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Team Ohio has pair of wins in Italy

 

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Team Ohio basketball coached by Thomas Worthington head coach Bob Miller, won a couple of games in Rho, Italy, in the U-17 international girls basketball tournament on Friday.

Pickerington North star Brittany Johnson led the way in an 86-34 win in game one over Omegna Pallauaulo. Johnson scored 10 points and 11 rebounds.

In an 89-46 win in game two against San Carlo, Johnson again led the way with 19 points. Olentangy Liberty’s Maddie Redwine scored 17 and Africentric’s CC Harley scored 14.

 

Info compiled from reporter Tim Latham

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Daxton Cates, Westerville South High School RB

 

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The Westerville South High School Wildcats always have a top-notch running back. Several years ago, there was Ki-jana Carter. Last year there was Jayshon Jackson, who broke all of Carter’s rushing records.

Jackson made tackles miss and grab air as he ran behind the offensive line. During the past two seasons, Jackson carried the ball 700 + times and surpassed 2,000-yards twice.

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Jackson was only 5’8, 180-pounds but in 2010, he rushed for 2,583 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Jackson is playing this season at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

After last season, Westerville South fans wondered who would fill the shoes of Jackson running the football. They probably forgot that there was a very capable back-up waiting in the wings named Daxton Cates.

Cates was very solid in 2010, rushing for 512 yards and 8 touchdowns on 92 carries.

South head football coach Rocky Pentello said all along that Cates was more than capable of being the next big-time running back for the Wildcats. And he has.

Cates is bigger than Jackson, at 5-feet-10, 215-pounds. He can run around and over tacklers on the field.

Westerville South Junior Varsity in action

Cates has picked up where Jackson left off. In Week 1 of the 2011 season against Groveport in a 47-18 win, the senior rushed for 229 yards on 17 carries and 2 touchdowns.

In week 2, a 27-14 loss at Dublin Coffman, Cates improved to 236 yards on 30 carries, an 88-yard TD run. He had 216 yards in the first half.

Week 3 at Grove City in a 41-34 loss, Cates carried the ball 31 times, gaining 217 yards with 2 TD’s.

In week 4 at the newest high school in town, Westerville Central, the Wildcats won 28-22 and Cates led the way with 158 yards rushing. He was on a pace to gain 1,000-yards by week 6 of the season.

The Wildcats running attack is in good hands once again!

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Westerville South is in one of the top conferences in the state of Ohio, the Ohio Capital Conference, Cardinal Division. The division has Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Marysville, Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty, Westerville Central and Westerville North. The Wildcats are the kingpins of the division winning the title in 2010 with a 9-3 record overall and a playoff berth. They were 6-1 in their league.

From all of the recruiting reports, Cates is receiving interest from Ohio University, Wisconsin, Akron, Saginaw Valley State, Bowling Green and Ohio State’s name has been mentioned as well.

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The name Cates is familiar around Westerville. His cousin, Wes Cates, was a standout running back at Westerville North and is a Hall of Famer at California University of Pennsylvania where he compiled 5,647 total yards.

We’d like to thank Westerville South head football coach Rocky Pentello for allowing us to watch practice, to take photos and talk to Daxton Cates.

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.

Northland Vikings continue to dominate the City League`

This past weekend, Columbus Northland wrapped up their fourth straight City league title with a victory over Marion-Franklin, 65-52 at East High School.

Everybody talks about dynasty, legacy and men among boys when Northland’s team is being discussed these days. There are still five weeks left in the basketball season and it remains to be seen if this team can defend their Division I championship.

The two big-name leaders of this team is Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon have been a part of this dynasty all four years, winning those four unprecedented City League titles. If you count City League records in the North Division and City Championship games, the Ohio State-bound dynamic duo were part of teams which piled up a record of 59-0.

One wonders how this team will stack up to other Columbus City League basketball programs in years past.

The senior class from Columbus East led by Ed Ratleff, Dwight “Bo” Lamar and Nick Connor that won back-to-back state championships in 1968 and ’69 finished with a 71-1 slate. But those accomplishments cover only three seasons because ninth-graders were not permitted to play varsity during those seasons. Although the Tigers went undefeated in the City League from 1966 to ’69, they lost fellow City rival and eventual state champion Linden in the 1967 regional final.

Brookhaven also set standards of excellence with 12 City North titles and a 159-14 league record from 1995-2006, including six straight City championships. The fifth, was given to them by default after Africentric forfeited 27 wins, including a win over Brookhaven in the championship game.

In the win over Marion-Franklin, 19-0 Northland received the best shot from the determined Red Devils, but their height, athleticism, depth, patience and talent was too much to overcome.

As usual, Jared Sullinger and J.D. Weatherspoon led Northland with 25 and 16 points respectively. The 15-4 Red Devils were led by Jeremy McCoy with 13 points.

IN OTHER WEEKEND HIGH SCHOOL MEN’S  BASKETBALL ACTION

*Traevon Jackson scored 25 points, and host Westerville South (20-0, 14-0) completed and unbeaten regular season by defeated Olentangy Liberty (10-10, 7-7). Isaiah Rogers scored 15 points and Jon Jennings had 11 for South,  which led 38-22 at halftime.

*Gahanna over Groveport, 65-21 as Anthony Jackson scored 12 points to lead the Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division champion Lions (19-0,13-0) over the host Cruisers (1-17,0-14).

*Taylor Rieger scored 17 points and Cameron Sheehan 15, as host Olentangy Orange earned a share of the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division title with a 54-50 victory over Delaware.

*Logan Elm beats Canal Winchester, 51-38 as Logan Hauserman scored eight of his 16 points in the third quarter, and host Logan Elm (17-2,12-1) beat Canal Winchester (14-5,11-2) to win the Mid-State League Buckeye Division for the second year in a row.

Jared Sullinger Northland (AOL)