Ansonia Runs Down Another WOAC Win

Garrett Stammen is full steam ahead as the Tigers ran over the Panthers to go to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the WOAC. (Don Selanders Photo)

By David Barger

ANSONIA - The Ansonia Tigers hosted the Twin Valley South Panthers in a Western Ohio Athletic Conference showdown.  The young Panther squad traveled north with a 2-3 record, and a .500 record in conference play, hoping to give Ansonia its 2nd loss in two weeks.  The Tigers used a consistent and powerful ground game that could not be matched by the big play making ability of the Panthers. 

After a battle against Tri-Village Patriots last Friday the Tigers dropped fell from the unbeaten ranks and recorded their 1st loss in the conference.  Now with three one loss teams and still unbeaten National Trail, the Tigers bid for a conference title lay on the line. 

“I thought Twin Valley South was a very good team.  They have a lot of good players and they’re very fast,” stated Coach Adam Hall when asked how he prepared for the Panthers. “You have to prepare every week to the best of your ability, and I think we did that this week.”

And prepared they were. The Tigers on an outstanding ground game jumped on board first.  With a 4 play drive that saw Garrett Stammen and Keegen Weiss with carries, capped off by Trendon Spence reaching the endzone after his 36-yard TD within the first 3 minutes of play.

Trendon Spence had a 3 TD game including an Interception return for a score.  (Don Selanders Photo)

The Panthers would open their first drive with a pass play from QB Caden Bishop complete to WR Cole Bishop.  The explosive speed on the run by Cais Kingsley would push Twin Valley South into redzone territory.  After a few failed passes the Panthers settled for a field goal attempt that was blocked leaving the Tigers in the lead 7-0 with less than 5:00 in the 1st quarter.

Ansonia march up the field again to score again on their next drive, starting with Weiss on a 41-yard run, and included Stammen and Spence in the mix. The Panther defense forced a 4th down-play, but after an Ansonia timeout a stall play designed to make South jump off-sides was successfully executed giving the Tigers 1st and Goal on the 6-yard line.  The next play saw QB Ian Schmitmeyer successfully connect with Spence on a TD pass his 2nd score of the nigh with 2:10 remaining in the quarter, Ansonia jumped ahead 14-0.

Senior defensive tackle Eyan Hackler takes down the TV South runner in win over the Panthers. (Don Selanders Photo)

Twin Valley South didn’t give in on their next drive.  Again, working their way into scoring position after another Bishop to Bishop pass completion for 38 yards got the Panthers down to the 13-yard line, where it seemed inevitable they would score on this drive.  However, after a fumble recovered by the offense and a holding penalty, the Panthers faced 3rd and 22 on the 26-yard line.  Once again Trendon Spence stepped up big for the Tigers by intercepting a Caden Bishop pass in the endzone. 

Ansonia’s next drive began with a pass to Kadyn Edwards and another Stammen run that gave the Tigers a first down as time expired in the quarter.

Starting the second quarter the Tigers continued to march the ball up the field, including another pass play connecting with Ethan Reichert for 41 yards.  Ansonia would be challenged by the Panther defense in a 1st and goal situation.  An encroachment penalty on the Panthers though, negated their momentum and Stammen capped the drive with a 1-yard TD run. 

Twin Valley South youthfulness impacted the next drive and the hopes of getting their first score of the night.  Two bad snaps resulted in a 4-play drive ending in a punt.  Ansonia maintained its 22-0 lead after the drive with 8 minutes remaining in the half.

The Tiger’s ensuing possession was reminiscent of prior play with Weiss and Spence pushing into enemy territory.  Schmitmeyer kept the ball for a 6-yard carry on 2nd and goal for the Tigers 4th score of the night.

South attempted one more time to make its mark in the first half, with Kingsley seeing much of the action initially on 4 straight carries and a total of 41 yards to get the Panthers to the 23-yard line.  Despite the field position, the drive stalled, and the ball turned over on downs with 3:44 left in the half.

South Cais Kingsley runs for good yards.  The Panthers moved the ball but stalled in the red zone a few times.  (Don Selanders Photo)

Ansonia once again asserted its dominance and control of the game.  Weiss opened the drive with a big 19-yard run.  The next five plays saw Spence with a combined 20 yards rushing and a Schmitmeyer pass to Stammen to get the Tigers down to the 18-yard line.  After an incomplete pass intended for Weiss, Weiss himself would carry it in on a third down attempt bumping the score to 38-0, where it would remain at the end of the half.

