Zach Sarver

An animated Sharon head coach Zach Sarver yells to his team against Franklin Tuesday during a District 10 playoff game at Slippery Rock University while the Tigers coaching staff looks on. Sharon is seeking a third straight D-10 title tonight. 

Six area high school basketball teams will defend their titles when they compete in District 10 championship games this weekend – Farrell, Hickory, Jamestown and Sharon boys as well as Kennedy Catholic and West Middlesex girls.

Sharon has won 2 straight D-10 titles, in 4A and then in 3A last season, while the KC girls have captured 9 straight district titles and WM girls have won 4 straight.

In all there are 8 Mercer County area boys teams and 6 girls teams still alive in the D-10 playoffs and seeking berths in the PIAA tournament. Boys games are tonight, while girls games are set Saturday.

Following are preview capsules:

BOYS BASKETBALL

Class 1A Championship

Commodore Perry (2-20) vs. Jamestown (9-13)

6 p.m. Farrell High School

Coach Eugene Grinnell’s Panthers battle the Muskies of Luke Widger in a rematch of last season’s D-10 title tilt.

It will be an emotional night at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium as Jamestown returns to the hardwood following the death of senior standout Darian Keyser.

Keyser (19.2 ppg.) just recently surpassed 1,000 career points (1,034) to become only the 5th Muskie to reach 1,000. The others are Austin Smith (1,001, 2019 grad), Andy Graber (1,013, 1983), Joe Herrmann (1,289, 2004) and Mark Shannon (1,351, 1980).

Sophomore Peyton McElhinny leads the way for Jamestown with 12.6 ppg., freshman Cameron Keyser averages 11.2 and junior Dan Parks is at 3.0 ppg.

Commodore Perry’s top scorers are senior Hunter Artman (11.1), sophomore Karson Cropp (6.8) and junior Jordan Castona (4.0).

Jamestown hasn’t played since Feb. 11 – a 51-37 win over Commodore Perry. Cameron Keyser rifled in 26 points in that game and McElhinny scored 13. Artman led CP with 17.

The Muskies also beat CP (43-31) on Jan. 23. McElhinny (16 points), Darian Keyser (14) and Cameron Keyser (9) led Jamestown in that game while sophomore Camaron Waid led the Panthers with 9 points and Artman chipped in 8.

Commodore Perry’s last game was Feb. 12 – a 64-14 loss to Titusville.

Coach Scot Vannoy’s Jamestown squad beat CP (47-33) at Meadville’s “House of Thrills” last year to capture the program’s first-ever District 10 basketball championship. Vannoy stepped down at the end of the season after coaching the Muskies for 6 years. 

Commodore Perry led that game 22-19 at halftime, but the Muskies outscored the Panthers 15-2 in the 3rd quarter and 13-9 in the final frame. The leading scorers from that game have since graduated in the Muskies’ Austin Smith (19 points), Elliot Steadman (11) and Dawson Urbansky (10) and CP’s Keane Cropp (11) and Jared Mink (9).

The Panthers have never won a district title. The program started in 1961.

The winner advances to the PIAA playoffs to play D7-4 on March 6.

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Class 2A Championship

Farrell (16-7) vs. Lakeview (17-8)

6 p.m. Slippery Rock U.

Coach Bobby Stewart’s Region 2 champion Steelers are looking to capture the program’s 2nd straight (21st overall, 13 in D-7) district title and become the 1st Steelers’ team to win back-to-back since the 1971-72 season.

Farrell has won 8 straight games and is led by seniors Eric Hopson (21.2 ppg.), Ben King (10.9) and Brian Hilton Jr. (6.6).

The Steelers rolled past Maplewood (86-31) in the D-10 quarterfinals and routed Youngsville (73-47) in the semifinals. Hopson scored 21 against Maplewood and 16 vs. Youngsville. King also scored 16 points in the semifinal game.

If Farrell wins on Friday, it would be the 2nd straight and 4th time in school history that the football and basketball teams won district titles in the same season (1951-52, 2008-09, 2018-19). It would also be the 4th time Farrell won back-to-back district hoops titles (1951-52, 1959-60, 1971-72).

The Steelers edged Wilmington (48-46) at SRU for the District 10 championship last season. Hopson led the way with 19 points. Farrell trailed by 8 points in that game in the 3rd quarter.

