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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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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.

Columbus Academy beats Bexley on HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE brought to you by SWIFT TAX SERVICES

Whenever the Bexley Lions and Columbus Academy Vikings get to get, throw-out the records because it is a rivalry that goes back over several years.

Bexley came into the game with a record of 10-9, 6-7 in the Mid-State League Ohio Division. Academy came in with at 13-5, 9-4 in the same division.

The Vikings were coming off a game at Lakewood where they didn’t play well but won 63-49.

Bexley won the first matchup at their gym, 76-72 on Friday, January 21.

It is hard to believe that the Lions are 10-9, because they have two of the better players in the league, Jalen Robinette and Jon Primes.

The Vikings got off to a good start in the first half of play by using their height advantage and patient offense to lead at halftime 28-15. Their defensive effort held Robinette to 7 and Primes to 2 at the intermission.

Eventhough Primes heated up in the 3rd quarter with 9 points, the Lions still trailed 44-31.

Zach Ratcliff took control for Academy in the 3rd quarter by scoring 9 points.

Bexley Lions (file photo)

In the 4th quarter, Academy just took the air out of the ball and cruised to a 58-40 win. The Vikings held the high-scoring Robinette to zero points in the final quarter.

Leading the way for Academy was Zach Ratcliff with 17 points and Tim Eldridge with 12.

For the Lions, Primes had 14 and Robinette with 11 led the way.

Both teams had 13 turnovers apiece.

The ohcsports.com Players of the Game were Primes for Bexley and Ratcliff for Academy.

The Vikings improve to 14-5 overall, 10-4, while Bexley drops to 10-10, 6-8.

Columbus Academy beats Licking Valley on Senior Night, 70-57; SWIFT TAX SERVICES/Megasportsnews.com HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE broadcast

(file photo)

Jeff Salamon

This time of the high school basketball season, each team recognizes their senior cheerleaders, managers and players.

That was the case this past Saturday night at Columbus Academy as the school recognized five special players, Michael Hoffman, Austin Peterman, Collin Ricker, Jon Dillon and Megasportsnews.com intern Jeff Salamon.

All five of these players were in the starting lineups at the game’s beginning. But two of the were just glad to be a part of the team. Hoffman and Dillon both are captains and were top players at one time, but medical reasons have caused them to miss playing regularly. Dillon became the team’s manager.

Head coach Chris Jones decided to honor them with a start against the Panthers of Licking Valley in a Mid-State League Ohio Division game.

Austin Peterman

Collin Ricker

The Vikings of Academy started the game down 11-2. Coach Jones made substitutions and the team started its comeback and tied the game at 15 to end the first quarter.

Academy started to take control in the second quarter as Jacob Mikalov, a tall, wiry 6’7 inside player came into the game and caused matchup troubles for the Panthers who could not stop him from rebounding and scoring seven points.

The halftime score was 30-28 Academy.

Licking Valley, the seventh place teamĀ  in the Mid-State League, came alive and led at the end of three quarters, 43-41.

Academy finally took total control of the game in the fourth quarter as Zach Ratcliff scored 11 of the team’s 29 points and help salt the game away, 70-59.

Michael Hoffman

Jon Dillon

There was a gesture of sportsmanship in the game by Licking Valley’s coach Todd Torbert saw that Jon Dillon had re-entered the game and had one of his players to foul him. Dillon, obviously a very popular student, stepped to the line with all of the student section screaming and calling his name out as he stepped to the free throw line with 35.8 seconds left and he sanked both free throws to the delight of fans.

It’ll be a night the seniors will remember for years to come.

With the win, the Vikings upped their record to 12-5, 8-4 and in 3rd place in the Mid-State League Ohio Division while Licking Valley dropped to 5-12, 3-9.

The ohcsports.com Player of the Game were Tim Eldridge of Columbus Academy and Hayden Ourant of Licking Valley.

Columbus Academy’s top scorers were Ratcliff with 17 points, Daniel Aronowitz knocked down 16, Mikalov with 15 and Eldridge with 10.

The Panthers had three players in double figures scoring led by Dyjon Bowers-Stoneking with 17 points followed by Ourant with 11 and Alex Ratai with 10.

Columbus Academy photos by Jeff Salamon


BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Columbus Academy downs Granville Aces

Game Report from Derek Huxley

(megasportsnews.com photo)

In Mid-State League action, Columbus Academy beat the Granville Aces, 77-62.

The Vikings got off to a quick start of 21-11 in the first quarter. They led 37-26 at the half.

But the Aces had a huge third quarter, outscoring Academy 23-16 and cut the margin to 53-49.

In the fourth quarter, Columbus Academy put up 24 points and limited the Aces to just 13 to seal the game.

The Vikings big three led them to the victory. Daniel Aronowitz led the way with 20 points, Tim Eldridge scored 19 and Zach Ratcliff put in 18.

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