Volleyball: Three wins boost Lady Colts to 21-1
By Jeff Harrison
The Meadowbrook Lady Colts closed out the regular season with a bang, scoring victories over Crooksville, John Glenn and Cambridge to boost their record to 21-1.
Coach Kelly Zehnder’s squad, ranked seventh in last week’s OHSVCA Division II state poll, started the week with an easy three-set sweep Crooksville – 25-10, 25-3, 25-6.
Cami Black collected 15 kills for MHS; Kelly Launder tallied seven and Taylor Sichina and Megan DeVillez each had five. Ella Jefferis dished out 27 assists and have five aces, with Launder also serving five aces and Kendyl Cannon adding four.
Black recorded 13 digs while Launder, Jefferis and Mylee Arnold each had eight.
Win No. 20 came against rival John Glenn, with the Lady Colts again scoring a sweep by winning 25-15, 25-16 and 25-8.
Black pounded 17 kills and DeVillez had 13, with Launder chipping in five and Sichina adding four. Jefferis racked up 37 assists while Cannon and Black led in aces with five and three, respectively.
Launder recorded 15 digs followed by Black with 10, Arnold with nine and Norman with six.
The Lady Colts finished out the regular season with a sweep of Guernsey County rival Cambridge, winning by 25-12, 25-16 and 25-8 scores.
Black tallied 15 more kills while Launder and Cannon both had seven, Jefferis and DeVillez both had five and Sichina had four. Jefferis picked up another 32 assists and Cannon served up four aces.
Black and Launder led in digs with 12 and 11, respectivelywhile Jefferis and Arnold each had eight and Norman had seven.
Meadowbrook begins OHSAA Division II Sectional Tournament play on Thursday when the No. 2 seeded Lady Colts host No. 18 seed Zanesville at 6 p.m.
Football: Colts Blank Morgan for 7th Win
The Meadowbrook defense pitched its second shutout in three weeks, leading the Colts to a 34-0 victory over Morgan in Muskingum Valley League play at Eugene Capers Field on Friday.
Coach Steve Norman’s squad picked up its third consecutive win to improve to 7-2 overall, The Colts are currently seventh in the OHSAA Division IV, Region 15 computer ratings and need to stay in the top eight in order to have a first-round playoff game in two weeks.
The Colts scored twice in the first quarter – a 40-yard touchdown pass from QB Josh Hupp to Romeo Dorsey and later on a 12-yard toss from Hupp to Brady McManaway – with Garret Milam connecting on the point-after kick each time for a 14-0 Meadowbrook lead.
The hosts tackled on two more scores in the second period to widen the gap to 27-0 at the intermission, with Chucky Dyer blocking a Morgan punt and McManaway recovering in the end zone for the first score and the Hupp-to-McManaway passing combo working again – this time for a 37-yard TD – with Milam kicking a PAT after the first score and a pass falling incomplete on the second.
Meadowbrook added one final TD in the third quarter when Hupp and McManaway made it a “hat trick” with an 11-yard TD hookup. Milam’s PAT closed out the scoring
Statistically, the Colts piled up 332 yards of offense while limiting Morgan to just 40 yards.
Meadowbrook had 120 yards rushing, led by Hupp with nine carries for 61 yards and Bopp with 44 yards on 13 attempts, and 212 yards passing as Hupp completed 11-of-21 aerials with four TDs.
The Colts’ top receivers were Eubanks with four catches for 56 yards; Dorsey with three for 86 and a TD; and McManaway with three for 58 and three scores.
Morgan (2-5) had 52 yards passing and a net of minus-12 rushing for its total. The Raiders were 8-of-17 through the air with one interception (by Meadowbrook’s Aiden Reis).
The Colts close out the regular season Friday at West Muskingum, with kickoff at 7 p.m.
Cross Country: MHS Boys 4th, Girls 5th in MVL
Meadowbrook High hosted the Muskingum Valley League Cross Country Championships on Saturday, with Sheridan High sweeping the team titles.
Sheridan won the boys’ meet with a score of 35, with River View second (44). Meadowbrook finished fourth with 114.
Kendell West led the Colts with a 13th place finish in 18:46 followed by Jacob Banister (34th, 21:07), Jackson Lendon (58th, 21:14); Drew Webster (85th, 21:49); Caleb Blackledge (114th, 22:12) and Drake Denman (145th, 23:22).
Sheridan’s Tate Ruthers was the individual winner in 16:52.
Sheridan won the girls’ meet with a score of 29, well ahead of runner-up John Glenn (68). Meadowbrook finished fifth at 126.
Leading the Lady Colts was Lily Norman in 18th place (23:22) followed closely by Taylor Forbes (19th, 23:32) and Kenli Norman (57th, 23:33). Other Lady Colts were Loryn Ogle (31st, 24:46) and Kendyl Trott (45th, 26:34).
New Lexington’s Sydney Hambel was the individual winner in 20:24.
The Colts compete in the OHSAA Division II District Meet at Cambridge on Saturday.