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Gahanna handily defeats Number 1 Northland, 71-45

compiled from staff and news reports

All season long, the question has been, who can beat Columbus Northland? Well, it’s not like the Vikings play a cake schedule. They play all types of teams across the state, region and nation and had gone unscathed. Of course there are some teams in the City League that are cream puffs and there are some tough teams as well.

But the one team that I personally heard all winter that would give Northland fits, was the Lions of Gahanna. If they could play each other. Well, in the State Tournament, the good teams can’t hide from each other. Northland and Gahanna finished 1-2 in the final Associated Press state poll.

The Lions roared Saturday (file photo)

On Saturday night, before a standing-room only crowd at the Ohio Expositions Center Coliseum, Gahanna and Northland played and believe it or not, The Lions completely dominated the Vikings and ran them off the court. The 6,000 fans in attendance were shellshocked, disbelieving, thought they were in a dream. But no it was reality.

Gahanna used its quick four-guard lineup, ala the Ohio State Buckeyes and went with shooters instead of big men and the strategy worked.

There was a stretch in the second and third quarters where the Lions were 13 of 15 from the field and took control of the game from that point on.

Gahanna shot 23 of 38 from 3-p0int land (60.5 %) and 16 of 22 from the free throw line (72.7%). Northland shot only 34 percent, but did outrebound Gahanna, 36-18.

Rob Brandenberg and Stevie Taylor led Gahanna with 19 points each.

Jared Sullinger ended his high school career scoring 24 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.


Courtesy of the Ohio Athletic Conference


Hitter: Mount Union junior center fielder Greg Ferrell from Uniontown/Green, was 14-of-28 (.583) with nine hits for extra bases and 1.208 slugging percentage. He had six doubles, three homers and 18 RBI. Ferrell did not commit an error in the field with 24 putouts and an outfield assist.

Kyle Lindquist Marietta (mc)

Greg Farrell Mt. Union (mtuc)

Pitcher: Marietta sophomore Kyle Lindquist of Columbus,Ohio and Worthington Kilbourne High School pitched 12.1 innings of work with no earned runs, seven hits, 11 strikeouts and three walks during the Pioneers’ spring trip. Lindquist threw five scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit against Rhodes, and then allowed one unearned run on three hits, while  pitching six inning against McMurray.


Hitter: Mount Union junior second baseman Alex Lucak of West Jefferson, hit .424 with a team-best four doubles, three home runs and nine RBI to help lead the Purple Raiders to a fourth place finish in the NFCA Leadoff Classic with a 7-3 record, including wins over two nationally ranked teams. She also scored six runs with a .818 slugging percentage.

Pitcher: Wilmington sophomore Kylie Ford of South Vienna/Northeastern, posted a 2-1 record in four starts during the Quakers spring trip. Ford struck out 41 batters and gave up only six earned runs in 24.1 innings and fired her first career no-hitter in Wilmington’s 8-0 win over Wheelock College.


Men: Baldwin-Wallace freshman Joe Horvath of North Royalton, posted a 5-1 record at the #four singles/#3 doubles positions on the Yellow Jackets’ spring trip. He carries an 11-1 overall singles record and a 10-1 overall doubles record.

Women: Mount Union senior Kacey Huff of Louisville, led the Purple Raiders to a successful spring trip with a 3-1 record at the #1 singles and #1 doubles positions with wins over Gettysburg, St. Francis and Catholic. Huff’s only loss was to Division II Tiffin. The team overall is at 6-2.

Major League Soccer and its Players agree on a new 5-year pact

MLS Commissioner Don Garber (MLS)

Courtesy of Major League Soccer and the Columbus Crew

Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Major League Soccer Players Union (MLSPU) announced Saturday that they have reached agreement in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement covering five seasons, commencing with the 2010 season and continuing through December 14, 2014.

MLS Commisioner Don Garber and MLSPU Executive Director Bob Fosse made the announcement via teleconference call, five days before the start of the League’s 15th season.

Says MLS Commissioner Don Garber, “We are very pleased to have reached agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the MLS Players Union. This new agreement allows us to work with our players to continue mutual efforts to build the sport of soccer in North America. We worked hard during the past few months to develop a new agreement that addressed many of the players’ most important issues and look forward to a meaningful and productive new relationship over the next five years.”

The agreement is subject to the approval of the MLS Board of Governors and the membership of the MLSPU.

Major League Soccer’s 15th season kicks off March 25 when the expansion Philadelphia Union travel to Seattle to take on the Sounders FC in a nationally televised match on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN The other 14 MLS teams are in action on March 26 and 27.

Columbus Crew loses to FC Dallas in Exhibition game

Courtesy of  Crew media relations

Saturday evening in Frisco, Texas, The Crew and FC Dallas played a game in the Pioneer Cup Series, which is a tribute in the memory of Lamar Hunt. The first Pioneer Cup was played in Pizza Hut Park in 2007 with Columbus winning 3-0.

Not last night however. Dallas received goals from David Ferreira in the 16th minute and one from Atiba Harris in the 34th minute to win 2-1.

Andy Iro Columbus Crew (Creative Commons photo credit)

The Crew scored when Andy Iro put one into the back of the net in the 62nd minute. He was assisted by Emilio Renteria and Gino Padula.


The Crew announced recently, the signing of 23-year-old defender Shaun Francis to a developmental contract.

Francis was selected by the Crew in the fourth round (#63 overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft after a three-year career at Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.). While at Lindsey Wilson, Francis totaled 61 appearances, while scoring seven goals with nine assists. During his senior season, he captained the Blue Raiders to the 2009 NAIA National Championship, while tallying three goals and four assists. He was also named to the Mid-South Conference First Team in 2008.

Francis, as a native of Jamaica, he will occupy one of the club’s international player spots.

Cleveland Indians closer Kerry Wood on shelf with back strain

Indians closer Kerry Wood (wfe)

compiled from staff and news reports

Kerry Wood did one thing in Cleveland last year that he hasn’t been able to do much in his career, stay healthy. He had a subpar season with only 20 saves.

He won’t go through 2010 without an injury. The former Cubs phenom has a long history of injuries and surgeries, could end up missing two months with a strained muscle in his upper back, an injury that at first, didn’t appear to be serious. Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff told the media Saturday that an MRI exam on Wood revealed a “moderate” strain. He said that adequate rest is a minimum of six weeks.

While Wood is recuperating, 24-year-old Chris Perez will be the team’s closer. Perez came over in the Mark DeRosa trade in 2009 from St. Louis.

Wood felt soreness after throwing one inning in an exhibition game on March 10, but Soloff says this injury has happened “over time’ not from one inning or one appearance.

Wood will begin conditioning work next week and start playing catch in 10 to 14 days.

Cleveland signed Kerry Wood to a two-year, 20.5 million contract before last season.

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