This is another in a series of capsules previewing area high school basketball for the 2009-10 season:
Coach: Lyle Cole, third season
2008-09 record: 6-15 (1-7 Dayton City League)
Andre Williams, Sr. G, 5-6
Cole said things have been difficult in preseason practices because the team lost six players who would have been returners but transferred to other schools in the offseason. “It’s like starting over,” Cole said. “We had a wall in the house, then all of a sudden someone tore it down.” Williams, who averaged about 13 points per game last season, will lead the Bison with swift moves to the basket and ball-handling. Belmont will also get help from seniors Ryan Harris (6-1 forward) and Ricky Cooper (5-10 guard).Tweet
This is another in a series of capsules previewing area high school basketball for the 2009-10 season:
Coach: Jim Brown, 13th season
2008-09 record: 12-10 (3-7 Greater Western Ohio Conference)
Zach Newsome, Sr. F, 6-4
Steve Newell, Sr. G, 6-1
Solomon King White, Soph. G, 5-9
The Thunderbolts had to use last season to get some varsity experience. “When the season started,” Brown said, “we had one player who had ever played a varsity minute of basketball.” That was Newell, who enters his third season as a starter. Aside from White, Northmont will start two other sophomores, 6-3 Jamal Trammell and 5-9 Devon Carter. Trammell joined the varsity late last season from the freshman team and impressed coaches, and Carter is expected to be the team’s point guard. Northmont is lacking in some size but is athletic, and the Thunderbolts will get help in that area from Josh McClain, the super-athletic junior who is a top recruit at wide receiver. “A key part of our season will be how our two seniors play,” Brown said. “They have to play well.”Tweet
This is another in a series of capsules previewing area high school basketball for the 2009-10 season:
Coach: Tim Miller, 3rd season
2008-09 record: 4-17 (2-6 Greater Western Ohio Conference)
D.J. Martinez, Sr. F
David Wilson, Sr. G
Martinez (11.3 points per game) and Wilson (7.9) were the Trojans’ top two scorers last season, and they’ll lead a team heavy on sophomores and juniors. Martinez also averaged 7.1 rebounds and had his best game of the season against Butler and 6-foot-9 Wright State signee A.J. Pacher, when Martinez scored 25 points and added eight rebounds. “We have some good, quick kids who are athletes,” Miler said. “Our defense will become our offense, we’ll try to lock people down on the defensive end.”Tweet
Coach: Jeff Kreill, first season
2008-09 record: 6-15 (3-5 Greater Western Ohio Conference)
A.J. Pacher, Sr. C, 6-9
Kellen Carter, Sr. G, 5-8
Brett Williams, Sr. F, 6-0
Kreill joins the varsity team after coaching at the junior varsity level last season. His key player is Pacher, who averaged 15.5 points and 9.2 rebounds last season and has signed a letter of intent to play for Wright State next season. “He lifted a lot in the summer and through the fall, so he’s much stronger than he’s been in the past,” Kreill said of Pacher. The Aviators will also have 6-9 sophomore Taylor Decker in the post, so they hope to be strong inside and in rebounding. Decker is one of four sophomores who will contribute for Butler.Tweet
COLUMBUS — Alter will get a chance to defend its Division IV state championship at 11 a.m. Saturday in Canton after defeating Coshocton 31-6 in a state semifinal on Saturday, Nov. 28, at Hamilton Township High School.
Alter trailed 6-0 after the first possession but scored 31 straight points. It was similar to last week against Clinton-Massie, when the Knights trailed 7-0 after one possession and won 32-7.
The Knights got 140 yards and two touchdowns from running back Cody Taulbee and 109 yards and two scores from junior quarterback Zane Pitzer. The defense also stiffened against a Coshocton offense that scored on the opening possession and drove to the Alter 18-yard line on the second possession.
Fourth quarter, 7:21 left: After throwing an interception on the previous drive deep in the red zone, Alter stopped Coshocton and got a 2-yard touchdown run from Cody Taulbee — his second of the night — to take a 31-6 lead. Taulbee has rushed 18 times for 140 yards with scoring runs of 8 and 2 yards.
Third quarter, 3:49 left: After Cody Conley’s interception, Alter went 40 yards in five plays and got the second touchdown of the night by quarterback Zane Pitzer on a 4-yard run to take a 24-6 lead.
Third quarter, 5:41 left: Alter’s Andrew DiMario kicked a 24-yard field goal to close a 12-play, 74-yard drive as the Knights took a 17-6 lead after the first drive of the second half. Alter had first-and-10 at the Coshocton 11-yard line but failed to push in for a touchdown as DiMario kicked just his second field goal of the season.
Alter then quickly got an interception by linebacker Cody Conley on Coshocton’s first play of the next possession to set up first-and-10 at the 40-yard line.
Halftime: Four Alter players have combined for 180 rushing yards as Alter has taken a 14-6 halftime lead in its Division IV state semifinal against Coshocton.
Junior quarterback Zane Pitzer has led Alter with 63 rushing yards on 8 carries in the half, including a 3-yard touchdown with 50.5 seconds left in the first half. Cody Taulbee has added 58 yards on 11 carries and the other touchdown, an 8-yard run with 3:21 left in the first quarter.
Alter, like it did last week, rebounded from giving up a rushing touchdown on the opponent’s first drive — in this case a 25-yard run to Coshocton’s Marcus Johnston — to take a halftime lead.
Second quarter, 50.5 seconds left: Declining to kick a field goal on fourth-and-2 from the 3-yard line, Alter got a touchdown from Zane Pitzer to take a 14-6 lead. The score gave the junior quarterback 63 yards rushing on 8 carries.
Second quarter, 5:14 left: After stopping Coshocton on a fourth-and-1 play at the Alter 18-yard line, the Knights were stopped on their second possession at the Coshocton 41-yard line and have punted. Alter still has its 7-6 lead.
First quarter, 3:21 left: Alter followed a Coshocton touchdown with an 80-yard drive closed by an 8-yard scoring run by Cody Taulbee, and the Knights took a 7-6 lead with the extra point by Andrew DiMario.
First quarter, 10:02 left: Coshocton, like Clinton-Massie did last week against Alter, has opened with a touchdown on its first possession. On the sixth play, Marcus Johnston ran for a 25-yard touchdown, but the extra point was missed for a 6-0 Coshocton lead.
Pregame, 5:56 p.m.: Several members of the Coshocton football team just took the Hamilton Township High School field for warm-ups, and the Coshocton crowd is already rowdy in the home-side stands, with bells and cheers roaring.
Alter came next to prepare for the Division IV state semifinal, the Knights’ second straight after they won last season’s D-IV state title.
Alter (13-0) is hoping to make its third appearance in the state title game. The Knights lost to Steubenville in 2006 before winning the title last season. In getting this far, Alter has topped Jonathan Alder, Carlisle and Clinton-Massie by a combined score of 115-7.
Coshocton (11-2) got out of D-IV, Region 15 as the No. 5 seed by beating Zanesville West Muskingum (55-35), Amanda-Clearcreek (15-12) and Ironton (20-14 in overtime). The Redskins are making their first state semifinal appearance.
Here’s a piece of trivia about D-IV. Alter is making its seventh state semifinal appearance. Each of the other semifinalists — Coshocton, Chagrin Falls (13-0) and Ottawa-Glandorf (11-2) are all making their first trip this far into the tournament.Tweet
Alter football coach Ed Domsitz was facing practice while we were talking on Wednesday morning. When I asked about junior quarterback Zane Pitzer, who left the regional final victory last Saturday with what appeared to be an injury to his right leg, Domsitz turned his attention to the field.
“Zane!” Domsitz said. “He wants to know how you’re doing. Are you fit to play?”
Pitzer, in full pads and helmet, nodded.
“Jog a little bit and show him,” Domsitz said.
Pitzer looked confused, but he started to move down the grass field. Domsitz laughed.
“Look at that,” Domsitz said, “he’s healthy.”
Pitzer left the 32-7 victory against Clinton-Massie after a 2-yard run with 3:03 left in the second quarter. He started to walk off the field with help, but he had trouble and two teammates came onto the field to lift him up and carry him off.
In the fourth quarter, Pitzer was on the sidelines still in his pads and uniform, and Domsitz later said he could have entered to hand off if something happened to backup quarterback Cody Byers, the Knights’ strong safety.
