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Triad starts softball season with 10-0 win


The Triad High School softball team started the 2009 spring season with a 10-0, 5-inning win against Graham on Monday, March 30.

This is the first tim the Cardinals have played a varsity game since they advanced to the Division IV state softball championship game last season.

The game was scoreless until the third inning, when the Cardinals scored twice. Triad scored five more times in the fourth.

Kelsey Funderburgh had three hits and two runs batted in, while Addie Dixon had two hits and two runs batted in.

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Borchers still going strong

Yellow Springs grad Sam Borchers is still going strong.

Borchers, a sophomore at Penn State University, recently helped the Nittany Lions distance medley squad finished ninth overall at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas in 9:37.62 — just over a tenth of a second out of All-America status.

Borchers covered the 1600-meter leg in 4:02.62, anchoring the Lions to a fourth-place finish in their heat.

He won the 1,500 meter run at the Big Ten Championships last season. Here’s a video of the race.

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Columbus Comets open season April 18


A year ago, the News-Sun followed two Springfielders, Northeastern grad Andrea Judy and South grad Erin McEnaney, through a year of play with the Columbus Comets of the National Women’s Football Association.

Judy’s season lasted one play as she tore her ACL on the opening kickoff of the season. This year, she’s back, and so are the Comets, who open play at 7 p.m. April 18 at home against the Pittsburgh Force at Grove City Christian School.

The NWFA folded after the 2008 season, and the Comets joined the 35-team Women’s Football Alliance. The WFA also includes the Dayton Diamonds.

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Monday’s high school baseball highlights


Here’s a rundown of Monday’s high school baseball action. It was the first day of the 2009 season.

Most runs scored: 18, by Kenton Ridge.

Shutout wins: Kenton Ridge, Springfield, Urbana.

Home runs: Randon McNeil, Kenton Ridge.

Four hits: Zach Raynor, Greeneview.

Three hits: Seth Rogers, Graham; Xavier Jordan, Shawnee; Amante Howard, Springfield; Tom Sandy, Brad Barnhorst and Jordan Elzey, Greeneview; Randon McNeil and Ethan Sharpin, Kenton Ridge.

Top pitchers: Michael Dunfee (Urbana), no-hitter against Marysville; Luke Mamer (Kenton Ridge), one-hitter against Southeastern; Jimmy Powell (Springfield), two-hitter against Northeastern; Tyler Hayes (West Liberty-Salem), 8 Ks against Greenon; Robbie Holt (Shawnee), 8 Ks against London.

Complete box scores of games called into the News-Sun, plus Tuesday’s schedule, on the jump.


Northeastern 000 00 — 0 2 5 Springfield 302 14 — 10 14 1 5 innings; run rule Williams, Jenkins (4), Jones (5) and Rucker; Powell and Bailey. HIGHLIGHTS — S: Howard 3-4, 2 2Bs; Moore 2-4, Burks 2-3, Powell 2-2, 8 Ks; DePriest 2B. Northeastern is 0-1. Springfield, 1-0, hosts Kenton Ridge today at 5 p.m. ——— Graham 000 000 22 — 4 8 1 Triad 000 002 00 — 2 5 3 Kunkel, Zook (7) and Holcomb; Funderburgh, James (7) and Marenberg. HIGHLIGHTS — G: Rogers 3-5, 3 RBIs; Zook 2B. Triad: Deam 2B; James 2 RBIs. Triad, 0-1, hosts Mechanicsburg today at 5 p.m. Graham is 1-0. ——— Marysville 000 00 — 0 0 1 Urbana 015 13 — 10 9 3 5 innings; run rule Hotham, Spefry (4) and Gase, Hotham (4); Dunfee and Reisinger. HIGHLIGHTS — Dunfee no-hitter, 8 Ks; Gomes 2B; Salisbury 2B; Freeman 2B, 2 RBIs; Henson 2B, 2 RBIs. Urbana, 1-0, travels to Madison Plains today at 5 p.m. ——— Shawnee 022 104 1 — 10 10 0 London 0 00 000 3 — 3 5 2 Holt, Howell (6) and Hanaway. Wiliams, Silvers (5) and Deaver. HIGHLIGHTS — Shawnee: Jordan 3-3, 3B, 3 RBIs; Howell 2-4; Holt 8 Ks. Reserve: Shawnee 15, London 5. Shawnee, 1-0, plays at Springfield at 1 p.m. Saturday in a doubleheader. ——— East Clinton 320 400 1 — 10 14 0 Greeneview 071 041 x — 13 18 0 Eckler, Bozier (5) and Kibler. Elzey, Sandy (5) and Stahl. HIGHLIGHTS — B. Bornhorst 3-5, 4 RBIs; Partin 2-5, 4 RBIs; Sandy 3-3, 5 RBIs; Elzey 3-4; Raynor 4-4. Greeneview, 1-0, hosts Southeastern at 5 p.m. today. ——— Kenton Ridge 351 27 — 18 16 0 Southeastern 000 00 — 0 1 3 Mamer and Black. Stephens, Rice (3), Saunders (5), Woods (5) and Timmons. HIGHLIGHTS — KR: Hube 2-4, 3 RBIs; Toadvine 2-4; Payton 2B, 2 RBIs; McNeil 3-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBIs; McDuffie 2-5, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs; Sharpin 3-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Black 2-4, 2 RBIs. Kenton Ridge, 1-0, plays at Springfield at 5 p.m. today. Southeastern, 0-1, plays at Greeneview at 5 p.m. today. ——— W. Liberty-Salem 250 410 0— 12 6 3 Greenon 200 030 0 — 5 4 3 Hayes, Coleman (7) and Reed. HIGHLIGHTS — WLS: Ropp 2B, 2 RBIs; Hayes 2 RBIs, 8 Ks; Wright 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs. West Liberty-Salem, 1-0, hosts Catholic Central at 5 p.m. Greenon is 0-1. ——— Mechanicsburg 101 10 — 3 7 9 Shekinah Christian 521 7x — 15 12 5 5 innings; run rule An. Huffman, Frost (4) and Rodgers; Miller, Spires (5) and Yoder. HIGHLIGHTS — M: An. Huffman 2B; Shoaf 2-2, 2B. Mechanicsburg, 0-1, travels to Triad at 5 p.m. today.

Tuesday, Mar. 31


Belmont at Yellow Springs, 5

Catholic Central at West Liberty-Salem, 5

Fairborn at Tecumseh, 5

Kenton Ridge at Springfield, 5

Northeastern at Cedarville, 5

Southeastern at Greeneview, 5

Mechanicsburg at Triad, 5 Urbana at Madison Plains, 5

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Kenton Ridge impressive in season debut


It’s just one game, but you can’t play much better in your season opener than Kenton Ridge did in beating Southeastern 18-0 on Monday. The Cougars played like a team that has made two straight final four appearances.

No errors, a one-hitter thrown by their sophomore ace Luke Mamer and 16 hits with the 18 runs.

This was Kenton Ridge’s lineup: 1. Derek Toadvine, SS; 2. Michael Bennett, 3B; 3. Randon McNeil, 1B; 4. Jonathan McDuffie, DH/Luke Mamer, SP; 5. Tom Piatt, RF; 6. Ethan Sharpin, CF; 7. Brandon Hube, LF; 8. Ryan Black, C; 9. Travis Blankenship, 2B.

Game photos here.

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On this date in area sports history …

Seventeen years ago today, March 31, 1992, the News-Sun published a story about Tecumseh’s Cindy Cremeans being named Clark County Miss Basketball.



By Kim Byrum, Sports Writer

As heartfelt emotion trickled down Cindy Cremeans’ face, four years of line drills, lay-ups, and endless shooting sessions flashed before her wet eyes.

Realization of where she’d been and what she’d become rendered her shaky voice all but inaudible.

“I guess I should start off by saying I’m very honored,” the teary-eyed Tecumseh senior said softly after county coaches selected her “Miss Basketball” in a Monday evening banquet at Clark State. “I want to thank my parents for pushing me when I needed pushing … and Coach (Mike) Smart for changing my shot. He’s helped me not just as a player, but as a person.”

Four years ago, Cremeans struggled to get the ball to the rim as a small, unimposing freshman enduring a black-and-blue initiation into varsity competition’s school of hard knocks.

She hinted anything but future star.

“When she first came in as a freshman, she didn’t have a shot. It was more like a heave,” mused Smart, himself a young rookie that year. “She was so small that she had to just throw it up there.

“And she wore kneepads then, too, and now I can see why,” he added. “Looking back, she spent most of her time on the floor.”

But somewhere along the way - between one post-practice session after another - Cremeans found stardom, blossoming from an anemic 2.6 scoring average to 11.3, 14.8 and 16.3 over the next three years.

A weak, scrawny girl had developed into a three-time, MVP athlete her team simply couldn’t do without.

The Arrows, once an area girls basketball doormat of sorts, went on to produce four of the program’s five best seasons during her four-year varsity stay, improving from 14 and 17 wins her first two years to back-to-back 20-4 seasons.

Cremeans, a point guard, will graduate with school records for steals, field goal, free throw and three-point percentage (56, 83 and 43, respectively), and three-pointers in a single game (five).

Smart labels her “the purest shooter” he’s ever coached. “I think it was just having goals that made me stay with it,” Cremeans said, recalling days when her statistics were low but her work ethic high. “To be a successful person you have to set goals. I looked ahead to the future and realized it could be positive if I worked hard enough.”

Joining Cremeans as all-county selections were teammate Kim Deering (Tecumseh), Amanda Bobst and Carrie Ferguson (Southeastern), Jennifer Estep (Kenton Ridge), Megan Foley and Mandy Shepherd (Shawnee), Shannon Hale (Catholic Central), Jackie McCoy (South), and Michelle Terry (North).

Jack Allison, whose Greenon team improved from 6-15 a year ago to 9-12 this season - including a 7-7 slate in a competitive Central Buckeye Conference that included two games each with Division I Tecumseh and Division II state champion Urbana - was named county coach of the year.

“I’m very humbled, overwhelmed, and honored. It’s the ultimate compliment to be honored by your peers,” said Allison, whose team played Urbana within 15 points in second-round CBC action after trailing by just two 28-26, at the end of the third quarter.

“As the year went on, we improved, and it’s nice to see your team get better and end up going out not wanting the season to end.

“I’m the only coach in the state of Ohio who can say he got beat by a state champion three times - twice in the league and once in the tournament,” Allison added, chuckling. “And by the way, Mike, as a fellow CBC coach, I’m not going to miss Kim or Cindy graduating one bit.”

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On this date in area sports history …


Four years ago on this date, March 30, 2005, the North High School baseball team improved to 2-0 by beating Southeastern 19-9. Complete story on the jump.

Young Panthers looking for team bond

New faces give North new identity, but team is still winning so far in ’05

By DAVID JABLONSKI News-Sun Sports Writer

You can field all the ground balls you want, take cuts in the batting cage until your hands bleed and whip fastballs at the catcher until you’ve worn out the mound or your arm, but it takes more to become a team.

It takes time and experience. That’s what the North baseball team is seeking two games into the season.

“It is hard because right now we’re not really a team,” senior K.J. Norris said. “We’ve got to step up and make the plays that need to be made to become a team. Right now, we ’ other that well.”

Evidently, even with a new cast of characters, North does still know how to win.

The Panthers beat Southeastern 19-9 Wednesday at North, needing five innings to bring into effect the run rule. That victory, coupled with a 9-7 win over Greenon on Tuesday, puts North at 2-0.

Wins are expected at North after it won a total of 48 games in the past two seasons, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. The Panthers have just three starters back from last season.

“There’s a lot of growing pains, and there’s a lot of baseball to be learned with a young group,” North coach Mark Stoll said. “When you get out here with a young group, sometimes you forget how advanced some of your guys were last year.”

Neither team looked too advanced Wednesday, but the season is brand new. Plus, with the poor weather this month, teams are just now seeing the outside of the gym on a consistent basis.

The Trojans, who fell to 0-2, committed four errors and let 11 North hitters reach base by walk or hit batter.

“We’re having trouble making the routine plays. Both teams were,” Southeastern coach Rick Woods said. “They did a little better job of putting the ball in play than we did. We had nine strikeouts in five innings. This game, whoever put the ball in play the most was going to come out ahead.”

North struck out just three times and had 11 hits to Southeastern’s nine. North lead-off hitter Justin Webb went 3-for-5 with two doubles, and Norris also had three hits.

At this point, even if Norris has the bat working, he’s still getting used to his new role.

“I was behind Whitney Moore and Chris Haycox (last season),” he said. “They led the way. Now it’s my turn. It’s a lot different.”

“All the seniors were kind of telling me how it’s done (last year). Now it’s my turn. When I tell (the younger players) how it’s supposed to be done, they kind of take it personally. Me I didn’t take it personally at all. They think I’m getting on them, but I’m not getting on them at all.”

North 305 74 — 19 11 3 Southeastern 003 24 — 9 9 4

Smith, Channell (4), Litteral (4), A.J. Woods (5) and A. Woods. Monke, Fisher (4), Hilling (5) and Collett, Lemmert (5). HIGHLIGHTS — SE: Houston 2-2, 2B; Coate 2-3, A.J. Woods 2-3, 2 2Bs, Cooke 2-3, 2B. North: Webb 3-5, 2 2B, 4 RBIs; Norris 3-4, 3B, 3 RBIs; Gray 2-3, 2 RBIs.

Southeastern, 0-2, plays at Xenia Christian at 4:30 today. North, 2-0, plays at home against Kenton Ridge at 4:30 today.

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On this date in area sports history …

Seven years ago on this date, March 29, 2002, the News-Sun published an update on local auto racer Bobby Bowsher. Complete story on the jump.


By KEVIN VAN BRIMMER, News-Sun Sports Writer

When Bobby Bowsher climbed back into a race car last summer for the first time in five years, his plan was to stay there for a while.

The Harmony Township resident and former ARCA series champ returned to the track in Memphis last September and ran the last three races on the American Speed Association (ASA) circuit, something he planned to parlay into a full-season run this year.

But like a lot of other things in the nation, sponsorship fell through after September and has left Bowsher wondering how much of this season he’ll be able to run.

“At this point, it’s up in the air,” he said Wednesday. “I was working on some deals last fall that fell through after September 11. Everything seemed to tighten up after that.”

Bowsher has his ASA card and wanted to run the whole season, but said he decided in mid-November that it just wasn’t feasible from a financial standpoint.

Now, Bowsher is focusing in on getting ready to run a handful of races on the ASA circuit beginning in late June or July.

“I was looking at the schedule the other night and I probably won’t run until June,” he said. “Location makes a difference, obviously. Probably, the ones that are fairly close to home I’ll run.”

The series begins its “local” loop in mid-July when it visits Jennerstown Speedway in Pennsylvania. A week later, it makes a pitstop in Salem, Ind. Also on the schedule are races in Toledo (Aug. 10), at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind. (Sept. 20) and Winchester, Ind. (Oct. 5).

Bowsher ran at Memphis, Winchester and Clermont, Ind. last season. He said there are some tracks he ran while on the ARCA series, on which his younger brother Todd is currently racing, that he’d like run in the ASA races — tracks like Five Flags in Pensacola, Fla. and Memphis Motorsports Park in Tennessee.

“There’s some I’d love to run, but they’re too far away from home,” Bowsher said.

While Bowsher is disappointed his plans for a full-season didn’t come to fruition this year, he’s still looking forward to the races he can make it to. And, he’s considering racing on another circuit.

“I’m not ruling out the possibility of running some other series,” Bowsher said. “It would only be a handful of races, you probably wouldn’t even need a second hand. But it’s something that I will probably look into doing more in the future.”

But for now, what circuit it would be remains a mystery.

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Saturday featured two great buzzer-beaters

You probably saw Villanova advance to the Final Four on a last-second shot Saturday, but did you see the University of Findlay win the NCAA Division II championship on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer?

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On this date in area sports history …


Nine years ago on this date, March 28, 2000, Ray Slagle was named the head men’s basketball coach at Cedarville University. Slagle stepped down in 2008 to take a high school job in North Carolina. Complete story on the jump.



CEDARVILLE — Ray Slagle, who built Worthington Christian into an Ohio high school power, has been named men’s basketball coach at Cedarville College.

He replaces Jeff Reep, who resigned to accept an administrative position on campus after guiding the Yellow Jackets to a 79-77 record in five seasons.

Slagle, 51, posted a 194-50 record in 10 years at Worthington Christian, winning the Division IV state championship in 1999 and finishing runner-up in 1994. His team captured six straight Mid-Buckeye Conference titles.

He earned his second Ohio Division IV Coach of the Year award this past season after leading Worthington Christian to a 26-1 record and another berth in the state finals. The Warriors finished No. 1 in the Associated Press state poll for the second time in six years.

“I believe that when you consider everything that Cedarville College has to offer, from the spiritual perspective to the outstanding academics, it is the best institution in America,” Slagle said in explaining his reason for the move. “I greatly enjoyed my time at Worthington Christian, but I don’t feel there is anything more I can accomplish here. I am looking forward to a new challenge of coaching basketball at a different level and the opportunity to recruit players to a college that I feel comfortable with.”

Slagle is a 29-year coaching veteran, including two seasons as co-head coach with former NBA player Swen Nater at Christian Heritage College near San Diego from 1986-90. The tandem produced a 52-14 record and won the National Christian College Athletic Association championship in 1990, ironically beating Cedarville in the title game.

“We are excited to have Ray joining our athletic staff,” Cedarville athletic director Pete Reese said. “Philosophically, he is exactly where we are as an institution. He possesses an extensive basketball background and he has an excellent reputation among his players, parents and fellow coaches.”

Slagle will serve as an assistant professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. He already has become involved in the basketball program’s recruiting process and will direct the Yellow Jacket Basketball Camp this summer. He will assume his new position full time in late summer. He and his wife, Matsi, have three grown children.

Cedarville is a Baptist liberal arts college of 2,750 students that competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the American Mideast Conference.

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Harvey Haddix honored in song on YouTube

Fifty years after his famous 12-inning perfect game, the memory of Harvey Haddix lives on, not only in the sign honoring him on Route 36 in Westville, but also (believe it or not) on YouTube.

Check out this video of Steve Wynn performing the song “Harvey Haddix,” from his “Baseball Project” CD.

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Former Wildcats team up as Firecats

South High School graduates Chris Wallace and Jerrid Gaines never played together as Wildcats, but they are teammates for the first time this spring as members of the Florida Firecats in Arena Football League 2.

The former Miami University defensive back Gaines is one of six rookies on the roster.

Wallace, who played at the University of Toledo, is the league’s all-time leader in touchdown passes.

The Firecats dropped their home opener 54-53 on March 21 despite a clutch drive led by Wallace in the final seconds.

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On this date in area sports history …


Twelve years ago on this date, March 27, 1997, the News-Sun published a story about Kenton Ridge graduate Dustin Hermanson’s trade from the Marlins to the Expos. Hermanson went 8-8 with a 3.69 ERA in 1997, and the Marlins went on to win their first World Series that fall, though the player Hermanson was traded for, Cliff Floyd, played only 61 games.

Complete story on the jump.



By Greg Billing and Matt Thompson, News-Sun Sports Writer[s]

For the second time in five months, Dustin Hermanson is on the move.

The Florida Marlins traded the 1991 Kenton Ridge graduate along with outfielder Joe Orsulak to the Montreal Expos for outfielder-first baseman Cliff Floyd Wednesday, ending Hermanson’s Marlins career even before it officially got started.

Hermanson could not be reached, though his father, Mike Hermanson, predicted his son won’t be thrilled by the trade.

“I know he won’t be very happy about it,” said Mike Hermanson. “He had plans for Florida and he hates pitching in (Montreal’s) Olympic Stadium. He was pretty much satisfied with the guys he was playing with. He was really happy with things in Florida.”

Nonetheless, Marlins General Manager Dave Dombrowski said the Expos had their eyes set on Hermanson as soon as talks opened.

“Montreal had a great deal of interest in him,” Dombrowski said. “They pursued him more than we pursued Floyd. We think he has a lot of upside potential, and so does Cliff Floyd. We had a chance to get an impact player.”

Expos General Manager Jim Beattie confirmed Hermanson was the principle player involved, as far as Montreal was concerned.

“Hermanson was the main guy,” he said. “He has a power arm and he’s young. We think he can improve, he just needs experience at the major league level.”

The trade came a day after Hermanson’s roughest outing as a Marlin. The right-handed reliever gave up three earned runs Tuesday against Baltimore, walking one and striking out two.

Until then, Hermanson was having a solid spring. He entered Tuesday with a 0.87 earned-run average, having allowed just one earned run over 101/3 innings. Hermanson struck out six and walked four.

After Baltimore, his ERA was still a respectable 3.18.

“We liked him a great deal, and we think he has a good arm,” Dombrowski said. “But that’s one area we have depth in this organization.”

The Marlins added $89 million to their payroll over the offseason and Hermanson had been fighting to find a spot in a crowded bullpen, likely in a set-up role.

“The only thing I can think is (Florida’s) bullpen is so crowded, they had a decision to make about who to send down, who to keep up,” Mike Hermanson said. “Apparently this is the way they decided to do it.”

Dombrowski confirmed Hermanson’s future with the Marlins had yet to be determined.

“He threw the ball well for us, but we had not made the decision for the last couple of roster spots,” he said.

Hermanson was 1-0 with an ERA of 8.56 in eight games last year with the San Diego Padres, who traded him to Florida Nov. 21 for infielder Quilvio Veras.

Hermanson spent the bulk of his time with the Padres at Class AAA Las Vegas, and has one option left on his contract, meaning he can be sent to the minors without clearing waivers one more time.

But Beattie said the Expos are unlikely to use that option.

“We plan to have him in the majors,” said Beattie.

The trade came as a stunning surprise to the elder Hermanson, now living in Phoenix.

“I’m more than stunned, I’m in a state of shock right now,” Mike Hermanson said. “It’s kind of hard to believe that happened. You could knock me over with a feather right now.”

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Prep baseball season gets underway Monday


Most seasons, high school baseball teams might get to dirty their cleats a handful of times before the real games begin. The players spend so much time in the gym during the preseason, they would be better off working on their free-throw shooting than base-running skills.

That’s what makes this March’s weather stand out. Teams have gotten outside and stayed outside (the last two soggy days excluded), and they should be sharper than normal when the season begins Monday, March 30.

One team that should really benefit from the extra time outdoors is Greenon, which has a smaller gym than most to practice in when the weather is bad.

“We’re not even able to throw 90 feet (in the gym),” fourth-year coach Lonnie Robinson said. “That hurts us sometimes.”

Next week, we should find out just how much the dry weather has helped the area teams. The News-Sun’s baseball preview runs Monday, but here are 10 things to know about the 2009 season:

  1. Kenton Ridge has a strong No. 1 pitcher in sophomore Luke Mamer, but it graduated its top four run producers. The Cougars had big question marks entering last season and still made the state final four for the second straight season (the first Clark County team to ever make it twice in a row in baseball), so expect the team to be solid again this year.

  2. The new Springfield High School team has the potential to be the top boys team in the first year of the new high school. It will field a lineup with a good mix of North and South talent, such as sophomore slugger Jimmy Powell and three-sport standout Zack Burks.

  3. In the Ohio Heritage Conference, you can always count on West Liberty-Salem, which is seeking its eighth straight 20-win season. Pitcher Tyler Hayes (1.67 ERA in 2008) will try to lead the team to its second straight league title. Don’t count out a Triad team that could start as many as seven sophomore, or Southeastern, which won a sectional title a year ago.

  4. There are new coaches at Springfield (Rob Cassell), Shawnee (Andy DeWitt), Yellow Springs (Ted Donnell) and Tecumseh (Roger Culbertson, who was last the Arrows baseball coach in 2003).

  5. Emmanuel Christian is not fielding a team this year because it didn’t have enough players.

  6. The race for Springfield News-Sun All-Area Player of the Year is wide open. It could be any of the following guys (or someone else entirely): Kyle Stephenson of Northwestern; Robbie Holt of Shawnee; Burks and Powell of Springfield; Mamer of Kenton Ridge; Ethan Price of Mechanicsburg; Austin Dixon and Ethan James of Triad; Lance Steiner of Greenon; and Seth Rogers of Graham.

  7. Mechanicsburg finally has a field of its own at the high school.

  8. Triad coach Will Nichols is five wins away from his 200th career victory.

  9. The area is well represented on the college scene with Division I players at Georgia (Shawnee’s Jason Leaver), Miami University (Kenton Ridge’s Adam Eaton), Bowling Green (Graham’s Ryan Schlater) and Wright State (Urbana’s Kyle Mossbarger and Kenton Ridge’s Tyler Heskett).

  10. The resignation of Mark Stoll (the longtime North coach who’s now AD at Springfield) means Southeastern’s Rick Woods has the longest tenure in the area at 23 seasons. Northeastern’s Chris Kitchen enters his 20th season this year.

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A perfect bracket (through two rounds)

Here at the News-Sun, we love the NCAA March Madness bracket pool. It’s a tradition that allows us to display our basketball knowledge, grab some bragging rights and give us a reason to hoop and holler when Cal-State Northridge looks like they might upset Memphis.

Right now, the clubhouse leaders are former SNS reporter/copy editor Steve Schlather and Mr. Community News himself Tom Stafford. My little brother Tyler (who turned 16 today, Happy Birthday) is in third.

But no one at the News-Sun has a perfect bracket through two rounds. One Facebook user, Missouri University student Hank Sherman, picked EVERY game correctly.

It’s a bracket all of us at the News-Sun wish we had.

Here’s Sherman’s basis for the picks, according to his Facebook Bracket Brag:

Went with my gut reaction for most of the picks. Do I really think Missouri will win it all? Maybe. If they go to the championship game I hope someone can hook me up w/some free tickets. I dig the heated discussion. I think the Tigers of Mizzou can and will win this if they just keep ON it!

He’s got Mizzou, UNC, Duke and Louisville in the Final Four.

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On this date in area sports history …


Seventy two years ago on this date, March 26, 1937, NBA Hall of Famer and Tecumseh High School graduate Wayne Embry was born in Springfield.

Embry biography from NBA Hall of Fame.

Embry is now an executive with the Toronto Raptors.

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On this date in area sports history …


Eleven years ago on this date, March 25, 1998, Springfield’s Rick White was sent down to Triple A by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, postponing his bid to return to the major leagues following elbow surgery. White was called up on May 31, 1998.

Complete story on the jump.



By Ron Ware, News-Sun Sports Writer

Even in the early days of spring training, Rick White predicted a “constantly revolving door” on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ clubhouse.

Wednesday, that door shut on the 29-year-old Kenton Ridge product, ending — for now — the right-hander’s bid to return to the major leagues after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery 27 months ago.

The Devil Rays, who open their inaugural season on Tuesday, reassigned White to Class AAA Durham (N.C.) of the International League as part of a six-player cut to 33, still eight over the regular-season limit. They expect to trim two or three more pitchers.

“I’m kind of bitter about the whole situation,” White said Wednesday night from his apartment in St. Petersburg. “I came down here with these guys last year — took the chance of pitching for them in the minors instead of maybe being in the majors — and busted my butt last year and all winter, and I got down here early this year and busted my butt.

“I got slapped in the face, really. I’m tired of being Mr. Nice Guy.”

White, who had pitched well but sparingly in the exhibition season, figured he was being sent down when summoned to Manager Larry Rothschild’s office. But he never expected to hear that he’s being converted to a starter again.

Rothschild told him to build his innings at Durham and he’ll be the first pitcher called up.

“Rothschild’s exact words,” he said, “were that, It's not that you didn't pitch good and it's not that you didn't do everything we asked of you' — and I'm wondering, so why am I getting cut? —it’s that’s you didn’t get enough work in. We want you to go to Triple-A and be a starter.’ ”

White was told in January that he was being groomed for long relief but had trouble getting innings with 39 pitchers in camp. Still, he had pitched well in all but one of his six appearances in “A” games, allowing six hits over 52/3 innings while striking out three and walking one. His earned-run average of 4.76 would have been just 1.80 had he not given up two runs in two-thirds of an inning — on a bad hop, he said — while mopping up in a 20-5 loss to Minnesota on March 6. He also worked six scoreless innings in “B” games.

“I can’t do anything more than I did,” he said. “I’m throwing 95 mph. I’m throwing four pitches well. I was ready.”

Still, White said he felt the Devil Rays were being honest when they told him he’s still in their future as a starting pitcher and that he could be back with the club in a matter of a couple of weeks.

“That’s what they told me,” he said. “It doesn’t make me feel any better, but they told me I was going to be the first one back up.”

White’s 58 career major-league appearances include 14 starts. He broke into the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1994, going 4-5 with six saves and a 3.82 ERA as a rookie and 2-3 with a 4.75 ERA the next season before developing elbow problems.

After undergoing “Tommy John surgery” on his right elbow in December 1995 and missing all of 1996, he signed with Tampa Bay prior to last season and spent the year at Class AA Orlando of the Southern League. He went 5-7 with a 4.71 ERA with 12 saves before shoulder tendinitis ended his season in August.

White, who is now out of options, said his arm has never felt better. And a $150,000 minor-league salary will cushion the blow of being sent down.

“But it’s not about the money,” he said. “It’s all about pitching in the majors. That’s why I busted my butt. That’s all I want to do.”

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Harris, BayHawks close to playoffs

Check out Erie Times-News reporter Duane Rankin’s blog on the Erie BayHawks, the NBA D-League squad of Springfield native Ivan Harris.

The BayHawks have six games remaining and are in a battle with Dakota and Albuquerque for the final playoff spot. Both teams, however, hold a tiebreaker over Erie, so they’ve got some work to do.

Harris has started all 44 games for the BayHawks this season, averaging 16.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

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Meet Allonzo Trier, basketball prodigy

From New York Times Magazine:

After school on a recent afternoon, Allonzo Trier, a sixth grader in Federal Way, outside Seattle, came home and quickly changed into his workout gear — Nike high-tops, baggy basketball shorts and a sleeveless T-shirt that hung loosely on his 5-foot-5, 110-pound frame. Inside a small gymnasium near the entrance of his apartment complex, he got right to his practice routine, one he has maintained for the last four years, seven days a week.

He began by dribbling a basketball around the perimeter of the court, weaving it around his back and through his legs. After a few minutes, he took a second basketball out of a mesh bag and dribbled both balls, crisscrossing them through his legs.

It looked like showboating, Harlem Globetrotters kind of stuff, but the drills, which Trier discovered on the Internet, were based on the childhood workouts of Pete Maravich and have helped nurture his exquisite control of the ball in game settings — and, by extension, his burgeoning national reputation.

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On this date in area sports history …

Fourteen years ago on this date, March 24, 1995, the North boys basketball team lost a 17-point lead and the game in the state semifinals. Complete story on the jump.


By Dave Shedloski, News-Sun sports editor

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Kwint Sparks ripped off his No. 32 jersey, flung it to the St. John Arena floor, then angrily kicked it across the hardwood for good measure.

The 6-foot-1 senior, along with his Panther teammates and their large contingent of followers, simply couldn’t believe how their state title dreams had literally been stripped from their beings.

Players were sobbing. Fans were laying on their backs in the bleachers. Parents lingered.

“They were real lucky,” said Sparks, still smoldering long after the final buzzer. “No way we should have lost.”

But they did. Inexplicably, they lost.

The Panthers’ championship season came to a screeching halt Friday night in the Division I state semifinals as Cleveland Heights rallied from a 17-point deficit and stole away with a 69-61 victory.

Big lead disappears fast

It was the most improbable of outcomes for a North team that had lost just one game all season and had dominated the No. 1-ranked Tigers for the first two-thirds of the game.

No team this season had ever forged a larger lead on Cleveland Heights than the 17-point cushion North concocted with 2:38 to go when Carl Berg found Eric Thomas slashing through the lane and dished to him for an easy layup to make it 48-31.

“I thought we had it,” North Coach Eddie Ford admitted afterward.

No doubt he wasn’t alone.

Probably most of North’s supporters - and quite possibly the entire crowd of 13,276 - figured the Tigers, making their third straight trip to the final four, were finished.

“I think North’s got them,” whispered Catholic Central center Jason Collier (who with his Irish teammates plays for the Division IV state title today) as he walked by press row.

But then Cleveland Heights, which had been outhustled and appeared out of sync much of the way against North’s 2-3 zone and attacking offensive scheme, suddenly found a fifth - or maybe sixth? - gear and began creating turnovers at a furious pace out of its zone press.

The Panthers, who ended up 24-2, outrebounded the Tigers 36-21 and outshot them 53 percent (23-43) to 47 percent (29-62). But the telling stat was 25 turnovers, 16 in the second half when Heights, 25-1, came roaring back.

Tigers stole game away

Twenty of North’s miscues were on Cleveland Heights steals. You try winning when the other team wants the ball that badly.

“Basically, what happened … I don’t know what happened,” said Stephens, struggling to find the words to describe North’s demise. “We were playing stupid. Real stupid.”

“We choked,” Berg said. “I wanted to blow them out, and instead we got real tentative.”

The Panthers, the first boys team from North ever to reach the rarified level of the state tournament, were neither stupid nor chokers. Chokers do not win 24 games after going 8-14 a year ago. Chokers do not go nearly undefeated in the regular season or claim one-and two-point regional heart-stoppers just to get this far.

No, the Panthers were simply overrun by a team with its back to the wall and forced to gamble with an all-out assault. It was a pure emotional gambit by the Tigers and the Panthers simply buckled under the intense pressure.

Most teams would.

“They (the Tigers) weren’t going to be denied,” Ford said. “To their credit, they kept coming at us.”

“It was like we were some middle school team and they were professionals,” said Walt Sanford, North’s spiritual leader, who finished with 13 points, one of four Panthers in double figures.

It was Sanford who set the tone for his team, giving no quarter to the Tigers’ big gun, Ohio’s Mr. Basketball and Buckeye-bound guard Damon Stringer, who scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half.

Fellow seniors Dee Wynn and DeVon Lewis were the offensive catalysts, with Wynn spinning and slicing for 16 and Lewis getting 12 points and three assists. Pat Rastatter added 10 points for North.

That’s the kind of team effort the Panthers have put together throughout their marvelous season. It was little wonder then that they took the loss in stride as a team, too.

“We accomplished so much this year, we shouldn’t let this one loss take anything away from us,” Wynn said.

“We kept it together as long as we could,” Stephens added, a tiny smile finally creeping to his face. “You know, it was no one’s fault. We had a beautiful year. I was glad to be a part of it.”

Too bad it couldn’t have lasted one more day.

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Schuler named boys D-II co-player of the year


From the Associated Press:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Big men — in height and accomplishments — dominate the 2009 Associated Press Division I and II All-Ohio boys basketball teams announced Monday.

Jared Sullinger, a junior from poll champion and state-bound Columbus Northland, is the player of the year in the big-school division. In Division II, the award is shared by Kenton’s Garrick Sherman and St. Paris Graham’s Josh Schuler.

Sullinger, a 6-foot-9 player who has already committed to Ohio State, averaged 19.9 points and 14.8 rebounds while shooting 67 percent from the field. He led Northland to the No. 1 ranking and will also be on display in the state semifinals this Friday against Warren Harding, which was represented on first-team All-Ohio by 6-5 Desmar Jackson.

The coaches of the year in Division I are Dublin Scioto’s Tony Bisutti, Cincinnati Princeton’s Josh Andrews, Al Stacey of Lorain Admiral King and Barberton’s Ken Rector. Sherman is a 6-10 senior headed for Michigan State who averaged 23.4 points, 16.4 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots a game. Schuler, a 6-2 senior who will play at North Dakota, scored 24.1 points for the state’s top-ranked team.

Sharing coaching honors are Don Vogt of Cambridge, Circleville Logan Elm’s Doug Stiverson and Dru Joyce II of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. Logan Elm and SVSM both made it to the state semifinals.

