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Area hoopers earn NCAA Tournament bids

Northwest Ohio has long been blessed with an immense amount of talent from the boys basketball ranks and that was never more evident than this season as a host of prep stars earned bids to compete for their collegiate squads in the upcoming NCAA Men’s Division 1 and Division 2 Basketball Tournaments.

University of Dayton Sophomore Ryan Mikesell of St. Henry will take the short trip to Indianapolis this weekend as his Flyers (24-7) begin their march to the finals in the South Regional where they will battle the Wichita State Shockers (30-4) starting at 6:10pm on Friday night.

Joining Mikesell at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are the Lima Central Catholic duo of Tre Cobbs and Dantez Walton who are both Freshmen at Northern Kentucky University (24-10) and just a year removed from a trip to the OHSAA State Tournament where they helped the T-Birds capture a Division 3 championship. NKU will begin their trek on Friday night around 9pm as they take on Southeastern Conference Champion Kentucky (29-5) in the first round.

Also in action in Indianapolis will be the Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan Wolverines (24-11) and last seasons OHSAA Division 1 Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio Xavier Simpson (Lima Senior) as he and his team make the four hour trip for a Friday morning 11:15am matchup with Oklahoma State (20-12).

8th seeded Wisconsin (25-9) who begins their play Thursday night at approx 8:45pm against ninth seeded Virginia Tech (22-10) in Buffalo, NY is well represented by young talent from Ohio as they feature a foursome of talented players from the Buckeye state. Representing close to the area are the duo of Seniors Nigel Hayes (Toledo Whitmer), and Bowling Green Bobcat standout Vitto Brown.

The Midwest Regional will feature the Purdue Boilermakers (25-7) and Elida product Dakota Mathis as they take on a 29-5 Vermont squad in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday at 6:27pm.

19-14 Michigan State takes a trek to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma as they look to advance past the Miami Hurricanes (21-11) and advance to the second round with Versailles Tiger and current Sophomore guard Kyle Ahrens on Friday at 8:20pm.

Ivy League Champion Princeton (23-6) will have Ottawa Glandorf big man Noah Bramlage with them as they head east to Buffalo on Friday night for an early morning 11:15am start against ACC Tournament finalist Notre Dame (25-9) at the Key Bank Center.

Already in full swing with their team deep in the Division 2 bracket and with a Wednesday night date in Louisville, KY against Bellarmine University at 7pm, the Findlay Oilers are well represented by local products as they feature Bath’s Taren Sullivan, Defiance’s Katwan Singleton, Martyce Kimbrough of Lima Central Catholic, Elijah Kahlig of Fort Recovery, Ricardo Smith from Toledo Whitmer, and Toledo Central Catholic’s Trey Buford among their ranks.

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D3R12 Regional Final Preview

PIQUA, OH – Saturday night at Piqua Alexander Stadium and Purk Field the St. Marys Roughriders will take on the Trotwood Madison Rams at 7pm with a trip to the Division 3 State Semifinals on the line.

For the past six seasons the Rams have dominated the Region and have made seven overall trips to the State Semifinals but have come away with just one trophy (2011).

St. Marys is seeking their first trip to the State Semis since they 2004 when they finished as State Runner-Up to Benedictine.

On the season both teams have featured high powered offenses as Trotwood is averaging 41 points per game while the Roughriders are the third highest single season offensive attack in school history with 447 points (37.3). Defensively the Riders are surrendering just 11 points per contest while their opponents from Trotwood have given away just 103 markers on the season (8.6).

When Trotwood Madison has the football they will rely on a pair of All-GWOC selections in Junior RB Raveion Hargrove and South Division Co-Athlete of the Year in QB Markell Stephens-Peppers. Hargrove who finished with over 3,000 yards rushing as a Sophomore last season has accounted for 1186 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns while Stephens-Peppers has thrown for 1624 yards, 20 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions.

During their 12 games this season the Rams are giving up just 76.0 yards rushing per game which is second in the entire GWOC behind Wayne’s 65.8 yards allowed. Trotwood is led by Kobe Vinegar (103 tackles, 3 sacks) and James Parker (83 tackles) and have allowed more then 10 points only 5 times this season while also posting a pair of shutouts along the way.

Last week the Rams were victorious 47-10 over New Richmond in a contest they found themselves ahead 41-3 at halftime. In the win Trotwood accumulated 400 total yards and held New Richmond’s offense to 216 total yards. Hargrove scored the contests opening touchdown as he rushed for a 63 yard gain, and later added a marker from 4 yards out on his way to 117 yards on just 8 carries for the evening. Stephens-Peppers connected on 5/9 passing for 184 yards and a trio of touchdowns, including a 62 yard strike to Caleb Johnson that resulted in the Rams second score of the game.

