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Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 3:53 PM
— LeBron James was reputedly a great high school football player in northeast Ohio.
That’s pretty easy to believe if you’ve ever seen him barrel down the lane on a drive or sky high for an alley-oop at that size, right?
Urban Meyer has talked about wanting to recruit him before being informed he would be going pro in something other than football.
But what about now?
Could the self-proclaimed King make a late-career switch and return to the gridiron?
Probably not, but that doesn’t mean Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster isn’t going to try.
In fact, he already has started a campaign to make it happen.
Announcing my official campaign to recruit @KingJames to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2018 season. LeBron has done everything in the NBA. He can be the best athlete EVER if he makes the move to the NFL and wins a Super Bowl with Steeler Nation... #LeBronToPittsburgh pic.twitter.com/5VLcjIPpSO— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) March 6, 2018
As far-fetched as this might be, the sales pitch is interesting.
James is without a doubt one of the best basketball players of all time, but that less-than-stellar NBA Finals record has pretty much locked him out of surpassing Michael Jordon for No. 1 in NBA annals.
Maybe he should dream even bigger then?
Even at the age of 33, James could probably do some damage as a supersized receiver — especially in the red zone.
(He might be the size of a tight end, but it’s hard to see him embracing blocking considering how much he complains about contact in the NBA.)
It is not hard to see him being a better pro football player than Jordan was a baseball player, so maybe Smith-Schuster is onto something when it comes to best overall athlete.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:05 PM
— Buckeyes take a 58-54 lead on a Jae-Sean Tate dunk with 10 minutes left in the second half. Ohio State has out-scored Gonzaga 25-10 in the second half.
1st half: Gonzaga dominated in the paint, dominated from points off turnovers and leads Ohio State 44-33 in the second round game at the NCAA tournament.
Gonzaga began the game with a 15-0 run, Ohio State countered with a 11-4 run, but has struggled to keep the game to single digits.
Keita Bates-Diop scored 14 points in the first half for Ohio State.
Zach Norvell Jr. scored 15 points, including four 3-pointers to lead Gonzaga. Rui Hachimura scored 13.
Published: Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 10:51 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 10:46 PM
— BOYS REGIONAL BASKETBALL
D-IV semifinals at Fairmont Trent Arena, Kettering
Marion Local 55, Catholic Central 33
Fort Loramie 48, Russia 45
D-I semifinals at Xavier University, Cintas Center
Cin. Moeller 65, Springfield 44
Wayne 56, Cin. Princeton 49
D-III semifinals at Trent Arena
Cin. Deer Park 81, Cin. Purcell Marian 70 OT
Cin. Madeira 70, Cin. North College Hill 56
»RELATED: All-Southwest District boys
D-II semifinals at Trent Arena
Trotwood-Madison 79, Columbus South 60
Cin. Hughes 68, Cin. Woodward 46
»RELATED: Dunbar’s tourney journey ends
D-I final at Cintas Center
Cin. Moeller 65, Wayne 53
D-IV final at at Trent Arena
Marion Local 62, Fort Loramie 47
D-II final at Trent Arena
Trotwood-Madison 84, Cin. Hughes 74
D-III final at Trent Arena
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 (27-2) vs. Solon (27-2), 8:30 p.m.
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:41 PM
KETTERING — Ahead big early, Trotwood-Madison withstood a strong Cincinnati Hughes comeback to win a boys basketball regional championship 84-74 on Saturday afternoon at Fairmont’s Trent Arena.
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Trotwood (25-3) qualifies for the Division II high school state final four for the season straight season. Rams will play Byesville Meadowbrook (22-6) in a D-II state semifinal at 10:45 a.m. Friday at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus. Meadowbrook advanced with a 36-31 defeat of John Glenn also on Saturday.
The other state semi will feature defending D-II state champ Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (19-8) against Lexington (23-5) at 2 p.m. Friday. The semi winners advance to the Saturday, March 24 championship at 5:15 p.m.
Akron SVSM upset Trotwood on a last-second shot in last year’s D-II state semifinals, 62-60. The Rams had won a regular-season matchup with the Irish by 39 points.
»RELATED: Trotwood responds to South’s challenge
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Trotwood raced to a 20-point lead late in the first half against Hughes, out of the Cincinnati Metro Conference. The Big Red made a second-half run, mainly benefitting from Trotwood’s free throw inaccuracy (23 of 45).
Myles Belyeu led Trotwood with 24 points. Amari Davis added 18 points and Carl Blanton 17.
»RELATED: Boys regional pairings/results
»RELATED: Girls state final four pairings/results
Hughes (24-4) received 20 points apiece from Giovanni Santiago and D.J. Brewton. A.J. Smith added 18 points.
It was the first time in six postseason matchups the Rams didn’t post a blowout win. Trotwood will take an 18-game win streak into the final four, its fourth and all since the 2006 Rams were runner-up in D-I. Among the most winningest big-school area programs the last 20 years, Trotwood has never won a state title.
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The Rams also are in contention for a rare football/basketball state-title double. Trotwood completed a 15-0 season by winning a D-III state football championship last December.