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May
5

The Next Natural? Meet Hartley’s Kami Kortokrax

Accustomed to competition and expectation, Bishop Hartley’s Kami Kortokrax makes it look easy as one of the top players in the country.  And she doesn’t get it from strangers. Steve Blackledge writes about her in the latest Press Pros.

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Apr
27

Jace Middleton: En Route With A Family Tradition

Jace Middleton says he was born on a baseball diamond, and seems destined to follow in the steps of his father as a Buckeye recruit and as far as his talent and pedigree will take him. Steve Blackledge writes for today’s Press Pros.

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Apr
25

Blackledge: The Truth Of The Matter Lies Somewhere In Between

According to survey, the percentage of coaches favoring playoff expansion to those who don’t is about 50-50.  But the inconsistencies between stories, and demographics, and regions of the state lead one believe that we might never know the truth. Steve Blackledge shares perspective from central Ohio.

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Mar
21

DeSales Overwhelmed By St. Vincent-St. Mary Feeding Frenzy

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary threw off its first half doldrums to storm past Columbus DeSales for the Division II title. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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Mar
21

Westerville Central Grits Out Win Over Taller St. Ignatius

More about heart than size…Westerville Central and Tasos Cook (below) used speed and determination to knock out Cleveland St. Ignatius in the Division I semifinal Saturday night at UD Arena. Steve Blackledge writes the story for the latest Press Pros update.

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Mar
20

Centerville Punches Through To The D-I Finals

They used patience and defense…and a pair of guards (Tom House, below) that Mentor simply couldn’t play through.  Add a tough schedule of preparation and Centerville’s playing for its first-ever title in basketball.

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Mar
20

Watson, Defense Propels DeSales To Win Over C-J

DeSales proved to be better on both ends of the court, and Davidson recruit Desmond Watson (below) was the offensive catalyst as the Stallions moved past Chaminade-Julienne to the Division II championship final.

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Mar
19

Moore’s Buzzer-Beater Lifts Worthington Christian To Win Over Cincinnati Taft

Junior DJ Moore ended it with the “biggest shot of my career”, as Worthington Christian knock Taft out of the Division III tourney on a last-second shot. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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Mar
19

Late Surge Helps Columbus Grove Beat New Boston Glenwood

Down by double digits in the second half, Columbus Grove’s fourth quarter surge breaks the hearts of New Boston Glenwood in the Div. IV semi-final. Steve Blackledge writes the story for Press Pros.

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Mar
13

Cook’s Last Second Heave Lands Westerville Central In Final Four

A wild finish to an unpredictable year and an improbable shot by Tasos Cook lands Westerville Central in its first state tournament Final Four. 

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Mar
12

Blackledge: Big Boy Basketball Don’t Get Much Better…!

Gahanna and Westerville Central advance in boys regional play to set up an OCC showdown Saturday between the #1 and #2 seeds in the Central District. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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Mar
6

Blackledge: Westerville Central Captures District Over Pick North

It took a ‘dream’ shot to do it, but a three-pointer by Landon Tillman handed Westerville Central the Division I district title over Pickerington North, at the buzzer. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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Mar
6

Worthington Christian Leaves No Doubt, Wins District Over Harvest Prep

Worthington Christian man-handles Harvest Prep to avenge a stinging blow from last year…and move on in the Division IV boys tournament.

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Mar
4

Blackledge: Bradley Takes District Win Over Westerville South

A close encounter throughout, Hilliard Bradley uses 10-0 run to gain advantage, win over Westerville South for a Division I district semi-final win. Steve Blackledge writes for Press Pros.

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Feb
27

Coffman Claims Div. I District, Trips Marysville, 37-28

Dublin Coffman rolls on, and improves to 22-1 and claims a district women’s basketball title after Saturday’s 37-28 win over Marysville. Steve Blackledge writes for weekend Press Pros.

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Feb
27

Blackledge: Olentangy Orange Squeezes By Big Walnut For Sect. Title

Olentangy Orange came up short on shooting and used its defense to claw to a Division I sectional title Friday over Big Walnut. Steve Blackledge writes for Saturday Press Pros.

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Feb
20

Westerville South Puts Bad Times Behind Them, Wins At Kilbourne

Westerville South got 18 points from Jaiden Guice and a quality tournament tuneup Friday to earn a road win at Worthington Kilbourne. Steve Blackledge writes the story for Saturday’s Press Pros.

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Feb
13

#10 Westerville Central Edges DeSales

Playing short-handed, DeSales put up a heckuva’ fight before bowing to #10-ranked Westerville Central in a Saturday showdown. Steve Blackledge shares the game story on Press Pros.

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Feb
13

Top-Ranked Worthington Christian Rolls On With Win Over Whitehall

Top-ranked, Division III Worthington Christian marches on with a Friday night 58-48 win over talented Whitehall. Steve Blackledge shares the story in Saturday’s Press Pros.

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Feb
10

Watterson Claims CCL Title With Buzzer-Beater Win Over Hartley

Back and forth for four quarters, it took a buzzer beater Tuesday from Watterson’s Danielle Grim to claim the outright CCL championship with a 39-38 win over Hartley. Steve Blackledge writes the story for Press Pros Magazine.

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