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POTTERS CRASH REBELS HOME OPENER

COLUMBIANA OH- East Liverpool Volleyball showed no fear against the back to back district champion Crestview Rebels on Wednesday night as they stormed to a 3-0 sweep (25-23 25-19 25-19).

The first set was a thriller. After the Potters jumped out to a 9-4 lead, the Rebels came back and tied it at 9. From that point on the Potters lead didn’t go over two until they led 23-20. Even then, the Rebels fought back and made it 23-22 before the Potters made the plays needed to win 25-23.

For sets two and three the dominance of East Liverpool captain Sharnae Wilson proved too much for the Rebels to match. Wilson had 19 kills on the night, and just 1 attack error. That’s a hitting percentage of .818. Kyia White added 9 kills for the Potters. Addison Galeoti led in digs with 11.

Lucy Montgomery had a great night for Crestview transitioning from setter last season to an outside hitter this season. She led the team with 13 kills, 6 digs, and an ace. Grace Auer had 13 assists and 4 kills.

Crestview returns to action Saturday morning hosting Minerva at 10:00.

East Liverpool gets back to action on Thursday traveling to Beaver Local.

POTTERS GET PAST DOUBLE OVERTIME THRILLER

STEUBENVILLE OH- East Liverpool needed every ounce of energy to top Carrollton in double overtime 53-51.

Nick Woodward player the hero as he put back a missed free throw at the buzzer to end the game. Woodward has missed a shot earlier in the game at the buzzer that would have ended, he made sure his second chance was true. The Potters has to play both overtime’s without their leading scorer Tresean Jackson. He hit a three late in the fourth to give East Liverpool their first lead of the second half 43-42. Jackson fouled out before the end of regulation. The Potters navigated adversity, and earned a trip to the district championship game on Saturday.

Tresean Jackson led the Potters with 17 points. Timmy Neal had a strong night gathering up 14. Jimmy Birong also got in to double figures with 12.

East Liverpool will play second seeded New Philadelphia on Saturday at 7:00.

HISTORY LESSON; 1000 POINT SCORERS HONORED AT THE POTTER FIELDHOUSE

By Tommy Pease

If you have never visited the East Liverpool Potter Fieldhouse for a High School basketball game, I recommend you come check it out. The Potter Fieldhouse is the Taj Mahal of High School gymnasiums with new, modern lighting and the classic blue cushioned seats there’s not a better venue in the state to enjoy high school basketball.

On Tuesday, February 18th, the 9 Male and 3 Female student-athletes to reach a career 1,000 points scored were honored with the unveiling of the 1,000 Point Club Banner that will now grace the walls of the Potter Fieldhouse. Out of the 12 players currently in this club, the first-ever member to join was 1961 Graduate Ken Cunningham. If you’re a Potter Basketball junkie like me and many others in our small town, it happens all too often at a community event or cookout with friends, the “whos the all-time best Potter hoops player” conversation comes to the table. For all the old-timers who have had the privilege to watch all of these student-athletes take to the court, 59 years later the 1961 grad and his 1,102 career points is still the fan favorite and rightfully so. He is the only Potter in school history to receive All-Ohio Player of the Year honors.

Cunningham remained the only 1,000 point club member with 1,102 points scored until 28 years later the first Lady Potter to net a 1,000 career points was crowned. A 1989 grad Wendy Baker not only joined the club but she owned it netting a career 1,153 points.

It took 31 years until 1992 grad Mike McFarlane burst on the scene with his sharpshooting mentality and joined Cunnigham becoming the second male club member. McFarlane had swagger before swagger was a thing. As a 10-year-old boy, I can remember McFarlane lighting up the scoreboard at a jam-packed Potter Fieldhouse..  From that point on, I was hooked on Potter hoops. Mcfarlane led his 1992 team to the Elite 8 and would end his career with 1,126 points.

