Southwest Ohio Huddle: Football offers roll in for juniors; Winter sports postseason tournaments start

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Southwest Ohio Huddle

You’ve got to be kidding, right? Cincinnati Northwest junior guard Cameron Bryant wasn’t joking at all
last Tuesday night when he made a 70-foot shot as time expired to force
overtime against Cincinnati Walnut Hills. “It’s crazy,” Bryant told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I never thought something like that would happen.” This past week was memorable for many others as well.


You’ve got to be kidding, right?

Cincinnati Northwest junior guard Cameron Bryant wasn’t joking at all last Tuesday night when he made a 70-foot shot as time expired to force overtime against Cincinnati Walnut Hills.

“It’s crazy,” Bryant told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I never thought something like that would happen.”

Walnut Hills ended up winning 56-48 in overtime and improved to 12-3, while Northwest dropped to 4-12. But, it was the shot seen around Cincinnati on Friday morning when the film was put together by the Walnut Hills staff. Some debated whether it made it in time – but the truth was the officials counted it.

Would Bryant be able to repeat the feat in practice the next day? There’s no way….

Ah, but he did. He tried a couple of attempts that were wide right, but was able to make similar shot in practice.

Northwest coach Brooks Posta admitted he didn’t see the shot in practice, but all he knows is he never experienced anything like the 3-pointer on Tuesday night.

 “It was a surreal moment,” Posta said. “There was a moment after it went in where everybody in the gym was in disbelief and shock.”

Bryant, who is expected to be a contender for the Knights’ starting quarterback in the fall, won’t ever be questioned on his throwing accuracy on the basketball floor.

“The first thing I said was…this was ESPN stuff,” Northwest athletic director Brian Vanover said.

Posta said the carryover from the play has been positive for the school district all week.

“It was a great moment for Cameron and our team,” Posta said. “We were all upset we lost but that particular play we will never forget.”

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Mason Boys Swimming: The Comets captured the Greater Miami Conference title recently as they defeated Sycamore 415-341. Mason senior diver Stephen Sargent, who won the Division I sectional diving competition at Miami University with a score of 370.85, set a new school and GMC record earlier this month.

“The boys win was really impressive,” Mason coach Mark Sullivan said. “We had some great swims and really relied on our overall team depth.”

The Comets tied Moeller for first place in the Division I sectional meet with 447 points this past weekend. Senior Tyler Torbet (100 back) and senior Andy Supronas (100 free) were among the sectional winners.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jasmine Shaw, Winton Woods: The senior 5-foot-7 guard scored a
game-high 25 points to go along with eight rebounds and four steals
against Cincinnati Ursuline to keep the Warriors (19-0) undefeated.
Winton Woods is ranked No. 1 in the Cincinnati Enquirer Division I area
coaches’ poll. She also had 21 points and nine rebounds in the
regular-season finale win over Glen Este Saturday. Shaw, who is
uncommitted to a college, averages 15.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.5
steals. Shaw had 13 points, six rebounds and two steals in a 58-49 over
Hughes on Feb. 9.

NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS

Coaching Milestone: Centerville boys basketball coach Jim Staley notched his 500th career win on Friday when the Elks beat Beavercreek 75-49. The victory also wrapped up Centerville’s fifth straight GWOC Central title and their third outright during the run. Earlier this season, Staley’s brother Joe – the head coach at Chaminade Julienne – won his 300th game.

Siggins Sinks It:
Alter senior and reigning GCL North Player of the Year, Ryan Siggins scored his 1,000th career point in a 62-28 loss to Roger Bacon. Siggins ended the night with 1,009 points after scoring 25 against the Spartans.

Winning ways:
The Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy girls’ basketball team won the Miami Valley Conference Scarlet division with a 90-39 win over Lockland Thursday night. Senior Courtney Kust had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles.

From Irish to Buckeyes:
St. Ursula senior soccer player Lauren Amyx signed with Ohio State after she had made an oral commitment to Notre Dame. Amyx was part of the past two Division I state titles for the Bulldogs.

Quarter of a century:
The Cincinnati Ursuline girls’ swimming team captured its 25th consecutive GGCL championship recently. Breann McDowell (200 IM, 500 free), Cynthia Donovan (50 free), Molly Basch (diving), Lynn Brotherton (100 fly) and Sarah Blood (100 back) are among the leaders for the Lions this season.

