The Ottumwa Courier


February 22, 2013

One win from state: No. 4 Centerville beats Chariton for district crown

KNOXVILLE — Trying to beat a team three times in one season is tough to do. Fourth-ranked Centerville found that out on Friday night.

In the end, the Big Reds overcame an early deficit to beat out their top challenge for the South Central Conference crown. Centerville outscored Chariton by 19 points over the second and third quarters to pull out a 52-44 Class 3A, District 12 win at Knoxville High School, giving the Big Reds a second straight district title.

The Big Reds didn’t make it easy on themselves. Chariton won the first eight minutes against a tentative Centerville team, leading 15-10 after one quarter.

“The first quarter was kind of rough for us,” Big Reds head coach Matt Kruzich said. “We came out kind of nervous. I think we were playing more not to lose. We started to finally settle in a little more in the second quarter.”

Centerville outscored the Chargers 16-7 in the second quarter to edge ahead by four at halftime. The Big Reds then came up with the most decisive quarter of the contest, outscoring the Chargers 15-5 in the third quarter to build a 41-27 lead.

Chariton tried to rally its in the fourth quarter to keep their season alive, cutting the deficit in half to seven with a minute to go. Centerville was able to put away Chariton from the foul line, hitting 11-16 from the charity stripe.

“We kept making free throws,” Kruzich said. “We’ve put a lot of time into that and it’s really paying off for us.”

Michael Starcevich and Garret Faris each scored 14 points to lead Centerville while Payton Busch had 12 points and six assists. Daric Laing, who hit the game winning 3-pointer in the final seconds of Chariton’s 47-46 district-semifinal win over Oskaloosa, led the Chargers with 11 points to close out a 16-7 season.

For the second straight season, No. 4 Centerville (20-2) will play for a berth in the Class 3A boys state basketball tournament. The Big Reds face Grinnell (19-4) Monday for the Substate 6 title in Oskaloosa at 7 p.m. The Tigers also beat a conference rival for a third time on Friday, topping Pella 58-44 at Southeast Polk High School for the District 11 championship.

“We’re going to have to deal with a lot of physical play in the post,” Kruzich, who will be looking to lead his third Centerville team to state, said. “We’re going to have to switch our defense and make a lot happen out front. Hopefully, our press can take a little bit of a toll on them.”

“The guys know what it’s all about. Hopefully we can go out there and make a good showing, but it’s going to be a physical challenge.”

Class 3A, District 12 Finals

No. 4 Centerville 52, Chariton 44

Chariton        15      7   5  17    —    44    

C’ville        10     16  15  11    —    52    

Chariton (44) — Daric Laing 11, Bryce Cunningham 8, T.J. Hockenson 8, Willie Felderman 6, Alex Wright 5, Christian Bengtson 4, Carl Williams 2. Totals 20 FG 1-8 44.

3-point goals — 3 (Cunningham, Laing, Wright). Total fouls — 14.

Centerville (52) — Michael Starcevich 14, Garret Faris 14, Payton Busch 12, Kolton Gonnerman 7, Logan Dabney 5. Totals 19 FG 11-16 52.

3-point goals — 3 (Starcevich 2, Busch). Rebounds — 27 (Dabney 8). Assists — 9 (Busch 6). Steals — 9 (Starcevich 4). Blocks — 3 (Dabney 3). Total fouls — 13. Turnovers — 10.

Text Only
  • 0416 OTT Sports Cody McConnell signs with IHCC Cody McConnell to run cross-country at IHCC OTTUMWA — Cody McConnell isn't ready to leave yet. He likes the City of Bridges; Ottumwa has been good to him. So, for McConnell, the internal tug to travel to new and exotic places hasn't been strong enough to point his compass away from the city.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ottumwa events postponed Monday OTTUMWA -- The Ottumwa Community school district announced several events were postponed on Monday. Among the events postponed was the OHS girls tennis first home meet of the season against Burlington. Also postponed on Monday was the OHS boys tennis

    April 15, 2014

  • Fairfield Maharishi opens boys tennis season CEDAR RAPIDS -- The quest for another championship caliber season began over the weekend for the Fairfield Maharishi boys tennis team. Facing a tough field and tough elements at the Cedar Rapids Washington "Warrior Challenge," the Pioneers battled th

    April 15, 2014

  • Legislature honors ISU men's basketball team DES MOINES (AP) -- Iowa lawmakers honored the Iowa State University men's basketball team for what they deemed a "brilliant" season. The state Senate and House adopted resolutions Monday to honor the team for its accomplishments and congratulate coac

    April 15, 2014

  • 0415 OTT Sports Leanna Nelson photo Ottumwa girls tennis team takes third in Waterloo WATERLOO -- The Ottumwa girls tennis team captured third in the Top Gun tournament Saturday in a performance replete with No. 2 finishes. The Bulldogs corralled second in five of the nine brackets they competed in, which helped them accumulate 21 1/2

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Weekly Area Bowling Scores Monday April 14, 2014 Champion Bowl Top Scores Mens High Game: Craig Denato 300, Ben Moore 300, Leon Brewer 280, DeWayne Boyd 279, Gabe Bartlett 278, Bruce Hopkins 270, Larry Forrest 269, Scott Shively 268, Ron Burke 268, Justin Johnson 268, Duane Wi

    April 15, 2014

  • Featured Bowling Scores 300 GAMES: Craig Denato (Friday Night Mixed, 4-11) Ben Moore (Sundowners, 4-13)

    April 15, 2014

  • On Tap Wednesday College Softball Indian Hills at Iowa Western (DH), 2 p.m.

    April 15, 2014

  • 0415 OTT Sports Ottumwa girls track photo Records fall at Osky Relays OSKALOOSA — The 87th running of the Osky Relays was a bit on the warm and windy side. Temperatures got the the low 80s on Saturday while the strong southerly wind made performances a bit of a struggle at Lacey Complex Stadium. The Ottumwa girls cross

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0415 OTT Sports IHCC softball photo IHCC closes busy week with split against Muscatine OTTUMWA — Paige Schreiner has played plenty of softball over the years on plenty of different levels. Last week, however, was unlike any week Schreiner has been a part of over the years. “It was the longest week of games I’ve ever experienced,” Schre

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

NCAA Tournament Scoreboard
Sports photo reprints