Crestview runs away from Aquinas in second half

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Crestview scores the first 18 points of the third quarter to help earn Division IV state title.

COLUMBUS — Convoy Crestview scored the first 18 points of the third quarter to run away from St. Thomas Aquinas and help earn a 71-44 win. With the win, Crestview captured the Division IV state title and completed a wire-to-wire 29-0 undefeated season.

Damian Helm led Crestview with 20 points, including three three-pointers. Tyson Bolenbaugh scored 18 points and had eight rebounds for Crestview. Connor Lautzenheiser scored 11 points, and Preston Zaleski scored 10. [Read more…]

First-half run lifts Norwalk over Watterson

Ben Haraway passes with pressure from Matt Lehmann

A 16-4 first-half run helps Norwalk earn a 65-58 win and Division II state title.

COLUMBUS — It took 15 years, but Norwalk head coach Steve Gray was welcomed to a state championship news conference.

Gray, in his thirteenth season at Norwalk, has been to a news conference after a state championship game before. It was 1989 when current Norwalk assistant coach Tom Foster was an assistant at Lexington, who won the Division II state title that season. Gray was given press credentials by a radio station to attend the game.

“The radio station gave me press credentials so I could sit on press row,” Gray said. “I went into the press conference, and a little guy over in the corner said, ‘Who is that guy?’ and they threw me out. I’m glad I was allowed in today.”  [Read more…]

St. Edward makes quick work of Cleveland East Tech

Hot-shooting Eagles go on 19-0 run in first quarter to pull ahead en-route to a 89-64 win.

COLUMBUS — Lakewood St. Edward dominated Cleveland East Tech 89-64 on Friday afternoon at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at the Ohio State University. The win moves the Eagles into the state final game on Saturday night.

Lakewood blistered the nets early and often. The game was tied 6-6 three minutes into the game, but St. Edward scored the next 19 points and took a 28-12 lead by the end of the first quarter. The route was on. [Read more…]

Villa Angela-St. Joseph pulls away from Bishop Ready

Lima Central Catholic has no problem with Roger Bacon in second Division III state semifinal game.

COLUMBUS — Cleveland Villa-Angela-St. Joseph outscored Columbus Bishop Ready 15-5 in the fourth quarter to secure a 55-40 win in a Division III state semifinal game on Friday morning at Value City Arena.

VASJ shot 7 of 13 (54 percent) from the field in the second half and made 15 of 19 foul shot attempts in the game. Ready shot 6 of 31 (19 percent) from the field in the second half and made 2 of 5 foul shot attempts in the game. [Read more…]

Crestview pulls away from Tri-Village in third quarter

Tyler Vanwinkle dribbles around Preston Zaleski

Crestview outscored Tri-Village 15-4 in the third quarter to pull away 54-50 Division IV semifinal win.

COLUMBUS —  Convoy Crestview is renowned for its defensive pressure. It is a big part of how the Knights got to the state semifinals. Tri-Village wasn’t affected by Crestview’s pressure in the first half of a Division IV semifinal game on Thursday night at the Value City Arena. The pressure caught up to Tri-Village in the third quarter, however.

Crestview outscored Tri-Village 15-4 in the third quarter to help earn a 54-50 win. The Knights will play St. Thomas Aquinas in the Division IV state title game on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Schottenstien Center. [Read more…]

Aquinas pulls away from Harvest Prep in second half

COLUMBUS — Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas defeated Columbus Harvest Prep 54-41 in a Division IV state semifinal on Thursday afternoon at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at Ohio State. Aquinas moves on to play in the Division II state final on Saturday.

Harvest Prep and Aquinas were tied at halftime. Aquinas scored the first four points of the third quarter. Harvest Prep battled back, but Aquinas’ Austin Hill hit a three-pointer with 38 seconds left in the third quarter to take a 39-35 lead at the end of the third quarter. [Read more…]

Watterson comes back against St. Vincent-St. Mary

COLUMBUS — Columbus Bishop Watterson defeated Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary with a 56-51 victory on Thursday afternoon at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. It was a rematch of last year’s Division II state championship game with Watterson hoping to defend their 2013 state title versus last year’s runner-up, the Irish.

The Irish came out and built a 15-10 lead after the first period, but a 15-2 run by the Watterson Eagles in the second period led them to a 20-6 scoring edge for the quarter and fueled their 30-21 halftime lead. Joey DiOrio led the first half scoring for Watterson with 10 points, while Matt Lehmann contributed seven. Both players were two for two from behind the arc in the first half. [Read more…]

Thurgood Marshall can’t stop Norwalk in semifinal

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Norwalk made 18 of 25 free throw attempts compared to 6 of 10 for Thurgood in 8-point win.

COLUMBUS — When Norwalk needed a shot against Thurgood Marshall in a Division II state semifinal on Thursday morning, it got it, and often from the free-throw line.

Thurgood Marshall was called for 20 fouls in the game, and the Truckers made 18 of 25 foul shot attempts that resulted. Conversely, Norwalk committed nine fouls in the game, and Thurgood made six of 10 foul shot attempts that resulted. [Read more…]