Northland shows resiliency in district title win over Olentangy Liberty

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Seth Towns holds up the Columbus 3 bracket. Photo provided by Chris Leaper

By: Zach Fleer / @YS614 

Unlike some of the other dominant Northland teams before them, this year’s Viking squad has a knack to keep their composure in close games. As been the case all year long, the Northland Vikings (26-0) won yet another slugfest that went down to the wire, 52-48 over third-seeded Olentangy Liberty (24-2). Continue reading

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Full-court pressure helps Africentric roll over Delaware Christian

By: Zach Fleer / @YS614

City-League South champions Africentric (21-3) advanced to the Division IV district final with a resounding 55-38 victory over Delaware Christian (11-12). The Nubians used constant full-court pressure to get the Eagles out of rhythm, creating turnovers which led to fast break points. Continue reading

Columbus City-League sends nine teams to second round

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In the first round of Central district tournament play this weekend, the Columbus City-League had nine teams advance to the second round. In Division I action, No. 1 seed Northland rolled over Hilliard Bradley, 71-39. In addition to Northland’s victory, 20th-seeded Walnut Ridge dispatched 25th-seeded Pickerington North 50-41, behind a balanced scoring effort, including 14 points from Rob Wheelwright.  Continue reading

Northland rolls over Hilliard Bradley behind strong second half

Ohio’s top team had many inside Northland’s gymnasium shaking their heads after the host Vikings went into halftime leading by only seven over lowly Hilliard Bradley (1-22, 0-13). Northland would rebound in the second half, fueled by a flurry of high power slams from Derek McKeithen in a 71-39 victory in the first round of tournament play. Continue reading

Northland wins seventh-straight City-League Championship, defeating Africentric 53-51

With just 51 seconds to go, and the game tied at 46, Africentric (19-3, 13-2) had the opportunity of a lifetime to put an end to Northland’s historic 103-game Columbus City-League winning streak. The Nubians held the ball and were ready to take the final shot before a packed house at East High School. As was the case for the majority of the afternoon, Africentric missed another opportunity, turning the ball over with ten seconds remaining. Northland (22-0, 15-0) would hit two free-throws following an Africentric foul, but the Nubians would tie the game at the buzzer, sending it into overtime. Continue reading