The snow continued to fall across central Ohio, but there was still
plenty of basketball on both the boys and girls side and also wrestling
as league championships were either decided or in the final stages of
The snow continued to fall across central Ohio, but there was still plenty of basketball on both the boys and girls side and also wrestling as league championships were either decided or in the final stages of decision.
A Pickaway County girls basketball season completed its turnaround season by winning its first league championship in over a decade. A Fayette County boys basketball team had two players score more than 20 points to win a big lead game.
The Central Catholic League had two big boys basketball battles and the second North-South battle in Westerville occurred to help highlight Ohio Capital Conference games.
Then there were special individual moments from players from Licking and Marion counties.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Caitlin Cain, Teays Valley girls basketball: Cain shot 9 of 10 at the free throw line and had a monster game of 21 points and seven rebounds as Teays Valley defeated Fairfield Union 49-43. Cain six free throws in the final four minutes to help hold off the host Falcons. After posting a 5-16 record in 2009, the Vikings have been perhaps the biggest turnaround story in central Ohio girls basketball as the team posted a 17-3 record this season, their first winning record since 2003. A Logan Elm loss to Fairfield Union allowed the Vikings to claim at least a share of the Mid-State League Buckeye title, their first since 1997.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Washington Court House boys basketball: The Blue Lions had one of their best weeks in years, obtaining a No. 1 seed for the Southeast District Southeastern sectional and clinching their first league championship since 2002 with a 78-66 decision over Madison-Plains in a South Central Ohio League game.
The sharp shooting Blue Lions went 30 of 54 from the field, led by Casey Shaw depositing 27 points. Kyle Slone contributed 21 points, Julian Wyatt tallied 12 points and Matt Stringfield added 10.
Washington Court House moved to 16-1 on the season and 10-0 in SCOL play.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Quite a comeback: Down by 10 points with three matches left in a Mid-State League Buckeye dual with visiting Canal Winchester, the Teays Valley wrestling team rallied as Kam Stemen landed a win at 130 pounds, followed by pins by Travis Luft and Britt Ramey to defeat CW 38-33 and clinch the third straight league title for Teays Valley. Ramey entered his match at 140 pounds with the Vikings trailing by a point and won in 52 seconds.
Strong Knights: Northmor came away with 192 points and held off Marion Pleasant to take the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference wrestling championship. Northmor captured five individual championships during the competition – Tyler Heminger (125 pounds), Cody Myers (171), Spencer Whisler (189), Andrew Wright (215) and Cody Setser at heavyweight.
Rising to the occasion: After having to make a trip to the hospital earlier in the day to get fluids for a virus that was causing vomiting, Newark Catholic’s Matt Dawson rose above his illness to drop in six three-pointers and score 20 points in a 64-42 win over Licking County rival Granville in a Mid-State League Ohio Division game to keep the Green Wave perfect on the season.
Not to be outdone: After seeing the Marion Harding girls basketball team clinch the Greater Buckeye Conference title, the boys basketball team wasn’t going to be outdone, landing a 72-68 win over Napoleon to clinch the conference title and move to 16-1 on the season.
Harding went on a 17-6 run in the second period turned out to be the ticket for the Presidents, which were led by Shawn Dyer dropping 24 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and Marvin Owens chipping in 14 points
Shaquille Smith added 11 points and six boards.
Make it 1,000: Marion Elgin’s Doug Ute scored his 1,000th career point and tallied a game-high 28 points in a 82-50 win over Mount Gilead in a Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference contest. Ute hit four triples and knocked down 10 total field goals and four free throws in his productive night.
Central Catholic League clashes: While basketball was limited due to winter storms pounding the area, the Central Catholic League had two big clashes.
League-leader DeSales clinched its fifth straight CCL title with a 71-64 win over St. Charles, sparked by Nick Kellogg scoring 22 points and Clinton James tallying 14 points.
St. Charles cut a 15-point DeSales lead down to just three in the last half of the fourth quarter but Kellogg, an Ohio University-bound guard came down with a big offense rebound and hit a reverse layup to start a key three-point play to help hold the lead for the Stallions.
In another CCL clash, DeAvery Collins hit a jumper with eight seconds left to lift Bishop Hartley past Bishop Watterson 42-40. Collin led 12-5 Hartley with 13 points.
Big night for Jackson: Gahanna trailed Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division rival Reynoldsburg 25-21 at halftime, but guard Anthony Jackson lifted the Lions by scoring 13 of his game-high 33 points in the third quarter in a 60-52 win. The division champion Lions, now 17-0 overall, outscored Reynoldsburg 21-10 in the third quarter.
Best in Westerville: The Westerville South boys basketball team outscored host Westerville North 22-11 in the first quarter and 18-11 in the third to take a 71-55 Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division game.
Traevon Jackson led the Wildcats with 25 points. Westerville South won the division and is now 19-0.
Staying alive: The North Union girls basketball team landed a 51-36 win over Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Blue Division champion Ridgedale to keep its hopes alive for a piece of the Red Division title. NU 15-4 and 10-2 in conference play must beat River Valley to capture the title.
North Union went on a 17-2 run in the third quarter and was led on the night with Shanda Ridgeway with 18 points and Sydney Parrott adding eight points.
Division III sectional wrestling at Utica High School, Friday and Saturday: Look for West Jefferson to take the sectional and Amanda-Clearcreek to put in a good showing in a tough sectional field.
Mount Vernon at New Albany boys basketball, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: Mount Vernon is 16-2 and 11-1 in Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division play but needs a win at 11-6 and 9-3 New Albany to try and hold off Olentangy Orange.
Canal Winchester at Logan Elm boys basketball, Friday at 7:30 p.m.: Both teams are tied for the lead in the Mid-State League Buckeye Division.
Hilliard Darby at Hilliard Davidson boys basketball, Saturday at 8 p.m.: A good way for both teams to get ready for the tournament with a big rivalry game.
Amanda-Clearcreek at Logan Elm girls basketball, Monday at 7:30 p.m.: The Braves need to beat Amanda-Clearcreek to win a chare of their first league title since 1993.