WARREN — Since 2016, either the LaBrae Vikings or the Garfield G-Men have played in the Division III district championship game at Warren G. Harding High School.
Friday night, both did, just like in 2017 when the G-Men won by two points against the Vikings, who were ranked No. 1 in the statewide Associated Press poll.
The second-seeded Vikings, making their fourth consecutive appearance in a district final, exacted some revenge Friday night by knocking off the top-seeded G-Men 55-47.
LaBrae (18-6) will play Waterloo in a regional semifinal Wednesday at the Canton Fieldhouse.
“We’ve had some nasty stings where we had some really good teams,” LaBrae coach Chad Kiser said. “Edgewood dropped down from Division II last year and got us in a really good game here. That hurt. Losing to Garfield a few years ago, when we were the No. 1 team in the state, hurt. Then you get one when you’re not supposed to. This was kind of a rebuilding year for us. Playing seven guys, four are sophomores. It’s unreal. One senior and two juniors out of that group. Just to be here, to be in this game, was special.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.