When it won the fourth state championship in program history in 2014, the Africentric Early College girls basketball team won its two games in the regional tournament by an average of 19 points.

When it won the fourth state championship in program history in 2014, the Africentric Early College girls basketball team won its two games in the regional tournament by an average of 19 points.

The Nubians were hoping to have similar success when they advanced to the Division III regional at Lexington after beating fourth-seeded Cardington 70-30 in a district final Feb. 26 at Ohio Dominican University.

The Nubians, the district's top seed, were 20-5 before playing Attica Seneca East in a regional semifinal March 2. The winner plays Columbus Grove or Metamora Evergreen in a regional final at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5.

The regional champion advances to a state semifinal March 10 at Ohio State. The state final is March 12 at the same site.

"I like the fact that we've been playing good basketball," Africentric coach Will McKinney said.

Part of the reason the Nubians breezed past Cardington was the return of Deja Denham, who came off the bench to make three 3-pointers and score 18 points.

"Denham got hurt the game after the City League championship when we (lost to Cleveland East Tech 58-47 on Feb. 13) and we wanted to bring her back slowly," McKinney said.

Also capturing a district title was Eastmoor Academy, which won its fourth in a row in Division II. The top-seeded Warriors beat seventh-seeded Lakewood 54-41 in a district final Feb. 26 at Westerville Central.

The Warriors were 20-4 before playing Chillicothe in a regional semifinal March 1 at Zanesville. The winner plays Carrollton or Millersburg West Holmes in a regional final at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Zanesville.

The regional champion plays Tipp City Tippecanoe, Caledonia River Valley, Kettering Alter or Bellbrook in a state semifinal March 10 at Ohio State. The state final is March 12 at the same site.

Seniors Amani Burke, Mahogany Merritt and Jala Belcher have been key players on each of the Warriors' consecutive district-title teams.

"I've got a lot of freshmen and they've been under pressure quite a bit, but they give me good minutes," Eastmoor coach Charity Via said. "It started off like oil and water this year between the seniors and freshmen, but my seniors have been patient and we kept competing in practice."

In a Division I district final Feb. 27 at Ohio Dominican, eighth-seeded Northland lost to top-seeded Pickerington Central 54-40 to finish 20-6.

Senior Rahnia Price had 15 points and freshman Alexandra Hamilton scored nine for the Vikings. Taylor Pearson, Northland's leading scorer, was held to four points.

The Vikings beat ninth-seeded Hilliard Bradley 41-25 in a district semifinal Feb. 25 at Olentangy Orange.

"We've got some young kids," Northland coach Bill Spencer said. "We have a pretty decent young group coming up. We've been (in a district final) two of the last three years, and that says a lot."

Area bowlers shine at district tourney

The City League will be well represented in the Division I state boys and girls bowling tournaments this weekend.

Northland sophomore Cameron Singer enters the boys state tournament Friday, March 4, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl after having won the district championship with a 775 three-game series on Feb. 27 at Columbus Square Bowling Palace.

The top four teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team in the 20-team district advanced to state.

"He was just consistent," Vikings coach Robert Pea said of Singer, who was competing as an individual. "He might have had two or three open frames all day."

Beechcroft junior Erick Reeder also made state after finishing sixth (670) of 126 competitors at district while the Cougars placed ninth (3,801) behind champion Pickerington North (4,221). Also qualifying for state were Westerville Central (4,176), Zanesville (4,157) and Buckeye Valley (4,066).

In the girls district tournament, Briggs won the championship with a 3,847, edging runner-up Westerville South (3,811). Whitehall (3,714) and Gahanna (3,649) also qualified for state.

Eastmoor sophomore Averi Brown finished fourth (629) of 126 competitors to move on individually.

Junior Mara Caldwell led the Bruins with a 14th-place finish (597).

In the Division II boys state tournament Feb. 26 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, East junior Miles Washington finished 81st (490) of 99 competitors.

Boys basketball teams competing in semis

Five City League boys basketball teams won district titles and two went to state last season, but just four advanced to district semifinals this season.

Northland and Walnut Ridge, which won the City-North Division and City-South, respectively, both made semis in Division I while South made that level in Division II and Africentric did so in Division IV.

Third-seeded Northland played sixth-seeded Upper Arlington in a district semifinal March 2 at Westerville Central, with the winner playing fifth-seeded Dublin Jerome or 11th-seeded New Albany in a district final at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Ohio Dominican.

The district champion plays Gahanna, Pickerington North, Groveport or Olentangy in a regional semifinal March 10 at Ohio Dominican.

Tenth-seeded Walnut Ridge played fourth-seeded Pickerington Central in a district semifinal March 2, with the winner facing seventh-seeded Dublin Coffman or eighth-seeded St. Charles in a district final at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, at Ohio Dominican.

The district champion plays Thomas Worthington, Westerville South, Hilliard Davidson or Newark in a regional semifinal Wednesday, March 9, at Ohio Dominican. The regional final is March 12 at the same site.

In Division II, third-seeded South played sixth-seeded Watterson in a district semifinal March 1 at East. The winner plays second-seeded Johnstown or fifth-seeded Bloom-Carroll in a district final at 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Worthington Kilbourne.

The district champion faces Cincinnati Taft or Trotwood-Madison in a regional semifinal March 10 at Kettering Fairmont.

Africentric, the top seed in Division IV, played eighth-seeded Shekinah Christian in a district semifinal March 2 at Hamilton Township. The winner plays fifth-seeded Grove City Christian or seventh-seeded Danville in a district final at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Bloom-Carroll.

The district champion faces Glouster Trimble, Portsmouth Clay, Beaver Eastern or Waterford in a regional semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Ohio University. The regional final is March 11 at the same site.

No City wrestlers advance to state

Four City League wrestling teams scored points in the Division I district tournament Feb. 26 and 27 at Hilliard Darby, but none had any qualify for the state tournament Thursday, March 3, through Saturday, March 5, at Ohio State.

Walnut Ridge scored five points to place 32nd behind champion Olentangy Liberty (184) as 40 teams scored. Whetstone was 33rd (4.5) and Mifflin and West tied Groveport and Pickerington North for 34th (3).

Walnut Ridge's Elijah McGowan (152 pounds) and Duane Greer (132) went 2-2 and 0-2, respectively. Whetstone's Justin Rodriguez (106) went 2-2, and Douglas Patterson (106) went 1-2 and Delonte Myers (145) finished 0-2 for Mifflin.

For West, Austin Sable (195) went 1-2 and Amadi Bakari (106) finished 0-2.