The stage has been set for a Labor Day treat this weekend. Cincinnati
Colerain and Cincinnati Elder – two of some of the state’s most storied
football programs – will play at noon Sunday in a nationally-televised
game on ESPN. It is the first time Colerain has played at Elder in a varsity football game. That’s just one of the many nuggets of news in Southwest Ohio this week.
The stage has been set for a Labor Day treat this weekend. Cincinnati Colerain and Cincinnati Elder – two of some of the state’s most storied football programs – will play at noon Sunday in a nationally-televised game on ESPN.
It is the first time Colerain has played at Elder in a varsity football game.
The two West Side powers don’t normally play in the regular season – not since the season opener in 2004. They met in a thriller last postseason as Elder defeated Colerain 27-20 in double overtime. Elder was eventually a Division I state runner-up.
Although Colerain lost to St. Xavier 16-0 Friday night, the Cardinals (0-1) should be ready for their trip to “The Pit.”
“Obviously, (the opening loss) is not the end of the world but we just got to respond and it’s a hard lesson to learn from,” Colerain coach Tom Bolden said.
Colerain, rated No. 5 in JJHuddle.com’s Ohio High Power Poll, was held to just 179 yards of offense against St. Xavier. The Cardinals’ dynamic backfield duo of juniors Tyler Williams and Trayion Durham were held under 100 yards total.
“I think it was a huge wake-up call,” Bolden told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Elder (1-0), rated No. 1 in the Power Poll, defeated East St. Louis (Ill.) 49-28 Saturday night at the University of Cincinnati.
Elder was led by senior RB Adam Brown (212 yards) and senior WR Tim O’Conner (Indiana commit), who had six receptions for 78 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Elder senior LB Corey Mason returned an interception for a touchdown.
“I thought it was a big win against a good team,” Elder coach Doug Ramsey said.
Tickets were expected to be scarce later in the week for the Colerain-Elder game. The schools announced a home-and-home series in April as the 2010 game will be at Colerain.
What makes Sunday’s game an interesting matchup is Elder has been very good on its home field and Colerain rarely loses in the regular season. The winner will have plenty of momentum going into the rest of September.
“Our kids are excited,” Ramsey said. “I think this is one of the most anticipated home games we have ever had. The atmosphere should be crazy.”
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Caitlin Buck, Liberty Township Lakota East: The senior won the Centerville Invitational tournament last Monday at Yankee Trace. The tournament had a field of 130 players. She shot a 75 for a 1 stroke victory. She had six birdies during the 18 holes and it was her first career tournament win. Buck was first-team all-Greater Miami Conference last season. “This is my last year,” Buck told the Pulse Journal. “I have to prove not only to myself but to family and friends and colleges that it can be done.” Lakota East finished eighth out of 17 teams. During a dual match later in the week, she earned co-medalists honors with a 37. East next plays Fairfield at Wetherington Country Club on Thursday afternoon.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Mason girls’ soccer team: The Comets upset Cincinnati St. Ursula 1-0 last Tuesday at Mason. St. Ursula, which won the 2008 Division I state title, was ranked No. 1 nationally in the ESPN preseason poll. Mason (1-0) doesn’t play again until Sept. 8 at Little Miami, but the Comets have reason to be optimistic this fall. “I think (the St. Ursula) win validates what we’ve been doing in the offseason,” Mason first-year coach Andy Schur told the Cincinnati Enquirer. Senior Megan Frye scored the lone goal for the Comets; sophomore midfielder Haley Haffner had the assist. Senior goalkeepers Kristina Mathur and Kimmy Connor helped cement the shutout for Mason, which opens its league schedule at Sycamore on Sept. 10. St. Ursula played without top player Liz Burchenal, who was out due to injury. Burchenal is one of the top players in the nation and has orally committed to North Carolina.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Harmon Field update: The Dayton Daily News reports Miamisburg held a pep rally last week before the Vikings played Bellbook in the season opener. Harmon Field – Miamisburg’s home field – was renovated during the offseason.
Seven is the number: Middletown Christian finished its third week of golf competition with a 7-0 record for dual matches. Brooks Curry is the team’s top golfer with a 35.83 scoring average. Middletown Christina plays Seven Hills at Shaker Run today. Middletown Christian was seventh in the Badin tournament, third in the Brookville tournament, second at Northridge and first at Monroe. “It should be an interesting year,” Middletown Christian coach Gary A. Cobb said.
Wayne-Glenville time change: The Huber Heights Wayne football game against Cleveland Glenville has been moved back to Friday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in order to avoid a conflict with Saturday’s USC-Ohio State game in Columbus. The Wayne-Glenville game had been scheduled for Sept. 12 previously.
Nice start: Lakota West won the Kenwood Invitational boys’ golf tournament last week with a score of 319. Moeller was second with a 322, followed by Mason with a 325. Mason’s Brennen Kahlmayer won medalist honors with a 4-over par 75.
