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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Maurice Hale, QB/CB Columbus Beechcroft Cougars

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QB/CB Maurice Hale

The Beechcroft Cougars have been the football team to beat in the Columbus City League North Division for the past few years.

Yes, I realize there are the Brookhaven Bearcats, their arch-rivals; the Northland Vikings and the Mifflin Punchers in that division. However, the Cougars, under head coach Bruce Ward, in his fourth season, are 16-5 the past two seasons with a playoff appearance. Furthermore, the last North Division team to beat them was Northland.

The Cougars are still the team to beat despite losing the talents of James Duncan, Alpha Berry, Kevin Chappelle, James Clayborn, Shaquille Minnifield, Jalen and Jamar Rudolph through graduation.

One of the reasons Beechcroft is still the team to beat, are the talents of senior quarterback/cornerback Maurice Hale. He is also a top-notch basketball player for the Cougars.

Hale, who is 6’3, 195 pounds, rarely leaves the field. He is what they call an “athlete” in today’s football world. He also plays  long-snapper and place-kick holder. The only time the fans won’t see him on the field is on returns. He is that valuable to the Cougars success.

2011 was a breakout season for the talented Hale. He was awarded All-City League, All-District Division II honors. He set a school-record with 2,087 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 8 interceptions and rushed for over 900 yards.

Maurice Hale under the watchful eye of head coach Bruce Ward

Last season, Beechcroft was 9-2 in Division II, Region 7 and 7-0 in the City League North. They won eight games in a row to end the season. The Cougars were the seeded fifth in the playoffs, but lost at fourth-seeded Big Walnut, 14-7 in the first round.

That defeat has inspired the Cougars to do even better this year with less games in the regular season. Mostly all high school football team around Central Ohio opened the season on August 24. Beechcroft had a game with Columbus Independence on the schedule, but the 76ers wanted to play Columbus Mifflin instead and it left the Cougars hanging. But Coach Ward said “it gave us a chance to get in more practice time.”

Beechcroft is 2-1 going into this week’s encounter with the Whetstone Braves.

The Cougars started the season in Week 2 beating Dublin Jerome, 18-10; in Week 3 they lost 20-18 at St. Charles and in Week 4 they overpowered Centennial, 55-15.

Hale’s favorite target is WR Khaleed Franklin, who is a big, fast and physical player at 6’3, 200 pounds.

Hale used to play Safety, but Ward moved him to cornerback to cut down on injuries. Safeties with their free-style, open play and hard-hitting often get injured more than DB’s.

Beechcroft has played in the OHSAA playoffs 14 times. In 2009 and 2010, they finished 7-3 with a strong schedule but did not make it. They don’t want that to have again. Maurice Hale said the goal is the playoffs, always!

Beechcroft benefits from being located in a very nice neighborhood off State Route 161 in North Columbus, Ohio

 

 

ALL PHOTOS BY MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM

 


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Columbus City League Boys basketball scoreboard

 

Compiled by Tex Marchbanks

 

(Beechcroft Cougars)

The Beechcroft Cougars traveled to Linden-McKinley and walked away with a 64-51 win.

Khaleed Franklin led the way with 30 points for the Cougars.

The Panthers were led by Patrick Ngene-Igwe with 15 and Dwight Edwards with 14 points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hali Robinson’s Brookhaven Bearcats continue to win games.

On Tuesday, they traveled to Centennial and won easily, 75-53.

The key to the game was that the Bearcats shut down the Stars with 11 points in the third quarter and 8 in the fourth quarter.

Randall Clarkson led Brookhaven with 26 points followed by 22 from Khalid King.

The Stars were led by Eric Cofer-Wilson with 13 points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independence 76ers

The Independence 76ers followed up a nice win at Columbus South on Friday night with an impressive win at Columbus West on Tuesday night, 90-68.

The West Cowboys remains winless on the season at 0-19, 0-13.

The 76ers put four players in double figures scoring: Dominic Ward with 22, Chris Johnson with 18, Terry Hopewell with 16 and Malik Breckenridge with 12.

