Across the Nation in High School Sports
Carmen Carlos of Mobile McGill-Toolen High shattered the state indoor 3,200-meter record, running the fastest recorded time (10:34.02) nationally this season on the opening day of the indoor state championships. Carlos, a junior and the reigning girls 6A cross country state champion, lapped the entire field, passing the other 11 runners in her heat. She beat the previous record, set by Jennifer Dunn of Austin High in 2007, by nearly nine seconds. Audrey Batzel of Virginia Beach, VA Ocean Lakes High ran a 10:39.96 the previous weekend at the Richmond St. Christopher’s Invitational, the nation’s previous fastest time. Carlos ran 10:45.04 the previous week, giving her two of the nation’s five fastest times in the event.
Anchorage Robert W. Service High advanced 11 to the finals and crowned six champions to run away with the Cook Inlet Conference championship, 350-314 over Anchorage South High. Junior Alex Nanez (113) won the first of Service’s titles, and senior Stephen Ellis (195), a two-time state champion, won his third Cook Inlet title. John Pounds (126), Jacob Lunsford (138), Rilen Skieens (152) and Daniel Murakami (160) also won titles, with Nanez and Lunsford among four champions who were state runners-up a year ago. The others: Kraig Hammond of South (120) and Garrett Morrison (182) of Eagle River Chugiak High. Anchorage East High sophomore Brennan Girard (106) was named Outstanding Wrestler.
In a battle of teams sitting just outside the top 16 power rankings, El Mirage Dysart High scored a 48-46 road victory at Peoria Liberty High, remaining in the hunt for a Division 2 state tournament seed. Dysart (19-7) made all of its six free throws in the final 1:37 of the game, and Liberty (14-10) went 16 for 26 from the free-throw line. Ashley Honomichl hit three three-pointers to forge a 46-all tie with 20 seconds remaining. But as it did all night, Dysart found the open man for an easy basket at the end. Brianni Bantassel converted a layup for the final points of the game after receiving a pass from midcourt from Emily Ochoa. Senior guard Brianna Williams led Dysart with 25 points.
Trailing by 17 points with two minutes left in the first half, Gosnell High rallied to beat Jonesboro Valley View High, 59-57 in double overtime. Gosnell (5-9) scored the last six points of the half on back-to-back three-pointers from Shanice McClain (22 points) and Deneisha McBride. Senior Zena Bowman scored the first 11 points of the third period for the Lady Pirates, including a three-point play to open the half. The Lady Blazers only scored one basket over Bowman's run as the Lady Pirates, second in Region 3-4A, cut the 11-point halftime deficit to just two, 31-29. Valley View’s Ashleigh Guthrie, who led all scorers with 32 points, fouled out in the second overtime and the Lady Pirates took over.
After not winning a Mission League title since 2007, Encino Crespi Carmelite High’s wrestling team secured its sixth league championship with a 48-25 win over Mission Hills Alemany High. The Celts (4-0) had won five titles in a row between 2003-07. In the path to the title, Crespi defeated defending champion La Puente Bishop Amat High, 35-33 on Jan. 12. Alemany started the dual with pins by Nishan Mood (220) and Aubre Jackson (285), but Crespi then went on a streak. Tristan Jimenez (106) scored a pin, Joshua Romero won at 113 and state-ranked Adrian Manzo picked up a technical fall at 120. Anthony Igne (132) and Carlos Lazo (171) scored pins as the Celts opened a 48-19 lead.
Arvada Faith Christian Academy’s Nathan Rindels scored seven points on one play to help the Eagles (13-1, 4-0), ranked No. 1 in 3A, to a 43-29 Metro League victory at Englewood High. Two baskets sandwiched by three free throws, two after a technical foul on the Pirates (7-7, 2-3), put the finishing touch on a 12-0 run that gave the four-time defending state champion Eagles an 18-point lead, 35-17. But the 6-foot-2 Rindels, who averages 22.5 points per game and finished with a game-high 14, sprained his left ankle scoring the final two points. He spent the final 9:43 on the bench. The win was Faith Christian's 10th in a row after a Dec. 9 loss to Gilbert, AZ Christian School.
