(L to R) Jim Day, Dan Ramey, Pat Highland and photographer Dana Cousins
Dan Ramey and Pat Highland are in their 11th Cavalier football season. Jim Day joined the team as sideline reporter in 2006. Dana Cousins has worked as the web photographer for wbex.com the last two seasons. Dan is entering his 26th 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. Pat is also Chillicothe's Bowling Head Coach. Jim found his spot along the sideline and in the locker room as a photographer at football and basketball games. Visit Jim's photo website. Dana is a former Chillicothe Police Officer and has been been involved with Cavalier athletics since his school years. Visit Dana's photo website.
The devastating storms which ripped up portions of the Athens High School campus and The Plains forced the postponement of the Cavs-Bulldogs Friday night meeting.
The two clubs will meet Saturday night (9/18) instead.
Kick off will be 7:30pm at Herrnstein Field.
The Athens future home games appear to be in jeopardy.
Left in the storm's aftermath, twisted visiting bleachers at Athens' football fiel, bent goal posts, the press box ripped from the home stand bleachers and damage to other portions of the athletic complex.
Word of the storm first reached Chillicothe during the freshman football contest Thursday night at Herrnstein Field.
On his morning show on WBEX, Cavs coach Ron Hinton told Dan Ramey Athens fans and officials were fielding calls on their cellphones of the reported damage. "The bus driver said they couldn't take the kids home..." Hinton said. "...they weren't allowed in The Plains. They were told just to get as close as they could and call their parents to get them home. It's just a shame, we really feel for them right now."
Earlier Friday, school officials agreed to play the varsity football game as scheduled Friday. Chillicothe Athletic Director Rey Bradley said he received a call about an hour later with a change of plans when Athens officials were unable to keep the game date.
Coverage of Saturday's game on 1490 WBEX begins at 7:05pm.
Get more here, including photos from the Columbus Dispatch.
Coach's Corner with Ron Hinton
Thursday 09-16-2010 2:43pm ET
This year, the staff of Cavs News is producing "Coach's Corner with Ron Hinton", presented by State Farm Insurance Agent Susie Natoli.
The 30 minute tv show focuses on a review of last Friday's game and a preview of the upcoming opponent.
Coach Hinton and a selected coach are featured in addition to some of the Cavalier players, answering questions from host Luke Urick and Dan Ramey.
For a look at a segment of this week's show, watch below.
"Coach's Corner with Ron Hinton" airs on Horizonview Channel 11 Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8:30pm and on Time Warner Channel 25 on a continuous loop from 4pm Wednesdays through Friday morning.
Ironton Takes Cavs 24-6
Saturday 09-11-2010 12:06am ET
The Ironton Tigers spoiled Chillicothe's home debut, but Coach Ron Hinton said after the game, he's seeing continued improvement by his club.
The Cavs slipped to 0-3 against their former SEOAL foe, managing only two Dylan Osborne field goals of 28 and 40 yards each.
Ironton's Tres Wilks scored the Tigers' first two touchdowns. The first on a 16 yard run on their second possession capping a 67 yard drive. The second on a 10 play 74 yard drive with 3:25 remaining in the first half. Tommy Waginger tacked on two 2-point conversions for a 16-0 lead.
Chillicothe was converted a fake punt on a 56 yard pass by Max Corcoran to Isaac Beverly who was brought down inside the Tigers' 10 yard line with 15 seconds remaining. Following a shot at the end zone, Chillicothe settled for the first Osborne field goal.
In the second half, Chillicothe forced a 3-and-out and Jalen Jones returned the Ironton punt to the 19. A missed pitch inside the Ironton 5 turned into a fumble Corcoran recovery near the 20 yard line. Osborne's 40 yard field goal closed the gap to 16-6.
The Tigers put the game away with a time consuming 7:25 drive for 78 yards and a Brian Warner 3 yard run run. Waginger added the 2-point conversion for a 24-6 final.
Ironton racked up 361 total yards, 338 on the ground with Wilks leading the way with 13 carries for 95 yards. Warner added 81 yards on 17 lugs.
Chillicothe's work horse was Brandon Whittaker who carried the ball 19 times for 68 yards.
Chillicothe will host Athens (who fell to Warren 34-28 Friday) next Friday at Herrnstein Field.
Friday's game can be seen on Horizonview Channel 11 at 12:00pm Saturday.
Chillicothe grabbed its first lead of the season, but a turnover proved to be a back breaker as the Cavs dropped a 28-7 decision at Big Walnut Friday.
After a scoreless 1st quarter, Chillicothe opened the second with the ball on their 12 yard line. Max Corcoran broke an 88 yard run to put the Cavs ahead 7-0.
