College athletic programs are making scholarship offers to Tri-State high school athletes at a staggering rate.

More local youngsters than ever before are going on to play as college recruiters mine an area that had long gone barely tapped for a number of reasons until fairly recently.

Following is a look at some recent offers, commitments and signings:

Spring Valley football players experienced a big week of college scholarship offers. Offensive lineman Zach Williamson, who has committed to the University of Louisville, received a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky. Lineman Wyatt Milum was offered by Florida State University and the University of Virginia. Multi-position star Graeson Malashevich received a preferred walk-on offer from Virginia Tech. Quarterback Will Adkins, picked up a similar offer from Eastern Kentucky University. ... Portsmouth offensive lineman Colin Boehm picked up offers from West Virginia State University and the University of Charleston. ... Huntington St. Joe shortstop Noah Beter signed to play baseball at Alderson Broaddus University. ... Wheelersburg football player Jalen Miller received an offer from Ohio Wesleyan University. ...

West Virginia State University offered scholarships to Fairland quarterback Joel Lambiotte; Spring Valley defensive end Cody Stanley; Cabell Midland linebacker Nevin Ferguson and linemen Logan Osburn and Brayden Simmons. ... Glenville State College and West Virginia Wesleyan College also offered Simmons. Ferguson and Osburn picked up offers from Alderson Broaddus University and Arizona Western Junior College. Osburn also was offered by Glenville State. Stanley also was offered by West Virginia Wesleyan. ...

Huntington High football player Christian Hanna received an offer from Kentucky Christian University and visited West Virginia State. ... Cabell Midland defensive back Carlito Carter received an offer from Alderson Broaddus. ... Spring Valley softball pitcher Bryn Osburn committed to Kentucky Christian University. ... Wheelersburg volleyball player Paige Emnett committed to the University of Findlay. ... Wayne football standout Tanner Owens visited Marietta College. ... Huntington St. Joe girls tennis star Audrey Heaberlin signed with Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Boyd County softball infielder Bekah Badgett committed to Shawnee State University. ... A pair of Cabell Midland girls track runners committed — Anya Miller to Davis & Elkins College, Gretchen Mills to Concord University. ... Fairland soccer player Mason Fannin visited Cedarville University. ... Huntington High offensive lineman Max Howell and tight end Bruce Damous were offered by Coffeyville (Kansas) Junior College. ... Ashland football player Ryan Bryant picked up an offer from Morehead State University. ...

Hurricane softball star Caiti Mathes signed with Marshall University. ... Capital defensive back Breece Hoff was offered by Robert Morris University and visited the University of New Hampshire. ... Portsmouth running back Taylyn Parker visited Ohio State University. ... Lawrence County baseball catcher Austin Roe committed to West Virginia State. ... Ripley softball player Jaelyn Hunt committed to West Virginia State. ... Wheelersburg girls soccer standout Christen Risner committed to the University of Rio Grande.

IRONTON CLASSIC LINEUP: The field is set for the 2018 Ironton Classic basketball showcase, one of a premium high school basketball events in the Tri-State.

Games begin Dec. 21, with an all-boys lineup. Ironton St. Joe takes on Coal Grove to start the day. M.A.C.K. Prep (North Carolina) plays Cincinnati Taft in the second game, followed by Chillicothe vs. Ironton, then Wesley Christian vs. Huntington Prep.

On Dec. 22, Warren plays Ironton in a girls game to begin the day. Cincinnati Taft and Wesley Christian follow with a boys contest. Columbus Africentric takes on Huntington High’s boys in the day’s third game, followed by Huntington Prep vs. M.A.C.K. Prep. The event concludes with Ironton playing Ashland in a boys game.

ROUNDING UP: Huntington High offensive lineman Darnell Wright is a finalist for the Bobby Dodd National Lineman of the Year Award. ... Cabell Midland junior Emilie Charles is one of 75 girls named to the 2018 Allstate Insurance All-America team. ... Former Fairland girls basketball star Emily Chapman was named Cedarville University’s women’s player of the week for Nov. 18-24. Former Dragon boys basketball standout Kollin Van Horn was named the Yellowjackets’ men’s player of the week for Nov. 25-30. ... Former Spring Valley girls soccer star Abby Smith of Kentucky Christian was named All-Association of Independent Institutions second team. ... Former Ashland High School basketball standout Alexis Robinson scored her 1,000th career point at the University of Colorado. ...

Former Huntington High running back Jadon Hayes was named Arizona Western Junior College’s most valuable player in the El Toro Bowl. ... Former Russell runner Jax Downs was named Georgetown College’s cross country runner of the year and the team’s rookie of the year. ... Raceland’s Michael Salmons was named Kentucky Football Coaches Association coach of the year in Class A. ... Madison Central’s Isaiah Cozart broke the Kentucky high school record for blocked shots, set by former Paintsville and Marshall University star J.R. VanHoose. ...

High school baseball coaches at Chesapeake, Coal Grove Fairland, Ironton, Ironton St. Joe, Gallia Academy, Rock Hill, South Point and Symmes Valley conducted a toy drive for area children. ... Belfry girls basketball star Kenzie Maynard scored 23 points, grabbed 24 rebounds and blocked eight shots in a game last week. ... Ashland swimmer J.J. Holmes signed with the University of Louisville. ... Former Ashland football coach Vic Marsh is the 2018 recipient of the “Distinguished Tomcat Award.” Marsh led Ashland to the 1990 state championship. ... Green basketball player Tayte Carver scored his 1,000th career point aainst Portsmouth.


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