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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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Columbus Academy beats Licking Valley on Senior Night, 70-57; SWIFT TAX SERVICES/Megasportsnews.com HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE broadcast

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Jeff Salamon

This time of the high school basketball season, each team recognizes their senior cheerleaders, managers and players.

That was the case this past Saturday night at Columbus Academy as the school recognized five special players, Michael Hoffman, Austin Peterman, Collin Ricker, Jon Dillon and Megasportsnews.com intern Jeff Salamon.

All five of these players were in the starting lineups at the game’s beginning. But two of the were just glad to be a part of the team. Hoffman and Dillon both are captains and were top players at one time, but medical reasons have caused them to miss playing regularly. Dillon became the team’s manager.

Head coach Chris Jones decided to honor them with a start against the Panthers of Licking Valley in a Mid-State League Ohio Division game.

Austin Peterman

Collin Ricker

The Vikings of Academy started the game down 11-2. Coach Jones made substitutions and the team started its comeback and tied the game at 15 to end the first quarter.

Academy started to take control in the second quarter as Jacob Mikalov, a tall, wiry 6’7 inside player came into the game and caused matchup troubles for the Panthers who could not stop him from rebounding and scoring seven points.

The halftime score was 30-28 Academy.

Licking Valley, the seventh place team  in the Mid-State League, came alive and led at the end of three quarters, 43-41.

Academy finally took total control of the game in the fourth quarter as Zach Ratcliff scored 11 of the team’s 29 points and help salt the game away, 70-59.

Michael Hoffman

Jon Dillon

There was a gesture of sportsmanship in the game by Licking Valley’s coach Todd Torbert saw that Jon Dillon had re-entered the game and had one of his players to foul him. Dillon, obviously a very popular student, stepped to the line with all of the student section screaming and calling his name out as he stepped to the free throw line with 35.8 seconds left and he sanked both free throws to the delight of fans.

It’ll be a night the seniors will remember for years to come.

With the win, the Vikings upped their record to 12-5, 8-4 and in 3rd place in the Mid-State League Ohio Division while Licking Valley dropped to 5-12, 3-9.

The ohcsports.com Player of the Game were Tim Eldridge of Columbus Academy and Hayden Ourant of Licking Valley.

Columbus Academy’s top scorers were Ratcliff with 17 points, Daniel Aronowitz knocked down 16, Mikalov with 15 and Eldridge with 10.

The Panthers had three players in double figures scoring led by Dyjon Bowers-Stoneking with 17 points followed by Ourant with 11 and Alex Ratai with 10.

Columbus Academy photos by Jeff Salamon