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Journal-News | Tuesday, March 2, 2021 D SPORTS News: Delivery: sports@coxinc.com or 937-610-7555 | journal-news.com/subscribe or (877) 267-0018 | OHIO STATE BUCKEYES HIGH SCHOOLS NFL ONLINE Get the latest on the Buckeyes’ recruiting efforts at Keep up with the latest high school sports updates, including analysis and at Get the latest on the Bengals, Browns and NFL news at EXTRAS photos Journal-News.com. Journal-News.com. Journal-News.com. REDS NFL DRAFT NFL draft guru says no top 10 team has clearer need at offensive tackle. because he didn’t play this year. Had he built on what he did in 2019, he would have been regarded as the next (Tony) Boselli, ( Jonathan) Ogden or (Orlando) Pace. So, I get why you wouldn’t put him in that category right now because he didn’t play year, for Cincinnati, he’s exactly what they’re looking for, and I think he would be an ideal pick at that point. So I would think Sewell to me, would be no later than five. Some are projecting him down at 10. I don’t see that happening. That’s just me. I think the Bengals will be the ideal spot.” wrote in his most recent mock draft article “no team in the top 10 has a clearer need than the Bengals’ hole at tackle. They have to keep quarterbac­k Joe Burrow on his feet.” Cincinnati allowed 48 sacks last season, which ranked as 28th most in the league, and Burrow — the No. 1 overall pick in 2020 — took 32 of those in 10 games before he tore his ACL MCL when the pocket collapsed on after making a throw in the quarter of a By Laurel Pfahler Contributi­ng Writer this but The Cincinnati Bengals know they need better protection for quarterbac­k Joe Burrow. ESPN analyst Mel Jr. sees them doing so through the NFL Draft. Last week in his second mock draft of the year, Kiper again projected the Bengals would select Oregon’s Penei Sewell with the No. 5 pick. While he made a few changes in the top four picks from his first version of the mock draft published Feb. 7, Kiper not waiver on his belief Sewell will land with the Bengals. On Monday in a conference call media, he explained why. “I ideal at Cincinnati at (No.) 5,” Kiper said on the 90-minute call in which he mock draft questions from media members around the country. “I think they’ll get a left tackle. People say, ‘Well, you a little overrated.’ I’m buying that Kiper once Kiper that did with think he’s answered and him third know he’s not D3 continued on GIRLS BASKETBALL Rams face Columbus Bishop Hartley in D-II regional semis today. lost two key players to injuries, we dealt with the COVID quarantine­s like everyone else and another starter missed a bunch of games in concussion proto so when we got Lizzie Meyer back, Lauren Christie, the two that were injured early on, came together. What helped us is we were able to develop our bench. We had different players stepping up, that’s our depth due to this. col, By Laurel Pfahler Contributi­ng Writer things to meet Bowling Green for a 7 p.m. tipoff. A win the Falcons could mean more than just a bit history. It also could help Badin High School girls basketball coach Tom Sunderman said he and his assistants are seeing now the kind of team they thought they could have back when the preseason was underway. The Rams have won 10 of their last 11 games and claimed their first district title since 2017 on Saturday with an upset of Greater Catholic League Co-Ed standout Roger They now advance to a Division II regional semifinal against Columbus Bishop Hartley today at Springfiel­d High School. Badin (17-9) is two wins away from a state appearance. “In preseason a lot of people expect us to be contenders,” Sunderman said. “We had a really good preseason, we over and helped making of had this all along. The thing that’s tough now is it gets as you go in the postseason. Each opponent is stronger as you get deeper into the tournament, so there are no easy games anymore.” Confidence though, especially after the last two tournament wins. was trailing by six points with under three minutes left in the sectional final last week and came back to win 39-36. “Us coaches thought we D4 continued on tougher Bacon. is running high, Badin Fenwick the didn’t then D4 continued on ORIGINAL LOCAL NEWS