We featured Moeller in the local magazine and touted them as a team to look out for come playoff time. Don't want to sound cocky, but we nailed it. The Crusaders captured their sixth state crown with a victory over Westlake last week. The win vaulted Moeller to No. 36 in the national rankings. Grove City, which fell to Moeller in the semifinals, comes in at No. 2 after a stellar season. St. Francis DeSales repeated as D-II champs to round out the top three.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Moeller (22-5) — last week No. 2
2. Grove City (25-2) — last week No. 1
3. St. Francis DeSales (24-6) — last week No. 5
Click here to see the rest of the POWERADE baseball rankings.

For the POWERADE FAB 50, click here
Lance McCullersMike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP ImagesGatorade National Player of the Year Lance McCullers of Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) slipped to the Astros in the sandwich round likely due to signability concerns.
High school prospects figured heavily into Monday night's MLB draft, with Puerto Rican prep shortstop Carlo Correa going No. 1 overall in a surprise pick by the Houston Astros and Georgia outfielder Byron Buxton going No. 2 to the Minnesota Twins. In all, 35 high schoolers were drafted out of the 60 picks on Day 1.

Correa became the first Puerto Rican player to be picked No. 1 in the MLB draft. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound native of Santa Isabel has a powerful bat and good speed. Given his size and position, some scouts couldn't help but compare him to a young Alex Rodriguez. Buxton also earned some pretty impressive comparisons throughout the draft process, with names like Justin Upton and Andrew McCutchen being thrown around. The 6-1, 175-pound outfielder burst onto the scene with a number of impressive showings last summer and held strong with his performance at Appling County (Baxley, Ga.) this spring.

Correa wasn't the only high schooler from Puerto Rico who heard his name called Monday, as the Twins used the first pick of the sandwich round on lanky right-hander Jose Orlando Berrios and the Los Angeles Dodgers used the 51st pick on Jesmuel Valentin-Diaz, a teammate of Correa's at the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.

Many had Lance McCullers Jr. from Jesuit (Tampa, Fla.) pegged as a possible top-10 pick, but his slide into the second round was one of the biggest stories of the evening. McCullers, a 6-2, 205-pound right-handed pitcher, ended up being selected 41st overall by the same team that picked Correa -- the Astros. McCullers, the Gatorade National Player of the Year, may have slipped due to high signing bonus demands, and the $1.25 million assigned to the No. 41 pick surely won't be enough to sway him from his commitment to Florida. The Astros, who have $11.2 million to spend total among their first 11 draft picks, will have to do some creative budgeting if they want to sign both Correa and McCullers Jr.

High school teammates factored prominently into Day 1 of the draft. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) pitching aces Max Fried and Lucas Giolito were both selected in the first round. Fried, a 6-3, 170-pound left-hander, heard his name called seventh overall by the San Diego Padres. Fried transferred to Harvard-Westlake for his senior year after his old school cut its athletics department, and after a dominant spring it's no surprise he went in the top 10 picks.

Giolito is a different story. Considered the No. 1 prep prospect entering the spring, the 6-6, 230-pound power righty was sidelined a few weeks into the season with a sprained ulnar-collateral ligament in his right elbow. He only recently began throwing again, and draft experts were split as to whether a team would take the risk and select him in Round 1. The answer to that question turned out to be yes, as the Washington Nationals picked him 16th overall. His pick is slotted at $2.1 million, but it may take more than that to sign him away from his commitment to UCLA, especially considering he was at one time projected to earn a signing bonus of at least twice that much.

Olympia (Orlando, Fla.) teammates Jesse Winker and Walker Weickel were both picked in the sandwich round, with Winker going 49th to the Cincinnati Reds and Weickel going 55th to the Padres. Winker, a sweet-swinging outfielder, had seen his stock surge of late. He hit close to .500 in his senior season with an OBP of .649. There was a time earlier this spring when it looked like Weickel was a sure bet to be picked higher than Winker, possibly even in the first half of the first round. But concerns about diminishing velocity pushed Weickel down draft boards.

