Boys Basketball State Champions
Bishop Watterson wins title in first-ever
state tournament appearance.
The Eagles (28-1) defeated Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 55-52 in the Division II state final on March 23rd at Ohio State.
Pictured Left to right -- First row: Sam Severance, Greg Oman, Greg Jacknewitz, Bryan Jackson, Cody Calhoun, Tommy Geraghty Second row: Assistant Coach Jim Ryan, Athletic Trainer Erick Boucher, Assistant Coach Mike Sandor, Ryan Lewis, Andy Grieser, Joey DiOrio, Matt Hughes, Matt Lehmann, Noah Matteson, Ben Kaminski, Mason Fisher, Manager R.J. Boehman, Head Coach Vince Lombardo, Assistant Coach Casey Teeters and Assistant Coach Steve Devlin. Not shown: Assistant Coach Bill Bope.
State Champs Recognition Assembly
Bishop Watterson held a special assembly to recognize its 2013 State Champion Boys Basketball Team. Players presented the trophy to Principal Marian Hutson and Diocesan, community and sports leaders spoke of the team’s discipline, cohesiveness and sportsmanship.
Bryan Jackson, “District 10-Top 10”
Honorable mention, Cody Calhoun, Andy Grieser, Matt Hughes & Matt Lehmann “District 10-Top10”
Cody Calhoun, Matt Hughes, Bryan Jackson Matt Lehmann
Cody Calhoun, Final 4-All Tournament
Matt Hughes, Final 4 –Most Outstanding Player
Matt Lehmann, Final 4-All Tournament
Greg Jacknewitz, Scholar Athlete
Matt Hughes, The Dispatch high-school Athlete of the Week, based on performances from March 18-24, 2013
Hughes, a 6-foot-5 junior forward, helped Watterson (28-1) win the Division II championship. Hughes had 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in a 53-42 semifinal win over Kettering Alter, making 10 of 18 shots from the field. He came back with 14 points, five rebounds and two blocks in a 55-52 win over Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in the state final. He shot 5 of 9 from the field and 4 of 5 at the free throw line. Hughes came into the tournament averaging 10 points and five rebounds.
Columbus Dispatch By Mark Znidar 3.24.13 Watterson 55, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 52: Bloodied, but state champ
State tournament newcomer Watterson shows grit in bringing home its first title - The short-term future for Watterson did not look promising yesterday when point guard Cody Calhoun took an elbow to the nose and sprinted to the bench a bloody mess. PDF
Columbus Dispatch By Steve Blackledge, 3.23.13 Bishop Watterson wins title in first-ever state tournament appearance. - Long known as a state football power, Watterson is finally a state champion in boys basketball. The Eagles made the most of their first-ever state tournament appearance, slaying Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 55-52 for the Division II crown before 12,593 fans in Value City Arena yesterday. PDF
ThisWeek News By Aaron Blankenship 3.23,13 Watterson wins Division II state title The Watterson High School boys basketball team beat Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 55-52 in the Division II state final March 23 at Ohio State University to capture its first state championship in its program’s 55-year history.
“This feels great and I’m incredibly proud of the way our guys played,” Watterson coach Vince Lombardo said. “It’s not just this group. I’m thinking about every group that came close to making it here and helped our program get to this point.”
Watterson ended its season on a team-record 23-game winning streak and finished 28-1.
St. Vincent-St. Mary finished 20-10.
The Irish jumped out to a 9-4 lead, before Watterson went on a 15-0 run to go ahead 19-9 with 5 minutes, 25 seconds left in the second quarter.
Junior post player Matt Hughes scored 12 points and junior guard Cody Calhoun scored seven points in the first half, as the Eagles took a 26-17 lead at halftime.
The Irish pulled within 39-36 by the end of the third quarter and took a 42-41 lead with 5:26 left in the fourth quarter on a field goal by Jalen Hudson.
After Hudson’s field goal, Calhoun left the court with a bloody nose after getting elbowed in the face. Calhoun returned less than a minute later and scored a 3-point play to put the Eagles ahead 44-42 with 4:22 left.
“My nose didn’t hurt because of the adrenaline, but it just wouldn’t stop bleeding so I had to come out,” Calhoun said. “They were making a run and the crowd was chanting my name, so I couldn’t wait to get back in there. The energy was amazing, so I just tried to do what I could to give my team a lift.”
Calhoun made a foul shot to put the Eagles ahead 54-50 with 22.2 seconds remaining, but Hudson scored eight of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws that pulled the Irish within 54-52 with 18.3 seconds left.
