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TuesdayNovember 25, 2014

Surge Classic set to tip off Friday

The Surge Classic men’s basketball event is set for this weekend at the gymnasium on the Cincinnati State campus.

Cincinnati State, off to a 5-0 start to the 2014-15 season and ranked No. 4 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national poll, will host Danville Area Community College, Monroe Community College and Moraine Valley Community College.

The Surge Classic gets started when Danville takes on Monroe at 5 p.m. on Friday. Cincinnati State plays the second game of the doubleheader against Moraine Valley at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Moraine Valley squares off against Danville at 1 p.m., while the Surge closes the event against Monroe at 3 p.m.

Cincinnati State, led by head coach Andre Tate, remained undefeated with a 99-71 victory over visiting Jackson Community College this past Friday night.

Cincinnati State sophomore point guard Andre Hollins-Johnson (pictured above), who is coming off a career-high eight assists and career-high-tying eight rebounds and four steals in his last outing, leads the Surge in minutes (28.2), points (15.2), rebounds (5.2), assists (4.2) and steals (1.8) per game.

Monroe Community College comes in ranked sixth in the national poll. Anthony Hemingway, a Monroe guard who is averaging 19 points per game this season, enters the event as the leading scorer on any of the four teams. Sophomore forward Brian Townsend leads Moraine Valley with 15.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, while Adam Hendrix, a sophomore post player, tops Danville with 14.8 points and 8.6 rebounds a game.

Admission to all of the games is free when presenting a Surge card. Tickets for the public are $5 each.

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I-75/Hopple Street construction update

Work on the I-75/Hopple Street project will require the following restrictions this week:

  • Culvert work will require a three-month closure of Bates Avenue, beginning today.  Access to the City Building will be maintained.
  • Flagging operations on Central Parkway between Bates Avenue and the Connector Road will be underway for barrier wall installation, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.today (Tuesday, Nov. 25).
  • Flagging operation on various side streets for material deliveries from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Soccer coach hits recruiting trail after another solid season

Winners of its sixth straight Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championship, the Cincinnati State men’s soccer team has completed another successful season.

The Surge, which remained in the top 20 of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I rankings the entire 2014 season, eventually fell in the Region XII semifinals to No. 11 Ancilla to complete a 14-5-1 campaign.

In his 12th season as the Cincinnati State head coach, Head Coach Mike Combs led the Surge to their 12th straight postseason appearance.

Perhaps the most impressive outing of the season came in mid-October with a 4-2 victory over top-10-ranked Schoolcraft College. Leading the way was breakout player Mohamed Thiaw (pictured above). The freshman forward from Lexington, Ky., scored three goals and assisted on the fourth, all in the first half.

Thiaw, described by Combs as a “marquis forward,” was named a top-five player in the region. He led the Surge with 16 goals and added five assists (37 points) in 19 games this season. Sophomore forward Tyler Gumbert contributed seven goals and two assists (16 points), while freshman forward Juwon Akintunde netted three goals and delivered five assists (11 points).

Cincinnati State, ranked 16th in the final NJCAA Division I national poll, did not advance past regional play for the first time in the three years.

Combs, who is two wins shy of 200 for his career, is hitting the recruiting trail, looking to solidify the Surge.

“We achieved our goal of winning the conference for the 10th time in 12 seasons,” Combs said, “and look forward to bringing in top local talent in order to improve upon this season and qualify for nationals next year.”