In addition to Fried and Weickel, the Padres also grabbed prep right-hander Zach Eflin of Hagerty (Oviedo, Fla.) at No. 33. At 6-5 and 205 pounds, Eflin has a frame scouts love to go with a fastball that has been clocked in the mid-90s. A battle with triceps tendinitis earlier this spring may have hurt Eflin's stock slightly, but he could prove to be one of the steals of the draft. It may be a tough task for San Diego to sign all three of these high-upside selections, but inking even two of them would have to be considered a success.

A few other teams also went high school heavy Monday night. The Toronto Blue Jays used four of their five picks on preps, including first-rounder D.J. Davis from Stone County (Wiggins, Miss.) at No. 17. The Rangers grabbed a trio of prep prospects, with Lewis Brinson of Coral Springs (Fla.) leading the way at No. 29. The Chicago White Sox were doing flips over their draft, as they snagged Carroll (Corpus Christi, Texas) outfielder/pitcher Courtney Hawkins 13th overall (he celebrated by doing a back flip live on TV). With their only other pick of the evening, they grabbed Keon Barnum of King (Tampa, Fla.) -- arguably the high schooler with the best raw power in the draft.

Stray observations

--Solon (Ohio) lefty Matt Smoral had injury issues his senior year — he missed most of the season with a stress fracture in his foot. When healthy, he was considered a potential top 10 talent. Toronto selected him with the No. 50 pick.

--Joey Gallo seems like a perfect fit for the Texas Rangers at No. 39 with his power. Gallo hit .509 with 21 homers and 80 RBIs in his final season at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas).

--Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) star Matt Olson played his best ball toward the end of the season in leading the Panthers to their second straight state title. Perhaps that played a role in him landing with Oakland at No. 47.

--Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) third baseman Mitch Nay saw his numbers drop this season as he saw fewer good pitches to hit. But there’s no doubt the Blue Jays got a tremendous talent at No. 58 — Nay still impressed enough to earn Gatorade State Player of the Year honors this season.

ESPNHS Baseball Players of the Week

May, 31, 2012
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(After games of Tuesday, May 29)

One player is chosen from each region of the country. The only other criteria is that no player will be chosen more than once during a season.

EAST

Max Banks, Northwest (Germantown, Md.)
The senior outfielder-pitcher was a major cog in the first state championship won by the Jaguars. Northwest capped the run with a 7-6 Class 4A finals' victory over Arundel (Gambrills, Md.) in 12 innings, the longest final in state history. Northwest had to rally in the 7th and 10th innings to remain alive. In the postseason, Banks went 3-0 on the mound with a 1.22 earned run average. At the plate, he batted .600 with seven runs batted in, seven stolen bases and eight runs scored.

SOUTHEAST

Matt Olson, Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.)
Parkview’s two victories over Brookwood (Snellville, Ga.) in the Class AAAAA state championship series were both sparked by Olson. The Vanderbilt recruit was the winning pitcher and hit a two-run homer in the first game. He then hit a two-out, two-run homer in the seventh inning in the second game. For the season, Olson batted .407 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs. He also had a 12-1 mound mark with a 1.64 ERA. Parkview won its second straight state title and at 31-6 was moved up to No. 19 in this week’s FAB 50.

MIDWEST

Brian Burkhart, Moeller (Cincinnati)
The senior pitcher hurled his first career no-hitter as the Crusaders (24-5) blanked Anderson (Cincinnati) 3-0 in a Division I regional semifinal. Burkhart allowed only three base-runners -- two on walks and one hit batsman, while striking out six. Moeller's ace improved to 9-1 on the season with a 0.82 ERA and 53 strikeouts entering this week's state semifinals.

MIDLANDS

Derik Beauprez, Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.)
A 6-foot-4 junior known mostly for his hitting, Beauprez took the ball as the pitcher for the Bruins in their Class 5A state championship game last weekend against Legend (Parker, Colo.). The result was a nine-strikeout, one-hitter as Cherry Creek prevailed 6-0 and earned the eighth state crown for longtime coach Marc Johnson. Beauprez also hit a two-run homer earlier in the day when Cherry Creek ousted defending champion Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) in the semifinals.

