There might not be a better point guard in central Ohio this season than Northland High School senior Trey Burke.

There might not be a better point guard in central Ohio this season than Northland High School senior Trey Burke.

The problem for opponents is that Burke isn't alone in terms of Vikings who have taken a step forward in their playing abilities.

In particular, Northland has developed a pair of inside players in 6-foot-8 juniors Devon Scott and Jalen Robinson. They have helped offset the loss of 2010 Naismith National Player of the Year and current Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger.

In addition to being one of the area's leaders in assists, Burke averages more than 22 points a game. He scored 19 points during a 77-69 victory over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary on Jan. 22 in the Ohio Play-By-Play Classic at Capital University.

Scott and Robinson, meanwhile, contribute in multiple ways. Both players have been shooting 75 percent from the floor, and Scott is averaging more than nine rebounds.

Through 10 games, Scott was averaging 12.1 points and Robinson was averaging 11.6.

Robinson earned team MVP honors at the Play-By-Play Classic by scoring a team-high 25 points.

"Me and Devon play together a lot, and that's helped the whole team," Robinson said. "I've worked a lot on my conditioning and I've tried to get stronger. I've also worked on my rebounding, playing defense and just playing harder."

Scott and Robinson have been "receptive to coaching," coach Satch Sullinger said. "Before they took it as a personal attack, but they understand now that I'm trying to make them better. They've been willing to receive the info and not take it as a personal attack. We've been teaching them a lot about footwork."

The Vikings have non-league games remaining Saturday, Jan. 29, at Logan (W.Va.) and Feb. 5 at Lakewood St. Edward.

Logan is led by senior Paul Herbert Williamson, who averages 23.8 points.

•The Brookhaven boys basketball team should get a boost for the remainder of the regular season from a pair of inside players.

Jalen Harris, who had been on junior varsity, is a 6-5 senior who recently began seeing playing time with the Bearcats. He scored nine points during a 57-53 victory over Columbus East on Jan. 18.

Maurice Camara is a 6-7 post player who coach Hali Robinson said is expected to become eligible.

That duo should help take pressure off the guard-oriented approach the Bearcats have used this season, with DeVon Montgomery, Khalid King and Randal Clarkson leading the way.

Brookhaven was 6-1 before losing four of its next five.

"(Harris) is a big help to us because he's a tough rebounder and somebody who can finish around the basket," coach Robinson said. "We've just been a team of peaks and valleys this year. Our rebounding has gotten a lot better, but we're finally getting there. We've been incredibly small around the basket at times.

"I really like what (Montgomery and Clarkson) are doing. They're doing a fantastic job playing off one another."

•Things also have been coming together for the Beechcroft boys basketball team.

Senior Martise McLaurin was averaging more than 22 points through 10 games and scored 21 of the Cougars' first 27 during a 54-51 victory over Whetstone on Jan. 18.

Senior Austin Davenport has been filling a key role on defense inside for the Cougars, and freshman Tyrek Pugh has been starting at point guard.

Sophomore guard Khaleed Franklin and freshman guard Maurice Hale also have become contributors.

"(Davenport's) an accomplished athlete here at our school, and I think he knows his limitations on the basketball floor," coach Scott Davis said. "He's a football-first kid, and we need kids like that that are tough. He brings a sense of calm for us and does a good job playing defense and rebounding."

According to Davis, the Cougars felt "pretty bleak" after they began the season by losing five of their first six.

But Beechcroft appears to be setting itself up for an upper-echelon finish in conference play.

"Tyrek Pugh has done a great job starting at point guard for us, and he had 10 points against Whetstone," Davis said. "We do have the advantage of having some seniors coming off our bench as well. We have some kids who are starting to settle into roles, and at the beginning of the year we didn't know what they were going to do."

•Coach Aaron MacCaughey believes both the Northland boys and girls swimming teams have shown improvement since the beginning of the season.

Freshman Clay Siens' best time in the 100-yard breaststroke is four seconds off the school record. Sophomore Viet Nguyen's best time in the 500 freestyle is about 10 seconds off the school record.

The boys team's 200 medley relay recorded its best time during MacCaughey's tenure when it swam a 1:55 earlier this season.

Chloe Siens, Madelyn Smith, Emily Aldridge and Erin McClary have been among the standouts for the girls squad.

The Vikings compete Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Centennial Stars Invitational at the Columbus Aquatic Center and swim at the City League meet Feb. 5 at the same site.

"I'm excited to see how things pan out with the City meet and the sectional," MacCaughey said. "The team looks like a team of swimmers for the most part. I think we've progressed a great deal."


Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Beechcroft, Brookhaven and Northland boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, swimming and wrestling teams:



*Jan. 18 - Defeated Whetstone 54-51

*Jan. 24 - Lost to Northland 85-51

*Jan. 25 - Played Centennial

*Jan. 28 - Home vs. Mifflin

*Feb. 1 - At Brookhaven

Of note: The Cougars were 5-6 overall and 4-4 in the City League-North Division before Jan. 25.


*Jan. 18 - Def. Whetstone 74-50

*Jan. 24 - Lost to Northland 84-27

*Jan. 25 - Played Centennial

*Jan. 28 - At Mifflin

*Feb. 1 - Home vs. Brookhaven

Of note: The Cougars were 9-5 overall and 7-3 in the City-North before Jan. 25.


*Jan. 20 - Boys: Lost to Northland 1,912-1,732; Girls: Lost to Northland 1,560-1,112

*Jan. 25 - Boys, girls: Competed against Haugland Learning Center

*Jan. 26 - Boys, girls: Competed against Brookhaven

*Feb. 1 - Boys, girls: Columbus West at Sequoia Lanes

*Feb. 2 - Boys, girls: Columbus Academy at Eastland Lanes

Of note: The boys were 3-6 overall and in the Central Ohio High School Bowling Conference-Central Division and the girls were 2-7 overall and 2-6 in the COHSBC-Central before Jan. 25.


Jan. 26 - Boys, girls: Competed at Bellefontaine vs. host Chieftains and Northland

Jan. 29 - Boys, girls: Columbus South at North YMCA



*Jan. 18 - Def. Columbus East 57-53

*Jan. 24 - Def. Whetstone 64-37

*Jan. 25 - Played Mifflin

*Jan. 28 - Home vs. Linden-McKinley

*Feb. 1 - Home vs. Beechcroft

Of note: The Bearcats were 8-5 overall and 5-3 in the City-North before Jan. 25.


*Jan. 18 - Def. East 57-43

Jan. 22 - Def. Lima Bath 57-52 (OT)

*Jan. 24 - Def. Whetstone 63-38

*Jan. 25 - Played Mifflin

*Jan. 28 - At Linden

Jan. 29 - At Harvest Prep

*Feb. 1 - At Beechcroft

Of note: The Bearcats were 11-2 overall and 9-1 in the City-North before Jan. 25.


*Jan. 21 - Boys, girls: Match vs. Ready postponed because of bad weather. No makeup date has been announced.

*Jan. 25 - Boys, girls: Competed against West

*Jan. 26 - Boys, girls: Competed against Beechcroft

*Jan. 31 - Boys, girls: Haugland Learning Center at HP Lanes

Of note: The boys were 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the COHSBC-Central and the girls were 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the COHSBC-Central before Jan. 25.


Jan. 22 - Finished ninth (147) in 10-team Robin Drumm Invitational at Heath behind champion Dresden Tri-Valley (308)

Jan. 29 - Benjamin Logan Invitational



*Jan. 18 - Def. Mifflin 100-57

Jan. 22 - Def. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 77-69 in Ohio Play-By-Play Classic at Capital University

*Jan. 24 - Def. Beechcroft 85-51

*Jan. 25 - Played Whetstone

*Jan. 28 - Home vs. Centennial

Jan. 29 - At Logan (W.Va.)

*Feb. 1 - At Linden

Of note: The Vikings were 11-0 overall and 8-0 in the City-North before Jan. 25.


*Jan. 18 - Def. Mifflin 54-18

*Jan. 24 - Def. Beechcroft 84-27

*Jan. 25 - Played Whetstone

*Jan. 28 - At Centennial

*Feb. 1 - Home vs. Linden

Feb. 2 - At Westerville North

Of note: The Vikings were 14-0 overall and 10-0 in the City-North before Jan. 25.


*Jan. 18 - Boys: Def. Haugland Learning Center 1,839-1,080

*Jan. 20 - Boys: Def. Beechcroft 1,912-1,732; Def. Beechcroft 1,560-1,112

*Jan. 27 - Boys, girls: Ready at Sequoia

*Jan. 31 - Boys, girls: Columbus Academy at Sequoia

Of note: The Vikings are 7-4 overall and 5-4 in the COHSBC-Central and the girls are 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the COHSBC-Central.


Jan. 18 - Boys: Finished first (111) ahead of Eastmoor Academy (64), South (35) and East (6); Girls: Finished second (109) behind Eastmoor (115) and ahead of East (21) and South (17)

Jan. 22 - Boys: Lost to Central Crossing 56-37; Girls: Lost to Central Crossing 55-24; and Caledonia River Valley 38-36

Jan. 29 - Centennial Stars Invitational at Columbus Aquatic Center


Jan. 21-22 - Finished 10th (59) at 15-team Grandview Invitational behind champion Whitehall (319)

Jan. 27 - At Columbus Academy

*League contest