Middletown connected on a 3-pointer, banked off the glass, at the buzzer to beat Wilmington 54-53 in a Division I District final at Xavier University's Cintas Center on Saturday night.
Wilmington has now lost in the District finals in consecutive seasons (lost to Alter in Division II last season).
Wilmington sophomore forward Jarron Cumberland is the SWOC Player of the Year and Wilmington coach Mike Noszka repeated as SWOC Coach of the Year.
Wilmington beat Lakota West 68-59 Tuesday at Xavier University's Cintas Center to earn a Division I Sectional title.
Next up for the Hurricane is another Greater Miami Conference opponent for a District title in Middletown on Saturday (March 8) at 9 p.m. at the Cintas Center.
Northwest senior bowler Lindsey Gehlenborg advanced individually to the Division I State bowling tournament, the first state qualifier in school history. Gehlenborg bowled a 643 which ranked her tenth overall at the District tournament.
The Northwest boys team finished sixth, one spot out of qualifying the entire squad to state.
Little Miami received an automatic berth to Regional Academic competition when they attained first place as undefeated regular-season champions in the conference. They will advance with Talawanda who won the SWOC Tournament held February 26. We wish them luck in April at Regionals in the Ohio Academic Competitions.
The Talawanda boys' swimming and diving team finished sixth at the Division II state championships. Wilmington came in 18th at the girls' Division II state championship.
State-placers for Talawanda:
50Free-Josh Crowder, 8th place
100Free-Josh Crowder, 6th place
100Breast-Scott Richmond, 6th place
100Fly-Jesus Caraballo, 8th place
400FR-Jesus Caraballo, Scott Richmond, Adam Mandrell, Josh Crowder, 8th place
200MR-Jesus Caraballo, Scott Richmond, Adam Mandrell, Josh Crowder, 4th place
State-placers for Wilmington:
100Fly-Madeline Schaffer, 8th place
200IM-Madeline Schaffer, 5th place