WEST

Cameron Stewart, Valley Christian (San Jose, Calif.)
With the CIF Central Coast Section Division I championship on the line, this 6-foot-9 senior right-hander pitched a no-hitter and struck out six in a 3-1 win for the Warriors over San Benito (Hollister, Calif.). Stewart, who will play next year at Fresno State, was a hitting-pitching standout all season for Valley Christian and is a candidate for numerous postseason honors. In 62 innings this season, he allowed just 10 earned runs while striking out 70.
Despite losing a pair of teams to playoff losses, Ohio still holds strong with four ranked squads in the Midwest Region. At the top of the list is two-loss Grove City, which sits at No. 2 in the Midwest. Division II power Defiance is No. 3 while Moeller creeps up nine spots to eighth overall. The playoffs ended the ranked reign of Centerville, Wayne, Jackson and Avon, but those squads have a shot to return in the final installment based on total body of work.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Grove City (25-2) — last week No. 1
2. Defiance (28-1) — last week No. 2
3. Moeller (22-5) — last week No. 3
Click here to see the rest of the POWERADE baseball rankings.
The playoffs have a way of messing up our rankings, but that wasn't the case this past week. Walsh Jesuit succumbed to an early postseason exit and dropped out but the rest of our top 10 was mostly unchanged. Jackson also struggled to close out the season and dips four spots to No. 8, while we welcome newcomer Ashland to the mix. We were lucky this week, but expect some major changes to the top 10 over the next few weeks.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Grove City (23-2) — last week No. 1
2. Defiance (26-1) — last week No. 2
3. Strongsville (19-3) — last week No. 3
Click here to see the rest of the POWERADE baseball rankings.
Just when we thought we found some stability at the No. 1 spot, Boardman upset top-ranked Massillon Jackson to knock the Polar Bears from their perch. Therefore, a new No. 1 has been crowned as Grove City usurps Boardman atop the rankings and Jackson dips to No. 4. A pair of teams heading in opposite directions are Moeller and Walsh Jesuit. Moeller is red hot after winning eight in a row and moves up to No. 6, while Walsh has been up and down in recent weeks and stumbles to No. 9.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Grove City (20-2) — last week No. 4
2. Defiance (21-1) — last week No. 3
3. Strongsville (18-3) — last week No. 2
Click here to see the rest of the POWERADE baseball rankings.
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With a name like Taco, it’s hard not to get noticed. But Taco Charlton is also drawing attention for his play on the football field.

Charlton, whose real first name is Vidauntať and was given the nickname by his grandmother, is rated the nation’s No. 9 defensive end by ESPN and the No. 115 overall recruit in the ESPN 150.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound junior from Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio) shined on the gridiron this past fall, helping the Tigers to a Division I state runner-up finish. And he showed off his athleticism as the starting center on the Pickerington Central basketball team that captured its first state title in March.

Charlton has impressed throughout the offseason, earning All-Camp honors at the Long Beach Nike Football Training Camp on April 1 and then shining this past Saturday at the Columbus NFTC, where he snagged an invite to The Opening.

Charlton also got the attention of his family, many of whom are Ohio State fans, by committing to Michigan in February.

So what’s this defensive dynamo have in store for the rest of this year? Get Familiar with Taco Charlton.

ESPNHS: Who gave you your nickname?
Charlton: It came from my grandmother. It’s different. Nobody forgets it.

ESPNHS: What led a kid who grew up near Ohio State to pick Michigan?
Charlton: I just love the coaches there. I believe they can get me to the next level. It’s a great family atmosphere on the team, the fans there are crazy about their team and my parents love the academics. I always had Michigan as my leader. That’s where I really wanted to play. My whole family is Ohio State fans. At first they didn’t like it, but they’re starting to come along. They have scarlet and grey around their houses. I’m going to try to get them to change that.

ESPHS: How much does the loss in the state finals sting?
Charlton: It’s making us work even harder this year. We’re trying to get back there and win it this time. I won a state title in basketball in March, and I believe we can do that in football this year. I have to be a coach on the field. I want my senior year to be successful.

ESPNHS: What did it feel like to win a state title in basketball?
Charlton: To win the first state title in school history was crazy. Our school deserved it. We had a huge pep rally. Our coach got the key to the city. It was great to see. I got to go up against (2012 Michigan signee) Chris Wormley in the finals. It was a good matchup. I’ll tease him about it at Michigan.

