Central Ohio Huddle: Three state championships, runner-up finishes highlight the week that was


Central Ohio Huddle

Gold and silver were the best
friends of central Ohio athletes over the past week as three state championships
and three state runner-up finishes were turned in at the state boys and girls
soccer and volleyball tournaments.

Gold and silver were the best
friends of central Ohio athletes over the past week as three state championships
and three state runner-up finishes were turned in at the state boys and girls
soccer and volleyball tournaments.

The football playoffs moved on to
the regional championship round as two huge rematch games await football fans
with DeSales and Watterson in Division III and Dublin Coffman and Hilliard
Davidson in Division I tango with a trip to the state semifinals on the line.

Most area athletes have completed
fall sports, but winter sports is only nine days away from the tip-off of girls
basketball season. Boys basketball and wrestling follow a week later.


David Harper, DeSales: Harper
scored the lone goal in a Division II state championship game to lead DeSales
past Bay Village 1-0.

But his work wasn’t done.

Then, Harper boarded a bus to
Dayton and kicked two field goals, including his career-long of 41 yards to help
DeSales past Tippecanoe 54-14 in a Division III regional semifinal game.


Fredericktown, football:
Fredericktown’s magical season continues in football thanks to Thomas Hinkle
throwing two second half touchdown passes to overcome a 14-2 halftime deficit
and knock off Wheelersburg 15-14 at Nelsonville-York.

Hinkle’s second touchdown strike of
79 yards to Nathan Cubbage gave the 12-0 Freddies its first lead with 9:48
remaining in a Division V, Region 19 semifinal game.


Sweep for central Ohio boys soccer:
It was an historical day last Friday for boys soccer as Franklin County teams
won all three state championships, a first since the field was expanded to three
divisions at Crew Stadium.

Worthington Christian outshot
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 21-9 and scored in overtime on an unassisted
tally by Trent Smith in the 88th minute in the Division III state

Alex Scott had a save for the

In Division II, DeSales’ David
Harper scored an unassisted goal in the 63rd minute to lead the
Stallions past Bay Village 1-0 in a state title game. The Stallions outshot Bay
Village 25-11.

Keeper Christopher Weisgarber had
three saves for DeSales.

In a matchup of top five teams in
the nation, Gahanna’s William Trapp connected on a shootout penalty kick to lift
the No.4 ranked Lions past top-ranked Cleveland St. Ignatius 1-0 in the Division
I state championship.

The Lions outscored St. Ignatius
4-3 in the shootout, including scores by Sean Lipps, Zachary McClurg and Trevor

Gahanna generated 18 shots,
compared to 12 for St. Ignatius. Lions keeper Ryan Grimme had four saves.

Silver for area girls soccer:
Bexley and Dublin Coffman had to settle for the consolation prize of being state
runner-up at Crew Stadium.

In the Division II state title
game, Bexley’s Abby Fagin took a pass from Kendra Wilson in the first minute and
deposited it into the goal to put the Lions ahead. Shaker Heights Hathaway
Brown, however, countered with two goals to win the game 2-1.

Amy Mautz had six saves for Bexley.

Dublin Coffman had a tough time in
the Division I title game, falling to Medina 4-0.

More silver for Coffman: Dublin
Coffman volleyball suffered its first setback of a remarkable year in the
Division I state championship game, falling to Cincinnati Ursuline Academy
16-25, 19-25, 25-18 and 17-25 at Wright State’s Nutter Center.

Ursuline had a 55-41 kill advantage
to remain undefeated at 29-0 in its 10th volleyball Final Four
appearance in school history.

Coffman, 29-1 and making its first
volleyball Final Four appearance in school history, was led by seniors Andrea
Baylin with 18 kills and Alex Blair adding 10. Lindsey Zitzke added 36 assists
and 10 digs and Julia Mindlina accounted for a dozen scoops.

Isolde Hannah recorded eight

Tough luck: Logan Elm suffered two
last second defeats – literally. In a Division III, Region 12 semifinal football
game, Springfield Shawnee’s Steven Sarven caught a six-yard touchdown pass with
1.4 seconds left to end Logan Elm’s season 21-14.

In volleyball, Logan Elm, making
its first Final Four appearance in the sport, won the first two sets 25-21 and
25-19, but fell in the next three 15-25, 20-25 and 13-15 to Mentor Lake

No place like home: Grove City
Christian has settled into Zanesville High School’s football stadium rather
comfortably. Playing its second straight playoff game there, Grove City
Christian rushed for 266 yards to defeat Shadyside 27-14 in a Division XI
regional semifinal game.

The Eagles, now 11-1, scored in the
fourth quarter when Luke Smurthwaite connected with Brice Bowman on a
27-touchdown pass, followed by a five-yard touchdown keeper by Smurthwaite later
in the period to clinch the school’s second playoff win in history.

Jessie Barns rumbled for 140 yards
and a touchdown for the Eagles and Smurthwaite contributed 88 yards rushing and
98 more passing.

The Eagles play Malvern for a
regional title on Saturday at – you guessed it – Zanesville.

Tough time for MSL: The setback of
Logan Elm on Friday was followed by Mid-State League counterparts top-seed
Amanda-Clearcreek being upset 15-12 by No. 4 seed Coshocton in a Division IV,
Region 15 semifinal game and Heath falling 20-14 in overtime to Ironton in a
Division IV, Region 15 semifinal game.

Amanda-Clearcreek, after going 3-7
in 2008, finishes its turnaround season at 11-1, but has to be left wondering
how the playoffs could have gone if their nearly 1,500-yard tailback Garren
Dilley didn’t suffer a broken leg in the last week of the regular-season.

Rematches set: The Central Catholic
League’s keynote rivalry of Watterson and DeSales will happen for a second time
this season in a Division III regional title game. Watterson and Napoleon could
not muster 300 yards of total offense – combined – but Watterson scored what
turned out to be a winning touchdown in the second quarter on a 24-yard
touchdown pass from Greg Hock to Marc Elberson.

DeSales had an easier time in
Dayton as they rolled Tippecanoe 54-14, led by 24 points in the first quarter.
Mitch Yinger blocked two punts in the first quarter for DeSales, the second of
which Sean Cox pounced on in the end zone to put the Stallions ahead 17-0.

Adam Griffin had 14 carries for 117
yards and three scores for DeSales.

In Division I, Dublin Coffman and
Hilliard Davidson will meet for the second time this season after Coffman
stopped Westerville South inches short of the goal line to seal a 21-19 win and
Hilliard Davidson beat Pickerington Central 17-7.


Hilliard Davidson (10-1) vs. Dublin
Coffman (12-0) football at Upper Arlington, Saturday at 7 p.m.: This game is for
a Division I regional title.Coffman won the regular-season encounter 10-7.
Davidson is coming off a stout defensive game as they limited Pickerington
Central to eight first downs.

DeSales (9-3) vs. Watterson (9-3)
football at Dublin Coffman, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: This game is for a Division III
regional title. DeSales prevailed in the regular-season meeting 17-10.

Marion-Franklin (10-2) vs.
Brookhaven (10-2) football at Gahanna, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: This all Columbus
City League matchup for a Division II regional title shows the top of the league
can play with the top of the other top leagues in central Ohio. Brookhaven won
the Week 1 matchup 23-21.

Fredericktown (12-0) vs. Ridgewood
(12-0) football at Johnstown Monroe, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: The Freddies are
looking to advance to the Division V Final Four.

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