As we head into the regional finals, there’s a new name atop the leaderboard for the ThisWeekSPORTS.com Predictions Panel. Scott Gerfen and Dave Purpura both went 14-2 to lead the panel last week, and that was enough to move Gerfen past Jeff Stevenson, who went 11-5, and is one game back.
The title seems to have come down to a four-person race with Steve Blackledge and John Hulkenberg both four games back.
As for our Lone Wolf picks, Jarrod Ulrey and Purpura both lost, dropping the staff record in such games to 5-21. This week, Neil Thompson has our only Lone Wolf pick, taking Bloom-Carroll over Licking Valley.
We’ve kept our predictions to central Ohio, but after the regional finals we’ll go statewide, picking all the state semifinals and finals the next two weeks.
Enjoy the regional finals!
Springfield (11-1) vs. Dublin Coffman (10-2)
Wildcats: Baker, Blackledge, Cochran, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Purpura, Stevenson, Ulrey
Shamrocks: DiRenna, Hennen, Resnik, Thompson
Groveport (10-2) vs. Pickerington Central (11-1)
Cruisers: Purpura, Thompson
Tigers: Baker, Blackledge, Cochran, DiRenna, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Resnik, Stevenson, Ulrey
Toledo Central Catholic (12-0) vs. Olentangy (7-5)
Fighting Irish: Baker, Blackledge, Cochran, DiRenna, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Stevenson, Thompson, Ulrey
Braves: Purpura, Resnik
Hartley (11-1) vs. Jonathan Alder (12-0)
Hawks: Unanimous pick
Licking Valley (12-0) vs. Bloom-Carroll (10-2)
Panthers: Baker, Blackledge, Cochran, DiRenna, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Ulrey
West Liberty-Salem (11-1) vs. West Jefferson (11-1)
Tigers: Cochran, Frantz
Roughriders: Baker, Blackledge, DiRenna, Dolan, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Purpura, Resnik, Stevenson, Thompson, Ulrey
Harvest Prep (11-1) vs. Newark Catholic (9-3)
Warriors: Blackledge, DiRenna, Dolan, Frantz, Gerfen, Hennen, Hulkenberg, Hummel, Purpura, Stevenson, Thompson, Ulrey
Green Wave: Baker, Cochran, Resnik
Scott Gerfen: 14-2 last week, 137-49 overall
Jeff Stevenson: 11-5, 136-50
John Hulkenberg: 12-4, 133-53
Steve Blackledge: 13-3, 133-53
Patrick Dolan: 12-4, 129-57
Eric Frantz: 11-5, 127-59
Andy Resnik: 11-5, 126-60
Scott Hennen: 11-5, 126-60
Frank DiRenna: 9-7, 125-61
Dave Purpura: 14-2, 124-62
Lee Cochran: 10-6, 123-63
Jarrod Ulrey: 9-7, 121-65
Ryan Baker: 12-4, 121-65
Scott Hummel: 11-5, 117-69
Neil Thompson: 9-7, 113-73