In their 55-31 victory over Region 12’s top ranked Franklin Wildcats the Roughriders rushed for 450 yards as a team and just missed having three rushers finish with 100 plus yards on the evening (Eric Spicer 15/174, Julius Fisher 22/125, Sean Perry 11/98). St. Marys finished the contest with 650 all-purpose yards and were led by Spicer who in addition to his ground gain returned a 96 yard kickoff return for a touchdown just moments after a Franklin score.

Defensively the Roughriders gang tackling efforts saw seven players finish in double digits in tackles, led by Grant Keith’s 15 stops. On the season the Riders have three players (Austin Giesige 125, Keith 121, Jackson Harris 110) with triple digits in total tackles and two more within a pair of tackles from hitting that mark.

A big weapon for the Roughriders during their playoff run and through the course of the season has been their kicker Gabe Vandever. Last week Vandever connected on 7/7 extra point attempts and on both of his field goal attempts. On the year the St. Marys Sophomore has broken a pair of school records with 7/7 effort on field goals and is now the school single season leader and career leader for field goals made.

St. Marys Head Coach Doug Frye on the Rams offense: “They’ve been the team in the region to beat. Their QB play has been very good if not great, their QB has done a terrific job. This is the best Trotwood offense I’ve seen over the years. We just need to play great team defense and tackle a little better than we have in the past couple of weeks”.

What: Division 3 Regional Finals
Who: St. Marys (11-1), Trotwood Madison (10-2)
Where: Alexander Stadium, Purk Field (Piqua, Ohio)

Listen live: WKKI Radio 94.3 FM (6:30pm Pregame, 7:00pm Kickoff)

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Stechschulte to guide Kalida boys basketball

KALIDA, OH – Replacing a legend is never an easy thing to do but Kalida has found the man they believe to be capable of it as they have chosen and will hire Ryan Stechschulte as their next boys basketball coach.

The 2011 NWC Co-Coach of the Year amassed a 67-33 record in his four seasons behind the Columbus Grove bench and was at the helm of four straight sectional championship squads from 2012-2015.

In his four years as the Bulldogs head boss Stechschulte finished with a record of 20-8 in Putnam County League contests, including winning the league in 2012. Despite not winning a Northwest Conference championship at Columbus Grove, his teams finished with a 24-10 conference mark during his tenure.

This past season Stechschulte served in a smaller role for the program while former Grove standout Eric Maag acted as the day to day head coach.

Next season the Wildcats will have six players returning from a team that finished at 13-10 and as PCL Champions. Of the returning half dozen to be seniors, the leading scorers from last years campaign were Noah Lambert (3.3 ppg), and Trent Siebeneck (2.4 ppg).

Stechschulte is the third coach hired in the Putnam County League in the last week as Leipsic named Chris Kuhlman their new bench boss on Monday, while Pandora Gilboa tapped Joe Braidic to replace Logan Smith who resigned the position back in March. In Braidic the Rockets have high hopes that he will guide PG back to the success they enjoyed under him from 1998-2009.

Related Story: Kortokrax resigns

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Riders return to postseason

ST. MARYS, OH – Despite their loss last weekend to OG that cost them the outright Western Buckeye League title, the St. Marys Roughriders three-way champions in their league will return to play in a Week 11 game for the first time since they last shared the WBL and reached the postseason in 2008. 

Coach Doug Frye and crew will not only return to the postseason for the first time in eight years, they will also play host to the contest inside Skip Baughman Stadium for just the third time in school history when Belmont (7-2) comes to town Saturday night.

Leading the St. Marys offensive attack are a pair of rushers who finished in the top ten in the conference in rushing in the form of the WBL’s leading rusher Eric Spicer (154 carries, 1168 yards, 11 touchdowns), and Julius Fisher (166 carries, 966 yards, 11 touchdowns). Spicer, a senior who was first team All-WBL last season moved from 12th to 8th on the school all-time rushing list with a 155 yard performance against the Titans in the regular season finale last week and sits just outside of 100 yards on the ground from reaching the top 5.

Defensively the Roughriders are led by a senior dominated group that have been starters for a couple of seasons now and have been playing well this season, giving up a league low 9.8 points per game.

