It's party time in Franklin, Ohio

RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- It was quite a celebration at Franklin High School in southwest Ohio.

After a 62-32 win over Monroe, Wildcats fans formed a human reception corridor leading from the Franklin locker room then diagonally across the basketball court to the opposite end of the gym. Confetti bombs burst above the crowd, moments before Franklin coach Brian Bales was doused with a large cooler of water.

They were partying after the Wildcats' first 20-0 season. The 1960-61 team went undefeated during a 17-game season. Several members of that undefeated Franklin team were recognized during Friday's contest.

"This is my dream job, with a bunch of dream guys in a dream season," a drenched Bales said. "Twenty-and-0, to do that for the first time in school history, kudos to our guys. They've done everything they've been asked to do. This means a lot to our school, our program and our community."

Junior guard Travis Lakins was one of the first Wildcat players introduced to the crowd after the game. He was greeted with loud cheers and several high-fives from fans and friends.

"Man, this is once in a lifetime. Once in a lifetime," said Lakins. "I'll never forget this moment. It's crazy."

It was also Franklin's first outright league championship since 1991, when it was still a member of the Mid-Miami League.

The Wildcats shared the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division title with Bellbrook in 2009.

NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS: Napoleon's boys (15-3), the smallest school in the Northern Lakes League, won an outright title in its first season in the league; unbeaten Defiance had 13 players score and eight hit 3-pointers in a 75-26 win over Rossford; Fort Recovery's Wade Gelhaus was 10 of 17 from the field as he personally outscored Union City Mississinawa Valley 25-24 in a 69-24 win -- the second time in three games Gelhaus has matched or outscored an opponent; Mansfield Temple Christian's 6-foot-7 senior Jared Mott recently grabbed his 1,000th career rebound, giving him more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds; Wauseon's boys led Metamora Evergreen 18-0 after one quarter en route to a 59-33 victory; and undefeated Edgerton's boys have now won 27 of their last 28 regular-season games and 11 straight in the Green Meadows Conference following a 62-45 victory over Defiance Ayersville.

POLL CHAMPS: Dayton Dunbar was loaded with great expectations long before the season began, and Tuesday night at Dayton Meadowdale the Wolverines made their place in program history. Dunbar's 72-66 win didn't just clinch the City League championship. It was the final notch in a perfect 20-0 regular season. That's a first for Wolverines coach Pete Pullen. Deontae "Teddy" Hawkins led Dunbar with 17 points, Gary Akbar added 14 and Andre Yates 13 for the Wolverines, the No. 1 team in The Associated Press Division II rankings.

STILL ON TOP: Clyde's girls beat Port Clinton, 61-32 to wrap up back-to-back Sandusky Bay Conference championships. The win also marked the 32nd straight SBC win for the program, dating to Jan. 30, 2010. Overall, Clyde has won 45 of its last 46 regular-season games, with the lone setback a 55-40 loss to three-time defending state champion Hathaway Brown at the Classic in the Country Challenge on Jan. 15.

WAITING NO MORE: Norwalk's boys' 66-58 win at Willard gave the Truckers (19-0) the Northern Ohio League title outright. It is the first time Norwalk has won back-to-back NOL titles in school's 67-year tenure in the league, and the first outright title in 50 years. The 19 wins equaled the program record for wins in a season, dating to 1945-46.

And it took 12 seasons, but Beavercreek has a boys basketball championship. Jalen Camper scored 18 points in leading Creek to a 70-58 win at Kettering Fairmont. Beavercreek (15-4) finished 9-1 to win the Greater Western Ohio Conference Central title.

BIG EFFORTS: Devon Carter's steal and the resulting layup by Keith Richardson with just 8 seconds left allowed visiting Clayton Northmont to dodge Springfield's upset bid, 56-54; and Castalia Margaretta's Craig Galindo hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the third quarter of a 68-46 win over Monroeville.

Findlay High's 6-11 senior center C.J. Gettys scored a career-high 34 points to lead the Trojans to a 69-43 win over Oregon Clay Friday. Only the fifth player in 110 years of Findlay High basketball to achieve 1,000 career points, Gettys (1,103 points) moved past two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (1,095) into second place on the school's all-time list.

MORE CRAFTSMANSHIP: Ohio State-bound Caitie Craft scored 36 points to lead No. 7-ranked Liberty-Benton (Division III) to a 72-35 win over Bluffton.

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