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BB: A little trivia looking back on the 2011-12 season

April 3, 2012
By E. Shawn Aylsworth of Ohio Preps Authority

By E. Shawn Aylsworth
Managing Editor

Now that the 2011-12 Ohio high school sports seasons are in the books, here’s a glance back at some interesting boys basketball tidbits courtesy of ohsaa.org:

In Division IV, second-ranked Berlin Hiland defeated No. 1 Jackson Center to win its second consecutive boys basketball state title.

The Hawks become the first team to repeat as champions since 2007, when Cincinnati North College Hill capped off three titles in a row in Division III. Cincinnati North College Hill, Columbus Wehrle, and Dayton Stivers still hold the mark for most consecutive state championships with three. Wehrle won its three titles in a row in 1988-1990, Stivers in 1928-1930.

With Hiland winning in 2012, some 17 schools have now won back-to-back boys state championships.

One team in the state of Ohio finished the season undefeated.

In Division II, Dayton Dunbar defeated 10th-ranked Mentor Lake Catholic in the state semifinal and slipped by unranked Elida, 54-52, in the state championship game to win the title and finish a perfect 28-0. The Wolverines are the first team to finish undefeated since 2008, when New Knoxville went 27-0 en route to a Division IV state title.

Dunbar is also the first school to 28 wins since 2007, when Georgetown finished 28-0 in winning the Division IV championship.

No. 1 in Division IV, Jackson Center entered the championship game 27-0 but was defeated by Berlin Hiland. Seven teams ranked in the Associated Press poll finished the season undefeated, including three of the four poll champions.

No teams in Division I finished undefeated, and the four top-ranked teams in Division II finished the season with undefeated records – Alliance (DII), Defiance (DII), and Carroll Bloom-Carroll were all defeated in their respective district finals. Franklin (DII) and Leavittsburg LaBrae (DIII) both suffered their first defeats of the season in the district semifinal, knocking the schools out of the tournament.

Every state champion was ranked within the top five of the final regular-season AP poll.

State champions included a first-, second-, third-, and fourth-ranked team. Ten of the 16 teams competing in the final four of each tournament were ranked. Two No. 1 ranked teams made it to Columbus: Dayton Dunbar (Div. II) won the championship defeating Elida in the title game, while Jackson Center (Div. IV) lost to No. 2 Berlin Hiland in the championship game.

In winning the 2012 Division II state championship, Dayton Dunbar has moved into a tie for third place on the all-time list for boys basketball state championship with five. The Wolverines tied Columbus East and still trail behind Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (6) and Middletown (7).

Dunbar has now won four championships in the past seven years.

One hundred fifty-two schools have won 204 state championships since 1923. The list:

  • 7: Middletown
  • 6: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary
  • 5: Columbus East, Dayton Dunbar
  • 4: Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Columbus Wehrle, Dayton Stivers, Hamilton, Newark, Portsmouth, St. Henry
  • 3: Berlin Hiland, Canton McKinley, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, Cincinnati Elder, Cincinnati North College Hill, Cleveland East Tech, Columbus Linden McKinley, Dayton Jefferson Township, Dayton Roth, Delphos St. John’s, Fort Loramie, Kettering Archbishop Alter, Orrville, Zanesville
  • 2: 25 schools
  • 1: 104 schools

Berlin Hiland was the only returning champion to make it to the state final four.

The Hawks won their second consecutive title by defeating Jackson Center, 68-36, in the final. Prior to the state tournament, Division I champion Cincinnati LaSalle fell 35-30 to Fairfield in their district semifinal, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (Division II) lost to Mentor Lake Catholic 65-63 in the regional final, and Cincinnati Taft (defending Division III champion, Division II in 2012) lost to Dayton Dunbar 81-59 in the regional final.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association introduced its 2012 induction class into the Circle of Champions during this year’s boys state basketball tournament.

Beginning in the 2006-07 school year in conjunction with the group’s centennial, the OHSAA has selected individuals who had prominent roles in the history of Ohio interscholastic athletics to become members of the OHSAA’s Circle of Champions. The honorees had outstanding achievements at the high school level, have had outstanding achievements after their prep careers ended, have displayed outstanding character, and have served as role models.

The inductees are:

  • 2012: Barry Clemens, LaVonna Martin-Floreal, Bob Hoying, Harry “Butch” Reynolds, Dick Snyder, Gene Tenace
  • 2011: Harrison Dillard, Wayne Embry, John Havlicek, Jim Houston, Madeline Manning Mims, Phil Niekro
  • 2010: Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, Jerry Lucas, Al Oliver, Jesse Owens, Tony Trabert
  • 2009: Robin Freeman, Lebron James, Dick Schafrath, Larry Siegfried, Mary Wineberg
  • 2008: Galen Cisco, Jim Lachey, Susan Nash Sugar, Bill Willi
  • 2007: Todd Blackledge, Jay Burson, Dean Chance, Archie Griffin, Bill Hosket, Clark Kellogg, Dante Lavelli, Cindy Noble Hauserman, Katie Smith

There were 801 schools playing boys basketball this year.

The division breakdowns:

  • Division I: 200 schools (enrollment 369 or more)
  • Division II: 200 schools (enrollment 215 to 368)
  • Division III: 200 schools (enrollment 123 to 214)
  • Division IV: 201 schools (enrollment 122 or less)

Divisions are based on enrollments of males in Grades 9 through 11 as reported to the State Department of Education in October 2010.

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