You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Bellefontaine upsets top-seeded Urbana


Urbana fought and fought Tuesday night to get even with Bellefontaine. And just when it looked as if hope was gone, Dillon Knueven banked in a 3-pointer with seven seconds left.

Down two, the Hillclimbers fouled Bellefontaine’s Tristin Tillman before the ball was inbounded. Tillman made the first but missed the second. But Urbana never got a chance to shoot for the tie because Chieftains point guard AJ Gorham stole the outlet pass and was fouled.

Two free throws later fourth-seeded Bellefontaine had knocked off top-seeded Urbana 45-40 in a Division II sectional semifinal at Springfield High School.

“I never felt like we were out of it,” Urbana coach Jeremy Dixon said. “I always thought we’re going to have a run, we’re going to have a run. Unfortunately it just came a little bit too late.”

Bellefontaine meets Central Buckeye Conference rival Tippecanoe, the No. 2 seed, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Springfield High in the sectional final.

Urbana (18-6) never led and was never tied for the lead as Bellefontaine (15-8) took a 10-4 lead after one quarter. The Hillclimbers played catch-up, and 42-40 was as close as they got on Knueven’s late 3-pointer.

“It seemed like every time we had a chance to cut the lead, we’d miss an easy basket, a loose ball would tip their way or they’d get a breakout,” Dixon said.

The Chieftains, who had their own struggles scoring at times against the stingiest defense in the CBC, led by nine early in the fourth and by eight three more times, the last at 38-30 with 2:51 left before Urbana’s final push.

“They’re a champion,” Bellefontaine coach Henry Stolly said. “They’re going to keep battling to the very end like a champion does.”

Dixon, however, pointed to his team’s four-point first quarter. The Chieftains opened with a 2-3 zone, which did not surprise Urbana. But if high schools played with a shot clock, there would have been a lot of bad, late-in-the-clock shots in the first quarter. The Hillclimbers were reduced to perimeter passers.

“You can’t have a first quarter like we did and expect to beat a good team,” Dixon said. “We were very unaggressive with the zone early on. And when we did get opportunities we just didn’t finish them.”

The Chieftains, who lost to Urbana 45-41 a month ago, changed defenses often during the final three quarters, alternating between zone and man and employing different half-court traps and full-court zone pressure.

“We tried to keep them out of an offensive flow by changing defenses and putting a little pressure on their guards and make them feel a little uncomfortable,” Stolly said.

Urbana won its third straight CBC Mad River Division title this year. Dixon said seniors Knueven (14 points), Alex Niswonger and Justin Levan gave the team strong leadership and consistent play.

“These guys are great kids,” Dixon said. “I don’t think anybody in their right mind expected these kids to win 18 games this year. They overachieved all year.”


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in

H.S. Results for 4/22: St. Henry coach gets 500th win

John Dorner, in his 28th season as head baseball coach of St. Henry, won his 500th career game in a 12-2 contest over Fort Jennings on Saturday. Ryan Luttmer was 4-for-4 with three doubles and six RBI and Rylee Deitsch was 4-for-4 with a triple and three RBI to lead St. Henry at the plate. On the mound Daylon Lange scattered four hits over four innings...
Baseball: Loss to Tipp leaves Kenton Ridge eager for rematch
Baseball: Loss to Tipp leaves Kenton Ridge eager for rematch

Kenton Ridge’s chances of a No. 1 seed in the Division II sectional tournament draw are likely gone due to a 9-0 loss to Tippecanoe on Saturday at Tom Randall Field. That didn’t upset Kenton Ridge coach Aaron Shaffer, though. Instead, Shaffer is confident his team will learn from Saturday’s mistakes and be ready for a rematch against...
New Southeastern football coach Payton Printz: ‘I can’t wait’
New Southeastern football coach Payton Printz: ‘I can’t wait’

A familiar name has returned to Ohio Heritage Conference football. But instead of continuing a successful run at Triad, Payton Printz will be hoping to do the same at Southeastern High School. Printz recently was approved by the Southeastern Local School District to be its football coach. He succeeds Greg Bonifay, who resigned earlier this spring to...
Family leaves heartwarming note after sitting behind NFL receiver on flight
Family leaves heartwarming note after sitting behind NFL receiver on flight

You never know who is watching or how you can influence them. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu learned that after getting a note from someone who sat behind him on a flight. Sanu tweeted a photo of the note saying, "This definitely put a smile on my face." The note reads: "Hi! You don't know us, but we wanted to thank you....
Powell looking to “move forward” after being renewed as Dunbar coach
Powell looking to “move forward” after being renewed as Dunbar coach

Darran Powell has been renewed as the Dunbar High School football coach. His status as coach had been under scrutiny since a series of events last season ultimately led to one of the harshest penalties in Ohio High School Athletic Association history. Powell, a Dunbar graduate, told his returning players on Thursday his coaching contract for the upcoming...
More Stories