For the Northland High School girls basketball team, losing the two-time Division I district Player of the Year didn't end one of the best runs in program history.
The fourth-seeded Vikings beat 14th-seeded Pickerington North 53-32 on March 1 at Ohio Dominican, giving them three district titles in four seasons and improving their record to 23-2.
Without Alexis Peterson, who now is playing for Syracuse University after helping Northland win district titles in 2011 and 2012, a Vikings team led by her senior sister, Brooklynn Peterson, advanced to a regional semifinal March 4 against Reynoldsburg.
The winner plays Upper Arlington or Dublin Coffman for a regional title at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Otterbein. The regional champion plays Solon, Canton McKinley, Twinsburg or North Canton Hoover in a state semifinal March 14 at Ohio State.
"We just put our all into it because we didn't want our season to be over," Brooklynn Peterson said. "We work on (defense) every day in practice."
The Vikings, who beat 10th-seeded Mount Vernon 42-37 in a district semifinal Feb. 27, were one of four City League girls programs to win district titles.
In Division II, second-seeded Eastmoor Academy got 17 points from Amani Burke and improved to 20-6 with a 60-46 win over top-seeded Johnstown on March 1 at New Albany.
The Warriors played Springfield Kenton Ridge in a regional semifinal March 4, with the winner moving on to play Clarksville-Clinton-Massie or Kettering Alter in a regional final at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Springfield.
The regional champion plays Lima Bath, Toledo Rogers, Tallmadge or Bellevue in a state semifinal March 13 at Ohio State.
"It does mean a lot because we're so young this year," said Eastmoor coach Tia Jameson, whose team lost to the Johnnies 61-56 on Nov. 27. "Not being overly confident, but if we continue to play the way we've been playing, we felt like the smartest route to get to the state tournament was to go through (the Springfield regional)."
Also advancing to regional tournaments were Centennial in Division II and Africentric in Division III.
Third-seeded Centennial beat fourth-seeded Licking Valley 61-42 on March 1 at Gahanna to improve to 18-7 and win its first district title. The Stars played Zanesville Maysville in a regional semifinal March 4, with the winner playing Millersburg West Holmes or Athens in a regional final at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Zanesville.
The regional champion plays Parma Heights Holy Name, Beloit West Branch, Geneva or Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in a state semifinal March 13 at Ohio State.
Top-seeded Africentric beat eighth-seeded Liberty Union 80-32 on March 1 at Granville to improve to 22-3 and win its 10th consecutive district title.
The Nubians played Bucyrus Wynford in a regional semifinal March 5, with the winner playing Findlay Liberty-Benton or Archbold in a regional final at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Lexington.
The regional champion plays Smithville, Canfield South Range, Beachwood or Andover Pymatuning Valley in a state semifinal March 14 at Ohio State.
Boys basketball teams battling for titles
Seven City boys basketball teams advanced to at least a district semifinal.
Northland, which had its 118-game City winning streak snapped by Brookhaven 67-66 on Feb. 10, hasn't shown signs of letting that hinder it during the Division I postseason.
The top-seeded Vikings beat 45th-seeded Hamilton Township 114-32 on Feb. 26 to improve to 19-4 and advance to a district semifinal March 4 against 21st-seeded Teays Valley.
The winner plays eighth-seeded Westerville Central or 10th-seeded Delaware in a district final Saturday, March 8, at the Fairgrounds Coliseum.
"We've been playing really hard and practicing hard," coach Sean Taylor said. "They put that loss to Brookhaven behind them the next night. They understand the main goal is not lost."
Northland would face Walnut Ridge if both win district titles.
The seventh-seeded Scots were 19-4 before playing ninth-seeded Dublin Coffman on March 5 in a district semifinal. The winner plays fifth-seeded Newark or 15th-seeded Reynoldsburg in a district final Saturday, March 8, at the Fairgrounds.
The regional semifinal for the winners of those two district titles will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at the Fairgrounds. The regional final is March 15 at the same site.
At least two City teams will compete in Division II district finals.
Second-seeded Brookhaven played eighth-seeded Columbus South in a district semifinal March 5. The Bearcats were 19-4 and South was 16-8. The winner gets top-seeded Watterson or 10th-seeded Bexley in a district final Friday, March 7, at the Fairgrounds.
Last season, Brookhaven lost to Watterson 56-52 in overtime in a district final.
The district champion plays Vincent Warren or Logan Elm in a regional semifinal March 13 at Ohio University.
Also in Division II, fifth-seeded Eastmoor played 12th-seeded Centennial in a district semifinal March 5. Eastmoor was 18-6 and Centennial was 15-8.
The winner plays fourth-seeded Johnstown or sixth-seeded Bloom-Carroll in a district final Friday, March 7, at the Fairgrounds. The district champion plays Cincinnati Taft or Bellefontaine in a regional semifinal March 13 at Kettering Fairmont.
In Division IV, fourth-seeded Africentric was 13-10 before playing seventh-seeded Shekinah Christian in a district semifinal March 3. The winner met third-seeded Fairfield Christian or fifth-seeded Berne Union in a district final March 5.
The district champion plays Peebles, Glouster Trimble, Crown City South Gallia or Portsmouth Notre Dame in a regional semifinal Tuesday, March 11, at Ohio University. The regional final is March 14 at the same site.
Monroe places sixth at state in wrestling
Marion-Franklin senior Jhulyis Monroe placed sixth at 182 pounds in the Division II state wrestling tournament held Feb. 27-March 1 at Ohio State.
Monroe, who went 1-2 at state a year ago, went 3-3 at state to finish his season 33-5.
"I started wrestling my sophomore year and I feel like I've come a long way," he said.
"The biggest thing is that with starting as a sophomore he missed out on that experience that some of the other guys have," coach Bill Eagle said. "Physically, pound for pound, he can hang with anybody."
Making his second consecutive state appearance, Mifflin senior Hannibal Tate (152) went 0-2 to finish the season 38-4. He was a four-time district qualifier.
Briggs, Walnut Ridge make state in bowling
The Walnut Ridge boys and Briggs girls bowling teams advanced to the Division I state tournament.
The Scots qualified for state for the second time, with the other appearance coming in 2010. They will compete Friday, March 7, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl after finishing third (3,714) in the 20-team district tournament March 1 at Eastland Lanes behind Westerville South (3,815) and Teays Valley (3,731).
Senior Wayne Russell won the individual district championship with a 643 series and senior Michael Mills was third (619).
Briggs advanced to state for the second consecutive season after rolling a 3,424 to win district. The Bruins were led by senior Jaid Radde (second, 554).
The girls state tournament is Saturday, March 8, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.