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Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 12:58 PM
CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals waived wide receiver James Wright on Monday, ending his brief, injury-plagued stint with the team.
A seventh-round pick in 2014, Wright missed the final five games of his rookie season and all of 2015 with a knee injury. He appeared in 13 games last year, but issues with the knee lingered, leading to his release.
Wright caught 18 passes for 197 yards and made 16 tackles on special teams in his two seasons.
Also Monday, the Bengals officially announced the re-signing of free agent tackle Eric Winston to a one-year contract.
He played in all 16 games last year with two starts and has appeared in 157 games with 125 starts during his 12-year NFL career, the last three of which have been in Cincinnati.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 7:18 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 9:21 PM
COLUMBUS — Trotwood-Madison’s bid for an elusive boys state basketball championship was undone by nemesis Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 60-51 at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center on Saturday night.
It was the second straight Division II title for the Irish, who also defeated the Rams in last year’s D-II state semifinals. It was a record eighth state title for Akron SVSM, the program that LeBron James elevated during his celebrated run with the Irish. That snapped a tie with Middletown.
Trotwood (26-4) had a 19-game win streak snapped. Akron SVSM (21-8) also defeated Trotwood early in the regular season.
Myles Belyeu ended a great Rams career with a game-high 20 points. Junior Amari Davis added 19 points on 9 of 13 shooting.
Lunden McDay led the Irish with 19 points and Scott Walter added 17.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 3:42 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 4:07 PM
COLUMBUS — His knees knocking, Tyler Mescher of Marion Local heeded a little help from teammate Tyler Prenger.
“He said calm down, you got this and relax,” recalled Mescher. “Easy shots.”
Not quite. Mescher’s pair of rim-rattling free throws with 2.6 seconds left in the second overtime was the difference as Marion Local stunned Willoughby Cornerstone Christian 52-51 to win a boys high school Division IV state basketball championship on Saturday afternoon.
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It was one of four season-ending divisional championships that were held at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center.
It also completed a rare state-title double for Marion Local (25-4), which also won a D-VI state football championship last December.
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No one came up more clutch than Mescher for the Flyers. Trailing by one in the second OT, his first free throw clanged several times on the rim and backboard before circling and falling through the net.
The second rim-rattler wasn’t as dramatic, but almost.
“We got a little help from upstairs,” said Mescher, a robust senior who doubled as a blocking tight end and defensive end on the football team.
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“I couldn’t stay still at all. It’s a dream come true to be able to shoot those free throws. Any little kid, that’s their dream, to be able to shoot two free throws at the end of a state championship game and make them both.”
Cornerstone (21-8) missed a half-court heave and the Flyers’ fans - among the 9,620 in attendance - rocked the Schott in celebration.
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Mescher’s bucket with about 10 seconds left in regulation forced overtime.
“There aren’t many 6-1, 240-pound guys on our schedule,” Cornerstone coach Dan Selle said of Mescher. “He’s not a vegetarian. He eats meat for breakfast. He’s tough as nails and a lot of respect to him. He’s a guy you hate to fight against but you want to have on your team.”
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Mescher and Nate Bruns each had 18 points to lead the Flyers. Mescher also had nine rebounds.
Bruns, a 6-6 wing who doubles as the Flyers quarterback, added 14 rebounds. It was Bruns’ 3-pointer with 17.7 seconds left that knotted the teams even and forced the second OT. He had several late key field goals, free throws and rebounds for the Flyers.
“We had to go to our money man late in the game,” Flyers coach Kurt Goettemoeller said of Bruns. “He’s a stud.”
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Prenger added three 3-pointers and 10 points.
Cornerstone, anchored in Lake County and a Cleveland suburb, is an independent that mostly played high-level Division I and II teams, which made its record deceiving. The Patriots also had the D-IV state player of the year in Michael Bothwell. The Furman signee tallied a game-high 23 points.
“State-wide, I definitely had the feeling we were an underdog,” Goettemoeller said. “We figured it out at the end. We just found a way a get it done.”
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Is was the third boys state basketball title for Marion Local, which also won in 2003 and 1975. The Flyers were a state runner-up in 2004.
Cornerstone won a D-IV state title in 2016 in its only other final four appearance.
Of the Flyers’ 12 players, 10 also played on the state-title football team.
“This senior class, that really shows what they’re made of,” Bruns said. “To be able to do that in both (sports), that’s something special for them.”
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 7:05 PM
— Anthony Muñoz was a special player for the Cincinnati Bengals for 13 seasons.
In Columbus at the boys’ basketball state championships to be recognized as part of the OHSAA Circle of Champions, the California native explained the special place sports have in Ohio helped convince him to stick around long after his pro football career was over.
His daughter, Michelle, and son, Michael, also were recognized as part of the Circle of Champions along with former Ohio State basketball star Dennis Hopson, Ohio State football standout William White and Dwight “Bo” Lamar, who played in the ABA and NBA.
Michelle Muñoz was part of a state championship season for the Mason girls’ basketball team while Michael was a highly-regarded offensive line prospect at Moeller High School.
Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 12:58 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:01 PM
COLUMBUS — Tyler Mescher converted two free throws with with 2.6 seconds left as Marion Local stunned Willoughby Cornerstone Christian 52-51 in double-overtime to win a boys high school basketball Division IV state championship on Saturday.
That matched Marion Local’s D-VI football state title it won last fall, making the Flyers a rare double state winner in the same school year.
A senior, Mescher’s first free throw rattled all around the rim before falling. His second also clanged in. Cornerstone inbounded and missed a half-court heave as time expired. Marion Local players and their fans erupted in celebration.
Mescher and Nathan Bruns each had 18 points to lead the Flyers (25-4). Bruns also had 14 rebounds. Tyler Prenger added 10 points.