Boys basketball

Archbishop Hoban 70, Cle. East Tech 47

Jake Snyder scored 21 points, Quan Easterling added 13 points and the host Knights (18-3) defeated the Scarabs (16-6) for their 22nd consecutive win at home. Dom Moegerle added 11 points for the Knights.

St. V-M 62, N. Canton Hoover 45

Scott Wilson scored 14 points and Lunden McDay added 12 points for the visiting Fighting Irish (13-8) in a nonleague win over the Vikings (4-17). Nick Bunnenberg led the Vikings with 10 points.

Copley 83, Kenmore-Garfield 61

Brian Roberts scored 26 points and Sam Emich scored 15 points for the visiting Indians in a win over the Rams. Trevante Tipton led the Rams with 23 points.

Wadsworth 66, Highland 58

Tony Hewitt scored 15 points for the host Grizzlies (12-9) in a win over the Hornets (13-8). Carson Risher and Beau Casey each scored 10 points for the Grizzlies, and Collin Rittman led the Hornets with 24 points.

Manchester 62, Springfield 55

JoJo France scored 30 points, Nick Beans added 17 points and the visiting Panthers (15-8) defeated the Spartans (2-18) in a nonleague game. Andrew Smith led the Spartans with 12 points.

Woodridge 61, Kent Roosevelt 44

D.J. Snyder scored 23 points and Mason Lydic scored 15 points for the visiting Bulldogs (16-5) in a nonleague win over the Rough Riders (2-18).

Aurora 69, Streetsboro 57

Cade Huffman scored 33 points, and the visiting Greenmen (7-14) defeated the Rockets (8-13). Braden Tucker led the Rockets with 29 points.

Lake 62, Louisville 49

Mike Spotleson scored 17 points, Jeremy Brady scored 16 points and Kam Casey added 12 points to lead the visiting Blue Streaks (17-3) to a nonleague win over the Leopards (16-4). Cam King led the Leopards with 14 points.

Canton South 45, CVCA 34

Tyrese Williams scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the visiting Wildcats (8-13) in a nonleague win over the Royals. Chris Fontes added 10 points for the Wildcats, and Eric Matthews led the Royals with 10 points.

CLEVELAND: Brecksville made the short trek to Cleveland State University’s Busbey Natatorium on Saturday and won five of the 11 boys swimming events in the Division I district meet.

And for good measure, the Bees set three meet records.

“I am very impressed with how our guys swam,” Brecksville coach Mark Krusinski said. “All three relays were top 3 in the district, which is what we were hoping for. Everybody came together as a team and they were really excited going into this meet.”

The top two in each event automatically advanced to the state meet this week at Canton’s C.T. Branin Natatorium.

Brecksville finished atop the team standings with 282 points. Hudson (248), North Canton Hoover (221), Boardman (196), Jackson (172), Solon (161), Walsh Jesuit (143), and North Royalton (124) rounded out the top eight teams.

Brecksville opened and closed the meet with a meet record, winning the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:33.29 and the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3:05.36. The 200 medley featured junior Eric Widenhofer, senior Jack Krusinski, senior David Madej and junior Eric Chimes; and the 400 freestyle featured Madej, Chimes, junior Colin Charbonneau and sophomore Pete Krusinski.

“Our relays really got behind each other,” Madej said. “We did get a little bit more rest for this week, it is not nearly what we have had in the past. A lot of it is bringing that adrenaline to the meet and a lot of fast swims happen when people are not the most rested just because we get behind each other. I think we will be even better with more rest.”

Individually, Madej set a meet record in the 100 butterfly (47.89 seconds), and was second in the 50 freestyle (20.54) to Hoover senior Nathaniel Mullens (20.51).

Jack Krusinski won the 100 breaststroke in 56.74 and Pete Krusinski was fourth in 57.40 seconds. Their parents, Mark and Mary Ann, watched and shared a hug on the pool deck.

“That was a really fun race,” Jack Krusinski said. “I was kind of surprised I won that, honestly. Off of the last wall, I looked and I thought I saw my brother was in first. I was thinking ‘I can’t lose to my younger brother Pete.’”

Green senior Andrew Roh­weder (56.76) and Walsh Jesuit senior Richard Kurlich (57.29) were second and third, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke. Chimes also won the 500 freestyle (4:36.47) and Stow senior Cornelius Cremer was second (4:42.11).

“I am proud of our team,” Chimes said. “We have been working hard all season and we have been tapering for about two weeks. I am really impressed with us.”

Hudson junior Jay Johnson placed first in the 200 freestyle (1:40.28) and in the 100 freestyle (45.30).

“Jay swam great,” Hudson coach Matt Davis said. “We haven’t had but one or two other kids in our program come to a district meet and win two individual events.”

North Royalton senior Colton Phelps placed first in the 200 individual medley (1:50.62) and was second in the 100 butterfly (49.84).

Hoover placed first in the 200 freestyle relay with junior Vincent Stephens, junior William Schneider, freshman Karl Helmuth and Mullens compiling a 1:23.92.

Mullens also took second in the 100 freestyle (45.34).

Elsewhere in the meet, Walsh Jesuit sophomore Kaden Smesko won the 100 backstroke (51.08) and Hoover sophomore Christopher O’Connor was second (51.54). Firestone junior Jack Saum finished second in the 200 IM in 1:51.82.

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Girls basketball

Walsh Jesuit 58, Kent Roosevelt 51

Despite Kayla Fischer’s game-high 33 points, Kent Roosevelt dropped a Division I sectional game to the host Warriors (15-7).

Junior Alaina Alessio fired in 23 points and connected on four 3-pointers for Walsh Jesuit. Sloane Sapp added 13 points for the Warriors, who advanced to play at Stow on Thursday.

Tallmadge 70, Springfield 34

Jordyn Severns scored 24 points and made six 3-pointers as Tallmadge improved to 13-10 with a win in a Uniontown Division II sectional game. Andreana Gotto added 19 for the Blue Devils.

Archbishop Hoban 80, Firestone 38

Abby Griffith connected on eight 3-pointers to finish with 24 points in a Division I sectional win for the Knights (16-7). Griffith’s outside shooting broke by one the previous Hoban school record for 3-pointers in a game.

Cuyahoga Falls 53, Kenmore-Garfield 40

Chelsea Huffman scored 17 points and her sister Kayla Huffman had 15 as the Black Tigers (11-12) picked up a Division I sectional win. Cuyahoga Falls plays at Wadsworth on Thursday.

Medina 85, Cleveland Rhodes 11

The Bees (14-9) scored 32 points in the first quarter and cruised through a Division I sectional game.

North Canton Hoover 69, Marietta 31

Peyton Davis scored 14 points and Makenzie Green added 13 in Hoover’s Division I sectional home win.