Pitzer has been a key player for Alter through its run to the Saturday Division IV state semifinal against Coshocton. Domsitz has praised his ability to control the rushing offense and effectively guide its plays.Tweet
Coach: Jason Tincher, sixth season (73-37)
2008-09 record: 13-10 (9-3 Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division)
Stacy Ulrich, Sr., G
Leisha Crawford, So., G
Shelby Sigman, So., G
Division II Bellbrook again plays one of the toughest schedules in the area with D-I teams Butler, Fairborn, Fairmont and Xenia. That prepared the Golden Eagles for a strong finish last season. They won six of their final eight games and knocked off two higher seeds in the tournament. The Eagles fell a game shy of winning the SWBL Southwestern Division championship, snapping a streak of eight straight titles. Team strengths in speed and quickness will need to be utilized to offset a lack of height. Two seniors return, including Ulrich, to provide leadership to a roster otherwise filled with sophomores and freshmen. Bellbrook, which shoots for its 21st straight winning season, averaged 49 points during the regular season. The Eagles will have to clamp down on defense, though, after giving up 48.Tweet
Coach: Joe Webster, second season
2008-09 record: 0-20 (0-12 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division)
Anna Schroeder, Sr., G, 5-8
Taylor Withrow, Sr., F, 5-10
The Arrows are young but the talent is there to snap two consecutive winless seasons. Schroeder and Withrow will lead the way. Preble Shawnee averaged 32 points through the regular season, so boosting scoring is a must. The Arrows also gave up 60 per game. Six juniors are on the roster so a good season could be a nice building block.Tweet
Coach: Aaron Oakes
2008-09 record: 17-6 (8-4 Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division)
Alex Miller, Sr., G, 5-7
Brooke Trauthwein, Jr., C, 6-0
Claire Davis, So., G, 5-6
Things are looking up in Oakwood: Coach Aaron Oakes has four players 6-foot or taller, a situation he’s never experienced before. That — in addition to three returning starters in Miller, Trauthwein and Davis — has the Jills thinking about a return trip to the Division II district finals. Last year the Jills reached the district final for the first time in 17 seasons. “It was one of those building blocks for our program,” Oakes said. “I don’t want the kids to feel like it was a one year, one shot deal. I think our kids feel like our expectations are high every year.”Tweet
Coach: Steve Hannaford, 3rd season
2008-09 record: 14-8 (3-5 Greater Western Ohio Conference)
Jaymee Veney, Jr. C, 6-1
Brianna Breeding, Jr. F, 5-8
Brooklyn Pumroy, Soph. G, 5-6
Hannaford said he has already lost a couple of key players to knee injuries in preseason practices, although he declined to name the players, saying he wasn’t sure if he was legally allowed to do so. Fairborn’s strength starts with its ball-handling, including that of Veney, one of the most respected centers in the conference who was second in the league last season with 9.5 rebounds per game. Still, adjusting to injuries takes time, so Hannaford and the Skyhawks will rely on some newcomers sooner than they expected. “They all know they have to do a little extra and pick up some slack,” he said.Tweet
Coach: Tim Cogan, 10th season
2008-09 record: 22-4 (9-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference)
Cassie Sant, Sr. C, 6-2
Holly Carey, Sr. G, 5-10
How’s this for a tough schedule: Three of the Firebirds losses last season came against Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame, which went on to win the Division I state championship. Those losses came by scores of 67-29 in Game 2, 54-40 in 10 and 52-35 in Game 26, so the tough losses were spread throughout the season. Fairmont also lost to Beavercreek, just 35-32. “We are a young team,” Cogan said. Sant, who will play for the University of Dayton next season, averaged 13.6 points and 8 rebounds per game last season, while Carey made 43.1 percent of her 3-point attempts.Tweet
Coach: Suzanne Loudner, first season
2008-09 record: 5-16 (4-12 Central Buckeye Conference)
Ja’Monica Orton, Sr. C/F/G, 6-1
Autumn Johnson, Sr. G, 5-5
Luvenia Davis, Sr. F, 5-7
Stephanie Eldred, Jr. F, 5-9
Stebbins’ fate begins with Orton, who will join the University of Mississippi basketball team next season. She’s one of six seniors who has been playing with the group since sixth grade, which builds comfort. “She can make passes you don’t think are possible,” said Loudner, who is moving up to head coach after five years as an assistant. She can also play any position on the floor. So how does Loudner choose? “It’s a matter of who needs a breather,” she said. Orton has developed strong moves in the post, some that seem to come naturally. With that kind of player and four starters returning, many expect Stebbins to improve on last season’s record.Tweet
Coach: David Myers, 2nd season
2008-09 record: 3-18 (1-7 Greater Western Ohio Conference)
Alexis Clay, Jr. G, 5-4
Beth Caldwell, Sr. G, 5-8
Kami Baker, Sr. G, 5-6
Lauryn Fair, Sr. F, 5-9
Whitney Bailey, Sr. C, 5-10
Caldwell led the varsity squad of six players by averaging 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds last season, and the Indians spent the summer improving. Getting together for close to 50 summer-league games, the team was able to win a good number of those to gain confidence heading into this season, Myer said. “These girls just have to learn how to win,” Myers said. “They feel like they can be competitive.” Piqua won two of its final five games to send it off into the team-building summer, and Caldwell continues to serve as a leader on the floor.Tweet
Coach: Matt Adams, 4th season
2008-09 record: 8-13 (2-8 Greater Western Ohio Conference)
Kelley Johnson, Sr. C, 5-10
Krista Knapke, Soph. G, 5-11
Tatiana Miller, Jr. G, 5-8
Sydney Copeland, Sr. G, 5-4
Courtney Sweet, Soph. G, 5-7
The initial scouting report on the Thunderbolts is simple. “Everyone knows we like to run, get up and down the court, I like to call it controlled chaos,” Adams said. Knapke, a second-team all-conference pick last season as a freshman, is moving from the inside to a guard position to provide some versatility on the perimeter. She can also help control the Northmont offense that doesn’t call many plays but tries to get the basket as quickly as possible. Helping with that athleticism will be Ashtyn Payne, a sophomore guard who is also a skilled long jumper for the track team.Tweet
Coach: Steve Dickson, seventh season
Katelyn Koble, Sr., C, 5-9
Marissa Herlinger, So., C, 6-0
Brooke Lewis, So., F, 5-10
Three returning starters look to build on last season’s 7-15 record overall and reverse a 3-9 finish in the SWBL Southwestern Division. The Spartans will count on Koble and Herlinger to play strong in the post with point production and rebounds. Valley View finished at the bottom of the SWBL Southwestern Division in both scoring and rebounding last season. Senior forward Breanna Puckett and senior guard Sarah Tipton will also be counted on for stability.Tweet
Coach: Anya Johnsman, first season
Returning starters: None
All five starters graduated from the Greyhounds’ team that finished 7-14 overall and 7-5 in the SWBL Buckeye Division last season, including the division’s top rebounder and fourth-best scorer in Kayla Bertke. Johnsman inherits a roster that includes three seniors and five sophomores who have “a willingness to learn and a desire to play.” Focus on fundamentals (Dixie averaged 21 turnovers per game last season) will be key as the team builds varsity experience.Tweet
Coach: Chad Miller, 10th season
Porsche Brown, Jr. F/C, 6-1
Ashley Bumpus, Sr. G, 5-9
Krystyna Garth, Sr. C, 6-2
Brown and Garth constitute the bulk of the height for Meadowdale, which has hovered near 14 or 15 wins for the past few seasons. The Lions’ best all-around player is Antionetta Tory, Miller said, a junior guard who can shoot and pass with skill. She didn’t play last season to concentrate on other areas but is now back to the basketball team. Bumpus is the team’s defensive leader with enthusiasm and effort, and Meadowdale has gained confidence against several area big-school teams in scrimmages.Tweet
Coach: Tobette Brown, 6th season
No returning starters
Janaye Scott, a junior guard, will inherit leadership responsibilities. She is “a great defender, one of our captains,” Brown said. The Cougars will also rely in part on Autumnlee Higgins, a senior post player who shrugged off other sports to concentrate on basketball and academics, and her game has benefited. Scott and Higgins will help a Marshall team that expects to be strong defensively in trying to defend its city league title. The quick guards will try to move down the court and get the ball into the post.Tweet
Coach: Ed Zink, 35th season (635-165)
2008-09 record: 21-3 (9-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference)
Sara Kocian, Sr. G/F, 5-7
Sammy Haddix, Sr. G/F, 5-7
Erin Walsh, Sr. C/F, 5-9
The Beavers lost a couple of key players, including Mikaela Ruef, who went to Stanford after averaging 14 points and 11.9 rebounds per game last season. Walsh is the top returner, as she averaged 7.7 points and 3.1 points while falling in behind Ruef and Emily Zimmerman on the scoring and rebounding averages. “We have our work cut out for us,” Zink said. The Beavers will try to overcome their lack of height with shooting ability, which Zink says has been going well so far for them in practice. Kocian is the most experienced player, as she will begin her third season as a starter.Tweet
Coach: Grant Clark, 8th season
Donay Dix-Wilson, Soph. C, 5-11
Dix-Wilson will lead Belmont as a skilled defender who has a strong ability to block shots. Clark said she also spent time during the summer working on her offensive moves around the basket to try becoming a more well-rounded player. The Bison guards are inexperienced, and they’ll need to learn quickly to feed the ball into the post. Belmont, though, has no seniors and just three juniors, but they’re loaded with sophomores and freshmen who need to mature quickly.Tweet
Coach: Todd Varvel, 5th season
2008-09 record: 25-1 (16-0 Central Buckeye Conference)
Leah Schiller Sr. PG, 5-10
Christina Pentaudi, Sr. F, 5-7
Breanna Stucke, Jr. F/C, 6-0
The Red Devils lost six seniors, but they return three starters and five more experienced players from one of the best Miami Valley teams of last season. Tipp won its first 25 games last season and was ranked No. 1 in the final Associated Press Division II poll of the season before losing to No. 5 Alter 45-43 in the regional final. “For us to be successful we will need to play hard and smart on a consistent basis and for our bench to step it up when needed,” Varvel said.Tweet
In its Division IV state semifinal, the Alter football team (13-0) will face Coshocton (11-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Columbus Hamilton Twp. Field, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced today.
The field is located at Hamilton Township High School, 1105 Rathmell Road in Columbus.
Coshocton won the D-IV, Region 15 title on Saturday with a 20-14 overtime victory against Ironton. Coshocton, the fifth seed in the region, has defeated Zanesville West Muskingum (55-35), Amanda-Clearcreek (15-12) and Ironton in the playoffs.
Alter shut out its first two playoff opponents — Jonathan Alder (42-0) and Carlisle (41-0) — before topping previously undefeated Clinton-Massie on Saturday at Centerville Stadium.
Alter is the defending state champion.Tweet
CENTERVILLE — After trailing 7-0 just three plays into the game, the Alter High School football team scored 32 consecutive points and topped Clinton-Massie 32-7 on Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Division IV, Region 16 championship game at Centerville High School.
The top-ranked Knights (13-0) gained 302 yards and held the Falcons (12-1) to just 7 total yards after their opening 73-yard scoring drive, which gave them the touchdown lead just 1:21 into the game.
Fourth quarter, 10:44 left: Ending a stagnant second half, Nolan Wilson rushed for a 35-yard touchdown to give Alter a 25-7 lead.
Clinton-Massie has struggled to move the ball since a first-quarter, 73-yard scoring drive (including a 65-yard scoring run by Jordy Scanlon). Since that drive, the Falcons have — get this — 72 yards rushing in the game. So, since that drive, they’ve lost 1 rushing yard.
End third quarter: After a scoreless third quarter, Alter continues to hold its 18-7 lead against Clinton-Massie.
Alter starting quarterback Zane Pitzer, who was helped off the field in the second quarter, has remained on the sideline in his uniform while Cody Byers serves as a backup. Both offenses had trouble consistently moving the ball in the quarter.
Halftime: After trailing 7-0 following the game’s first three plays, Alter has firmed up its defense and collected a variety of scores to take an 18-7 halftime lead against Clinton-Massie in the Division IV, Region 16 final at Centerville High School.
Knights starting quarterback Zane Pitzer, however, was helped off the field limping with an apparent injury to his right leg with 3:38 left in the first half after a 2-yard run.
Backup Cody Byers, a Wisconsin recruit at safety, subbed for Pitzer and drove Alter to the Clinton-Massie 8-yard line with 26.6 seconds left. But, he threw an interception to Falcons linebacker Logan Evans, and Clinton-Massie took a knee to get to halftime.
Second quarter, 6:49 left: Alter QB Zane Pitzer ran for a 42-yard touchdown on the first play after a Knights safety to give Alter an 18-7 lead with 6:49 left.
