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History keeps repeating in prep football

History, in deed, repeats itself. Case in point is the South Point Pointers Ohio Valley Conference championship.

When kicker Lance Miller booted the extra point that not only decided the Pointers 7-6 win over Rock Hill Friday but the OVC football title as well, it signified league championships 32 years apart involving a Smith at quarterback.

Quarterback Rusty Smith directed a South Point 47-12 upset of Rock Hill in 1974 that gave the Pointers a share of the OVC title with Rock Hill, Fairland at St. Joseph.

This season, the Pointers quarterback happened to be Chris Smith, son of Rusty Smith.

Rusty was 12 of 14 for 187 yards.

South Point might want to thank their former coach as well. South Point won the OVC 2002 under Brent Wilcoxon. The Pointers won the league title outright when Fairland, coached by Wilcoxon, upset Chesapeake 32-24.

Another year for

the playoff T-shirt

It looks like Bob Linn Sporting Goods will have to add another year to the Ironton playoff T-shirts.

The Ironton Fighting Tigers qualified for the Ohio High School Athletic Association playoffs for the 25th time this season. Ironton is tied for second with Cincinnati Moeller on the all-time OHSAA list for most playoff appearances.

Newark Catholic, which qualified this season with a 5-5 record, leads all schools with 29 playoff berths.

SEOAL preview change

Southeastern Ohio Athletic League has changed the girls basketball preview.

Instead of playing on Saturday, Nov. 18, the previews have been moved to Friday, Nov. 17, in order to avoid a conflict with the Ohio State vs. Michigan game.

The preview is at Jackson High School.

The boys’ preview will be Saturday, Nov. 25, at Logan Middle School.

Jim Walker is sports editor of The Ironton Tribune.