Tourney schedule continues for hoop squads

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North Union’s Joel Krebehenne (left) and Fairbanks’ Trey Good put up shots in these file photos. The Wildcats and Panthers will open Division III tournament action tonight. NU will host Amanda Clearcreek, while FHS travels to Elgin.
(Journal-Tribune photos by Sam Dillon and Tim Miller)

It could be a very busy next few days for local high school basketball teams.
There are three tournament games scheduled for this evening to kick off what could be a full week of action for area squads.
All of tonight’s contests feature tip-off times of 7 p.m.
Union County’s only unbeaten team, the Wildcats of North Union, will take a 21-0 record into a home game against Amanda Clearcreek.
The Wildcats are the No. 3 seed in the Central District for Division III, while the Aces (12-9) are seeded ninth.
Fairbanks’ boys will travel to Elgin with an 11-11 record and the 14th seed in Division III.
The Comets, who are the 11th seed, will defend their court with an 11-9 mark.
Elgin edged the Panthers, 47-44, during a home game on Jan. 4.
Both games are tournament openers for NU and Fairbanks.
The top-seeded Lady Pioneers of Jonathan Alder will play in the Division II district semifinals tonight at Hamilton Township High School.
They will take a 21-3 mark into the contest against No. 7 Bloom Carroll (13-10).
North Union’s girls (16-8) will travel to Olentangy Berlin High School on Wednesday for the Division III district semifinals.
The eighth-seed, the Lady Cats will tangle with No. 13 Johnstown Northridge (11-12).
Victories by any of the local teams will send them into additional action later this week.
If the Lady Pioneers win, they will play for a district championship on Thursday, 6 p.m., at Ohio Dominican University.
JA would face the winner of tonight’s contest between No. 2 Granville (18-5) and No. 5 River Valley (17-6).
Friday could be a very busy night for local hoops.
The No. 21 seeded Marysville Monarchs (15-8) will travel to Chillicothe for a Division I sectional boys final game.
The Cavaliers, who are seeded No. 16, will take a 17-4 record into the game, which will begin at 7 p.m.
Both North Union teams and the Fairbanks boys would also play on Friday if victories are achieved over the next couple of days.
The NU boys would host No. 16 West Jefferson (12-7) at 7 p.m., while the Lady Cats would travel to the Columbus Convention Center.
North Union’s girls would play the winner of the game between No. 1 seed Columbus Africentric (19-4) and No. 10 Marion Elgin (13-11).
Friday’s game is set for 8:30 p.m.
A victory by the Fairbanks boys would send them into a 7 p.m. game on Friday at No. 2 Worthington Christian.
The Warriors (18-4) toppled FHS, 52-35, on Dec. 3.
There is only one local high school game scheduled for Saturday.
Jonathan Alder (18-4), which sports the No. 1 seed in boys Division II, will host 20th seed Columbus East (5-17).
That contest is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.


Emma Shepherd of Jonathan Alder shoots a jumper against Columbus East. JA will face Bloom Carroll in the D-II district semifinals tonight. The game will be played at Hamilton Township. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)


Marysville’s Noah Brown, left, and Gabe Schaeffer pressure a Franklin Heights ball handler. The Monarchs will travel to Chillicothe on Friday for their next tournament game. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)


Alyssa Guy of NU shoots over an opponent in this file photo. The Lady Cats will face Northridge in tournament action on Wednesday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)


JA’s Logan Stevens hits a jumper in this file photo. The Pioneers will host Columbus East in tourney action on Saturday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)



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