Second half play for the Tigers was identical to the first with another impressive 20 yard run by Spence and another Stammen run powering the Tigers into the endzone in a goal line stance. 

Despite the 44-0 spread, Twin Valley South didn’t go away with a reminder that they belonged.  On its first drive, the Panthers pushed themselves up to the 24-yard line.  Brayden Koeller got in on the action with a quick 24-yard touchdown run.

Ansonia’s next drive got some clean jerseys in the mix.  Wyatt Spencer and Zane Henderson made some carries during the drive.  Henderson had a 14-yard run and a goal line stance touchdown that pushed the score up 51-7.

South fired back once more.  The speed that Coach Hall knew they had and prepared for was on display during the drive.  After a botched play from a fumbled snap, Caden Bishop scrambled to evade 6 tacklers before marching up the field 68-yards for his only score of the night. 

Brayden Koeller celebrates with Whyatt Lakes after rushing for a 24-yard score.  (Don Selanders Photo)

But on the ensuing kick-off Trendon Spence return it 90-yards for his 3rd and fi\\\nal trip to the endzone on the night. The Tigers took a 57-14 lead with around 9:30 minutes to play in the half, where the score would remain for the rest of the game.

Twin Valley South will fall to 2-4, 2-3 in league play and Ansonia moves to 5-1, 3-1 in the WOAC.  The Panthers will be on the road again next week as the square off against the Dixie Greyhounds in league play. 

The National Trail Blazers are currently the only remaining undefeated team in the conference.  Next week’s contest against the Blazers will hold major implications on Ansonia’s hopes for a league title. 

Coach Hall was quick to recognize what it’s going to take to be prepared to compete for that title next week. “We know Trail’s a good football team, and it’s going to take our A-game (to get a win).  So, we’re going to have to have another good week of practice.” 

Ansonia historically has always been a school that competes in the top of its conference on the gridiron, the opportunity that his team has worked for doesn’t come as much of a surprise. “We’ve geared up to put ourselves in the position to play in these big games.  It’s that time of year and as a program are really looking forward to it.”

Ansonia will travel to New Paris to face the National Trail Blazers, Friday October 30th, kick-off is at 7:00 PM.   

Twin Valley South falls to 2-4 overall and 2-3 in the conference and they will travel to Dixie next week.

Week 6 WOAC Football Final Scores & Round-up

National Trail 30 - Arcanum 6 - The Blazers remain undefeated in the conference setting up a big game next week when they host 1 loss Ansonia. 

The Blazers scored on a Drew DeWitt 1 yard run, Chase Rubbish 55-yard run.  Then Jamison Watts returned an interception 40 yards for a score.  Phoenix Lewis recorded a safety followed by a Burgan Hoffman 1-yard run for the 30 points.

Arcanum got on the board late on a 5-yard Dakota Kendig run.  The Trojans fall to 2-4 overall and 2-3 in the WOAC.  They will host Tri-Village next.

The Blazers improve to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the WOAC and will host Ansonia in a big match-up next.

Tri-Village 42 - Tri-County North 12 - The Patriots had little trouble with Panthers. Lathen Wehr got the scoring started on a 1-yard run for TV.  Justine Finkbine caught a 14-yard pass from Braden Keating.

Tri-County North Logan Flory scored on a 52-yard run to start the 2nd quarter to make the score 14-6.  But the Patriots added 3 more TDs to end the 1st half up 35-6.  They scored on a Finkbine 63-yard punt return, a Reed Wehr 1-yard run and 63-yard pass from Keating. 

Tanner Printz hauled in a 52-yard pass from Keating in the 4th quarter to go up 42-6. The Patriots improve to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the WOAC.

Flory would add one more score on a 5-yard run to make the final 42-12.  North falls to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the WOAC.  They will play at Preble Shawnee next.

Preble Shawnee 49 - Mississinawa Valley 6 - The Arrows had little trouble with Mississinawa Valley taking a 35-0 halftime lead.  They scored on a Grady Hutchinson 9-yard run, then a 9-yard pass from Brody Morton to Malechai Stephenson to lead 14-0 end of 1st. 

Hutchinson had a 1-yard run followed by a 24-yard pass from Morton to Stephenson again and a Brayden Doran run of 20-yards for the 35-0 halftime score.

