CORNING — The Falcons took their past decade to the top with record breaking and names in the history book, but a future decade is the one to see what else can become accomplished in the small town of Corning.
The Lady Falcons, on the court began their accomplishments recently in the volleyball world, beginning in 2016. Head volleyball coach Jennifer Boyden, with Jessica Dorsey, took over the MHS volleyball program in 2016. They were following in the footsteps of their high school head coach, Craig Axline.
That year, the team had four wins in the season at the varsity level and 12 junior varsity wins, which sparked a turnaround in Miller’s volleyball program.
The spark ignited a flame to give the Lady Falcons a top-notch year in 2017 and a Sectional title after defeating St. Joes.
Olivia Houk signed with Concord University to play volleyball at the Division II level.
With a 17-6 record on the year, the Lady Falcons had their first winning season in a while and Boyden was named Coach of the Year. The titles kept rolling in in 2018 as Josie Perani was named TVC Player of the Year and District IV Player of the Year.
She played in the Senior Showcase and was honored at a banquet for seniors. She also broke the All-Time assist record at Miller with 1,500 assists for her career.
Boyden received the Coaches Achievement Award as her team finished with another wining season record of 14-9.
Another milestone to the Miller volleyball team in 2019. Josie Crabtree reached the 1,000 kills milestone.
Crabtree was named Division IV Player of the Year and Alaina Boyden was named First Team All-District.
Taylor Hinkle was named Second Team All-District and Askya McFann, Haille Joseph and Brooke Dillenger were named Honorable Mention.
The team had another winning season of 14-9.
During the fall season, Miller’s football team slowly rolled in achievements throughout the entire decade, beginning in 2013.
That year, Garrett Sinift broke the school record for passing in one game with 271 yards and passing in a season with 1,225 yards.
Close in the future, in 2015, Miller had their first winning season in 15 years to break the plague.
Kody McKinniss broke the numbers for single game rushing with 357 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Falcons broke the Most Points with 82, the previous record was 12.
McKinniss became the school’s leader for all-time rushing with 2,651 yards.
Garret Bartley became the second all-time in recovery yards with 1,236.
Head football coach Sean Bartley received TVC and District Coach of the Year.
The following year, in 2016, the Falcons had back-to-back winning seasons while finishing ninth in the Region.
That year, Zach Waldrop finished the year with 1,597 yards rushing.
In 2017, the Falcons had a third winning season in a row under their belts. Colby Bartley used this year to begin his reign of terror on the field.
He had the most passing touchdowns in a season with 14.
Levi VanBibber was tied with the most touchdowns received in a season and Seattle Compston became the number one all-time leader in tackles and was, for three consecutive years, named All-Ohio.
Waldrop also had another 1,000 season with 1,266 and Carson Starlin became number three leading in 1,044 receiving yards.
The Falcons rested in the ranks in 2018 but came out in 2019 with vengeance behind Colby Bartley.
He broke multiple passing records for the season, games and career.
His teammate, Kylan McClain tied for seventh in a single season for number of touchdown receptions.
Sean Bartley continued his coaching to basketball in the winter to bring achievements to the boys on the court.
In 2013, the Falcons won the Sectional title and, in 2014, Elijah Rader became the second all-time point leader.
After a little bit of a wait in accomplishments, the Falcons were back in 2017 with another Sectional title.
In 2018, the Falcons got back-to-back Sectional titles for the first time in Miller High School history.
Compston and Starlin were the first players ever in the same class to score 1,000 points.
Compston was honored for number four all-time in games played, number four in points in a career and number four in rebounds.
Starlin was honored for number two all-time games played, number five scoring, number one steals, number one assists; all of which were career records.
In 2019, Colby broke 1,000 points in his career as the first junior ever at Miller High School.
He set the three-point record at 81 in a season while also having the most points scored in a season with 522 and most 3-point baskets in one game.
He became Miller’s all-time scoring leader with 1,504 points and set more record of most games player (92), best three-point percentage in a season (34 percent), best three-points percentage in a career (36 percent) and most three’s in a career (187).
Colby was named TVC Hocking Co-Player of the Year.
On the girls’ side, the Lady Falcons received their first winning season of the decade in the 2017/18 season with a record of 14-10 and had a Sectional title.
The following season, they had a 11-13 record and a 13-10 winning record in the recent 2019/20 season.
Ashley Spencer made paths for Miller’s girls basketball with the honor of breaking the all-time scoring record with her 1,187 points, the all-time three-point record with her 214 shots, the season three-point record with 68, the single game scoring record with her 34 points and the single game three-point record with her seven baskets.
She was partnered with her teammate, Haille Joseph, on the court as Joseph broke the all-time rebound leader number with her 584 rebounds.
For Miller’s spring sports, their 2015 season for track and field was one to remember.
Kody McKinniss finished sixth that year at State in the high jump.
With all of the accomplishments over the last 10 years at Miller High School, Athletic Director Sean Bartley said he hopes the only place to go is up.
“The last 10 years have been fun and a lot of first-time achievements were made,” he said. “Multiple boys and girls records were broken in all sports.”
To continue that success, the Falcons are going to keep at the work with their athletes, maybe to bring another one to come along in each sport to break all the ones that were recently set.
“I would like to see Miller athletics continue to have success and hopefully have more successes in the next decade,” Bartley concluded.