The all-state selections were based on the recommendations of a media panel. Click the jump for the complete All-Ohio boys teams in D-I and D-II.

The 2008-2009 Associated Press Division I and II boys All-Ohio high school basketball team, based on the recommendations of a state media panel:


FIRST TEAM: Jared Sullinger, Cols. Northland, 6-foot-9, junior, 19.9 points per game; Orlando Williams, Cin. Princeton, 6-5, sr., 18.3; Carl Jones, Garfield Hts., 6-0, sr., 25.0; C.J. McCollum, Canton GlenOak, 6-2, sr., 28.9; Desmar Jackson, Warren Harding, 6-5, sr., 16.7; Bill Edwards, Middletown, 6-7, sr., 17.6; Luke Kraus, Findlay, 6-1, sr., 24.5; Desmar Jackson, Warren Harding, 6-5, sr., 16.7.

Player of the year: Jared Sullinger, Cols. Northland.

Coaches of the year: Tony Bisutti, Dublin Scioto; Josh Andrews, Cin. Princeton; Al Stacey, Lorain Admiral King; Ken Rector, Barberton.

SECOND TEAM: Tim Hausfeld, Sylvania Southview, 5-8, sr., 20.5; Jordon Crawford, Cin. La Salle, 5-5, sr., 17.3; Nate Tait, Lyndhurst Brush, 6-0, jr., 25.6; Jon Smith, Grove City, 6-7, sr., 18.8; Darius Glover, Tol. Waite, 6-3, sr., 18.1; Reggie Keely, Cle. Hts., 6-8, sr., 20.5.

THIRD TEAM: Joey Prati, Zanesville, 6-7, sr., 18.4; Tanner Furno, Cols. Whetstone, 6-9, sr., 23.1; Anthony Jackson, Galloway Westland, 6-1, jr., 22.6; Matt Kavanaugh, Centerville, 6-10, sr., 17.7; Anton Hutchins, Lima Sr., 6-4, jr., 19.6; Adrian Casey, Lorain Admiral King, 6-4, sr., 19.6; Jared Porrini, Canton Timken, 6-4, sr., 13.3; Terrell Lipkins, Canton McKinley, 5-9, sr., 17.9.

Special Mention

Josh Gouch, Cols. Beechcroft; Jordan Ayres, Dresden Tri-Valley; Bobby Capobianco, Loveland; Erik Stenger, Cin. St. Xavier; Patrick Angle, Logan; Randal Holt, Cle. Glenville; Robert Johnson, Bedford; Anthony Wells, Shaker Hts.; Nyles Evans, N. Canton Hoover; Mark Henniger, Mass. Jackson; Josh Egner, Mass. Jackson; Charles Hearn, Akron Kenmore; Andre Paulk, Kent Roosevelt.

Honorable Mention

Bryce Barnes, Grove City Central Crossing; Rob Brandenberg, Gahanna Lincoln; Ryan Cosgray, Grove City; Bradley McDougald, Dublin Scioto; Terrance Watkins, Cols. Brookhaven

Aaron Robinson, Trotwood-Madison; Danny McElroy, Cin, La Salle; Zach Brown, Mason; Jordan Sibert, Cin. Princeton; Evan Yates, Cin. Walnut Hills; Allen Roberts, Middletown
Mason Mays, Logan Jor’gio Alexander-Lacey, Lakewood St. Edward; Chris Kimbro, Lorain Admiral King; Alex Pandrangi, Westlake; Cole Krizancic, Mentor; Dan Heidenreich, Madison; Jaron Crowe, Mentor

Charlie Hughes, Perrysburg; Anthony Henderson, Tol. Start; Darrin Harris, Mansfield Sr.; Jordan Mottayaw, Mansfield Madison; David Hieber, Perrysburg; Shawn Dyer, Marion Harding

Fred Williams, Warren Harding; J.T. Moore, Youngs. Boardman; Cam Howard, Canton Timken; Connor Groot, Uniontown Lake; Jacob North, Barberton; Laquon Smith, Akron Kenmore; Storm Sanders, Canton GlenOak; Cory Veldhuizen, N. Canton Hoover; Tyler Ferrell, Brunswick.


FIRST TEAM: Zack Joseph, Lewis Ctr. Olentangy Orange, 5-11, jr., 18.7; Dave Brown, Coshocton, 5-11, jr., 22.8; Josh Schuler, St. Paris Graham, 6-2, sr., 24.1; Brandon Amann, Circleville Logan Elm, 6-1, sr., 22.0; Cameron Wright, Cle. Benedictine, 6-5, jr., 20.2; Garrick Sherman, Kenton, 6-10, sr., 23.4; Robert Wilson, Streetsboro, 6-4, sr., 23.2.

Players of the year: Josh Schuler, St. Paris Graham; Garrick Sherman, Kenton. Coaches of the year: Don Vogt, Cambridge; Doug Stiverson, Circleville Logan Elm; Dru Joyce II, Akron SVSM.

SECOND TEAM: Thomas Norris, Cambridge, 5-8, sr., 22.8; Alex Falk, Upper Sandusky, 6-3, sr., 32.6; Nick Kellogg, Cols. DeSales, 6-1, jr., 16.7; Juwan Staten, Day. Thurgood Marshall, 5-10, jr., 20.4; Courtney Avery, Lexington, 5-11, jr., 18.9; Kristopher Frazier, Cle. E. Tech, 6-7, sr., 21.6; Derek Jackson, Cle. Benedictine, 6-0, jr., 19.0; Daylen Harrison, Akron SVSM, 6-6, sr., 16.0.

THIRD TEAM: Eastin Lewellen, Zanesville Maysville, 6-2, sr., 18.0; Quinten Rollins, Wilmington, 5-10, jr., 15.0; Jorian Hudson, St. Bernard Roger Bacon, 6-3, jr., 14.2; Tim Congrove, Circleville Logan Elm, 6-0, 16.6; Richard Morrow, Hunting Val. Univ. School, 6-2, jr., 13.9; Caleb Knights, Chillicothe, 6-1, sr., 12.4; Wes Paramore, Painesville Harvey, 6-1, sr., 17.5; Brian Harp, Minerva, 6-3, jr., 20.3.

Special Mention

Eugene Cannaday, Sunbury Big Walnut; Darian Cartharn, Canal Winchester; Ryan Davis, Hebron Lakewood; Josh Osborn, Zanes. W. Muskingum; Todd Williams, Philo; Joe Rine, Rayland Buckeye; Corey Lisowski, Dover; John Stephenson, New Philadelphia; Ryan Siggins, Kettering Alter; Richard Harris, Cin. Taft; Harrison Martin, Waverly; Seth Dawes, Chillicothe; Anthony Tabler, Marietta; Brian Crader, Thornville Sheridan; Jake Prater, McArthur Vinton County; Hank Leslie, McDermott Northwest; Kyle Slone, WCH Washington; Kevin Fentner, Elyria Cath.; Joe Gutowski, Perry; Shon Alexander, Sandusky Perkins; Bruce Huntley, Tol. Cent. Cath.; Marquez McLendon, Alliance; Kurtis Drummond, Hubbard; Niko Fatimus, Poland Seminary; Jacob Bolyard, Orrville; Steve Hargrove, Akron Buchtel.

Honorable Mention

Julian Coleman, Cols. Bexley; Taylor Rieger, Lewis Ctr. Olentangy Orange; Chase Sutton, New Albany; Doug Thorpe, Cols. Eastmoor Acad.; Josh Williams, Cols. East
Daniel Dunlevy, Wintersville Indian Creek, Ethan Shriver, Byesville Meadowbrook; Shayne Leggett, Cambridge; Charlie Karling, New Concord John Glenn; Dom McCluskey, Coshocton; Wade Smith, Zanes. W. Muskingum; Marcus Mamarella, Dover; Jason Dickey, E. Liverpool

Adolphus Washington, St. Bernard Roger Bacon; Sam Hendricks, Cin. Indian Hill; Austin Jones, St. Paris Graham; Jordan Berlin, Wilmington; Kyle Blackford, Franklin; Geron Johnson, Day. Dunbar

Myles McGlone, Lancaster Fairfield Union; Ron Smith, Chillicothe; Lucas Polley, Greenfield McClain; Frank Valentour, Athens; Kyle Mitchell, Gallipolis Gallia Acad.; Jonathan Hebb, Vincent Warren; Dylan Newsom, Jackson; Airic Steagall, Hillsboro; Emanuel Turner, Hillsboro; Adam Blake, Circleville Logan Elm

Eric Allen, Cleveland E. Tech Tom Berlekamp, Parma Hts. Holy Name; Jamil Brooks, Warrensville Hts.; Nolan Thompson, Hunting Val. Univ. School; Matt Diles, Chagrin Falls
Bo Mathias, Elida; Micah Hyde, Fostoria; Alex Keel, Defiance; Joel Hunter, Napoleon; Derek Gagle, Celina; Clay Rolf, Pemberville Eastwood

Jordan Jones, Ravenna; Cyle Strouble, Alliance Marlington; Jake Mays, Tallmadge; Kyle Spence, Warren Howland; Zach Wasson, Orrville; Ben Donlow, Poland Seminary; Carrington Hanna, Streetsboro; Michael Bickley, Akron East.

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Cedarville University announces move to NCAA Division II


Cedarville University held a news conference Monday afternoon to announce its intent to move from NAIA Division II to NCAA Division II.

The school will submit its application for membership to the NCAA no later than June 1, 2009.

If the application is accepted, Cedarville will remain active in NAIA and the American Mideast Conference in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years. In 2011-12, it would drop its NAIA affiliation.

At this point, it is unknown what it’s conference affiliation will be in that third year. The hope is that enough schools from the current AMC will have made the switch to NCAA or have planned to make the switch that a new conference will be formed from those schools.

Urbana University and Ohio Dominican are already in the process of moving to the NCAA. Malone and Walsh announced earlier this year they will make the switch, and Notre Dame College also announced Monday their plans to move to NCAA Division II.

Cedarville is a charter member of the AMC, which formed in 1949 as the Mid-Ohio League. It has been a member of the NAIA since 1952.

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On this date in area sports history …


Thirteen years ago on this date, March 23, 1996, the Catholic Central boys basketball team captured the Division IV state championship in Columbus with a 75-52 victory over Lincolnview. Jason Collier, then a 7-foot senior, scored 22 points in the final. Collier went on to play in the NBA and died in 2005. Below is a YouTube video paying tribute to Collier.

On the jump, read the News-Sun’s story on the 1996 championship game.

Published March 24, 1996



By Cindy Horner, News-Sun Sports Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Everyone looked at Catholic Central on day one of the basketball season and said they expected nothing less than a state championship.

Central’s players heard all the talk and eventually came to expect nothing less of themselves. And now, 28 games later, the goal has become reality.

The Irish are Division IV state champions after knocking off No. 1-ranked Van Wert Lincolnview, 75-52, Saturday night in front of 12,712 fans at St. John Arena.

“Now I have everything I wanted this year,” said a smiling Jason Collier, the 7-foot senior who led the team with 22 points and 18 rebounds. “This just makes the season complete. It means we put in a lot of hard work and it’s all paid off.”

“It came down to defense, and that’s what won the game for us,” said Coach Tony Ricciuto, whose team winds up 24-3. The Irish lost at this stage last year to Findlay Liberty-Benton, giving them plenty of incentive.

“We got some key breakaways on some of their missed shots and some steals that really helped us,” he continued. “I think we got the last run. They didn’t want to have that same feeling that they did last year.”

Another part of the reason was Jon Powell. The senior, who transferred in from Middletown Christian this season, was the missing ingredient. He scored 16 points and had four assists, two rebounds and a steal.

“He’s been a big sparkplug off our bench all season,” said senior point guard Jason Ronai, who tossed in 18 points to go with seven assists and two rebounds.

“He’s a scoring weapon for us,” he added. “Just his presence has helped us.”

The Irish, who stayed in a sticky man-to-man defense throughout, led by just two points at the half, then allowed Lincolnview to go on a 16-6 run to take a 35-34 lead with 6:09 remaining in the third quarter.

But Central was up for a comeback and went on its on run — a 15-7 one to take a 49-42 lead at the end of three. From the 6:09 mark of the third quarter, the Irish outscored the Lancers, 41-17, to win the game.

“When they took that lead on us, we looked up at the scoreboard and said that we are not going to let this happen to us again,” senior forward Tyson Yirak said. “That’s when we made our run at them. Everyone was saying, `Central is going to choke again,’ but we all came through. Everybody was making the key plays.”

Lincolnview managed to put only one player in double figures and that was Brandon Pardon, playing with stitches in his eyelid after getting elbowed the night before, with 21 points.

The Lancers’ second-leading scorer, Wes Dudgeon, missed much of the game after complaining of dizziness. Dudgeon suffered a concussion Friday night in the Lancers’ state semifinal win.

“We had T-shirts made up this year that say, `Unfinished Business,’ and that’s what inspired us,” Powell said. “We didn’t want second place this year. We wanted first, and that’s what we got.

“There’s a banner in our gym that says state finalists. We saw that banner every time we practiced and we wanted one that said state champions.”

It showed. The players really started feeling like state champions with one minute to go.

Ricciuto called a timeout to get his subs in, and the hugs broke out en masse. Everyone got their hugs in, including Ronai who was sitting on the floor during the jubilation. The senior was suffering from leg cramps off and on during the fourth quarter and was glad to take a seat. Soon after, Collier joined him on the floor as the two exchanged hugs.

“Thank God, we finally got it,” Ronai said. “I’m not going to take this gold medal off.”

“It’s just a great feeling,” said senior Tom Hannon, who stepped up in the fourth quarter and buried two three-pointers. “It just makes everything worth it.”

“Defense has definitely been our motto,” said senior Tony Silvers, taking his last looks at St. John Arena’s court.

“We came out and apllied the pressure. Our defense is what makes our offense go. This is a great way to go out. Now we are just going to celebrate.”

The Irish had always heard they were champions. They had to prove it to themselves. Now they have.

Collier, who added a state championship to his individual honors, is the outstanding player on the 1996 Associated Press Division IV all-tournament team.

The 7-foot senior guided Springfield Catholic Central to the title by hitting 20-of-34 shots from the field.

Earlier this week, Collier was selected as the 1996 Associated Press Mr. Basketball in Ohio.

Collier was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Ronai (38 points, 16 assists) and Powell (31 points, six assists); Dalton’s Randy Endsley (36 points, 6 rebounds) in a semifinal loss; and Lincolnview’s Pardon (39 points, 12 assists) and Shawn Thatcher (25 points, 7 rebounds).

CATHOLIC CENTRAL (75) — Yirak 1-4 0-0 2, Silvers 2-2 0-0 6, Collier 10-21 0-0 22, Ronai 5-11 5-7 18, Hannon 2-2 1-2 7, Powell 8-12 0-0 16, Talbott 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 1-2 0-0 2, Evilsizor 0-0 0-0 0, Shutte 0-0 2-4 2, Weber 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 29-54 8-13 75.

LINCOLNVIEW (52) — Thatcher 2-6 1-1 5, Dudgeon 2-4 4-4 8, Pollock 3-5 1-1 7, Kill 1-4 2-2 4, Pardon 8-13 0-0 21, Rabe 2-6 3-7 7, Kemler 0-2 0-0 0, Longstreth 0-0 0-0 0, Wise 0-2 0-0 0, Webb 0-0 0-0 0, Owens 0-0 0-0 0, Welch 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-42 11-15 52.

 Catholic Central20  32  49   75

 Lincolnview15  30  42   52

Three-point goals: Catholic Central 9-17 (Ronai 3-5, Hannon 2-2, Silvers 2-2, Collier 2-5, Yirak 0-1, Powell 0-1, Moore 0-1), Lincolnview 5-13 (Pardon 5-9, Rabe 0-1, Wise 0-1, Thatcher 0-2). Shooting percentages: Catholic Central .537, Lincolnview .429. Rebounds: Catholic Central 29 (Collier 18), Lincolnview 22 (Thatcher 5). Total fouls: Catholic Central 17, Lincolnview 18. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None. Assists: Catholic Central 13 (Ronai 7), Lincolnview 4 (Pardon 2). Turnovers: Catholic Central 9, Lincolnview 15. Blocked shots: Catholic Central 4 (Collier 2), Lincolnview 0. Steals: Catholic Central 3, Lincolnview 2. Officials: Carl Jordan, Steve Trout, Mike Vaschak. Records: Catholic Central 24-3, Lincolnview 26-1. A: 12,712.

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Greeneview gets a new football coach

Isaac Seevers has been hired as Greeneview High School’s head football coach.

Seevers, 27, will teach math at the high school. He was most recently an assistant at Anderson University for two seasons. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as an assistant at Lafayette Jefferson High School (Ind.).

Seevers replaces Adam Taylor, who was 5-25 in three seasons.

Seevers said the Greeneview job enticed him because it gave him a chance to get back into high school coaching, but also to move closer to family. He is originally from Bowersville and grew up in Athens County, Ohio.

“I’m big on building relationships with kids,” Seevers said. “I want to make sure they see me as a person, not just as a football coach and a teacher.”

Seevers has a few plans for the football program’s direction. The last winning season for the Rams was 1996 (10-0), and the school has never advanced to the playoffs. In 2008 Greeneview went 2-8 and 1-6 in the Ohio Heritage Conference.

“The first thing we have to do is get more kids involved,” Seevers said. “The numbers are low right now, and I think part of that will be addressed by me being in the building.”

Seevers also wants to develop more continuity between the elementary-aged programs to the high school.

Greeneview will host a meet the coach night on at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the high school.

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Wiseman, Peters bring home race walk titles

Two area collegiate race walkers — Cedarville’s Josh Wiseman, a Shawnee grad, and Yellow Springs’ Tina Peters, a junior at Goshen (Ind.) College — each won NAIA Indoor titles in the 3,000 meter race walk on March 6.

For video and interviews from their races, click the jump.

Watch as Wiseman takes home the title in the 3,000 meter race walk at the NAIA Indoor Track National Championships on March 6 at East Tennessee State University.

Here’s an interview with Wiseman after the race:

Watch as Yellow Springs grad Tina Peters, a junior at Goshen College in Indiana, takes home the title in the women’s 3,000 meter race walk.

Here’s an interview with Tina Peters after the race:

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On this date in area sports history …

Thirteen years ago on this date, March 21, 1996, the News-Sun published a story about Catholic Central High School being forced to change its leprechaun logo by the University of Notre Dame. Complete story on the jump:


By Glen Lincicome and Jim Hays, News-Sun Staff Writers

Catholic Central High School is looking for a few good men.

Uh, make that one green-and-gold short man.

The high school is looking for a new leprechaun logo for its “Fighting Irish” sports teams.

The Rev. Thomas Kreidler, the school’s principal, said the search for a new symbol stems from a demand by the University of Notre Dame that Catholic Central stop using the leprechaun logo, which is the same as the one used by the South Bend, Ind. university.

Notre Dame’s vice president and general counsel, Carol Kaesebier, notified Catholic Central by letter in February that the university has trademark and copyright registrations on the leprechaun design.

In her letter, Kaesebier said Catholic Central and other Catholic schools were being asked to design their own leprechaun, one that does not resemble Notre Dame’s.

“To allow others to use this logo as their own would dilute our rights to the

 mark to the point where our proprietary claim would be at risk,'' she said.

Consequently, Central is sponsoring a contest for the creation of a new logo.

The contest is open to all and entries must be submitted no later than May 1.

The designer of the winning logo will be presented $150 and two two-year passes to all home Central sports events. The winner also will be recognized on a plaque in the school.

The prize for second place is $75; third place gets $50.

The winning leprechaun will be chosen by May 15 and be unveiled May 21 during an awards ceremony at the school.

Notre Dame, which granted Central permission to continue to use the term “Irish” in connection with the school, asked that the high school allow Notre Dame to review any new leprechaun design.

Designs must be rendered primarily in the school colors of green and gold and be submitted on paper no smaller than 81/2 by 11 inches.

It must not resemble the Notre Dame logo, the logo of the Boston Celtics or any other copyrighted logo.

Entries should be mailed or delivered to the Rev. Thomas Kreidler, Catholic Central High School, 1200 E. High St., Springfield, Ohio, 45505, before 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 1.

More information about the contest is available from Ann Colliflower, director of development at Central, at 328-7427.

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Last second 3-pointer shocks Graham

You could see the shock on the Graham players’ faces. When you lose twice in two seasons, any defeat will shock you, but this one was a dagger. The Falcons lost in the Division II regional semifinals Thursday to Columbus Bishop Watterson. You can watch the video of the last-second 3-pointer below.

Watterson point guard Andy Winters talked to the Columbus Dispatch about the game-winning shot: “I thought he was short,” Winters said. “I told him in the huddle, ‘Don’t fade away on the shot.’ He faded away on the shot. I thought, ‘Aw, Chris, you faded again.’ But it went in and we all dove on him. It was a perfect ending.”

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Graham loses in overtime

Live updates from the Graham vs. Bishop Watterson Division II regional semifinal game at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. I’m sitting courtside.

The winner of this game plays in the regional final on Saturday right back here at Xavier at 3 p.m.

7:35 p.m.: Watterson’s Chris Grabosky hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to win the game, 45-44 Watterson.

7:33 p.m.: Josh Schuler just put the Falcons up 42-40 with seven seconds left. Watterson’s got one more chance to score with 3.4 seconds left. Watterson just called a timeout.

7:25 p.m.: 40-40 after regulation. Going to overtime. Watterson had two looks at the basket in the final five seconds but didn’t score.

That was after Ethan Ward was called for a player-control foul with 14.5 seconds left.

7:20 p.m.: It’s tied with 39.5 seconds left, 40-40.

7:17 p.m.: Graham’s up 40-36 with 1:40 left. Falcons are going into stall mode. Watterson’s starting to foul.

7:15 p.m.: Graham leads 38-36 after a bunny from Josh Schuler. 3:06 left in the game. Both teams are being patient on offense. Neither wants to make a mistake at this point.

7:10 p.m.: Casey Crable just hit a 3-pointer. Game’s tied 36-36.

7:05 p.m.: Ryan Zook just hit a jumper at the buzzer. The game’s tied 33-33 heading into the fourth quarter.

7:03 p.m.: Graham leads 31-28 thanks to a 3-pointer from Nick VanHoose. We’ve got about two minutes left. Austin Jones had tied it moments before with a layup.

7 p.m.: Graham’s down 28-26in the third quarter after Austin Jones just hit a huge 3-pointer. The crowd’s into it and the comeback is on.

6:45 p.m.: The Falcons have cut the score to 26-17 at halftime. Watterson was up 26-11 but the Falcons scored six points in a wild final minute.

The Falcons look a little lost on offense. The defense has been stout so far and they’ve forced seven turnovers.

The Falcons are shooting 5 of 21 from the field (23.8 percent), and 3 for 12 (25 percent) on 3-pointers.

Watterson, meanwhile, has made 10 of 14 (71.4 percent).

6:35 p.m.: Graham’s down 18-8 with four minutes left in the first half.

The Falcons are settling for 3-pointers instead of driving to the basket. The can’t seem to crack Watterson’s man-to-man defense.

6:25 p.m.: After one quarter Graham is down 14-6. The Falcons turned it over four times that quarter.

If the outcome was based on fan participation, the Falcons would win. Their side of the gym is twice as full as Watterson’s.

The Falcons are going to have to cut down on the turnovers.

6:20 p.m.: Graham’s down 14-6 with two minutes to go in the first quarter.

6:15 p.m.: Just about ready to start here.

Starters from Watterson: Andy Winters, Michael Tighe, Zack Riddle, Chris Grabosky, Matt Susi.

Starters from Graham: Ryan Zook, Austin Jones, Josh Schuler, Ben Rosenberger, Ethan Ward.

6:05 p.m.: We’re about five minutes away from the start of the Graham vs. Bishop Ready Division II regional semifinal boys basketball game.

I’m sitting courtside. I’ll be providing live updates throughout the game.

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On this date in area sports history …

Three years ago on this date, March 19, 2006, the Wittenberg men’s basketball team returned from Salem, Va., after losing in the NCAA championship game. Complete story on the jump.

Long bus ride puts Tigers’ season in perspective

National runners-up savor memorable year

By LUCAS SULLIVAN News-Sun Sports Writer

Wittenberg’s bus ride back from Salem was the same distance, but after Saturday’s heartbreaking loss to Virginia Wesleyan it probably felt a lot longer.

Players were in good spirits when the bus rolled toward Springfield at 9:35 a.m. and by the time it stopped for lunch just outside of Charleston, W.Va., players were laughing and talking with Tigers fans that had stopped at the same travel plaza.

Coach Bill Brown even treated the team to frozen yogurt.

But before the players left Salem, Va., Brown read from a hand-written note that contained his thoughts about the team’s 59-56 loss to the Marlins in the Division III NCAA championship game.

Brown said the game will “gnaw at me for the rest of my life” and told players that the devastating loss needed to be put into perspective, behind family and health. He also told them to lean on their faith.

The Tigers could also lean on some magical moments throughout a season that saw them finish 30-4. One would have to be Friday’s semifinals win over Amherst where senior Dan Russ scored 20 second-half points and rallied the Tigers to a 64-60 win.

Another would have to be the Tigers’ tournament run that never left Springfield until the Final Four.

And don’t forget their second straight North Coast Athletic Conference title at Wooster, where Wittenberg atoned for two regular-season losses to the Scots with a 71-69 finals win. Plus the Tigers were ranked No. 1 in the nation for a good part of the season.

Brown also tied Larry Hunter’s all-time wins record at 305 and the Tigers tied the 1994 Final Four team’s record for most wins in a season.

But probably the most memorable was watching seniors Kenny Brady, Phil Steffes, Dane Borchers and Russ play the best basketball Wittenberg has seen in quite a while. And Borchers has one more year of eligibility left and said he will be back next season.

As the bus drove onto Wittenberg’s campus at 4:30 p.m., Brown acknowledged his seniors.

“This is their last bus ride,” he said. “Thanks guys — for everything.”

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Previewing the Division II regional tournaments


Zac Jackson of touts Graham as “probably the pick at this point” among the 16 boys basketball teams remaining in the Division II tournament.

This is what he wrote about the No. 1 Falcons in his preview of the regional tournament, which begins Thursday, March 19:

Defending regional champs are perfect thus far and survived a stiff test from Cincinnati Indian Hills last week. Leadership and experience are huge at this point, and Graham has it from Josh Schuler, Austin Jones, Ethan Ward and Ben Rosenberger. Probably the pick at this point.

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Longtime Wittenberg stats guru Joe Clayton dies


There was no bigger Wittenberg fan than Joe Clayton. The Catholic Central graduate and Springfield resident took stats at football and basketball games for almost three decades.

He never got paid. He was always a volunteer. He just loved the Tigers — maybe as much as his beloved Columbus Clippers.

Clayton, also a longtime member of the News-Sun sports staff, died Monday night, March 16, at 47.

“I always considered myself to be unbelievably lucky that somebody like Joe would want to be around,” Wittenberg sports information director Ryan Maurer said.

I have to point out that Joe is the 2008 Springfield News-Sun Fantasy Football League champion. He loved fantasy sports and played forever in the Paper League, the News-Sun’s baseball league for many years, and then our football league. He never won a championship until this past season.

This is the information the paper got from the funeral home this morning:

Clayton, Joseph M. 47, of Springfield died March 16, 2009. Visitation from 4-7 p.m.Friday in the Conroy Funeral Home. Mass 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church.

This is an email from Wittenberg sports information director Ryan Maurer to the Wittenberg community on Tuesday:

Dear Wittenberg community members,

For most of you, the name Joe Clayton may not mean much - if you ever heard it at all. But without him and the more than 25 years of dedicated service he gave his hometown university, your experience following Wittenberg athletics might have been something a little less. I know mine would have been, which is why I was so sad to hear the news of his passing last night at the age of 47.

Joe was a Wittenberg Tiger to the core, and he earned his stripes with dedicated service as a statistician for a variety of the university’s athletics teams. As far as I know, he didn’t miss a home Wittenberg football game for nearly 30 years - not sitting in the stands as a fan, but sitting in the pressbox as the lead scorekeeper. In recent years, he volunteered to be our sports information representative at road games as well, tracking participation, pitching in to help with statistics and delivering stats to our coaches at halftime and the end of games. He was a walking encyclopedia of Wittenberg football knowledge, a memory bank I never could quite tap enough.

He was almost as consistent in his attendance of Wittenberg basketball games, both men and women. Despite missing three years while working in Dayton, I would estimate that Joe tracked statistics at about 600 home basketball games over the years. In recent years, he also helped with stats when we hosted NCAC and NCAA volleyball tournaments and had even offered his services at men’s and women’s soccer games. And there was a baseball season when we didn’t have anyone to keep the scorebook, so he pinch-hit at the last minute. Ably, I might add.

Finally, last year he joined the Athletics Hall of Honor committee. He saw it as an honor, and he took his responsibilities very seriously.

He did all of these things, outside of his full-time jobs and dedication to the local Catholic church…FOR FREE. I insisted that we arrange payment for a few things, like his help with the volleyball tournaments and the chilly nights in the baseball dugout. But it was never anything he asked for, or expected. He just loved sports, and he loved Wittenberg.

It’s people like Joe - unsung heroes - who make Wittenberg special. I just felt that he should be saluted.

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Harris gets a shoutout on Club Tril

Springfield native Ivan Harris got a shout out from his former Ohio State men’s basketball teammate Mark Titus in the latest Club Trillion blog post.

During the Final Four two years ago, we had an entire two hours one day devoted to answering questions from the media. This was when I perfected the art of messing up the interview. A particular favorite from that media day is when I convinced Ivan Harris that he had a booger hanging out of his nose and he said “Yeah we’re just going to go out and play our…hold on, I gotta go take care of something” to the reporter before dashing off to the bathroom.

Harris, a member of the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA D-League, scored 14 points in the team’s 101-89 loss to the Iowa Energy on Sunday.

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On this date in area sports history …

Three years ago on this date, March 18, 2006, the Wittenberg men’s basketball team lost to Virginia Wesleyan in the NCAA Division III championship game on a last-second 3-pointer.

This will be painful for Wittenberg fans to watch, but here’s the video of the winning shot made by Ton-Ton Balenga.

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On this date in area sports history …

Seven years ago on this date, March 17, 2002, South Charleston celebrated the Southeastern girls basketball team’s final four appearance. Complete story on the jump.



SOUTH CHARLESTON — They didn’t come home champions Sunday, but Southeastern High School’s girls basketball team went where 192 other Division IV schools didn’t — to the state tournament.

And though it was St. Patrick’s Day, scarlet, gray and white were the only colors that mattered here. A wailing siren led a caravan of cars and mini-vans back from Columbus, the tournament’s site, emblazoned with flags and “go Trojans” messages on them.

Though Southeastern lost 39-34 to Shadyside in Thursday’s semifinal game, it returned a winner. About 100 fans, parents and relatives were waiting in the school’s gymnasium to celebrate the school’s fifth state tournament appearance.

“The dream to go to state is always a pipe dream,” first-year Trojans coach Mike Smart told the crowd. “Mid-season, it was a pipe dream for us. To get there was neat, and I hope these girls never forget it.”

Smart was hired last June, replacing Kirk Martin who guided the team to four previous state tournaments, the most recent in 1999. But for whatever mid-season jitters there were, Southeastern overcame them when it mattered most.

After sharing the Ohio Heritage Conference with Greeneview, the team heated up, as it usually does, winning sectional, district and regional championships. An off-night in Thursday’s game against Shadyside ended the run.

“I feel privileged and humbled, and I’m already feeling the pressure for next year,” said Smart, who was named News-Sun area girls coach of the year.

Bodie Lightle, who has been a Trojan assistant coach for 16 years, said this team differed from the other Trojan state squads. Where several previous Southeastern teams had the advantage of being together for several years, this one had to take steps to improve game by game as the season went on.

“We weren’t expected by as many people to make it there this year,” he said. “A lot of people don’t realize it’s hard work. That’s what counts. Keeping up the tradition is the ultimate goal, and we did it.”

The 2001-02 year has literally been a banner one for Southeastern teams. The football and volleyball teams made the Division IV regional finals, as did the boys basketball team, which missed the state tournament by a game after losing Friday 60-46 to Russia.

Southeastern girls team members included Brittany Smart, Brittany Barnhiser, Kati Kitchen, Rachel Clark-Haggy, Erica Paugh, Ashley Smart, Katie Hupp, Beth Eichelberger, Kristen Paulick, Chelsee McFarland, Rachel Cline, Mallory Smart and Ashley West.

Seniors Paulick, Paugh, Ashley Smart and Kitchen were given turns to speak to the crowd. The remarks were brief, but grateful. “I’ve never been part of anything like this, it’s cool,” Paulick said.

Paugh, who along with Kitchen was a member of the ‘99 state team, said she was grateful to her community and she thanked her parents, coaches and teammates.

The crowd was filled with potential future Trojans. Miami View eighth-graders Dakotah Waugh and Stephanie Roach were excited about joining the program next season.

“It’s a lot to follow, but, hopefully, we can take up the challenge,” Roach said.

Waugh said she was a little nervous about living up to the success of the team but is looking forward to it.

Perhaps the youngest Trojan in training at the event was 18-month- old Mackenzee Klontz. She’s about the age many of the girls on the current Trojan squad were when the team made its first state finals appearance, and she was getting in practice early, running up and down the floor.

First-year Southeastern athletic director Rick Woods has had his hands full keeping up with all the teams and their tournament exploits. As baseball coach, he now has the added pressure of keeping up the winning ways set by the fall and winter sports teams.

“I just pray it doesn’t rain for spring sports,” he said, smiling

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Graham’s next opponent on a hot streak

The Graham High School boys basketball team plays Columbus Bishop Watterson in the Division II regionals on Thursday, March 19. The game will be played at the Xavier University Cintas Center at 6:15 p.m.

Check out what the Columbus Dispatch wrote about Watterson in its last game.

The Eagles have won nine of its last 12 games.

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Greenon’s Turner named to All-Ohio second team

Greenon junior Allie Turner was named to the All-Ohio Division II girls basketball second team on Monday, March 16.

Turner, a 5-foot-6 guard, averaged 29.5 points per game for the Knights (9-12).

Kenton Ridge junior Saira House was an honorable mention selection in Division II.

The complete Division I and Division II teams are on the jump.


FIRST TEAM: Emilee Harmon, Pickerington Central, 6-foot-3, senior, 19.7; Dayeesha Hollings, Cin. Winton Woods, 5-6, sr., 15.8; Karisma Penn, Shaker Hts., 6-2, sr., 19.9; Kelsey Berger, Mentor, 5-11, sr., 17.7; Yolanda Richardson, Tol. Start, 6-1, sr., 13.8; Malina Howard, Twinsburg, 6-4, fresh., 16.1; Kendall Hackney, Cin. Mt. Notre Dame, 6-2, sr., 12.8.

Players of the year: Emilee Harmon, Pickerington Central; Kendall Hackney, Cin. Mt. Notre Dame.

Coaches of the year: Erin Fragale, Delaware Hayes; Paul Force, Eastlake North.

SECOND TEAM: Asia Taylor, Cols. Whetstone, 6-1, sr., 27.0; Lauren Gatto, Mayfield, 6-3, sr., 18.0; Mikaela Ruef, Beavercreek, 6-2, sr., 13.9; Natasha Howard, Tol. Waite, 6-3, jr., 16.2; Darryce Moore, Youngs. Boardman, 6-2, jr., 16.8.

