Ever bowl a 299 game? How about a 546 series? That’s what some Southwest Ohio bowlers did this week…and that wasn’t all.
What a year it has been for the Cincinnati Ursuline Academy girls’ volleyball team. Just a year after the Lions were Division I state runner-up, Ursuline won its first Division I state title since 2002 with a win over Dublin Coffman in November.
Last week, the Lions were reminded again of their memorable 29-0 season as senior setter Dani Reinert won the Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year award.
“This is great,” Ursuline coach Jeni Case said. “I’m so proud of her.”
Reinert was instrumental in helping the Lions record an undefeated season. Ursuline plays a rigorous schedule in the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League.
Reinert, who has signed with Buffalo, won the Scarlet division player of the year. She had 34 aces, 47 blocks, 160 digs, 72 kills and 911 assists this season.
“Reinert is the one who really makes that team go,” Oak Hills coach Jim DeLong said in a news release. “They’d still be pretty good without her, it wouldn’t be the same. She just never comes off the court.”
Reinert is the first Cincinnati-area player to win the award since Mother of Mercy’s Missy Harpenau won in 2007. She is now playing at the University of Cincinnati.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chris Weber, Cincinnati St. Xavier boys’ bowling: The senior broke the school record with a high series of 546 in the Bombers’ victory in a tri-match on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Weber had 278 the first game and then bowled a 268 to keep the Bombers undefeated (7-0 record). Weber led the city of Cincinnati with a 234 average through the first dozen games. St. Xavier next plays at the New Year’s tournament hosted by Monroe High School at Eastern Lanes on Dec. 28 starting at 9 a.m.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Dayton Stebbins boys’ bowling team: The squad set a school record with 3,249 pins in a win over Greenon on Monday, according to the Dayton Daily News. Greenon had 2,494 pins. Stebbins junior Michael Brown had a 514 series, including a 299 game and senior Chase Kolozi had a 520 series, according to the publication. The Indians improved to 3-0 after that match, according to the publication. Stebbins, which won the 2008 state title, was scheduled to play host to Kenton Ridge at 4 p.m. Monday before it was to play at Indian Lake at 1:30 p.m. today.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Sant returns: Fairmont forward Cassie Sant received clearance to return to action last week after having a leg injury, according to the Dayton Daily News. “She’s a competitive person and she wants to play,” Fairmont coach Tim Cogan told the Dayton Daily News. “She’s been able to play very well.”
Swimming for Toledo: Lakota West senior swimmer Maegan Krugler recently signed to continue her swimming career at the University of Toledo. “The swim program is challenging but would help me improve,” Krugler said. “I felt like I connected with the team and coaches right from the start.” Krugler chose the Rockets over Miami University, Tulane University, Ohio University, and the University of North Dakota . Krugler is the fastest 500 freestyle swimmer that Lakota West has ever had. She set the school record last January with a time of 5:20.67. The senior placed in the 100 Free (11th) and 200 Free (12th) at the state meet last year.. She also finished 19th as a member of the 400 Free Relay.
Witte signs with UC: Ashleigh Witte recently signed to compete in tennis at UC. She ended her high school career this fall as the winningest girls tennis player in Lakota School District history. “I know I will do well there and I am getting a pretty good deal with UC,” said Witte. “I have known the coach for UC for a very long time so that’s a good start. I know all the players from the USTA tournaments.” Witte also considered the likes of Miami, Elon, Coastal Carolina, Michigan, and Toledo. Witte’s career mark of 110-16 as a first singles player is a Lakota record. She was named as the Greater Miami Conference’s Player of the Year four times.
Milestone: Colerain senior guard Ashley Wanninger reached the 1,000 point milestone on Dec. 12 when the Cardinals defeated Mason 32-29. Wanninger, who has signed with Xavier, has 1,006 career points.
Lewis signs with Cleveland State: New Richmond senior Alex Lewis has signed to swim for Cleveland State . He also considered Wright State and Eastern Michigan. He was a state qualifier in the 100 butterfly last season.
Mancz has new offer: Anderson senior OL Greg Mancz has been offered by Ohio University. He also has an offer from Toledo.
Piqua at Huber Heights Wayne boys’ basketball, 7:30 p.m. today: Wayne won three consecutive games to open the season. The Warriors have been led by junior Travis Trice, who scored 33 and 34 points, respectively, the first two games of the season. Piqua started the season 0-3. Senior guard Tavian Williams averaged 11.7 points the first three games.
Oak Hills at Harrison girls’ basketball, 7:30 p.m. today: The two West Side teams play at the Wildcats’ home gym. It is the seventh consecutive road game for Oak Hills, which opened the season 3-1, including a significant win over West Chester Lakota West. Harrison started the season 3-0. Junior forward Amy Brooks averaged 18.0 points to start the season.
St. Ursula at Seton girls’ bowling, Jan. 5: The GGCL programs meet at 4 p.m. on the West Side of Cincinnati. Seton won the Holiday Classic at Western Bowl and figures to be an area favorite down the stretch. As of the end of last week, Seton was led by Nicole Kettler (192.9 average) and Pam Kettler (189.4). St. Ursula has been led by Julie Elliott (154.9 average).