Upset Special:
Sidney’s boys basketball team stung visiting Trotwood-Madison with a 79-74 upset victory that put the Yellow Jackets in position to earn a share of the GWOC North title. Trotwood has won the last four GWOC North titles outright but will share the championship this season if it beats Piqua this week and Sidney dispatches Vandalia-Butler. Zach Yinger led the Yellow Jackets with 17 points and Lamar Taborn added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Nice finish:
Harrison senior Andrew Tumlin closed out his Fort Ancient Valley Conference career with a four consecutive individual title. His first two titles came at 215 pounds. The past two were at 189.

Recruiting Update:
West Chester Lakota West LB Jordan Hicks was offered by Texas on Friday. Hicks (6-2, 210) also has offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Florida, LSU and several others.

- Wyoming junior DL Jibreel Black (6-2, 260) was offered by Kentucky . He also has offers from Cincinnati, Ohio University and West Virginia.

- Fairfield junior safety Arryn Chenault (6-1, 175) was offered by Indiana . He also has an offer from Cincinnati.

-Roger Bacon junior WR-DB Jorian Hudson (6-1, 180) has been offered by Cincinnati.

-Moeller junior LB Marcus Rush (6-3, 225) was offered by Virginia on Saturday. He also has offers from Cincinnati and Indiana.

Gray sisters reunite:
Sycamore junior volleyball standout Gaby Gray made an oral commitment to play at Northwestern, joining her sister Brittani Gray, who is a sophomore outside hitter with the Wildcats. Gaby also considered Ohio State, Florida, Stanford and Notre Dame.

Bearcat Bound:
Eaton High School junior offensive lineman Clint Shepherd has verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati. He will make a visit on Saturday to meet again with head coach Brian Kelly.

Cavalier Attitude:
Looks like football and baseball isn’t the only thing they play in Coldwater. The Cavaliers boys basketball team had an outstanding weekend with wins over archrival St. Henry on Friday and Kenton on Saturday. The Cavaliers (13-5) handed the Redskins (15-2) just their second loss of the season with a 50-35 victory and then followed that with a 49-36 win over the Wildcats. Kenton (10-7) took a 28-27 lead – its only of the game – mid-way through the third quarter, but then Coldwater responded with an 18-0 run to put it out of reach.

ON TAP

Fort Recovery at Delphos St. John’s, Boys Basketball, Friday, 8 p.m.: The teams may not win the Midwest Athletic Conference title (that more than likely belongs to New Knoxville) but both these schools played the Rangers tough and are looking for momentum as the season winds down.

Brookville vs Milton-Union, Girls Basketball, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Twin Valley South High School, D-III Sectional: Rarely do two of the top four seeds in a sectional meet up in the first round, but that’s what’s happening here between the Bulldogs (No. 1) and Blue Devils (No. 4). The two teams split their regular season meetings and Brookville won the SWBL Southwest Division title. Since losing to Milton on Jan. 24, the Blue Devils have ripped off six straight wins. The Bulldogs on the other hand lost to Bellbrook, Oakwood and Arcanum to close the season. Brookville choose to play Milton in the first round.

Ice hockey district tournament:
The Columbus District begins its tournament this week. Beavercreek, Moeller, Centerville and Talawanda are among teams to watch. Beavercreek plays Saturday against Gahanna Lincoln at 1:15 p.m. at the Nationwide Arena Ice Haus. Talawanda plays Saturday at 3:15 p.m. against the Friday winner of Worthington-Springboro. Centerville, which has a bye the first round, plays St. Francis De Sales or St. Charles Saturday.

District swimming and diving:
The boys and girls district diving meet begins today at 6 p.m. at Miami University. The boys’ Division I meet is Wednesday at 6 p.m. The swimming starts Friday at 6:30 p.m. and continues through Saturday night at Miami.

Middletown at Princeton, Boys Basketball, Saturday, 6 p.m.:
This sold-out game is finally being made up after it was postponed in late January due to a winter storm. It could decide the Greater Miami Conference title. Look for Middletown ’s Bill Edwards and Princeton seniors Marquis Horne and Orlando Williams and junior Jordan Sibert to lead in this game. It will be broadcast in Cincinnati on Fox19.

Sectional wrestling, Saturday, 10 a.m.:
The Cincinnati-area Division I sectionals have switched to a one-day format this year at Moeller, Elder and Western Brown. Moeller is fifth and Elder 10th in the latest state poll.

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