It was another banner year for Southwest Ohio at the state bowling championships as the region claimed another team and individual title. As for state titles in other sports, a coach who won one and played for three stepped down at Hamilton Badin…
Hamilton Badin’s Keith Harring – one of the best girls’ soccer coaches in the state – stepped down last week on his terms.
Although it was a difficult decision for Harring, the Badin players and girls’ soccer fans around Southwest Ohio will also miss the well-respected coach.
Harring, who coached the Rams for eight years, displayed a significant amount of class during his tenure at Badin. He always cooperated with the media and often showed a strong devotion to the game itself – whether it was his own team or the opposing team.
It goes without saying that the girls’ soccer season won’t be the same this fall without Harring on the sidelines.
Harring told the Hamilton News-Journal that he told the school last week of his decision and informed his players March 2.
“I’m emotional because I really care about Badin,” Harring told the publication. “It’s a family, and I didn’t understand that until I became part of it. That’s what’s special about Badin. They really are connected.”
Harring has 103 wins, including district championships the last five seasons. He led teams to three trips to the Division II state championship game in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and the Rams won the state title in 2005.
“I just have tremendous memories,” Harring said in a statement from the school. “I’m so proud of everything. It’s been so enjoyable; a great experience. It’s something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Daniel Glascoe, Beavercreek, Bowling: Glascoe outperformed every other bowler at the state championships this past weekend enroute to claiming the boys’ bowling individual state title with a 730 total. The junior’s high game was
a 254 in Game 3.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Springfield Kenton Ridge boys’ bowling team: Kenton Ridge won its second consecutive state boys bowling title last weekend in Chillicothe. Kenton Ridge defeated Warren G. Harding 3-0 in the state finals. “It’s something you never think is going to happen,” Kenton Ridge coach Flip Lucas told the Springfield News-Sun. “The kids performed today. They’ve got a lot of heart, and they proved it.” Senior Chris Via was fourth at state with a 671 total to lead Kenton Ridge. Senior Drew Snyder (640) was 11th. Senior Dustin Snyder (626) was 16th.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Centerville inducts new Hall of Fame class: Terry Bach (Class of 1977, football0, Jason Griffith (1999, wrestling, baseball, football), Kristin Jumer (1999, cross country and track), Pat Thomas (1985, football) were inducted into the Centerville High School Athletic Hall of Fame, according to the Dayton Daily News.
Minnesota offers Clark: Finneytown junior offensive tackle Donavon Clark (6-4, 290) was recently offered by Minnesota. He also has offers from Ohio University, West Virginia, Duke, Indiana and Ball State.
Mack steps down: Colerain girls’ basketball coach Christi Mack stepped down last week after a 35-10 record in two seasons as head coach. Mack, who is the wife of
Xavier men’s basketball coach Chris Mack, said she wants to spend more time with her family. Chris Mack is in his first season as head coach of Xavier.
Tabar commits: Colerain senior quarterback Greg Tabar committed to the College of Mount St. Joseph recently. Tabar was the quarterback for the Cardinals last season, including for the nationally-televised game at Elder, which was televised live on ESPN.
Kent State offers Mincey: Fairfield junior defensive end Robert Mincey (6-4, 240) picked up an offer from Kent State. He also has offers from Ball State, Ohio, Toledo and Bowling Green.
Alter vs. Indian Hill girls’ basketball, 8 p.m. today: These two teams play in the Division II regional tournament tonight at Springfield High School. Alter (20-2) is led by senior guard Ashley Christie, who averages 12.2 points, 3.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds. Indian Hill (22-2) is led by sophomore guard Nicole Bell, who averages 14.6 points, 4.7 assists and 2.8 steals.
Indian Hill vs. Dayton Dunbar, boys’ basketball, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday: These two teams play in the Division II district tournament at UD Arena. Indian Hill (20-3) is led by seniors Will Satterfield and Sam Hendricks – both of whom average more than 17 points each. Sophomore Deontae Hawkins scored 13 of Dunbar’s final 15 points in the sectional final against Alter last weekend, according to the Dayton Daily News.
Princeton vs. Kettering Fairmont, boys’ basketball, 11 a.m. Saturday: These two teams play in the opener of the Division I district tournament at UD Arena. Princeton (18-4), last season’s state runner-up, is led by senior guard Jordan Sibert (Ohio State signee) and senior forward Darrien Wilkins (12.9 ppg.). Fairmont (15-8) is led by senior guard Mark Shadowens (14.0 ppg.) and junior center Adam Westbeld (11.8 ppg.).