Southwest Ohio Huddle: Dick Butkus, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Bowling

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Southwest Ohio Huddle

While
the college coaching carousel largely dominated the sports pages last
week in the Queen City, one of the city’s most decorated high school
athletes quietly accepted a very prestigious award on Wednesday. And the got he got it from wasn’t so quiet…


While
the college coaching carousel largely dominated the sports pages last
week in the Queen City, one of the city’s most decorated high school
athletes quietly accepted a very prestigious award on Wednesday.

West
Chester Lakota West senior linebacker Jordan Hicks won the second
annual Butkus Award – presented to the nation’s top high school
linebacker. The award is named after NFL legend Dick Butkus, who is a
Pro Football Hall of Famer with the Chicago Bears.

Butkus
actually came to the school to present Hicks the award. He posed for a
few photos and gave praise to Hicks, who is being courted by the likes
of Texas, Ohio State, Florida, Alabama and USC among others.

Lakota
West has scheduled a tentative media teleconference this morning
(Tuesday) for Hicks, who was scheduled to take an official visit to
Florida this past weekend.

About an hour and a half after Butkus
left the school on Wednesday last week, Texas coach Mack Brown visited
the school. He flew in to the Cincinnati area the night before and was
scheduled to fly out Wednesday afternoon.

“It was a neat day,” Lakota West coach Larry Cox told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

It’s
been a neat month for Lakota West which has seen its fair share of star
power. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Ohio State coach Jim Tressel
and Florida coach Urban Meyer could also be among the visitors to the
school this week.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Amanda Baute, Oak
Hills girls’ basketball:
The senior forward is averaging close to 20
points through the first three games of the season. Baute, who has
committed to play at Tiffin, had a season-high 25 points in Oak Hills’
48-37 upset of West Chester Lakota West last Saturday. Baute had three
rebounds and two assists. Oak Hills (3-1, 2-0 Greater Miami Conference)
plays at Liberty Township Lakota East at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Vandalia
Butler girls’ basketball:
Butler started the season 5-0 after it
defeated host Piqua 53-24 last Thursday. Butler (5-0, 1-0 GWOC North
division) plays host to Trotwood-Madison at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Butler
is averaging 56.2 points – which is tops in the division. The squad is
allowing 36.4 points. Senior guard Kacie Cassell is averaging a
league-best 7.0 assists. She scored double-figures three times –
including 11 points and five assists against Piqua. Senior center
Brianna Innocent is averaging 12.0 points and 9.0 rebounds.

NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS

Big
East offer:
Middletown senior DE Rashad Frazier (6-6, 225) has been
offered by West Virginia, according to Middletown coach Jason Krause.
Frazier also has offers that include Purdue, Bowling Green, Miami
University and Kent State.

A visit up north: Indian Hill senior
QB Sam Hendricks took an official visit to Kent State this past
weekend, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Hendricks, who rushed
for more than 1,400 yards and scored 24 rushing touchdowns this past
season, is getting interest from several Division I and Division II
schools.

Kelly heads west: University of Cincinnati football
coach Brian Kelly officially started his coaching duties at Notre Dame
on Monday. As of Monday, there were no decommitments from Cincinnati or
Notre Dame.

Mason wins Snowflake Invitational: The Mason
gymnastics team won the season-opening event at its school last
weekend. The Comets won the 12-team event over the likes of Dublin
Coffman, Lakota West and Worthington Kilbourne, according to the Pulse
Journal. Sarah Taylor was third in the all-around for Mason, according
to the publication.

Thomas impresses early: The Dayton Daily
News reports  senior guard DaWuan Thomas has attracted interest from
Division I and Division II college programs. Thomas scored 25 and 27
points the first two games, according to the DDN.

Holiday
Classic:
Cincinnati Seton won the Holiday Classic girls’ division at
Western Bowl last weekend. The Saints had 3,763 pins to second-place
Mercy’s 3,727 pins. Troy took second in the boys’ division, followed by
third-place Hamilton. The event featured 34 boys teams and 31 girls’
teams from as far away as Tennessee.

ON TAP

Seton at
Cincinnati St. Ursula girls’ bowling, Thursday:
The two GGCL teams play
at Stones Lanes at 4 p.m. Seton is coming off a significant win in the
Holiday Classic. Senior Nicole Kettler led the GGCL at the start of the
week with a 194.1 average with a high series of 415. St. Ursula is led
by junior Julie Elliott (173.3 average).

Wayne at Springfield
boys’ basketball, 7:30 p.m. Friday:
These two GWOC teams play a key
Central division game. Springfield started the season 3-0 with close
wins over Hamilton, Springboro and Beavercreek. Wayne junior Travis
Trice has averaged 33.5 points over the first two games.

Wilmington
at Kings girls’ basketball, 7:30 p.m. Saturday:
The two FAVC teams play
in northern Cincinnati in a Cardinal division showdown. Kings, which is
5-0 to start the season, has averaged 61.2 points. Kings junior guard
Logan Warye has averaged 15.3 points and 12.3 rebounds. Wilmington
senior guard Chelsea Earley has averaged 14.0 points.


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