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Southern Ohio Conference
Founded 1946
Founder Charter Members: Central Catholic HS (Notre Dame), Glenwood HS (New Boston), Portsmouth East HS (Sciotoville Community), Washington Township HS (Portsmouth West), & Waverly HS
Type Ohio High School Athletic Association athletic conference
Focus Athletic participation
Area served
4 Ohio counties (Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, & Scioto)
Members
16
Key people

Dave Frantz (Northwest), Conference Secretary Athletic Directors

Mark Rose (Clay)

Adam Bailey (East)

John Abdella (Eastern)

Ted Newsome (Green)

Jim Parkes (Minford)

Donnie Stapleton (New Boston)

Dave Frantz (Northwest)

Mike Sammons (Notre Dame)

Norm Persin (Oak Hill)

Brett Roberts (South Webster)

Rusty Webb (Symmes Valley)

Bob West (Valley)

Bo Arnett (Waverly)

Eric Nichols (West)

Doug McFarland (Western)

Chris Porter (Wheelersburg)
Slogan "Ohio's Strongest Little Conference"

The Southern Ohio Conference (S.O.C.) is an athletic conference in Ohio. The conference is also a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the governing body of Ohio athletics.[1] There are currently sixteen member schools in the conference. The S.O.C. includes teams from four different Ohio counties - Jackson County (Oak Hill High School), Lawrence County (Symmes Valley High School), Pike County (Waverly High School, Eastern High School, and Western High School), and Scioto County (Clay High School, Green High School, Glenwood High School, Sciotoville Community School, Valley High School, Northwest High School, Minford High School, Portsmouth West High School, Notre Dame High School, South Webster High School, and Wheelersburg High School).[2] The conference recognizes: baseball, boys' and girls' basketball, boys' and girls' cross country, football, boys' soccer, fast pitch softball, boys' and girls' swimming, boys' and girls' tennis, boys' and girls' track and field athletics, and girls' volleyball.

It is listed as part of the Ohio High School Athletic Conferences.

History of the conference[edit]

This section underwent a major revision and may need retitling. June 2008.

SOC Division I: Clay, East (Sciotoville), Eastern (Pike), Glenwood/New Boston, Green, Notre Dame, Symmes Valley, & Western (Pike)

SOC Division II: Minford, Northwest (D-I football), Oak Hill (D-I football), Portsmouth West, South Webster (D-I golf & boys soccer), Valley (D-I boys soccer), Waverly, & Wheelersburg

The league president changes each year based on an alphabetical rotating basis. The current league secretary, voted on each year by the league, is Dave Frantz from Northwest High School.[2]

Southern Ohio Conference Member Schools [3][edit]

S.O.C. Division I (Smaller Schools)[edit]

  • Portsmouth Clay Panthers4 (1979–present)
  • Beaver Eastern Eagles4 (1981–present)
  • New Boston Glenwood Tigers (1946–present)
  • Franklin Furnace Green Bobcats4 (1979–present)
  • Portsmouth Notre Dame Titans (Portsmouth Central Catholic until 1984, 1954–present)
  • Sciotoville Community EastTartans (formerly Portsmouth East, 1946–present)
  • Willow Wood Symmes Valley Vikings (1991–present)
  • Latham Western Indians (2002–present)


S.O.C. Division II (Larger Schools)[edit]

  • Minford Falcons2 (1947-58, to Scioto County League, 1959–present)
  • McDermott Northwest Mohawks2 (1960–present) *plays in smaller division for football
  • Oak Hill Oaks (1991–present) *plays in smaller division for football
  • West Portsmouth Portsmouth West Senators (Washington Twp. until 1950, 1946–present)
  • South Webster Jeeps4 (1979–present) *plays in smaller division for golf and boys soccer
  • Lucasville Valley Indians2 (1958–present) *plays in smaller division for boys soccer
  • Waverly Tigers1 (1946-70, to Southeastern Ohio Athletic League, 1983–present)
  • Wheelersburg Pirates2, 3 (1950–present)
  1. Concurrent with Pike County League 1946-64.
  2. Concurrent with SCL from entry into SOC until 1979.
  3. Concurrent with Ohio Valley Conference 1954-57.
  4. Concurrent with southeastern Tri-County League from entry into SOC until 1985

Former Members[edit]

  • Portsmouth Holy Redeemer Wildcats (1946-54, consolidated into Portsmouth Central Catholic)
  • Portsmouth St. Mary's Titans (1946-54, consolidated into Portsmouth Central Catholic
  • Chesapeake Panthers (1948–1954, to Ohio Valley Conference)
  • South Point Pointers1 (1948–51, to Lawrence County)
  • Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant Hornets1 (1950–1952, to Lawrence County)
  • Piketon Redstreaks (1958–62, to Scioto Valley League)
  • Ironton St. Joseph Central Flyers (1982–89)
  1. Concurrent with Lawrence County League for duration of SOC membership.

