Now that the hoopla over National Signing Day is over, the high school sports scene can return to regular scheduled programming. But, as with any winter in Ohio, the weather took center stage last
weekend as several basketball games and swimming and diving meets were
put on hold due to a large snowstorm in the southwest part of the
state. In fact, as of Monday morning, the weather forecast called for
Now that the hoopla over National Signing Day is over, the high school sports scene can return to regular scheduled programming.
But, as with any winter in Ohio, the weather took center stage last weekend as several basketball games and swimming and diving meets were put on hold due to a large snowstorm in the southwest part of the state. In fact, as of Monday morning, the weather forecast called for more snow.
Several schools monitored the weather situation Friday morning and afternoon to determine whether they needed to take action. Schools use all communication tools available to them to inform coaches, students and parents of any postponed events due to weather.
“We have a texting system that can contact everyone signed up in one swoop,” Colerain athletic director Dan Bolden told the Cincinnati Enquirer last week.
The Fort Ancient Valley Conference and Greater Miami Conference meets were affected by the snow on Friday and Saturday. Those meets were expected to be held Sunday and Monday.
Several basketball games were postponed and rescheduled for this week. Those games will be played just as teams began to wrap up their regular seasons.
Sectional girls’ basketball tournaments begin next Monday (Feb. 15), while boys’ basketball tournaments begin Feb. 22.
This weekend, boys’ and girls’ sectional swimming and diving meets begin at various locations. Of course, weather permitting.
Sectional wrestling tournaments will be the weekend of Feb. 19, while sectional bowling tournaments also begin the same weekend.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kendrick Williams, Fairborn boys’ basketball: The sophomore scored 27 points and had three steals and two rebounds in a 60-56 loss to Fairmont. Williams led the Greater Western Ohio Conference in scoring going into last weekend. He averaged 23.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals. Fairborn is scheduled to play host to Lebanon at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday before it plays at Vandalia Butler at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Hamilton Badin girls’ basketball team: The Rams were in first place of the Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League Grey Central division at the start of the week. Badin (14-3, 6-3) won four consecutive games going into the week. Badin is led by senior forward Courtney Hubbard, who averages 11.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.3 steals. Sophomore forward Kara Gerbus averages 8.7 points and 3.4 rebounds. Badin plays host to McNicholas at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday before it plays McAuley on Saturday.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Girls’ sectional basketball draw: The top four seeds for the Cincinnati-area Division I girls’ basketball tournament draw include Ursuline (17-1), Princeton (16-2), Colerain (13-4) and Walnut Hills (15-2). The draw was held Sunday at Princeton High School.
Trotwood does well on Signing Day: Trotwood-Madison had four football player sign with a Football Bowl Subdivision program, including defensive back Jordan Paschal (Louisville), linebacker, Willie Ballard (Buffalo), lineman Darion Delaney (Bowling Green) and tight end Justin Favors (Colorado), according to the Dayton Daily News.
James selects Notre Dame: Cincinnati St. Xavier senior offensive lineman Matt James (6-7, 285) signed with Notre Dame on National Signing Day. James made the decision on Wednesday morning. He also considered Ohio State. He had also considered Florida and Cincinnati in January.
Bowling Green offers Fairfield juniors: Fairfield juniors – linebacker Marquise Vann and defensive end Robert Mincey have been offered by Bowling Green. Both players also have offers from Ball State and Toledo.
Davis reaches 100 wins: West Chester Lakota West junior Ty Davis reached 100 wins in wrestling last week. He is just the fifth wrestler in Lakota District history to reach 100 wins before his senior year.
Grace keeps adding offers: Colerain junior linebacker Jarrett Grace added offers from Stanford and Kentucky last week. The 6-4, 230-pound linebacker had at least 10 offers as of last weekend.
Northwest at Walnut Hills boys’ basketball, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday: Two of the top teams in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference compete as both teams want to secure their respective division titles. Walnut Hills (13-1, 7-0 Cardinal division) has won five consecutive games. The Eagles are led by Alex McGlothin, who averages 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. Northwest is led by junior guard Melvin Hunter, who averages 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds.
Carroll at Alter girls’ basketball, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday: Alter continues to lead the GGCL Grey North standings with a 16-1 record. Carroll is 12-5 and just one game from the conference lead. Alter is led by Ashley Christie who averages 11.9 points and 3.3 steals. Carroll is led by Kelley Austria, who averages 13.4 points, 5.9 steals and 4.9 assists.
Division I girls’ sectional diving, Thursday, Miami University: Some of the area’s most talented divers compete starting at 6 p.m. Milford’s Margaret Craycraft and Anderson’s Kendall Loseff are among the individuals to watch. Both lead the Fort Ancient Valley Conference this season.
Sectional swimming, Friday and Saturday: Several individuals will compete at St. Xavier’s Keating Natatorium, Mason High School, Centerville and at Trotwood. The boys’ Divisions I and II competitions are Friday night, while the girls’ competition begins Saturday morning at those locations.