ESPNHS: Why do you continue to compete at camps with all you’ve proven and having already committed to Michigan?
Charlton: I just love to compete and have fun. This is one of the few chances I can get to go against the best linemen in the country. And there’s the whole teaching aspect.

TACO CHARLTON
School: Pickerington Central (Pickerington, Ohio)
Class: 2013
Position: Defensive end
HT: 6-6
WT: 240
College: Michigan

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Elite 11 Watch: Ohio QB Mitch Trubisky

May, 2, 2012
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Mitch TrubiskyThe Plain Dealer /LandovMentor (Ohio) junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky will look to show off his dual-threat skills at the Columbus Elite 11 on Friday.
Throughout this offseason, we’ve spotlighted Class of 2013 quarterbacks who have a shot at making the Elite 11 finals in July. This week, we profile Mentor (Ohio) junior Mitch Trubisky, who will compete in the Columbus Elite 11 regional in Ohio this Friday.

It’s been a whirlwind junior season for Mentor (Ohio) quarterback Mitch Trubisky, and he’s enjoying every minute of it.

The stellar signal-caller set multiple school records this season, won numerous accolades including Division I co-Player of the Year honors by The Associated Press, helped his team win 11 games and earn a berth in the regional finals, and to top it off, he’s earned some pretty impressive scholarship offers, including one from reigning BCS national champion Alabama.

As if that wasn’t enough, Trubisky is rated the nation’s No. 7 dual-threat quarterback by ESPN. In Trubisky’s mind, he’s simply out there to make plays and doesn’t care if that’s with his arm or his feet.

And he certainly got the job done last season, throwing for 3,845 yards and 41 touchdowns and running for 611 yards and 12 more scores. On Friday, he’ll put his stats – and his skill set – to the test against some of the area’s most impressive quarterbacks at the Elite 11 regional competition in Columbus, Ohio.

But before he takes on the competition, get to know Mitch Trubisky.

ESPNHS: How’s the offseason going? What have been some of your biggest goals this spring?
Trubisky: It’s going well. Lately I’ve been lifting with the team – we lift after school together – and the weather’s been great, so I’ve been getting out and throwing passing patterns to my receivers. I run the offense and we run their routes. My arm is getting stronger and I’m doing some speed training on the side as well as putting on some pounds.

ESPNHS: It must be tough to get faster and put on weight at the same time, right?
Trubisky: It’s a slower process for sure. If you put on too much weight too quickly, you are too slow, so it’s a gradual process. But those are always two things that will help out in the fall. You can never be too strong or too fast.

ESPNHS: Anything else you’ve been working on?
Trubisky: I’ve been watching a lot of film from last season. One of the things I want to do is know what everyone else’s jobs are and knowing what the defense is going to give us, so I can help my teammates be the best they can be as well as getting better myself.

ESPNHS: You’re going to be at the Elite 11 regional this weekend. What are some of the things you’re looking forward to about this competition?
Trubisky: The Elite 11 competition is awesome. I’m surprised at how big it’s become. If you’re a big-name QB, you want to get into this competition. I’m excited to compete and give it my best, and hopefully things will work out. It should be really exciting.

ESPNHS: What are some things you really want to showcase at the event?
Trubisky: I hope people can see my foot work and my arm strength and how accurate I am. I want to show people that I can throw the ball hard but be accurate with it as well.

ESPNHS: You’re rated as a dual-threat quarterback. Do you consider yourself a dual-threat QB?
Trubisky: Everyone asks me that. I guess you’d say dual threat, but I don’t really have a preference. I do whatever I have to for my team to be successful. If that means pulling it down and getting some yards with my feet, I’ll do whatever I can do.

ESPNHS: Is there one quarterback you model yourself after or that you like to watch?
Trubisky: I like to watch Aaron Rodgers and try to mimic what he does. I think he knows the game really well, he’s always a step ahead of the defense, and he’s so accurate. He’s got one of the quickest releases of any quarterback. It’s fun to watch.

ESPNHS: Give us an update on your recruiting. How are you enjoying the process so far?
Trubisky: It’s going really well. I’m taking it slow. I don’t know how far I am into the process, really. I don’t know when I’ll commit. A lot of schools are showing interest, and I’m excited to keep this thing going. When it’s time to decide, I’ll know it’s right, and then I’ll let everyone know. But I’m having fun with it and taking it slow. There’s been a few schools who have talked to me just recently and others who have been talking to me for a long time. I think right now, Alabama, Tennessee, Michigan State and Ohio State are my favorites, but I’m definitely keeping it open, because I know other schools are still looking at me.