 

 

 

 

Eastmoor Academy Warriors

Eastmoor Academy took control of the game from the beginning of the game as they led 13-4 at the end of the first quarter and 26-15 at the half en route to an easy 65-35 win over Columbus South.

Bryan Booker led the way for the Warriors with 16 and John Draper scored 13.

South was led my Oumar Diop with 18.

 

 

 

 

 

Photos are from megasportsnews.com files

 

 

 

Tonight’s HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE, Live at 7 pm, Brookhaven visits East in North battle

 

The Tuesday night edition of HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE has Brookhaven (7-3, 5-1) at Columbus (O.) East High Tigers (5-6, 3-3)

LIVE on our website at 7 pm, pre-game is 1o minutes ahead.

This will be the first time that the Bearcats have been on the megasportsnews.com airwaves.

LISTEN LIVE by clicking here.

Brookhaven under head coach Hali Robinson, have beaten  Centennial, Westerville South, Whetstone, Mifflin, Linden, Friendship of D.C., and Beechcroft. They’ve lost to Pickerington Central, Berlin Hiland and Northland.

The East Tigers under the dean of City League head coaches, Bob White, are an improved 5-6, 3-3 in the North Division. The Tigers have beaten: Independence, Linden, Whetstone, Granville and Mifflin. They’ve lost to Centennial, Gahanna, Covington Catholic of Kentucky, Beechcroft, Northland and Watterson.

East has lost 3 games in a row and have not won since our HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE contest vs. Mifflin on January 6.

(courtesy of Swift Tax Services)

 

 

Brookhaven & East banner photos from megasportsnews files

 


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Local football teams to change divisions in 2011

 

(courtesy of Ohio High School Athletic Association)

There are several Columbus area football teams that will be changing divisions this fall in the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s biennial realignment based on enrollment.

Moving to Division I from Division II are Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Hilliard Bradley, Olentangy, Olentangy Orange and St. Charles.

Moving to Division II from Division I are Franklin Heights, Marion Harding, Mount Vernon, Northland, West and Worthington Kilbourne.

Other schools being affected include, Centennial and Independence moving to Division III from Division II, Bishop Ready moving form IV from V and Africentric moving from VI from V.

 

Info courtesy of the Ohio High School Athletic Association

Cincinnati LaSalle plays Columbus Northland in Division I Championship LIVE tonight on our website. HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE presented by SWIFT TAX SERVICES

(courtesy of LaSalle High School)

Northland Vikings (file photo)

The Satch Sullinger era at Columbus Northland High School comes to an end tonight as the popular and successful basketball coach calls it a career in the Ohio Boys Division I Championship Game, Cincinnati La Salle Lancers against the Northland Vikings at 8:30 p.m.

The game can be heard right here on the website. Click here to LISTEN LIVE.

(file photo)

 

La Salle (25-2) is coached by Dan Fleming, who has been at the school for 20 years with a record of 320-181.

The Lancers were state champions in 1996 and have been state semifinalists in 1967, 1977, 1979.

They have won 9 district titles, 5 regional titles and have only lost to Palm Garden, Florida Dwyer High School, 53-50 and to Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, 50-45.

La Salle is a member of the Greater Catholic League’s South Division which includes all Cincinnati Schools: Elder, Moeller and St. Xavier.

Their star player is Junior Josh Lemons who was named 2nd team All-Ohio Associated Press.

The Lancers finished third in the final AP Boys Division I Poll.

The Northland Vikings (26-1) are trying to win their second state title in the past three years, are led by the retiring Sullinger, who’s 11-year record at the school is 177-74.

The Vikings are a member of the Columbus City League North Division which also includes Beechcroft, Brookhaven, Centennial, East, Linden-McKinley, Mifflin and Whetstone.

Northland, who is 124-5 over the past five years, finished the final Boys Associated Press Division I poll as the number 2 team.

Northland has won 6 district titles and 2 regional titles.

The Vikings are led by 2011 Ohio Mr. Basketball, 6’1 Trey Burke, averaging 24.3 ppg.

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