Dec. 30 Roundup: Elks win Orlando tourney; FM’s Conley scores 1,000th point

Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ 11:26 PM

Fairmont’s Jack Hendricks (with ball) is met by Sidney defenders Chris Lee (middle) and Ratez Roberts. Fairmont defeated Sidney 60-51 in the 15th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop opener at Kettering’s Trent Arena on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Staff Writer
Fairmont’s Jack Hendricks (with ball) is met by Sidney defenders Chris Lee (middle) and Ratez Roberts. Fairmont defeated Sidney 60-51 in the 15th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop opener at Kettering’s Trent Arena on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(Staff Writer)

The Centerville Elks boys boys basketball team defeated Boone, Fla., 64-58 in double overtime to win the City Beautiful Invitational in Orlando, Florida. 

Matt Pearce netted 22 points in the win, while Donovan Shelton and Ryan Marchal tacked on 12 and 11 points. 

Pearce was also named the overall tournament MVP and Shelton was named to the all-tournament team. 

Centerville beat First Academy 46-43 to advance to the tournament championship. 

Beavercreek 59, Bellbrook 35: Jon Alessandro tallied 12 points in the ‘Creek win. Caleb Scott and Donnie Crouch each had 11 for Bellbrook. 

Miamisburg 59, Dayton Christian 54: Jason Hubbard led Miamisburg with 20 points in the win. Anton Webb led all scorers and DC with 28. 

Sidney 63, Bellefontaine 40: Ratez Roberts shot for 17 points, while Andre Gordon tacked on 15 in the win. Jack Clement scored 13 in the Bellefontaine loss.

Lakota West 52, Kings 37: Carter Combs tallied 13 points in the win, while Max Kiker tacked on 12. 

Bishop Hartley 44, Chaminade Julienne 43: Payton Collins put up 19 points in the win for Bishop. CJ’s Milton Gage netted 23 in the loss. 

Miami Trace 58, Greeneview 53: Cameron Carter scored 27 points in the win. Gabe Caudill put up 18 points in the loss. 

Ansonia 59, Jefferson 36: Ansonia took home the Patriot Holiday Classic title with the win. 

Franklin Monroe 42, Brookville 40: Ethan Conley scored his 1,000th career point in the win, pushing FM to their first Jet Tournament title in five years. 

Mississinawa Valley 49, Arcanum 47: Ethan Bowman notched his 1,000th point, putting up 24 in the win. 

Botkins 72, Ridgemont 40: Tyler Free led all scorers with 24 points for Botkins.

Fort Loramie 55, Bethel 47: Tyler Siegel netted 20 points, shooting for 100% from the foul line to lead in the win, moving FL to 9-0. Ryan Rose put up 22 points in the loss. 

St. Henry 62, Coldwater 49: Marcus Brun tallied 13 points in the Coldwater loss. Cole Frilling tacked on 12. 

 

Girls Basketball

Butler 59, Graham 16: Tyree Fletcher netted 16 points in the win and Abbie Schoenherr tacked on 10. 

Lebanon 58, Edgewood 29: Sydney Hanna put up 15 points in the Lebanon win. Kendall Folley chipped in 14. 

Miamisburg 56, Dayton Christian 26: Abby Carter and Emily Kepple each tallied 16 points in the win. 

Fairfield 53, Talawanda 43: Zahyra Bailey put up 15 points and six steals, shooting 8-for-10 from the foul line in the win. Addie Brown’s 25 points led all scorers and Talawanda, 15 coming off three point shots. 

Monroe 54, Stivers 25: Sophie Sloneker, Alyssa Beckett and Erica Thompson each netted eight points to best Stivers. Emily Fletcher shot for 11 points [n the loss. 

Alter 44, Magnificat 43: Riley Priest had 12 points and three steals for Alter. 

Fenwick 48, Norwood 38: Kaitlyn Anzel led with nine points for Fenwick in the win. Jenna Adams tacked on seven points and 15 rebounds. 