Ohio High School Athletic Association state championships and appearances[edit]

  • Portsmouth Clay
Boys' Basketball - OHSAA Final Four Appearance - 1969 (Arcanum def. Clay 76-61)[4]
Girls' Basketball - OHSAA Final Four Appearance - 1980[5]
Boys' Golf - OHSAA Division III State Championship Appearances - 2004, 2005, 2006[6][7][8]
Girls' Softball
OHSAA State Championships[1][9][10]
1980 - (d. Archbold 18-6 & d. New Madison Tri-Village 12-3 to finish season at 25-0)
1981 - (d. Jeromesville Hillsdale 7-2 & d. Beverly Fort Frye 21-0 to finish season at 29-0)
1983 - (d. Pioneer North Central 8-7 & d. Mineral Ridge 6-2 to finish season at 24-1)
OHSAA State Runner-up[1][9][10]
1979 - (d. New Madison Tri-Village 11-2 & lost to Jeromesville Hillsdale 1-4 to finish the season at 19-1)
1988 - (d. Sycamore Mohawk 10-0 & lost to Strasburg-Franklin 0-14 to finish the season at 27-3)
OHSAA Final Four Appearances (besides the Championships and Second Place Finishes)[1][9][10]
1978 - (lost to Jeromesville Hillsdale 5-0)
1984 - (lost to Arcanum 10-4)
1986 - (lost to Archbold 5-4)
2007 - (lost to Triad 13-3 to finish season at 22-5)
OHSAA Softball Tournament Records[11]
Most Runs (Game, One Team) - Portsmouth Clay (Division III) 21 v. Beverly Fort Frye, 1981
Most Hits (Game) - Portsmouth Clay (Division III) 19 v. Archbold, 1980
Most Hits (Game) - North Lewisburg Triad (Division IV) 13 v. Portsmouth Clay, 2007
Most Hits (Game, Both Teams) - Portsmouth Clay (Division III) 28 v. Archbold, 1980
Teresa Ruby - played in first four OHSAA state softball tournaments (1978-1981), coach (2007)
  • East (Sciotoville Community)
Boys' Baseball - 1973 (East def. Adena Buckeye West 5-3)[1][12]
  • Eastern Pike
Boys' Golf - OHSAA Division III State Championship Appearance - 2006 [8]
  • Franklin Furnace Green
Boys' Basketball - OHSAA Final Four Appearance - 1939[4]
  • Minford
Girls' Softball
OHSAA Runner-up[10]
1997 - (d. LaGrange Keystone 1-0 & lost to Tallmadge 7-0 to finish season at 27-4)
OHSAA Final Four Appearances (besides the Second Place Finish)[10]
1994 - (lost to LaGrange Keystone 2-0)
1996 - (lost to Alliance Marlington 4-0)
  • New Boston
Boys' Basketball
OHSAA Final Four Appearances[4]
1938
1960 - (Salem Local d. New Boston 67-59)
  • Notre Dame
Football - 1967 & 1970 Associated Press state championships
  • Oak Hill
Girls' Basketball - OHSAA Runner-ups
2004 - (Youngstown Ursuline d. Oak Hill 66-52)[13]
2009 - (South Euclid Regina d. Oak Hill 63-48)
2011 - (Anna d. Oak Hill 50-32)
Boys' Basketball
OHSAA State Championship
2009 - ( d. Kalida 48-43 2OT)
  • South Webster
Boys' Basketball
OHSAA State Championship[14]
2006 - (d. Lockland 61-58 & d. Columbus Grove 83-65)
OHSAA Final Four Appearances[4]
2004 - (Holgate d. South Webster 31-28)
  • Symmes Valley
Boys' Basketball (as Waterloo High School before consolidation, "Waterloo Wonders")
OHSAA State Championship[4]
1934 - (d. Lowellville 43-32 & d. Mark Center 40-26)
1935 - (d. Fremont St. Joseph 48-21 & d. Oxford Stewart 25-22)
OHSAA Final Four Appearances (besides the Championships)[4]
1941
Girls' Softball - OHSAA State Runner-up - 2005 (d. Cortland Maplewood 3-2 & lost to Convoy Crestview 6-4 to finish season at 28-5)[10]
  • Lucasville Valley
Boys' Baseball1975 (Valley def. Russia 5-0)[1][12]
Girls' Softball
OHSAA Final Four Appearances[10]
1993 - (lost to North Robinson Colonel Crawford 9-3)
1994 - (lost to Jeromesville Hillsdale 6-1)
  • Waverly
Boys' Baseball1954 (Waverly def. Sycamore 2-1)[1][12]
Boys' Basketball - OHSAA Final Four Appearance - 1970 (Dayton Chaminade d. Waverly 73-55)[4]
1973 - Associated Press Class AA Boys' Basketball Poll Champion (17-1)
  • Portsmouth West
Football - Division IV State Final Appearance - 2002 (Kenton def. Portsmouth West 45-13)[15]
Girls' Softball
OHSAA State Runner-up[10]
1987 - (d. Marion Elgin 4-3 & lost to Akron Hoban 5-1 to finish season at 22-6)
1988 - (d. Newark Licking Valley 5-4 & lost to Tallmadge 16-2 to finish season at 28-1)
OHSAA Final Four Appearances (besides the Second Place Finishes)[10]
1986 - (lost to Newark Licking Valley 11-1)
1989 - (lost to Springfield Northwestern 8-4)
1998 - (lost to Keystone LaGrange 2-1)
1999 - (lost to Keystone LaGrange 1-0)
2000 - (lost to Lima Bath 3-2)
2001 - (lost to Keystone LaGrange 3-0)
2002 - (lost to Springfield Kenton Ridge 4-0)
2003 - (lost to Convoy Crestview 5-0)
  • Wheelersburg
Boys' Baseball1996 (def. Middlefield Cardinal 4-1) [1][12]
Boys' Basketball
OHSAA State Runner-up[4]
1984 - (d. Willard 70-64 & lost to Akron St. Vincent - St. Mary 75-71 to finish season at 23-5)
1995 - (d. Columbus Bishop Hartley 76-60 & lost to Orrville 79-50 to finish season at 23-4)
OHSAA Final Four Appearances[4][16][17]
1982 - Youngstown Rayen d. Wheelersburg 61-45)
1989 - (Cincinnati North College Hill d. Wheelersburg 71-67 (2OT))
2006 - (Cleveland Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph d. Wheelersburg 71-62)
2007 - (Cincinnati North College Hill d. Wheelersburg 69-66 (OT))
OHSAA State Basketball Tournament Records[4]
Largest Margin of Victory - Championship Game (Division III) - Orrville 79 d. Wheelersburg 50 in 1995
Most Two-Point Field Goals - Championship Game - Orrville (35) v. Wheelersburg in 1995
Most Two-Point Field Goals, Both Teams - Championship Game - 53 (Orrville 35 & Wheelersburg 18) in 1995
Most Rebounds - Championship Game - Orrville (44) v. Wheelersburg in 1995
Football1989 (def. Warren John F. Kennedy 14-7) [15]
Girls' Softball - OHSAA State Runner-up - 2004 (d. Archbold 2-1 & lost to Woodsfield Monroe Central 1-0 to finish season at 25-6)[10]

