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.
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.
Senior Cassie Crawford has tackled her fears and uncertainties on her way to an All-Ohio high school career, which includes becoming the all-time points leader for the Flashes and a scholarship recruit to play at Div. II Ashland University — one of the top programs in the country.
The Chargers (4-9) had two late three-point attempts hit just off the mark in a 54-51 loss to the Senecas (12-3) in non-league action Wednesday night in Milan.
The Truckers fell 59-56 to the Little Giants, while New London and Plymouth girls, and the Monroeville boys each dropped non-league games in area action Tuesday night.