Richardson kids score at record clip for Albany Alexander


COLUMBUS (AP) — It’s been a family affair for the Richardsons of the Albany Alexander basketball teams with three siblings reaching impressive marks recently for the Division III school.

Junior point guard Leah became the girls’ program all-time scoring leader 45 seconds into a 64-11 win against Athens on Feb. 1. She finished with 10 points to give her 1,239 in her career, 10 more than Josie Carr scored from 1997 to 2001.

On the record-setting basket, she stole the ball and went in for a layup. The game was halted and she was given the ball while her teammates and the Athens players congratulated her.

“It was fun to see everyone’s reaction when the game stopped,” Alexander coach Cory McKnight told The Athens Messenger. “The Athens team all came down and shook her hand. That was pretty cool of (Athens coach) Paul (McNeal) to have them do that.”

Three days later, Leah’s freshman sister, Rachel, scored 38 points and made nine 3-pointers during a 69-31 win over Wellston. The point total and treys are believed to be school records.

Leah made her 3-pointers in the first three quarters of play. She hit four in the first and had seven by halftime.

The records for the sisters came less than a week after senior brother Seth became the sixth player in Spartans’ history to surpass the 1,000th-point mark.


Lima Senior’s Xavier Simpson, a Michigan commit, scored 65 points in a 103-54 win against Fremont Ross last week to set the city scoring record he had established earlier in the season when he had 59 against Fremont Ross.

The 5-foot-11 point guard credited his teammates for his latest record.

“They had a mind set to let me break the record,” Simpson told The Lima News. “They wanted me to break it, and I’m very thankful for the unselfish teammates that I have.”


It was a record-setting night for the Lisbon David Anderson boys in a 77-45 win over Columbiana on Friday.

Senior point guard Josh Liberati scored his 1,000th career point in the fourth quarter and two possessions later senior forward Austin Rutecki became the school’s career scoring leader with 1,447 points.

Rutecki scored a school-record 48 points on 18-of-24 shooting from the field along with 12 rebounds as the Blue Devils claimed the Inter-Tri County League White Division title outright and improved to 18-1 on the season.


Cleveland St. Ignatius on Saturday ended Columbus Northland’s 91-game home win, the longest active streak in Ohio. The current longest confirmed home win streak is owned by Cleveland East Tech, which has won 30 straight and last lost at home Dec. 11, 2012. The Scarabs, who are 17-3 and won a third straight Cleveland Senate League title Friday, played on a rubber-like floor until their surface was updated to hardwood before this season….Metamora Evergreen’s John Langenderfer picked up his 200th coaching win with a 71-21 victory over Adrian, Michigan, on Feb. 2. Two days later the Vikings completed an 8-0 Northwest Ohio Athletic League season with a 51-37 win over Wauseon. It is the first time Evergreen has gone unbeaten in NWOAL play….The New Middletown Springfield boys captured a share of its fifth straight league Inter-Tri County League title by beating Columbiana Crestview 95-61 on Friday. The Tigers — winners of 47 of their last 50 regular-season games — won the ITCL upper tier the past four seasons before the league went to three divisions this season….Lima Central Catholic’s Tre Cobbs went over 1,000 points in his career in an 83-58 win over Van Buren…. Archbold made 14 of 26 3-point shots in a 73-65 victory over Defiance Tinora….Luke Smith, a senior guard at Orrville, went over 1,000 career points Friday in a win over Bellville Clear Fork. Smith is the grandson of the late Steve Smith, who led Orrville to three state championships in the 1990s as head coach.

By Craig Merz

Associated Press

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