Southwest Ohio Huddle: Anderson’s Norwell just one of many junior football players to get attention on Signing Day


Southwest Ohio Huddle

Anderson junior offensive lineman Andrew Norwell may have committed to Ohio State on National Signing Day, but he wasn’t the only Queen City underclassman to pick up offers. Who else did? We know. Several other athletes had big weeks as well.

Cincinnati Anderson junior offensive lineman Andrew Norwell took the afternoon headlines on national signing day last week when he gave an oral commitment to Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel.

Norwell spoke to Tressel at about 2:30 in the afternoon last Wednesday and Anderson coach Jeff Giesting confirmed the commitment later.

“It was the only school I could picture myself going to,” Norwell said. “They were always my favorite team – it’s a big honor for me.”

Norwell, who is 6-feet-6 and 270 pounds, is the Buckeyes’ third commitment from the 2010 class, joining Youngstown Boardman defensive end J.T. Moore and Youngstown Ursuline defensive end Jamel Turner.

Several other Cincinnati-area football players from the 2010 class received offers last week. It goes to show you how strong the 2010 class is:

-West Chester Lakota West senior linebacker Jordan Hicks (6-2, 215) received offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Virginia, Michigan and West Virginia on signing day.

-Lakota West junior TE Alex Smith (6-5, 230) picked up an offer from Michigan on Monday.

-Moeller junior LB Marcus Rush (6-2, 225) received offers from Cincinnati and Indiana.

-Wyoming junior DL Jibreel Black (6-2, 260) picked up an offer from West Virginia.

But, enough football for now.

Winter sports continue to head toward postseason all across the region. Swimming and wrestling are into league meets and looking forward to postseason.

The sectional swimming and diving meets start today (Tuesday) at Miami University.

Boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will start looking ahead to the postseason this week.

The sold-out Princeton-Middletown boys’ game, which was postponed due to weather in late January, will be played at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 and televised live on Fox19 at Princeton.

It is the second time the top-rated Vikings will be on live Cincinnati-area TV this season. For Middletown, it will be the first time.

“We are excited to have the game finally scheduled and the opportunity for two GMC teams to compete on local television,” Princeton coach Josh Andrews said. “It should make an excellent night of high school basketball.”


Mason Boys Bowling: The Comets finished the regular season 15-0 and won the school’s first Greater Miami Conference championship last week. Mason was led by Chuck Hammond (259 and 247), sophomore Carson Turjanica (436 series) and Mark Allen (431 series) in the clinching match against Middletown.

“The Mason boys’ have had a magical season as evidenced by the kind of scores we were able to put up (last Tuesday),” Mason coach Joe Riestenberg said.

Mason had a 211 team average as of last week.

“This has been the most consistent group of bowlers that Mason has ever seen,” Riestenberg said.

Other members of the varsity roster include Ryan Ackerman, Aaron Markvan, Taylor Neiman, Ryan Rocheck, Dan Romine and Lee Scott.

Mason, ranked No. 1 in the Cincinnati city poll, waits until Feb. 20 to start the sectional tournament at Mason Bowl.


Bill Edwards, Middletown, Boys Basketball: The senior forward reached the 1,000- point career milestone against in a 62-30 win over Colerain on Friday. Edwards is the ninth player in Middletown history to reach the mark. Edwards, who is considering some Division I colleges but is undecided, reached the milestone emphatically when he stole the ball and drove the length of the floor for a dunk with 15 seconds left in the third quarter. Edwards finished with 10 points – giving him 1,002 after the game – as the Middies improved to 14-1. “It feels great,” Edwards told the Middletown Journal. “It’s a great milestone, but it’s even better for me that we went to 14-1.”


Boys’ hoops tournament seeds: Centerville, Wilmington, Anna and Jefferson earned No. 1 seeds in the sectional draw at Wright State on Sunday. In the Cincinnati area, Princeton, Roger Bacon, Madeira and Seven Hills were all top seeds. Look for Roger Bacon to be a significant factor this season. The Spartans are 13-2 and are on a seven-game winning streak for coach Brian Neal. Freshman 6-foot-6 center Adolphus Washington is averaging 13 points and seven rebounds, while junior guard Jorian Hudson averages about 13 points and 2.2 steals

1,000-point club:
Cincinnati Colerain senior guard Katie Comello reached the milestone in a 41-27 loss to Lakota West on Saturday. Comello scored 10 points.

