Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tis the Scrimmage Season!

Not only is it the season for turkey, dressing and your other favorite dishes, late November represents the scrimmage season, as high school teams prepare for the upcoming hoops season. Today, roughly 22 high school teams made their way to Columbus to participate in Rodney Taylor’s annual multi-team scrimmage event. As is the case every year, Taylor assembled a talented group of teams who were looking for a good pre-season test. A few of the teams in attendance, including Columbus Northland, Huber Heights Wayne, Gahanna Lincoln and Dayton Dunbar, have legitimate chances to make a deep run in the state tournament. In terms of the format, each team played five to six 15 minute quarters with a running clock.

The full list of teams include: Columbus Northland, Huber Heights Wayne, Gahanna Lincoln, Dayton Dunbar, Toledo St. John, Canton McKinley, Toledo Rogers, Dayton Meadowdale, Walnut Ridge, Africentric, Piketon, Fort Loramie, Dublin Scioto, Westerville Central, Bishop Hartley, Columbus Independence, Columbus Eastmoor Academy, Harvest Prep, Columbus East, Granville, Chillicothe and Toledo Central Catholic.

Most of the top teams took care of business and a few other teams demonstrated promise. Northland had a big day as they rolled in game 1 against Dayton Meadowdale, and easily handled Gahanna Lincoln (24-11) on their way to a 5-0 finish. Wayne scrapped their way to a 6-0 record and showed why so many people around the state think highly of them. Dayton Dunbar came close to having a big outing, but with 4 ties and 2 wins, Dunbar headed back to Dayton with a bit of an unsatisfied feeling. Gahanna tied Dunbar (18-18) in their opening game, but with losses to Northland, Harvest Prep and 2 ties, the Golden Lions (3-2-2) showed that they still have some work to do. I thought Walnut Ridge had a good day, as did Westerville Central and Toledo St. John. Also, keep an eye on Toledo central Catholic as they have just enough talent to make some noise this season. To see the pictures I took at the event, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.

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