After losing to New Haven James Hillhouse High by three points last month on the road, Middletown Xavier High hoped for an upset against the No. 2 team in The Hartford Courant state ratings. Instead, Hillhouse (15-0) breezed past Xavier, 73-46. Hillhouse's three-guard offense was dominant, as Richard Bronson scored 19 points, Bobby Bynum added 13 and Andre Anderson had seven points and 11 assists. Jovan Santos-Knox led Xavier (7-9) with 11 points. In addition to its difficulty in scoring from the floor, Xavier shot only 10 of 24 from the line. The trio combined for seven three-pointers, with Bronson and Bynum each netting three. Forward RaiQuan Clarke scored 11 points for Hillhouse.
One of the state’s hottest wrestling rivalries ended in an upset – at least from a rankings standpoint. D.J. Johnson (220) clinched it with a technical fall as No. 3 Camden Wyoming Caesar Rodney High stunned top-ranked Smyrna High, 37-20. The win clinched the Henlopen Conference dual-meet title for the Riders. Micah Hight (120) and Zack Parker (285) both won by falls for Caesar Rodney (6-3, 5-0), which won nine of the 14 matches. Alebbo Monsanto (106) posted the lone fall for Smyrna, which moved many of its wrestlers up a weight. Kaleb LeMaire (126) won a 12-0 major decision, and Trey Mitchell (132), Max Wilt (138), Stephen Jackson (145) and Austin Kurlander (152) made it seven straight wins.
Montverde Academy won its second tournament title of the season, beating Orlando Christian Prep 49-40 to win their own Montverde Academy Invitational. The Eagles were paced by a pair of University of Florida commitment. Senior Michael Frazier, who signed in November, scored 15 points and junior point guard Kasey Hill, a verbal commitment, added 14. The Eagles also won the Kingdom of the Sun Holiday Classic in December, and went 3-1 and reached the semifinals of the prestigious City of Palms Classic. Montverde Academy has beat teams from six states (California, Georgia, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee) outside of Florida, and also beat Orlando Christian Prep 74-62 in November.
Suwanee Collins Hill High had its streak of eight consecutive 5A state wrestling titles snapped in the state dual-team tournament. The Eagles and Kingsland Camden County High tied, 27-27 in the title match, with Camden County winning the meet on a 2-1 advantage in pins. It was Collins Hill’s first loss to a Georgia team since the 2008 season. Collins Hill had won the last four double state titles. Marietta Alan C. Pope High’s fifth consecutive top-three finish produced the Greyhounds’ first 4A state title. Ellijay Gilmer County High repeated in 3A, Jefferson (AA) could extend its streak of double titles to 12 this month and Atlanta Holy Innocents Episcopal School (A) won its first title in either tournament.
Senior Chelsea Poe scored 19 points and Bobbi Montibon added 18 points as Keaau Kamehameha School (9-2) raced past Kamuela Hawaii Preparatory Academy, 54-36 in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division 2 championship semifinals. The Warriors, state runnerup last season, also clinched their eighth consecutive state tournament berth. Freshman Shayla Ignacio led the Ka Makani with 10 points, but HPA (8-4) was plagued by turnovers and poor shooting in the first quarter and never fully recovered. Kamehameha scored the game's first 12 points and twice led by as many as 20. HPA, which shot just 34 percent, lost to Kamehameha in the BIIF tournament for the fifth consecutive year.
Boise Bishop Kelly High’s girls basketball team earned the No. 2 seed and home-court advantage through the first two rounds of the 4A District 3Tournament with a 49-42 victory over Nampa Skyview High. The Knights (16-3, 13-3) completed a season sweep of the Hawks (15-5, 12-4), but the two teams could easily meet again in the district semifinals with a state berth on the line. Skyview had a 42-40 lead with 1:14 remaining. But senior Abby Talboy, who finished with a game-high 17 points, hit a three-pointer to put the Knights ahead 43-42 with 59 seconds to go. Junior Kindall Murie added a layup and senior Mandy Carlson went 4-for-5 from the free-throw line in the final 20 seconds.