Junior guard Tommy Geraghty made a free throw to make it 55-52 with 11.7 left, before guard Fransohn Bickley missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
Junior wing player Andy Grieser secured the rebound and threw the ball the length of the court as time expired and the Eagles burst into an on-court celebration.
Hughes finished with 14 points, five rebounds and two blocks, Calhoun had 14 points and four rebounds, Jackson had 12 points and six rebounds and junior wing player Matt Lehmann had eight points and seven rebounds. PDF
State, Regional, District and CCL Champions
IN THE NEWS
ThisWeek News 3.21.13
In its first state tournament appearance, the Watterson High School boys basketball team defeated Kettering Alter 53-42 in a Division II semifinal March 21 at Ohio State.
Watterson improved to 27-1 and will face Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in a state final at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Ohio State.
“We’re thrilled to get a win in our first time playing here,” Watterson coach Vince Lombardo said. “Our guys did an outstanding job of executing our plan and we competed extremely hard.” Watterson post player Matt H
ughes racked up game highs in points (21), rebounds (10) and blocks (three). (Post player) Bryan Jackson was in foul trouble and we needed a presence inside,” Hughes said. “So I stepped up as much as I could to help my team.”Forward Matt Lehmann added 14 points and five rebounds and guard Cody Calhoun scored nine points, as Watterson stretched its team-record winning streak to 22 games. Guard Jaaron Simmons scored 17 points to lead Alter, which finished 21-6
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- Columbus Dispatch - Watterson 53, Kettering Alter 42: Watterson advances to state final
- ThisWeek News 3.21.13 Watterson to play for Division II state title Saturday
Congratulations to our varsity boys basketball team and Head Coach Vince Lombardo for defeating Bath High School of Lima 57-47 Saturday at Bowling Green University to win the regional championship and advance to the final four of the state tournament!
This is historical for Bishop Watterson and we hope you all will join us Thursday at the Schottenstein Center when our Eagles take on Archbishop Alter High School of Kettering with an 8:30 p.m. tipoff.
With this big game on the horizon, we have important information to share with parents, students and fans. Please read this e-mail in its entirety.
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- Meeting expectations - Even as youngsters, Watterson juniors showed potential- Columbus Dispatch 3.21.13
- Hughes leads Watterson boys to first state berth - ThisWeek News 3.21.13
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- Long wait is over for Watterson coach 3.18.13 Columbus Dispatch
- Watterson 57, Lima Bath 47: Eagles take beating, give one in winning regional 3.17.13 Columbus Dispatch
Regional Bracket click here.
Columbus Dispatch 3.15.13 Watterson rolls to 19th win in a row
BWHS defeated Perkins 53-34 in the district semifinal game on March 14th.
The boys basketball team won the school's 7th District Championship and are headed to the Elite 8, so we want to share some Eagle Hoops facts.
This year's team has the most wins in school history with a 24-1 record and were undefeated CCL champions.
Head Coach Vince Lombardo is in his 20th year at Bishop Watterson. He was the Central District Division II Coach of the Year in 2012.
Under Coach Lombardo's leadership the Eagles have made it to the District championship game 12 times and have won six District titles (2000, '02, '04, '09, '10, '13).
BWHS has won six Central Catholic League titles during Coach Lombardo's tenure (1996, '00, '03, '04, '12, '13).
ThisWeek News 3.14.13 Boys team wins district title
Dispatch 3.9.13 Watterson defense puts clamps on Brookhaven
Boys Basketball team advances to the district final with a 56-41 victory over Eastmoor.
BWHS (21-1) defeats Mifflin (10-14) 61-56 at Watterson on Thursday, Feb. 28th, in 2nd round of sectional play.
ThisWeek News: 3.6.13 Boys team advances to semifinal
All-Central District Teams:
Boys Division II
First team: Bryan Jackson
Honorable mention: Cody Calhoun, Andy Grieser, Matt Hughes, Matt Lehmann
This Week News: 2.27.13 All-Central District Teams
The boys basketball team beat DeSales 58-33 on Feb. 15 at Otterbein University to improve to 20-1 overall and finish 8-0 in the CCL, marking the first time it has gone undefeated in league play during coach Vince Lombardo's 20-year tenure.
Wing player Andy Greiser had 13 points and forward Matt Lehmann scored 12 to lead Watterson, which closed the regular season against Caledonia River Valley on Feb. 19.
Seeded second of 27 teams in the Division II district tournament, the Eagles have a first-round bye and will play host to 10th-seeded Bexley or 16th-seeded Mifflin in the second round Feb. 28.
Last season, Watterson advanced to a district final, where it lost to second-seeded Brookhaven 57-43.
