Saturday, March 17, 2001

Boys regional championship matchups




        Western Hills vs. Elder

        • WHAT: Division I regional championship

        • WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

        • WHERE: Cintas Center

        • RECORDS: Western Hills 21-4, Elder 19-6

        • STARTING LINEUPS: Western Hills—Malcom Andrews G, 5-9, Sr.), Michael Hadnot (G, 5-10, Sr.), Darryl Peterson (F, 6-6, Sr.), Steve Banks (G, 6-3, Sr.), Danny Horace (F, 6-6, Sr.). Elder— Jake Bazeley (G, 6-3, Sr.), Scott Benken (G, 6-3, Sr.), Tim Schenke (F, 6-6, Sr.), Mike Mahon (G, 6-0, Sr.), Phil Bengel (C, 6-7, Sr.).

        • NOTABLE: Elder is the only Cincinnati-area team to beat West Hi in the last two seasons; West Hi coach Lannis Timmons is 0-7 against his West Side rival, including a 69-58 loss Jan.8. Led by Miami University-bound Danny Horace, the Mustangs certainly have the talent to earn the trip to Columbus.

        Roger Bacon vs. Kettering Alter

        • WHAT: Division II regional championship

        • WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

        • WHERE: Nutter Center, Wright State University

        • RECORDS: Roger Bacon 18-7, Kettering Alter 22-2

        • STARTING LINEUPS: Roger Bacon—F Mike Meridy (6-4 Jr.), F Beckham Wyrick (6-5 Jr.), C Monty St. Clair (6-7 So.), G David Johnson (5-8 So.), G Frank Phillips (6-4 Jr.). Alter—C Adam Waleskowski (6-8 Sr.), F Jeff Penno (6-5 Jr.), F Dave Kohls (6-5 Jr.), G Trey Jones (6-4 Sr.), G Mark Laumann (6-1 Sr.).

        • NOTABLE: This is the third meeting between these Greater Catholic League North Division powers, with Alter prevailing 57-53 Jan. 19 at Roger Bacon and 59-55 Feb.6 in Kettering.

        For the second consecutive game, Roger Bacon will be playing without second leading scorer Josh Hausfeld (15.6 ppg), out with a badly sprained ankle.

        With Hausfeld out of the lineup Wednesday, the Spartans didn't miss a beat, converting 23 of 45 from the field in a 63-45 victory over Columbus Mifflin.

        Alter has the size advantage, which puts tremendous pressure on Spartans center Monty St. Clair, a 6-foot-7 sophomore who played adequately against Mifflin.

        Finding Alter's weakness is a tough task. The Knights feature balanced scoring (four players between 18 and nine points as game), outstanding ball handlers, good outside shooting and strong rebounding.

        If the Knights can't get the ball inside to Adam Waleskowski, then Jeff Penno, Trey Jones and Mark Laumann bomb away from the outside.

        Both teams are capable of pressing, but it's more likely the game will turn into a half-court battle. The key for Roger Bacon is being active on the boards and not giving the Knights easy inside shots.

        Middletown Fenwick vs. Casstown Miami East

        • WHAT: Division III regional championship

        • WHEN: 3 p.m.

        • WHERE: Nutter Center, Wright State University, Fairborn.

        • RECORDS: Fenwick 20-5, Miami East 23-2

        • STARTING LINEUPS: Fenwick—G Tony McCormick (6-3, Sr.), F Charlie Martin (6-5, Sr.), G Joe Kreke (5-10, Sr.), C Mike Kleingers (6-2, So.), F Matt Burns (6-4, Sr.). Miami East—F Travis Mumma (6-1, Fr.), F Nathan Chivington (6-1, Sr.), C Zach Comer (6-9, Jr.), G Paul Hershberger (6-0, Sr.), G Kenny Sandlin (6-0, Sr.).

        • NOTABLE: This is a matchup of teams with contrasting personnel.

        Miami East's strengths are on the inside at forward and center. Fenwick is a better outside-shooting team.

        A sound defensive team that alternates between a matchup zone and man-to-man defense, Fenwick will attempt to control the tempo while crashing the boards.

        Senior point guard Joe Kreke, the son of coach Pat Kreke, engineers the offense that averaged 65 points an outing. Besides Kreke, Matt Burns and Ton McCormick also put it up from the outside.

        Sophomore center Mike Kleingers is a role player with rebounding and passing the strengths. Charlie Martin is a major force on the boards, pulling off 13 rebounds in the semifinals and averaging 12 points.

        Miami East is solid at every position.

        The Vikings prefer pushing the ball into center Zach Comer and forwards Nathan Chivington and Travis Mumma, all who average in double figures.

        Kenny Sandlin runs the offense from the point guard position and is a better-than-average outside shooter, while Paul Hershberger seldom puts the ball up.

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