STATE BOUND! Final Four for Bay Basketball

John Koz lights it up in the Regional Finals.

John Koz lights it up in the Regional Finals.

Making school history, the Bay High basketball team is headed to Columbus this week as a part of the OHSAA’s Div II final four.

Celebrating the Regional Championship!

Celebrating the Regional Championship!

Bay (24-3) will take on New Concord John Glenn (26-1) in a semifinals match Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

The other half of the bracket pits Akron St. Vincent St. Mary (25-3) against Cincinnati Aiken (24-3) at 5:15 the same day.

Winners will meet for the state championship at 2 p.m. on Saturday. All Games at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, The Ohio State University.

Bay advanced to state with a regional finals win over Ottawa-Glandorf last Saturday at Bowling Green. Bay won, 76-65, to claim the first-ever regional title in school history.

Chasing history, this year’s state tournament appearance is a first for the Bay High basketball program. Under coach Jared Shetzer, the Rockets have claimed Great Lakes Conference, sectional, district and, now, regional championships. Never before has a Bay team flirted with the 25-win mark in a single season. Heading to Columbus at 24-3, Bay is adding to its list of historic achievements. This team plays a solid, up-tempo brand of basketball with no real weaknesses in the starting lineup or coming off the bench. The squad is led by career school scoring leader John Koz, but also starts two extremely athletic ball handlers in the backcourt in junior Jack Jelen and freshman Eric Painter. Underneath, sophomore RJ Sunahara and senior Scott Durham play suffocating defense while senior Cole Gergye keeps the lineup fresh off the bench. As you can see, this Bay team is young as well as talented. It is team to watch for several years to come.

Best of luck at state! Go, Rockets!

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