Author: Aleksei Pavloff

Triad opened its 2021-22 girls basketball season on a sour note on Friday. The Lady Cardinals fell to the visiting Elgin Lady Comets, 55-14. “I was very pleased with my team’s hustle, effort and grit,” Triad head coach Erica Trainer said. “We played hard. They are giving me what they can. “We need to do better at taking care of the ball from a ball handling standpoint,” the coach said. “And we just need to have better court awareness. “Give credit to Elgin, their press gave us some fits.” Pressure came almost immediately from the Lady Comets with the visitors…

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North Union alum Nick Reeder competes as a member of the Kent State Tuscarawas men’s golf team in the fall portion of the 2021 season. The Golden Eagles will compete again in the spring. (Photo submitted) With the conclusion of the 2021 collegiate golf season, North Union High School alum Nick Reeder became the fourth golfer and ninth Kent State University Tuscarawas athlete to earn All-American status as a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Reeder, a 2019 graduate of North Union High School, was honored as a second-team All-American this season after he completed the USCAA…

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Former North Union spiker Journey Blevins sends the ball over the net in this file photo. The University of Findlay athlete is in line for her collegiate conference freshman of the year honor. (Journal-Tribune photo) Former North Union volleyball player Journey Blevins, now an Oiler at the University of Findlay, has been making the case for freshman of the year honors in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference North Division. She is in the running for the award after tallying three player of the week honors. Blevins will learn whether she wins the award during the middle of January. She has…

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Fairbanks runner Rachael Hoover, left, and coach Mike Van Winkle watch the leaderboard after the Division III state cross-country meet. Hoover placed 55th in the girls’ race. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — Jonathan Alder’s Eliza Streit is pictured competing during the D-II state cross-country meet. She helped lead the Lady Pioneers to a 19th-place finish. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff)   — Marysville’s Bryn Hothem (699) runs down the stretch of the Division I girls state cross-country meet on Saturday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) — It was a chilly Saturday for several local runners competing in the state cross-…

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Fairbanks’ Lilly Dean (3) tries to break free of a Lady Mustang offender. Dean claimed the team’s only goal of the night in the 1-0 win. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) The Fairbanks Lady Panthers have not allowed a goal in the last five soccer matches. That streak continued Tuesday evening as FHS defeated Lynchburg-Clay 1-0 in the Division III regional semifinals. “Our plan has always been to possess the ball and move it well,” Fairbanks head coach Randy Spain said. “We weren’t able to do what we wanted in the first half. “In the second half, we created some…

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Caleb Erwin kicks the dust up in his sprint car as he competes in the Ohio Thunder Racesaver Sprint Series. Erwin ended his season in early October after winning his first feature and honored as rookie of the year. (Photo submitted) After taking first place in his last sprint car race, a local racer has high hopes for the future after being awarded Rookie of the Year honors in the Ohio Thunder Racesaver Sprint Series. Earlier this month, local racer Caleb Erwin earned the title of track champion including top rookie honors after tackling 35 Raceway Park, which is located…

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Pioneer running back Cameron Jewell (2) works his way through a tough Eastmoor Warrior front as the offense attempts to pick up some momentum in the second half. JA fell to the Warriors, 35-7, in the Division III playoff opener. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) Jonathan Alder ended its 2021 football season Friday night, falling to Columbus Eastmoor Academy 35-7. The verdict came in the Division III, Region 11 state playoffs. The Pioneer offense struggled to finish drives. “We knew they were going to be really tough upfront — they are big and very physical,” JA head coach Nathan Snedeker…

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JA’s Alex Shaw (12) attempts to sift past a Lady Warrior defender. Also pictured is Alder’s Ava Ater (24). The Lady Pioneers ended their season Wednesday in the second round of the OHSAA district bracket, 4-1. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) Wednesday night was the end of the road for Jonathan Alder girls’ soccer team. The Lady Pioneers lost in the second round of the Division II tournament to Worthington Christian 4-1. “We weren’t changing our game plan much… we didn’t think we needed to change anything,” coach Nathaniel Byrum said. “We thought that playing possession and keeping our feet…