Piqua wins national award: Piqua won a gold award from the National High School Sports Publications Awards recently, according to the Dayton Daily News. A new cover for the football program is printed every home game, according to the news publication.
What a save (or 17): Wilmington junior goalkeeper Timmy Wiederhold saved 17 shots to help the Hurricanes defeat Waynesville 5-0 last week. Wilmington’s Jacob Spirk scored three goals.
Bad break: Xenia senior FB Justin Knowles will miss the football season after he tore several knee ligaments in the team’s final preseason scrimmage, according to the Dayton Daily News. “He’s been working with the team, trying to train his backup,” Xenia coach Bob DeLong told the publication. “That’s the kind of guy he is.”
Going to the Big Ten: Archbishop Moeller senior wrestler Pierce Harger recently made an oral commitment to Northwestern, according to the Enquirer. Harger took third place at the Division I state meet last season at 145 pounds. He was also a district and sectional champion. He has a 116-25 record in high school.
Louisville offers Reynolds: Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame junior guard Kathryn Reynolds has been offered by the University of Louisville. She also has offers from Michigan State, Ohio and Kentucky. Reynolds is the only returning starter from last season’s Division I state champion team.
May makes commitment: West Chester Lakota West senior Lakota West senior second baseman Jacob May has orally committed to play at Coastal Carolina. May was second-team all-state this past spring. “I think he really was impressed with the coaching staff at Coastal Carolina,” Lakota West coach Bill Dreisbach said. “They were one of the first schools to recruit Jacob.”
May hit .423 with four home runs, 12 doubles, three triples and 41 RBI.
“I think it is a good fit because Jacob and his family think it’s a good fit,” Dreisbach said. “From what I understand, Jacob will get an opportunity to play as a freshman.”
May, who also received interest from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Charleston, Memphis, Wright State and Purdue, is the grandson of former Reds player Lee May. Jacob’s father, Lee May Jr., is the hitting coach for the Akron Aeros, the Class AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
Soccer commitments: Two Batavia soccer players have made college commitments, the school announced. Senior Matt Walker has orally committed to Xavier. Matt has scored 44 goals in two seasons. At the start of last week, he was six goals shy of the school record. Senior Will Walker has orally committed to Northern Illinois. Will has scored 27 goals and had 19 assists in two seasons.
Fenwick at CHCA boys’ soccer, 7 p.m. today: Two of the area’s top two teams in Division II and III, respectively. This should be a significant test for both teams.
Trotwood-Madison at Huber Heights Wayne girls’ tennis, 4:30 p.m. today: Wayne is off to a good start – with a 3-1 record to start the week. Wayne’s Sheila Nguyen is 3-1 at No. 1 singles and Kayla Yeater has two wins at No. 2 singles.
Centerville at Vandalia Butler girls’ volleyball, 6:30 p.m. today: The Elks play their first Greater Western Ohio Conference match tonight. Centerville has won or shared the past three GWOC Central division titles.
Liberty Township Lakota East at Fairfield girls’ tennis, 4 p.m. today: Lakota East started the season 5-0 with dominating wins the first two weeks. The Thunderhawks have been led by No. 1 singles player Carolyn Pitman, who started the season 4-0.
Kings Mills Kings at Loveland, girls’ golf, 4 p.m. today: The top two teams in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. Kings started the season with a 6-0 record. Kings golfer Jessica Stuart leads the FAVC with a 40 average for nine holes. Loveland is led by Elizabeth Orsinelli, who is in the top 20 of scoring averages in the league.
Indian Hill at Mason girls’ tennis, 4 p.m. Wednesday: This should be a strong early-season matchup for both teams. Mason’s Sso-Rha Kang started the season with a 3-0 record. Indian Hill has won the Cincinnati Hills League five consecutive years.
North College Hill at Cincinnati Hughes football, 7 p.m. Thursday: Look for Hughes senior quarterback B.J. Lowery in this game. He has an offer from Akron and could visit Iowa very soon.
Anderson at Sycamore boys’ golf, Thursday, 4 p.m.: Anderson started its season with a 2-0 record. Austin Carney is among the leaders in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference with a 38 average for nine holes at the end of last week.
Archbishop Moeller at Hamilton football game, 7:30 p.m. Friday: Moeller added Hamilton to the schedule this year. This could be an interesting game. Plenty of Division I college prospects will be on the field. Moeller is led by senior QB Andrew Hendrix (orally committed to Notre Dame). Hamilton is led by senior DT Darius Gilbert, who has several Division I offers.
Centerville at Mason, football game, 7:30 p.m. Friday: Mason upset Trotwood 20-17 to open the season. This is the second consecutive GMC opponent for the Elks.
Lebanon at Beavercreek girls’ soccer, 7 p.m. Saturday: Lebanon started the season with a 2-0 record and atop the GWOC South division. Beavercreek also started 2-0 atop the Central division. At the end of last week, Lebanon was led by Sidney Huth with three goals and an assist. Micaela Powers leads Beavercreek with two goals and an assist.