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Posts Tagged ‘Mid-State League Ohio Division.’

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Columbus Academy beats Berne Union in Division III action

Game report from Arie Carter

 

Head coach Chris Jones has his Vikings on another roll in the tourney (megasportsnews.com photo)

Columbus Academy, the co-champion of the Mid-State Ohio Division with Newark Catholic, is on a roll in the OHSAA tournament.

They defeated Cardington in the first round and on Wednesday night, they eliminated Berne Union, 63-44 in a Division III game at Grove City Central Crossing.

Zach Ratcliff reached a milestone in his high school career during game, scoring his 1,000th point.

Ratcliff, who’ll be playing baseball at Ohio State next year, led the Vikings with 24 points and 12 rebounds for the second-seeded team from Gahanna, Ohio.

Daniel Aronowitz supported Ratcliff with 17 points.

Zach Ratcliff, a 1,000-point scorer (Columbus Academy photo)

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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Mid-State League battle tonight at 7:30 as Bexley visits Academy on H.S. BOUNCE

 

Tonight on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE, we travel back to the Mid-State League, Ohio Division as the Bexley Lions travel to Gahanna to take on the Columbus Academy Vikings at 7:30 p.m.

The game can be heard LIVE right here on the website by going to the HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE page in the upper right hand corner, click it and scroll down to the February 17 game and click listen and the game comes up there. We’ll be on the air 10 minutes before the game with our usual information. The game will be archived forever on that page to listen to anytime.

Bexley, a Division II school comes into the game at 6-13, 4-9 in the MSL Ohio Division under head coach Dave Gustin.

Columbus Academy, under head coach Chris Jones, has a 15-4, 11-2 record and are a Division III school.

Academy won the first game in the series back on Friday, January 20 at Bexley, 52-50. The Vikings had to battle back all night long but won it in the 4th quarter by holding the Lions to only 6 points.

 

 

All photos are from megasportsnews.com files

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Aces knock Academy out of first place tie in MSL Ohio Division with win

Game report from George Cleveland

 

Granville Blue Aces (file photo)

The Mid-State League Ohio Division basketball race has been tight all season between the Newark Catholic Green Wave and the Columbus Academy Vikings.

The two teams have been neck-and-neck with wins for the past two weeks. But that changed on Tuesday as one team won and the other lost.

Newark Catholic beat the Heath Bulldogs, 59-48 while the Granville Blue Aces surprised visiting Academy, 63-53.

With the win, the Green Wave improve to 16-2 overall, 12-1 in the division and have wrapped up a share of the MSL Ohio championship.

The Blue Aces, having an uncharacteristic 10-9, 8-5 season pulled the upset on the Vikings, putting three players in double figures scoring.

The Vikings drop to 15-4 overall, 11-2.

Academy led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter.

But Granville scored 17 points in the second to take a 29-19 lead at the half, holding the Vikings to a 5-point in the period.

The Blue Aces stretched their lead to 43-27 and that was basically the game.

The Vikings were led by Tim Eldridge with 16 and Zack Ratcliff with 14.

The Vikings will play on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE on Friday as they host arch-rival Bexley.

HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE tonight live on our website, Hartley visits Columbus Academy at 7:30 p.m.

 

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The place for tonight's action

A rare Wednesday edition of HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE will pit two of the Columbus area’s best teams against each other in Gahanna.

The Bishop Hartley Hawks under Randy Kortokrax will play at Columbus Academy at 7:30 pm.

You can LISTEN LIVE by going to the HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE page in the upper right hand corner, click it and scroll down to the February 8  game and click listen and the game comes up there. We’ll be on the air 20 minutes before the game with our usual information. The game will be archived forever on that page to listen to anytime.

Bishop Harley of the Central Catholic League is 11-3 with losses only to Watterson twice and Bloom-Carroll.

Columbus Academy of the Mid-State League Ohio Division, are 14-2, 12-1 and won last night over Lakewood at home, 88-27.

The Vikings have lost only to Newark Catholic and Jonathan Alder.

Both teams are ranked high in the Dispatch coaches poll, Hartley is fourth in Division II and Academy is second in Division III.

 

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