Southwest Ohio Huddle: Lockland wins first track title in 31 years, college committments and football…


Southwest Ohio Huddle

The Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown press conference last Tuesday at
the University of Cincinnati featured a little bit of everything for
what was a unique preview of the upcoming football season. Although Memorial Day has yet to arrive, we can’t wait for football

The Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown press conference last Tuesday at the University of Cincinnati featured a little bit of everything for what was a unique preview of the upcoming football season.

Although Memorial Day has yet to arrive, we can’t wait for football season.

Now in its 13th annual year, the Showdown continues to attract some of the area’s top programs in Southwest Ohio each season. This year is no different.

A record 12 games over five days Aug. 20-29 will highlight the event. Ohio schools will be joined by Kentucky and Indiana programs in the event.

Among the highlights are doubleheaders on Aug. 26, Aug. 27 and Aug. 29. On Aug. 28, there will be four games at the University of Cincinnati.

“If you watch the Showdown, you watch not only great programs, but future college and NFL players,” Winton Woods coach Troy Everhart said.

Winton Woods, the reigning Division II state champion, will play Elder at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Nippert Stadium in what will easily be one of the most anticipated games of the early season.

Elder was a Division I state semifinalist last season. The Panthers return senior-to-be running back/wide receiver Ben Coffaro, while Winton Woods has senior-to-be linebacker Antonio Poole, who has several significant scholarship offers.

On Aug. 26 at Mason High School, the first night of Ohio football will see Loveland vs. Turpin at 5:30 p.m., followed by Edgewood vs. Wyoming at 8 p.m. Both games will be televised live on Fox Sports Ohio. Wyoming, a Division III state semifinalist last season, returns several key players, including senior-to-be quarterback Kyle Seyfried.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, Clayton Northmont plays Colerain in the day’s featured game at 8:15 p.m.

“The good thing is now we’re playing them in Week 1 instead of Week 11, because you’re usually not quite as good in Week 1,” Northmont coach Lance Schneider told the Dayton Daily News. “They’re always loaded, so we’re going to find out how good we are real quick.”

On Sunday, Aug. 29, St. Xavier plays Good Counsel (Md.) while Huber Heights plays Moeller – both games being at St. Xavier.

“You love playing a team like Moeller, but at the same time, it’s a tough first game,” Wayne coach Jay Minton told the Dayton Daily News.


Alex Lilley, Kettering Fairmont baseball: Fairmont senior pitcher Alex Lilley had a no-hitter and 12 strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Troy in a Division I sectional game on Thursday, according to the Dayton Daily News. Lilley improved to 6-3 after the game, according to the publication. According to the Greater Western Ohio Conference website, Lilley has 84 strikeouts this season. He has one save and one shutout. He had a 0.76 ERA in 55.1 innings in 11 games. Lilley is also hitting .329 with a team-leading 23 RBI. He has five doubles, a home run and two stolen bases. Fairmont, the No. 4 seed in the Dayton Division I sectional, plays Northmont/Fairborn in the sectional final Thursday at Xenia. The winner advances to the district round.


Withrow track and field program: The Withrow boys’ and girls’ track and field teams won the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference meets last week at Taft’s Stargel Stadium. The boys’ team won with 149.5 points. The girls’ team won with 201 points. The Tigers swept individual honors as well. DeShawn Farley was the boys’ runner of the year and Tyrone Nelson was the field event performer of the year.  Farley won the 200 meter dash in 21.78 seconds. Nelson won the long jump in 21’4”. The girls’ co-runners of the year were Withrow’s Genesis Calhoun and Jade Loveless. Calhoun won the 100 and Loveless won the 200. Withrow’s D’Monami Gardner was the field event performer of the year. Gardner won the shot put and discus events. The district track meets begin this week in Southwest Ohio.


Bennett commits to Ohio State: Centerville senior-to-be defensive lineman Michael Bennett orally committed to Ohio State on Sunday night, according to Bennett, who is 6-3 and 270 pounds, also considered Northwestern, according to the website. He reportedly had several other major scholarship offers.

Waynesville soccer player commits:
Waynesville senior Lauren Price has reportedly committed to play soccer at Urbana, according to the Dayton Daily News. She had 96 career goals and 76 career assists, according to the publication.

