Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio HS Boys Basketball Team of the Year: Vote Now!

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You vote, you decide…who had Ohio’s best Boys Basketball team performance this year? Vote now for the Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio Boys Basketball Team of the Year award. Finalists have been announced and include the following…

Ohio National Guard JJH Boys BKB Team of the Year Award

JJHuddle is proud to announce that the Ohio National Guard will again sponsor ONG JJHuddle Player and Team of the Year awards in Boys and Girls Basketball for the 2013-2014 school year.

Starting today we will begin voting for the Boys Basketball Team of the Year Award. The Winner will be decided by a fan-generated vote on JJHuddle. Each winner will receive an award (trophy) from the National Guard.

How it works?
Vote for your favorite Finalist below as many times as you like. Voting will run from now until 4 p.m. on March 23.

Let the competition commence…

2014 Nominees

Winners will receive a personalized trophy

*Russia (Vote)

The Raiders claimed their seventh Shelby County League title in head coach Paul Bermigan’s 28-year reign with a 68-59 OT win over Houston. Russia, which was once 1-2 in the league standings, won nine straight SCL games to claim the crown. During the season the Raiders also delivered Bermigan’s career win No. 400 and a
Piqua Holiday Tournament title.

*Dayton Dunbar (Vote)

The Wolverines won the Dayton Pubic League title by sweeping the season series against Thurgood Marshall with a 60-59 win at UD Arena. Junior guard A.J. Harris’ free throw with 30 seconds left was the game-winner. Dunbar enters the postseason 19-3, with all three losses coming to out-of-state opponents. The Wolverines also own wins over Akron SVSM, Mansfield Senior and Trotwood-Madison. Ranked No. 1 in the final National Guard JJH D-II Power Poll.

*Cincinnati Moeller (Vote)

The Crusaders beat Roger Bacon (59-48) and St. Xavier (63-33) to finish the regular season 19-1 and win their 11th GCL South title in 14 years. Moeller has won 15 straight games and hasn’t lost to an Ohio opponent this season. The Crusaders lone defeat was a 60-56 loss to Providence (Fla.) over Christmas break. Only three teams have scored 50 points or more on Moe this year.

*Norwalk (Vote)

The Truckers put together the eighth longest regular season win streak in state history (57 games) before Ontario snapped it with a 63-61 win on Jan. 29. Norwalk, however, extracted revenge in the season finale, beating Ontario 69-47 in the rematch to win a share of its fourth straight Northern Ohio League title. Before this current title run, the Truckers last basketball championship had come in 1962. Senior first cousins Jeff Thomas (Georgia State) and Ben Haraway (Malone) have been instrumental in the win streak and recent program success. Ranked No. 3 in the final National Guard JJH D-II Power Poll.

*Watterson (Vote)

2013 National Guard JJH Ohio Boys Basketball Team of the Year winner is back to defend its title. The Eagles finished the regular season 20-2 and ranked No. 2 in the final National Guard JJH D-II Power Poll. Finished No. 1 in the NBC4/JJH Central Ohio D-II Power Poll and were CCL champions. Key wins include Ready (twice), Hartley (twice), Vincent Warren, Brookhaven and Cleveland VASJ.

*Ontario (Vote)

The Warriors snapped the eight longest regular season win streak in Ohio history with a 63-61 win over Norwalk. Ontario finished the regular season 21-1 and shared the Northern Ohio League title with the Truckers. Finished ranked No. 1 in the final AP D-II poll and No. 9 in the final National Guard JJH D-II Power Poll.

*Brookhaven (Vote)

The Bearcats ended Northland’s 115-game Columbus City League winning streak and captured their first CCL title since 2006 with a 44-42 win over  Walnut Ridge in the CCL championship game. Brookhaven has been recommended for closure by Columbus City Schools officials. The win over Northland could likely be the school’s last home game – ever.

*Roger Bacon (Vote)

The Spartans won their fourth straight GCL Central Division title and improved to 24-0 against Central Division foes Badin, Purcell Marian and McNicholas over that stretch. Ranked No. 3 in the final National Guard JJH D-III Power Poll. Three of four losses are to Moeller, Elder and LaSalle. Head coach Brian Neal has been named GCL Central Division Coach of the Year four times in a row.