THIRD TEAM: Ameryst Alston, Canton McKinley, 5-9, fresh., 13.8; Taylor Rogers, Ashland, 5-8, sr., 19.7; Samarie Walker, Day. Chaminade-Julienne, 6-1, jr., 15.5; Jessie Tamerlano, N. Royalton, 6-0, sr., 19.7; Sam MacKay, Dublin Coffman, 5-8, sr., 13.2; Hanna Luburgh, Dresden Tri-Valley, 5-11, jr., 15.0.

Special Mention: Becca Bornhorst, Dublin Coffman; Makeda Matthews, Delaware Hayes; Alexis Rogers, Lakota West; Gabby Smith, Cin. Mt. Notre Dame; Brittany Reddy, Strongsville; Tai Dotson, Elyria; Dana Banda, Solon; Brianna Jones, Tol. Central Cath.; Demi Moschetti, Perrysburg; Shawnta Dyer, Marion Harding; Logan Pastor, Green; Mikaela Lengal, Brunswick; Andola Dortch, Akr. Kenmore; Candace Andel, Lodi Cloverleaf; Lauren Myers, Uniontown Lake.

Honorable Mention: Brittney Callahan, Pickerington North; Destiney Gaston, Cols. Northland; Brandi Gorniak, Dublin Scioto; Kesi Hess, Dublin Scioto; T’Shera Lucas, Reynoldsburg; Kitrina Neiger, Coshocton; Melanie Poorman, Zanes. Maysville; Emily Mills, Dover; Danielle Ledrich, New Philadelphia; Brooke Cenkus, St. Clairsville; Bri Kamarek, Wintersville Indian Creek; Kayla Prokopakis, Richmond Edison; Catherine Pendergrast, Steubenville; Katy Baker, Millersburg West Holmes; Macy Weber, Lisbon Beaver; Jasmine Shaw, Cin. Winton Woods; Cassie Sant, Fairmont; Kacie Cassell, Vandalia Butler; Jessica Alexander, Xenia; Ashley Wanninger, Cin. Colerain; Jasmine Davis, Cin. Hughes; Loryn Cassady, Logan; Meghan Hoffman, Logan; Natachia Watkins, Lyndhurst Brush; Sam Blazetic, Eastlake North; Hope Mancini, Mayfield; Kalpana Beach, Westlake; Dominique Higginbotham, Lorain Admiral King; Maleeka Kynard, Tol. Start; Olivia Fouty, Sylvania Northview; Laura Campbell, Tol. Whitmer; Jasmine Blanton, Tol. Notre Dame; Tierra Washington, Lima Senior; Lindsay Tenyak, Wadsworth; Brittany Powell, Copley; Beth Mantkowski, Copley; Kelly Barzak, Warren Howland; Jessica Carpenter, N. Canton Hoover; Lauren Macer, Twinsburg; Brooke Forsythe, Lodi Cloverleaf; Rachael Tossell, Mass. Jackson.

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All-Clark County girls basketball team chosen


The All-Clark County Girls Basketball Team, voted on by the county coaches, includes the following 10 players:

Jillian Adams, Northeastern; Saira House and Mariah Harris, Kenton Ridge; Amber Hayslip and Jenna Erwin, Southeastern; Allie Turner, Greenon; Shanay Portis, Springfield; Rebecca Bruner, Northwestern; Brooke Hayden, Tecumseh; Kerri Beedy, Shawnee.

Clark County Miss Basketball, one of these 10 players, will be released as part of a banquet on April 20th at the Wittenberg Shouvlin Center.

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The man behind LeBron’s shooting touch

Lebron James isn’t the best shooter in the NBA yet, but with former Ohio State player and Cavs assistant coach Chris Jent by his side, he may be one day.

In the Columbus Dispatch, Mike Wagner writes about James bringing Jent with him everywhere he goes — including road trips to shoot commercials in the summer — all with designs on becoming the best shooter possible.

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Buckeyes keen on Dayton bid

The Ohio State University basketball couldn’t be happier about playing in Dayton, reports Tim Cary, a Northwestern High School girls basketball assistant coach, from the Big Ten Tournament for

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On this date in area sports history…

On this date seven years ago, March 16, 2002, the South High School boys basketball team fell to Winton Woods in the D-I regional finals.

The game featured future NBA player Robert Hite from Winton Woods, as well as future St. Bonaventure and Miami (Ohio) player Isiah Carson of South.

Published in the March 17, 2002 edition of the News-Sun:



By DAVID JABLONSKI, News-Sun Sports Writer

CINCINNATI — There are bad bounces. Then, there are awful bounces, twists of fate that can bounce you out of the lead, or in the case of the South boys basketball team, right out of the tournament.

The Wildcats experienced the worst of bounces in their 58-53 loss to Cincinnati Winton Woods in the Division I regional final Saturday night at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.

The Wildcats held the lead for the first 28 minutes and two seconds of the game. They were so close to their first state semifinal berth since 1950 that they could have been forgiven if they noticed the ladder _ the one the winner would climb to cut down the nets _ being carried closer to the court at halftime.

“Our seniors really wanted this bad,” South coach Larry Ham said. “Tony (Brown) and Byron (Parks) and Chase (Miller), those seniors, they were really hurting there at the end. I felt their pain, and I still feel their pain, and I’m probably going to feel it for awhile.”

The pain started with 3:58 left in the fourth quarter. That was when the first bad bounce occurred _ and unlike the second, it had nothing to do with luck.

Miller, a senior forward, reacting to a foul call against the Wildcats, slammed the ball off the court and was hit with a technical foul as the ball bounced into the air. Penn State-bound Deforrest Riley hit 1 of 2 free throws to cut the South lead to 50-49. The Warriors got the ball back because of the technical, and C.J. Anderson scored on a layup, giving Winton Woods its first lead of the game at 51-50.

Then in the final minute, the score tied at 53-53 thanks to a 3-pointer with 56 seconds left by Ohio State-bound South junior Ivan Harris, the second bounce turned the game again. Winton Woods was playing for the last shot, when Riley lost his handle on the ball. It bounced high in the air, and Riley was able to bat it to Miami of Florida-bound teammate Robert “Flight” Hite. He slammed it home for a 55-53 lead.

The ball could have gone any which way, South coach Larry Ham knew, but it went to Winton Woods.

South had one last chance to tie it at 55-all, but Brown missed two free throws with 15.2 seconds left.

“I thought our kids played hard,” Ham said. “But when you talk about the ball bouncing, literally, it just bounced their way. If that ball doesn’t bounce to Hite, it’s a totally different ballgame. To come out and play that hard …”

And lead for so long, and still lose … well, the Wildcats will be thinking of this for a long while.

“It’s been a rough season,” Ham said. “We’ve had so much happen on the floor and off the floor, with Isiah (Carson, whose brother Olajuwon died in a fire late in the season). Yeah, there’s been some turmoil. But you know what, this group is a funny group. They can get on each other, get on each other, but they’re kind of like brothers. I can fight my brother, but you better not. That’s the type of group we have.”

South was making its first appearance in the regional finals since it lost to East Liverpool in 1999 at the Columbus Fairgrounds. That season ended like this one, in disappointment. The Wildcats finished with a 22-4 record in 2001-2002.

Winton Woods improved to 25-1 and will play in its first ever state semifinal next Friday against the winner of Mentor-Canton McKinley. The Warriors’ only loss this season occurred in an early-season tournament against a team from Virginia.

Winton Woods moved on because of a pressure defense that forced South into 19 turnovers. When the Wildcats broke the press, they scored easy baskets. When, they didn’t, the Warriors got the turnover. If they had converted more of those turnovers into points, they wouldn’t have had to sweat until the end.

“We put the press on and took it off,” Winton Woods coach David Lumpkin said. “They got some easy baskets and made some adjustments at halftime, so we pulled it off, and then we came back with it. Then we got a couple turnovers or a couple rushed shots. That just helped us tremendously. It kept them in an uncomfortable mode.”

Even with that press, South had the lead almost the entire game, 14-9 after one quarter, 30-26 at halftime and 44-42 going into the fourth quarter.

“It was a pretty good press,” Harris said. “They did a pretty good job on defense. We had to take our time with the ball, and we forced a lot of passes.”

Still, South couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. The Wildcats scored the first 10 points in the game, eight of those on layups by Brown, who led the Wildcats with 15 points, and the other two on a short put-back by Carson. For the first three minutes, the fast break was in fashion, and the Wildcats were storming the runway.

“We were motivated and took it to them, just ran them like we usually do,” said Harris, who had 12 points and six rebounds.

Added Ham, “We wanted to establish the fact that we wouldn’t back down. That’s been our game all year. We score in the paint. That’s why I was kind of disappointed with some of the errant 3s late in the game. I was happy Ivan hit the big one to tie it, but we didn’t have to shoot a couple of them, especially against a good defensive rebounding team. Early, we were killing them on the offensive boards.”

The Wildcats grabbed 38 rebounds (20 of those on the offensive end), to Winton Woods’ 28 in the game. The high point for South came with 3:58 left before halftime. Miller hit a jump shot, and the Wildcats led 24-14. That was the last basket of a 10-2 run.

Winton Woods then ran off a 6-0 run and trailed by just four at halftime thanks to a dunk by Kenny Smith at the buzzer. Another buzzer shot pulled the Warriors within two after three quarters _ this one a tip-in by Hite, who led all scorers with 18 points, off a missed shot by Riley.

South then started the fourth off in dramatic fashion, as Brown broke away for a fast-break dunk to make the score 46-42. The Wildcats led 50-46 when things started going awry. First Mike Carden scored on a layup for Winton Woods, and then Harris went to the bench with his fourth foul.

Not long after that, Miller picked up the technical. The sequence of events that led to South’s defeat had begun.

“He’s a senior, but I can’t fault Chase,” Ham said. “I’m not going to say that lost the game for us, but it does something to you. The kid made a bad choice, but he’s a heck of a kid and a heck of a player.”

And for South, it has been a heck of a season.

SOUTH (53) _ Brown 7 1-4 15, Parks 5 4-4 14, Carson 3 0-2 6, Walker 0 2-2 2, Harris 4 2-2 12, C. Miller 2 0-2 4. Totals: 21 9-16 53.

WINTON WOODS (58) _ Anderson 6 5-10 17, Fields 0 2-2 2, Riley 2 3-4 7, Smith 0 0-0 0, Hite 8 2-4 18, Hunter 3 0-0 8, Carden 3 0-0 6. Totals: 22 12-20 58.

South 14 30 44 53

Winton Woods 9 26 42 58

Three-point goals: South 2 (Harris 2); Winton Woods 2 (Hunter 2). Records: South 22-4; Winton Woods 25-1.

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On this date in area sports history …

Thirteen years ago on this date, March 15, 1996, the Catholic Central boys basketball team beat Southeastern to advance to the final four for the second straight season. Complete story on the jump.



By Steve Jacoby, News-Sun Sports Writer

A few minutes after Catholic Central wrapped up its second straight trip to the Division IV final four in Columbus with a 59-40 regional final win over Southeastern Friday night, Jason Collier made the rounds at the University of Dayton Arena, hugging teammates, friends and family alike.

After pausing to thank all the little people, the 7-foot Irish center — in the most diplomatic tone he could muster — told them to bug off.

“I hate playing against smaller kids,” said Collier, who led everybody with 22 points and 11 rebounds. “I like to play kids my own size. Then, you only have one guy on you.”

Central, 22-3, will play Cardington-Lincoln, 24-2, in a state semifinal game at 9 p.m. Friday. Cardington-Lincoln defeated Norwalk St. Paul, 70-48, Friday.

In the other semifinal, Lincolnview, 25-0, will face Dalton, 25-1, at 6 p.m. Friday. Central lost in the Division IV state final a year ago to Liberty Benton.

“Tonight, they (Southeastern) had to play dirty and make me move around more,” the Indiana University signee continued. “But I’ve got to learn to play through it. That’s how it’ll be in the Big Ten.”

For one night, the Big Ten took a backseat to the Small Five. The Irish repeatedly exploited a nine-inch (or more) height advantage with arcing lob passes into the paint. Collier took over from there.

Even though the Trojans flocked to Collier like secret service agents to a president, the Irish center was able to establish inside position, brush off the three or four defenders nipping at his ankles and somehow find his way to the basket.

“Our game plan,” Southeastern Coach Jim Justice said, “was to beat him up.”

Southeastern may have landed a couple of jabs, but Collier provided the knockout punch when he helped erase a game-opening 5-1 Southeastern lead.

Led by 10 straight Collier points, Central charged to a decisive 22-2 run over the next 6:59. The Trojans never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way, and Collier was much of the reason for that, too.

Collier was officially credited with two blocks, yet altered innumberable other shots. Collier’s runway wingspan was enough to keep Southeastern out of the paint and content to shoot rainbow jumpers.

“You can practice guarding Collier,” Central Coach Tony Ricciuto said, “but you can’t practice being guarded by Collier.”

Southeastern’s fear of heights — specifically Collier — translated into 35 percent shooting.

“We had people lining up under his arms,” said Justice, whose team’s Cinderella season ended at 18-7. “We were bugging him to death. Usually, their heads were just hitting his armpits anyway.”

Southeastern’s defensive strategy mirrored the philosophy Cincinnati Madeira used in a 39-38 loss to Central on Tuesday. The Trojans denied Irish point guard Jason Ronai the basketball and held the Central senior to 11 points — on four of 11 shooting — and six assists. Jon Powell added 13 points for Central.

Even though Brad Billet scored 14 points and Casey Donaldson added 13, the Southeastern offense lacked direction.

“To upset Catholic Central, you need to play tight defense. We did that,” Justice said. “We didn’t do one thing and that’s score enough. But that’s a big thing in basketball.”

If they couldn’t score, Southeastern tried its best to bore.

Taking a page from the Princeton playbook, the Trojans hoped to suck between 30-35 seconds off the clock on every trip downcourt, shortening the game and intensifying the importance of every possession.

While it had the spirit of Pete Carril — whose Princeton Tigers toppled defending national champion UCLA with slowdown tactics Thursday — it had the success of a Wile E. Coyote brainstorming session.

The Trojans’ waltz worked for exactly one possession before a flurry of first-quarter turnovers — six in all — combined with Central’s relentless pressure to put the strategy, and Southeastern, on ice.

“Our ballhandling didn’t match up with their pressure,” said Justice, whose team turned the ball over 18 times. “They started overplaying the passing lanes and, before we knew it, we were down 10-12 points.”

When the Trojans knew what hit them, it was too late. The Irish were already busy booking reservations at Ohio State University’s St. John Arena.

“I had visions all day of cutting down the nets and waving towels,” said Ricciuto, who did both.

Ricciuto also found time in the final minute of the game to trade in his swanky blue-streaked tie for a more traditional blue neckwear speckled with green three-leaf clovers.

Ricciuto got the tie from an Irish booster and promised him he would wear it during the game.

Typical Central. Remembering the little people. Sometimes they can be hard to forget.

SOUTHEASTERN (40) — Ferguson 2-7 1-2 5, Donaldson 5-12 3-4 13, Kitchen 2-5 0-0 4, Rice 1-4 0-0 2, Billet 5-14 2-2 14, Gaston 1-2 0-0 2, Hootman 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 16-46 6-8 40.

CATHOLIC CENTRAL (59) — Yirak 1-1 1-2 4, Silvers 0-4 0-0 0, Collier 7-12 7-8 22, Ronai 4-11 2-2 11, Hannon 1-3 0-0 2, Shutte 0-1 0-0 0, Moore 0-2 1-2 1, Evilsizor 1-1 0-0 2, Talbott 2-3 0-0 4, Powell 5-8 2-2 13. Totals: 21-46 13-16 59.

 Southeastern 7  10   9  14 40

 Catholic Central17  13  11  18 59

Three-point goals: Southeastern 2-17 (Ferguson 0-2, Donaldson 0-3, Kitchen 0-2, Rice 0-2, Billet 2-7, Hootman 0-1), Central 4-14 (Yirak 1-1, Silvers 0-4, Collier 1-2, Ronai 1-3, Shutte 0-1, Powell 1-3). Rebounds: Southeastern 27 (Ferguson, Donaldson, Billet 5), Central 31 (Collier 11). Assists: Southeastern 7 (Billet 3), Central 13 (Ronai 6). Turnovers: Southeastern 18, Central 12. Attendance: 4,549. Records: Southeastern 18-7, Central 22-3.

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David Taylor’s YouTube greatest hits

Graham High School senior David Taylor has finished his career as one of the greatest wrestlers in Ohio history.

Only 18 other athletes have won four state titles in Ohio. Taylor joined that elite group at the state tournament on March 7.

He finished his career 180-2. His stellar resume includes three national cadet titles and two national junior titles, to go with three junior high state titles and his four prep state titles.

The good news? He did it all of it in the era of YouTube.

Click the jump for videos of some of Taylor’s greatest matches.

As a freshman, Taylor beat Boris Novachkov to win his first Walsh Ironman Invitational title.

Here’s the second part of the Taylor-Novachkov match.

The next video shows Taylor practicing before the Ironman tournament during his junior season. It’s proof of just how hard the Falcons prepare for elite level competition.

As a sophomore, Taylor beat Monroeville’s Logan Steiber at the Ironman. It remains Steiber’s only high school loss.

In the summer, Taylor decided to wrestle at 135. He hooked up with trainer Scott Goodpaster. The training sessions are so grueling ‘they would make a billygoat puke’, so one blogger.

He moved up to 140 to wrestle Lakewood St. Edward’s Collin Palmer, who had never been beaten in the state of Ohio.

After beating Palmer, Taylor set his sights on winning his fourth straight state title. And he came through.

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On this date in area sports history …


Four years ago on this date, March 14, 2005, the Cedarville University men’s basketball team lost in the final four of the NAIA Division II tournament. Complete story on the jump.

Published March 15, 2005

Concordia 62 Cedarville 56

Men’s NAIA run ends in final four

By PAT DAILEY For the Cox News Service

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Cedarville University’s men were quick to give all due credit to Concordia on Monday. While the Bulldogs are admittedly the least intimidating team at the NAIA D i v i s i o n II national tournament, their work ethic left a lasting impression on the Yellow Jackets.

Concordia, playing with a cast of characters its coach says you would normally find at a local YMCA, knocked off the Yellow Jackets 62-56 in semifinal action Monday night. Cedarville finished the season 28-10.

Cedarville posted only 26 points in the second half and finished shooting 36 percent from the field.

“I think the best way to describe their team is they’re a bunch of blue-collar kids that really wanted to win,” Cedarville center Anthony Delimpo said.

“Your initial impression is they’re not a dominating team,” guard Jason Weakley added. “But I think that’s what makes them good. Everyone plays their role and plays it well.”

Through three games, Concordia’s defense was tops in the tourney. The Bulldogs’ opponents managed to hit only 35 percent of their field-goal attempts.

It was more of the same against Cedarville.

“Statistics can’t lie,” Cedarville coach Ray Slagle said. “They really defend well.”

None of Cedarville’s starters made more shots than they missed. Mugabe Thomas was 6-of-18 shooting to lead the Yellow Jackets with 14 points. Delimpo and Shawnee graduate Ryan Short both had 10.

Despite being outplayed for most of the night, Cedarville appeared to have an excellent chance to make its first championship game appearance with four minutes to play. That was when Concordia center Marcus Wernke twisted his right ankle.

The 6-foot-9 Wernke had owned the paint, blocking five shots and altering countless others. At the time he was sidelined, Concordia led 55-50.

“He may not be the best offensive player, but defensively he alters a lot of shots,” Cedarville center Anthony Delimpo said. “Not only was he tall and lanky, but he always knew the right spot to be at. He was a big reason why they won.”

With Wernke out, the Yellow Jackets pounded the ball inside to Thomas. He answered with a couple buckets down the stretch, including a dunk.

“I didn’t think we would be able to overcome (Wernke) not being in the game,” said Concordia coach Grant Schmidt.

“(Wernke) posed a problem in the middle,” Thomas said. “He changed my shot a couple of times.”

Cedarville pulled to within 58-56 with 1:12 to play. But after Jason Jisa missed a free throw on Concordia’s following possession, the rebound slipped through Thomas’ grasp and into the hands of the Bulldogs’ Jon Zeigler.

Another missed opportunity for Cedarville came with 33 seconds to play when Guy Rathmell was short on a 15-footer.

Zeigler hit four free throws to seal the outcome.

The loss marked the end of a long road together for Weakley and Slagle. Weakley also played for Slagle at Worthington Christian High School.

“He’s been a pleasure to play for and we’ve developed a great friendship,” Weakley said. “He’s had a big impact on my life.”

CONCORDIA (32-5) — Jisa 8 0-2 18, Beck 5 1-2 11, Ziegler 4 5-5 15, Buhr 1 0-0 2, Wernke 2 4-8 8, Carretto 1 0-0 3, Gehring 2 0-0 5. Totals 23 10-17 62.

CEDARVILLE (28-10) — Thomas 6 1-2 14, Delimpo 4 2-4 10, Short 4 1-1 10, Weakley 4 0-0 8, Rathmell 3 2-2 9, Tarvin 1 0-0 3, Borton 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 6-9 56.

Halftime: Concordia, 32-30. 3-point goals — Concordia 6 (Jisa 2, Ziegler 2, Carretto, Gehring); Cedarville 4 (Thomas, Short, Rathmell, Tarvin). Rebounds — Concordia 43 (Jisa 12); Cedarville 37 (Rathmell 9). Shooting percentages — Concordia .390; Cedarville .359. Assists — Concordia 8 (Beck 5); Cedarville 8 (Thomas 3). Turnovers — Concordia 16; Cedarville 12. Fouled out — Thomas (Ced). Technical fouls — none. Attendance — 3,560.

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Graham’s next opponent …

Columbus Bishop Watterson beat Granville 68-42 in the Columbus Division II district.

Bishop Watterson will play Graham on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at Xavier’s Cintas Center.

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Fort Loramie 56, Southeastern 49

I’m sitting at the division line at UD Arena for the Southeastern vs. Fort Loramie Division IV district tournament game. I’ll be providing live updates from the game.

The winner plays Lockland in the regional semifinals next week.

10:45 p.m.: Game’s over. Fort Loramie wins 56-49.

10:35 p.m.: Southeastern’s down 49-43 with 1:51 left in the game. Loramie’s got the ball and Mark Frilling (14 points) is at the line.

10:31 p.m.: Southeastern is down 45-41 with 4:05 left. Reed Florence just drained a 3-pointer from the right corner.

The Trojans can’t seem to get a stop. Just when they pull back to within three or four points, the lead goes right back to six or eight. The next two minutes will be critical to see if they can get over that barrier.

10:30 p.m.: Southeastern is down 45-38 with 4:35 left in the game.

10:25 p.m.: Jared Toops just completed a 4-point play for Southeastern. Southeastern trails 38-35.

10:19 p.m.: Fort Loramie leads 37-31 after three quarters. Cody Albers had seven points in that quarter for the Redskins. Austin Mercer has four points for Southeastern.

It’s going to be an exciting finish here at UD Arena.

10:12 p.m: Tyler Cooper just tied the game 30-30. The Trojans are doing a much better job on the boards so far, with six (to Loramie’s three).

10:10 p.m.: Reed Florence just scored to cut Loramie’s lead to 30-28. We’ve got 3:35 left in the third quarter. The fan participation race is now tied.

10:07 p.m.: If the winner was based on fan participation, Fort Loramie would be way ahead. The entire Fort Loramie side of UD Arena stood up and cheered after a recent basket.

They have much to cheer for. For Loramie’s up 30-25 with 4:30 left in the third.

10:05 p.m.: Loramie’s up 26-20 to start the third quarter.

9:48 p.m.: Loramie’s up 23-18 at halftime.

Mark Frilling scored eight points and dominated in the second quarter for the Redskins.

Jared Toops has six points on a pair of long 3-pointers to lead the Trojans.

The Trojans are shooting 29.2 percent from the field (7 for 24), compared to 41.4 percent for the Redskins (7 for 17). The Redskins have 19 rebounds to the Trojans’ 11. Fort Loramie’s turned it over seven times.

9:43 p.m.: Southeastern just called a timeout. The Trojans are down 17-9 with 5:13 left in the first half. Mark Frilling, Loramie’s best player, has six points this quarter.

9:35 p.m.: Fort Loramie is up 9-7 after one quarter. Austin Mercer has four points for the Trojans.

9:30 p.m.: Trojans up 7-6 with 2:36 left in the first quarter. Jared Toops had a long 3-pointer.

9:25 p.m.: We just tipped off.

Austin Mercer scored the first bucket of the game.

Fort Loramie’s turned it over three times.

8:45 p.m.: Lockland just beat Jefferson 63-61. So the Southeastern game should start in about 30 minutes or so.

The winner of Southeastern/Ft. Loramie will play Lockland (16-7).

Other district scores:

Summit Country Day beat Lehman Catholic 48-45; Ada beat New Knoxville 52-45. Ada and Summit Country Day will play in the regional semifinals next week.

And yes, New Knoxville is the defending state champion, No. 1 in the state and previously undefeated this season.

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Graham will play Watterson or Granville

The Graham boys basketball team will find out tonight what team it will face in the regional semifinals March 19. Here’s a look at the match up between Granville and Watterson:

From the Granville Sentinel:

The Granville boys basketball team found out soon enough this season it wasn’t going to win games the way it did the past two years.

But, through some growing pains, recognition by their coach and a memorable fourth-quarter rally that started their run, the Blue Aces now are in a spot those two teams just missed.

Trading heavy offensive production for impressive defensive performances, Granville (15-7) now has its chance for its first district tournament title since 1985 if the Aces win in Friday’s final against Watterson at the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum.

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Live tonight from the Southeastern boys game

I’ll be posting live tonight from the Southeastern vs. Fort Loramie boys basketball game at UD Arena.

The game isn’t scheduled to tip off until 9 p.m., and since it’s the third of three games, it’ll likely start later than that.

I’ll provide as many in-game updates tonight as I can. It should be a good game between the Trojans (21-2) and the Redskins (15-8).

The first two games are Lehman Catholic vs. Summit Country Day (5:30 p.m.) and Jefferson vs. Lockland (7:15 p.m.).

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SE dream run ends in regional semifinal


VANDALIA — Southeastern’s tournament run is over. But the memories won’t fade any time soon for the Trojans.

They fell to the top-ranked team in Division IV Convoy Crestview 51-25 in the regional semifinals on Thursday, March 12 at the Vandalia Butler Student Activity Center.

“Somebody has to win and somebody has to lose,” said Trojans coach Jim Lightle. “You don’t realize how good they are, especially defensively, until you play them. Every coach I talked with leading up to this game said they closed the lanes fast, they were strong physically and they’re very focused. It’s going to take a great effort (from another team). They’re going to have to play bad and someone’s going to have to play well until they get to state.”

It was the sixteenth regional appearance in 23 years for the Trojans, who bounced back after falling short of an OHC title. They were the first Springfield-area team to advance to regionals for the first time since 2006, when they fell to Jackson Center in the regional semifinals.

“When they have time to kick back and relax a little bit, they’ll realize how great a season it was and how great of a tournament run it was,” Lightle said. “I’m proud of them.”

For photos from the game, click here.

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Daily Tournament Fix — March 13

Here’s your daily tournament fix for Friday, March 13.

And then there were two.

The Springfield-area has just two remaining basketball teams in the tournament — the Southeastern and Graham boys basketball teams.

Tonight’s game: D-IV District Final — Southeastern vs. Fort Loramie, 9 p.m., at UD Arena.

Short Takes: Southeastern is ranked No. 5 in D-IV. The Trojans (21-2) are playing in their first district game since 2002. … Fort Loramie is led by 6-5 post Mark Frilling, who averages about 15 ppg. … No. 1 Graham will play the winner of Columbus Bishop Watterson and Granville, who play in the Columbus 1 district final at 6 p.m. tonight at the Columbus Fairground Coliseum.

Key player: J.P. McFarland, Southeastern — The Trojans junior post will have to play tough against Fort Loramie’s physical style of play. He’ll also have the assignment of guarding the Indians’ top scorer, Frilling.

Tough loss: The Southeastern girls team fell 51-25 in the D-IV regionl semifinal game to the No. 1 team in the state, Convoy Crestview.

Live blog: We’ll have a live blog during tonight’s game as well as a video with highlights uploaded sometime tonight.

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On this date in area sports history …

Forty two years ago on this date, March 13, 1967, Sports Illustrated listed a Wittenberg swimmer in its Faces in the Crowd:

Carl Berg, 21-year-old captain of Wittenberg University’s swimming team in Springfield, Ohio, averaged 11 points per meet for four years to become the school’s first student ever to score over 500 points. Carl holds every school freestyle record from 100 to 1,000 yards.

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Crestview 51, Southeastern 25

9:12: Crestview beat Southeastern 51-25 to advance to play Cincinnati Seven Hills in a D-IV regional final on Saturday, March 14.

8:54: After three quarters, Crestview leads 42-19.

8:30: At the half, Southeastern trails 25-6. The Trojans scored just two points in the quarter. They’ve got 14 turnovers for the game.

Kelsey Nedderman nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Knights.

8:18: With 6:27 to go in the second quarter, the Knights are on a 6-0 run for a 20-4 lead. Southeastern had four more turnovers to start the quarter.

8:15: After one quarter, Southeastern trails 14-4. The Knights are stifling the Trojans defensively with a variety of presses. The Trojans had eight turnovers in the first quarter, and didn’t score until 1:46 to go in the quarter.

7:50: We’re 10 minutes from tipoff here at the Vandalia Butler Student Activity Center for the Southeastern-Convoy Crestview D-IV girls basketball regional semifinal.

Crestview (23-0) is ranked No. 1 in the state, while the Trojans are 20-4 on the season.

Here are the starting lineups for each team:

SE - Hannah Bowman, Amber Hayslip, Katie Banion, Jenna Erwin, Amanda Harvey.

CC - Jo Thompson, Kelsey Nedderman, Melissa Eickholt, Rachel Hall, Carly Lichtensteiger.

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Wilmington achieves rare feat by beating Shawnee


From the Wilmington News-Journal:

DAYTON — The Wilmington boy’s basketball team hadn’t won a district title since 1927 or played for one since 1994…until Wednesday night.

The Hurricane (21-2) bolted to a 13-0 lead and never looked back in a 57-43 Division II district championship victory Tuesday over Springfield Shawnee (17-6) at the University of Dayton Arena.

The Hurricane overcame 20 turnovers by shooting 61 percent from the field, including 73 percent in the second half, and outrebounding Shawnee 36-20.

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Indian Hill coach happy with his team’s effort vs. Graham

From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

DAYTON - Indian Hill coach David Moss was disappointed, yet he wasn’t. A narrow loss to the state’s No. 1 team can do that to you.

The Braves threw a serious scare into St. Paris Graham but lost 50-46 Wednesday night in the Division II boys’ basketball district playoffs at University of Dayton Arena. A free throw with 2.5 seconds remaining iced it for Graham.

“I’m real proud of our players,” Moss said. “As much as I wanted to win, I couldn’t be happier because we gave it our best shot.”

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Bowler writes about ‘a promise, a goal and a dream’


From Kenton Ridge senior Ryan Dobie’s blog at

When you’re part of a team, you make a commitment. You commit yourself to your team to be the best teammate you can possibly be. You try to always be there for your team. You try to help a teammate that’s struggling, or encourage a teammate to always do their best. At least that’s what a good team does. That is what my team does. Maybe it comes natural to our team because even when we’re off the lanes, we are best friends. If we’re not at home doing homework or chores around the house, we’re probably together bowling on the Wii or playing Rock Band.

Maybe that’s why we’ve been so successful this year. There has been no better feeling than being on a high school bowling team with seven of my best friends. From the start of the season, we committed ourselves to a promise, a goal, and a dream.

Above photo. Front row (left to right): Mitch Boisel, Ryan Dobie, Jake Hunter, Zach Shonkwiler. Second row: head coach Flip Lucas, Meric Curlis, Chris Via, Dustin and Drew Snyder, assistant coach Scott Dobie. Back row: assistant coach Craig Via and athletic director Kriss Spriggs.

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On this date in area sports history …

Thirteen years ago on this date, March 12, 1996, the Catholic Central and Southeastern boys basketball teams won district championships to set up a regional semifinal showdown. Complete stories on the jump.



Stories by Matt Thompson, News-Sun Sports Writer

DAYTON — Jason Collier made it about as far as the showers before his legs gave out.

The nerves he had so casually shrugged off in the game’s closing seconds kicked in big-time, and his suddenly-shaky legs wouldn’t work so well.

“I just couldn’t stand up,” said the Catholic Central senior. “I needed to borrow a chair so I could sit in the shower.”

Please, give the man a chair. After the finish he put on in a wild one against Cincinnati Madeira on Tuesday, give him anything he wants.

Collier’s free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining provided the Irish a four-point cushion, rendering the three-pointer Madeira nailed at the buzzer academic as Central barely escaped University of Dayton Arena with a 39-38 regional semifinal victory.

The Irish advance to face Clark County neighbors Southeastern, a 63-61 winner over Anna, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at UD Arena.

“Right now it’s just relief,” said an exhausted Collier, asked whether he felt more relief or happiness. “There’s so much pressure. There’s just so many more expectations on this team.”

Madeira (22-3) and Central (21-3) played each other nearly to standstill on a night when the defense was flying so fast and furious even sharpshooting point guard Jason Ronai was held without a field goal. Collier, who ended up with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds, was the lone Central starter to hit a field goal.

Still, for a game with very little offense, however, the game packed a tremendous amount of drama … most contained in the final minutes. Central entered the fourth quarter with a fairly-comfortable lead of 11. But Madeira led off the period with a 16-4 run that left Central playing catchup, down 35-34, for the first time all game.

That’s when things got interesting:

n Central kept Madeira in the thick of things with some poor foul shooting, as the Irish hit just 3 of 9 down the stretch before Collier’s last-second heroics.

n With less than 25 seconds left and Central sporting a two-point lead, Collier surprised everyone by going for a wild steal, taking a mad dash at widebody Jay Newberry. Collier over-committed, falling off the play and leaving a stunned Newberry completely unguarded some 20 feet from the basket.

Then Newberry stunned everyone else, gunning for a trey — his first three-point attempt of the season — instead of taking it to the hole.

His attempt went horribly off the mark, and Central got the ball back.

n Just a few seconds later, after Central’s Tyson Yirak missed a pair of free throws, Mustang guard Aaron Mackris gathered in the rebound only to find himself surrounded by Irish. He fell to the floor, where he was whistled a few seconds later for traveling. Collier was fouled on the resulting inbounds, and made the throws to ultimately win the contest.

CATHOLIC CENTRAL (39) — Yirak 0-3 0-0 0, Silvers 0-0 0-0 0, Collier 9-16 5-8 25, Ronai 0-3 4-4 4, Hannon 0-3 1-2 1, Talbott 1-4 0-0 2, Powell 3-9 1-2 7. Totals 13-38 11-19 39.

CINCINNATI MADEIRA (38) — Myers 4-15 0-0 8, Marsh 1-6 0-0 2, Ja. Newberry 5-13 2-4 12 Mackris 3-4 0-0 7, Stork 1-3 0-0 3, Fields 2-5 0-0 6, Jo. Newberry 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-47 2-4 38.

 Catholic Central 7  22  30   39

 Cincinnati Madeira 6  12  19   38

Three-point goals: Central 2-12 (Collier 2-4, Ronai 0-3, Hannon 0-2, Powell 0-3), Madeira 4-12 (Fields 2-5, Stork 1-1, Mackris 1-2, Na. Newberry 0-1, Myers 0-1, Marsh 0-2). Total Fouls: Central 11, Madeira 17. Turnovers: Central 14, Madeira 14. Rebounds: Central 32 (Collier 12), Madeira 31 (Ja. Newberry 12).


DAYTON — After two straight games, he’s kind of starting to expect it.

“Before the game I thought it would come down to free throws,” Southeastern’s Casey Donaldson said. “And I figured I’d probably be at the line.”

