Monthly Archives: October 2014

Painting the Town Royal Blue: Central Crossing’s Rise to Relevancy [Column]

CC Pano

66-20. 41-7. 43-6. 51-12.

If you are a part of the Central Crossing alumnae or a fan from 2002-2014, you may not be able to discern which game or season these scores come from, but you do know that the royal blue and silver were not on the winning end. These are all final scores of losses encountered by the 2013 team, all encountered in OCC-Central play to the likes of Hilliard Davidson, Upper Arlington, Thomas Worthington and Marysville. The Comets finished 2-8 and yet again, found themselves looking to the future, hoping that some day they could possibly just have a winning season, let alone a berth in the OHSAA state playoffs.

Oh, the difference a year makes.

Fast-forward to Week 10 of the 2014 season, and you would think the Comets were a perennial contender in Central Ohio. Remember those four losses by 34+ points mentioned above? Yeah, those rematches been turned into four of the biggest wins of school history, each important in their own way, three of which have been by 10+ points.

Arguably the greatest feat was a 21-20 upset win over defending OCC-Central champion Hilliard Davidson, which included stopping the ‘Cats on a two-point play in overtime. Throw in a 35-21 throttling of perennial bully Upper Arlington and you have something special that has never been seen from the boys on Big Run South.

Along with many of my classmates, I stood as a part of the “Comet Crazies” no matter what, win or lose. I do not get how the student section is not filled to capacity each and every week, being loud and proud for a team that is setting new records by the week. Not to sound like an old man, but if from 2006-08 one of our football teams was having a year like this, I’m not sure you would be able to find a quiet fan in the bunch.

But now, the frustrations on fall Friday nights have turned into something much different that the community has picked up on. Sitting at 6-3 and 15th in Division I: Region II, there is a serious chance that the royal blue and silver will complete the #RoadToWeek11, being the first team from Grove City to play in the OHSAA playoffs since 2008.

Before the Comets think about the playoffs, they must first complete their regular season with a win over none other than archrival Westland, which has been more of a kitten than a Cougar since 2008, with Central Crossing winning by an average score of 29-10 in the five meetings between the two schools.

Residing just 5.4 miles from Central Crossing, (Galloway) Westland has been a fair and worthy foe in other sports, and when you think about “Rivalry Week” you must always consider the fact that no matter the records, you will get their best shot. It does not matter if they are 3-6 or 6-3, there is no doubt it will be a close game.

The book about the 2014 Comets has all but been written, and only the final few chapters await their destiny. What now sits before this team is a chance to finish the book with a strong closing statement, forever etching their history with a big royal blue and silver signature all their own.

Sign Up Now For Tier 1 Sports Middle School Showcase! [Oct. 18th]

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Basketball never stops and this upcoming weekend is no different, as Tier 1 Sports LLC is putting on a showcase for all basketball players from 5th-8th grade on October 18 at Lima Senior High School. Lima’s own Quincey Simpson (@coachq7) will be helping run the camp, and there will be scouts from all across the midwest to evaluate and analyze those hoopers in attendance.

The cost is now $100, and to register click the following link below:

REGISTER HERE

Video services will also be in attendance, and here is some video from past events.

Matthew Moyer Profile, Part II [Article & Video]

Moyer Slam

Article by Eran Hami

A star athlete and a standout student. Matthew Moyer is dedicated to everything he takes on.

Seen walking through the hallways to the basketball gym, sporting a Syracuse University gym bag that is navy blue with the word “Syracuse” in orange, Gahanna’s Matthew Moyer makes no bones about where his college choice is.

To anyone under 6 feet tall, the 16-year-old five-star forward seems like a giant. He is lanky with a wingspan the size of an albatross’ but lacks a muscular figure. He has short buzzed brown hair with a light black skin tone.

On school days, the 6-feet-8 inch basketball small forward gets a head start with a 4 a.m. workout with his personal trainer, and then follows that up with an eight-hour school day. Moyer starts that school day with music, and not by listening to it, but by playing it as a first-chair violinist in the school’s orchestra.

Moyer said he spends numerous hours on homework each night, but manages to get it all done. He usually studies at home and sits at the polished, dark brown wooden kitchen table that is about four feet high. Moyer sits in the chair that faces towards a glass sliding door, looking out to his suburban backyard. Overflowing with assignments and notes, his plastic red, lime green and purple folders divide up his class duties. At one point he got up to get a navy blue blanket, that felt like felt material, to wrap his long legs up. He pestered his mom several times that the house was cold and the heat needed to be turned on. She resisted saying October is too early for the heat.

The weekends are filled with basketball and social time. Moyer tries to make it out to cheer on fellow Gahanna Lincoln Lions at the football games.

“I just love supporting,” Moyer said about his high school and attending a college with a football program.

Every now and then Moyer will get interrupted on his homework from his friend and teammate Nick Ward. Ward asked Moyer over the phone to give him a “shout out” on Twitter. With the phone on speaker Moyer rolls his eyes and throws his head back and shakes it in a displeased manor.

“You don’t have 1000 followers yet Nick?” Moyer said on the phone joking around with Ward.

“That dude FaceTimes me and calls me all the time,” Moyer said as Skittles rattle around a cardboard box and fall into Moyer’s hand. “How many times does he call me? Once before school, once before workouts, once before I go to bed and then if he can’t sleep he’ll just keep FaceTimeing me until I wake up.”

 On Sundays in the fall, Moyer attends “Coach Vic’s Open Gym”, at the older Reynoldsburg High School. Here, the best basketball players in the Columbus area come together for two hours to showcase their talents with various Division II and Division III college coaches in attendance. Moyer arrived to the gym sporting his royal blue Gahanna Lincoln warm-up jacket, with the school logo stamped on the left side of the jacket on his chest. He found his fellow high school teammate and Division I recruit, Ward, behind the small set of silver bleachers with only four rows. The two laughed liked young kids about a previous basketball trip they attended, while Moyer did some warm-up stretches on his legs using a 4-foot, maroon colored elastic band.

When Moyer is with Ward and his friends he is average height. For an average 5-feet-8-inch man, standing next to him and his friends would be like standing in the Redwood forest. He walks out to the faded wooden court with a lackadaisical appearance, but he doesn’t allow himself to be pushed around in the game. Moyer knows where to be on the court and where the ball needs to go when he receives a pass.

Moyer is involved with so much it is rare to see him just have free time to himself. Yet the student-athlete with a 3.7 GPA and ranked nationally as high as 14th on 247 Sports, maintains his composure and puts in hard work. As school progresses and his junior season approaches, Matt is going to need to find that continual perfect balance.