Cavs Tennis Ends Regular Season 15-2
Wednesday 05-11-2011 10:50pm ET
The Chillicothe Boys Tennis Team ends the regular season with 3-2 win over Marietta. The team finished the regular season at 15-2 and won a league championship. Coach Brad Seymour says Senior leadership was team to a successful regular season. For the match...
1 Singles - Gabe Seymour (CHS) def. Alex Stern (MHS) 6-1,6-0
2 Singles - Cody Kriechbaum (MHS) def. Tyler Allen (CHS) 6-4, 6-1
3 Singles - Grant Markley(CHS) def. Ben Edgar (MHS) 6-0, 6-1
1 Doubles - Ben Buchanan/ Dallin Patino (CHS) def. Zach Mullen/ Will O' Connor (MHS) 5-7,6-3,6-1
2 Doubles - Edwin Stoll/ Clay Mason (MHS) def. Noah Adams/ Gabe Preston (CHS) 2-6, 7-5,6-4
Chillicothe recently qualified 3 singles players and 1 doubles team through to the District Tournament which is Saturday, May 21 in Athens (OU). Gabe Seymour came home with the sectional crown defeating Ian Rowland of Portsmouth 6-1,6-3 in the finals. Tyler Allen and Grant Markley also quilified in singles. Grant finished in 3rd place and Tyler finished in 4th. In doubles, partners Dallin Patino and Ben Buchanan finished 5th in the tournament defeating GlenWood's team of Justin Moore/ Austin Raines 6-3,6-2.
Wittenberg Tennis Lands Bennett and Allen
Wednesday 05-11-2011 8:14pm ET
Chillicothe Tennis players Georgia Bennett and Ty Allen will be battling the likes of Denison and Oberlin next season as Wittenberg Tigers in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
The two decided to continue their careers at the NCAA Division III college in Springfield because they "didn't want to stop playing".
Bennett was the 2009 SEOAL Player of the Year and an All-League selection each of her four years and was a DIstrict qualifier each year, the last two in Singles competition. She also lettered in Volleyball, Track, and Swimming.
Allen was 31-5 in his last two seasons with the Cavalier netters. His season is not through, he qualified for the Boys District tournament Tuesday. Allen played primarily 2nd Singles this season as the Cavs were 14-1 entering the Sectional tournament last Monday. He also played Soccer for the Cavs, scoring the winning goal in 1-0 win at Warren in the tournament last October.
Bennett plans to major in Political Science and Allen has plans on becoming a doctor.
Hear Dan Ramey's interview with Bennett and Allen Click Here
Chillicothe Expresses Mid State League Inquiry
Wednesday 05-11-2011 6:37pm ET
The Chillicothe Cavaliers are officially interested in moving to the 24 member Mid State League from the Southeast Ohio Athletic League. Principal Jeff Fisher and Athletic Director Mike McCorkle made thier pitch Tuesday expressing an official inquiry to apply for membership into the MSL.
Fisher cited a recent Columbus Dispatch article which alleges six schools are part of a mass exodus from the MSL to form a Licking County League.
What's Chillicothe's interest? Since joining the SEOAL in 2006 Chillicothe and its members have seen a strong 10 team league dwindle to just six schools. It began as early as 2007 with charter member Athens, followed by Zanesville, Ironton and most recently Marietta.
The SEOAL heads into the 2011-12 seasons with Chillicothe, Gallia Academy, Jackson, Logan, Portsmouth and Warren.
The rise in gas prices is a leading factor as to why the Cavs are looking to switch leagues.
Fisher told WBEX Wednesday, "We feel Chillicothe and the community will be a welcome addition to any league... we offer strong student athletes, both academically and athletically, strong coaches, families and fan support." Fisher added "We're want to give our students the best opportunities to showcase their talents as well as give them a good competition level. The SEOAL has provided that to us, but you're talking about lengthy drives."
Transportation costs are a big concern for McCorkle's athletic budget. A trip to Marietta on a football Friday can "cost more than $1,000". While Marietta will no longer be a regular trip for the Cavaliers after this season, Warren (also in Washington County) is nearly as far. Add in bus trips for other sports and the expenses start to add up. "It makes sense to keep your options open (in the current budget climate facing the school system) and the fact the Mid State League will be losing some teams and will be facing realignment, it's an option we have to explore. We have to do what's best for our students, our district and community."
Not only the cost, but McCorkle says it's a time factor. "We have kids getting home around midnight on a school night and are expected in class the next morning."
Obviously as Cavs fans learned in 2004 Chillicothe would be leaving the Ohio Capital Conference it's not an overnight process.
"It's a 'feeler' process." said Fisher. "The Mid State League could be losing these schools, it's not official yet... but if they do (leave) there's potential there for us."
