As the temperature dropped in Southwest Ohio this past week, so did several school records. Several other teams also heated up as the postseason – finished, started and looms. Here’s who did what…
The Greater Western Ohio Conference is considering expansion, according to the Dayton Daily News.
GWOC commissioner Eric Spahr told the publication that West Carrollton, Greenville and another school have applied to the conference. The Dayton Daily News said the conference will vote on possible expansion in November. The publication said schools could possibly be added to the North and South divisions.
The conference has had 11 state team champions in a variety of sports this decade and in the 1990s. The Centerville girls’ bowling team most recently won a state title in the 2007-08 school year.
Piqua was the last football team to win a state title in the 2006-07 school year. The first state champion from the conference was Huber Heights Wayne, which won in boys’ track in 1994-95.
So far this year, the conference has more than a dozen college commitments from student-athletes in its member schools in all sports. All told, there is plenty of success within the conference.
Depending on the specifics, league expansion could have significant benefits for the schools that are reportedly applying for membership. Greenville and West Carrollton are both independent schools. In many ways, it would make geographical and economic sense when scheduling athletic contests.
“We are a solid conference,” Spahr told the Dayton Daily News. “Our members’ needs are important from the biggest to the smallest members and a possible expansion can improve our operations and competition as a conference.”
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dakota Dartis, North College Hill: The junior quarterback was 13 of 14 passing for 312 yards and five touchdowns in a 46-17 win over visiting Summit Country Day on Friday night. He set a school record for most touchdowns in a single game, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Greg Hall previously held the record in 1977. NCH (8-0) plays at Lockland at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Dartis is drawing interest from several Big Ten, Big East and ACC schools.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Mason boys’ soccer team: The Comets won the Greater Miami Conference title with a 2-0 win over Hamilton last Tuesday. Mason has won two GMC titles in the past three seasons. Mason is 13-1-2 overall and 8-0-1 in the league this week. “As a coaching staff, we are extremely proud of our players,” Mason coach Paul Reedy said. The GMC consistently has some of the top soccer teams in the state and that is evident this fall. The Comets produced eight shutouts as of late last week. Reedy said senior captains Tyler Galley and Corey Campbell have been instrumental for leadership. Senior goalkeepers Dan Matthias and junior Cody Bowling have been solid. Senior Caleb Eastham is one of the top offensive players in the region.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Major milestone: Two Bethel-Tate boys’ soccer players tied or surpassed the school record for most goals in a season. Junior Logan Stephens scored three goals in a 5-0 win over Goshen last Monday to tied the school record of 32 goals. The next day, senior striker Billy Sipos surpassed the school record when he scored five goals in a 10-1 win over New Richmond. Sipos had 34 goals this season of last week.
Going to Kalamazoo: Archbishop Moeller senior offensive lineman Ali Kassem (6-5, 300) has orally committed to play at Western Michigan. Kassem is the fifth Moeller football player to commit to a Division I college program from the 2010 class.
Solid effort for 80 minutes: Madeira defeated McAuley 3-0 last Monday in a key game at Madeira. Junior forward Katie Landgrebe scored all three goals which gave her a total of 23 this season. She also has nine assists.
James to be honored: Cincinnati St. Xavier senior offensive lineman Matt James is expected to be honored by the U..S. Army All-American Bowl with a presentation ceremony on Oct. 27 at St. X.. James is committed to playing in the all-star game on Jan. 9 in Texas.
Smith visited Tennessee: West Chester Lakota West senior tight end Alex Smith took an unofficial visit to Tennessee recently. Smith, who orally committed to Cincinnati in February, is considering a visit to Michigan.
Jomantas has offers: Chaminade-Julienne senior tackle Andy Jomantas (6-7, 245) has scholarship offers from Kansas and Ball State, according to ScoutingOhio.com.
Home away from home: The Hamilton Ross vs. Mount Healthy football game was moved to Colerain on Friday night due to field conditions at Mount Healthy. Colerain played at Mason on Friday.
CHL title: The Finneytown boys’ soccer team won its ninth Cincinnati Hills League championship with a 7-0 win over North Bend Taylor last week. It is the first CHL title since 2006 for the boys soccer program.
Showdown in MAC: Delphos St. John’s defeated Coldwater 27-20 Friday night in a highly-anticipated matchup in the Midwest Athletic Conference. Delphos St. John’s improved to 8-0 overall, while Coldwater dropped to 7-1.
Cincinnati La Salle at Kings Mills Kings, boys’ soccer, 7 p.m. Tuesday: La Salle won four consecutive games from Oct. 6-12. La Salle forward Kyle Smith had 11 goals and two assists going into the final three games of the season.
Middletown Madison vs. Madeira, Division III girls’ volleyball sectional at Monroe, 7 p.m. Tuesday: Madison is the No.. 3 seed, while Madeira is the No. 5 seed. Junior Ally Malott is among the Madison standouts. Junior Lanie Frayer has 81 kills and 17 digs for Madeira. The winner plays the winner of Roger Bacon/Carlisle at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Milford at Anderson football game, 7:30 p..m. Friday: Anderson could take another step toward wrapping up the FAVC Buckeye division with a win. The Redskins, which are virtually guaranteed a Division I playoff spot, conclude the regular season at Harrison at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.
State girls’ tennis tournament, Friday, Ohio State University, 9 a.m.: Several Divisions I and II standouts will compete on the first day at Ohio State’s Stickney Tennis Center. Ursuline’s Komal Safdar and Mount Notre Dame’s Andrea Wolf are among the favorites in Division I singles competition. In Division II, Waynesville junior Alyssa Ritchie won the district title. Alter sophomore Katie Boeckman was the district runner-up. The state semifinals and finals will be played at Hilliard Davidson High School at 9 a.m. Saturday.
State boys and girls’ Division I golf tournaments, Friday and Saturday, Ohio State University Courses, 9 a.m.: The Division I boys tournament will be played at the Scarlet Course, while the Division I girls tournament is at the Gray Course. Look for West Chester Lakota West junior Korey Ward at the Scarlet Course. Ward won the individual state title in 2008. St. Xavier, Moeller and Centerville will represent the team favorites from the Southwest Region. Mason is the reigning Division I state girls’ champion and should have a good opportunity again this year. West Chester Lakota West won the district title last week. The Firebirds are led by Kari Hogeback, who shot a 74 at the district tournament.