Farrell swept Region 2 foe Lakeview during the regular season – 45-38 on Jan. 14 and 69-51 on Feb. 6. Hopson (16 points) and Hilton (11) led Farrell in the first win while Cole Thiec led Lakeview (13 points). In the 2nd matchup, Hopson had 23, King 14 for Farrell and Brett Beith bucketed 25.

A pair of seniors lead the way for Coach Garrett Blaschak’s Sailors with Beith (16.3 ppg.) and Thiec (11.1). Junior Hunter Miller is averaging 8.8 ppg.

This is Lakeview’s first District 10 championship game appearance since 2013 when the Sailors dropped an epic 71-65 loss to West Middlesex in 5 overtimes at SRU. In that game, WM senior standout Matt Dogan fired in 36 points while Coach Gary Burke’s Sailors were led by Dalton Boggs (25) and seniors Casey Greggs (16) and current George Junior Republic assistant coach Coty Gander (10).

Lakeview has defeated Saegertown (55-26), Cochranton (51-34) and Cambridge Springs (56-37) in the playoffs to advance to the championship game. Thiec had 23 points, Beith 11 and Miller 10 in the D-10 semifinal win over Cambridge Springs on Tuesday.

The winner will face the 5th seed out of District 7 on March 7 while the loser will square off against D-9 3rd. 

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Class 3A Championship

Sharon (16-9) vs. Fairview (22-2)

7:30 p.m. Meadville High 

Coach Zach Sarver’s Sharon High Tigers battle the Tigers of Fairview for the 2nd straight season for the District 10 Class 3A crown.

In last season’s title game, Sharon led 29-16 at halftime and was outscored 28-18 in the 2nd half, but held on for a 47-44 win. Sharon’s leading scorers in that game have since graduated in Ethan Porterfield (27 points), who is playing at IUP, and Josh Torr (12).

Current senior Matthew Franos paced Fairview with 15 points in last year’s title tilt and Jamison Cook (graduated) scored 13.

The 2019-20 Sharon squad is led by seniors Merquan Peterson (13.9 ppg.) and Camren Atallah (11.7), junior Brayden Coxson (11.7) and senior Michael Calloway (9.6).

Fairview’s top scorers are sophomore James Sitter (14.6) and seniors Dylan Dabreo (12.8), Franos (10.4) and Philip Thiem (7.0).

In the D-10 playoffs, Sharon has beaten Iroquois (88-36), Mercyhurst Prep (70-59) and Franklin (52-50). Until the semifinals Tuesday, Franklin had gone 6-0 against Sharon in the district playoffs. Calloway had 13 points while Atallah and Peterson added 10 each as the Tigers avenged a pair of regular-season losses to the Knights.

Coach Pat Flaherty’s Fairview squad beat Sharon (68-46) on Dec. 28 in the championship game of the Sharon American Legion Post 299 Holiday Classic. Sitter rifled in 31 points in that game while Franos and Thiem added 12 points each. Peterson (15), Coxson (13) and Atallah (10) scored in double digits for Sharon.

Sharon has won 2 straight District 10 titles, including the Class 4A crown two years ago when it beat Hickory (71-66) at SRU. That year was Sharon’s magical run to the PIAA championship game. It was the program’s first D-10 crown since 1991 and the team advanced to the state title game for the 1st time since 1957 and finished 27-3 after losing to powerhouse Imhotep Charter (71-35).

It is the Sharon’s 20th district championship game (15-4, 13 District 10, 2 WPIAL titles). They will also qualify for the state playoffs for the 24th time. Fairview has won 5 D-10 titles (1957, 1986, 2001, 2009, 2018).

Fairview beat Greenville (48-25) in the District 10 quarterfinals and then rallied to defeat Sharpsville (44-38) on Tuesday at Meadville Area Senior High School. Dabreo had 16 points against the Blue Devils while junior Harry Murphey scored 10.

This is the 7th straight year Fairview has appeared in the district championship game. The last team to beat them in the semifinals was West Middlesex in 2013 (58-48).

The winner faces D-7 No. 7 in the PIAA playoffs on March 7 while the loser meets D-7 4th.

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Class 3A Consolation

Sharpsville (15-9) vs. Franklin (17-7)

7:30 p.m. Farrell High School

Coach Matt Durisko’s Blue Devils suffered a tough loss to Fairview in the District 10 semifinals on Tuesday.

Sharpsville led for most of the game at Meadville’s “House of Thrills,” but the Tigers tied the game midway through the 4th quarter and went on to capture the win to advance to the title tilt. Mack Staunch led Sharpsville with 16 points while Noah Flaherty scored 8 and Brayden Fry 7.

