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Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 1:57 PM
— Hue Jackson has shuffled quarterback DeShone Kizer in and out of the lineup. He initially thought the benching was beneficial, and Sunday’s performance may be some form of validation.
The Browns lost to the Vikings in London, with Kizer throwing for just 179 yards and completing 52.9 percent of his passes. He didn’t have a touchdown or interception.
But Jackson maintains he’s seeing improvement.
"Today was a better version of DeShone,'' Jackson said. "He made some throws, made some plays with his legs, made some decisions. I'm sure there's a couple plays he'd like to have back, like any quarterback would, but I thought this was improvement from where we've been to where we're trying to go, so I was very happy about that.''
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 9:40 AM
— BOYS STATE BASKETBALL
At OSU Schottenstein Center, Columbus
Berlin Hiland (23-5) vs. Willoughby Cornerstone Christian (20-7), 10:45 a.m.
Marion Local (23-4) vs. Pandora-Gilboa (26-1), 2 p.m.
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Cle. Heights Lutheran East (14-13) vs. Cin. Deer Park (27-0), 5:15 p.m.
Canal Winchester Harvest Prep (28-0) vs. Col. Africentric (21-6), 8:30 p.m.
»RELATED: Boys regional results
»RELATED: Girls state final four results
Trotwood-Madison (25-3) vs. Byesville Meadowbrook (22-6), 10:45 a.m.
Lexington (23-5) vs. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (19-8), 2 p.m.
»RELATED: Trotwood responds to South’s challenge
Cin. Moeller (25-3) vs. Lorain (22-5), 5:15 p.m.
Pickerington Central (18-8) vs. Solon (26-1), 8:30 p.m.
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D-IV: 10:45 a.m.
D-III: 2 p.m.
D-II: 5:15 p.m.
D-I: 8:30 p.m.
Published: Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 10:05 AM
— GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL
At OSU’s Schottenstein Center, Columbus
Ottoville 44, New Washington Buckeye Central 25
Minster 46, Waterford 31
Versailles 63, Elyria Catholic 47
Col. Africentric 50, Ottawa-Glandorf 37
Gates Mills Gilmour Academy 47, Bellbrook 40
Toledo Rogers 62, New Philadelphia 57
Solon 52, Wadsworth 31
Pickerington Central 62, Mason 48
TV: Spectrum Ch. 311, 1311
D-IV, Minster 63, Ottoville 48
D-III, Col. Africentric 53, Versailles 47
D-II, Toledo Rogers 51, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy 37
D-I, Pickerington Central 49, Solon 45
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 2:19 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 9:43 AM
COLUMBUS — Prior to a one-point regular-season loss to Minster in January, Ottoville head coach Dave Klemen noticed a certain Wildcats freshman tearing up his junior varsity team. Friday, that frosh did the same to the Ottoville varsity.
Thanks to 15 points from freshman reserve Janae Hoying and 15 more from freshman starter Ivy Wolf, Minster rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to close with a 16-0 run en route to winning the Division IV state final 63-48 over Ottoville before 4,968 fans at the 43rd annual OHSAA girls state basketball tournament inside Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center.
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Hoying played 23 minutes, was 6-for-6 from the free throw line and had two steals. Wolf played 27 minutes and had six rebounds and four assists.
The state title for Minster is the program’s third and first since 2004. Minster (26-3) was also state champ in 1998.
“They’re pretty good,” Klemen said of Hoying and Wolf. “We saw them in the regular season and (Hoying) was playing JV. We were like ‘Mike what are you doing? Get her off the JV and let our reserves have a chance.’ She’s a heck of a ball player. They went into that run where they lost a few games and they needed some more quickness and ball handling to help out Ivy. (Hoying) was not a surprise.”
» RELATED: Versailles advances to D-III state final
Trailing 29-24 in the third, Minster grabbed control as Hoying scored seven points in 21 seconds. She hit a 3-pointer, scored on a steal and then drained two free throws. The Wildcats led 33-29 after that flurry and 41-40 at the end of the quarter.
