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Lakeview finishes unlikely title run in District

By Brian Dzenis-Vindicator, 03/11/18, 11:30AM EDT



Things are moving really fast for Lakeview’s boys basketball team.

Coach Ryan Fitch was still getting over the fact his fourth-seeded Bulldogs were even in Saturday’s Division II district final at Boardman High School while his team was cutting down the nets after beating Struthers, 72-59, to win said title.

“I’m still waiting for someone to wake me up and tell me we beat Poland,” said Fitch, referencing his team’s semifinal win against the tournament’s top seed. “To beat Poland and then come here and beat Struthers is just two great wins for our program.

“It’s going to take a while for that to sink in.”

Lakeview will travel to Canton on Thursday to face Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph in a regional semifinal at the Memorial Civic Center.

Struthers’ run as the No. 6-seed was just as improbable. The Wildcats had to knock out No. 3 West Branch and No. 2 Howland to get to the Bulldogs in the final.

“We knew we weren’t the favorite coming in because Poland had a lot of young talent. We just accepted it and played hard,” Struthers senior forward Ryan Leonard said. “We wanted to prove everyone wrong.”

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