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Crusaders honor seniors with huge victory

Vince Carapellotti

STEUBENVILLE — The Catholic Central boys basketball team celebrated senior night with a 61-40 victory over Bellaire on Saturday, extending its winning streak to five.

The six seniors honored were Charles Miller, Ryan Gorman, Toby Lesnefsky, Isaac Hough, Vince Carapellotti and Rueben Hilson, who has missed the entire season due to a football injury.

“You always want to win on senior night. What can I say about them. They argue about everything amongst themselves, but come game time, they become one,” CCHS head coach Don Ogden said. “They’re getting better and better knowing what the other guys is doing. I’m just so honored to have been a part of their basketball experience.”

Catholic Central 61, Bellaire 40

Bellaire 13 11 11 5 — 40

Central 6 16 18 20 — 61

BELLAIRE: Ward 2 3-5 7; Cash 5 0-0 11; Kelterson 0 0-0 0; Dowling 3 0-0 7; Little 1 1-1 3; Zack 5 1-2 12. TOTALS: 16, 5-8: 40.

CENTRAL (11-8): Venditti 0 0-0 0; Miller 8 2-4 19; Hough 0 3-4 3; Dorsey 3 0-0 7; Bolster 0 0-0 0; Harris 0 0-0 0; Carapellotti 3 7-12 13; Petrella 0 0-0 0; Gorman 5 4-6 15; Lesnefsky 2 0-0 4; Provost 0 0-0 0; Bradley 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19, 16-26: 61.

3-POINT GOALS: Bellaire 3 (Cash, Dowling, Zwack); Catholic Central 3 (Miller, Dorsey, Gorman).

Toronto 48, Frontier 41

TORONTO — The Toronto boys basketball team concluded its regular season with a 48-41 victory over Frontier on Saturday.

Shane Keenan paced the Red Knights (8-14) with 13 points. Brant Reeves and Jay Hanlin evenly divided 22. Kamryn Baker added six.

“I’m very proud of the effort these boys gave against a very good Frontier team,” Toronto head coach Sean Tucker said. “Bryson Anderson, Brant Reeves and Jay Hanlin led us defensively with constant pressure and great floor leadership. Big man Shane Keenan worked extremely hard, sometimes being triple-teamed in the post. Freshmen Kam Baker and Noah Karaffa continue to mature on the floor, and their defensive pressure is on another level.

“I’m really proud of our three seniors for their efforts and love for each other (Saturday). It’s always good to get a win, but to do it winning your last game in the gym you started in means a lot to them.”

Toronto also won the jayvee contest, 46-36. Cayden Benton led the Red Knights with 19 points.

Toronto is the No 11 seed in the Division IV East district and tentatively travels to second-seeded Shenandoah on Feb. 23.

Toronto 48, Frontier 41

Frontier 6 9 8 18 — 41

Toronto 11 11 16 10 — 48

FRONTIER: Bills 5 2-4 12; Gutberlet 1 3-4 6; Cox 4 2-6 11; Curtis 1 0-0 3; Hoff 2 2-2 7; Hendershot 0 2-2 2. TOTALS: 13, 11-18: 41.

TORONTO (): Chociej 1 0-0 2; Baker 2 2-2 6; Karaffa 0 0-0 0; Hanlin 4 1-2 11; Reeves 2 7-9 11; Rex 0 0-0 0; Ensell 0 0-0 0; Close 0 2-4 2; Dickinson 0 0-0 0; Anderson 0 3-4 3; Terry 0 0-0 0; Keenan 6 1-2 13; Benton 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 15, 16-22: 48.

3-POINT GOALS: Frontier 4 (Gutberlet, Cox, Curtis, Hoff); Toronto 2 (Hanlin 2).

BUCKEYE 8 TOURNAMENT

Harrison Central 75, Beaver Local 61

The Huskies used a strong second half in which they outscored the Beavers by 20 to pull out the 75-61 victory and earn third place in the league.

After a slow start, senior standout Kobe Mitchell came alive to spark the second-half run, scoring 20 of his game-high 29 points. Talented freshman Hayden Cassidy added 15, and junior Jonathan Vermillion chipped in with 14.

