The Cincinnati area produced three state semifinalists in football this
past weekend and there is little doubt all of them have a good chance
at a state title in a few weeks. As for the next level, several additional area athletes have announced their college decision. here’s where they are headed and what else happened regionally this week.
The Cincinnati area produced three state semifinalists in football this past weekend and there is little doubt all of them have a good chance at a state title in a few weeks.
While Elder (Division I) and Wyoming (Division III) each have an inspiring journey this fall, the Winton Woods football program (Division II) might have had the toughest climb to this point.
Winton Woods has fared quite nicely on the football field this year – that was never up for debate. But, for a time in early November there was plenty of uncertainty about the future of sports in the Forest Park school district because of a school levy.
Fortunately, the levy passed and the football team was certainly among those individuals that were thankful. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported in November that sports could’ve been eliminated starting in the spring of 2010 if the levy had failed. The football team would’ve had an uncertain future going into the fall of 2010.
But, the nerves were relaxed after hearing the positive results.
“There’s definitely a different feel now,” Winton Woods coach Troy Everhart told the Enquirer after the Warriors won their playoff opener. “People no longer are worried about their jobs. Kids aren’t worried about where they might be next year.”
It seems the Warriors don’t want the celebration to end. Winton Woods defeated Trotwood-Madison 28-7 last weekend for the Warriors’ first regional football title.
Winton Woods plays Columbus Marion-Franklin in a Division II state semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Centerville.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jeremiah Goins, Winton Woods football: The senior running back had 31 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the Warriors’ 28-7 win over Trotwood-Madison in the Division II regional final last week. Goins, who has received interest Mid-American Conference interest, has 225 carries for 1,726 yards (7.7 ypc.) and 22 touchdowns this season. He has only three fumbles. He also had five receptions for 55 yards. His season high came on Oct. 2 when he rushed for 245 yards against Anderson.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Cincinnati Wyoming football: The Cowboys defeated Springfield Shawnee 14-7 in the Division III regional final last week. Wyoming plays Columbus St. Francis DeSales at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Welcome Stadium in a state semifinal. Wyoming is making its first state semifinal appearance since 1998. The Cowboys are led by junior quarterback Kyle Seyfried (more than 2,600 yards passing) and senior defensive lineman Jibreel Black, a Cincinnati commit. Black has more than five sacks for the Cowboys.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Coldwater wins: Coldwater defeated St. Henry 47-41 in four overtimes, according to the Dayton Daily News. Coldwater senior quarterback Keith Wenning scored on a 1-yard touchdown to lift the Cavaliers to the Division V state semifinals.
Perry steps down: Cincinnati St. Ursula girls’ volleyball coach Julie Perry retired from coaching last week after 29 years with St. Ursula. She won her 500th match in October. She led the Bulldogs to eight state titles, including a national title in 2003.
Signings: Oak Hills High School has announced its latest college signings: Rebecca Dietrich: Francis Marion University, Soccer; Joel Bender: University of Louisville, Baseball; Amanda Baute: Tiffin University, Basketball; Ryan Quinn: Central Michigan, Wrestling; Katie Osborn: Georgetown College, Soccer
Offer update: Huber Heights Wayne junior quarterback Braxton Miller has offers that include LSU, Kentucky, Duke, Ohio State, North Carolina, Miami (Fla.), West Virginia and several others. Miller could be hearing more from Georgia, Florida and USC soon. Miller will likely attend the U.S. Army All-America combine in January in Texas.
Kent State offers Frazier: Middletown senior defensive end Rashad Frazier (6-6, 225) continues to add Mid-American Conference offers. Kent State offered Frazier last week. He also has offer from Miami University and Bowling Green.
Lang commits to NKU: Glen Este senior softball player Kari Lang has signed with Northern Kentucky University. She is a catcher for Glen Este and is able to play several other positions on the field.
Miller commits: Elder senior quarterback Mark Miller has committed to play at Ohio Dominican. Miller, who was first-team all-Greater Catholic South division this season, was Division I second-team all-district. Miller, who is 6 feet 1 and 185 pounds, has thrown for 2,183 yards and 20 touchdowns this season for Elder.
Offense-Defense All-American Bowl: Moeller senior quarterback Andrew Hendrix (Notre Dame commit) and West Chester Lakota West standouts – senior tight end Alex Smith and senior offensive lineman Kevin Schloemer (Cincinnati commit) have committed to play in the all-star game Jan. 2 in Myrtle Beach. It will be televised live on Fox College Sports at 5 p.m.
Coldwater vs. Hamler Patrick Henry, football, 7:30 p.m. Friday: The two teams play in the Division V state semifinals at Findlay Donnell Stadium. Coldwater won in dramatic fashion last week in the regional final. The winner of Friday’s game plays Youngstown Ursuline or West Lafayette Ridgewood in the state final Dec. 4 at Fawcett Stadium.
Alter vs. Coshocton, football, 7 p.m. Saturday: These two teams play in the Division IV state semifinals at Columbus Hamilton Township Field. Alter (13-0) defeated Clinton-Massie 32-7 in the regional final last weekend. The winner of Saturday’s game plays Chagrin Fall or Ottawa-Glandorf at Fawcett Stadium on Dec. 5. Alter is the reigning Division IV state champion.
Chaminade-Julienne at Thurgood Marshall girls’ basketball, 2:30 p.m. Saturday: C-J opens its season against a non-league opponent. C-J is led by Samarie Walker, an All-American who has committed to UConn. Marshall features junior guard Janaye Scott and senior post player Autumnlee Higgins.
Elder vs. Hilliard Davidson, football 7 p.m. Saturday: The teams play in the Division I state semifinals at Welcome Stadium. The winner plays Glenville or Massillon in the state final Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at Fawcett Stadium. Elder was the 2008 Division I state runner-up.