Southwest Ohio Huddle: College commitments, 1,000 point scorer and 500 wins…

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Southwest Ohio Huddle

Of course, the holidays generally present a golden opportunity to spend time with family and friends and catch a moment of relief from the daily routine. No one is questioning that logic. But, this time of the year is also enjoyable because as the New Year is brought in on Friday, we know the 2010 national signing day is just a month away.


This is a fun time of the year.

Of course, the holidays generally present a golden opportunity to spend time with family and friends and catch a moment of relief from the daily routine. No one is questioning that logic.

But, this time of the year is also enjoyable because as the New Year is brought in on Friday, we know the 2010 national signing day is just a month away. On Feb. 3, several football players will sign with their respective choices of college programs.

You have to also add to the fact a December college coaching carousel in Southwest Ohio has shaken things up a bit in terms of recruiting. So, while many people dread the bitter cold, snowfall and gray skies of January, there is plenty to follow if you are a high school or college football fan. There is no doubt plenty of official visits are coming for some of the area’s top players.

As of this writing, some of the area’s top football players remained undecided. West Chester Lakota West senior linebacker Jordan Hicks – ranked the nation’s No. 2 player in the 2010 class by ESPNU, was still uncommitted as Christmas concluded.

Cincinnati St. Xavier senior offensive lineman Matt James is one player who might break the news on Feb. 3. James is scheduled to take an official visit to Florida on Jan. 16 and he expects to visit Cincinnati and Notre Dame in the near future. James is also considering Ohio State.

While Feb. 3 is only the start of signing day, there is always a chance it could present a few surprises. Remember last year? Cincinnati Anderson offensive lineman Andrew Norwell – then a highly-touted junior – orally committed to the Buckeyes on signing day.

Could another early commitment happen again on signing day? Of course it could. That’s why no one could ever say January is a dull month in Southwest Ohio.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Shelby Sheets, Fayetteville: The junior girls’ basketball standout went over 1,000 points for her career last week. She scored a career-high 35 points in a 56-28 win over Batavia on Tuesday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Sheets needed just two points to reach the 1,000-point milestone. Sheets also had five rebounds, five assists and five steals in that game. Sheets has a team-high 121 points and 42 assists of Dec. 23. She also scored 35 points in the season opener – a 64-52 win at Peebles on Dec. 3. She has scored double figures in seven consecutive games.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Kettering Fairmont girls’ basketball team: Fairmont (6-0), ranked No. 1 in the Dayton Daily News Division I ratings, remained undefeated heading into Christmas. Fairmont defeated Beavercreek 50-44 in overtime on Dec. 19. Fairmont freshman guard Chelsea Welch had a team-high 16 points in the win. Jessica Beatty and Holly Carey each had nine points. Carey had three rebounds and two assists. Welch has played well in December. She had a season-high 19 points in a 56-39 win over Wayne on Dec. 9. Fairmont next plays host to Dayton Christian at 1 p.m. Jan. 2. Fairmont then plays Fairborn at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at Trent Arena. Fairmont was the GWOC Central division co-champion with Beavercreek last season.

NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS

Colorado offers Grace: Cincinnati Colerain junior linebacker Jarrett Grace has been offered by Colorado. He also has an offer from Cincinnati. He figures to be one of the state’s top prospects in the 2011 class..

Russell to participate in combine:
Oak Hills junior linebacker Ben Russell has been selected to participate in the 2010 U.S. Army National Combine Jan. 7-9 in Texas. Russell has been generating interest from Mid-American Conference, Big East and Big Ten college programs.

Commitment to Wolfpack:
Chaminade-Julienne senior offensive tackle Andy Jomantas (6-7, 250) has orally committed to North Carolina State, according to ScoutingOhio.com. Jomantas also had offers from Kansas and Ball State.

Hoover commits to Dayton:
  Spring Valley Academy junior guard Andrea Hoover has orally committed to the University of Dayton women’s basketball team. Hoover has averaged about 20 points and 10 assists for Spring Valley.

Milestone: The Coldwater girls’ basketball program won its 500th game on Dec. 19. Coldwater is 500-255 as of Dec. 22.

ON TAP

Holiday Classic boys’ basketball at UD Arena: Four area teams will play at UD Arena on Sunday (Dec. 27) and Monday (Dec. 28). Centerville plays Trotwood-Madison at 6 p.m., followed by Thurgood Marshall vs. Chaminade-Julienne at 7:30 p.m. Trotwood-Madison plays Chaminade-Julienne at 6 p.m. Monday, followed by Centerville vs. Marshall at 7:30 p.m.

Key Bank Holiday Classic girls’ basketball, Today through Wednesday:
The holiday tournament at Pickerington North is scheduled to include  Mount Notre Dame and Chaminade-Julienne as well as other strong out-of-area opponents. Chaminade-Julienne was scheduled to play DuPont Manual at 3 p.m. Monday (Dec. 28). MND was scheduled to play Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) at 4:45 p.m. Monday. The games were to continue Tuesday and the championship is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Greater Miami Valley Wrestling Association Holiday Tournament:
The annual event takes place at Vandalia Butler on Dec. 29-30 and will feature 48 teams. The finals are scheduled for Wednesday. Graham has won the tournament five consecutive times and is back to defend its title.

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