Austin Giesige leads a talented defensive unit with 98 tackles while both Grant Keith and Jackson Harris are not too far behind with 88 tackles each. On the year the Riders have forced 10 interceptions and are led by Eric Spicer who has pilfered 3 passes by opposing quarterbacks.

Belmont is coming off of a 1-0 forfeit win over CMAC conference mate Dunbar and an interesting scenario to end up as the opponent for St. Marys as the Bison were not slated to play the Riders until Dunbar was forced to vacate a pair of wins due to an ineligible player taking part in both their Week 9 and 10 contests.

The Belmont offensive attack is responsible for tallying 345 yards per game on the ground and is led by the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference’s leading rusher Elijah Malcolm, junior tailback who rushed for 1290 yards and reached the endzone 20 times this season. Joining Malcolm in the CMAC’s top 10 rushers is fellow runningback Dawson Martin who finished with 793 yards and 9 touchdowns.

While the Bison offense has racked up 37.3 points per game, they have given up just 18.8 per contest and will come into the game as winners of 6 straight.

Sophomore Rayjee Warden leads the Belmont defense with 41 tackles and 3 sacks on the season while the trio of Martin, Jadon Furlow, and Chris Hunt lead the defense with two interceptions each.

If the contest turns into a passing game St. Marys would be the more experienced of the two teams, as the Roughriders have connected on 51/82 passes for 595 yards and 9 touchdowns. Belmont has tossed the football just 22 times on the season and completed 7 when they have decided to put the ball in the air for 140 yards and a score.

St. Marys is making their 16th all-time playoff appearance (20-12 record) while Belmont is making their 3rd showing in the postseason (0-2). Roughrider Head Coach Doug Frye is making his 8th trek into Week 11 and has won 7 while also losing the same amount.

With the kickoff slated for 7:00pm on Saturday night the pregame coverage on WKKI K94.3FM will begin at 6:30pm with myself and Dennis Cisco on the call: K94.3 FM Celina

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St. Marys, Wapak set for WBL showdown

ST. MARYS, OH – When Friday night’s WBL Week 9 matchup kicks off it will end in one of two ways: Wapak (8-0, 7-0) will continue their record 33 game WBL winning streak, or St. Marys (8-0, 7-0) head coach Doug Frye will be the man to put an end to the streak that began for Wapak when he was the man roaming the sidelines at Harmon Field.

Wapak has won the last six matchups in the series but trails overall in the series 65-40-5 dating back to the two schools first meeting in 1921 that was won 19-0 by St. Marys.

Two communities whose football fields are separated by just 13 miles and who share a history of exciting finishes and hard hitting games will look to hand one another their first loss of the season and clinch at least a share of the league title when the contest kicks off at 7:00pm.

Last season St. Marys utilized almost the entire opening quarter on their first drive of the game and nearly the entire length of Wapak’s Harmon Field turf to go up 7-0, but would not see another point come their way. Behind a 14 carry 143 yard 2 touchdown performance from Senior tailback Cam Lauck the Redskins accounted for 46 unanswered points in winning their 24th straight league contest on their way to another playoff berth.

St. Marys is coming off of three straight shutouts (Bath/Celina/Defiance) for the first time since they opened the year with four straight shutouts to begin the 1982 season in which they finished 9-1. Defensively overall St. Marys is surrendering just 9.1 points per game and is leading the WBL where they are even stingier at 4.9 ppg.

Offensively the Roughriders are leading the league at 41.3 points per game and with their highest season point total in the past decade. Senior runningback Eric Spicer, the WBL’s leading rusher enters the game with a 9.0 yard per carry average, 968 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Fellow senior Julius Fisher is tied with Spicer with 11 scoring runs and is second in the league at 839 yards on 130 totes of the football.

Wapak is led by first year dual threat starting QB Manny Vorhees and a pair of terrific runners in Landon Hall and Maddux Liles, and is averaging 31.8 a game while giving up just 11.6 per game on the defensive end.

Outscoring their opponents by the truckload has been a commonplace for both squads as Wapak has done so by a 20.1 per contest margin while St. Marys is #1 in the league with a 32.1 difference in their eight times out this year.

Doug Frye’s career record in 30 years sits at 205-111 overall, 108-44 in his second tenure at St. Marys. Wapak coach Travis Moyer has complied a 150-30 mark in 16 years, 32-2 at Wapak in his third year, and has won 86 games in a row dating back to his 13 years behind the Bucyrus Wynford bench.

