Southwest Ohio Huddle: Princeton’s Sibert named Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year

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Southwest Ohio Huddle

No one disputes Ohio State’s incoming class of top Ohio recruits next
season. With Northland’s Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon and
Princeton’s Jordan Sibert already signed with the Buckeyes – Ohio State
has yet another strong recruiting class under coach Thad Matta. Last week, Sibert added another
accomplishment…


No one disputes Ohio State’s incoming class of top Ohio recruits next season. With Northland’s Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon and Princeton’s Jordan Sibert already signed with the Buckeyes – Ohio State has yet another strong recruiting class under coach Thad Matta.

Last week, Sibert, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard, added another accomplishment to his impressive resume when he was named the 2009-10 Gatorade Ohio Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Sibert is the first player to be chosen for the award at Princeton High School. According to a news release, the award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and character on and off the court.

“Jordan Sibert is as unselfish of a player as you’ll ever find,” Princeton coach Josh Andrews said. “It’s very rare at this level to have your best player be as unselfish as he is. He’s all about finding the best way to win, event if that means giving the ball to one of his teammates. It makes him awfully fun to coach and it’s really helped our program to succeed.”

Sibert, who was named the Associated Press Southwest District player of the year earlier this month, helped to lead the Vikings to a Division I regional semifinal.

Sibert, the Greater Miami Conference player of the year this season, averaged 18.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.0 steals for the Vikings (19-5), who were a Division I regional semifinalist.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Alex Barlow, Archbishop Moeller: The junior guard scored nine points and had two steals in overtime as Moeller defeated La Salle 49-41 in overtime in the Division I regional final last Friday night, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Barlow finished with 13 points and helped the Crusaders to their fifth state final four since 1999, according to the publication. “I would put Alex in a small percentage of players who I would actually call ‘gamers,’” Moeller coach Carl Kremer told the publication. “He just makes plays at clutch times and he can do it both physically and mentally. He is the glue to our team.” Moeller (21-4) plays Mentor (23-3) in a Division I state semifinal at 5:15 p.m. Friday at Ohio State University’s Value City Arena.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Dayton Jefferson boys’ basketball team: Jefferson defeated Fort Recovery 55-51 in overtime in the Division IV regional final to win its first regional title since 1998, according to the Dayton Daily News. “This feels great,” Jefferson senior Adreian Payne told the Dayton Daily News. “I can’t explain the feeling. I want to keep cutting down more nets. This is all I’ve been waiting for.” Jefferson led 28-16 at halftime, but For Recovery rallied in the second half, according to the publication. Greg Kahlig had a game-high 27 points, including 23 in the second half for Fort Recovery, according to the publication. “We knew it wouldn’t be easy,” Jefferson coach Art Winston told the publication. “They had a big crowd, we were in foul trouble and they were in attack mode, but I am proud of these kids.”

Jefferson (15-10) plays Bedford St. Peter Chanel (14-11) in a Division IV state semifinal game at 2 p.m. Friday at Ohio State University’s Value City Arena in Columbus.

NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS

Centerville junior commits: Centerville junior linebacker Mike Replogle recently made an oral commitment to Indiana recently. Replogle, who is 6-3 and 215 pounds, had two fumble recoveries, a half-sack and an interception for the Elks last season.

TV showdown:
Middletown will play at West Chester Lakota West in a GMC game on Sept. 16 live on Fox Sports Ohio. The Middies and Firebirds were playoffs participants in 2009.

Norwood girls’ soccer coach steps down:
Norwood girls’ soccer coach Devin Lawler resigned last week in order to spend more time with his family. Lawler led the Indians to a 14-3-2 record and a district runner-up finish in the postseason.

Mason runner commits to Northern Kentucky:
Mason senior Matt Larcomb has committed to run cross country at Northern Kentucky University, according to the Pulse Journal.

Norwood football coach steps down:
Norwood head football coach Steve Metz resigned from the program last week after his teaching position was eliminated due to district-wide budget cuts. He was the Indians coach for five seasons and posted a 24-26 record.

Kaminsky commits:
Fairfield senior wide receiver Nick Kaminsky (6-4, 195) has committed to play football at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

Syracuse offers Kelly:
Lakota West junior offensive lineman Ryan Kelly has been offered by Syracuse. He also has offers from Louisville, Boston College, Indiana and Cincinnati.

ON TAP

Dayton Dunbar vs. Cleveland Benedictine, boys’ basketball, 5:15 p.m. Thursday: These two teams play in a Division II state semifinal at Value City Arena. Dunbar (23-3) defeated Marshall 44-40 in the regional final at Trent Arena, according to the Dayton Daily News. Sophomore Deontae Hawkins had 16 points, while Marshall’s Gordon Watson had 15, according to the Dayton Daily News. The Division II state final is 2 p.m. Saturday.

Dayton Jefferson vs. St. Peter Chanel, boys’ basketball, 2 p.m. Friday:
These two teams play in the Division IV state semifinals. This is the first state final four appearance since 1998 for Jefferson. Chanel is making its first state appearance since 2008. Jefferson averages 72.8 points, compared to Chanel’s 56.7 points. The state final is 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Moeller vs. Mentor, boys’ basketball, 5:15 p.m. Friday:
Moeller is making its first state appearance since 2007 when the Crusaders won the Division I title. Moeller is led by senior center Griffin McKenzie (Xavier signee), who averages 11.3 points. Junior guard Charlie Byers averages 12.7 points. Mentor is making its first state appearance. The state final is 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

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