You might have to forgive fans of Moeller and Elder for being a bit
preoccupied this Memorial Day week with their respective high school
sports programs. Between the state boys’ volleyball championship this past Sunday in
Centerville to a Friday morning state baseball game in Columbus – there
has been plenty of activity for those schools this week.
You might have to forgive fans of Moeller and Elder for being a bit preoccupied this Memorial Day week with their respective high school sports programs.
Between the state boys’ volleyball championship this past Sunday in Centerville to a Friday morning state baseball game in Columbus – there has been plenty of activity for those schools this week.
Elder defeated Moeller in the Division I state boys’ volleyball final on Sunday 23-25, 31-29, 25-20, 25-19, according to the Dayton Daily News. It was the Panthers’ fourth state volleyball title, according to the publication.
The publication noted an amazing stat in a story: Moeller and Elder have combined for 10 of the last 13 state titles in boys’ volleyball.
“I think it’s the culture of competitiveness in the area,” Elder coach Sean Tierney told the Dayton Daily News.
The same work ethic could be applied for the Greater Catholic League South division in baseball. Moeller, the reigning Division I state champion, will face its league rival at 10 a.m. Friday at Huntington Park in Columbus.
It will be the third time Moeller and Elder (27-4) have played this spring. While Moeller (29-1) has won both meetings – the records will be thrown out in this one – both teams know each other very well.
Moeller is ranked No. 1 in the state coaches’ poll, while Elder is No. 2.
“This game is why you play and coach high school baseball,” Elder coach Mark Thompson told the Enquirer.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Antonio Blanks, Dayton Dunbar: The track and field standout set a Division II regional meet record in the 300 hurdles and won the 200 and 100 dashes on Saturday, according to the Dayton Daily News. Blanks, a junior, set a meet record in the 300 hurdles in 37.26 seconds, according to the publication. He helped lead Dunbar to a team title at the regional meet after he tripped in the 110 hurdle event to open the day, according to the newspaper.
“I was going so fast and I nipped it and that was it,” Blanks told the publication. However, Blanks recovered and helped lead the Wolverines to a 74-57 win over runner-up Versailles, according to the publication. The state track and field meet begins Friday at Ohio State University in Columbus. The annual meet concludes on Saturday.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Liberty Township Lakota East softball team: The Thunderhawks will make their first Division I state tournament appearance this week, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Lakota East defeated rival West Chester Lakota West 4-1 in a Division I regional final at the University of Dayton on Saturday afternoon. Lakota East upset Lebanon 1-0 in the regional semifinal on Friday – a day after the game was postponed because of weather.
On Saturday, Lakota East was led by several players, including Sara Pearson, Alyssa Grevenkamp and Kim Rollins, according to the Enquirer. Pearson was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI, while Grevenamp was 3-for-3 with two RBI and Rollins was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, according to the publication. The game was more significant for several players since it involved the same Lakota District.
“There was a lot more on the line today,” Pearson told the Enquirer. “…To actually be here (at state) right now is surreal.” Lakota East next plays Grove City in a Division I state semifinal game in Akron at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. If Lakota East wins, it would play in the state final at 1 p.m. Saturday at Firestone Stadium.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Denny signs with Wright State: Valley View senior Rick Denny signed to play golf at Wright State, according to the Dayton Daily News. Denny, a Division II sectional champion last season, told the publication that Wright State was his No. 1 college choice.
Price adds offer: Cincinnati Wyoming junior linebacker/defensive end Eric Price (6-5, 220) was recently offered by Kent State. He also has offers from Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ohio and others.
State runners-up: The Lakota West and Purcell Marian boys volleyball teams were Divisions I and II state runners-up respectively this past weekend, according to the Enquirer.
Kentucky offers Durham: Cincinnati Colerain junior fullback Trayion Durham (6-2, 230) recently picked up an offer from Kentucky. He also has offers from Cincinnati, North Carolina State, Louisville, Boston College, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Colorado.
