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Meadowbrook Colts Bonus Coverage

Cross Country: Colts’ West Wins Boys’
Big School Race at Dover Invitational

By Jeff Harrison

Meadowbrook High’s Kendell West finished first in the boys’ big school division at the Dover Cross Country Invitational on Saturday.

West finished in 17:47, seven seconds ahead of runner-up Josiah Hicks of West Branch (17:54) to lead the Colts to and eighth place finish as a team.

Other Colts scoring were Jacob Banister (38th, 21:25), Caleb Blackledge (46th, 21:54), Jackson Lendon (52nd, 22:18) and Drew Webster (60th, 23:15) while rounding out the MHS boys was Drake Denman (79th, 25:49).

Lily Norman finished in 20th place (25:09) to lead the Lady Colts followed by Kenli Norman (22nd, 25:20, Loryn Ogle (23rd, 25:20), Kendyl Trott (38th, 26:48)

West Branch won the boys’ team title and Tusky Valley prevailed in the girls’ meet. Hannah Wyler of Tusky Valley (20:56) was the individual girls’ race winner.

Meadowbrook hosts the 28th Annual Colt Cross Country Carnival Invitational on Saturday.

Volleyball: Lady Colts Improve to Perfect 7-0                

The Meadowbrook Lady Colts ran their record to a spotless 7-0 by defeating West Muskingum and Cambridge last week.

The Lady Colts breezed to win No. 6 on Tuesday, sweeping past West Muskingum by 25-7, 25-9 and 25-9 scores.

Cami Black pounded 18 kills for MHS while Karly Launder had seven and Megan DeVillez had six. Ella Jefferis handed out 28 assists and Launder recorded six aces.

Defensively, Black notched a dozen digs followed by Mila Norman with 10; Launder with nine and Mylee Arnold with eight.


Meadowbrook got No. 7 against Guernsey County rival Cambridge on Saturday, with Coach Kelly Zehnder’s squad posting a 25-12, 25-14, 25-5 sweep.

The trio of Black, Kendyl Cannon and DeVillez were strong at the net with 12, 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Jefferis set things up with 32 assists while Cannon notched six aces and Launder had four.

Launder led in digs with 11 followed by Arnold with 10 while Black and Mila Norman each had nine.

The Lady Colts have three matches this week – Tuesday at home against Crooksville; Thursday at Tri-Valley and Saturday at Hudson.

Football: Colts Rout Crooksville for Third Win

The Meadowbrook Colts took care of business early, racking up 35 first quarter points en route to a 42-6 rout of visiting Crooksville at Eugene Capers Field on Friday.

Coach Steve Norman’s squad, which put a Week 2 loss to Mogadore in the rear-view mirrow with back-to-back wins including last week’s thriller against Guernsey County rival Cambridge, improved to 3-1 on the season while sending Crooksville to its third loss in as many games.

The Colts’ first score of the night came on a four-yard touchdown run by Sam Bopp, with Cam Morrison adding the point-after kick for a 7-0 MHS lead.

A Trevon Mayle interception set up the next Meadowbrook TD, which came via another four-yard scoring jaunt by Bopp. Another Morrison PAT boot followed and the hosts were on top, 14-0.

A Crooksville fumble led to yet another tally for the Colts, with Marshall Dyer pouncing on the loose ball at the 31-yard line.

QB Josh Hupp teamed with Hunter Eubanks for a 31-yard TD strike from there, and Morrison’s kick boosted the lead to 21-0.

Still in the first quarter, Hupp found Brady McManaway for a 41-yard scoring pass and following yet another fumble by the Ceramics – recovered this time by DeShawn Mayle – Hupp and Trevon Mayle hooked up for a 14-yard TD, with Morrison kicking two more extra-points to widen the gap to 35-0.

The Colts’ special teams put the final points on the board when Romeo Dorsey returned a Crooksville punt 76 yards to paydirt. Morrison’s sixth PAT had the Colts on top, 42-0.

The second half was played under the OHSAA “running clock” rule and Crooksville managed to avoid a shutout by scoring late on a three-yard run by Noah Dickerson.

Meadowbrook finished with 298 yards of offense, including 196 passing and 102 rushing.

Hupp completed 13-of-16 aerials for 178 yards and three TDs while back-up QB Justice Huey was 3-of-4 for 17 yards. Four players – Hupp, Daylen Rivera, Bopp and Huey – all had between 22 and 26 yards rushing while McManaway and Trevon Mayle both caught three passes.

The Colts moved the sticks 17 times; did not fumble and had 11 penalties for 90 yards.

Crooksville managed just 124 total yards, with 136 on the ground and a net of minus-eight through the air on one completion in four attempts.

The Ceramics had 11 first downs; lost two-of-three fumbles and had six penalties for 34 yards.

The Colts play their third straight home game on Friday, with River View coming to Byesville.

Golf: Colts Host Two Matches at Salt Fork

Meadowbrook High hosted two matches at Salt Fork State Park Golf Course last week, finishing second in one four-team event and third in the other.

Short-handed Meadowbrook finished third in a four-team match on Tuesday.

Wheeling Central edged John Glenn, 185-187, for first place while Meadowbrook was third (205) and Morgan fourth (242).

Cole Eltringham led the Colts with a 45 followed by Owen Dennis (46), Steven Grafton (54) and Ben Coss (60).


The Colts were a close second behind West Muskingum in Thursday’s match, with West M prevailing by a 200-204 score. Edison (270) and River View (no team score with only two players) rounded out the field.

Eltringham again topped MHS (48-49 overall, 13-8 duals, 11-8 MVL) with a 44 while other Colt scorer were Dennis (50), Easton Eibel (53) and Grafton (57).

West M’s Jack Porter was the medalist with a 40.

MHS hosts Martins Ferry, Monroe Central and Tri-Valley at Salt Fork on Tuesday; plays Maysville at Eagle Sticks on Thursday; and competes in the River View Invitational at Hickory Flats on Saturday. The JVs are in the River View JV Invitational at Hickory Flats on Friday.

MHS Grad Blattner Shines in ODU Victory

Meadowbrook grad Brady Blattner enjoyed a career-best day with 13 tackles (including 2.5 tackles for loss) and an interception from his linebacker post in Ohio Dominican University’s 10-7 victory over Virginia State.

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  1. Deb Charleston on September 13, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Awesome coverage of Colt Athletics! Would love having the Journal Leader officially cover Colt Nation in their paper!

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