Photo by Dana Cousins\wbex.com
Head Coach: Drew Meister
Tip Off times are approximately 7:30pm unless noted otherwise.
* Denotes SEOAL game
|12-11||at Fairfield Union||40||46||0||5|
|12-21||at Portsmouth *||58||56||2||5|
|1-4||at Warren *||46||72||2||8|
|1-11||Gallia Academy *||38||37||3||8|
|1-12||at Gahanna Lincoln||52||69||3||9|
|1-18||at Logan * (OT)||58||62||3||11|
|1-30||at Jackson *||70||32||5||11|
|2-15||at Gallia Academy *||46||48||7||14|
|2-22||vs WashCH at SEHS||56||43||8||15|
|2-28||vs Athens at Ohio U.||49||59||8||16|
Game Night with the Cavs
Dan Ramey, Pat Highland, Lou Postage and Jim Day set the scene for Cavalier basketball games.
The Drew Meister Show Weekdays at 6:50am
Get a preview and review of the Cavs games, plus meet the coaches and players who impact Cavs Basketball.
Dan Ramey Pat Highland
Jim Day Lou Postage
Dan Ramey and Pat Highland are in their 13th 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 28th 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. Dana is also the Assistant Athletic Director for Chillicothe High School. To purchase photos, visit www.danacousinsphotography.com or www.gamedayphoto.smugmug.com.
CAVS PHOTO GALLERIES:
Click on the links below to see photos by Dana Cousins wbex.com
New Brunswick 59, Cavs 43 (No Photos)
Cavs 51, Dayton Jefferson 48 (No Photos)
Cavs 70, Jackson 32 (No Photos)
Cavs 62, Portsmouth 52 (No Photos)
Cavs 57, Washington CH 38 (No Photos)
Ironton 75, Cavs 52 (No Photos)
Gallia Academy 48, Cavs 46 (No Photos)
Canal Winchester 58, Cavs 53 (No Photos)
Cavs 56, Washington CH 43 (No Photos)
|2||Eddie Wells||5' 11||G||11|
|12||Carl Harris||5' 8||C||10|
|22||Nolan Taylor||6' 3||F||11|
|23||Quentin Davidson||5' 7||G||9|
|24||Nate Rosenbauer||5' 9||G||9|
|25||Tim Beard||6' 2||F||12|
|32||Zach Johnson||6' 4||G||12|
|33||D.J. Vinson||6' 1||G||10|
|34||Devin Zehner||5' 11||F||10|
|35||Austin Elliott||5' 10||F||11|
Chillicothe Boys and Girls Basketball have swapped levels of divisions.
The OHSAA released the divisional breakdowns matched with the enrollment figures for the coming school year.
The Cavalier Boys slipped into DII in 2006 following many seasons in DI. They'll head back to Columbus for post season play beginning this Winter.
New Cavs Coach Eric Huffer welcomes the challenge. "We look forward to the opportunity and challenge.", speaking via text. The first year coach added "I expect our guys to compete and look to do those fundamental things that will make us a good basketball team. If we can do those things each night then I will be satisfied no matter what division we are playing in."
Chillicothe's enrollment for Boys in grades 9, 10 and 11 is 381, eleven above the cut off for DII.
Meanwhile, after four seasons at DI, the Lady Cavs drop to DII.
For the new Division breakdown and enrollment figures: Click Here
Pending Board approval, Eric Huffer will be introduced as the new Boys Basketball Coach for the Chillicothe Cavaliers.
Huffer accepted the job offer Monday night and visited WBEX’s “Dan & Mike in the Morning” Tuesday.
“It’s great to be a part of Cavalier Nation” said the 30-year-old Huffer.
“I’ve always wanted to be a high school basketball, that’s what I’ve been passionate about… In sports there’s so many real life application things that can be taught and you can take and mold boys to be young men.”
Huffer, who played for Hall of Fame High School Coach Rick Van Matre in the 1990s said he always knew he wanted to teach and coach, something he’s enjoyed doing at the middle school and more recently college levels. This is his first high school varsity job. I While at McClain, Huffer’s team played in Hatton Memorial Gymnasium, winning a couple of Sectional Championships, including his senior year which ended in a 46-41 loss to West Holmes in the Regional. “(I) enjoyed this gym, had some good game s in this gym personally and as a team. He returned to the Cavs’ home floor after accepting the job Monday night.
“I went last night about 11:00 and they showed me the gym… I was just blown away.”
Huffer is well aware of the coaching legends who have walked the Hatton sidelines in the past. “They are big shoes to fill. I look forward to the challenge. One of the people I look up to said ‘This is one of the best coaching jobs in all of Southern Ohio’, it’s a challenge I’m willing to accept and take head on. I can guarantee, they’re gonna be a team that’ll play hard.”
Huffer has strayed to far from what he learned as a player at Greenfield, “I was fortunate to play for Rick Van Matre… (his team) wasn’t always the most athletic, but we did things right and we did the little things and those equal big things and that’s what I expect here at Chillicothe.”
