Southwest Ohio Huddle: Huge GWOC games in soccer and football headline On Tap


Southwest Ohio Huddle

It doesn’t take a Harbin points guru to realize that it’s crunch time
for several football teams around Southwest Ohio. The postseason is
drawing near as players and teams struggle to deal with the pressure of
making the playoffs during Week 8. And that’s not even to begin to discuss recruiting for some of the standout players.

It doesn’t take a Harbin points guru to realize that it’s crunch time for several football teams around Southwest Ohio. The postseason is drawing near as players and teams struggle to deal with the pressure of making the playoffs during Week 8.

And that’s not even to begin to discuss recruiting for some of the standout players.

But don’t expect a decision anytime soon for two of those high-profile players – West Chester Lakota West senior linebacker Jordan Hicks and Cincinnati St. Xavier senior offensive lineman Matt James. Hicks and James are still visiting schools and considering their options.

Fans of these schools and of major college programs are wondering when the news will break about a commitment. There is a significant appetite for recruiting information regarding these two high-profile players, but neither is willing to say when a decision will be made.

Hicks is rated the state’s No. 1 player in the 2010 class by Ohio High Magazine, while James is No. 3.

Hicks, who has held a weekly media teleconference each Monday, is considering early graduation from high school and his plans for high school basketball this winter are not known. Hicks was scheduled to take an official visit to Texas this past weekend was not going to return to Ohio until late Monday afternoon.

Hicks said he is considering more upcoming visits soon. Keep in mind he is scheduled to take an official visit Florida in December – so a decision might not be made for quite some time.

Hicks, rated the nation’s No. 2 player in the 2010 class by ESPNU, is expected to be honored with a jersey ceremony from officials at the Under Armour Game this Thursday morning at Lakota West.

The presentation will also include a news conference. But, presumably the only thing that is certain is Hicks won’t give a glimpse of where he is leaning.

The same principle applies to James, who is considering the likes of Ohio State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Boston College and Florida. James has been concentrating on his senior season and it seems likely fans won’t know much more until he takes his official visits presumably later this year.


Nick Scott, Clayton Northmont: The junior won the Division I sectional golf tournament at Beavercreek Golf Club with a 1-over-par 73 on Wednesday, according to the Dayton Daily News. “It feels good to win,” Scott told the publication. “It’s always good to win a tournament.” Scott reportedly rallied after he had a bogey on the first hole. “I putted really well,” Scott told the publication. “That’s what did it for me. Even if I missed a green, I felt confident enough that I could get up and down.” Scott will compete at the Division I district tournament on Wednesday at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown. The top three teams and three individual low scorers not on a qualifying team will advance to the state tournament Oct. 23-24 in Columbus.


Mason girls’ golf team: The Comets won their third consecutive Division I sectional title last week. Mason will compete at the district tournament Thursday morning at Weatherwax. The Comets edged Lakota West 319-321 in last week’s sectional tournament at Walden Ponds. This fall, Mason junior Emily Wright set a new tournament record by earning medalist honors with a 3-under-par 69. Other contributors included Erin Michel (80), Jessica Zhang (84), Deanna Mychalishyn (86) and Chelsea Sturtevant (95). The Mason girls’ golf program has won three sectional titles in school history. Mason won the Division I state title in 2008.


Tabar interested in Penguins: Cincinnati Colerain senior quarterback Greg Tabar was scheduled to visit Youngstown State this weekend. Tabar has significant interest from Mid-American Conference schools, but won’t make a college choice until after the Cardinals’ season.

MND sweeps sectional titles:
Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame senior Andrea Wolf won the Division I sectional singles title on Friday. MND’s Kelly Dennis and Sandy Niehaus won the doubles title.

Durbin commits:
Fairfield senior infielder/pitcher Mitch Durbin has orally committed to play baseball at Eastern Kentucky. Durbin considered Ohio University and others. Durbin was second-team all-GMC last season.

LaPorte commits:
Miamisburg senior forward Chelsea LaPorte reportedly gave an oral commitment to play at Ashland University, according to The Dabbelt Report. She averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 steals last season.

Quinn will wrestle in MAC:
Oak Hills senior Ryan Quinn has committed to Central Michigan. Quinn will compete at 171 pounds this winter.

Fenwick hires baseball coach:
Middletown Bishop Fenwick has named Bob Sherlock as its new baseball coach, according to the Pulse Journal. Sherlock was most recently a Moeller assistant coach from 2002-07, according to the publication.

State bowling location:
The OHSAA announced that Shawnee Lances in Chillicothe will host the state tournament next March.. The state tournament was previously held at Tiki Lanes in Lancaster.

Flu season:
The Tippecanoe-Bellefontaine football game was postponed Friday night reportedly because of flu-like symptoms at Tippecanoe. About 21 players missed practice on Tuesday, according to The game was held Sunday with Tipp beating Bellefontaine 24-7.


Beavercreek at Fairmont boys’ soccer, 7 p.m. Tuesday: This could decide the Greater Western Ohio Conference Central division standings. Fairmont senior forward Nathan Bias has nine goals and seven assists as of the start of this week. Beavercreek junior forward Dustin Wright had seven goals and five assists.

Centerville at Huber Heights Wayne girls’ soccer, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday:
Centerville’s regular-season finale is an important game. There is little room for error in the GWOC Central division standings heading into the final week. Wayne senior goalkeeper Caitie Yount had a league-leading 53 saves as of late last week. Wayne forward Cara Eby had 13 goals and 10 assists as of late last week. Centerville sophomore forward Claire Falknor had 11 goals and 11 assists late last week.

West Chester Lakota West at Ursuline volleyball, 6:30 p.m. Thursday:
Two of the top teams in Cincinnati play in the regular-season finale for both schools. Ursuline is the favorite to make another trip back to Wright State for the state finals. The Lions were Division I state runner-up in 2008. Lakota West won at least a share of the Greater Miami Conference title with over Mason last week. Lakota West coach Tracey Kornau recently won her 300th match in the Lakota District. She has more than 320 wins in her career (Seton, Lakota and West combined).

Centerville at Northmont football, 7:30 p.m. Friday:
There are valuable Harbin points at stake in this crucial GWOC showdown. Northmont defeated the Elks 28-21 in overtime last year. Centerville (6-1) has won four consecutive games, including a 69-0 win at Miamisburg on Friday. Northmont (4-3) lost at Sprinfield 21-18 on Friday.

State golf tournament, Friday and Saturday:
The Division II and III boys’ state tournaments will take place at North Star Golf Resort in Sunbury and Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course in Columbus, respectively, starting Friday morning. The Division II girls’ state tournament will be at Ohio State’s Gray Course starting Friday morning.

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