Alter has scored a touchdown with a missed extra point, on a 30-yard field goal, on a safety and on a 42-yard run following a safety. As one press box observer noted: “They’re doing it every way you can do it.”
Second quarter, 7:03 left: Alter’s Teddy Link blocked a Clinton-Massie punt that went out of the end zone for a safety and an 11-7 Knights lead. The play was set up by a 43-yard Alter punt that put the Falcons at their own 2-yard line.
End of first: After a wild first quarter, with two 60-plus-yard runs, a fumble recovery and missed extra point, Alter leads Clinton-Massie 9-7 at the end of the first quarter.
First quarter, 4:14 left: Alter’s Andrew DiMario kicked a 30-yard field after Alter recovered a Clinton-Massie fumble at the C-M 25-yard line to take a 9-7 lead with 4:14 left.
First quarter, 8:10 left: Nolan Wilson followed a 65-yard run with a 6-yard scoring run with 8:10 left in the first quarter, but Alter missed the extra point and trails Clinton-Massie 7-6.
First quarter, 10:39 left: Clinton-Massie has taken a surprising 7-0 early lead against Alter on a 65-yard run by junior Jordy Scanlon just 1:21 into this Division IV, Region 16 final.
Scanlon accounted for all of the Falcons 73 yards on the drive’s three plays and broke away for the long run and the lead.
Pregame, 6:17 p.m.: Looks like Centerville athletic director Ron Ullery is getting some advance scouting done while his stadium hosts this Division IV, Region 16 final between Alter and Clinton-Massie, set to kick off at 7 p.m.
Centerville will play Alter next season is a much-anticipated area game, and Ullery was down on the field while Alter was warming up getting a closer look at the Knights players. Ullery had a roster in his hand and his reading glasses on.
Pregame, 4:18 p.m.: If you’re looking for a reason why the Alter and Clinton-Massie football teams have stayed undefeated this season and will play for the Division IV, Region 16 title tonight at Centerville High School, consider the schools’ commitment to football.
One watching the game from the stands tonight will see about one-third of both schools’ total male enrollment in uniform. According to the rosters and OHSAA enrollment figures, 145 of the 447 boys that attend both schools will be suiting up for the game.
Alter (12-0) enters as the state’s top-ranked team and defending state champion. But, based on computer points, the Knights are the No. 2 seed in Region 16.
Clinton-Massie (12-0) holds the top seed and talented junior running back Jordy Scanlon, who, at 5 feet 10 and 205 pounds, has already gained more than 300 yards in two playoff games.
Alter’s defense hasn’t yet allowed a playoff point with shutouts of Jonathan Alder and Carlisle, and Clinton-Massie uses a power running game. Both teams should stay mostly on the ground, making this regional final a game of muscle.Tweet
MASON — Winton Woods quarterback Dominique Brown and running back Jeremish Goins combined for 288 yards and four touchdowns as the Warriors used an effective triple option offense to defeat Trotwood-Madison 28-7 on Friday, Nov. 20, in a Division II, Region 8 final at Mason High School.
Trotwood running back Antwan Gilbert rushed for 48 yards on 12 carries to end his season with 2,586 yards and 32 touchdowns. He scored after turning a short pass into a 75-yard touchdown with 6:39 left to set the final margin.
Fourth quarter, 7:13 left: Winton Woods Jeremiah Goins has scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, from 6 and 2 yards, as the Warriors have taken a 28-0 lead in this Division II, Region 8 final at Mason High School.
The second touchdown was set up by a 58-yard run by quarterback Dominique Brown, who left the game limping after the run, to get Winton Woods to the Trotwood 2-yard line. Brown finished with 165 yards on 26 carries and two first-half scores.
Third quarter: Trotwood slowed the Winton Woods rushing offense, but the Rams failed to score in the third quarter and trailed the Division II, Region 8 final 14-0 heading into the fourth quarter.
Trotwood quarterback Marcus Graham completed a 40-yard pass on the second play of the second half to get the Rams to the Winton Woods 23-yard line. Trotwood stalled, though, and was stopped on fourth-and-3 at the 16.
The Rams changed their offense in the third quarter to split time between putting running back Antwan Gilbert in the Wildcat and quarterback Marcus Graham in the shotgun spread offense, although they didn’t find much offensive success.
The defense came up with a stop as Winton Woods faced a fourth-and-5 at the Trotwood 25-yard line with 2:13 left in the quarter.
Winton Woods’ David Hampton then intercepted Trotwood quarterback Marcus Graham to set the Warriors up at their own 49-yard line
Halftime stats: Winton Woods quarterback Dominique Brown rushed for 71 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns. Warriors RB Jeremiah Goins gained 53 yards on 14 carries.
Trotwood’s Antwan Gilbert had 34 yards on eight carries as the Rams have mixed the pass more into their offense than previous weeks, as QB Marcus Graham threw six times (completing four) for 21 yards.
There were a total of five first-half possessions, as Winton Woods controlled the clock with its powerful option offense.
Halftime: Winton Woods quarterback Dominique Brown scored on a 2-yard run on the final play of the first half, and the Warriors led Trotwood-Madison 14-0 at halftime.
Trotwood got its first stop on third-and-4 from the Winton Woods 33-yard line on a 2-yard loss by Jeremiah Goins with 9:23 left in the half. The Rams then drove to the Winton Woods 22-yard line but missed a 39-yard field goal with 5:27 left.
Winton Woods used the next 11 plays to go 78 yards and set up a fourth-and-goal at the Trotwood 2-yard line. Winton Woods called timeout with 2 seconds left in the half before Brown pushed in from 2 yards for the 14-0 lead.
First quarter: There were only two full possessions in a run-heavy opening 12 minutes, and Winton Woods led Trotwood-Madison 7-0 after the first quarter.
Winton Woods took the opening possession 68 yards in 14 plays and 7:11 and got a 1-yard score from quarterback Dominique Brown to take a 7-0 lead with 4:49 left. On the drive, Brown carried seven times for 22 yards, and running back Jeremiah Goins carried six times for 24 yards.
Winton Woods then attempted an onside kick, which failed and set Trotwood up at the Rams’ 45-yard line. Trotwood advanced to the Winton Woods 37 before punting, and the Rams downed the ball on the Winton Woods 1.
Winton Woods got a first down at the 15-yard line as the quarter ended.
Pregame: Trotwood has donned the black uniforms with the white helmets for tonight’s Division II, Region 8 final against Winton Woods at Mason High School.
Keep an eye or an ear out for three rushers, whose numbers will help determine the outcome and the spot in the state semifinals. Trotwood’s Antwan Gilbert has gained 2,538 yards and scored 32 touchdowns, including 507 yards in the Rams’ two playoff wins so far. He’s the main offensive weapon for Trotwood (9-3), which is seeded No. 4 in the region.
At Winton Woods (10-2), the No. 2 seed, running back Jeremiah Goins (1,599 yards) and University of Cincinnati-bound quarterback Dominique Brown (1,399) are each threats on the ground. The Warriors finished the regular season ranked No. 6 in the state.Tweet
Coach: Richard Cline, first season
2008-09 record: 18-5 (9-3 Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division)
Amber Beeman, Jr., 5-3, G
Richard Cline takes over a Bulldogs program that graduated seven seniors. Beeman is the lone returning starter, but senior forward Tiffany Fox and sophomore guard Katelyn Vincent also return limited varsity experience. The Bulldogs are young with one senior and six underclassmen on the roster. Sophomores Cate Busse and Meghan Swartz are expected to step up in the post. Milton graduated its top four scorers and rebounders including the tough 1-2 punch of Kaci Finfrock and Alycia Helman, who combined to average 33 of the Bulldogs 50 points and 15 of their 30 rebounds.Tweet
Coach: Krista Doan, first season
2008-09 record: 8-13 (6-6 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division)
Rachel Williams, Sr.
Allycin Foster, Sr.
Reegan Reece, Sr.
Doan takes over Monroe after spending last season as an assistant at Middletown. She replaces David Farrish (85-85 in eight seasons), who took Doan’s assistant job with the Middies. The Hornets return three starters and senior Krystal Gaston adds experience. Four freshmen on varsity will have to learn fast. Doan wants Monroe, which was outscored on average 47-41 last season, to be known for pressure and man-to-man defense. To get on the winning side of .500, the Hornets will have to cut down on their 22 turnovers per game.Tweet
Coldwater football coach John Reed will undergo treatment for cancer of the esophagus soon after the Cavaliers’ season ends.
The veteran coach likely will have daily radiation therapy and chemotherapy for about six weeks. That course of treatment was recommended by University Hospital doctors at Indianapolis on Thursday.
The treatments likely will be at Grand Lake Regional Cancer Center in Celina, near where Reed resides.
Reed continues to work at the school and coach the Cavaliers. He’s expected to be on the sidelines when Coldwater (11-1) plays St. Henry (9-3) in a Division V, Region 20 regional final at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wapakoneta.Tweet
Coach: Randy Glover, third season (18-25)
2008-09 record: 11-11 (5-7 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division)
Abby Hamilton, Sr., G, 5-4
Stephanie Reed, Sr., G, 5-5
Stefaney Turner, Sr., F, 5-9
Donna Holbrook, Sr., C, 6-2
Alexis Murphy, So., PG, 58
The Indians, who won their first tournament game in seven seasons last year, just missed their first winning season in a decade. This could be the year. Senior leadership is strong and sophomore Murphy led Carlisle in scoring (11.8), assists (2.4) and steals (3.0) last season. Holbrook is tough to stop inside and just missed averaging a double-double (9.3 points, 9.6 rebounds). Guard play gets a boost with Reed, a starter as a sophomore, who missed most of last season with a broken finger. Injuries and illness took its toll on the Indians, so staying healthy is a must. “Our continued efforts in the gym everyday will be important for us to achieve this goal,” Glover said of a winning season. “I have confidence in our players that they will work hard to achieve this goal.”Tweet
Coach: Frank Russell, second season
2008-09 record: 5-17 (2-10 Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division)
Brandi McDaniel, Sr., F, 5-10
Kristen Gebhardt, Sr., G, 5-6
Jessica Dean, Sr., G, 5-4
Danielle Williams, Jr., G, 5-7
The Wildcats are very optimistic for a much improved season. McDaniel is a big reason why. The senior forward was second in the Southwestern Division in both scoring (17.2) and rebounding (11.5). She’s the program’s all-time leading rebounder and needs 120 points to top the scoring chart, too. Russell likes what he sees from an athletic group that also includes sophomores Chrissy Robinson and Ashley Shelby. Franklin led the division in rebounding last season (31.4 per game), but was second-to-last in team offense (41.85 points) and last in team defense (55 points allowed). “We will show up and play hard every night,” Russell said. “If we do that I think that we can be very competitive in our league.”Tweet
Coach: Tim Gabbard, 30 seasons (412-252)
2008-09 record: 19-4 (12-0 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division)
Jaessica Dhanke, Sr., Post, 5-10
Amber Bell, Jr., Point guard, 5-5
Lauren Bunn, Jr., Wing, 5-6
Defense again is a staple for the Spartans, who held opponents to a league-best 36.3 points during the regular season. But shooting woes caught up to Waynesville in the postseason. Five key seniors graduated and took 33 points per game and 14 rebounds per game with them. Dhanke (4.5 points, 4.0 rebounds) is the power in the paint and Bunn (7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 steals, 2.0 assists) and Bell (8 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 3.3 steals) will be counted on more with their versatile games. Gabbard wants to see steady improvement as the young roster gains varsity experience. Also worth noting: The JV team went 18-2 last season.Tweet
Whenever a team boasts the state’s top passer, it’s a dangerous opponent.
