Osgood Journal Sports
March 13, 2007
Jac-Cen-Del Eagles' 2007
basketball season continuance denied
Gary Franklin - Sports Editor
The Jac-Cen-Del boys' basketball team players should find
nothing to hang their heads over as they were denied the right
to continue play beyond the 2007 Class 1A Regional #15, held
at Franklin Community High School last Saturday, March 10.
All in attendance could well attest to the abilities and capabilities
the Eagles displayed while in action on the court during both
their afternoon and evening games, even amid less than favorable
The early contest to start the day's activities, slated the
(21-3) Lanesville Eagles against the (20-3) Orleans Bulldogs.
A nail biter finish appearing to be destined for an overtime
ended in a lay up by 6'3" Lanesville Eagle senior forward
David Lieber. Lieber would also figure negatively in the JCD
vs Lanesville finish to the championship contest Saturday
night with the sinking of 2 free throws to put them up 56-54
with 13 seconds left in regulation.
JCD vs MORRISTOWN
JCD captured the opening center court tip, however the Yellow
Jackets stung first with a FG by junior Pete Schmith. Eagle
junior Brandon Gehl answered with a heavily defended FG to
tie the game at 2. Yellow Jacket senior Elliot Shannon put
his team in the lead with a FG. Senior teammate Russ Kuhn
made it a 4 point lead with a FG for 6-2. Eagle senior Justin
Huff pulled the plug on one of his infamous 3's for a 1 point
deficit at 6-5. Eagle sophomore sent the Eagles to their first
lead of the game with a FG for 7-6, near the 4 minute mark
of the first quarter.
M'town senior Kreigh Carlton recaptured the lead with a FG.
Eagle Huff solidified the lead with the draining of his second
3. M'town's Shannon knotted the game at 10 with a FG. Eagle
Brandon Gehl connected for a FG and the lead. Jacket Shannon
reknotted the game at 12 with his second FG, but Brandon Gehl
buried his third FG of the quarter to end the first quarter
JCD 14-12 Jackets.
The Eagles opened the second quarter with 5 unanswered points
off a Huff 3 and a FG by Matt Gehl to go up 7 at 19-12. Jacket
Schmith made 1 of 2 FT shots. Eagle senior Daniel Leonetti
made a FG but missed the opportunity to turn it into a old
time 3 point play as he missed the ensuing FT. Jacket senior
Chris McMichael bagged a pair of freebies to cut into the
During the final two minutes remaining in the second quarter,
the Jackets cut the Eagle lead to 4 points at 33-29. Senior
Eagle Andrew Wagner netted a FG, but the Jackets put in 3
back to back to back. Scoring a FG each for M'town were Kuhn,
Schmith and Shannon. The last Eagle score before the half
time break came from Eagle senior Tucker Brown's delivery
of a FG. The quarter ended with a FG by Shannon of the Jackets.
In the third quarter, the Eagles worked to an 8 point lead,
51-43. JCD scoring was the result of a FG and a FT by Brown.
Brandon Gehl tallied 3 FG's and a FT. Sophomore Blake Sutton
added a pair of FG's and Matt Gehl sank a FG and 1 of 2 FT
Jacket scoring in the third came from 4 FG's by Shannon, a
FG each by Carlton and Schmith, and a pair of FT's made by
The fourth quarter of play resulted in a 19 point run by the
Jackets. Carlton scored a 3 and a pair of FG's. Shannon added
3 FG's. M'town senior Josh Everhart netted a pair of FG's
and Schmith wound up their scoring with a solo FG.
The Eagles were contained to a 17 point fourth quarter output.
Scoring in the fourth were 3 FG's and a FT from Brandon Gehl.
Two FG's were scored by Sutton, and a FG and FT were each
added by Brown and Matt Gehl. A steal and FG as the game clock
was expiring by Sutton solidified any question about the outcome
The final score netted a 6 point JCD win of 68-62.
Jac-Cen-Del Eagles - 68
Brandon Gehl 15
Justin Huff 15
Matt Gehl 12
Tucker Brown 10
Blake Sutton 6
Daniel Leonetti 6
Thomas Wenning 2
Andrew Wagner 2
Non-scoring Eagles were: Gerald Hardesty, Eric Horan, Coty
Horn and Tim Arnett.
M'town Yellow Jackets - 62
Elliot Shannon 24
Russ Kuhn 13
Pete Schmith 13
Kreigh Carlton 6
Josh Everhart 4
Chris McMichael 2
Non-scoring Jackets were: Shane Stout, Cody Riley, Chris Haygood,
Brian Jarvis, Josh Albrecht and Doug Cox.
The Eagle championship
Jac-Cen-Del vs Lanesville
A seemingly very long wait between games finally resulted
in the championship game's start at 8 PM. Lanesville opened
in a flurry for 6 straight points, resulting in an Eagle Coach
Bradshaw timeout. The Lanesville Eagles continued to add another
FG for 8-0 before the JCD Eagles could respond with a basket.
That basket came from Matt Gehl at the 5 minute mark in the
first quarter of play.