Brunswick 65, Ellet 29

Eleven players scored in Brunswick’s (15-8) Division I sectional win over Ellet (10-11). The Blue Devils play at Barberton next Thursday.

Northwest 40, Field 30

In the Uniontown Division II sectional, Shaye Foutty scored 17 points and Jordan Marecek added 14 in a home win for the Indians (12-11).

Louisville 41, Lake 35

The Leopards (7-16) pulled away from a 27-26 lead through three quarters to post a Division I sectional victory. Ellie Jackson topped Louisville with 10 points, and Sarah Miller scored 12 for Lake.

Boys bowling

Northeast Division I

Wadsworth, led by Cooper Wrobel’s 704 series, topped three other Federal League teams advancing from the Northeast Division I District at Strike Zone in Canton. GlenOak, Perry and Canton McKinley all moved on to next week’s regional competition.


Northwest Division I

Felicia Pasadyn’s district-record time of 2:02.32 in the 200-yard individual medley led Brunswick to a fifth-place finish in the girls team standings at the Northwest Division I district at Bowling Green State University.

Boys basketball

St. Vincent-St. Mary 78, Buffalo Bishop Timon 49

The Irish improved to 12-8 as Seth Wilson, Lunden McDay and Chris Painter each scored 12 points for the hosts.

Lake Center Christian 79, Crestwood 68

A 31-point game by Jake Ickes led Lake Center Christian (10-8, 5-4) to a Portage Trail Conference County Division win.


Aurora 53, Archbishop Hoban 21

Five of Aurora’s eight victories came on pins. Kyle Peterson, a state qualifier last year, posted a 40-second pin at 126 pounds.

CLEVELAND: A couple of state records fell Saturday in the Division I district girls swimming meet at Cleveland State University’s Busbey Natatorium.

North Canton Hoover set a state record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:33.58, and Brecksville junior Hannah Bach set a state record in the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.24.

“I am pretty excited heading into the state meet,” Bach said. “I have been working really hard for this, so I am really happy with my performance.”

Brecksville coach Mark Krusinski praised Bach for performing “wonderfully.”

Hoover finished atop the team standings with 338 points. Hudson (318½), Brecksville (228½), Firestone (175½), North Royalton (133), Mayfield (132), Chardon (115) and Walsh Jesuit (98) rounded out the top eight teams.

“We set a bunch of team records today,” Hoover coach Rick Morrison said. “The kids have worked hard all year and it has paid off. All year long, all we have thought about is next week, and next week is almost here.”

The top two in each event automatically advanced to the state meet this week at Canton’s C.T. Branin Natatorium.

Senior Amanda Palutsis started Hoover’s record-setting 200 freestyle relay.

“We are looking ahead to next week, but we are taking the time to enjoy the moment and make this something special before we got ahead of ourselves,” Palutsis said. “We are half a second faster than we were at state last year.”

Juniors Kate Lochridge, Caroline Ehlers and Parker Timken followed Palutsis in the pool.

“Some of us are not shaved and some of us are not tapered,” Lochridge said. “The state meet is going to be crazy.”

Ehlers said she made sure to have a “safe start” when she dived into the water and “turned fast” off the walls. Timken said she was focused on beating Hudson, who was second.

“They have been our main competition during our entire high school careers,” Timken said. “We are good friends with them and they are nice people, but when it comes to being in the pool, everyone is an enemy.”

Palutsis and Timken went 1-2 in the 50 freestyle with Palutsis touching the wall first in a meet-record time of 22.95 seconds and Timken taking second in 23.12 seconds.

The same two Vikings went 1-2 in the 100 freestyle, with Timken setting the meet record in 50.23 and Palutsis taking second in 51.70.

Hoover also won the 400 freestyle relay in a meet-record time of 3:26.28 with Palutsis, freshman Reagan St. Claire, Ehlers and Timken. Additionally, Lochridge placed second in the 100 backstroke in 56.80.

Firestone won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:45.27 with senior Molly Chelovitz teaming up with sophomores Madeline Dyer, Jordan Stump and Jordan Baith.

“The experience of being here and being at the state meet last year, I think we are looking for great things from them this year at the state meet,” Firestone coach Cindy Dial said.

Dyer also took second in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.83).

“[Junior] Maddie Hannan won the 200 freestyle in a lifetime best time [of 1:50.59] and [sophomore] Paige McCormick swam really well and won the 500 freestyle [in 4:52.76] and the 200 individual medley [in 2:03.08],” Hudson coach Matt Davis said.

Brecksville junior Sarah Turchanik placed first in the 100 butterfly (56.17) and second in the 200 individual medley (2:03.30).

Nordonia senior Christina McFarland touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke (56.76).

Brecksville sophomore Karen Krosky finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:53.51) and the 500 freestyle (5:05.44), and Hudson sophomore Giovanna Cappabianca was second in the 100 butterfly (56.36).

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Boys basketball

Copley 65, Aurora 49

Brian Roberts scored 17 points, and the visiting Indians (13-5, 8-3 Suburban League-American Division) defeated the Greenmen.

Lemeir Smith led the Greenmen with 17 points.

Twinsburg 53, Hudson 43

Darrell Newsome scored 16 points, Mike Moore added 14 points and the visiting Tigers (16-4, 10-3 Suburban-National) defeated the Explorers (4-15, 1-12). William Wallace scored 15 points to lead the Explorers.

Coventry 70, Springfield 55

Jarmond Hogg and Jayson Wagner each scored 21 points for the visiting Comets (13-8, 10-3 Portage Trail-Metro) in a win over the Spartans (2-18, 0-13). DeMone Riley led the Spartans with 16 points.

Highland 51, Tallmadge 42

Collin Rittman scored 20 points and Landon Mazzocco added 19 points for the visiting Hornets in a Suburban-American win over the Blue Devils. Matt Francesconi scored 18 points and Jake Rensel added 11 points for the Blue Devils.

Benedictine 62, Archbishop Hoban 54

Garrett Houser scored 15 points and the visiting Knights (17-3, 6-3 North Coast League) fell to the Bengals (15-5, 8-1). The Bengals used a 22-6 run in the second quarter to pull away for the win. Chris Jefferson led the Bengals with 21 points.

Streetsboro 70, Ravenna 61

Braden Tucker scored 28 points, Will Butler added 14 points and the host Rockets (8-12, 7-6 Portage Trail-Metro) defeated the Ravens (5-15, 3-10). Arnold Jenkins led the Ravens with 17 points.

Northwest 56, CVCA 43

Luke Fennell scored 20 points and Scott Wormald added 15 points for the host Indians in a Principals Athletic Conference win over the Royals. Terrell Wicks scored 11 points and Hudson Hall scored 10 points for the Royals.