The Baker overall record and Mcfarlane boys record stayed atop the club until 1997 when the future University of Pittsburgh recruit Stephen Flores tallied a career total of 1,191 points. Flores size and finesse stole the hearts of Potter Fans during his years of scoring dominance. At 6 ft 7in tall he graced the wing and led the Potters to a dominant 57-9 record during his run atop the mountain. During the Flores era the Potters were always at the top of the AP Rankings, reaching as high as 4th in his time as a Potter. His sophomore season team (1995) was one of the greatest to ever take the court for the Potters. They finished the season 20-2 but ended in heartbreak fashion with a sectional championship loss to the eventual undefeated Division 1 state champion Zanesville Blue Devils. Flores was one of 9 players in school history to be named 2nd team All-State.

It took another 6 years to welcome the next member to the club when future Division 1 college recruit Josh Reed came on the scene. A 2003 grad Reed not only reached 1,000 points but blew away the scoring record with an astounding 1,305 career points. Reed is quite possibly the most dominant scoring threat to ever wear the Blue & White. Reed is another one of the 9 players in school history to receive 2nd team All-State honors. He led his teams to a combined 50-20 record that ended in 2003 with a Regional runner-up performance. The Potters have not been back to the regional finals since Reeds senior year.

The current all-time scoring leader in school history with 1,384 points was next to join the club. Class of 2005 graduate Brian Kreefer a Division I Cornell recruit broke Reeds scoring record and it held strong now for 15 years. Kreefer who is one of 7 players in school history to be named first-team All-State. Kreefer could knock it down from anywhere on the court averaging over 30 points a game in his 2005 season. Kreefer led him to a 20-3 record and a sectional championship during his senior year.

As Kreefer stood atop the mountain 4 others have reached the 1,000 point milestone but none were able to break the total that Kreefer put on the board.  When the Kreefer era ended it took another 7 years before 2012 graduate Marky Thompkins ended his career with 1247 points. He was a 2 sport star with pure athleticism that separated him from the pack. In his senior season, Thompkins led the potters to a 19-4 season that ended in a district finals loss against eventual final four team St. Clairsville. Thompkins is a two-time All-State selection and currently sits 5th on the all-time list.

After Thompkins in 2012, the next to join the club was 2015 graduate Nikayla Edgell. In her senior season, she not only joined the club but almost owned it. Edgell, a scoring machine for the Lady Potter’s took a run at Kreefers 1,384 point record but fell short ending her career with 1,380 points. Her spot on top the Lady Potter record books is one that could stand for a very long time.

The next pure scorer to own the stat sheet for the boys was 2016 graduate Issac Davidson. Davidson had unlimited range and could score from all over the court. In the 2015 Potter Holiday Classic, Davidson had the fieldhouse off their seats and on their feet as he dialed in for 46 points leading the Potters to the tournament championship. Davidson with quite possibly the most accurate stroke in school history finds himself in the state record books for sinking a remarkable 54 consecutive free throws. Davidsons 1178 points land him on 7th on the all-time scoring list.

The class of 2019 held the 10th club member in boys hoop star Gabe Roach. Always smiling and jumping out of the gym, Roach was one of the best open court scorers in school history. A two-time All-State selection Roach ended his career leading the Potters to a District finals appearance. His 1,163 points land him 8th on the all-time list.

Fast forward to the present day and 2020 has been a very special year for East Liverpool High School and Potter Basketball. The class of 2020 has gifted us the first-ever Classmates to reach 1,000 career points. The Lady Potter 1,000 point club welcomed its 3rd member as 2 sport star Emma Ludwig joined the club ending her career with 1,062 points. Ludwig not only a dominant scorer, she also accumulated over 600 career rebounds and 300 career blocks. Those attributes helped lead the Lady Potters to their first playoff win in 11 years.