Best Bomber:
Cincinnati St. Xavier senior wrestler John Gallagher became the school’s all-time individual career wins leader with 120 on Feb. 4 against Harrison and Mason. The previous St. X record was 118 wins, set by Josh Robbins (class of 1990). Robbins is the only state wrestling champion from St. Xavier.

Just like Don Larsen:
Oak Hills junior Keith Bunke bowled a 300 game Feb. 5 against Sycamore. The Highlanders defeated Sycamore 2,893 to 2,546. It was the first perfect game for Bunke, who had a 509 series. It is the second time Oak Hills had a perfect game this season. Freshman Ben Gourley had a 300 at Fairfield Lanes earlier this winter. It is the school’s third overall perfect game. The first one came in 2004.

Soaring Comets:
The Mason boys’ and girls’ swimming teams won their respective league meets last Saturday. Lakota West senior Michael Hart won the 200 free and 100 fly to lead the Firebirds.

Mason junior Danielle Jansen won the 200 IM and 500 free to lead the girls’ team. Colerain junior Lauren Weaver won the 50 free and 100 fly. 

Miamisburg wins GWOC:
Miamisburg took first place in the Greater Western Ohio Conference wrestling meet. Shawn Fayette (130 pounds) won the South division wrestler of the year. Miamisburg’s Tyler Regan won his championship match at 112.

Centerville and Beavercreek took second and third respectively.

Lions Roar:
Dayton Meadowdale’s boys basketball team earned a share of its first City League title in 17 years with a 66-55 win over Stivers. Ryne Drakes was the Lions high-scorer with 20 points. Thurgood Marshall and Dunbar can each grab a share of the title with wins this weekend.

Long Time Between Ls:
Dayton Christian handed Troy Christian its first Metro Buckeye Conference loss in girls basketball in four years with a sound 48-21 victory. The Eagles, who had not lost in the MBC since dropping a game to DC in 2005, were held scoreless in the fourth quarter. The Eagles (14-3, 10-1) still hold a two-game lead over the Warriors in the league standings (14-5, 9-3).

300 Wins:
Springboro girls basketball coach Tom Benjamin earned career win No. 300 when the Panthers beat rival Lebanon 51-15.

Win Streak Still Alive:
New Knoxville’s boys basketball team ran its overall win streak to 43 games and its regular season win streak to 59. Next up for the Rangers, the defending Division IV state champions, are games with Minster (away) and Greenville (home) this weekend. 


Wayne at Centerville, Boys Basketball, Tuesday (Tonight) 7:30 p.m.: Suddenly this is an intense basketball rivalry too. Traditional football powers meet with first place in the Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division on the line. Centerville is 7-0 in the Division, while the Warriors are 6-1. The Elks won the first meeting 57-52 back on Jan. 9.

Aiken at Woodward, Boys Basketball, Friday at 7:30 p.m.:
Two of the top teams in the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference. Look for Aiken sophomore power forward Chane Behanan (Cincinnati recruit) to be a significant factor. Woodward hopes to rebound after a 71-49 loss to Taft.

Greater Miami Conference wrestling meet, Saturday at 10 a.m.:
The annual GMC meet takes place at Oak Hills High School. Mason will have a good chance to unseat Lakota West as league champion. Lakota West has won four consecutive titles.

Cincinnati Hills League wrestling meet, Saturday at 10 a.m.:
Wyoming will host this event. Reading has won the past three CHL meets.

Sectional swimming, Tuesday (Today):
The postseason starts today with the Division II boys and girls’ diving meets at Miami University at 6 p.m.

For the boys, Indian Hill senior Michael Grainger, a Miami signee, is among the favorites.

For the girls, McNicholas divers Amanda Bradley, Erin Sheehy and Molly Hiltz are among the favorites.

Swimming starts Friday at St. Xavier, Mason, Centerville and Trotwood. The meets continue on Saturday.

Legendary Lucas to be honored:
Middletown will retire the No. 13 jersey of Jerry Lucas when the Middies host Hamilton Feb. 17. Lucas, a Basketball Hall of Famer, led Middletown to 76 consecutive wins and two state titles in 1956 and 1957.

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