Morning Huddle: Ohio State commit Braxton Miller to lead Wayne against St. X

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

• Ranking the Top 10 DI boys basketball teams in Cincy

• OHSAA’s ‘at will’ rule to change high school bowling

• Just three No. 1-ranked football teams left in playoffs


Ohio State commit Braxton Miller to lead Wayne against St. X: In a rather unexpected matchup, two underdog teams will square off as they fight for a final four bid in the Division I regionals. Cincinnati St. Xavier will take on Huber Heights Wayne on Saturday at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. Wayne’s quarterback Braxton Miller is rated the nation’s top quarterback and is verbally committed to Ohio State. He’ll try to lead the Warriors over a St. X defense which stars senior linebacker Steven Daniels. Daniels, a senior, had 16 sacks in the regular season for the Bombers and is considering several scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Texas A&M, Boston College and others. Wayne shut out undefeated Middletown 21-0 in the first round of the playoffs, then defeated Centerville 36-33 in a double overtime thriller to make the regional finals.

Ranking the Top 10 DI boys basketball teams in Cincy: The Cincinnti Enquirer has released its Division I Ohio Boys Basketball Preseason Poll, and LaSalle sits at the top of the pack. Here’s their full breakdown:

  1. LaSalle
  2. Princeton
  3. Moeller
  4. Middletown
  5. Withrow
  6. St. Xavier
  7. Lakota East
  8. Winton Woods
  9. Aiken
  10. Elder

OHSAA’s ‘at will’ rule to change high school bowling: A new Ohio High School Athletic Association rule that will be put into place this year will allow a coach to switch bowlers in the middle of a game if desired. “I’m looking forward to the season and this new rule,” St. Xavier coach Al Runkel tells the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It could benefit us because we have a roster full of really talented boys. It’s a good rule for our coaches to have. If a bowler is not performing well in his first few frames, to have the ability to replace him will relieve the pressure off the kids.” All bowling coaches across the state will be allowed to sub bowlers “at will.”

Just three No. 1-ranked football teams left in playoffs: Twenty-three of the 60 teams that finished the regular season ranked in the AP poll have survived, according to the Dayton Daily News, and there are just three No. 1-ranked teams in the running: Alliance Marlington (Division III), Youngstown Ursuline (D-V) and Delphos St. John’s (D-VI). After knocking off Cleveland Glenville last week, No. 3 Lakewood St. Edward looks like the favorite to win the Division I title.

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