Hawks fly coop early, repeat in D4, 68-36

RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer Published:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Seger Bonifant scored seven points as Berlin Hiland got off to a 10-2 lead, finishing with 18 points as the Hawks beat Jackson Center 68-36 Saturday to capture their second consecutive Division IV boys state championship.

It was a battle of top teams in the final Associated Press regular-season poll. The Hawks (27-1) were No. 2 then, but not now.

First-team AP All-Ohioan Dylan Kaufman had 17 points and Neil Gingerich scored 12 for Hiland, which captured its third state title (1992, 2011). It became just the second repeat small-school state champ since the tournament went to four divisions in 1988. Columbus Wehrle won three straight from 1988-90.

Andy Hoying, who shared the player of the year award in the division with Kaufman, had 15 for Jackson Center (27-1).