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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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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: 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: 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.