The Copley boys basketball team will take its 22-0 record into a Division I sectional semifinal game Wednesday when it hosts East at 7 p.m.
Upon further review, Copley Athletic Director Jim Borchik and coach Mark Dente said the Indians have had five undefeated regular seasons in boys basketball — 1945-46, 1966-67, 1978-79, 2006-07 and 2015-16. The Beacon Journal was told Friday that this season’s team was the third to have an undefeated regular season.
The 1945-46 team went 18-0 in the regular season and then finished 22-1 and the 1966-67 team posted a 16-0 regular season mark and then finished 19-1.
Copley went 18-0 in the 1978-79 regular season and 20-0 in the 2006-07 regular season. The Indians finished 20-1 in 1978-179 and 21-1 in 2006-07.
Copley’s 22-0 this season included two wins apiece over Barberton, Revere, Tallmadge, Highland, Aurora and Kent Roosevelt and single victories over Ravenna, Alliance, Cloverleaf, Nordonia, Twinsburg, Woodridge, Massillon, Wadsworth, North and Green.
Last game in old gym
Firestone will play its final boys basketball game in its original gymnasium Wednesday when the Falcons host Nordonia at 7 p.m. in a Division I sectional semifinal.
Firestone opened in 1962 and the first basketball game was played in the gym later that year. The new school and new gym are scheduled to open later this year.
Jim Miller, a 1965 Firestone graduate, said the boys basketball team was a junior-varsity squad in 1962-63 and then became a varsity team in 1963-64. Miller was a senior captain on the 1964-65 team. The Falcons’ coach at the time was Hal Schumacher.
Firestone hosted and beat Lake 67-62 Friday in this year’s regular-season finale.
Falcons coach Dave Milo said Tuesday that all basketball alumni are invited to attend the game and will be recognized on the court at halftime.
Victory for Nordonia
Nordonia will play Solon in a Division I girls basketball district final at 7 p.m. Thursday at Euclid following a 41-40 win over Twinsburg on Monday.
Holly Groff led Nordonia with 20 points, including five 3-pointers. Coach Mike Griffen said Katie Karalic made two game-winning free throws near the end of the fourth quarter. Karalic finished with 11 points. Jasmine Bishop scored 19 points for Twinsburg.
“Katie was crucial for us handling pressure, getting stops and rebounding the basketball,” Griffen said. “This was a very tough, physical game where both teams really fought on the defensive end. Our ability to hit threes at key moments in the game gave us the lift we needed to get the win. Katie’s work in the gym has paid off, as she stepped up confidently and hit two pressure packed free throws to win us the game.”
Norton, Hoban win
Norton and Archbishop Hoban will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Division II girls basketball district title game at Lake after each team won Monday.
Hoban beat Marlington 58-39 and Norton topped Northwest 61-41.
Dani Carlson led Hoban with 24 points and seven rebounds. Emma Tecca scored 10 points and Rachel Chessar scored eight points for Knights coach Scott Callaghan.
Bryana Housley guided the Panthers with 15 points and five assists. Jimi Howell contributed eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Alyssa Murawski scored eight points and Abbey Murawski had six points and 10 rebounds.
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