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If you want to see some good high boys' basketball, make your way to Princeton High School Friday evening.  That is where the Queen City Showcase is being held. For $10, you can see two state champions.  The first game, at 7:30, will have D1 champ Moeller taking on Hughes.  At 9:00, D3 champ Deer Park will take on Taft.

Even though the changes have been made on the website for Wyoming boys' basketball, we will point them out to you. The home game with Taylor scheduled for Friday night has been moved to February 12.  The away game Saturday night at Harrison has been moved to February 16th.

For the 2nd time in school history, Wyoming has won a state football title.  The Cowboys won the Division IV state championship with a convincing 42-14 win over Girard. The game was the 7th and final state championship game over three days at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.

After the Cowboys stopped Girard on their first possession, Wyoming scored on a 4 play 49 yard drive.  Evan Prater scored on a 32 yard run.  AJ Washienko PAT made it 7-0 Wyoming 3 minutes into the game.  On their next possession, Girard score on a 5 yard run by quarterback Mark Waid.  The PAT tied the game at 7 all.  Late in the 1st quarter, Prater completed a 16 yard TD pass to Joey Edmonds.  Washienko made it 14-7 Wyoming after one quarter. With 5:40 to go in the 2nd quarter, Prater & Edmonds connected again for a score, this one for 29 yards.  Washienko PAT made it 21-7 Cowboys.  Edmonds intercepted a Indian pass to end their drive at the Wyoming 29.  Wyoming went 4 plays and 71 yards for another score.  The big play was a spectacular pass catch by Edmonds for 35 yards to the Girard 15.  A Indian penalty move the ball to the 8 where Prater took it in for the score.  Washienko PAT gave Wyoming a three score lead going to the locker room at half.  In the 3rd quarter, Girard had the biggest offensive play of the game on a 95 yard touchdown pass.  They cut the Wyoming lead to 28-14. In a similar situation from last week, Wyoming fumbles on their next possession and Girard recovers at the 50 yard line.  But the Cowboy defense held them to a 3 and out. The 3rd quarter ends with Wyoming at the Indian 18 yard line.  In the 4th quarter, Brennan Pagan scores on an 18 yard run and, with the Washienko PAT, Wyoming moved to a 35-14 lead. After a Girard 3 and out, Wyoming drove down the field in 10 play drive the resulted in a Prater1 yard score, his 3rd TD run of the game and his 32nd this season.  The PAT made it 42-14.  Perry McMichen "put the icing on the cake" intercepting a Girard pass with 5:30 to go in the game.  The Cowboys ran out the clock for the 42-14 win.  They finish the season a perfect 15-0.  Girard finished 13-2.  Coach Aaron Hancock has now joined the legendary Bob Lewis has the only other Wyoming football coach to win a state title!  What a way to end Wyoming's 100th season in football.  You could not write a script any better!   Keep checking Twitter the next few days for pictures and more info on the state title.  

Interesting note for the CHL.  This is the 4th team title won by a league team this year.  Deer Park boys started it by winning the basketball championship.  Later in the spring, Mariemont girls' lacrosse won.  Earlier this fall, Indian Hill won the girls' soccer for the 2nd straight year.  And Wyoming finishes it up with a state title in football.

Now that football is over , we can focus on our winter sports.  All will have been started by this week.  Stat leaders for girls' basketball & bowling will be posted next week.  Stat leaders for boys' basketball, wrestling, & swimming/diving will be posted in two weeks.  Complete stats can be found under each sport's link.

Deer Park is 2-0 overall & Madeira 2-1
Some Results From Last Week....
Madeira 49 Ripley Union 40 - Camryn Stallworth had 9 points & Carly Scott had 10 rebounds
Deer Park 74 Oyler - Janay Rose had 21 points & 10 rebounds, Torey Make 14 points, & Kenzie Schneeman 12 points & 10 rebounds

There will be 13 games this week.  Eight will be league on Wednesday & Saturday.

Reading is 2-0 overall and both Deer Park & Mariemont won their opening game.  The Wildcats have now won 30 in a row.
Some Results From Last Week....
Deer Park 83 Summit Country Day 63 - Mark Wise had 27 points and Joe Hocker had 21 points & 20 rebounds
Mariemont 55 Seven Hills - The Mariemont built a big lead only to see the Stingers come back before the Warriors pulled it out by 3 points.  Evan Sizer had 18 points, Cam Lacky 12 points, & Jack Borgerding 10 points.
Reading 58 Cincinnati Country Day 53 - Brandon Ross had 18 points, Aj Brown 11 points, & Game Van Skaik 11 rebounds.

There are 12 games scheduled for this week.  Three league games will be Friday and one on Saturday.

Deer Park is 2-0 in league & overall.  Reading is 2-0 overall
Some Results From Last Week....
Deer Park 1647 Mariemont 1207 - Chelsea Hammer of Deer Park had a 190 game & 379 2 game series.  Julie Meece had a 145 for Mariemont.
Reading 1763 Norwood 1150 - Rylynne Jenkins had a 217 game & 313 series

Taylor is 2-0 in the league & overall.  Mariemont is 1-0 in the league & 2-0 overall
Some Results From Last Week....
Mariemont 1981 Deer Park 1674 - Dylan Buerger had a 212 game & 380 series.  Teammate Stephen Banks had a 200 game & 377 series.  Eric Hamilton had a 158 game for the Wildcats.
Taylor 2014 Finneytown 1658 -  This was the first CHL bowling match for Finneytown.  Jesse Timmerman had a 201 game & 347 series for the Yellowjackets.  Ravi Vahallage had a 178 game & 321 series for Finneytown.

There are 9 matches this week, 3 of them league.  
Saturday, Reading & Taylor will be at the Holiday Classic at Western Bowl.

Mariemont goes for its 6th league title in a row and 8 of the last 10.
Madeira came in 15th at the Mason Invitational.

Indian Hill has only won two league titles in CHL history.  Both were the last two years.
Madeira came in 9th at the Mason Invitational.  David Stevenson was 6th in the 200 Freestyle.  The 200 Freestyle Relay was 5th & the 200 Medley Really was 7th.

There are 5 meets this week.  Tuesday, Wyoming host the Cowboy Classic at Powell Crosley YMCA.  Among the tress coming will be Madeira.  Saturday, Taylor will be at the Harrison Invitational which will be held at Lawrenceburg High School.

How appropriate that the 100th year of Wyoming football will end up one of the most memorable.  Saturday night will be the battle of the Cowboys and Indians for the Division IV state title!  Wyoming (14-0) will take on the Girard Indians (13-1) at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium in Canton at 8:00.  It is the 3rd time in Wyoming history that they have played in the state championship football game and the first since 1977.  In that year, Wyoming defeated Elyria Catholic 26-14 for the AA state title.  In 1975, the Cowboys lost to Cleveland Holy Name 19-14 in the AA state title game.  Ohio started having a state championship in football in 1972.  Wyoming has made the state playoffs 24 times, including the last 6 years. Five times they have been in the final four. Girard has been to the state playoffs 9 times.  The Indians made the final four for the first time in school history this year.  They have a 12-8 overall record in playoff games, 4 of those this season.  Wyoming now has a winning record in playoff games with 23-22 overall record.  Eight of those wins have been the last three years.  Wyoming defeated St Marys Memorial in the semifinal game 35-14 (see story).  Girard scored the winning touchdown with a minute to go to defeat Licking Valley 53-48.  The Cowboys finished the regular season ranked #1 in the Division IV state rankings.  Girard finished 12th.  In the regional semifinal game against Indian Hill, Wyoming recorded their 700th win in school history.  Only a handful of schools in Ohio have that many wins.  They will be going for win #703 Saturday. Wyoming has had a legendary football program.  Where they will be playing their state championship is also legendary.

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium was built in the late 1930's.  It was called Fawcett Stadium for many years.  In 2016, the stadium had an 11 million dollar renovation that was financed by New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson. It was renamed after him when reopened in 2017.  The stadium is located next to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is the site of the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in August. Besides the high school state championship games, the stadium is the home for Canton McKinley High School.  At a seating capacity of 22.400, it is the largest high school football stadium in America (FYI... the next 8 in size are all in Texas).  The stadium is also the home field for Malone University and Walsh College, both located in Canton. 

All seven division state championship games will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. One game will be played on Thursday night.  Three games will be played on Friday and three on Saturday.  Five schools that ended the season #1 in their divisions will be playing.  That includes Wyoming and #1 ranked D1 team Colerain.  Massillon Washington has the fewest miles to travel to the state championship (11).  Colerain has the most (238).  Wyoming has 2nd longest trip (231).  Girard has 68 miles to travel to Canton.  The town and school are located in the Youngstown area in eastern Ohio.