Conference awards and championships[edit]

Conference Awards & Championships in each Sport

Notable coaches' and player awards[edit]

  • Terri Boldman (Clay) - Clay Coaches' Hall of Fame, one of only two S.O.C. coaches to lead girls' basketball team to OHSAA Final Four (1980)[18]
  • Ed Cable (Northwest) - Recipient of the Ohio Sportsmanship, Ethics, & Integrity Softball Coaches' Award (2002)[10]
  • Odie Estep (Willow Wood Symmes Valley) - Ohio Softball Coaches' Hall of Fame (2007)[10][19]
  • Arch Justus (Clay, Minford & Valley) - Ohio Basketball Coaches' Hall of Fame, Clay Coaches' Hall of Fame, won 532 total basketball games[18]
  • David Leightenheimer (Clay) - Clay Coaches' Hall of Fame & OHSAA Officials' Hall of Fame[18]
  • Kinney Long (Clay) - Clay Coaches' Hall of Fame[18]
  • Ed Miller (Notre Dame & Wheelersburg) - Ohio Football Coaches' Hall of Fame (1996), won two Associated Press state titles with Notre Dame in 1967 and 1970 and a Division IV OHSAA title with Wheelersburg in 1989[20][21]
  • Teresa Ruby (Clay) - played in the first four OHSAA state softball Final Four tournaments (1978–1981), won two state softball championships (as a player) in 1980 & 1981 and finished second in 1979, played in the 1980 girls' basketball Final Four, led her softball team (as a coach) to the 2007 state Final Four, holds many Clay basketball records (including leading scorer), has her number (#14) retired by the school.[22] She also has a star on the Portsmouth Wall of Stars (2009).[23]
  • Carol Vice (Clay) - Clay Coaches' Hall of Fame, Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame (2010);[24] Star on Portsmouth's Wall of Stars,[23] made it to the Final Four in softball 9 of 10 years as a coach, won three OHSAA state softball titles (1980, 81, & 83) while also finishing as runners-up twice (1979 & 1988), only softball coach from S.O.C. to win a softball title[18]
  • Norm Persin - Oak Hill Basketball - Voted National Basketball Coach Of The Year In 2009.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "History of the Southern Ohio Conference". 
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  6. ^ OHSAA. "2004 Boys Division III Golf Championship". Ohio High School Athletic Association website. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
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  14. ^ OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site, 2006 Boys' Div. IV Basketball Recap". Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
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  18. ^ a b c d e Clay High School Athletic Department. "Clay Coaches' Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  19. ^ Jim Walker. "Estep to join softball hall of fame". Retrieved 2007-06-22. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame". Retrieved 2007-06-20. 
  21. ^ "Ed Miller's Induction into the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)" (PDF). Wheelersburg High School. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  22. ^ Clay Athletic Department. "Clay Girls' Basketball Records". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  23. ^ a b Portsmouth's Wall of Stars Selections Committee. "Portsmouth's Wall of Stars". Archived from the original on 2007-05-05. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  24. ^ OHSFSCA. "Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association". Retrieved 2010-01-04. 

External links & gallery[edit]

Member Schools & Websites