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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Division 3: Kind of wide open...

The Riders are in the final four, but who are the other three teams?  I know one thing, you could make a case all four teams left to bring home the gold trophy.

We know about Orrville, but let's look at the other 3.  Conider this your Cliff's notes version.  In the end, everyone that's still playing is good.

Columbus Bishop Ready
The Silver Knights defeated Cincinnati Taft, in a mild upset, 66-57 in overtime.  They are led by 6'3" standout Jon Graessle, who is committed to Tiffin and scored 37 points against Taft.  He scored 30 in a regional semifinal win.  He's clearly their best player and has really stepped up his game in postseason play. 

Leading the team on the floor is 5'9" point guard Cody Culbertson, who added 15 points in the win.  Orrville has some history with Ready, as they lost to the Silver Knights in the 1983 state championship football game.

This is their 4th appearance in the final four and first since 2002 (finished 2nd).  They won back to back titles in 1972 and 1973.

Lima Central Catholic
Sixth appearance in the final 4, first since 2000 (1994 (2nd), 1993, 1992, 1989 (2nd)).  Defeated 2,000 point scorer Brook Turson and the Plymouth Big Red in the regional finals, 56-54 in overtime.

Thunderbirds have won 18 straight after starting 3-4 on the season.

First fnal 4 appearance.  Beat Ironton in the regional final.  Dont know much about them.  Traditionally, the team to come out of SE Ohio lacks the schedule strength of the other 3 regions.  Can't say I'd pick Panthers over any of the other 3 teams...but being the first trip to the Final Four, I'm sure they'll bring the whole town.

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