The weather was the overwhelming winner last week. Due to heavy snow
and ice that coated Southwest Ohio, athletic directors and coaches
worked a majority of the past week rescheduling games and events. Some contests however did get played. Here’s the highlights.
The weather was the overwhelming winner last week. Due to heavy snow and ice that coated Southwest Ohio, athletic directors and coaches worked a majority of the past week rescheduling games and events. Road conditions caused some schools to cancel athletic events from Tuesday through Friday and even into Saturday. The cancellations came at a time when open dates are becoming scarce as the regular season winds down in most winter sports. Needless to say, it wasn’t fun.
“It is a nightmare when weather gets involved,” Cincinnati Colerain athletic director Dan Bolden said.
Among the top boys’ basketball games was a heavily-anticipated rematch of Princeton-Middletown which could be played later this month.
“It was disappointing not to play (Jan. 27) the day we didn’t want snow,” Middletown senior forward Bill Edwards said. “But, that’s just a little Mother Nature.”
If both teams win out, they could play for the Greater Miami Conference title later this month. Both teams won on Friday night. Princeton defeated Colerain 64-34 and Middletown defeated Mason 75-64.
The snow didn’t disrupt the final full week before signing day as last-minute recruiting decisions were heating up. Several football players made oral commitments before they will sign this Wednesday.
Among the standout football players was Kettering Alter senior QB Austin Boucher, who ended the drama last Wednesday night when he selected Miami University over Ohio State. The Buckeyes and coach Jim Tressel had made a late offer.
“It was definitely hard giving coach Tress a call, saying, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’ But I’ve got to do what’s best for me,” Boucher told the Dayton Daily News. “So, in the end, it just came down to a selfish reason.”
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Fairfield Girls Bowling: The Indians clinched at least a share of the Greater Miami Conference title last week. Fairfield (8-3, 7-1 GMC) broke Oak Hills’ streak of five consecutive league titles. The Indians last won the GMC title in 2004 – the same year they won the state title. Fairfield has several bowlers in the top 20 in the GMC including senior Jennifer Hardwick, who is second with a 179 average. Hardwick had a 246 high game this season. Other top bowlers include: freshman Heather Scott (167.8 avg.), sophomore Rebecca Ruberg (167.5), sophomore Hannah Weeger (161.7) and senior Brittany Baker (158.8).
“Rebecca and Hannah have been instrumental this season,” Fairfield coach Nick Glomb said. “Hannah worked hard to get on varsity and Rebecca moved up from JV to varsity after two matches.”
This week marks the final week of the regular season. Fairfield was to play Colerain Monday and is at Mount Notre Dame Thursday. Glomb and his squad begin the sectional tournament Feb. 20 at Colerain Bowl at 10 a.m.
“The key to the team’s success this year is teamwork,” Glomb said. “They work very well together and everyone gets along.”
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ashley Hite, Summit Country Day, Girls Basketball: The senior guard became the school’s all-time leading scorer Saturday. She had 14 points in a 45-42 win over visiting Holy Cross (Ky.). Hite’s career total is 1,194 points – surpassing the previous record set by Sarah Williams in 1994. Hite is the kid sister of NBA free-agent player Robert Hite.
NEWS, NOTES AND NUGGETS
Knights take Cage Classic: Alter swept rival Chaminade Julienne during the teams’ annual Cage Classic at UD Arena on Saturday. The Knights boys’ team extended its advantage to 45-31 in the all-time series with CJ with a 43-37 victory. On the girls side, Alter got revenge for its lone loss of the season, beating CJ 53-47. The Eagles beat the Knights 48-47 on Dec. 15.
Greenville wins Bean Classic: Greenville took home first place in the Dave Bean Classic at Finneytown. Oakwood was second, followed by Bethel-Tate. It was the 37th year for the Classic, which is the longest running invitational in the Cincinnati area. It is named after longtime Finneytown coach Dave Bean.
Homan gives pledge to Buckeyes: Coldwater senior FB-LB Adam Homan has orally committed to play football at Ohio State. He will sign his national letter of intent on Wednesday in Columbus. He is already enrolled and taking classes at OSU.
Dooley headed North: Mason senior LB Jacob Dooley has orally committed to play at Kent State. Dooley, who is 6-2 and 215 pounds, was second-team all-Greater Miami Conference. He led the Comets in tackles last season.
