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High School Roundup (Dec. 29): Ravenna boys basketball collect historic 800th program win

High School Roundup (Dec. 29): Ravenna boys basketball collect historic 800th program win


By Tom Nader

Publisher and Editor




Garrett Sprutte continued his high-scoring performances, leading his Pirates to a non-league victory over the visiting Falcons on Thursday in Palmyra.

Sprutte scored a game-high 30 points, hitting on 10 field goals and converting 10-of-13 free throws.

He was joined in double figures by Ian Carter, who finished with 13 points for the Pirates (3-4). Carter also had a team-high eight rebounds.

Field took a 14-10 lead into the second quarter, but struggled to find offense in the second and third quarters as the Pirates found their offensive rhythm.

In the game’s middle 16 minutes, the Pirates outscored the Falcons decisively, 37-17.

Joe Crawford led Field (1-8) in scoring with 16 points, including hitting four 3-pointers — Field hit 11 from long range as a team. Braxton Baumberger contributed 14 points and seven rebounds, while teammate Manny Smith also pulled down seven rebounds.



The Ravens remained red-hot, winning their eighth consecutive game in a matchup that was rescheduled from last Friday (snowstorm).

The win for Ravenna was the program’s 800th all-time, becoming the sixth school in Portage County history to reach the program milestone.

The other five schools include Windham, Mogadore, Kent Roosevelt, Garfield and Rootstown.

Of the six schools with at least 800 all-time wins, Ravenna’s program is the oldest, dating back to 1908.

Justice Haven paced Ravenna (8-2) in the victory with 19 points, while he was joined in double figures by Emmanuel Miller (15 points) and Maykai O’Neal (10 points).

It was consistency that again highlighted the effort for Ravenna, with the team besting the G-Men (2-7) in all four quarters of play, including a 20-12 first-quarter advantage that grew to 39-17 by halftime.

Garfield’s Preston Gedeon scored a game-high 24 points.



The Red Devils held off a strong second offensively by the Rovers to secure the non-league victory on the road.

Dekota Johnson scored 23 points, with Charlie Schweickert adding 12 points and Jimmy Peters 10 for Crestwood (3-4).

After a relatively even first quarter (15-13 in Crestwood’s favor), the Red Devils distanced themselves with a 20-9 second quarter to take a 35-22 lead into halftime.

Rootstown outscored Crestwood in the second half, however, 36-26, to close the gap and make the game close until the end.

Ryan Piscitani had a season-high 20 points for the Rovers, while Brady Fillmore had four 3-ponters and finished with14 points.

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