On the other side of this 2020 class is a 4-year starter and three-point machine Tresean Jackson. As a babyface freshman, Jackson stole the hearts of Potter fans with his charisma, quick hands, and limitless range. It was obvious early in his career that he could knock down the outside shot and he could do it in abundance. During his junior year, he broke the all-time three-pointers made record held by fellow club member Josh Reed (152). This record-breaking run is still going strong as “Trigger” Tresean Jackson sits at 211 made career three-pointers. As Jackson entered his final season the once babyface freshman was now a quicker more versatile version of himself. As a result, Jackson is making another run at history. Earlier this year Jackson became the 11th member of the 1,000 point club and quickly started to make his run to the top of the mountain. He currently sits 3rd on the all-time scoring list with 1339 career points. Only Edgell (1380) and Kreefer (1384) stand in his way.  If Jackson can lead the Potters back to the district finals again this year we could witness the crowning of a new scoring king.

 

East Liverpool will host Indian Valley in the sectional final this Saturday 2/29 at 7 pm.

POTTERS POUND MARTINS FERRY, ADVANCE TO OVAC TITLE

EAST LIVERPOOL- The East Liverpool Potters advances to the OVAC Championship game with a dominating 80-41 win over Martins Ferry on Tuesday night.

The Potters were helped by a tremendous effort from Tresean Jackson who scored 31 points. Jackson’s contributions didn’t end there as he did a masterful job distributing the ball finishing with 8 assists on the night. Brennan O’Hara was also in double figures with 15 points.

The Potters defense was nothing to forget either. They held the Raiders to just 11 first half points with suffocating pressure.

The Potters now look to avenge an earlier loss to Meadowbrook in the OVAC championship on Friday night.

FRISTIK SHATTERS MARKS; BULLDOGS TOP POTTERS

EAST PALESTINE, OH- It may have been senior night, but Joclyn Fristik was able to grab some spotlight on Monday evening for her hard work.  The Junior Guard helped propel East Palestine to a 60-46 victory against East Liverpool.

Fristik scored a career-high 34-points while breaking the single-season record for three-pointers (54) and also broke the career record for three-pointers made (98).  Oh, and by the way, she’s still left with a season and change to reset the bar in those categories as well as several others.

Chipping in offensively for EP was Morgan Rutledge with 10, and Bailey Davis with 7.

East Liverpool was led by Emma Ludwig’s 27 points, along with Shayla Foster with 8.

 

POTTERS FALL TO OAK GLEN

EAST LIVERPOOL, OH- There were several left stunned in their padded blue seats on Tuesday evening.  Buckeye 8 Champion, and local powerhouse, East Liverpool gave up an 8-point lead over rival Oak Glen in the final stanza and eventually fell 65-60 on their home floor.

While Oak Glen is far from a pushover on the schedule, the Big Blue Nation has come to have some high expectations for this year’s Potter team.  East Liverpool had issues with turnovers down the stretch that gave the opportunity to Oak Glen, and those chances were cashed in for a signature win.

Timmy Neal led the Potters with 14 points, while Tresean Jackson was held below his average at 13 points.  Also filling out the scoring sheet for EL was Brennan O’Hara who finished with 10.

Oak Glen’s Zach Taylor scored a game-high 22 which consisted of 5 splashes from beyond the arc.  Gage Patterson chipped in 18 to help the Golden Bears pull the upset.

 

EL COMEBACK FALLS JUST SHORT

NEW MANCHESTER, WV- The East Liverpool Lady Basketball Team has begun to develop quite the taste for comeback soup as of late.  Trailing last weekend at home against East Palestine, the Lady Potters were able to battle their way back and stole the game away, and on Monday, the Blue and White nearly did it again!

Oak Glen had to hang on for dear life as East Liverpool stormed back in the fourth quarter for 27 points and lost 67-64 to the Golden Bears.

Emma Ludwig led the way for East Liverpool with 23 points, while Mikayla Reed had 14.

The Lady Potters fall to 9-6 on the year and now prepare for United on the road Thursday.

POTTERS DEFEAT BEAVERS TO TAKE SEASON SWEEP

EAST LIVERPOOL, OH- The Potters defeated the Beavers 64-59 on Tuesday in a classic rivalry game. The stands were packed, with not a single seat empty, and the expectations for the game were high.