Mechanicsburg 59, Greenon 43: Kasey Schipfer put up a double double, shooting for 23 points, 10 steals, six rebounds and four assists. Elly Schipfer tacked on another double double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Reagan Ware had 17 points in the loss.

West Liberty-Salem 60, Catholic Central 35: Kelsey Day led all scorers with 17 points and three 3-pointers. Abbigail Peterson tallied 12 points to lead Catholic Central. 

Covington 42, Troy 28: Tori Crowell tallied 12 points for Covington. Alaura Holycross and Dana Wynkoop co-led Troy with eight points apiece. 

Miami East 47, Anna 27: Morgan Haney paced all scorers with 16 points. 

Newton 58, Dixie 33: Tatum McBride netted 26 points in the win. 

Fairlawn 55, Ansonia 44: Lauren Dudgeon netted 31 points and eight blocks in the win. 

Fort Loramie 56, St. Henry 40: Taylor Ratermann led FL with 14 points, shooting 4-for-5 on 3-pointers. Alison Siefring had 13 points for St. Henry. 

Minster 71, Bellevue 49: Courtney Prenger led all scorers with 24 points in the win. 

New Bremen 61, Lehman Catholic 30: Paige Jones scored 13 points in the NB win. Carly Edwards led Lehman with seven points. 

 

Wrestling

McClain Tiger Invitational: Kenton Ridge took sixth place overall. Bryce Davis took home the championship at 120 and Jaden Cook added on another at 126. 

Skyline Bowling Invitational: Ayyoub Muhammed of Thurgood Marshall won the 132-pound weight class by defeating Ashten Moody of Unioto 10-6 in the championship round. 

 

Swimming

Bellbrook Quad: Kenton Ridge’s Sydney Jones and Gwyn Thomas took two events each, also winning two additional events as a part of the 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle relays. Jones also took first in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle, while Thomas took the 200 IM and 100 Breastroke.

Michigan loses out on 4-star DL Tyler Friday

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

Michigan has lost out on one of its top recruiting targets for the class of 2018 when 4-star defensive lineman Tyler Friday announced his commitment to Ohio State .

Friday made his announcement at a press conference on Friday. He chose Ohio State  over Michigan and Alabama .

Michigan had been recruiting Friday since he was a sophomore at Don Bosco Prep in northern New Jersey. It’s a recruiting loss in a state where the Wolverines have enjoyed much success the past four years.

There were 13 players from New Jersey on the Michigan roster in 2017, a pipeline of talent that began growing rapidly in 2014 with the recruitment of Jabrill Peppers and Juwann Bushell-Beatty from Paramus Catholic. That list of players includes defensive end Rashan Gary, who was the No. 1-ranked player in the country in the 2016 class, and offensive linemen Grant Newsome, Jon Runyan Jr., and Cesar Ruiz. Ruiz played at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., but is from Pennsauken, N.J.

Michigan linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Chris Partridge was the head coach at Paramus Catholic before joining the Wolverines in 2015 as the director of player personnel. He was moved to the coaching staff at the end of the 2015 season. Partridge has been named national recruiter of the year each of the last two years by major recruiting web sites.

Michigan has signed a player from New Jersey each of the last four recruiting cycles but that streak is likely to end this cycle.

Friday (6-foot-3, 263 pounds) is ranked as the No. 85 player overall in the country by the 247Sports composite, the No. 2 player in New Jersey and the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country. He has said that colleges have been recruiting him as a defensive end but he should have the versatility to play on the interior as well.

Ohio State and Alabama increased their recruitment of Friday late in the process. He visited all three schools, including Michigan on Nov. 25 for the Ohio State game.

While adding Friday would have definitely been a boost to the 2018 class, Michigan does have good depth on the defensive line.

Michigan has signed three defensive linemen to the 2018 class: Aidan Hutchinson of Dearborn, Mich., Taylor Upshaw of Bradenton, Fla., and Julius Welschof of Misebach, Bavaria, Germany. The Wolverines signed 10 defensive linemen in the previous two recruiting classes.