So Donaldson has added the title of prophet to his prior moniker of late-game hero, as it did indeed come down to free throws in the closing seconds of Southeastern’s regional semifinal game against Anna on Tuesday.

And, as he has for two consecutive tournament games, Donaldson canned them both, handing his team a 63-61 victory that puts them in the regional finals against Catholic Central at 7:30 p.m. Friday at University of Dayton Arena.

Donaldson’s free throws provided the difference in a 47-45 district final win over Fort Loramie and a 65-63 double-overtime sectional final victory over Dayton Jefferson.

So this time, it was no big deal.

“I just love to win the games,” said Donaldson, who had hit just four of 10 free throws when he stepped to the line with a tie score and 13 seconds left. “I was struggling a bit (at the line) tonight. But I was just thinking `I can win the game (for us) again.’ ”

Mike Ferguson made sure the two-point margin Donaldson gave the Trojans stood up. With five seconds remaining, Ferguson reached in and stole an inbounds pass from Anna’s David Hurley.

“We knew they were going to Hurley,” said Ferguson, who led the Trojans with 22 points. “He made a drive to his right, I stepped up and just put my hand out and took the ball.”

Ferguson passed the ball away, Anna couldn’t foul and the clock ran out on the Rockets, 20-5.

“Our defense let us down,” said Anna Coach Matt Meyer. “You have to give (Trojan Coach James) Justice credit. Everything we did to slow them down — not even to stop them — they countered immediately.”

It was something of a barn-burner, with neither team managing a lead of more than four points all night long. The lead changed hands 22 times before Donaldson’s free throws ended the scoring.

Southeastern and Anna tied each other at the end of the first half (32-32) and the end of the third quarter (46-46) before hitting the stretch run.

Hurley, who hit 10 of 13 shots, led all scorers with 25 points. For the Trojans, Donaldson managed a double-double, 18 points and 10 rebounds.

“Ferguson had more points but Donaldson created,” said Meyer. “We just couldn’t handle him.”

Donaldson also scored the last Trojan field goal, a rim-jarring dunk that sent the Southeastern fans into a frenzy. But it was his free throws that again told the tale … delivered facing a friendly sea of red and gray.

“That helped,” Donaldson said. “It helped give me a little confidence.”

ANNA (61) — Cathcart 6-12 3-6 16, Barhorst 1-11 2-2 4, Hurley 10-13 1-1 25, Berner 1-3 0-0 2, Zimpfer 3-7 2-4 10, Wenning 1-5 2-4 4. Totals 22-51 10-17 61.

SOUTHEASTERN (63) — Ferguson 8-14 6-8 22, Donaldson 6-14 6-12 18, Kitchen 0-0 6-6 6, Rice 1-5 0-0 2, Billet 2-4 0-0 5, Gaston 1-2 0-0 2, Hootman 3-6 0-0 8. Totals 21-45 18-26 63.

 Anna13  32  46   61

 Southeastern11  32  46   63

Three-point goals: Anna 7-12 (Hurley 4-5, Zimpfer 2-3, Cathcart 1-1 Barhorst 0-1, Berner 0-2), Southeastern 3-9 (Hootman 2-3, Billet 1-1, Gaston 0-1, Donaldson 0-2, Rice 0-2). Total Fouls: Anna 19, Southeastern 15. Turnovers: Anna 13, Southeastern 12. Rebounds: Anna 28 (Barhorst 8, Hurley 8), Southeastern 31 (Donaldson 10).

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Wilmington 57, Shawnee 43

Live updates from the Division II boys basketball district tournament game between Shawnee and Wilmington.

10:30 p.m.: Wilmington 57, Shawnee 43. Shawnee’s season is over with a 17-6 record.

Wilmington (21-2) will play Thurgood Marshall in the regional tournament.

10:27 p.m.: 57-40 Wilmington. 1:37 left.

10:22 p.m.: Shawnee is hanging with the Hurricane but can’t gain ground. It’s 51-37 with 3:32 left.

10:15 p.m.: Shawnee’s down 40-27 after three quarters. The Braves are having trouble stopping Jordan Berlin. He’s got seven points this quarter.

10:10 p.m.: Shawnee’s cut the lead to 33-23. Justin Williams has five points in the quarter.

9:50 p.m.: Shawnee’s down 22-14 after one half.

The Braves overcame some first-quarter jitters to make the score halfway close. But they’ll have a tough road in the second half if they wan to win this game.

Shawnee is shooting 5 of 25 (20 percent) in the first half. Wilmington has 24 rebounds to Shawnee’s 10. Wilmington’s turned it over 12 times to Shawnee’s four.

Justin Williams has six points for the Braves. Steven Sarven and P.J. Howell have four each. Wilmington’s Jordan Berlin has a game-high nine points.

9:38 p.m.: Shawnee’s down 13-2 after one quarter.

9:20 p.m.: I’m sitting at center court at UD Arena for the Shawnee and Wilmington Division II boys basketball district game. I’ll be providing live updates from the game.

We just tipped off. My 25 minutes prediction was a bit off.

8:45 p.m.: Thurgood Marshall just beat Roger Bacon 67-59. The Shawnee game should start in about 25 minutes after the award ceremony.

The winner of the Shawnee/Wilmington game will play Thurgood Marshall next week in the regional tournament.

Graham won’t see any of these teams until the regional final, should the Falcons get that far.

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Graham 50, Indian Hill 46

Here’s the live update from the Graham vs. Indian Hill boys basketball game district tournament game at UD Arena.

6:50 p.m.: Graham 50, Indian Hill 46. Ethan Ward made 1 of 2 free throws with 2 seconds left in the game to give the Falcons just enough edge to win the game. The No. 1 Division II team in the state moves on to the regional tournament next week.

6:46 p.m.: Indian Hill’s Ryan Murphy just hit a 30-footer. 48-44 Graham with 22 seconds left. Graham has made 8 of 9 free throws in the last minute of the game.

6:45 p.m.: 43 seconds left. Graham’s up 46-41. If the Falcons keep hitting their free throws, they’re going to win.

6:40 p.m.: Graham up 44-41, 1:18 left. Another timeout. Graham has the ball. Indian Hill’s Matt Griggs just hit a 10-footer.

6:38 p.m.: Graham still up 42-39, 1:31 left. And Graham has the ball. They’re playing the waiting game, passing the ball around and looking for fouls.

6:35 p.m.: We’ve got 1:52 left and Graham’s up 42-39. The Falcons just bled two minutes off the clock, punctuated with a layup by Ethan Ward.

6:30 p.m.: Graham’s up 40-39. Ben Rosenberger just picked up his fourth foul. Indian Hill is in the bonus.

6:20 p.m.: After three quarters Indian Hill is up 36-31. The Braves are making some crazy shots and hit three 3-pointers this quarter.

6:15 p.m.: Graham’s opened up a 31-26 lead. Ben Rosenberger just stuck a 3-pointer from the right wing, his second of the game.

6:05 p.m.: Halftime stats …

Graham has made 5 of 14 from the field (35.7 percent). Indian Hill has made 9 of 19 (47.4 percent). The Braves were on fire early, making 5 of their first 6 shots.

Ethan Ward has five rebounds (three points).

Graham has made 13 of 14 free throws (92.9 percent) but 1 of 6 3-pointers (16.7 percent).

6 p.m.: Halftime, Graham’s up 24-23. Josh Schuler has 10 points, six on free throws.

The Falcons played better in the second half and started crashing the boards (six rebounds to three). Schuler’s getting no breathing room. The Braves are running the floor as much as possible.

The Falcons are also in some foul trouble. Ryan Zook has three and Ben Rosenberger two.

5:50 p.m.: Graham’s down 20-16. Ryan Zook just picked up his third foul.

5:45 p.m.: Graham’s down 16-14. The Falcons had tied the game with the chance to go up, but turned the ball over.

5:40 p.m.: Indian Hill’s up 12-10 after one quarter.

The Braves made 6 of 11 from the field. Josh Schuler has four points for the Falcons.

5:32 p.m.: Indian Hill 10-6 after five minutes of play.

5:30 p.m.: Graham is down 4-0 two minutes into the game. The Falcons have missed their first four shots.

5:05 p.m.: I’m on the 50-yard line at the Graham High School district game against Indian Hill at UD Arena. But this isn’t football, it’s boys basketball. The sideline clock tells me it’s 20 minutes till tip-off.

The Indian Hill kids are already out warming up. Graham coach Brook Cupps was just giving a radio interview. People are pouring into the seats.

I’ll be providing live updates throughout the game as the game progresses.

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Daily Tournament Fix — March 11

Here’s your daily tournament fix for Wednesday, March 11:

Tonight’s games: D-II district finals — Graham vs. Indian Hill, 5:30 p.m., and Shawnee vs. Wilmington, 9 p.m., at UD Arena.

Short Takes: Graham (23-0) is the No. 1 ranked team in D-II. Indian Hill (21-2) is ranked No. 5. … Graham’s Josh Schuler averages 24.1 PPG, Ethan Ward 13.2 and Austin Jones 12.4. … Indian Hill loves to run-and-gun. They’ll full-court press and chuck shots from deep with hopes of getting rebounds. They average 76.9 ppg and shared the Cincinnati Hills League title with Madeira. … Shawnee (17-5) has won five of its last six games. Shawnee’s top scorers are Justin Williams (16.1) and P.J. Howell (12.2). … Wilmington is 20-2 this season. Wilmington finished No. 4 in the final state poll. The Hurricane shared the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division title with Walnut Hills. The team’s lone losses are to Walnut Hills and Lakota West. They beat GWOC Central Division champ Centerville 54-49 on Feb. 3.

District previews: Graham faces a tough task against Indian Hill, while Shawnee must rely on its defense against Wilmington.

No. 1 awaits SE: The Southeastern girls face a tough task against D-IV top-ranked Convoy Crestview in the regional semifinals on Thursday.

“They’re a veteran group that knows how to win,” Lightle said. “They play really good defense with what we’ve seen on tape and in scouting reports. They’re physical.”

“It always goes back to the same things: take care of the ball, handle the pressure, rebound, limit them to one shot and value every possession,” Lightle continued. “The farther you get the more important those possessions become.”

He’s also happy his team could return to regionals for the first time since 2006.

“It feels good to be playing in March,” Lightle said. “It makes every you’ve worked hard for worthwhile.”

The Trojans play Convoy Crestview at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 12 at the Vandalia Butler Student Activity Center. The winner will play the winner of the first game, Cincinnati Seven Hills vs. Fort Loramie, in the regional final at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Live blogs: We’ll be live-blogging both of tonight’s games from UD Arena.

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Live updates from Division II district tournamet


The Division II boys basketball district tournament begins at UD Arena today, March 11, with Graham and Indian Hill starting at 5:30 p.m.

I’ll be writing in-game updates from my front-row seat for the Graham game, and then again when Shawnee plays Wilmington at 9 p.m.

Graham (23-0) is the No. 1 team in the state and last year’s defending district and regional champ.

Shawnee (17-5) is back in the district tournament for the first time since 2003.

In between, Thurgood Marshall plays Roger Bacon. I’ll have a front-row seat for all three games.

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On this date in area sports history …

Ten years ago on this date, March 11, 1999, the Graham boys basketball team lost by two points in the district championship. Complete story on the jump.

Published March 12, 1999


Byline: By Matt Thompson, News-Sun Sports Writer

DAYTON — For those who were parking the car and missed the first, oh, 31 minutes or so, there was still plenty to see in the final minute of Graham’s Division II district final Thursday night against Cincinnati McNicholas.

Sadly for the Falcons, however, a basket wasn’t one of them, as the Rockets managed just enough defense to hold onto a 45-43 decision at University of Dayton Arena, an NBA-distance three-point attempt by Graham’s Josh Jordan falling short as time expired.

“What a chain of events that was,” said McNicolas Coach Jerry Doerger, who looked more like an assassination attempt survivor than a victorious basketball coach. “I’m a believer that you’ve got to be lucky occasionally, to get a game you didn’t deserve to win … I’m not saying we didn’t deserve to win, but they outplayed us in a lot of ways.”

Still, that last minute — 42 seconds, really — left most in the crowd shaking their heads … or just plain shaken.

“A lot of different things were happening,” understated Graham Coach Dave Zeller.

A sampling:

  • The teams came into the final minute with the final score already set, the winning points coming at the 2:31 mark courtesy a Brad Cupito layup … a basket he converted off a bad Graham pass he intercepted.

  • Twice, potential go-ahead three-pointers by Falcon senior Derek VanHoose rattled inside the rim and bounced out. The last one, especially, looked good.

“I thought that one would’ve gone,” said Zeller.

  • With just over 30 seconds left, Cupito went to the line to shoot the front half of a one-and-one, and banged the ball off the front of the rim. Both Jordan and teammate Ryan Shamblin battled for the rebound, only to see it go out of bounds, right back to the Rockets.

    • With 14.6 seconds on the clock and Graham scrambling to foul, McNicholas was called for a five-second violation, handing the ball back to the Falcons. After one failed inbounds attempt, Graham got it in to Shamblin, who was promptly called for an over-and-back violation.

“That was crucial,” said Zeller, who said he couldn’t tell if it was a good call or not. “That’s a crucial play.”

  • With eight seconds left, Cupito missed yet another free-throw attempt, and the crazy rebound eventually fell into Shamblin’s hands, who bobbled it, fought off a Rocket defender, and somehow managed to get the ball upcourt to Jordan, who launched his off-balance three from the top of the key as time expired.

“At one point, I’d think we’d have it made,” Doerger said. “Then they’d get the ball again. Then I’d think we had it made again, and they’d get the ball back.

“It was just, hectic.”

As it was, Graham provided a much stiffer test than the 19-5 Rockets had expected. Averaging roughly 85 points a game so far in the tournament, McNicholas found one of its leading scorers, Ryan Ogletree, held to one basket and its 6-foot-6 center, Ryan Caldwell, held to 11 points of 4-of-16 shooting.

“They were a lot quicker team than my scouts told me,” said Doerger. “A lot better, really.

“Our press gave ‘em a little trouble, but not really the trouble we’ve given other teams.”

Graham, which played just five guys the entire game, did the most damage on first-half drive-and-dishes to Ryan Shamblin, who slipped in for easy layups and a game-high 18 points.

No other Falcon finished in double-figures, although Jordan, VanHoose and Brett Spriggs had solid games, particularly when solving — and penetrating — McNicholas’ full-court press.

Zach Schmidt, who was a perfect 5 for 5 on the night — including a 4-for-4 showing from three-point range — led the Rockets with 14 points.

Graham finishes the season 12-11.

CIN. McNICHOLAS (45) — Schmidt 5 0-0 14, Moore 2 0-0 4, Caldwell 4 2-4 11, Ogletree 1 0-0 2, Cupito 4 0-2 9, Brinck 1 0-1 2, Fullarton 1 0-0 3. Totals: 18 2-7 45.

GRAHAM (43) — VanHoose 2 1-1 6, Jordan 2 2-2 7, Shamblin 9 0-1 18, Roberts 2 0-0 6, Spriggs 2 2-2 6. Totals: 17 5-6 43.

 Cin. McNicholas18  23  38   45

 Graham16  29  36   43

Three-point goals: Cincinnati McNicholas 7 (Schmidt 4, Caldwell, Cupito, Fullarton), Graham 4 (Roberts 2, VanHoose, Jordan)

Records: Cincinnati McNicholas 19-5, Graham 12-11

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Half-court heroics in a Wisconsin boys game

From the Capital Times in Madiscon, Wisc.:

How did Jade Royston know he had become an instant celebrity in his hometown of Wisconsin Dells?

When he stopped at the gas station for a fill-up Saturday afternoon on the way home from sinking a game-winning, half-court shot for the last of his 28 points to keep the Chiefs alive in the WIAA Division 2 boys basketball tournament, more than one stranger approached him to shake his hand.

“The whole town, everybody knows who I am,” the 6-foot senior guard and UW-Oshkosh recruit said Monday evening via cell phone, his voice tinged with amazement. “People I’ve never met before are coming up to me and saying, “Great shot, great shot.’ Some people carry on 10-minute conversations with me and I never even get their name.

“I almost feel like a superstar after that shot.”

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Wilmington’s take on Shawnee

From the Wilmington News Journal: Shawnee will play Wilmington in a Division II district tournament game on Wednesday, March 11, at UD Arena. The game starts at 9 p.m.

Of course Wilmington will have seen tape of Shawnee and even seen them in person. But I wouldn’t call Shawnee “unpredictable.”

But that’s what the Wilmington coach said.

You’ll have to scroll down a bit to see the complete story, headlined, ‘Shawnee provides tough matchup for Hurricane in Wednesday’s district title game’.

Wilmington is 20-2 this season; Shawnee is 17-5.

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Indian Hill, Graham’s opponent, is 21-2

From the Cincinnati Enquirer: Indian Hill is Graham’s opponent on Wednesday, March 11, in a Division II district title game.

The Braves accomplished two goals by winning a league and sectional title this season.

The Braves are 21-2. The game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m at UD Arena.

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A look at SE girls opponent, Crestview

From the Lima News:

VAN WERT — Never mind that 31 minutes, 59 seconds of all-out defense.

One second of offense mattered most when Crestview beat Delphos St. John’s 29-26 to win the Division IV girls basketball district championship at Van Wert High School on Saturday night.

Kelsey Nedderman’s 3-point shot from the left side with one second on the clock gave the No. 1-ranked Knights their district title.

It was the first shot Nedderman, who averages just under 10 points a game, hit all night.

Meanwhile, one Lima News reporter thinks Crestview fans should already start getting hotel reservations for Columbus, thanks to their win in the toughest district in Ohio.

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Player hits 90-foot shot in UD sectional game


Casey Weber hits a 90 foot 3-pointer at the buzzer during the Section Finals game of Dayton Christian versus Arcanum at the University of Dayton Arena on March 6, 2009. This throw from deep center field is just another day in the gym for Casey.

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Concussions aren’t just the NFL’s problem

From ESPN The Magazine:

In sports played by both women and men, women sustain more concussions. The girls’ concussion rate in high school soccer is 68% higher than for boys. And it’s nearly triple the boys’ rate in high school basketball, according to research by scientists at Ohio State, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and the NCAA.

Other studies reveal similar differences between softball and baseball, in college sports as well as high school. Yet researchers, including Brooks, find that female athletes get less information than males about concussions from all sources, including coaches, trainers and the media. Generally, women athletes don’t consider concussions a serious phenomenon.

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On this date in area sports history …


Thirteen years ago on this date, March 10, 1996, Joe Fincham was named the head football coach at Wittenberg. Complete story on the jump.

Published March 11, 1996


By Ron Ware, News-Sun Sports Writer

Nearly two months after launching a national search for a football coach, Wittenberg officials apparently have found their man.

And, as it turns out, they didn’t have to look any farther than a few feet down the hallway.

Joe Fincham, the Tigers’ offensive line coach for six seasons, is expected to be introduced today as the successor to Doug Neibuhr, who resigned Jan. 4 to become head coach at his alma mater, Millikin University in Illinois.

Athletic director Carl Schraibman, who chaired the nine-member search committee, would confirm Sunday night only that a news conference regarding football is scheduled this afternoon.

But sources close to the search told the Springfield News-Sun that Fincham — one of two internal candidates — was offered the job late last week and has accepted.

Fincham, who did not return phone messages left for him at his Enon residence, has been Neibuhr’s top offensive assistant and a key recruiter since joining the Wittenberg staff in 1990, a year after Neibuhr’s arrival. The Tigers have won the North Coast Athletic Conference championship two of the past four years, including last season, when they went 10-0 in the regular season and made the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time since 1988.

The other finalists, according to numerous sources, were WU defensive coordinator Rick Willis, who also joined the staff in 1990; former Wittenberg player and assistant coach Don Horton, now offensive coordinator at Division I-AA Southern Illinois; and a pair of Division III head coaches, Frank Carr of NCAC member Earlham and Steve Mohr of Trinity University in San Antonio.

Although Fincham reportedly was not the unanimous choice of the search committee, he was the only person offered the post, sources said.

A native of Williamstown, W.Va., Fincham was a three-year starter as a defensive lineman at Ohio University and began his coaching career there in 1987 as a graduate assistant. After two years at the Mid-American Conference school, he spent one season as an assistant at Urbana University before coming to Wittenberg.

Neibuhr, who guided Wittenberg to a 51-18-1 record in his seven seasons, did not specifically recommend either Fincham or Willis for the post but had publicly endorsed both as highly qualified candidates.

Willis, who also is Wittenberg’s baseball coach, said Sunday that Schraibman had notified him that a choice had been made.

“I have heard from him,” Willis said, “but I’m not going to comment any further than that.”

Mohr told the News-Sun that he had been informed — via a message from Schraibman on his answering machine — that he was no longer in the running.

Mohr turned down the Wittenberg job in 1989 when Neibuhr was hired, and sources at both Wittenberg and Trinity indicated earlier in the search process that he might be the front runner.

“I thought I had a good interview, but I really didn’t have a feel for which way it would go,” he said.

Mohr confirmed that he probably would have had to take a pay cut if offered the job.

“Pay was an issue — no question,” he said. “But it never got to that point.”

Carr was out of town Sunday and did not return a message, and Horton could not be reached for comment.

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On this date in area sports history …


Thirteen years ago on this date, March 9, 1996, the Southeastern girls basketball team beat Fayetteville to advance to the final four. The Trojans would win the state title. Complete story on the jump.

Southeastern is back in the regional this week. It plays Convoy Crestview on Thursday.



By Cindy Horner, News-Sun Sports Writer

VANDALIA — You could see the tension.

They would smile, but it was a tight smile. They’d try to make a joke, but it was a nervous joke.

Southeastern Coach Kirk Martin, his team and all their fans had been there before and, therefore, they had a reason to be nervous. The Trojan girls had been to the regionals the past eight of nine years and they hadn’t made it past that stage of the game since 1989.

The Trojans had a good reason to worry in the first quarter after falling behind 12-2. They still had a reason when it seemed that Fayetteville would never miss.

But wait one minute, this is the Southeastern girls you’re talking about. The ones that only lost one regular season game and have played with no fear throughout the year. They weren’t going to pass up a trip to the state tournament in Columbus this season.

Southeastern mounted a big second-half comeback and held on for a 66-61 Division IV regional final victory over Fayetteville Saturday in front of about 2,000 fans at Vandalia-Butler’s Student Activity Center.

The Trojans, 25-1, are headed to the Division IV state tournament at the Ohio State University’s St. John Arena. They will play Ottoville, 24-1, which defeated Minster, 49-32, in the Elida Regional final at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 14.

“It just feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” Martin said. “My assistant Bodie Lightle is a big Cleveland Browns fan and I thought that maybe we had that Browns jinx.

“We scouted them, but they seemed much quicker than what we thought,” Martin continued. “We had to go to a zone in the second half because of their quickness. We don’t play a whole lot of zone.”

The Trojans pulled within six points at the half, talked things over a bit and realized that Fayetteville could only be human. The Rockets had to miss a few times — and they did. More than a few times going 13 of 28 from the field in the second half. The Rockets had more problems just couldn’t get through the Trojans’ zone defense.

“This is a relief for us,” said junior Stephanie Stewart, who tossed in 14 points on the night. “We were getting sick of not making it all those other years. We just started out slow, we weren’t getting any kind of roll. Then Natalie (Cassell) sparked us. We knew we could do it then.”

Southeastern got down by 10 with less than five minutes to go in the third quarter before they made their big comeback. The Trojans went on a 20-6 run behind three three-pointers by Cassell, nine points from freshman Stephanie Campbell and six points from sophomore Amy Martin.

By the end of the quarter, the Trojans turned a six-point deficit into a 49-45 lead. The Trojans would never trail again.

“All I know is that I ran out there on the court after halftime and said this is my last year, I have to do something,” said Cassell, who missed two times from three-point land in the first quarter. She finished with 11 points on the night. “I just didn’t want it to end yet. We were sort of down at the half, but we knew that we could come back.”

The Trojans led by 10 with 4:27 remaining, allowed Fayetteville to cut the lead to four at 60-56 with 50 seconds on the clock, but Cassell, Campbell and Stewart nailed two free throws each to send the Trojans statebound.

“I’ve been waiting for this all my life,” said Campbell, who led Southeastern with 17 points. Martin and Donaldson each scored 12 apiece to round out the Trojan scoring. “It’s like throwing pennies in a wishing well. I always wanted one of my wishes to be a state tournament berth. We’ve worked so hard for this. We deserve it. When Natalie hit those threes, we just all felt relieved. We knew we were back.”

Donaldson led the Trojans in rebounding with 10 boards and Martin added eight.

Chandra Holden led Fayetteville with 20 points, Becky Holden had 16, Diana Holded tossed in 11 and Monica Samuell added 10.

FAYETTEVILLE (61) — B. Holden 7-11 1-2 16, Lingrosso 0-1 0-0 0, R. Holden 2-6 0-0 4, C. Holden 9-12 1-2 20, Adkins 0-1 0-0 0, D. Holden 5-9 1-3 11, Samuell 5-10 0-1 10. Totals: 28-51 3-8 61.

SOUTHEASTERN — S. Stewart 5-11 4-4 14, Campbell 7-10 3-3 17, Cassell 3-7 2-2 11, Hines 0-1 0-0 0, Martin 6-12 0-1 12, T. Stewart 0-1 0-0 0, Donaldson 5-11 2-4 12. Totals: 26-53 11-14 66.

 Fayetteville 18 31 45 61

 Southeastern 15 25 49 66

Three-point goals: Fayetteville 1-3 (B. Holden 1-2, Samuell 0-1); Southeastern 3-9 (Cassell 3-5, Campbell 0-2, Martin 0-1, Donaldson 0-1). Total Fouls: Fayetteville 13; Southeastern 15. Turnovers: Fayetteville 13; Southeastern 9. Rebounds: Fayetteville 21 (D. Holden 11); Southeastern 28 (Donaldson 10). Records: Fayetteville: 24-2; Southeastern 25-1.

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All-Southwest District boys and girls teams announced


Here are the local players named to the All-Southwest District boys and girls basketball teams. Complete teams on the jump.

Division II Boys

First team: Josh Schuler, Graham; Second team: Austin Jones, Graham; Third team: Justin Williams, Shawnee.

Player of the Year: Schuler

Division IV Boys

First team: J.P. McFarland, Southeastern; Second team: Ryan Newsome, Yellow Springs; Third team: Austin Mercer, Southeastern; Kyle Bossetti, Mechanicsburg.

Coach of the Year: P.J. Bertemes, Southeastern.

Division II Girls

First team: Allie Turner, Greenon; Second team: Saira House, Kenton Ridge.

Division III Girls

Second team: Haleigh Hickenbottom, West Liberty-Salem.

Division IV Girls First team: Amber Hayslip, Southeastern; Third team: Ashanta Robinson, Yellow Springs; Jenna Erwin, Southeastern.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The 2008-09 Associated Press Southwest All-District basketball teams, based on the recommendations of a media panel:



First team: Orlando Williams, Princeton, 6-foot-5, senior, 18.3 ppg; Bobby Capobianco, Loveland, 6-8, sr., 17.3; Erik Stenger, Cin. St. Xavier, 6-7, sr., 18.0; Bill Edwards, Middletown, 6-7, sr., 17.6; Jordon Crawford, Cin. LaSalle, 5-5, sr., 17.3; Matt Kavanaugh, Centerville, 6-10, sr., 17. 7. Player of the year: Orlando Williams, Princeton.

Coach of the year: Josh Andrews, Princeton.

Second Team: Aaron Robinson, Trotwood-Madison, 6-2, sr., 17.3; Danny McElroy, Cin, LaSalle, 6-7, sr., 16.4; Zach Brown, Mason, 6-3, sr., 19.8; Jordan Sibert, Princeton, 6-4, jr., 15.1; Evan Yates, Cin., Walnut Hills, 6-6, sr., 20.1; Allen Roberts, Middletown, 6-3, sr., 16.0.

Third Team: Xavier Fugate, Edgewood, 6-4, sr., 24.6; Brandon Candella, Lakota West, 6-3, sr., 15.5; Josh Claytor, Oxford Talawanda, 6-7, sr., 23.3; Tony Harris, Cin. Moeller. 5-10, sr., 13.1; Jack Smith, Cin. Hughes 6-4, sr., 21.9; Travis Trice, Wayne, 5-10, so. 15.1.

Honorable Mention: Adam Replogle, Centerville; Kendrick Williams, Fairborn; Mark Shadowens, Fairmont; Mac Fiely, Greenville; Blake Davenport, Lebanon; Jontay Farmer, Meadowdale; Ryne Drakes, Meadowdale; Kevin Tolle, Northmont; Dan Wilson, Piqua; Zach Yinger, Sidney; Justin Garrett, Springboro; Bryce Drew, Springboro; Zack Burks, Springfield; Dustin Holmes, Tecumseh; Darnell Tubbs, Trotwood-Madison; D.J. Martinez, Troy; A.J. Parcher, Vandalia Butler; Jordan Bazie, Wayne; Brad Eversole, West Carrollton; Greg King, Xenia; Bryson Criddell, Stebbins.

Willie Tansey, Amelia; John Runk, Anderson; Michael Wilkison, Anderson; Chane Behanan, Cin. Aiken; Darren Goodson, Cin. Aiken; Josh Jones, Cin. Elder; Jack Jackson, Cin. Hughes; Ryan Fleming, Cin. LaSalle; Brian Vonderhaar, Cin. Moeller; Tim Stamper, Cin. Moeller; Alex Rogers, Cin. Oak Hills; Luke Massa, Cin. St. Xavier; Andre Thomas, Cin. Western Hills; Joshua Reid, Cin. Withrow; Mervin Taylor, Cin. Woodward; Ken Kunkel, Colerain; Curt Wesp, Glen Este; Robert Merz, Hamilton; Derrick Harris, Kings; Michael Boyd, Lakota East; Daniel Lyons, Lakota East; Alex Smith, Lakota West; Brian Wozniak, Loveland; Luke Sutphin, Mason; Tony Peters, Middletown; Mark Bryant, Milford; Zach Baker, Milford; DeSean Flagg, Mount Healthy; Preston Brown, Northwest; Daryl Wallace, Oxford Talawanda; Marquis Horne, Princeton; Brett Simek, Sycamore; Sam Curran, Turpin; Tyler Morgan, Western Brown; Allen Payne, Winton Woods; Dominique Brown, Winton Woods.


First team: Josh Schuler, Graham, 6-2, sr., 24.1; Ryan Siggins, Alter, 6-6, sr., 18.9; Juwan Staten, Thurgood Marshall, 5-10, jr., 20.4; Quinten Rollins, Wilmington, 5-10, jr., 15.0; Jorian Hudson, Cin. Roger Bacon, 6-3, jr., 14.2; Richard Harris, Cin. Taft, 6-5, sr., 18.3.

Player of the year: Josh Schuler, Graham.

Coach of the year: Brian Bales, Franklin.

Second team: Adolphus Washington, Cin. Roger Bacon, 6-6, fr., 12.7; Sam Hendricks, Indian Hill, 6-5, jr., 13.4; Austin Jones, 6-2, Graham, sr., 12.4; Jordan Berlin, Wilmington, 6-2 jr., 14.0; Kyle Blackford, Franklin, 6-7, sr., 19.0; Geron Johnson, Dunbar, 6-3, jr.,

Third team: Ryan Bass, Chaminade-Julienne, 5-10, jr., 18.5; Greg Gainey, Thurgood Marshall, 6-4, jr., 13.5; Stacy Jones, Indian Lake, 6-0, sr., 19.0; Justin Williams, Springfield Shawnee, 6-2, sr., 16.1; Louie Schaljo, Bethel-Tate, 6-3, jr., 19.2; Cameron Mitchell, Cin. Taft, 6-2, jr., 14.3.

Honorable Mention: Jamarre White, Alter; John Johnson, Bellbrook; Chris Lynch, Bellbrook; Brock Mitchell, Bellefontaine; Jeremiah Kerns, Benjamin Logan; Jeremy Jones, Carroll; Joe Staley, Chaminade-Julienne; William Pope, Dunbar; Cole French, Eaton; Scott Blake, Franklin; Sky Grieshop, Franklin; Ben Rosenberger, Graham; Ethan Ward, Graham; Kyle Morris, Kenton Ridge; Shawn Robinson, Thurgood Marshall; Christian McElroy, Monroe; Robbie Sherk, Oakwood; Sam Sanders, Oakwood; P.J. Howell, Springfield Shawnee; Anthony Marino, Urbana; Rick Denny, Valley View; Kyle Pohl, Valley View; Craig Osterbrock, Wilmington; Alex Davis, Tippecanoe; Shady Rabi, Tippecanoe.

Eric Roberts, Batavia; Zach Heber, Batavia; Jake Madden Cin, McNicholas; Kevin Mitchell, Cin. Taft; Justin Messinger, Clermont Northeastern; Jake Terry, Clermont Northeastern; Brandon Robinson. Finneytown; Nick Wake, Goshen; Alex Cole, Hamilton Ross; Casey Vatter, Hamilton Ross; Ryan Murphy, Indian Hill; Justin Wilson, New Richmond; Taylor Wellman, Norwood; Petey Bucalo, Taylor; Kyle Seyried, Wyoming.


First team: Dan Hickman, Miami East, 6-1, sr., 22.0; Aaron Deister, Day. Christian, 6-0, sr., 14.6; Kyle England, Carlisle, 6-4, sr., 20.1; Derek Billing, Anna, 6-2, jr., 16.1; Travis Williams, Waynesville, 6-1, sr., 18.1; Rob Tudor, Maderia, 6-0, sr 13.8.

Player of the year: Dan Hickman, Miami East.

Coach of the year: Cory Crozier, Waynesville.

Second team: Wes Carlson, Cin. Hills Christian Academy, 6-7, jr., 19.5; Logan McCormick, Clinton-Massie, 6-2, sr., 16.0; Clayton Nieport, Versailles, 6-1, sr., 16.3; Nathan Snyder, Anna, 6-6, sr., 10.2; Mark Maloney, Middletown Madison, 6-2, jr., 14.6; Colton Mehlman, Hamilton Badin, 6-5, so., 10.9.

Third team: Nathan Davis, Stivers, 6-4. sr., 15.6; Ryan Innis, Twin Valley South, 6-3, jr., 19.8; Greg Davis, Cin. Purcell Marian, 5-9, sr., 14.2; Jalen Bilups, Cin. Shroder, 6-5, so., 15.8; Brenton Balsbaugh, Arcanum, 6-5, sr., 13.5; Tyler Dunivan, Miami East, 6-2, jr., 13.1.

Honorable Mention: Wes Hunsucker, Anna; Braden Means, Arcanum; Jordan Greve, Arcanum; Brad Peters, Brookville; James Bishop, Carlisle; Andrew Wysong, Clinton-Massie; Kenny Florkey, Day. Christian; Nathan Serenius, Day. Christian; Matt Risner, Dixie; Matt McFadden, East Clinton; Justin Stewart,East Clinton; Evan Ludwig, Fenwick; Stefan Harbison, Greeneview.

Logan Carey, Miami East; Justin Brunswick, Middletown Madison; Josh Foster, Middletown Madison; Nikko Johnson, Milton-Union; Frank Spells, Northridge; Dylan Brown, Preble Shawnee; Aaron Hartzell, Springfield Northeastern; Clint Spilter, Twin Valley South; Brady Deters, Waynesville; Stephen Gossard, Waynesville; Nate Bratka, West Liberty-Salem.

Idress Ramsey, Cin. Clark Montessori; Peter Edwards, Cin. Hills Christian Academy; Antwon Toliver, Cin. Shroder; Bryan Barthelmas, Deer Park; Justin Montgomery Felicity; Scott Purcell, Hamilton Badin; Nate Gulick, Maderia; Scott Herkamp, Mariemont; Greg Sevilla, North College Hill; Stefone Grace, North College Hill; Ben Gertz, Reading; Elliott Young, Williamsburg.