If you cannot make it to the game on Friday night to see a titanic matchup between two Northwest Ohio heavyweights you can listen live to WKKI K94.3 FM with myself and Dennis Cisco on the call and see who comes out the top dog in the WBL: Wapak vs St Marys Broadcast Link

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OFL/PAFL Championship matchups set

With victories in their respective conference championship games Saturday night four teams punched their tickets to their league title games to take place the next two Saturday nights.

In the Ohio Football League the Championship game on August 20th will take place at Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio as the Ohio Crush will play host to the Strabane Spartans.

The South Champion Ohio Crush who finished 8-0 in regular season league play were victorious over the Jackson County Patriots 28-13 while the Strabane Spartans were crowned Champions of the North with an 8-0 win over the Ohio Broncos to avenge their only loss of the season in league action.

PAFL conference finals games Saturday night took place at complete different ends of the spectrum as the Indianapolis Tornados blitzed past the Columbus Fire in Stripes play while the WPA Wildcatz used a big defensive stop to procure the Stars title.

Following a touchdown under a minute remaining in the contest and an extra point to cut the WPA lead to 34-27, the South Buffalo Celtics attempted and recovered an onside kick to set themselves up with :04 in their opponents territory. With time for just one play the Celtics offered up a Hail-Mary pass that was complete to trim the score to 34-33 with no time remaining. The old adage about how you play for the tie on the road was not to be for South Buffalo as they chose to go for the win by attempting a two point conversion, but came up unsuccessful and as such gave the Wildcatz a chance to play for their first PAFL Championship on August 27th.

Despite having lost to their conference rivals earlier in the season, the Indianapolis Tornados used their homefield advantage they had earned by finishing 7-1 in Stars Conference games and put a goose egg on the visitors side of the scoreboard. Last season the Tornados came up short in their quest to represent Indiana in the title game, but not this season as behind a strong game from WR Brandon Williams and the offense they dispatched the Fire 34-0 at a soggy Arsenal Tech High School.

On August 27th the Tornados will make the five and a half hour trek from Indianapolis to Valley High School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania as they take on the WPA Wildcats for the Premier Amateur Football League crown.

For more information on the Crush and Spartans visit OFL Website
For more information on the Wildcatz and Tornados be sure to check out PAFL

Be sure to stay tuned for more information on the games as they draw near as well.

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Division 4 Regional Baseball Preview

HAMLER, OH – Four of the final sixteen teams in Ohio in Division 4 will be in action Thursday afternoon beginning at 2pm at Patrick Henry High School in Hamler, Ohio.

The Putnam County League champion Kalida Wildcats (22-1) will take on New London (24-3), champions of the Firelands Conference in the opening contest. Following the conclusion of that game the Fort Recovery Indians of the Midwest Athletic Conferece (20-8) will take the field against the Green Meadows Conference’s Ayersville Pilots (18-8) at approximately 5pm.

Kalida enters the Regional semifinals having won 18 consecutive games since suffering their only loss of the season, a 2-0 setback to Arlington April 12th while their opponents have won 16 straight since falling to Brookside in game two of a doubleheader 11-5 on April 16th.

Left handed Senior pitcher Austin Swift has been the driving force for the Kalida Wildcats on the mound this season as the two time reigning PCL Player of the Year has amassed 102 strikeouts in addition to his .14 earned run average. A terror on the mound, Swift is committed to Indiana Wesleyan and will get an opportunity to play the field as well as he patrols centerfield for the Cats when not on the bump. Usually to be found with a bright green bat as his weapon of choice, Swift is hitting .397 and is tied for the team lead in RBI with battery mate Jeff Knueve.

Outside of Swift on the mound the Wildcats lean on a pair of PCL 1st team selections in right hander Trent Gerding (29.1 IP, 16 strikeouts, .91 ERA), and left handed throwing Brady Laudick (20 IP, 29 K’s, 1.05 ERA) who is headed to play college baseball at the University of Toledo.

New London brings a pair of aces in their own right into their first Regional Semifinal appearance for 3rd year mentor Tony Hamilton in Justin Chaffins (6-2, 1.65 ERA, 46 K’s), and 2015 Firelands Conference Pitcher of the Year Ryan Lane (9-0, .56 ERA, 89 K’s).

Offensively the New London Wildcats are led by D.J. Yates (.417) who leads the Firelands Conference in home runs (2) and RBI with 37. Senior infielder Nathan Thomas, the conference leader in batting average (.507) has driven in 20 while swiping 27 bases in 29 attempts.

