Newark High School boys basketball players wished they had been on the other side of the awards ceremony March 8 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum, as the team was handed a Division I district runner-up trophy for the third consecutive season.
During the 10-game winning streak the Newark Catholic High School girls basketball team put together to close the regular season, only two victories came by single digits and the final six came by an average of 20.5 points.
Watkins Memorial High School junior Andrew Lieb slapped hands with his coaches and gave an emotional fist pump after beating Mount Vernon's Matteo Lybarger 5-3 to secure placing in the Division I state tournament that concluded March 1 at Ohio State.
The Newark Catholic High School boys basketball team moved closer to what it hopes will be a fourth Division IV district title since 2009 by beating 20th-seeded Delaware Christian 49-29 in a second-round Feb. 26 as Conor Keck scored 21 points.
Watkins Memorial High School junior Andrew Lieb wrestled with a chip on his shoulder during the Division I district tournament and got the results he wanted, placing fourth at 132 pounds to qualify for the state tournament that concluded March 1 at Ohio State.
The Licking Heights High School boys basketball team was unable to get a home game in the Division I district tournament, but the Hornets will not travel to Franklin County unless they reach a district semifinal.