2/19/16 - HS bkb
Sectional game article from News Journal
2/12/16 - HS Boys bkb
On senior night at Blanchester High School, the Wildcats took care of their own business Friday night by defeating Georgetown 62-49.
However, it wasn’t until the game between Bethel-Tate and Williamsburg went final that the celebration began.
While players and fans milled around the floor, the news came 22 minutes after Blanchester’s victory. Bethel-Tate had defeated Williamsburg 54-43, giving Blanchester a share of the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division title.
Blanchester (14-5 overall, 7-3 in SBC) overcame a slow start to bury the G-Men.
The Wildcats put the game away with a 14-0 run. Nick Hopkins had seven of those points and Blanchester led 59-36 with 5:24 remaining.
Richardson led the way with 19 points. Quenton Miller added 10 points. Dylan Miller had 8 points and 8 assists.
On senior night, Blanchester started all five of its seniors: Richardson, Cam Carroll, David Trivett, Nick Grogg and Dade Coyle, who suffered a knee injury against East Clinton and is unable to play.
“I can’t even put into words the value he has been to the program,” Weber said of Coyle. “His demeanor, his character, his personality … you come in and enjoy working and coaching here because of kids like Dade.
“There are a lot of them like that. The student body, all three teams, it’s just a good group of people. This is a good way to cap it off for the community.”
Blanchester’s boys league co-championship is in addition to the girls winning the SBC title last week. In all between the five high school level teams at Blanchester this winter, they have combined for 74 victories so far this season.
Weber said the culture change in Blanchester basketball is the reason he has stayed in the program.
“This group right here has done a good job setting what we expect. They buy what you’re selling, and when they do that and the community backs you up on it, you can do great things.” - from wnewj.com
2/5/16 - HS boys bkb
As Blanchester head coach Adam Weber promised, Friday’s game between Blanchester and Bethel-Tate was a slugfest.
Bodies were on the floor and in the stands. Rebounds became scrums under the basket.
In the end, it was Weber’s Wildcats that stood tall, defeating the Tigers 58-48.
“This is three or four in a row where we’re doing some things really well,” Weber said. “I was just very pleased. That was the best box-out team we’ve faced. They can flat-out keep you off the boards.
“We found ways to do other things and get the job done.”
Alec Richardson concluded a stellar week with an outstanding performance. The Blanchester senior guard missed just four shots on the night. As the Tigers clawed back into the game in the fourth quarter, Richardson had an answer.
“His vision and his growth as an offensive player has really shown in the last couple games,” Weber said. “His hesitation, then attack move, then finding the gaps, finding shooters and finding post players has been very fun to watch.
On a night when the Blanchester girls basketball team was honored between the first and second quarters for its league championship season, Weber discussed how that has motivated his team.
“It really helps when your girls program pulls out gutsy win after gutsy win,” Weber said. “It gives you as a community and as a school and a body of students … it’s inspiring. That has helped trigger these guys these last couple of games.”
2/8/16 - HS Boys bkb
Freshman team ended their regular season with a 10-2 record. They earned the #1 seed in the Western Brown Freshman tournament that starts Feb 15.
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1/15/16 - HS Boys bkb
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Varsity-from the News Journal
Blanchester’s third comeback, which included a 20-4 run, was a charm in a 62-55 victory Friday against Batavia.
The Wildcats (8-3) fell in a 21-6 hole late in the opening period after a 13-1 Bulldog run but Blan scored the next 14 to pull within 21-20.
Then Alec Richardson and Jordan Stroud took over. Stroud’s bucket started the 20-4 run. Richardson hit a two, a three and a pair of technical free throws to trim Batavia’s margin to 45-43 with 49 seconds left in the third quarter. Richardson’s steal under the Batavia basket and heave to Stroud at the other end for two knotted the game at 45-45 just before the end of the quarter.
Richardson led all scorers with 15 points. He was one of four Wildcats in double-figures. Dylan Miller and Quinton Miller had 12 each while Stroud added 11.-from
Shawn Robinson - WNJ Sports Writer
1/7/16 HS boys bkb
Blanchester ran away for an 82-58 victory over East Clinton
Four Wildcats reached double-figures; Alec Richardson led the way with 17. Dylan Miller, Jordan Stroud and J.D. Weiderhold finished with 13, 12 and 11, respectively.
The East Clinton JV won a 59-56 overtime thriller.
Blanchester took the freshman contest, 40-24, behind 11 points by Ian Heeg and 10 from Jacob Miller. Zach Mitchell led the Astros with 6. - from NJ Shawn Robinson
12/22/15 - HS BBKB
A second quarter run Tuesday night gave Blanchester all the cushion it needed against Ripley.
Jordan Stroud got the run started with back-to-back buckets. Chandler Slowey followed with the only three points the Jays scored in the final four minutes, as he converted a three-point play.
The rest of the half was all Blanchester. Nick Hopkins resumed the Wildcat run with a three. Blanchester led 24-16 with 2:35 left in the second quarter.
Alec Richardson knocked down a pair of free throws and a three, with a JD Wiederhold basket in between. Richardson and David Trivett each hit another free throw, followed by a Wiederhold basket to close the 18-3 run.
“We started pretty strong,” BHS head coach Adam Webersaid. “Our execution was solid. We were crushing them on the offensive boards.”
“I think our rotations defensively were pretty fundamentally sound,” Weber said. “I was pleased about that.” -Matt Sexton from WNJ
12/18/15 - HS BBKB
The Wildcats got strong offensive nights from Jordan Stroud and Alec Richardson leading Blanchester to a 65-58 victory over Georgetown.
Stroud got warm late in the third when he made three straight baskets, turning a two-point Blanchester deficit into a 45-41 lead. Blanchester led 45-43 heading into the fourth quarter.
“In the fourth quarter, I felt our defense turned around,” BHS head coach Adam Weber said. “Overall, we’ll take it. We haven’t won here in a while.”
Blanchester iced the game at the free-throw line, making 7 of 10 in the final 2:18 to complete the victory.
Stroud led all scorers with 25 points. Richardson added 21, including 14 in the first 9:20 of the game.
“We’ve got the whole back stretch of league play at home except for one,” said Weber. “This was marked on the calendar. We had to battle through this.” - Matt Sexton
12/16/15 - HSBKB
Playing their fifth game in 10 days the Blanchester Ladycats dropped a tough 61-57 game on the road to New Richmond. Trailing by 11 points with just over four minutes remaining, the girls mounted a rally pulling to within two points on two occasions, but could not get the game tied or get the lead. It was a good effort by the ladies, just not quite enough gas in the tank!-Coach Carrol
12/15/115 - HSBBKB
The Blanchester Boy's basketball program traveled to Bethel Tate Tuesday night, and once again came home with a 3-team sweep. The JV and Freshmen teams both remain undefeated, with a balanced scoring attack and aggressive, physical play on the boards.
The Varsity team is currently sitting in a tie with Williamsburg for First place, and had an incredible second half against Bethel Tate to overcome a 14-point halftime deficit to overcome the Tigers. -Coach Weber