August 31 WHEELERSBURG L 12-49 0-1
September 6 RUSSELL W 35-14 1-1
September 13 AMANDA CLEARCREEK W 14-7 2-1
September 20 at Ashland L 20-42 2-2
September 27 PORTSMOUTH L 20-33 2-3
October 4 JOHNSON CENTRAL L 14-56 2-4
October 11 at St. Charles L 14-38 2-5
October 18 at Bishop Hartley
October 25 OAK HILL (Senior Night)
November 1 at Raceland
Ironton High School this morning received an official invitation to join the Ohio Valley Conference in all sports.
Ironton Athletic Director Mark Lafon confirmed that the offer was made and said IHS would accept, pending board approval. The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 21st at 5:15pm.
The Fighting Tigers athletic teams would compete in all sports beginning in the 2014-15 school year, with the exception of football. That conference schedule will start no sooner than 2015. Contracts have to be adjusted or worked out, so it may not be until 2016 before IHS joins the conference on the gridiron.
This move comes less than one week after Portsmouth accepted an invitation to join the OVC in all sports.
The Ohio Valley Conference would then consist of Chesapeake, Coal Grove, Fairland, South Point, Rock Hill, Portsmouth and Ironton.
More information to follow.
(Photo courtesy of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)
For the 3rd time in school history, and the first time since 2005, the Ironton Fighting Tigers boys basketball team advanced to the Final 4.
Ironton used a strong second half to pull away from Oak Hill and post a 66-49 victory.
This proved to be one of the toughest tests in the post season as Ironton found itself trailing by one point in the third quarter, but outscored Oak Hill by 5 in the period, while holding the Oaks to just 7 fourth quarter points.
The Fighting Tigers were hampered a bit in the first half as senior Trey Fletcher picked up his 2nd foul in the 1st quarter and sat out all but 5 minutes in the first half. While Fletcher was out, his teammates stepped up.
Senior Trevor White had 6 points and 7 rebounds in the first half, while Zac Carter led the way in scoring with 10 through the first two periods.
When Fletcher returned at the start of the second half, Ironton's lead was just 2 points. However, Trey scored the Fighting Tigers' first seven points and the IHS offense started to click.
After shooting just 39% from the floor in the first half, Ironton scorched the nets for 57% in the second half, while holding the Oaks to just 38%.
This is Ironton's first trip to the Final 4 since 2005, when the Fighting Tigers finished as state runner up. This also marks the first time in 3 tries Ironton was able to capture a regional championship. IHS lost to Portsmouth last year in the regional championship and fell to Chesapeake 3 years ago.
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1 2 3 4 T
Oak Hill 9 11 22 7 49
Ironton 10 12 27 17 66
Zac Carter 34
Trevor White 14
Trey Fletcher 10
Josh Glover 6
Darrius Boykin 2
3 point shots - 4
Free Throws - 16-23
Turnovers - 7
Oak Hill scoring:
Garrin Stiltner 19
Luke Hammond 15
Drew Haislop 6
Kyle Love 5
Nathan Kidd 4
3 point shots - 5
Free throws - 10-15
Turnovers - 13
Oak Hill: 22-5
The Ironton boys basketball team will face a tall task Wednesday night in the regional semifinals...literally.
The Martins Ferry Purple Riders will put a starting five on The Convo floor that rivals any starters Ironton has seen this season from a height perspective. Senior guard - and leading scorer - Cody Schau stands at 6-3. Junior Robert Vargo stand at 6-6. He is averaging a double-double this season. In the middle is 6-8 freshman Emilio Appolloni. Senior Tyler Strama stretches out at 6-2. Sophomore guard Jake Barritt is the smallest of the 5, standing at 5-7.
The Riders will try to pound it inside against Ironton's Trey Fletcher, Aaron Stephens and Trevor White. Those 3 have been a big part of the Fighting Tigers defensive success in the post season. The orange and black are surrendering just 39 points per game in this playoff run.
For Martins Ferry, it's the first time to the regional tournament since 1998. Ironton has now been in the regionals 3 times in the last 4 years, finishing as runner up the 2 previous trips.
Offensively, Ironton is scoring 69.8 points per game (66.0 in the post season) while giving up 50.6 per game in the regular season.
The Purple Riders enter the game with a 14-8 overall record and score 59.9 points per game while surrendering 51.6
The winner of this regional semifinal game will advance to the finals Saturday night against the winner of Piketon and Oak Hill.
Tipoff is 6:15 Wednesday night from The Convo in Athens. You can listen to the game live on Fox Sports 1230 and 1420. Our airtime is 5:45.