The All Division III regional finals at Trent Arena Saturday guaranteed a CHL in the final four.  Madeira had been their once before in 1999.  Deer Park was making they first appearance in school's history at the regional level.
Both schools were well represented at the game.  At the start game, defenses dominated for almost three minutes before Damani Mcentire made the first basket of the game at 5:16. Deer Park held a 10-5 lead at the of the quarter allowing Madeira only one field goal. The 2nd quarter started with 5 quick points by Ibrahima Athie as Deer Park took a double digit lead.  Madeira's leading scorer Jack Cravaack score this first basket of the game at the 5:54 mark.  The Wildcat defense created turnovers including several steals.  Jean Rose's 3 pointer in the closing seconds gave the Wildcats a 27-15 half time lead.   Deer Park started the 3rd quarter on a 16-1 run to break open the game.  By the end of 3 quarters, the Wildcats were ahead 44-36.  The 4th quarter was filed with fouls on both sides.  Both teams scored 50 combined points with over half of them from the foul line. Deer Park held the double digit lead to claim the regional championship 65-55.  Jean Rose finished with 20 points for the Wildcats. Mark Wise added 10 points, all from the foul line.  Jack Cravaack had 16 for Madeira.  Adam Wieczorek added 13 points and Kyle Johnson 12 points.  The Mustangs finished a great season with the regional runner-up trophy and a 19-8 record.

Deer Park (27-0) will go to the state final four for the first time ever in school history.  The state championships will be at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State.  The Wildcats will take on Cleveland Heights Lutheran East on Thursdays at 5:15 in state semi-final.  Lutheran East has 14-13 record. There is more to their record then it looks.  The Falcons were the Division IV state champs last year.  They play almost all of their games in regular season against Division I teams.

Two Division III Regional semi-final games were played at a packed house at Trent Arena Wednesday in Kettering.  Both had positive results for league teams.

Game one had the two top Division III teams in the city playing. Deer Park had an early lead in the opening minutes but Purcell Marian took over and had the lead most of the rest of regulation.  At times, the Cavaliers had a double digit lead. In the 4th quarter two Wildcat starters, Damani Mcentire & Joseph Hocker, fouled out.  Deer Park was down six points with 4 minutes to go.  Poor foul shooting by Purcell Marian opened the door.  Clutch baskets by Steven Gentry Jr., Mark Wise, & Jalen Rose brought the Wildcats back to tie the game in regulation 63 all.  At the start of overtime, Deer Park took only their 3rd lead change of the night 65-63.  They never looked back as Deer Park won 81-70.  Mark Wise finished with 26 points as the Wildcats improved to 26-0 on the season.

Game two was an ICRC TV game between the 3rd & 4th ranked teams in the city, North College Hill & Madeira.  The Mustangs, behind senior Jack Cravaack, scored the first 7 points of the game.  Madeira held one of best offensive teams in the city to 12 first half points while scoring 32 themselves.  The lead built to as much as 24 in the 2nd half before the Trojans made a run in the 4th quarter to close within 11.  But Madeira matched baskets the rest of the way out to claim a 70-56 win. Cravaack led the way with 19 points.  Eric Hoeffel added 17 points.  Mark Manfredi had 13 points and Adam Wieczorek added 11 points and 8 assists.  As a team, Madeira had 26 assists.  The Mustangs shot 69% from the field including 67% from 3 point.  The starters only missed a combined 6 baskets.  Madeira is now 19-7.  They have won 7 in a row and 13 of the last 14 games.

So the Elite 8 is set in Division III basketball with 25% of the teams coming from the CHL!  Deer Park & Madeira will meet in the regional final Saturday at 7:00 at Trent Arena at Fairmont High School.  It will be third time this season the two teams have met.  Deer Park won both regular season games.  It is the first time since 1999 that two league teams have met for a regional championship.  In 1999, it was Finneytown & Madeira with the Mustangs winning and making their only final four appearance.  Deer Park is making their first regional final appearance.  We will guarantee a league team in the final four for the first time since 2003 when Reading won the D3 state championship.

The Division III. boys' basketball Sweet 16 is now set and two of those teams are from the CHL.   Both Deer Park & Madeira won district titles at UD arena on Wednesday.

Madeira had the first of game of the evening going against the #6 team in the state Versailles.  The Mustangs pretty much controlled the game against the Tigers.  But with a couple minutes to go, the Tigers pulled within 2.  They never got any closer as the Mustangs won 57-51,  Jack Cravaack once again led Madeira in scoring with 22 points.  He added 12 rebounds.  In the last four games, Cravaack has averaged just over 22 a game.  Adam Wieczorek added 14 points and Kyle Johnson had 12 points.  Madeira is now 18-7 with a 6 game winning streak.

Deer Park played Dayton Stivers in the second game of the night.  The Wildcats got a scare from the 12th seeded Tigers.  Stivers led at half time by 5 and at the end of the 3rd by 4.  But late foul shooting by Deer Park brought them back as they went on to win 72-63.  Mark Wise led the Wildcats with 24 points.  Deer Park is now 25-0 and is making their first ever appearance in the regional semi-finals.

Both teams move on to the regional semi-finals at Trent Arena on the campus of Kettering Fairmont High School.  The games will be played on Wednesday, March 14th.  How appropriate that the top four teams in the final Enquirer poll will be playing there.  In the 5:30 game, Deer Park will take on Purcell Marian.  The teams have been in the top two in the city most of the season.  In the 8:00 game, Madeira will take on North College Hill.  This is Madeira's first trip to the regional semi-finals since 2006.

Check out Twitter for pictures of the district games and, in the coming days, information on tickets for the regional match-ups.

Fourteen basketball players were name to the Southwest District All Star teams. Two were named to 1st Teams.

Five girls are all district.  In Division II, junior Sky Thomas  (Wyoming) is on the 2nd Team.  In Division III, senior Mary Englert (Madeira) is on the 2nd team.  Teammate senior Marin Kline is on Honorable Mention.  Joining her are junior Torey Make (Deer Park) & senior Ashley Rather (Mariemont).

Nine boys are all district.  Junior Joey Edmonds (Wyoming) is on the Division II 1st Team.  Teammate senior Evan Prater is on 2nd team along with senior Colin Shaw (Indian Hill). Junior Johnny Bultema (Indian Hill) is Honorable Mention.  In Division III, senior Jack Cravaack (Madeira) is on the 1st Team.  On Second Team are two Deer Park players; senior Dasani Mcentire & sophomore Mark Wise.  Senior Charlie Tripp (Mariemont) is on 3rd Team.  Senior Kyle Johnson (Madeira) is Honorable Mention.

John Mark Williams of Indian Hill was the last CHL wrestler competing this season.  The junior defeated David Tuttle of Steubenville 9-6 to finished 7th in the 170 Division II weight class. Williams ended a great season with a 40-7 record.

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