Sectional assignments were issued for wrestling this past week as
Pickerington North (Div. I), Olentangy (Div. II) and West Jefferson
(Div. III) earned top seeds. The seed wasn’t the only good news for
West Jeff’s grapplers, who turned in a sparkling performance in
northern Ohio. Speaking of sparkling performances, Cardington-Lincoln’s Riley Thomas had one of his own.
Sectional assignments were issued for wrestling this past week as Pickerington North (Div. I), Olentangy (Div. II) and West Jefferson (Div. III) earned top seeds. The seed wasn’t the only good news for West Jeff’s grapplers, who turned in a sparkling performance in northern Ohio. Girls basketball finds out their postseason destinations on Sunday and boys basketball will have their postseason road map on Feb. 14.
One area boys basketball team who should fare well in seeding is Cardington-Lincoln, who won a league championship behind a special performance. To find out what and who, read on.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
West Jefferson, wrestling: The Roughriders went 10-0 at the Sandusky St. Marys Ohio Duals to take the 18-team event. West Jefferson landed several quality victories during the signature event, including beating No. 1 Monroeville 42-29. The Roughriders routed No. 4 Cuyahoga Heights 57-15 and defeated No. 8 Milan Edison 39-28.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Riley Thomas, Cardington-Lincoln boys basketball: Riley Thomas posted a school-record 47 points to help Cardington-Lincoln past Marion Pleasant 70-54 to wrap-up the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Blue Division championship. One of the better scorers in central Ohio, Thomas connected on 17 of 23 shots, including 6 of 8 from three-point range, for the Pirates and was 7 of 7 at the charity stripe. He also added five rebounds and five assists as the Pirates improved to 13-1 overall and 9-0 in the league.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Miami Trace falls for first time: The Miami Trace girls basketball team suffered its first defeat of the season, 54-49, to Greenfield in a South Central Ohio League game. Greenfield went on a 10-4 run in the third quarter to take a 31-23 lead en route to the win. Jenna Cobb led Miami Trace with 15 points and Andrea Strahler added 10 as the Panthers fell to 14-1 overall and 9-1 in league play.
Upper Arlington gets No. 16: The Upper Arlington girls basketball team used a combined 14 points in the third quarter by Sarah Hobbs and Michela Paradiso to take a 64-54 win over Hilliard Darby to improve to 16-0 and 10-0 in the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division.
Clinch time: A piece of the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Blue Division title was wrapped up by the Ridgedale girls basketball team with a 49-34 victory over Cardington-Lincoln. Kelby Marshall had 14 points and Taylor Bradley deposited 12 points for Ridgedale, which improved to 13-3 and 9-1 in league play.
Northland gets its revenge: The Northland boys basketball team avenged a loss to Canton Timken last season by handing Timken a 64-54 loss to stay undefeated at 14-0. The Vikings, ranked No. 1 in the state and nation, were led by Jared Sullinger with 26 points and J.D. Weatherspoon adding 25.
Devilish comeback: Trailing by a dozen points at halftime, the Marion-Franklin boys basketball team went on a 20-4 to open the third quarter and claim a 83-68 Columbus City League South game against Independence. The Red Devils, who improved to 11-3 overall and 8-2 in division play to share first with Walnut Ridge. DeJuan McGaughy led Marion-Franklin with 21 points, followed by Jeremy McCoy and Elijah Macon adding 17 points each. Macon also added five blocks.
Rollin’ Green Wave: The Newark Catholic boys basketball team, ranked No. 1 in the state by the Associated Press in Division IV, improved to 14-0 and 9-0 in the Mid-State League Ohio Division with a 72-31 rout of Licking Valley. The Green Wave shot 61 percent from the floor and were led by Matt Dawson with 25 points and James Moreman adding 23 points.
Close call: Westerville South’s boys basketball team appeared to have an easier game last week against one-win Dublin Jerome.
Not so fast.
South needed 19 points from Traevon Jackson and Isaiah Rogers adding 18 points to hold off a scrappy Jerome team 73-69 to remain in first-place in the Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division. Westerville South improved to 16-0.
Cam Wilson had 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for Jerome.
Blue Lions get past Hillsboro: Washington Court House’s boys basketball team held Hillsboro to 19 points in the second half to claim a 50-45 South Central Ohio League victory to improve to 14-1 overall and 8-0 in league play.
The Blue Lions shot 7 of 12 from three-point land and were led by Casey Shaw scoring 16 points and Matt Stringfield adding 15.
Licking Valley on top at Groveport: Licking Valley’s wrestling team had four grapplers qualify for championship matches to claim the 14-team Groveport Cruiser Invitational with 180.5 points. Jordan Harble won at 145 pounds and Chase Redman came out on top at 215. Jose Parsons at 119 and Nate Moore at 125 each placed second for the Panthers.
Newark Catholic at Granville girls basketball, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.: The Green Wave face a tough test against Licking County rival Granville, who is a game back of NC and Heath, who are co-leaders in the Mid-State League Ohio Division.
Hartley at DeSales boys basketball, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: Hartley gets to size itself up against one of the top Division II teams in the state in Central Catholic League rival DeSales.
Gahanna at Grove City boys basketball, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: The undefeated Lions try to take another step toward a Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division title and perfect season by traveling to Grove City, who is 9-4 on the season.
Northland vs. Detroit Country Day at Saginaw, Mich. boys basketball, Saturday: The Vikings participate in another high profile matchup as they look to close in on a perfect regular-season.
Logan Elm at Fairfield Union girls basketball, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.: The first meeting between the two Mid-State League Buckeye Division rivals took overtime to decide the Braves as the 53-49 victor.