Mogadore 57, Rootstown 44

Lukas Swartz scored 18 points and Connor Kerr scored 15 points for the host Wildcats in a Portage Trail-County win over the Rovers. Scott Steger led the Rovers with 20 points.

Lake Catholic 47, Walsh Jesuit 44

Ben Merril scored 20 points for the host Warriors in the North Coast League loss to the Cougars.


University School 8, Kent Roosevelt 0

Henry Saada and George Brinn each scored two goals and had an assist for the Preppers in an OHSAA playoff game at the Kent State Ice Arena. Ethan Whetstone had three assists and Critter Coughlin had eight saves for the Preppers.

The legacy of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Gus Johnson is alive and well during this high school basketball season.

Four basketball players in Akron are family descendants of Johnson, a powerful star player at Central High School in the late 1950s. His career took him to the University of Idaho in the early 1960s, to the NBA with the Baltimore Bullets and Phoenix Suns from 1963-1972, and to the ABA with the Indiana Pacers in 1972-1973.

Johnson, who stood 6-foot-6, died April 29, 1987, at age 48 from an inoperable brain tumor. He never met Janae Johnson, Perrion Johnson, Lunden McDay or Jayda Johnson, but family members feel that he would be proud of the teenagers.

“Watching my grandpa Gus play on highlights, it inspires me more than anything,” said Janae Johnson, a 6-foot East senior who is the daughter of Raegan Johnson.

“I want to carry on the name. I want everybody to be able to remember that Johnson name.”

Firestone 5-11 senior Perrion Johnson and St. Vincent-St. Mary 6-3 junior Lunden McDay are Gus Johnson’s great-nephews, and Firestone 5-7 sophomore Jayda Johnson is a great-niece.

“My family always talks about how they [Gus and his brother Perry] always came back to Akron and always showed love to Akron people,” said Lunden, the son of David and London McDay, and the grandson of Gus and Perry’s sister, Beulah Johnson McDay.

“I have watched highlights of Gus from when he played in the NBA and he was great.”

Added Jayda: “They had good basketball IQ and they were very talented on the court.”

Perrion Johnson said he has watched highlights of his grandfather, Perry Johnson, when he played at Robert Morris, and his great-uncle, Gus Johnson, when he played in the NBA for the Baltimore Bullets alongside Wes Unseld and Earl Monroe.

“It feels good to be part of this family,” Perrion said. “It feels like I am part of their legacy, and I can help their legacy out and continue what Gus and Perry started back then. Now we are in the 2000s and I want to try and play pro basketball like Gus did one day. Another one of my goals is to try to break a backboard like him, too.”

Perrion and Jayda are the children of Perry Jr. and Celeste, and Perry Sr.’s grandchildren.

“Gus was an impact player with tremendous skills,” said Ron Linger, an East graduate and former Central-Hower football coach who now works in the Akron Public Schools athletic office. “It was always great to know that he was from our hometown.”

Strong as a bull

Gus Johnson was born in Akron on Dec. 13, 1938, and became a basketball star known for his strength, passing and dunking abilities. He played with future Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond in high school, and later in life, Thurmond said he saw similarities between Johnson and LeBron James on the court.

“My uncle Gus was real tough,” David McDay Jr. said. “My uncle Perry talked about Gus during the Hall of Fame speech in 2010 and said he never lifted a weight in his life, but he was built like a Greek god. If you go on YouTube, you can see and hear that.”

Jerome Lane, 51, met Gus Johnson when he was a young man. Lane was a basketball standout at St. V-M and the University of Pittsburgh, and later played in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and Cavaliers.

“Gus was strong as a bull,” said Lane, an assistant coach with the Firestone boys basketball team. “He was athletic, he could run the floor and he could rebound. I once saw him grab a rebound off the backboard and throw the ball and hit the other backboard.”

Firestone boys basketball head coach Dave Milo, 63, grew up in Cleveland and has fond memories of watching Gus Johnson play at the old Cleveland Arena and on television.

“I loved watching Gus Johnson play basketball,” Milo said. “He was so athletic. This was before guys like Dr. J [Julius Erving] and Connie Hawkins. Gus’ athleticism was unbelievable. He had huge hands. Gus Johnson was the first man I ever saw do a tomahawk dunk. I swear he took off from the foul line extended and he just covered so much ground.

“He is also the first man I saw break a backboard in an NBA exhibition game when he was playing for the Baltimore Bullets. He was very comparable to Elgin Baylor and to Dr. J.”

East girls basketball coach DA Anderson, 58, grew up in Warren, and said he loved watching NBA games, especially ones with Gus Johnson.

“When I was 6 years old, my dad started getting Sports Illustrated and other sports magazines, so I actually have the Sports Illustrated [from October 1971] with Gus Johnson and Dave DeBusschere on the cover,” Anderson said. “I always watched the NBA on the weekends, and the New York Knicks were big rivals with the Bullets.

“Gus was what they called back in the old days an ‘enforcer.’ He didn’t take any static in the paint. He was a tremendous rebounder and a tremendous defender, and in that sense, Janae embodies her grandfather because she can be relentless on the glass.”

Anderson said the kids nowadays would refer to Gus Johnson as a “beast.” St. V-M boys basketball coach Dru Joyce II agrees.

“Gus Johnson was super athletic,” said Joyce, 62, a native of East Liverpool. “I remember his length and athleticism in the NBA. He had a great career and was multidimensional. He didn’t just do one thing well, he did a lot of things well.

“I think if there is any comparison of our guy Lunden McDay to him, that would be it. Lunden is multidimensional. He does a lot of things well just like Gus did during his playing career.”

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Girls basketball

Jackson 68, Mentor 44

Polar Bear senior Taylor Mikesell passed Jami Bosley to break the Stark County career scoring record in Jackson’s nonconference home win.

A Maryland commit, Mikesell drilled five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 32 points and now has 2,081 in her career.

Mikesell also became the fifth girl in Ohio history with at least 300 career 3-pointers.

Wadsworth 69, Hudson 43

The Grizzlies gained control from the tip and cruised to a road win over the Explorers that clinched a share of the Suburban League National Division title.

Wadsworth (19-2, 13-1) outscored Hudson 26-6 in the first quarter and never looked back.

Peyton Banks led Wadsworth with a game-high 17 points. She scored 12 of those at the free-throw line.

Taylor Leatherman and Sophia Fortner added 11 points apiece.

Tracey Wright paced Hudson (5-16, 3-11) with 15 points.


City Series Championship

The Ellet boys and the North girls won City Series team titles on Wednesday at Stonehedge Lanes in Akron.

Ellet won both the boys and girls regular-season titles, but North clipped Ellet by three pins (2,189-2,186) on the girls side.

North senior Hayleigh Roberts rolled a 254 game and a 419 series to lead all girls bowlers.