First team: Adriean Payne, Day. Jefferson, 6-10, jr., 12.3; Zac Schmitz, Lehman Catholic, 5-9, sr., 15.5; J.P. McFarland, Southeastern, 6-5, jr., 14.6; Jess Chadwell, Georgetown, 6-4 , 25.9; Ricardo Maxwell, Lockland, 5-11, jr., 17.2; Jake Davis, Cin. Seven Hills, 6-6, jr., 18.8.

Player of the year: Jake Davis, Cin. Seven Hills.

Coach of the year: P.J. Bertemes, Southeastern.

Second team: Kenneth Gaynor, Middletown Christian, 6-5, sr., 22.4; Tyler Greer, Tri-Village, 6-0, sr., 13.0; Adam Kremer, Ansonia, 6-8, sr., 16.1; Ryan Newsome, Yellow Springs, 6-2, jr., 15.1; Cody Latimer, Day. Jefferson, 6-3, so., 15.8; Mark Frilling, Fort Loramie, 6-5, jr., 15.7.

Third team: Drew Moore, Tri-Village, 5-9, sr., 17.2; David Mann, Cin. Christian, 6-4, sr., 14.7; Kyle Bossetti, Mechanicsburg, 5-11, jr., 14.8; Austin Mercer, Southeastern, 6-3, jr., 12.4; Spencer Wright. Cin. Country Day, 6-5, sr., 16.9; Khiry Hankins, Cin. Summit Country Day, 6-1, sr., 17.5.

Honorable Mention: Brandon Liette, Ansonia; Scott Masin, Bethel; Jon Sutton, Bethel; Cody Meyer, Botkins; Eric Beckstedt, Covington; Austin Pressley, Franklin-Monroe; Ryan Mullen, Houston; Keenan Fuller, Jackson Center; Jared Nolan, Day. Jefferson; Brian Adams, Lehman Catholic; Adam Freytag, Lehman Catholic; Ross Green, Middletown Christian; Trent Heitkamp, Mississinawa Valley; Dennis Linson, Riverside; Nathan Wilson, Russia; Hayden Hagerman, Springfield Catholic; Joel Elliott, Springfield Emmanuel Christian; Reed Florence, Southeastern; Austin Dixon, Triad; Phillip Jones, Bradford; Justin Hutton, Newton.

Andrew McNeely, Xenia Christian; Kevin Sikes-Gilbert, Yellow Springs; Dan Brandts, Cincinnati Christian; Aric Bowling, Cin. Hillcrest; L.T. Burke, Cin. Seven Hills; Bradley Evans, Cin. Summit Country Day; Ryan Richmond, Fayettesville; Cortez Howell, Lockland; Jordan Smith, Lockland; Shawn Morgan, New Miami; Phil Torbert, St. Bernard.

COLUMBUS, Ohio: St. Bernard



First Team: Dayeesha Hollins, Cin. Winton Woods, 5-6, sr., 15.8; Mikaela Ruef, Beavercreek, 6-2, sr., 13.9; Samarie Walker, Chaminade Julienne, 6-1, jr., 15.5; Alexis Rogers, Lakota West, 6-1, sr., 13.7; Kendall Hackney, Cin. Mt. Notre Dame, 6-2, sr., 12.8; Gabby Smith, Cin. Mt. Notre Dame, 5-11, sr., 12.1.

Player of the year: Dayeesha Hollins, Cin. Winton Woods.

Coach of the year: Kent Anderson, Xenia.

Second Team: Jasmine Shaw, Cin. Winton Woods, 5-7, sr., 15.3; Cassie Sant, Fairmont, 6-2, jr., 13.6; Kacie Cassell, Vandalia Butler, 5-5, jr., 12.7; Jessica Alexander, Xenia 5-10, jr., 16.1; Ashley Wanninger, Colerain, 5-9, jr., 17.3; Jasmine Davis, Cin. Hughes, 5-6, sr., 19.0.

Third Team: Cara Werner, Mason, 5-9, sr., 10.2; Ashley Fowler, Cin. Mt. Notre Dame, 5-6, sr., 7.0; Phylesha Bullard, Cin. Walnut Hills, 5-10, jr., 15.0; Moriah Hodge, Glen Este, 6-2, sr., 12.5; Tessa Elkins, Lakota West, 5-6, sr., 9.8; Jeanette Young, Day. Belmont, 5-4, sr., 17.6.

Honorable Mention: Emily Zimmerman, Beavercreek; Emily Craycraft, Centerville; Shene Fleming, Chaminade-Julienne; Brooklyn Hillsman, Fairborn; Briana Welch, Fairmont; Tenia Scarver, Fairmont; Ashlee Hetzler, Greenville; Kena Studabaker, Greenville; De’Vionna Johnson, Thurgood Marshall; Kirium Givens, Thurgood Marshall; Uniqua Northcutt, Meadowdale; Chelsea LaPorte, Miamisburg; Beth Caldwell, Piqua; Marissa Clark, Sidney; Olivia Schretzman, Springboro; Shanay Portis, Springfield; Jam’onica Orton, Stebbins; Brooke Hayden, Tecumseh; India Taste, Trotwood-Madison; Erin Yenney, Troy; Brianna Innocent, Vandalia Butler; Mercedes Miller, Wayne; Kylie Muntz, Wayne; Brittiney Latimer, Xenia; Brianne Thornton, Xenia; Maria Harrison, Troy.

Shanece Miller, Anderson; Toni Paul, Anderson; Morgan Sperry, Amelia; Regina Allen, Cin. Hughes; Kaitlyn Gerrety, Cin. McAuley; Katie Kees, Cin. Mother of Mercy; Jill Brunsman, Cin. Mother of Mercy; Amanda Baute, Cin. Oak Hills; Katie Phillips, Cin. Seton; Kelsey Sharkey, Cin. St. Ursula; Desirae Ball, Cin. Ursuline; Taylor Ware, Cin. Walnut Hills; Asia Dillingham, Cin. Western Hills; Ciera Williams, Cin. Western Hills; Brittany Smith, Cin. Withrow; Mashya White, Cin. Withrow; Katie Comello, Colerain; Jolene Jackson, Fairfield; Jaimie Hamlet, Glen Este; Emily Stanton, Harrison; Shelby Kies, Kings; Logan Warye, Kings; Whitney Wyckoff, Lakota East; Kindsay Brandt, Lakota West; Alex Pohl, Loveland; Abby McIver, Loveland; Michaelea Kleist, Mason; Tiffany Parks, Middletown; Allison Nagle, Milford; Morgan Wolcott, Milford; Brea Mann, Mount Healthy; Jerrhonda Stallworth, Princeton; Mikell Chinn, Princeton; Abby Cooper, Sycamore; Mia Obiekwe, Sycamore; Sidnei Harmon, Turpin; Lauren Davis, Western Brown.


First team: Ashley Christie, Alter, 5-7, jr., 11.5; Abby Dowd, Tippecanoe, 5-10, sr., 14.9; Allie Turner, Greenon, 5-6, jr., 29.5; Jordanne Gambill, Clinton-Massie, 5-11, so., 17.0; Kayla Ernst, Batavia, 5-11, sr., 19.2; Olivia Temmel, Wyoming, 5-11, sr., 11.2.

Player of the year: Abby Dowd, Tippecanoe.

Coach of the year: Todd Varvel, Tippecanoe.

Second team: Cathryn Hardy, Oakwood, 5-10, sr., 15.2; Megan Lange, Carroll, 5-10, sr., 9.8; Leah Schiller, Tippecanoe, 5-9, jr., 8.4; Saira House, Kenton Ridge, 5-7, jr., 23.3; Amy Taylor, Indian Hill, 5-10, sr., 11.3; Jessica Danker, Cin. McNicholas, 5-10, sr., 11.6.

Third team: Alexa Levick, Wyoming, 5-8, jr., 12.7; Megan Courtney, Alter, 6-0, fr., 8.0; Brandi McDaniel, Franklin, 5-11, jr., 17.2; Kenyona Simmons, Dunbar, 5-10, jr., 21.2; Leisha Crawford, Bellbrook, 5-8, fr., 8.4; Rachael Connaughton, Hamilton Ross, 5-4, sr., 10.7.

Honorable Mention: Mary Bruner, Alter; Addy Passaro, Bellefontaine; Tiffany Rader, Benjamin Logan; Kelly Austria, Carroll; Carly Garneau, Carroll; Dara Ferriell, Eaton; Lindsay Ward, Graham; Kyra Dorney, Greenon; Ashley Oakley, Indian Lake; Sadie Oyer, Indian Lake; Mariah Harris, Kenton Ridge; Brooke Trauthwein, Oakwood; Rebecca Bruner, Springfield Northwestern; Kerri Beedy, Springfield Shawnee; Cassie Berning, Tippecanoe; Kelsey Eastham, Urbana; Molly Kroger, Valley View; Marci Sodini, Wilmington.

Joanna Powell, Cin, Aiken; Lauren Mazzaro, Cin. McNicholas; Emily Webb, Batavia; Chelsea Allen Bethel-Tate; Christie Connor, Clermont Northeastern; Katie Bolig, Finneytown; Melanie Constable, Goshen; Nicole Bell, Indian Hill; Kelsey Matthews, Indian Hill; Alexis Waugh, Monroe; Jen Packer, Norwood; Meagan Moulden, Taylor.


First team: Sarah Pearce, Fenwick, 6-1, sr., 13.8; Ally Mallot, Middletown Madison, 6-2, so., 15.3; Kaci Finfrock, Milton-Union, 5-8, sr., 17.4; Megan Campbell, Versailles, 6-0, jr., 11.2; Courtney Kust, Cin. Hills Christian Academy, 5-11, sr., 22.0; Ashley Hite, Cin. Summit Country Day, 5-10, sr.

Player of the year: Ally Mallot, Middletown Madison.

Coach of the year: Tim Gabbard, Waynesville.

Second team: Style Harper, Cin. Roger Bacon, sr., 14.2; Tess Jenike, Mariemont, 5-8 so., 14.9; Haleigh Hickenbottom, West Liberty-Salem, 5-10, sr., 13.8; Courtney Weeden, Brookville, 5-10, jr., 19.9; Samantha Van Atta, Waynesville, 5-8, sr., 9.0; Katie Mengos, Miami East, 5-9, sr., 9.3.

Third team: Rachel Heindl, Tri-County North, 5-10, sr., 16.8; Alycia Helman, Milton-Union, 6-0, sr., 15.9; Amanda Smith, Day. Christian, 5-5, sr., 18.8; Keya Neeley, Cin. Purcell Marian, 5-8, jr., 13.1; Emily Frey, Versailles, 5-10, sr., 12.0; Lindsay Hoskins, Middletown Madison, 6-0, jr., 13.4.

Honorable Mention: Rebecca Burch, Anna; Carrie Watkins, Anna, Shelby Pettit, Brookville; Alexis Murphy, Carlisle; Kayla Bertke, Dixie; Hilarie Noes, East Clinton; Amanda Uhl, East Clinton; Ashley Rice, Miami East; Shelby Roe, Middletown Madsion; Sam Barker, Northridge; Jillian Adams, Springfield Northeastern; Machell Tyler, Triad; Kelsey Funderburgh, Triad; Karen Smith, Versailles; Courtney Baker, Waynesville; Farren Eide, Waynesville; Becka Peterson, West Liberty-Salem; Kyli Parker, Cin. Summit Country Day.

Rachel Arrington, Cin. Hills Christian Academy; Neschelle Williams, Cin. Clark Montessori; Ashley Ivory, Cin. Roger Bacon; Morgan McCoy, Cin. Shroder; Kyli Parker, Cin. Summit Country Day; Jenna Juillerat, Deer Park; Marisa Stutz, Felicity; Casey Carter, Georgetown; Kirsten Grant, Georgetown; Courtney Hubbard, Hamilton Badin; Paige Soper, Maderia; Gretchen Staubach, Maderia; Lauren Ferguson, Mariemont; Theresa Carmichael, North College Hill; Amanda Rottmueller, Reading; Bridgett Spradling, Ripley.


First team: Amber Hayslip, Southeastern, 5-8, sr.; Christie Fullenkamp, Botkin, 6-0 sr., 16.9; Janel Olberding, Fort Loramie, 5-10, so., 14.4; Shelby Sheets, Fayetteville, 5-10, so., 25.1; Alyssa Dunn, Cin. Seven Hills, 5-10, sr., 19.8; Sarah Carroll, Cin. Christian,5-8, jr., 19.7.

Player of the year: Alyssa Dunn, Cin. Seven Hills.

Coach of the year: Ed Quincel, Bethel.

Second team: Kimmie Replogle, Houston, 5-11, sr., 14.1; Kayla Linkous, Tri-Village, 6-1, fr., 21.2; Angie Cates, Arcanum, 5-8, sr., 14.6; Tara Benedict, Troy Christian, 6-2. sr., 13.2; Ashlyn Hemmelgarn, Ansonia, 5-4, jr., 15.9; Olivia Carey, Cin. Seven Hills, 6-0, sr., 16.

Third team: Jenna Erwin, Southeastern, 5-8, fr., 12.3; Emily Ellerbrock, Bethel, 5-9, jr., 13.0; Ashanta Robinson, Yellow Springs, 5-8, sr., 19.1; Miranda Alsept, Middletown Christian, 5-3, sr., 18.0; Kim Gault, New Miami, 5-11, jr., 14.2; Sharice Clark, Lockland, 5-10, jr., 13.0.

Honorable Mention: Ashley McEldowney, Ansonia; Staci Schmidt, Ansonia; Emily Schellhaas, Arcanum; Betsy Printz, Arcanum; Brittany Lewis, Bethel; Clair Ruhenkamp, Fort Loramie; Sierra Bruner, Franklin-Monroe; Jaclyn Willoughby, Houston; Taylor Cummons, Jackson Center; Brooke Vanover, Lehman Catholic; Christie Freytag, Lehman Catholic; Paige Huntsberger, Middletown Christian; Emily Edwards, Miami Valley School; Kailey Ketter, Miami Valley School; A.J. Cox, Mississinawa Valley; Kristen Dunlap, Mechanicsburg; Alyssa Joyce, National Trail; Kaitie Stewart, Newton; Amelia Carter, Riverside; Sara Emrich, Riverside; Roni Homan, Russia; Allison Woods, Springfield Catholic Central; Ashley Oren, Springfield Emmanuel Christian; Amanda Harvey, Southeastern; Danielle Forrer, Troy Christian; Maria Shafer, Troy Christian; Adelee Gates, Twin Valley South.

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South’s Miller named All-MAC


South graduate Nate Miller was named to the Mid-American Conference men’s basketball first team, the conference announced Monday, March 9.

Miller is a senior at Bowling Green. He helped guide the Falcons to a No. 1 seed in the upcoming MAC tournament.

Bowling Green head coach Louis Orr was named the conference coach of the year. The player of the year will be announced Wednesday.

See the complete MAC team here

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A look at Graham’s opponent, Indian Hill

A look at Graham’s district final opponent, Indian Hill.

From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Indian Hill head coach David Moss has the same two goals every season. Compete for a league championship and win a sectional title. The Braves accomplished both.

Indian Hill beat Taft 62-48 March 7 at Fairfield to go to the district final game against Graham Local at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at UD Arena after Press deadlines.

“That’s been the emphasis, and everything is built around those two things,” he said. “We were able to get to the sectional final and we won a share of the league title, so we’re very pleased with how the season has gone. … Winning the sectional is a big boost to our program.”

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Daily Tournament Fix — March 9

Here’s your daily tournament fix for Monday, March 8:

The Springfield-area is down to four teams — three boys teams and one girls team — remaining in the tournament this season.

D-II boys: Graham (23-0) takes on Indian Hill (21-2) in the district at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Shawnee (17-5) will play Wilmington (20-2) in the district at 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Both games will be played at UD Arena.

D-IV boys: Southeastern (21-2) will play Fort Loramie (15-8) in the district at 9 p.m. on Friday at UD Arena.

D-IV girls: Southeastern (20-4) will play Convoy Crestview (23-0) in the regional semifinals at 8 p.m. Thursday at 8 p.m.

‘Cats fall: Springfield fell to Trotwood-Madison on Sunday in a D-I sectional final game at UD Arena.

Here’s a video from the game:

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Watch highlights from state wrestling

Check out this video from the OHSAA state wrestling meet.

Graham had a record seven champions, including David Taylor who became the 17th wrestler in state history to win four state titles, while Mechanicsburg’s Bryce Baker became the Indians’ first state champ since 1996.

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Miller helps BG clinch MAC East title

Springfield native Nate Miller finished with his fifth double-double in the last 10 games, posting 14 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals as the Bowling Green men’s basketball team quickly made Sunday’s senior day game against Ohio a no-doubter.

The Falcons jumped out to a 27-7 lead and blew out the Bobcats 75-41 to clinch a share of the Mid-American Conference Eastern Division championship.

Bowling Green then had to wait for Buffalo to pull out an overtime victory over Miami that gave the Falcons the No. 1 seed for the MAC Tournament, which starts Tuesday in Cleveland. The Falcons also earned an automatic bid to the NIT, the school’s first since 2002, if they are unable to secure their first NCAA tournament bid since 1968.

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Springfield’s season ends at UD Arena

Here is the live update from the Springfield High School and Trotwood-Madison boys basketball Division I sectional game.

5 p.m.: Final from UD Arena: Trotwood 62, Springfield 37.

Springfield’s final record is 8-14.

Trotwood will play Centerville or Greenville in the district tournament next week.

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Watch Central’s McHugh win state title

This video from shows Catholic Central’s Patrick McHugh swimming to the state title in the 100 backstroke Feb. 28 in Canton.

Division II Men 100 Yard Backstroke

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Daily Tournament Fix — March 8

Here’s your daily tournament fix for Sunday, March 8:

Today’s game: D-I sectional final — South vs. Trotwood-Madison, 3 p.m., at University of Dayton Arena.

Short Takes: Springfield is 8-13 in their first season after the merger of North and South High Schools. … They beat Vandalia Butler 71-60 on Wednesday for their first sectional tournament win as Springfield High in nearly 50 years. … Trotwood-Madison is 18-3, winning the GWOC North Division with a 7-1 record. The Rams’ losses came to Montrose Christian (Maryland), Cincinnati Withrow and Sidney. … Trotwood’s Aaron Robinson is third in the GWOC with 17.3 points per game.

Key factor: Springfield coach Bill Slagle knows handling the basketball will be key against a tough Trotwood squad who pressures the basketball all over the floor.

“They’re one of the better teams in Dayton,” Slagle said. “It seems like they can turn it on when they want to. I’ve seen them play in a couple tournament games and someone hangs around and hangs around and all of a sudden they put the foot on the gas and go. We’re going to have to handle their pressure. I think that’s a key anytime you play Trotwood. If you can handle their pressure and get the ball up the floor, you’ve got a shot at beating them.”

Key player: Zack Burks, Springfield. If the senior is making shots from the perimeter, he’s tough to guard. He can score both off the dribble and from behind the arc.

Still standing: There are five teams — Southeastern, Graham, Shawnee and Springfield boys and Southeastern girls — remaining in the basketball tournament.

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On this date in area sports history …

Fourteen years ago on this date, March 8, 1994, the Kenton Ridge girls basketball team advanced to the regional final by beating Carlisle. Complete story on the jump.

Published March 9, 1995



By Cindy Horner, Sports Writer

VANDALIA - Kenton Ridge’s Angie Finkes looked up at the scoreboard in the first quarter and realized that her team was trailing, 11-7.

Yes, the Cougars were actually trailing.

But not for long, because Finkes decided to take it upon herself to turn things around.

Her teammates found her in the paint and as Angie Finkes went, so did Kenton Ridge.

The 6-foot junior post scored seven out of KR’s nine points in the final minutes of the first quarter, and poured in 26 of her game-high 41 before the intermission to help the Cougars capture a 94-54 victory over Carlisle in the Division III regional semifinals Wednesday in front of about 3,800 fans at Vandlia-Butler’s Student Activity Center.

“I looked up there (at the scoreboard) and thought we’d better get going here,” said Finkes, who is one of five Cougars averaging double figures this season. “I figured it was my turn to step up. We knew they’d be good, but we weren’t expecting them to come out at us like that.”

Kenton Ridge was actually down by as many as four, at 9-5, after the Indians’ Heather Lieungh hit a bucket at the 4:01 mark of the first quarter. The Cougars did not regain the lead until Heather Nienaber hit a bucket to make it 16-15 with the clock showing 1:44. They finally took the lead for good on a layup by Finkes 35 seconds later.

By the half, the Cougars’ pressure defense forced Carlisle into 20 turnovers, helping them to a staunch 55-32 lead.

“We finally made some nice shots and started picking things up on offense, especially when we started going to Angie a little more in the middle,” said Kenton Ridge Coach Ed Foulk, whose team improves to 25-0.

“I think this was pretty much a normal game for us tonight,” Foulk continued. “We shot about 55 percent from the field and we’ve been averaging around 53.7 percent. I was happier with this. We shot just 35 percent against Eastern Brown in the last game and didn’t play well on both ends. It may have been because we were playing at a new place. I think we’re used to Vandalia now.”

That may not be good news for Versailles, the Cougars’ next opponent. The Tigers, also 25-0, defeated Marion Elgin to set up a rematch with KR in the regional finals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Vandalia.

Versailles knocked the Cougars out of the tournament in the first round last year. However, Kenton Ridge defeated the Tigers in the 1990-91 season at this same point to advance to the state semifinals.

“We really have no preference for who we play next,” said Finkes, who also led the team in rebounding with eight boards. “We just want to win. Our fans always want Versailles and I guess in a way we want to play them because they knocked us out last year. Still, the opponent doesn’t matter, we just want to stay focused on our game.”

Carlisle may have hung around a little longer than most KR opponents, but the Cougars showed no signs of slowing down in the second half as they quickly went up by 32 after the third quarter.

“They eventually took over with their superior quickness and offensive talent,” said Carlisle Coach Mike Griffith, whose team finishes at 21-3. “We knew we weren’t going to make up 32 points in the final eight minutes. We challenged them as long as we could, but their constant pressure wore us down. I’ve never seen a team put on the pressure so well for so long.”

Nienaber was the only other player to score in double figures for the Cougars with 24 points.

“It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s a lot of fun,” Foulk said. “We have a very balanced team. Anyone can score out there. The intensity both in practice and in the games gets better and better every step of the way. We just need to keep it up.”

KENTON RIDGE (94) - Finkes 16 9-14 41, Shingler 4 1-2 9, Bichler 3 2-4 8, H. Nienaber 9 3-4 24, Nutter 1 1-4 3, N. Nienaber 1 1-2 3, Laub 0 2-2 2, McMaken 1 0-0 2, Smith 1 0-0 2. Totals: 36 19-32 94.

CARLISLE (54) - Deatherage 1 0-0 2, J. Parr 3 3-4 10, Schworber 1 2-4 4, Imfeld 6 6-9 19, Lieungh 9 1-1 19, H. Parr 0 0-2 0, Lewis 0 0-1 0. Totals: 19 12-21 54.

Kenton Ridge 21 55 75 94 Carlisle 18 32 43 54 Three-point goals: Kenton Ridge 3 (H. Nienaber 3); Carlisle 2 (J. Parr, Imfeld)

Records: Kenton Ridge 25-0; Carlisle 21-3

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A ‘phenomenal’ day for Southeastern girls



That’s the only way Southeastern coach Jim Lightle could describe his team’s 52-42 D-IV district final victory over

“I thought going into the year we had a good team that could possibly do this,” Lightle said. “We didn’t really play that well at times in the regular season. We picked it up in the tournament.”

The Trojans will make their first appearance in the regional semifinal since 2005-2006.

“It feels great,” Lightle said. “Everything now is the icing on the cake. You just go out now and have fun and play basketball. Whatever happens, happens.”

Game plan perfection: Lightle credited assistant coaches Tim Bell and Sue Hupp for coming up with a great to attack Houston. The Trojans chose to face guard Wildcats PG Jaclyn Willoughby, who came into the game averaging 13.8 ppg and made over 50 3-pointers this season.

“We face guarded Willoughby,” Lightle said. “We wanted to make her work as much as possible because they were used to walking the ball up the floor and conserving energy. I was tempted to get out of it in the first quarter and I’m thinking ‘This isn’t going to work’. We gave up a couple easy back door (layups) and the help wasn’t there because we were face guarding her. She’s a heck of a ballplayer — she still scored 13. There three big girls all played well. We stuck with our gameplan and I think we wore them down towards the end a little bit.

“I can’t give enough credit to (assistant coaches Tim Bell and Sue Hupp) for the game plan and trying to wear them down after we scouted them,” Lightle continued. “We stuck with it and it worked.

“It could’ve gone the other way when the game was close,” Lightle said. “It could’ve been a 10-point lead on their end. It could’ve gone either way. (Amanda Harvey) did a great job on the boards toward the end, (Amber Hayslip) stepped her game up and Katie Banion played well.”

Banion and sophomore Shelby Hocter were the two players who guarded Willoughby for most of the game.

“You’ve got to be in shape to face guard somebody and I thought Shelby came in and did what she could being a sophomore,” Lightle said. “She’s only really played in two varsity games that mean something and she did a great job.”

Sophomore Hannah Bowman had eight points, nailing two big 3-pointers. Her last 3-pointer with six minutes remaining spurred a 15-5 run for the Trojans to end the ballgame.

“She’s a kid that’s getting more and more confidence as she regains confidence in her knee,” Lightle said. “She’s putting that behind her know and that takes awhile. When you blow your knee out twice, it takes awhile to get over that mentally and she did a great job.”

The Trojans made just 4 of 11 free throws in the first half, but made 11 of 12 in the fourth quarter.

“That’s when it counts,” Lightle said. “You have to do the fundamentals of the game and that’s one of them. If they’re going to give you a free shot, you have to make them. We did in the fourth quarter and they didn’t.”

Not a freshman anymore: Jenna Erwin had 17 points in her first district appearance for Southeastern. She scored six points in the second quarter and nine in the fourth.

“It was awesome just being there with my teammates,” Erwin said. “In the second quarter, I felt like I needed to drive a little more and dish.”

Erwin grew up hearing stories of past Southeastern district and regional appearances from her mom, Jeanine Ferguson, her aunts Laura and Carrie Ferguson and her uncle, Mike Ferguson. All four helped the boys and girls basketball teams advance to the regionals at some point during their careers. Her cousins, Kari and Kati Kitchen, also played in the regionals for Southeastern.

Erwin is happy she can keep the family tradition alive.

“I’ve seen pictures from my mom and my aunts and uncles and I just wanted to be there, too,” Erwin said.

Spectacular senior year: Amber Hayslip spoke for the entire SE senior class — which includes Harvey and Banion — when she described her feelings on the victory.

“It is unbelievable,” Hayslip said. “It’s just crazy. I’m speechless.”

Hayslip remembered being awestruck in the Trojans’ last district appearance during her freshman season. That wasn’t the case on Saturday.

“It feels so much better as a senior,” Hayslip said. ” As a freshman, this place was so much bigger. You’re googly-eyed and you just don’t want to mess up. As a senior, you can go out and work hard and play your heart out because it could be your last game. It just feels incredible.”

Free throw shooting, Hayslip said, proved to be the difference.

“That was definitely what clinched it,” Hayslip said.

Hayslip also credited her teammates.

“I love my girls,” Hayslip said. “I couldn’t do it without them. They’re great.”

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State Wrestling Championship Finals


Results from the championship finals of the 72nd annual State Wrestling Championships at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center:

9:00 p.m.: Winner of nine straight state championships, Graham has broken the 58-year-old record of six individual state champions, set in 1951 by Cleveland West Tech. The Falcons won seven individual titles overall. Kyle Ryan (160) tied the record with his title, and Max Thomusseit (189) broke it with a 4-1 win over Nick Mills of Hunting Valley University School. Also, David Taylor, who has become the 17th four-time state champion in Ohio wrestling history. Tecumseh senior T.J. Rigel had to again settle for runner-up, losing 4-3. Local wrestlers are finished competing. Here are all the results from the finals:



112: Bryce Baker (Mechanicsburg) d. Spencer Pierce (Richwood North Union) 6-3


103: Nick Brascetta (Graham) m.d. Andrew Bertubin (Cambridge) 13-4

125: Zach Neibert (Graham) d. Nate Skonieczny (Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit) 8-6

130: Felipe Martinez (Graham) p. Ryan Nakama (Sunbury Big Walnut) 1:14

135: David Taylor (Graham) p. Manuel Cintron (Alliance) 2:39

140: Harrison Hightower (Hunting Valley University School) d. Matt Stephens (Graham) 5-2

145: Brian Stephens (Graham) m.d. Mike Fee (Mentor Lake Catholic) 14-6

152: Jonathan McGookey (Sandusky Perkins) d. Huston Evans (Graham) 9-3

160: Kyle Ryan (Graham) d. Adam Walters (Chesterland West Geauga) 5-2

189: Max Thomusseit (Graham) d. Nick Mills (Hunting Valley University School) 4-1


145: David Habat (Cleveland St. Ignatius) d. T.J. Rigel (Tecumseh) 4-3

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Kenton Ridge boys wins state bowling team title

The Kenton Ridge boys bowling team won the state title on Saturday, March 7, at Tiki Lanes in Lancaster, beating Kettering Fairmont 3-1 in the final Baker Game.

It’s the first team state title for Kenton Ridge High School.

“Oh man, it feels great,” senior Ryan Dobie said. “Going in, we knew we had a chance. To actually do it, it’s a great way to end my career.”

“I’ve been in sports 60 years in baseball and bowling,” coach Flip Lucas said. “This has got to be the greatest thrill of my lifetime.”

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Shawnee wins sectional title

Here’s the live update from the Shawnee vs. Bellefontaine boys basketball Division II sectional final at Troy High School on Saturday, March 7.

8:55 p.m.: A Shawnee team goal this season was to win the sectional title.

Check that one off after beating Bellefontaine 44-38. Next up for the Braves is Wilmington in the district tournament on Wednesday, March 11.

Bellefontaine had ended the Braves’ season the previous two years in the sectional tournament. Shawnee is going back to the district tournament for the first time since 2003.

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Final day of state wrestling

Good after from the state wrestling tournament at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus. Here are all the results for the finals of the consolation round, for third, fith and seventh place:

1:27 p.m.: Graham has set the all-time, all-divisions record for team points at a state wrestling meet, finishing the morning consolation session with 248 points. The old record was 229 by Lakewood St. Edward in Division I. Wrestling gets undeway in the evening championship finals at 5:50 p.m. The nine-time defending D-II champion Falcons have nine wrestlers in the finals, and if six of them win, they’ll tie a 58-year-old record of six individual champions, held by Cleveland West Tech since 1951. Here are all the morning’s results. Congratulations to all the local wrestlers who proved themselves to be among the best in the state.




171: Beau Bowden (North Lima South Range) d. Cody Rodgers (Mechanicsburg) 9-7


112: Isaac Jordan (Graham) d. Erik McLaughlin (Canal Fulton Northwest) 8-2

171: James Mannier (Graham) d. Dustin Sarosy (Perry) 5-2

215: Logan White (Graham) d. Garren Dilley (Amanda-Clearcreek) 6-2



135: Jeff Vitallo (Apple Creek Waynedale) d. Brendon Klaus (Mechanicsburg) 12-9 OT

160: Shayne Stewart (Mogadore) d. Peter Lewis (West Liberty-Salem) 7-5



215: Schuyler Bondy (Woodsfield Monroe Central) p. Josh Salyers (Mechanicsburg) 4:24


119: Sheldon Kegley (Graham) d. Michael Perez (Wauseon) 10-4

130: Carson Frey (Wauseon) p. Evan Storts (Shawnee) 2:57


152: Chet Bissell (Twinsburg) p. Justin Sneary (Tecumseh) 2:57



135: David Malkus (Burton Berkshire) d. Brendon Klaus (Mechanicsburg) 3-1

160: Kyle Kwiat (Tiffin Calvert) d. Peter Lewis (West Liberty-Salem) 5-4

171: Cody Rodgers (Mechanicsburg) d. Royal Brettrager (Kirtland) 9-2


112: Isaac Jordan (Graham) m.d. Kyle Warner (Urichsville Claymont) 12-1

171: James Mannier (Graham) p. Brian Borac (Mentor Lake Catholic) 2:46

215: Logan White (Graham) p. Robbie Lias (Hubbard) 3:43

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SE girls advance to regional semis

12:25: Southeastern wins 52-42. Houston’s Jaclyn Willoughby’s putback with six minutes remaining tied the score at 37, but a 3-pointer by Hannah Bowman started a 15-5 run to lead the Trojans to the regional semifinals for the first time since 2005.

Freshman Jenna Erwin had 17 points, while Amber Hayslip and Amanda Harvey each had 10 points for Southeastern.

11:57: After three quarters, Houston leads 32-31. The Trojans led 29-24, but a 8-3 run to end the quarter gave the Wildcats the lead. It should be a great finish.

11:31: At the half, the score is tied at 22. Southeastern outscored the Wildcats 12-5 in the quarter. After struggling with turnovers and shooting the basketball in the first quarter, Southeastern took care of the basketball and played better in their halfcourt offense. Freshman Jenna Erwin had six points in the quarter for SE.

11:15: After one quarter, Houston leads 17-10. The Wildcats are hitting shots, nailing three 3-pointers in the quarter. They led 11-4 early in the quarter, but Southeastern cut the lead to two at 11-9. Kimmie Repogle grabbed a putback at the buzzer to increase the lead to seven.

10:47: We’re eight minutes from tip-off here at the Vandalia Butler Student Activity Center for the Southeastern girls district final game against Houston.

In their last appearance in the districts, SE beat Covington in 2005 to advance to the regional semifinals.

I’ll be updating the score after each quarter. They’ll also be a video with highlights from the game sometime this afternoon at

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Daily Tournament Fix — March 7

Here’s your daily tournament fix for Saturday, March 7:

Today’s games: D-IV Girls District Final — Southeastern (19-4) vs. Houston (16-7), 11 a.m., at Vandalia Butler Student Activity Center; D-II Boys Sectional Final — Shawnee (16-5) vs. Bellefontaine (13-9), 7:30 p.m., at Troy High School.

Short Takes: Southeastern is making its first appearance at the D-IV district tournament since 2005. The senior class were freshmen that season. They beat Covington to advance to the regional semifinal, where they fell to Jackson Center. … Shawnee senior Justin Williams leads the CBC Kenton Trail in scoring at 16.1 points per game. Bellefontaine’s Brock Mitchell leads the CBC in both rebounding (8.8) and blocked shots (1.6).

Key player: Justin Massie, Shawnee. The senior point guard keeps the Braves organized and steady on the floor. He’ll have to play strong to give Shawnee its third win of the year over the Chieftains.

Tough test: The Southeastern girls face a tough test in the D-IV districts against Houston, who hails from the Shelby County League.

“It’s a very tough league,” said Southeastern coach Jim Lightle. “We’ve got our work cut out for us. We’ve got to take care of ourselves.”

The Trojans have the early game today, something they’re getting used to this season.

“The last few years we didn’t play a lot of Noon games,” Lightle said. “We played three of them this year. Hopefully, they’ll rely on that and get prepared. That was a good experience.”

Last night’s results: Southeastern survived a scare from Yellow Springs, while Northeastern fell to Anna in their first sectional final game since 1983. Mechanicsburg fell to Jackson Center, and Graham rolled Indian Lake for the third time this season.

Something to build on: Northeastern coach Kregg Creamer was happy his team could go on a big tournament run. But it wasn’t something that was unexpected. He felt his team underachieved through the regular season, but peaked toward tournament time. The experience will come in handy next winter.