Recruiting update on Braxton Miller: Huber Heights Wayne junior quarterback Braxton Miller could be getting closer to a college decision, according to reports. There is speculation that Miller – considered the state’s top quarterback in the 2011 class – might be ready to announce his college decision at a news conference on June 3.
Lakota East names coach: Amy Kreider has been named the new Lakota East girls’ soccer coach, pending Board of Education approval. Kreider will be the third coach of the Thunderhawks following Mike Popejoy (1997-2001) and Tara Riffle-Murray (2002-09). Kreider, who is a 1994 Lakota High School graduate, was an assistant at Little Miami last season. She has also coached JV and varsity soccer at Mason High School for nine years. “I am very excited about the new direction of our girls soccer program,” Lakota East athletic director Rich Bryant said.
GCL rivals to be roommates: Archbishop Moeller quarterback Andrew Hendrix and St. Xavier Luke Massa will be roommates at Notre Dame this summer, according to Cincinnati.com. Massa arrives in South Bend on June 6.
Michigan State offers Clark: Finneytown junior lineman Donavon Clark (6-4, 290) was recently offered by Michigan State, according to Cincinnati.com. Clark also has offers from Kentucky, Cincinnati, Southern California, North Carolina State, West Virginia and several other schools.
Fritz, Mueck finish second at state: Lakota East sophomore Zach Mueck and Cincinnati Country Day senior Joey Fritz finished as Divisions I and II state runners-up respectively at the state tennis tournament this past weekend. Fritz is signed to play with Amherst College next season.
State tennis team tournament: St. Xavier and Seven Hills were third in the Divisions I and II state team tennis tournament respectively on Sunday.
Mason at Upper Arlington boys’ lacrosse, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday: These two teams play in the Division I state semifinals in the Columbus area. The winner plays either Medina or Worthington Kilbourne in the state final at 7 p.m. Saturday. Mason defeated St. Xavier 13-9 in the regional final last week, according to the Enquirer. Goalie Scott Spencer had 11 saves and junior Ian Hammeran had two goals and four assists, according to the Enquirer.
Hamilton Badin vs. Wheelersburg, baseball, 4 p.m. Thursday: These two teams play in a Division III state semifinal at Huntington Park in Columbus. If Badin wins, it would advance to the state final at 1 p.m. Saturday in Columbus. This is the second consecutive year Badin has reached the state final four. The Rams (22-9) are led offensively by Nick Burrus (.432 batting average) and Jeff Smith (.402).
Greenville vs. Hebron Lakewood softball, 10 a.m. Thursday: The Greenville softball team plays in a Division II state semifinal at Firestone Stadium in Akron. It is the second state trip for Greenville since winning the 2007 state title, according to the Springfield News-Sun. Senior Jordyn Fisherback had 10 strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Urbana in the regional final last week, according to the publication. The state final is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday in Akron.
Moeller vs. Elder, baseball, 10 a.m. Friday: These two Greater Catholic League South division rivals play in a Division I state semifinal. The winner plays either Lakewood St. Edward or Olmsted Falls at 4 p.m. Saturday in Columbus. Moeller (29-1) is led by senior pitchers Robby Sunderman (45 strikeouts) and David Whitehead (66 strikeouts). Junior Alex Barlow is hitting .533 with 32 RBI. Elder is led by pitcher Brian Korte with 75 strikeouts. Senior Selby Chidemo is hitting .455.
State track and field meet: The annual meet begins at 9 a.m. Friday at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Several individuals will be competing for state titles, including Mason junior Zach Wills, who will go for his third consecutive 3,200-meter state title. Look for Mason, Withrow and Walnut Hills to be among the top teams in Division I.
SWOFCA East-West All-Star football game: The annual Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association/Ron Woyan East-West All-Star Game will be June 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Kings High School. The game will feature some of the area’s top seniors from the Cincinnati area this past season. Mike Shafer (Madeira) is the East coach and Brian Butts (Ross) is the West coach.