Division III State Tournament Preview: LCC, Orrville and Ready wreak history


Orrville senior Jake Bolyard and the Red Riders are looking for thier fourth state basketball title. (Photo by Mike Guster)

The 2010 OHSAA Division III Boy’s
State Tournament
will get underway Thursday at 10:45 a.m. with Lima
Central Catholic (21-4) facing Chesapeake (21-4) trailed by Orrville
(20-5) meeting Columbus Bishop Ready (19-6) at 2 p.m. inside Value City
Arena on the campus of Ohio State University. Here’s what you need to know…

The 2010 Ohio High School Athletic Association Division III Boy’s State Tournament will get underway Thursday at 10:45 a.m. with Lima Central Catholic (21-4) facing Chesapeake (21-4) trailed by Orrville (20-5) meeting Columbus Bishop Ready (19-6) at 2 p.m. inside Value City Arena on the campus of Ohio State University.

Here’s what you need to know…





Lima Central Catholic (21-4)
Location: Lima
Nickname: Thunderbirds
Boys Enrollment: 154
State Appearances: 2010, 2000, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1989
Head Coach: Bob Seggerson
School Rec.: 515-209 (32 yrs.)
PPG: 60.0; OPP: 48.0
W 34 Ty O’Connor, 6-2, So., 12.0 ppg
W 33 Sam Stolly, 6-5, Sr., 8.2 ppg
P 44 Jon Steiger, 6-4, Jr., 6.8 ppg
G 14 Desi Kirkman, 5-11, Sr., 11.2 ppg
G 10 Bubba Kreig, 5-10, So., 7.5 ppg

Lima Central Catholic
has the longest winning streak of any team that isn’t unbeaten at 18 games. The Thunderbirds ended the seasons of two previously unbeaten teams in Liberty-Benton (led by Ohio State signee Aaron Craft) and Plymouth (paced by Robert Morris signee Brook Turson). Head coach Bob Seggerson is in his 32nd year as head coach of the T-Birds, which means Orrville head coach Sly Slaughter and Chesapeake head man Ryan Davis were about four years-old when Seggerson started. He has 516 career-wins, which puts him two spots ahead of former Orrville boss Steve Smith (513). Lima CC was runner-up in 1994 when it was led by Mr. Basketball Aaron Hutchins, who went on to star at Marquette. The T-Birds have the best scoring bench amongst the four teams at 15 points per game.

Chesapeake (21-4)
Location: Chesapeake
Nickname: Panthers
Boys Enrollment: 176
State Appearances: 2010
Head Coach: Ryan Davis
School Rec.: 53-15 (3 yrs.)
PPG: 61.9; OPP: 48.4
F 34 Austin McMaster, 6-4, So., 15.4 ppg
F 44 Trent Saunders, 6-2, Sr., 9.0 ppg
C 55 Colin Kennedy, 6-7, Jr., 10.1 ppg
G 5 Peter Hintz, 5-7, Sr., 5.1 ppg
G 4 Nathan Copley, 6-2, Jr., 19.1 ppg

Chesapeake finally got the monkey off its back after 11 trips to the regional without making a state tournament. Head Coach Ryan Davis, who played his high school ball at Albany Alexander, was an All-American at Kentucky Christian College in 1996.  Chesapeake junior Colin Kennedy played for Rose Hill Christian last year as a sophomore, which is the same school that produced O.J. Mayo. It has been a rough year for the Panthers with the passing of two long-time Chesapeake supporters in Sue Vickers and Joe Smith. The Panthers started the year 3-3, but went 18-1 after that point with their only loss coming to Portsmouth (77-70).

Orrville (20-5)
Location: Orrville
Nickname: Red Riders
Boys Enrollment: 211
State Appearances: 2010, 1996, 1995, 1992, 1980
Head Coach: Sly Slaughter
School Rec.: 20-5 (1 yr.)
PPG: 65.4; OPP: 55.6
F 10 Max Pirman, 6-5, Jr., 3.8 ppg
C 33 Zach Wasson, 6-5, Jr., 18.1 ppg
G 12 Jacob Bolyard, 6-1, Sr., 21.4 ppg
G 2 Joey Bescanson, 5-10, Sr., 9.2 ppg
G 5 Sam Miller, 6-0, Sr., 5.6 ppg

Orrville has made the state tournament four times prior to this year coming away with gold three of the four years. First-year head coach Sly Slaughter was a member of the 1992 championship team.  At 65.4 points per game, the Red Riders average the most points per outing of the four D-III squads, but they also give up the most at 55.6 points per contest. Prior to this year, Orrville had won just seven tournament games the last seven years.