That position group will be led by Gary, who will be a junior next season, and fifth-year senior Chase Winovich. Winovich announced this month that he is returning for this final year of eligibility after contemplating declaring for the NFL Draft. He was named winner of the team’s Blue Collar award for 2017. Winovich made 77 tackles, led the team with 18 tackles for loss and tied with linebacker Khaleke Hudson for the team lead with 8 sacks.

It will also include sophomore Aubrey Solomon, the No. 2-ranked defensive tackle in the country in the 2017 class. Solomon played in all 13 games with four starts as a freshman.

Tyler Friday commits to Ohio State: Buckeyes land a top DL

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 9:08 AM

Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep defensive lineman Tyler Friday brought some good news for Ohio State fans today. The 6-foot-3, 263-pound defensive lineman committed to the Buckeyes over Alabama, Michigan, Penn State, Miami (Fla.), and a slew of other offers during a ceremony at his high school on Friday afternoon, Jan. 19.

Friday has the potential to play several different positions at Ohio State, but seems most likely to excel as a strongside defensive end or defensive tackle. He’s been ranked by the 247Sports composite rankings as the country’s No. three defensive tackle and one of the top 100 players in America, regardless of position. The potential of Friday playing interior offensive line has been discussed, as he spent much of his high school career playing on the offensive line. However, Friday has the athleticism and explosion to be a force on the defensive line.

The Buckeyes had been trailing behind Michigan for much of the late stretch of Friday’s recruitment, but growing bonds with Ohio State and an in-home visit from defensive line coach Larry Johnson seemed to signal a major turn in the tide of this recruitment. Michigan seemed to fall behind both Alabama and Ohio State as time went on. All three programs received official visits from Friday in November and December.

Ohio State now holds six commitments from defensive linemen in the 2018 recruiting class as Friday joins one of the country’s most impressive position groups in any recruiting class. 5-star DT Taron Vincent headlines the current commit list, which also includes 4-star linemen like Tyreke Smith, Tommy Togiai, and Antwuan Jackson Jr. and local prospect Alex Williams.

Friday has not yet been reached for comment on his commitment. Stay tuned for further news and analysis on the New Jersey star’s commitment to Ohio State.

Tyler Friday’s commitment gives Ohio State football another blue-chip DL

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 9:08 AM

Ohio State boasts one of the nation’s strongest recruiting classes in 2018 and that group got even stronger with another commitment on Friday, Jan. 19. Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep defensive lineman Tyler Friday pledged to the Buckeyes on Friday afternoon at a ceremony at his high school, choosing Ohio State over Michigan and Alabama. In the 247Sports composite rankings, Friday is regarded as the country’s No. 86 overall recruit, the No. 4 defensive tackle, and the No. 2 prospect in the state of New Jersey.

So what will Friday’s commitment mean for Ohio State? Let’s break it down.

What does Friday bring to the table on the field?

At 6-foot-3 and 263 pounds, Friday is considered to be somewhat of a tweener. Although he’s rated by 247Sports and ESPN as a defensive tackle prospect, Rivals regards the 4-star prospect as a strongside defensive end. At Don Bosco, Friday has played nearly every role on both sides of the line, repping at left tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle, and offensive guard. I’d expect that Friday will begin his career at defensive end, but defensive tackle and interior offensive line are both real possibilities as he grows into his body and goes through Mick Marotti’s strength and conditioning program.

Friday is skilled at understanding how to win leverage battles and is rarely blown off of the football, a function of knowing how to utilize that leverage and impressive lower body strength. Friday also shows impressive ability to use his hands violently and discard blockers when needed, filling gaps as a defensive lineman. On the offensive line, his leg drive and aggression in finishing blocks are good signs.

