Try for five! Columbus Northland will be going for its unprecedented fifth-straight Columbus City League championship this Saturday when it meets Columbus Walnut Ridge. Northland has won 73-straight City League games including four
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Try for five!
Columbus Northland will be going for its unprecedented fifth-straight Columbus City League championship this Saturday when it meets Columbus Walnut Ridge.
Northland (18-1) and Walnut Ridge (16-3) will tip at noon at Columbus East High School.
The Scots will be playing in their initial City League championship contest and have not won the conference title since 1971 the same year they brought home the Class AAA state championship with a record of 25-0.
Needless to say, Ridge will be standing in the way of history on Saturday.
Quick, who was the last City League team to beat the Vikings? Most people would likely guess Brookhaven or Beechcroft or possibly Eastmoor. If you guess any of those three you were wrong. The last City League opponent to hand Northland a defeat was Columbus West back on February 14, 2006, (60-54) over five years ago.
The numbers are staggering. Northland has won 73-straight City League games included are four championship games victories with three coming over Eastmoor and last season a win over Marion-Franklin.
Devon Moore, Jared Sullinger and JD Weatherspoon started the streak, and now Trey Burke and company are continuing it. Not only have they destroyed the competition in the city, the Vikings are a mind-blowing (113-5) over the past five seasons and only twice in that span did they lose a regular season game.
Ironically, the only other time Northland lost a regular season game in the past five campaigns along with this year was in 2009, the year they brought home the state championship.
The question remains, will this be the year a City League team finally takes down the mighty giant? Walnut Ridge is hoping to do just that, but they know it won’t be easy.
“We have our hands full, but we are definitely up to the challenge,” said Scots’ head man Jason Bates. “It should be a game to remember.”
The Vikings are led by Michigan signee, Trey Burke. The 6-1 senior is averaging a robust 24.4 points per game along with 6.6 assists.
6-8 juniors Jalen Robinson and Devon Scott are more than holding their own on the interior. Robinson, a former West Virginia commit, is getting 14.3 points and 9.9 boards and Scott is adding 11.6 points and 10.1 caroms. Both are drawing heavy Division 1 interest.
Fiery 5-10 Jordan Potts is netting 8.3 points and 6-4 combo guard Ke’Chaun Lewis is chipping in 6.7 lightings. The pair of juniors are also drawing D1 interest.
5-11 senior Lavante Justice is providing a spark off the bench scoring at a rate of 6.3 points a night. The sweet-shooting lefty is a timely shooter. 6-2 senior Jakyl Cornley is averaging 4.7 points and 6-1 sophomore Jaylen Benton is contributing 4.5 tallies.
“Northland has one of the best players in the state in Trey Burke,” mentioned Bates. “He can really do it all. Add in two strong post players in (Jalen) Robinson and (Devon) Scott along with a shooter in (Jordan) Potts and a slasher in (Ke’Chaun) Lewis and you have one of the most talented teams in Ohio.”
While Walnut Ridge will be trying to deal with the talented Vikings, the same can be said for Northland. Let it be known the Scots are talented, very talented.
“This is an upstart program,” stated Northland head coach Satch Sullinger. “They are very well coached and hungry for a championship. They are a formidable opponent.”
The Scots go a solid 10-deep led by 6-4 senior Austin Traylor. The Wisconsin football commit is averaging 17.8 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 3.3 steals per contest.
6-9 senior Dwayne Bazemore is pumping in 12.7 points and yanking down 10.3 boards.
5-11 junior Adam McCall (6.3 ppg.), 6-4 junior Roy Alexander (5.9 ppg.), and 6-3 senior Reco Spears (5.4 ppg.) are also capable scorers along with 5-10 junior Fred Hardgrove (4.1 ppg.), 5-7 junior Isaiah Brooks (4.0 ppg.), 6-7 senior Aboubacry Diop (4.1 ppg.), 6-4 senior Jed Reid (3.8 ppg./5.2 rpg.), and 6-8 junior Allasane Kah (3.2 ppg.).
Both teams have been dominant with Northland averaging 77.5 points per game while giving up just 53. Ridge is scoring 67.8 and allowing 52.2.
Northland’s lone defeat came on the road to a very good Lakewood St. Edward team, 84-81. It should be known the Vikings were short-handed in that contest without the services of Robinson and Cornley.
Ridge’s three losses are to nationally-ranked Huntington Prep (WV), Pickerington North (60-59), and Marion-Franklin (70-65).