1/30/2017 to 2/12/2017 Athletic Schedule
We are already at the end of the month and it seems like we were just bringing in the new year. At this point I think we are all ready for spring and in less than 2 months our spring sports will have already played their first home games. As we get close to the end of January and early February our winter sports are getting ready for their respective state tournaments.
Before we start talking about the winter sports teams the athletic department is excited to announce that a new partnership with a local business has been formed. Spitzer Chevrolet Lordstown has made Jackson-Milton Local Schools a part of their “Chevy All-Stars Program.” As part of being named to this program we are happy to announce that a $15,000-dollar donation has been made to the athletic department. We are in the planning stages of a major project that we hope to be able to announce in the coming months. Make sure to support this local business and see how they can help you in all your car needs.
Girls Basketball Teams
As we come closer to the girls state tournament draw our girls are beginning to heat up and look to be a lock for a top seed in this tournament. The reigning district champs are 15-3 on the year and have yet to lose to a D4 team. They are ranked as the 9th best team in division 4 by the Ohio AP state poll released last week. The girls will be at home on Monday against Sebring in a game that if our girls win they will clinch the ITCL Blue Tier Championship. This game will be a varsity only contest and will start at 6:00 PM, with our 5 and 6th grade girls playing at halftime of the JV game. On Thursday, we play our last home game in the Blue Tier against Mineral Ridge. The girls will travel for a match up on next Thursday to Springfield before hosting senior day on Saturday February, 11th. Katie Rago, Ashley Totani and Kaitlyn Totani will all be honored before the start of the varsity game and this should start around 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Speaking of the Totani twins, Ashley, recorded her 1,000-career point with an assist from her sister on this past Thursday against McDonald. Both sisters have now scored 1,000 career points. Our junior varsity girls have 3 games left on the schedule and remain undefeated on the season. Our 7th grade girls are 7-3 on the year and are getting ready for the ITCL tournament that will start on Feb 9th. Our 8th grade girls continue to improve and have lost their last few games by just a few points. They will also start their tournament on February 9th. The junior high girls are away on this Monday at Columbiana and next Monday at Lisbon. They will be home on the next two Wednesdays with Mineral Ridge coming to town this week and Western Reserve next Wednesday.
Boys Basketball Teams
The crowds that we have seen at our boys varsity and junior varsity games this season have been very nice and enthusiastic. For the trophy game, we had close to 500 people in our gym for this game alone. The boys have been in many a close games this season and are putting a fun product to watch each night. The boys varsity and junior varsity teams will travel to Southern Local on Tuesday of this week and return home on Friday to host Lowellville in a match up that will have our 3rd and 4th grade boys playing in a contest at halftime. The boys will host the McDonald Blue Devils on Tuesday February 7th. The McDonald boys are the 3rd ranked team in the state poll and are goal is to packed the gym again in support of our boys. This game will be taped delayed on Armstrong Channel 20 and will air multiple times that weekend. We will also be hosting our pee-wee cheerleaders on this night as well. All JM Students will be get into this game for free as well. On Friday, the 10th the boys will travel to Sebring in another contest. Our junior high boys are also getting closer to their tournament season and currently have 4 games left on their schedule. Our 7th grade team has been playing some close games and continue to improve. The 8th grade boys have continued to improve and currently have a winning record on the season. The boys will be at home on the next two Mondays and on the road the next two Wednesdays.
One thing that sets apart Jackson-Milton Wrestling from other schools our size is that we are not afraid to go against any size of school. Last weekend, our wrestlers were at the Joshua Hephner Memorial Tournament at Austintown Fitch High School. This is a tournament that attracts many larger schools from all over the state to compete and our wrestlers were successful against this tough field. Nick Vergallito took 8th place in his weight class and Nick Scarl took 4th in his weight class. The boys also competed against Liberty this past week and winning their match was Jeremy Seka, Ryan Staton, Anthony Pizzuto, Nick Vergallito, Nick Scarl, and John Landis. On Saturday, the 4th our high school wrestlers will compete in the EOWL league championships at Fitch. Bill Jeffries a former Athletic Director and teacher will be getting in the Hall of Fame of this organization with the ceremony starting at 4:15. All the high school wrestlers and middle school wrestlers will be going to Berkshire on the 7th for a wrestling meet starting at 6:00 PM. Furthermore, the junior high wrestlers will be going to Liberty on the 10th and 11th for a junior high EOWL Championships.