“Early in the year we knew that in order for us to make a run with the talent we had in our junior and senior classes, Janae had to be a part of it as an extra guard,” Minster head coach Mike Wiss said. “We already had Ivy up. We started to work Janae in in mid-January and it’s continued to grow. We needed to add her to our mix to make this run. We knew that and we made it. This is how it turned out.”
» RELATED: D-IV state final on deck for Minster
The teams traded seven lead changes in the first 3:30 of the fourth quarter before junior Courtney Prenger gave Minster the lead for good on a jumper. That score and four consecutive Ottoville turnovers fueled the game-ending run.
Wolf and Hoying combined to go 8-for-8 from the free throw line the final 1:08.
Prenger, a Xavier recruit, led Minster with 17 points. Senior Taylor Kogge, headed to Ohio Northern, added 12.
The Wildcats hit 19-of-24 free throws.
»RELATED: Girls state final four pairings/results
Ottoville (27-3) suffered a blow with 6:49 left when senior star and Findlay recruit Bridget Landin left the game with a possible concussion. Landin and Prenger got tied up on a screen and Landin hit her head on the floor.
“The turning point was obviously when Bridget got knocked down or fell down,” Klemen said. “There was no malicious intent on the play. It was just a basketball play and she fell down and hit her head. At that time we were tied and then the wheels fell off.”
Said Wiss: “Without Landin on the floor at the end they were struggling to find an identity. We knew exactly where ours was.”
»RELATED: Boys regional pairings/results
The state title is Minster’s 33rd overall as a school and the third state title the Wildcats have won this school year (football and girls cross country). Wiss also won a state title last year as the Minster baseball coach.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 8:07 AM
— It’s hard to call Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt an overnight sensation. After all, she’s been following basketball at Loyola University-Chicago for more than a half century and said she saw the Ramblers win the NCAA title in 1963. But thanks to television, the internet and social media, the 98-year-old nun has become a media darling.
With victories against Miami and Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament, the Ramblers are hoping for more spiritual guidance when they face the winner of the Cincinnati-Nevada game in next week’s Sweet 16.
Here are some things you might not have known about Loyola-Chicago’s inspirational leader.
Praying for victory: As the basketball team’s chaplain since 1994, Sister Jean begins every prayer the same way: “Good and gracious God.” But if you’re thinking she does not invoke the deity for a little help to win, think again. “I ask God to be especially good to Loyola so that, at the end of the game, the scoreboard indicates a big ‘W’ for us,” she told The New York Times. She ends every prayer with an emphatic “Go Ramblers.” Judging from some of the shots Loyola-Chicago has been burying during this tournament -- Clayton Custer’s game-winner against Tennessee comes to mind -- these prayers have been answered so far.
98-year-old Sister Jean has a bracket but she has Loyola losing in the Sweet Sixteen 😂 pic.twitter.com/XPST9lwCic— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 17, 2018
She’s a Hall of Famer: Loyola-Chicago inducted Sister Jean into the athletic department’s Hall of Fame in 2017, making her the 173rd member to be enshrined. Born in San Francisco in 1919, Sister Jean played basketball in high school.
Good scouting: Every season, Sister Jean researches the boxscores of upcoming opponents, using her sharp eye for detail to point out flaws in the Ramblers’ next foe. Coach Porter Moser found a manila folder on his desk on his first day as coach, according to NCAA.com. Sister Jean had compiled a scouting report on the Ramblers to help the new coach.
“She lights up every room she goes into.” Moser told the Times. “She’s always smiling. She has an energy about herself. I connect with that.”
She has her own bobblehead: Loyola-Chicago held a bobblehead promotion night for Sister Jean in 2011.
Super sneakers: Sister Jean has a pair of maroon-and-gold Nike sneakers that she wears during each game. Two names are stitched on the sneaker’s heels: “Sister” on the left heel, and “Jean” on the right.
It’s been quite a ride for Loyola-Chicago, which has knocked off two highly touted program. Now, the Ramblers will have to go against Sister Jean in the Sweet 16: She picked the Ramblers to lose in that round.
When you’re 98 years old wildly celebrating is a simple wrist flip. I love Sister Jean pic.twitter.com/Fxzdo2shRe— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) March 18, 2018