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Northland Vikings continue to dominate the City League`

This past weekend, Columbus Northland wrapped up their fourth straight City league title with a victory over Marion-Franklin, 65-52 at East High School.

Everybody talks about dynasty, legacy and men among boys when Northland’s team is being discussed these days. There are still five weeks left in the basketball season and it remains to be seen if this team can defend their Division I championship.

The two big-name leaders of this team is Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon have been a part of this dynasty all four years, winning those four unprecedented City League titles. If you count City League records in the North Division and City Championship games, the Ohio State-bound dynamic duo were part of teams which piled up a record of 59-0.

One wonders how this team will stack up to other Columbus City League basketball programs in years past.

The senior class from Columbus East led by Ed Ratleff, Dwight “Bo” Lamar and Nick Connor that won back-to-back state championships in 1968 and ’69 finished with a 71-1 slate. But those accomplishments cover only three seasons because ninth-graders were not permitted to play varsity during those seasons. Although the Tigers went undefeated in the City League from 1966 to ’69, they lost fellow City rival and eventual state champion Linden in the 1967 regional final.

Brookhaven also set standards of excellence with 12 City North titles and a 159-14 league record from 1995-2006, including six straight City championships. The fifth, was given to them by default after Africentric forfeited 27 wins, including a win over Brookhaven in the championship game.

In the win over Marion-Franklin, 19-0 Northland received the best shot from the determined Red Devils, but their height, athleticism, depth, patience and talent was too much to overcome.

As usual, Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon led Northland with 25 and 16 points respectively. The 15-4 Red Devils were led by Jeremy McCoy with 13 points.

IN OTHER WEEKEND HIGH SCHOOL MEN’S  BASKETBALL ACTION

*Traevon Jackson scored 25 points, and host Westerville South (20-0, 14-0) completed and unbeaten regular season by defeated Olentangy Liberty (10-10, 7-7). Isaiah Rogers scored 15 points and Jon Jennings had 11 for South,  which led 38-22 at halftime.

*Gahanna over Groveport, 65-21 as Anthony Jackson scored 12 points to lead the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division champion Lions (19-0,13-0) over the host Cruisers (1-17,0-14).

*Taylor Rieger scored 17 points and Cameron Sheehan 15, as host Olentangy Orange earned a share of the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division title with a 54-50 victory over Delaware.

*Logan Elm beats Canal Winchester, 51-38 as Logan Hauserman scored eight of his 16 points in the third quarter, and host Logan Elm (17-2,12-1) beat Canal Winchester (14-5,11-2) to win the Mid-State League Buckeye Division for the second year in a row.

Jared Sullinger Northland (AOL)

Big Band Disc Jockey Johnny Martin dies at 87

WRFD (88O AM) listeners lost an old friend last week. Johnny Martin, whose morning show was a fixture in Central Ohio during the 50′s and 60′s, died at 87 in Ashland, Ohio.

Martin worked at WRFD from 1957 to 1970. His morning show, “JM in the AM”, was mixture of farm news and big-band music he was fond of.

After leaving WRFD, Martin worked for the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio State Fair. Occasionally, he would do special features for the WRFD Farm Department when Joe Cornely was Farm Director. Mega Sports News creator Stuart Mason remembers him well. “When I was the morning announcer on WRFD from 1993-1996, Johnny would come into the station a few times a month to record special features with the farm department. At that time, the farm department had a big staff of Joe Cornely, Gary Jackson, Valerie Parks and Heather McConnell and Johnny would talk about old times in the farming industry and how things had changed over the years.” Mason continues,”Johnny would always compliment all of the air staff on a job well done. He would also bring baked goods with him to give to the staff. He was truly a nice man.”

When WRFD changed formats several years ago, they gave Martin a collection of thousands of 78-rpm albums which he maintained for years.

Johnny Martin was born in Wilkes Barre, Pa., and served in World War II. He was married for 60 years to his wife, Imi, whp preceded him in death.

Martin is survived by a daughter, Sandy Pifer; a son, John, of Sandusky, Ohio and five grandchildren.

MLS will start season under expired union contract

compiled from staff and wire reports

Major League Soccer will be starting the upcoming 2010 season, it’s 15th overall, under the rules of its expired labor contract.

Training camps have started, and the season opener is scheduled for March 25, when the expansion Philadelphia Union will play at Seattle. The MLS informed the union of its decision in January, putting the burden on the players whether to strike for the first time.

The Players want increased freedom of movement within the league and don’t like that most contracts are not guaranteed.

(MLS)

College Football Notes

(ISU)

compiled by staff and wire reports

* Idaho State head coach John Zamberlin’s contract will be extended until 2012 and include a $104,000 annual base salary. The state Board of Education approved the new deal which has $94,678 in compensation for coaching and the rest for his teaching duties at the university which is located in Pocatello.

* Washington State and Boise State will play a home-and-home series beginning with the 2016 season, that’s a 15 year break. Washington State holds a 4-0 series advantage over the Broncos, with all games played from 1997 to 2001, before the Broncos became a national power. The last time the two teams played was in 2001  as Washington State prevailed, 41-20 in Boise.

Ohio State baseball coach Bob Todd gets 1,000th win

courtesy of OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Ohio State head coach Bob Todd picked up the 1,000th win of his career, a 20-9 victory over Richmond in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday afternoon. The ABCA Hall of Fame coach became just the 41st head coach in college baseball history to achieve the feat. Says Todd, “I have been in coaching for a long time and had some very talented players and assistant coaches.” “To win 1,000 is a great honor for me”.

12 Buckeyes had an RBI in the game including all nine starters. Matt Streng finished 2-5 with five runs scored and Chris Griffin finished 3-4 with a pair of RBI off the bench. Ryan Dews contributed three hits and two runs scored for the Buckeyes.

The baseball Buckeyes (3-0) will be back in action in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge Friday against South Florida in St. Petersburg, Fla., with game time being 4:30 pm.

GAME NOTES

For the second consecutive game, the Buckeyes forced their opponent to use a starting position player as a relief pitcher.

The last time an Ohio State team scored 40 runs in the first three games  was 1996.

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