Interesting events transpired to start the contest. The Beavers students were given noisemakers that they used on Potters offensive trips. On the third trip down the floor, the referees stopped the game to have the PA announcer ask the students to stop with the noisemakers, at which point, the whole Beavers side of the stands began clapping loudly to disrupt the Potters. The Beavers took advantage, having a 19-15 lead after 1. The second quarter had less clapping, but just as much action-packed basketball, as Beaver Local had the lead 31-30 heading into the half.

The third quarter was a heavyweight bout, as the team traded blow after blow. The Potters came out of it with a 4 point lead. Tre’shawn Jackson hit a couple of uncontested 3s to start the 4th and give the Potters nearly all the momentum. They took it and ran off with the 5 point victory. The Beavers drop to 7-6, while the Potters improve to 7-2.

For East Liverpool, Tresean Jackson had 26 tallies while Brennan O’Hara spotted 20 for the Potters.

The Beavers were led by the trio of Luke Chetok with 15, Josh Hilditch with 13, and Logan Reed with 11 points.

The next broadcast on YSN Beaver Local is this Thursday night when the Lady Beavers host Indian Creek at 7:00.

 

*Story contributed by YSN’s Michael McKenzie

O’HARA COMES UP BIG AGAINST EDISON; POTTERS ROLL

EAST LIVERPOOL, OH- One of the biggest threats in the area just got a little bit stronger with the emergence of a new star.  The East Liverpool Potters have been known to have big nights on the floor from the likes of their thousand point scorer, Tresean Jackson, and fellow bucket-filler, “The Real Deal” Timmy Neal.  Now, you can add another head to that monster as senior Brennan O’Hara had his Potter Party on Friday night in a big victory over Buckeye 8 opponent, Edison, 75-47.

O’Hara went off to the tune of 19 points and 5 helpers.  This coming just a week after sitting out the Steubenville game for health reasons.  Izaiah Browning had 17 points for the Blue Machine that included 5 splashes from beyond the arc.  Tresean Jackson would lead all scorers with 21 points, and Timmy Neal would chip in a dozen for the 6-2 Potters.

For Edison, Andrew Pugh led the way with 12 points while Jayden Sanders had 11.

The Potters have a huge Buckeye 8 matchup coming up on Tuesday in hostile territory.  East Liverpool will face off against rival Beaver Local in the Beaver Den, that game will be on YSN, but tickets are still available but will be sure to be a sellout.

The Wildcats will turn their attention to Buckeye Local on Tuesday at home.

JACKSON JOINS EL ELITE; POTTERS ROLL PAST CREEK

EAST LIVERPOOL, OH- There’s a quote that reads “When you know yourself, you are empowered.  When you accept yourself, you are invincible.”  On Tuesday, inside the Potter Fieldhouse, the ninth member of the 1,000 Point Club was inducted into that elite group to jog the courts of ELHS.  Tresean Jackson has not only found and accepted himself and the role on this team, but he has thrived in it.  Jackson led the Potters past rival Indian Creek with a 35 point performance on the way to an 82-39 victory.

Jackson stood at 965 coming into Tuesday night, and as he’s done all season- hit the nail on the head with a near-perfect performance to celebrate a special night in his career.  Tre drilled 5 from beyond the arc, and the rest came from dazzling moves and pull-up jumpers that sent the crowd home smiling.

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Also contributing to the victory for the Blue and White were Brennan O’Hara with 4 rebounds and 9 points, Timmy Neal with 10 points and five boards, and Izaiha Browning with 9 points.

Indian Creek’s Mike Krczykowski led the way with 13 points and 4 caroms for his side.  Jacob Wright also contributed with a double-digit effort and 10 points.

East Liverpool (5-0) will now look to battle Meadowbrook this Saturday at the Buckeye 8 Challenge at Ohio University Eastern.  Tipoff is set for 4:15.