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Warrior football team sits down at banquet table

By Carol McIntire


Football players who received special awards during the annual banquet are shown above. From left are: Parker Crim, Jose Diaz, Kyle Amstutz and Chase Flanagan. Tavis Rutledge was absent when the photo was taken.

Coach Phil Mauro thanked members of the Carrollton Warriors football team for their perseverance and inner strength during the 2017 campaign.

“Because of those two qualities and your determination never to quit, we finished the season on a 2-0 winning streak. We were the only team in the NBC (Northeastern Buckeye Conference) to do that,” Mauro told his team, families and friends gathered in Bell-Herron Middle School Sunday evening for the annual banquet.

Special awards were presented to the following players:

Academic Award: Tavis Rutledge, who Mauro said, “is an example of what we want in the classroom.”

Warrior Award: Kyle Amstutz, who Mauro said, “is the best example of the concept of team. His role changed from week to week and he didn’t challenge his role, he worked with it.”

Iron Warrior Award: Jose Diaz. The award coordinated with summer testing and scoring. Diaz scored 98 out of a possible 100 points.

IVC all-stars announced

The Inter-Valley Conference recently released it 2017 North and South Divisions Fall All-Star teams.



Malvern placed five on the first team: Drew Hutchison, Gavyn Potts, Jacob Foster and Austin Patterson and Sam Earl; second team, Dylan Mowery, Derk Hutchinson and Jake Moser; Jacob Andrews was received honorable mention.

Sandy Valley had four players named to the first team: Brad Smith, Cameron Blair, Dante Tucci and Bryce Kelly. Earning second team recognition were Adam Ruegg, Elijah Eyster and Brendan Obradovich. Earning honorable mention was Austin Dierick.

East Canton won the North Division and swept all the special awards except for one.

East Canton Coach Spider Miller was named Coach of the Year; Mitch Mitchell, Player of the Year, John Mucci; Defensive Back of the Year, Nathanae Suntheimer; Offensive Lineman of the Year, Jordan Shultz; Defensive Lineman of the Year, Anthony Baad; Specialist of the Year, Austin Snodgrass, Buckeye Trail.

Scott earns All-Ohio honors at state cc meet

Minerva senior Mackenzie Scott (red jersey) placed in the Division II girls race at the state cross country meet to earn All-Ohio honors.

HEBRON – Minerva’s Mackenzie Scott placed seventh to help the Lady Lions to a sixth place finish at last Saturday’s OHSAA State Cross Country meet at National Trail Raceway in Hebron.

Scott ran a time of 18:40.2 to earn first team All-Ohio honors.

Carrollton had one runner take part in the Division II race, junior Micah Donley placed 77th with a time of 20:03.7.

“It was not the race she had hoped for, but she still ran well,” said Carrollton head coach Chris Woolf.

“I am proud of all of the hard work and dedication she showed throughout this season, and I know she is looking forward to coming back and letting loose next year.

“This was her first time at state as an individual and there were lots of new and different things for her to process.”

Warriors, Lions earn post-season NBC honors

Post season awards and team standings were announced last week by Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC) officials.

Listed below are individual selections from Carrollton and Minerva, team standings and the last time either school won the league title.



Team Title: Minerva and West Branch (tie).

Carrollton: Christian Barto, first team; Bruce Ferrell and Justin Shaw, second team; Emmett Davis and Drue Moore, honorable mention.

Most recent team championship: 2014: tied with Louisville. Finished third this season with a 12-2 record and a fourth place finish in the NBC tournament.

Minerva: Scotty Wilson and Connor Wright, first team; Chris Lowe and Trey Weber, second team; Mitch Myers and Charlie Bolanz, honorable mention.

Minerva tied for the league title with Marlington with a 10-4 record and first place finish in the tournament.

Dover outlasts Carrollton in four hard-fought sets to win Division II district title

By Carol McIntire


Carrollton senior Emma Birong (9 black) spikes the ball across the net betweem the outstretched hands of two Dover players during the district championship game Saturday. Dover won the match to advance to regional action.

MAGNOLIA – Dover outlasted Carrollton in four close sets Saturday in the Division II East District volleyball championship at Sandy Valley High School Saturday.

The Warriors bow out of tournament play with an overall record of 20-5 and 11-3 in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC).

Dover won the first set 26-24. The Warriors came back and took the second 27-25 and lost the final two, 25-18 and 27-25.

The two teams played almost point-for-point in the opening two sets.

Dover scored first in the opening set, but the Warriors came back and built a 20-14 lead before the Tornadoes came storming back to tie the set at 22. Dover went up 23-22 when Carrollton senior Jaci Pridemore was called for being over the net. The Warriors tied the game at 23 and after Dover went up 24-23, the Warriors tied it again before Dover scored the final two points to secure the win.

Carrollton scored first in the second set, during which the teams were never separated by more than three points. With Dover up 23-22, the Warriors tied the game and went up 24-23. Following a time out, Dover tied the game at 24-24 and again at 25-25. A Dover serve out of bounds gave Carrollton the edge they needed and the Warriors secured a 27-25 win.

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