The Cleveland Cavaliers were about to board the team plane to Detroit on Sunday when news first broke that former Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash.
The Chargers won a total of 10 matches on Friday and Saturday, with none closer than a 54-18 win over Brookville in the championships of the Division III duals at St. Mary Central Catholic.
The legendary basketball star who spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers was killed Sunday when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames amid foggy conditions.
Western Reserve had a 40-32 lead in the second half of Sunday’s game against New Middletown Springfield at the Eric Snow Classic in Canton, but went ice cold down the stretch of a 70-60 loss.
Willard also cruised to an SBC win on Saturday, while South Central and Edison fell in league action.
Leading 43-32, the Flyers (12-3) were unable to close out the Tigers (12-2) in a 58-52 loss Saturday in Huron.
The Trojans went on a 25-11 scoring stretch in the second half of a 62-45 win over the Truckers behind big performances from Simon Blair and David Lamoreaux Saturday in Norwalk.
Tied at halftime, the Lady Flyers (13-3, 9-2) outscored the Roughriders (10-6, 7-4) by a 21-6 margin in the third quarter of a 51-37 win Saturday in Norwalk.
Leading 17-15 after one quarter, the Roughriders (12-2, 8-2) outscored Crestview by 24 over the next two quarters of a 79-47 road win Friday. In SBC action, Edison fell to Margaretta by 14.
South Central limited Plymouth to just 27 points in a 53-27 win on Friday in Greenwich; Monroeville snapped a four-game skid with a win over Mapleton.
Willard (12-2, 4-2) trailed 48-38 with 2:52 left, but had a chance to tie the Rockets (8-2, 4-1) in the closing seconds of a 49-48 loss Friday in Oak Harbor.
The state-ranked Flyers (12-2, 10-0) remained alone in first place in the Firelands Conference with Friday’s 64-56 win over the Wildcats (5-10, 4-6) in Norwalk.
The Trojans outscored the Big Red by 13 in the first half of Thursday’s win, while a big third quarter led St. Paul to a dominant road win at New London.
The Roughriders trailed by nine in the fourth quarter, but had a chance to tie late in a 36-33 loss to FC-leading Crestview Thursday night in Collins.
Roth is a volunteer baseball assistant coach for the Norwalk High School program. He serves as the hitting coach and works with the corner infielders for the Truckers, who are coming off a 19-win season as SBC Lake and sectional champions.