The Portsmouth Trojans are the winningest basketball program in the history of the SE District. PHS is 8th on the all-time wins list in Ohio with 1,450, and have 15 state appearances, which is 3rd all-time in Ohio. The Trojans 37 district titles and 62 sectional titles are the best mark in the SE district. Below is listed the records of Portsmouth vs. the SE district top programs all-time, with highlights included.
Portsmouth vs. Chillicothe………..PHS 9, Chillicothe 4…………The Trojans beat the Cavaliers in the 1950, 1951, 1960 and 1961 district championship games (4-0 record overall). The last PHS win over CHS in the tourney was in 1972, when the Trojans beat the Cavaliers in the district semifinal. Chillicothe did defeat Portsmouth in the tournament in 1959, 1971, 1973, and 1976. All of the Trojans and Cavaliers tourney meetings came in the large school class. PHS and CHS haven’t been in the same class since 1977.
Portsmouth vs. Ironton…………… PHS 8, Ironton 7………………The Trojans beat the Fighting Tigers in the 1978 and 1988 sectionals, en route to the state title both years. PHS is also 2-0 vs. Ironton in regional play, having beaten the Fighting Tigers 50-40 for the 2012 regional championship, and 72-51 in the 2015 regional semifinal. IHS beat PHS in the tourney in 1957, 1958, 1968, 1970, 1979, 1996, and 2005. The 1979 win by Ironton was for the district championship.
Portsmouth vs. Wheelersburg…..PHS 5, Wheelersburg 4……The Trojans first played the Pirates in the tournament in 1978, and won 54-52 in the sectional championship at Valley HS. The two schools met in the 1983 and 1984 district championship games, with the Trojans winning the 1983 contest in OT, while the Pirates won the 1984 battle, also in OT. Portsmouth beat Wheelersburg in the 1987 sectional opener 59-54. PHS had a 17-3 record and the Burg was 16-4 coming into the game, but the seeding had them playing in the sectional opener. PHS beat the Pirates in the 2011 regional semifinal (the first meeting ever past district play), the 2012 sectional, and the Pirates beat the Trojans 45-42 in the 2013 sectonal tournament. WHS beat PHS in the 2006 and 2007 sectionals.
Portsmouth vs. Chesapeake…….PHS 8, Chesapeake 0…….This record is quite different than the regular season series, in which the Panthers lead 9-8. The Trojans beat CHS in the 2011 regional championship 69-68 on Wayne Evans bucket with just 4 seconds to play. In 2012, PHS again beat the Panthers, this time in the regional semifinal 53-45. Portsmouth secured its 37th district championship with a 61-49 win over the Panthers in 2015. Portsmouth beat Chesapeake in the 1978 district and 1980 sectional, and both years the Trojans advanced to the state tournament.
Portsmouth vs. Warren……………PHS 2, Warren 1…………….Portsmouth first met Warren in the 1987 district semifinals, and with it came a Trojan victory. The Warriors evened the series in 1998 with a 63-43 win in the district semifinal. PHS upped the series lead against WHS with a 65-54 win in the 2001 D2 district championship.
In the last 5 years, Portsmouth is 6-0 vs. Wheelersburg (1-0), Ironton (2-0), and Chesapeake (3-0) in district championship or regional tournament play.