“We lose seven seniors, but I have a nice nucleus of four underclassmen who were major contributors down the stretch,” Creamer said. “We have something to build on.”

Live blogs: We’ll be live-blogging both of today’s games, as well as the state wrestling meet.

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State Wrestling Day 2

Results from the championship semifinal round and third round of consolations of the state wrestling tournament Friday evening. Wrestling is done for the evening:

9:14 pm.: Graham has tied the record for number of championship finalists with nine. The other team with nine finalists was Walsh Jesuit in 1995:



112: Bryce Baker (Mechanicsburg) d. Tim Triskett (Cleveland Villa Angela/St. Joseph) 7-5

135: Ben Kuzma (Bascom Hopewell-Loudon) m.d. Brendon Klaus (Mechanicsburg) 12-4


103: Nick Brascetta (Graham) m.d. Cory Stainbrook (Streetsboro) 18-6

112: Ty Mitch (Aurora) d. Isaac Jordan (Graham) 11-4

125: Zach Neibert (Graham) m.d. Brent Fickel (Parma Padua Franciscan) 10-2

130: Felipe Martinez (Graham) d. Jake Vaughan (Columbus St. Francis DeSales 8-4

135: David Taylor (Graham) t.f. Randy Henline (Akron Coventry) 21-6

140: Matt Stephens (Graham) d. Kyle Leek (Warren Howland) 5-0

145: Brian Stephens (Graham) d. Corey Dulaney (Whitehall-Yearling) 9-5

152: Huston Evans (Graham) d. Michael Graves (Maumee) 6-4

160: Kyle Ryan (Graham) d. Riley Kilroy (Parma Padua Franciscan) 8-4

171: Zach Garbrandt (Uhrichsville Claymont) d. James Mannier (Graham) 4-2 2 OT

189: Max Thomusseit (Graham) p. Joe Poyser (Louisville) :55

215: Tyler Houska (Medina Highland) p. Logan White (Graham) 3:37


145: T.J. Rigel (Tecumseh) m.d. Kevin Drake (Upper Arlington) 19-8



119: John Worthington (Shelby) d. Sheldon Kegley (Graham) 4-2

130: Jake Strausbaugh (Orrville) d Evan Storts (Shawnee) 7-2


160: Peter Lewis (West Liberty-Salem) m.d. Jake Elling (Liberty Center) 13-2

171: Cody Rodgers (Mechanicsburg) d. Kyle Keplinger (Troy Christian) 5-1

215: Kyle Kelly (Akron Manchester) p. Josh Salyers (Mechanicsburg) 4:07

DIVISION I 152: Aron Brenner (Canfield) d. Justin Sneary (Tecumseh) 6-1

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Southeastern rallies to beat Yellow Springs

9:32 p.m.: Southeastern beats Yellow Springs 61-58 to win a Division IV sectional title tonight in Vandalia.

Tyler Cooper hit one free throw with seven seconds left, and Yellow Springs missed what would have been a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Trojans trailed 55-50 with 2:34 left but tied the game at the 2:18 mark when J.P. McFarland put back a missed free throw.

McFarland then rebounded a miss with Cooper to give Southeastern a 57-55 lead at the 1:13 mark.

9:06 p.m.: Yellow Springs leads Southeastern 45-41 after three quarters. This is its largest lead of the game.

Devon Freeman has 11 points for the Bulldogs.

8:39 p.m.: Southeastern and Yellow Springs are tied at 28 at halftime.

Ryan Phillips has six points for the Bulldogs. Ian Wimberly has five.

For the Trojans, Reed Florence has six points. J.P. McFarland has seven. Jared Toops has five.

Neither team has led by more than four points.8:19 p.m.: Daniel Black’s layup at the buzzer in the first quarter gives Southeastern an 18-16 lead over Yellow Springs.

Black has six points.

7:50 p.m.: The Southeastern-Yellow Springs Division IV sectional final at the Vandalia Butler Student Activity Center will start around 8:05 p.m.

The winner of this game will play Russia or Fort Loramie in the district final Friday, March 13, at 9 p.m. at UD Arena.

In the first game here tonight, Dayton Jefferson routed Franklin-Monroe 55-21.

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Northeastern boys fall to Anna in sectional final

These were our live updates from the Northeastern-Anna sectional final:

7:55 p.m.: News-Sun sports writer Michael Cooper reports in with the final score from UD. The Jets fall 56-32 to Anna.

7:40 p.m.: The Jets pulled to within five in the third quarter, but Northeastern now trails Anna 40-25 after three quarters.

7:12 p.m.: Anna led Northeastern 25-16 at halftime in their Division III sectional final at UD Arena.

The Jets trailed 13-10 after the first quarter.

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Live updates from the Graham tournament game

Live updates from the Graham vs. Indian Lake tournament game.

8:45 p.m.: Graham wins 71-37. The Falcons (23-0) move on to the district tournament.

8:20 p.m.: Graham’s up 56-28 after three quarters.

Indian Lake’s Adam Reichert blocked a Josh Schuler 3-pointer attempt and celebrated a little too much for the Falcons’ fans. They started the obligatory “Scoreboard!” chant.

The winner of this game plays Cincinnati Taft or Indian Hill in the district tournament on Wednesday, March 11. The game will be played at UD Arena at 5:30 p.m.

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State wrestling Day 2

Results from the championship quarterfinal second round of consolations form the state wrestling meet. Wrestling is finished for the afternoon. Fresh results from the championship semifinals will be posted shortly after the round begins at 6:30 this evening:

2:40 p.m.: Graham has become the first team in the history of Ohio wrestling to put 12 wrestlers into tonight’s Championship Semifinals. Only Sheldon Kegley (119) didn’t make the semis, but won his consolation match to guarantee himself of no worse than an eighth place. The 12 in the semifinals are guaranteed of no worse than a sixth-place finish. However, the biggest win of the morning session for local wrestlers was turned in by Tecumseh senior returning state runner-up T.J. Rigel, who pinned returning state champ and three-time state placer Seth Horner of Massillon Perry in the first period of his championship quarterfinal. Two other wrestlers, both from Mechanicsburg, are the other local championship semifinalists. Local action is done for the morning session. Check back tonight starting at 6:30 for the championship semifinal results in real-time.



152: Justin Sneary (Tecumseh) d. Charles Mason (Cincinnati Princeton) 6-4 OT

1:47 p.m.:



119: Sheldon Kegley (Grqham) d. Andrew Brown (Tallmadge) 9-6

130: Evan Storts (Shawnee) d. Jordan Duckett (Toledo Central Cathoic) 3-2 OT


103: Anthony Elchert (Arcadia) d. E.J. Mowen (Greeneview) 11-4

140: Dann Miller (Brookfield) d. Jordan Deady (Triad) 4-2

140: Chad Sonnenberg (Van Buren) d. Kyle Reese (Mechanicsburg) 8-2

160: Peter Lewis (West Liberty-Salem) d. David Angevine (Reading) 5-2

171: Cody Rodgers (Mechanicsburg) d. Brock Wagner (Greeneview) 3-2

215: Josh Salyers (Mechanicsburg) m.d. Scott Barnes (Spencerville) 12-2



145: T.J. Rigel (Tecumseh) p. Seth Horner (Massillon Perry) 1:56

152: Andrew Gasber (Madison) p. Justin Sneary (Tecumseh) 3:41


103: Nick Brascetta (Graham) m.d. Jordan Burkhart (Carrollton) 13-3

112: Isaac Jordan (Graham) t.f. Brady Hutchins (Canal Winchester) 24-9

119: James Inghram (Hunting Valley University School) d. Sheldon Kegley (Graham) 4-3

125: Zach Neibert (Graham) t.f. Jake Kazimir (Chagrin Falls Kenston) 15-0

130: Felipe Martinez (Graham) p. Jake Mellinger (Beloit West Branch) 2:56

130: Shelton Morris (Ravenna Southeast) d. Evan Storts (Shawnee) 3-0

135: David Taylor (Graham) t.f. Jeremy Maiwurm (Orrville) 18-1

140: Matt Stephens (Graham) m.d. Michael Slaga (Rayland Buckeye Local) 17-7

145: Brian Stephens (Graham) t.f. Terry Wagenhauser (Defiance) 29-14

152: Huston Evans (Graham) d. Tucker Gregor (Medina Buckeye) 5-2

160: Kyle Ryan (Graham) m.d. Harrison Rosch (Canal Winchester) 15-7

171: James Mannier (Graham) d. Nick McCall (Wauseon) 7-3

189: Max Thomusseit (Graham) d. Beau Wenger (Navarre Fairless) 6-1

215: Logan White (Graham) d. Garren Dilley (Amanda-Clearcreek) 2-1


103: Jeremy Border (Caldwell) d. E.J. Mowen (Greeneview) 2-0

112: Bryce Baker (Mechanicsburg) d. Tim Majoy (Milan Edison) 8-1

135: Brendon Klaus (Mechanicsburg) d. Mason Robinson (Heath) 3-0

160: Ashton Packard (Belpre) d. Peter Lewis (West Liberty-Salem) 4-3

171: Jonathan Beam (Apple Creek Waynedale) p. Cody Rodgers (Mechanicsburg) 5:07

215: Dan Clawson (North Jackson Jackson-Milton) d. Josh Salyers (Mechanicsburg) 8-5

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Daily Tournament Fix — March 6

Here’s your daily tournament fix for Friday, March 6:

Tonight’s sectional final games: D-II — Graham vs. Indian Lake, 7:30 p.m., at Troy High School; D-III — Northeastern vs. Anna, 6:30 p.m., at UD Arena; D-IV — Southeastern vs. Yellow Springs, 8 p.m., at Vandalia Butler Student Activity Center; D-IV — Mechanicsburg vs. Sidney Lehman, 7 p.m.., at Piqua High School.

Short Takes: Graham beat Indian Lake by 33 and 32 points this season. The Falcons should roll against their third straight CBC Mad River Division opponent. … Northeastern has won six of its last nine games. They play a top-seeded Anna squad who pummeled West Liberty-Salem by 30 points twice this season. The Jets split with WLS in the regular season. The Rockets have lots of height and length, so Northeastern’s big man Aaron Hartzell will have to step up. … Southeastern has won both sectional games with ease. They’ll get their first test tonight against a surging Yellow Spings squad who upset fourth-seeded Tri-Village and third-seeded Bethel to reach the sectional final. … The Bulldogs have had tough games this season, but there run-and-gun style will have to be controlled against Southeastern. If the Bulldogs make mistakes offensively and are sloppy with the basketball, the Trojans will capitalize.Yellow Springs must be patient in the halfcourt against SE’s tough defense. The Trojans are allowing just 49.7 points per game. … Mechanicsburg is on a roll after upsetting Jackson Center on a late 3-pointer by Kyle Bossetti. They face another task tonight against Sidney Lehman, the top-seed in the Piqua sectional bracket.

Key player: Ben Rosenberger, Graham: The Falcons’ senior point guard leads the CBC with 6.8 assists and 3.3 steals per game. He’s the catalyst of the Falcons’ fast break, and if he’s got the ball in his hands, good things usually happen.

Live blogs and videos: We’ll have live blogs today from state wrestling, as well as the Graham, Northeastern and Southeastern-Yellow Springs boys games. We’ll also have video from the Northeastern and Southeastern games.

Tomorrow: We’ve got one boys game — Shawnee vs. Bellefontaine — and a girls district final game — Southeastern vs. Houston. We’ll have live blogs from both of those games as well.

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On this date in area sports history …

Seventeen years ago on this date, March 6, 1992, the Urbana girls basketball team won the district title. Complete story on the jump.



By Kim Byrum, Sports writer

VANDALIA - Junior Jannon Roland and freshman understudy Beth Ostendorf may be an Ebony & Ivory tandem, but on court they’re the Doublemint twins. Their inside bankers, driving layins and soft-touch finesse all but indistinguishable.

And beware if their team falters and sputters early, because these twin towers pack a one-two knockout punch that lands opponents on the second-half ropes.

Through four Division II tournament games, they’ve single-handedly outscored the opposing team.

Friday night was more of the same.

“They’re the top players in their class as far as I’m concerned,” Urbana Coach Bill Moss marveled after the pair combined for 56 of the Hillclimbers’ 62 points in a 62-55 district championship win over Cincinnati Northwest at Vandalia-Butler’s Student Activity Center.

Roland, the Division II player of the year in the Southwest District, netted her season average of 29 points, while Ostendorf, a second-team district pick, equalled her career-high 27 to wreak havoc inside for the Knights, who finished 17-7.

“What they do well are the basic things we work on,” Moss added. “We want all our kids to be able to dribble, pass and shoot the ball. If you ever come watch a practice, we don’t work on team stuff, it’s all basic, fundamental skills work.”

The Hillclimbers, 24-0, clinched their third consecutive district crown after trailing 13-1 just four minutes into the game. They face 18-5 Roger Bacon, a 45-35 winner over 20-3 Mason, in a regional semifinal game Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at Xenia High School.

“I think we were all just nervous; I don’t really know what it was,” pondered Roland, discussing Urbana’s slower-than-molasses start. “We just finally woke up … and we heard about it, too.”

That wake-up call came courtesy of a visibly frustrated Moss, whose club trailed 19-10 after one quarter before going on a 20-10 run to carry an unusually slim 30-29 advantage into intermission.

“He yells a lot, but we don’t take it as yelling,” said Roland, who finished 13 of 20 from the field and, along with Ostendorf’s 11 of 15 clip, helped Urbana to 57 percent shooting. “We listen to what he’s saying and do it. We put the yelling in the back of our minds, because we know he’s yelling because he wants us to play better.”

The Hillclimbers captured their one-point, halftime lead by forcing Northwest into nine second-period turnovers. An accompanying variety of pressure defenses held the Knights scoreless through a critical, five-minute span.

“We just didn’t play real well early,” said Moss, voted News-Sun area coach of the year last season. “We knew a whole lot about Northwest, but we just didn’t go out and execute. (Knights guard Norsha (Willis) had a great game (25 points) going backdoor and penetrating. We let her do what she wanted out there.

“We’re lucky that we’re so strong offensively,” he added. “We had to play strong today and got 29 and 27 from A.J. and Beth. But if we’re going to go any farther, we’ve got to step it up offensively and do some more things.”

Roland, after a sluggish, two of six, four-point start, rebounded for 12 points on five of seven shooting in the second, helping Urbana take its first lead, 22-21, with 3:02 to play in the half.

Although Northwest’s 6-foot-3 center Amy Turner netted her 1,000th career point with 48 seconds remaining - creating a potential momentum-shift situation - Ostendorf played Pepto-Bismol neutralizer with a pair of foul shots seconds later.

“We’ve never been down by that much before,” said Ostendorf, who also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds. “When it got to 13-1, I thought, `We’ve got to score.’ We’ve never been in that situation before.”

Urbana awoke from its first-half slumber for a 21-11 scoring run in the third period, committing just four turnovers to Northwest’s eight to pull away, 49-38, on a Roland layin at 1:11 in the third.

The `Climbers shot an amazing 68 percent (15 of 22) in the decisive second half. Ostendorf went 7 of 9 during that span, while Roland went 6 of 7.

“We talked before the game about taking the outside shot, but we’ve got to learn to make (on-court) adjustments,” Moss said. “I mean, if we can get the ball inside and win the ballgame, hey, let’s do it.”

URBANA (62) - Rockhold 0 0-0 0, Ostendorf 11 5-7 27, Wearly 3 0-1 6, Roland 13 3-10 29, Parker 0 0-0 0. Totals: 27 8-18 62.

NORTHWEST (55) - Siefert 4 2-4 10, Turner 3 3-4 9, Vann 1 0-0 2, West 4 1-2 9, Willis 11 2-4 25. Totals: 23 8-14 55.

Urbana 10 30 51 62 Northwest 19 29 40 55 Three-point goals: Urbana 0; Northwest 1 (Willis).

Records: Urbana 24-0, Northwest 17-7.

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Even Maurice Clarett has a blog


Yes, you read that correctly. Maurice Clarett, the former Ohio State University football star, has a blog.

Click the link here.

Like most of the people who made comments, I was skeptical at first. But there’s no ghostwriter — it’s Clarett, who according to the Columbus Dispatch, dictates the entries to relatives who post them on his blog.

Here’s an excerpt from a post on March 4:

Incarceration is a huge inconvenience in anyone’s life. It has inconvenienced me in the area of having a personal relationship with my little girl. Instead of sitting back and just accepting the reality of me being locked away as an easy excuse not to reach out, I decided to become creative and write my own words of wisdom to her. I write weekly letters to her describing and explaining specific situations to her that I encounter. Then, I give her specific suggestions of how to potentially overcome the situations I know she will likely face in her lifetime. I describe to her how her mother and I keep our relationship strong from a distance. I enlighten her on the importance of a family structure. I advise her that she should look for friends that are like-minded, positive, and those who really enjoy life. I tell her that those mentalities are contagious. I’m not interested in letting popular culture raise my daughter. It will be a joint effort with both of her parents.

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State Wrestling Day 1

Here are updates in real-time live from the state wrestling meet at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus:

9:00: Here are the first-round consolation results from the Division II state meet:



112: Andrew Romanchik (Parma Padua Franciscan) d. Cody Harting (Kenton Ridge) 6-0.

171: Todd Gaydosh (Parma Padua Franciscan) d. Nathan Silvus (Shawnee) 10-4


8:41: Here are the first-round consolation results from the Division III state meet:



112: Zach Porter (Bellaire) d. Tim Arthur (Greeneview) 4-2

130: Joey Kiefer (Bedford St. Peter Chanel) p. Nick Ziegler (Mechanicsburg) 4:39

140: Jorday Deady (Triad) p. Max Pennington (Delta) 1:48

140: Kyle Reese (Mechanicsburg) p. Kody Crooks (Barnesville) 3:54

171: Brock Wagner (Greeneview) d. Brit Hunter (Akron Manchester) 6-5


7:15: Here are the first-round results from the Division I state meet:


145: T.J. Rigel (Tecumseh) d. Jerrel Valliant (Sandusky) 4-0

152: Justin Sneary (Tecumseh) m.d. Quinton Ryman (Columbus Marion-Franklin) 15-1

6:25: Here are the first-round results from the Division II state meet:


103: Nick Brascetta (Graham) t.f. James Kunzler (Medina Highland) 24-6

112: Isaac Jordan (Graham) p. John Novak (Walsh Jesuit) 5:02

112: Ty Mitch (Aurora) p. Cody Harting (Kenton Ridge) 3:45

119: Sheldon Kegley (Graham) d. Cody Wiltshire (Rayland Buckeye Local) 10-4

125: Zach Neibert (Graham) m.d. Shane Troyer (Elida) 18-5) 18-5

130: Evan Storts (Shawnee) d. Trey Jacobs (Millersburg West Holmes) 2-1 OT

130: Felipe Martinez (Graham) p. Art Hobley (Steubenville) 1:44

135: David Taylor (Graham) t.f. Dan Kardasz (Lexington) 20-4

140: Matt Stephens (Graham) d. Matt Fee (Mentor Lake Catholic) 10-4

145: Brian Stephens (Graham) p. Joe Schindel (Akron Archbishop Hoban) 1:51

152: Huston Evans (Graham) p. Ronnie Hepner (Carrollton) 3:18

160: Kyle Ryan (Graham) m.d. Michael Gallik (Lexington) 11-3

171: James Mannier (Graham) p. Eric Bates (Beloit West Branch) 3:30

171: Brian Borac (Mentor Lake Catholic) d. Nathan Silvus (Shawnee) 14-9

189: Max Thomusseit (Graham) t.f. Jake Henderson (Lisbon Beaver) 22-7

215: Logan White (Graham) m.d. Justin Rippke (Maumee) 11-1

4:54: Here are the first round results from the Division III state meet:



103: E.J. Mowen (Greeneview) m.d. Luke Kern, Liberty Center 14-2

112: Bryce Baker (Mechanicsburg) m.d. Scott Spreng, Loudonville 11-3

112: Seth Powers (CVCA) d. Tim Arthur (Greeneview) 8-6

130: Marco Gualtieri (West Jefferson) p. Nick Ziegler (Mechanicsburg) 1:19

135: Brendon Klaus (Mechanicsburg) d. Devin Cartwright (Sycamore Mohawk) 7-4

140: Zach Noernberg (Cleveland Cuyahoga Heights) d. Jordan Deay (Triad) 8-3

140: Donny Montoney (Peninsula Woodridge) d. Kyle Reese (Mechanicsburg) 13-10

160: Peter Lewis (West Liberty-Salem) d. T.J. Keathley (New London) 7-1

171: Cody Rodgers (Mechanicsburg) p. Jake Conrad (W. Lafayette Ridgewood) 5:59

171: Drew Ames (Zoarville Tuscarawas Valley) d. Brock Wagner (Greeneview) 4-2

215: Josh Salyers (Mechanicsburg) p. Craig Ritz (Milan Edison) 5:17

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Islamic athlete breaking new ground in girls basketball

From the Boston Globe:

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir walks quietly through the halls of the New Leadership Charter School. She is soft-spoken and polite. The youngest child of a devout Muslim family, the 5-foot-3-inch senior believes in modesty, and is determined not to call attention to herself.

It is an impossible dream.

Bilqis cannot help standing out. For one thing, she is the top-ranked student in her class. She wants to study pre-med in college with an eye toward being a cardiac surgeon. “The heart,” she says, “is most interesting to me.”

Then there is her presence on the basketball court, where she is a magnet for the eyes of all fans, and not just because she competes with her legs and arms completely covered beneath her uniform, and with a hijab (or head scarf) over the top of her head. The point guard dazzles every night with a game that is a nonstop whir of creative fury. She darts into the lane against much bigger players, flicking in layups and reverses and hitting teammates with no-look passes. She drains pull-up jumpers and step-back 3-pointers. Despite a steady diet of double-teams and box-and-one defenses designed to stop her, she is averaging, this season, an astonishing 41.3 points per game.

A fifth-year varsity player, Bilqis (pronounced BILL-KEACE) will attend the University of Memphis this fall on a full scholarship and will become the first player at a top tier Division 1 school to compete in full Muslim dress.

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Miller, Coles meet for MAC title

Two Springfield-area natives will battle tonight with the Mid-American Conference East Division on the line.

Bowling Green senior Nate Miller, a South grad, and Miami University coach Charlie Coles, a Yellow Springs native, will meet tonight at Millett Hall.

The Eagles (17-11) can secure the No. 1 seed for the MAC Tournament with a win and a Kent State victory over MAC East co-leader Buffalo. It’s also a big game for Miami, who are battling for one of the higher seeds in the upcoming MAC tournament.

The game can be heard on WIZE 1340 AM at 7 p.m.

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Daily Tournament Fix — March 5

Here’s your daily tournament fix for Thursday, March 5:

A day off: Area teams will get today, Thursday, March 5 off. The tournament will resume on Friday with Southeastern, Yellow Springs, Mechanicsburg, Northeastern and Graham all in action.

Drought’s over: Springfield High School, merged for the first time since 1960, got its first tournament victory, a 71-61 win over Vandalia Butler.

The Wildcats outscored the Aviators 18-13 in the second quarter by getting the ball inside.

“They started the game shooting threes,” Slagle said. “We knew they were going to do that. I thought we got the ball in the paint pretty well and that was the key. That was our gameplan, playing the paint. We did a much better job getting the ball inside and moving the ball unselfishly and I thought we did a good job with that.”

Vandalia Butler, which finished its season 6-15, got 21 points from 6-foot-8 junior center A.J. Pacher. Slagle was pleased with the way his team guarded the Aviators’ big man.

“I thought Trey did a good job on him, considering he’s giving up about seven inches,” Slagle said. “He’s a different player than (6-10 Centerville center Matt Kavanaugh). Kavanaugh is going to go right through you. He’s definitely skilled. I thought if we could be physical with him and make him work — he didn’t get anything easy. I thought every shot was contested and we actually blocked a couple. I didn’t think we did that poorly on him for giving up seven inches. Everybody helped out.”

It was his team’s unselfish play that was the difference.

“I don’t know the official stats as far as assists,” Slagle said, “but I know we passed the ball really well and that was a key.”

Two different tales: Shawnee grabbed a sectional victory over Tippecanoe in D-II action at Troy, but KR fell to Bellefontaine in overtime.

The Braves and Chieftains will meet in a D-II sectional final at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Shawnee swept the season series, beating them 56-52 on Jan. 10 and 45-39 on Feb. 13.

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On this date in area sports history …

Eight years ago on this date, March 5, 2001, the South boys basketball team routed Lebanon in the sectional final. Complete story on the jump.

Published March 6, 2001



By GREG BILLING, News-Sun Sports Writer

FAIRBORN — In a microcosm, South’s 79-47 victory over Lebanon in a Division I sectional final Monday was summed up with one series of events midway through the first quarter.

In the big picture, the quicker, faster, stronger Wildcats put a world of hurt on the Warriors with a resounding victory in front of about 1,000 spectators at Wright State University.

“We knew they were a great team,” said South senior Elgrace Wilborn, who started the sequence of events that summed up the ‘Cats night. “We couldn’t lolly gag.”

South takes on Northmont in the district final at 3 p.m. Saturday at the University of Dayton.

With five minutes left in the first quarter — and South firmly in control — Wilborn blocked consecutive shots from Lebanon’s Jordan Langston. Wilborn, who finished with nine blocks, then stole the ball and hit teammate Byron Parks in stride downcourt for an easy fast-break layup.

“We tried to come out and run,” South junior Ty Walker said, “and not let them set up on offense.”

Rarely did the Warriors, 17-6, have a chance. And when they did, South, 18-5, was there with 13 blocks.

“The key was not letting them get good looks,” South Coach Larry Ham said.

Lebanon — which dispatched Tecumseh, 77-38, to reach the sectional final — hit just 20 of 70 shots from the field (29 percent) and 5 of 26 (19 percent) from three-point range.

Wilborn was a big reason — literally — as the 6-foot-8 center had five blocks in the first quarter.

“He changes the whole game,” Lebanon Coach Dave Merchant said. “Without him they are a good team. With him they are a great team.”

That showed in the first half as South was seldom threatened after the opening minute. After Lebanon’s Tommie Ault hit a three-pointer to open the scoring with 7:15 left in the first quarter, it quickly became clear it was South’s world and Lebanon was just living in it.

The Wildcats responded to Ault’s trey with consecutive three-pointers from Walker which ignited a 14-0 run. When Langston ended Lebanon’s scoring drought with 4:12 left, South led 14-5.

Walker, who also had five assists, accounted for all four of the Wildcats’ treys, but it was South’s transition game that did in the Warriors. The ‘Cats forced 18 turnovers from the Warriors — while committing 13 of their own — and often used their speed and quickness for point-blank shots. South — which led by as many as 36 points in the closing minute — finished 32 of 66 from the field (49 percent) and outscored Lebanon from the free-throw line, 11-2.

Walker and senior Mitchell Crossley led South with 18 points, while Wilborn — who just missed a triple-double — chipped in 17 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Senior Jordan Copeland added 12 points and a game-high six assists, while Crossley added 12 rebounds.

Copeland’s biggest assist nearly brought down the house — and the backboard — with 2:22 left in the game. He was all alone on a fast-break but glanced over his shoulder to see if Wilborn was trailing. Copeland laid the ball off the glass and Wilborn finished it off with a two-handed slam — his sixth dunk of the night.

Langston led Lebanon with 12 points and was the only Warrior to hit more than three baskets.

LEBANON (47) — Jo. Langston 6 0-0 12, Merchant 3-14 0-0 8, Ja. Langston 1-4 0-0 2, Ault 1 1-2 4, Amburgy 2 0-0 4, Karnes 1 0-2 2, Pritchard 3 1-2 8, Flowers 1 0-0 3, Jacobs 2 0-2 4. Totals: 20 2-8 47.

SOUTH (79) — Brown 0 2-2 2, Parks 4 0-1 8, Wilborn 8 1-2 17, Copeland 4 1-2 12, Walker 7 0-0 18, Lewis 0 0-1 0, Clark 0 2-2 2, Crossley 8 2-3 18, Miller 1 0-0 2. Totals: 32 11-15 79.

Lebanon12 21 36 47

South21 36 53 79

Three-point goals: Lebanon 5 (Merchant 2, Ault, Pritchard), South 4 (Walker 4)

Records: Lebanon 17-6, South 18-5


 South 79

 Lebanon 47

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Springfield beats Vandalia in D-1 sectional semis

Here’s a live blog from Springfield’s sectional victory over Vandalia Butler:

8:27: Vandalia Butler pulled to within four points at 63-59, but Springfield’s Letrell Leslie went six-for-six from the free throw line to give Springfield a 69-61 victory.

The Wildcats advanced to play Trotwood-Madison, a 77-48 winner over Troy, in a D-I sectional final game on Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. at UD Arena.

8:06: After three quarters, Springfield leads 54-49. The Wildcats led 47-39 early, but the Aviators went on an 8-0 run to pull within two at 49-47.

Butler’s 6-8 junior post A.J. Pacher had 10 points in the quarter.

7:41: At the half, Springfield leads 39-33. The Wildcats outscored Butler 18-13 in the quarter. Zack Burks has 11 points for Springfield.

7:25: After one quarter, Springfield leads 21-20. The Wildcats got off to a slow start and trailed 13-6. But they went on a 7-0 run to tie the score at 13, which was capped by an NBA 3-pointer by George Walker.

Robert Moss hit a layup as the buzzer sounded to give the ‘Cats the lead.

7:03: We’re about five minutes from tip here at UD Arena for Springfield High School’s first-ever tournament game.

Decent crowd for the game. There are a group of Springfield fans each wearing a shirt with a letter on it that spells out ‘W-i-l-d-c-a-t-s-!’

Springfield is 7-13, while Vandalia Butler is 6-14.

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Live from Kenton Ridge-Bellefontaine boys game

image_8516418.jpg 9:19 p.m.: Kenton Ridge loses 49-47 in overtime to Bellefontaine.

Nate Dodds of Bellefontaine hit two free throws 3.2 seconds left. He was fouled on a breakaway layup attempt that resulted from a Kenton Ridge turnover.

Kyle Morris missed a 3-pointer at the final buzzer for the Cougars.

Bellefontaine nearly won the game at the buzzer in the fourth quarter, but it missed a fast-break layup as time expired.

8:37 p.m.: Bellefontaine up 31-24 with 1:05 left in third quarter.

8:14 p.m.: Bellefontaine leads 18-12 at halftime.

8:12 p.m.: Bellefontaine leads 16-11 with 50.4 seconds left in the second quarter.

Kenton Ridge’s Randon McNeil is at the free-throw line after coming down hard under the basket. The thump echoed through the arena. He made 1-of-2.

8:05 p.m.: Kenton Ridge leads Bellefontaine 8-6 in this Division II boys sectional semifinal game at Troy High School. They’re at the 5:32 mark of the second quarter.

The Cougars led 8-2 after one quarter.

The winner of this game faces Shawnee on Saturday night.

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Live from Shawnee-Tippecanoe boys game


7:29: Shawnee is clutch at the line in the final minutes and wins 54-47.

Justin Williams leads the Braves with 18 points, and P.J. Howell scores 10.

David Moore leads Tippecanoe with 22 points.

7:13: It’s a game again. Shawnee leads 44-40 with 2:28 left. I’ll be back with the final score. I’ve got to film the final minutes.

7:03 p.m.: Justin Williams hit a jump shot as he’s falling to the ground and gtets fouled. He misses the free throw, but it’s Shawnee by nine, 38-29, with 6:10 left.

7:01 p.m.: Shawnee’s drought continues. A fast-break layup by Tippecanoe cuts the deficit to 36-29.

The Braves have two points in the last five minutes of play6:58: Shawnee leads 36-27 after three quarters. Tippecanoe outscored the Braves 15-10 in the third.

6:56 p.m.: Tipp has trimmed Shawnee’s lead to 36-27, the closest it’s been since the first quarter.

The Red Devils have the ball with 48 seconds left, and they miss a 3-pointer that would have really got them back in the game.

6:49 p.m. A layup by Justin Williams with 3:40 to go in the third quarter gives Shawnee a 34-18 lead.

Tippecanoe is running out of time. It needs to start a run soon if it’s going to mount a comeback.

If the Braves win, they will play Kenton Ridge or Bellefontaine in the sectional final at 7:30 p.m. Saturday here at Troy High School.

Many thanks to Shawnee’s video and stats crew up here. They printed out halftime stats for me, which isn’t often seen at high school games.6:37 p.m.: Shawnee leads 26-12 at halftime. The Braves are shooting 52 percent from the field, while the Red Devils are hitting 21 percent of their shots.

Justin Williams has 11 points for Shawnee. P.J. Howell has six points and six rebounds.

Tipp’s top scorer, Mack Malarkey, has three points.

6:19 p.m.: Shawnee dominated the first quarter and leads 17-3.

The Braves led 9-0 at the 4:15 mark and then 14-1 on a 3-pointer by P.J. Howell at the 1:23 mark.

With 29.2 seconds left, Justin Williams converted a 3-point play to make it 17-3.

As I type, the Braves scored again and now have a 19-3 advantage. Williams has nine points.

5:50 p.m.: I’m sitting in the press area above the court at Troy High School. This Division II boys sectional semifinal tournament game will start in about eight minutes.

No. 3 seed Shawnee is taking on No. 4 seed Tippecanoe. The winner of this game will play the winner of tonight’s second game between No. 2 seed Kenton Ridge and No. 6 seed Bellefontaine.

Shawnee and Tipp split the regular-season series. Shawnee won at Tipp 40-39 on Dec. 27, and Tipp won 68-45 at Shawnee on Feb. 16.

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Kenton Ridge bowler blogging for


Kenton Ridge senior Ryan Dobie has a blog on The Cougars compete in the state meet Saturday in Lancaster.

Breaking through to state

March 3, 2009

Last Friday was our District Finals. The top bowling schools from southwest Ohio were there, trying to earn a spot in the state finals. There were 24 teams and the top five would advance. We bowled three regular games, followed by six Baker games.

The shot didn’t play too hard. There were a lot of high scores, but the lanes transitioned and broke down a lot. I’m not sure, but I’m assuming the scores dropped as the day went on.

The first three games didn’t go exactly how we would have liked. All three games were consistent, each around 960. For the first three games, we shot 2,890. That put us in seventh place going into the baker games.

Complete blog here.

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JJHuddle previews state wrestling tournament


So how popular is wrestling in Ohio?

Consider: Last year’s state finals session on Saturday night drew a crowd of 14,924 to Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center. Three weeks later the Division II boys basketball state final between Chillicothe and Toledo Libbey was witnessed by 14,498. It was the highest attended basketball game at the state finals.

The kicker? Last year was the wrestling finals lowest attendance since moving to the Schott from Wright State’s Nutter Center in 1999. In 2007 the state finals session attendance was 15,685.

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Daily Tournament Fix — March 4

Here’s your daily tournament fix for Wednesday, March 4:

Tonight’s boys games: Division I — Springfield vs. Butler, 7 p.m., at UD Arena; Division II — Shawnee vs. Tippecanoe, 6 p.m., and Kenton Ridge vs. Bellefontaine, 7:30 p.m., at Troy High School.

Short Takes: Springfield is 7-13 this season. They didn’t play Butler (6-14) in the regular season. Akeem Freeman averages 13.7 ppg, while Zack Burks is scoring 12.1 ppg. … KR, Bellefontaine, Tippecanoe and Shawnee all play in the CBC Kenton Trail Division. … KR (17-3) swept the season series against Bellefontaine by a combined total of four points. … Shawnee and Tipp split their series, each grabbing wins on the road. On Dec. 27, Shawnee (15-5) beat Tipp 40-39, but the Red Devils beat Shawnee 68-45 on Feb. 16.

