Herrnstein Field Getting New Visitors Seating
Monday 08-01-2011 3:08pm ET
Approximately 1,250 fans will have safer seating on the visitor's side of Herrnstein Field this upcoming football season.
Chillicothe City Schools Superintendent Jon Saxton tells WBEX/WKKJ Sports, thanks to a David Meade Massie grant, the bleachers are being replaced. At a special board meeting July 16th, Saxton told the board the replacement of the seating would not take place unless the grant was approved.
Demolition of the bleachers began last Friday, with the hopes of getting the new seating in place before the Cavs season opener on August 26th.
Saxton says this represents part of the initial phase to renovating the stadium, "...that's the ultimate goal, (complete renovation) but we'll have to do that without Chillicothe City School District dollars."
Safety became the driving force to get the project done.
"The bleachers that were there... there was very serious concern about their safety."
The visiting bleachers will also be handicapped accessible and the area beneath the seating is enclosed which will be safer for children and the hazard of dropping personal items, i.e. keys, a pocketbook, etc.
The size of the structure will actually be a little bit wider than the former seating due to the handicapped seating and accessibility.
As for the dreams of renovating the entire stadium and field, Saxton says "We have a committee of people that are working toward that goal, a more complete renovation of the stadium" adding "safety was my number one priority in this."
In order for more work to be done, Saxton says it would have to be with private funding.
At least for now, when visiting Chillicothe, supporters of the Cavs' opponents will have safe seating at Herrnstein Field.
Reception for ODU-bound Casey Oates
Friday 02-18-2011 7:32am ET
On college football's National Signing Day earlier this month, Chillicothe's Casey Oates committed to NCAA Division II Ohio Dominican University.
Wednesday afternoon, family, friends and fans gathered at the school cafeteria for a reception.
The Panthers are coached by former Buckeye recruiter Bill Conley. Oates says Conley's a pretty good salesman.
"He's got big plans for the school... he's taking the program to the next level."
Those plans include new facilities, weight room and an indoor field.
"When I signed that paper, I'm pretty much theirs. They're gonna expect me to bust my but every day and give them 110%."
Former Cavs coach Bill Davidson was on hand reciting the versatility Oates gave his teams, playing anywhere he was needed. While Oates played defensive back all three of his varsity seasons, he made his mark with a handful of kick off returns for touchdowns his sophomore year. He platooned at quarterback his junior year and played running back and was the team's long snapper under coach Ron Hinton.
Oates is a multi-sport athlete including football and is a sprinter for the CHS track team. Until this season, he was a Cavalier bowler. But he skipped bowling this winter to concentrate on training to play college football.
"Like they told us, we'll treat you like Division II athletes but we expect you to act like that. So, they mean business when they say that."
Oates plans to major in Early Childhood Education at ODU.
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Osborne Receives Scholarship Award
Wednesday 02-09-2011 1:31pm ET
Chillicothe's Dylan Osborne (TE-LB-K) received the All-Ohio Academic Football Award at the Chillicothe-Logan basketball game Tuesday night. Osborne carries a 4.172 GPA and is ranked 19th in the CHS Class of 2011. The award is presented by the Ohio High School Coaches' Association.
Osborne is pictured with his Parents and Coach Ron Hinton.
Photos by Dana Cousins/wbex.com
Casey Oates Headed to Ohio Dominican
Wednesday 02-02-2011 10:43pm ET
National Letter of Intent Day included Chillicothe's Casey Oates signing to play at Ohio Dominican College today.
Oates rushed for 668 yards on 125 carries and scored 4 tds for the Cavs last fall.
Oates was an honorable mention all-district performer at Chillicothe where he was the Cavaliers' two-time offensive player of the year and was the defensive player of the year as a senior. Oates helped lead the football team to the second round of the playoffs as a junior and also qualified for the state track meet in the 4x400 meter relay.
Oates is part of a recruiting class of 17 at ODC.
Coach Bill Conley said "This class has met our needs in terms of positions either lost by graduation or depth," Conley said. "As with last year's class, we expect many of these signees to compete for playing time immediately."
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'06 Grad Beeler to Play in All Star Game
Thursday 01-13-2011 3:17pm ET
Clay Beeler has been invited to participate in a college football all-star game.
