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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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SWIFT TAX SERVICES/ High School Bounce: Columbus Academy overpowers Hebron Lakewood in Mid-State League action

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(file photo) broadcasted its second high school basketball game of the season Saturday night as Hebron Lakewood was taking on Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio.

The two schools, members of the Mid-State League Ohio Division, which also includes: Bexley, Granville, Heath, Licking Valley, Newark Catholic and Whitehall.

The Lancers of Lakewood came into the game having a miserable season at 0-9 overall, 0-5 in the league.

The Columbus Academy Vikings hit the hardwood with a 6-3 record, 2-2 in the league.

From the outset of the game, Academy dominated all aspects in route to a 66-50 win.

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Academy jumped out quickly at 11-0 when Lakewood took a timeout at 4:36 of the first quarter. The quarter finally ended with the Vikings up 19-7, forcing the Lancers into 10 turnovers in the first quarter using a full court press mixed in with various zone defenses.

Getting off to a bad start was not the only bad omen for the Lancers, their top player Ross Watts, got into early foul trouble and never scored a point and only took two shots the entire game.

Columbus Academy cruised from their, leading 32-17 at the half, 58-33 at the end the three and the final of 66-50.

The Vikings defensively forced 19 turnovers and only committed 10 themselves. They clearly had a height advantage and played at a quicker pace which affected the smaller Lancers.

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Academy had balanced scoring in the victory.

Daniel Aronowitz scored 15 points to lead the way. Zach Ratcliff, who was the Player of the Game for Academy had 14 points. Austin Peterman added 11 and Tim Eldridge chipped in with 10.

The Lakewood Lancers were led by reserve forward/center Joe Cramer, who was selected as their Player of the Game. Brandon Haggerty added 13 and Austen Morgan scored 12.


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* Hebron, Ohio is located in Licking County.

* The Lancers are 0-10 overall, 0-6 in the MSL Ohio.

* The Lancers have lost to Whitehall, Watkins Memorial, Granville, Newark Catholic, Sheridan, Licking Heights, Utica, Heath, Bexley and now to Columbus Academy.

* This week, they’ll play At Johnstown, Licking Valley and At Whitehall.


* The Vikings have beaten: Wellington, Ready, Newark Catholic, Northridge, Granville, Licking Valley and now Lakewood.

* The Vikings have lost to Heath 59-56, Whitehall 61-55 and Worthington Christian 54-47.

* The Vikings are 7-3, 3-2 in the MSL Ohio.

*This week Academy plays At Johnstown, Licking Valley and At Whitehall.

SWIFT TAX SERVICES/ HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE tonight live on our website: Mid-State League Ohio Division action, Hebron Lakewood at Gahanna Columbus Academy at 7:15 p.m.

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( photo) will be airing its second basketball game tonight, Saturday January 15, we call it High School Bounce. Hebron Lakewood at Gahanna Columbus Academy live from Gahanna, Ohio in Northeast Columbus.

To listen live, go to the top of this website, click on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE and click LISTEN LIVE next to the game listing and you’ll hear the game over the internet. Nate Smith and Stu Mason will have the action.

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The two schools are from the Mid-State League, Ohio Division which also has, Bexley, Granville, Heath, Licking Valley, Newark Catholic and Whitehall.

The Lancers from Licking County, are 0-9 overall, 0-5 in the league. They are led by one of the top players in the league, Ross Watts.

The Vikings of Academy are having a decent season so far of 6-3 overall, 2-2 in the league. They are led by Tim Eldredge, Zach Ratcliff, Jacob Mikalov and Daniel Aronowitz.

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OHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Heath hammers Albany Alexander, 55-14

Carole Simpson-Denkins  also contributed to this story

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Cole Benner threw for 183 yards, 2 touchdowns and ran for two more scores in the first quarter for Heath as the Bulldogs took a 34-0 lead.

But what set the tone for the game for the Bulldogs was Donyelle Simpson took the opening kickoff to the house for a touchdown as 10-1 Heath never was challenged by visiting Albany Alexander (8-3) in a Division IV quarterfinal game, 55-14.

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.


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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.


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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.

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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!