The Woodridge boys basketball team has been hard at work practicing for the postseason.
Seeded second in the Stow Division II sectional-district tournament, the Bulldogs will receive a first-round bye before hosting the winner of the Feb. 28 Streetsboro-at-Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy game in a sectional final March 3 at 7 p.m.
Two games Woodridge had to play -- a pair of blowout victories -- interrupted its practice schedule.
One was a 71-31 win at Portage Trail Conference Metro Division rival Springfield Feb. 17 that clinched the outright PTC Metro championship, the Bulldogs' first division title since they we're co-champs in 2011-12. It also is just the third division/league/conference championship in school history.
"No offense to Coventry, but the kids did not want to share that title," Woodridge head coach Ric Blevins said. "We felt like it was ours and the kids went out and played a great basketball game. It's something they're very proud of and they should be. They earned it."
Four nights later on Feb. 21 -- Senior Night -- Woodridge concluded its regular season with an 88-68 triumph over non-conference foe Akron Garfield. The Bulldogs finished the regular part of the schedule 21-1 overall and 13-1 in the PTC Metro.
In the win over Springfield, it was all Woodridge from the very start. The Bulldogs led 21-4 after one quarter, 46-13 at halftime and 61-18 after three quarters. The Bulldogs' reserves played most of the second half.
"It was the first time since November that we had only one game in a week, so we were able to give the kids a couple of days off and they responded really well," Blevins said. "Defensively, it was as good as we've been all year. I loved our focus and leadership has a lot to do with that."
Leading the way for Woodridge were Preston Clark and Mason Lydic. Clark, a senior guard, scored 16 points, including three 3-pointers. Lydic, a junior guard, had 15 points, including two 3-pointers.
Junior Logan Soland scored 8 points and sophomore post player Elijah Arnett and senior forward Marlon King each scored 6 points. King also had 6 rebounds. Sophomore D.J. Snyder scored 5 points, including a 3-pointer.
In the win over Garfield, Woodridge led 20-13 after the first quarter, 37-25 at the half and 58-42 after the third quarter.
"Garfield is extremely athletic," Blevins said. "They made some runs. We'd get up by 12-13 points and then they'd cut it back to six or seven. I think they got within four early in the third quarter by coming out and making some big shots, while we turned it over a little bit and didn't take some great shots.
"Then they tried to pressure a little bit and from it, we were able to get some easy looks and we knocked down some big shots. The next thing you knew, we were able to push it up to 17-18 and keep it there for most of the fourth quarter."
Lydic scored 19 points, including three 3-pointers.
King had 18 points and 15 rebounds.
"Marlon excels when the game becomes really athletic because, pound for pound, he's as tough a guy as we have," Blevins said. "He can do some things in that type of a game that he doesn't always get to do when we have to control the tempo. He played a good basketball game."
Senior center Aaron Jones scored 11 points and Arnett had 10 points.
Clark scored 9 points, senior Zach Nelsen scored 7 points and sophomore Michael Massey had 5 points. Each had a 3-pointer.
"It was a great night for my seniors," Blevins said. "All five of them played very well. Sharif Howard and Zach did a nice job, Preston knocked down some big shots and Aaron played a pretty good all-around game.
"It was a good night all around for Woodridge basketball."