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Fairbanks senior Dylan Tobe attempts to score against Viking defenders. Tobe recorded a hat trick (three goals) in the team’s 6-2 tournament win over Columbus Academy Monday evening. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) The Fairbanks Panthers are advancing to the third round of the boys soccer Central District tournament after clawing past Columbus Academy 6-2 on Monday. The Panthers claimed the victory in the midst of cold weather conditions. “We’ve been working on creating some scoring opportunities,” Fairbanks head coach Matthew Humphrey said. “Tonight, that happened. The boys played great.” After quelling Delaware Christian in the first round of the…

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Fairbanks’ Riordin Stauffer (24) angles his way towards the sideline, breaking a few arm tackles for a decent gain. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) Another road loss has left a claw of Fairbanks Panthers chomping at the bit for their next opponent after falling to Northeastern 14-0. “The game plan coming in here was to run the ball and go at them,” Fairbanks head coach Patrick Cotter said. “We let up two big plays and that comes down to me in helping our kids get better.” Rain began to fall almost immediately at the start of the Ohio Heritage Conference…

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Marysville’s Jared Boomstra attempts to clear the ball from the Monarchs’ net in the second half of the match against Pickerington North. Marysville lost Thursday night 1-0, ending their 2021 season. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) The 26th seeded Marysville Monarch boys soccer team ended its 2021 fall season Thursday night after suffering a 1-0 first-round tournament loss to the 15th seeded Pickerington North Panthers. “We thought it was going to be a tough matchup,” Marysville head coach Brent Harmanis said. “We thought it would be a solid 50/50 all the way around and it was a lot of what…

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Marysville’s JoJo Eberhart (center) tries to get the ball away from a Worthington Kilbourne player. The Lady Monarchs lost their first-round playoff match 1-0 Wednesday night. Also pictured is Marysville’s Olivia Brooks, left. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) It was a game decided by defense Wednesday night as the Marsville Lady Monarchs fell to Worthington Kilbourne, 1-0, in the first round of the Division I postseason soccer tournament. “We were prepared… [the match] was going to be won or lost in the mid-field,” MHS head coach Courtney Weikart said. The contest started fast with both teams eagerly hunting for the…

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JA’s Anderson Wilson moves the ball against Columbus Centennial on Monday. The Pioneers edged the Stars, 1-0, during a Division II tournament match. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) Jonathan Alder’s boys soccer team claimed a 1-0 victory over the visiting Columbus Centennial Stars on Monday. Action came during the opening match of the Division II tournament. “I knew it was going to be an ugly match,” JA head coach Craig Devine said. “They’re a tough matchup for us… they attack with speed.” Coming off a 3-0 win in their last regular season match against Shawnee, the Pioneers looked to keep…

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Jonathan Alder’s girls cross-country team is pictured from left, front row, Amanda Simmons, Sarah Malone, Chloe Fields, Kate Curtiss, Liza Streit, Evie McDaniel and Mattie Shoemaker; second row, Reggan Gray, Helena O’Connor, Emma Kennedy, Maggie Malone, Maddy Headings and Jessica Kelley; back row, coach Alicia Tremayne, Avery Wynk, Lauren Wynk, head coach Justin Creps, Natalie Heflin, Kalyn Greiner and coach Jameson Ehret. Not pictured, Joselyn Zuro and coach Alex Irwin. (Photo submitted) Boys cross-country runners for JA are from left, front row, Brady Tremayne, Jonas Watkins, Greg Nussman, Matt Hirshberg and Jameson Cook; second row, coach Alicia Tremayne, coach Jameson…

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Fairbanks quarterback AJ Landon (2) rolls out to avoid incoming pressure at West Jefferson on Friday. The Panthers lost, 19-0. (Journal-Tribune photo by Aleksei Pavloff) In a game that was decided on the defensive front, West Jefferson overtook Fairbanks 19-0 as the Roughriders remain undefeated heading into the final week of the regular season. “We played our hearts out defensively, we played an outstanding ball game,” Fairbanks’ head coach Patrick Cotter said Friday night. “[I’m] incredibly proud of the team.” Going into the contest on the road in hostile territory, the name of the game was stopping the Roughriders’ passing…

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