[img] Record crowd see Elder, St. X win
The two Catholic League rivals won Saturday's playoff doubleheader before a state record crowd of 47,743 at Paul Brown Stadium and will meet for the regional championship next week.
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Locals win 3 state titles
        Turpin, St. Ursula, Roger Bacon had a chance to win state championships Saturday — and all did.

UC 81, Northern Kentucky 53
        UC freshman Jason Maxiell did exactly what he was recruited for: He grabbed 14 rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench, and also added 13 points for a double-double in the season's first exhibition game.

Bengals now have 2nd-half stakes
        Who will have to play well if the Bengals are to make the postseason? What are the pivotal games? The major question marks? The certainties? Here's what's needed the next two months, beginning today in Jacksonville:

Sports events this week

East Carolina 28, UC 26
        Jonathan Ruffin knew he had the leg for the job. So did University of Cincinnati football coach Rick Minter. Besides, there really wasn't another viable option.

Marshall 27, Miami 21
        OXFORD — Down 27-21 with less than five minutes to play, the Miami RedHawks still felt they had Marshall right where they wanted it.

Ohio State 35, Purdue 9
        COLUMBUS — A season that seemed forgettable two weeks ago could be memorable for Ohio State. Steve Bellisari threw three touchdown passes, and Ohio State's defense intercepted three passes and forced two safeties as the Buckeyes remained in the hunt for the Big Ten title.

Kentucky 56, Vanderbilt 30
        NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen believes he had his best game of the season Saturday. The Highlands High grad threw for a career-high 453 yards and six touchdowns.

Thomas More finishes 10-0
        Thomas More, ranked No.19 in the American Football Coaches Association Division III poll, ended the season 10-0 and will await today's announcement of playoff bids.

Capital 27, Wilmington 7
        COLUMBUS — Dan Bartholomew threw for two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass, and Chris Shaw returned an interception 87 yards for a TD.

Georgetown 47, St. Joseph's (Ind.) 14
        RENSSELAER, Ind. — Eddie Eviston (Newport Central Catholic) threw four touchdown passes and ran for a touchdown to lead Georgetown (10-0).

Key to today's game
        Jacksonville's Mark Brunell is the best quarterback the Bengals have faced so far this season, says coach Dick LeBeau, and beating the Jaguars starts with containing Brunell.

McGee could be target
        Bengals tight end Tony McGee has just six receptions this season, but today could be the game in which he equals that output.

Who's got the edge?
Jaguars-Bengals by the numbers
Mark Curnutte's NFL power ratings
Picking today's NFL games

Elder 35, Colerain 21
        Elder pounced on Colerain early and never let the Cardinals up, which most agreed was key to the Panthers' convincing 35-21 victory before 47,743 at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday.

St. Xavier 6, Princeton 0
        Two minutes and forty seconds into Saturday's St. Xavier-Princeton Division I regional semifinal, St. X's Enye Willingham scored on an 11-yard draw play up the middle.

Record crowd enjoys games, bands
        Saturday was a day for history as the largest crowd to gather for an Ohio high school football state tournament game — 47,743 — packed Paul Brown Stadium. Their reward: sunshine, blue skies and a doubleheader for the ages.

Hamilton Badin 42, Dayton Oakwood 35
        CENTERVILLE — It took five overtimes, but Badin outlasted Dayton Oakwood 42-35 in a thrilling regional semifinal playoff battle Saturday at Centerville High School.

Coldwater 24, Wyoming 7
        CLAYTON — Late in the first half Saturday, a Wyoming assistant coach kicked the ground and said, “We didn't screw up all season. Why is it happening now?”

Football finals won't come here soon
        The euphoria surrounding Saturday's big football doubleheader at Paul Brown Stadium has spurred talk of holding state championship games here. Great idea, but don't expect it soon.

Ohio regional final pairings

Playoff scores: Ohio | Kentucky | Indiana

Big title best for St. Ursula
        FAIRBORN — The celebration by the St. Ursula volleyball team went on, and on. An hour after the Bulldogs defeated Ursuline 15-12, 10-15, 15-11 to claim the Division I state championship, players, coaches and supporters remained at Wright State University to savor the accomplishment.

Roger Bacon runner-up no more
        FAIRBORN — It was a long time coming for Roger Bacon volleyball coach Caryl Schawe and the Spartans. After two years of finishing runners-up, the Spartans won the Division II state championship, defeating two-time defending champion Galion 15-8, 15-5, Saturday at Wright State University.

Turpin's title has familiar look
        COLUMBUS — When the Turpin boys soccer team took the field for the Division II state championship at Crew Stadium, it had seen it all before.

Little wants better effort from himself
        UC center Donald Little accomplished one of his goals Saturday: He stayed out of foul trouble. Now, he wants to play better at the same time.

XU women lose second exhibition
        Xavier forward Kate Kreager had 33 points and 13 rebounds, but the Musketeers fell to 0-2 in the preseason, exhibition season, losing 88-85 to the Reebok Lady Stars Saturday at Cintas Center.

Reds Q&A with John Fay
        When fans ask for questions about the Reds, it seems half revolve around money. We miss the good old days, when hot-stove talk was about trades and players, not contracts and contraction. But here are some of your e-mails from the week:

Two Bengals already super bowlers
        When Bengals Darryl Williams and John Kitna were Seahawks teammates in the mid-to-late 1990s, they went bowling every Thursday with eight other teammates at a bowling alley in Seattle.

PBA Tour final here today
        The PBA Tour's in town. It's time to get wild and crazy at the Super Bowl in Erlanger for the Greater Cincinnati Classic.

High school bowling making a comeback
        Competitive bowling teams at local high schools — the kind that used to be part of the Cincinnati prep sports scene in the 1940's and 1950's — are making a comeback.

Best & worst of week in sports
        The Enquirer sports department's look at who rated — good and bad — this week in sports:

Local college sports
        MILWAUKEE — Senior Ann Thomas (Northwest) scored with 11 minutes remaining to lift the Cincinnati Bearcats (19-3) past Marquette 1-0 in the Conference USA women's soccer final Saturday and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Mighty Ducks 6, Albany 4
        Jonas Ronnqvist keyed a five-goal second period with two goals, helping the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks earn a 6-4 win over the Albany River Rats Saturday in the AHL at the Cincinnati Gardens.

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