With an 83-73 win over Talawanda Saturday, Northwest's boys basketball team clinched the SWOC title outright.
The Knights are currently 10-0 in the conference, and they still have two conference games remaining against Mount Healthy and Edgewood. But, the Knights have built a three-game lead in the conference race so no one can catch them.
It's the second straight conference title for Northwest, but the first outright title for the Knights. Northwest shared the championship last season with Mount Healthy.
With a 64-36 win over Ross Saturday, Talawanda created a three-way tie for the SWOC girls basketball title with Ross and Little Miami. All three programs finished 9-3 in conference action.
Had Ross beaten Talawanda, the Rams would have taken the title outright.
It's the fourth straight season Talawanda has won at least a share of the SWOC title.
For Ross and Little Miami, it's their first taste of the conference title.
For the third consecutive season, Harrison's wrestling program has claimed the SWOC crown. On Saturday in its home gym, the Wildcats battered their conference opponents with 225 points.
Ross finished second with 144 and Edgewood was third with 112.
Talawanda finished fourth with 85.5 points, Little Miami had 50, Mount Healthy 29 and Northwest 7.
Here are the championship matches:
|106||Cameron Baird (Harrison) pin Logan Iams (Ross)||3:56|
|113||Jake Gentry (Ross) dec. Jacob Bernhardt (Harrison)||4-3|
|120||Parker Buschelman (Harrison) dec. Brayden Ploehs (Ross)||3-2|
|126||Hunter Barge (Harrison) maj. dec. Justin Boyle (Edgewood)||md9-1|
|132||Chris Frey (Harrison) pin Austin Harbaum (Edgewood)||2:42|
|138||Luke Shirley (Harrison) pin D.J. Whiles (Edgewood)||3:44|
|145||Gavin Pearson (Talawanda) pin* Austin Smith (Ross)||1:08|
|152||Simon Shirley (Harrison) pin Andrew Tevis (Edgewood)||1:01|
|160||Tyler Young (Ross) dec. Bo McIntosh (Harrison)||7-2|
|170||Austin Hamblin (Ross) dec. Robert Johnson (Mt. Healthy)||7-6|
|182||Chase Sayers (Ross) dec. Cameron Sauerwein (Harrison)||6-1|
|195||Mason Brunner (Harrison) pin* Rawn Wilson (Talawanda)||0:50|
|220||Nate Weber (Harrison) dec.* Noah Russell (Talawanda)||9-2|
|285||Ova Venters (Edgewood) pin Dylon Morgan (Harrison)||3:02|
Ross won a Division II Region 16 dual team title on its home mats Feb. 3. The Rams rolled over Reading in the semifinal match, then held off Eaton 36-35 in the regional final.
Ross advances to the state duals quarterfinals. Stay with us for more information on how to follow the Rams upstate.
Harrison came up short for its quest to capture a Division I regional dual team title Feb. 3 at Elder High School. The Wildcats lost a close semifinal dual against host Elder.
David Montgomery saved his surprise for National Signing Day Wednesday, Feb. 3 at Mount Healthy. Montgomery picked the Iowa State hat, joining Colerain quarterback Deshaunte Jones, who signed earlier in the day.
For a complete list of our SWOC signees, follow the "college commitments" tab above.