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OHSAA State Boys Basketball Capsules
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Friday, March 21, 2014 8:17 PM

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Lima Central Catholic 63, St. Bernard Roger Bacon 44

COLUMBUS — Martyce Kimbrough, an Associated Press co-player of the year, scored 19 points and Lima Central Catholic dominated the second half for a 63-44 victory against St. Bernard Roger Bacon on Friday in a Division III boys state semifinal at Ohio State’s Value City Arena.

The Thunderbirds (24-4) advanced to play Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph for its second state championship in today’s title game.

Mercer shocks Duke 78-71 in NCAA tourney opener
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Friday, March 21, 2014 8:16 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Jakob Gollon scored 20 points and Mercer pulled off the biggest upset in the NCAA tournament so far by knocking off Duke 78-71 on Friday in the second round.

The 14th-seeded and senior-laden Bears scored 11 straight points during the late 20-5 run that clinched the biggest victory in school history. It was the second one-and-done in three years for the third-seeded Blue Devils.

Mercer, which came back from five points down in the last 4:52, won the Atlantic Sun conference championship. That’s the same conference that produced 2013 tournament darling Florida Gulf Coast.

Daniel Coursey added 17 points to help the Bears (27-8) overcome a season-high 15 3-pointers from Duke.

Quinn Cook scored 23 points for Duke (26-9) and Rasheed Sulaimon added 20.

Fish Ohio
Written by Staff Reports   
Friday, March 21, 2014 8:15 PM


Division of Wildlife

Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report!


Regulations to Remember: The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is four fish per angler through April 30; minimum size limit is 15 inches. … The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie. … The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish; minimum size limit is 12 inches. … The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.

Walleye: Through March 15, ice anglers had been catching walleye 3-8 miles off Magee Marsh, -7 miles off Camp Perry and between Rattlesnake and Green islands. As of Tuesday, ice conditions have started to deteriorate. Be cautious when ice fishing the offshore areas of Lake Erie, as ice conditions can change quickly due to water currents and wind; travel with caution and regularly check ice conditions before proceeding. Most Lake Erie ice anglers targeting walleye are using jigging spoons tipped with emerald shiners.

Panfish: Panfish have been caught in East Harbor on ice jigs tipped with wax worms or soft plastics.

Maumee & Sandusky Rivers Report

A fraternity of the heart in the NBA
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Friday, March 21, 2014 8:15 PM


Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — Three years ago, Jeff Green joined one of the most exclusive clubs in the NBA. He didn’t ask to be a part of it. Didn’t even know it existed until a doctor told him that he had an aortic aneurysm and his career with the Boston Celtics was in jeopardy.

Open-heart surgery was looming and Green never felt more alone, more uncertain. That’s when the calls, the text messages, the overtures started coming. First from Fred Hoiberg and Etan Thomas, then from Ronny Turiaf.

They offered advice. They offered encouragement. They had all been there before. And just like that, Green wasn’t alone. But as he quickly found out, it was so much more than a club.

Unbeaten Knights one step nearer State boys title
Written by John Parent   
Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:18 PM


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COLUMBUS – Play 29. That’s been the rallying cry of the undefeated and top-ranked Crestview Knights coming into the Division IV tournament. After a 54-50 win over New Madison Tri-Village on Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Crestview will do just that.

The Knights, now 28-0 on the year, will take on Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Crestview stands now just one win away from its first-ever boys basketball state championship.

For the second straight game, Tyson Bolenbaugh was responsible for a crucial 3-point play that helped seal a Crestview victory. With 5:55 to play in the game on Thursday night, Bolenbaugh got his defender in the air, absorbed contact and wound up on the floor, watching as a desperation shot found its way through the net.

Bolenbaugh’s free throw game the Knights a commanding 7-point lead and clutch free throws from Cam Etzler and Damian Helm salted away the Crestview win.

Crestview hasn’t trailed at halftime often this season and, after they had jumped out to a 7-2 lead early in the Division IV state semifinals, it didn’t look like Thursday night would be any different.