Beallsville Spoils Return of St. John’s

Photo by Sheri McAninch Matt Fouty of St. John’s, left, looks to find an open teammate during Tuesday’s home opener, while Beallsville’s Dakota Phillips defends. The Blue Devils defeated the Irish 76-31.

BELLAIRE–Boys’ basketball is back at St. John Central.

The Fighting Irish hoops program was put in dry dock last year due to a lack of numbers. St. John’s launched its comeback campaign Tuesday night, but it was Beallsville doing the celebrating as the Blue Devils rolled to an impressive 76-31 triumph at the Guernsey Street Greenhouse.

The Blue Devils jumped out to a 22-14 lead after one period and methodically pulled away the balance of the night. Coach Rick Jarrett saw 10 of his charges reach the scoring column.

“It was a nice way to start the season. I think we are much improved from last year’s season,” Jarrett said “We got good numbers and a full jayvee team. That is something we haven’t had for a while.”

The Blue Devils went 7-16 last winter.

Dr. Doug Swartz is now at the Fighting Irish helm with seven players in tow. Only six, however, are currently eligible due to OHSAA transfer rules.

“We got a good look against multiple defenses and the press tonight,” Swartz said. “We showed that we could handle pressure when we had fresh legs. We had some early foul trouble that proved a problem.

“We found out a lot about ourselves tonight. We did some good things. Beallsville has a nice team. Their size gave us problems.”

Beallsville exhibited fine offensive balance. Four players reached double digits for the winners with talented junior Dakota Phillips leading the way with 17 points.

Classmate Kolin Ludwig was next with 14 markers while James Schnegg and Adam Baker delivered 11 and 10 points, respectively. Jarrett emptied the Blue Devils bench in the third quarter.

Sweet-shooting junior Mason Kelly paced the Fighting Irish with 17 points. Senior ace Matt Fouty delivered eight lightings.

“We are stressing defense this year. We gave up way too many points last season,” Jarrett said. “We are trying to do a lot of different things both offensively and defensively this year. We have a nice mixture of size and athleticism.”

Beallsville broke matters open by intermission, building a 45-22 cushion. The Blue Devils forged a 67-26 advantage after three rounds.

The Blue Devils committed 16 turnovers. St. John’s was guilty of 15 miscues.

Both teams return to action Friday night. Beallsville looks to make it two straight wins when it travels to Bridgeport while St. John’s plays host to Frontier.


Cameron 69

Paden City 51

PADEN CITY–Cameron topped host Paden City with four of its players reaching double figures.

Dillon Meintel paved the way with 24 points and Noah Neely followed with 14.

Zane Clutter was next with a 12-point performance and Travis Mickey added 11.

Matt Saxon paced the Wildcats with 11, while Ethan Cross and Trey Slider each poured in 10.

Oak Glen 81, Weir 57

NEW CUMBERLAND–Oak Glen jumped out to a 26-7 lead in the opening quarter and never looked back in upending visiting Weir.

Ethan Travis led the Golden Bears with 20 points, followed by Zach Taylor’s 16, while Gage Patterson and Jarrett Gittings each tallied 11.

Tanner Mikula paced Weir with 15 points and Dakota Nutter added 10.

River 65, Barnesville 45

HANNIBAL — Michael Johnson poured on a game-high 31 points as River ran away from Barnesville.

Luke Powell had a solid day for the Shamrocks as he compiled 25 points.

Tyler Consolidated 71 Valley 38

PINE GROVE — Tyler Consolidated outscored Valley 24-6 in the third quarter as it ran away with a victory.

Four Silver Knights scored in double figures as Tyler West bucketed 19 points while Griffin Phillips secured 16. Justin Bowman tallied 15 points and Mark Rucker rounded out the double figure scorers with 11.

Ryan Baker led the way for the Lumberjacks with 12 points while Avery Kinkade had 11.

Monroe Central 62

Magnolia 39

WOODSFIELD — Zac Jones scored 24 points while Luke Burkhart netted 18 as Monroe Central defeated Magnolia.

Jake Gamble had a team-high 18 points for the Blue Eagles.

Union Local 62, Bellaire 36

Cal Kildow and Stuart White both had 18 points as Union Local defeated Bellaire.

A.J. McCarthy led the way for Bellaire with 11 points.

Steubenville 87, Brooke 49

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville scored at least 25 points in the first three quarters in a victory over Brooke.

James Roundtree supplied 16 points for Big Red while Josh Zimmerman and Ryan Rauch both scored 13. Jordan Wallace rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points.

Logan Williams led the way for Brooke with a game-high 25 points.


Cameron 42

Ritchie County 38

CAMERON — Kori Scott and Jordyn Hughes both tallied 10 points as Cameron defeated Ritchie County.



Wheeling Park 108, John Marshall 28 Edison 15, Indian Creek 4

WHEELING — Abby Turner, Sarah Heilman and Jenna Bopp all had two individual victories as Wheeling Park defeated John Marshall, Edison and Indian Creek.

Bopp won the 200 IM (2:28.92) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.75) while Turner secured victories in the 50 freestyle (25.58) and 500 freestyle (5:41.92). Heilman secured gold in the 100 butterfly (1:03.62) and 100 backstroke (1:07.00).

All three were also on the winning 200 medley relay team with Melina McCabe and the 400 freestyle relay with Barbara Blicher.


Wheeling Park 106, John Marshall 29 Indian Creek 12, Edison 10

WHEELING — Devanand Kuttan was the lone swimmer to claim multiple individual events on the boys side. Kuttan won the 200 IM (2:22.28) and 100 backstroke (1:03.00). He was also on the winning 200 medley relay team with Alexander Dague, Max Kellas and Manaved Kuttan.


John Marshall 54, George Washington 21

John Marshall 60, Hurricane 8

Parkersburg South 62, John Marshall 11

MOUNDSVILLE–Anthony Carman went unbeaten in three matches in the 195-pound class and the 182 group as John Marshall took down George Washington and Hurricane, before falling to Parkersburg South.

Carman won by pin, forfeit and tech fall. Also earning multiple wins on the day for the Monarchs were Matthew Tschappat (106), Carl Cochran (113), Gabe Carman (120), Ethan Gray (126), Peyton Shook (132), Austin Love (138), Cameron McClure (182) and Brady Williams (285).