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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Six former Ohio high school standouts were honored during the Ohio boys basketball state championships on Saturday. Among those celebrated were former Ohio State players Troy Smith and Chris "Beanie" Wells.
Others honored included Bob Golic, a football player and wrestler at St. Joseph. He would play at Notre Dame and for the Cleveland Browns. Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz was also among the honorees. He grew up in East Liverpool and played football at Kent State.
The two final honorees were Randy Gradishar, a football and basketball player for Warren Champion who played at Ohio State and was the 1978 Defense Player of the Year in the NFL, and Lisa Cline, a basketball player at Millersburg West Holmes and at Ohio State.
Villa Angela-St. Joseph has tough class to replace
With eight seniors, Villa Angela-St. Joseph had a senior class that few players have. Led by a starting lineup made up entirely of seniors, the Vikings' senior class scored all of their points on Saturday.
Seniors Dererk Pardon, Carlton Bragg, Brian Parker and and Simon Texidor all had at least 12 points in the win.
Garfield Heights junior Willie Jackson adds Iowa State offer
On Saturday, Garfield Heights junior Willie Jackson received an offer from Iowa State. Jackson's Bulldogs lost in Friday's Division I state semifinal, but the junior had 20 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
Jackson also has offers from Minnesota, Old Dominion, La Salle, Wright State, Toledo, Buffalo, Miami (Ohio), Cleveland State, Bowling Green, SMU, Wisconsin and Penn State.
Elsewhere, Central Catholic junior guard Desmond Crosby received an offer from Fairmont State shortly after his team's win on Saturday.
St. Edward fails to pull of rare Division I accomplishment
It's not easy to go to the state title game two years in a row, and St. Edward's loss on Friday to Huber Heights Wayne proved that. No team has made two Division I title games in a row since Canton McKinley in 2005 and 2006.
Contact high school sports reporter David Cassilo by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Twitter (@dcassilo
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