The Dispatch article mentions Granville, Heath, Newark Catholic, Licking Valley, Lakewood, Licking Heights and Millersport as suitors for a possible re-birth of the Licking County League.
The MSL consists of three divisions; Ohio (Granville, Licking Valley, Bexley, Newark Catholic, Columbus Academy, Lakewood, Whitehall and Heath) Buckeye (Teays Valley, Logan Elm, Bloom Carroll, Fairfield Union, Amanda Clearcreek, Circleville, Canal Winchester and Hamilton Township) and the Cardinal (Harvest Prep, West Jefferson, Liberty Union, Grandview, Berne Union, Fisher Catholic, Licking Heights and Millersport).
(The following article appeared in the Jackson Times-Journal, submitted for use by Clear Channel Chillicothe by Paul Boggs and Craig Dunn)
Travel, financial concerns not just limited to SEOAL
By CRAIG DUNN
LOGAN — It’s no secret the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League, made up primarily of the Southeast District’s larger schools too big for other conferences, is one of the most spread-out leagues in the state.
Travel is obviously a huge financial concern.
However, travel and athletic department financial issues are in no way limited to just the SEOAL.
When Marietta High School leaves the league at the end of next month (Marietta joins the East Central Ohio League next fall), the SEOAL borders will roughly be Logan (north), Chillicothe (west), Portsmouth (southwest), Gallipolis (south) and Warren (east), with Jackson the most centrally-located of the six schools.
Once Marietta departs, the shortest SEOAL trips will be 35 miles (Chillicothe-Jackson and Gallipolis-Jackson) and 45 to 50 miles (Chillicothe-Logan, Jackson-Logan, Chillicothe-Portsmouth and Jackson-Portsmouth).
The closest trips for Warren are roughly 55 miles to Logan and 60 miles to Gallipolis; the Warriors and Lady Warriors will also face the two longest trips (95 miles to Chillicothe and 110 miles to Portsmouth) after Marietta leaves.
Schools everywhere — not only in the SEOAL — are once again facing rising travel costs, and some pay-to-participate fees go toward that transportation.
Four of the current seven SEOAL schools currently charge some kind of participation fee for athletics (Jackson, Logan and Portsmouth don’t, but they’re all watching their dollars and are having to cut back their budgets):
• Chillicothe: $40 per year/per athlete
(According to Mike McCorkle, Chillicothe athletic director, the Chillicothe Board of Education is considering a proposal to raise its fee to $50 per person per sport beginning next year. Students who qualify for a free lunch and who are involved in marching band would pay $25, with a family cap of $200. Chillicothe is also looking at eliminating at least six paid assistant coaches).
• Gallia Academy: $90 fee per sport/per athlete. All travel costs come directly out of the athletic budget.
• Marietta: $30 per high school sport/per athlete and $20 per junior high sport/per athlete, with a $75 family cap per sport. Categorized as a “transportation fee.”
• Warren: $50 per year/per student; fee will jump to $100 per sport/per student with no cap if an operating levy fails on Tuesday. Categorized as an “athletics/transportation fee.”
While most schools in the southern part of the state do not yet have some form of pay-to-participate (none in Scioto County, for example), six of the 10 schools that will comprise the East Central Ohio Athletic League next fall do.
• Here are just a few examples of non-SEOAL schools which do have some sort of pay-to-participate fee:
• Athens: $25 travel fee per athlete per sport
• Canal Winchester: $140 per sport, which would raise to $600 per sport if a renewal levy does not pass on Tuesday
• Circleville: $25 fee per year
• Logan Elm: $100 per sport per athlete with a $200 cap
• Zane Trace: $75 per sport, capped at $150.
Many schools that do not currently have a pay-to-participate policy are mandating their athletic departments make varying degrees of budget cuts — anywhere from 10-to-50-percent.
If Tuesday’s levy issue fails at Warren, for example, WHS plans to cut 14 coaching positions at all levels to save more than $40,000… and that’s just cuts the school would make to the athletic department.
Warren principal Dan Leffingwell recently outlined how much revenue could be generated to offset athletics-related costs to the district.
Varying levels of pay-to-participate fees could generate between $31,000 and $190,000.
Leffingwell also notes numbers from an Ohio High School Athletic Association survey, to which 549 of 828 schools responded last August.
Of those 549 schools which responded, 229 (42-percent) have some sort of “pay-to-participate” requirement.
Of the 39 Southeast District schools (out of 70 total) which responded, only eight had a “pay-to-participate” requirement.
Statewide, participation fees range from $10 per player per sport to as much as $800 per player per sport, with the average being $141.75 per player per sport.
Funding for high school and junior high school athletics is a problem that isn’t going away soon.
But it’s obvious the mindset in approaching these financial problems is going to have to change.
Jackson High School athletic director Bob Kight offers a great example.
