MARION LOCAL ( 17 - 9 ) V.S. SEBRING McKINLEY ( 24 - 1 )
While Sebring McKinley comes in with a better record and #3 ranking, don't be fooled. Marion Local plays in the toughest small school conference in the State. With games that go down to the wire every week, the pressure of playing at this level is normal for the MAC school. They are not alone in Columbus, with fellow conference foes, St. Henry & Versailles playing for championships.
Sebring has a size advantage with two 6'5 players at the forward positions, but the bulk of their scoring comes from the guards. David Scarpitti and Joe James both average 13 points a game, while the big men stay around the 8-9 points per contest.
Marion Local can match with 6'5 Russell Moeller ( 13 pts. ) and center Cory Luebke ( 17 pts. ). Look for the play of Ryan Winner to be the key for the Flyers.
This should be a great game, both teams come into the contest almost even with points scored and allowed. I look for Marion Local to advance in this contest and here's why. Experience, plain and simple. This makes back-to-back trips for the Flyers, while the Trojans make their first appearance since 1973. ADVANTAGE: MARION LOCAL FLYERS
CURTIS MOELLER - 4.5 PPG.
CORY LUEBKE - 17.6 PPG.
RUSSELL MOELLER - 13.0 PPG.
ADAM KREMER - 4.2 PPG.
RYAN WINNER - 11.0 PPG.
MATT FERGUSON - 8.6 PPG.
JOE AMABELI - 8.3 PPG.
DAVID SCARPITTI - 13.7 PPG.
JOE JAMES - 13.5 PPG.
DAN SCARPITTI - 10.3 PPG.
KEITH WESTRICK - 8 YEARS - 133 - 45
BRIAN CLARK - 5 YEARS - 88 - 29
MARION LOCAL: 2004 - 2003 - 1984 - 1975
SEBRING: 2004 - 1973 - 1970
SOUTH WEBSTER ( 22 - 3 ) V.S. HOLGATE ( 18 - 7 )
Two teams not ranked have made the Final Four. When looking on paper, South Webster has a big advantage. With an average of 62 points scored and giving up only 47 per game, the Jeeps look to run Holgate out of the gym. Will that happen? We will see very soon.
Holgate only averages 43 points a game and give up an average of 35. For them to make the trip to Columbus, deserves much credit. The last time the Tigers played at State was 1953. Coach Wayne has his team prepared with ball control and defense and could cause problems for the higher scoring Jeeps.
I have to give South Webster the advantage in this game, but I also don't see a State Champion coming from these teams. ADVANTAGE: SOUTH WEBSTER
NICK ALDRIDGE - 25.8 PPG.
EVAN DeCAMP - 7.9 PPG.
ROB JOHNSON - 6.4 PPG.
KYLE CAYTON - 8.6 PPG.
JUSTIN RICHARDSON - 5.5 PPG.
BLAKE SIZEMORE - 5.6 PPG.
ADAM BJORLIN - 1.4 PPG.
DREW CLADY - 10.2 PPG.
LEE BRUBAKER - 9.7 PPG.
RYAN FRUTH - 3.4 PPG.
MARC KREISHER - 1 YEAR - 22 - 3
PAUL WAYNE - 27th YEAR - 384 - 241
SOUTH WEBSTER: 2004
HOLGATE: 2004 - 1953 - 1940