Southwest Ohio Huddle: Mason, Waynesville and Lakota West produce state champions


Southwest Ohio Huddle

The Mason girls’ golf team persevered all year and it paid off on the biggest stage. For the second consecutive year, the Comets won the Division I state girls’ golf title. They weren’t the only state champions from the Southwest as Waynesville’s Alyssa Ritchie won the Division II state singles title and West Chester Lakota West’s Korey Ward won the Division I state individual boys golf title. Here’s what else happened…

The Mason girls’ golf team persevered all year and it paid off last weekend on the biggest stage of the fall in Columbus.

For the second consecutive year, the Comets won the Division I state girls’ golf title. This year the Comets defeated runner-up West Chester Lakota West by 9 strokes to take the title. Cincinnati St. Ursula finished third – one stroke behind Lakota West.

“We battled Lakota West all year and we also knew that a very talented St. Ursula team would be a formidable opponent,” Mason coach Fred Reeder said. “I’m just so proud that the girls fought through all the adversity and proved they are indeed the best team in the state yet again.”

The state tournament didn’t have the most ideal weather conditions at Ohio State University’s Gray Course this past weekend. For only the second time in tournament history, the tournament was reduced to a one-day event because of rain on Friday. The only other year that occurred was 1996.

The Comets were led by junior Emily Wright, who shot a team-best 76 while junior Erin Michel and junior Jessica Zhang shot 78. Chelsea Sturtevant (84) and Deanna Mychalishyn (87) also contributed for the Comets.

“They exceeded my expectations with their play in the state tournament, and as a coach, no matter how the match or tournament turns out, that means everything,” Reeder said..

In yet another rendition of déjà vu all over again, West Chester Lakota West junior Korey Ward won the Division I state individual boys golf title for the second consecutive year.

Ward, who won the title in 2008, had birdies on Nos. 3 and 9 and never had a double-bogey this past weekend, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“It just feels really great to get this accomplished,” Ward told the Enquirer. Ward has already received plenty of Division I college interest, including interest from the Ohio State golf program.

In girls’ tennis, Waynesville junior Alyssa Ritchie won the Division II state singles title. She defeated Cincinnati Ursuline junior Komal Safdar 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.

In Division I, the Liberty Township Lakota East doubles team of junior Carolyn Pitman and freshman Taylor Holden finished as state runner-up.


Kyle Seyfried, Cincinnati Wyoming: The junior quarterback threw for 260 yards and broke the school record for most touchdown passes in a game with six. The Cowboys (9-0) defeated Taylor 55-0 on Friday night. Seyfried, who is 6-1 and 180 pounds, has thrown for more than 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns this season. He holds the single-season school record for most passing yards and the single-game and single-season completion records at Wyoming. “Kyle has been fantastic this year,” Wyoming coach Bernie Barre told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He has been even better than I ever thought he could be. He is a very humble, yet confident young man.”


Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame girls’ soccer team: The Cougars upset West Chester Lakota West 2-1 on Wednesday night. MND (8-5-4), which is the No. 13 seed, defeated No. 3 seed Lakota West on a goal from freshman Rose Lavelle with 25 seconds left in the game. “This game has huge,” MND coach Doug Conway said. “I’ve been telling our team all year that you do not need the best team to win, but if you play the hardest and smartest, they can beat anybody. And it showed (Wednesday).” Lavelle leads the Cougars with 10 goals this season. MND was scheduled to play Anderson at 7:30 p.m. today (Monday).


Ware to be honored: Cincinnati Princeton senior quarterback Spencer Ware will be honored by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Thursday afternoon at Princeton High School. Ware will be presented with his jersey at the ceremony. Ware, who has orally committed to play football at LSU, is one of three Cincinnati-area players who will participate in the all-star game Jan. 9 in San Antonio. It will be televised live on NBC. Anderson senior OL Andrew Norwell (Ohio State commit) and St. Xavier senior OL Matt James (undecided) have also committed to the game.

Burchenal reaches milestone:
Cincinnati St. Ursula senior soccer standout Elizabeth Burchenal became the school’s all-time goals leader on Wednesday night. Burchenal has 99 goals for her career. She scored three goals in a 13-0 win over Northwest. Burchenal set the record with her second goal – the 98th in her career.. The previous record had been held since 1990.

Freshman has significant impact:
Summit Country Day freshman forward Elizabeth Williams scored two goals in an 8-1 sectional win over St. Bernard last week.

North Adams wins SHL volleyball title:
The North Adams girls’ volleyball team won the SHL title after going 13-0 in the league. North Adams is ranked No. 10 in the Division III state coaches’ poll.

First time at state:
The Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame girls’ tennis team made its first state team tournament appearance this weekend. MND had a 22-0 record going into this weekend. The Cougars finished as Division I state runner-up.

Wenning commits:
Coldwater senior QB Keith Wenning made an oral commitment to play at Ball State, according to Wenning is 6 feet 4 and 220 pounds. Coldwater (7-1) is ranked No. 3 in the JJHuddle Division V Power Poll.

Clark invited to combine:
Finneytown junior OL-DL Donavon Clark (6-4, 290) has been invited to attend the 2010 U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio Jan. 7-9. Clark is one of 500 players nationally selected for the combine. Clark has interest from schools that include Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Central Michigan.


Fairmont at Centerville football, 7:30 p.m. Friday: Centerville can wrap up a league title – the Elks first league championship since 2007. Centerville defeated Fairmont 41-13 last season. Centerville junior DL Kyle Rose leads the defense with five sacks. The Elks have allowed just 12 points per game this season.

Indian Hill at Wyoming, 7:30 p.m. Friday:
The two Cincinnati Hills League rivals always make this a good game. Wyoming hasn’t defeated Indian Hill since 2003, but the Cowboys have an opportunity to complete an undefeated regular season for the first time since 1981.. Look for Wyoming QB Kyle Seyfried and senior DL Jibreel Black (Indiana commit) in this game. Indian Hill is led by senior QB Sam Hendricks, who has thrown for 1,070 yards.

Regional cross country meet at Troy, 11 a.m.:
All three divisions of boys and girls competitors will participate in the regional meet starting Saturday morning. The state meet is Nov. 7 at Scioto Downs Race Track in Columbus.

Archbishop Moeller vs. St. Xavier, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Nippert Stadium:
There is plenty on the line for these two Greater Catholic League South division teams on Halloween Night. The game will be shown live on Fox Sports Ohio. Moeller (9-0) is coming off a win at Lakewood St. Edward last week, while St. X (7-2) lost to Cleveland St. Ignatius. Moeller defeated St. Xavier 17-14 in the regular-season finale last season.

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