The Senior linebacker at NCAA Division III West Liberty State University will head to St. George, Utah to play in the inaugural Dixie Grid Iron Classic on February 5th.
The game features talent from six Division I leagues including the Pac 10, Big 12 and Mountain West.
The 2006 Chillicothe grad will be playing for the Mountain States All-Stars against the Pacific States All-Stars.Beeler received the WVIAC Defensive Player of the Year Award after this season as averaged 9.1 tackles per game. He tallied nearly 300 career tackles for the Hilltoppers.
2010 Football Banquet Recap
Tuesday 11-16-2010 9:33am ET
Ron Hinton's first post season Awards Banquet at CHS was both here and now and a look to the future.
The Cavs coach talked with pride after Superintendent Roger Crago and Principal John Payne handed out nearly 40 Scholar awards, introduced the seniors as the his first Ghosts of Glory class and then acknowledged the underclassmen who will represent the Cavs of the future.
"245 days from tonight, we open camp", said Hinton "...the countdown clock in the field house is already ticking, 278 days till we face Hamilton Township (at Herrnstein Field)". The juniors passed out cow bells to their parents which Hinton expected to find their way back to the season opener ready to capture the attention of the opposition. Before the close of the banquet, the bells fired their first warning shot, a trial ring filling the CHS cafeteria.
This season the team carried the theme of RIOT (Redemption Is Our Target). Junior back Stefan Hinty revealed the team's slogan for 2011, SWAG (Smashing Weakness All Game).
Now, the immediate past... awarding the efforts played out on the gridiron in 2010.
Offensive Back of the Year: Casey Oates
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Knute Bonner
Defensive Back of the Year: Isaac Beverly
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Skyler Mallow
Specialty Player of the Year: Dylan Osborne
Co-Head Hunters of the Year: Dylan Osborne and Skyler Mallow
Sportsmanship Award: Walter Shauseil
SEOAL Academic Awards: Max Corcoran, Kenny Doles, Marcus Dunn, Knute Bonner, Skyler Mallow, Casey Oates and Dylan Osborne.
ALL-SEOAL: (1st Team) Brandon Whittaker, Isaac Beverly, Max Corcoran and Dylan Osborne (Honorable Mention) Skyler Mallow, Knute Bonner
ALL-Southeast District: (1st Team) Defensive Back - Max Corcoran, Punter - Dylan Osborne (Honorable Mention) Isaac Beverly, Skyler Mallow and Casey Oates
2010 ALL-SEOAL Football
Tuesday 11-09-2010 7:33am ET
The Cavaliers placed four players on the ALL-SEOAL football team.
Isaac Beverly, Max Corcoran, Dylan Osborne and Brandon Whittaker were named All-League.
Knute Bonner and Skyler Mallow received Honorable Mention.
Following an 0-4 start, Chillicothe finished 4-2 in league play tying Gallia Academy for second place in the SEOAL.
The Co-Players of the Year are Jackson's Klay Arthur and Gallia Academy's Austin Wilson.
Jackson's Andy Hall earned Coach of the Year honors.
Jackson finished 9-1 this season and 6-0 in the SEOAL.
