Morning Huddle: Five Ohio teams make latest ESPN/Rise Fab 50 list

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JJ’s Morning Huddle: A daily dose of News, Notes & Nuggets from around the state

• Centerville looks for retribution in rematch against Wayne
• Start High School girls basketball star signs with UK
• Collinwood girls track team has big shoes to fill


Five Ohio teams make latest ESPN/Rise Fab 50 list: Division V state champion Youngstown Ursuline and defending Division I state champ Hilliard Davidson have made their debut in the latest ESPN/Rise Fab 50 national football poll. Ursuline enters Week 12 ranked 45th and Davidson is 46th. The stalwarts on the list – Glenville, Cincinnati Colerain and St. Edward – all moved up or down between one and three spots on the list. Expect a bigger change in the rankings next week as FAB 50 No. 6 Glenville is scheduled to take on No. 36 St. Edward on Saturday evening.

Centerville looks for retribution in rematch against Wayne: When No. 5 Centerville (9-2) takes the field against No. 8 Wayne (8-3) it’ll be the second time in a month the two teams have faced each other. The last matchup was broadcast on ESPNU on a Thursday night. Wayne held Centerville to 159 yards and 10 points while getting 225 passing yards and 2 TDs from QB Braxton Miller. Wayne ended up winning 34-10. It’s all eerily reminescent of 2005 when Wayne beat Centerville 38-0 in Week 8. The two teams met again in a regional semifinal and Wayne won 29-28. We’re not predicting a winner, but we will say it’s going to be a battle Saturday night at Welcome Stadium.

Collinwood girls track team has big shoes to fill: After bringing home nine state championships under girls track coach Lou Slapnik’s reign, the Collinwood girls track team will have to work hard to find a replacement for the recently retired coach. “Slapnik was to Cleveland girls track what Glenville football coach Ted Ginn Sr. is to Cleveland high school football, a man who does his best to mold kids into successful students, athletes and young adults,” writes Tim Warsinskey of The Plain Dealer. “To Slapnik and Ginn, the athletic success always has been a beautiful bonus, a byproduct of their missions.” The district has known of the vacant coaching slot for months, but it hasn’t been posted yet due to bargaining agreements. With track training often starting in January, the district will need to move fast to find a replacement. “They need to hire a coach who can carry Slapnik’s torch,” Warsinskey writes, “lighting the way for Cleveland girls.”

Start High School girls basketball star signs with UK: The 6-foot-3 power forward/center Azia Bishop from Start High School in Toledo, Ohio, is listed as one of the top 30 basketball players in the country. Bishop took advantage of the early signing period to sign with the Kentucky Wildcats yesterday. “Azia is a person who fits in perfectly to what we are trying to accomplish at Kentucky,” Kentucky head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “She is extremely athletic and one of the most dynamic post players in the country. She possesses the versatility we love in our post players at UK. She definitely will fit in our up-tempo style of play and we think she just is scratching the surface of her potential.” Bishop, who is rated the No. 34 prospect overall and the No. 3 post player in the nation, according to ESPN’s HoopGurlz rankings, averaged nine points and eight rebounds for Start High School as a junior. Bishop picked Kentucky over an offer from Ohio State.

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