Cumberland, Noszka one more time; SBAAC ADs meet with county trio

By Mark Huber -

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Jarron Cumberland, Wilmington High School senior, will play in the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star basketball game 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Thomas More College.

His WHS head coach, Michael Noszka, will be an assistant coach for the Ohio squad.

One of Cumberland’s teammates in this game will be Xavier Simpson, the Lima Senior point guard who has committed to the University of Michigan. Cumberland, of course, is headed to the University of Cincinnati.

Cumberland and Simpson squared off in the state semifinal game last month with Simpson and his Lima Senior squad coming out on top 61-58. The two have been teammates before, playing on the same AAU team last summer.

Another interesting storyline with the game is Cumberland going against Quentin Goodin, a member of the Kentucky All-Star team. Now, the two met in the 2015 Flyin’ To The Hoop event when Wilmington played and defeated Taylor Co. (Ky.).

But Goodin has since committed to Xavier University, so this would be the second in what could be several meetings between the two.

… SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: The Wilmington News Journal Clinton County Scholar-Athlete banquet is set for June 2 at the Expo Center on the Clinton County Fairgrounds.

Information will be sent out to county coaches and athletic directors next week.

In conjunction with the scholar-athlete portion of the program, the Clinton County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its next class. That announcement also will happen next week.

… SBAAC ADs: The Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference athletic directors met this week.

And they were joined by a trio of newcomers — Clinton-Massie’s Cindy Running, East Clinton’s Jim Marsh and Wilmington’s Troy Diels.

Now, before you ask the question “Why were they there?” and then come up with the answer “They must be joining the league” let’s not put the cart before the horse.

Said Diels, “We are continuing to explore our opportunities to see what the best fit is going to be for Wilmington, not only in the short term but in the long term.”

Said Running, “We’re still exploring, moving forward. I’m hopeful everything works out. We’re just being prudent in our exploration.”

The reason the county trio attended the meeting is for potential scheduling for football for the 2017, should the league expand and include CM, EC and WHS. Nothing is official on that front at this time.

The league did not want to wait until after May 1 (the deadline for incoming teams to officially commit to the SBAAC) to begin working on the football schedule. League and non-league opponents are normally hammered out by now, but because of the South Central Ohio League debacle, things are a bit muddled for 2017.

Marsh was excited about the prospects of not only East Clinton’s football schedule but the schedules for Massie and Wilmington. Marsh said EC and Blan would play week 10 while the Falcons and Hurricane would square off the same week in the league’s Rivalry Week.

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