JHS often receives undue criticism for charging for parking at its campus, one of the best in Southeast Ohio, which opened a few years before Logan’s Shaw-Davidson campus.
However, the $2 per vehicle fee that Jackson charges for athletic events adds up — and plays a huge role in keeping Jackson from having to implement participation fees.
Jackson, like Logan, also hosts football playoff games as well as basketball, soccer and volleyball tournament contests… but the school’s location on top of a hill makes charging to park much easier than it is at LHS.
Kight notes that a fan attending a district basketball tournament contest at JHS once complained to him about the $2 parking fee.
“If you win, where will you play your regional game?” Kight asked the woman, knowing the answer was the Ohio University Convocation Center in Athens, which charges fans $5 per vehicle for parking.
“Yes, but that’s okay,” she responded. “That’s a college — this is a high school.”
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Thanks to SEOAL athletic directors Joe Albrecht (Portsmouth), Rick Guimond (Marietta), Ron Janey (Logan), Bob Kight (Jackson), Mike McCorkle (Chillicothe), Fred Ruth (Warren) and Craig Wright (Gallia Academy), as well as Athens High School athletic director Chuck Robinson and Warren High School principal Dan Leffingwell, for their assistance in providing information for this story.
Cavs Monday(5-9) Recap
Monday 05-09-2011 10:14pm ET
The tournament trail came to an end for the Chillicothe Baseball team on Monday, after a 10-0 loss to #1 seed Gallia Academy in 5 innings. Heading into the home half of the 4th inning, the Cavs trailed Gallia 3-0. A big fourth opened things out for Gallia as they went to run-rule the Cavaliers. Chillicothe did commit just 1 error on the night. The tournament run ends in the Sectional Semi Finals. The Cavaliers defeated Vinton County on Saturday in the 1st round of the Sectionals.
Normally the season would end after a loss in the tournament, but the Cavs will finish their suspended game with Marietta on Friday as they will host the Tigers. After the completion of the suspended game, the Cavaliers will have their Senior Night activities to acknowledge seniors Knute Bonner, Chris Claytor, and Corey Demick. Then the teams will play another game, which will then end the season for the Chillicothe baseball. Click Here
Cavs/Jackson Finally Meet On The Diamond
Friday 05-06-2011 9:57pm ET
It took 5 attempts, but the Cavaliers and Ironmen of Jackson finally got to meet on the baseball and softball diamonds on Friday.
In baseball, two Jackson runs in the 6th inning propelled the Ironmen to a 3-2 win over the Cavaliers. In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Cavs had a runner on third and one out. However they were unable to get anything done as the Jackson pitcher was able to snag a shot out of the air and then throw to third for a double play to end the game. The Cavs mixed it up on the mound as four different Cavaliers pitched throughout the night. A bright spot for the Cavs was their play in the field as they committed zero errors. The boys will start tournament play on Saturday as they will take on Vinton County at VA Memorial Stadium with a start time of 1pm.
With a tournament matchup slated for Wednesday, Chillicothe and Jackson saw each other for the first time in 2011 on Friday. It was Jackson defeated Chillicothe 7-5 in 8 innings. The teams will meet Wednesday in the Sectional Semi Finals at Jackson.
Cavs Baseball: Tourney Game Moved to VA
Friday 05-06-2011 3:33pm ET
The Cavs first round Baseball tournament game has been moved from Ron Hansel Field at CHS to VA Memorial Stadium Saturday.
First pitch will be at 1:00pm.
Cavs Thursday (5-5) Recap
Thursday 05-05-2011 10:10pm ET
The Boys Tennis team got right back to where they left off, picking up a 5-0 win over Logan. The boys are now 14-1 on the year and will travel to Bexley on Friday.
1 singles - Gabe Seymour (CHS) def. Sean Clay (LHS) 6-0,6-0
2 Singles - Tyler Allen (CHS) def. Joey Phelps (LHS) 6-0, 6-0
3 Singles - Grant Markley (CHS) def. Taylor Reichling (LHS) 6-0, 6-1
1 Doubles - Dallin Patino/ Ben Buchanan (CHS) def. Finn Fuller/ Kris Gabriel (LHS) 6-0, 6-3
2 Doubles - Noah Adams/ Gabe Preston (CHS) def. John Shaben/ Luke Morganl (LHS) 6-1, 6-2
The baseball and softball teams completed suspended games at Gallia Academy on Thursday. Both games were suspended on April 27th due to rain.
When play resumed in softball, the score was 2-1 in the 4th inning. Well it stayed the same the rest of the way as the Lady Cavs fell by a score of 2-1. The Cavs gave up on 4 hits and committed 0 errors for the game. Riley Bouillion had a total of 4 strikeouts in the game, 3 of which came on Thursday.