ThisWeek News: Boys Basketball Defense continues to lead boys squad
Row 1: Andy Grieser, Matthew Lehmann, Greg Jacknewitz, Bryan Jackson, Matt Hughes, Joey DiOrio
Row 2: Asst. Coach Jim Ryan, Asst. Coach Casey Teeters, Asst. Coach Steve Devlin, Head Coach Vince Lombardo, Asst. Coach Bill Bope, Asst. Coach Mike Sandor, R. J. Boehman
Row 3: Tommy Geraghty, Sam Severance, Greg Oman, Ryan Lewis, Mason Fisher, Cody Calhoun
Captains: Greg Jacknewitz and Bryan Jackson
2012 District Runner-up and CCL Champions
Coach Vince Lombardo is Central District II Basketball Coach of the Year.
The boys basketball team (17-7, 7-1) finished the season as District Runner-up and CCL Champions.
The Eagles earned the fourth seed in the D-II sectional tournament. In tournament play Watterson defeated Big Walnut 48-41 on March 1, Highland 63-23 on Feb. 22 and Bishop Hartley 42-40 in the District Semifinals at Dublin Scioto on Wednesday, March 7. Brookhaven defeated the Eagles 57-43 in the District Championship on March 9 at the Fairground Coliseum.
SNP News 3/19/12 By Don Lewis - Head coach Vince Lombardo was recently named the Division II Central District Coach of the Year.
Head coach Vince Lombardo was recently named the Division II Central District Coach of the Year.
"To me, it's a team award," he said. "I regard it as a team effort. We really had a great year. It's a recognition of the outstanding job our kids did and our staff did."
Lombardo led the Eagles to a 17-7 overall record and a 7-1 stint in the Central Catholic League, good enough to give Watterson its first conference championship since 2004.
"To win the league title means a lot to us," the coach said. "Our seniors did a good job and were very deserving of that."
It was also the fourth season in a row the Eagles reached a district final. They were champs in '09 and '10 and runners-up the past two.
"The consistency we have in the program at that high level is gratifying," Lombardo said.
With the freshman team going 19-1 and the JV squad reaching an 18-2 record this past season, the coach could receive the honors again soon.
"We've got a lot to look forward to," Lombardo said. "We're very optimistic for the future as well." "... We had a terrific season. When you finish and the boys are hugging each other and the parents are clapping for the boys then you know you did well."
ThisWeek News - Boys team falls in district title game, March 13, 2012
ThisWeek News - Brookhaven beats Watterson and advances to Regionals
SNP News District title game at the Ohio Expo Center Coliseum Friday, March 9
Brookhaven 57, Watterson 43
ThisWeek News Postseason Update 3/5/12
This Week News 3/7/12 - Free-Throw Shooting Boosts Boys Squad
Watterson 63, Highland 23 - Cody Calhoun scored 19 points and Watterson (15-6) used a 19-0 run in the second quarter to rout Highland (3-18) in a Division II game at Dublin Scioto.
The boys basketball team beat DeSales 42-32 in a CCL game Feb. 17 at Ohio Dominican University to clinch its first league title since 2004. Watterson finished 7-1 in the CCL, ahead of Hartley (6-2), St. Charles (4-4), DeSales (2-6) and Ready (1-7).
Click here to view the OHSAA D-II Tournament Bracklets.
The Freshman Boys (19-1) and JV Boys Basketball teams (18-2) finished the season as CCL Champions.
In the past 19 years. the Watterson’s basketball team has enjoyed a great deal of success under Coach Lombardo’s reign.
The Eagles reached the Elite Eight Champions in 2004, 2009
District Championships in 1988, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2010
District Runner-up 2011, 2012
The Eagles also reached a district final in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2006.
In 2010, the Eagles won back-to-back district titles for the first time in the history of boys basketball at Bishop Watterson. Coach Lombardo earned his 300th career victory while guiding the Eagles to their sixth district title.
Vince Lombardo, Head Coach
Jim Ryan, Assistant Coach
Steve Devlin, Head JV Coach
Bill Bope, Assistant JV Coach
Casey Teeters, Head Freshman Coach
Mike Sandor, Assistant Freshman Coach
All CCL: Bryan Jackson, Mike Vlahakis
Leading Rebounder: Bryan Jackson
Leading Free Throw Shooter: Matt Lehmann
Scholar Athlete: Jacob Brobst
Leadership Award: Andrew Malone, Jacob Brobst, Jacob Lombardo, Jared Sivinski, Alex Golonka, Peter Merkle, Tyler Schafer, Erik Oman
District Runner-up and CCL Champions (17-7, 7-1)
Varsity, JV, and Freshman teams are fielded.
October - March
Practices are held during Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks.