With the temperatures and the snowy conditions causing several schools
to close or delay last week, that must mean one thing: It’s January in
Southwest Ohio. But, it also means it’s the time of the year for a proud tradition –
the 27th annual Southwest Ohio High School Swimming and Diving Classic
this weekend. The event remains the largest of its kind in the country.
With the temperatures and the snowy conditions causing several schools to close or delay last week, that must mean one thing: It’s January in Southwest Ohio.
But, it also means it’s the time of the year for a proud tradition – the 27th annual Southwest Ohio High School Swimming and Diving Classic this weekend.
The event remains the largest of its kind in the country. The meet is so large that the preliminaries will be held at seven locations for the 20th year. There are approximately 112 schools entering with more than 2,900 swimmers and 170 divers expected to participate.
Tournament officials say the Classic is unique because swimmers not only compete in high school events but also the longer NCAA and USA Swimming events.
Cincinnati St. Xavier is going for its 20th consecutive boys’ team title. Among names to watch in the meet include: John Vigar, Anderson; Colin Kanzari, Beavercreek; Maxim Litvinov, Sam Mitchell, Ty Perkins and Travis Schieman, Centerville; Daniel Schmitz, Dayton Oakwood; Steven Zimmerman, Morrow Little Miami; Brandon Williams, Loveland; Matt Luehrmann, McNicholas; Kevin Schwab, Moeller; Alex Lewis, New Richmond; Gabriel Baumgartner, Robert Lawley, Sam Lipari, and Alex Miller, Cincinnati St. Xavier; Pat Greitzer, Springfield Catholic Central; Pat Dierker, Zach Fischer, Michael Murphy, Jonathan Profitt, Wyoming.
In diving, names to watch include Elder’s Chad Thornton, Hamilton’s Danny Moorehead, North Bend Taylor’s Nate Meyer and St. Xavier’s Stefan Resendes.
On the girls’ side, Mason is going for its second consecutive title. Names to watch in swimming include: Julia Comodeca, Anderson; Molly Osterhage, Jessica Steible, Jackie Swartz, Centerville; Lauren Weaver, Colerain; Hannah Vester, Indian Hill; Abby Galbreath, Kettering Fairmont; Danielle Jansen, Mason; Dani Barbiea and Kellie Barbiea, Springboro; Alex Norris, Sycamore; Annie Currin, St. Ursula; Briana Conners, Alexandra DiMasso and Alex Norris, Sycamore; Hanna Gaskins, Tipp City Tippecanoe; Molly Hazelbaker, Libby Hunsche, Turpin; Breann McDowell, Ursuline; Celia Oberholzer and Rachel Theiler, Wyoming; Erika Chick, Yellow Springs.
In diving, the names to watch include Anna Shuller, Indian Hill; Margaret Craycraft, Milford; Alex DiMasso, Sycamore and Abby Markowitz of Wyoming.
The preliminaries start Jan. 16 at various locations. The diving finals are 9 a.m. Jan. 17 at the University of Cincinnati. The swimming finals are Jan. 16 and 17 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Xavier.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Matt Crooker, Colerain boys’ bowling: The junior bowled a 300 perfect game in the Cardinals’ win over Lakota West on Jan. 6. Colerain won 2,868 to 2,753. Crooker was sixth in the Greater Miami Conference among individual leaders at the end of last week. His 300 game was the second game of his series. He bowled a 218 the first match against Lakota West. His average rose from 225 to 259 after the Lakota West match. His high series this season is 518 in 20 matches played. Colerain (6-3, 4-1 GMC) plays at Middletown today (Tuesday) at 4 p.m.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Hamilton Ross girls’ basketball: The Rams won five consecutive games heading into last weekend’s game at Northwest. The Rams led the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Scarlet division as of last weekend. Ross lost 57-52 on Saturday – which was just its first loss since a defeat at Roger Bacon 55-51 on Dec. 14. Ross (7-4, 4-1 in FAVC-Scarlet) has been led by senior guard Brittany Fernandez, who averages 10.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists as of last week. She has scored 20 points twice this season. Sophomore guard Kaitlyn Pennekamp averaged 10.4 points, 4.8 assists. 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals as last Friday. Ross plays host to Norwood at 7:30 p.m. Thursday before being idle until a non-league with visiting Union County on Jan. 21at 7:30 p.m.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Carlisle wins: The Carlisle girls’ basketball teams defeated Preble Shawnee 52-29 on Saturday after the team hadn’t played for 11 days, according to the Dayton Daily News. Carlisle is 8-2 overall.
Elder places third at state duals: The Elder wrestling took third at the State Duals wrestling tournament last weekend. It is the highest finish the Panthers have had at the State Duals. Mason placed fifth.
Mancz commits to Toledo: Cincinnati Anderson senior offensive lineman Greg Mancz orally committed to Toledo last week. He also had offers from Air Force and Ohio University.
Hendricks commits to Eastern Illinois: Indian Hill senior quarterback Sam Hendricks orally committed to Eastern Illinois on Sunday..
Frazier, Gates plan visits: Middletown senior defensive end Rashad Frazier plans to take an official visit to Purdue during the weekend of Jan. 15. Middletown senior defensive back Jerry Gates will visit Bowling Green the same weekend.
Troy at Centerville boys’ basketball, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.: Two of the top teams in the GWOC this season. This is the first of three consecutive road games for Troy. D.J. Martinez had led Troy by averaging 20.5 points. Centerville junior forward Matt Sullivan averages 13.5 points.
Winton Woods at Anderson girls’ basketball, 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Anderson led the Fort Ancient Valley Conference – Buckeye division with a 7-2 overall at the start of this week. The squad was 5-0 in league play. Winton Woods lost four consecutive games heading into last weekend. Anderson has been led by Erica Mudd (12.3 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game) and Jessica Brogan (10.5 ppg.).
Southwest Classic swimming and diving: The diving prelims start Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. at Miami University, Mason Community Center, Milford High School and Madison High School. The finals are Sunday at the University of Cincinnati at 9 a.m. The swimming prelims are Jan. 16 and 17 at 8 a.m. at Beavercreek YMCA, Countryside YMCA, Miami University, Mason High School, Milford High School and Trotwood-Madison High School. The finals are both days at 6:30 p.m. at St. Xavier.