Oak Hill boys to tip off season against Columbus Christian

Staff Writer

Oak Hill Academy will look to build off a 2016-17 season where the Eagles finished second in the district before falling in the first round of the north-state playoffs.

The Raiders lose four seniors that were a big part of last year’s team.

“Three were starters and one was my first guy off the bench,” Oak Hill head coach John Bower said. “I’ve got two starters coming back in Reiley Tate and John Carver Middleton.”

Oak Hill has three seniors this season in Brock Walley, Middleton, Tate, and Taylor Allen.

“(Tate) and (Middleton) were two of my starters from last year and they’re really going to be the leaders for us,” Bower said. “Taylor Allen is also a big kid who can shoot from the outside and he can penetrate too.”

Bower also said one of his key players, Daniel Harrington, suffered a football injury late in the season, but will likely be a starter when he gets healthy.

The junior high also won district last season and Bower will have a strong group of sophomores ready to contribute this season.

“I think it will be a very good class and I think a lot of those 10th graders will get playing time,” Bower said.

Bower said while his team doesn’t have an abundance of size, they will be lethal from the outside.

“There’s no doubt we’re going to be an outside shooting team, which is unfortunate because when it goes bad, it goes bad,” Bower said. “We’ve got a lot of quickness too, so that’s going to help us in the long run.”