Twice in the first quarter of last Saturday's 35-28 win over Hartley, DeSales High School girls basketball coach Chris Joseph pulled all five players off the floor and substituted in a fresh five.

Twice in the first quarter of last Saturday's 35-28 win over Hartley, DeSales High School girls basketball coach Chris Joseph pulled all five players off the floor and substituted in a fresh five.

The Stallions play everyone, and that has been a major reason they have become a factor for the Division II postseason and still have a shot at winning a CCL title.

"A lot of girls are contributing," Joseph said. "In practice we play that many girls. They all know they're involved and when they expect to play that helps us during a game."

Despite the low point total last Saturday, eight players scored for the Stallions, led by Erin Doone with 11 points. That's the kind of consistency the Stallions have had. They don't rely on a single player to score in overwhelming numbers and they have a lot of players who can score.

Ten Stallions scored in a 66-56 win over Watterson Jan. 10. Three scored in double figures, led by Cami Skladany with 13 points.

Winning that game helped keep the Stallions atop of the CCL. Before Watterson played Columbus School for Girls last Wednesday, the Stallions and Eagles were tied in the loss column for first in the CCL. The Stallions were 6-1 and Watterson was 5-1.

"It definitely makes it easier," guard Shelby Strain said. "All the weight isn't going on one person. If someone is having an off game there are people that can score."

Strain, who led the Stallions in scoring in eight of the first 13 games, had to miss the fourth quarter with a minor last Saturday as Hartley made a run, outscoring the Stallions 12-3. But the Stallions had just enough to secure the win.

"I feel like we're able to go just as hard no matter who's out there," guard Megan Bailey said.

After losing to Ready 65-54 on Jan. 17 -- a loss that gave the Stallions their one loss in the CCL and forged a three-way tie for first between DeSales, Ready and Watterson -- the Stallions received some help from CSG. The Unicorns defeated Ready 56-53 on Jan. 21, dropping the Silver Knights behind DeSales and Watterson in the standings.

The Stallions will play CSG on Saturday. They defeated the Unicorns 49-43 on Jan. 7, but CSG won four of its next five before playing Watterson last Wednesday. A win over CSG and the Stallions will face Watterson Feb. 7 with a chance at winning at least a share of the CCL title.

•Things won't get any easier for the wrestling team, which will compete at Lakewood St. Edward Saturday against St. Edward and Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy.

St. Edward has won the last 12 Division I state titles and Blair has one of the top programs in the nation.

"That's going to be a brutal test for us," coach Denny Lyberger said last Friday, a day after the Stallions fell to Hilliard Davidson 41-20. "It's great for them because you realize where you need to be to compete at the state level. We have guys that are going to place in the state and they can see where they need to be. The other guys can see what it's all about to compete at that level.

"Our goal is to go there and be competitive and be in those kinds of matches like at the state tournament where the matches could go either way."

Lyberger was disappointed with his team's effort against Davidson and said that will have to change when it competes Saturday. The Davidson dual had put a damper on what Lyberger said had been in successful month.

The Stallions were third (169 points) in the Catholic Invitational Tournament on Jan. 17-18 behind Cincinnati Moeller (235) and Toledo Central Catholic (169), and Lyberger also felt his team competed well in the Division II State Duals Jan. 11, where the Stallions defeated New Richmond (54-18) and lost to Harrison (37-26) and Lexington (51-18) to finish sixth. Those two events are annually among the toughest on the Stallions' schedule.

Other than Saturday, Lyberger said that most of the difficult events will be behind his team and they can start focusing on peaking for the postseason. DeSales will not compete in another tournament until Feb. 21, when it competes in a Division II sectional.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the DeSales boys and girls basketball teams:


*Last Friday -- Defeated Watterson 51-50. Nick Kellogg scored 19 points and Adam Griffin had 12.

*Friday -- At Worthington Christian. The Warriors, who lost the first meeting 54-49 on Dec. 29, beat Mifflin 60-59 last Saturday to improve to 10-3.

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Ready. The Silver Knights, who lost the first meeting 71-49 on Dec. 19, lost to Wellington 37-35 last Saturday to fall to 6-5.

Of note: The Stallions are 11-2 overall and 5-0 in the CCL.


*Jan. 22 -- Def. Worthington Christian 64-25. Megan Bailey scored 12 points and Shelby Strain had 11.

*Last Saturday -- Def. Hartley 35-28. Erin Doone scored 11 points.

Last Tuesday -- Played Marion Harding

*Saturday -- At Columbus School for Girls. The Unicorns, who lost the first meeting 49-43 on Jan. 7, beat Wellington 48-37 last Saturday to improve to 8-6.

Wednesday -- Home vs. Brook-haven. The Bearcats, who lost last year's meeting 56-36, lost to Northland 49-32 last Friday to fall to 9-4.

Of note: The Stallions were 11-2 overall before last Tuesday and are 6-1 in the CCL.

*CCL game

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the DeSales bowling, gymnastics, boys and girls swimming and diving, wrestling and hockey teams:


Jan. 20 -- Defeated Watterson 2,128-2,073. Jack Waltman was medalist (402).

Last Friday -- Def. Hilliard Davidson 2,075-1,663. Waltman was medalist (408).

Last Monday -- Def. Grandview 2.016-1,670. Waltman was medalist (393).

Today -- At Hillcrest vs. Briggs

Friday -- At Capri vs. Linden McKinley


Last Saturday -- Finished fifth (135.575) to champion Brecksville-Broadview Heights (144.375) in Rock & Roll Classic. Gracey Brown was second in the all-around (36.225).

Friday -- At Central Ohio Gymnastics vs. Buckeye Valley, Delaware and Heath


Last Saturday -- Boys: Def. Watterson 114-49; Girls: Lost to Watterson 107-63

Today -- At CCL diving championships at CSG

Saturday -- At CCL swimming championships at St. Charles


Jan. 29 -- Lost to Davidson 41-20

Last Saturday -- Def. West Jefferson 39-31; def. Big Walnut 46-14

Saturday -- At Lakewood St. Edward vs. St. Edward and Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy

Of note: The Stallions are first in the Division II area coaches poll.


Jan. 19 -- Lost to Noblesville (Ind.) 6-1

*Last Friday -- Def. Worthington Kilbourne 3-2 (OT). Dominic Locilento scored two goals and Gordon Jones scored one. Joe Salerno had 41 saves.

*Last Saturday -- Lost to Dublin Coffman 4-3. Locilento scored two goals and Ryan Williamson scored one.

*Last Sunday -- Lost to Gahanna 3-2. Jones scored both goals.

*Friday -- At Chiller at Easton vs. Upper Arlington

*Saturday -- At Chiller at Easton vs. Olentangy

*Sunday -- At Chiller in Dublin vs. Jerome

Of note: The Stallions are 6-11-2 overall and 5-6 in the CHC.

*CHC game