*Convoy Crestview (Vote)

Knights completed undefeated regular season (22-0) and were ranked No. 1 in the final National Guard JJH D-IV Power Poll and AP D-IV State Poll. Big wins for the Northwest Conference champions include Wayne Trace (twice), Lima Central Catholic, Delphos St. John’s, Arlington, Spencerville and Celina.

*Tri-Village (Vote)

The Patriots improved to 42-1 in the regular season the last two years and defended their Cross County Conference title. Finished No. 2 in final AP D-IV State Poll and No. 4 in final National Guard JJH D-IV Power Poll. Big wins include Troy Christian, Dayton Northridge, Miami East, Bethel, New Bremen and Stivers.

*Troy Christian (Vote)

The Eagles won their fourth straight Metro Buckeye Conference title and improved to 46-2 in conference play since 2010-2011. A D-IV state semifinalist last season, TC entered sectional play with a 47-5 record since the beginning of last season. Big wins include Franklin-Monroe, New Bremen, Miami East and Houston.

*Warrensville Heights (Vote)

Tigers finished the season ranked No. 1 in the final National Guard JJH D-III Power Poll. Ranked No. 8 in the final AP State Poll. WH has seven losses, but they’re also against D-I teams including St. Edward, Medina, Dublin Coffman and La Lumiere (Ind.).

*Zanesville (Vote)

The Blue Devils won their first 21 games of the season before losing 56-53 at Massillon Jackson in the regular season finale. Finished No. 2 in final AP D-II State Poll and No. 6 in final National Guard JJH Power Poll.

*Massillon Jackson (Vote)

The Polar Bears hit a school record 17 3s in a win over Firestone that provided a school record 20th regular season win. Jackson enters the postseason 20-2. Just days earlier the Polar Bears had tied the previous school record for 3s in a game with 13 against Cuyahoga Falls. Big wins include Zanesville, Mentor, Pickerington Central and Uniontown Lake.

*Cleveland VASJ (Vote)

Have played a daunting schedule for any school – let alone one in D-III. Big wins include St. Ignatius, Mentor and Cleveland Central Catholic. Key losses include Cleveland Central Catholic, St. Edward, Watterson, Bishop Gorman (Nev.), Chicago Curie, Arsenal Tech (Ind.) and Chicago St. Rita’s. Finished No. 2 in both the final National Guard JJH D-III Power Poll and AP D-III Power Poll.

*Elida (Vote)

Western Buckeye League co-champions proved they have uncanny knack for pulling out close games. The Bulldogs notched one-point wins over Lima Central Catholic, Toledo Central Catholic and Celina. Other key wins include Spencerville and Archbold. Key losses include Lima Central Catholic, Defiance and Toledo Bowsher. Ranked No. 6 in the final National Guard JJH D-II Power Poll.

*Harvest Prep (Vote)

A 76-75 loss to Newark Catholic (on Dec. 16) is the only thing that separated the Warriors from a perfect regular season. HP finished 21-1 and ranked No. 4 in the final AP D-IV State Poll and No. 7 in final National Guard JJH D-IV Power Poll. Finished No. 1 in final NBC4/JJH Central Ohio D-IV Power Poll. The Warriors, MSL-Cardinal Division champs, entered the postseason riding a 15-game win streak. HP was just 7-15 last season.

*Toledo Bowsher (Vote)

The Rebels won their first Toledo City League title since the school’s inception in 1962 with wins over Woodward and Rogers in the CL playoffs. Bowsher also reached 20 wins for the first time in school history (and finished the regular season 20-2). Ranked No. 8 in the final AP D-I State Poll. Scored over 100 points eight times this season, including a high of 124.

*Ottawa Hills (Vote)

The Green Bears led the Toledo Blade small school poll wire-to-wire this season and suffered their only loss at D-I Sylvania Southview 58-55 in OT on Dec. 7. Since then the Toledo Area Athletic Conference champions have put together a 16-game winning streak heading into the postsaeason. Finished ranked No. 2 in the final National Guard JJHuddle D-IV Power Poll and No. 5 in the final AP D-IV State Poll.
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