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

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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.




(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.


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.


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BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Tournament action: Northland gets past stubborn Westerville Central, 65-62

Game report from James Nathanson

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The Northland Vikings have played in so many big games over the years that close games don’t phase them one bit. They know that when a basket, play or defensive stop is needed to win a game, it’ll go their way.

The second-seeded Vikings beat 15th-seeded Westerville Central in a Division I district final in the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum.

Winner of three straight district titles and four in the past five years, 23-1 Northland can win games even when they don’t play up to their potential.

Trey Burke scored 19 points to lead the way for the City North Division champions.

Ohio State football recruit Nick Vannett made two free throws with 15 seconds left to give Westerville Central a 62-61 lead.

Burke received the inbounds pass down the court and was fouled in the lane. He made both shots with 8.1 seconds remaining to send the Vikings up on top again, 63-62.

Tre Stennett took the inbounds pass, dribbled into the frontcourt and tried to go between two Northland defenders, but LaVonte Justice stole the ball away and was fouled with two seconds left. He made both free throws to salt the game away.

Jalen Robinson scored 15 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, while Devon Scott had 14 points, 12 in the second half.

The Westerville Central Warhawks were led by Quintin Henderson with 15 points and Kamorin Harris collected 13.

The Warhawks ended a surprising season at 17-7.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Tournament action: Mifflin continues hot streak, wins in OT against Eastmoor Academy

The Mifflin Punchers of the City League North has put on a late season push and has continued.

Their most recent win over City League South opponent Eastmoor Academy in overtime at the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum, 65-61.

Mifflin’s hectic style of pressing all over the court for 32 minutes or in this case, 36 minutes, caused Eastmoor problems.

Percy Dean scored 26 points, including six free throws in overtime, as the unseeded Punchers (12-12) won their 10th district championship and advanced to regional play at Kettering Fairmont against Cincinnati St. Bernard Roger Bacon (19-5).

Ohio State football recruit Ronald Tanner, who led seventh-seeded Eastmoor Academy (12-11) with 20 points, made a steal and scored on a 12-foot jumper with four seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 54.

Game report from Lynn McGill

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Tournament action: Out-of-sync Northland survives scrappy Olentangy Liberty

Game report from George Cleveland

Northland did not play like a #2 seed in the Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament action in Division I.

The 22-1 Vikings were shaky, lethargic and full of mistakes in a 59-52 win over Olentangy Liberty.

Northland led 16-8 at the end of the first quarter, 28-25 at halftime, 39-35 at the end of the 3rd quarter. They never could shake off the Patriots (16-7) entirely.

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The Patriots, a team that plays quick defense and can shoot 3′s, never looked intimidated at all in the contest at the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum.

Trey Burke scored 20 points for Northland and teammate Jalen Robinson chipped in with 13 and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Jake Bischoff led Liberty with 17 points.

Northland will play Westerville Central, who upset Upper Arlington, in the District final this week.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Tournament action: Africentric runs over Centerburg in Division III play

Game report from Russell North & Ralph Mushi

Every year, high school basketball players say they hate to play games in the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum aka the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Their reasons include its cold, has bad lighting, bad sight lines and not often-filled and just not good if you’re a shooter.

The Columbus Horizon used to say the same thing when they played in the Coliseum back in the late 80′s.

All of those old superstitions did not effect Kalomo Figueroa-Jackson of Africentric in their game against Centerburg.

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The Nubians guard connected on several three-point baskets en route to a career-high 28 points as #3 Africentric ran over Centerburg 78-35 in a Division III district semifinal.

The 6’5 senior went 10 of 13 from the floor. His running mate at guard Marquice Taylor added 20 points and had seven assists in helping the City League South member go to 15-7 on the season.

The Nubians as a team shot the ball just as well, 29 of 45 (59.2 percent) and made 10 three-point goals.

Africentric smothered the slower Trojans with full-court and half-court pressure to keep them out of rhythm, allowing only 28.9 percent from the field and causing 27 turnovers.

Centerburg ended the season at 13-10 and were led in scoring by Garrison Myles with 15 points.