Chillicothe opened the second half with possession, but a fumbled snap became the game's only turnover. It also produced points to tie the score when Big Walnut's Jacob Walascek ran in from 2-yards out.
Chillicothe was forced to punt on its next possession and the Golden Eagles wrestled away a 14-7 lead.
What the Cavs did right in the first half, wasn't working in the second.
The same went for Big Walnut.
The Eagles couldn't get pressure in the Chillicothe backfield in the first, but consistently hounded the Cavs ball carriers over the final 24-minutes.
Chillicothe (0-2) hosts Ironton in the home opener next Friday.
See the Chilliothe-Hamitlon Twp Photo Gallery
Saturday 08-28-2010 12:25pm ET
Photos taken by Dana Cousins, wbex.com. Click on photo for gallery
Chillicothe's Ron Hinton jokingly said Thursday afternoon, "... We'll see if we can score a touchdown."
The Cavs put 30 points on the board in their debut for Hinton. However, Hamilton Township scored a 55-30 win.
The Rangers worked 11 plays going 80 yards to take a 7-0 lead on a 3 yard run by Josh Frakes.
Frakes stole the show with 352 yards on 35 carries and scored on runs of 3, 1, 11, 86 and 6 yards each.
After the initial Rangers td, Chillicothe drove to the Rangers' 10 yard line, but lost 24 yards on third down and then took another 14 yard loss to to the 47 on 4th down. Two plays later, Hamilton's Meshawn Hairston found Todd Gifford on a 51 yard strike to go up 14-0.
The Chillicothe defense forced a Hamilton turnover and Casey Oates scooped up the ball for a 67 yard touchdown run for their first score to pull within 14-8. Hamilton Township then scored back to back touchdowns, one following a Cavalier fumble to take a 28-8 lead.
The Cavs fought for 22 points in the second half and had a 67 yard Oates punt return called back by a penalty, a score that would have pulled Chillicothe within three points.
Max Corcoran had a 57 yard run and hit Brandon Whittaker on a 55 yard screen pass to get within 41-30 prior to the nullified punt return.
The Cavs also had a breakdown in the 4th quarter which secured victory for Hamilton Township. Dylan Osborne sent a punt to the Rangers 1 yard line. Frakes worked the ball to the 14, and on the next play shot 86 yards for his fourth score of the night.
Whittaker had 75 yards on 12 carries and Corcoran completed 5 passes for 105 yards.
Next week, Chillicothe (0-1) will travel to Big Walnut and Hamilton Township (1-0) visits London.
SEOAL Media Picks Logan Preseason Football Favorite
LOGAN — While not everyone is convinced Logan is going to win an unprecedented seventh-consecutive Southeastern Ohio Athletic League football championship this fall, the Chieftains are still the odds-on favorites.
The six-time defending champions are predicted to win it all in a poll conducted among newspaper, radio and Internet personnel who cover the SEOAL.
Ten of the 14 participating SEOAL scribes picked Logan, with many remarking the championship goes to the Chiefs until someone else proves they can be knocked off.
The Purple & White take a 34-game SEOAL winning streak — equalling the league record set by Ironton from 1973 to 1977 — into their Sept. 17 league opener at Jackson.
However, most voters also felt the league may be more balanced this season than it's been in several years. Three voters picked a very talented Portsmouth team to dethrone the Chiefs and still another selected Jackson to come through with its first crown since 1998.
Those four first-place votes are two fewer than the Chiefs received in polls conducted the previous three seasons combined.
Logan garnered 94 of a possible 98 points to earn the top spot, followed by Portsmouth (82) and Jackson (67), followed by Warren (56), Gallia Academy (41), Chillicothe (38) and Marietta (14).
Votes were tabulated on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for first through seventh places.
All four voters who didn't pick the Chiefs accorded them second-place votes. Portsmouth was tabbed for second on eight ballots, third on one and fourth on two more; Jackson received one second-place vote and eight for third, and Warren was picked second by one scribe and third by two others.
Gallipolis had a pair of third-place votes and Chillicothe received one nod for third place.
Every game is important, obviously, but using the media poll as a guide, you can circle these games — Logan at Portsmouth (Oct. 22), Logan at Jackson (Sept. 17), Jackson at Portsmouth (Oct. 1), Logan at Warren (Oct. 8), Warren at Portsmouth (Sept. 17) and Warren at Jackson (Sept. 24) — as key contests this season.
Last fall, SEOAL media predicted a finish of Logan, Ironton, Chillicothe, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, Marietta, Jackson and Warren. Logan (5-0) and Ironton (5-1), which left the SEOAL after the 2009-10 school year, did indeed finish first and second, respectively, while Jackson (4-2) and Portsmouth (4-2) tied for third, Warren (2-3) and Gallipolis (2-3) finished deadlocked for fifth, and Marietta (0-5) and Chillicothe (0-6) tied for seventh.
