The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


December 22, 2012

US invades, conquers Geneva

Preppers earn PAC triumph

GENEVA — With weather forecasters predicting an abundance of snow and high winds for Ashtabula County on Friday, people were being asked to take necessary precautions to keep themselves safe.

In fact, there were some in the media who felt the impending weather conditions might even trigger some power outages for some county residents.

For a while Friday night, it appeared that those predictions were coming to fruition as there was a power outage, so to speak, and it was inside of the Geneva High School’s gymnasium as the visiting University School Preppers (5-1 overall, 5-0 PAC) shot the lights out in their 67-35 win over the Geneva Eagles (0-7, 0-5 PAC).

US got things rolling right away in the first quarter, with sharpshooter Sam Bentz (15 points) leading the charge. In that opening stanza, Bentz hit three of his five 3-pointers and US took advantage of some early miscues to race out to an 18-4 lead after one quarter of play, a lead it would not relinquish.

The Preppers never looked back and extended the lead to over 20 points in the second quarter of play. Coach Terry Lipford was pleased with his team’s start (6  first-half 3s, and over 50 percent shooting).

“We shot the ball well to start the game,” he said. “It was nice to see us flow offensively but our defense was very solid. We played all man-to-man defense, doing nothing exotic, and that was effective as well.”

Geneva’s decision to come out in man to man could not be faulted with University boasting three starting players at 6-foot-5 or taller (Bentz, Xavier Bonner, Matt Gibbons). Forcing the Preppers into a perimeter-oriented game didn’t seem to phase the visitors.

“University poses a tough matchup for us,” Geneva coach Scott Torok said. “We needed to manage the game early and be patient, but some early turnovers and second chance points put us in a quick hole. We struggle in those situations.

“It didn’t help that they hit everything from the field.”

After US nailed those early shots, Geneva intensified things out on the perimeter and US again capitalized, getting some good looks on dribble penetration and hitting the boards on the offensive glass. Those factors permitted them to maintain their sizable margin throughout the remainder of the second quarter.

US began the third quarter with a 35-11 lead and it fluctuated between 20 and 30 points for the remainder of the game. Geneva did try to chip away at the deficit, with seniors Matt Mackynen (8 points, 4 rebounds) Vern Thompson (8 points) and David Smalley (8 points) getting a couple of buckets each to cut it under 20 with a little less than four minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

However, US finished the game as it had started, with a flourish, scoring the game’s last 10 points and when the buzzer sounded it was a 30-point win for Lipford’s first place squad.

The US coach maintains that this type of effort will be required to secure a Premier Athletic Conference title.

“We are off to a good start at 5-0 in the PAC but we also know we have to go to North and to South, with neither being an easy task,” he said. “We cannot take things for granted as this league is well-balanced and the competing teams have good coaches. There’s work to be done.”

DiPofi is freelance writer from Geneva.

Text Only
  • Norm He’s the Norm

    In the early part of the 20th century, as golf was taking off in popularity, it was not uncommon for boys to take up the game after becoming caddies.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: The journey is what’s most important

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, you’ve heard over and over and over how it’s been a half-century since one of Cleveland’s big three professional sports teams have won a championship.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Murdick wins as Big Block Modifieds return

    The BRP Big Block Modifed Tour returned to Raceway 7 with 21 of the region’s fastest Modifieds turning out for the scheduled 35-lap event, the first for the Modifieds at the northeast Ohio speedplant since 2005, an event won by Todd Burley.

    July 21, 2014

  • Dale Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Chances for controlled waterfowl hunting

    Waterfowl hunters are invited to participate in special drawings for controlled hunting opportunities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife. The drawing dates and times are as follows:

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kingsville gets it done

    In a rematch of a previous softball clash between the Kingsville 9-10-year-olds and those from Conneaut, Kingsville had settled thing quickly and decisively in a mercy-rule triumph.

    July 20, 2014

  • TD Club golf A Chris Larick column: TD Club hopes to score

    Though its life was never seriously threatened, the Ashtabula County Touchdown Club has suffered in recent years.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Don A Don McCormack column: A heartfelt plea to curb violence

    Like everyone who loves soccer — and the rest of us whose interest level rises dramatically every four years when the World Cup comes around — Kevin Meier was appalled at the recent attack of soccer referee John Bieniewicz in Michigan by a player that resulted in Bieniewicz tragically dying.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • valor A valiant effort

    Paralympians from all over the United States experienced three days of competition, education and fun during the Valor Games Gold Medal Camp at Spire this weekend.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • swim SUMMER SWIM

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Anthony From player to coach

    When former Lakeside offensive lineman Anthony Colucci went down with a broken leg in Week 6 of his senior year at Capital University, he got a peak into what his future in football looks like.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

Little League All-Stars July 1 to 12
AP NASCAR Lastest News
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule
AP NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings
AP Auto Racing Photos
West Side Shootout 2014
Ashtabula County at State Track Meet
Jefferson vs Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Regional Softball
District Track 2014
Jefferson District Softball Tournament
Bob Walters 50 Years
Geneva vs Perry Division II District Semifinal
Sports Week in Review May 12 to May 17
Sports Week in Review May 5 to May 10 2014
Sports Week in Review April 28 to May 3
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video