The Ellet boys took first with a 2,775 total pinfall, 110 pins ahead of second-place East.

Jacob Weber of Firestone bowled the top game (276) and Buchtel’s James Jones posted the high series (449).

Beating your arch­rivals on its home floor is incredible. Exacting revenge from an earlier loss in the year makes things even better.

But adding the two together to earn your first league title since 2014 makes it scrapbook worthy.

The Walsh Jesuit girls basketball team stepped into Archbishop Hoban’s gymnasium on Wednesday and walked out with a 43-32 victory to win the North Coast League Blue Division.

“It’s so sweet,” Walsh junior Sloane Sapp said. “I’m so proud of my teammates. We couldn’t have done it without them. I’m especially proud of our senior Hannah Bouchy for stepping up. I couldn’t be prouder. We couldn’t have done it without the coaches and everybody on our team.”

The title came with a little more gusto after the Warriors fell 52-47 in an overtime thriller to the Knights on Jan. 20.

In fact, the loss 25 days ago may have been the catalyst to get Walsh Jesuit over the hump as Sapp (15 points, six rebounds, two assists) and Alaina Alessio (11 points, five rebounds, two assists) put the Warriors (14-7, 9-1) on their collective backs to grab the win.

“We knew that we let one slip away the first time and we weren’t going to let that happen again,” Walsh Jesuit coach Pete Zaccari said. “We love playing in this gym. It’s a great gym. We love playing against a great team like Hoban. They’re very well coached. We respect them very much. We just wanted to go out and compete. That’s what we did.”

Up 22-17 at intermission, the Warriors put on a defensive clinic in the third quarter, mixing up man-to-man coverage with their 2-3 and 1-3-1 zones.

Walsh held the Knights (15-7, 8-2) to only four points in the quarter by limiting them to a 1-for-10 shooting performance and forcing five turnovers.

The Warriors keyed on Lonasia Brewer (seven points, seven rebounds) and made someone else beat them, and the Knights went 6:58 between baskets.

It led to a 12-3 run to end the quarter and put Walsh Jesuit up 13 heading into the fourth quarter.

“We just stuck together,” Sapp said. “We got composure. We didn’t crumple like we sometimes do. We stayed together as a team and we finished.”

Behind a solid fourth-quarter effort by Brewer and Nicole Roberts (two points, nine rebounds), Hoban closed to within seven with 3:32 remaining, but the Warriors held strong and ended the regular season on a high note.

“I’m going to give credit to our opponent,” Knights coach Scott Callaghan said. “They had a great season and they deserve to win the league and they showed that tonight.

“It was a combination of they had a really good game plan, they played three defenses very, very well — we didn’t make shots, but we didn’t move the ball — [and] we didn’t take advantage of things we do really well and have done really well all season.”

The win should act as a springboard for Walsh as it heads into the incredibly tough Euclid Division I sectional/district.

Seeded eighth, Walsh plays Kent Roosevelt at home Saturday, with top-seeded Stow awaiting the winner in a week.

“It’s a huge morale booster,” Alessio said. “We know we can do it. It’s just a matter of executing and finishing the game.”

Solid guard play propelled St. Vincent-St. Mary past Walsh Jesuit in a boys basketball game on Tuesday night.

The host Irish relied on senior Scott Walter, junior Lunden McDay and freshman Seth Wilson to earn a 62-38 victory over the Warriors.

McDay and Wilson led the Irish with 14 points apiece and Walter scored 13 points.

“There were two turnovers between those three guys,” St. V-M coach Dru Joyce II said. “When you get good play out of them like that, we are hard to beat. I have been pressuring them about the turnovers. I thought two games ago [in a loss at Hoban] we had too many turnovers from the guys who control the ball. Tonight, they were good.”

Wilson and McDay each had four assists, and Walter had three. Junior Chris Painter contributed six points, four rebounds and four assists for the Irish (11-8), which finished with six turnovers. The Warriors (13-6) had 14 turnovers.

“Scott is the leader,” Joyce said. “He is the all-everything guy. The kids feed off of him. He gets us going. He is a guy who plays both ends of the floor and plays with all heart. When he is making shots we are very, very hard to beat.

“Lunden doesn’t make any mistakes. He is solid on offense and he is solid on defense. He is very consistent. He is going to give you around 15 to 18 points per game and four or five rebounds. Seth is young, but he is an extremely talented guy. He has played a lot of basketball, and you can see it. He does not shy away from the moment.”

Sophomore Maison Ross paced Walsh with 10 points, junior Tommy Cummings had nine points and five rebounds, and senior Ben Merril had seven points and five rebounds.

“I like where our effort is at,” Walsh coach John Norris said. “I like getting ready for the tournament, and a game like this kind of shows your weaknesses. When you play against a quality opponent like St. V in their place and they make shots, they are tough to beat.”

St. V-M forced five turnovers in the first quarter and held a 17-11 lead. Walter scored six points in the opening quarter and McDay scored four.

“We have talked about how for us to be good and to make a run in the playoffs that Seth, Lunden and I, we have to step up,” Walter said. “I think that showed tonight. We played together, we were making our shots, and we were smart with the ball.”

The Irish led 24-11 and 26-13 during the second quarter, and were ahead 26-17 at halftime.

Wilson made two 3-pointers in the third quarter, and Walter and McDay each scored four points as the St. V-M lead reached 42-29 entering the fourth quarter.

The Irish put together an 11-0 spurt in the fourth quarter to lead 57-35 with 2:05 to go. Wilson started the run with a jumper and 3-pointer, McDay made two layups and Painter dropped in a layup.

“We made our free throws, and we were more efficient,” McDay said. “We played really well on defense. Everybody was talking, and everybody was moving with the traps.”

St. V-M’s Marcus Johnson, Malik Lewis, Darius Cone, Keyshawn Jones, Jordan Addison and Noah Peeples combined for 15 points and 14 rebounds.

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Boys basketball

Archbishop Hoban 54, CCC 47

Senior Collen Gurley scored 14 points to become Hoban’s all-time leading scorer in a win over the Crusaders.

Gurley’s 1,299 career points eclipsed John Goodson’s previous mark of 1,293.

Senior Jake Snyder also had 14 points for the Knights (17-2), and Stone Sirpilla led the Crusaders with 18 points.

Ellet 48, Wadsworth 47

Storm Cherry made the game-winning free throw with 2.7 seconds remaining to give the visiting Orangemen (13-7) a nonleague win over the Grizzlies (10-9). Jesse Nance scored 13 points and Al Johnson added 10 points to lead the Orangemen. Tony Hewitt led the Grizzlies with 20 points.