Bishop Ready (19-6)
Location: Columbus
Nickname: Silver Knights
Boys Enrollment: 152
Final ‘10 Ranking: Not Ranked
State Appearances: 2010, 2002, 1973, 1972
Head Coach: Don Worstell
School Rec.: 19-6 (1 yr.)
PPG: 51.7; OPP: 46.0
F 32 Eddy Bahen, 5-11, Sr., 4.0 ppg
F 40 Matt Feeney, 6-0, Sr., 4.0 ppg
G 33 Joe Graessle, 6-3, Sr., 22.6 ppg
G 4 Cody Culbertson, 5-9, Sr., 6.0 ppg
G 10 Matt Biggs, 5-10, Sr., 4.0 ppg

Columbus Ready makes the best of its state tourney appearances with two gold trophies and a runner-up. The Silver Knights are led by first-year head coach Don Worstell. However, Worstell was the boss at Marion Elgin and Franklin Heights before his initial season at Ready. Senior Joe Graessle averages 22.6 points per game, which is nearly five points more than the rest of the starting lineup. Graessle has been as good as any one player in the tournament scoring 26 points in one half against Grandview Heights and 37 in the overtime regional final win versus Taft.  Ready gives up the fewest points per game of the D-III teams at 46 ppg., but scores the least at just under 52.

Lima Central Catholic:
The Thunderbirds started the year 3-4 before winning 18 consecutive contests including tournament wins over St. Henry, Findlay Liberty-Benton, Ottawa-Glandorf and Plymouth. Lima CC’s last loss came to Liberty-Benton on December 29.
Chesapeake: The Panthers currently hold a seven-game winning streak in addition to winning 18 of their final 19 games.
Orrville: The Red Riders lost their final regular season game of the year to D-I Wooster, but have won five-straight in the tournament.
Columbus Ready: The Silver Knights are riding a nine-game winning streak.
Lima Central Catholic:
The Thunderbirds last made the state tournament in 2000 after a run of three consecutive years from 1992-1994 culminating with a state runner-up finish in ‘94. The Thunderbirds were 75-5 in those three seasons. LCC also finished second in 1989. Head Coach Bob Seggerson was the lead man on all of those teams.
Chesapeake: The Panthers have never made the state tournament despite appearing in regional play 11 times.
Orrville: The Red Riders have not made the state tournament since 1996 when they won the D-II state championship. Orrville also won D-III state titles in 1995 and 1992 and was a semifinalist in 1980. The late, great Steve Smith was the head coach of those teams.
Columbus Ready: The Silver Knights were last seen at the state tournament in 2002 losing in the D-III state championship game. Ironically, the team (Bellville Clear Fork) they fell victim to plays in the same conference (Ohio Cardinal Conference) as their opponent on Thursday (Orrville).


Lima Central Catholic (21-4)
Key Wins:
New Bremen, Delphos Jefferson, Delphos St John’s, Lima Senior, Lima Bath, Elida, Celina, Columbus Grove, St. Henry, Findlay Liberty-Benton, Ottawa-Glandorf, Centerburg, and Plymouth.
Losses: Elida, Lima Shawnee, Findlay Liberty-Benton, and Ottawa-Glandorf (OT).

Chesapeake (21-4)
Key Wins:
Wheelersburg, Cabell Midland, South Point (3), Piketon, Zane Trace, Garaway, and Ironton.
Losses: Waverly, Ironton, Campbell Memorial, and Portsmouth.

Orrville (20-5)
Key Wins:
Smithville, Akron East, Wooster, West Salem Northwestern, Lexington, Jerome Hillsdale, Wooster Triway, Cleveland Central Catholic, and Newton Falls.
Losses: Mansfield Senior (2), Lexington, Wooster Triway, and Wooster.

Columbus Ready (19-6)
Key Wins:
Worthington Christian (3), Grandview Heights, Anna, Cincinnati Taft, Bryan, Celina, Hilliard Darby, Jonathan Alder, Columbus St. Charles (2), North Union, and Bishop Hartley.
Losses: Bishop Hartley, Columbus DeSales (2), Bishop Watterson (2), and Zanesville Rosecrans.

Chase Hoobler (Orrville) Indiana (Football)
Sam Miller (Orrville) Kent State (Football)
Joe Graessle (Bishop Ready) Tiffin

Desi Kirkman (5’11, Senior) Lima Central Catholic
Sam Stolly (6’5, Senior) Lima Central Catholic
Nathan Copley (6’2, Junior) Chesapeake
Colin Kennedy (6’7, Junior) Chesapeake
Jacob Bolyard (6’1, Senior) Orrville
Zach Wasson (6’5, Junior) Orrville
Joe Graessle (6’3, Senior) Columbus Ready
Cody Culbertson (5’9, Senior) Columbus Ready

Ty O’Connor (6’2) Lima Central Catholic
Bubba Kreig (5’10) Lima Central Catholic
Austin McMaster (6’4) Chesapeake

Ty O’Connor (Lima Central Catholic) 12.0 ppg.
Desi Kirkman (Lima Central Catholic) 11.2 ppg.
Nathan Copley (Chesapeake) 19.1 ppg.
Austin McMaster (Chesapeake) 15.4 ppg.
Colin Kennedy (Chesapeake) 10.1 ppg.
Jacob Bolyard (Orrville) 21.4 ppg.
Zach Wasson (Orrville) 18.1 ppg.
Joe Graessle (Columbus Ready) 22.6 ppg.

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