Southwest Ohio Huddle: Alter, Winton Woods capture state football titles; MND loses?


Southwest Ohio Huddle

Your eyes didn’t deceive you. The Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame girls’
basketball team started the season with a 1-1 record last week. Teh four-time defending champions lost to Lakota West in the opener but rebounded against Ursuline. Alter and Winton Woods’ football teams however did not lose…

Your eyes didn’t deceive you. The Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame girls’ basketball team started the season with a 1-1 record last week.

But, that .500 record wasn’t cause for worry for the Cincinnati basketball powerhouse. MND defeated Louisville Mercy 64-54 on Saturday to improve to 2-1.

Keep in mind MND has won four consecutive Division I state titles and the Cougars graduated their top three players from last season. MND still has a strong nucleus returning and coach Dante Harlan said the first week was a “perfect learning tool” for the Cougars.

Harlan expected some time for adjustments this season, but said in the preseason his squad would be ready for the tournament in February and March.

MND lost to West Chester Lakota West 52-51 in the season opener, but Harlan was more concerned with what the Cougars got out of the game in terms of learning and improving on the floor.

That loss last week was the first since Jan. 18 when MND lost to University High School 63-54. It was the first loss to a Cincinnati opponent since Lakota West won 61-55 on Nov. 21, 2007.

Although MND defeated Ursuline 50-47 in the season’s second game last week, Harlan was impressed with his young squad playing its second consecutive road game.

Sophomore guard Raeshaun Gaffney scored 24 points and had two rebounds against Ursuline and continues to prove she is certainly one of the rising stars in the state. “Raeshaun had a huge night,” Harlan said.

Senior Bridget Williams had 12 points and five rebounds to also help the Cougars. Sophomore Breanna Rucker had 10 rebounds.

MND plays host to Seton at 7:30 p.m. Thursday before it plays at Cincinnati Mercy at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17.


Cody Taulbee, Kettering Alter football: The senior running back had 126 yards on 16 carries and three touchdowns as the Knights won their second consecutive Division IV state title with a 37-7 win over Chagrin Falls at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium Saturday, according to the OHSAA. Taulbee helped Alter to 318 total yards, including 210 in the second half. “It was one of the most exciting moments of my life, because I’d been dreaming about my chance to play big in the big game my whole life,” Taulbee told the Dayton Daily News.


Vandalia Butler girls’ basketball team: Butler started the season 3-0 after a 49-47 win over visiting Centerville Dec. 2. Butler senior guard Kacie Cassell averaged 8.7 points and a league-leading 6.7 assists through the first three games. Senior forward Kaitlyn Good averaged 6.0 points. 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals during that stretch. She shot 7 of 10 through the first three games. Butler last won the GWOC North division during the 2007-08 season. Butler plays at Piqua at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday before it plays host to Trotwood-Madison at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16.


Madeira’s Arcuri steps down: Madeira football coach Tony Arcuri stepped down last week citing personal reasons, the school announced Dec. 2. Madeira planned to start the search process Monday and hopes to start the interview process in early January. The school hopes to have a recommendation to the Board of Education for approval at the February meeting.

Princeton to play Oak Hill Academy:
The Princeton boys’ basketball team will play Oak Hill Academy (Va.) at 9 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Conley Center in Ironton, Ohio. The game will be part of the Ironton Classic Invitational Dec. 21-22. Princeton plays Campbell Memorial (Ohio) at 7 p.m. Dec. 21.

Frye commits to NKU:
Mason senior soccer player Megan Frye has orally committed to Northern Kentucky University, according to the Pulse Journal. Frye had 15 goals and five assists the past season.

Nice award:
The Summit Country Day boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams were awarded the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) Team Academic Award. Summit is one of only 68 schools throughout the nation to receive honors for both the boys’ and girls’ teams.

Lakota East senior Noah Buettgen will continue his baseball career next year at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Illinois. LTC is located in Robinson, Illinois, 40 minutes west of Terre Haute, Ind.  The Statesman are a very successful Division I junior college program and play in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.

Beavercreek wins season opener:
The Beavercreek ice hockey team defeated Centerville 2-1 in a shootout in its season-opening tournament, according to the Dayton Daily News. The publication said Beavercreek started the season 4-0 last week.


Trotwood-Madison at Fairborn, boys’ basketball, 7:30 p.m. today: Trotwood-Madison opens its season against a GWOC-South division opponent. The Rams have won the North division the past three years.

Indian Hill at Wyoming girls’ basketball, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday:
The two Cincinnati Hills League powers play in a rivalry game. Indian Hill is led by Kelsey Matthews, Aubrey Rogers and Nicole Bell. Indian Hill won the CHL title last season, while Wyoming won in 2007-08.

Holiday Classic bowling tournament at Western Bowl, Saturday:
An annual tradition in Cincinnati, this event features 36 boys team and 32 girls teams. In the past, teams have traveled from as far as Tennessee for this tournament. Look for St. Xavier to be a strong boys’ team and Seton or McAuley on the girls’ side.

Turpin Snowflake Invitational, gymnastics, Saturday:
The first significant citywide meet of the season is at Cincinnati Country Day starting at 10 a.m. Mason, Clayton Northmont, Centerville and Lakota East and Lakota West are expected to be among the top teams this season.

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