The SEOAL plays a complete single-round-robin schedule this fall for the first time since 2005, the final year before the conference expanded to 10 schools.
Next fall, with the pending departure of Marietta for the East Central Ohio League, Chillicothe, Gallia Academy, Jackson, Logan, Portsmouth and Warren will play a single round-robin slate the final five weeks of the regular season.
Results from the SEOAL media poll, conducted among a panel of newspaper, radio and Internet personnel who cover the league, are as follows, with first-place votes in parenthesis. Votes are tabulated on a 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, with each team's total points listed:
1, Logan (10), 94
2, Portsmouth (3), 82
3, Jackson (1), 67
4, Warren, 56
5, Gallia Academy, 41
6, Chillicothe, 38
7, Marietta, 14
Week 1: Preparing for the Season Opener
Thursday 08-26-2010 11:44am ET
The Cavs are done with summer camp and now comes the start of the season. The Cavs countdown to Hamilton Township will wrap up at 7:30pm Friday in Franklin County.
Any time a program experiences change, there are growing pains. In this case, the pains are on both sides... for players and coaches.
Ron Hinton begins his first year at the helm for the Cavaliers after 29 successful seasons at Amanda Clearcreek. Gone are the 16 Mid State League championships, 11 state playoff appearances, two state titles and two more runners up.
For Hinton and his staff, the clock has been turned back 29 seasons to when he started at Amanda. Defensive coordinator Jeff Arndt has been with Hinton for 25 of those seasons. Between the two, there's been a great deal of teaching. Hinton said they've had to remember what it was like to teach from scratch again.
For the players, Hinton says "Their heads have been spinnin'." Learning in just a summer's time has been a cram session for every Cavalier at every position, trying to acclimate their football knowledge to what the coaching staff expects from them.
The Cavs are are looking to snap a losing streak that reaches back to last season's opening game with Hamilton Township (19-7).
2010 will be a season of growth by inexperienced players seeing "Friday Night time", some of which have been out of the program for more than a season. The returning Senior class features Casey Oates (RB/DB), Brandon Whittaker (RB/LB) Dylan Osborne (TE/LB/K), Isaac Beverly (RB/S), Kenny Doles (WR/DB) and Sklyar Mallow (OL/DL) which have seen significant varsity game time. Senior Max Corcoran (QB/DB) has returned to Chillicothe where he was a part of the program his freshman year before moving to Amanda. In a class breakdown, the Cavs are comprised of 18 seniors, 11 juniors and 10 sophomores.
23 freshmen will compete on Thursday nights (the Freshmen season opener is Saturday vs Hamilton Twp. at 12pm at Herrnstein Field).
A New Era Begins, Ron Hinton Introduced by School Board
Tuesday 08-24-2010 1:36pm ET
(Originally published January 26, 2010)
As of January 26th, the 2010 Chillicothe football season kicks off in 213 days at Hamilton Township.
Tuesday, the players will meet their new head coach, Ron Hinton.
The 30-plus year coaching veteran told those at the Chillicothe School Board meeting Monday night "We want Herrnstein Field to be the place to be on Friday nights." referring to what he's seen over 29 seasons at Amanda Clearcreek. He added "We want people to come early and stay late."
Hinton also introduced his long time defensive coordinator, Jeff Arndt who for 25 seasons guided the defenses who paved the way for 16 league championships and playoff appearances, two state titles and three state runner-up finishes.
Arndt says his style of defensive play is an aggressive one, that pursues the ball, a very multiple front with shifting and moving to the ball.
Both coaches agree they're behind... and the weight room is where it all begins. Arndt says "First thing we've gotta do, something we've done and will continue doing, spend more time on ourselves and our team. The most important thing right now is to understand our strength and weaknesses."
Kenny Bonner, acting President of the Chillicothe Touchdown Club says supporters are anxious to get things started. Said Bonner, "Hats off to everything Coach (Bill) Davidson did and gave to our kids, and now we're headed in a different direction and are so looking forward to Ron Hinton and the success that's followed him and are looking forward to the years and years of success of the young great student athletes here at Chillicothe."
Hear Dan Ramey's interview with Steve Mullins, President of the Chillicothe City School Board: Click Here
Coach Hinton says discipline and execution are the foundations of his program: Click Here
Hinton adds he plans to have an open door policy, much like what he had at Amanda: Click Here
Also Monday, the School Board hired former Cavalier tennis player Brad Seymour as the new Boys Tennis Coach.