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BB STATE FINALS: A capsulized preview

March 22, 2012
By E. Shawn Aylsworth of Ohio Preps Authority



By E. Shawn Aylsworth
Managing Editor

Here is a capsulized look at the 16 teams comprising the field for the 90th Annual OHSAA Boys Basketball State Finals to be played March 22-24 at Value City Arena at The Jerome Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus, courtesy of ohsaa.org:

DIVISION I
Toledo Whitmer (23-2)
Nickname: Panthers
Boys Enrollment: 833
Final 2012 Ranking: 5th
State Appearances: 2012, 2008, 1987, 1931
Head Coach: Bruce Smith
School Rec.: 287-158 (21 yrs.)
PPG: 56.3; OPP: 45.2

Starting Lineup:
G 4 Luke Hickey, 5-11, Jr., 4.5 ppg
G 10 Ricardo Smith, 6-1, Jr., 12.1 ppg
F 23 Nigel Hayes, 6-7, Jr., 13.3 ppg
G 24 Leroy Alexander, 6-1, Sr., 9.5 ppg
C 44 Chris Wormly, 6-8, Sr., 6.3 ppg

Lakewood St. Edward (18-7)
Nickname: Eagles
Boys Enrollment: 627
Final 2012 Ranking: Not Ranked
State Appearances: 2008, 2007, 2002, 1998, 1997, 1996
Head Coach: Eric Flannery
School Rec.: 294-94 (16 yrs.)
PPG: 64.0; OPP: 52.0

Starting Lineup:
G 11 Myles Hamilton, 6-1, Sr., 16.2 ppg
G 12 Mike Newton, 5-10, Sr., 6.8 ppg
G 24 Mark Murray, 6-3, Sr., 11.1 ppg
F 14 Mike Mason, 6-6, Sr., 5.5 ppg
F 23 Marsalis Hamilton, 6-3, So., 6.8 ppg

Pickerington Central (24-2)
Nickname: Tigers
Boys Enrollment: 653
Final 2012 Ranking: 4th
State Appearances: 2012
Head Coach: Jerome Francis
PPG: 65.0 OPP: 52.0
School Rec.: 34-13 (2 yrs.)

Starting Lineup:
G 22 Caris Levert, 6-4, Sr., 22.0 ppg
F 23 Jae’Sean Tate, 6-4, So., 12.0 ppg
C 33 Taco Charlton, 6-6, Jr., 6.0 ppg
G 12 Connor Kern, 6-2, So., 12.0 ppg
G 5 Chad Nelson, 6-1, Sr., 8.0 ppg

Fairfield (21-5)
Nickname: Indians
Boys Enrollment: 1161
Final 2012 Ranking: Not Ranked
State Appearances: 2012, 1941
Head Coach: Tim Austing
PPG: 56.3; OPP: 47.4
School Rec.: 42-28 (3 yrs.)

Starting Lineup:
G 3 James Turner, 5-11, Sr., 7.9 ppg
F 4 Brandon Murphy, 6-7, Sr., 10.9 ppg
G 5 Devon Barlow, 5-10, Sr., 3.7 ppg
G 13 Kyle Smith, 5-10, Sr., 8.8 ppg
F 12 Tim Fleming, 5-11, So., 4.1 ppg

DIVISION II
Mentor Lake Catholic (23-2)
Nickname: Cougars
Boys Enrollment: 320
Final 2012 Ranking: 10th
State Appearances: 2012
Head Coach: Mark Chicone
PPG: 73.6; OPP: 59.8
School Rec.: 71-42 (5 yrs.)

Starting Lineup:
G 3 Joey Vuyancih, 6-0, Sr., 18.7 ppg
G 12 Mike Whalen, 6-0, Sr., 8.7 ppg
G 4 Mark Baniewicz, 6-3, Jr., 11.8 ppg
F 42 Danny Schweikert, 6-4, Sr., 9.7 ppg
G 1 Zavier Powers, 6-4 So., 7.0 ppg

Dayton Dunbar (26-0)
Nickname: Wolverines
Boys Enrollment: 202
Final 2012 Ranking: 1st
State Appearances: 2012, 2010, 2007, 2006, 2005, 1987, 1984, 1971
Head Coach: Peter Pullen
School Rec.: 179-25 (14 yrs.)
PPG: 80.1; OPP: 50.0

Starting Lineup:
F 3 Deontae Hawkins, 6-8, Sr., 16.2 ppg
F 2 Gary Akbar, 6-5, Sr., 16.7 ppg
G 1 Andre Yates, 6-2, Sr., 14.5 ppg
G 12 Amos “AJ” Harris, 5-11, Fr., 8.2 ppg
F 24 Damarion Geter, 6-8, Jr., 6.8 ppg

St. Clairsville (23-2)
Nickname: Red Devils
Boys Enrollment: 16
Final 2012
Ranking: Not Ranked
State Appearances: 2012
Head Coach: Kim Clifford
PPG: 71.0; OPP: 51.5
School Rec.: 282-180 (21 yrs.)

Individual player stats not available.

Elida (23-3)
Nickname: Bulldogs
Boys Enrollment: 316
Final 2012 Ranking: Not Ranked
State Appearances: 2012
Head Coach: Denny Thompson
PPG: 62.0; OPP: 45.3
School Rec.: 79-60 (6 yrs.)