Lanesville scored another FG and Leonetti answered but missed
an opportunity to add the FT shot. Eagle senior Thomas made
a strong move to the basket to complete a FG, cutting the
deficit to 4 at 10-6. Lanesville was able to add one more
FG before the end of the quarter, but the Eagles of JCD through
a 3 by Sutton and a pair of FT makes by Wenning cut their
deficit to 1 at 12-11 by quarter's end.
JCD's Brandon Gehl's scoring of a FG and teammate Sutton's
steal and drive to the rack put them up for the first time
of the contest, 15-12. Lanesville and Huff traded FG's for
17-14. Lanesville's FG closed the game to 1 point, but a foul
called as Huff released a 3 attempt put him on the FT line
where he sank all 3 to go up by 4 points.
With a little over 4 minutes remaining in the half, Lanesville
scored back to back FG's to tie the game at 20. An Eagle lead
off a Wenning FG was capped by Lanesville for the 22-22 tie.
Eagle Brown scored a FG, but Lanesville again merited the
tie at 24 with a FG. Eagle Sutton rose to drill the long range
3 at the 2:30 mark, after which neither team was able to put
points on the scoreboard before the halftime break, JCD 27-24
Opening the third, Brown missed a pair of FT's, Lanesville
made 1 of 2, and Matt Gehl drained the 3 ball which led to
a FG by Wenning to go back in front by 7 at 32-25 with 4:30
left to play. Lanesville called for the timeout.
Lanesville stole the ball and scored a pair of FG's. Eagle
Matt Gehl netted another 3 bomb and brother Brandon sank 1
of 2 FT's. JCD 36-29. Eagle Brown made 1 of 2 FT shots and
Sutton nailed a pair, taking their lead to 10 at 39-29 with
1:45 remaining in the third.
Lanesville's Chris VanHoose scored a FG, missed the FT, added
another FG, and stole the ball to add yet another FG over
about a 30 second period, drawing them back to within 4 at
39-35. The Eagles had not fallen asleep nor left the floor,
merely the lack of fouls often called not being called.
JCD's timeout at the 42 second mark led to a pair of Eagle
scores. One, a FG by Brandon Gehl, and the other by Brown,
however VanHoose ended the quarter with a lofty 3 at the horn
for a score of JCD 43-38 Lanesville.
Eagle Brown connected for back to back FG's to regain a 9
point margin within the first 30 seconds of fourth quarter
Lanesville scored a FG to which Brown again countered. Lanesville
cut the deficit to 7 with a pair of FT shots. Brandon Gehl
missed the front end of a 1+1 opportunity at the line but
nailed a FG at 4:20 to regain a 9 point margin at 51-42.
Lanesville's VanHoose again rose for the 3 ball, calling the
timeout following the make. Questionable non calls resulted
in a pair of Lanesville baskets, cutting the game to a 51-49
game with 3:36 to go.
That led to a blocked shot that sent Eagle Sutton to the floor
hard resulting in major muscle spasms in his legs. A mere
2 point lead and a key to the Eagle lineup unlikely to be
able to return to the game in the time remaining.
At 2:53 with Sutton out of the Eagles' defensive set, Lanesville's
VanHoose launched his 3rd 3 pointer to take the lead 52-51.
Eagle Huff nailed a 3 to retake the lead for Jac-Cen-Del 54-52
at the 2:36 mark. Lanesville junior, Kenton Acton scored a
FG to knot the game at 54 with 2:20 to go. Lanesville called
timeout at 1:52 in possession of the basketball. Lanesville
sat on the ball, running time off the clock. An over and back
infraction was ignored allowing them to maintain possession
until a reach-in foul was called on JCD at the 19.8 second
None other than Lanesville senior David Lieber went to the
foul line and nailed the pair to give them a 56-54 lead. With
13 seconds remaining on the clock, the Eagles inbounded following
a timeout. Senior Huff shot from the top of the foul circle
where the ball rimmed out. One last attempt at a throw back
found no net and the Lanesville Eagles were given the pass
to Semi State competition.
Jac-Cen-Del Eagles - 54
Blake Sutton 12
Tucker Brown 11
Thomas Wenning 8
Justin Huff 8
Matt Gehl 8
Brandon Gehl 7
Non-scoring Eagles were: Daniel Leonetti, Andrew Wagner, Gerald
Hardesty, Eric Horan, Coty Horn and Tim Arnett.
Lanesville Eagles - 56
Chris VanHoose 23
Taylor Hess 9
Kenton Acton 8
David Lieber 8
Tom Richmer 4
Matthew Beckman 2
John Kissel 2
Non-scoring Eagles were: Jordan Hall, Seth Jacobs, Jeffery
Hammond, Cody Hussung and Evan Hussung.
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Gehl brothers talk it over before their next defensive
set. Brandon (34) is an Eagle junior and Matt (30 is
a sophomore. The duo are a viable threat on either end
of the court.
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Blake Sutton, lying on the sideline floor, is attended
to by concerned teammate Gerald Hardesty (right) trying
to support his head off the floor, EMT personnel at
the Franklin Community High School Regional #15 site
(front) and Michelle Sebastian, (left) Jac-Cen-Del's
Athletic Trainer. Intense leg cramps forced Sutton's
removal from the game in the fourth quarter.