-The Blue Devils own 16 wins in as many games, but we still aren't sure how much we know about this team. For what we don't know, we will soon find out this week. We would be surprised if Big Blue makes it through a trio of contests this week without defeat. Zanesville will travel to red-hot Massillon Jackson on Wednesday before weekend encounters with Dover (Friday) and at Wheeling Park, WV on Saturday. After this week, the Blue Devils have two games with Marietta and close out the season at Westerville North.
Columbus -- The Pickerington Central Tigers have been through some ups-and-downs throughout this season starting the year (6-3) and losing head coach Jerry Francis following a January 3rd loss to rival Newark. Francis had a mini-stroke and is suffering from two bulging discs in his back, which forced him to resign for the remainder of the season.
Assistant coach Eric Kruger took over prior to a huge OCC-Ohio match up with Gahanna Lincoln. The Tigers found a way to beat Gahanna in front of standing room only crowd, and haven't looked back since.
Columbus Northland went (3-0) at the Xavier Team Camp defeating Cincinnati Walnut Hills, Dayton Dunbar, and Lawrence Central (IN). The Vikings got a huge lift from Seth McCoy (6'2/SG), who transferred in from Canal Winchester joining point guard Shemar Waugh, a former Canal performer. McCoy is a high level shooter off the catch-and-shoot.
Seth Towns (6'7/2016) of Northland received an offer from Xavier.
MaCio Teague (6'2/2015) is playing with Cincinnati Walnut Hills this summer according to Walnut's head coach, Ricardo Hill Sr. Hill informed us that Lamont West (6'7/2015) has transferred over from Cincinnati Withrow as well.
TJ Steele (5'7/2014) is playing with Shaker Heights this summer after playing his first three seasons at Cleveland Benedictine. Steele makes up for his size with toughness, the ability to lead a team, and make plays.
Grant Benzinger (6'3/W/2014) of Cincinnati Moeller has picked up an offer from UNC Ashville. The Bulldogs recently added Jared Ronai, an Ohio native, to the staff following his stint at Ashland University.
"So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing."
-1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)
This always reminds me of something my pastor says, "hurting people, hurt people."
This is so true, which is why 1 Thessalonians 5:11 is a great reminder of what we need to be doing. If we look around, there is already enough hurt and pain. There are so many people suffering physically, spiritually, and emotionally out there, that we need not add to people's sufferings. I encourage you and myself to say encouraging words to others on a daily basis. Make it a daily goal to encourage and build up at least one other person. The impact this may have on that person, may just be the breakthrough they need to see God's goodness.
Cincinnati Moeller's Nate Fowler (6'9/C/2015) has added an offer from Butler according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Mike Dyer. Fowler now owns four offers with interest coming from several of the big boys.
Fowler is one of the more unappreciated players in Ohio. He plays with a talent drenched AAU team (King James Shooting Stars) where touches are limited for this big man. At times, you can almost forget he is on the floor.
Akron SVSM's VJ King (6'7/WF/2016) has made the final 16 of the USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team. The group started with 30 competitors and is now down to 16. The roster will be trimmed down and finalized at 12 by June 7th.
The wing position is solid with Malik Newman (2015) Malik Monk, Jayson Tatum, and Josh Jackson, so King will really need to show out in the coming days.
"In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?" -Psalm 56:4
**I love this verse. At times, for me, I need to read this over-and-over again. When we are striving to live righteously, which is a daily battle, we are going to get resistance from the enemy of our soul. He will constantly throw in our minds thoughts about what others may think of us or try to get us to live in fear of others. Just remember, and this goes for me as well, this is a lie.
This is the Truth:
"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell." -Matthew 10:28
Our concern needs to be what God thinks. Anything else is a lie from Satan himself. We fear what other people think of what we say, do, and how we live, but if we are living for The Lord, we can be free of this type of thinking. Remember, we perform for an audience of One.
The 2013 Pangos All-American Camp will take place this weekend in Long Beach, California. The prestigious, invite-only camp draws top players from across the nation, which will include Cleveland VASJ's Carlton Bragg (6'9/PF/2015).