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September 24, 2017

9/8/2017 5:14:00 AM
High School Round up: Ironmen play to 1-1 tie against South Webster
Jackson's Reason Padgett (#6) challenges South Webster goalkeeper Tanner Voiers for the ball late in the second half on Thursday night. (Photo By Todd Compston)

Jackson's Reason Padgett (#6) challenges South Webster goalkeeper Tanner Voiers for the ball late in the second half on Thursday night. (Photo By Todd Compston)

Sports Editor

JACKSON - The Jackson boys' soccer team played South Webster to a 1-1 draw Thursday in a hard-fought non-league contest at Alumni Stadium.

With the result, the Ironmen move to 3-1-2 overall on the season.

"The kids fought their tails off tonight," said Jackson head coach Lee Lord. "We didn't sub as much as we usually do so those guys ran a lot. But I am extremely proud of their effort and you can't ask to represent your school any better than that.

"Our guys played a well of a game tonight."

The closely contested match was scoreless until the final 43.2 seconds in the first half when Sam Holstein scored on a penalty kick to put the visiting Jeeps in front, 1-0.

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However, Jackson got the equalizer midway through the second half when Reason Padgett's header from inside the box, found the back of the net. The Ironmen goal was set up by Chase Thorpe's corner kick, as he directed it toward Padgett, who was charging toward the left-side of the box.

"That was a nice play," said Lord. "It was a great kick to the back post and all he (Padgett) had to do is put it in and he did. "We have worked on that and he really played it well tonight.

"Honestly, it was a hard-fought game. They have the two things that give us the most trouble, height and speed. We had to play a little more back, which gave them a little more space in the middle."

Both teams showcased defense the final 18:44 of the game, as the Ironmen and the Jeeps were kept off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

For the contest, Jackson maintained an 8-7 advantage in corner kicks, but was unable to capitalize.

However, South Webster held a lopsided 20-9 advantage in shot attempts, including 14-9 in shots on goal. The Ironmen committed 12 fouls, while the Jeeps had nine.

In the goal, Jackson's Trey Moore finished with 13 saves, while Tanner Voiers had eight for South Webster.

"In all honesty, a tie was probably a fair result, but not the result we wanted of course," Lord said. Obviously, we wanted the win, but Trey played very well in the goal and made some great saves for us.

"South Webster is a super solid team. They are probably one of the top two or three Division III teams in the area. I could see them winning the district in Division III again this year, depending on their draw. There is a reason we play them. Even though they are Division III, they are a quality team."

Jackson returns to the pitch on Wednesday, Sept. 13, when they travel to Washington Court House to face the Lions in Frontier Athletic Conference action at 5 p.m.


Ethan Mercer finished at the match medalist, as he shot 41 to led Jackson's boys' golf team over Washington Court House in Frontier Athletic Conference action on Thursday afternoon.

Jackson shot 190 as a team to defeat Washington Court House (205) by 15 strokes.

"Our worst score since the last time we played at the Greens against Miami Trace, which was our last loss," said Jackson head coach Kevin Bowman. "We are lucky to shoot that kind of score and still come away with the win.

"As a team, it is good to be able to count on Kole (Weaver) and Ethan's consistent and solid play. But to really score well, as we have the past few weeks, it takes the others to put good rounds together."

Weaver finished three strokes behind Mercer with a 44, while Aidan Massie finished with a 52 and Trase Speakman had a score of 53. Cooper Donaldson carded a 61 for the Ironmen and Matt Moore finished with a score of 65 for Jackson.

The Ironmen return to the links on Tuesday at home against Chillicothe.



The Jackson girls' golf team picked up a road win Wednesday, knocking off Miami Trace 233-258

Kyleigh Phillips and Marcie McCorkle shot 56s to lead the Ironladies, three strokes better than Kylie DeFoy, who carded a 59 and Kira Mullins finished with a score of 62 to round out the scoring for Jackson.

Zoe Ruckel shot 68 and Allison Moore had a 70 for the Ironladies.

Tanner Bryant of Miami Trace was the match medalist with score of 53.

Jackson (2-3 FAC) returns to league action on Wednesday at Greenfield-McClain.


The Jackson Ironladies volleyball team won a non-league thriller at Waverly, winning in five sets to improve to 6-1 overall on the season.

Abbey Munn had 12 kills, four blocks and seven digs, as the Ironladies won 18-25, 25-12, 21-25, 25-15, 15-13.

Jordan Banks had 17 assists and 11 digs, while Melinda Ruggles finished with a match-high 32 digs and Olivia Carroll had 14 digs and five kills for Jackson.

The Ironladies return to non-league action on Monday at Gallia Academy. They will play at Washington Court House in Frontier Athletic Conference action on Tuesday.



The Jackson Ironladies tennis team defeated Chillicothe by a 3-2 margin in FAC action on Tuesday.

The Ironladies won one singles match and both doubles contest to edge the Lady Cavaliers on the road.

Josie Ball and Lillie Houser, along with Natalie Kirby and Georgia Miller were victorious in doubles action.

Ball and Houser won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 in No. 1 doubles, while Kirby and Miller were a 6-4, 6-1 winner in the No. 2 doubles match.

Alyson Bragg was the only winner in singles, winning in the No. 3 spot 6-3, 6-1.

In No. 1 singles action, Sydney Humphreys lost in straight sets 1-6, 2-6, while Mackenzie Humphreys lost in a tiebreaker in the third set 5-10 after 7-6 win in the first set 2-6 loss in the second set.


Madison Stewart had 4 kills and scored 9 points, including two service aces to lead the Wellston volleyball team on Tuesday night at home, but the Lady Rockets fell to Alexander 15-25, 20-25, 14-25.

Sydney Mullins and Kaylee Taynor finished with 16 digs apiece for Wellston, while Lilly Stanley had eight assists and nine digs.

With the loss, Wellston dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the Tri-Valley Conference, Ohio Division.

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