Copley 59, Green 54

Isaiah Rogers and Brian Roberts Jr., each scored 21 points for the host Indians (13-5) in a nonleague win over the Bulldogs (12-7). Ryan Smith led the Bulldogs (12-7) with 12 points.

Stow 69, Cuyahoga Falls 45

Mason McMurray scored 14 points, Ethan Fretag added 11 points and the host Bulldogs (16-3, 10-2 Suburban League-National Division) defeated the Black Tigers (6-13, 2-10). James Moore scored 12 points and Paris Blackshear added 11 points to lead the Black Tigers.

Tallmadge 81, Kenmore-Garfield 65

Jake Rensel scored 31 points and Matt Francesconi and Luke Gergely each added 13 points for the host Blue Devils (12-6) in a win over the Rams. Drew Williams led the Rams with 17 points.

East 64, Canton South 55

Shaheem Pickens scored 17 points, Billy Johnson added 16 points and the visiting Dragons (7-13) defeated the Wildcats.

Barberton 77, Alliance 72

Jordan Greynolds scored 26 points and Jordan Soyars scored 20 points to lead the host Magics (10-9) over the Aviators (9-10).

Hudson 51, Kent Roosevelt 38

William Wallace scored 20 points and Jack Burdett added 14 points for the host Explorers (4-14) in a win over the Rough Riders (2-16). Zach Common led the Rough Riders with 12 points.

Nordonia 49, CVCA 43

Drew Petros scored 15 points to lead the visiting Knights. Terrell Hicks scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Royals.

Girls basketball

St. Thomas Aquinas 58, Buchtel 54

After breaking the school record for career points in her previous game, Katie Hiestand continued her tear to help the Knights gain a nonconference road victory.

Hiestand made 10 shots from the field en route to a game-high 27 points. Hayley Rorie added 18 more.

Buchtel sophomore Javaan Rogers did her best to match Hiestand’s effort with a team-high 24 points. Rogers made three 3-pointers and had seven buckets from inside the arc.

East 60, Warrensville Heights 35

The Dragons allowed just three Tigers to score and dominated throughout to earn a nonconference home win.

Janae Johnson tallied a team-high 17 points to pace East (13-7).

More impressive was the Dragons’ defensive effort and control of the glass.

East collected 45 rebounds to the Tigers’ 22. Johnson led with 12 rebounds for a double-double.

Defensively, the Dragons forced 27 turnovers.

Warrensville Heights’ lone bright spot was Lamya Ford’s game-high 29 points.

Massillon 63, St. Vincent-St. Mary 46

Kaylee Pierce and Tamia Ridley combined for more than half of the Tigers’ points in an upset win over the visiting Fighting Irish.

Pierce drained three 3-pointers en route to a game-high 19 points, and Ridley controlled the interior and scored 17.

Though close at halftime, the Tigers outscored St. V-M 33-19 in the second half to secure the win.

Sophia Williams was the lone scorer to reach double figures for the Irish (15-7) with 11 points.

COLUMBUS: If the St. Vincent-St. Mary wrestling team didn’t have the fire before the Division II State Duals, the Fighting Irish certainly have it now.

Third-seeded St. V-M was on its way to beating seventh-seeded Hamilton Ross on Sunday before a cruel hand was dealt in a match that ended in a 36-36 tie.

Referees had to go to the fifth criteria before awarding the Rams (18-1) the victory in the state quarterfinals.

How that happened is what the Irish (10-3) will use the rest of the season.

With team point deductions, coaching point deductions and unsportsmanlike conduct eliminated, the referees looked at the greater number of matches won.

That came back deadlocked at seven, leaving criteria which states that the team accumulating the greater total number of falls, defaults, forfeits and disqualifications shall be declared the winner.

That’s where the heartbreak comes as St. V-M’s David Heath was ahead 17-4 in his 182-pound match and on his way to a technical fall if not for an illegal slam.

The call could have gone either way, but it stood and Ross moved into the semifinals.

“You leave it up to the referees and they have certain criteria,” Irish coach Harry Lester said. “They made the call and that’s wrestling. It’s not pitty-pat or kickball. Some kids are going to hit hard. If you go back and look at the video, I don’t think it’s going to look as bad as it seemed when the refs called it.

“But when it comes down on it, you have a guy in the air and you have to bring him down in control. It’s high school wrestling. To really lose a match on that, we would have had the tech fall on that takedown. It’s all in how you look at it.”

With Dierre Clayton (106), Hunter Olson (126), Eddie Suber (132), Luke Wymer (138), Jacob Potok (145), Jared Musci (152) and David Johnson (160) winning matches, it’s safe to say St. V-M will have a new level of drive going forward.

“The drive I have right now, I hate this feeling,” Olson said. “I’m not going to lose. I’m not going to lose another match this season. Hear me on that. I hate this feeling. I hate this feeling of losing.”

The loss stings, but that’s exactly the drive Lester is looking for out of his young team as they prepare to host a sectional in less than two weeks.

“If it doesn’t motivate them, you have to look for somebody to fill that spot,” Lester said. “It should sting. To me, I wasn’t used to losing in high school. If I lost a match, like Hunter said, ‘I’m not losing again.’ I hate this feeling. It’s the worst feeling.

“You have to hate losing more than you love winning. That’s this feeling right now. They’re feeling it right now.”

Division I

Brecksville 38, Perry 27

In the quarterfinal between the third-seeded Bees (12-1) and sixth-seeded Panthers (10-1), Brecksville scored all of its points in the first eight matches and then held off a late charge from Perry.

“Bonus points was what it was about,” said Panthers coach Nate Carr, whose team didn’t win a match until David Carr at 160. “They were definitely tougher at the beginning. They really took it to us. We kind of came back.”

St. Edward 40, Brecksville 16

The match between Brecksville and second-seeded St. Edward was the complete opposite. The Bees held a 9-6 lead over the Eagles after 132, but won only two more matches of the final nine.

“They’re good top to bottom,” Bees coach Todd Haverdill said. “Our strength is probably in our lightweights. They’re just as good as we are down there, so it was pretty even after the first five matches. Their upper weights did a great job. I’m just glad we got to wrestle them.”

Jack Stanley (106), Julian Tagg (120) and Gabe Tagg (132) won both their matches for Brecksville.

Girls basketball

Jackson 82, Austintown Fitch 58

Jackson senior Taylor Mikesell scored a career-high 60 points and broke school, career and state records in leading the host Polar Bears to a nonconference win.

The scoring outburst propelled Mikesell to the top of Stark County’s all-time leaderboard for career points with 2,049, surpassing former Canton McKinley and Ohio State standout Ameryst Alston’s previous record of 2,032.

The Maryland commit and four-year starter drained 14-of-17 from beyond the 3-point line to break her own school record and the state record for most 3s made in a single game.

