Cinncinnati Princeton had to stage a furious comeback Saturday in order to
reach the school’s second state boys’ basketball tournament and the first since 1972. They’lll be joined in Columbus by Dayton Christian and Dayton Thurgood Marshall. Can one – or all – bring home titles?
Cincinnati Princeton had to stage a furious comeback Saturday in order to reach the school’s second state boys’ basketball tournament and the first since 1972.
The Vikings, ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Division I state poll, went on a 9-0 run in the final minute as Princeton defeated Cincinnati La Salle 64-60 in a Division I regional final at Cintas Center.
“I knew we could come out with a victory,” Princeton junior Jordan Sibert told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We never feel like it’s over until there’s triple zeros on the clock. We just kept our intensity.”
Sibert, who has orally committed to Ohio State, had 18 points to help lead Princeton (24-1). Senior Orlando Williams, a Miami University recruit, had 22 points to lead Princeton.
Princeton coach Josh Andrews, who is just in his second season, said different players have stepped in significant ways all season. That has been a significant reason why the Vikings will be in Columbus this weekend.
The Vikings, who were state runners-up in 1972, enter this weekend with a 19-game winning streak. Princeton plays Toledo St. John’s in a Division I state semifinal at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Ohio State University’s Value City Arena.
The Division I state final is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
“Toledo St. John’s is a solid, principled team that plays with great composure,” Andrews said. “They really attack well in transition. We must dictate tempo and keep our emotions in check in a big-game atmosphere. The key to Friday’s game is maintaining composure and sticking to the approach that has made us successful all year.”
One could say Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame hasn’t changed its approach in at all during the past four Division I state titles.
The Cougars made history on Saturday night – becoming the first Division I girls’ basketball team to win four consecutive state titles as MND defeated Toledo Start 52-38.
MND coach Dante Harlan said he will return for another season and is already looking ahead to the 2009-10 season.
“The kids put a lot on themselves this year to win that fourth in a row,” Harlan told the Enquirer. “It’ll be a new challenge now, to try to keep that tradition going.”
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Thurgood Marshall boys’ basketball: The Cougars (21-4) defeated Columbus Bishop Watterson 44-42 in the Division II regional final at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Point guard Juwan Staten made two free throws with three seconds left to lift Marshall. “We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game,” Marshall coach John N. Ralph told the Dayton Daily News. “The difference was we were able to hold our poise down the stretch.” Greg Gainey led Marshall with 18 points and Staten had 11. Marshall plays Circleville Logan Elm in the Division II state semifinals at 10:45 a.m. Friday at Value City Arena.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kendall Hackney, Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame: The senior 6-foot-2 forward was named Ms. Basketball last week. She averaged 13.1 points during the season and helped lead the Cougars to their fourth consecutive Division I state title. Hackeny, who has signed with Southern California, had a 101-10 record in her four-year varsity career. Hackney was one of the leaders during the state tournament last weekend. She had a game-high 17 points to lead the Cougars in a 62-51 win over Canton McKinley in the semifinals. Hackney had 12 points in the state championship game.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Sherman steps down: Cincinnati Woodward football coach BT Sherman stepped down Monday after he led the Bulldogs to their first playoff appearance in 2008. Sherman, 28, has accepted an assistant coaching position at Morgan State, a Division I program in Baltimore, Md. Sherman led Woodward to a 19-12 record in three seasons. Woodward was 10-1 last season. Sherman estimated the Woodward program sent 15 players to college during his tenure.
New York state of mind: Milford senior Emily Paquette has signed to compete at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. Paquette was first-team all-Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye division last season.
Murphy retires: Longtime Cincinnati St. Xavier wrestling coach Dick Murphy is retiring after 35 seasons. Murphy compiled a 173-97-8 record in dual meets and earned 10 Greater Catholic League titles, 10 sectional titles and four district titles. Murphy also coached soccer for eight seasons at the school, including the 1983 state championship team.