In the 3rd quarter Morton ran one in from 3-yards out and then Nolan Earles scored on a 2-yard run in the 4th quarter.  Bryce Watson had a 15-yard run for Mississinawa to make the final score 49-6.

Preble Shawnee improves to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the WOAC and will host Tri-County North next.

The Hawks fall to 1-5 overall and 1-4 in league play and host East Clinton next in a non-league game.

Dixie 0 - North Central 41


Week 5 WOAC Football Round-up

National Trail took care of business as the Thursday Night lights feature game defeating Dixie to improve to 4-1 overall and sitting atop the WOAC at 3-0.  (Dale Barger Photo)

Week 5 Football Round-up.

It was a big week in football action and after the dust settled the team currently on top is National Trail.  The Blazers took care of business in their Thursday night lights game with Dixie winning 71-0.

Cayden Clark and Drew DeWitt each had 2 rushing touchdowns in the first half.  Jody Wintrow added 2 more rushing TD”s and Zack Creager, Chase Ruebush and Jamison Watts also had TDs on the ground. In total the Blazers had 9 of them and 309 yards rushing.

National Trail senior running back Cayden Clark runs through a hole his line opened to score 2 rushing TD's in Dixie game.  Clark is 5th in the league in rushing with 385 yards. (Dale Barger Photo)

DeWitt rand the ball 3 times for 105 yards and booted 9 extra-point kicks as well.  Zack Creager rushed 5 times for 77 yards.  On defense Phoenix Lewis led the Blazers with 9 tackles.

Trail 6'4" senior Drew DeWitt proved to be a handful on just a few carries for Dixie. He scored 2 rushing TD's and had 9 extra point kicks in the win.  (Dale Barger Photo)

Trail improves to 3-0 in the WOAC and 4-1 overall and will host Arcanum next. 

Arcanum won a tight game against Tri-County North 14-6 to improve to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

The Trojans got on the board first on a Jacoby Rayburn 2-yard run in the 1st quarter.  They would add another score in the 2nd quarter on a Dakota Kendig 15-yard run and 2-point conversion to go up 14-0 at the half.

Arcanum then had to hold on to for the win after Logan Flory scored on a 1-yard run in the 4th quarter to make it 14-6.

Tri-County North falls to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in WOAC.  The Panthers will host Tri-Village this Friday night.

The Patriots probably won the most exciting game in the conference Friday night in a game that went back and forth.  But the Patriots scored late on a Reed Wehr 6 yard run and extra point kick by Braden Keating for the 37-36 win.

TV Seth Cook takes down Ansonia Xzaviar Moody.  Cook sealed the 37-36 win for the PATS with a late game interception.  

Tri-Village Seth Cook thwarted a last drive by Ansonia by intercepting a screen pass to secure the win.

The Patriots held a 10-point lead at the half 24-14.  Braden Keating hooked up twice with Tanner Printz in the air for 2 scores.  Wehr had a 34-yard run and Keating booted a 32-yard field goal.

Tanner Printz scores one of his two receiving TD's of the night against Ansonia.

Ansonia then got a big 2nd half effort from Exzaviar Moody with 2 rushing TD’s and a catch for a score as well.  Keegen Weiss rushed and caught a pass for scores as well in the game.

Keegen Weiss had two TD's including this reception with senior teammate Kadyn Edwards giving the signal.  

Tri-Village improves to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

Ansonia fell from the unbeaten ranks and drops to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the WOAC.  The Tigers will host Twin Valley South next.

Twin Valley South was tied with Mississinawa Valley 14 all in the 3rd quarter but pulled away in the final stanza with 14 unanswered points to win 28-14.

Cole Bishop got the Panthers on the board to open the game on a 4-yard run.  Caden Bishop matched that 4-yard run in the 3rd quarter for a 14-0 lead.

But Mississinawa struck back on a 13-yard pass from Chastan Daniels to Matt Pisano followed by a 35-yard strike from Daniels to Pisano to tie the game at 14.

But a big pass play from Caden Bishop to Brayden Koeller that covered 80-yards gave Twin Valley South the lead back and huge momentum.  The Hawks tried to respond but the man of the hour Koeller intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards to seal the victory for TV South.

South improves to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the WOAC while Mississinawa falls to 1-4 and 1-3.

Mississinawa Valley will host Preble Shawnee next Friday.  The Arrows didn’t play Friday night.



