Wilmington’s Jarron Cumberland puts up big numbers


COLUMBUS (AP) — Wilmington senior Jarron Cumberland had a strong week to help the Hurricane finish the regular season with a 21-1 record and third place in the final Associated Press Division I poll.

Cumberland, a Cincinnati commit, set a school record for points in a game with 52 in the Hurricane’s 83-39 win over Washington Court House Washington on Feb. 11. Cumberland also set the Clinton County career scoring record by surpassing Don Fields’ 2,135 careers points.

Two nights later, Cumberland scored 37 points in a 60-47 win against Springfield, who used a 2-3 zone to try to keep the 6-foot-5 Cumberland outside, but he hit four 3-pointers.

He also guarded Springfield’s top scorer, Danny Davis, and limited him to three points in the first half. Davis finished with 17 points.


The Lisbon David Anderson boys have four 1,000-point scorers in their lineup.

Senior Avery Andric is the latest to join the club that includes senior teammates Austin Rutecki, Josh Craig and Josh Liberati. On Friday, Andric scored 28 points — including his 1,000th — in leading the Blue Devils past Lisbon Beaver, 85-55.

Andric, Liberati and Rutecki are four-year starters. Craig was the sixth man as a freshman before breaking into the starting lineup as a sophomore.

The experience is paying off as the Blue Devils are 20-1 and earned the top seed in their sectional-district tournament for the first time in 20 years. Lisbon is ninth in the final Division IV poll and received one first-place vote.

“It’s great to be able to coach good kids, good kids that come to work every day and put time into the achievements that they’ve had,” Lisbon coach Chris Huckshold said. “Avery was the last of the four to get those points. I’m glad he got it. It’s a special thing. Now we can move on to focus on the tournament.”


With a 35-point, 11-rebound effort in Columbus Northland’s 46-45 win over Columbus Walnut Ridge in the City League championship game, Seth Towns moved within one point of tying Jared Sullinger’s Northland career record of 1,932 points.

Sullinger, who plays for the Boston Celtics, and Trey Burke, of the Utah Jazz, attended the game to root on their alma mater.

Towns, a 6-7 senior who has signed to play at Harvard, is averaging 32.1 points per game. Northland (19-2) has won nine of the past 10 City championships, having dropped just one league game since 2005-06.


The Kalida boys Putnam County League championship was the 20th time that the Wildcats have won or shared the PCL championship during Dick Kortokrax’s 42 years as coach. . After a 4-4 start to the season, Defiance Ayersville girls won 14 straight, including a 55-43 victory over Defiance Tinora to wrap up a 7-0 Green Meadows Conference mark. . The Columbus Grove girls won their first Northwest Conference title since 2002 with a 50-27 victory over Bluffton. … The Fayette girls defeated Pettisville 61-39 to finish 10-0 in the Buckeye Border Conference. Kaela Seiler had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Eagles. … The Fayette boys also can finish 10-0 in league play with a win over Edon on Friday. . It was an eventful week for the Napoleon boys (16-4), who are No. 10 in Division II. On Feb. 9, the Wildcats used a Brett Lauf tip-in at the buzzer to beat Holland Springfield in overtime. On Friday, the Cats beat Bowling Green to remain in the hunt for their first Northern Lakes League basketball title. On Saturday, Napoleon rallied from a 19-11 first-quarter deficit to defeat Archbold, 63-57.


By Craig Merz

Associated Press

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