Opposing coach on Trotwood: ‘They’re crazy athletic’

The Trotwood-Madison boys basketball team will be a heavy favorite to win an elusive state championship this weekend. The first challenge will be to overcome newcomer Byesville Meadowbrook in Friday’s final four semifinals.

Trotwood (25-3) will play Meadowbrook (22-6) at 10:45 a.m. Friday at Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center. Defending D-III state champ Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (19-8) gets Lexington (23-5) at 2 p.m. in the other semi.

The winners return to the Schott for the state title showdown at 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Coming out of the Athens region, it’ll be the first time Trotwood and Meadowbrook have played. It’s the second straight season Trotwood has qualified for the state final four and fourth overall since 2006. It’s the first final four for Meadowbrook.

Trotwood is among the state’s scoring leaders, averaging 90.7 points. That’s slightly more than the 89.9 points the Rams averaged last season. Trotwood tallied triple digits in nine regular-season blowouts.

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“I know who they are,” Meadowbrook coach Louis Tolzda said. “They’re crazy athletic. We know what we have to do to give ourselves a shot at the end of the game. We don’t pass the look test at all. We look like a junior high team. For us to come through that gauntlet like we did, I gotta think there’s a heartbeat for us.”

The other area rep is Marion Local (23-4), which will play Pandora-Gilboa (26-1) in a D-IV state semi at 2 p.m. Thursday. The other D-IV semi features Berlin Hiland (23-5) vs. Willoughby Cornerstone Christian (20-7) at 10:45 a.m.

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Those winners advance to the D-IV championship at 10:45 a.m. Saturday.

All the state semifinal and final boys games will be shown live on Spectrum TV channels 311 and 1311.

• The Bill Moss Memorial Underclass Girls All-Star Basketball Games will be held on Wednesday at Edison State Community College in Piqua. Previously held at Urbana, the event has been renamed in honor of the longtime Urbana High School girls basketball coach who died earlier this year.

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“It is a perfect way to honor his legacy and what he has meant to this game,” said Jim Dabbelt, director of The Dabbelt Report and co-founder of this event with Moss. “There were not many people as dedicated to this game as coach Moss was.”

The combined Division I and II girls game is at 6 p.m. and the Divisions III and IV game at 7:30 p.m.

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• Lacy Drake’s five-season run as the Fairmont girls basketball has ended. She announced her resignation soon after Fairmont’s season-ending loss to Lakota West in a district final.

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The Firebirds were 17-9 this past season and 79-48 overall during Drake’s tenure. A Fairmont grad for former Ashland University standout, Drake succeeded Tim Cogan as Fairmont’s coach. Her best season was the first, going 23-3 with many key players who were on the 2013 D-I state championship team.

Contact the Fairmont athletic department for more information.

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Thursday D-IV: Marion Local vs. Pandora-Gilboa, 10:45 a.m.

Friday: D-II: Trotwood-Madison vs. Byesville Meadowbrook, 10:45 a.m.

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