That’s why Kenton, with prolific sophomore Maty Mauk at the helm, was a favorite to some in last weekend’s Division IV, Region 16 semifinal against top seed Clinton-Massie. But the Falcons, like they have all year, got enough to win, stay undefeated and set up a Saturday, Nov. 21, regional final against fellow undefeated Alter at Centerville Stadium.
“There was a lot of talk that Kenton had the edge,” said Alter coach Ed Domsitz. “It was tough to say, because there aren’t a lot of common opponents. Kenton is a solid football team, and that illustrates how good Clinton-Massie is.”
Mauk got his stats — he finished with 363 yards while Clinton-Massie threw a total of two times — but the Falcons were able to disrupt the passing attack enough to earn a 30-22 win. Jordan Scanlon, C-M’s talented back, gained 191 yards on 37 carries as the Falcons worked the clock to keep the ball away from Kenton.
It almost didn’t work. Clinton-Massie led 27-6 heading into the fourth quarter and had to fight off a rally to earn the victory.
Now the region’s top two seeds will play, and it’s a game many have wanted to see as both continued winning throughout the season.Tweet
Coach: Chris Hart, 16th season
2008-09 record: 24-3 (9-1 Girls Greater Catholic League)
Ashley Christie, Sr. G, 5-7
Courtney Christie, Jr. G, 5-7
Whitney Dabbelt, Jr. F, 6-0
Ali Mygrants, Sr. F, 5-8
Success in fall sports pushed Alter’s practice start back a few days. On Monday, Nov. 16, the team all practiced together in the gym for the first time. But, the Knights have plenty of experience returning, with four starters and eight significant contributors coming back. Still, Hart isn’t completely comfortable yet. “That’ll eventually probably be calming,” Hart said of the returning experience. “But right now (the lack of time together) is a little bit unnerving.” The returning starters combined for 26 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Alter should be good in its usual categories: Defense, athleticism and turning defense into offense.Tweet
Coach: Don Cordonnier, 4th season
2008-09 record: 6-15 (2-6 Greater Western Ohio Conference)
Brittney Koester, Jr. Wing, 5-9
Sarah Karas, Sr. Post, 5-10
The Yellow Jackets might not be the biggest team, but they’re steady with several players at about 5 feet 10. “I’d like to have a 6-4 player,” Cordonnier said. “But it ain’t happening.” Sidney will rely on Koester and Karas for leadership and production, as Cordonnier said he hopes to have about 10 points and 10 rebounds from both. The team could also get a boost from freshman Conner Harris, who is expected to start at point guard. A priority: Defense. Cordonnier noted that Sidney allowed 54 points a game last year, and he would like to have that number closer to the mid-40s.Tweet
Coach: Rob Hodges, 2nd season
2008-09 finish: 7-15 (1-7 Greater Western Ohio Conference)
Marie McKinnon, Sr. F, 5-10
Rachel DeBord, Jr. G, 5-6
Maria Rotello, Jr. G, 5-7
Not many teams would be celebrating after a seven-win season, but it was a major improvement from Lebanon’s 0-21 season in 2007-08. Hodges became coach last season after 10 years as an assistant with the Lebanon boys team, and he helped the Warriors to a win in their second game last season to break a 29-game losing streak. McKinnon led Lebanon in points (9.2) and rebounds (6.4) last season. “She’s a strong, physical player around the basket,” Hodges said.Tweet
If you’re in Cincinnati, and you’re not in the Greater Catholic League, you can have trouble getting noticed by the local preps fans.
So what does Winton Woods do? They play the GCL.
In the past few years, in preparing for seasons that would eventually be successful, Winton Woods started out with games against Cincinnati powers. It worked again this season, as Winton Woods opened with a 45-34 loss against Moeller on its way to a 8-2 regular season and a run to the Division II, Region 8 final.
There, Winton Woods will meet Trotwood-Madison, another team that boosted its schedule with bigger-division schools to find success heading into the 7:30 p.m. Friday game at Mason High School.
“If you find a difficult game in Week 1, it helps you stay focused on offseason preparation,” said Winton Woods coach Troy Everhart.
Plus, those battle-tested games prove useful for the playoffs.
Trotwood, for instance, played D-I schools Mason, Lebanon, Wayne and Springfield, and it cost the Rams, as they lost to Mason, Wayne and Springfield (all close). But now Trotwood is one of the state’s final eight playing a Winton Woods team that shares a lot of the same qualities.
“We played X one year, and the next week they played DeMatha, which was ranked No. 9 in the country, on ESPN,” Everhart said. “I’m telling our kids, if that’s No. 9, we’re No. 2, we played them a hell of a lot better than DeMatha did.”Tweet
The Ohio High School Athletic Association today set the locations for next weekend’s football regional finals. Here are the games involving area teams:
Division II, Region 8
2 Cincinnati Winton Woods (10-2) vs. 4 Trotwood-Madison (9-3), at Mason Dwire Field at Atrium Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Division III, Region 12
2 Cincinnati Wyoming (12-0) vs. 8 Shawnee (9-3), at Welcome Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Division IV, Region 16
2 Alter (12-0) vs. 1 Clinton-Massie (12-0), at Centerville Stadium, 7 p.m. Saturday
Division V, Region 20
2 Coldwater (11-1) vs. 8 St. Henry (9-3), at Wapakoneta Harmon Field, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Division VI, Region 24
7 Fort Loramie (10-2) vs. 5 Marion Local (7-5), at Wapakoneta Harmon Field, 7 p.m. SaturdayTweet
After Alter took a 21-0 lead against Carlisle in the Division IV, Region 16 semifinal on Saturday night at Monroe High School, the Knights replaced junior starter Zane Pitzer at quarterback with safety Cody Byers.
Byers had entered at times throughout the season, mostly on passing downs. He went right to work on Alter’s fifth drive, throwing a screen pass to Nolan Wilson on his first play that gained 1 yard. On his second play, Byers rolled out to the left, slipped and went down.
Some in the Alter crowd showed their displeasure, and at least one person on that side screamed, “Run the ball!”
In fact, that’s what coach Ed Domsitz would prefer.
“Probably rather run it, my quarterbacks don’t want to hear that,” Domsitz said after Alter beat Carlisle 41-0 to advance to the regional final against Clinton-Massie
“We’re trying to get some experience in that,” Domsitz said. “Some of the things we did out of that were good, and even when we didn’t do well, at least we’ve got this on film now, we can go back and take a look.”
Byers ended up rocketing an 8-yard touchdown pass to Connor Cummins on the drive’s fifth play for a 27-0 Alter lead, and Byers finished the game 4-of-10 passing for 19 yards and the score.
For the rest of the game, the Knights — as they have all season — got steady leadership from Pitzer. On the game’s third drive, he ran for a 48-yard touchdown. He finished the game with 87 yards and two scores rushing in leading the wishbone offense.
In moving forward, Alter will need the same leadership and play from Pitzer to advance, and Domsitz said he’s capable of providing it.
“Zane runs that offense about as well as you can run it,” Domsitz said. “He’ll come off the field now and he’s counting people on both sides. Many of the plays that are sent out, he can run to either side, so he makes that decision, that’s much to his credit.”Tweet
MONROE — The Alter High School football team got two touchdowns each from quarterback Zane Pitzer and running back Cody Taulbee and dominated Carlisle in a 41-0 win on Saturday, Nov. 14, in a Division IV, Region 16 semifinal at Monroe High School.
Top-ranked Alter (12-0) gained 335 yards to Carlisle’s 131 in its second straight playoff shutout to earn a return trip to the regional final next Saturday against Clinton-Massie, which defeated Kenton 30-22 on Saturday.
How’s this for defense: Alter had recorded three straight shutouts against Carlisle (41-0), Jonathan Alder (42-0) and Chaminade Julienne (21-0) and has blanked four of its previous five opponents, including a Week 8 blanking of Roger Bacon (27-0).
THIRD QUARTER: By the middle of the quarter, many in the press box started watching the Clinton-Massie vs. Kenton score as Alter had established a firm hold on this Division IV, Region 16 semifinal and led Carlisle 34-0 at the end of three quarters.
Carlisle used its most consistent offensive drive to get to the Alter 23-yard line after 11 plays, but Alter’s Nolan Plater intercepted quarterback Jacob Gibson in the flat and returned it 30 yards to the Knights’ 49-yard line with 6:01 left in the quarter.
After the turnover, Alter drove the 51 yards in eight plays and 30 seconds, capped by a Nolan Wilson 8-yard touchdown run, to go ahead 34-0 with 5:31 left.
HALFTIME STATS: Alter has gained 234 total yards to Carlisle’s 18.
Alter quarterback Zane Pitzer has 73 yards rushing and 40 more passing.
Carlisle running back Nick McGill ran 8 times for 18 yards as the Indians gained 12 yards rushing on 18 carries.
SECOND QUARTER: Alter has continued to look dominating in taking a 27-0 halftime lead over Carlisle in this Division IV, Region 16 semifinal at Monroe High School.
As the quarter began, Alter held a 14-0 lead and took possession at the Carlisle 37-yard line. Cody Taulbee finished a short drive with a 5-yard scoring run on an option play to the right for an already commanding 21-0 lead with 8:54 left in the half.
Strong safety Cody Byers entered the game at quarterback for Alter on the Knights’ fifth drive as they set up at the Carlisle 24-yard line. After some grumbling from Alter fans after Byers slid down for a 5-yard loss on second down, he ran for 16 yards and finished the drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Connor Cummins with 5:52 left in the half. The extra-point attempt failed, and Alter increased its lead to 27-0.
