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Taylor Mikesell and Kierstan Bell score at Ohio State, FGCU

Ohio State guard Taylor Mikesell shoots Illinois guard Jayla Oden during the fourth quarter at Value City Arena in Columbus on January 6, 2022. Ohio State won 90-69 .

Who said “you can’t go home anymore?”

Taylor Mikesell played two seasons at the University of Maryland and one at the University of Oregon. She is playing her senior year with the Ohio State women’s basketball team.

Mikesell, a Jackson High graduate, is second in the Buckeyes with an 18.8 GAA. The 5-foot-11 guard has scored in double figures in all 15 games and has gone over 20 points five times. She made 61 of 125 3-pointers (48.8%) and had three or more in 14 games with a high of five in four games.

Ohio State, ranked 25th in the nation, improved its record to 12-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten Conference after an 88-83 championship win over Michigan State on Wednesday in Columbus. Mikesell played all 40 minutes and had 25 points, aided by five 3-pointers, five rebounds and two assists.

Ohio State guard Taylor Mikesell shoots Michigan State guard Moira Joiner during the second quarter at Value City Arena in Columbus on January 12, 2022.

How well did Mikesell adapt to the Buckeyes after playing in Maryland and Oregon?

Junior guard Jacy Sheldon, the team’s leading scorer, talks about what it’s like to play with her.

“It’s easy,” Sheldon said. “She can do it all – a great team-mate and she keeps her defender with her, so it creates so much for so many people on the pitch. She’s a great player. »

FGCU's Kierstan Bell goes up for a shot against FMU, November 9, 2021 at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Florida.

Kierstan Bell (McKinley) The junior guard showed her versatility to lead the Florida Gulf Coast women’s basketball team to an easy 100-65 victory at Kennesaw State on Wednesday. Bell had a game-high 30 points, five rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots and two steals. And she only played 24 minutes. During the season, Bell has an All-American type performance. She leads the Eagles 14-1 in points (24.5), rebounds (8.0), steals (27) and blocked shots (21). She is third in assists with 43. Her points per game rank third in Division I. Bell was named Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week on Jan. 10, her fourth award this season.

FGCU's Kierstan Bell shoots the ball against FMU, November 9, 2021 at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Florida.

Garett Lautzenheiser (Louisville) The West Virginia wrestling team is 5-3 and Lautzenheiser starts at 133 pounds as a true freshman. He is 5-8 overall and 1-5 in doubles matches. He earned his first victory in the final first-half encounter as the Mountaineers outscored Cleveland State 24-16 at Morgantown. He posted a 4-2 win. He was 134-11 in his four years with the Leopards and was the Ohio High School Athletic Association champion in 2019.

Victor Marcelli (Jackson) The elder posted a 3-2 record at 174 pounds for the Virginia wrestling team at the Lehman Open on Jan. 7 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He won his opener 4-1 but lost 3-1 in the second round. He was 2-1 in consolations with a 10-9 win and a pin at 1:57. He was eliminated in the consolation round of 16. Marcelli, who shares 174 games with three other Cavaliers, has a lifetime record of 21-23. A 2018 state champion at Jackson, he went 8-7 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament as an overall selection in 2020-21.

Jackson High School graduate Vic Marcelli (right) in action during the 2020-21 season for the University of Virginia wrestling team.

Ben Smith (Hoover) The junior kicked off the second half of the season with a pair of wins for the Cleveland State wrestling team. Smith, competing at 197 pounds, won their match 5-2 in a 19-17 loss to Buffalo and came back with a 5-1 decision in a 24-15 win over Sothern Illinois-Edwardsville. Both matches took place last Sunday in Buffalo. He is 9-3 this season with a 6-2 dueling record with two falls, a technical fall and a major decision.

Anika Dansby (Massillon) The Waynesburg women’s basketball team is just 1-10 this season, but the Yellow Jackets are getting a strong 5-4 junior guard game. Dansby has started all 11 games and is averaging 4.9 points and is second on the team in rebounding with an average of 7.3. She leads the team in assists with 45 and steals with 16. Dansby had six points and a team-high 10 rebounds in a 75-64 Presidents’ Athletic Conference loss to Washington and Jefferson on Wednesday.

JoJo France (Manchester) The 6-0 senior guard is the Pitt-Greensburg men’s basketball team’s leading scorer (4-8 overall, 2-2 Presidents’ Athletic Conference). France have started all 12 games and are averaging 17.9 points. He made 27 of 87 3-point attempts. France are averaging 3.1 rebounds per game and lead the team in assists (24) and steals (18). He had a career-high 34 points against Bethany (W.Va.) on Nov. 23, helped by five 3-pointers.

Peyton Alazaus (West Branch) The 6-0 freshman guard had a team-high 15 points, but the 4-8 Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball team lost a 66-52 game to Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West vs. Slippery Rock on Jan. 5. Alazaus has started all 12 games and is second on the team with an average of 11.0. She also averages 3.5 rebounds with 11 steals and eight assists. She started her college career with 26 points in a 60-55 non-league against Frostburg State on November 12.

Chipmunk Riley (Massillon) The 5-11 senior forward had 12 points and 13 rebounds, but the Notre Dame College women’s basketball team lost 64-62 in a Mountain East Conference game against State of West Virginia on Wednesday. Ridley has had six straight double-doubles and seven this season for the Falcons (7-6, 6-2). She leads the team with a 13.2 rebound average and also scores 9.8 points per game.

Erin Hahn (Louisville) The 5-foot-11 junior forward is a key player on the 22nd-ranked Marietta Division III women’s basketball team (13-1, 6-1 OAC). Hahn had 15 points, six rebounds and five steals in Wednesday’s win over Mount Union. She had 19 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Wilmington on Jan. 8. During the season, Hahn leads the team in scoring (10.1) and rebounding (7.4) with 23 assists, 21 steals, and 12 blocked shots.

Nakyah Terrell (McKinley) The 5-6 freshman guard played in all 13 games with 12 starts for the High Point women’s basketball team (4-9). Terrell had nine points in an 83-73 win over South Carolina-Upstate on Wednesday. On the season, she averaged 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds with 22 assists and 10 steals. Terrell had her best game when she scored a college career-high 21 points in a 79-50 loss to Wake Forest of the Atlantic Coast Conference on Nov. 24.

Vincent Zeren (St. Thomas Aquinas) The freshman made a solid debut for Otterbein’s men’s indoor track team at the 2021 Oiler Opener ahead of the Dec. 2-3 break at Findlay. Zeren finished fourth in the 60 meters with a time of 7.11. He was the first freshman finisher. He finished sixth in the 200m in 23:09 and was the second freshman to cross the line. The versatile Zeren also finished tied for fifth in the long jump with a 21-0 jump.