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CITY LEAGUE BASKETBALL: Beechcroft rallies to stop Linden upset bid, 70-63

Maurice Hale ( photo)

The Linden-McKinley Panthers almost pulled off an upset in the City’s North Division Friday night.

Visiting the Beechcroft Cougars, the Panthers stayed in the game.

The first quarter was tied 12-12. Linden led at the half, 33-26 and at the end of three quarters, 49-48.

But we all know the game is won in the fourth quarter and the host Cougars took over outscoring Linden, 22-14 en route to a 70-63 triumph.

Maurice Hale, a quarterback at Beechcroft, scored 20 points followed by the gentleman he throws the football to, wide receiver Khaleed Franklin, scored 19.

Nick Battle led the Panthers with 18 points.

The Cougars improve to 7-9, 5-6, while Linden drops to 1-16, 0-11.



COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE: Beechcroft keeps Mifflin winless with 72-67 triumph


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The Beechcroft Cougars have a nice foursome on the basketball court this season with Maurice Hale, Khaleed Franklin, Robert Martin and Linden-McKinley transfer Patrick Ngene.

Friday night against Columbus City League North Division rival Mifflin, the Cougars only needed three of the four to lead them to a win.

Franklin with 26 points, Ngene with 20 and Martin with 19 combined for a total of 65 points in leading Beechcroft to their initial win of the season, 72-67. Ngene pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.


The Cougars are 1-1, 1-0.

Mifflin falls to a disappointing 0-3,0-1 in the final season for 14-year head basketball coach Gene Caslin.

Mifflin tried to rally late in the game but could not contain the Cougars scoring trio.

J Murrell led Mifflin with 15 points.


SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Maurice Hale, QB/CB Columbus Beechcroft Cougars

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QB/CB Maurice Hale

The Beechcroft Cougars have been the football team to beat in the Columbus City League North Division for the past few years.

Yes, I realize there are the Brookhaven Bearcats, their arch-rivals; the Northland Vikings and the Mifflin Punchers in that division. However, the Cougars, under head coach Bruce Ward, in his fourth season, are 16-5 the past two seasons with a playoff appearance. Furthermore, the last North Division team to beat them was Northland.

The Cougars are still the team to beat despite losing the talents of James Duncan, Alpha Berry, Kevin Chappelle, James Clayborn, Shaquille Minnifield, Jalen and Jamar Rudolph through graduation.

One of the reasons Beechcroft is still the team to beat, are the talents of senior quarterback/cornerback Maurice Hale. He is also a top-notch basketball player for the Cougars.

Hale, who is 6’3, 195 pounds, rarely leaves the field. He is what they call an “athlete” in today’s football world. He also plays  long-snapper and place-kick holder. The only time the fans won’t see him on the field is on returns. He is that valuable to the Cougars success.

2011 was a breakout season for the talented Hale. He was awarded All-City League, All-District Division II honors. He set a school-record with 2,087 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 8 interceptions and rushed for over 900 yards.

Maurice Hale under the watchful eye of head coach Bruce Ward

Last season, Beechcroft was 9-2 in Division II, Region 7 and 7-0 in the City League North. They won eight games in a row to end the season. The Cougars were the seeded fifth in the playoffs, but lost at fourth-seeded Big Walnut, 14-7 in the first round.

That defeat has inspired the Cougars to do even better this year with less games in the regular season. Mostly all high school football team around Central Ohio opened the season on August 24. Beechcroft had a game with Columbus Independence on the schedule, but the 76ers wanted to play Columbus Mifflin instead and it left the Cougars hanging. But Coach Ward said “it gave us a chance to get in more practice time.”

Beechcroft is 2-1 going into this week’s encounter with the Whetstone Braves.

The Cougars started the season in Week 2 beating Dublin Jerome, 18-10; in Week 3 they lost 20-18 at St. Charles and in Week 4 they overpowered Centennial, 55-15.

Hale’s favorite target is WR Khaleed Franklin, who is a big, fast and physical player at 6’3, 200 pounds.

Hale used to play Safety, but Ward moved him to cornerback to cut down on injuries. Safeties with their free-style, open play and hard-hitting often get injured more than DB’s.

Beechcroft has played in the OHSAA playoffs 14 times. In 2009 and 2010, they finished 7-3 with a strong schedule but did not make it. They don’t want that to have again. Maurice Hale said the goal is the playoffs, always!

Beechcroft benefits from being located in a very nice neighborhood off State Route 161 in North Columbus, Ohio





Beechcroft stuns Marion-Franklin in OHSAA tournament action, 69-65


Game report from Josie Miller


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The Beechcroft Cougars had an up-and-down regular season playing well in some games and bad in others.

But they are still a dangerous team with Maurice Hale, Khaleed Franklin and Arthur Thomas.

Two of the those players are the reason that the Cougars upset fellow City League member Marion-Franklin on Saturday in the Division II tournament at Dublin Scioto.

Franklin scored 23 points and Thomas scored 16 to help Beechcroft (9-14) advance with a 69-65 win.

The Red Devils who trailed by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter, cut the deficit to two late with back-to-back three pointers.

Marion-Franklin, who ends the season at 10-11, were led by Marquiez Lawrence with 10 and Demetrius Walker with 14.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Hale leads Beechcroft over Independence in Division II

Game report courtesy of Donna Nuth


Beechcroft Gym ( photo)

The Beechcroft Cougars of the Columbus City League North Division survived poor free throw shooting of 3-for-15 to beat City South Division foe Independence in Division II tournament action, 54-53 Monday night.

Khaleed Franklin scored 20 points for the Cougars, but the real hero was Maurice Hale who scored with 0.1 of a second left in regulation, as Beechcroft improves to 7-14.

The game at Dublin Scioto saw the 76ers rally from a 14-point deficit to take its first lead of the game. But Independence took a risk and fouled the Cougars four times in the last 20 seconds to put them in the 1-1 bonus.

Chris Johnson led the 76ers with 17 points and they end the season at 8-13.

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