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COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE: Northland North Division streak hits 92 with rout of Mifflin

Game report from Dan Wagner

The Northland Vikings, kingpins of the City League, have won an unbelievable 92 straight games in a row in the North Division dating back to February of 2006.

Friday night at home, the Vikings defeated the Mifflin Punchers, 89-57 to go  7-0, 5-0.

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Armani Towns scored 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and Derrick McKeithen chipped in with 20 points.

The Punchers under Gene Caslin, drop to 2-6, 2-3.

Kameron Green led Mifflin with 16 points.

COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE: Beechcroft keeps Mifflin winless with 72-67 triumph


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The Beechcroft Cougars have a nice foursome on the basketball court this season with Maurice Hale, Khaleed Franklin, Robert Martin and Linden-McKinley transfer Patrick Ngene.

Friday night against Columbus City League North Division rival Mifflin, the Cougars only needed three of the four to lead them to a win.

Franklin with 26 points, Ngene with 20 and Martin with 19 combined for a total of 65 points in leading Beechcroft to their initial win of the season, 72-67. Ngene pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.


The Cougars are 1-1, 1-0.

Mifflin falls to a disappointing 0-3,0-1 in the final season for 14-year head basketball coach Gene Caslin.

Mifflin tried to rally late in the game but could not contain the Cougars scoring trio.

J Murrell led Mifflin with 15 points.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: City League Boys Basketball Scoreboard

Report from Theo DeCorpo


In a game heard on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE, Brookhaven continues to play well, as they beat Beechcroft, 94-73. Khalid King scored a career-high 31 points. The Buckeye Muffler & Brake Shop Player of the Game was Randall Clarkson with 15 points.

Beechcroft was led by their number-1 scorer Khaleed Franklin who had 26 points.

The broadcast over the internet had connection problems. You can hear the entire recorded game if you visit our SPECIAL SPORTS BROADCAST PAGE at the top of the website.







The Centennial Stars visited Whetstone on Tuesday night and took control in the first quarter at 22-8 and at halftime, 40-20 and rolled to a 74-60 win over the Braves.

Jeremy Browning led the way with a 19-point game, followed by Keenan Smith with 18.

Whetstone was led by Claude Bogan with 18 points.









Gene Caslin’s Mifflin Punchers started out quick against the East Tigers with a 19-6 first quarter and a 35-12 halftime advantage en route to a comfortable 63-43 win.

Mifflin was led by J Murrell with 17.

East was led by Torre’ Smith with 21 points.









Michael Bates and the Africentric Nubians continued their fine season with a 91-66 win over the winless West Cowboys on the road.

The Nubians are 14-2 overall, 10-1 in the City South Divisiom.

The first quarter was tight as Africentric led just 27-21. They pushed ahead with breathing room at halftime with a lead of 49-33 and stayed in control the rest of the way.

The Nubians put three players in double figures: Fuquan Tucker led the way with 20, Kenny Robinson had 16 and Hosie Smith added 14.

West, who is having a horrible season at 0-17, 0-11, but has a young team, was led by Dasean Johnson with 13 points and Quantrell Huff scored 12.




The Independence 76ers are improving as the season moves along.

They won their fourth game on Tuesday, edging out visiting Briggs, 63-61 in a South Division game.

The game was tight through as Briggs led 19-14 at the end of the opening quarter; 38-30 at the half.

But the 76ers fought their way back into the game at the end of three quarters at 52-50 and in the fourth quarter, took control of the game with a 13-9 advantage.

The Bruins were led by Dewey Rice with 15 points and Charles Westbrook with 10.

The 76ers are 4-12, 4-8. Briggs is now at .500 at 8-8, 5-6.





Scott Williams’ Marion-Franklin Red Devils was just too much for the South Bulldogs, winning 72-39.

With home win, the Red Devils are 8-7, 7-4 in the South Division.

Marion-Franklin took control in the first quarter at 16-7 and 38-17 at the half and from there it was just a matter of what the final score would be.

Dresean Mathis led the winners with 17 points, Marquiez Lawrence scored 15 and Tony Anderson added 12.

South, who is coached former Walnut Ridge assistant Ramon Spears, drops to 5-10 overall, 1-10 in the South.

The Bulldogs received 11 points from Aaron Mullins and 9 from Oumar Diop.







SWIFT TAX SERVICES/ HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE Mifflin Punchers hold off pesky East High Tigers, 69-61

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The Mifflin Punchers had their hands full with the East High Tigers Thursday night.

Mifflin needed a very strong fourth quarter to beat East for a second time this season, 69-61.

Earlier in the season at Mifflin, the Punchers held off the Tigers, 76-68.

The City North battle saw Mifflin go to 6-9 overall, 5-6.East drops to 2-15 overall, 1-10.

The East Tigers have two streaks going that they’d like to see go away in the wind. They have not won a game since defeating Linden 51-46 back on December 18 and have not won at home all season.

The game started out with Mifflin taking control early in the first quarter. Behind the play of Ashton Scott, the Punchers raced out to a 19-5 lead. But the Tigers playing good defense and solid rebounding settled down and went on a 12-0 run to end the opening quarter trailing just 19-17, while surviving a five turnover quarter.

