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HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE, Live this morning at 10:45, Jackson Center vs. Africentric on our website


Shawon Wilson, Africentric

HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE returns to the airwaves this morning after a week’s hiatus.

The Ohio Division IV State semifinals from the Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State, as the Jackson Center Tigers (26-0) take on Columbus City League South Division member, Africentric Nubians.

Game time is 10:45 a.m. live on the website. You can LISTEN LIVE by clicking here.

If the link fails, here’s another way to listen to the game live.

Go to the HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE page in the upper right hand corner, click it and scroll down to the March 22 game and click listen and the game comes up there. We’ll be on the air 30 minutes before the game with our usual information.

Africentric head coach Michael Bates

Jackson Center, from Jackson Center, Ohio in Shelby County, plays in the Shelby County League where they were the champions. Other members include, the Anna Rockets, Botkins Trojans, Sidney Fairlawn Jets, Fort Loramie Redskins, Houston Wildcats and the Russia Raiders.

Hosie Smith, Africentric

To get to the Division IV Final Four, the Tigers, coached by athletic director Scott Elchert, beat Tri-Village in overtime in the district championship game, St. Henry in the regional semifinals and Dayton Jefferson in the regional finals.

They are led by senior Andy Hoying, the Southwest District Player of the Year. Their other starters include senior Tony Opperman, juniors Alex Meyer, Trey Elchert and Eric Ryder.

Off the bench, Jackson Center turns to freshman Gavin Wildermuth and junior Levi Winner.

Justin Miller, Africentric

The Tigers are very stingy on defense, giving up a shade over 40 points a game.

Jackson Center is making their third trip to Columbus and the Final Four, but their first since their championship year of 1985.

They are one of only two unbeaten schools left in the State of Ohio.

The Africentric Nubians are 22-3 and members of the Columbus City League South Division where they were runnerups to champion Walnut Ridge. Two of their losses were to the Scots and the other was to Division III powerhouse Bloom-Carroll.

The Nubians are making their third trip to the State’s Final Four and second straight. Last year, they lost to eventual Division III champion Cincinnati Taft.

In their tournament run, Africentric have outscored opponents 78.7 to 34.3 points per game in 6 wins over Columbus International, Gilead Christian, Northside Christian, Millersport, Newark Catholic and Beaver Eastern.

Trevon Saunders, Africentric

Beaver Eastern scored 43 points on the Nubians in the regional final and those are the most their given up in the tournament in one game.

The Nubians, who will play 10-15 players to wear the opponent down, are led by juniors Kenny Robinson, Trevon Saunders, Kejuan Skinner-Byrd, Cyquil Tucker and Newshawn Walls. Top seniors include Fuquan Tucker, Delquan Black, Hosie Smith, Justin Miller and freshman Jaquan Harrison.

Kenny Robinson, Africentric

The winner of the Jackson Center-Africentric game will play the winner of the Berlin Hiland (24-1)-Arlington (23-3) game on Saturday morning at 10:30.

HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE is brought to you by majority sponsor, SWIFT TAX SERVICES.





Hoosiers Top Buckeyes 6-4 in 10 innings (Saturday)

Columbus, Ohio–Michael Earley hit Eric Best’s first pitch in the 10th inning for a home run over the left field fence, and the Indiana Hoosiers added another run to top the baseball Buckeyes 6-4 in the second of three games in the weekend series.

Michael Earley (IU)

The teams combined for seven errors, four by Indiana.

Indiana’s sophomore ace Drew Leininger pitched nine innings to raise his record to 5-1, and could have easily had a shutout, with a little help from his friends. He made only one mistake, and Brian DeLucia crushed it for a grand slam to dead center field in the 4th inning, giving the Buckeyes a 4-3 lead that lasted until the 8th inning. All four runs were unearned, following errors by first baseman Jerrud Sabourin and second baseman Tyler Rogers, and a single by Cory Rupert that popped out of Earley’s glove in right field. Chris Squires survived the Hoosiers’ fourth error in the bottom of the 10th, and set an IU record with his 16th career save.

The sophomore left-hander Leininger leads the Hoosiers in wins, ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, and opponent’s batting average, and earlier this year had a Hoosier record of 28 2/3 straight scoreless innings.

The Hoosiers scored a small-ball run in the first on a Micah Johnson leadoff walk, a Brian Lambert sacrifice bunt, a Sabourin groundout, and an RBI single by Preseason Third Team All-American Alex Dickerson; and again in the third in similar fashion-a leadoff double by Johnson, another Lambert sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly by Sabourin. They added another run in the third on an RBI single by Earley.

Drew Leininger (IU)

OSU’s Drew Rucinski gave up  three runs, but settled down after that and retired eight of  the nine. He worked out of a two-on jam in the 6th by striking out Cincinnati St. Xavier’s Michael Basil, and again in the 7th on a long foul fly snagged by left fielder Zach Hurley.

The Hoosiers tied it in the 8th without a hit and with the help of two Buckeye errors. The inning appeared to be over when Dylan Swift tapped back to Rucinski, but his throwing error let Tyler Rogers score from second.

Ohio State fell to 18-9 and 3-2 in the Big Ten, losing for the first time at home in their fourth game this year at Bill Davis Stadium. Indiana entered the game having scored  double digit runs in seven of their last 12 games, but having won only one of eight games on an opponent’s field. With the win, they raised their record to 14-15 and 2-3 in the Big Ten.


* Cory Kovanda extended his hitting streak to 11 with a single in the first inning.

* The grand slam by Brian DeLucia was his fourth home run of the season. It was the first grand slam by a Buckeye since Justin Miller hit one April 25, 2009 in an 11-7 win over Northwestern.

* Saturday marked the longest outing of Drew Rucinski’s career. His previous long outing was 6.0 innings against Dartmouth earlier this season.