ESPNHS: Finally, tell us a little bit about this fall. What are you looking forward to most?
Trubisky: My ultimate goal is to help us be the best team that we can be this year. I want to take my team to states and bring back a state championship and just be a great team player. The numbers don’t really matter to me. If my team has success, I’m sure I’ll have success. I’m just looking to have a lot of fun in my senior year.

Mitch Trubisky
School: Mentor
Position: QB
Class: 2013
2011 Team Record: 11-2 (lost in regional final)

2011 Stats
Passing Yards: 3,845
Passing TDs: 41
Rushing Yards: 611
Rushing TDs: 12

Ohio Week 4 POWERADE baseball rankings

May, 1, 2012
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For the third consecutive week, Massillon Jackson occupies the No. 1 spot in the rankings. The 15-win Polar Bears are also one of five local squads featured in this week's Midwest Regional. Not much movement in this week's rankings as Avon is the lone new team, replacing five-loss Mason. Strongsville jumps back in the top three ahead of D-II power Defiance.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Jackson (12-1) — last week No. 1
2. Strongsville (17-2) — last week No. 5
3. Defiance (18-1) — last week No. 2
Click here to see the rest of the POWERADE baseball rankings.

Ohio Week 3 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 24, 2012
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This week's rankings only features one new team (Ashland), but also eight squads that find themselves in new spots in the top 10. Jackson went undefeated last week and retains its spot atop the list while occupying the No. 10 spot in the Midwest Region. Centerville moves into the No. 2 spot after Walsh Jesuit stumbled against Archbishop Hoban and Grove City continues to move up on the strength of its 14-1 mark. Division II power Defiance and former No. 1 Strongsville rounds out the top 5. Moeller is a team to look out for as the young Crusaders have played some elite out-of-state teams and could be a tough out when postseason play begins.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Jackson (12-1) — last week No. 1
2. Centerville (17-1) — last week No. 4
3. Grove City (14-1) — last week No.5
Click here to see the rest of the POWERADE baseball rankings.

Ohio Week 2 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 17, 2012
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The Midwest Region rankings seriously impacted this week's local top 10 as every team landed in a new spot this week and one squad dropped out entirely. Strongsville was heavily penalized for its loss to unranked Medina and fell from No. 5 to a bubble team in the region. Therefore, they tumble to No. 6 locally. The new No. 1 is Massillon Jackson, which rose to No. 12 in the region with a 10-1 mark. Walsh Jesuit moved up three places to No. 2 locally after a five-spot improvement in the region, while Defiance (No. 17), Centerville (19) and Grove City (20) all made their region rankings debut and round out the top five locally. St. Francis DeSales dropped out to allow Hudson to make its debut.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Jackson (10-1) — last week No. 2
2. Walsh Jesuit (9-1) — last week No. 5
3. Defiance (9-1) — last week No. 7
Click here to see the rest of the POWERADE baseball rankings.

Ohio Week 1 POWERADE baseball rankings

April, 10, 2012
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It's tough to get a good read on teams this early in the season. Pitchers are still getting warmed up and coaches may still be tinkering with their roster to produce the best lineup. Therefore, expect a lot of changes to the rankings over the next few weeks. The overhaul of the top 10 begins this week as six new teams enter the fray. Massillon Jackson, Elder, Grove City, Defiance, Centerville and Mason all make their season debut. Preseason No. 1 Lakota East and Vandalia Butler have both fallen out the top 10 but expect them back once they regain their winning groove. Strongsville is the new No. 1 despite a loss to Moeller in its last outing.

Here's a look at the top of the rankings:
1. Strongsville (7-1) — preseason No. 5
2. Massilon Jackson (8-1) — preseason NR
3. Elder (9-3) — preseason NR
Click here to see the rest of the POWERADE state rankings.
Solon (Ohio) senior left-handed pitcher Matt Smoral developed a stress fracture in the fourth metatarsal on his right foot and will be out for the season, his father, Steve, told ESPNHS.

