Southwest Ohio Huddle: Badin’s McKinney tearing up the baseball diamond, headed to Ohio State?


Southwest Ohio Huddle

With an improved weather situation for all spring sports, the postseason kicks into high gear this week as we approach state tournaments toward the end of May. Several league track and field meets were held last weekend across the Southwest Region. The district meets begin this week at various sites.

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With an improved weather situation for all spring sports, the postseason kicks into high gear this week as we approach state tournaments toward the end of May.

Several league track and field meets were held last weekend across the Southwest Region. The district meets begin this week at various sites.

Last week, one of the region’s largest meets occurred in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference.

For boys’ track and field, Anderson won the Buckeye division. Winton Woods’ Maurice Norman won the runner of the year award. Loveland’s Jeremy Sears was named the field athlete of the year.

Walnut Hills won the Cardinal and Mount Healthy won the Scarlet division. In the Cardinal division, Little Miami’s Lance Fanthorp was the runner of the year, while Kings’ Michael Kidder was the field athlete of the year. In the Scarlet division, Edgewood’s Dean Este was the runner of the year while Mount Healthy’s Maurice Henry was the field athlete of the year.

On the girls’ side, Loveland won the Buckeye division, while Kings and Ross won the Cardinal and Scarlet divisions, respectively.

In the Buckeye division, Glen Este’s Michelle Thomas won the runner of the year, while Harrison’s Brittany Wilson-Farley was the field athlete of the year.

In the Cardinals division, Walnut Hills was the standout team. Shauniece Steele set a new FAVC record in the 100 meters (11.83) and 200 meters (24.63). The previous 100 record was set in 1997, while the 200 record was set in 2007.

Also, Ashley Liverpool broke her own record in the 400 in 55.8 seconds. The Eagles also had the field athlete of the year in Amber Gray.

In the Scarlet division, Ross’ Madalyn Hirsch is the runner of the year, while Ross’ Kenna Sheehan is the field athlete of the year.

In the Greater Miami Conference, Mason dominated both meets at Fairfield. The Mason boys and girls’ teams won their respective events.

The boys’ team won by 40 points over second-place Middletown. Zach Wills, a familiar face at state, was named the GMC runner of the year.

“The team is really clicking now and looks strong on all fronts,” Mason coach Chip Dobson said.

The girls won their title by an 82-point margin over Middletown. Among the standouts were Brittany Betts, who won the 100 dash.


Brett McKinney, Hamilton Badin baseball: The senior pitcher is 5-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 38 strikeouts for the Rams, ranked No. 1 in the Division III state poll. He is hitting .486 with a team-high five home runs. He also has 36 RBI and 10 doubles. He is second in wins and home runs and third in strikeouts in the Greater Catholic League. The Hamilton Journal-News reported last weekend that McKinney has orally committed to play at Ohio State. The Rams, which have won eight consecutive games, were scheduled to play Clarksville Clinton-Massie in a Division III sectional final on Monday.


Cincinnati Ursuline girls’ track team: The Ursuline track team won its first GGCL Scarlet title since 1997 last week at the College of Mount St. Joseph. The Lions have been led by senior Alexandria Cobb (shot and discus), junior Molly Basch (vault), sophomore Pam Showman (high jump), sophomore Marisol Mason (hurdles), junior Mackenzie Harrell (hurdles, relays), senior Annie Lennon (4×100 relay), sophomore Kelly Davidson (4×100 relay) and freshman Hanna Sherman (4×100 relay). Ursuline coach Lindsey Eckstein said freshman Khara Walker (sprints) and freshman Katrina Maricocchi (distance) also contributed. “This team is unique and very special,” Eckstein told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We are very well-rounded and scored well in every event. We knew we had to make this a true team effort to win our league and the girls stepped up and did it.”


Wilson to MSJ: Hamilton Ross High School senior Danielle Wilson will attend the College this fall and play softball for the Lions. Wilson, a catcher/first baseman, is a four-year varsity player for the Rams.

Notre Dame, Oklahoma offer Welch:
Elder coach Doug Ramsey confirmed that Elder junior TE Alex Welch (6-4, 220) was offered by Notre Dame and Oklahoma last week. Welch has more than 20 other scholarship offers from Division I schools. Despite the recent offers, Welch won’t officially narrow down his college list until this summer.
“Alex is great with everything,” Ramsey told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He is still focused on school and what we want to try and accomplish as a team. He is a very mature kid.”

Volleyball scholarship:
Alter senior Kevin Van Oss has received a partial athletic scholarship to attend New Jersey Institute of Technology, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Scales going to Cleveland:
Cincinnati Elder wrestling standout Orlando Scales has committed to compete at Notre Dame College in Cleveland. Scales, who the 215-pound state title the past two years in Division I, was the undefeated and ranked No. 1 nationally in his weight class this past season.

Nice honor:
Winton Woods senior Dayeesha Hollins, Michigan recruit, was named the MVP of the annual Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association (OHSBCA) North-South Girls All-Star Game held in late April at Capital University in Columbus. Hollins helped to lead the South Team to a 90-70 victory over the Girls North All-Stars Team.  

Hinkle commits:
Cincinnati Purcell Marian senior defensive back Jake Hinkle has committed to attend Hanover College where he will play football. Hinkle was a two-year first-team GCL Central defensive back.

Hoops star commits:
Mount Orab Western Brown senior forward Tyler Morgan has signed with Shawnee State. He is the only player in school history to score more than 1,000 points and pull down 750 rebounds. As a senior, Morgan was unanimously selected as Southern Buckeye Conference Player of the Year after averaging over 23 points and 16 rebounds. He guided the Broncos to a record of 18-2.  Morgan will be studying Computer Engineering while at Shawnee State.

Griggs commits:
Indian Hill senior guard Matt Griggs has signed to play at Centre College. He is the first Indian Hill basketball player to play college ball since Branden Miller participated as a walk-on at the University of Cincinnati. Griggs averaged 9.4 points and 3.6 assists last season.


Divisions II and III district track meet, Tuesday at New Richmond: Both divisions start the meet at 4 p.m. Look for McNicholas senior Cat Humphries to make a significant impact for the Rockets. On the boys’ side, Finneytown’s Marquis Brookins has the best 100 dash time (10.61).

Division I district track meet, Wednesday at Fairfield:
The Division I boys and girls’ competitions begin at 4 p.m. Winners advance to next week’s regional meet. Look for Mason’s Zach Wills to have a significant impact on the distance side for the boys’ competition. Sycamore senior Steve Hull, an Illinois football recruit, is among the area’s leaders in the long jump (22-3). The Walnut Hills and Withrow girls’ teams should also make a significant impact in the sprints and relays.

Division II district tennis, Thursday at Mason HS:
Cincinnati Country Day’s Joey Fritz is a strong favorite in No. 1 singles. Also look for Middletown Madison sophomore Alex Fields and Alter senior Art Keighly. The winners and semifinalists will advance to the state tournament May 29-30 at Ohio State University’s Stickney Tennis Center.

Mason vs. Colerain/Mount Notre Dame, Division I softball district final, Saturday, 11 a.m. at Lakota East:
Mason made it to the Division I state final four last season and have a good start this postseason. Kristin Pursel and Danielle Engleman lead the Comets’ offense. The winner advances to the regional tournament next week.

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