The Alexander Lady Spartans had a great New Year’s week after playing two basketball games that both started off slow, but ended in two convincing wins. 

The Ohio Bobcats overcame a size disadvantage to defeat the Buffalo Bulls 61-50 in the team’s first conference game. The win secures Ohio’s first 10-win season since 2011-2012 and puts the Bobcats at 10-2 (1-0 MAC) on the year.

After a nine-day break from the court, the Nelsonville York Lady Buckeyes didn't show any signs of rust as they took their first game of the Fairfield Christian Holiday Tournament 41-35 against West Jefferson on Dec. 27.

Logan and Vinton County may not be in the same conference but the two teams were far from newcomers to each other’s presence.

The Ohio men concluded a somewhat up-and-down nonconference schedule on a high note by defeating UNC-Wilmington, 72-53, at home Tuesday.

The Eastern (6-4, 5-1) girls overpowered South Gallia (1-8, 0-6) on Dec. 20 and traveled home with a 55-26 victory. The Lady Eagles started slow, but took advantage of a depleted South Gallia roster with freshman guard Maddison Williams leading the Lady Eagles to the easy win.

Led by Quiera Lampkins and Jasmine Weatherspoon’s late game surges, the Bobcats defeated the Cleveland State Vikings, 71-64, to improve to 9-2 on the year and earn their third straight victory.

Christmas time is a busy time for everyone, especially the Federal Hocking Lancers varsity basketball squads.

The Alexander Lady Spartans had a week full of success, as they cruised to two blowout wins on their home court. 

The Vinton County Vikings put together a big second half Saturday, holding the Jackson Ironmen to ten points while scoring 34 of their own to take home the 64-36 victory on the road.