Southwest Ohio Huddle: Mason track excels, Lakota West’s Cuadill throws fire


Southwest Ohio Huddle

Several schools in the Southwest District started spring break this
week and for those teams fortunate enough to travel to the southern
states to compete, the trips couldn’t arrive at a better time.

Several schools in the Southwest District started spring break this week and for those teams fortunate enough to travel to the southern states to compete, the trips couldn’t arrive at a better time.

Like other places around the state, rain and cold weather have been all too common this spring for area baseball, softball, tennis and track and field teams.

Moeller’s baseball team (Tennessee) along with Hamilton Ross softball (Myrtle Beach) and Mason track and field (Tennessee) are among some of the teams leaving the Ohio area. Hopefully, teams will encounter improved weather this week.

Cincinnati St. Ursula track and field coach Jeff Branhan told the Cincinnati Enquirer that April has been very unique – calling it the “strangest first month of the season we have ever had.” The Bulldogs have yet to run as a team due to the combination of bad weather, ACT testing, foreign exchange trips and now spring break.

“When we finally get everyone together this should be the best team we’ve ever had,” Branhan said. “It’s just going to take another couple of weeks.”

It hasn’t taken long for a quick start for the Hamilton Badin baseball team. The Rams, which were the Division III state runners-up in 2008, have won seven consecutive games to start the season. Badin was scheduled to play Elder on Monday and then at Middletown Fenwick on Wednesday afternoon.

Badin senior Brett McKinney is among the league leaders with a .450 batting averaged, two doubles and 10 RBI. Badin defeated Cincinnati Indian Hill 11-1 on Saturday.

McKinney and Andrew Fritsch each have two wins on the mound for the Rams.


Alex Caudill, softball, West Chester Lakota West: The sophomore pitcher struck out 20 batters in a 2-1 win over Cincinnati Colerain in 13 innings on Thursday afternoon. Caudill also improved to 5-0 on the season. It was the third consecutive win for West (5-1, 4-0), which was in first place in the GMC going into this week. Caudill had 38 strikeouts and a 0.58 ERA through the first three games of the season. West was scheduled to play Mason on Monday afternoon. The Firebirds are at Middletown at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.


Mason boys and girls’ track teams: The Comets won boys and girls’ team titles at the prestigious Coaches Classic Track Invitational on Wednesday.  The event featured some of the elite track programs in Southwest Ohio. The Mason boys held off a very strong Elder team for their first ever Coaches Classic title against 33 other teams competing in the event.  The Mason girls’ team won its seventh title over 35 other teams.

“The boys had a great meet (Wednesday) night,” said head coach Chip Dobson.   “The team came together and pulled off a big victory.”  Standouts included the boy’s 4×800 relay team of Jordan Grant, Zach Wills, Tate Honaker, and Matt Larcomb. Chris Lehman won the 400-meter race in strong fashion.

Some of the individual highlights for the girls’ team included: Rachel Harley (second place in 300-meter hurdles); Erin Milner (first in 100 hurdles); Sam Templeton (second in shot put); Kiersten Wones (second in pole vault); Allie Carley (fourth in shot put); Chelsea Hoffmaster (fifth in 3,200 run) and Molly Culbertson (second in the 800 run). The girls’ 3,200 relay team of Emily Staresinic, Molly Culbertson, Monica Lake, and Chelsea Vanhook was first.

 “It was great night for Mason as a whole,” said Affatato.  “Winning the girls and boys championships really means a great deal to our programs.  It just shows if you work hard, good things will happen.” 

Both teams were expected to travel to Knoxville, Tenn., over spring break to participate in the Volunteer Classic.


Hoosiers offer Tanner: Archbishop Moeller junior offensive tackle Jeff Tanner (6-4, 275) was offered by Indiana on Monday. He also has offers from Miami University, Vanderbilt, Ohio University, Kent State and Akron.

Stanford offers Hendrix:
Moeller junior QB Andrew Hendrix (6-3, 220) was offered by Stanford on Tuesday. He also has offers from Nebraska, Cincinnati, Miami University, Louisville, Boston College, Northwestern, Illinois, Virginia, Kansas, Vanderbilt and Indiana.