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced its opposition of Illinois Senate Bill 2550. Filed by 53rd District Senator Shane Cultra (R), S.B. 2550 would allow a local school board to provide a waiver for a student-athlete to participate in a high school football contest, even if that the student-athlete has failed to meet the IHSA-mandated 12 practices prior to the first contest due to involvement in military training. Cultra introduced the bill after a student-athlete from his district returned home from basic training in late August and could not meet the minimum practice requirement. An appeal to the IHSA Board of Directors was denied, resulting in the student-athlete sitting out the season opener.
Alysia Bennett, a senior at Sullivan High, was nominated by the Indiana High School Athletic Association for the National High School Spirit of Sport Award, an honor sponsored annually by the Indianapolis-based National Federation of State High School Associations. Bennett’s innovative design of a chest protector to help cancer patients following her own experience of more than a year of chemotherapy treatment was chosen from 14 nominations from around the state. Bennett is a three-sport athlete earning varsity letters in soccer, basketball and softball. She has earned academic all-conference honors and has been a team captain in all three sports, while maintaining a 3.6 grade-point average.
For the second time this season, Council Bluffs Lewis Central High (12-5, 7-3) came out on top over Atlantic High, ranked No. 8 in 3A, 59-58 in overtime. The Titans overcame an eight-point second-half deficit with Josiah Shepherd, Matt Andersen (15 points each) and Darius McCarther (10) scoring in double figures. Dalton Franken, who led all scorers with 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds, scored with 5:31 to go in the third quarter to give Hawkeye Ten Conference leader Atlantic (15-3, 9-2) a 38-30 lead, its largest of the game. McCarther broke the tie for good with two free throws 17 seconds into the extra session. The Titans made 8 of 12 free throws and were 2 of 2 from the field in overtime.
Visiting Garden Plain High took the offensive right from the opening tip, and by the time Conway Springs High’s shots started to fall, the Owls were comfortably ahead and rolled to a 37-24 Central Plains League victory. Junior sharpshooter Alli Heimerman, usually the Owls’ go-to player, hit a three-pointer as the first quarter buzzer sounded. Junior Cadence Bourne also hit one in the opening quarter, pacing Garden Plain to a quick 13-3 lead at the end of the period. Freshman Noelle Dooley hit another in the second quarter, helping the Owls extend the lead to 20-6 at the half. When Garden Plain wasn’t hitting from the outside, senior Janelle Hoheisel was working hard inside and finishing with a game-high 10 points.
Charlie Ruter, a prominent fixture for decades in Kentucky high school sports and the national track and field scene, passed away at the age of 91. Ruter, who spent more than 30 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Jefferson County school system, was official scorer for the Kentucky boys' Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament from 1963 (and the girls since 1992) into his 80s. He was announcer for some of the country's most prominent track meets for decades and worked as an official as late as 2007 at the USA Masters Outdoor Championships. Ruter also was official scorer for the Kentucky Colonels in the American Basketball Association and for every NCAA tournament game ever played in Freedom Hall.
Baton Rouge Istrouma High lost a first-round District 6-4A game to Plaquemine High at home, but got revenge in a 36-23 road victory. Brothers Marquise and Carvis Kaigler, who each stand 6-foot-5, combined to score 19 points to lead seventh-ranked Istrouma (21-6, 8-2). Marquise Kaigler and Devin Bethely each had 10 points. Carvis Kaigler scored six of his nine points in the fourth quarter, while Marquise Kaigler had five fourth-quarter points as Istrouma outscored the Green Devils 13-3. Jessie Ward, who finished with 11 points, was the only double-figures scorer for Plaquemine (22-7, 6-3), which scored only 10 points in the final three quarters. The Indians took their first lead at 16-15 with 2:31 left in the half.