Carlisle then made its first significant movement, gaining its initial first down of the game with 4:24 left in the half and going 27 yards in 10 plays before punting.
FIRST QUARTER: Alter used its wishbone offense effectively on two first-quarter scoring drives and took a 14-0 lead.
Alter had early problems handling the ball, as the Knights fumbled three times — including a muffed punt — on the first four times they touched the ball, although they recovered all three times.
After going three-and-out and punting, Alter forced a fumble on the return, recovered and went 53 yards in eight plays and got a 1-yard touchdown by Cody Taulbee to take a 7-0 with 5:02 left in the first quarter.
On its next possession, after a Carlisle three-and-out, Alter went 79 yards in four plays, capped by a 48-yard scoring run by junior quarterback Zane Pitzer, to take a 14-0 lead with 2:10 left in the quarter.
Alter, the defending state champion, is making its ninth straight playoff appearance, during which time the Knights have gone 20-7 (so far). Carlisle (9-3) got its first-ever playoff victory last weekend in its fourth postseason appearance.Tweet
With his 263 rushing yards last night in Trotwood-Madison’s 43-7 second-round playoff win against Turpin, running back Antwan Gilbert pushed his season total to 2,538 yards.
That’s good for 24th place on the list of best Ohio high school single-season rushing performances.
He trails all-time leader Tony Franklin of Bedford St. Peter Chanel by 901 yards. Even if the Rams make it to the Division II state championship game, Gilbert would only have three games remaining. But, after watching him burn the state’s No. 2-ranked team the way he did Friday, it’s difficult to say anything is impossible.
Gilbert can also set an area record with 319 more yards to catch Ryan Brewer from Troy, who rushed for 2,856 yards in 1998 in becoming Ohio’s Mr. Football.
Ohio’s top single-season rushers
Tony Franklin, Bedford St. Peter Chanel (2001), 3,439 yards
Jason Bainum, Williamsburg (2001), 3,386
Jeff Backes, Upper Arlington (2000), 3,353
Tyrell Sutton, Akron Archbishop Hoban (2004), 3,232
Maurice Hall, Columbus Brookhaven (2000), 3,057
Jason Bainum, Williamsburg (2000), 3,043
Erik Haw, Columbus Independence (2003), 3,038
Donald Johnson, Cincinnati North College Hill (2001), 2,961
Marcus Henderson, Johnstown-Monroe (2006), 2,902
Ryan Brewer, Troy (1998), 2,856
CINCINNATI — Antwan Gilbert rushed for 263 yards on just 16 carries and scored three touchdowns as Trotwood-Madison roasted previously unbeaten Turpin 43-7 in a Division II, Region 8 second-round game at Princeton on Friday night.
The Rams (9-3) advance to next Friday’s regional final vs. Cin. Winton Woods, which eliminated Tecumseh also on Friday. The site will be announced on Sunday.
Gilbert scored on runs of 90, 7 and 2 yards in powering the Rams’ running game. Turpin (11-1) was ranked No. 2 in the state.
With its two playoff wins, this is the deepest T-M has advanced since coach Maurice Douglass was a Rams senior in ’81, when Trotwood lost in the Division II state final to Cleveland Benedictine.
THIRD QUARTER: Gilbert has now run for 258 yards on 15 carries and scored three times as Trotwood leads top-seeded and undefeated Turpin 34-7 after three quarters in this Division II, Region 8 regional semifinal at Princeton High School.
After Trotwood was stopped on its first drive of the half, Gilbert once again hit the jets. On the Rams’ second drive, he ran for 8, 34, 1, 9 and 7 yards to account for all of Trotwood’s yards and scored a 7-yard touchdown with 5:46 left. The extra-point kick failed, so the Rams led 34-7.
Turpin took the following possession 54 yards in 4:48 and but was stopped on a fourth-and-1 at the Trotwood 16 to preserve the Rams’ 34-7 lead.
SECOND QUARTER: Antwan Gilbert continued to dominate the Turpin defense as Trotwood-Madison led the Spartans 28-7 at halftime.
So far, Gilbert has run 9 times for 196 yards and two scores, including one of 90 yards.
After Trotwood scored its first touchdown of the quarter on a 4-yard pass from Marcus Graham to tight end Justin Favors with 11:11 left in the half, Gilbert ran away from the Turpin defense for a 90-yard touchdown with 6:39 left to give the Rams a 28-7 lead.
FIRST QUARTER: Antwan Gilbert has rushed for 85 yards and returned a kickoff 74 yards as Trotwood-Madison led Turpin 14-7 after the first quarter.
Trotwood caught some luck and speed on its first time touching the ball. After a Turpin three-and-out on the opening possession, Trotwood’s Raphael Allen fielded the punt at about the 50-yard line. While returning, Allen fumbled at the 39, where teammate Michael Jordan picked it up and ran for the opening score with 10:50 left in the first quarter.
Turpin took its next drive 65 yards and scored when receiver Brogan Orcutt went uncovered from the slot into the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown pass from Eric Martin with 6:18 left.
Special teams then helped Trotwood again, as Gilbert took his first touch 74 yards on a kickoff return to get to the Turpin 17-yard line. Three plays later, he scored from 2 yards to make it 14-7 Trotwood with 5 minutes left in the first.
Gilbert ran the first handoff of the second drive 66 yards to the Turpin 10, and Trotwood stood at the Turpin 5 as the second quarter began.Tweet
FAIRBORN — The match that volleyball fans around the state have been waiting for is going to happen.
No. 1-ranked Cincinnati Ursuline Academy (28-0) will face No. 2 Dublin Coffman (29-0) at 11 a.m. Saturday for the Division I state championship after both swept their semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Nutter Center. The schools have been ranked as the top two in the state since Sept. 26.
How’s this: Combined, the teams have won 157 of 160 sets this season.
The teams got a taste of each other at an August scrimmage, hosted by Ursuline, at which Coffman participated.
“I knew right away how good they were,” said Ursuline coach Jeni Case. “I had a feeling we’d be seeing them.”
Ursuline will be trying for its third state championship after losing the title match last season to Olmsted Falls in four sets (with a first-set score of 39-37). Coffman is making its first state tournament appearance.Tweet
FAIRBORN — Mary Anne Souder, the Dublin High School volleyball coach, brought her team to the Nutter Center to look at the arena, the locker rooms and everything else that seems bigger than other gyms in which the team has played.
Even the floor was a challenge.
“We told them to look at the shoes of the person across the net, reset your distance,” Souder said. “In this huge gym, we were thinking, ‘Oh, we can serve farther than before,’ but we can’t, it’s still the same size on the court.”
Dublin Coffman didn’t have too much trouble adjusting. The Shamrocks, in their first state tournament appearance, rolled into Saturday’s final with a three-set sweep of Stow-Munroe Falls in a Division I semifinal on Thursday, Nov. 12, and improved their record to 29-0.
Speaking of dominance, Coffman has only lost one set all season, against Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame in the regional final.
For each team at the state volleyball tournament, though, the experience in the Nutter Center is a new one.
“This isn’t like any gym we’ve played in,” Souder said.Tweet
The Greater Western Ohio Conference moved quickly to include West Carrollton and Greenville into its daily schedules.
Those two current independent schools were voted into the area’s super conference last week. On Wednesday, Nov. 11, GWOC commissioner Eric Spahr said all their sports except football will be included ito conference play beginning next fall, 2010.
“The Greater Western Ohio Conference has agreed to incorporate Greenville and West Carrollton into all of their respective divisional schedules in all sports (except football) beginning with the 2010-2011 school year,” said Spahr in a release.
“We are in the process of making the necessary changes to accommodate the transition. Conference administrators are excited to be able to provide the student-athletes of Greenville and West Carrollton the experiences and opportunities that come with GWOC membership earlier than anticipated. We ask for patience as we work through the dynamics of expansion and towards full conference schedule integration in 2012.”Tweet
HILLIARD — The Dublin Coffman girls soccer team scored two second-half goals to rally and defeat Centerville 2-1 in a Division I state semifinal on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Hilliard Bradley High School.
The Elks were denied an opportunity to go to their fifth state title game after Coffman scored twice in the final 29 minutes to advance. Centerville ended its season 20-2-1.
Coffman advanced to its fifth title game appearance since 2001, and the Shamrocks (14-5-3) have won two championships in that time.
Centerville took the lead about 14 minutes into the game. After Coffman had been on Centerville’s side for most of the opening minutes, Centerville’s Laura Kempfer took advantage of a fallen Coffman defender to dribble up the left side and send a pass toward the goal. After bouncing around near the goal, with a touch by the keeper, the ball was punched in at close range by Claire Falknor with 30:39 left in the first half for a 1-0 lead.
Midway through the second half, Coffman’s Hannah May sent a free kick toward the goal, and Jill Allen took it out of the pack for a score with 28:46 left in the game to tie at 1-1.
Then, late in the game, Coffman’s Amber Kern sent a corner kick into the box, and Kenzie Schlemitz fought to put a shot past the Centerville keeper for the deciding 2-1 lead with 7:35 left.Tweet
Adreian Payne was good enough to boost the Michigan State men’s basketball recruiting class into one of the nation’s best.
Payne, the 6-foot-10 Jefferson High School center, signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Spartans on Wednesday, Nov. 11, joining a recruiting class that Rivals.com ranked as No. 5 in the nation.
Payne’s addition to the group when he announced his intention two weeks ago, though, boosted the Spartans from No. 15 to No. 5, a tribute to his skill, MSU coach Tom Izzo said during his new conference announcing the recruiting class on Wednesday.
“(Payne) brings something we haven’t had in awhile, a big man with length, athleticism and he can shoot the ball at the 3-point range” Izzo said. “With all four of these guys, I think it makes for an incredible class.”
Payne is ranked No. 20 nationally by Rivals.com. Michigan State also signed guard Keith Appling from Detroit (No. 34 recruit nationally), forward Russell Byrd from Fort Wayne, Ind. (108) and forward Alex Gauna from Eaton Rapids, Mich. (149).
He chose Michigan State over West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona as arguably the most highly regarded Miami Valley player since Dunbar’s Daequan Cook.
“I think it’ll be one of the better classes we’ve had here in the history of Michigan State University,” Izzo said.Tweet
On Friday, Nov. 13, the University of Dayton women’s basketball team will host Michigan State at the same time Tippecanoe and Columbus St. Francis DeSales high school football teams will play their Division III, Region 10 semifinal game at Welcome Stadium.
Attendees are advances that lots C and D are set for football parking, while lots A and B are set for UD women’s basketball parking.