Beaver was paced by Nathan Barber’s 19 and Ethan Agnew’s 14.

Union Local 47, Indian Creek 40

For the second time in less than 12 hours, the Jets posted a victory over the Redskins. However, the second one was much more challenging to accomplish.

Union Local (15-4) needed a late seven-point spurt to close the door on Creek to finish fifth in the Buckeye 8 overall with a 47-40 victory.

Senior Luke Merritt led the way for the Jets with 23 points. Classmate Nathan Meyer finished with 10.

Logan Schaffer paced the Redskins with 12 points.

Martins Ferry 81, Edison 43

The Purple Riders continued their strong week by cruising past the Wildcats, 81-43, in the seventh and eighth place game.

Senior standout Logan Smith led the Riders with 27 points. Junior Peyton Hores posted 19 points and classmate Jaizen Miles donated 12.

Edison was paced by Gage Cline’s 24 points.

In the championship contest, St. Clairsville bested East Liverpool, 70-66.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Cambridge 68, Catholic Central 27

STEUBENVILLE — Cambridge jumped out to a big lead early and crushed Catholic Central, 68-27, on Saturday.

McKinzi Linscott had 18 points to lead the Bobcats. Camryn Gebhart added 17, Riley Crupper 16 and Braxton King 10.

Katie Zatta led Central with 12 points.

Central tentatively will visit St. Clairsville Monday before traveling to Frontier Wednesday to begin Division IV sectional play.

Cambridge won the junior varsity contest, 33-27. Anna Arai scored eight for the Crusaders.

Cambridge 68, Catholic Central 27

Cambridge 24 15 14 15 — 68

Central 10 4 9 4 — 27

CAMBRIDGE: Linscott 8 2-2 18; Gebhart 8 1-2 17; King 5 0-0 10; Crupper 7 0-0 16; Gibson 3 0-0 7. TOTALS: 31 3-4 68.

CENTRAL (7-14): Zatta 5 1-5 12; Symington 0 0-0 0; Green 2 0-0 4; Rohde 2 0-0 4; Kerker 1 0-0 3; O’Karma 0 0-0 0; Grimm 1 0-0 3; Meyer 0 0-0 0; Kirkpatrick 0 0-0 0; Dong 0 0-1 0; DeChristopher 0 1-4 1. TOTALS: 11 2-10 27.

3-POINT GOALS: Cambridge 3 (Crupper 2; Gibson); Catholic Central 3 (Zatta, Kerker, Grimm).

Edison 59, Wellsville 39

WELLSVILLE — The Edison girls basketball team wrapped up its regular season with a 59-39 victory over Wellsville on Saturday.

Olivia Huff paced the Wildcats (10-12) with 19 points. Chloe Fox scored 10, and Savanna Ankrom added nine.

Edison is the 14th seed in the Division III East 2 district tournament and tentatively travels to fourth-seeded Tusky Valley on Thursday.

Edison 59, Wellsville 39

Edison 13 4 23 19 — 59

Wellsville 12 9 6 12 — 39

EDISON (10-12): Furbee 0 0-0 0; Johnson 1 2-4 4; Fiedorczyk 1 2-3 4; Ankrom 4 0-0 9; Brown 2 0-0 4; A. Meadows 0 3-5 3; Reed 0 0-0 0; P. Meadows 0 0-0 0; Fox 2 6-10 10; Cooley 1 0-0 2; Huff 6 7-8 19; Freeman 0 1-1 1; Scott 1 1-4 3. TOTALS: 18, 22-35: 59.

WELLSVILLE: Dobritz 1 0-0 2; Rawson 4 4-4 12; Vinton 4 5-8 14; Jackson 2 2-2 7; Fitch 0 0-0 0; Weekly 1 0-0 2; Powell 0 0-0 0; Crooms 0 0-0 0; Drysdale 1 0-0 2; Byrd 0 0-0 0; Clarkson 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 13, 11-14: 39.

3-POINT GOALS: Edison 1 (Ankrom); Wellsville 2 (Vinton, Jackson).

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