Lewiston High and Brewer High squared off in a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A game looking for offense. Lewiston got it from junior guard Luke Cote, who scored 12 of his 14 points after intermission and contributed five steals as the visiting Blue Devils rallied from a six-point halftime deficit for a 45-43 victory. Lewiston (11-3) inched its way past idle Bangor High into third place in the Heal point ratings. Brewer (5-9) stands ninth. Shawn Ricker finished with 10 points for Lewiston and Steven Patrie had seven points and 12 rebounds. Brendan Newcomb scored a game-high 19 points for Brewer, while Matt Cuskelly finished with nine points and Ian Burgess grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
Two nights after a stunning 51-49 loss toWashington, DC Coolidge High, Rockville Montrose Christian School (14-2) responded with a 67-31 win over Marriottsville Chapelgate Christian School. University of Virginia signee Justin Anderson led the Mustangs with 17 points. Venezuelan forward Michael Carrera was the only other Montrose Christian player in double figures, scoring 10 points. In the loss to Coolidge (19-6), Montrose, No. 6 in MaxPreps.com’s Academy Top 10, couldn't contain 6-foot-4 junior De’Shaun Morman, who nearly matched Chapelgate's Saturday-night output all by himself with 28 points. It was Montrose Christian’s first loss to a Maryland-District of Columbia area team in two years.
Leading by just six points, Reading Memorial High’s boys swimming team needed a win in the final event against perennial power Lexington High to claim its first Middlesex League regular-season title.Senior captain Connor Daly, the anchor for the last race, the 400 freestyle relay, rallied from nearly a body-length deficit in the final leg to capture the championship. For the first time in the program’s 23-year existence, Reading claimed sole ownership of the league title, finishing the dual meet season undefeated at 11-0. The Rockets (362 points) backed that up at the league meet at Bentley High, again outdistancing Lexington (321). Last year, Reading went 11-0-1 to share the league title with Lexington.
Dexter High won nine of the 12 events, including all three relays, in their quadrangular meet against Ann Arbor Skyline High (2-1), Grosse Pointe South High (1-2) and Detroit Jesuit High (0-3). Josh Boren won two events for Dexter, the 200 individual medley (2:04.42) and the 100 Butterfly (54.13). Dexter’s other winners: Jonathan Zofchak in the 200 freestyle (1:45.71), Mark Brown in the 50 freestyle (21.76), John Eber in the 100 freestyle (48.78) and Jake Claflin in the 500 freestyle (4:51.55). Matt Utsunomiya of Skyline easily won the one-meter diving, finishing with 331.75 points. Max Cornblath of Skyline took top honors in the 100 backstroke in 57.33. Seven of Dexter's winners swam season-best times.
To reduce and remove dangerous contact that has resulted in several serious player injuries, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Board of Directors approved a recommendation to stiffen several penalties in hockey, effective immediately. The penalties for three infractions of the rules have been significantly increased. Checking from behind becomes a five-minute major penalty plus a 10-minute misconduct. Any check from behind that is deemed "flagrant or causes the player to crash headfirst into the boards or goal frame" will continue to be a game disqualification, and the disqualified player also is out of his team’s next game. Boarding and contact to the head also become automatic five-minute major penalties.
Hattiesburg Sacred Heart High (15-3-2), which lost in the Class 3A/2A/1A title game the past two years, finally came away with its first championship trophy after a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia High. The Crusaders are only in their fifth season as a varsity team. Sacred Heart lost in title games to Corinth High in 2010 and Madison St. Joseph High in 2011. This time, they scored three goals in a dominant first half. Junior midfielder Jacob Billingsley scored in the 15th minute for a 1-0 lead, Raul Contreras scored in the 22nd minute on an assist from Stephen McClain and Zach Johnson scored in the 38th minute. Philadelphia (11-4), playing in their first title game, got their lone score on an own goal early in the second half.
Springfield Glendale High’s girls swimming and diving team needed a win and a little help from its opponents going into the final event of the 34th annual Springfield Invitational. Trailing Columbia Rock Bridge High by 9.5 points entering the 400 freestyle relay, the Lady Falcons held up their end of the bargain and set a meet record (3:41.23) doing so. But Rock Bridge, who was the top seed entering the race, placed second to hold off Glendale, 310-306.5. Glendale senior Gretchen Stein swam her fastest 200 freestyle time of the season at 1:55.07 and also won the 500 freestyle in 5:07.33, both meet records. Glendale sophomore Nikki Session took second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 50 freestyle.