Ready for Oxford: Cincinnati Princeton senior linebacker Anthony Shoemaker (6-4, 250) became the first defensive player from the Cincinnati-area from the 2009 class to commit to the Miami RedHawks and new head coach Mike Haywood. Elder senior offensive lineman John Anevski committed in mid-January. Woodward running back Erik Finklea de-committed from Miami at the end of January.
Graham gets new football coach: Springboro defensive coordinator Nic Black was named the new coach at Graham last week. Black came to Springboro three years ago before the squad won two consecutive GWOC South division titles. Black replaces Steve Graves, who was 8-22 in three seasons.
T-Bolt tumblers: Clayton Northmont took home the title in Saturday’s Lakota East Invitational. The Thunderbolts had 134.875 points. Centerville was second, followed by Lakota East.
Cavs pull upset: Lehman Catholic’s girls basketball team entered its Saturday game with Troy Christian a heavy underdog. The Cavs were 3-13, while the Eagles were 13-1 and ranked No. 9 in the latest AP D-IV poll. So much for rankings. Brooke Vanover scored a game-high 12 points as the Cavs pulled the huge upset 32-31.
Twin Towers: Heather Rammel had a career day Saturday as St. Henry beat Greenville 71-45. A 6-1 junior center, Rammel scored 35 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Rammel’s teammate Brooke Mattingly, a 6-2 senior, added 17 points and 10 rebounds.
High Scorer: Tri-County North senior Rachel Heindl scored her 1,000th career point on Saturday in a 60-36 loss to Maderia.
ON TAP (What’s Happening This Week)
National Signing Day, Wednesday: Schools from across southwest Ohio will participate in signing ceremonies, most notably in football. Athletes will also sign in sports that include field hockey, soccer, track and field, cross country and men’s water polo. Cincinnati Anderson, Mason and defending Division I state champion Cincinnati St. Ursula are expected to have multiple players sign on Wednesday.
Anderson players include: Lindsay Bell (Memphis), Dana Dalrymple (Iowa), Liz Miller (Charleston), Katie Slaughter (Central Michigan) and Sam Toepfer (Morehead State).
Mason players include: Skylar Chew (Ball State), Courtney Collins (Georgia Southern), Rachel DeFrank (Valparaiso), Megan Matula (Western Michigan) and Hailey Morris (Emory).
St. Ursula players include: Katie Kerr (College of Charleston), Brett Sweeney (Xavier), Alessandra Jansen (Georgetown, Ky.) and Melissa Gartner (TBA).
Elder vs. St. Xavier, Boys Bowling, Tuesday: These two GCL-South powers meet in a rare night match at Western Bowl. St. X has already won the league tournament title. The Bombers need a win to remain tied for first with La Salle in the standings.
St. Xavier at Moeller, Boys Basketball, Friday: The GCL-South rivalry is renewed. Moeller won the first matchup of the season – a 51-40 decision at St. X. Sophomore guard Alex Barlow had 12 points and senior guard Tony Harris had 11 during the first game. Moeller is the defending GCL-S champion.
Indian Hill at McNicholas, Girls Basketball, Saturday: Two of the top-ranked Division II teams in Cincinnati. This game could be a preview of a late postseason matchup. McNicholas, led by senior forward Jessica Danker (11.0 ppg.) and junior guard Lauren Mazzaro (10.8 ppg.), has one remaining regular-season game (Feb. 11) vs. Badin. Indian Hill, led by sophomore Kelsey Matthews (16.5 ppg.), freshman Nicole Bell (14.8 ppg.) and junior guard Aubrey Rogers (4.5 rpg.), has two remaining games – Feb. 10 at Taylor and Feb. 12 vs. Finneytown.
Indian Hill is the top seed in the Cincinnati Division II sectional.
“I am really proud of the kids and it’s a tribute to the hard work and commitment they have made to the basketball program,” Indian Hill coach Dr. Scott Rogers said.
FAVC swimming championship, Saturday, (at Miami University): The league meet features some of the top swimmers and divers this season. Anderson’s John Vigar (200 free, 200 IM, 100 and 500 free, 100 back) and Loveland’s Brandon Williams (50 free and 100 breaststroke) are among the boys’ league leaders in multiple events. Anderson’s Julia Comodeca (200 free, 200 IM, 100 free, 500 free) and Turpin’s Libby Hunsche (100 back, 100 fly) lead the girls’ division.