Saturday, February 26, 2011

Columbus City League Downs OCC in Middle School All-Star Game

At the last minute, I got word that a middle school all-star game was being played at South High School. I quickly jumped into my car and hustled over the inaugural Central Ohio Middle School All-star Game. Upon my arrival, I discovered that the event included three games; a 7th grade all-star game pitting a team of Columbus City League kids against a group of Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) players; and two separate 8th grade all-star games.

The first game of the day pitted Team Orange versus Team Green. Despite a huge game from Gahanna Middle School West’s Nic Ward, Team Orange (City League) easily defeated Team Green (OCC) 52-35 to claim bragging rights for City League middle school basketball. Pleasantview’s DJ Tyree had a monster game, as he dropped a team-high 17 points. Also playing well for Team Orange were James Mann (10), Marquez Hargrove (8) and Parell Tyler (6). Nic Ward was unstoppable in the post, as he scored 20 of his team’s 35 points. The next leading scorer for Team Green was Cole Heilman who finished with 4 points. The OCC squad might have had a better chance of getting a win had Westerville Blendon’s Jalani Rogers been on the bench instead of sitting in the stands watching the contest.

Team Orange All-Stars (City League)

DJ Tyree Co-MVP

Azende Johnson-Sherwood MS
Brandon Leuier-Westmoor MS
Isaiah Youncy-McCord MS
James Manns II-Buckeye MS
Kalib Younger Berwick ALT
Marquez A.I.M.S. MS
Michael Bell-St. James MS
Michael Morgan-Johnson Park MS
Otis Smith III-All Saints Academy
Parell Tyler-Africentric Early College
Alan Roberts-Buckeye MS
DJ Tyree-Pleasantview MS MVP

Team Green (OCC)

Nic Ward Co-MVP

Matthew Moyer-Dominion MS
Nic Ward-Gahanna MS West
Tre Cobbs-Lima South
Charles Aden-World Harvest
Houston Smith-Africentric Early College
Cole Heilman-Bexley MS
Dantez Walton-Lima North
William Maynus-Westerville Heritage MS
Sammy Tuckerman-Columbus Academy
Corey Benton-Westerville Genoa
Adrian Awuah-Monroe MS

To see the pictures I took at the event, visit the Buckeye prep Facebook Fan Page.


  1. Adrian Awuah goes to Monroe MS

  2. Doesn't sound like much of an all star team at least from the OCC. Some of those 7th graders from the City league should be 8th graders.

  3. AND how can you even call it an OCC team when only 3 of the players are from OCC schools?

  4. first of all there are almost no occ players on the occ team and second it interests me why not a single player from dublin grizzell who went 16-0 and is arguably the best team in the occ played in that game.