With several chances to take control down the stretch, Billings West High couldn’t overcome poor shooting in a 48-44 overtime loss to Great Falls Charles M. Russell High. West’s Jessica Golubski scored inside to tie the game 32-32 with 2:50 remaining in the third quarter, but that was the last basket the Bears made. West (7-6, 3-3) went the final 14:50 without a field goal. Hannah Vining’s block in the lane at the close of overtime allowed the Rustlers (11-3, 4-2) to hold on. The Bears rallied from an 11-point second-quarter deficit, cutting tt to three by halftime on a trey from Brianna Robinson, a basket by Steph Boehm and a pair of baskets by KC Christensen. West had 19 offensive boards, including 11 in the second half.
Both Ralston/Omaha Daniel J. Gross and Elkhorn/Elkhorn South got a head start on postseason momentum Friday with victories at Elkhorn's Fete Fling Swimming and Diving Invitational. The Ralston/Gross boys edged the host Stormin’ Antlers, 558-552.5 for their first invitational win of the season while Elkhorn’s girls rolled to a 200-point victory by scoring 549.5 points. Ralston/Gross was paced by sophomore Garrett Cadotte, who set meet records in both the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. A chart-busting swim in the girls meet was turned in by Elkhorn freshman Bryn Lohrberg, who set a meet record by winning the 100 freestyle in 54.76. Lohrberg also won the 100 breaststroke (1:09.50).
Trailing 1-0 in the second half of a critical home match, Las Vegas Arbor View High’s girls soccer team relied on a pair of freshmen to tie the game. Breanna Larkin headed home a corner kick by Jamie Wilson in the 53rd minute to help Arbor View (7-1-2, 6-1-1) rally for a 1-1 tie against visiting Las Vegas Centennial High, stay in the hunt in the Northwest League. The Aggies dominated possession with an 8-3 shots advantage in the first half, but Centennial’s Tiana Bonds took advantage of an Arbor View defensive lapse to score a goal in the 31st minute and give the Bulldogs the halftime edge. The Aggies held Centennial (5-2-1, 5-2-1) to two shots on goal in the first 40 minutes, and had a 16-8 game edge.
Wolfeboro Brewster Academy, now 21-0, scored a 57-53 victory over The Tilton School at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, MA, televised nationally on ESPN, showcased two of the nation’s top big men. Tilton’s 6-foot-11 junior center Nerlens Noel, despite being in foul trouble most of the second half, had 22 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks. Brewster Academy’s 6-foot-11 Mitch McGary, a University of Michigan signee, managed just three points against Noel, but had 12 rebounds. Florida State University signee Aaron Thomas had a game-high 23 points, while North Carolina State recruit T.J. Warren added 14 points and JaKarr Sampson added 13 points and five rebounds.
In a rare No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown in high school wrestling, top-ranked Blairstown Township Blair Academy got a 2-1 victory in the tie-breaker from three-time National Prep Championships champion Mark Grey (132) to preserve a 27-22 victory over Lakewood, OH St. Edward High in the finals of the NHSCA Wrestling Festival at Brodheadsville, Pa. Todd Preston (138), Dylan Milonas (145) and Russell Parsons (152) gave Blair a 9-0 lead with victories, only to see St. Edward rally on Mark Martin’s major decision at 170 and decisions by Jacob Davis 9160) and Domenic Abounader (182) to take a 10-9 lead. The only two pins were scored by Blair’s Brooks Black (285) and St. Edward’s Alex Moore (113).
Rio Rancho Cleveland High’s Luis Martinez was named the Gatorade New Mexico Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Martinez is the third Cleveland High Gatorade athlete in the past eight months. Blake Swihart was the Baseball Player of the Year last year and Cole Gautsche was the Football Player of the Year in the fall. The 5-foot-9 junior raced to the 5A individual state championship last fall with a time of 15:41.4, leading the Storm to the state title as a team. Martinez won the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional championships in 15:08.8 and finished 30th at the Nike Cross Nationals. He also won seven regular season invitationals and owns a 4.07 grade-point average.