Sharpsville’s top scorers are junior Jackson Doyle (18.0 ppg.), seniors Fry (12.7) and Flaherty (8.3), sophomore Staunch (7.8) and junior Ryan Ladjevich (7.4). The Blue Devils beat North East (74-61) in the D-10 quarterfinals.

The last time Sharpsville played in a D-10 championship game was 2011 when they lost to North East (48-45) in the AA game at Edinboro University. Before that year it was 1996.

Franklin is led by sophomore Easton Fulmer (15.0 ppg.), junior Hayden Adams (15.0), senior Dalton Buckley (10.0) and junior Zak Smith (7.2).

In the regular season, Franklin beat Sharpsville (58-54) at “The Castle” in Franklin on Dec. 23 in the first meeting between the Region 5 foes and the Blue Devils won (68-45) in Sharpsville on Jan. 28. 

Doyle and Fry had 12 points each in the loss to Franklin and Flaherty scored 10 while Fulmer bucketed 17 for Franklin and Adams 16. In the Devils’ win, Doyle had 19, Staunch 15, Fry 14 and Ladjevich 11 while Adams scored 16 for the Knights and Fulmer added 14 markers.

Franklin beat Girard (50-48) in the D-10 quarterfinals before falling to Sharon (52-50) in the semis on Tuesday.

The winner advances to the state playoffs March 7 to face the 3rd seed out of District 7. The season comes to an end for the loser.

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Class 4A Championship

Hickory (20-4) vs. Grove City (16-8)

7:30 p.m. Slippery Rock U.

The Hornets and Eagles meet again for the 2nd straight season at Morrow Field House in the 4A title game.

Region 5 champ Hickory is led by senior Donald Whitehead (21.1 ppg.), junior Peyton Mele (15.3), senior Jaylen Jarvie (9.4) and juniors Connor Evans (7.2) and Matt Cannone (7.0).

Grove City’s leading scorers are seniors Danny Timko (16.6) and Kade Persinger (13.7), juniors Michael Brooks (8.8) and Luke Hostetler (8.2) and senior Troy Loughry (5.6).

Hickory routed Titusville (70-53) in the District 10 quarterfinals and then steamrolled Warren (78-35) in the semifinals on Tuesday. Cannone led the way against the Dragons with 23 points, Whitehead bucketed 13 and Isaiah Jarzab added 10 points.

Grove City ousted Corry (61-48) in the D-10 quarterfinals and beat Harbor Creek (39-37) in the semifinals Tuesday at Meadville High. Timko had 16 points for GC and Persinger 11. Hostetler was the hero though as he drained a trey with 2.3 seconds left to lift the Eagles to the win.

Whitehead went over 1,000 career points last season while Mele reached 1,000 in the D-10 quarterfinals.

Hickory swept the regular-season series against the Eagles – 78-51 at Grove City on Dec. 18 and 57-42 at “The Hive” on Jan. 23. Mele (28 points), Whitehead (23) and Cannone (11) led Hickory in the 78-51 win while Timko scored 19 for GC. In the rematch, Whitehead (15), Mele (14) and Jarvie (12) paced Hickory while Timko (12), Persinger (10) and Spencer Pokrant (10) led the Eagles.

Hickory’s 54-49 win over GC in last season’s D-10 title game featured 11 ties and 13 lead changes. Whitehead rifled in 32 points and Mele contributed 15 as the Hornets won its first district title since 1995. GC’s top scorers in that game have graduted - Marcos Cintron (19 points) and Logan Lutz (11).

The only previous time Hickory has won back-to-back district hoops titles in the 92-year history of the program was in 1966-67 and 1967-68. Those Hornet teams were coached by Ed McGlumphy, who stepped down after the 1968-69 season after 6 seasons.

Grove City’s last District 10 title was in Class AAA in 1999. They beat Gen. McLane, 56-51, in overtime at Edinboro University. That year was the Eagles’ first district championship since 1992-93.

Grove City is one of 4 school districts to have both its boys and girls basketball teams playing for District 10 crowns (Farrell, Erie and McDowell).

Tonight’s winner advances to the state playoffs on March 6 to play the 4th seed from District 7 while the loser faces a subregional winner.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Class 1A Championship

Farrell (13-9) vs. Kennedy Catholic (19-3)

1 p.m. Hickory High

The Lady Steelers and Region 1 champion Golden Eagles meet once again for the District 10 championship.

