Rocky Fork Enterprise

Boys Basketball

Gahanna Christian enjoyed 'great' season


Led by MOCAL Player of the Year Caleb Walker, the Gahanna Christian School boys basketball team won the program's first league title.

The Eagles went 8-0 in the league to finish ahead of Tree of Life (5-2), Granville Christian (2-5), Madison Christian (2-6) and Delaware Christian (2-6).

Gahanna Christian finished 18-6 overall, losing to second-seeded Newark Catholic 46-38 in a Division IV district semifinal March 3 at Rey-noldsburg.

"It was a great season, no regrets at all," coach Chris Joseph said. "It's the first time we've won our conference. An 18-win season, no regrets. They are great guys."

After a first-round bye in the district tournament, the sixth-seeded Eagles defeated 11th-seeded Fisher Catholic 65-51 in the second round Feb. 26 at home.

Walker, a senior forward, averaged 16.8 points and 8.8 rebounds and was second-team all-district.

"Caleb was unanimous (MOCAL) Player of the Year," said Joseph, who was named league Coach of the Year. "He rebounds, he shoots, he plays hard. He's a great leader. He will be hard to replace."

Junior point guard Emmanuel Dapaa averaged 10.1 points and was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.

Junior forward Michael Ramsey averaged eight points and 6.5 rebounds and was honorable mention all-district and all-league.

Senior guard Malik Johnson averaged seven points.

Others eligible to return are junior Alec Schlesselman (guard) and sophomores Tyler Johnson (guard) and Clifford Kelley (forward).

Other seniors were Connor Dyckes (guard) and Jared Downing (forward).

"It was a great season (being a part of the) first (boys basketball) team to win the MOCAL championship at our school," Walker said. "We're excited about that, too, so we have nothing to hang our heads about (the district semifinal loss)."

Last season, Gahanna Christian also reached a district semifinal at Reynoldsburg, losing to Danville 59-47.

"It stinks to lose two years in a row at (the same) place," Walker said. "Hopefully they win the district next year."