“That performance was absolutely incredible,” Jackson coach Anthony Butch said. “If you weren’t in the gym to experience it … I’m at a loss for words.”

Mikesell hit a couple free throws and a 3-pointer and, after that, it seemed easy.

She scored 19 points in the first quarter, 13 points in the second quarter, 14 points in the third quarter and 14 points in the fourth before being subbed out with four minutes to play.

“The rim looked like an ocean and everything was going in,” Mikesell said. “So I just kept shooting.”

CVCA 55, Manchester 50

Kaitlyn Judge poured in 29 points to help push the Royals past the visiting Panthers and earn their second Principals Athletic Conference win of the year.

Judge converted 11 field goals for CVCA (6-14, 2-10) and teammate Lauren Davis chipped in nine.

Karli Anker scored a game-high 33 points for Manchester (7-13, 2-10).

Barberton 59, Lake 42

Macy Ries dominated inside on senior night to lead the Magics over the visiting Blue Streaks in nonconference action.

The senior made all 10 baskets inside the 3-point arc and converted nine free throws en route to a game-high 29 points for Barberton (17-4).

MacKenzie Hance scored 15 and Hannah Sampson added 13 to pace Lake (6-14).

Coventry 65, Springfield 45

The Comets jumped out to a huge early lead and went on to even their record with a road win.

Coventry held a 32-20 lead at halftime behind a Takalyn Hudson and Maddie Ross, who finished with 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Comets (10-10, 6-7).

Natalie Phillips had a game-high 21 points for the Spartans (3-18, 1-12).

Boys basketball

Wadsworth 58, Green 57

The Bulldogs attempted a valiant comeback but fell just short on the road as the Grizzlies completed the upset.

Trailing by seven entering the final quarter, Green (12-6) outscored Wadsworth 17-11, capped by Kaleb Martin’s 3-pointer with two seconds left.

The Grizzlies (10-8) held off the Bulldogs behind Tommy Hewitt’s game-high 24-point effort. Fellow senior Reed Black contributed 19 points.

Martin finished with 23 points to pace Green. Sophomore Garrison Keeslar netted 14 points.

Brecksville nearly knocked off Hudson on Saturday in the Division I boys sectional swimming and diving meet at the University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium.

The Explorers scored 391½ points and held off the Bees (386 points) to win the team title for the ninth time in 10 years. Walsh Jesuit (283), Firestone (189), North Royalton (187) rounded out the top five in the 15-team standings.

“From top to bottom, everybody stepped up and swam well,” Hudson coach Matt Davis said. “We have some great swimmers like Jay Johnson, who won a couple of events, but it was a total team effort. … Everybody contributed and we had some kids such as seniors Dylan Ruscin, Sam Martinez and Jacob Tuckerman and sophomore Liam Clarke that stepped up and had some big swims that helped us. Not everybody was rested or shaved.”

The top two in each event automatically advanced to the district meet Feb. 17 at Cleveland State University’s Busbey Natatorium.

Johnson, a junior, took first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.73) and 100 freestyle (46.68).

“It is really great to come out here as a team and really achieve all the goals that we set out for at the beginning of the season,” Johnson said. “From the beginning of the season we said we want to be sectional and district champs. Seeing all of my other teammates, especially the ones who were tapered for this meet like [sophomore] Ethan Rocco and [seniors] Matthew Constable and Alex Beegle, seeing them achieve the goals that they were going for this entire season is really something great to see. It really motivates the whole team and elevates us to another level.”

Brecksville won all three relays and six of the 11 swimming events with senior David Madej and junior Eric Chimes leading the charge.

“I think we did exactly what we were hoping to do in the boys and girls meets, which is to have some really good swims and try to advance to the district meet,” Brecksville coach Mark Krusinski said. “Our eyes are towards the state meet.”

Madej won all four events he competed in meet-record times — the 200 medley relay (1:34.86), 50 freestyle (20.64), 100 butterfly (48.83) and 400 freestyle relay (3:09.48).

“I am definitely surprised because I was not expecting those kinds of times coming into this meet, but I have been corresponding with a college coach and you know it is always better to be a little bit on the fast side just starting into the rest phase,” Madej said. “I really haven’t gotten much rest. I stopped doing morning workouts after Wednesday. Two days without doubles and to put up good times is exciting. This sets me up well.”

Junior Eric Widenhofer and senior Jack Krusinski joined Madej and Chimes on the 200 medley relay, and the 400 freestyle relay consisted of Madej, Chimes, junior Colin Charbonneau and sophomore Pete Krusinski.

The Bees also set a meet record in the 200 freestyle relay with Pete Krusinski, senior Brandon Deuch, Jack Krusin­ski and Charbonneau combining to clock a 1:27.27.

Chimes also won the 500 freestyle in a meet-record time of 4:35.42.

Walsh senior Richard Kurlich won the 200 individual medley (1:53.67) and 100 breaststroke (56.88), and Warriors sophomore Kaden Smesko touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke (51.77).

Firestone senior Jacob Stephens won the diving meet with 425.05 points.

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Hudson continued its reign as a Division I girls swimming and diving sectional champion for another year on Saturday at the University of Akron’s Ocasek Natatorium.

Junior Maddie Hannan, sophomores Paige McCormick and Giovanna Cappabianca and freshman Mackenzie DeWitt led the Explorers to their 11th team title in a row.

Hudson scored 424 points to stay on top. Brecksville (400), Firestone (225), North Royalton (190) and Walsh Jesuit (175) rounded out the top five in the 15-team field.

“We had a lot of girls step up that we needed to swim well to win,” Hudson coach Matt Davis said. “I would say our girls are a little more top heavy than our boys in terms of the top level talent we have with Maddie, Paige, Giovanna and Mackenzie. Those four girls all won events, and we had several other girls such as junior Jamie Alexander and sophomores Katie Caniglia, Gabrielle Loring and Abby Silcox step up, too.”

The top two in each event automatically advanced to the district meet on Feb. 17 at Cleveland State University’s Busbey Natatorium.

Hannan placed first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.33) and 100 freestyle (53.01). The 200 free is a meet record.

“As a team we did really well,” Hannan said. “There was great competition out there and I am so excited and proud of my teammates that we earned the win.

“I knew going into this meet that there would be good competition out there and there would be some fast times, and that I just had to push myself and keep with them.”

DeWitt set a meet record in the 50 freestyle by posting a time of 23.91 seconds. McCormick took first in the 500 freestyle in 5:02.37 and Cappabianca won the 200 individual medley in 2:06.90.

Brecksville won all three relays and was led by junior Hannah Bach, who contributed to meet records in the 200 medley (1:47.25) and 200 freestyle (1:39.08) relays, and set another meet record in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.78).