Kennedy Catholic won its 9th straight district title last year with a 64-40 win over Farrell. Overall, it was 25th District 10 crown for the KC girls program.

The Farrell girls program has won 3 District 10 championships – the last in 2010 when they beat Kennedy Catholic (49-48) at SRU.

Coach Justin Magestro’s KC squad is led by senior Malia Magestro (26.6 ppg.), sophomore Bellah DiNardo (14.0), seniors Mariah Vincent (7.1) and Addie Flanders (4.6) and freshman Hayden Keith (3.7).

Magestro, a 1st Team All-State selection last year, will continue her education and hoops career at YSU. She shattered the KC all-time girls scoring mark of 1,541 points, which was held by 1999 graduate Jamie Cicuto, and is 3rd on the Mercer County all-time girls scoring list with 2,087 points – behind Lakeview’s Sheena Aden (2,421, 2007) and Sharon’s Wanda Holloway (2,106, 1980).

Farrell’s leading scorers are senior Kyra Crosby (11.7), sophomores Sanaa Brodie (8.9), Jaylie Green (8.7) and Deryah Stewart (6.6) and freshman Gabby King (4.8).

In last year’s D-10 championship game, Magestro scored 25 points, DiNardo had 16 and Flanders 15. For Farrell, Stewart bucketed 10, Brodie 9 and Crosby added 8 points.

Kennedy Catholic swept the regular-season series this year. The Golden Eagles won, 65-53, at Farrell on Jan. 13 and posted a 70-38 decision on KC Senior Night in Hermitage on Feb. 10.

In the first meeting, Magestro rifled in 43 points while Crosby had 17 for Farrell and Green added a dozen points. In the rematch, Magestro scored 25, DiNardo 23 and Stewart led the Steelers with 13 points.

Farrell’s last game was the Feb. 10 clash against KC while the Golden Eagles closed out the regular season with a 59-41 win over Harbor Creek on Feb. 13.

KC’s 3 losses this season have come against Hudson (Ohio), 71-60, Allderdice (53-48) and Norwin (57-39).

Hudson lost to top-seeded Warren G. Harding in the OHSAA Div. I Canton Regional/Ravenna District quarterfinals. Harding is playing Munroe Falls for the district title tonight.

Allderdice (23-2) won the Pittsburgh City League championship and beat 2-time defending D-10 Class 6A champ Erie (58-36) on Wednesday in a subregional game.

Norwin lost to Upper St. Clair (57-39) in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals.

Besides the 2 losses to KC, Farrell’s other setbacks this season have come against Cambridge Springs (68-40), Warren (60-50), Slippery Rock (52-47), West Middlesex (69-38 and 71-47), New Castle (77-70) and Grove City (53-32).

Three of those teams are playing for D-10 titles, Cambridge Springs and Warren are in D-10 consolation games and New Castle lost to Knoch in the opening round of the WPIAL 4A playoffs.

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Class 2A Championship

West Middlesex (17-6) vs. Maplewood (22-2)

1 p.m. Farrell High

For the 2nd straight year, Coach Mike Williams’ Ms. Reds square off against Maplewood for the District 10 title.

West Middlesex is in the D-10 finals for the 6th straight year and has won 4 straight championships.

Last season, the Ms. Reds set a program record with 26 wins (26-4) and advanced to the state championship game, losing to Bellwood-Antis (66-57). It was the 2nd straight state title for B-A.

WM is led by senior Makennah White (25.9 ppg.), sophomores Carlie Beatty (13.4) and Emily Anthony (12.3), senior Olivia Franks (8.2) and sophomore Taylor Tomko (4.2).

White, who is headed to play hoops at Div. I UMass, is WM’s all-time leading girls scorer with 1,922 career points. She also has 1,201 career rebounds. She surpassed Suzy Bowser’s 1995 school record of 1,460 points and is 4th on the all-time Mercer County girls scoring list. She also has 1,201 career rebounds.

Maplewood is led by senior Jordan Roser (15.4 ppg.), sophomore Isabella Eimer (14.7), freshman Sadie Thomas (13.6), sophomore Liliane Moorhead (6.0) and junior Megan Mangus (4.1).

In WM’s 76-50 win over Maplewood in last year’s D-10 title game, White fired in 24 points, Anthony scored 19 and Tomko chipped in 11 points. Roser led Maplewood with 18 points.

