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COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE BOYS BASKETBALL: St. Charles keeps Linden winless, 45-38

(courtesy St. Charles)

The Linden-McKinley Panthers stayed with the St. Charles on Saturday night as the first quarter score was a low of 8-5 in favor of the Cardinals.

But anytime a team is in the midst of a losing streak, they often wonder is this the night we’ll win, or will something bad happen and another loss is on the horizon?

For the Panthers, the latter happened in the second quarter as St. Charles scored 15 points to lead at the half, 23-13.

The Panthers ignited for a 14-7 advantage in the 3rd quarter and trailed only 30-27.

But the host Cardinals, pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 15-11 advantage and final score of 45-38.

St. Charles improves to 7-3 overall, while Linden drops to a very disappointing 0-11.

Bryce Spees led the Cardinals with a season-high 23 points.

Linden was led by power forward Nick Battle with 17 points.

 

GAME REPORT BY BROOKE WALLINGFORD

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Fourth Quarter run lifts Hartley over St. Charles in CCL play

(courtesy Bishop Hartley)

Two-sport star Jacob Matuska led the Hartley Hawks to a key win in the Central Catholic League over rival St. Charles Friday night.

Matuska, who is going to Notre Dame on a football scholarship, scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and helped lead his team on an 8-2 fourth quarter run in the 45-36 win.

CCL battles are usually low-scoring and Friday’s game was no exception as the two schools scored only 39 points combined after three quarters.

Hartley improves to (6-1,3-0), while St. Charles drops to (5-3,1-2).

 

GAME REPORT FROM LENORE CASEY

St. Charles uses strong first quarter to beat DeSales, 49-32

GAME REPORT FROM MARIAH JONES

 

St. Charles entertained the home crowd with a 16-0 lead and beat the DeSales Stallions, 49-32 in Central Catholic League action.

Matt Hennessey led the way with 12 points, while Bryce Spees and Sean Hennessey contributed 11 points apiece.

The Cardinals had a 12-1 advantage at the free throw line.

St. Charles Cardinals (megasportsnews.com photo)

St. Charles evens its record at 1-1,1-0.

DeSales falls to 1-1,0-1.

Centennial edges Brookhaven with 2.3 go in regulation, 62-60 on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE

 

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It has been years since the Centennial Stars have beaten Brookhaven.

The two Columbus City League North Division rivals usually finish second and third respectively to kingpin Northland.

Last year, Brookhaven lost twice only to Northland in the North; Centennial lost to Northland and Brookhaven.

Friday night on Megasportsnews.com’s HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE broadcast, the Stars seemed determined to win the key early season matchup between the two schools.

There were several keys to the game that enabled the Stars to pull out the game:

*They did not allow the Bearcats to run and gun which they are accustomed to.

* The Stars committed 21 turnovers, but not many against the aggressive Brookhaven press.

* Centennial did not allow Randall Clarkson, Kevin Greenhow and Ronnie Williams to score at will.

* The Stars scored 18 points in the 3rd and 4th quarters.

The game came down to the waning moments as Brookhaven rebounded a missed shot by Centennial with a minute left. The Bearcats worked the ball down to the :10 second mark before attempting a shot which was missed. In his haste to get the loose rebound, Clarkson ran into the Stars Gyai Gyamerah with 2.3 seconds left and the foul was called. Gyamerah calmly went to the free throw line and canned both shots for the 62-60 home win.

(megasportsnews.com photo)

The Stars (1-1, 1-0) were led by St. Charles transfer Christian Cumberlander with 13 points and Jamal Slappy with 11 points.

The only reason the Bearcats were in the game, was their free throw shooting (20-32) and the play of transfer Deiondray Martin who scored 20 points, all in the second, third and fourth quarters.

The Bearcats fall to 1-1, 0-1.

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

 


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