“I feel like I did pretty well and I am super excited for district and state because we were not really rested for this meet,” Bach said. “Me being able to perform that well is super exciting for me. I am really excited to see what I can do when I am actually rested.”

Senior Dolores Martin, sophomore Riley McNichols and sophomore Claire Kenney joined Bach in the 200 medley relay. The 200 freestyle relay featured McNichols, senior Hanna Ryan, Bach and junior Maya Conte.

Brecksville also won the 400 freestyle relay as Conte, Kenney, junior Natalie Tarbuck and sophomore Karen Krosky teamed up to clock a 3:36.48.

“We swam a lot faster than I thought we would in the girls and boys meet,” Brecksville coach Mark Krusinski said. “We haven’t really rested all that much. I think we are in a good mental place and we were fortunate to have really good swims. I am really happy.”

Nordonia senior Christina McFarland also advanced with a meet record in the 100 butterfly (57.23) and another first place in the 100 backstroke (57.84).

Aurora freshman Victoria Blechschmid won the diving meet with 353.9 points.

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Boys basketball

Manchester 72, Tuslaw 67

JoJo France made six 3-pointers to become the career 3-point leader in Manchester history, and the visiting Panthers (12-8, 6-4 Principals Athletic) defeated the Mustangs (8-10, 2-8).

France finished with 32 points to lead the Panthers.

Canton McKinley 51, Lake 47 (OT)

Kobe Johnson made three free throws in the last 15 seconds of overtime to give the host Bulldogs (9-7, 7-4 Federal League) a win over the Blue Streaks (14-2, 8-3).

The Bulldogs outscored the Blue Streaks 7-3 in overtime, and went ahead for good when Deontae McCollum hit a floater in the lane to make it 48-46 with 2:11 remaining in the extra period.

Tymere Straughter led the Bulldogs with 12 points.

Mike Spotleson and Jeremy Brady each had 12 points for the Blue Streaks.

Jackson 72, N. Canton Hoover 51

Jaret Pallotta had 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the visiting Polar Bears (15-4, 9-2) over the Vikings and to at least a share of the Federal League title.

Anthony Mazzeo had five 3-pointers and scored 17 points and Ethan Stanislawski added 16 points for the Polar Bears. Nick Bunnenberg led the Vikings with 21 points.

Stow 78, Hudson 35

Evan Bainbridge scored 23 points, Mason McMurray added 18 points and the visiting Bulldogs (15-3, 9-2 Suburban League National Division) defeated the Explorers (3-14, 1-11). Jack Burdett led the Explorers with 12 points.

Nordonia 69, Cuyahoga Falls 46

Spencer Harp scored 17 points and Drew Petros added 13 points for the host Knights (8-11, 5-7 Suburban-National) in a win over the Black Tigers.

Jack Wilcoxson led the Black Tigers with 13 points.

Archbishop Hoban 69, NDCL 52

Collen Gurley scored 22 points, Jake Snyder scored 14 points and the host Knights (16-2, 6-2 North Coast) defeated the Lions (3-16, 0-8). Dom Modgerle added 11 points for the Knights.

Buchtel 70, Ellet 58

Tyrus Toney scored 19 points and JaShawn Campbell scored 12 points to lead host the Griffins (14-6, 9-1) to a City Series win. Christopher Robinson contributed nine points and Jonathan King and Anthony Hunt had eight apiece for Buchtel.

Kenmore-Garfield 85, North 57

Cameron Brown scored 25 points, Drew Williams scored 16 points and the host Rams (6-12, 3-7 City Series) defeated the Vikings.

Trevonte Tipton added 13 points for the Rams. Tirell Salters led the Vikings with 16 points.

Revere 80, Aurora 47

Pete Nance scored 29 points and the host Minutemen (12-5, 8-3 Suburban-American) defeated the Greenmen (5-14, 2-9).

Chris Richardson scored 14 points for the Minutemen. Gabe Elsawy led the Greenmen with 18 points.

Norton 57, Streetsboro 51

Taylor Warner and Jourdain Roberts-Lane each scored 14 points for the host Panthers (15-4, 11-1 Portage County Metro Division) in a win over the Rockets (8-11, 6-6). Braden Tucker led the Rockets with 23 points.

Springfield 85, Waterloo 73

Evan Ohlin scored 20 points to lead the visiting Spartans over the Vikings.

Triway 45, CVCA 40

Gabe Walker scored 24 points for the visiting Titans in a Principals Athletic win over the Royals. Hudson Hall scored 13 points and Terrell Hicks scored 12 points for the Royals.

2018 OHSAA State Dual Team Wrestling Tournament

•  When and where: Sunday at Ohio State University’s St. John Arena in Columbus

• Format: A total of 24 teams will compete Sunday with eight teams apiece in Division I, II and III. Each team won a regional championship to advance.

• Akron-area connection: Brecksville and Perry will compete in Division I and St. Vincent-St. Mary in Division II.

• How they got to Columbus: Brecksville beat Cuyahoga Falls, Walsh Jesuit, Solon and Mentor to win a regional title. Perry topped Wooster, Jackson and Carrollton to earn a regional crown. St. V-M defeated Revere, Parma Padua, Cloverleaf and West Holmes to win a regional title.

• Schedule: The state quarterfinals are scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. The state semifinals will start at 3:30 p.m. and the state finals will start at 7:30 p.m.

• Brecksville lineup: 106 pounds: Jack Stanley, Jr. 113: Andrew Perelka, Sr. 120: Julian Tagg, Soph. 126: Devin Miller, Soph., Carter Lloyd, Fr., or Jimmy Carmany, Soph. 132: Gabriel Tagg, Jr. 138: Marco Regalbuto, Jr. 145: Victor Voinovich, Fr. 152/160: Isaac Sell, Jr. 152/160: Ben Vanadia, Fr. 170: Ethan Hatcher, Soph. 182: Nick Franks, Sr. 195: Max Carroll, Sr. 220: Open. 285: Ryan Stadler, Jr. Coach: Todd Haverdill.

• Perry lineup: 106 pounds: Jake Williams, Soph. 106/113: Jason Waller, Fr. 113: Bryce Lindower, Soph. 120: Jake Williams, Soph. 120/126: Chase Norman, Sr. 132: Kyle Gruber, Sr. 126/132/138: Stone Tausch, Sr. 138/145: Darese Sparkman, Jr. 145/152: Dominic Vinas, Fr. 145: Zach Muller, Fr. 152/160: David Carr, Sr. 160: Anthony Brumlaugh, Fr. 170: Emil Soehnlen, Sr. 182: Zach Blackiston, Sr. 195: Jarin Curtis, Jr. 220: Adam Luster, Soph. 285: Max Millin, Soph. Coach: Nate Carr.

