Teays Valley flexed its muscle at the Division I wresling sectional by advancing 11 wrestlers to district, while Marion Pleasant’s hoop teams rolled to a 37-3 combined regular season record. Hebron Lakewood won its first league title in boys basketball since 1980 and Dublin schools capured two OCC boys hoop titles. Want more? Read on.
Eastmoor Academy wasn’t going to concede Northland its third straight Columbus City League championship without a fight.
Despite facing a tall and athletic Northland post game, Academy surprised the Vikings with a man-to-man defense, but couldn’t pull off the upset in the end, falling 62-56 in the city championship game at Mifflin High School.
“I was shocked that they played man-to-man on us,” Northland’s Jared Sullinger told This Week News. “Everybody we’ve played this year has zoned us, but they (played man) against us, and they played very well.”
Sullinger, an Ohio State verbal commitment for 2010, had a monster game of 31 points and 23 rebounds as Northland improved to 19-1 on the season.
Northland manhandled Eastmoor Academy on the boards 36-15, and tallied the first six points of the second half to erase a one-point Academy halftime lead.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Ashville Teays Valley, Wrestling: Teays Valley rolled to a Division I Central District sectional championship, compiling 257.5 points at Watkins Memorial High School.
“Winning the sectional was a great accomplishment for us,” Teays Valley coach Todd Nace said. “We wrestled very hard all day in a tough sectional with Olentangy and Hilliard Darby.”
The Vikings advanced 11 wrestlers to this weekend’s district tournament at Darby, led by Travis Left winning an individual title at 130 pounds, and Brocky Leidecker claiming the top spot at 145 pounds.
“Both of them were very consistent all day,” Nace said. “They were in nice weight classes, and did a good job of racking up some big points for us.”
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Riley Thomas, Cardington-Lincoln, Boys Basketball: Thomas had a big week for Cardington. Leading the school’s boys basketball team to a 3-0 mark, Thomas also scored his 1,000th career point. Thomas tallied 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals in a 58-49 win over Marion Elgin. In an 87-82 two overtime win over Mount Gilead, Thomas compiled 30 points, eight assists and seven steals. To close out the week, Thomas had 28 points and five assists in a 63-69 victory over Fredericktown.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Closing the Den: The Washington Court House boys basketball team played its final game at the current high school gymnasium, better known as ‘The Den’, with a South Central Ohio League victory over Clinton-Massie. The Blue Lions have played in ‘The Den’ for 41 seasons, and move to a new high school later this year.
Pleasant times: While the Marion Pleasant girls basketball team finished the season undefeated and No. 1 in the Associated Press’ Division III state poll, the Pleasant boys basketball team won the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Blue Division championship with a 72-34 trouncing of River Valley.
Pleasant finished at 17-3 overall and 13-0 in the league. The Spartans were led by Brad Harrah scoring a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds against River Valley.
Lancer supremacy: The Hebron Lakewood boys basketball team (17-3, 11-3) claimed its first league championship since 1980 with a 64-41 win over Whitehall. Lakewood, which won the Mid-State League Ohio Division outright, was led by a big double-double of 13 points and 21 rebounds by Ryan Davis.
Luck of the Irish: Dublin is the home to two Ohio Capital Conference divisional championships – Scioto posted a perfect mark in the Cardinal Division en route to a 19-1 overall record and its third consecutive divisional title. Coffman (17-3, 13-1) cruised to the Central Division crown by a three-game cushion over second place Upper Arlington.
1,000 times two: Circleville Logan Elm senior Brandon Amann became the second Braves’ player to hit the 1,000 point career scoring mark this past week. Amann scorched the nets by hitting his first four shots in the third quarter en route to a game-high 23 points in a 64-37 Logan Elm win over Bloom-Carroll. The Braves also claimed its first Mid-State League Buckeye Division championship since 2005. Tim Congrove scored his 1,000 point earlier this season against Circleville.
Two in three: Defending Div. I state champion Newark (17-3, 11-2) wrapped up its second Ohio Capital Conference divisional championship in three years with a 66-54 road win over archrival Lancaster. After losing 6-foot-9 post player Dane Kopp earlier this month, the Wildcats were led by Cody Dennison tallying 18 points and five steals.
Almost Barn time: The Central District boys basketball tournament began earlier this week. Next week, the cream of the area move to the Ohio Expo Center Fairgrounds Coliseum, better known as ‘The Barn’, for the district tournament.
Upper Arlington vs. Dresden Tri-Valley at Canal Winchester Harvest Prep, Wed. Feb. 25, girls basketball: Undefeated Tri-Valley gets its first postseason test against an Ohio Capital Conference foe – Arlington is 14-7 – for a berth in the Div. I district tournament.
Heath vs. Newark Catholic at Pickerington North, Web Feb. 25, girls basketball: To earn a ticket to the Div. III district tournament, No. 3 seeded Newark Catholic (18-3) has to knock off Licking County rival Heath (14-7) for a third-time this season. Heath fell to Newark Catholic 53-44 in the first meeting, but lost by just four points in the second clash on the road.
Columbus Mifflin vs. Granville at Lewis Center Olentangy, Wed. Feb. 25, girls basketball: Defending regional champion Mifflin (12-9) takes on Mid-State League Ohio Division co-champion Granville (16-3) for a trip to the Div. II district tournament.
Zanesville/Cols. Marion-Franklin vs. Newark/Marysville at Lewis Center Olentangy Orange, Fri Feb. 27, boys basketball: If the cards lay right in two sectional semifinal games, a second battle in the heated rivalry between Zanesville (11-9) and defending DI state champion Newark could occur for a trip to the Div. I district tournament. Newark (17-3) won an early season clash at home 47-44.
Division I district tournament at Hilliard Darby, Feb. 20 and 21, wrestling: Sectional champions Grove City Central Crossing, Ashville Teays Valley and Hilliard Davidson clash to vie for the most berths to the state tournament.