He doesn’t fit the image of some of the prototypical defensive ends that Ohio State as recruited. Friday is more stockily built than players like Chase Young, Jalyn Holmes, or Joey Bosa, lacking their lanky frame and wide wingspan. He’s a plus athlete who shows more than enough agility and explosion to play effectively at defensive tackle, but he’s not in the elite echelons of athleticism at his position group.

What Friday means for Ohio State’s recruiting

Friday is yet another addition to Ohio State’s dominant recruiting class, particularly adding to an already-impressive defensive line group. The Buckeyes will remain second in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings with 308.99 points, trailing just behind Georgia’s top-ranked class nationally (309.15 points). For reference’s sake, Texas’ third-place recruiting class has 292.11 points and Penn State’s fourth-place class has 278.88 points.

Ohio State now holds commitments from six defensive linemen in this 2018 recruiting class, as Friday joins 5-star DT Taron Vincent, DE Tyreke Smith, DT Tommy Togiai, DT Antwuan Jackson Jr., and DE Alex Williams. Although Williams may not ultimately end up at defensive end, the group is nonetheless filled with talent and provides an immediate boost to defensive line coach Larry Johnson’s position group.

The Buckeyes now hold 11 commitments from prospects in the 247Sports composite top 100, good for best in the country by a fairly safe margin. Friday is Ohio State’s 23rd commitment overall in this 2018 recruiting class, 20 of whom are regarded as composite 4 or 5-star prospects. Georgia holds commitments from 18 such prospects and Auburn and Texas each hold 17 commits meeting those criteria.

I expect Ohio State to take only one more defensive lineman at most, likely Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic product Javontae Jean-Baptiste. Jean-Baptiste, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound 4-star defensive end, is currently on Ohio State’s campus for his official visit during the Jan. 19 weekend. The overall numbers for the Buckeyes are more fluid. Ohio State is still pursuing prospects at offensive tackle, wide receiver, running back, linebacker, and defensive back and the Buckeyes will likely have a strong finish to their 2018 recruiting class.

It goes nearly without saying that any opportunity to defeat programs like Michigan and Alabama on the recruiting trail is a significant one for Ohio State. Urban Meyer and his coaching staff enjoy to note that they keep score in everything that they do and yet another victory over Jim Harbaugh’s program to the north will surely warm hearts around Columbus.

Check out Friday’s highlights

Friday has not yet made his senior year highlights available to view. However, check out highlights from his junior season below.

Tyler Friday commits to Ohio State: Buckeyes land a top DL

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 9:08 AM

Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep defensive lineman Tyler Friday brought some good news for Ohio State fans today. The 6-foot-3, 263-pound defensive lineman committed to the Buckeyes over Alabama, Michigan, Penn State, Miami (Fla.), and a slew of other offers during a ceremony at his high school on Friday afternoon, Jan. 19.

Friday has the potential to play several different positions at Ohio State, but seems most likely to excel as a strongside defensive end or defensive tackle. He’s been ranked by the 247Sports composite rankings as the country’s No. three defensive tackle and one of the top 100 players in America, regardless of position. The potential of Friday playing interior offensive line has been discussed, as he spent much of his high school career playing on the offensive line. However, Friday has the athleticism and explosion to be a force on the defensive line.

The Buckeyes had been trailing behind Michigan for much of the late stretch of Friday’s recruitment, but growing bonds with Ohio State and an in-home visit from defensive line coach Larry Johnson seemed to signal a major turn in the tide of this recruitment. Michigan seemed to fall behind both Alabama and Ohio State as time went on. All three programs received official visits from Friday in November and December.

Ohio State now holds six commitments from defensive linemen in the 2018 recruiting class as Friday joins one of the country’s most impressive position groups in any recruiting class. 5-star DT Taron Vincent headlines the current commit list, which also includes 4-star linemen like Tyreke Smith, Tommy Togiai, and Antwuan Jackson Jr. and local prospect Alex Williams.

Friday has not yet been reached for comment on his commitment. Stay tuned for further news and analysis on the New Jersey star’s commitment to Ohio State.