The UD women’s game, its season opener, will begin at 7 p.m., and the Tipp-DeSales game will begin at 7:30 p.m.Tweet
HILLIARD — Gahanna Lincoln, ranked No. 9 nationally and No. 2 in the state, scored two first-half goals and kept control through most of the second half to defeat Beavercreek 2-0 in a Division I state semifinal boys soccer game at Hilliard Bradley High School on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Cody Popelas, a junior midfielder, scored both goals for Gahanna, which Beavercreek coach John Guiliano called “the best high school team I’ve seen in long while.”
Popelas scored the first with 10:12 remaining in the first half after teammate Saad Abdul Salaam dribbled around a Beavercreek defender on the left corner, drew out the goalkeeper and passed into the middle. After the ball bounced around for a moment, Popelas popped it into the net for a 1-0 lead.
The second goal came nearly five minutes later, when Popelas took a pass from Tyler Woolum on the right side, collected it and pushed it past the keeper with 5:15 left in the half.
Gahanna (21-0-1) spent most of the first half on Beavercreek’s side of the field, although the Beavers (15-3-4), making their second straight semifinal appearance, avoided several close calls until the first goal. Then, Popelas scored two quickly for the big halftime lead that held up.Tweet
The main back for the Columbus St. Francis DeSales football team is named Adam Griffin.
Like, that Griffin.
In the Division III, Region 10 semifinals on Friday, Nov. 13, Tippecanoe will face DeSales at Welcome Stadium. The Red Devils (9-2) will also face Griffin, the senior and son of Archie Griffin who scored three touchdowns of 12 and 31 yards rushing and 61 yards on a punt return in DeSales’ 45-21 first-round win against Toledo Bryan last Friday.
On his famous father, here are some post-game thoughts from the Columbus Dispatch:
Just like his father, he credits his blockers for making everything possible. “Everybody just played very well tonight,” he said.
But what about that famous last name and living up to the expectations of others?
“I’m not my dad,” he said. “I play like Adam plays, not the way Archie played. I do talk about football with my dad, but he doesn’t teach me things. He lets me be myself. My dad just wants me to play.”
Griffin has helped DeSales to an 8-3 record, but don’t hold those three losses too much against the Stallions. They came against Youngstown Cardinal Mooney (10-0 regular season), Cincinnati Anderson (10-0) and Elder (7-2).Tweet
Remember Jeremy Tyler? He’s the San Diego High School basketball player who decided to skip his senior year and play overseas to prepare for the NBA. The New York Times checked in on Tyler, who played at the Flyin’ to the Hoop tournament in January, and it’s an interesting read.
Here’s the link:Tweet
Memorial Stadium in Sidney is one-and-done for the Ohio high school football playoffs this season. Due to consecutive weeks of rain in October and continued use of the field the turf has taken a pounding. Due to those conditions, Sidney High School said it will take Memorial Stadium off the list of potential playoff sites. Marion Local beat Lehman Catholic 24-3 at Sidney in the Division VI, Region 24 playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 7.Tweet
The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced regional semifinal playoff locations for games Friday and Saturday. Here are games involving area teams:
Division II, Region 8
(Games 7:30 p.m. Friday)
No. 4 seed Trotwood Madison (8-3) vs. 1 Cincinnati Turpin (11-0), Viking Stadium (Princeton High School)
3 Tecumseh (10-1) vs. 2 Cincinnati Winton Woods (9-2), Centerville Stadium
Division III, Region 10
5 Tippecanoe (9-2) vs. 1 Columbus St. Francis DeSales (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Welcome Stadium
Division III, Region 12
(Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday)
4 Circleville Logan Elm (9-2) vs. 8 Shawnee (8-3), Hilliard Bradley Athletic Complex
6 Monroe (9-2) vs. 2 Wyoming (11-0), Kings Mill Kings Stadium
Division IV, Region 16
(Games at 7 p.m. Saturday)
4 Kenton (10-1) vs. 1 Clinton-Massie (11-0), Troy Memorial Stadium
6 Carlisle (9-2) vs. 2 Alter (11-0), Monroe Stadium
Division V, Region 20
(Games at 7:30 p.m. Friday)
5 West Liberty-Salem (11-0) vs. 8 St. Henry (8-3), Alexander Stadium (Piqua High School)
6 Anna (9-2) vs. 2 Coldwater (10-1), Wapakoneta Harmon Field
Division VI, Region 24
(Games at 7 p.m. Saturday)
5 Marion Local (6-5) vs. 8 Covington (8-3), Roush Stadium (Fairmont High School)
6 Southeastern (9-2) vs. 7 Fort Loramie (9-2), Welcome StadiumTweet
UPDATE: Elder got 270 yards and three touchdowns passing from quarterback Mark Miller and 106 rushing yards and four total touchdowns from Ben Coffaro to beat Wayne 35-14 in a Division I, Region 4 quarterfinal at Elder’s The Pit.
Elder led 21-7 at halftime and got two second-half scores from Coffaro, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound junior — a 40-yard completion from Miller on which he did much of the work and a 30-yard run with 8:43 left in the game for Elder’s final score.
Wayne quarterback Braxton Miller finished with 156 yards passing, including a 47-yard scoring toss to Caleb Elkins with 6:05 left.
Wayne finished its season 7-4, and Elder improve to 8-2.
FIRST HALF: Elder scored on its first three possessions, including two scoring passes of 42 and 18 yards by senior quarterback Mark Miller, to take a 21-7 lead at halftime of this Division I, Region 4 football quarterfinal at Elder’s The Pit.
Wayne scored on its fourth play when quarterback Braxton Miller took a keeper 61 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead with 10:44 left in the first quarter.
On its next three possessions, Elder got a 52-yard pass from Miller to Tim O’Conner, an 18-yard pass from Miller to Ben Coffaro and a 10-yard Coffaro run to go up 21-7 with 10:52 left in the second quarter.
Wayne stumbled offensively, but the Warriors were also able to hold Elder for the remainder of the half.
Elder’s Miller finished the first half 13-of-18 passing for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Wayne’s Miller has 49 yards passing and 55 rushing following several losses.Tweet
Here’s some news, nuggets and names to wrap up the boys and girls high school state cross country championships held at Scioto Downs in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 7:
• If you weren’t at the cross country championships Saturday, you still might have known Cleveland St. Ignatius won the Division I boys title. Ignatius’ wild and enthusiastic student cheering section — complete with three St. Ignatius flags waving them to victory — blasted out the school song and chanted ‘State Champ!’ with gusto.
• Mason junior Zach Wills repeated as the D-I champ in 15 minutes, 45.11 seconds. That was slower compared to his 2008 time of 15:15.66.
• Among other local finishers in D-I, Butler senior Doug Norris was 44th, Carroll junior Chadd Kiggins 48th and Fairborn sophomore Jordan Redd 53rd.
• Peninsula Woodridge won the D-II boys title and Bay Village Bay junior Michael Brajdic won the individual title.
• Eaton junior Todd Hewitt just missed All-Ohio honors (top-15 finish) in the D-II boys meet. He clocked in at 17th, a second behind the cutoff. Clinton-Massie senior Myles Corcoran and Tippecanoe freshman Sam Wharton also logged top-25 finishes.
• Independence claimed the D-III boys title and individual title with sophomore Ryan Polman.
• Bethel senior Brandon Graves finished in the top 25.
• Russia’s boys finished 8th in the D-II boys meet, with New Bremen (11th) and St. Henry (12th) close behind.
• Springboro’s girls, runner-up in the D-I meet, returns six of its top seven runners next season: freshman Rachael Mahle (11th), junior Carly Hamilton (18th), junior Alex Mahle (76th), freshman Lycia Hollon (84th), freshman Sarah Smith (111) and sophomore Heather Baruxes (121). Senior Katie Kessler was 30th.
“We basically said to win state we‘re really going to have to step it up,” Springboro coach Ron Rohrer said. “We tried to be realistic with them but we knew we had a good shot at runner-up. … They all stepped up and did it.”
• Sylvania Northview senior Meredith Wagner won the girls D-I title.
• Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary won the girls D-II title and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy junior Christina Blair took the individual title.
• Chaminade Julienne senior Lizzie Gleason (16th) and Alter sophomore Grace Untener (17th) just missed podium finishes by one second.
• Alter’s girls logged the best D-II finish at fifth, led by Untener and sophomore Olivia Albers (25th). Coldwater was sixth, Greenon eighth, Carroll 13th and Bellbrook, making its first state appearance in girls cross country, 15th.
• When Minster freshman Natalie Fausey led the Wildcats to their eighth state title and second straight in D-III, it marked the first time all season she finished first among her teammates.
“She’s run well all year,” said Minster coach Jessica Magoto. “She just had that extra umph and that courage to go out there.”
Magoto admitted the carefree and practical-joking Wildcats had her a bit nervous before the state meet with their attitude.
“Let me tell you, they almost killed me,” Magoto said. “They like to have a lot of fun and I was worried they wouldn’t know when to stop having fun and focus. Spending time with them Friday I was really, really nervous, that I was telling them remember what you‘re coming here for. Remember what the focus is. The fun comes after the race.”
Magoto thought quiet and reserved Fausey wasn’t one of the ring leaders. Oops.
“The girls were telling me she’s one of the craziest of all,” Magoto said.
That brought a smile to Fausey’s face.
“Yeah, I’m quiet around her but the whole team is pretty wild though,” said Fausey, who has two older sisters that also won state cross country titles with Minster.
• Xenia Christian freshman Bethany Norman finished 24th to crack the top 25.
• West Liberty-Salem also competed as a team and finished fifth.Tweet
BELLBROOK — The Centerville High School girls soccer team scored two goals in the final 7:35 to rally and defeat Wayne 2-1 in a Division I regional final on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Bellbrook High School.
Wayne (20-2) took a 1-0 lead with 3:04 left in the first half on a goal by Nichole Stewart that bent from left to right and curled into the right side of the goal.
The Warriors held that lead until 7:35 remained in the game, when Centerville’s Claire Falknor took the Wayne keeper away from the goal while handling the ball and passed into the middle to teammate Kacie Kumar, who scored into the unattended net.
Centerville (20-1-1) set the final margin on a goal from Delaney Thompson with 1:43 left. Elks junior Fallon Vaughan sent a pass into Thompson on the right side of the goal, and Thompson headed it through for the final score.
Centerville will play in a state semifinal for the first time since 1998 in the hope of making its first state final appearance since ‘94.
