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TVC-Ohio Basketball Standings Jan. 7

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TVC-Ohio Boys Standings

1. Vinton County Vikings | 8-2 (Conf. 5-0)

After a strong 7-0 start to the season, the Vikings have seemingly fallen into a slump. Vinton County was upset at home by a four-win Chillicothe squad to close out 2023, followed by an eleven-point loss to undefeated South Webster, a game in which the Vikings were leading at halftime. Disaster almost occurred on Friday night, as Vinton County was down 37-17 at halftime to a one-win McClain squad and needed double overtime to come out on top.

Despite a tough three-game stretch for the boys out in McArthur, they still sit atop the TVC-Ohio undefeated in league play and have the chance to add a sixth win on Friday night against Wellston. Before that, the Vikings will host a New Hope Christian Academy team that started 5-0 on the season but has dropped two in a row to Westfall and Adena, respectfully. — Grant Kiefer

2. Meigs Marauders | 8-2 (Conf. 4-1)

For the past two weeks, the Meigs boys stayed in Pomeroy to host the Eastern Eagles on Dec. 29 and the Alexander Spartans on Jan. 5. The Marauders outlasted the Eagles in an offense-heavy game 65-41. After a week break, Meigs was back in action and dominated Alexander 61-31. 

The boys will play two games next week, opening play against the Fort Frye Cadets on Tuesday at home. On Friday, they will travel to Bidwell to take on the River View Raiders.  — Lucy Schaefer

3. Athens Bulldogs | 3-8 (Conf. 3-2)

The Athens Bulldogs have continued to push through some adversity in the past two weeks, facing off against Logan Elm at home on Dec. 27 , but falling short with a final score of 49-34. They later played against River Valley at home on Jan. 5, pulling off their third win of the season. After the game, point guard Easton Nuzum was named the Hugh White Athens player of the game. 

Next week, Athens will host Warren at home on Jan. 9, and will travel to Nelsonville-York on Jan. 12 in hopes of picking up another conference win. Zachary Knight

T-4. Nelsonville-York Buckeyes | 8-4 (Conf. 2-3)

Since our last standings update, the Buckeyes have jumped up to share a tie for fourth place in the TVC-Ohio. The boys are on a three game win streak after narrowly defeating Waterford and Huntington in single-digit victories, and then dominating Wellston 67-46.  

Next week the Buckeyes will host Amanda-Clearcreek and the Athens. A win against Athens would give Nelsonville-York a healthy jump in the standings.  — Donovan Varney

T-4. River Valley Raiders | 5-6 (Conf. 2-3)

River Valley has been trending down in the TVC-Ohio standings as of late, and after a 44-35 loss to Athens they remain in the bottom half of the conference standings. The Raiders also split two non-conference games with a two-point win over Oak Hill, and a 60-54 loss to Glenwood.  

River Valley will be in Point Pleasant on Tuesday before returning home for a Friday night clash with Meigs. — Andrew Bowlby

Wellston Golden Rockets logoT-4. Wellston Golden Rockets | 2-7 (Conf. 2-3)

Wellston nearly came away with a win over non-conference foe Southeastern on Dec. 27, 65-63. Wellston held the lead in the second half but couldn’t stop the Panthers in the fourth quarter.  

The Golden Rockets also fell to Nelsonville-York on Friday 67-46. The loss puts them in a three-way tie for fourth in the standings with the Buckeyes and Raiders.  — Andrew Bowlby

7. Alexander Spartans | 0-11 (Conf. 0-6)

The Alexander Boys reach the midpoint of the season still searching for their first win. In their last two games, they sustained a close 61-58 loss against West Muskingum and a crushing blowout to Meigs.

Coming up on their schedule, they will play two away games, one against the commanding force of Federal Hocking and Logan. Maddie Kiefer

TVC-Ohio Girls Standings

1. Athens Bulldogs | 9-3 (Conf. 5-0)

The Athens Lady Bulldogs have continued to tear through their opponents since our last check in. They traveled to Bloom-Carroll on Dec. 28 and pulled off a 61-50 win against the opposing Bulldogs. They later added another conference win to their stunning 5-0 record with a 59-39 win over Vinton County, and rounded out the week with a 57-43 victory against the Lancaster Golden Gales on Jan. 6. 

This upcoming week, we’ll see the Lady Bulldogs face off with the Wellston Golden Rockets at home on Jan. 11, and on the Jan. 13 they’re set to travel to Belpre to square off against the Golden Eagles. — Zachary Knight

2. Alexander Spartans | 6-4 (Conf. 4-1)

The current Cinderella story of the TVC-Ohio continues their winning ways with a respectable 60-51 win over conference rival, Meigs. This week, the Spartans will take on River Valley in the Alley. 

Alexander is currently fighting for a TVC-Ohio title, only in second place to rival Athens. — Maddie Kiefer

3. Nelsonville-York Buckeyes | 6-4 (Conf. 4-2)

After quite some time off of the hardwood, the Lady Buckeyes returned to the hardwood on Jan. 4 in a conference matchup against the Wellston Golden Rockets. Nelsonville-York was able to edge out the Golden Rockets in their 73-71 victory last Thursday.

Leading the Lady Buckeyes in scoring was Airah Lavy with 29 points and Kalina Hernandez with 16. Nelsonville-York will have a busy three game week this week, as they’ll face Belpre, Amanda-Clearcreek and Trimble.  — Donovan Varney

4. River Valley Raiders | 7-3 (Conf. 3-2)

Success keeps coming for River Valley as they have won back-to-back games, both against out-of-conference opponents. First a complete performance against Oak Hill winning 56-8. They also earned their seventh win of the season over Glenwood 63-29.  

On the two-game winning streak the Raiders are outscoring their opponents by 82 points. This week they have a date with Trimble on Tuesday and then will face off with Alexander on Saturday. — Andrew Bowlby

Wellston Golden Rockets logoT-5. Wellston Golden Rockets | 5-5 (Conf. 1-4)

The recent stretch for the Wellston girls has been difficult. They have lost three straight games and five of their last six. Four of those losses have also come against conference opponents.  

Coming off a two-point loss to Nelsonville-York and being on the wrong end of a blowout vs. Gallia Academy, Wellston will look to turn their streak around with two games against Southeastern and Athens this week. — Andrew Bowlby

T-5. Vinton County Vikings | 3-8 (Conf. 1-4)

It’s been tough sledding for Vinton County as of late, with the girls only having played two games since Christmas and both have been on the road against tough teams. The former was against Federal Hocking, where Vinton County suffered a 17-point loss, while the latter was a defeat on Thursday night in Athens by a final score of 59-39.

Looking ahead, Vinton County has a shot at a winning week, with a home date set against an 0-7 Northwest team on Wednesday, followed by another home game on Thursday against Meigs. — Grant Kiefer

7. Meigs Marauders | 3-8 (Conf. 0-5)

The Lady Marauders played three games, beginning in Marietta with the River City Classic. The girls went 1-1 in the tournament, falling to Belpre 65-46 on the Dec. 27 but coming back with a 72-55 win against Trimble the next day. Meigs rung in the new year with a game against Alexander, where they lost in a tough battle 60-51. 

The ladies will spend the next week out of town, taking a trip to Eastern on Monday. On Thursday, they will take on the Vinton County Vikings in their only TVC-Ohio game of the week. Lucy Schaefer