Malvern Hornets Team News

It’s not a big secret that the Inter-Valley Conference is expected to be top-heavy this year.

Ridgewood and Malvern are returning playoff teams, while Strasburg and Garaway weren’t far off.

Ladies and gentlemen, your Big Four for 2011.

MALVERN  Expectations are high at Malvern, where head coach Dave Tucci returns a big-time quarterback, big targets and a big bunch of overall talent from last year’s regional semifinal team.


Thursday, Aug. 18

Wadsworth at Perry, 6 p.m.

Jackson at Walsh Jesuit, 6 p.m.

Shawn Ball threw four touchdown passes for as the Hornets defeated Sebring, 5-1, in a scrimmage Saturday.

Max Kapron caught a 65-yard touchdown pass to start off the scoring and later had a 15-yard TD catch.

STEUBENVILLE – From the first possession of the game, it looked like it would be a rough night for the Malvern Hornets in their Division VI regional semifinal football playoff game against Shadyside Friday night at Steubenville’s Harding Stadium.

OHSAA Playoffs

Here’s a look at this week’s matchups for area teams competing the regional semifinals.


Division II  Dresden Tri-Valley (9-2) vs. Lake (8-3), 7:30 p.m. at New Philadelphia Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium.

MALVERN – As Malvern football coach Dave Tucci walked into his team’s locker room following their 48-28 Division VI playoff win at Symmes Valley last weekend, he entered to silence.

The team was awaiting his postgame guidance but he could sense their excitement brimming.

Division VI, Region 23 semifinal

SITE  Harding Stadium, Steubenville, 7:30 p.m., Friday

RECORDS  Malvern 8-3, Shadyside 10-1

LAST WEEK  Malvern 48, Willow Wood Symmes Valley 28; Shadyside 36, Glouster Trimble 20

Malvern and Dover both know where they will be playing next week and New Philadelphia’s Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium will host a pair of playoff games as the regional high school football semifinal sites were announced on Sunday.

Division VI, Region 23 quarterfinal

SITE  Vikings Field, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

RECORDS  Malvern 7-3, Symmes Valley 9-1

LAST WEEK  Malvern 35, Sandy Valley 26; Symmes Valley 53, South Gallia 12