Cincinnati Princeton’s boys basketball team nearly won a state title this past weekend falling to Columbus Northland 68-50 in the finals seconds of the D-I title game Saturday night.
The game marked the official end to the OHSAA winter sports season and the kickoff for spring sports.
The start of the spring sports season had a very convenient beginning on Monday as the weather cooperated across the southwest region after a few days of rain last week
While track and field opened last Saturday, the official start of baseball, softball and boys’ tennis occurred on Monday.
West Chester Lakota West, Archbishop Moeller and Cincinnati St. Xavier are among the early favorites in baseball around the Cincinnati area.
The state baseball tournament is June 4-6 at Huntington Park, Columbus.
The Greater Miami Conference is always strong in softball and this year is no different. Mason, Colerain, Fairfield, Lakota West and Liberty Township Lakota East are among the early Cincinnati favorites.
The state softball is June 4-6 at Firestone Stadium.
In tennis, Lakota West senior Wyatt Lippert (Ohio State) is the defending Division I state singles champion. Cincinnati St. Xavier is an early favorite to contend for another state team title.
In Division II, Indian Hill and Wyoming will be strong in the Cincinnati Hills League. Cincinnati Country Day’s Joey Fritz will be among the favorite in Division II singles.
The state tennis tournament is May 29-30 at Stickney Tennis Center.
In boys’ track, Cincinnati La Salle started the season strong on Saturday when it won the Beacon Early Bird event. Sophomore Ethan Bokeno won the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs. The Lancers were the Division I state runner-up last season.
Walnut Hills, Middletown, Lebanon and Cincinnati Ursuline were among early meet winners in the girls’ events. The state track meet is June 5-6 at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jordan Sibert, Cincinnati Princeton:
The junior guard had a game-high 21 points to lead the Vikings in the Division I state boys’ basketball championship game. Sibert, who orally committed to Ohio State, had 15 points in the state semifinal win over Toledo St. John’s on Friday night.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Princeton boys’ basketball:
The Vikings made their first state tournament appearance since 1972, but fell just short of the Division I state championship. Columbus Northland junior Jared Sullinger made two free throws with 2.7 seconds left to lift Northland past Princeton 60-58. Princeton was the first Greater Miami Conference team to make the state tournament since Hamilton in 2004. The Vikings lose seven seniors from this year’s team including Orlando Williams (Miami University) and Marquis Horne (Ohio University).
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
No minor hire:
Pugh steps down:
Galvin has first offer:
Elam steps down:
Comets hire coach:
Welch gets hometown offer:
Beerman steps down:
Moeller at St. Xavier baseball, 4:30 p.m., Wednesday:
Badin at St. Ursula softball, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday:
Sycamore at Mason softball, 4:30 p.m., Friday:
Ross at Harrison softball. 11 a.m. Saturday:
Longtime Cincinnati-area coach Ken Minor was hired by Summit Country Day last week. Minor head coached Reading for 29 years, going 170-129-1 during that time. His contract was not renewed in 2007. Minor was the offensive coordinator for North College Hill last season. Mount Healthy boys’ basketball coach Jim Pugh has stepped down after 10 seasons of coaching at the school. Pugh said it was his plan to resign at this time. Pugh, who has also coached 16 years in Indiana, has a 281-274 record in 26 seasons overall. Mount Healthy was 10-12 overall and 4-6 in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Scarlet division this season. Trenton Edgewood senior Alisha Cooper has committed to play tennis at the College of Mount St. Joseph. Moeller junior LB Nick Galvin (6-1, 220) was offered by East Carolina on Saturday. It is the first offer for Galvin, who had 9.5 sacks last season. He was also first-team all-GCL South. CHCA girls’ basketball coach Lisa Elam stepped down after two years. She was 38-7 during that time. She plans to move out of state. Mason named Andy Schur as its new girls’ soccer coach last Thursday. Schur has spent the past two seasons as a boys’ soccer assistant varsity coach. Cincinnati Elder junior TE Alex Welch (6-4, 220) was offered by the University of Cincinnati recently. Welch also has offers from Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Bowling Green, Boston College, Wake Forest, Maryland, Northwestern, North Carolina State and Indiana. Cincinnati Ursuline swimming coach Tim Beerman stepped down last week after coaching the Lions for 13 years. Beerman coached state championship teams in 1998, 2000, ’01 and ’02. Ursuline won its 25th consecutive GGCL title this past season. The GCL South rivals open the league schedule on the Bombers’ home field. Moeller won the league title in 2008 and was a Division I state semifinalist. Senior shortstop/pitcher Brett Cisper and senior right fielder Keith Rieman are among the Crusaders’ top players. St. X returns Michael Basil (Indiana) and Tyler Hollstegge (North Carolina-Wilmington). St. Ursula opens the GGCL season at home against the Rams. St. Ursula has won two consecutive GGCL Scarlet division titles. Badin was second in the GGCL Grey division in 2008. Mason unveils its new softball stadium during this Greater Miami Conference game. The new stadium will seat 520 fans and has a press box that seats 10. There is also a concession stand and locker rooms for Mason and the visiting team. Mason High School continues to expand and expects to be the largest high school in the state by the fall. Two FAVC powers meet for a doubleheader at Harrison. Harrison has won the FAVC Buckeye division for three consecutive seasons. Ross has won or shared a division or conference title every year since 1986.