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Posts Tagged ‘Northland Vikings.’

OHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament: Northland breezes past Central Crossing, 104-50

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GAME REPORT FROM JIM DEXTER

 

The Northland Vikings cruised to an easy 104-50 win over Grove City Central Crossing on Wednesday night.

The Vikings did not waste time in disposing of the Comets. They lead 25-14 at the end of the 1st quarter and 56-23 at the half.

Jaylen Tucker led the way with 20 points, followed by Seth Towns with 18 and Derrick McKeithen with 16.

Northland improves to 24-0 while Central Crossing ends a tough year at 2-21.

COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE: Northland North Division streak hits 92 with rout of Mifflin

Game report from Dan Wagner

The Northland Vikings, kingpins of the City League, have won an unbelievable 92 straight games in a row in the North Division dating back to February of 2006.

Friday night at home, the Vikings defeated the Mifflin Punchers, 89-57 to go  7-0, 5-0.

(megasportsnews.com photo)

Armani Towns scored 21 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and Derrick McKeithen chipped in with 20 points.

The Punchers under Gene Caslin, drop to 2-6, 2-3.

Kameron Green led Mifflin with 16 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

 

 

ALL PHOTOS BY MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM

 


Doubleheader today on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE: 11:00 am, Northland vs. Reynoldsburg; 3:00 pm, Walnut Ridge plays Olentangy Liberty

Northland Vikings (megasportsnews.com)

HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE will be busy today as we broadcast two games from the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum.

At 11:00 am, the Northland Vikings take on the Reynoldsburg Raiders in one District final while the Walnut Ridge Scots play the Olentangy Liberty Patriots in the other final at 3:oo pm.

(courtesy of Reynoldsburg High School)

The Vikings, six-time defending champions of the Columbus City League, brings a 22-1 record into the game, having beaten Central Crossing, Columbus West and Zanesville in the Marysville region.

The Raiders, of the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division, bring a 12-9 record into the contest having won two OHSAA playoff games over Olentangy Orange and Hilliard Davidson also in the Marysville region.

To LISTEN LIVE to the NORTHLAND-REYNOLDSBURG GAME, click here.

 

 

(courtesy of Olentangy Liberty High School)

This afternoon at 3:00 pm, the Olentangy Liberty Patriots will take on the Walnut Ridge Scots.

The Patriots from Powell, Ohio, play in the Ohio Capital Conference Cardinal Division where they were the champions.

Liberty has only lost to Westerville Central, 49-46 and Westerville South, 58-57 and are 20-2 on the season.

(megasportsnews.com)

Columbus City League runner-ups, the Walnut Ridge Scots are 21-1 on the season, the only blemish being a loss to the Northland Vikings in the City League championship game.

The City League South Division champion Scots have advanced to the District finals by beating Whetstone and two other Ohio Capital Conference schools in Worthington Kilbourne and Mount Vernon.

To LISTEN LIVE to the OLENTANGY LIBERTY-WALNUT RIDGE GAME, click here.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Northland in auto-drive cruises past Columbus West

Game report from Prescott Belmont

 

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Everybody that is connected with the Columbus City League always roots for one another when they don’t have to play each other.

This is especially in the OHSAA Tournament when all schools play in different divsions.

In this case, they would be rooting for Columbus West who ended the season at 0-21, to at least one win.

But on Wednesday night, the Cowboys were matched up against the Kingpins of the City League, the Northland Vikings.

No disrespect to the Vikings, but you just knew that West would be outmanned.

The Vikings took care of business as usual, 103-49 in the Division I game at Marysville High School.

West ends another disappointing season at 0-22. Micheal Redd, one of the top basketball players in the school’s history, has to be shaking his head.

The Vikings, 21-1 on the season, were led by the big three, Jordan Potts, Jalen Robinson and Devon Scott all combined for 62 points, outscoring West by themselves.

But occasionally, they will play against each other.

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