Those who have watched McClain basketball over the years will wonder if he picked up some of his mentor’s characteristics. “My face will get red and I have this big vein in the middle of my forehead that’ll make an appearance during the games. My wife says I’m bi-polar when I coach basketball… there’s a different side of Eric Huffer… but I’m passionate about the game, that’s a characteristic I want to instill in our players on and off the court and everything they do.”
And after his high school playing days were finished, Huffer says he’s gleaned from those he has either played for or coached with. “I’ve been blessed to be taught by some great coaches (Van Matre at McClain, Joe Stewart at Southern State, Ray Slagel and Pat Estepp at Cedarville and Jason Beschta and his staff at Oklahoma Wesleyan) those are coaches who not only care about wins, but they care about their players and investing in them… that’s my goal as well.”
For the Cavalier players, Huffer will be their third coaching influence in as many seasons, and Huffer’s ready to get to work. “Our style will be very similar to the McClain Tiger teams of Rick Van Matre, especially in the SCOL… It’s a league that’s based on hard nose play. It’s based on fundamental basketball… it’s what we’re going to bring to Chillicothe.”
Huffer will be teaching Physical Education 1 & 2 at CHS.
Hear Huffer's Interview with Dan Ramey
Looking to fill its void for Boys Head Basketball Coach, Chillicothe has two former Tigers as finalists.
Following final interviews, either Tom Bremer and Eric Huffer will be recommended for hire at a special Chillicothe City School Board Meeting Wednesday at 5:00pm in the Western Administration Building.
Bremer resides in New Lexington, and is currently the Boys Head Coach at Miller High School in Corning, Ohio, a position he's held since 2010. He also spent five seasons in the Amanda Clearcreek basketball program. Bremer is a 1997 graduate of Circleville High School.
Huffer is a 2000 graduate of McClain High School, where he played for coaching legend Rick Van Matre. Since graduating from Cedarville College, Huffer has been the Assistant Varsity and Junior Varsity Head Coach at Oklahoma Weslyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Huffer coached in the McClain system before leaving before heading west in 2009.
Chillicothe's Boys Basketball vacancy occured when Drew Meister resigned following one season at the helm of the Cavaliers.
Clear Channel Sports learned late Monday night of the passing of longtime Chillicothe basketball coach Harold Bates.
Bates served as an assistant coach for 14 years before becoming Chillicothe's head coach in 1984. Bates helped the Cavs win District titles in 1976, 1979, 1981 and 1993.
He was a valued right hand to Cavs legend Tom Cuppett for 11 of those seasons as well as Gene Greer and Don Cooper before taking the reins himself.
Bates had two stints as head coach, totaling four seasons (1984-85 through 1986-87 and again 2004-05) with a record of 42-45.
Bates served five Chillicothe coaches, Cuppett, Greer, Cooper, Joe B. Stewart from 1990-99 and Jeff Hobbs until stepping in as head coach again 2004.
In an interview when Bates was first hired to lead the Cavs in 1984, Cuppett (then Athletic Director) credited Harold with a most important job that led to their successful teams in the 1980s. Cuppett cited Bates was the orchestrator of a defense which would hold Cavalier opponents to 40 points or less.
In an email, Stewart told Clear Channel Sports "Harold as a coach was worth points to his team on the floor and a person whose influence and caring transformed a game into a skills for life class. He had a passion for teaching and was a model of loyalty personally and professionally."
All in all, Bates had a hand in 30-plus varsity seasons of Cavalier basketball, and he came back from retirement to coach the Paint Valley Bearcats after his days at Chillicothe.
The Chillicothe City School Board accepted the resignation of Drew Meister from the Boys Basketball position Monday evening.
Superintendent Jon Saxton told WBEX, the position will be posted in the morning for applicants and "a very aggressive search (will be conducted) on a short time line".
There will be a special meeting on July 10th to name Meister's successor.
Prospective coaching applicants should contact the Athletic Director's office.
The Chillicothe will be looking for a new Boys Basketball coach. After one season at the helm of the Cavaliers, Drew Meister reportedly has handed in his resignation.
Sources confirm the board will likely act on the resignation at the Monday meeting.
Meister was hired in May of 2012 to fill the vacancy created when Gary Kellough stepped down. Meister's Cavaliers finished 8-16 losing to Athens in the District Semi-Final at Ohio University in February.
Speculation regarding Meister's status came in question Thursday afternoon when the Chillicothe Athletic Department announced the Boys Basketball Camp for next week was being canceled.
Meister confirmed by text with Clear Channel Sports, he would be the new coach at Hebron Lakewood, which he stated "brings me seven miles from my kids" in the Newark area. Meister added leaving was a tough decision to leave a "young bunch that was coming around" speaking to the Cavs' development.
Chillicothe's Zach Johnson was named Outstanding Player for the 2012-13 Cavs Basketball Season.
Johnson was also named the the Associated Press All-Ohio Team as a Special Mention and First Team All Southeast District.
Tommy Bolte was a Special Mention All District selection.
Adam Bixler received the Cavs' Leadership Award and Tim Beard the Sportsmanship Award.
