On Monday night, the Zanesville Blue Devils barely stumbled in a 61-48 victory. In their final dress rehersal before East Liverpool, the Blue Devils did a little bit of everything in their Foundation Game against Thomas Worthington. The defense was sharp, and the offense clicked on the perimeter and in the paint. Tanner Gibson led all scorers with 21 points, newcomer Rian Burrell, a Columbus Beechcroft transfer, scored 15.
With all due respect to the Masters golf tournament, the Zanesville Blue Devils basketball program is a tradition unlike any other. A fraternity of brothers that has a lifetime membership. In fact, these days some of the elder statesmen can be found in their stomping grounds. (Click the link for the story)
IN BASKETBALL, THERE ARE COUNTLESS WAYS TO GO ABOUT PLAYING THE GAME ON THE COURT THAT ENSURE A TEAM GETS THE WIN. BUT RITUALS AND ROUTINES OFF THE COURT SEEM TO PULL A LOT OF WEIGHT AS WELL. THE ZANESVILLE BLUE DEVILS, FOR EXAMPLE, ARE VERY SUPERSTITIOUS. (Click the link to view story)
RUMORS HAD SURFACED JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO ABOUT THE END OF AN ERA FOR LANCE DUPLER AT SHERIDAN....BUT THEN SOON AFTER DISSAPATED. WEDNESDAY NIGHT, BRANDON HANNAHS OF THE TIMES RECORDER REPORTED LANCE DUPLER WILL NO LONGER BE THE HEAD GENERAL AFTER 11 YEARS AS THE HEAD BASKETBALL COACH. DURING AN INTERVIEW WITH THE T.R., COACH DUPLER ATTRIBUTED HIS RESIGNATION AS HEAD COACH MOSTLY TO HIS RECENT LACK OF COMMITMENT TO THE PROGRAM. SAYING HE HAS MISSED MANY OF HIS CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES...