Middletown’s senior forward Kyle Shouse hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Middies to a 54-53 victory over Wilmington in a District Championship game. Middletown advances to face top-ranked Moeller on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. at Xavier University’s Cintas Center.
Princeton, ranked No. 1 in the season's final Associated Press state poll, defeated GMC rival Lakota West in the regional final 88-75 Saturday at Wright State. The Vikings (26-2) advance to play Toledo Notre Dame Academy (24-3) in the Division I state semifinal at 6:00 p.m. Friday at Ohio State University's Value City Arena.
GMC athletes named to the 2013-2014 Associated Press Southwest All-District high school basketball teams, as selected by a media panel from the district.
Player of the year: Vincent Edwards, Middletown.
Coach of the year: Tim Austing, Fairfield.
FIRST TEAM: Vincent Edwards, Middletown, 6-7, sr., 21.4
SECOND TEAM: Tyler Williams, West Chester Lakota West, 6-1, sr., 15.9
THIRD TEAM: Alex White, Liberty Township Lakota East, 6-7, jr., 15.3 and Ryan Bricking, Cin. Princeton, 6-1, sr., 16.9.
Herman Brunis, Fairfield; Tim Fleming, Fairfield; Mitch Hill, Cin. Sycamore; Christian Jones, Hamilton; Chris Rice, Mason; Adam Thomas, Mason
Player of the year: Kelsey Mitchell, Cin. Princeton.
Coach of the year: Jill Phillips, Cin. Princeton.
FIRST TEAM: Kelsey Mitchell, Cin. Princeton, 5-8, sr., 24.9 and Jenna Gunn, Mason, 6-0, sr., 15.3.
THIRD TEAM: Carlie Pogue, Cin. Princeton, 6-0, sr., 12.0; Lauren Cannatelli, West Chester Lakota West, 5-8, jr., 15.6
Takyra Gilbert, Hamilton; Bria Spaulding, Fairfield; Nia Staples, West Chester Lakota West; Lauren Van Kleunen, Mason; Arianne Whitaker, West Chester Lakota West
After taking third at district to advance to state, Oak Hills made it into the championship round of the Division I state tournament March 7 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. The Highlanders lost to Brunswick 3-2 in a state quarterfinal and finished eighth overall.
Oak Hills bowled 3,368 during the qualifying round to earn the seventh seed. The Highlanders beat Brunswick 201-193 in the first game and also won the third game 218-179 but lost the second game 163-158 and lost 187-136 and 192-186 in the final two games, respectively.
Junior Brandon Combs was the area's top finisher in the qualifying round, placing 17th (613) to miss honorable mention all-Ohio honors by two spots. Also competing for Oak Hills were senior Kyle Helmes (31st, 570) and juniors Dillon Meece (36th, 562), Ian Rieger (tied for 56th, 532) and Jeremy King (66th, 501).
Also advancing to state as a team was Middletown, which finished 10th (3,303) during the qualifying round to miss advancing to the championship round by 43 pins. Junior Michael Rinehart led Middletown with a 19th-place finish (612). Junior Nick Deaton was 42nd (551) and senior Brandon Wood placed 43rd (549).
Competing individually were Sycamore senior Joseph Morris, who tied for 34th (566), and Fairfield senior Zach Doran, who tied for 62nd (503).
GMC teams and individuals at the State Wrestling Meet:
2014 Ohio High School Division I Team Scores
19. Cin. Princeton 23.0
22. Mason 20.0
27. Cin. Colerain 18.0
54. W. Chester Lakota West 5.0
59. Liberty Twp. Lakota E. 3.0
67. Fairfield 2.0
First Place Final
160: Tony Dailey, Massillon Perry dec. A.J. Kowal, Cin. Princeton 6-5
195: Kyle Conel, Ashtabula Lakeside dec. TeGray Scales, Cin. Colerain 3-2
Fifth Place Finals
106: Jarod Bronstrup, Brecksville-Broad. Hts. dec. Zack Donathan, Mason 3-1
113: Shakur Laney, Groveport-Madison dec. Patrick Kearney, Mason 5-2
Seventh Place Finals152: Kevin Leonhardt, W. Chester Lakota West dec. Robbie Bosley, Wadsworth 5-0