Trotwood-Madison senior Amari Davis set the Rams’ all-time career scoring mark last week and established a new personal single-game record. He also has a rare shot at surpassing 2,000 points for his career and he’s not the only area boys high school basketball player aiming at that 2-K mark.
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The 6-foot-4 guard set an all-time Trotwood record of 1,610 points in an 89-81 defeat of Indianapolis Crispus Attucks. That surpassed former backcourt mate and 2018 Trotwood grad Myles Belyeu, now the leading scorer (16.0) at Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) as a freshman.
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Davis put a career-high 47 points on Wayne in a 91-88 overtime loss – Trotwood’s first – on Friday. That surpassed the 42 points he scored against Xenia as a junior. Davis signed with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in November.
Xenia senior guard Samari Curtis scored 30 points in a 79-63 recent loss at Fairborn. That put him past Robert Siwo’s all-time Buccaneers career scoring record of 1,537 points. Curtis decommitted from Xavier and signed with rival Cincinnati.
Add Sidney senior guard Andre Gordon in the chase to 2,000 points. He converted seven of eight overtime free throws and scored a season-high 34 in Saturday’s 77-73 defeat of visiting Wayne.
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That upped Gordon’s career scoring total to 1,596 points and he closed within 148 of DeWayne McCluskey’s all-time Yellow Jacks career mark of 1,745 points. Gordon, a 6-2 guard, signed with Virginia Tech.
Ohio High School Athletic Association records list only players with 2,200 or more career points. The last area player to crack that bunch was Fairlawn’s Nathan Lessing with 2,223 points (2013-17). Franklin’s Luke Kennard ranks No. 2 in all-time Ohio scoring with 2,977 points (2011-15).
All three Greater Western Ohio Conference teams return to action on Friday: Trotwood (5-1) is at Piqua, Xenia (4-4) hosts Tippecanoe and Sidney (7-1) is at West Carrollton.
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• Fairborn senior guard Shaunn Monroe has kept a hot hand as well. He scored 32 points in last Friday’s 68-56 win at Oakwood to surpass 1,000 career points. Monroe went for 41 points in a season-opening loss at Springboro.
Fairborn (6-2) has been the early surprise GWOC team and takes a five-game win streak into Friday’s showdown against visiting Butler (8-1).
Billy Harchick is in his first season coaching the Skyhawks after being Fairborn’s girls basketball coach the previous two seasons. Harchick succeeded Nate Chivington, who’s in his first season as Lebanon’s boys coach.
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• Lauren Hapgood, a 5-8 senior at Oakwood, hit all 14 free throws and scored 23 points in a 53-52 loss to Monroe. That put her over 1,000 points for her career. She’s averaging 20.1 points for the Jills (4-5).
• The first Associated Press boys state basketball polls will be released on Monday, Jan. 7. The first girls state basketball polls will be announced the following day.
• Steve Poff resigned as the Middletown Madison football coach after five seasons (42-15). The Mohawks made their first postseason appearance in 2017 and advanced to a Division V state semifinal that season. Madison followed with a spot in the D-V regional finals last season.
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That ensures at least the third Southwestern Buckeye League coaching change since last season. Mike Brown resigned at Carlisle and former Lakota East assistant Bob Mullins was named to succeed Brett Stubbs at Monroe.
• Fairmont will have new soccer coaches next season following the resignations of Dave Kozlowski (boys) and Kelly Huffman (girls). According to GWOC stats, Fairmont’s boys won four games each of the last two seasons and the Firebirds girls have had just one winning season since 2006.
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