Hear the contest live on at 2pm with myself and Todd Walker live: Zsportslive.com

All four teams are led by a spectacular 1-2 punch on the mound and Fort Recovery is no exception as they are led by the duo of Jackson Hobbs and Cade Wendel.

This season Hobbs has pitched 53.1 innings in 10 games and has amassed a 6-2 record while striking out 49 opposing hitters while keeping his ERA at .92. Wendel is 6-1 on the mound with a save and a 1.08 earned run average and has struck out 33 in 32.1 innings pitched.

On the offensive end the Indians, who defeated Minster 1-0 in their District Final last week have five hitters slugging out a .300 average or higher led by Nick Thwaits at .386. Jacob Homan and Ross Homan have each clubbed home runs for Fort Recovery this season but the Indians have done a terrific job of bringing in hitters in scoring position and as a team have 161 runs batted in of their 196 scored.

Ayersville finished off their run to the Regionals with a 7-6 win over Edon. The Pilots finished off the Green Meadows Conference part of their year at 6-1, and bring a 18-9 mark into Thursday’s contest.

Senior Jack Goonan leads the Pilots with 25 RBI while batting .337, one of six Ayersville players to hit that mark or higher. Jake Miller, a junior batting .393 has stolen a team high 31 bases and has been thrown out just twice on the bases by opposing catchers.

Goonan (4-2, 1 SV, 1.20 ERA), Jacob Kahle (4-2, 6 SV, 1.63 ERA), and Eric Engel (8-3, 69 strikeouts, 48.66 IP, 1.58 ERA) lead a pitching staff that totals just a 2.34 run per game average that at times has been dominant against opponents offensive units.

Ft Recovery vs Ayersville 5pm start: K94.3 FM Celina

Thursday’s winners will play one another on Friday at 5pm back at Patrick Henry High School in Hamler for the right to go to the State Final Four next weekend in Columbus.

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Leipsic hires new boys basketball coach

LEIPSIC, OH – Leipsic High School announced this evening they have found their next Boys Basketball coach in Chris Kuhlman.

The 33 year old Kuhlman will inherit a squad which graduated seven seniors from a team that secured their first Blanchard Valley Conference title in 20 years and were the first class in school history to win three straight sectional championships.

When Kuhlman begins his first season as head coach this fall he will be the 34th coach in program history. Kuhlman replaces Scott Maag, who resigned last month after posting a school record 130 wins against 85 losses in nine seasons that included a Division 4 State runner-up appearance in 2013.

In addition to spending the past 9 seasons as both a varsity assistant in charge of the program defense and JV head coach, Kuhlman, a graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School had also had a stop up north as the freshman mentor for 3 years at Toledo Central Catholic.

Returning for Leipsic this upcoming season will be incoming seniors Grant Schroeder, a 3rd team BVC selection who averaged 9.2 points per game while handing out a team high 3.0 assists per game, and 6’1 Jordan Berger who grabbed a pair of rebounds and tallied 3.5 markers a contest.

On what the future holds for Leipsic basketball this season and beyond: “We had a very nice JV program last season and our Freshmen only had one loss, that coming in the PCL Championship game with just five boys, so I’m excited about what this season and beyond holds for our program. Anytime you lose as much production as we did you need to find a way to replace it, so this summer will be an extremely important time that a lot of kids will have an opportunity to show what they can do to find minutes”, Kuhlman said.

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Predators open 2016 season Saturday night

MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH – The Northeast Ohio Predators will kick off their 2016 season on Saturday night at 7pm as they welcome the Cleveland Patriots into the Jungle at Maple Heights for a non-league battle.

Northeast Ohio is entering their 6th season as a Semi-Pro Football team and their third as a member of the Premier Amateur Football League, one of the best and most respected leagues in the United States. Last season the PAFL produced a pair of teams, the Columbus Fire and league champion Ohio Golden Knights who played for a National Championship at the end of their year.

Last season the Predators finished at 10-3 and secured their first ever division championship before falling 23-13 in the Stripes Conference Finals to eventual champion OGK.

With a new coach in place in Melvin King, the Predators will look to utilize a hostile defense featuring a hard hitting group that amassed eight PAFL All-Stars and surrendered just 132 points in 13 contests along trio of shutouts along the way.

Offensively the Predators will have a new signalcaller as David “Slap” Thompson and Julian Drish will lead a group that put up points at a 20.5 clip last season.

The first opponent of the season will be a third year squad beginning their second year as a member of the PAFL in the Cleveland Patriots. Last season the Patriots finished at 3-6 in league play and with losses in their last three contests by a combined 78-51 margin.

