DIVISION II BOYS DISTRICT FINAL
Cardinal Mooney vs. Salem
When: 6 p.m.
Where: Boardman High School.
Records: Cardinal Mooney 11-11; Salem 19-6.
Coaches: Brian Danilov for Mooney; Rich Hart for Salem.
Players to watch: Mooney — Doug Caputo (6-7, senior, 16.0 ppg, second team all-district), Joey Cunningham (5-9, junior, special mention all-district), Mark Handel (6-0, junior), Joey Kleeh (5-9, junior), George Brandenstein (6-3, senior), Andrew Armstrong; Salem — Ryan Bush (6-1, senior, 22.9 ppg, first team all-district), Tony Shivers (6-6, senior, 16.5 ppg, 6.5 rebounds per game, special mention all-district), Max Wolfgang (6-6, junior, 9.4 ppg, 7.9 rebounds per game, special mention all-district), Brendan Webb (5-10, senior, 7.5 assists per game), Zach Economus (6-3, senior), Mike Madison (5-10, senior).
The skinny: Salem is seeded second and knocked off Lakeview, Ravenna and Southeast thus far. Mooney, the sixth seed, beat West Branch and then eliminated top-seeded Poland in a district semifinal. This is Mooney’s first district final appearance since 2010 when the Cardinals lost a 75-65 decision to Poland. The Quakers last played in the district championship in 2006 when they beat Niles, 57-32, before falling 63-58 to Painesville Harvey in the regional semifinal.
DIVISION III BOYS DISTRICT FINAL
Ursuline vs. LaBrae
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Howland High School.
Records: Ursuline 13-11; LaBrae 21-3.
Coaches: Keith Gunther for Ursuline; Chad Kiser for LaBrae.
Players to watch: Ursuline — Ryan Strollo (6-1, senior, 15.2 ppg, first team all-distict), Desmond McElroy (5-10, junior, 13.5 ppg), Kevin Jackson (6-4, senior, 9.1 rebounds per game), Preston Williams (5-10, senior, 9.4 ppg), Khalid Pierce (6-1, senior), Chris Gunther (5-8, senior); LaBrae — Peyton Aldridge (6-7, junior, 19.8 ppg, 11.6 rebounds per game, 4.4 assists per game, district Player of the Year for the second straight season), Carl Brown (5-10, senior, 3 assists per game, special mention all-district), John Richards (6-0, senior, special mention all-district).
The skinny: Top-seeded LaBrae has beaten Campbell and Newton Falls in tournament play and third-seeded Ursuline topped Champion, Pymatuning Valley and second-seeded Brookfield. After an 0-6 start, Ursuline won 10 of its last 15 playing a schedule which included at least nine Division I opponents. The Vikings were undefeated in the All-American Conference National Division and lost only to Poland, Brookfield and West Middlesex, Pa. LaBrae closed the regular season with 10 straight wins. Both schools have been in district finals as recently as 2011. The Irish beat Campbell 66-34 to win the Salem District that year, then beat Orrville and lost to Canton Central Catholic in the regional. LaBrae lost the Howland District final to Burton Berkshire, 55-52, in 2011.
DIVISION IV GIRLS REGIONAL FINAL
Maplewood vs. Berlin Hiland
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Massillon Perry High School.
Records: Maplewood 22-5; Hiland (24-3).
Coaches: Mark Yoder for Maplewood; David Schlabach for Hiland.
Players to watch: Maplewood — Allison Bell (5-7, senior, 17.0 ppg, second team all-district), Brooke Dawson (5-11, junior, 15.5 ppg, 8.9 rebounds per game, second team all-district), Miranda Sloan (5-4, sophomore, 11.4 ppg, 5.2 assists per game, special mention all-district), Ryley Urchek (5-7, sophomore, 8.8 rebounds per game), Victoria Karlovic (5-5, sophomore), Amanda Henderlight (5-4, senior); Hiland — McKenzie Miller (5-10, senior, 13 ppg, first team all-district,) Meagan Hall (5-8, senior, 8 ppg, third team all-district).
The skinny: Maplewood won the district title at Rootstown, the Rockets’ first in school history, then beat Lowellville, 45-36, in a regional semifinal. Hiland, the second-ranked team in the state and defending regional champion, won the other semi, 38-28 over Lake Ridge Academy. The Hawks beat Windham, 64-9, in this game last year before defeating New Madison Tri-Village, 53-47, in a state semifinal then losing to Arlington, 52-37, in the state title game.