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COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE: New cast of players leads Walnut Ridge to 3-0 start; beats West on Friday night



With the graduation of Roy Alexander, Fred Hardgrove, Isaiah Brooks, Allasane Kah, Malik Dime, Kai Turner and Adam McCall, most people felt that Walnut Ridge’s hold on the South Division the past two years would end.

Don’t count on it!

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There is a new cast of characters leading the Scots to a third straight Columbus City League South Division title, Grant Harris, Rob Wheelwright and Dymiere Finch.

Harris with 28 points and Wheelwright with 25 led the Scots to a 3-0 record and 2-0 in the South with an 86-78 win over improving Columbus West Friday night.

The Cowboys (2-2, 0-2) were led by Ed Golden with a career-high 33 points and Charles Holland scored 23 points.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Walnut Ridge beats arch-rival Eastmoor; stays unbeaten

Game report from Hampton Ford


FRed Hardgrove's 3-pointer keeps Scots unbeaten ( photo)

The last time the Scots and Warriors got together at Eastmoor High, Walnut Ridge ran away from the opening tap and were never headed as their height, depth and talent took over.

In the rematch Tuesday night at Walnut Ridge, neither team could run away from each as the game was a close affair.

Point guard Fred Hardgrove hit a three-point shot with 27 seconds left and kept the Scots unbeaten with a 47-41 win over the Warriors in the City South Division.

Hardgrove scored 11 on the night.

Walnut Ridge is 15-0, 11-0 and has just about wrapped up another title in the South.

The Scots had to claw all night against the pesky Warriors who led until the end.

Hardgrove’s shot gave the Scots their first lead.

Backup point guard Isaiah Brooks canned two free throws with 17 seconds remaining to seal the Walnut Ridge comeback. Brooks scored 13 points in the game.

The Warriors led 18-6 at the end of the first quarter. But Walnut Ridge came back in the second quarter and the halftime score was 24-17 Eastmoor Academy.

At the end of three quarters, the game got tighter as Eastmoor led by only 37-33.

In the fourth quarter, the Scots were not about to disappoint the home crowd as they took control and held the Warriors without a field goal and only four points total.

The Warriors drop to 10-6 overall, 7-4 in the South.


Walnut Ridge goes to 10-0 after beating Fort Recovery in Kettering


Game report from Marty Logan


Isaiah Brooks Walnut Ridge

The Scots of Walnut Ridge can play any type of game, the opposition poses. Slowdown, uptempo, delay, etc.

Saturday night in the Flyin’ To The Hoop Classic in the Dayton, Ohio suburb of Kettering, the Scots had to play the slowdown game with opponent, Ft. Recovery Indians.

The Scots remained unbeaten at 10-0 as they defeated the Indians, 46-34.

Walnut Ridge went 3-0 on the week, also defeating City South rivals Briggs and Africentric.

Allasane Kah Walnut Ridge

Leading the way in the scoring column were Isaiah Brooks with 12 and Allasane Kah with 11.


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HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE: Walnut Ridge presses Briggs to death in rout


Isaiah Brooks scored 8 points for Walnut Ridge

The Walnut Ridge Scots are the team to beat in the Columbus City League’s South Division.

They will get every team’s best shot and best game.

Last Tuesday on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE, sponsored by Swift Tax Services, they played the Briggs Bruins under head coach Tony Rice. Most people felt that Rice’s team could press the Scots and keep the game close. But the Scots won the game going away, 70-43.

The Bruins did keep the game close for awhile as the halftime score was 31-25, Walnut Ridge.

It was amazing that Briggs stayed in the game even in the second quarter, as the vaunted Scots’ fullcourt press caused Briggs to commit 11 turnovers in that same quarter but the Bruins stayed in because they slowed the game down on offense and made just enough shots.

However, a team like the Scots know how to win a game.

In the third quarter, Briggs only had 7 turnovers but they scored just 8 points while Walnut Ridge was scoring at will with 22 to push the lead out to 53-33 and the game was basically over.

The Scots received a nice distribution of points led by Adam McCall with 10 points, Roy Alexander and Fred Hardgrove with 9 each, Isaiah Brooks and Malik Dime each scoring eight.

The Buckeye Muffler and Brake Player of the Game was Walnut Ridge point guard Hardgrove.

The Scots improved to 7-0, 4-0 on the season, while Briggs dropped to 6-3, 3-2.

Briggs was led in scoring by Traevon Hester with 9 points.

(courtesy of Swift Tax Services)


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Walnut Ridge escapes hot-shooting, scrappy Tri-Valley in tournament action on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE sponsored by SWIFT TAX SERVICES

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Before the Boys High School Division I tournament started, everybody saw that Dresden Tri-Valley had drawn the Grove City Greyhounds in the first round at Lakewood High School in Hebron, Ohio. All of the so-called experts around the central Ohio area said that the Scotties would not have a chance.

But the Scotties are a decent team from a very prestigious conference, the Muskingum Valley League which has New Concord John Glenn Muskies, Thornville Sheridan Generals, Crooksville Ceramics, Maysville Panthers, Morgan Raiders, New Lexington Panthers, West Muskingum Tornadoes and the Philo Electrics. John Glenn and Thornville were this year’s co-Champs with 14-2 records respectively.