Key player: Justin Williams, Shawnee. The Braves senior forward leads the CBC Kenton Trail in scoring at 16.1 ppg. Williams, an athletic player who can score both in the paint and from the perimeter, will have to be at his best against a strong Tipp squad who beat the Braves in their last meeting just a few weeks ago.

Yesterday’s results: Mechanicsburg’s Kyle Bossetti hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Indians past Jackson Center. Yellow Springs led 30-13 at the half, but held on to beat Bethel. They’ll play D-IV fifth-ranked Southeastern, a big winner over Miami Valley, in a sectional final at 8 p.m. Friday at Vandalia Butler.

Live blogs: We’ll be live-blogging all three tournament games tonight, including Springfield, KR and Shawnee.

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Prosecutor: Kentucky coach in player death changed practice

From the Associated Press:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A high school football coach behaved recklessly by adding sprints to the end of practice on a blistering hot day, a prosecutor said, explaining for the first time why he was charged with reckless homicide in a player’s death.

Jefferson County Commonwealth Attorney David Stengel cited the 50-yard sprints known as “gassers” — as well as Pleasure Ridge Park coach David Jason Stinson’s admonition that the players would run until someone quit — in a routine court document filed late Monday.

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On this date in area sports history …

Six years ago on this date, March 4, 2003, the Cedarville boys basketball upset No. 7 Yellow Springs in double overtime in a sectional final at UD Arena. Complete story on the jump.

Yellow Springs is still alive in this year’s tournament, and it will play Friday in the sectional final against Southeastern, which is now coached by the man who beat them in 2003, P.J. Bertemes.

Published March 5, 2003



By DAVID JABLONSKI, News-Sun Sports Writer

DAYTON — Cedarville coach P.J. Bertemes claimed his team had no business beating Yellow Springs 64-61 in double overtime Tuesday.

The Bulldogs were ranked seventh in the state in Division IV.

They came into Tuesday’s sectional final at UD Arena with a record of 20-2, one of those victories coming 45-39 against Cedarville earlier in the season.

Of course, if the Indians had no business winning, they did believe — no matter what anyone told them.

“It’s great; I’m so happy for these kids,” Bertemes said. “We’ve kind of come in saying we’ve been told all year long what we can’t do. This is just another one on the list. We have no business beating a team ranked in the state, a team the caliber of Yellow Springs. These kids have taken the challenges all year long. I can’t say I’m surprised, but I’m real happy for them.”

Cedarville (17-6) is still in business. It advanced to Friday’s district final at UD Arena against Cincinnati Country Day (19-4). Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s game was tied at 55 after one overtime. In the second overtime period, the Indians scored all their points on free throws, making 8 of 11. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, began to suffer from foul trouble.

Andrew Richlen had fouled out in the first overtime period. In the second, Brent Robinson, who scored 18 points, collected his fifth. He was followed by Rory Hotaling and finally Jordan Skinner.

Still, the Bulldogs (20-3) had a chance to tie the score after Jon Kragel hit two free throws with nine seconds left to give Cedarville a 64-61 lead. But the Bulldogs’ Dustin Rudegeair, who had 25 points, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

At the end, Rudegeair and Anthony Brandon were the only starters on the floor for the Bulldogs.

“They want to play at a quicker pace,” Bertemes said. “We want to play at a slower pace. Something has to give. When our kids are patient, it forces them to be more aggressive and extend defenses, and that’s the type of thing that happens.”

Micah Harding led Cedarville with 19 points. Jason Cunningham had 14, Jared Yoakum had 12 and Kragel added 11.

Cedarville had led the majority of the game, 15-11 after one quarter, 28-18 at halftime and 35-29 after three quarters. In the fourth, Yellow Springs came alive. Brent Robinson scored 12 of the team’s 20 points in the quarter, making all four of his field-goal attempts and all four free throws. Overall, the Bulldogs made nine of 11 shots in the quarter.

Still, Cedarville led 47-41 with 1:38 left in the game only to see Yellow Springs mount another comeback. The Indians were up 48-47 when Micah Harding stepped out of bounds after taking an in-bounds pass with 19.4 seconds left. Robinson then drew a foul and made both free throws to put the Bulldogs up by one.

On the ensuing in-bounds pass, Jason Cunningham got the ball and was fouled by Yellow Springs’ Anthony Brandon. Cunningham tied the score by making 1 of 2 free throws, but Brent Robinson missed a shot at the buzzer.

 Reach David Jablonski at

CEDARVILLE (64) — Cunningham 3 8-12 14, Spracklen 1 1-2 3, Yoakum 4 4-8 12, Harding 8 2-2 19, Kohstahl 1 0-0 2, Pitstick 1 0-0 2, Kragel 1 9-12 11. Totals 19 24 3-5 64.

YELLOW SPRINGS (61) — Richlen 2 1-2 5, Robinson 6 6-8 18, Rudegeair 11 3-4 25, Brandon 2 0-0 5, Skinner 1 0-0 2, Wallace 1 0-0 2, Hotaling 0 4-4 4. Totals: 23 14-18 64.

 Cedarville15  28  35  49  55 64

 Yellow Springs11  18  29  49  55 61

3-point goals: Cedarville 1 (Harding); Yellow Springs 1 (Brandon).

Records: Cedarville 17-6; Yellow Springs 20-3.

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Kenton Ridge bowlers gear up for state


Chris Via, Ryan Dobie, Dustin and Drew Snyder and Mitch Boisel will represent Kenton Ridge at the state bowling tournament on Saturday in Lancaster.

They are coming off a fourth-place finish at the district tournament, but their win in the Kick-Off Tournament in December, has them believing they can win it all this weekend. If they do, they’ll become the first KR team in any sport to win a state title.

Above is a photo of one of the bowlers’ cars in the parking lot at Northridge Lanes on Tuesday.

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All-Clark County boys basketball team chosen


The All-Clark County Boys Basketball Team, voted on by the eight county coaches in attendance on Sunday in a meeting at the News-Sun, includes the following 10 players:

Austin Mercer and J.P. McFarland of Southeastern; Justin Williams and P.J. Howell of Shawnee; Aaron Hartzell of Northeastern; Zack Burks of Springfield; Joel Elliott of Emmanuel Christian; Kyle Morris of Kenton Ridge; Hayden Hagerman of Catholic Central; and Dustin Holmes of Tecumseh.

Clark County Mr. Basketball, one of these 10 players, will be announced April 13.

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On this date in area sports history …

Five years ago on this date, March 3, 2004, the Mechanicsburg boys basketball team upset Fort Loramie on a last-second shot by Seige Bostick in the sectional final. Complete story on the jump.

The Indians did it again on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, beating Jackson Center 45-44 on a 3-pointer by Kyle Bossetti in the final 20 seconds in a sectional tournament game in Piqua.

Published March 4, 2004


BY STEVE BLACK, News-Sun Special Writer

PIQUA — When one talks about slaying a giant, Mechanicsburg’s victory over Fort Loramie on Wednesday would come to mind.

“We had four things which we believed coming into this game,” Mechanicsburg coach Darren Long said. “Believe in yourself. Believe in your teammates. Believe in your coaches. And believe you can beat Fort Loramie.”

That’s exactly what Long’s Indians did Wednesday in a Division IV sectional semifinal. They topped the Redskins, the second-ranked team in the state in Division IV, 57-56 on a picture-perfect shot by Seige Bostick at the buzzer.

“I came off a double screen and got the ball,” Bostick said. “I knew I had three or four seconds left, so I took the shot and prayed it would go in.”

The shot sailed through, and the Indians advanced to the sectional final at 5 p.m. Saturday against Fairlawn.

The show and the game really belonged to Mechanicsburg sharpshooter Tim Patten. He lit up Loramie with 31 points, including six 3-pointers. His biggest shot of the night came with 41 seconds left when he hit an off-balance trey at the top of the key to put the Indians on top 55-54.

“I expected everything to go in. You have to have confidence in your shot,” Patten said. “It was a back-and-forth game, and we never gave up.”

Mechanicsburg looked impressive from the tip, and with the help of 20 points by Patten, went into halftime up 30-27.

The Redskins came back with the inside presence of Jordan Pleiman and outside shots of Mitchell Goldschmidt. They went up 45-40 after three quarters.

The 6-foot-8 Pleiman finished with 22 points for Loramie, while Goldschmidt had 18, including four treys.

“I thought we did a decent job on the big kid,” Long said. “Every timeout in the second half, I kept telling the kids we were not out of his game.”

The Indians tied the game at 47 with 5:04 left, setting up the furious finish.

FORT LORAMIE (56) — Turner 3 0-0 6, Goldschmidt 7 0-0 18, Luebke 1 3-4 6, Pleiman 10 6-9 22, Ratermann 0 3-5 3, Hoying 0 1-2 1. 19 13-21 56.

MECHANICSBURG (57) — Patten 13 0-0 31, Bostick 6 2-2 18, Marsh 1 1-3 3, Bline 2 0-0 4, Dunlap 0 1-2 1. Totals: 23 4-7 57.

Fort Loramie11 27 45 56

Mechanicsburg17 30 40 57

3-point goals: Loramie 5 (Goldschmidt 4, Luebke); Mechanicsburg 8 (Patten 6, Bostick 2).

Records: Fort Loramie 19-2; Mechanicsburg 14-8.

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Live updates from the Yellow Springs tournament game

I’ll be updating live from the Yellow Springs and Bethel Division IV sectional semifinal game.

8:50 p.m.: Yellow Springs won 55-50. Bethel made a great comeback but the Bulldogs kept the Bees back by making free throws.

Yellow Springs will play Southeastern on Friday in the Division IV sectional final at 8:30 p.m. at Vandalia Butler.

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Live from the Southeastern boys basketball game

I’ll from the Southeastern vs. Miami Valley boys basketball sectional semifinal tournament game.

Southeastern won this one 74-29. Ten different players scored for the Trojans. J.P. McFarland and Daniel Black each scored 13 points.

The Trojans (20-2, No. 5 in the state poll) will play the winner of Yellow Springs and Bethel, who play next, in the sectional final. The sectional final will be played on Friday, March 6, at 8:30 p.m. at Vandalia-Butler.

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Daily Tournament Fix — March 3

Here’s your daily tournament fix for Tuesday, March 3:

Tonight’s games: D-IV — Southeastern vs. Miami Valley, 6 p.m., and Yellow Springs vs. Bethel, 7:30 p.m., at Vandalia Butler’s Student Activities Center; Mechanicsburg vs. Jackson Center, 6 p.m., at Piqua High School.

Short Takes: Southeastern is ranked fifth in the state in D-IV. Miami Valley is 2-18 this season with wins over Maumee Valley and Covington Latin, Ky. … After starting 3-5, Yellow Springs is 12-9 this season. They beat Bethel 65-54 on Feb. 21. … Mechanicsburg has won 4 games in a row after back-to-back losses to Xenia Christian and Yellow Springs. The Indians fought back to beat Houston 57-45 in a D-IV first round game on Feb. 27.

Key player: Kyle Bossetti, Mechanicsburg. If he’s hitting 3-pointers, Bossetti is hard to stop. He’ll have to play big against No. 2 seed Jackson Center to give the Indians their best chance to win.

Last night: In Division II action at Troy High School, Graham soared to an easy win over Greenon and Northwestern let one slip away against Indian Lake.

Lookahead: Springfield, Shawnee and Kenton Ridge are all in action tomorrow.

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Indian Lake escpapes Northwestern boys

Here’s a live blog from Northwestern’s near upset of Indian Lake in the D-II sectional semifinals.

8:55: The Lakers went 6-for-11 from the free throw in the final moments and hung on for a 57-53 win over Northwestern.

8:38: With 3:11 remaining, Northwestern leads 49-48. Wolfarth has scored six straight points in the paint for the Warriors.

8:27: After three quarters, Indian Lake leads 44-42. Northwestern tied the score on a made free throw by Tony Carson without about 2:30 remaining, but Stacy Jones made a shot at the buzzer to help Indian Lake regain the lead.

Mitchell Wolfarth has 13 points for the Warriors.

8:05: At the half, Indian Lake leads 36-32. The lead was as many as eight in the period, but the Warriors scored four points to pull within four at the end of the period.

7:45: After one quarter, Indian Lake leads 18-14. The Warriors trailed 17-6 at one point, but outscored the Lakers 8-1 to end the period.

7:27: We’re here for the second half of a D-II doubleheader at Troy High School between Northwestern and Indian Lake.

The winner will get a crack at D-II top-ranked Graham, who advanced to the sectional final with a 57-12 victory over Greenon.

Starting lineups:

IL: Stacy Jones, Alex Contner, Ryan Jacobs, Adam Reichert, Andy Fout.

NW: Tony Carson, Mitchell Wolfarth, Levi Burns, Daniel Moehn, Seth Meldon.

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Graham advances to sectional final

Here’s a live blog from Graham’s second round victory over Greenon:

7:01: In a game that took just 60 minutes to play, Graham beat Greenon 57-12.

6:48: After three quarters, Graham leads 46-11. They held Greenon to just four points in the quarter. Austin Jones has 23 points for the Falcons.

6:26: At the half, the No. 1 ranked Falcons lead Greenon 34-7. They allowed just one field goal in the quarter, a jump shot by Dalton Lacy.

6:14: After one quarter, Graham leads 16-5. Austin Jones has nine points for the Falcons.

Josh Pilcher has all five points for the Knights.

6:01: We’re right on schedule here at Graham High School for the Division II sectional second round game between Graham and Greenon.

Starting lineups:

Graham: Josh Schuler, Austin Jones, Ben Rosenberger, Ethan Ward, Ryan Zook.

Greenon: Cody Phelps, Keenan Kozak, Dalton Lacy, Josh Pilcher, Jon Klarer.

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Where are they now: Bob Ronai

Former Urbana University men’s basketball coach Bob Ronai is the head coach at Middletown High School.

Ronai is in his 32nd season as a head coach. Ronai coached 11 seasons at Urbana, winning a school-record 26 games three times between 1986 and 1997. His son Jason played for Catholic Central’s 1996 state championship team.

Jason is in his fifth season as an assistant baseball coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.

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Daily Tournament Fix — March 2

Here’s your daily tournament fix for Monday, March 2:

Today’s games: D-II - Greenon vs. Graham, 6 p.m., and Northwestern vs. Indian Lake, 7:30 p.m.

Short Takes: Graham is 47-1 over the last three years. They beat Greenon (1-19) twice this season by an average of 51.5 points per game in CBC Mad River Division play. … Last season, the 2-18 Knights fell to 76-44 in a D-II tournament game. … Northwestern is 4-16 this season. The Warriors have one of the top scorers in the area in Levi Burns, who finished fourth in the CBC at 15.7 ppg. The Warriors lost twice to Indian Lake in the regular season by 17 and 21 points this season.

Key player: Ben Rosenberger, Graham. The fiery Falcons point guard is huge on the defense end. He’s able to create steals and turn them into assists in transition. Expect plenty of this tonight against Greenon.

Girls update: Southeastern was the lone girls team to advance to the District tournament. They’ll play Houston in a D-IV district final at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 7 at the Vandalia Butler Student Activities Center.

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On this date in area sports history …

Eight years ago on this date, March 2, 2001, the Graham wrestling team closed in on the first of its eight straight state titles. Complete story on the jump.


By KERMIT ROWE, News-Sun Sports Editor

COLUMBUS — Retiring Graham head coach Ron McCunn is not a pessimist. Really, he’s not.

It’s just that he has seen 22 years of state tournaments, and has witnessed some very peculiar things happen to competitors who start to take things for granted.

So, while his Falcons enjoyed a 25-point lead in the Division II team standings after Friday’s action in the state wrestling tournament, forgive McCunn if he’s not throwing his going-out-on-top retirement party just yet.

“I haven’t been able to eat all day,” said McCunn. “It’s just the unknown that gets to you.

“This tournament is strange,” he continued. “You know something bad is going to happen, because it almost always does. I won’t feel comfortable until it is mathematically impossible for anyone to catch us.”

That inevitability may happen very early this morning. Graham owns an 89.5-64.5 lead over runner-up Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit. Other tournament challengers are even further back. Lake Catholic has 61 points, Kenston 60.5, Columbus DeSales 56.5 and Medina Buckeye 55.

And with three wrestlers in today’s 5 p.m. finals, one win away from realizing their dreams of individual state championships, and three others assured of at least a sixth place, it’s time to order the trophy polish.

Senior Kyle Ott (119) has already experienced that championship feeling twice, in the past two seasons as an individual champ with Division I Wayne team. But a mid-season transfer has provided Graham with another knockout king to form a formidable one-two punch. Now the 25-1 Falcon is close to having double the fun at his last state tourney.

Ott rolled into Friday night’s semifinals with a 16-5 domination of Orrville’s Mark Budd, then passed his first true test of the tournament in beating Jim Fowler of Medina Buckeye, 7-4, to earn his third shot at state title. Ott will meet 41-5 Anthony Constantino of Mentor Lake Catholic in a championship match he wasn’t sure he’d be healthy enough to reach.

“I can’t wait. At one point this past year, I wasn’t sure this was going to happen,” said Ott, who has endured eight knee surgeries in the past year. “It’s still not 100 percent or nothing like that, but it is getting stronger.”

So is his bond with his new teammates.

“I like it a lot,” said Ott when asked what it has been like to be part of the Graham mystique. “They have been so hospitable to me since day one. I’ve had nothing but great coaching here, and my teammates are all class acts.”

The other part of the Falcons’ one-two punch — senior Josh Wooton (125) — also fared well.

Wooton, a state champion at 103 as a sophomore, registered an easy technical fall in the morning session, 18-3 over Bobby Blackburn of Clyde. Then, in the semifinals, he stopped Cole Bowersock of Lisbon Beaver, 6-3, to earn the right to meet Ryan Finn (43-3) of Sandusky Perkins for a state crown. Wooton [Correction-Wooton] improved to 36-2.

“I figured Wooton could control him pretty well,” said McCunn of Bowersock. “Now he’s got the Finn kid, who beat him in the first round here last year. It’s not a revenge thing, because Finn is a classy kid. It’s just going to be a great match.”

The third Falcon to reach the finals was junior Bryce Markley (145). Markley scored a 9-5 victory over C.J. Davids of Port Clinton in the quarterfinals, then bested Dave Garner, 8-6, after losing to him earlier this season.

Super sophomores Billy Evans (130) and Kalen Knull (135) fell short in the semis.

Evans started Friday off with a bang by pinning Jason Roush of Van Wert in 25 seconds.

But things got a lot tougher in his semifinal match with Trey Vince of Upper Sandusky. After falling behind by as many as five points, Evans rallied back to pull to within 14-13 with 40 seconds left in his match. But Vince prevailed, 16-13.

Knull squeezed his way into the evening’s semifinals with a takedown with only 16 seconds left that broke a 3-3 tie with Billy Roff of Kenston and led to a 5-4 victory.

But he could do very little against Jason Barnett of DeSales, who has a state championship and two runners-up on his resume. Knull battled hard, but fell, 3-1.

Graham’s only other championship quarterfinalist, freshman Joe Dennis (171), was well on his way to breaking the blonds’ monopoly on Falcons success. But, comfortably leading Travis Brown of Pemberville Eastwood, 10-3, in the third period, he got caught on his back in a pinning combination at 4:39.

Dennis, however, redeemed himself in his first consolation match. After falling behind, 4-0, midway in the second period to Jeremy Hartman of Chesterland West Geauga, Dennis dug down deep, taking the match’s last 11 points for a 11-4 decision. He then assured himself of at least a sixth-place finish by edging Justin Mautz of Philo, 5-3.

Graham’s other two placing possibilities — Scott Rush (152) and Joe Hoke (160) — were already in the consolation bracket when the day began. Neither made it out.

Rush was pinned at 2:45 by Luis Galvin of Cleveland Benedictine. And Hoke met a familiar foe who he has handled three times this season — until Friday. Bellefontaine’s Brett Linkinhoker outlasted Hoke, 6-5.

Still, McCunn had to be happy.

“Yeah, I wouldn’t want to be in any other position than where we are. But we’ll see,” said McCunn. “We’ve got three guys who can be champs and three guys who could end up third. That’s the most placers I’ve ever had here. When we won state titles in 1982 and ‘98, we did it with four placers. If we wrestle to our potential and it’s enough, we’ll take it.”

 Laker semifinalist

Only one other area wrestler made it into the championship semifinals, Indian Lake senior Anthony Jenkins.

After cruising past Frank Incorvaia of Medina Highland, 9-2, in the quarters, Jenkins saw a 2-2 tie after two periods of his semifinal match with Clint Carmony of Millersburg West Holmes turn into a 5-3 defeat.

Jenkins had been to the state tourney twice, but had come up empty. But the third time was a charm as far as earning that elusive state place.

“I’m pretty happy,” said Jenkins. “At the beginning, I was not as aggressive as I should have been. But I got looser as the tournament went on.”

Only one other area wrestler is still alive in the tournament and guaranteed a place — and he’s only been wrestling for two years. Up-and-coming Tristan Murray of Tecumseh beat a returning state second-placer and a returning state placer to advance to this morning’s final consolation rounds.

Murray (160) took Jeff Ostholthoff of Cincinnati Moeller into a second overtime tied at 1-1 before getting the win on a penalty point. Ostholthoff was called for a third caution in the starting position. Then Murray scored a takedown with nine seconds left in his match with George Patzakis of Madison to win a 4-3 decision.

“I was waiting for the right time to shoot in,” said Murray. “I am better on my feet than on the mat. That paid off today.”

Teammate Matt Middendorf (140) came just as close to a place, but ended up on the losing side. He lost his quarterfinal match by a pin at 3:39 to Mike Neely of Worthington Thomas Worthington, then beat Chance Riley of Wadsworth, 5-3.

Middendorf held a 3-2 lead in the match that would decide if he would place, but he lost, 4-3, to Carl Amerine of Columbus Franklin Heights on a reversal.

With both Murray and Middendorf just juniors, Tecumseh coach Scott Herbert can’t help but look to the future.

“They are getting more and more experience, and that only helps in the long run,” said Herbert. “They won some big matches today. Things are looking good for next year.”

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State wrestling pairings announced

The state wrestling tournament begins Thursday. On the jump, the complete first-round pairings.

 COLUMBUS, Ohio — First-round matchups from this week's state wrestling tournament at Ohio State's Value City Arena:


103-pound class: George DiCamillo, Cle. St. Ignatius, fresh., 37-4 vs. Brian Luria, Mason, soph., 31-12; Brian Hauser, Lyndhurst Brush, sr., 39-2 vs. Austin Marsico, Pickerington North, fresh., 35-9; John Dillon, Young. Boardman, fresh., 12-1 vs. Trevor Fiorucci, Lewis Center Olentangy, fresh., 35-9; Evan Krumheuer, Middleburg Hts. Midpark, fresh., 29-11 vs. Corey Selmon, Cin. Princeton, soph., 25-4; Logan Strope, Lancaster, fresh., 41-2 vs. Mike Labry, Twinsburg, fresh., 30-8; Jordan Victor, Mentor, fresh., 27-11 vs. Kurtis Fox, Mt. Orab Western Brown, jr., 31-8; Nick Garcia, Oregon Clay, jr., 42-9 vs. Matt Terry, Vandalia Butler, jr., 38-3; Anthony Windsor, Huber Hts. Wayne, sr., 31-7 vs. Kory Mines, Maple Hts., jr., 37-4

112: Tyler Regan, Miamisburg, jr., 36-3 vs. Filandus Boyd, Col. Marion-Franklin, jr., 43-5; Brandon Birr, Mayfield Vill. Mayfield, soph., 35-11 vs. Gus Sako, Lakewood St. Edward, jr., 33-5; Kagan Squire, Wadsworth, fresh., 40-6 vs. Jacob Martin, Tol. St. Francis DeSales, fresh., 37-3; Justin Heidkamp, Vandalia Butler, sr., 40-8 vs. Angelo DiSabato, Hilliard Davidson, soph., 41-3; Leslie Polley, Maple Hts., sr., 37-4 vs. Narcisco Inchaurregui, Lorain Southview, soph., 34-7; Max Byrd, Cin. LaSalle, fresh., 30-8 vs. Andrew Boehm, Pataskala Watkins Mem., jr., 36-4; Jeremy Artrip, Mason, soph., 33-5 vs. Josh Nein, Reynoldsburg, sr., 24-13; Shawn Ague, Young. Austintown-Fitch, jr., 31-8 vs. Jerome Robinson, Cle. St. Ignatius, jr., 35-3

119: Sean Jordan, Ashville Teays Valley, sr., 45-1 vs. Richie Urias, Oregon Clay, sr., 45-5; Nick Hannan, Massillon Perry, jr., 34-6 vs. Jake Corrill, Cin. Arch. Moeller, jr., 33-6; Alex Gray, Wadsworth, sr., 38-9 vs. Jake Farber, Cin. St. Xavier, sr., 26-13; Jeremy Jones, Beavercreek, sr., 35-9 vs. Jamie Clark, Lakewood St. Edward, jr., 31-0; David Bolger, Strongsville, sr., 24-1 vs. Tory Bauer, Mt. Orab Western Brown, soph., 35-10; Matt Belcher, Mt. Vernon, sr., 43-6 vs. Alex Marzec, Tol. St. Francis DeSales, jr., 31-7; Jay Kunzi, Pataskala Watkins Mem., jr., 44-6 vs. Davion Caston, Sandusky, jr., 41-7; Dan McNulty, Mayfield Vill. Mayfield, soph., 23-5 vs. Nick McSorley, Trenton Edgewood, jr., 34-1

125: Sam White, Massillon Perry, sr., 37-1 vs. Jake Sage, Kettering Fairmont, jr., 38-8; Travante Pitts, Hilliard Darby, sr., 43-8 vs. Callen Vanderhoff, Marion Harding, sr., 47-5; Cody Shivener, Springboro, soph., 19-3 vs. John Cobos, Lakewood St. Edward, sr., 16-12; Mike Carlone, Mayfield Vill. Mayfield, soph., 34-11 vs. Jesse Walker, Clayton Northmont, jr., 44-3; Nick Lawrence, Westlake, jr., 42-1 vs. Tyler Rich, Hilliard Davidson, sr., 35-9; Tyler Dalton, Barberton, sr., 40-3 vs. Tyler Weiskittel, Cin. Oak Hills, jr., 36-3; Tony Bucca, Brecksville-Broad. Hts., jr., 31-10 vs. Drew Hammer, Cin. Arch. Moeller, jr., 32-6; Mike Skilton, Mentor, sr., 37-7 vs. Jake McCombs, Marysville, jr., 48-1

130: Shawn Fayette, Miamisburg, jr., 39-2 vs. Matt Meuer, Medina, jr., 14-5; Tyler Riegle, Springboro, jr., 36-4 vs. Matt VanCuren, Lakewood St. Edward, fresh., 22-8; Isaiah Allen, Reynoldsburg, sr., 31-6 vs. Ryan Hoyt, Cle. St. Ignatius, jr., 24-5; Nick VanDeRyt, Harrison, sr., 28-13 vs. Zach Dailey, Massillon Perry, fresh., 34-6; Dalton McHenry, Elyria, sr., 37-5 vs. Chase Delande, Hilliard Davidson, fresh., 27-16; Matt Holtman, Cin. Arch. Moeller, sr., 26-16 vs. Charlie Packard, Brecksville-Broad. Hts., jr., 31-8; Ty Davis, W. Chester Lakota West, soph., 37-6 vs. Ben Welsh, Stow-Munroe Falls, sr., 26-3; Kirk McLaughlin, Oregon Clay, sr., 46-3 vs. Austin Sanders, Gr. City Central Crossing, sr., 32-3

135: Anthony Salupo, Lakewood St. Edward, jr., 38-3 vs. Ryan Ruffing, Cin. Elder, jr., 28-19; Gavin Moore, Beavercreek, sr., 39-7 vs. Scott Mattingly, Uniontown Lake, sr., 37-6; Chad Channel, Gr. City Central Crossing, sr., 44-7 vs. Mike Hillock, Massillon Perry, sr., 28-8; Conner Dempsey, Westlake, jr., 27-5 vs. Robert Shepherd, Mason, jr., 31-3; Randy Languis, Dublin Scioto, jr., 46-2 vs. Joe Parra, Barberton, sr., 44-4; Ashton Kelchner, Vandalia Butler, sr., 41-8 vs. Yohe Rojas, Fremont Ross, sr., 39-4; John Gallagher, Cin. St. Xavier, sr., 41-3 vs. Justin Yetzer, Mansfield Mad. Comp., sr., 34-3; Brent Kramp, Mt. Vernon, sr., 45-10 vs. Louden Gordon, Wadsworth, jr., 25-10

140: Brad Squire, Wadsworth, jr., 19-1 vs. Tyler Luft, Ashville Teays Valley, jr., 45-6; Jesse Myers, Vandalia Butler, jr., 36-4 vs. Dylan Zivcic, Mentor, sr., 43-2; Tyler Giffin, Harrison, jr., 23-3 vs. Tony Martinez, Lorain Southview, sr., 38-7; Jake Peterson, Young. Austintown-Fitch, sr., 37-12 vs. Tommy Sasfy, Reynoldsburg, sr., 34-1; Tommy Fehring, Cin. Glen Este, sr., 37-3 vs. Chaz McGrain, Olmsted Falls, jr., 34-11; Jerrell Hodge, Bedford, sr., 43-4 vs. Joe Grandominico, Lewis Center Olentangy, jr., 44-6; Waquiem Comar, Twinsburg, jr., 37-2 vs. Matt Nelson, Gahanna Lincoln, sr., 40-7; Chris Jolevski, Cin. Oak Hills, sr., 28-9 vs. Collin Palmer, Lakewood St. Edward, sr., 35-2

145: Kevin Drake, Upper Arlington, sr., 50-0 vs. Nate Ball, Wadsworth, soph., 39-11; Trevor Nickolai, Piqua, sr., 39-8 vs. Chase Churchill, Elyria, jr., 33-9; T.J. Rigel, New Carlisle Tecumseh, sr., 41-7 vs. Jerrel Valliant, Sandusky, jr., 42-4; Matt Freed, Springboro, jr., 16-11 vs. Seth Horner, Massillon Perry, sr., 36-4; David Habat, Cle. St. Ignatius, jr., 36-3 vs. Jacob Shirley, Harrison, sr., 15-5; Zack Cline, Uniontown Lake, sr., 40-3 vs. Josh Burton, Worth. Kilbourne, sr., 31-14; Louis Greco, Young. Austintown-Fitch, sr., 41-4 vs. Brocky Leidecker, Ashville Teays Valley, fresh., 43-3; Tony Sclimenti, Lakewood, sr., 38-12 vs. Pierce Harger, Cin. Arch. Moeller, jr., 35-4

152: Andrew Gasber, Madison, sr., 40-0 vs. Damien Perry, Mentor, jr., 32-11; Quinton Ryman, Col. Marion-Franklin, sr., 45-3 vs. Justin Sneary, New Carlisle Tecumseh, sr., 34-8; Kyle Frost, Upper Arlington, sr., 26-4 vs. Kyle Bryant, Piqua, soph., 42-11; Sheldon Brandenburg, Wadsworth, soph., 29-13 vs. Nick Sulzer, Lakewood St. Edward, jr., 37-2; Kevin Campbell, Harrison, sr., 31-4 vs. Joe Crabtree, Hilliard Darby, sr., 35-6; Phillip Egnor, Elyria, sr., 35-12 vs. Aron Brenner, Canfield, sr., 39-5; Bobby Cruz, Lorain Southview, sr., 36-5 vs. Chet Bissell, Twinsburg, jr., 35-6; Charles Mason, Cin. Princeton, jr., 29-5 vs. Josh Demas, Westerville North, jr., 42-1

160: Ian Korb, Cin. Elder, soph., 31-5 vs. Matt Ferguson, Pickerington North, jr., 35-10; Justin Wharton, Oregon Clay, sr., 42-7 vs. Darren Rhodes, Macedonia Nordonia, sr., 32-8; Larry Tischler, Berea, sr., 28-11 vs. Tylan Coleman, Mayfield Vill. Mayfield, soph., 34-4; Matt Pope, Miamisburg, sr., 36-11 vs. J.T. Rice, Hilliard Davidson, sr., 37-5; Zack Goins, Elyria, sr., 32-3 vs. Greg Skoberne, Twinsburg, sr., 27-10; Colin Nickolai, Piqua, sr., 36-10 vs. Caleb Marsh, Marysville, jr., 42-1; Trey Maserang, Cin. Arch. Moeller, sr., 30-10 vs. Brandon Walker, Springboro, fresh., 34-5; Manny McLaughlin, Mentor, sr., 32-12 vs. Kyle Lang, Brecksville-Broad. Hts., sr., 36-3

171: Michael Alexander, Findlay, jr., 48-1 vs. Patrick Rigsby, Col. St. Charles, sr., 39-10; Cory Hayes, Mayfield Vill. Mayfield, jr., 24-3 vs. Jeremy Stepp, Cin. Princeton, jr., 24-6; Cody Lamberg, Akron Kenmore, jr., 39-2 vs. Luke Haselmeyer, Cin. Colerain, sr., 31-7; Nate Brubaker, Tol. Start, jr., 38-2 vs. Kyle Dilley, Lancaster, sr., 47-1; Nick Heflin, Massillon Perry, sr., 38-2 vs. Ryan Quinn, Cin. Oak Hills, jr., 28-9; Marc Bryan, Cle. St. Ignatius, sr., 33-5 vs. Mark Sabo, Lewis Center Olentangy, sr., 42-6; Mitch Fadenholz, Elyria, sr., 34-8 vs. Spencer Delande, Hilliard Davidson, jr., 39-7; Marlon Baker, Twinsburg, jr., 18-11 vs. Tyler Godfrey, Cin. Glen Este, sr., 39-3

189: Mike Lanigan, Brecksville-Broad. Hts., sr., 31-7 vs. Mike Green, Lakewood St. Edward, sr., 26-13; Nick Miller, Centerville, jr., 36-5 vs. Wuan Tatum, Pickerington Central, jr., 19-6; Andrew Borgstrom, Middletown, sr., 37-3 vs. Kwan Bailey, Groveport-Madison, jr., 44-7; Andrew Phillips, Massillon Perry, sr., 34-10 vs. Greg Isley, Sylvania Southview, sr., 26-0; Andrew Tumlin, Harrison, sr., 38-1 vs. Bilal Shalash, Hilliard Davidson, sr., 28-13; Fred Robertson, Maple Hts., jr., 38-5 vs. Tyler Benton, Tol. Waite, sr., 36-8; Caleb Busson, Wadsworth, jr., 38-7 vs. Ryan Smugala, Westlake, sr., 7-1; Andy Porter, Mason, jr., 32-13 vs. Kyle Sanders, Col. St. Charles, sr., 44-1

215: Seth Nelson, Groveport-Madison, sr., 44-0 vs. Shabazz Ismael, Maple Hts., jr., 34-8; Mike Ackerman, Oregon Clay, jr., 30-10 vs. Denicos Allen, Hamilton, sr., 26-2; Roman Lawson, Shaker Hts., sr., 24-3 vs. Kyle Rose, Centerville, soph., 38-4; Cody Smith, Huber Hts. Wayne, sr., 24-4 vs. Nick Tavanello, Wadsworth, fresh., 38-6; Orlando Scales, Cin. Elder, sr., 35-0 vs. Michael Samijlenko, Parma Normandy, jr., 34-8; Hugh Malone, Trotwood-Madison, sr., 34-7 vs. Steve Bobinski, Macedonia Nordonia, sr., 35-10; Nate Weeks, Marysville, jr., 33-2 vs. Spencer Willet, Brecksville-Broad. Hts., jr., 30-8; Ray Gordon, Fairfield, jr., 30-6 vs. Ryan Nelisse, Elyria, sr., 39-2