Preble Shawnee Girls Soccer Undefeated In WOAC Play.

Coach Donnie Hatton talks to his Preble Shawnee girls who currently are undefeated in the WOAC at 6-0.  (Dale Barger Photo)

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GRATIS –  The Preble Shawnee Girls Soccer team is off to a roaring start this year with a 7-2 overall record and 6-0 in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference with a 1 ½ game lead over 2nd place Newton a team they beat 6-2 back in August.  The two teams will clash at Newton again on Tuesday September 20th.

Last season the Arrows finished in 2nd place behind champion Twin Valley South.

Much of the success for Preble Shawnee comes from a few newcomers, freshman who have contribute right away along with some experienced and steady players over the last few years as well.

“Yeah, they're playing well, they're passing well and defensively we have allowed just one goal in the last six games,” said Preble Shawnee coach Donnie Hatton.

Arrows senior goalkeeper Casey Lyon has 6 shutouts on the year so far.  (Dale Barger Photo)

Part of that success is due to senior goalkeeper Casey Lyon who has taken on the role over the last couple of years.   

“This is just her second year ever playing keeper as she filled in for us and had a good first year. She's a captain and is playing extremely well averaging less than a goal a game against some good teams,” Hatton said.

On this night the Arrows overwhelmed visiting Dixie by the score of 8-0.  Preble Shawnee scored 4 goals within the first 8 minutes of the contest: 2 from freshman Addy House and 2 from junior Jaelynn Whisman. 

Jr. Jaelynn Whisman had a big game, 4 goals and 9 points.  (Dale Barger Photo)

Whisman score 4 goals in the game and had 9 points, impressive numbers.  Freshman Peyton Kleinschmidt and junior Hannah Wilson each had a goal in the game as well.

Goalie Casey Lyon was rather lonely on the day recording 2 saves in the shutout, her league leading 5thshutout in the WOAC.  Her counterpart Madison Howard from Dixie had 16 saves and has a league leading 129 this season.

But the offense of Preble Shawnee was overpowering in the end.  Addy House currently is 2nd in the conference with 22 points and goals scored with 9. 

Freshman Addy House had 2 goals & 2nd in the WOAC with 9 goals and 22 points.
(Dale Barger Photo)

But a lot of that offense doesn’t happen without good teammates and that’s something Arrows coach Hatton talked about.

“Obviously Addy has grown into her role as a scorer and had a couple goals here tonight with two goals and an assist.  But we had key contributions from freshman Aubrey Unger in the midfield who is doing very well, she had at least one assist tonight.  Ashley Mondello-Garrett is our most dependable midfielder, and she keeps a lot of balls in play and wants a lot of balls in the middle. She's playing extremely well.  Junior Paige House had 3 assists in the game today and is playing extremely well for us too,” Hatton added.

Dixie senior Haylie Parker has having a good season with 3 goals but the defense by Preble Shawnee was stifling.  (Dale Barger Photo)

“We’re playing well but there's still a little bit of season left, but it's looking good right now and we are excited about this team and the season so far,” Hatton concluded.

The Arrows have some a tough stretch coming with Newton September 20th and league rivals Twin Valley South September 22nd and Tri-County North September 27th

Dixie falls to 2-7 overall and 1-4 in the conference and they will play next on Saturday hosting Twin Valley South at 5:30pm.

Dixie Senior Madison Howard deflects a shot over the goal one of her 16 saves against Preble Shawnee.  She has a league leading 129 saves this year.  (Dale Barger Photo)


Tri-Village & Arcanum Girls Golf Teams off to a good start in 2022

Ashlynn Fleagle and the Tri-Village Girls Golf Team are 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the WOAC this year.  (Dale Barger Photo)

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Beechwood - The Tri-Village girls golf team is picking up right where they left off last season and looking to add to their success this year.

“We’ve had a great season so far. It’s been a great experience building off lasts year’s success. Finishing the season undefeated last year and then remaining undefeated to this point this year is a testament to the work these girls have put in,” TV Coach Roy Lowry said.

The girls recently one a dual match with Covington on Monday and against Ansonia on Tuesday.

Tri-Village Reagan Brewer currently is ranked 1st in scoring in the WOAC.  (Dale Barger Photo)

Against the Buccs Reagan Brewer shot a 43, Sage Waters 46, Taylor Begoon 46, Alyssa Begoon 46, Ashlynn Fleagle 58 and Haylee Potter a 69.

