The Greater Cincinnati area lost one of the true coaching legends last
Thursday morning. Former Cincinnati Wyoming football coach Bob Lewis
died at the age of 83 in Kentucky, according to the Cincinnati
Enquirer. Wyoming’s football stadium is named after Lewis, who was one
of three coaches the school had the past 53 years. Here is some happier news…
The Greater Cincinnati area lost one of the true coaching legends last Thursday morning. Former Cincinnati Wyoming football coach Bob Lewis died at the age of 83 in Kentucky, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Wyoming’s football stadium is named after Lewis, who was one of three coaches the school had the past 53 years.
Lewis had an overall coaching record of 270-55-8 in stops at Wyoming, Marysville and Conner (Ky.). He won a Class AA state title with Wyoming in 1977. He won a Kentucky state title in 1983 with Conner.
Several area coaches and members shared great memories of the coaching legend after hearing the news late last week. Lewis, who is in the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, was ahead of his time during the late 1950s and into the 1960s. He was one of the innovators of the option offense, according to Wyoming athletic director Jim Barre.
“He had quite an impact on my life,” Barre told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Lewis had a 198-21-7 record in 23 years at Wyoming. He had several undefeated seasons and helped to turn around the program starting in 1956. Wyoming had several 10-0 seasons in the early 1960s.
Barre and current head coach Bernie Barre both played for Lewis in high school. Lewis had seen the new turf on the Wyoming field and his name on the scoreboard in recent years. Lewis was instrumental in helping Wyoming reach the 600-win club as a program – something that is rare in programs across the state of Ohio.
The school has planned a memorial service at Wyoming for 2 p.m. Sunday.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kings Mills Kings golfer Chelsea Wright: The junior won the Fort Ancient Valley Conference tournament title with a score of 82 at the Fairfield Golf Course. She helped lead the Knights to the school’s first-ever girls’ golf conference championship. Wright was named the FAVC golfer of the year. She also had a hole-in-one of the 118-yard No. 7 hole at the tournament. It was the first hole-in-one ever at the FAVC tournament (boys or girls). “I wish I could have been there to see Chelsea have that hole-in-one,” Kings AD Matt Koenig said. “It is a remarkable experience to go through and to cap it off with the player of the year honors and a team championship probably made for a great day for Chelsea.”
TEAM(S) OF THE WEEK
West Chester Lakota West boys and girls’ golf teams: Both squads captured their respective Greater Miami Conference titles last weekend. It was the first time since the 2000 season in which the school’s boys and girls team won the titles. Lakota West junior Korey Ward and senior Kari Hogeback won the boys and girls individual titles, respectively last week. The girls team won by two strokes over Mason. “We knew we had to play well to win,” Hogeback told the school Web site. “We are continuing to get better and this was a big step for us.” The boys team won its first title since 2002. It edged Mason by 13 strokes. It was the second consecutive year Ward won medalist honors. He was the Division I state champion last season. Lakota West’s Chris Conway took home the boys’ coach of the year award in the conference. “I told the team entering this tournament that there were five teams that had a shot of winning this thing,” Conway told the school Web site. “We had a lot of players step up and play really well.”
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Another offer: Coldwater senior quarterback Keith Wenning picked up an offer from Ball State last week. He also has an offer from Air Force. Wenning is 6 feet 4 and 220 pounds.
Vest orally commits to Wright State: Chaminade-Julienne senior forward Matt Vest made an oral commitment to play basketball at Wright State recently, according to the Dayton Daily News. “It has always been a dream to play there,” Vest told the publication. The Dayton Daily News reported Vest would redshirt one season and not accept a scholarship until the 2011-12 season. Vest averaged 5.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals for the Eagles last season.
Injury report: Cincinnati Anderson junior CB Chris Shingleton is out for the remainder of the season with a broken collarbone, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Shingleton had two interceptions for the Redskins this season. Anderson senior OL Andrew Norwell (Ohio State) is also out for the season due to injury.
Wright choice: Xenia senior shooting guard Jessica Alexander has made an oral commitment to play women’s basketball at Wright State, according to Ohio Girls’ Basketball Report director Tom Jenkins. Alexander, who is 5 feet 10, averaged 16.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.8 steals last season. She was Division I second-team all-district last season. She was first-team all-Greater Western Ohio Conference.
Another tie: Centerville and Beavercreek tied 1-1 in a girls’ soccer showdown last Wednesday. Both teams were atop the GWOC Central division going into last weekend.
We are the champions: Cincinnati Seven Hills won the Miami Valley Conference boys’ golf championship at Walden Pond. Junior Carlton Zesch had a 72 to lead the team.
Great matchup: Cincinnati Seven Hills defeated Summit Country 3-0 in a premier boys’ soccer showdown on Thursday night. The teams were ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the coaches’ city poll.
Springfield wins showdown: Beavercreek defeated host Springfield 25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-5 in a girls’ volleyball volleyball showdown Thursday night. The teams were in second place in the GWOC Central division standings heading into last weekend. Springfield’s Lindsey Butterfield was among the league leaders with 148 kills. Beavercreek’s Brianna Swan had 87 kills.
Lebanon at Miamisburg girls’ volleyball, Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Lebanon has just two matches left in the regular season and wants to wrap up a third consecutive GWOC South division title.
Mason at West Chester Lakota West boys soccer, Thursday, 7 p.m.: These two GMC rivals square off in suburban Cincinnati. The Comets were leading the GMC standings late last week with an undefeated record. Mason’s Caleb Eastham had six goals going into last weekend. Mason goalkeeper Cody Bowling had four shutouts.
Elder at St. Xavier football, Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Need we say more? St. Xavier was ranked No. 2 in the Division I AP poll last week, while Elder was No. 3. This should be a great game. St. Xavier senior QB Luke Massa (Cincinnati) and Elder senior TE Alex Welch (Notre Dame) are among the high-profile players in this GCL-South game.
Lebanon at Springboro football, Friday, 7:30 p.m.: This could be a very interesting game. Springboro (5-0) has been dominant recently and a win could put it in the driver’s seat for a third consecutive GWOC South division title. Lebanon (4-1) is coming off a 49-26 win over Piqua. Lebanon had 624 yards of total offense last week.
Midwest Meet of Champions cross country, Saturday, 9:30 a.m.: This prestigious event features some of the top teams in the state. The Mason boys’ team won last season and should be favored again. Mason junior Zach Wills is the reigning champion in the meet. La Salle’s Travis Hawes and Ethan Bokeno and Vandalia Butler’s Doug Norris should make a significant impact. On the girls’ side, Mason and Cincinnati St. Ursula should be in contention for team titles.