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Posts Tagged ‘J.D. Weatherspoon.’

Weatherspoon eligible to play for the Buckeyes

J.D. Weatherspoon (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

Former Northland star J.D. Weatherspoon, who was academically ineligible for the winter quarter, has been reinstated to the team. Head coach Thad Matta told the media before practice on Wednesday.

Weatherspoon, a freshman, traveled with Ohio State to Newark, New Jersey, and is eligible to play against Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, according to a school sports information representative.

compiled from staff, radio & TV news

Columbus Northland defeats Cincinnati Colerain, 70-41

Also contributing to this story is Joe “Big Head” Coopersmith

Each game that they play, the Northland Vikings are faced with various defenses and tactics from the other team. It could be a 3-2 zone, 2-3 zone, 1-3-1 zone, 1-2-2 zone,2-1-2 zone or a matchup zone to force outside shooting. Or the opponent will slow the pace of the game or they’ll double- team of triple-team players. It’s a pick-your-poison type of game plan and usually nothing ever works because the Vikings are so skilled and talented that they’ll find a way to win.

Case-in-point, Thursday game against Cincinnati Colerain in the Division I regional semi-final at the Ohio Exposition Center Coliseum.

Colerain opted to collapse its defense on 6’9 Jared Sullinger and 6’5 J.D. Weatherspoon , trying to keep the ball away from them. The strategy was to force the guards to shot the ball from the outside. Good Strategy? Well, it is if the shots don’t fall, but you’re talking about Columbus Northland, the number 1 team in the city, state and nation.

Led by point guard Trey Burke, the guards and small forwards made seven, 3-point baskets to combat the strategy enroute to a 70-41 win.

Northland led 17-5 at the end of the first quarter due to Burke’s 10 points which include three, 3-point baskets.

Finding themselves down by 12, Colerain tried to push the tempo which got them back in the game and trailing only 26-25 with 3:00 to go in the second quarter. The Cardinals only trailed 35-27 at the half and were more than pleased with their performance to that point. Not many teams can say they only trailed Northland by 8 at the half.

The third quarter was another story. The Vikings didn’t waste anytime coming out of the locker room like gang-busters and putting up a 15-2 run to bury Colerain for good. The emphasis was defense and it worked to fuel the offense.

The 23-0 Vikings were led by Jared Sullinger with 17 points and 7 rebounds; J.D. Weatherspoon followed with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Jordan Potts had six steals.

Colerain at 19-5 ends its season with the school’s deepest tournament run since 1967.

Jared Sullinger Northland (aol)

Northland will now play Gahanna (25-0) in a regional final Saturday at the Coliseum. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The two teams finished the regular season 1-2 in the Associated Press poll.

Northland Vikings continue to dominate the City League`

This past weekend, Columbus Northland wrapped up their fourth straight City league title with a victory over Marion-Franklin, 65-52 at East High School.

Everybody talks about dynasty, legacy and men among boys when Northland’s team is being discussed these days. There are still five weeks left in the basketball season and it remains to be seen if this team can defend their Division I championship.

The two big-name leaders of this team is Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon have been a part of this dynasty all four years, winning those four unprecedented City League titles. If you count City League records in the North Division and City Championship games, the Ohio State-bound dynamic duo were part of teams which piled up a record of 59-0.

One wonders how this team will stack up to other Columbus City League basketball programs in years past.

The senior class from Columbus East led by Ed Ratleff, Dwight “Bo” Lamar and Nick Connor that won back-to-back state championships in 1968 and ’69 finished with a 71-1 slate. But those accomplishments cover only three seasons because ninth-graders were not permitted to play varsity during those seasons. Although the Tigers went undefeated in the City League from 1966 to ’69, they lost fellow City rival and eventual state champion Linden in the 1967 regional final.

Brookhaven also set standards of excellence with 12 City North titles and a 159-14 league record from 1995-2006, including six straight City championships. The fifth, was given to them by default after Africentric forfeited 27 wins, including a win over Brookhaven in the championship game.

In the win over Marion-Franklin, 19-0 Northland received the best shot from the determined Red Devils, but their height, athleticism, depth, patience and talent was too much to overcome.

As usual, Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon led Northland with 25 and 16 points respectively. The 15-4 Red Devils were led by Jeremy McCoy with 13 points.

IN OTHER WEEKEND HIGH SCHOOL MEN’S  BASKETBALL ACTION

*Traevon Jackson scored 25 points, and host Westerville South (20-0, 14-0) completed and unbeaten regular season by defeated Olentangy Liberty (10-10, 7-7). Isaiah Rogers scored 15 points and Jon Jennings had 11 for South,  which led 38-22 at halftime.

*Gahanna over Groveport, 65-21 as Anthony Jackson scored 12 points to lead the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division champion Lions (19-0,13-0) over the host Cruisers (1-17,0-14).

*Taylor Rieger scored 17 points and Cameron Sheehan 15, as host Olentangy Orange earned a share of the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division title with a 54-50 victory over Delaware.

*Logan Elm beats Canal Winchester, 51-38 as Logan Hauserman scored eight of his 16 points in the third quarter, and host Logan Elm (17-2,12-1) beat Canal Winchester (14-5,11-2) to win the Mid-State League Buckeye Division for the second year in a row.

Jared Sullinger Northland (AOL)