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Columbus Academy too much for Bexley on Senior Night; Vikings get piece of MSL Ohio Division title

Photos by Stuart Mason

Ben Bechtel with his parents

Stephen Casey & parents

The Columbus Academy Vikings thought they missed out on a chance to tie or even win the Ohio Division of the Mid-State League when they lost last Tuesday at Granville.

Adding to that disappointment was the fact that Newark Catholic beat Heath to take a half-game lead.

The two teams, Academy and Newark Catholic split their two meetings this season.

Friday night February 17 came around and it was Senior Night and the Vikings were hosting arch-rival Bexley and the game was on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE, where Academy always plays well.

Jacob Mikalov with his parents

Tim Eldridge and his parents

Academy head coach Chris Jones knew he needed his team to respond to the challenge of Senior Night and the chance to tie for the MSL Ohio Division title.

The Vikings left no doubt that they were re-focused with a resounding 79-54 win over Bexley.

The Vikings not only came away with the win but also a tie for the MSL Ohio title with Newark Catholic who lost to Licking Valley.

Licking Valley simply destroyed the Green Wave, 60-40 as Ricky Wilson scored 20 and Hayden Ourant added 19.

The Vikings’ five senior played the final home game of their careers and leave a winner: Ben Bechtel, Stephen Casey, Jacob Mikalov, Tim Eldridge and Zach Ratcliff.

Zach Ratcliff and his parents

The Vikings started the game on a mission. They got the ball relentlessly inside to take advantage of the fact that they have taller players that are hard to defend: Mikalov at 6’8, Daniel Aronowitz, Aakaash Paladuga and Ratcliff who are all 6’4. Bexley’s has no one over 6’4 and their best defender is Jalen Robinette, and even he had problems defending under the basket.

Mikalov took control of the game for Academy with 13 points in the first quarter as the Vikings push out to a 24-12 lead.

The halftime score was 38-20 Academy.

The third quarter ended with the Vikings up 59-37 and they cruised from their.

Head coach Chris Jones has done a great job with the Academy program

The Buckeye Muffler & Brake Player of the Game was Mikalov who led all scorers with a career-high 31 points with eight rebounds and six blocked shots.

Mikalov had plenty of help in the scoring column as Eldridge scored 12 points, Aronowitz and Ratcliff with 11 each.

The Vikings were 19 of 26 from the free throw line and they committed just 11 turnovers. They ended the regular season at 16-4 overall, 12-2 in the MSL Ohio.

The Bexley Lions ended the regular season a disappointing at 7-13, 4-10.

The Lions were led by Sam Nolan with 13 and Robinette with 12.

Bexley could not create free throw opportunities as they were only 2 of 6 and only had 7 turnovers.

Bexley does not have the stable of players like they had during their glory days. The past 5 years, they’ve had Jon Primes, who graduated last year, and Robinette, and no one else to go with them.

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Tulane football coach Toledo resigns


Bob Toledo (courtesy of Tulane athletics)

UTEP beat Tulane University 44-7 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last Saturday and the fans in New Orleans chanted “fire coach Toledo.”

Earlier this week,  Tulane head coach Bob Toledo met with athletic director Rick Dickson and the two mutually agreed that the football coach should resign.

Dickson has named Mark Hutson as the interim coach for Tulane’s remaining six games. Hutson also was the interim head coach at Eastern Illinois in 2006. Hutson has been the Green Wave’s offensive line coach for all five years with Toledo. He led Eastern Illinois to a co-Ohio Valley Conference championship and an 8-5 record in his season as interim head coach and he has also been an assistant at Tulsa and Arkansas.

Toledo, who is 65, a former head coach at UCLA, took over the Tulane Green Wave in 2007. Eventhough his record was 13-35 in his first four years, Toledo received a two-year extension after last season in the hope his recruiting efforts would pay off with a winning season in 2011, but the team is 2-5 and has been blown out by Tulsa, Duke, Army and UTEP.


Info compiled from Tulane University, Radio & TV news

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Britt Wilder, Newark Catholic High School Green Wave, Running Back


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When football fans in Ohio think of Newark Catholic High School, they think of championship football and former head coach J.D. Graham who is still a legend around the city.

Newark Catholic is a private, Catholic co-educational high school, located in Newark, Ohio. Newark is in Licking County, 33 miles east of  Ohio’s capital city, Columbus and has a population of 47,413.


Britt Wilder Newark Catholic RB (

The Green Wave resume’ in football is solid with 8 championship titles in football (1978, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991 and 2007), the second most in Ohio High School Athletic Association.

They also have been State of Ohio runner-ups in football.

Every student-athlete that plays football is expected to uphold the tradition because they have uncles, dads, cousins and grandparents who have played their and experienced a championship or a runnerup status.


Newark Catholic is located at 1 Green Wave Drive (

Case-in-point, is our Sports Spotlight feature guest, Britt Wilder. The 5’11, 190-pound Wilder is a senior running back and a captain. His uncle Todd, won a football title in 1978 and was a runner-up in 1980. His dad Rod, played on a championship team in 1982 and two runner-up finishes in 1981 and 1983.

Britt was a member of the freshman team in 2007 when the varsity won the state championship.

Head coach Bill Franks is keeping the football legacy going (

Newark Catholic High School (megasportsnews)

The past two seasons, the Green Wave hasn’t made the playoffs the last two years at 6-4. That 6-4 record and the Newark Catholic team was not a bad team, but the school plays in the rugged Mid-State League, Ohio Division which includes five division III schools in football. The MLS Ohio Division teams are: Bexley, Columbus Academy, Granville, Heath, Lakewood, Licking Valley and Whitehall.

The Green Wave play in the OHSAA Division VI (6), Region 23 which includes such schools as Shadyside, Malvern, Bridgeport, Willowood Symmes Valley, Fairfield Christian and Glouster Trimble.

In 2008, Wilder was a linebacker; in 2009 as a junior, he rushed for 700 yards and in 2010, he rushed over 1,100 yards, scoring over 17 touchdowns and a 7.2 yards per carry.

Newark Catholic uses the I-formation mixed with the spread.

The Green Wave are coached by Bill Franks, an alumnus of the school who has experienced championships under the legendary J.D. Graham and college football at the University of Dayton under another coaching legend, Mike Kelly.

The 2010 Green Wave has a team of talented players including a senior class of 21. The offense is led by Britt Wilder and junior QB Garrett Vernau. The defense is led by DL Zack Shane, a 6’4, 239-pound playmaker who is a major college recruit, who was a first-team all-district choice in 2009.

In addition to playing their Mid-State League, Ohio Division teams, the Green Wave played World Harvest Prep and Nelsonville-York who was 8-2 in 2009.

By playing a tough schedule in 2010, New Catholic made the playoffs in Division 6, Region 23. The Green Wave, rated number 3 at 7-3 will play 6th ranked Fairfield Christian who is 9-0.

**We like to thank Newark Catholic Athletic Director and Football Coach Bill Franks for helping set up the interview with Britt Wilder; allowing us to visit practice to take photographs and gave us a chance to meet his coaching staff.

Also, we’ll be featuring Coach Franks on the radio show Sports Spotlight and have it as a podcast on the website next week.

We want to wish the Green Wave good luck in their quest to get football championship number 9!