United’s Clark reigns as top scorer

JAKE CLARK (Photo by Patti Schaeffer)

HANOVERTON — United senior Jake Clark wasn’t going to stop once he became the Golden Eagles’ all-time leading scorer.

Clark scored a career-high 36 points on a record-setting night as United raced past East Palestine, 91-62, Friday night.

He scored 25 points in the first half, including a three-pointer with 1:57 to play in the second quarter that pushed him past the school career scoring mark of  1,284 points set by Scott Gobely (Class of 1989).

“It was our homecoming game and our side was filled up. It was nice we got it home,” United coach Chris Kadvan said. ” Jake opened the game with hree threes and had 12 points quickly.”

The game was stopped to recognize the feat.

“Jake set the goal when he was young,” Kadvan said. “He dreams big. That’s a testament to him. He’s willing to put in the work and deserves the record.

“He doesn’t just put in time during our basketball practice, he does a lot of work afterwards. He showed his hard work paid off.”

Clark — who is trying to be United’s leading scorer a fourth straight season — got a lot of help Friday as the Eagles scored a season-high 91 points.

Kaden Smith contributed 18 points on 10-for-10 free throw shooting. Alex Birtalan added 11 points, Parker Hydrick 10 and Landon Baker had seven points off the bench.

United improves to 9-7 overall and 3-3 in the Inter-Tri County League Red Division.

“It’s a great victory,” Kadvan said. “We’ve got nine wins and already matched our total from the regular season from last year. It’s exciting to score 91 points. It was a great atmosphere.”

Both teams play Tuesday as United travels to Springfield and East Palestine hosts Crestview.

Game notes

• United took a 29-13 lead in the first quarter as Clark and Birtalan each hit two three-pointers.

• Clark has 1,302 career points and counting.

•Gobely still holds United’s single-season scoring record with 568 points his senior season.

• East Palestine won the junior varsity game, 46-39.

E. PALESTINE:  13-18-15-16–62

UNITED:             29-23-15-24–91

EAST PALESTINE SCORING: Branden Kemp 1-0-2, Dominic Posey 3-8-14, Parker Sherry 3-1-8, Marshall Huddleston 3-1-7, Trevor Kimmel 5-1-11, Clayton Murray 4-1-9, Stephen Darlington 2-0-4, Tom Dumbauld 0-1-1, Jeremy Reynolds 0-0-0, Alex Guy 1-0-2, Jacob Pancake 1-0-2, Dalton Vance 0-0-0, Connor Elliott 0-2-2. TEAM TOTALS: 23, 15-24: 62.

UNITED SCORING: Jake Clark 12-8-36, Parker Hydrick 4-2-10, Kaden Smith 4-10-18, Dakota Hill 2-1-6, Alex Birtalan 3-3-11, Landon Baker 3-1-7, Nate Mikell 1-0-2, Anthony DiBaggio 0-0-0, Dom DiGiacomo 0-0-0, Brent Hahlen 0-0-0, Nathan Pytash 0-0-0. TEAM TOTALS: 29, 26-35: 91.

Three-point goals: East Palestine 1 (Sherry), United 7 (Clark 4, Birtalan 2, Hill).

South Range 79, Crestview 40

COLUMBIANA — State-ranked South Range scored 46 points in the first half and rolled over Crestview, 79-40, Friday.

South Range, ranked 13th in the Division III state poll, improves to 17-0 overall and 6-0 in the Inter-Tri County League Red Division.

Dan Ritter led the Raiders with 21 points. Mark Vennetti added 11 points and Jaxon Anderson 10.

Dan Ritter scored seven points in the first quarter as the Raiders took a 20-6 lead and they widened it to 46-14 by halftime.

Stephen Barr and Scott Murray each had nine points for the Rebels, who fall to 1-16 and 0-5 ITCL. Chance Mustake had three assists and two steals. Wyatt Woodring grabbed six rebounds and Peyton Wolfe made two steals.

South Range also won the junior varsity game, 66-21. Hunter Woodring scored seven points for the Rebels.

Both teams play East Palestine next — Crestview is on the road Tuesday and South Range is home on Friday.

S. RANGE:      20-26-14-19–79

CRESTVIEW:   6-  8-18-  8–40

SOUTH RANGE SCORING: Dan Ritter 9-3-21, Anthony Ritter 3-0-8, Mark Vennetti 4-0-11, Taymer Graham 0-0-0, Brandon Youngs 3-0-7, Brady White 1-2-4,  Jaxon Anderson 4-2-10, Mike Cunningham 2-1-5, Brennan Toy 0-0-0, Hunter Solveski 4-0-8, Hunter Higgins 0-0-0, Chris Brooks 1-0-3, Chris Brown 0-0-0, Ben Irons 0-0-0, Sam Brooks 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 32, 8-12: 79.

CRESTVIEW SCORING: Chance Mustake 2-0-5, Stephen Barr 4-0-9, Dalton Palmer 3-0-6, Peyton Wolfe 1-0-3, Scott Murray 4-1-9, Joe Flasco 0-0-0, Jeremy Miller 1-0-2, Wyatt Woodring 1-0-2, Hunter Woodring 0-2-2, James Fitzgerald 0-0-0, Jude Riffle 0-0-0,  Isaac Flasco 1-0-2. TEAM TOTALS: 17, 3-5: 40.

Three-point goals: South Range 7 (), Crestview 3 (Mustake, Barr, Wolfe).

COMMENTS