DANCING FROM THE HEART OF IT ALL

Tim Hower became a part of the OhioPrepScene staff a week ago. In his first story he gives you a great look at some of Ohio's past prep players who are helping teams in the NCAA go dancing.

More than seventy former student athletes from Ohio high schools or with a former connection to an Ohio school are on the rosters of the 128 teams competing in the men's and women's NCAA hoops tournaments in 2003. Many of the following are some of the best college cagers in the country and some are still advancing through the brackets. Or you can just simply make a note to keep an eye on several of them in the future.

That was Vandalia Butler's John Goldsberry, a freshman guard at North Carolina-Wilmington, that much of the nation saw set an NCAA men's tournament record vs. defending champion Maryland in the Gaylord Center in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday night with an 8 for 8 shooting performance from three-point range. A red-hot Goldsberry scored 26 points in the South Region's 11th-seeded Seahawks' heartbreaking 75-73 loss to the 6th-seeded Terps,

Goldsberry averaged about five points per game this season for NC-Wilmington of the Colonial Athletic Association as they finished in first place during the regular season with a 15-3 record, won the conference tournament, and closed the season at 24-7 overall.

A teammate, freshman Beckham Wyrick of 2001-02 Div II state champion Cincinnati Roger Bacon, scored six points vs. Maryland and averaged 2.1 on the season.

Donatas Zavackis is a senior forward for the Pitt Panthers. A Lithuanian exchange student, he's a grad of Akron-St.Vincent-St.Mary and scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds vs. Wagner,NY in Pitt's first-round win. 2nd-seeded Pitt advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a  74-52 win over the Indiana Hoosiers in the Midwest Regional and will move on to play Marquette on Thurday, March 27 at the Metrodome in Minneaplois.

Fans in Cincinnati will remember two guys that make Butler IND. of the Horizon League go. Senior center Joel Cornette of Cincy St. Xavier and junior guard Mike Monserez of Loveland OH, who played for Cincy Moeller, helped lead Butler to the Horizon regular season title. Then both played a major part in leading the 12th-seeded Bulldogs to a 47-46 upset of 5th-seed Mississippi State in an East Regional first-round game. Monserez was a transfer from Notre Dame and was a first-team Div 1 All-Ohio player during his high school days and played in the NIT championship game with the Irish two years ago. Fairborn OH's Mike Moore of Kettering Alter is also on Butler's roster.

Clay Tucker of Lima Perry scored 18 points in Wisconsin-Milwaukee's one-point loss to Notre Dame in the first round. Notre Dame's soph Jordan Cornette of Cincy St.Xavier and freshman Chris Quinn of Dublin Coffman have moved into the Sweet Sixteen with The Fighting Irish and will match-up with #1 ranked Arizona on Thurs. March 27. Robert Sanders of Toledo Scott was also with UW-Milwaukee.

Junior Erik Daniels of Cincinnati Princeton plays a major role with the Midwest Region's #1-seeded Kentucky Wildcats. Mike Woodward of Rocky River High School, just west of Cleveland, plays for the Connecticut Huskies. Dayton's Keith Waleskowski of Kettering Alter scored 13 points in the Flyers' 84-71 loss to Tulsa and Dayton Christian's Romain Sato, a junior with Xavier, booked 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Musketeers' first-round win over Troy State ALA, 71-59, in the South Regional.

Here's a list of other players from Ohio on the rosters of the field of 64 at the Big Dance. Hometown in parentheses:

Scott Benken, Wake Forest --Cincinnati Elder

Steve Lepore, Wake Forest --Lakewood St. Edward (North Olmsted)

Corry Sullivan, Vermont -- Springboro

B,J, Grove, Cincinnati -- George Jr. Republic PA(Cincinnati)

Eugene Land, Cincinnati -- Cincinnati Roger Bacon

John Meeker , Cincinnati -- Troy

James Cripe, Dayton -- Loveland

Brooks Hall, Dayton -- Troy

Greg Kohls, Dayton -- Kettering Alter (Centerville)

Sam Smith , Dayton -- Worthington Christian

Logan White, Dayton -- Hunting Valley University School (Chagrin Falls)

Ryan Caldwell, Xavier -- Cincinnati McNicholas

Tom Compton, Xavier -- Cincinnati St.Xavier

Keith Jackson, Xavier -- Cincinnati Purcell-Marion

Brian Kortovich, Manhattan -- Brunswick

Ben Rhoda, East Tennessee State -- Centerville

Marlon Carter, Weber State -- St.Joseph's, Missouri (Pataskala,Ohio)

Jared Ronai, NC-Asheville -- London

Joe Haarman, Indiana -- Cincinnati Indian Hills

Jason Andreas, Michigan State -- Sugarcreek Garaway

Adam Wolfe, Michigan State -- Westerville

On the women's side there are 36 ladies from Ohio high schools playing in their tournament. 19 of them play for either Ohio State or Cincinnati. Freshman Barbara Turner of Cleveland East Tech averaged ten points a game for the top-ranked Connecticut Lady Huskies. Junior Sultra Harding of Louisiana Tech attended Dayton Dunbar but never played varsity ball there. After moving to Indianapolis from Xenia, OH in her junior year she later attended a junior college before joining the Lady Techsters legendary program.

For the Lady Buckeyes, 4th-seed in the West Region, eleven players are grads of Ohio high schools:

Erika Christianson, Fairborn

Courtney Coleman, Cincinnati Hughes

Charisse Crews, Grove City

Emily Haynam, Westerville South

Beth Howe, Jackson OH High School

Caity Matter, Bluffton

Tanya McClure, Gahanna Lincoln

Michelle Munoz, Mason

DiDi Reynolds, Hopewell-Louden

D'wan Shackleford, Newark

LaToya Turner, Pickerington

The Cincinnati Lady Bearcats are seeded 11th out west and on the opposite side of the bracket from Ohio State. They have eight players from Ohio:

Merelonea Dozier, Cleveland East Tech

Micah Harvey, Sardinia Eastern (Brown County)

Leslie Knoch, Beverly Fort Frye (Whipple,OH)

K.B.Sharp, Columbus Bexley

DeAnna Stevenson, Cincinnati Withrow

Edwina Williams, South Euclid Regina (Maple Heights)

Valerie King, Washington Court House Washington

Brittani Young, Pickerington

Others who made the tournament:

Meridith Baughter, Valparaiso -- Berea

Lindsay Hicks, Purdue -- Lebanon

Beth Jones, Purdue -- Mason

Kristal Tharp, Liberty Baptist VA -- Chillicothe Zane Trace

Tiffanie Guthrie, Illinois -- Trotwood-Madison

Jere Issenmam, Illinois -- Mason

Megan Duffy, Notre Dame -- Dayton Chaminade-Julienne

Karen Swanson, Notre Dame -- Westlake

Sarah Burgess, South Carolina -- South Euclid Regina (Brookpark)

Sarah Bolton, St.Francis PA -- Cincinnati Glen Este (Batavia)

Karen Hewitt, St.Francis PA -- Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

Jeanine Johnson, Villanova -- Lima Senior

Courtney Mix, Villanova -- Toledo Central Catholic

Angela Burnham, Hampton VA -- Akron Central-Hower

Cara Wright, Arkansas -- West Chester Lakota

There's a good chance some of these Ohio-bred players will be on the court cutting down the nets in either New Orleans or Atlanta in April so look for them as they advance through the tournaments.

**Tim what a great job.  We are glad to have you on our staff.  Please e-mail Tim with any questions about what you see.**


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