Volleyball: Lady Colts Score
Key MVL Win Over Sheridan
By Jeff Harrison
Payback’s a…..confidence booster!
In a rematch of last year’s OHSAA Division II Regional Semifinal contest, the Meadowbrook Lady Colts turned the tables on visiting Sheridan and picked up a big MVL win, defeating the Lady Generals in four sets – 25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 26-24, on Thursday.
The victory boosts Coach Kelly Zehnder’s squad to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the MVL.
In the first set, the action went back-and-forth all the way to 15-15, but the Lady Colts finished strong with a 10-3 finish to claim a 25-18 win.
Set two was again nip-and-tuck most of the way, deadlocked at 19-all before Sheridan closed with a 6-2 flurry for a 25-21 win to even the match.
The Lady Colts had the upper hand by as many as seven points (16-9) in the third set and were still in front, 19-14, late, only to have Sheridan go on a 7-0 run for a 21-19 lead. MHS responded nicely, however, and a 6-2 finish earned a 25-23 win and a 2-1 advantage.
In the final set, Meadowbrook was up 8-4 early and 13-10 midway through, but the Lady Generals used a 10-5 run to go up, 20-18, before the Colts got even at 22 and 24 before scoring the final two points to earn the victory.
Meadowbrook pounded 60 kills in the match, with junior Cami Black again the catalyst with a whopping 24 stops. Juniors Megan DeVillez and Kendyl Cannon and sophomore Taylor Sichina were also strong up front with 14, 10 and nine kills, respectively. Junior Ella Jefferis set things up with 50 assists and she also recorded three service aces.
Defensively, junior Mylee Arnold was credited with 18 digs while also in double digits were Black with 16, Jefferis with 14 and freshman Addy Wiggins with 11.
On Monday, the Lady Colts picked up their first road victory of the season, posting a three-set sweep of Philo. MHS won by 25-15, 25-15 and 25-18 scores.
Meadowbrook showed excellent balance at the net, with Black collecting nine kills; Sichina and Cannon both notching eight and DeVillez adding six. Sichina and Cannon both served four aces while Arnold, Wiggins and Jefferis each had three. Jefferis also handed out 29 assists.
Defensively, Black and Arnold recorded 12 and 11 digs, respectively, and Wiggins had eight. DeVillez chipped in two blocks.
The Lady Colts played both matches without sophomore outside hitter Karly Launder.
Meadowbrook hosts New Lexington on Tuesday and travels to Coshocton on Thursday, with JV action at 5:30 p.m. both nights.
Football: Colts Lose Shootout at Mogadore
The Meadowbrook Colts had plenty of success through the air, but couldn’t contain the running game of host Mogadore as the Wildcats scored a 42-34 victory on Friday.
Coach Steve Norman’s squad, now 1-1, was originally scheduled to play at Barnesville but the Shamrocks were forced to cancel due to COVID-19 issues.
Mogadore (2-0) rushed for 391 yard and tacked on 100 passing for a total offensive output of 491 yards while Meadowbrook had 358 through the air and 68 on the ground for a net of 426.
Meadowbrook put the first points on the board thanks to a 22-yard TD pass from quarterback Josh Hupp to Damen Launder. The Colts’ two-point conversion try was stopped short, but MHS was on top, 6-0.
Mogadore countered with a two-yard TD run by William and the point-after kick by Gavin Schrock had the hosts in front, 7-6, at the end of one quarter.
Each team scored twice in the second period, Meadowbrook’s coming on a one-yard TD run by Hupp and a 52-yard TD pass connection from Hupp to Kahle Flowers while Mogadore’s points on a three-yard TD run by Knight and six-yard TD pass by QB Zeke Cameron to Mason Williams.
Hupp and Kahle also teamed up on a two-point conversion pass following the second score, leaving the Colts trailing, 21-20, at the intermission.
Mogadore opened a 28-21 lead late in the third chapter with a four-yard TD by Collin Lenher followed by another Schrock PAT.
The Colts cut the deficit to two on a three-yard TD run by Hupp, but the two-point conversion failed leaving the visitors down by 28-26.
The ‘Cats got a scoring runs of 56 by Butler and seven yards by Austin Constantine followed by extra-point kicks from Schrock, to extend the lead to 42-26 but Meadowbrook stayed alive thanks to an 88-yard TD pass from Hupp to Flowers, with a Hupp-to-Launder two-point passing making the score 42-34.
The Colts attempted an on-side kickoff but Mogadore recovered, but the Wildcats had to punt giving Meadowbrook one final shot to get even.
The Colts gained one first down, but four straight incomplete passes followed and Mogadore ran out the clock.
Hupp completed 19-of-33 passes, with Launder catching six balls for 116 yards; Flowers landing five for 169 stripes and Brady McManaway – who also sparkled on defense with 14 total tackles – also catching five for 61 yards. Sam Bopp rushed four times for 28 yards and Hupp had a net of 22 yards on nine attempts.
Mogadore’s Cameron was 5-of-10 passing and the tandem of Tyler Knight and Mason Williams did most of the ground damage, with Butler gaining 223 yards on 22 attempts.
Mogadore led in first downs, 21-18; and had five penalties for 55 yards while the Colts were flagged eight times for 86 yards.
The Colts play Guernsey County rival Cambridge at Eugene Capers Field in Byesville on Friday, with kickoff at 7 p.m.
The teams did not play last year as Meadowbrook transitioned into the Muskingum Valley League, but the rivalry resumes with Cambridge leading the all-time series 35-11 although the Colts have won the last three meetings.
Golf: Colts Prevail in Triangular
The Meadowbrook High golf team came out on top in a triangular match at the Cadiz Country Club on Monday.
Coach Mel Pesuit’s squad finished with a 168-stroke total to defeat host Harrison Central (181) and Indian Creek (185).
Cole Eltringham was the low man for Meadowbrook (38-33) with a three-over par 39 while other Colt scores included Damon Baier (43), Ben Coss (43), Owen Dennis (43), Easton Eibel (44) and Steven Grafton (51)
Meadowbrook’s JVs dropped a 165-248 decision to Dover at Oak Shadows Golf Club on Thursday.
Steven Grafton led the young Colts (0-4-1) with a 58 followed by Easton Eibel (60), Kaylynn Gombeda (60), Maverick Johnson (70) and Seth Johnson (75).
Meadowbrook’s varsity plays Philo and Sheridan in an MVL match Tuesday at Fuller’s Fairways; take on New Lexington and Coshocton in MVL play Wednesday at Perry Country Club and take part in the Dover Tornado Invitational on Saturday at Oak Shadows Golf Club.
The MHS hosts a the Colts JV Invitational on Monday at the Cambridge Country Club.