Central Ohio Huddle: Westerville South and Gahanna continue to roll

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Central Ohio Huddle

Give and take turned out to be the meaning of the past week for Central Ohio high school athletics. Northland and DeSales boys basketball scored quality wins against out-of-area competition in the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic, while Westerville South and Gahanna boys basketball stayed undefeated. The take came as long-time Amanda-Clearcreek head football coach Ron Hinton resigned to take the same position at Chillicothe High School.


Give and take turned out to be the meaning of the past week for central Ohio high school athletics. Northland and DeSales boys basketball scored quality wins against out-of-area competition in the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic, while Westerville South and Gahanna boys basketball stayed undefeated to remain leaders in the Ohio Capital Conference.

The take came as long-time Amanda-Clearcreek head football coach Ron Hinton resigned to take the same position at Chillicothe High School. Hinton led his alma mater to two state championships and eight regional crowns, but cited wanting to spend more time with his grandchildren in Chillicothe and the levy situation at Amanda-Clearcreek being two of the reason for the move.

Amanda-Clearcreek athletic director Larry Herges said a search for the first new head coach in three decades to lead the Aces will begin this week. Herges has asked assistant coaches Nate Cotton, Cory Black, Nick Davey and Mark Jones to stay on with the program.

Unless a new levy is passed before next school year, A-C will face $500 pay-to-participate fees for the 2010-2011 sports season. The athletic boosters are working on a way to reduce the fees, but that is a one-year solution. If a levy is passed, pay-to-participate fees will remain at $75 at the high school.

But there was also plenty more that went on in the area.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

DeSales, boys basketball: DeSales had a busy weekend, building its already impressive resume even more with wins over rival Watterson and Wilmington. DeSales started the weekend by putting five players into double figures in a 71-59 Central Catholic League win over Watterson. The Stallions came back on Saturday afternoon to take a 65-62 double overtime thriller over Wilmington in the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic at the Schottenstein Center. Ohio University-bound Nick Kellogg led DeSales with 27 points and Adam Griffin chipped in 18 points.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Shawn Dyer, Marion Harding boys basketball: Dyer was a big force in a pair of wins for the Marion Harding boys basketball team. Dyer produced a triple-double of 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 71-59 Marion Harding win over Tiffin Columbian in non-conference action that sent Harding to 11-1 on the season. Earlier in the week, Dyer had 13 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in a 67-63 win over Sandusky.

NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS

Four in double figures for Cardington: Ranked in the top 10 of Division III, the Cardington-Lincoln boys basketball team put four players in double figures in a 52-45 win over Northmor to go to 12-1 on the season. Jeff Stone led the Pirates with 15 points, David Meachem had 14 points, Riley Thomas scored 12 points and Ben Burkhardt chipped in 10.

Ridgedale retains first:
The Ridgedale girls basketball team retained its hold on first place in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Blue Division with a 52-44 verdict over River Valley to go to 11-2 on the season and 7-1 in league play. Taylor Bradley poured in 23 points to lead Ridgedale.

Westerville South, Gahanna still rolling:
Two of central Ohio’s undefeated teams continued rolling. Led by 13 points and 10 rebounds by Traevon Jackson and a career-high 11 points from Marcus Ball, Westerville South used a 10-0 run to defeat Logan Elm 55-41 in the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic at the Schottenstein Center. While South improved to 14-0, fellow Ohio Capital Conference member Gahanna went to 13-0 on the season with a 79-63 win over Newark. Stevie Taylor hit five three-pointers in a 28-5 first quarter for the Lions.

Viking routs:
The Northland boys basketball team landed two wins in two nights, starting with a 73-40 win over City League rival Brookhaven. Jordan Potts had five three-pointers for Northland and Jared Sullinger added 14 points and 14 rebounds. Northland then creamed Bishop Luers of Fort Wayne, Ind. 88-67 in the highlight game of the Scholastic Play-by Play Classic to move to 12-0 on the season. Northland shot a mind blowing 78 percent in the first half to take a 51-28 halftime lead. The Ohio State-bound Sullinger had 24 points on his future home court.

Thomas Worthington pulls upset:
Brooklynn Martinez hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to send the Thomas Worthington girls basketball team past previously undefeated Upper Arlington 45-42. Erika Rousculp led the Cardinals with 19 points.

Falcons bounce back:
The Fairfield Union girls basketball team bounced back from a 49-40 loss to rival Amanda-Clearcreek by recording perhaps its most solid win of the season, a 58-56 decision over Heath in a non-league game. Kaity Wyeth scored 24 points and came away with a steal and layup for the game winner. Erin Competti added 14 points for the 11-5 Falcons.

Heath standout Megan White had 24 points as the Bulldogs fell to 12-4.

Teays Valley wins Gahanna Duals:
The Teays Valley wrestling team went 4-1 at the Gahanna Duals and won a tiebreaker over Hilliard Davidson to take the Gahanna Duals title. Tyler and Travis Luft (145 and 135 pounds) and Brocky Lei Decker (160) each went 5-0 for the Vikings.

Aces win home tournament:
The Amanda-Clearcreek wrestling team had three grapplers win individual titles as the Aces won their Jeff Arndt Classic. Jared Wilson (160), Tyler Van Horn (152) and Kaleb Miller (189) won individual titles as Amanda-Clearcreek beat out Zane Trace for the title.

ON TAP

Miami Trace at Greenfield girls basketball, Thursday at 7:30 p.m.: Miami Trace is undefeated at 13-0 but face a tough task at rival 11-2 Greenfield. Miami Trace is a game ahead of Greenfield in the South Central Ohio League.

Bloom-Carroll at Logan Elm boys basketball, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.:
Logan Elm and Canal Winchester are tied for first in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division. Bloom-Carroll is two games back and could make up ground here.

Regina at Northland girls basketball, Saturday at 2 p.m.:
12-2 Northland takes on one of the powers in Ohio girls basketball.

Hillsboro at Washington Court House boys basketball, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.: 
Washington Court House sits at 12-1 on the season and can take a big step toward a South Central Ohio League title with a win against Hillsboro. Hillsboro comes in at 7-7 but had to forfeit three games earlier this season due to using an ineligible player.

Canton Timken at Northland boys basketball, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.:
A battle of top 20 teams in Division I. Timken landed a 59-42 win over Chillicothe at the Play-by-Play Classic to go to 13-2.

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