Southwest Ohio Huddle: 400 baseball wins, Basketball vacancies and Softball streaks


Southwest Ohio Huddle

While several baseball and softball teams reach the midway point of the regular season and all-star basketball games are concluding for the spring, several area high schools are making news with basketball head coaching moves.

While several baseball and softball teams reach the midway point of the regular season and all-star basketball games are concluding for the spring, several area high schools are making news with basketball head coaching moves.

In the Cincinnati area, Turpin High School recently named two new coaches for the boys and girls programs, respectively.

Brad Cupito was named the new Turpin boys basketball coach. A 1999 McNicholas High School graduate, Cupito has been coaching at the AAU level since graduating from college.

“Brad is a tireless worker,” Turpin athletic director Tony Hemmelgarn told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He is young, energetic and passionate. I have no doubt that he will connect with our community, develop our program and get Klinger Court rocking once again.”

Eric Fry, a graduate of Bloom-Carroll High School, is the new Turpin girls’ basketball coach. Fry has coached freshman or junior varsity basketball for five years.

“We have had the opportunity to watch Eric in action for a couple of years now and he has been outstanding,” Hemmelgarn told the publication. “He is passionate about kids and loves the game of basketball. He has made lasting relationships and players on his teams have competed and gotten better. We are very happy to give him this opportunity and he has earned it.”

In other coaching news, Finneytown boys basketball coach Craig Stork resigned after three seasons. The Wildcats were 21-41 during that time.

Summit Country Day is also looking for a new boys basketball coach after Rich Hoyt stepped down after four years in order to spend more time with his family. Hoyt was 47-42 during that time. Summit won a district title in 2009. The school hopes to name a new coach by May 1.


Joel Bender, Oak Hills: The senior pitcher led the Greater Miami Conference with wins (3) and strikeouts (30) at the end of last week. He allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings as the host Highlanders defeated West Chester Lakota West 11-4 on Wednesday in a key GMC game, according to the Enquirer. Bender improved to 3-1 after the game with a 3.45 ERA. Bender is committed to playing college baseball at Louisville. Oak Hills plays at West Side rival Elder at 4:30 p.m. today.


Clayton Northmont softball team: Northmont won its fifth consecutive game with a 9-0 win over Kettering Fairmont on April 14. The Thunderbolts improved to 14-2 with a doubleheader win over Valley View on Saturday. Pitcher Jessie Clutter leads the Greater Western Ohio Conference with 14 wins; she also led the conference with 144 strikeouts. “We go as far as her right arm takes us,” Northmont coach Kris Mangen told the Dayton Daily News in an article published last week. Northmont’s Libby Pfeffer leads the league with 24 RBI at the start of this week. She also has a league-leading three home runs.


Chaminade-Julienne looking for athletic director: The Dayton Daily News reported Chaminade-Julienne is looking for a new athletic director as current AD Michael Raiff is expected to step down on June 30.

Minster athletes sign:
Minster golfer Ben Hogenkamp and Minster cross country runner Jessica Albers have signed their national letters of intent, according to the Dayton Daily News. Hogenkamp signed with Wittenberg while Albers signed with Xavier.

Meibers steps down:
Monroe football coach Ken Meibers has stepped down for personal reasons, according to Meibers coached the Hornets for two years and was 14-8 overall, including the playoffs in 2009.

USC offers Clark:
Finneytown junior offensive lineman Donavon Clark was offered by USC and North Carolina State last week. Clark has several other offers including Cincinnati, Duke, Indiana, Louisville, Syracuse and several others.

Bellbrook player commits:
Bellbrook soccer player Chris Lynch has committed to Walsh University, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Hayes adds offers:
Archbishop Moeller junior defensive lineman Jesse Hayes continues to be one of the most highly-coveted recruits in the state’s 2011 class. As of the end of last week, Hayes had 16 scholarship offers. Hayes, who is 6 feet 4 and 230 pounds, recently added offers from Duke and California. He also has offers from Tennessee, Louisville, Arizona, Nebraska, Wisconsin and several others.

Thompson wins 400th game:
Cincinnati Elder baseball coach Mark Thompson won his 400th overall game with a 17-1 win over Purcell Marian on Wednesday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Thompson was 400-153 after the game. He is in his 21st season at Elder.

Swimmers sign letters of intent:
Anderson seniors John Vigar and Sammy Sparks signed NCAA letters of intent Wednesday to continue their education and swimming careers. Vigar signed with Ohio State, while Sparks signed with Eckerd College (Fla.).

Little Miami coaching update:
Morrow Little Miami is expected to conduct interviews this week and possibly next week for its vacant head football coaching vacancy. The school hopes to name a new coach at the May Board of Education meeting.

Bearcats offer Colerain sophomore:
Colerain sophomore linebacker Joe Bolden was offered by the University of Cincinnati Wednesday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Bolden, who is 6 feet 2 and 215 pounds, had 64 tackles and four sacks for the Cardinals last season, according to the publication. Bolden is the nephew of Colerain coach Tom Bolden.

Westbrook has first offer:
Kings Mills Kings sophomore running back Jamire Westbrook (5-9, 206) was recently offered a scholarship by Cincinnati, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Westbrook rushed for 916 yards and four touchdowns for the Knights last season. He had 28 receptions for 442 yards and four touchdowns.


Troy at Butler boys’ tennis, 4:15 p.m. today: Two of the top teams in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North division this season. Troy goes to compete at Northmont on Wednesday before a home match against Trotwood-Madison on Thursday. Butler is at Mason Wednesday before hosting Miamisburg on Thursday. Troy’s Raja Gupta is among the No. 1 singles leaders in the conference.

Glen Este at Harrison softball, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday:
These two teams meet for the second time this week on the West Side of Cincinnati. Glen Este had a great start to the season with a 14-2 record. Harrison started the season 6-3. This is a crucial Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye division game. Glen Este pitcher Kelley Benhase had 10 wins at the start of this week, while Kaylin Steinmetz had seven home runs.

Beavercreek at Springfield baseball, 5 p.m. Wednesday:
Two of the top Greater Western Ohio Conference Central division teams. Both teams had won three consecutive games going into the end of last week. Springfield’s Jordan Moore leads the GWOC with a .667 batting average. He also had 17 RBI.

Fairmont at Centerville softball, 5 p.m. Wednesday:
These two teams are competing well in the GWOC Central division. Fairmont’s Whitney Slone was hitting .556 at the start of this week. Fairmont’s Jamie Schnarr had 20 RBI. Centerville’s Megan Pearson had 15 RBI at the start of this week.

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