285: James Meder, Parma Hts. Valley Forge, sr., 29-2 vs. Brandon Kravec, Garfield Hts., jr., 23-8; Alex Karageorge, Worth. Thom. Worthington, jr., 36-7 vs. Dan McCormack, Mason, sr., 29-10; Jordan Beverly, W. Carrollton, sr., 41-1 vs. Steve Powell, Cin. Arch. Moeller, sr., 33-7; Zach Laird, Olmsted Falls, sr., 34-7 vs. Ben Buzzelli, Wadsworth, jr., 38-4; Paul Caldwell, Col. Marion-Franklin, sr., 42-2 vs. A.J. Owen, Vandalia Butler, sr., 34-13; Max Gladstone, Findlay, jr., 45-6 vs. Jeremy Johnson, Brecksville-Broad. Hts., sr., 32-2; Dennis Cox, Bowling Green, sr., 37-3 vs. Kyle Ballow, Brunswick, sr., 35-8; Adam Walls, Beavercreek, sr., 38-4 vs. Sean Brooks, Clayton Northmont, sr., 39-3


103: Nick Brascetta, St. Paris Graham Local, soph., 41-0 vs. James Kunzler, Medina Highland, fresh., 24-18; Michael Tassone, Hunting Val. Univ. School, fresh., 31-13 vs. Jordan Burkhart, Carrollton, soph., 32-6; Cory Stainbrook, Streetsboro, fresh., 32-5 vs. Luke Langdon, Uhrichsville Claymont, fresh., 26-8; Kevin Lee, Day. Oakwood, soph., 31-10 vs. Brian Spangler, LaGrange Keystone, fresh., 39-4; Andrew Bertubin, Cambridge, jr., 35-3 vs. Mike November, Chesterland W. Geauga, soph., 39-8; John Maurice, Bellefontaine, fresh., 40-5 vs. John Gould, Lexington, sr., 41-3; Jon Edwards, Greenville, fresh., 39-7 vs. Bobby Mason, Parma Padua Franciscan, fresh., 30-14; John McComas, Lisbon Beaver, soph., 31-8 vs. Cody McGee, Minerva, sr., 37-3

112: Brandon Gambucci, Lexington, jr., 41-2 vs. Mike Mercer, East Liverpool, soph., 18-9; Nate Westfall, Perry, sr., 35-3 vs. Joey Ward, Goshen, fresh., 43-1; Erik McLaughlin, Canal Fulton Northwest, sr., 37-3 vs. Keaton Webb, Wash. C.H. Miami Trace, soph., 35-11; Delian Schneider, Tiffin Columbian, sr., 34-7 vs. Kyle Warner, Uhrichsville Claymont, fresh., 33-5; Ty Mitch, Aurora, jr., 36-4 vs. Cody Harting, Spring. Kenton Ridge, jr., 33-15; Andrew Romanchik, Parma Padua Franciscan, soph., 39-9 vs. Arizona Miller, Lisbon Beaver, jr., 34-2; B.J. Miller, Defiance, jr., 42-4 vs. Brady Hutchins, Canal Winchester, soph., 41-8; John Novak, Cuy. Falls Walsh Jesuit, soph., 25-14 vs. Isaac Jordan, St. Paris Graham Local, fresh., 40-3

119: James Inghram, Hunting Val. Univ. School, sr., 21-2 vs. Michael Perez, Wauseon, sr., 43-5; Cody Wiltshire, Rayland Buckeye Local, jr., 37-7 vs. Sheldon Kegley, St. Paris Graham Local, jr., 32-9; Brian McGovern, Col. St. Francis DeSales, sr., 35-10 vs. Bo Maggard, Eaton, jr., 25-9; Tre Smith, Chagrin Falls Kenston, soph., 30-7 vs. Drew Stone, Oak Harbor, jr., 36-2; Alex Minnard, Lancaster Fairfield Union, sr., 42-0 vs. Joe Boswell, Canal Winchester, fresh., 29-19; Johnni DiJulius, Cuy. Falls Walsh Jesuit, soph., 28-1 vs. John Worthington, Shelby, sr., 34-5; Andrew Brown, Tallmadge, soph., 37-5 vs. Dan Cook, Tol. Central Cath., jr., 33-9; Evan Warner, Greenville, jr., 41-7 vs. Chandler Jones, Pataskala Licking Hts., sr., 46-2

125: Nate Skonieczny, Cuy. Falls Walsh Jesuit, fresh., 35-6 vs. Dylan Wheeler, Utica, jr., 43-8; Josh Lynch, Napoleon, sr., 47-6 vs. Tyler Alsip, Norwood, sr., 45-2; Nick Hile, Lexington, soph., 39-6 vs. Jacob Garringer, Wash. C.H. Miami Trace, sr., 45-5; Tad McGraw, Navarre Fairless, sr., 37-10 vs. Dillon VanDyne, Cambridge, jr., 36-3; Brent Fickel, Parma Padua Franciscan, fresh., 44-6 vs. Austen Brower, Bellbrook, jr., 32-6; T.J. Fox, Mogadore Field, fresh., 38-5 vs. Nick Risdon, Cadiz Harrison Central, sr., 41-4; Jake Kazimir, Chagrin Falls Kenston, jr., 24-4 vs. Martin Overholt, Millersburg W. Holmes, sr., 25-9; Shane Troyer, Elida, sr., 34-6 vs. Zach Neibert, St. Paris Graham Local, sr., 41-1

130: Carson Frey, Wauseon, sr., 40-7 vs. Shelton Morris, Ravenna Southeast, sr., 33-4; Trey Jacobs, Millersburg W. Holmes, jr., 32-8 vs. Evan Storts, Spring. Shawnee, jr., 40-5; Ryan Nakama, Sunbury Big Walnut, sr., 41-4 vs. Mark Kleinberg, Eaton, sr., 23-8; Cameron Campbell, Sandusky Perkins, fresh., 28-20 vs. Jake Strausbaugh, Orrville, sr., 43-3; Felipe Martinez, St. Paris Graham Local, fresh., 41-2 vs. Art Hobley, Steubenville, jr., 31-9; Shawn Bryant, Rossford, sr., 33-9 vs. Jake Mellinger, Beloit W. Branch, jr., 31-4; Jordan Duckett, Tol. Central Cath., sr., 31-6 vs. Lance Zappitella, Conneaut, sr., 44-5; Chris Miller, Greenville, jr., 38-13 vs. Jake Vaughan, Col. St. Francis DeSales, sr., 42-2

135: David Taylor, St. Paris Graham Local, sr., 44-0 vs. Dan Kardasz, Lexington, jr., 40-8; Joseph Seldenright, New Philadelphia, sr., 37-8 vs. Jeremy Maiwurm, Orrville, sr., 34-6; Alex Strayer, Hebron Lakewood, jr., 41-9 vs. Randy Henline, Akron Coventry, jr., 49-3; Chaz Gresham, Goshen, fresh., 46-3 vs. Ian Miller, Oak Harbor, soph., 40-2; Josh Coil, East Liverpool, sr., 27-7 vs. Adam Horovitz, Mantua Crestwood, soph., 27-9; Steve DeSciscio, Parma Padua Franciscan, sr., 35-14 vs. Levi Barnett, Thornville Sheridan, sr., 44-6; Matt Hefner, Lima Bath, jr., 38-4 vs. Tommy Willis, Day. Carroll, soph., 39-9; Frankie Odierno, New Albany, sr., 36-16 vs. Manuel Cintron, Alliance, sr., 24-5

140: Kyle Leek, Warren Howland, sr., 37-2 vs. Tommy Armstrong, Wash. C.H. Miami Trace, sr., 33-9; Brandon Staudacher, Wintersville Indian Creek, jr., 35-7 vs. Jon Mckee, Medina Highland, sr., 31-8; Michael Slaga, Rayland Buckeye Local, sr., 37-5 vs. D.J. Beauch, Tol. Central Cath., soph., 32-5; Matt Fee, Mentor Lake Cath., soph., 12-5 vs. Matt Stephens, St. Paris Graham Local, soph., 36-7; Konner Witt, Oak Harbor, soph., 37-7 vs. Conrad Rosch, Canal Winchester, jr., 46-5; Dylan Moeglin, New Lexington, sr., 40-5 vs. Harrison Hightower, Hunting Val. Univ. School, jr., 41-4; Joe Conrad, Hamilton Ross, jr., 38-4 vs. John Fraley, Streetsboro, sr., 38-5; Mitchell Beemer, Wapakoneta, sr., 34-6 vs. Dylan Ice, Lisbon Beaver, jr., 33-3

145: Mikkal Johnson, Maumee, sr., 32-3 vs. Austin Stout, Delaware Buckeye Valley, sr., 40-5; Adam Fondale, New Lexington, jr., 43-3 vs. Mike Fee, Mentor Lake Cath., sr., 42-5; Selo Ramjattan, Greenville, jr., 38-8 vs. Adam Walker, Alliance, sr., 30-9; Jeff Goines, Willard, sr., 41-7 vs. Tyler Beckley, Uhrichsville Claymont, jr., 21-10; Brian Stephens, St. Paris Graham Local, sr., 44-1 vs. Joe Schindel, Akron Arch. Hoban, jr., 34-9; Terry Wagenhauser, Defiance, sr., 39-7 vs. Brody Fry, Warsaw River View, sr., 42-4; Conner Massillo, Van Wert, soph., 36-6 vs. Corey Dulaney, Whitehall-Yearling, sr., 37-1; Cory Disbennett, Bethel-Tate, sr., 38-3 vs. Kyle Roddy, Hunting Val. Univ. School, soph., 36-12

152: Rob Eddy, Cadiz Harrison Central, sr., 44-4 vs. Steven McLaughlin, Athens, sr., 42-10; Steve Meier, Geneva, sr., 23-11 vs. Michael Graves, Maumee, sr., 19-3; Brent Stoffer, Beloit W. Branch, sr., 33-5 vs. Tucker Gregor, Medina Buckeye, sr., 40-7; Ronnie Hepner, Carrollton, sr., 31-10 vs. Huston Evans, St. Paris Graham Local, fresh., 42-8; Brad Wukie, Hunting Val. Univ. School, jr., 41-5 vs. James Gerken, LaGrange Keystone, soph., 39-9; Zach VanWey, New Concord John Glenn, sr., 46-3 vs. Shane Gifford, Circleville Logan Elm, sr., 43-1; Travis Siegenthaler, Dover, sr., 33-7 vs. Eric Hildenbrand, Franklin, jr., 34-3; Jeremy Eicher, Canal Fulton Northwest, jr., 30-12 vs. Jonathan McGookey, Sandusky Perkins, sr., 48-3

160: Brett Mellor, Warsaw River View, sr., 46-1 vs. Adam Lamancusa, Beloit W. Branch, soph., 32-11; Kyler Washam, Lima Shawnee, sr., 30-2 vs. Kevin Christman, Lewistown Indian Lake, jr., 34-6; Mike Mallernee, Oak Harbor, jr., 34-8 vs. Shane Eshelman, W. Milton Milton-Union, soph., 32-7; Reno Bernardo, Col. St. Francis DeSales, sr., 40-8 vs. Adam Walters, Chesterland W. Geauga, sr., 47-1; Kyle Ryan, St. Paris Graham Local, soph., 41-9 vs. Michael Gallik, Lexington, sr., 39-8; Anthony Nadeja, Hubbard, jr., 23-9 vs. Harrison Rosch, Canal Winchester, sr., 44-6; Darren Tate, Akron St. Vin.-St. Mary, sr., 41-6 vs. John Cooper, Carrollton, sr., 30-6; Andrew Nealan, New Richmond, jr., 43-8 vs. Riley Kilroy, Parma Padua Franciscan, jr., 46-5

171: Dustin Sarosy, Perry, sr., 38-3 vs. Matt Collins, Bellbrook, sr., 28-7; Alex Trautman, Sandusky Perkins, jr., 40-11 vs. Zach Garbrandt, Uhrichsville Claymont, sr., 24-3; Nick McCall, Wauseon, soph., 32-14 vs. Marcus Keuchler, Col. St. Francis DeSales, sr., 40-7; Eric Bates, Beloit W. Branch, sr., 33-5 vs. James Mannier, St. Paris Graham Local, sr., 40-3; Jason Brown, Napoleon, sr., 41-4 vs. Keith Johnson, Dover, soph., 30-16; Dennis Raber, Orrville, jr., 40-3 vs. Bryan Martineck, New Richmond, sr., 36-11; Brian Borac, Mentor Lake Cath., jr., 24-7 vs. Nathan Silvus, Spring. Shawnee, soph., 42-5; Todd Gaydosh, Parma Padua Franciscan, jr., 30-8 vs. Ian Howell, Cadiz Harrison Central, sr., 40-10

189: Max Thomusseit, St. Paris Graham Local, jr., 42-2 vs. Jake Henderson, Lisbon Beaver, jr., 31-8; Beau Wenger, Navarre Fairless, jr., 41-2 vs. Ashton Brown, Pemberville Eastwood, sr., 51-6; Joe Poyser, Louisville, jr., 36-7 vs. Paul Lauth, St. Marys Memorial, sr., 41-4; Riley Shaw, Wash. C.H. Washington, fresh., 39-7 vs. Jake Mallernee, Cadiz Harrison Central, jr., 39-5; Nick Mills, Hunting Val. Univ. School, sr., 48-1 vs. Frank Viancourt, Parma Hts. Holy Name, jr., 34-9; David Day, Germantown Valley View, jr., 32-6 vs. Lionel Woods, Uhrichsville Claymont, sr., 29-5; Travis McIntosh, Wash. C.H. Miami Trace, soph., 35-10 vs. Kaleb Miller, Amanda-Clearcreek, jr., 27-6; John Sill, Perry, sr., 34-9 vs. Jake Henderson, Tol. Central Cath., jr., 35-5

215: Branko Busick, Steubenville, sr., 43-0 vs. Joshua Buckey, Geneva, sr., 31-11; Jeff Elam, Batavia, jr., 38-4 vs. Kyle Bailey, Shelby, sr., 41-3; Spencer Shaw, Wash. C.H. Washington, jr., 33-11 vs. Dave Pickerel, Tol. Central Cath., sr., 25-5; David Rice, Warsaw River View, jr., 43-8 vs. Nick Thompson, Tallmadge, sr., 36-3; Tyler Houska, Medina Highland, sr., 42-0 vs. Kyle Ramsey, Chillicothe, sr., 33-5; Matt Brown, Sunbury Big Walnut, soph., 27-11 vs. Patrick Sanford, Conneaut, jr., 36-4; Garren Dilley, Amanda-Clearcreek, jr., 47-2 vs. Robbie Lias, Hubbard, sr., 39-6; Justin Rippke, Maumee, sr., 35-4 vs. Logan White, St. Paris Graham Local, jr., 43-3

285: Danny Demick, Chillicothe, jr., 38-1 vs. Dezmen Bass, Akron North, jr., 23-15; Ray Spence, Amanda-Clearcreek, sr., 48-4 vs. Danny Quallich, Medina Buckeye, jr., 40-11; John Eckroth, Cadiz Harrison Central, soph., 32-13 vs. Vincenzo Cardone, Tol. Central Cath., jr., 32-5; Josh Lee, New Lexington, soph., 24-7 vs. Ian Jones, Painesville Harvey, jr., 34-2; Josh Jackson, Uhrichsville Claymont, sr., 29-6 vs. Markie Brooks, Bellevue, sr., 37-10; Alex Jackson, Belle. Benjamin Logan, sr., 43-3 vs. Ricky Williams, Geneva, sr., 36-2; Andrew Carpenter, Thornville Sheridan, jr., 47-2 vs. Cody Reesman, Warren Howland, soph., 21-6; Jake Smith, Col. St. Francis DeSales, sr., 24-17 vs. Jared Torrence, Norwalk, sr., 41-2


103: Nick Goebel, Bloomdale Elmwood, soph., 43-0 vs. Jimmy Harrison, Reading, jr., 24-14; Alex Carroll, Galion Northmor, soph., 34-9 vs. Vinnie Pizzuto, N. Jackson Jackson-Milton, soph., 36-7; Jeremy Border, Caldwell, fresh., 32-3 vs. Michael Ratay, Cuy. Val. Chr. Acad., fresh., 22-11; Luke Kern, Liberty Center, fresh., 17-5 vs. E.J. Mowen, Jamestown Greeneview, sr., 46-2; Alex Dronzek, Beachwood, jr., 36-1 vs. Josh Davis, Bellaire, fresh., 35-12; Anthony Elchert, Arcadia, jr., 35-7 vs. Cody Steiner, Waynesville, fresh., 31-8; David Harrington, Sand. St. Mary C.C., jr., 41-10 vs. Andrew Hennegan, Cin. Purcell Marian, jr., 32-7; Dustin Grier, Creston Norwayne, fresh., 37-6 vs. Thomas Mclaughlin, Nelsonville-York, fresh., 38-2

112: Bryce Baker, Mechanicsburg, sr., 32-9 vs. Scott Spreng, Loudonville, jr., 43-8; Adam Ankrom, Carroll Bloom-Carroll, soph., 42-8 vs. Tim Majoy, Milan Edison, sr., 45-4; Tyler Reed, Waterford, jr., 38-3 vs. Jacob Haas, McComb, soph., 33-6; Chris Heiss, Casstown Miami East, sr., 36-8 vs. Tim Triskett, Cle. VA-St. Joseph, sr., 41-5; Spencer Pierce, Richwood N. Union, sr., 40-0 vs. Cade Mansfield, Defiance Ayersville, fresh., 37-3; Brandon Booker, Cin. Purcell Marian, jr., 10-2 vs. Tim Wiseman, N. Jackson Jackson-Milton, soph., 32-4; Tim Arthur, Jamestown Greeneview, jr., 37-6 vs. Seth Powers, Cuy. Val. Chr. Acad., soph., 33-11; Zach Porter, Bellaire, sr., 40-8 vs. Jonny Tolson, Delta, sr., 45-6

119: Mike Kovach, Bedford St. Peter Chanel, jr., 40-4 vs. Jordan Cole, Milan Edison, fresh., 43-14; Aaron Branham, W. Jefferson, soph., 38-9 vs. Justin Caudill, Spencerville, sr., 32-7; Dom Barlow, Heath, soph., 44-7 vs. Taylor Henderson, Cin. Mariemont, soph., 18-2; Justin Hall, Massillon Tuslaw, sr., 40- vs. Hunter Stieber, Monroeville, soph., 43-1; Tyler Heminger, Galion Northmor, soph., 42-5 vs. Josh Cioca, Blanchester, jr., 40-13; Travis Harbert, Garrettsville Garfield, sr., 39-4 vs. Westley Lee, Bloomdale Elmwood, jr., 37-8; Santino Pizzuto, N. Jackson Jackson-Milton, sr., 38-6 vs. Alex Glenn, Tontogany Otsego, jr., 29-11; Carl Moody, Nelsonville-York, fresh., 37-10 vs. Jordan Hancock, Troy Christian, jr., 37-9

125: Mike Shepard, Sparta Highland, jr., 42-5 vs. Cody Burge, Creston Norwayne, sr., 31-9; Zane Goldberg, Casstown Miami East, jr., 36-5 vs. Alex Lopez, Hamler Patrick Henry, jr., 42-3; Alex Panno, Blanchester, jr., 42-6 vs. Kyle Burns, Milan Edison, fresh., 49-5; Josh Coulter, Cardington-Lincoln, jr., 43-8 vs. Zak Vargo, Cuy. Val. Chr. Acad., jr., 34-7; Pawlos Campbell, Troy Christian, jr., 21-10 vs. Jordan Smith, Delta, sr., 42-13; Rodil Rodriguez, Fredericktown, sr., 25-11 vs. Eli Donahue, Massillon Tuslaw, sr., 42-6; Riki Reynolds, Marion Pleasant, sr., 36-7 vs. Johnny Matacic, N. Jackson Jackson-Milton, soph., 41-6; Brian Merschman, Delphos St. John’s, jr., 38-9 vs. Logan Stieber, Monroeville, jr., 31-0

130: Johnny Carpenter, Cin. Madeira, soph., 44-1 vs. Zach Hook, Nelsonville-York, jr., 43-3; Brandon Sommers, Cuy. Val. Chr. Acad., jr., 31-4 vs. Joey Bodenbender, Defiance Tinora, sr., 45-4; Tony Cardiero, Girard, sr., 36-5 vs. Jordan Cowell, Archbold, fresh., 55-7; Garret Freeman, Harrod Allen East, sr., 44-6 vs. Erik Canter, Bellaire, sr., 46-3; Cam Tessari, Monroeville, soph., 39-2 vs. Joey Kiefer, Bedford St. Peter Chanel, soph., 31-12; Nick Ziegler, Mechanicsburg, sr., 45-5 vs. Marco Gualtieri, W. Jefferson, jr., 31-9; Joe Bruewer, Cin. Deer Park, jr., 29-5 vs. Seth Callarik, St. Clairsville, jr., 38-5; Tyler Yant, Delta, soph., 32-19 vs. Jimmy Dankle, Cle. Cuyahoga Hts., soph., 48-2

135: Ben Kuzma, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon, sr., 29-1 vs. Eddie Sanders, Hamilton Badin, soph., 34-8; Jeff Vitallo, Apple Creek Waynedale, sr., 42-6 vs. Keith Tanner, Johnstown-Monroe, sr., 46-2; David Malkus, Burton Berkshire, sr., 27-5 vs. Mason Robinson, Heath, soph., 42-5; Devin Cartwright, Sycamore Mohawk, soph., 21-8 vs. Brendon Klaus, Mechanicsburg, sr., 36-9; Tyler Powers, Cuy. Val. Chr. Acad., sr., 33-2 vs. Clint Boyd, Caldwell, jr., 29-9; Kyle Begg, Bluffton, sr., 43-3 vs. Reid Rayfield, Delta, sr., 41-8; Jordan Thome, Troy Christian, sr., 41-7 vs. Cal Clark, Monroeville, soph., 30-7; Dan Collier, Bedford St. Peter Chanel, soph., 27-15 vs. Dominic Prezzia, St. Clairsville, soph., 33-1

140: Chris Block, Johnstown-Monroe, sr., 52-0 vs. Max Pennington, Delta, sr., 29-6; Zach Noernberg, Cle. Cuyahoga Hts., jr., 50-4 vs. Jordan Deady, N. Lewisburg Triad, sr., 38-4; Donny Montoney, Peninsula Woodridge, soph., 37-10 vs. Kyle Reese, Mechanicsburg, jr., 34-11; Kody Crooks, Barnesville, jr., 32-14 vs. Joshua Goebel, Edgerton, jr., 47-3; Zac Hancock, Troy Christian, sr., 39-4 vs. Ken Trusnik, Bedford St. Peter Chanel, jr., 40-11; Chad Sonnenberg, Van Buren, soph., 37-4 vs. Weston Davis, Chil. Zane Trace, jr., 47-5; Cody Alexander, Bloomdale Elmwood, sr., 35-12 vs. Cody Coomes, Marion Pleasant, sr., 42-5; Lucas Freeman, Bluffton, sr., 42-5 vs. Dann Miller, Brookfield, sr., 33-5

145: Chris Burns, Troy Christian, sr., 23-2 vs. Bobby Mann, Massillon Tuslaw, jr., 27-12; Anthony Ferber, Greenwich S. Central, jr., 37-8 vs. Kurtis Jefferis, Barnesville, jr., 42-3; Chad Rufenacht, Archbold, sr., 43-6 vs. Robbie Chilson, Bellaire, sr., 46-3; Dustin Chatterton, New Lebanon Dixie, jr., 45-5 vs. Aaron Hunter, Akron Manchester, sr., 43-3; Alex Betts, Bloomdale Elmwood, sr., 44-3 vs. Kenny Nickerson, St. Clairsville, jr., 34-10; Anthony DeWitt, Delphos St. John’s, sr., 30-5 vs. Pat Rado, Peninsula Woodridge, sr., 40-4; Andrew DeHart, Covington, soph., 43-4 vs. Kyle Freiberg, Middlefield Cardinal, sr., 42-4; Ryan Neuberger, Milan Edison, sr., 31-4 vs. Quinton Cooperider, Marion Pleasant, sr., 44-3

152: Johnny Merryman, Shadyside, sr., 45-2 vs. Thomas Fullenkamp, Versailles, soph., 40-6; Nico Francis, Girard, jr., 38-6 vs. Michael Cawley, Norwalk St. Paul, sr., 36-2; Bryson Hall, Doylestown Chippewa, soph., 48-4 vs. Xavier Dye, Hamler Patrick Henry, soph., 46-4; Sean Prather, W. Jefferson, soph., 26-10 vs. Jake Howe, Blanchester, jr., 46-2; Kyle Gladieux, Oregon Cardinal Stritch, jr., 36-2 vs. Matt Meadows, Cuy. Val. Chr. Acad., fresh., 30-11; Michael Falk, Col. Grandview Hts., jr., 44-6 vs. Kyle Burns, Troy Christian, jr., 18-6; Bo Gilmore, Gnadenhutten Indian Va., sr., 37-7 vs. Tyler Rayl, Bluffton, jr., 40-4; Miles Chapman, Bascom Hopewell-Loudon, jr., 38-7 vs. Cody Walters, Bedford St. Peter Chanel, soph., 43-5

160: Alex Utley, Cuy. Val. Chr. Acad., soph., 38-4 vs. Jarrod Zang, Col. Bishop Hartley, fresh., 24-15; Kyle Lingg, Day. Northridge, sr., 34-9 vs. Jake Elling, Liberty Center, jr., 31-11; Peter Lewis, W. Liberty-Salem, sr., 40-2 vs. T.J. Keathley, New London, sr., 37-5; Jake Kobilarcsik, Massillon Tuslaw, sr., 41-9 vs. Ashton Packard, Belpre, sr., 42-1; Kyle Kwiat, Tiffin Calvert, sr., 41-2 vs. David Angevine, Reading, sr., 28-10; Robert Norway, Nelsonville-York, sr., 40-8 vs. Shayne Stewart, Mogadore, sr., 36-8; Jake Cochran, W. Jefferson, jr., 37-9 vs. Matt Ramage, Wellington, sr., 39-8; Rich Harris, Port Clinton, jr., 23-7 vs. Zach Toal, Troy Christian, sr., 43-0

171: Chris Phillips, Monroeville, soph., 45-1 vs. Brit Hunter, Akron Manchester, jr., 28-10; Drew Amos, Zoarville Tuscarawas Val., sr., 46-5 vs. Brock Wagner, Jamestown Greeneview, sr., 37-5; Kit Scott, Caledonia River Valley, sr., 44-8 vs. Kyle Keplinger, Troy Christian, jr., 24-14; Dillon Kwiat, Tiffin Calvert, jr., 31-8 vs. Royal Brettrager, Kirtland, jr., 22-2; Austin Kucera, Sparta Highland, sr., 38-7 vs. Kirby Acus, Reading, jr., 25-8; Geoff Hainline, Norwalk St. Paul, sr., 37-6 vs. Beau Bowden, N. Lima South Range, sr., 32-4; J.J. Hrabak, Fostoria St. Wendelin, sr., 40-6 vs. Jonathan Beam, Apple Creek Waynedale, jr., 43-5; Jake Conrad, W. Lafayette Ridgewood, jr., 43-10 vs. Cody Rodgers, Mechanicsburg, soph., 39-3

189: Colton Bowers, Marion Pleasant, sr., 26-2 vs. Brandon Stacey, Liberty Center, sr., 25-12; Matt Dues, Harrod Allen East, sr., 41-3 vs. Colton Zody, Wooster Triway, sr., 38-8; Zack McKnight, Carlisle, sr., 33-5 vs. Justin Schafrath, Doylestown Chippewa, jr., 44-11; Ryan Crabtree, Wellsville, sr., 47-4 vs. Justin Cheesman, Ashland Crestview, sr., 54-0; Corby Running, Clarksville Clinton-Massie, jr., 39-2 vs. Mitch Klemp, Akron Manchester, sr., 35-10; Matt Shreve, Martins Ferry, sr., 30-9 vs. Robert Blake, Defiance Tinora, sr., 44-6; Aaron Shook, Newark Cath., sr., 44-2 vs. Michael Kleman, Kansas Lakota, sr., 39-6; Sam Akins, Troy Christian, sr., 28-13 vs. Kurt Schaefer, W. Salem Northwestern, soph., 43-3

215: Greg Hojnacki, Cuy. Val. Chr. Acad., sr., 26-13 vs. Andrew Wright, Galion Northmor, soph., 32-10; Sean Slee, Liberty Center, sr., 22-6 vs. Scott Barnes, Spencerville, sr., 38-10; Mark Castillo, Defiance Ayersville, jr., 25-7 vs. Ethan Hayes, New Lebanon Dixie, soph., 44-4; Ethan Garofolo, Columbia St. Columbia, jr., 45-5 vs. Schuyler Bondy, Woodsfield Monroe Cent., sr., 39-2; Stuart Miller, Delphos Jefferson, sr., 47-0 vs. Derek Johnson, Swanton, soph., 24-13; Kyle Kelly, Akron Manchester, jr., 37-9 vs. Tyler Fabry, W. Jefferson, jr., 45-3; Dan Clawson, N. Jackson Jackson-Milton, sr., 24-8 vs. Jeff Beatty, Col. Bishop Ready, sr., 36-11; Josh Salyers, Mechanicsburg, jr., 40-8 vs. Craig Ritz, Milan Edison, sr., 50-4

285: Nick Hamilton, Greenwich S. Central, sr., 41-2 vs. Casey Cunningham, Newark Cath., sr., 38-6; Hugh Thornton, Oberlin, sr., 32-2 vs. Tom Lauer, Fra. Bishop Fenwick, jr., 35-7; Greg Dailey, Independence, jr., 35-6 vs. Mike Treon, Versailles, sr., 41-2; Clinton Endicott, Ashland Crestview, soph., 49-9 vs. Aaron Edington, Marion Pleasant, sr., 38-5; Josh Morosko, Massillon Tuslaw, sr., 44-1 vs. Mike Stenger, Clarksville Clinton-Massie, soph., 27-10; Mimmo Lytle, Swanton, fresh., 32-5 vs. Sean West, Bridgeport, sr., 39-5; Chris Doughty, Norwalk St. Paul, sr., 32-11 vs. Tom Schenkel, Caldwell, sr., 34-9; Eddie Flinner, Wooster Triway, soph., 27-15 vs. Tyler Obringer, Spencerville, jr., 45-1

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Ohio boys team posts three straight 20-0 seasons

Graham’s two straight 20-0 seasons is impressive, but here’s an Ohio high school boys basketball team with three straight perfect regular seasons.

From the Lima News:

NEW KNOXVILLE - New Knoxville coach Dan Hegemier thought his team was a little tired after beating St. Henry 64-60 in boys basketball on Friday night.

But it was a good tired. It was the tired of accomplishment.

The Rangers (20-0, 9-0 Midwest Athletic Conference) put their third consecutive 20-0 season in the record books with a hard-fought win over St. Henry.

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The Barking Dog Play: Genius or idiocy?

How many coaches out there are brave enough to try this play? It’s the Barking Dog. Beware of it.

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Leaver 1-0 for Georgia


Shawnee graduate Jason Leaver won his first start of the season last week for the University of Georgia baseball team. The Bulldogs are ranked 12th in the nation.


The Diamond Dogs received another quality pitching performance, this time from Jason Leaver (1-0), who allowed two runs over five innings to earn the victory.

“I was pretty proud of myself today because I was just throwing strikes,” Leaver said.

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On this date in area sports history…

On this date seven years ago, March 1, 2002, the undefeated Southeastern boys basketball team, ranked No. 1 in D-IV, beat the defending state champion Bethel Bees, 74-68, at the Vandalia Butler Student Activities Center in front of an estimated 4,800 fans.

The crowd is believed to be the largest in Vandalia Butler’s history. It was also the final game for Bethel’s Matt Witt, who was named D-IV Co-Player of the Year in 2002. He went on to become the leading scorer in the history of Eastern Kentucky University and currently plays professionally in Holland.

Published in the March, 2, 2002 edition of the News-Sun:



By KEN PAXSON, News-Sun Special Writer

VANDALIA — Bethel’s one-man show was no match for Southeastern’s balanced attack Friday night.

The Trojans didn’t come close to stopping Matt Witt in the finals of the Division IV sectional boys high school basketball tournament, but they did the next best thing.

Witt, the Dayton area’s leading scorer, did rack up 36 points but made only 8 of 25 shots in the second half as the Trojans built an 11-point lead and held on for a 74-68 victory in front of an estimated crowd of 4,800 at Vandalia-Butler’s Student Activities Center.

The win sends Southeastern (22-0 and the top-ranked D-IV team in Ohio) into the district final at 7:45 p.m. Friday at the University of Dayton Arena against the winner of the Loveland upper bracket.

Bethel’s season ends at 18-5.

“He’s going to get his shots,” Southeastern coach Aaron Perry said of Witt. “Our job was to limit everyone else around him and hope and pray that he misses some.”

Thanks in part to the defense of senior Keith Clark, Witt was missing when it counted most while the Trojans’ offense was coming at the Bees from all angles.

Witt went 2 of 12 from 3-point range while trying to bring his team back in the final two periods.

“I was two feet in front of the 3-point line guarding him because he’s so quick,” Clark said of defending Witt, “but you don’t want to let him have the 3 either.

“I just tried to play medium ground, and the rest of the team did a great job with help-side defense.”

Witt did get help from Brian Shoup, who scored 20 points, but Southeastern kept the Bees guessing with five players scoring eight or more points.

Senior Mark Waddle led the Trojans with 24 points, while Clark and big-man Brian Cooper chipped in with 17 points each.

“There’s not just one player on our team who can get it done,” Waddle said. “We have five guys who can score on you, and if we play together, we’ll win.”

Southeastern and Bethel both had big leads in the first half before the Trojans slowly took control in the second.

Southeastern jumped out to a 14-6 lead in the first period, only to have the Bees surge ahead 28-19 with 4:18 left in the second quarter.

The Trojans owned a 31-30 edge at halftime but opened the third period on a 6-2 run they would never relinquish.

“I don’t think we came out with the defensive intensity we needed to in the second half,” Bethel coach Steve Fisher said. “Once they got that little lead we were always playing from behind.

“I think they really outplayed us most of the ball game.”

A buzzer-beating three by Wade Rice gave Southeastern a 51-41 lead at the end of the third period, but the Bees’ full-court press rattled the Trojans in the fourth.

Bethel closed the gap to four, 51-47, on a steal and layup by Shoup with 7:10 to go, but that was as close as the Bees would get.

Witt kept firing away, but missed his last three 3-point tries.

“I guess I was a little bit off,” he said. “It was just one of those games. It doesn’t feel right being the last game of my career.”

Clark said he respected the Bees but never doubted that his team would come out on top.

“We knew they were a great team, but there was no doubt in my mind that we would win,” he said. “When you haven’t lost all season, you pretty much expect to win every time.”

BETHEL (68) — Bowman 1 1-2 3, Shoup 2 0-0 4, Witt 14 5-6 36, Shoup 7 5-7 20, Priaulx 1 0-0 2, Billings 1 0-0 3. Totals: 26 11-15 68.

SOUTHEASTERN (74) — Rice 2 2-2 8, Clark 5 6-14 17, Waddle 7 9-13 24, Cooper 7 3-4 17, Poole 4 0-0 8. Totals: 25 20-33 74.

Bethel20 30 41 68

Southeastern16 31 51 74

Three-point goals: Bethel 5 (Witt 3, Shoup, Billings), Southeastern 4 (Rice 2, Clark, Waddle).

Records: Southeastern 22-0, Bethel 18-5.

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