The Elks will face the winner of Dublin Coffman and Upper Arlington at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The site, as scheduled now, will be Hilliard Bradley High School.Tweet
The 81st boys and 32nd girls cross country championships will be held at Scioto Downs race track in Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 7. Here’s a list of the area competitors:
BOYS DIVISION I
Individuals: Chadd Kiggins (11) Carroll, Jordan Redd (10) Fairborn, Aaron Dinzeo (12) Sidney, Doug Norris (12) Butler.
BOYS DIVISION II
Tippecanoe (Coach: Byron Kimmel) — Ricky Andrews (9), Tyler Feitshans (12), Kevin Fink (12), Grant Koch (9), Joey O’Brien (12), Sam Wharton (9), Luke Zerkle (12).
Graham (Coach: Todd Buschur) — Danny Byers (11), Zach Hawke (12), Jon McMaken (11), Brady Newcomer (9), Caleb Pumphrey (10), Robbie Pumphrey (12), Taylor Wright (12).
Oakwood (Coach: Bryan Ammer) — Peter Hix (12), Ethan Kissock (12), Andy Lamb (11), Josh Moulton (11), Keith Mueller (11), Will Reese (12), Alec Snead (10).
Individuals: Logan Leis (12) Benjamin Logan, Sam Bench (10) Brookville, Myles Corcoran (12) Clinton-Massie, Todd Hewitt (11) Eaton, Jake Kasperski (12) Valley View.
BOYS DIVISION III
Russia (Coach: Doug Foster) — Chris Ball (12), Joel Meyer (11), Luke Pohlman (11), Trevor Sherman (9), Andy Toller (12), Blake Worthington (12), Alex York (12).
St. Henry (Coach: Mike Eyink) — Ryan Goettemoeller (11), Aaren Hemmelgarn (9), Kevin Kanpke (10), Doug Lefeld (10), Adam Rindler (12), Dillan Schulze (12), Mitchell Schulze (11).
New Bremen (Coach: Adam Topp) — Derrek Bornhorst (10), Justin Eilerman (12), Robert Franks (12), Jacob Rutschilling (9), Zach Speckman (12), Kaleb Swiger (12), Andy Timmerman (12).
Individuals: Mike Seas (10) Coldwater, Kevin Stewart (10) Mechanicsburg, Isaiah Bragg (12) Emmanuel Christian Academy, Brandon Graves (12) Bethel, Adam Loewer (12) Bethel, Samuel Prakel (9) Versailles, Josh Hemmelgarn (12) TV South.
GIRLS DIVISION I
Springboro (Coach: Ron Rohrer) — Heather Baruxes (10), Carly Hamilton (11), Lycia Hollon (9), Katie Kessler (12), Alex Mahle (11), Rachael Mahle (9), Sarah Smith (9).
Individuals: Grace VanDeGrift (11) Lebanon, Megan Wright (12) Miamisburg, Jasmine Redman (11) Tecumseh.
GIRLS DIVISION II
Coldwater (Coach: Dan Pohlman) — Veronica Bruns (11), Alyssa Brunswick (10), Leah Brunswick (10), Brittany Kaiser (10), Larissa Kohn (11), Jessica Schmackers (12), Jocelyn Staugler (12).
Alter (Coach: Matt Sableski) — Olivia Albers (10), Rebecca Esselstein (11), Grace Untener (10), Kaila Howe (11), Mary Issenman (9), Mary Ann Krebs (10), Ashley Rodgers (11).
Bellbrook (Coach: Iris Black) — Christine Delong (9), Gabrielle Etter (9), Kaitlin Gibson (10), Jenny Sanderson (9), Shelby Sigman (10), Courtney Swain (9), Mariah Yaufman (12).
Greenon (Coach: Kim Wise) — Megan Ball (9), Jami Durkee (12), Sydney Lewis (10), MacKenzie McMillin (10), Erica Miller (10), Lacey Price (11), Mary Wenzell (10).
Carroll (Coach: John Agnew) — Madeleine Devitt (12), Chiyoko Ikeda (12), Rachel Janson (12), Genevieve Marchese (9), Dianne Minardi (12), Katie Ollier (11), Taylor O’Neil (10).
Individuals: Courtney Swink (10) Brookville, Lizzie Gleason (12) CJ, Katie Landwehr (11) Tippecanoe.
Minster (Coach: Jessica Magoto) —Jessica Albers (12), Averie Bornhorst (11), Hannah Butler (9), Maria Dahlinghaus (11), Natalie Fausey (9), Samantha Hoelscher (10), Sophia Richard (11).
West Liberty-Salem (Coach: Ann Vogel) — Shawnda Henault (9), Sarah Murphy (11), Savanna Shipp (9), Jasmine Smith (9), Jordan Smith (9), Meghan Vogel (9), Sarah Williams (9).
Individuals: Juli Accurso (12) Miam East, Janel Olberding (11) Fort Loramie, Allison Roeth (10) Houston, Katie Borchers (11) Russia, Tammy Berger (10) Versailles, Bethany Norman (9) Xenia Christian.Tweet
The Division I girls soccer regional final between Centerville and Wayne will be played at Bellbrook High School at noon on Saturday, Nov. 7, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced today.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Princeton High School, but because two Miami Valley teams advanced, the game was moved.
Centerville (19-1-1) defeated Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy 1-0 on Wednesday to advance to the regional final, and Wayne (20-1-0) topped Cincinnati Turpin 3-0 to advance.
Wayne was the only team to beat Centerville this season when the Warriors topped the Elks 3-1 on Oct. 14. Wayne’s single loss came against Beavercreek, 2-0 on Sept. 16.
The game’s winner will advance to the state semifinals and play the winner of Dublin Coffman (12-5-3) and Upper Arlington (17-1-2), which will play at Dublin Scioto High School on Saturday.
The state semifinal will be played at Hilliard Darby High School at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and the state final will be played Saturday, Nov. 14, at 1:30 p.m. at Columbus Crew Stadium.Tweet
What’s one way to set yourself on a playoff path?
Beat the teams that clobbered you the year before.
That was part of the plan for Wilmington High School, which finished 7-3 and will face top seed Turpin on Friday in a Division II, Region 8 quarterfinal that will also be a rematch of the teams’ Week 10 game, a Turpin win.
Part of the Hurricane’s path included games against Edgewood, Little Miami and Kings. For a glimpse into last season, when the Hurricane finished 4-6, check out the scores in losses against Edgewood (65-17), Little Miami (64-27) and Kings (38-14).
“All three whooped up on us badly,” said Wilmington coach Rob Vida. “They’re good programs, and they just embarrassed us.”
This year was different. In those same three games, Wilmington beat Edgewood (19-14), Little Miami (51-48) and Kings (35-14).
Beating the teams that embarrassed you last season is a big boost for any team. For the Hurricane, it felt a little better, as they made the playoffs for just the third time in school history and the first time since 2005. Two seasons ago, Wilmington was 2-8.
“We used those games to drive us through the season a little bit,” Vida said. “We gained some confidence, and we believed we could win.”
Now, Wilmington needs another payback game. Turpin, the first-round opponent, beat Wilmington just last week 26-14.
The Hurricane are sure to get help from running back Quinten Rollins, the Miami University basketball point guard recruit who has seen some better line play improve his numbers.Tweet
West Carrollton and Greenville will join the Greater Western Ohio Conference beginning in some sports next season and fully by the 2012-13 academic year, the conference principals decided Wednesday, Nov. 4.
The principals voted at a regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday to accept the applications of the two districts, which currently don’t have conference membership. Greenville will be added to the conference’s North Division, and West Carrollton will join the South Division, GWOC commissioner Eric Spahr said.
The additions will increase membership in those two divisions to six teams each and total membership to 18 districts. The GWOC Central Division already has six members.
West Carrollton and Greenville will begin conference competition next year in cross country, swimming, bowling, track, wrestling, cheerleading and academics, Spahr said. They will begin conference football competition in 2012, and the addition of the remaining sports will be determined later, Spahr said.
“These are two great communities with two great followings,” Spahr said. “They support the characteristics of the GWOC.”
The conference last approved expansion in 2004, when it added Lebanon, Springboro, Miamisburg and Fairborn, Spahr said.
“We worked through that growth, and this was another appropriate time,” Spahr said.Tweet
The first contact with Eaton High School running back Dalton Caudill can be a learning experience for some defenders.
“When people hit him, they’re a little surprised,” said Eaton coach Ron Neanen. “He doesn’t look very big, but he has an amazing amount of power for his size.”
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Caudill should be a major factor in deciding the Eagles’ fate in their Division III, Region 12 quarterfinal game against Cincinnati Wyoming on Friday, Nov. 6. He has already, though, had a strong senior season, rushing for 1,930 yards and 24 touchdowns for the 8-2 Eagles in helping them open the pass game for senior quarterback Austin Fudge.
After sharing time last season and still getting to 1,400 yards, Caudill has taken his second season as a starter to a different level in helping Eaton win its final four games — including victories against Valley View and Franklin, both 7-3 — to earn the No. 7 seed in Region 12.
Eaton now faces a Wyoming team (10-0) that has scored at least 42 points seven times this season, so the defense, led by linebackers senior Jake Tressler and junior Kyle Yoder, will hope to continue its bend-but-not-break trend of allowing yards but not as many points.
Fudge has been an impressive leader for the Eagles and a successful passer (following brother Jeremy, who went from Eaton to Ohio Dominican, where he’s a sophomore). He also has five interceptions on defense and has returned both a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns, so he’s a versatile contributor.
But Caudill has carried the offensive load with multiple 300-yard games.
“He’s strong in our weight room, has been to every one of our offseason sessions, but he’s also a naturally strong young man,” Neanen said. “He’s been that way since he was young.”Tweet
Matt Burgbacher’s family members have watched his father, Charlie, coach the Tippecanoe High School football team for 21 years.
Now that they’ve watched Matt coach his first season at Fort Loramie, they’ve come up with a nickname for the 32-year-old who has led the Redskins to their first-ever playoff appearance (in their fifth season with a team).
“They call me ‘Charlie Jr.,’ ” Burgbacher said Tuesday afternoon just before practice.
After playing quarterback and defensive back for his father at Tipp and and then serving as an assistant coach there for five years, Burgbacher is making the most of his first season as a head coach. Fort Loramie is 8-2 and a a No. 7 seed in Division VI, Region 24.
Tipp, meanwhile, is 8-2 as Charlie Burgbacher prepares to face 9-1 Sandusky Perkins in the first round in D-III, Region 10.
Fort Loramie’s first-round opponent, 9-1 Lockland, provides a major test, but the Redskins can be dangerous offensively behind running back Mitch Raterman, who has gained 1,400 yards and scored 24 touchdowns this season.