Isaac Beverly Max Corcoran Dylan Osborne Brandon Whittaker
Knute Bonner Skyler Mallow
Photos by Dana Cousins/wbex.com
2010 All-SEOAL Football team
Player, school Yr Ht Wt Pos
Isaac Beverly, Chillicothe 12 6-1 170 RB-S
Max Corcoran, Chillicothe 12 6-1 175 QB-DB
Dylan Osborne*, Chillicothe 12 6-0 175 K-TE-LB
Brandon Whittaker, Chillicothe 12 5-9 185 RB-LB
Stephen Atkins, Gallia Academy 11 6-3 255 OL-DL
Josh Curry, Gallia Academy 12 5-10 190 OL-LB
Ethan Moore, Gallia Academy 12 6-1 190 QB-LB
Austin Wilson, Gallia Academy 12 5-9 160 RB-DB
Klay Arthur, Jackson 12 6-2 215 RB-LB
O.J. Barr, Jackson 11 5-10 170 RB-LB
Drew Ervin, Jackson 11 6-0 220 RB-LB
Bubba Landrum, Jackson 12 6-1 315 OL-DL
Kip Winchester*, Jackson 12 6-0 180 QB-DB
Jordan Jurgensmier, Logan 12 6-1 185 QB-S
Tim King, Logan 12 6-2 245 OT-LB
Paul Wesselhoeft, Logan 11 6-1 205 OG-NG
Dustin Baker, Marietta 11 6-0 175 TE-LB
Morgan Wynn, Marietta 12 6-0 170 RB-DB
Andrew Gulley, Portsmouth 12 5-9 175 RB-LB
Casey Sanders*, Portsmouth 12 6-5 275 OL-DT
Jeremy Fivecoait, Warren 11 6-3 195 WR-DE
Grant Venham*, Warren 12 6-3 210 WR-DB
Honorable mention: Knute Bonner (senior) and Skyler Mallow (senior), Chillicothe; Aaron Guisinger (junior) and Brandon Taylor (junior), Gallia Academy; Coleman Kearns (senior) and Derrick Meredith (senior), Jackson; Isaac Lindsey (junior) and Cory McCarty (sophomore), Logan; Connor Hess (senior) and Mitchel Gearhart (junior), Marietta; Brennan Howard* (senior) and Tré Underwood* (senior), Portsmouth; Austin Henthorn (junior) and Dylan Leffingwell (sophomore), Warren.
*—denotes repeat member of All-SEOAL team (Osborne, Howard, Wilson and Winchester were honorable mention and Underwood was on the first team in 2009)
Team was selected in a recent vote of league coaches. Each team received two automatic All-SEOAL honorees.
See the Cavs-Logan Photo Gallery
Monday 11-01-2010 12:58pm ET
Photos by Dana Cousins/wbex.com
Cavs End Season with 21-18 Win at Logan
Saturday 10-30-2010 3:51am ET
As in most cases this season, when Chillicothe's offense sputtered, the defense came to the rescue.
If the defense wasn't stopping the opponent, it was setting the offense up to succeed.
The Cavaliers (4-2/4-6) closed out the 2010 season with a 21-18 victory at Logan (3-3/3-7).
In their 14-7 win at Gallipolis (10-8-10) the defense forced the Blue Devils into five turnovers, two of which set up the Cavs scores.
Much like in the Gallia Academy game, the Chilli D put the offense in position to win at Logan.
The Cavs scored first on a Max Corcoran 1 yard run to take the early 7-0 lead with 3:01 left in the first quarter.
Logan countered with back to back scores followed by a 40 yard field goal from Derek Montgomery to post an 18-7 score at halftime.
The Cavs came out of the intermission with a different mindset.
Logan would get the ball first, with intentions of adding to its 11 point lead. On the kick off, Chillicothe stopped the return at the Logan 11, forcing a punt.
After a Cavalier field goal attempt fell short, Chillicothe got the ball back on another defensive stop at the Logan 35. Five plays later, Corcoran hit Brandon Whittaker for a 22-yard touchdown, pulling Chillicothe withing 18-14.
Logan fumbled their next two possessions, the last on the most costly at their own 5 yard line.
Corcoran punched in the go ahead score with 8:27 remaining on a 1 yard score to make it 21-18.
Same story, different outcome?
The game resembled last week's loss at Jackson. Chillicothe used its punting game to win the field position battles. Dylan Osborne pinned Logan at its own
in the second half. Both starting quarterbacks were knocked out of the game in the final minutes.
The difference was Kelly Long's pass picked off by Jalen Jones to seal the victory. Long had just come into the game for starter Jordan Jurgensmier who was injured on the previous series.
It was the fourth Chieftains turnover in the second half. Chillicothe finished ahead of their opponents in the takeaway category with a +11.
As a team, Chillicothe managed 159 total yards while surrendering 205 to Logan.
Corcoran and Oates played the entire game, despite nursing knee injuries. Corcoran missed practice this week after hurting his knee last week at Jackson and was a game time decision. Oates was shelved for the Jackson game.
Chillicothe's win over Logan gave the Cavs a second place SEOAL finish, tied with Gallia Academy. Jackson won the league outright at 6-0 thanks to a 41-18 drubbing of the Blue Devils. Logan finished fourth, Portsmouth fifth followed by Warren and Marietta.