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DDN: Starting sisters unique for Alter

March 12, 2014
Archbishop Alter High School

 Starting sisters unique for Alter

Posted: 9:25 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014

By Marc F. Pendleton - Staff Writer / Dayton Daily News

Alter long ago established itself as a state boys football and basketball power. The Knights girls programs are no longer playing catch-up.

Alter was the state runner-up in Division II volleyball last fall. The Knights also advanced to the D-II girls state soccer final four.

On Thursday, Alter will play in the girls high school basketball D-II state semifinals in Columbus. Several Alter basketball players were on those volleyball and soccer teams.

“We have great athletes,” Knights girls basketball head coach Chris Hart said, “very driven and very goal-oriented. You have to give them a lot of credit in this day and age. To be so successful at more than one sport is not easy to do.”

Unbeaten Alter (28-0) will play upstart Toledo Rogers (24-4) in Thursday’s 1 p.m. D-II state semifinal at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center. The game also will kick off the three-day, season-ending state tourney.

At 3 p.m. Thursday, top-ranked Millersburg West Holmes (27-0) will play Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (25-2) in the other D-II semi. The winners will play at 10:45 a.m. in Saturday’s first of four state championship games.

Other area teams seeking girls state hoop titles are Versailles (23-3) in D-III and Fort Loramie (26-2) in D-IV. Loramie is the defending D-IV state champ.

Offensively, the Knights are outstanding in the running game, rebounding and shooting. And they might be even better defensively.

Alter defeated Kenton Ridge 65-48 in last week’s regional final in Springfield. That represented the most points that Alter had allowed since Jan. 21. Until Kenton Ridge, Alter had allowed 39 points or less in 10 straight games.

“To have the kind of year that we’ve had, once the season is over and once we get through the (postseason) banquet and we have some time to reflect on the year, we’ll be able to appreciate what we have accomplished because it has been special and unique,” Hart said.

Also unique is Alter’s starting lineup, which consists of two pairs of sisters. Junior Emma Bockrath leads the Knights in scoring (14.5 points). Senior Kara Bockrath also is a guard (6.9 points). The Bazelak sisters, Libby and Maddie, are the other starting siblings. Maddie is a junior (10.2) and Libby a freshman (7.4).

Rounding out the starting lineup is heralded freshman Braxtin Miller (10.3).

Fort Loramie will play Reedsville Eastern (25-1) in a D-IV semi at 8 p.m. Thursday. Versailles is matched against Proctorville Fairland (22-3) at 3 p.m. Friday.

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