Another player verbally committed to Michigan State won a state championship over the weekend, while two others moved a step closer.
Shane Jones, a 2013 linebacker commit to the Spartans, led Cincinnati Moeller to a state championship on Saturday night. He had 7 1/2 tackles, including two for loss, in a 20-12 victory over Toledo Whitmer in the Division I final.
Jones, who was also recently named the defensive player of the year in Ohio, joins Drake Harris, Jon Reschke, Deon Drake and Dennis Finley as MSU recruits that have won state football titles this fall. Jones finished the season with 130 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, two fumble recoveries and an interception for Moeller.
Teammates Damion Terry and Delton Williams helped Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep keep its season alive with a 27-13 victory over West Allegheny in a state quarterfinal. Terry was 22 of 33 passing for 257 yards, three TDs and an interception. He also rushed for 108 yards.
Williams had 118 receiving yards and two TDs and rushed for 22 yards and a TD. Terry and Williams connected for the two passing TDs in the fourth quarter on Friday for Cathedral Prep (13-0), which faces Bishop McDevitt in this week’s state semifinals.
Here are a few other quick notes:
MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Spartans are 19th in this week’s AP poll and 17th in the coaches poll. There are six Big Ten teams in the top 25 in each of this week’s polls.
Ranked Big Ten teams
AP Top 25: Indiana (1), Michigan (3), Ohio State (7), Illinois (13), Minnesota (14), MSU (19).
Coaches poll: Indiana (1) , Michigan (3), Ohio State (7), Illinois (14), MSU (17), Minnesota (21).
MSU faces Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Wednesday and Loyola Chicago on Saturday.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: MSU received four votes in this week’s AP poll. The Spartans are 7-0, matching the 1999-2000 team for the best start in school history. MSU has road games against Oakland and Dayton this week. Dayton is ranked No. 19 and is 9-0. They will be the first ranked team MSU will face.
FOOTBALL: Former MSU player and assistant Dan Enos will be preparing for his first bowl as a head coach now that the Chippewas will be playing in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit on Dec. 26. Enos led CMU to wins in four of their last five games to get to 6-6 and become bowl eligible.
Also the final Downtown Coaches Club luncheon of the season will take place on Friday at Eagle Eye Golf Center. MSU football radio broadcast host Will Tieman is the guest speaker. More info is available at www.dtncoaches.org.