Around the Nation (March 14): High school girls basketball state finals are set

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HIGH SCHOOL

Hoover tops Dublin Coffman in girls state semifinal

COLUMBUS -- Third-Team all-stater Kaylee Stroemple had 18 points and fell only two points shy of matching Dublin Coffman in the first half in leading North Canton Hoover to a 61-44 victory on Friday in a Division I girls state semifinal.

Hoover is 26-2 and is ranked No. 5 in the final Associated Press regular-season poll. It will play for its second state title against top-ranked Cincinnati Princeton and Ms. Basketball Kelsey Mitchell, who beat Toledo Notre Dame 60-52.

Second-Team All-Ohioan Julie Worley had 16 points, and first-teamer Marquia Turner had 14.

Kamerine Taylor hit her first four 3-pointers and ended up 5-of-8 with 17 points for Coffman, which is 22-7.

The Lady Vikings were powered by a 24-2 edge in points in the paint. They led 32-18 at the half as Stroemple had 16.

Mitchell leads Princeton past Notre Dame

COLUMBUS -- Ms. Basketball Kelsey Mitchell scored 23 points and top-ranked Cincinnati Princeton beat Toledo Notre Dame Academy 60-52 Friday night in a Division I girls state semifinal at Ohio State's Value City Arena.

Carlie Pogue added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Vikings (27-2), who shoot for their second big-school state title in today's final.

Mitchell also had six assists, four rebounds and a steal.

Tierra Floyd, like Mitchell a First-Team all-stater, had 21 points for the seventh-ranked Eagles (24-4), with Kaayla Mcintyre adding 16.

Princeton outscored Notre Dame 12-5 in the third quarter and then hung on by hitting 7-of-10 free throws in the last 1:03 -- three by Mitchell, who is headed to Ohio State along with her twin sister, Chelsea.

Versailles beats Fairland in D3 semi

COLUMBUS -- Second-team Associated Press All-Ohioan Christa Puthoff had 15 points and Versailles hit seven of eight free throws in the final minute to hold off Proctorville Fairland 67-60 in a Division III girls state semifinal on Friday.

Katie Heckman added 13 of the Tigers' 27 bench points and Lauren Bruns scored 10.

Versailles (24-3), chasing its second state title, meets Columbus Africentric, a 44-22 winner over Smithville, in Saturday's championship game.

Unranked Fairland (22-4) led by 10 points early but the Tigers went on a 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter to go up by 12. The Dragons pulled as close as five before ninth-ranked Versailles put the game away at the line.

Caitlin Stone had 15 points, Taylor Perry 13 and Terra Stapleton 11 for Fairland.

Hart's 11 blocks lift Africentric to win

COLUMBUS -- First-Team Associated Press All-Ohioan Alexa Hart had eight points and 11 blocked shots to lead Columbus Africentric past Smithville 44-22 on Friday in a Division III state girls semifinal.

Ayrielle Stith scored 11 points for the Nubians (26-2).

Africentric, ranked eighth in the final regular-season Associated Press poll, goes for its fourth championship in the last eight years on Saturday.

Hart, who was co-player of the year in the division, is an Ohio State signee.

With the score tied at 9, the Nubians scored 15 of the next 20 points. When Smithville pulled within six points early in the final quarter, Stith hit a 3, made a steal and then had a long assist to start a 16-0 run.

Olivia Besancon led unranked Smithville (26-3) with nine points.

BASEBALL

Bowling Green no-hits Bucknell

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Bowling Green's Brett Fitzwater and Chris Miller combined to throw the ninth no-hitter in school history, striking out eight in a 7-0 victory over Bucknell on Friday.

Fitzwater (1-1) fanned a career-high six in five innings, while Miller pitched the final three innings for his first save to complete the Falcons' first no-hitter since 1995.

The game, originally scheduled for seven innings, was ruled official after eight. Bowling Green (6-8-1) said on its website that there was a miscommunication between the Russ Matt Tournament committee and the umpires extended the game an extra inning.

Brian Bien had three hits and three RBIs, and Jeremy Shay drove in two runs for Bowling Green.

Dan Weigel (0-3) took the loss for Bucknell (6-11), which won the first game of the doubleheader 7-3.

ICE HOCKEY

Jackets activate Tyutin, re-assign Cody Goloubef

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets activated defenseman Fedor Tyutin off injured reserve Friday and reassigned defenseman Cody Goloubef to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.

The club also signed its third first-round pick from last year's draft, forward Marko Dano.

Tyutin has missed the last nine games with an ankle injury which occurred while playing for Russia at the Olympics.

The top-two defenseman has four goals and 20 assists, 30 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating in 53 games with Columbus this season. In 659 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and New York Rangers, he has 50 goals, 181 assists and 428 penalty minutes.

Goloubef has played in five games with the Jackets this season and has two penalty minutes. He has six goals and 16 assists in 48 games with Springfield.

Dano was the 27th overall pick in last year's draft.

The 19-year-old has six goals and six assists with 67 penalty minutes in 78 career games with HC Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League over the past two seasons.

The 5-foot-11, 183-pounder has represented Slovakia at numerous international competitions, including the past three World Junior Championship tournaments.

BASKETBALL

Marshall coach Herrion resigns after 11-22 season

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick says men's basketball coach Tom Herrion has resigned after the Thundering Herd went 11-22 this season.

Hamrick announced the move Friday, two days after Marshall lost to Old Dominion in the second round of the Conference USA Tournament.

The 46-year-old Herrion went 67-67 in four seasons but just 24-41 in his final two years.

Marshall lost its top seven scorers from a year ago. Herrion parted ways last May with DeAndre Kane, who graduated, transferred to Iowa State and was an all-Big 12 first round selection this season.

SOCCER

Federal mediators enter MLS lockout

WASHINGTON -- A federal mediator has entered talks involving locked out Major League Soccer referees.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said Friday that acting director Scot L. Beckenbaugh and Jack Sweeney, its director of mediation services for the northeast sub-region, had held several lengthy sessions with the Professional Referee Organization and the Professional Soccer Referees Association.

PRO, which manages on-field officials for Major League Soccer, locked out the game officials on March 7.

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