• St. V-M lineup: 106 pounds: Dierre Clayton, Fr. 113: Edwin McDonnell, Fr. 120: Sam Vansickle, Fr. 126: Hunter Olson, Jr. 132: Edward Suber, Jr., or Nick Llewellyn, Jr. 138: Luke Wymer, Sr. 145: Jacob Potok, Jr. 152: Jared Musci, Sr. 160: David Johnson, Sr. 170: Jahiem Peake, Soph. 182: David Heath, Sr. 195: Jonathan Dillworth, Fr. 220: Zack Crissman, Soph. 285: Adam Neill, Sr., or David Hooks, Soph. Coach: Harry Lester.

• Notebook: This is the sixth year of the tournament, and Brecksville and Perry have participated each year in Division I. Perry won the 2014 state title and Brecksville won the 2015 state title. … St. Paris Graham Local, Wauseon and Genoa Area are the No. 1 seeds in Divisions I, II and III, respectively. … In Division I, Brecksville is seeded third and will meet No. 6 Perry in a quarterfinal match. In Division II, No. 3 St. V-M will square off with No. 6 Hamilton Ross in a quarterfinal match.

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Boys basketball

Wadsworth 58, Twinsburg 50

Christian Szalay scored 11 points and the visiting Grizzlies (9-8, 7-5 Suburban League-National Division) rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Tigers (14-4, 9-3).

The Grizzlies trailed by two points at the end of the third quarter and outscored the Tigers 27-17 in the fourth quarter for the win.

Ken McElrath and Michael Moore each scored 12 points for the Tigers.

Girls basketball

Archbishop Hoban 61, St. V-M 55

Lonasia Brewer scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the host Knights (14-6) in a win over the Fighting Irish (14-6).

The Knights led 31-26 at halftime, and used an 18-point fourth quarter to pull away for the win.

Alex Whitmore and TaNayja Gooden-Wesley each added 10 points for the Knights. Kendall Miller scored 17 points and Maria Dobson scored 16 points for the Irish.

Mogadore 53, Strasburg 29

Paige Halliwill and Erika Johnson each scored 16 points and Preslie Halliwill added 13 points for the visiting Wildcats.

Elms 38, Maplewood 37

Junior Theresa Damm made two foul shots with 30 seconds remaining to give the visiting Panthers (6-15) a victory. Senior Audrey Holcomb led the Panthers with 19 points.

Garrettsville 73, Rootstown 56

Ashlyn Geddes scored 17 points for the G-Men (15-4, 10-1 Portage Trail-County) in a win over the Rovers (7-11, 2-8).

Boys bowling

Stow 2,841, Tallmadge 2,252

Junior Alex Ridings bowled a 300 game, the third of his career, to lead the Bulldogs (10-1) over the Blue Devils.

Girls basketball

Norton 57, Streetsboro 35

The Panthers defeated visiting Streetsboro in a Portage Trail Conference Metro Division game behind Abbey Murawski’s 17 points and eight rebounds. Paisionce Harper added 11 points for Norton (13-6, 11-1).

Streetsboro’s Rachel Bolyard scored 18 points.

Stow 63, Cuyahoga Falls 44

Ohio’s seventh-ranked Division I team swept the season series from the Black Tigers with a Suburban League win at Cuyahoga Falls. Theresa Parr’s 16 points paced Stow (19-2, 12-1).

Aurora 38, Copley 24

Aurora’s Shayanne Sellers made three 3-pointers and was 4-for-4 from the line en route to 19 points in a Suburban League American Conference win.

Massillon 55, Lake 45

A 20-point fourth quarter helped the Tigers snap a two-game losing streak with a win at Lake. Kaylee Pierce led Massillon (11-8) with 14 points and Makayla Pierce had 11.

Mackenzie Hance scored a game-high 21 for the Blue Streaks (6-13).

Boys bowling

Wadsworth 2,591, Lexington 2,498

Chris Steele’s two-game 489 series led the Grizzlies to a win at Kolony Bowl.

Archbishop Hoban senior guards Garrett Houser and Collen Gurley were a dynamic duo on the basketball court Tuesday night against rival St. Vincent-St. Mary.

The Knights and the Irish needed two overtimes to decide the outcome, and in the final seconds, Houser drove to the basket and scored to give host Hoban a 67-65 win.

St. V-M junior Lunden McDay made a layup to tie the score at 65-65 on the possession before Houser’s short turnaround jumper in the paint just before the final buzzer.

“I looked up at the clock, and I saw there was about nine seconds left,” Houser said. “I know that my coaches wanted me to get to the rim and try to make a play. … This is awesome. This is big because it is my senior year.”

Hoban coach T.K. Griffith said the play call was “Bama.”

“It is just a clear-out 1-4 low and let him go,” Griffith said. “Put the ball in the guy’s hands that wants to get to the rack, and it is hard to stop Garrett.”

Gurley made six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 29 points to lead Hoban (15-2).

“We had a lot of heart,” Gurley said. “We haven’t lost at home since two years ago against St. V, so a lot of that that we put out there on the floor was just because of that.”

Houser totaled 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Hoban also got strong efforts from junior Quan Easterling (10 points, five rebounds and three steals) and junior Matt Salopek (six points, seven rebounds).

“We believed in ourselves and had a strong will and desire to win,” Griffith said. “It really wasn’t basketball as much as it was these guys’ just will, spirit, stick-to-itiveness and want-to. I have never seen so many guys emotional and crying after a win in my life.”

It was Hoban’s first win over St. V-M since a 47-41 victory at St. V-M on Dec. 11, 2012. Griffith said the last time Hoban beat St. V-M at home was in the 1996-1997 season.

“We ran out of time,” St. V-M coach Dru Joyce II said. “They got the last shot and then the clock ran out. If we had made free throws in the second half, this wouldn’t have went to overtime. We were 7-for-15 [overall] and 3-for-7 in the second half.”

Hoban finished 12-of-19 from the free-throw line.

“My kids played hard,” Joyce said. “I challenged them at halftime because I thought in the second quarter we were just terrible. We came out and we played hard in the second half. This is not an easy place to win. They have got some senior guards that are pretty good.”

Senior Scott Walter paced St. V-M (9-8) with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists. The Irish had three others reach double figures — McDay (17 points, seven rebounds); junior Chris Painter (12 points, three steals) and freshman Seth Wilson (10 points).

“We just ran out of gas,” Joyce said. “He [Walter] played a lot of minutes. My bench is a little shorter with [junior] VannAubrey Thomas out with a fracture. I put some younger guys in who hadn’t played and you could kind of tell the moment was a little too big for them, but Scott is a warrior.”

St. V-M led 14-10 after one quarter and 43-40 through three quarters. Hoban led 26-20 at halftime. The scored was tied 53-53 after four quarters and 61-61 after the first overtime.

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