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High school notebook: Jackson set to host boys basketball showcase Saturday

By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer

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Mark Henniger (left), Josh Egner (center) and Brad DuPont sit with their rest of the teammates on the court as supporters of the Jackson High School state champion boys basketball team team gathered to honor the team on Monday, April 5, 2010, at Jackson High School in Jackson Township, Ohio. (Michael Chritton/Akron Beacon Journal)

The Jackson High School boys basketball team is hosting the “2012 Play 4 Cancer Shootout” at its high school gymnasium Saturday.

The event features five games.

Promoter Chas Wolfe said a general admission ticket is $10 and guarantees admission into all five games. Proceeds will go toward the Michael “Bygz” Bessler Foundation, the Community Harvest and the Jackson Youth Basketball Association. For more information, visit on the Internet.

The schedule:

Game 1: 12 p.m. Medina vs. Elyria.

Game 2: 2 p.m. Massillon vs. Beachwood.

Game 3: 4 p.m. Pickerington Central vs. Brunswick.

Game 4: 6 p.m. Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph vs. Westerville North.

Game 5: 8 p.m. Jackson vs. Lakewood St. Edward.

There are four players that have committed to a Division I college: Pickerington Central 6-foot-5 junior Jae’Sean Tate (Ohio State), Westerville North 5-10 senior Jack Gibbs (Davidson), VASJ 6-7 senior Demonte Flannigan (Louisville) and 6-3 senior Duane Gibson (Evansville).

St. Edward and VASJ both feature several college prospects who are currently uncommitted.

Local players to watch include Massillon 6-1 senior Gareon Conley (Ohio State football recruit), Massillon 6-4 sophomore Jordan Stock, Jackson 6-5 junior Evan Bailey, Jackson 6-3 senior Miles Griffin, Medina 6-1 senior Billy Geshcke and Brunswick 6-3 junior Ryan Badowski.

Approaching 500

Chippewa girls basketball coach Denny Schrock entered Thursday’s game at Dalton four wins away from 500 career basketball victories.

Chippewa secretary Vicky DeAngelis said the Chipps’ upcoming schedule includes: Saturday hosting St. Thomas Aquinas, Dec. 20 at Smithville, Dec. 28 versus Ellet at Our Lady of the Elms, Dec. 29 against Our Lady of the Elms at the Elms and Jan. 3 hosting Hillsdale.

Record night for Knights

The Archbishop Hoban girls basketball team won its fourth game in a row Wednesday night and the Knights did it in record-breaking fashion, assistant coach Dan Brown said.

With its 105-72 victory over Kenmore, Hoban broke school records for points in a game, surpassing the previous mark of 89 set against Ravenna in the 1978-1979 season. The two teams combined for 177 points, which is also a school record for total points in a game, beating the previous record of 155 (versus Buchtel in 1994).

Knights senior Emma Horning scored a season-high 28 points, which ties her with former Knight Jacki Windon for the fifth highest single-game point total in program history. Windon accomplished her feat in a game against Loundonville in 1997.

Senior Meghan Donohue scored 22 points and senior Allie Griffith added 15 points for the Knights.

Juniors Maddie Diestel and Amanda Beebe combined with seniors Alessandra Dickos and Natlie Bender to contribute 30 points.

Warriors reload

Walsh Jesuit junior Rachel Keough is one of four new starters this season for girls basketball coach Pete Zaccari.

Keough said she expects the Warriors (5-1) to “click more as the season progresses.”

Walsh’s starting five features Keough, seniors Jessa Gilberto and Sophia Simone and sophomores Anna Hall and Lilli Piper.

“We need to take it another couple levels up to be where we want to be,” Piper said. “We are playing aggressive, but we are making too many mistakes. We are a young team though.”

Injured Irish

St. Vincent-St. Mary girls basketball coach Joe Jakubick said his team is missing two key players due to injury.

Jakubick’s daughter, junior Cassie Jakubick, is out for the season with a torn ACL in a knee. He is confident freshman Amelia Motz will return at some point this season following a broken finger.

Jakubick said Irish senior Erica Bratton is playing with a torn ACL in one knee, and that her other knee previously had an ACL tear. Bratton was the only senior to log minutes in St. V-M’s game Wednesday at Walsh.

Hodgkinson resigns

Jerami Hodgkinson has resigned as the football coach at Coventry High School.

Hodgkinson led the Comets to an 11-19 record in his three-year tenure.

Coventry Athletic Director Neal Kopp said Hodgkinson “plans to spend more time with his family and is extremely thankful for the opportunity he had to guide the Comet football program.”

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