Breanna Stewart of Cicero-North Syracuse High, a University of Connecticut recruit, has been named the 2011 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year. The 6-foot-3 senior forward has led Cicero-North Syracuse to a 12-2 record this season after averaging 24.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.2 blocks, 3.0 assists and 2.8 steals as a junior. Last summer, she averaged team highs of 11.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks while playing just 19.9 minutes as the USA won the FIBA Under-19 world championship in Puerto Montt, Chile. She was the second youngest team member. She also was the only high school player to represent her country in the Pan American Games, which were held last fall in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Gastonia Highland School of Technology boys basketball coach Butch Blalock became the eighth basketball coach in Gaston County history to reach 300 wins when the Rams (8-4) defeated Denver East Lincoln High. In his 11th season at Highland Tech, Blalock has a 147-114 record. He previously coached nine seasons at cross-town Hunter Huss High, going 153-77 with two conference championships. A 1974 graduate of Kings Mountain High, Blalock scored a school-record 1,378 career points. After graduating from Tennessee Tech in 1978, he began his coaching career as an assistant under his father, John Blalock, at Kings Mountain in 1978-79. His current team is in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference race at 5-1.
The Battle of Bismarck went to Bismarck High, 50-16 over cross-town rival Century High in a showdown of West Region unbeatens. Bismarck has now beaten Century in 18 straight duals. Zach Schuchard (160), Kip Jangula (170) and Drew Kary (182) put the Demons ahead 13-0 with a major decision, pin and decision, respectively. Landon Schmidt (195) and Justice Johnson (285) gave the host Patriots two victories in the next three bouts as Century trimmed the deficit to 19-10. Bismarck then clinched the meet with four straight wins, with Adam Blees (106) and Kael Knowlen (113) winning decisions and Lane Kaseman (120) and Tate Hoffman (126) following with pins for a clinching 37-10 lead.
Maty Mauk of Kenton High, nominated for the NHSCA/GTE Sportswear Athlete of the Month in October, set five national high school football records as signal caller for the Wildcats. Those records include national career passing yards (18,932), national career touchdown passes (219), national career passing attempts (2,110), national career pass completions (1,353) and national career total yards from scrimmage (22,681). The career passing yards and career total yards from scrimmage marks eclipsed the national marks previously held by his brother, Ben (1999-2002). The University of Missouri signee, 42-8 in his career, accounted for 7,181 total yards and 92 touchdowns, leading Kenton to the Division 4 title game.
Oklahoma City John Marshall High senior Demontrey Mitchell and Oklahoma City Northeast High junior Ton’a Edwards were named Boys and Girls Basketball Players of the Week by The Daily Oklahoman. Mitchell had 14 points, four rebounds and four steals in a 53-52 win over city rival Southeast High, and his defense was crucial as the Bears, ranked No. 9 in 4A, upset 5A Oklahoma City Capitol Hill High to stretch their winning streak to eight. Edwards scored 32 total points in wins over city rivals Star Spencer High and Northwest Classen High. The junior averages about 14 points a game, but her role as leader of the defense has been integral to Northeast's 16-2 record.
The annual swimming meet between Corvallis High and cross-town rival Crescent Valley High wound up a split. Senior Trevor Gourley won the 50 and 100 freestyle to pace the Corvallis boys to a 149-116 victory. Junior Joe Serewis also was an individual double-winner, taking the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. Corvallis won five of the eight individual events. Crescent Valley won the girls meet, 173-111 as Jenny Pinard swam a personal-best 1:06.65 to win the 100 backstroke and fellow freshman Allison Wells, won a pair of events, the 200 and 500 freestyle. The 50 freestyle ended in a dead heat as Corvallis’s Erika Weiler and Crescent Valley’s Erin McCown both hit the wall at 27.13 seconds.
