Buchtel freshman basketball player Chris Livingston is living up to the hype that preceded his high school debut in December.
Livingston, a 6-foot-5 guard, entered his freshman year with scholarship offers from Ohio State, Akron and Florida. He had played in national AAU tournaments, and has caught the attention of USA Basketball.
In his 10th high school game, Livingston scored a career-high 41 points Friday night to lead Buchtel to an 85-60 win over host Firestone.
“Chris is averaging about 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game,” Buchtel coach Matt Futch said Sunday. “He has been efficient all season. It was like a breakthrough performance Friday. Since he played his first game, I have been seeing that potential in him to have that type of game pretty much on a consistent basis.”
Livingston scored 11 points in both the first and fourth quarters against the Falcons. He also scored 14 points in the second quarter and five points in the third quarter.
“He made some 3s, mid-range jumpers and was really aggressive going to the basket,” Futch said. “He is a coachable kid. He wants to learn, and he is constantly in the gym wanting to get better."
In addition to his points, Livingston also had 12 rebounds, five steals and three assists.
“I am really impressed with his poise and his all-around game,” Firestone coach Dave Milo said Sunday. “He sees the floor, he can pass, he can shoot and just everything about him is impressive. He is a really good basketball player.”
Another impact player on Friday was Firestone senior LaFette Johnson, who had 31 points and 11 rebounds. Johnson had 36 points and 16 rebounds in December at Ellet.
“LaFette is averaging about 22 points and about 14 rebounds per game,” Milo said. “The ball goes through him. He is our best player and one heck of a kid, too. He is kind of a quiet and shy kid. He doesn’t talk much, but he is just a good all-around athlete. He is going to have an opportunity to play football in college or basketball in college.”
Buchtel is set to host Ellet and high-scoring guard Jarmond Hogg on Tuesday, and Firestone will be hosting East. Hogg recently surpassed 1,000 career points.
Tim Carroll resigns
Tim Carroll has stepped away from coaching cross country and track and field at Firestone to spend more time promoting his book "World War II Akron" and writing other books.
Carroll, 36, said his book is scheduled to come out March 18 through The History Press.
A 2001 Firestone graduate, Carroll has been a Falcons coach for the past 13 years, including the past nine as head coach in both girls track and field and boys cross country. He also was Firestone’s boys track and field head coach for the past six years and was the Falcons girls cross country head coach in 2018.
Under Carroll’s watch, Firestone won 20 City Series postseason championships — nine in boys cross country, five in girls track and field, five in boys track and field and one in girls cross country.
“Firestone has a record number of athletes competing in track and field and cross country in college, including Division II national champion Janelle Perry, Division III All-American Harley Moyer, and University of Akron standouts Dara Perry and Kamar Majid,” said Carroll, who earned two degrees from UA.
Carroll’s boys track and field athletes set school records in three events, and his girls athletes set school records in nine events. As a head coach, he led 24 boys and 17 girls to regional meets, and eight girls and four boys to the state meet in Division I.
“In cross country, we had four Division I regional qualifiers in the past five years with Harley Moyer, school record-holder Sam Michael, Jules Christensen, and Anthony Gorsuch,” said Carroll, who also contributed to Firestone’s fundraising project that upgraded the school's track from cinder to asphalt.
“I am proud of our accomplishments, and I’ll miss working with the kids.”
Carroll’s book is available for preorder on Amazon.com.
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