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    Championship Update: Elder will play in the state semifinals Friday against No. 1 ranked Columbus Brookhaven after beating West Hi in OT Saturday. Roger Bacon and Fenwick lost in the regional finals. On the girls side, McNicholas won the Division II state title while Eastern Brown lost in the Division III finals. (Girls page)
Schedules: Ohio state tournament | Ky. Sweet Sixteen
Final Enquirer polls: Cincinnati | Northern Ky.
Statewide polls: Ohio | Kentucky
Saturday's Regional Finals
Elder beats West Hi in OT
        Jake Bazeley was the hero. The game he will be remembered for was undoubtedly one of the greatest in Cincinnati high school history.
Ex-Elder star a rare champion

Bacon close again, but no beating Alter
        For the third time this season Roger Bacon fell four points short of beating Kettering Alter.

Free throws sink Fenwick in final
        FAIRBORN — With 2.5 seconds to play, junior center Zach Comer made two free throws to secure Miami East's 53-49 win over Middletown Fenwick in the Division III regional final at Wright State's Nutter Center.
Kentucky championship game
Lafayette comeback good present for coach
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — What do you give a longtime high school basketball coach for his 50th birthday?How about a come-from-behind state championship over a nationally ranked opponent?
Saturday's Report
West Hi, Elder play for trip to state
        Tonight's Division I regional title showdown between Elder and Western Hills comes down to the “Battle for the Bus Ride.”

Today's regional matchups
        Previews of Elder-Western Hills, Roger Bacon-Kettering Alter and Fenwick-Casstown Miami East.

Ky. Sweet Sixteen Roundup
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second straight game, favored Male struggled to play to its potential but managed to move on in the boys' state basketball tournament.
Thursday's Regional Games
Benken's shot puts Elder in finals
        Scott Benken made the big shot with 12.4 seconds to go, giving Elder its only lead of the second half and a 47-46 win over Springfield South in the Division I regional semifinals at Cintas Center.

Western Hills breezes past Butler
        The Mustangs were dominant all night long in a 55-34 Division I victory at Xavier's Cintas Center.

Kreke comes through for Fenwick
        Fenwick senior Joe Kreke scored 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Falcons held off Waynesville 68-62 in a Division III regional semifinal at Wright State University's Nutter Center.
Thursday's Ky. Sweet Sixteen Roundup
Trojans go from hot to cold to hot
        LEXINGTON, Ky. — North Hardin appeared to be cruising toward a berth in the boys' state basketball tournament quarterfinals.
Wednesday's Regional Games
Roger Bacon marches into regional final
        FAIRBORN — A talk with his players early in the first quarter was all Roger Bacon coach Bill Brewer needed to get them to play.

Alter runs past Purcell-Marian
        FAIRBORN — The third meeting between Purcell Marian and Kettering Alter was a carbon copy of the two regular-season games.

Elder, West Hi root for each other
        It's fair to say that all of the West Side will be one rooting for the same thing tonight at Division I regional basketball tournament at Cintas Center: Victories by Elder and Western Hills.
Kentucky Sweet Sixteen Games
Campbell County loses on last shot in OT
        Campbell County was about a second from winning its first boys state tournament basketball game in its first trip in 41 years. It was a second too long.

Highlands 'runs out of gas'
        Highlands trailed by only one point after three periods before losing to Russellville 59-45 in the opening round of the state boys basketball tournament at Rupp Arena.

Guidugli weighs UC, UK, Notre Dame
        Once Gino Guidugli's basketball career ended with Highlands' loss , most of the questions directed at him pertained to where he will play quarterback next fall.

Louisville Male 54, Oldham Co. 40
        ; Larry O'Bannon scored 18 points and Michael Bush had 15 for Male.

Clay County 81, South Floyd 65
        Jeremy Asher had 21 points and 18 rebounds for Clay County .
Wednesday's game previews
Upsets makes for intriguing Sweet Sixteen
        The Kentucky Sweet Sixteen opens today without many schools that had been expected to be there.
Campbell County vs. South Laurel
Highlands vs. Russellville

Ohio regional previews:
Purcell Marian vs. Kettering Alter
Roger Bacon vs. Columbus Miffin
Tuesday's news
NewCath's Dawn second-team all Ky.
        Ronny Dawn of Newport Central Catholic was a second-team pick on the 2001 Associated Press all-state boys basketball teams.
Cincinnati regional preview
Elder, West Hi on collision course
        One of Cincinnati's longest-standing boys basketball rivalries could be renewed Saturday at Xavier University's Cintas Center.
Saturday's championship games
Elder beats Moeller on third try
        Elder's convincing 55-40 victory over Moeller Saturday in a Division I district championship game boils down to two inspired runs, two personnel mismatches and the confidence of 3-point specialist Mike Mahon.

Vandalia Butler ousts St. X in OT
        The defending Ohio Division I champions fell victim to poor shooting from the field and free throw line, losing in overtime to Vandalia Butler 64-54.

Western Hills earns rare trip to regional
        The Mustangs will enter uncharted waters as a result of Saturday's 62-42 victory over Beavercreek in the Division I district championship.

Guidugli sends Highlands to Sweet 16
        The play happened exactly how it was supposed to. Gino Guidugli took the ball at the top of the key, waited, and with seven seconds remaining, drove to the basket, scoring on an off-balanced 4-footer with 3.5 seconds left.

Campbell County wins 10th Region title
        Junior forward Kevin Reinhardt and senior guard Steve Sigmon each scored 17 points in a 72-59 victory over Mason County on the Royals' floor.
Friday's games
CCD off mark in district final defeat
        Cincinnati Country Day shot poorly from the field and the foul line in a 64-54 district championship loss to Tipp City Bethel Friday night, and coach Howard Brownstein wasn't pleased.

Fairy tale ends for Fayetteville
        Fayetteville's magic ride came to an abrupt ending Friday at the University of Dayton Arena.

Conner ends NewCath's reign
        Marcus Johnson scored 22 points and hit two free throws late in overtime to lead Conner to a 57-53 win over defending Ninth Region champion Newport Central Catholic Friday night in the semifinals at Holmes.

Highlands beats Simon Kenton in OT
        Highlands' Ross Neltner scored four of his 15 points in overtime to lead the Bluebirds to a 49-46 victory over Simon Kenton in a Ninth Region semifinal Friday at Holmes.
Campbell Co. reaches 10th Region final
        Senior guard Steve Sigmon scored 31 points and made 11 of his 12 foul shots in the fourth quarter to help Campbell County to a 66-58 victory over Montgomery County in the 10th Region semifinals.
Special Stories
Boys regional returns to Cincinnati
        The Division I regional boys basketball tournament, which was played regularly in Cincinnati until leaving for Dayton in the early 1970s, will return this year.

Winton Woods, Roger Bacon poll champions
        The Winton Woods boys basketball team, coming off its second consecutive 20-0 season, also has won its second straight Enquirer Division I poll championship.

CovCath No. 1 in final N.Ky. poll
        Neither first-year Covington Catholic coach Mike Listerman nor Boone County's 16-year girls coach Nell Fookes were ready to predict 20 victories in the preseason.
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