The Reds routed Saegertown (70-42) in the D-10 quarterfinals and then rolled past Cambridge Springs (85-38) in the semis on Wednesday. White scored 29 against Saegertown and 31 against The Spa. Anthony bucketed 20 vs. CS.

WM’s 5 losses this year have come against Rochester (67-63), Erie (63-60), Kennedy Catholic (42-41; 68-60 in OT), Neshannock (55-42) and Slippery Rock (55-51). KC and SR are playing for D-10 titles Saturday, Erie recently captured its 2nd straight D-10 Class 6A title, defending D-7 champ Rochester (23-1) plays West Greene tonight in the WPIAL Class 1A title game and Neshannock (11-11) didn’t qualify for the playoffs.

Coach Kyle Krepps’ Region 2 champ Maplewood squad has won 14 straight games. They beat Mercer (64-56) in the in the D-10 quarterfinals and defeated Cochranton (60-58) in the semis. Thomas had 28 points against the Cards and Eimer scored 11.

Maplewood had regular season wins against Sharon (60-34) and Sharpsville (73-46). Their only losses are against Mercyhurst Prep (62-51) in the season-opener at the Warren Tipoff Tourney and against Warren (44-33) at the Sharon Holiday Classic.

Maplewood girls have never won a District 10 title.

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Class 3A Championship

Greenville (19-5) vs. Mercyhurst Prep (20-4)

2:30 p.m. Meadville High School

Coach Kristin Richards’ Region 4 champion Lady Trojans will play their 3rd straight D-10 game at “The House of Thrills” on Saturday.

Greenville is led by senior Skylar Swartz (10.2 ppg.), junior Amy Batt (9.5), freshman Josie Lewis (9.1), junior Jaidah Rosario (7.1) and freshman Anna Harpst (5.5).

Mercyhurst’s key players are seniors Miranda Bly (12.6), Kaitlyn Pasko (12.5) and Emily Thompson (10.3), sophomore Rebecka Habursky (4.2) and freshman Lillirose Lang (3.1).

Greenville beat Fairview (48-42) in the quarterfinals and defeated Northwestern (46-39) in the semifinals on Wednesday. They are on a 13-game winning streak.

Rosario led Greenville with 14 points against NW and Batt bucketed 12. Lewis scored 14 vs. Fairview and Swartz contributed 11 points.

The Greenville girls program has never won a District 10 title while the Lady Lakers have captured 13 crowns.

Greenville has only appeared in one other D-10 championship game – a loss to Villa Maria Academy (61-15) in Class AA in 2010. That team was coached by Scott Taylor and Richards was the JV coach. Brooklyn Taylor, who is now a women’s hoops coach at the University of Akron, was Greenville’s top player. Villa was led by senior Kayla McBride – who played at Notre Dame and is now in the WNBA (Las Vegas Aces).

Greenville’s last loss was a 53-43 setback to Cambridge Springs on Jan. 7. Their other losses are against Grove City (52-31), Warren (48-38), Cochranton (59-54) and Hickory (43-41).

Last year, the Trojans lost to Fairview (43-37) in the D-10 semifinals, then beat Lakeview (33-30) in the consolation game. They lost to D-7 runner-up Shady Side Academy in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs.

Coach Dan Perfetto’s Mercyhurst Prep squad beat Seneca (41-27) in the D-10 quarterfinals and then shut down Girard (33-14) in the semifinals. Bly scored 11 and Thompson added 8 points in the win over Girard. They have won 5 straight games.

The Lakers losses this season are against Villa Maria (64-27), Thomas Jefferson (67-53), Southmoreland (43-37) and Hollidaysburg (55-50). Villa just recently won the D-10 Class 4A title and then beat Westinghouse in a subregional game. TJ lost to Chartiers Valley in the D-7 Class 5A semifinals, Southmoreland is 24-0 and plays North Catholic for the WPIAL 4A title tonight and Hollidaysburg lost to Portage (75-68) in the D-6 Class 5A championship game. It was Portage’s first-ever D-6 title.

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Class 5A Championship

Grove City (21-3) vs. Slippery Rock (18-6)

2:30 p.m. Farrell High School

Coach Chris Burtch’s Lady Eagles battle the Region 5 champion Lady Rockets of Coach Amber Osborn for the D-10 crown on Saturday.

Amber (McFeely) Osborn is a Grove City High graduate while Burtch graduated from Slippery Rock High and is a history teacher at Slippery Rock.