“The girls have learned a lot this year already, Lowry stated.  We’re led by sophomore Reagan Brewer and senior Alyssa Begoon. Their hard work throughout the summer and into this season has paid dividends throughout the year. Sage Waters and Taylor Begoon have stepped up in a big way to play solid golf all season long. They’ve all put a lot of work in to get where they are now. They’ve been a blast to coach and an easy group to cheer for. This is definitely a team to remember, Lowery added.

Tri-Village Sage Waters is playing solid golf this year.  (Dale Barger Photo)

Currently Tri-Village leads the conference at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference with Arcanum on their heels.  Tri-Village defeated Arcanum head-to-head back on August 18th 195 – 213 but the WOAC league tournament on September 22nd still looms and can affect the final standings.

Arcanum's Brooke Anderson tees off on a PAR 3 and knocks it 20' from the hole.  
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The Trojans are 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference.  Arcanum defeated National Trail Monday night.

Brooke Anderson led with a 46, Isabella Harleman 49, Emma Rogers 51, Kaylee Flatter 52, Kylie Grieshop 55 and Zoe Monnin had a 57.

Arcanum Emma Rogers follows through on her tee shot.  (Dale Barger Photo)


Mississinawa Valley Wins Own Blackhawk Volleyball Invitational

The Lady Blackhawks won their own Volleyball Invitational in straight sets.

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UNION CITY - The Mississinawa Valley Volleyball program hosted their own invitational tournament with rivalry schools that included Union-Modoc, Union City, Ansonia and Mississinawa.

The Lady Hawks faced Union-Modoc in the first round and won in easy fashion in 2 straight sets 25-3, 25-13. 

Up next was their intrastate and cross-town rival Union City who would prove to be a bigger challenge. 

Jocelyn Hogged was big for the Blackhawks with 25 kills in the tournament.  She currently is 3rd in the conference in kills with 84.  (Dale Barger Photo)

The Indians jumped out front against the Blackhawks in the first set and seemed to have a little momentum leading 16-9 before coach called timeout.

“It was a bit awkward going up again Union City,” Mississinawa coach Nancy Whitted said.  Whitted is a former volleyball coach at Union City and still has relationships with current coaches and girls on the team.

“We worked together for six years and because Ashley and Alex are still great friends we’ve created a bond but there is a rivalry between the two schools and I called a timeout to regroup and let out girls know you're not out of this, you know, your great players, we’ve got to set some plays up, we've got to get back our focus,” Whitted said.

And the timing couldn’t have been better as Mississinawa had the rotation they wanted and began to make a bit of charge behind the serving of junior Brenna Price along with the outside hitting of senior Jocelyn Hoggatt.

Brenna Price had a strong service game and play at the net in Blackhawks win.  (Dale Barger Photo)

The Hawks rolled off 9 straight points to take the lead and then finished off the set winning it 25-21.  Union City never really challenged in the 2nd set falling to Mississinawa 25-13.

Hoggatt had 14 kills in the match and Price 17 service points along with 13 assists from Makenna Guillozet in the cross-town rival game.

“Getting the momentum back on our side was the key and once we did that they (Union City) just never really found a way to get back into it,” Whited stated.

“It’s not fun playing from behind but we seem to do that a little bit so far this year and they seem to be good at it, but we would like to be more consistent and play out in front,” Whitted added.

Allyson Waymire digs for the Blackhawks in their tournament win.  (Dale Barger Photo)

“We've got some very talented hitters, many of the girls play club during the offseason and that absolutely is key playing year-round,” Whitted commented.
Mississinawa Valley then took on Ansonia in the final match-up winning both sets 25-18 and 25-15 to claim the Blackhawk Volleyball Invitational Title.

The Lady Hawks won the tournament in straight sets going 6-0 and was led by Jocelyn Hoggatt with 25 kills and Brenna Price knocked down 13 dingers.  Makenna Guillozet served 11 aces on the day followed by Price with 7. Jocelyn also had 33 digs followed by Lilly Severance with 28. Allyson Waymire contributed 3 blocks, while Guillozet and Krista Miller each had 19 assists on the day.

It was a good day for Mississinawa Valley Volleyball and I’m really proud of this team and feel like this is something good we can build from going forward, coach Whitted concluded.

Makenna Guillozet served up 11 Aces in the Tournament.  (Dale Barger Photo)