Starting Lineup:
F 1 Ebin Stratton, 6-3, Jr., 2.7 ppg
G 12 Reggie McAdams, 6-2, Sr., 21.2 ppg
G 11 Aric Thompson, 6-2, Jr., 8.1 ppg
G 10 Dakota Mathias, 6-4, So., 12.7 ppg
C 35 Cory Royster, 6-4, Sr., 11.9 ppg

DIVISION III
Bedford St. Peter Chanel (23-3)
Nickname: Firebirds
Boys Enrollment: 128
Final 2012 Ranking: 7th
State Appearances: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2003, 1999, 1996, 1991
Head Coach: Hugh McMahon
School Rec.: 23-3 (1 yrs.)
PPG: 67.7; OPP: 49.8

Starting Lineup:
G 1 Tommie Williams, 5-6, Sr., 8.5 ppg
G 12 Damon Jones, 6-0, Sr., 15.1 ppg
F 14 Kyree Brewer, 6-5, Sr., 9.0 ppg
F 15 Dan Bailey, 6-2, Jr., 4.8 ppg
F 22 Ishmael Hargrove, 6-4, So., 7.8 ppg

Cincinnati Summit Country Day (24-1)
Nickname: Silver Knights
Boys Enrollment: 129
Final 2012 Ranking: 3rd
State Appearances: 2012, 1980, 1979
Head Coach: Michael Bradley
PPG: 58.6; OPP: 35.8
School Rec.: 44-5 (2 yrs.)

Starting Lineup:
G 3 Kevin Johnson, 6-2, Jr.
G 2 Antonio Woods, 5-11, So.
G 4 Jake Rawlings, 6-0, Jr.
F 23 Mike Barwick, 6-0, So.
C 50 Holden Hertzel, 6-5, Sr.

Ottawa-Glandorf (19-6)
Nickname: Titans
Boys Enrollment: 208
Final 2012 Ranking: Not Ranked
State Appearances: 2012, 2008, 2004, 1996, 1978, 1977
Head Coach: Tyson McGlaughlin
School Rec.: 1 (19-6 yrs.)
PPG: 53.8; OPP: 46.0

Starting Lineup:
F 20 Michael Rosebeck, 6-4, Jr., 11.0, ppg
G 32 T J Metzger, 6-1, Jr., 11.4 ppg
F 11 Noah Bramlage, 6-6, Fr., 6.2 ppg
G 4 Matthew Kaufman, 5-10, Jr., 3.0 ppg
G 24 Caleb Siefker, 6-3, Jr., 4.7 ppg

Portsmouth (23-2)
Nickname: Trojans
Boys Enrollment: 179
Final 2012 Ranking: 6th
State Appearances: 2012, 2011, 1990, 1988, 1980, 1978, 1961, 1941, 1939, 1934, 1931, 1929, 1926, 1925
Head Coach: Eugene Collins
School Rec.: 56-14 (3 yrs.)
PPG: 62.4; OPP: 47.8

Starting Lineup:
C 33 Dion McKinley, 6-5, Sr., 19.5 ppg
G 32 Wayne Evans, 6-1, Sr., 15.0 ppg
G 20 Zaide Whitley, 6-1, Sr., 10 ppg
G 24 Len Collins, 5-10, Sr., n/a ppg
G 23 Jayllen Carter, 6-0, sr., n/a ppg

DIVISION IV
Jackson Center (26-0)
Nickname: Tigers
Boys Enrollment: 61
Final 2012 Ranking: 1st
State Appearances: 2012, 1985, 1963
Head Coach: Scott Elchert
PPG: 56.2; OPP: 40.3
School Rec.: 151-120 (12 yrs.)

Starting Lineup:
G 5 Troy Opperman, .6-0, Sr., 6.5 ppg
G 10 Alex Meyer, 6-2, Jr., 13.6 ppg
G 13 Trey Elchert, 5-9, Jr., 7.8 ppg
F 33 Andy Hoying, 6-5, Sr., 16.0 ppg
C 42 Eric Ryder, 6-5, Jr., 5.8 ppg

Columbus Africentric Early College (22-3)
Nickname: Nubians
Boys Enrollment: 101
Final 2012 Ranking: 9th
State Appearances: 2012, 2011, 2005
Head Coach: Michael Bates
PPG: 64.3; OPP: 47.3
School Rec.: 84-55 (6 yrs.)

Starting Lineup:
G 1 Trevon Saunders, 5-9, Jr., 6.0 ppg
F 23 Fuquan Tucker, 6-3, Sr., 14.2 ppg
G 32 Kenny Robinson, 6-1, Jr., 11.0 ppg
G 33 Justin Miller, 6-0, sr., 5.5 ppg
F 55 Hosie Smith, 6-5, Sr., 9.0 ppg

Berlin Hiland (25-1)
Nickname: Hawks
Boys Enrollment: 108
Final 2012 Ranking: 2nd
State Appearances: 2012, 2011, 2007, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1992, 1986, 1962
Head Coach: Mark Schlabach
PPG: 65.9; OPP: 40.1
School Rec.: 149-28 (7 yrs.)

Starting Lineup:
G 21 Chaise Gerber, 5-9, Sr., 4.6 ppg
F 23 Seyer Bonifant, 6-7, Sr., 15.6 ppg
G 25 Jason Miller, 5-11, Sr., 7.0 ppg
G 53 Dylan, Kaufman, 17.6 Sr., 17.6 ppg
P 55 Neil Gingerich, 6-7, Sr., 10.0 ppg

Arlington (23-3)
Nickname: Red Devils
Boys Enrollment: 89
Final 2012 Ranking: Not Ranked
State Appearances: 2012
Head Coach: Jason Vermillion
PPG: 62.2; OPP: 40.2
School Rec.: 213-97 (14 yrs.)

Starting Lineup:
G 3 Wes Corbin, 5-11, Sr., 8.1 ppg
F 5 Jake Leonard, 6-1, Sr., 11.3 ppg
G 10 Andrew Hunter, 5-8, So., 8.6 ppg
G 25 Adam Inniger, 5-9, Sr., 4.1 ppg
F 35 Thayne Recker, 6-4, Sr., 17.2 ppg


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