Princeton knocks off Spartans in Sectionals 69-48

On Thursday, February 23 the Turpin Spartans (6-17) saw their season come to a close at the hands of the Princeton Vikings (14-9) in a first round Sectional game at Hamilton High School.

The Vikings played like a well-oiled machine and had all its parts working – size, speed, and shooting skills.  Jack Tyszkiewicz got the scoring going with a drive to the basket, then Clay Scherer made two free throws after a Viking basket to put the Spartans up 4-2.  Princeton tied it with a basket, but Ben Hemmelgarn hit a three pointer to put Turpin up 7-4.  After the Vikings answered with a three, Nick Haddad scored to put the Spartans back on top.  Princeton scored four straight to go up 11-9, but Haddad got the lead back with a three pointer.  The Vikings then went on a 6-0 run which was ended by a Tyszkiewicz basket at the buzzer, and the Spartans trailed 17-14 going into the second quarter.  Princeton scored five straight to start the second quarter, until Josh Bell scored to make the score 22-16.  The Vikings began widening the lead with a 5-0 run which Marc Gendreau stopped with a three pointer to make the score 27-19.  The Spartans fell behind by 14 after Princeton scored six straight.  Hemmelgarn made two free throws, but the Vikings scored again.  The Spartans were able to cut the deficit to eight, scoring six straight on a basket by Tyszkiewicz, and two free throws apiece by Scherer and Haddad.  The Vikings ended the quarter’s scoring with a basket and took a 37-27 lead into halftime.

The tables were turned on the Spartans in the third quarter which had been their best quarter all season.  The Vikings came out on fire, going on a 13-2 run to take a 50-29 lead.  Bell made a basket and Haddad hit a three to cut the deficit to 50-34, but the Vikings hit a three, then dropped in another after a Jack Campbell basket to take a 56-36 lead into the fourth quarter.  Tyszkiewicz made a free throw to start the quarter, but Princeton answered with four straight to take a 60-37 lead.  The Vikings were able to widen the lead to 63-39, but as has been the case all season the Spartans continued playing hard and scored six straight on a basket by Griffen Durso, a free throw by Durso and a conventional three point play by Tyzkiewicz to make the score 63-45.  The Vikings stopped the run with a basket.   At that point the seniors began checking out for the last time, and the final score was 69-48 in favor of the Vikings.  They now take on Colerain on Tuesday, February 28, and the Spartans’ season is complete.  Turpin was led in scoring by Tyszkiewicz with 13 points, followed by Haddad with 12 (two three pointers), Durso and Hemmelgarn (one three) with five each, Bell and Scherer with four apiece, Gendreau with three (three pointer), and Campbell two.

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 Clay Scherer
Curtis Johnson
Owen Spencer
Nick Haddad
Jackson Holt
Josh Bell
Will Schlosser
 Davis Dwyer
 Griffen Durso
 Lucas Smith
 Scott Ballitch

The Turpin High School boys basketball team has a long and stories history, created by some of the best student-athletes to ever play at Turpin High School.

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Boys Basketball Coach


Josh Slonim
Josh Slonim

Josh Slonim graduated from Turpin in 2005, where he played basketball and baseball. He played basketball at Ohio Wesleyan University before transferring to Miami University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports studies and then attended Bowling Green, where he earned an MBA in 2010.  He worked as a student assistant with Miami and a graduate assistant at BGSU. He was head coach for AAU teams in Cincinnati and Louisville, winning a National Championship in 2014. Josh served as an assistant at Trinity and Moeller high schools before coming to Turpin in 2017.

Scott Nelson
Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson is the varsity assistant coach. He graduated from Turpin in 1998, where he played basketball, golf and baseball. He is a graduate from the University of Cincinnati and played basketball at UC Clermont College, and held the all-time leading scorer mark with 2,127 points. He was inducted into the UC Clermont Athletic Hall of Fame and had his jersey retired.  Scott previously served as Varsity Assistant Coach at Turpin, UC Clermont and Glen Este.

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No. Player Year Pos.
1 Jackson Holt FR G
2 Nick Haddad JR G
3 Will Schlosser JR G
4 Clay Scherer SR F
10 Davis Dwyer SR C
11 Griffen Durso SR G
14 Lucas Smith SR G
22 Owen Spencer SO C
23 Scott Ballitch SR G
32 Josh Bell SO C
33 Curtis Johnson JR F



No. Player Year Pos.
1 Tommy Bernard 10 G
2 Harry Tyszkiewicz 10 G
3 Ethan Armbruster 10 F
5 Dominic Hice 10 G
10 Trey Shetler 10 F
11 Dylan Nugent 10 F
15 Max Meyer 10 G
20 Austin Hartley 10 G
24 Dominic Cantrella 9 G
33 Sam Machenheimer 10 G
52 Ian Ashcraft 9 C

Boys Basketball Schedule

Date Team Time
Dec. 1 Lakota West 7:30 PM
Dec. 5 McNicholas 7:30 PM
Dec. 8 Loveland 7:30 PM
Dec. 9 at Lebanon 7:00 PM
Dec. 12 at West Clermont 7:30 PM
Dec. 15 Walnut Hills 8:00 PM
Dec. 19 at Shroder 7:30 PM
Jan. 2 Milford 7:30 PM
Jan. 5 at Kings 7:30 PM
Jan. 9 Withrow 7:30 PM
Jan. 12 at Anderson 7:30 PM
Jan. 16 Sycamore 7:30 PM
Jan. 19 at Loveland 7:30 PM
Jan. 23 West Clermont 7:30 PM
Jan. 26 at Walnut Hills 7:30 PM
Jan. 27 at Indian Hill 7:30 PM
Jan. 30 Clermont NE 7:30 PM
Feb. 2 at Milford 7:30 PM
Feb. 6 at Little Miami 7:30 PM
Feb. 9 Kings 7:30 PM
Feb. 13 at Withrow 7:30 PM
Feb. 16 Anderson 7:30 PM