Southwest Ohio Huddle: With Hicks saga out of way, eyes turn to James


Southwest Ohio Huddle

Now that the Jordan Hicks’ sweepstakes has past, all eyes and hears are
awaiting word on Cincinnati St. Xavier senior offensive lineman Matt
James’ college decision Wednesday morning. Listen up…

Now that the Jordan Hicks’ sweepstakes has past, all eyes and hears are awaiting word on Cincinnati St. Xavier senior offensive lineman Matt James’ college decision Wednesday morning.

Hicks, the standout West Chester Lakota West senior linebacker, is the No. 1-rated player overall in the state’s 2010 class by Ohio High Magazine. He ended months of speculation by fans and recruiting experts alike when he announced this past Friday he had orally committed to play football at Texas.

Hicks, who is 6 feet 2 and 220 pounds, also considered Ohio State and Florida among his final three college choices. Hicks had so much media attention going into this past fall that the Lakota West athletic department actually set up media teleconferences during Tuesday mornings so that the media could ask questions of Hicks and Lakota West coach Larry Cox.

Hicks, who won numerous national awards the past several weeks, seemed very relieved to publicly announce his college decision on Friday. All throughout the 2009 season, Hicks acted well beyond his years in how he handled the media spotlight and pressure from of some of the nation’s top programs.

“It was difficult at times,” Hicks said Friday of the recruiting process. “…But I wouldn’t take it back. It was a great experience.”

This week, several football players around Southwest Ohio will experience the joyous occasion of signing their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

James is expected to be among the standouts who will sign. James’ teammate, St. Xavier senior quarterback Luke Massa, orally committed to Notre Dame Sunday morning. Massa had previously made an oral commitment to Cincinnati last summer.

James, who is reportedly considering Ohio State and Notre Dame as his final two choices, is expected make his decision early Wednesday morning before he participates in a signing ceremony with his teammates right before noon at St. Xavier.


Jordan Sibert, Cincinnati Princeton boys’ basketball: The senior guard had 22 points in a 71-45 win over Mason on Friday night. Sibert, who is committed to play at Ohio State, has scored in double figures in every game this season. He had 13 points a 47-39 win over Liberty Township Lakota East on Jan. 26. Sibert averages 16.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.5 assists for the Vikings, who were Division I state runners-up last season. Princeton (10-4), which is in first place of the Greater Miami Conference, plays at Hamilton at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Mother of Mercy girls’ bowling team: The Bobcats set a school record for most pins in a match with 2,730 in Monday’s win over Oak Hills, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Mercy junior Sarah Tebelman had a high series of 448 to lead the Bobcats. Mercy’s previous school record was 2,639 – set earlier this season – according to the Enquirer. Tebelman had a high game of 256 against Oak Hills. Junior Kelsey Schaible had a series of 447, including a high game of 245. Mercy plays at Seton at 4 p.m. today (Feb. 2) before it concludes the regular season with a home match against Roger Bacon at 4 p.m. Thursday.


Overtime again: The Xenia boys’ basketball team defeated Fairborn 66-65 Friday for the sixth win in overtime this season, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Ballard commits:
Trotwood-Madison linebacker Willie Ballard has reportedly made an oral commitment to play at Buffalo, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Allsop commits:
Wyoming senior defensive back Jacob Allsop has committed to Ohio Dominican. He had three interceptions and 68 ½ tackles this past season.

Cincinnati offers Kelly:
West Chester Lakota West junior offensive lineman Ryan Kelly has been offered by Cincinnati. Kelly also has offer from Louisville and Indiana.

Buffalo offers Clark:
Finneytown junior offensive lineman Donavon Clark has been offered by Buffalo. He also has offers from Duke, Ball State and Indiana.

North College Hill football commitments:
North College Hill announced senior defensive tackle Angelo Pruitt will sign with UConn and senior defensive back Stefone Grace will sign with Marshall this week.

Dunbar reaches 100 points:
The Dayton Daily News reported the Dunbar boys’ basketball team reached 100 points for the third time this season with a 100-47 win over visiting Belmont.

Princeton wins Milford Invitational:
The Princeton wrestling team won the Milford Invitational on Saturday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Loveland was second, followed by Turpin. Princeton senior Charles Mason (160) was named the wrestler of the meet.


Beavercreek at Fairmont, girls’ basketball, 7:30 p.m. Friday: Two of the top teams in the Greater Western Ohio Conference Central division. Fairmont is 14-2 record going into this week. Beavercreek is 12-4.  Fairmont’s Cassie Sant averages 13.3 points, while Beavercreek’s Sammy Haddix averages 11.2 points.

Trotwood-Madison at Vandalia Butler boys’ basketball, 7:30 p.m. Friday:
Two of the top teams in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North division. Trotwood-Madison had an 11-3 record at the end of January. Trotwood-Madison defeated Butler 47-38 on Dec. 18. Senior guard DaWuan Thomas has led Trotwood by averaging 18.2 points, 5.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds. Butler senior center A.J. Pacher averages 17.0 points and 11.2 rebounds.

Mount Healthy at Northwest girls’ basketball, 2:30 p.m. Saturday:
Mount Healthy leads the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Scarlet division with a 13-5 overall record and 7-1 record in the league. The team has won eight consecutive games, including a 64-60 win over Hamilton Ross (11-5) on Saturday. Mount Healthy is led by junior forward Jonessa Moore, who averages 16.2 points and 10.3 rebounds.

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