A battle for first place in Section 2-3A went to Chippewa Township Blackhawk High, 63-50 over New Castle High. Guard tandem Halle Denman and Chassidy Omigrosso overcame foul trouble to lead the Cougars. Denman scored nine points in a pivotal third quarter and finished with a team-high 19. Both teams have one loss in section play, but Blackhawk owns an 8-7 lead in wins. Freshman Bridgette Shaffer picked up the slack for Blackhawk, picking up a steal and layup, followed by a three-pointer to give the Cougars a 29-19 lead. She had eight points in the first half. New Castle’s Christina Talbert scored 22 points to lead all scorers, 12 in the second half. The rest of her team, however, managed only 10 the final two quarters.
Two basketball players passed the 1,000-point mark on the same night. West Warwick High senior co-captain John Morrison did it midway through second half on a fall-away three-pointer and finished with a game-high 26 points to lead the Wizards to a 70-63 victory over Tiverton High. Teammate Ryan Lawton established the same feat on Jan. 5 in a win against West Scituate Ponaganset High. Morrison is West Warwick's career leader (188) in three-point field goals. Westerly junior captain Hannah Dobson scored 13 points as the Bulldogs cruised to a 58-37 win over Wood River Junction Chariho High in Division 1 South girls play. Westerly sits alone in second place in the division at 11-3.
Another award came to longtime Summerville (S.C.)
High football coach John McKissick, the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award. McKissick, 85, is the dean of high school football coaches. He has coached 59 seasons at Summerville, and has won 594 games and 10 state championships. The announcement was made by the NFL as part of Super Bowl festivities in Indianapolis, and Shula presented the award to McKissick. The Summerville program receives $15,000 as part of the award. McKissick was named the NHSCA National Coach of the Year in 2009. The other finalists: Farmington Hills, MI Harrison High’s John Herrington and Calhoun, GA High’s Hal Lamb.
Aberdeen Central High’s wrestling team picked up important points early in the match and held on for a 26-25 victory over Watertown High in an Eastern South Dakota Conference dual meet. After Central's Cole Carlson won 3-2 at 170 pounds, the Golden Eagles led 26-9 with four matches remaining. The Arrows earned a decision at 182 pounds and a technical fall at 195 to reduce the lead to 10 points, 26-16, with two weight classes to go. Watertown, which juggled its lineup in the closing matches, moved ranked senior Connor Schoepp up a weight to 220 pounds, but he scored only a 3-2 victory in the tie-breaker against freshman Sam Schaunaman. The decision clinched the meet, leaving the Golden Eagles ahead, 26-19.
Aaron Pitts, the offensive coordinator at McMinnville Warren County High the last two years and at Lewisburg Marshall County High the previous three, was named head coach at Nashville Stratford High.
A former defensive back at Middle Tennessee State University, Pitts, 29, replaces Jason Smith, who resigned after going 19-52 the past seven seasons. However, Smith’s 2011 team went 5-5, ending a streak of four straight losing seasons. Pitts played at Copiah-Lincoln, MS Community College from 2000-01 before spending his last two seasons as a safety at MTSU. He helped lead Monticello Lawrence County High to a 15-0 record and the Mississippi 4A state title in 1999 as a safety, running back and quarterback.
Todd Dodge is returning to high school coaching five years after a dominant run of four state championships in five seasons. Dodge was hired as coach at Marble Falls
High, ending a college stint that started when the University of North Texas
hired Dodge after he went 79-1 in a five-season stretch at Southlake Carroll
High. The move to college coaching didn’t work out for Dodge. He was 6-37 before getting fired in the middle of his fourth season. He was the quarterbacks coach at the University of Pittsburgh last year. Dodge's overall high school record is 124-46 at four schools. Marble Falls is 50 miles northwest of Austin, where Dodge has family ties and was a starting quarterback for Texas in the 1980s.
Orem High’s boys basketball team (13-1) took a stranglehold on the 4A Region 8 lead, blowing out visiting Provo High, 82-65. The Tigers got out to a quick start on the Bulldogs, as junior forward Dalton Nixon and senior forward Josh Pollard scored early and Cooper Holt helped them pull away. By the end of the first quarter, Orem was up 23-11. Zach Hunsaker then caught fire in the backcourt, dropping 12 second-quarter points to push the lead up to 48-26 by halftime. Four Tigers were already in double digits by the intermission. Pollard finished with a team-high 21 points, while Nixon added 18 and Hunsaker 16. Provo junior Dallin Bosco scored a game-high 25 points, but just nine in the second half.
