Everyone loves a good list of predictions, so I figured why not humor you with my ultra-educated picks (note the sarcasm). Obviously, this will be solid bulletin board material for someone, and without question a call out or two on Twitter. Without further ado, let the fun begin. Oh and by the way, Eric Frantz is going to go offer up his picks too…Enjoy.
Division IV Picks
Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Harvest Prep
The Knights and Warriors are set to do battle on Friday evening in a game that is kind of a mystery. St. Thomas Aquinas completely rolled through its opponents before surviving a hard-fought battle with Richmond Heights. In reality, it was the only real challenge the Knights faced during the tournament. Aquinas has done its damage with a spread you out offense with the ability to knock down the triple in bunches. Senior Austin Hill and junior Anthony Moeglin lead a balanced group of Knights. Harvest Prep survived tests from Newark Catholic and Columbus Africentric, which have been two of Central Ohio’s most dominant small schools. The Warriors, who returned to the OHSAA tournament after a two-year absence, won just seven games a season ago. Junior David Dennis Jr. has been a big reason for the monumental turnaround along with transfers Rael Windley and Dana Coffman. Aquinas battled through a brutal regular season slate going just 11-11, while HP only lost just a single game, which was a one-point defeat. Aquinas’ strength of schedule could be the difference in this one.
The Pick: Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas
Eric’s Pick: Harvest Prep
Convoy Crestview vs. Tri-Village
This has the makings of a classic, and could be the best game of the tournament. Two teams with a combined (53-1) record. Convoy Crestview is the only undefeated team in the state and Tri-Village is (72-6) over the past three seasons. Convoy Crestview comes into the tournament giving up a tournament low of just below 41 points per game. Tri-Village is allowing just 43 points per game, while scoring 73 points per game. Crestview comes to the court led by three seniors in Damian Helm, Cam Etzler, and Tyson Bolenbaugh. The Patriots counter with a trio of senior Tyler Cook, and juniors Colton Linkous and Damion Cook. Though, it could be the supporting cast that is the deciding the factor. Sophomore Tyler Vanwinkle of Tri-Village and sophomore Connor Lautzenheiser are both more than capable of having big games. These two are arguably the best teams in Division IV. We have been on the Convoy train all season, and recently moved up seats on the Tri-Village wagon. This should be a fantastic contest, but in the end, Crestview should find a way to get it done like it has all season.