Stanford offers Colerain LB:
Colerain junior linebacker Andrew Smith was offered a scholarship from Stanford last week, according to the Enquirer. Smith (6-2, 195) also has offers from Cincinnati, Minnesota and Ball State.

Schools join OHSAA:
Riverview East and Oyler are among the newest members of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The announcement was made on Friday.

Bradley named at Summit:
Former NBA player Michael Bradley has been named the new Summit Country Day boys’ basketball coach. Bradley, who played five seasons in the NBA, won a national title at the University of Kentucky in 1998. Bradley replaces former Summit coach Rich Hoyt, who stepped down after last season. Summit received 40 applicants for the coaching vacancy.

Murray commits to UC:
Sycamore junior offensive tackle Justin Murray (6-5, 254) orally committed to Cincinnati on Friday. Murray also had offers from the likes of Minnesota, Louisville, Illinois and others.

Mitchell adds offer:
Withrow junior defensive tackle Brandon Mitchell was offered by Western Michigan last week, according to the Enquirer. Mitchell (6-2, 300) also has offers from Akron, Ball State, Ohio and Western Kentucky.

McCoy commits:
Aiken senior shooting guard Nick McCoy committed to Central State on May 13. He averaged 16.2 points and 4.1 rebounds last season for the Falcons.

Lockland boys’ track and field team:
Lockland won its first conference boys’ track and field title since 1979 on Wednesday. Lockland won the Miami Valley Conference with 134 points, according to the Enquirer. CHCA was second with 130 points. Lockland’s Tariq Sanders was named the Athlete of the Year.

Elder seniors commit:
Elder announced that volleyball players Matt Harpenau and John Lucas have signed with Lees McRae College. Baseball player Matt Pate has signed with North Carolina-Asheville.


Wilmington vs. Hamilton Ross softball, 5 p.m. today: These two Fort Ancient Valley Conference powers play in a Division II sectional final at Franklin. Ross, who is the reigning state champion, has won 15 consecutive games. Senior Brittany Fernandez is hitting a team-high .545 with nine doubles, four triples, 27 RBI and four stolen bases. Shelby Richards is hitting .375 with 22 RBI and nine doubles. Fernandez has a team-high 149 strikeouts and four shutouts. She has a 1.77 ERA. Wilmington is led offensively by Stephanie Byrne and Jessi Robinson. Byrne is hitting .410 with 17 RBI. Robinson is hitting .297 with 11 stolen bases. Byrne leads the team with 202 strikeouts. She is 15-3 with six shutouts and a 1.20 ERA.

Hamilton Badin vs. Middletown Madison baseball, 5 p.m. Wednesday:
These two teams play in the Division III sectional final at Bellbrook.  Badin defeated Dayton Christian 15-4 and Madison defeated Stivers 7-3 last week. Badin’s Nick Burrus is among the Rams’ leaders with a .403 average, two doubles, five triples, one home run and 12 RBI. Badin’s John Gattermeyer is among the Rams’ pitching leaders at 6-0. He has 37 strikeouts.

Huber Heights Wayne vs. Springboro baseball, 5 p.m. Thursday:
Wayne plays Springboro in a Dayton Division I sectional final at Centerville.  Springboro is led by Kyle King, who is hitting .429 with seven doubles, two triples and 19 RBI. Scott White is among the pitching leaders. He is 6-1 with 43 strikeouts and a 1.71 ERA. Wayne’s Travis Hall and Chase Orndorff are hitting .348 and .342 respectively.  Pitcher Josh Shea has 31 strikeouts and a 2.53 ERA.

Lebanon vs. Centerville baseball, 5 p.m. Thursday:
These two teams play in a Dayton Division I sectional final at Wayne. Lebanon’s Dusty Isaacs and Alex Arovits are hitting .430 and .405 respectively. Arovits has nine home runs and 31 RBI while Isaacs has four home runs and 28 RBI. Isaacs is 4-2 on the mound with a team-leading 62 strikeouts and 1.71 ERA. Centerville’s Doug Obringers is hitting .447 with six doubles, two triples, three home runs and 20 RBI for the Elks.  Nick Bertram (52 strikeouts), Matt Sullivan (24 strikeouts, 4-1 record) and Nate Adams (27 strikeouts) are among the pitching leaders.

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