Things didn’t go nearly as well this fall as many West Jefferson High School sports fans would have liked, but there were plenty of things to be happy about as a number of Roughriders earned All-Mid-State League honors.
Perhaps the most successful fall was turned in by the Lady Roughriders soccer team.
No, their 7-9-1 overall record wasn’t really anything to boast about. But considering the Roughriders played one of the most challenging schedules around, it has to be considered a decent season at best.
West Jeff placed fifth out of the six teams in the MSL Ohio Division, finishing well behind Grandview (5-0). Worthington Christian was second (3-1-1) and was followed by Columbus Academy (2-1-2), Bexley (2-3), West Jeff (1-3-1) and London (0-5).
The Roughriders best players were every bit as strong as the top teams in the league, as they placed three players on the All-MSL first team, the same as the champion Bobcats.
Senior keeper Ashtyn Webb, junior midfielder Zoie Fisher and sophomore forward Hope Lewis all earned first team honors. The squad also had three on the second team with seniors Claire Sterling, Hunter Stull and junior Sydney Gaus. Senior Ellie Defrank was an honorable mention selection.
The Roughriders suffered through growing pains as a younger squad took its lumps in a hyper-competitive MSL Ohio. The team figured with a 4-11-1 record and a winless 0-7 mark in league play.
The league championship was shared by Bexley and Worthington Christian (6-1). Columbus Academy was third (5-1-1) and followed by Grandview (4-2-1), Whitehall (3-4), Grove City Christian (2-5), London (1-6) and West Jeff (0-7).
The highlight for West Jeff was the play of sophomore Conor Shields who was the only Roughriders player on the all-league first team.
Fellow sophomore Thomas Farbacher was a second team pick, while sophomore Matt Stultz and junior Damir Pereira were honorable mention.
The volleyball Riders finished the season with a 10-12 mark, 7-7 in league play. That league mark was good for fourth place behind champion London (14-0), Grandview (12-2), Worthington Christian (9-5), and ahead of Madison-Plains (5-9), Columbus Academy (4-10), Whitehall (4-10) and Bexley (1-13),
The Roughriders lone first team All-MSL first team selection was senior Gabby Boucher. Senior Katie Garen was on the second team, while senior Avery Haley was an honorable mention pick.
West Jeff finished a distant seventh out of seven teams in the MSL Ohio. However senior Jeremy Ewalt ended his career in fine fashion earning All-MSL honorable mention honors.
The Roughriders didn’t win the MSL Ohio this fall, in fact the squad’s 4-6 overall record and 3-3 league record had it in the middle of the pack, but a pair of wins over a couple of county rivals who also are members of the league helped make the West Jeff season closer to a success.
Grandview and Bexley tied for the league championship with matching 5-1 marks, Whitehall was third at 4-2, followed by West Jeff (3-3), London (2-4), Madison-Plains and Columbus Academy (both 1-5).
But a 2-6 record became a 4-6 mark with impressive wins over London (42-21) and Madison-Plains (38-0) in the final two weeks of the season.
West Jeff had three players on the MSL first team in senior defensive lineman Trevor Ferguson, the lineman of the year, senior running back/linebacker Earl Braithwaite and senior quarterback/wide receiver/defensive back Conor Powell.
West Jeff players on the second team included sophomore linebacker Ethan Higgins, sophomore lineman Gunnar Doran and senior defensive back Jake Kean.
Seniors Dylan Jones (WR/DB) and Kyle Cook (OL/DL) as well as junior Jake Burns (OL/DL) were honorable mention recipients.
Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.
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