Rated the nation’s No. 2 lefty and No. 6 overall prospect in the ESPN 100, Smoral injured his foot while at a tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week and X-rays confirmed what he and his parents suspected. This is the second stress fracture Smoral has had in his right foot and the doctor who treated it previously, Dr. Brian Donley, will perform surgery on Friday to correct the problem.

Donley wrote in an email to the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau that the expected recovery time is 12-to-14 weeks and that Smoral should make a full recovery.

Smoral was a potential first-round pick in this year’s MLB draft, but Steve Smoral said his son is in very good spirits, especially knowing he has a scholarship to North Carolina in case the draft doesn’t work out.

“He knows that it’s a bump in the road and that it’s going to get fixed,” said Steve Smoral. “There’s never a good time for this, but he knows there’s plenty of baseball left to play.

“Nothing has changed in Matthew’s ability to pitch. The unfortunate part is major league scouts won’t get to see him anymore (this year). But our approach has always been to focus on your grades, your play on the field and Carolina, and the draft will work itself out.”

Smoral is the latest star prospect to get injured this season, joining No. 1 Lucas Giolito (sprained ulnar collateral ligament in right elbow), No. 22 Rio Ruiz (blood clot removed from neck) and No. 61 Alex Bregman (broken finger).

The future is bright for Moeller baseball

April, 5, 2012
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This story originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of ESPNHS Ohio.

By now you’ve probably seen our preseason POWERADE FAB 50 and wondered to yourself, “Where’s Moeller?” This year marked the first time the Crusaders failed to crack the top 50 rankings since the 2009 poll was released.

“With who we graduated last year, we’re not as high as usual, and that’s fair,” says Moeller skipper Tim Held. “But this team isn’t a year away. I think we’re ready now.”

While Division I favorite Vandalia-Butler and preseason No. 42 Lakota East feature veteran lineups and clear-cut aces, Moeller’s optimism stems from its emerging young stars Cameron Whitehead and Zach Shannon. Whitehead, a junior C/1B, has the potential to be an All-State-caliber player this spring, while Shannon, a sophomore 1B/RHP, is ready to make a splash with the five-time state champs after starring on the freshman squad last spring.

Graduation may have gutted this squad, but it could be the proverbial team no one wants to see come playoff time.

“All the pieces are there,” says Held. “It’s going to be a good product.”

Senior Ty Amann is the old head on the roster and will complement the youth movement with the experience he gained during the team’s 2009 championship run. He hit a shade over .400 last spring and was 15-of-15 on stolen bases.

The Crusaders don’t feature a hard-throwing hurler but go five deep in a rotation anchored by seniors Brian Burkhart and Phillip Diehl and southpaw John Tanner.

“We might not have a clear No. 1 guy, but I have five guys I can roll out any day, in any inning,” Held says.

As is often the case with a young, unproven roster, there are likely to be some growing pains early in the season. But with the program’s rich pedigree combined with its blossoming stars, don’t expect the Crusaders to be absent from the national spotlight for long.

David Auguste covers high school sports for ESPNHS. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @ESPNHS_Auguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.

State champs Dunbar, Pickerington top final hoop rankings

March, 27, 2012
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A Division II team began the season ranked No. 1 in Ohio, and the same holds true in our final top 10 of the winter. Dunbar defeated preseason No. 1 Taft in the quarterfinals en route to an undefeated campaign and the D-II crown. The Wolverines' title run was rewarded with the top spot in our final rankings and No. 26 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Deontae Hawkins tossed in 14 points to lead a balanced attack as Dunbar dropped Elida in a thrilling championship contest. In Division I action, Pickerington Central held off Toledo Whitmer, 45-40, for the title. It was the first title for the second-ranked Tigers and the best-ever finish for Whitmer. Division III champ Summit Country Day checks in at No. 10 and Northland, which was No. 1 for much of the winter, sneaks back in at No. 9 despite an early playoff upset.

Here's a look at the final top three:
1. Dunbar (28-0) — last week No. 1
2. Pickerington Central (26-2) — last week No. 4
3. Taft (21-5) — last week No. 2

Click here for the rest of the POWERADE Ohio boys' basketball rankings.

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