James Davis at free throw line, had 20 points against Mifflin last night

In the second quarter, East kept on putting the pressure on Mifflin and had another solid quarter getting contributions from Terry Wilson to support James Davis. Wilson scored five points.

The halftime score was 33-33.

At the end of three quarters, Mifflin led 49-46.

The game was going to be decided in the fourth quarter by Mifflin. Up until then, the Tigers had held high-scoring point guard Percy Dean in check with only 10 points. But head coach Gene Caslin, put the game and ball in the hands of the lightning-quick and sharp-shooting guard Dean and let him take over the game, which he did. He scored 15 points on two, field goals and ten free throws. Everytime he got the ball, East fouled him.

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Dean ended up leading Mifflin with 25 points, Ashton Scott scored 14, Jonathan Roberts knocked in 11 and Alex Harris scored 10.

East, who just simply ran out of gas at the end of the game, was led by James Davis with 20, Mycol Madison with 10 points and Carnell Willoughby with 9.

The Players of the Game were Ashton Scott of Mifflin and James Davis of East.

The broadcast team will be back at East High School Friday night (tonight) as the Beechcroft Cougars visit at 7:00 pm.

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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Gregg Miller, Columbus Mifflin High School head football coach

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When Gregg Miller announced in 2002 that he was stepping down as the head football coach at Columbus Brookhaven High School, some people were puzzled, including myself. In 17 years, he led the Bearcats to 10 City League titles, 7 playoff appearances and two State semifinal finishes.

He insisted he was not retiring but would come back some day if the right job surfaced.

To set the record straight, Coach Miller was stepping aside to see his two sons, Ryan and Brent play football. He was taking time for his family, which was the right thing to do.

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Coach Miller did spend time as an offensive coordinator at Gahanna, Independence and Walnut Ridge.

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But after those stints, the right job did surface.

The Mifflin High School administration, led by Principal Jonathan Stevens, called Gregg to see if he would be interested in the job. Stevens told him that they would upgrade the football stadium with new lights, a new running track and a new locker room. The school had a vision that Coach Miller liked. Miller also had several people in the building who were on his side. Athletic director Butchie Washington and Men’s basketball coach Gene Caslin, who was a teammate of Miller’s at Eastmoor wanted him to take the job. The athletic director helped Miller assemble a staff of assistants which include defensive coordinator Marcus Ray, who played at Eastmoor and the University of Michigan.

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So Coach Miller set out to revitalize the Mifflin football program. He is back in the City North Division with Beechcroft, Brookhaven, Centennial, East, Linden, Northland and Whetstone.

The 55-year-old Miller relishes the program. He came into the job with the idea of every player having a clean slate with no starting jobs guaranteed. The kids respect him because he is honest and nothing is ‘personal’ when he corrects mistakes plus, most of his players’ dads have played for him in the past and they’ve told their sons, “listen to Coach Miller because he is a proven winner.”

Columbus Mifflin is not like most city schools which are in the inner city. The school’s campus is in the northeast portion of Columbus, Ohio, sitting right in back of the Easton shopping center complex. It is in a very good area.

Coach Miller says that the school is improving in other ways than just football. There is 50-member band, which they hadn’t had in years. The parents are helping out as well, something you don’t always see at city schools. There is a team dinner every Thursday night. And the school has some of the best facilities in the City League.


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There are three things that Mifflin has like most City League schools: speed, athleticism and talent. But Coach Miller told the team that they have to learn to use their athleticism productively and to play with intensity.

The Punchers were coming off of a 2-8 overall record, 1-6 in the City North and needed to improve in all areas.

The top players for Mifflin this year include: Jr. WR/CB Troy Robinson who was All-State, First Team All-District as a sophomore. At 5’9, 165 he had 7 Interceptions a year ago. Sophomore WR/CB Kamaron Green who is 5’7, 144. Senior OC/DT Ezra Kenley, Senior OT/DT Shawn Cook, Senior QB/DB Jacques Dorsey, Senior FB Rashad Turner, TB/DB Rodney Culp. This group has experienced a 5-25 record the past three years and Coach Miller knows the talent is there to do better.

The Mifflin Punchers still has four games to go in the season. October 8, they’ll travel to Northland; October 15, they’ll host Linden; October 22 they visit Whetstone and October 29 they’ll play at Coach Miller’s old stomping grounds, Brookhaven.

So far this season, Coach Miller has instilled a winning attitude into the Punchers.

They beat Grove City Central Crossing on August 27, 42-14 after trailing 14-0. On September 3,defeated Columbus Independence, 14-8 as Kamaron Green returned a kickoff return 70 yards for a touchdown in the 4th quarter right after the 76ers went ahead.

September 10, they lost at Watkins Memorial, one of the top teams in the Columbus area, 42-18.

September 17, they got back into the win column, with a 53-8 win over Columbus East. Jacques Merrion-Dorsey threw for 147 yards and 4 TD’s.

The last two weeks have been tough, as they lost to Centennial and at Beechcroft. So they are 3-3, 1-2 in the City League North. But progress is being made in just 6 weeks of the season.