Hamilton Township High School logo (file photo)

Tri-Valley is from the East District, Muskingum County and is a AAA school from Dresden, a town of 1,423 people along the Muskingum River.

The Boys basketball team won Ohio championships back in 1963 and 1963.

Tri-Valley is known for their boys soccer. The team holds the MVL record for 10 straight titles from 2000-2009.

Tri-Valley beat Grove City, ran them off the court, 69-49. They never trailed in the game. The win was the first in 3 tournament tries under head coach Todd McLoughlin.

The Scotties can shoot 3′s and hit four in the first quarter.Their defense allowed them to control the Greyhounds.

So the next game matched up Tri-Valley, a scrappy, team with good shooters, against the taller, athletic, deep-bench Walnut Ridge of the Columbus City League South Division. The game was played at the new two-year-old Hamilton Township High School which is in the Obetz section of Columbus.

The Scotties got off to a good start in this game with their hot-shooting from 3-point land, opening up a 14-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, that saw them scored four 3-point goals and Bryan Schley scoring nine points. The Scots could not get untracked, committing three turnovers and could not cover the perimeter players of Tri-Valley.

The game of basketball is a game of runs and adjustments. Eventhough, the Scotties pushed the lead out to 17-4 early in the second quarter, Walnut Ridge start to make their run with some key substitutions. Roy Alexander and Fred Hardgrove started to heat up with their outside shooting and they were able to put taller players on the perimeter to limit the 3-point opportunities of the Scotties. The halftime scored was 23-22 Tri-Valley.

Home of the Hamilton Township Rangers

In the second quarter, Alexander had six points, Hardgrove tallied six. Brian Schley scored on two 3-point goals but his brother Matt had trouble getting off a shot and had no points.

The third quarter was dominated by the Scots who were led by the defense and scoring of Isaiah Brooks with six points and causing the guards of Tri-Valley to commit four turnovers. Bryan Schley would score five more points and end with 20 points. That was a key because he would not score in the next three quarters. The Scots led 32-29 after 3 quarters of play.

The fourth quarter of play would end up being the strangest of all. The Scotties started to get the ball inside against the Scots athletic and wiry defense. Tri-Valley opened up a 45-39 lead with 52.3 seconds left. This is point in the quarter where it became strange but Walnut Ridge was aided in its comeback attempt.

There had been some chippiness amongst the players all game long. Scotties coach McLoughlin had been barking at the referees all game and with 36.3 seconds left, enough was enough. The demonstrative Scotties’ coach was hit with a double technical. This was where the Scots started their comeback.

Hardgrove scored both free throws to make it 45-41 Scotties. Brooks stepped to the line and drained two free throws to cut the deficit to 45-43 and now the Scots had the ball with the clock still stopped at 36.3 and possession of the ball.

Walnut Ridge missed a chance at the tie and had to foul to keep their hopes alive. They chose Matt Schley who had trouble shooting all day, but is a good free throw shooter. He missed both free throws at 24.9 seconds. The Scots come down and score to tie the game at 45-45.

But the game gets weird again. With 11.4 seconds remaining, Tri-Valley called a timeout to set up the last shot which could win the game. While the two teams were going to their respective benches, Dwayne Bazemore slightly bumped Bryan Schley who fell hard to the floor. One of the refs saw the contact and called a technical foul for unsportsmanship on Bazemore. The Walnut Ridge bench did not like this and voiced their displeasure with the refs. So did the many fans of the Scots who had seen several phantom calls by the refs all game on the Scots everytime a Tri-Valley player flopped on the floor. The police at the game had to try and calm down some fans.

After the timeout, everybody in the gym felt that Bryan Schley would end the game with two gift free throws because he was the best shooter on the floor. He went to the line and surprisingly, missed both free throws. The scramble for the ball went to the Scotties but they could not get off a good shot so the game went into it’s first overtime session at 45-45.

The strange happenings moved into overtime.

In high school basketball, there is a 4:00 overtime period. Walnut Ridge won the tip and head coach Jason Bates decided he was not going to give the Scotties a chance to upset his team. He told his team to just spread the floor into a four-corners offense, where his guards would dribble only if the defender gets near close enough to start the 5-second count. The Scots held the ball for 2:45 of the first overtime and called a timeout with 1:15 to go. Then they held the ball again for another :67 seconds and called another timeout with 8.3 seconds left.

The Scots could not score and a second overtime was in order to settle the 45-45 tie.

Walnut Ridge decided it was time to put this game into the history books. In the second overtime, the Scots used their height advantage and depth to take over and continually got to the free throw line. Alexander and Hardgrove combined for 11 of the 13 quarter points to make the final score 58-48.

The Scots moved on in the tournament with a 17-4 record, while Tri-Valley ended a decent season at 13-9.

Walnut Ridge once again had balanced scoring: Hardgrove with 16 points, Brooks scored 13, Alexander had 10 and Austin Traylor finished with 8.

The Scotties were led by Bryan Schley with 20, Michael McConnell chipped in with 13 and Max Kilgore with 11. What hurt Tri-Valley in this game is that their other top scorers, Matt Schley and Casey Williams were held to 4 points combined; they could not get past the taller guards of Walnut Ridge to take shots.

The Player of the Game were Brian Schley of Tri-Valley and Roy Alexander of Walnut Ridge.

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