High school football coaches can’t officially begin coaching for almost
another three months, but there is already plenty of talk this spring
about the 2010 season and the top returning players in Southwest Ohio
this fall. There’s also plenty of talk regarding spring sports…
High school football coaches can’t officially begin coaching for almost another three months, but there is already plenty of talk this spring about the 2010 season and the top returning players in Southwest Ohio this fall.
In yet another sign of the strength of Cincinnati-area football, several players were nominated for the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl which will be played in January 2011 in San Antonio.
Winton Woods junior linebacker Antonio Poole, Finneytown junior lineman Donavon Clark, Moeller junior linebacker Kendall Walker, Colerain junior fullback Trayion Durham and Colerain junior linebacker Jarrett Grace (Notre Dame commit) were among the players mentioned as candidates by their respective Cincinnati-area high schools last week. The selections will be made in late November.
All those players mentioned have several scholarship offers this spring. Grace orally committed to Notre Dame in late April after he had 16 offers.
While some players are receiving recognition, area teams are gearing up for their seasons. In a recent coaching move, Norwood named Ken Meibers III as its new head football coach. Meibers previously coached at Monroe were he led the Hornets to a 9-3 record last season. Monroe had not named a new coach as of late last week.
Football scrimmages are allowed to begin Aug. 10 per the Ohio High School Athletic Association guidelines and the regular season begins Aug. 23.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Megan Flenniken, Cincinnati St. Ursula softball: The senior pitcher had a significant week as she continued to have strong pitching and offensive production. She threw a perfect game on Saturday in a 5-0 win over Celina, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. It was the second perfect game of her career, according to the publication.
Flenniken had averaged 1.92 strikeouts per inning going into the end of last week. She averaged 15 strikeouts per game before Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to Mount Notre Dame.
Flenniken had 13 strikeouts in that game. She has 202 strikeouts, seven shutouts and a 0.32 ERA this season. She was hitting .482 at the start of this week. The Bulldogs play host to Anderson at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday before they play host to league rival Ursuline at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Fairborn softball team: Fairborn is one of the top teams in the Greater Western Ohio Conference this season and will contend with Lebanon for the South division title as the regular season concludes this week. Fairborn pitcher Courtnie Spain is one the top pitchers in the conference – she was 9-5 with 125 strikeouts and two shutouts at the start of this week. She had a 1.03 ERA. The offensive leaders include Brittany Duncan (.442), Sarah Lilley (.394) and Kylie Wallace (.375). Fairborn defeated Chaminade-Julienne 6-0 on Tuesday as sophomore pitcher Sophie Bolser allowed just three hits and Lilley went 3-for-4 with three RBI, according to the Dayton Daily News. It was the sixth consecutive win for Fairborn, according to the publication.
“Good win for us right before the tournament draw,” Fairborn coach Bob Shively told the publication. “CJ is a good club.”
Fairborn plays host to Xenia at 5 p.m. today before it plays at Miamisburg at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Wayne to play on ESPNU: Huber Heights Wayne will play Canton McKinley in the Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. The game will be nationally-televised on ESPNU. Wayne wioll open the season against Moeller on Aug.
29 in a Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown football game. That game will reportedly be televised on
an ESPN channel too.
Famble commits to Malone: Northwest senior defensive lineman Kirby Famble (5-11, 230) has committed to play at Malone, according to the Northwest athletic department.
La Salle track: The La Salle boys track is rated No. 2 in the Cincinnati Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll. Cameron Cole (100, 200 and 400) and Travis Hawes (800 and 1,600) are among the team’s leaders. La Salle won the Don Mitchell Roosevelt Memorial at Welcome Stadium on Saturday, according to the Enquirer. The Lancers set a meet record with 142 points, according to the publication.
Tabar named Badin coach: Steve Tabar has been named the new Hamilton Badin girls’ soccer coach. Tabar, 26, has eight years of coaching experience, including club soccer, the Olympic Development Program, an assistant coach at Mason and an assistant women’s soccer coach at Miami University. “We’re very impressed with Steve,” Badin athletic director Sally Kocher said. “We have an outstanding girls soccer program and we want to maintain that success.” Tabar replaces longtime coach Keith Harring, who led the Rams to the Division II state title in 2005. Badin has won five consecutive district titles.
DiMasso commits: Sycamore senior diver Alexandra DiMasso has signed a national letter of intent to compete at Cleveland State. DiMasso was third at the GMC championships this past season. She was fourth at the Larry Lyons Invitational.
Middletown Madison players commit: Middletown Madison senior basketball players Justin Brunswick and Mark Maloney recently made college commitments, according to the high school. Brunswick committed to Idaho State while Maloney committed to the Naval Academy. Brunswick is the first basketball player in school history to land a D-I scholarship.
College golf commitments: The College of Mount St. Joseph announced that Ben Schneider (La Salle High School) and Tom Witterstaetter (Oak Hills) have committed to play for the golf program.
Fairmont names football coach: Fairmont defensive coordinator Andy Aracri has been named the new head football coach, according to the Dayton Daily News.
Indy Bound: Indian Hill senior linebacker/strong safety Max Hendricks (6-0, 195) has committed to the University of Indianapolis, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Clayton Northmont at Lebanon softball, 5 p.m. today: These two GWOC powers compete in one of the final regular-season games this spring. Northmont has an opportunity to clinch its second consecutive Central division title. Lebanon is in good position to win the South division. Lebanon had won 19 consecutive games going into this week. Lebanon was ranked No. 3 in the Division I state coaches’ poll. Northmont is led offensively by Libby Pfeffer with five home runs and 29 RBI. Lebanon senior pitcher Bethany Campbell has more than 130 strikeouts this season.
Troy at Vandalia Butler baseball, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday: Butler should have its second consecutive North division title by the time this game is played. The game will be played at Fifth Third Field. Butler is led offensively by Trey Clements, who is hitting .472 with six doubles and five triples. Troy is led by Matt Powell with a .413 batting average and nine doubles.
Chaminade-Julienne at Mount Notre Dame softball, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday: Two of the premier teams in the GGCL this season. MND pitcher Sarah Young had 197 strikeouts for the Cougars at the start of this week. Avery Larkin had a team-leading 28 RBI for the Cougars. Chaminade-Julienne pitcher Lyndsey Diggs had a 0.67 ERA and 215 strikeouts at the start of the week.
Moeller at Oak Hills baseball, 4:30 p.m. Thursday: Moeller continues to be No. 1 in the Division I state poll. This is the last regular-season game for the Crusaders, who are the reigning Division I state champions. Moeller’s Alex Barlow leads the team with a .590 batting average. Oak Hills senior pitcher Joel Bender, a University of Louisville commit, led the GMC with more than 52 at the start of the week.