Here are some stats for the Wyoming football program:
In the 100 years of football, the school has had 89 winning seasons. There have been only 3 losing seasons.  Their winning percentage is 2nd highest in Ohio history.  Since 1956, there have been only four head coaches at Wyoming:
Bob Lewis (1956-1978)  198-21-7   Wyoming's football stadium is named after him.
Gary Jump (1979-1990) 75-40-5
Bernie Barre (1991-2011) 182-54
Aaron Hancock (2012-present) 71-13
In the last four seasons, Wyoming has had a 46-5 record, with 3 league titles during that time. The 14 wins this season is a school record. The Cowboys have the longest current regular season win streak in Ohio (31).  Wyoming has scored 590 points in the 14 games this season for a 42.0 average per game.  Seven of their 14 games have had a running clock in the 2nd half.  The Cowboy defense has given up 102 points, an average of 7 a game.  They have recorded 4 shut-outs and have only allowed 14 touchdowns and 2 field goals all season.  The closest game for Wyoming this season was in week 2 when they defeated Taft 14-12. In the regional semifinal game with Indian Hill, they won in overtime 20-17.  Junior quarterback Evan Prater has shown why he was picked the D4 Offensive Play of the Year in Ohio.  He has 2032 yards in passing with 26 TD passes and only 4 interceptions.  He also has rushed for 1546 yards and has made a staggering 29 touchdown runs.  Prater has been a part of 54 touchdowns for Wyoming this season.  Kicker AJ Washienko has made 73 of 77 PAT kicks.  Many kickers do not get that many chances in a career.  Interesting enough, Washienkeo has not attempted a field goal this season.  On defense, Eli Cupp has 10.5 sacks, 4 of them in the game with St Marys Memorial.  Hasan Black has 8.5 sacks & Harrison Shepherd 7.5.
The Cowboy defense has shut down several high powered offenses this season.

So it comes down to one big game for the Cowboys. Good luck to Wyoming. 
Spectrum TV will be covering the game and you can get live streaming on the OHSAA website.

Thanks to Coach Aaron Hancock for some of the information for this story.

Wyoming was making its first appearance to the state final four since 2009.  The top ranked D4 team in the state was taking on 5th ranked St Marys Memorial.  The game was played at Alexander Stadium at Piqua High School.  The Roughriders scored first on a 7 yard run & PAT to make it 7-0 with 3:06 to go in the 1st quarter.  Wyoming came back as junior quarterback Evan Prater passed to Joey Edmonds for a 15 yard score.  AJ Washienko PAT tied the game at 7 all at the end of the 1st quarter.  Late in the 2nd quarter, Prater found his favorite target again as Edmonds caught a 9 yard TD pass.  Washienko's PAT  gave a the Cowboys their first lead at 14-7.  On that drive, Prater had a long run and Cam O'Gara had a big 3rd down catch.  Wyoming recovered the onside kickoff at the St. Marys 40 yard line.  Prater connected with Perry McMichen for a 38 yard pass and then took it in himself from 2 yards out.  Washienko's PAT pushed the score to 21-7 Cowboys as they scored two touchdowns in 16 seconds.  Wyoming opened the 3rd quarter with a 3 plus minute drive that resulted in a Prater to Edmonds TD pass for 24 yards.  Washienko made it 28-7 Wyoming with 8:33 to go in the 3rd quarter.  Then St Marys made it interesting.  Wyoming made a rare mistake in the playoffs as they fumbled at their own 11 yard line.  St Marys recovered and scored on the 1st play to make it 28-14.  The Roughriders recovered the onside kickoff and were 47 yards away from making it a one score game.  But a big 4th down sack by Harrison Shepherd stopped the drive.  The Cowboys would end up sacking St Marys quarterback 7 times, 4 of them by Eli Cupp.  In the 4th quarter, Wyoming took over the ball at the St Mary 43 yard line.  The Cowboys had four runs, all by Prater, with final 3 yard run for the touchdown.  Washienko's PAT made it 35-14 lead with 8:09 to go in the game.  The Cowboy defense took care of the rest of the game as that ended up being the final score.  For St. Mary Memorial, who finished 12-2, it was the least points they scored on the season and the most points they gave up.  Wyoming held the high powered Roughriders offense to a season low 148 total yards, only 112 on the ground. Prater had a hand in all five Cowboy touchdowns as he passed for 188 yards and rushed for 152. The 14-0 Cowboys move on to the Division IV state championship game with Girard on Saturday at 8:00 in Canton.  It is their 3rd time to the state championship game and the first in 41 years.
Check out a very special story on Wednesday with more details about the Cowboy football team and their quest for a state title.

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