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Newark Catholic boys seeking district title

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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.

The second-seeded Green Wave plays sixth-seeded Gahanna Christian in a district semifinal Monday, March 3, at Reynoldsburg. The winner plays top-seeded Harvest Prep, eighth-seeded Tree of Life or 15th-seeded Wellington in a district final Wednesday, March 5, at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

While the Green Wave is 19-5, Gahanna Christian beat Fisher Catholic 65-51 on Feb. 26 to improve to 18-5.

Johnstown plays sixth-seeded Bloom-Carroll or ninth-seeded Columbus East in a Division II district semifinal Wednesday, March 5, at Olentangy. The Johnnies, who are 19-4 and seeded fourth, would get fifth-seeded Eastmoor Academy or 12th-seeded Centennial in a district final Friday, March 7, at the Fairgrounds.

The district champion plays in a regional semifinal March 13 at Kettering Fairmont.

In Division I, fifth-seeded Newark plays 15th-seeded Reynoldsburg or 20th-seeded Briggs in a district semifinal Tuesday, March 4, at Olentangy Liberty. The winner would play ninth-seeded Dublin Coffman, seventh-seeded Walnut Ridge or 40th-seeded Olentangy Orange in a district final Saturday, March 8, at the Fairgrounds.

Girls basketball teams try for district titles

Four Licking County schools advanced to district finals in girls basketball.

In Division II, fourth-seeded Licking Valley played third-seeded Centennial and top-seeded Johnstown faced second-seeded Eastmoor on March 1.

The Licking Valley-Centennial winner plays Zanesville Maysville or Cambridge in a regional semifinal Tuesday, March 4, at Zanesville. The regional final is Friday, March 7, at the same site.

The Eastmoor-Johnstown winner plays Springfield Kenton Ridge or Cincinnati McNicholas in a regional semifinal Tuesday, March 4, at Springfield. The regional final is Friday, March 7, at the same site.

In Division I, third-seeded Newark played 15th-seeded DeSales in a district semifinal Feb. 27, and the winner played second-seeded Upper Arlington or 16th-seeded Watterson in a district final March 1 at Ohio Dominican.

The district champion plays Coffman, Zanesville, Pickerington Central or Olentangy in a regional semifinal Tuesday, March 4, at Otterbein. The regional final is Friday, March 7, at the same site.

In Division IV, top-seeded Newark Catholic played ninth-seeded Delaware Christian in a district semifinal Feb. 27, with the winner playing fourth-seeded Fairfield Christian or sixth-seeded Berne Union in a district final March 1 at Whitehall.

In the same division, fifth-seeded Granville Christian played third-seeded Danville in a district semifinal Feb. 27, with the winner playing seventh-seeded Morral Ridgedale or 12th-seeded Fairbanks in a district final March 1 at Westerville North.

The winners of those two district finals play in a regional semifinal Thursday, March 6, at Pickerington North. The regional final is Saturday, March 8, at the same site.

In Division I, third-seeded Newark beat 15th-seeded DeSales 49-35 in a district semifinal Feb. 27 to advance to a district final March 1 against second-seeded Upper Arlington.

The district champion plays Coffman or Olentangy in a regional semifinal Tuesday, March 4, at Otterbein. The regional final is Friday, March 7, at the same site.

In Division IV, top-seeded Newark Catholic beat ninth-seeded Delaware Christian 50-26 in a district semifinal Feb. 27 to move to a district final March 1 against fourth-seeded Fairfield Christian.

In the same division, fifth-seeded Granville Christian lost to third-seeded Danville 67-25 in a district semifinal Feb. 27. Danville played 12th-seeded Fairbanks in a district final March 1.

The winners of those two district finals play in a regional semifinal Thursday, March 6, at Pickerington North. The regional final is Saturday, March 8, at the same site.

Local wrestlers compete at state

Thirteen wrestlers from Licking County schools competed in the state tournament Feb. 27-March 1 at Ohio State, including five who won district championships.

In Division II, Granville's Dain Steffeny (152 pounds, 47-4 overall) and Johnstown's Clayton Bullard (195, 48-0) each entered state after capturing titles Feb. 22 at Uhrichsville Claymont.

Also advancing to state in Division II were Licking Valley's Jake Martinez (second at district at 106, 37-3), Ethan Fout (third at 152, 43-10), Blake Owens (third at 195, 47-3) and Jaqui VanMeter (third at heavyweight, 44-6) and Granville's Christian Price (third at 138, 53-5) and William Navin (third at 160, 45-8).

In Division III, Northridge's Jake Adkins (106, 46-4) and Robert Mickey (160, 37-7) and

Newark Catholic's Caleb Ohl (126, 41-3) won district titles Feb. 22 at Heath.

Also advancing in Division III were Newark Catholic's Evan Hansel (second at 138, 31-5) and Utica's Jacob Smith (fourth at 145, 41-7).

Bowlers battle at district level

Although no Licking County bowling teams or individuals advanced to state in Division II, the Newark boys and girls teams and the Granville boys squad qualified for Division I district tournaments March 1 at Eastland Lanes.

The top four teams and top four individuals not on qualifying teams advanced to the state tournament Friday, March 7, for boys and Saturday, March 8, for girls at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.

Competing in the girls district tournament individually was Granville's Kaitlyn Lebovitz.

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