North College Hill (Cincinnati) figured to struggle after losing O.J. Mayo, whotransferred to Huntington (W.Va.), and Bill Walker, who enrolled at KansasState. But after opening the season with four losses in five games, the Trojansfinished 17--7 and surged to their third straight Ohio Division III hoops titlelast Saturday with a 50--45 win over Liberty-Benton (Findlay). "No one gaveus a chance," coach Jamie Mahaffey says. "We weren't ranked in thestate and we weren't even ranked in the city." Damon Butler (above), whoscored 20, was named the tournament's outstanding player.
WAIT TILL NEXTYEAR
Duke had an ugly one-and-done in the NCAA basketball tournament, but at leastits incoming recruits found postseason success. Taylor King, a 6'8" forwardand future Blue Devil, had 29 points and 15 rebounds as Mater Dei (Santa Ana)took the California Division II title last Friday. Two weeks earlier forwardKyle Singler, another Duke recruit, led South Medford to an Oregon 6Atitle.
BOYS AND GIRLSCLUB
Here's equality of the sexes: Oregon-Davis (Hamlet) took Indiana basketballtitles this year in boys' and girls' basketball, the first school in the stateever to do so. The girls beat Wood Memorial (Oakland City) 54--46 for the ClassA title, and the boys later took down Barr-Reeve (Montgomery) 63--52.
To say that senior Mary Kathryn Govero (left) is the best basketball player inher class isn't saying much: There are only 11 seniors at Mount Salus ChristianAcademy, a private school in Clinton, Miss. But in fact she's the best scorerin her state—ever. Her 5,015 career points is a record. The 5'11" guard isheaded to Mississippi State.
April 1, 2007
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