Invitation only: Cincinnati Anderson junior OL Andrew Norwell (6-6, 271) has committed to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio Jan. 9, 2010. Norwell is the first Ohio player from the 2010 class to commit to the prestigious event.
Badin names coach: Bill Tenore has been named the new head coach football at Badin. A 1988 graduate of Badin, Tenore has formerly coached at Middletown Fenwick and in Georgia.
Rouff to retire June 30: Liberty Township Lakota East athletic director Jim Rouff will step down June 30 after eight years as AD and assistant principal at the school.
Carradine commits: Taft senior DE Cornelius ‘Tank’ Carradine has orally committed to play football at Morgan State, a Division I school in Baltimore. Carradine, one of the state’s top players in the 2009 class, had orally committed to Illinois, but did not sign on national signing day.
Princeton vs. Toledo St. John’s, boys’ basketball, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Schottenstein Center: Princeton makes its first state appearance since 1972 – nearly a decade before head coach Josh Andrews was born. If the Vikings win, they will play Northland or Warren G. Harding in the state final at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Thurgood Marshall vs. Logan Elm, boys’ basketball, 10:45 a.m. Friday, Schottenstein Center: Marshall expects junior Greg Gainey to be ready for this weekend despite recent ankle injuries. That will bode well for Marshall.
Dayton Christian vs. Tinora, boys’ basketball, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Schottenstein Center: Dayton Christian (22-4) plays Tinora (22-3) in a Division III state semifinal Thursday night. Dayton Christian got past Miami East 49-48 in the regional final.
Spring sports drawing near: Saturday is the first official day of spring sports as track and field teams are allowed to compete. Monday (March 30) is the beginning of baseball, softball and boys’ tennis seasons.
Girls’ basketball, District 16 all-star game, Wednesday: The District 16 East-West senior all-star game is Wednesday at St. Bernard High School in Cincinnati. The Divisions II-IV game will be at 6 p.m. The Division I game is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Here are the rosters
Rosters for the Senior East-West All-Star Games Wednesday at St. Bernard. Divisions II-IV is 6 p.m. Division I is 7:45 p.m.
Division I East All-Stars
Coached by: Jeff Click, Glen Este
Alex Pohl, Rachel Voss, Loveland; Allison Nagle, Milford; Brittany Smith, Withrow; Jaimie Hamlet, Glen Este;
Jasmine Davis, Hughes; Kelsey Sharkey, St. Ursula; Moriah Hodge, Glen Este; Mia Obiekwe, Sycamore;
Sidnei Harmon, Turpin; Stephanie Fay, Anderson; Taylor Ware, Walnut Hills.
Division I West All-Stars
Coached by: Calvin Johnson, Winton Woods
Ashley Holloway, Western Hills; Brea Mann, Mount Healthy; Deaisha McClelland, Northwest; Erica Miknius,Oak Hills; Jerrhonda Stallworth, Princeton; Jill Brunsman, Mercy; Kaitlyn Blanck, McAuley; Kara Patterson, Katie Comello, Colerain; Tori Brown, Harrison; Vora Smith, Winton Woods.
Divisions II-IV East All-Stars
Coached by: Bob Werden, Seven Hills
Alyssa Dunn, Seven Hills; Amanda Uhl, East Clinton; Ashley Hite, Kyli Parker, Summit Country Day; Brigett Spradling, Ripley; Christie Connor, CNE; Kayla Ernst, Batavia; Lauren Ferguson, Mariemont; Melanie Constable, Goshen; Rachel Arington, CHCA
Divisions II-IV West All-Stars
Coached by: Tim Monahan, McNicholas
Alexa Beirne, Paige Soper, Madeira; Amanda Rottmueller, Reading; Amy Hollenkamp, Jessica Danker, Kelsey Sullivan, McNicholas; Anne Compton Rodrigue, Olivia Temmel, Wyoming; Ashley Ivory, Style Harper, Roger Bacon; Kristen Joyce, Meagan Moulden, Taylor