Two seasons ago however in their first year of existence the Patriots made a run all the way to the Ohio Football League’s North Championship game before falling to the Zanesville Jets. During their run to the conference title tilt the Patriots were victorious over the top seeded Western Reserve Scourge 23-16.

Hear every Northeast Ohio Predators game this season live as it happens courtesy of the NEO Predators Football Network: NEO Predators Football or with your mobile device courtesy of Zsportslive.com and their android app if you’re on the go.

2016 NEO Predators Schedule (Subject to Change):

NEO PREDATORS 2016 SCHEDULE
NON LEAGUE GAMES
4/23 7:00p Cleveland Patriots
4/30 8:30p @ Chicago Chaos
5/7 7:00p @ PA Jagz

PREMIER AMATEUR FOOTBALL LEAGUE GAMES
5/14 7:00p @ Indianapolis Tornados
5/21 7:00p Mon-Valley Mayhem
6/4 7:00p Ohio Golden Knights
6/11 7:00p TBA
6/18 7:00p South Buffalo Celtics
6/25 7:00p @ Lorain County Nightmares
7/9 7:00p @ Erie Express
7/16 7:00p Indianapolis Tornados

*All home games to be played at Maple Heights HS (1 Mustang Way, Maple Heights, 44137)*

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Flyin To The Hoop Day 1 Preview

Friday night the annual Flyin To The Hoop High School Basketball Invitational which has showcased some of the best talent in high school basketball since 2002 will commence with a pair of games to open year #14.

In the first contest of the evening (6:30pm) the hosts of the event the Fairmont Firebirds will take on another team out of the GWOC in the Trotwood-Madison Rams.

Fairmont enters the game with their record currently sitting at 3-10 and on a 4 game losing streak while their opponents are 11-1 overall and have won 4 straight since their only loss of the season, an 85-70 defeat at the hands of Decatur Central.

The Firebirds last outing which took place on Tuesday night was a 91-74 loss to Xenia in a contest in which they actually led at the half 45-43. Fairmont was unable to control Xenia’s Ray James as he poured in 31 points. Conor Van Oss had a career night for Fairmont with 30 points in the contest but his team was outscored 48-29 in the second half in the loss.

Trotwood on Tuesday night traveled to take on Dunbar and handed the Wolverines their 5th loss of the season 81-72. In the win the Rams were led by Freshman Amari Daniels game high 22 markers. A balanced and relentless attack behind Daniels saw three players join him in double figures as Myles Belue added 18, Amir Foster 15 and Torry Patton 13 points.

The Firebirds and Rams last met in 2014 when Trotwood came away with a 98-77 victory.

Game two of the night will feature a pair of high flying squads when 15-3 La Lumiere travels from Indiana to do battle with 15-3 Prolific Prep based out of Napa, California in a highly anticipated matchup that will feature a multitude of talent headed to play at major college programs.

For the La Lumiere Lakers they will be led onto the court by Brian Bowen who is considered one of the top Juniors in the country. Alongside Bowen is a talented group in Texas commit James Banks and five star center prospect Jeremiah Tilmon. Freshman PG Tyger Campbell is a consensus top three pick at the position and has a handful of terrific games to his credit this season including a record 28 assists in 3 games during the Coventry TOC back in November. The future DePaul duo of Al Eichelberger and Brandon Cyrus also bring a lot of firepower to the Lakers offensive attack.

Prolific Prep is led by Josh Jackson, the #1 remaining unsigned player in the 2016 signing class. Jackson, a Detroit native moved to Prep after leading Detroit Consortium College Prep School to their first championship as a Sophomore and is reportedly considering Kansas, Michigan State, and Arizona among his final choices for the next level.

Alongside Jackson the team who is in their third season is led by UCONN bound Vance Jackson, future Utah Utes guard Devon Daniels and a pair of terrific unsigned players in Abu Kigab and recent transfer Ira Lee.

One this is for sure, with all of the talent on the court Friday night the Trent Arena in Kettering will be rocking as fans flock to the annual event to see the best players in the state of Ohio and from all around the country take on one another in the #2 ranked National event of its kind by CBS Sports and Maxpreps.

Both games Friday night as well as the remaining games on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday can be seen live as they happen via SUV TV and their terrific coverage at Flyin to the Hoop LIVE VIDEO

For exclusive info during the games Friday, Sunday, and Monday be sure to follow me on twitter @michaelhirnpbp as I will be on the call for games those days with SUV TV.

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