Cincinnati Christian to be independent:
Fairfield Cincinnati Christian will play an independent schedule in 2009 and beyond, the Butler County school said last week. The Cougars will still play some Miami Valley Conference teams, but in a non-league capacity. The school said it could return to the MVC in four or five years.

Soccer commitments:
Roger Bacon High School senior Michael Brunner, Oak Hills senior Jason Krupp and Mariemont senior Ryan Petronio will play at the College of Mount St. Joseph, according to the college.

Miamisburg names soccer coach:
Bob Bobbitt has been named the new girls’ soccer coach at Miamisburg, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Roush signs:
Kettering Fairmont senior Tommy Roush has signed to play baseball at Findlay University, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Ruef competing in track and field:
Beavercreek basketball standout Mikaela Ruef, a Stanford recruit, is competing in long jump, discus and the 1,600 relay during her senior season, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Hadaway wins honor:
Chaminade-Julienne senior Zak Hadaway won the 2009 Greater Catholic League “Joe Quinn Award,” according to the Dayton Daily News. The award recognizes excellence in academics, athletics and other school activities. Hadaway, a golfer and swimmer in high school, will play golf at the University of Dayton.

Century mark:
Deer Park softball coach Bill Newton picked up his 100th career win as the Wildcats defeated Indian Hill 8-4 last Thursday. Newton is 100-50 in eight seasons with Deer Park.


Wyoming at Madeira softball, Monday, 4:15 p.m.: Wyoming had an early spring break, but should be ready for its Cincinnati Hills League opponent. Wyoming is led by Bailey DeBlasis and pitcher Samantha Golden.

Madeira, the reigning CHL champion, won three of its first four games to start the season.

Hamilton Ross softball team in Myrtle Beach, S.C.:
The Rams are scheduled to play five games this week in the Grand Strand Classic in Myrtle Beach. It is the eighth time in the past 16 years the Rams have gone to the tournament. It is the first time since 2007. The Rams have been led by Shelby Richards (hitting .500), Rachael Connaughton (.474) and Brittany Fernandez (.429).

Lakota West at Lakota East, tennis match, Tuesday, 4 p.m.:
Reigning Division I state champion Wyatt Lippert, an Ohio State recruit, leads West. Lippert was 34-1 last season. Other top West players include sophomores Martin Burbank and Aaron Madaris. East is led by two underclassmen – sophomore Freddy Abunku and freshman Zach Mueck. Both players are ranked highly in their respective age group.

Lockland Invitational track meet, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.:
Some of the top teams in Divisions II-III will be in attendance at Lockland Stadium. There will be 16 teams in all divisions. Colerain is an early favorite.

Mariemont at Indian Hill baseball, Thursday, 4:30 p.m.:
The Cincinnati Hills League rivalry is renewed in suburban Cincinnati. Madeira and Indian Hill should be in contention for the league title. Indian Hill’s Jay Schroeder was second in hitting in the CHL as of Friday. He was hitting .667 with seven RBI. Madeira is led by pitchers David Hammitt and Patrick O’Leary.

Middletown track relays, Friday, 4:30 p.m.:
Middletown will host several Greater Miami Conference teams including Princeton, Hamilton and Lakota East. 

Midview at Cincinnati Elder, Saturday, 3 p.m.: Elder
will invite representatives from the 12 state baseball championships. A
representative from the 1943 team will throw out the first pitch. About
90 former players are expected to attend the game.


Here is the schedule of games for the eighth annual A.J. Cohen Memorial tournament.

April 17 –
Elder vs. Anderson at Western Hills High school at 7 p.m.

April 18 – at Summit Country Day Athletic Complex: Taylor vs. Summit Country Day at 9 a.m.; Cincinnati Country Day vs. Seven Hills at 11:30 a.m.; consolation game at 2 p.m. and championship game at 5 p.m.

April 18 – at Western Hills High School:
CNE vs. Ross at 9 a.m.; Mariemont vs. CHCA at 11:30 a.m.; Batavia vs. CHCA at 2 p.m.; Mason vs. Kings at 4:30 p.m. and Oak Hills vs. La Salle at 7 p.m.

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