The lately accomplished 2021-22 sports activities season noticed many nice moments and memorable performances as highschool sports activities returned. Listed here are the very best teaching performances from any faculty within the Athens District.
Nelsonville-York – Wayne Dicken, volleyball, softball
Many coaches have tried through the years to provide the Nelsonville-York softball program a successful season.
The Buckeyes discovered the suitable mixture within the 2022 season.
Dicken took over the softball program and took Nelsonville-York to heights by no means seen earlier than.
Buckeyes’s earlier faculty file for a win in a single season was eight.
They broke that mark, scoring 15-9 and successful the primary program of this system within the part.
A bucket of ice water was thrown at Dicken in celebration by Nelsonville-York athletic director Jay Kline following Buckeyes’ 3-2 win over Reedsville Japanese within the part remaining.
The Buckeyes had the chance to play within the district event at Unioto Excessive Faculty towards Portsmouth West. The Buckeyes would fall, however it was a Western workforce that went 26-3 and ultimately superior to the regional finals.
Alongside the best way, Nelsonville-York included the season collection towards Alexander and Meigs. The Buckeyes additionally gained in Athens and the River Valley, giving them six wins within the Ohio Division Tri-Valley Convention.
The Buckeyes had not gained any league video games since 2018, and had just one win at TVC-Ohio relationship again to 2013 earlier than the memorable 2022 season.
Dicken was named TVC-Ohio Coach of the 12 months for his efforts.
As if that weren’t sufficient, Dicken was additionally named District 13 Coach of the 12 months within the fall after main the Buckeyes volleyball program to a 19-5 file.
The Buckeyes had been sectional champions, in addition to in volleyball, and solely got here out ashamed of a spot within the district finals after a detailed loss within the Northwest.
Dicken, who was additionally an assistant coach throughout basketball season, undoubtedly works extra hours total than any coach within the state.
Dicken’s contributions to Nelsonville-York athletics in the course of the 2021-2022 season can’t be measured by wins and losses alone, though success and rankings are actually plentiful.
Alexander – Jeff Skinner, boys basketball
It took Jeff Skinner simply two seasons to climb the highest of the Tri-Valley Convention Division Ohio mountain.
Skinner helped lead the Alexander Spartans to a portion of the TVC-Ohio title simply in his second season.
Skinner and the Spartans, led by the eminent Kyler D’Augustino, discovered a technique to finish the season powerfully.
Alexander began the season 4-7, however gathered to complete 15-10.
Alexander and Vinton County each tied the TVC-Ohio standings with 10-2 data. Alexander included the season collection with the Vikings, together with an enormous win on the finish of the season at McArthur to make the joint title attainable.
Skinner was as soon as once more named TVC-Ohio Coach of the 12 months for Alexander’s exploits. Skinner gained the award many occasions throughout his keep at Athens Excessive Faculty and may now boast of successful the award in alma mater.
Alexander additionally went on to win a sectional title in Division III and nearly made it to the district finals.
The Spartans misplaced a heartbreaking triple to Fairland, in a sport performed at Waverly Excessive Faculty, to finish the yr with a troublesome grade.
Nevertheless, it didn’t diminish the truth that Alexander discovered his base, and Skinner and D’Augustino will return to defend the title within the winter.
Federal Hocking – Jonathan Thompson, boys basketball
Jonathan Thompson admitted throughout final season’s basketball that he was unsure what number of victories had been attainable.
Federal Hocking graduated all of his beginning lineup from a sectoral title successful workforce in 2021. A number of new and contemporary faces had been within the lineup.
Federal Hocking exceeded Thompson’s personal expectations.
The Lancers completed 18-5 total, successful league and sector titles.
Federal Hocking introduced some expertise, as gamers like Tariq Cottrill, Lane Smith and Andrew Airhart had been the principle contributors a yr in the past.
These gamers took on extra of a task in 2021-22, and the addition of guard Andrew Crockwell final season put the Lancers on high.
Federal Hocking season was positively highlighted by a pair of traditional late-season clashes with Trimble.
The Lancers misplaced at house to the Tomcats, however gained at Glouster within the remaining sport of the common season with Crockwell’s half-time shot on the sign.
The victory allowed Thompson and the Lancers to share the league title with Trimble. It was the second title of the Federal Hocking Tri-Valley Convention Hocking Division in three seasons.
The Lancers returned to the district event for the third consecutive season, ultimately shedding a detailed match to Western in a sport performed at Wellston Excessive Faculty.
Western ultimately continued to advance to the regional finals.
Thompson, who simply completed his fourth season, has given the Lancers stability and turned their successful tradition into McInturf Gymnasium.
Athens – Simon Diki, soccer for boys
Simon Dicky has turn out to be one in every of Athens’s most profitable packages.
Dicky and the Bulldogs superior to the Division II Championship match, Area 7 in 2021.
Athens ultimately misplaced to Unioto, however was 13-4-4 after reaching the Elite Eight.
Diki has led Athens for the final eight seasons, twice advancing to a regional remaining match.
The efficiency of the Bulldogs event was stuffed with thriller, beginning with a 2-1 victory over Warren in a sector remaining.
Athens, a No. 6 within the group, then defeated Fairfield Union 3-2 in further time within the district semifinals.
Athens then made one other upset, defeating Gallia Academy 1-0 in a district remaining to advance to the regional event for the tenth time in this system’s historical past.
The regional semifinal victory was extra snug for the Bulldogs within the event season, a 5-3 victory over Dover.
Athens additionally beat county rival Alexander, 3-1, within the common season to carry the Problem Cub.
Trimble – Joe Richards, ladies basketball
Joe Richards has climbed the mountain for the previous seven seasons as Trimble’s ladies basketball coach.
All of this led to the 2021-22 season, which will likely be some of the profitable within the historical past of the Trimble program.
Trimble went 22-5 this season, advancing to a regional remaining in Division IV.
It was a end result of the work executed by Richards and his assistant coach Jason Richards.
The pair had been on the bench when Trimble needed to cancel the remainder of the 2017-18 season because of an absence of wholesome gamers.
A gifted group of freshmen entered this system the next season and Tomcat by no means went again.
Trimble gained the Tri-Valley Hocking Convention Division for the third season in a row, sharing first place with Waterford.
The Tomcats gained at Waterford earlier than Christmas, a part of the beginning of the 13-0 season. Trimble additionally included the season collection with rival Nelsonville-York for the second season in a row.
Trimble superior to the district finals for the third consecutive season, transferring on to a 62-47 victory over South Webster for this system’s first district title since 2006.
Trimble then beat Monroe Central 56-49 to advance to the regional finals for the second time ever and for the primary time since 2005.
The Tomcats would lose to potential Waterford state champion within the regional finals, however not earlier than Richards and his gifted senior workforce make program historical past.
Waterford’s Richards and Jerry Shut had been named OPSWA Southeast Division VII Coaches of the 12 months.