Three holdovers from last year’s Division 1 state championship team, Casey Tipson, Tim Rensch and Jake Maynard, made key contributions as South Burlington Rice Memorial High scored a 53-51 victory over previously unbeaten Jericho Mount Mansfield High in a matchup of the state’s top high school boys basketball teams. With his team down 51-50 with five seconds left, Tipson sank one free throw, then waited through a MMU timeout before nailing the go-ahead shot. Tipson and Maynard each finished with 16 points and Rensch had 14 points and 14 rebounds, but Rice’s 10th straight win wasn’t secured until the 6-foot-5 Maynard raced down the court and intercepted a pass in the paint.
Mouth of Wilson Oak Hill Academy (27-0), ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Boys Basketball Super 25, won the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, MA, beating No. 12 Plano, TX Prestonwood Christian School, 88-55. Guard Jordan Adams led the Warriors with 23 points, including five three-pointers, as Oak Hill outscored Prestonwood 22-8 in the first quarter. Backcourt mate Tyler Lewis had 15 points and nine assists and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 16 points for the Warriors. Forward Julius Randle led Prestonwood with 23 points and nine rebounds, but no other Lion scored in double figures. Oak Hill previously beat Creedmor, NC Christian Faith Academy, the City of Palms Tournament champion, 87-57.
Kingston High (14-3, 12-1) strengthened its hold on the Olympic League boys basketball lead with a 72-16 victory over Silverdale Klahowya High. The win comes on the heels of a 31-point blowout of Bremerton High, a 28-point laugher over Port Townsend High and a 34-point romp over Poulsbo North Kitsap High. The ball bounced the Buccaneers’ way all night, en route to 46 percent field goal-shooting. Klahowya (6-10, 6-6) made just 10 of 40 shots from the field, and committed 24 turnovers. Senior forward Clark Rose led the Eagles with seven points. Senior post Sam Byers led the Bucs with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Connor Wall, making his first start of the season, had 14 points.
Junior Angelo Siriani scored a game-high 21 points and led a second-half defensive charge to rally Nitro High (6-9) back from a four-point halftime deficit and pick up a 67-60 victory over Ona Cabell Midland High. The host Wildcats celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness with players wearing pink and black shoes and socks and cheerleaders sporting black and pink uniforms. Midland, however, scored early and often inside in the first half, taking a 37-33 halftime lead. The Wildcats ran off a 16-7 spurt in the third quarter even though Siriani went scoreless during the period. Midland big men Keegan Adkins and Niles Dailey registered 17 and 16 points, respectively, while Dustin Scarberry added 15 for the Knights (3-14).
Neil Fullarton, a 6-foot-3 senior reserve, was chosen as a substitute to shoot a double bonus from the foul line for an injured Kyle Schuh with two seconds left in double-overtime. He strolled off the bench and calmly drained both free throws to erase a one-point deficit and lift Kaukauna High to a wild 47-46 Fox Valley Association win over Oshkosh North High. It turned out to be the only two points in the game for Fullarton. Prior to Fullarton's heroics, Schuh was fouled after rebounding a missed shot. He hurt his back on the play and was on the floor for a few minutes before slowly walking off the court in discomfort. The Ghosts (15-2, 12-1) kept pace with Kimberly High (13-1) at the top of the league standings.
Visiting Evanston High recorded a sweep over Green River High’s boys and girls basketball teams. The girls team won 38-22, using a 9-0 second-quarter run to erase an 11-8 Lady Wolves lead. The boys team, ranked No. 1 in 4A, pulled away in the second half to win 59-45. Matt Eddington scored four of his game-high 18 points as Evanston pulled out to a 6-0 lead, but Jerome Krysl’s three-pointer gave Green River a 13-11 after one quarter, and the Wolves trailed just 23-22 at halftime. Rocco O'Neil added 15 for the Red Devils. Colter Hamel scored 17 points for Green River, including four treys, and Krysl added 14. An 8-0 run at the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth gave the Red Devils a 13-point cushion.