Southwest Ohio Huddle: Golfers ready to assume spotlight with postseason nearing


Southwest Ohio Huddle

Football, golf, volleyball, cross country, tennis and more…Here’s how and what went down in Southwest Ohio last week.

Believe it or not, the start of postseason golf tournaments will begin next Monday (Sept. 28) around the Southwest Ohio area.

It’s some of the usual suspects in the Division I Cincinnati golf scene this fall.

West Chester Lakota West junior Korey Ward continues to impress as he had city-leading average of 35.85 at the start of last week.

Ward, who has college interest from several big-time programs, recently snapped a streak of 128 holes without a three-putt, according to the school. Ward is the reigning boys’ Division I state individual champion and looks to be in good shape as the postseason draws near.

Cincinnati St. Xavier, Archbishop Moeller and Liberty Township Lakota East are among the top teams in the Queen City.

St. Xavier’s Smith Brinker had a 37 average as of last weekend. Kevin Stewart had a 39.09 for the Bombers.

Lakota East’s Jordan Day has a 38.40 average and is second in the Greater Miami Conference for individual scoring average.

Mason, the reigning Division I state girls’ team champion, continues to be consistent in the Greater Miami Conference. Lakota West, St. Ursula and Ursuline are among other girls’ teams to watch.

Mason’s Emily Wright (36.86), Erin Michel (37.21) and Jessica Zhang (40.73) are among the leaders for the Comets.

Lakota West’s Kari Hogeback (38.16) and Taylor Wogenstahl (40.11) are among the leaders for the Firebirds.

St. Ursula’s Maggie Prokop (38.24) and Katie Wooliver (39.38) are among the leaders for the Bulldogs.

The boys’ and girls’ Divisions II and III sectionals begin Sept. 28. The Division I sectional tournaments begin on Oct. 5.

The Divisions II and III district tournaments are Oct. 5, while the Division I district tournament is a week later.

The state tournament begins Oct. 16, with the Division I boys and girls’ state tournament starting Oct. 23. The state tournaments will be held in the Columbus area.


Caleb Watkins, Middletown: Senior QB threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns as the host Middies defeated Sycamore 40-0 on Friday night. Watkins, who has orally committed to Bowling Green, was 11 of 19 passing in that game. He also rushed nine times for 35 yards. He leads the Greater Miami Conference with 644 yards passing. He has thrown for nine touchdowns and rushed for two. Middletown, which has a 4-0 record for the first time since 1992, plays at Mason at 7:30 p.m. Friday.


Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame girls’ tennis: The Cougars took another step toward a perfect season as it defeated Beavercreek Friday afternoon in a Division I state team tournament match. The Cougars were 17-0 at the start of the week with matches scheduled against Hamilton Badin (Monday) and Chaminade-Julienne (Tuesday). The Cougars were also leading the Girls Greater Cincinnati League Scarlet division standings at the start of the week. MND coach Judy Dennis told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the Cougars put in a lot of work in the offseason and it has paid dividends. Kelly Dennis has a 15-0 record, while Andrea Wolf is 16-1. Other players who have played well include Brooke Dennis (7-0), Ashley Towle, Jackie Becker, Natalie Torbeck and Sandy Niehaus (9-0). MND had a 19-0 record last season as the Cougars had five district qualifiers.


Looking forward to 2010: The Dayton Daily News reports that Centerville and Alter will play football on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010.

Arnold wins tournament:
Cincinnati Seton Bailey Arnold shot an even par 72 to win the GGCL Scarlet tournament at Weatherwax Golf Course last week. She had five birdies. Arnold placed second at the GGCL tournament last season. St. Ursula won the team competition with 315. Ursuline Academy was second with 322, followed by Mount Notre Dame with a 328.

Moeller takes first place:
The Archbishop Moeller golf team won the La Salle Invitational at Clovernook Country Club last week. The Crusaders won with a score of 294. Kettering Alter was second with a 317, followed by third-place Middletown. Moeller’s Andrew Dorn had a 2 under par 69 at the course.

Lakota East names new coach:
Liberty Township Lakota East has named Nikki Drew as its new girls’ basketball coach. Drew was an assistant coach under Todd Benzinger last season. Benzinger, a former Cincinnati Reds player, recently stepped down as the head coach. Drew was previously a head coach at Colerain where she had a record of 64-45. “We’re very excited to have someone with Nikki’s qualifications take over the program,” said East Athletic Director Richard Bryant.  “She has a strong basketball background and our returning players and team are looking forward to her leadership.”

Rockets soar at cross country meet:
Cincinnati McNicholas won the boys’ and girls’ cross country meets at the Winton Woods Invitational recently. McNicholas edged Taylor in the boys’ competition and edged Winton Woods in the girls’ competition.

Hogan sets milestone:
Mariemont senior Kelsey Hogan became the school’s all-time leading scorer in girls’ soccer on Sept. 12 against Dayton Oakwood, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Hogan had 52 goals at the start of last week. Former Mariemont standout Megan Groppe, a 2006 graduate, has 51 goals.

Roger Bacon football team battles illness:
The Roger Bacon football team played at Dayton Carroll Sunday afternoon after more than 20 players were reportedly battling flu-like symptoms last week. The Spartans appeared to be getting better as the weekend approached, but practiced with a limited amount of players throughout the week. Carroll won 24-14 on Sunday.


Liberty Township Lakota East at Mason girls’ tennis, 4 p.m. today (Tuesday): This will be a pivotal match in helping to determine the Greater Miami Conference champion. West Chester Lakota West has led the standings most of the year, but these two teams are waiting in the wings. Watch for Lakota East’s Carolyn Pitman and Mason’s Sso-Rha Kang in this match, which takes place at Mason Middle School.

Coaches’ Classic girls’ tennis tournament, Thursday at various locations:
Several Cincinnati-area teams will participate in the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches’ Association Classic starting Thursday afternoon. The finals are scheduled for Saturday.

Beavercreek at Springfield girls’ volleyball, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.:
Two of the top teams in the GWOC Central division this year. This will be an important match as the regular-season schedule hits the home stretch. Springfield’s Lindsey Butterfield and Beavercreek’s Brianna Swann each have more than 75 kills and are among the league leaders in attacks.

Trotwood-Madison at Springfield, football, 7:30 p.m. Friday:
Both teams are in the hunt for a division title and it will be interesting to see what the Trotwood offense can do against Springfield. Trotwood lost to host Wayne 21-19 last week, while Springfield (3-1) defeated host Piqua 47-26 last week.

Cincinnati St. Xavier at Dayton Carroll boys’ soccer, Saturday, 1 p.m.:
Two of the premier teams in the GCL this season. Carroll was ranked No. 1 in the Division II state poll last week. St. X has a tough stretch this week with a home game against Chaminade-Julienne and then facing the Patriots. Carroll’s offensive leaders include Todd Fischer, Justin Mitchell and Jon Buschur.

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