It was a tough way to start for the baseball team. Play resumed in the bottom of the 2nd inning, with no outs and the bases loaded for Gallia Academy already up 5-1. Five more runs scored in the 2nd and with 3 more in the 4th, Gallia defeated Chillicothe in 5 innings 13-1. Chillicothe got 4 hits for the game and committed 2 errors.
The Cavs will try yet again to get both the baseball and softball game in with Jackson on Friday. Games between the two schools have already been rained out 4 times this season.
April Showers Brings.....May Showers?
Tuesday 05-03-2011 9:20pm ET
The old saying always ended with May flowers. However, the start of May reminds us of how April went. Rain forced more cancellations for the Baseball and Softball teams. Once again, the games was against Jackson. This is the 3rd time games with the Ironmen have been postponed. The teams will try again to get a game in with the Ironmen on Wednesday in Jackson and again on Friday in Chillicothe.
On Monday, Greg Phillips previewed the Softball tournament draw for the Cavs. Today, Marty Dunn talked about the Baseball tournament road for the Cavaliers. Click Here
Cavs LAX First Home Game Rained Out
Tuesday 05-03-2011 11:47am ET
Tonight was to mark a first in sports history for Ross County as the new Chillicothe Cavalier Girls Club Lacrosse was to host Hilliard Davidson at McVicker Field behind Mt Logan School. But, rain has forced a postponement and the girls will have to wait until next Tuesday evening with Pickerington Central. CAVS LAX presents the first home game of the first season for Chillicothe High School Lacrosse.
Head Coach Ryan Camponeschi states “We are proud to be the first school in Ross County to offer this exciting opportunity which has been the fastest growing sport at the high school level in the United States for the past 10 years and in the NCAA for the past six”.
The team consists of 22 girls from CHS with 12 players on the field during play.
“Our girls have devoted hard work and dedication to create a great representation of lacrosse for Chillicothe."
Being a brand new team presents a challenge for our players in competing against already established Columbus area programs.
Photo submitted by Lynn Berry
Press Release by Elizabeth Camponeschi
Head Coach:Ryan Camponeschi
Home Matches played at Vickers Field at Mt. Logan Complex
|DATE || OPPONENT ||SITE ||TIME/RESULT |
| 4/26||Westerville North ||L 9-3 |
| 5/3||Hilliard Davidson ||Home||PPD|
| 5/5||Upper Arlington ||Away ||5:30pm |
| 5/6||Delaware Hayes ||Away ||6:00pm |
| 5/10||Pickerington Cen. ||Home||6:00pm |
| 5/11||Watterson ||Away ||6:00pm |
| 5/13||Olentangy Orange ||Away ||6:00pm |
| 5/18||Hilliard Davidson ||Away ||6:00pm |
Monday (5-2) Recap
Monday 05-02-2011 10:38pm ET
The Chillicothe softball team got their first win since April 15th, a 6-2 win over Portsmouth on Monday. The Cavaliers brought Kayla Keener from the Junior Varsity team to pitch as ace Riley Bouillion was unable to play due to illness. Keener went the distance, striking out 2 batters and not allowing a single walk. Coach Greg Phillips said that Keener only reach a 3 ball count twice the entire game. At the plate Hayley Robinson was 3-4 with 3 runs, and stole 4 bases on the night. The Cavs will travel to Jackson for a make-up game on Tuesday. The game will be the 1st of a stretch of 3 games between the teams in 8 days. The last game of the "mini-series" will be a Division 2 Sectional Semi-Final game. Click Here
A big 7th inning did Chillicothe in as Portsmouth defeated the Cavaliers 8-0. With a 2-0 lead heading into the 7th, the Trojans knocked in 6 runs to put away the Cavaliers. Chillicothe had a tough night at the plate as they could only produce 2 hits, one of which was a triple by Derek Milliken. A tough night in the field as well as Chillicothe committed 5 errors. Brandon Bonar pitched 6 innings, striking out 4 batters. The Cavs will try to bounce back as they travel to Jackson on Tuesday.
In Boys Tennis, the Cavs serve up another win. Chillicothe defeated Jackson 5-0, to improve to 13-1 on the year. The Cavaliers will host Marietta up at OU-C on Tuesday beginning at 5 pm.
1 singles - Gabe Seymour (CHS) def. O.J Barr (JHS) 6-0,6-0
2 Singles - Tyler Allen (CHS) def. Cullen Leach (JHS) 6-2, 6-1
3 Singles - Grant Markley (CHS) def. Ben Lewis (JHS) 6-0, 6-0
1 Doubles - Dallin Patino/ Ben Buchanan (CHS) def. Joe McNelly/Steve Dearth (JHS) 6-0, 6-0
2 Doubles - Noah Adams/ Gabe Preston (CHS) def. Alec Osborne/ Jesse Rystel (JHS) 6-4, 6-0