At Akron's St. Vincent-St.Mary High School boys basketball is a very high profile sport, mostly because of the three titles they won in four years during the LeBron James era a decade ago. But these days the current edition of the team is forging their own legacy as they are about to play for their second state crown in three years.
On Thursday the Fighting Irish of St. Vincent-St. Mary outplayed the Columbus Bishop Hartley Hawks by a score of 49-44 and charged into the the Division II state championship game.
The Irish, who have won 8 straight and 12 of 13 improved their overall record to 18-9 and now move on to the state title game on Saturday morning at 10:30. They will be facing Dayton Thurgood Marshall (22-5) a 68-66 winner over Toledo Rogers in Thursday's second semifinal.
This Saturday's game will be a re-match of the 2009 title game when the Irish defeated 59-53 to win the crown that year.
Tony Morganti, CRS, ABR