Morning Huddle: Wayne v. St. X the most important regional final in the state?

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• Sycamore senior CB/RB Hillary commits to Wisconsin
• Altar DB: Kenton ‘like a walking video game’
• Copley wrestler Wheeler signs LOI with Oklahoma


Wayne v. St. X the most important regional final in the state? When Cincinnati St. Xavier faces off against Huber Heights Wayne in the Division I regional final this Saturday at Welcome Stadium, some are looking at it as the most important game of the weekend. Why? “Because the Region 4 winner has either won state or lost to the eventual state champion every year since 1996 – 14 years in a row,” writes the Cincinnati Enquirer. Translation: Region 4 is a DI powerhouse, and the winner of this matchup will likely barrel into the state finals.

Sycamore senior CB/RB Hillary commits to Wisconsin: Sycamore senior cornerback/running back Darius Hillary became the third Cincinnati-area football player to commit to Wisconsin after he announced he had picked the Badgers on Tuesday night. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Hillary will join Moeller senior defensive end Jesse Hayes and Colerain senior fullback Trayion Durham at Wisconsin. Hillary also considered Boston College, Stanford and Illinois among his finalists, according to Sycamore coach Scott Dattilo. Wisconsin’s stock has been on the rise as the team is ranked higher than its Big Ten conference foes with a 9-1 record. Wisconsin is currently ranked seventh in the BCS standings – two slots ahead of No. 9 Ohio State and five slots ahead of No. 12 Michigan State.

Altar DB: Kenton ‘like a walking video game’: By now, we’ve all heard about Kenton’s unusual hurry-up offense. There are no running backs when the team lines up – just five wideouts who take off sprinting. The team rarely punts (just six times all season) preferring instead to go for fourth-down conversions. They don’t even try PATs, instead going for two-point conversions. The quarterback behind it all is Maty Mauk. His older brother Ben Mauk set national passing marks for all-time yardage (17,523) and touchdown passes (179) from 1999-02, and Maty – a junior – is on pace to break those standards. “They’re like a walking video game, basically,” Alter senior DB Ted Link says of Kenton. The Alter squad will take Kenton on in Friday’s Division IV, Region 16 high school football final at Wapakoneta’s Harmon Field (7:30 p.m.). “We haven’t seen anything like it,” Link says, “so it should be pretty fun.”

Copley wrestler Wheeler signs LOI with Oklahoma: 189-pound wrestler Sam Wheeler of Copley High School has signed a national letter of intent with Oklahoma, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Oklahoma is generally regarded as one of the nation’s premier college wrestling programs. “It’s rich in tradition and has a great wrestling team,” Wheeler said. “It’s in a great city and has a great campus. I was amazed.” Wheeler placed fourth at the FILA Cadet Nationals in Akron last April, catching the eye of a lot of recruiters including recruiters from Kent State, Old Dominion and Indiana. “(Oklahoma) offered me a full ride during the summer,” Wheeler said. “I was thrilled.”

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