Sonny Fulks
Sonny Fulks
Managing Editor

Sonny Fulks is a graduate of Ohio State University where he pitched four varsity seasons for the Buckeyes from 1971 through 1974. He furthered his baseball experience as a minor league umpire for seven seasons, working for the Florida State League (A), the Southern League (AA), and the American Association (AAA). He has written for numerous websites, and for the past fourteen years has served as columnist and photo editor for The Gettysburg Magazine, published by the University of Nebraska Press, in Lincoln Nebraska. His interests include history, support for amateur baseball, the outdoors, and he has a music degree from Ohio State University.

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Deer Park handily won the first of two Division III semi-finals to keep their undefeated record intact and play in Saturday’s championship round.

Columbus – It was one of the tournament’s few intriguing story lines – that being, the undefeated Deer Park Wildcats…and whether they could beat the curse of past unbeaten teams that have fallen in the state tournament.

So far, so good.  Deer Park (28-0) used a blistering offensive pace in the first half of Thursday afternoon’s first Division III semi-final game to eventually beat Lutheran East (14-14), 66-48.

‘The Park’ simply overwhelmed Lutheran East, running out to a 22-8 first quarter lead, and led 38-22 at the half.

Lutheran came back to outscore Deer Park 14-12 in the third quarter, but while subbing freely in the second half the Wildcats were never seriously threatened.

They shot 44% from the floor, and 67% from the foul line, while holding Lutheran East to just 28% from the floor and 73% from the line.

Deer Park was led by Jalen Rose’s 18 points, while Joseph Hocker (10), and Ibrahima Athie (12) joined Rose in double figures.

Lutheran East was led in scoring by David Gulley with 14 and Jordan Burge with 11.

In addition to being outscored, Lutheran East was out-rebounded by a whopping 50-31 margin.

The ONLY undefeated team in the tournament, Deer Park now advances to the championship round on Saturday to play the winner of Columbus Africentric and Harvest Prep, out of nearby Canal Winchester, in Thursday’s final semi-final contest, slated to tip at 8:30 pm.

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