished the season with OU-C and this year, MaLik London who recently signed with Cleveland State a few weeks ago.
Kellough was complimentary of those who helped him build the Cavs program, from former superintendent Roger Crago to his right hands Rob Hitchens and the late Craig Hitchens. He also named all of his assistant coaches on the Cavs staff during the time, beginning with Dave Hammond who has been on the bench with Coach K for 20 years, Mike Arledge, Napoleon Cross, Donnie Jarrell, Nate Strawser, Pat Beard, Bernie Davis, Richard Scott, Brian Collins, Keith Knights and Mike Henry.
Kellough’s career mark is 427-235 and 124-44 at CHS. It's expected the Chillicothe City School board will act on Kellough's resignation at its next
CLICK HERE to hear a sit down interview with Coach K, with Dan Ramey and Chillicothe Gazette Sportswriter Phil Gray.
An 8-0 start for the Red Devils of Saint Clairsville proved to be an omen of things to come for Chillicothe, as the Cavs battled-back, only to lose 59-52 in the Division 2 Regional Semis at Ohio University Thursday night.
CHS rallied to tie the score 10-10 after one quarter, but trailed 24-18 at halftime. Chillicothe got their first lead of the game at 29-28 with 4:28 left in the third period on an Aaron Elliott three-pointer. But, CHS found themselves down 38-35 after three periods.
Falling behind 45-40 in the
fourth quarter, CHS fought-back to tie the score 46-46 at 2:43 remaining on a
MaLik London put-back. But, within 43 seconds, the Cavs were down 52-46.
The Red Devils built leads back to 59-50, before finishing with the 59-52 win to gain their 21st straight win and improve to (22-2). Chillicothe ends their season at (16-8), losing for a second straight season in the regional semis.
MaLik London of Chillicothe led all players, with 24 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. Zach Johnson added 12 points, Adam Bixler 9 and Aaron Elliott 7 points.
Dan Monteroso led Saint Clairsville with 23 points and Dylan Campbell added 12.
Chillicothe shot 22/45 from the field for 48%- including 2/9 from the arc. Saint Clairsville was 18/46 from the field- including 9/25 from the arc, but also went 14/22 at the free throw line.
The Circleville Tigers scored first to start the game, then never led again in their 65-30 Division 2 District Championship loss to the Chillicothe Cavaliers Friday
at the Ohio University Convocation Center.
The Cavs built leads of 18-10
after the first quarter, 29-12 at halftime, then 44-28 after three
The Tigers managed to mount a 11-0 run early in the third
quarter for a 33-23 score, but were never able to get any closer. Circleville scored only 2 points in the fourth quarter.
Chillicothe shot a robust 54%
from the field at 25/46- including 2/8 from outside the arc. They were also 13/21 from the charity stripe. The Cavs grabbed 31 rebounds and had 12 turnovers.
Circleville shot a chilly 23% from the floor at 13/42-
including 1/3 from the arc and did not make a free throw. The Tigers grabbed 19 rebounds and committed 17 turnovers.
Chillicothe's Zach Johnson led all players with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Aaron Elliott added 17 and MaLik London with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 9 blocked shots. Jalen Jones had 8 assists togo along with 8 rebounds.
Circleville had only one player in double figures as Carson Haddux scored 10. Nathan Moats had 8 and John Hammond added 6 points.
(16-7) Chillicothe advances to the regional semis Thursday, March 15th against Saint Clairsville with tipoff at 6:15pm. 1490 WBEX airtime will be at 6pm.
(14-9) Circleville ends one of their better boys basketball seasons in a decade, making their first district tourney appearance since 2002.
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Pending approval by the Chillicothe City School Board, the Cavaliers will have a new league affiliation beginning in the 2013 school year, the South Central Ohio League. Chillicothe’s membership in the Southeast Ohio Athletic League will expire following the 2012-13 school year.
Chillicothe and Wilmington school officials made their presentations to members of the SCOL nine days ago.
In a text to www.wbex.com, Chillicothe Athletic Director Garin Veris confirmed, “We were accepted into SCOL by a 6-0 vote.” Another source from Highland County confirmed both the Cavaliers and Wilmington Hurricane were accepted unanimously. Due to previous commitments, Wilmington will not become a member until the 2014-15 school year.
It’s now up to the Chillicothe City School Board to make the final decision. However, at their meeting the night before the presentation, the board appeared ready to make the move while hearing a report from Veris.
Chillicothe helped form the SCOL in 1923 with fellow charter members Circleville, Greenfield McClain, Hillsboro, Washington Court House and Wilmington.
The Cavaliers began play the SEOAL in 2006 after nearly 30 years as a member of the Ohio Capital Conference in the Columbus area. Chillicothe had been a member of the Central Ohio League after leaving the SCOL after 1940.
Recent decline in enrollment and travel costs led to school officials to begin looking for a new affiliation. Part of that search has included a failed attempt to join the Mid State League last spring.
Mr. Veris will have more details at 6:35am on Friday's edition of "Dan & Mike in the Morning" on 1490 AM WBEX and iheartradio.