The Cavs took an 8-6 first quarter lead and stretched it to 27-14 at the half off of 12 first half turnovers by Athens.
After the game Coach Meister reflected “For the most part we put ourselves in a position where we had the ability to win it. And then consequently, on the other hand put ourselves in a position to lose it with some of our shots down the stretch. We didn’t guard the dribble as
well as I’d hoped in the late stages of the game and they capitalized on that…”
Chillicothe forced the Bulldogs into 12 first half turnovers.
Entering the third period, Chillicothe got some empty looks and Athens’ Joe Burrow hit back-to-back threes and hit a running layup to cut the Cavs’ lead. The Bulldogs chipped away at the lead and only trailed 34-28 after three.
When Athens pulled to within 10 points in the third, Meister told his team to be mindful of their shot selection. “We knew that with the shot selection we took coming out of the gate in the second half, we needed to be very careful with what we were doing and it just didn’t seem like it resonated. So, they got a chance to run at us and they didn’t look back.”
The fourth quarter belonged to Athens as the Bulldogs opened up with a 15-5 run to start the quarter. Chillicothe was able to get back within one, 47-46, after a Zach Johnson three pointer. On the Bulldogs’ next possession, Johnson stole the ball with a chance to take the
lead but was unable to connect on his dunk attempt. Athens came back down the court and Zaccizh Saltzman sank a three to put the Dogs back up by four.
The Bulldogs ended the game on a 12-3.
“We’ve got guys in the locker room that are really torn up about this game because they invested everything they could and they felt like this was our second season” said Mesiter. “And we came in here without a hesitation, and I’m so proud of that… we fit right in with the best that this District has to offer, just not on enough possessions.”
Johnson led all scorers with 25 points. Nate Rosenbauer added 7, Adam Bixler 6, Tommy Bolte 5, Nolan Taylor 4 and Tim Beard 2.
Athens had three players in double figures with Ibi Watson scoring 20, Zaccizh Saltzman 13, and Joe Burrow 12 points each.
Athens will face Miami Trace in the District Final next Thursday at 6:15pm at the Convo. The Panthers were 48-41 winners over Logan Elm in the night’s first game.
Chillicothe’s Zach Johnson and Bri Dawes earned All-SEOAL First Team honors in a polling of league coaches.
Cavaliers on the Honorable Mention list, Tommy Bolte and Jenna Holton.
Johnson averaged 19.2ppg and crossed the career 1,000 point plateau this season for Drew Meister’s Cavaliers. Bolte averaged 7.5ppg.
The Lady Cavs one-two sophomore punch for Shawn Blue, Dawes scored 14.2ppg and Holton added 9.8ppg.
Player of the Year honors went to Warren’s Evan French and Jackson’s Madison Ridout. Their respective coaches, Blane Maddox (Warren) and Matt Wallburn (Jackson) are Coaches of the Year.
2012-2013 ALL-SEOAL BOYS BASKETBALL
Player, school Ht Gr Pos
Zach Johnson*#, Chillicothe 6-4 12 G
Justin Bailey, Gallipolis 6-1 12 G
Anthony McNeal, Logan 6-3 12 G/F
Tristan Myers, Logan 6-2 12 G/F
Ky're Allison, Portsmouth 6-1 9 G
Jayllen Carter, Portsmouth 6-2 12 G
Evan French*, Warren 6-3 11 G
Michael Hall, Warren 6-5 10 F
Dylan Leffingwell, Warren 6-2 12 C
Reece Patton, Warren 6-3 11 F
Tommy Bolte, Chillicothe; Cody Call, Gallipolis; Tyler Neal, Jackson;
Josh Mutzner, Logan; Alex Dickerson, Portsmouth; Evan Yabs,
Player of the Year:
Evan French, Warren
Coach of the Year:
Blane Maddox, Warren
*—indicates previous All-SEOAL team honors. #—Johnson was honorable mention in 2010-11.
2012-2013 ALL-SEOAL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Player, school Ht Gr Pos
Bri Dawes*, Chillicothe 5-6 10 G
Kendra Barnes, Gallipolis 5-2 10 G
Kari Jenkins, Jackson 5-10 12 F
Lydia Poe#, Jackson 6-2 11 C
Madison Ridout**, Jackson 5-9 11 G/F
Ashley Frasure*, Logan 6-1 11 F
Peighton Williams#, Portsmouth 5-8 10 G
Jordanna Rauch**, Warren 5-7 12 G
Emma Ryan, Warren 5-11 12 F
Mackenzie Ullman, Warren 5-7 12 G
Jenna Holton, Chillicothe; Chelsy Slone, Gallipolis; Whitney Wills,
Jackson; Paige Davis, Logan; Dasia Kennedy, Portsmouth; Victoria Buzzard,
Player of the Year: Madison Ridout, Jackson
Coach of the Year: Matt Walburn, Jackson
*—indicates previous All-SEOAL team honors. Ridout was co-Player of the Year in 2011-12. Williams and Poe were honorable mention in 2011-12.
Teams are selected via a vote of league coaches. Each team was accorded one automatic honorable mention selection.