The Grove City girls program has won 3 District 10 titles while the Lady Rockets have captured 4.

This is the first time Grove City has advanced to a D-10 title game since winning the Class AAA crown in 1993 under former coach Roger Flynn and the first time since 2002 they will advance to the state playoffs.

This is the 4th straight year the Lady Rockets are playing in the D-10 title game. They won their first championship since 2010 two years ago with a 47-45 victory over Harbor Creek. They lost to Warren (59-44) last year and fell to Central Tech (35-34) in 2018.

Grove City is led by juniors Becca Santom (17.0 ppg.) and Clara Hannon (12.2), senior Katie McDowell (6.4), sophomore Emma Santom (4.2) and junior Alli Lewis (3.1). Santom has 833 career points and Hannon 789. Only 2 players in GC girls program history have reached 1,000 (Kirsten Ellison 1,412 and Chelsie Smith (1,348).

Slippery Rock’s top scorers are juniors Anna Kadlubek (12.2) and Kelly Benson (9.5), sophomore Ella McDermott (8.7), junior Hallie Raabe (7.9) and sophomore Bronwyn McCoy (7.2). Kadlubek has 855 career points.

Slippery Rock swept the regular-season series against the Eagles. The Rockets won in Slippery Rock, 55-45, on Dec. 23 and captured a 45-37 win at “The Eagles Nest” on Jan. 30. Benson (19 points) and Kadlubek (16) led SR in the initial matchup while Becca Santom (11) and Hannon (10) paced GC. In the rematch, Kadlubek scored 18, Raabe 12 and McDermott 11 for the Rockets and Hannon led Grove City with 10 points.

The Lady Eagles beat Gen. McLane (45-27) in the D-10 quarterfinals and Warren (53-45) in the semis. Becca Santom led GC with 17 points against the Lady Dragons on Wednesday.

Slippery Rock, which has won 8 straight games, ousted Corry (46-27) in the quarterfinals and Harbor Creek (43-39) in the semis. Raabe had 12 points against HC and Kadlubek 11.

Besides the 2 losses to Slippery Rock, GC’s only other loss this season came against McDowell (33-26). The Lady Rockets have won 19 straight games against the Eagles. GC’s last win vs. SR was a 50-49 decision in Feb. of 2011.

Slippery Rock’s 6 losses this season are against Mars (63-57), Hickory (44-43), West Geagua (Ohio, 50-25), McDowell (45-30), Villa Maria (63-18) and Blackhawk (77-38).

BROOKFIELD BOYS

OHSAA DIV. III PLAYOFFS

Canton Regional/Warren District Quarterfinals

Brookfield (12-11) at Newton Falls (19-3), 7 p.m.

Coach Shawn Hammond’s No. 6 seed Warriors opened the playoffs with a 68-60 win over Grand Valley on Tuesday.

Gage Emery fired in 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Haden Gibson scored 20 and Conner Stevens added 15 points. Grand Valley, the No. 11 seed in the district playoffs, closed out the season with an 8-15 record.

Stevens, a senior, averages 18.0 ppg. for Brookfield, followed by Gibson (12.8), Emery (7.8) Isaiah Jones (6.2) and Connor Filipovich (5.3).

Stevens, who is also a golf standout at Brookfield and will play at YSU after graduating, surpassed 1,000 career points in a 57-56 win over Crestview on Jan. 28.

Coach Roy Sembach is in his 33rd season as head coach at Newton Falls. He has 458 career wins and 295 losses and his teams have 14 straight winning seasons. The Tigers went 11-1 in the All-American Conference Blue Tier Division this year, while Brookfield went 4-8 in the conference.

Juniors Joey Kline (15.7) and Josh Honeycutt (13.6), senior Adam Honeycutt (9.8) and junior Cole Marquette are the leading scorers for 3rd-seeded Newton Falls. 

The Tigers swept Brookfield during the regular season – 64-59 in Newton Falls on Jan. 14 and 65-49 at Brookfield on Feb. 7. Kline had 21 points for NF in the Jan. 14 game and Stevens scored 21 for Brookfield. In the rematch, Marquette led the Tigers with 21 points while Stevens rifled in 31 for the Warriors.

The winner of tonight’s game advances to Tuesday’s 7 p.m. semifinal game at Warren G. Harding High School. They will play either 2nd-seeded LaBrae or No. 7 seed Liberty.