The Fort Loramie defense — led by senior inside linebackers Brad Frilling and Alex Wolf — has allowed a touchdown or less in seven games this season, and the Wing-T offense, led by Raterman, has been effective, scoring 35 points a game.
It was curious, though, that when describing Raterman, Burgbacher switched from using “Mitch” to “Mitchell.”
I asked which Raterman preferred.
“I call him Mitchell when I’m mad at him,” Burgbacher said.
And how often is that?
“Not very often,” Burgbacher said with a laugh.Tweet
Things were still a little shaky for the West Carrtollton High School football team when the Pirates started their season.
They had won four straight to close the 2008 season, which provided plenty of confidence. But, before winning those four games, the Pirates had lost 25 of their previous 26 games.
Plus, there’s the uncertainty that always comes with the debut of a new coach, even though Rob Berger had been at the school as defensive coordinator.
Then came the opener against Wilmington. West Carrollton trailed 13-6 in the middle of the fourth quarter, which is a time in the past the Pirates might have slumped their shoulders and been discouraged.
This time, they turned it around. Sophomore Randy Stites returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown. After a defensive stop, the Pirates scored on a 25-yard slant pass to win 20-13 after scoring 14 points in the final six minutes.
With that, West Carrollton had started 1-0 against a team in Wilmington that would eventually also make the D-II playoffs.
Nine weeks later, the Pirates are 8-2 and preparing to face Tecumseh in the first round of the D-II playoffs on Friday.
That first win, Berger said, helped to make it happen.
“We had to come back to win, and I think it look the team know what they could do,” Berger said. “That started everything. Without that comeback victory, the season could’ve played itself out very differently.”Tweet
OHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS
Note: Any site and time changes will be announced by the OHSAA on Tuesday, No. 3.
All games at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7
8 Youngs. Boardman (7-3) at 1 Cle. St. Ignatius (10-0)
7 Euclid (6-4) at 2 Solon (10-0)
6 Parma (7-3) at 3 Mayfield (9-1)
5 Cle. Glenville (9-1) at 4 North Royalton (9-1)
8 Canton McKinley (6-4) at 1 Tol. Whitmer (9-1)
7 Brunswick (7-3) at 2 Twinsburg (9-1)
6 North Canton Hoover (7-3) at 3 Massillon Washington (7-3)
5 Wadsworth (9-1) at 4 Canton GlenOak (8-2)
8 Springfield (6-4) at 1 Dublin Coffman (10-0)
7 Lancaster (6-4) at 2 Hilliard Davidson (8-1)
6 Pickerington North (7-3) at 3 Pickerington Central (9-1)
5 Powell Olentangy Liberty (7-3) at 4 Westerville South (8-2)
8 Centerville (8-2) at 1 Cin. St. Xavier (8-2)
7 Middletown (9-1) at 2 Cin. Moeller (9-1)
6 Lakota West (9-1) at 3 Anderson (10-0)
5 Wayne (7-3) at 4 Cin. Elder (7-2)
(All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday)
8 Ravenna (8-2) at 1 Mentor Lake Catholic (9-1)
7 Medina Highland (6-4) at 2 Warren Howland (9-1)
6 Chesterland West Geauga (9-1) at 3 Ashland (9-1)
5 Aurora (8-2) at 4 Canfield (9-1)
8 North Ridgeville (8-2) at 1 Tol. St Francis deSales (9-1)
7 Rocky River (7-3) at 2 Tol. Central Catholic (8-2)
6 Maple Heights (8-2) at 3 Tol. Rogers (9-1)
5 Avon Lake (7-3) at 4 Maumee (9-1)
8 Cols. Marion-Franklin (8-2) at 1 Louisville (10-0)
7 Canal Winchester (8-2) at 2 Logan (10-0)
6 Cols. Walnut Ridge (8-2) at 3 Cols. Brookhaven (8-2)
5 Dresden Tri-Valley (9-1) at 4 Olentangy Orange (8-2)
8 Wilmington (7-3) at 1 Turpin (10-0)
7 Ross (6-4) at 2 Winton Woods (8-2)
6 West Carrollton (8-2) at 3 Tecumseh (9-1)
5 Mount Healthy (7-3) at 4 Trotwood-Madison (7-3)
(All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday)
8 Mogadore Field (8-2) at 1 Youngs. Mooney (10-0)
7 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (6-4) at 2 Poland Seminary (8-2)
6 Parma Padua Franciscan (7-3) at 3 Akron Hoban (7-3)
5 Medina Buckeye (8-2) at 4 Hubbard (9-1)
8 Bryan (8-2) at 1 Cols. St Francis De Sales (7-3)
7 Bellefontaine (8-2) at 2 Cols. Bishop Watterson (7-3)
6 Cols. Eastmoor Academy (8-2) at 3 Napoleon (8-2)
5 Tippecanoe (8-2) at 4 Sandusky Perkins (9-1)
8 Alliance Marlington (8-2) at 1 Steubenville (9-1)
7 Cadiz Harrison Central (8-2) at 2 Dover (9-1)
6 Canal Fulton Northwest (7-3) at 3 Rayland Buckeye Local (8-2)
5 Salem (8-2) at 4 Granville (9-1)
8 Spg. Shawnee (7-3) at 1 Goshen (8-2)
7 Eaton (8-2) at 2 Wyoming (10-0)
6 Monroe (8-2) at 3 Chaminade Julienne (8-2)
5 New Richmond (9-1) at 4 Circleville Logan Elm (8-2)
(All games at 7 p.m. Saturday)
8 Campbell Memorial (7-3) at 1 Chagrin Falls (10-0)
7 Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy (7-3) at 2 Girard (10-0)
6 Peninsula Woodridge (8-2) at 3 Martins Ferry (7-2)
5 Cortland Lakeview (7-3) at 4 Akron Manchester (9-1)
8 Pemberville Eastwood (8-2) at 1 Galion (10-0)
7 Milan Edison (8-2) at 2 Genoa Area (10-0)
6 Bellville Clear Fork (7-3) at 3 Orrville (7-3)
5 Ottawa-Glandorf (8-2) at 4 Wooster Triway (8-2)
8 Albany Alexander (8-2) at 1 Amanda-Clearcreek (10-0)
7 Sparta Highland (8-2) at 2 Ironton (8-2)
6 Chillicothe Zane Trace (8-2) at 3 Heath (8-2)
5 Coshocton (8-2) at 4 Zanesville West Muskingum (9-1)
8 Waynesville (8-2) at 1 Clinton-Massie (10-0)
7 Jonathan Alder (7-3) at 2 Alter (10-0)
6 Carlisle (8-2) at 3 North College Hill (10-0)
5 Valley View (7-3) at 4 Kenton (9-1)
(All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday)
8 Apple Creek Waynedale (7-3) at 1 Cuyahoga Heights (10-0)
7 East Palestine (7-3) at 2 Columbiana Crestview (9-1)
6 Garfield Hts. Trinity (7-3) at 3 Youngs. Ursuline (6-3)
5 Gates Mills Hawken (8-2) at 4 Independence (9-1)
8 Northwood (7-3) at 1 Patrick Henry (10-0)
7 Sherwood Fairview (7-3) at 2 Defiance Tinora (9-1)
6 Hicksville (9-1) at 3 Lima Central Catholic (8-2)
5 Jeromesville Hillsdale (8-2) at 4 Ashland Crestview (9-1)
8 Caldwell (8-2) at 1 Fredericktown (10-0)
7 Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant (9-1) at 2 Oak Hill (10-0)
6 West Lafayette Ridgewood (10-0) at 3 Minford (8-2)
5 Wheelersburg (8-2) at 4 Woodsfield Monroe Central (9-1)
8 St. Henry (7-3) at 1 Richwood North Union (10-0)
7 Hamilton Badin (7-3) at 2 Coldwater (9-1)
6 Anna (8-2) at 3 Cols. Bishop Ready (8-1)
5 West Jefferson (9-1) at 4 West Liberty-Salem (10-0)
(All games at 7 p.m. Saturday)
8 Bascom Hopewell-Loudon (8-2) at 1 McDonald (10-0)
7 Berlin Center Western Reserve (9-1) at 2 Norwalk St. Paul (10-0)
6 Warren John F. Kennedy (7-3) at 3 Mogadore (9-1)
5 Dalton (9-1) at 4 Bucyrus Wynford (10-0)
8 Arlington (7-3) at 1 Delphos St. John’s (10-0)
7 Cory-Rawson (7-3) at 2 Ada (10-0)
6 Cols. Grove (7-3) at 3 Carey (9-1)
5 Fremont St Joseph Central Catholic (9-1) at 4 Leipsic (9-1)
8 Willow Wood Symmes Valley (8-2) at 1 Malvern (9-1)
7 Shadyside (5-5) at 2 Columbiana (8-2)
6 Grove City Christian (9-1) at 3 Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans (8-2)
5 Tuscarawas Central Catholic (7-3) at 4 Bridgeport (9-1)
8 Covington (7-3) at 1 Ansonia (10-0)
7 Fort Loramie (8-2) at 2 Lockland (9-1)
6 Southeastern (8-2) at 3 Waynesfield-Goshen (9-1)
5 Marion Local (5-5) at 4 Lehman Catholic (7-3)Tweet
Five local high school football teams — Ansonia, Lehman Catholic, Marion Local, Fort Loramie and Covington — qualified for the Division VI state playoffs. First-round games are 7 p.m. Saturday:
Division VI, Region 24
No. 1 Ansonia (10-0)
Game: host No. 8 Covington (7-3)
Notable: First nine games: 44.3 points per game. Week 10 against 8-2 Miami East: A 15-7 win. Now it’s two straight postseasons for the Tigers, who were one-and-done last year.
No. 4 Lehman Catholic (7-3)
Game: host No. 5 Marion Local (5-5)
Notable: Cavaliers made the state semifinals in 2001 and ’08, when they lost to Delphos St. John’s 32-13. They also have five playoff wins in the past two seasons.
No. 5 Marion Local (5-5)
Game: at No. 4 Lehman Catholic (7-3)
Notable: Only Shadyside in Region 23 also made the playoffs with a .500 record. But watch out in the playoffs: Flyers have four titles since 2000.
No. 7 Fort Loramie (8-2)
Game: at No. 2 Lockland (9-1)
Notable: Since beginning their program in 2005, the Redskins are 33-17. This, though, is their first playoff appearance. Think anyone in the town might go?
No. 8 Covington (7-3)
Game: at No. 1 Ansonia (10-0)
Notable: Buccs got at least eight wins for the fifth straight season (45-5 in that stretch), but they haven’t advanced past the second in four straight postseasons.Tweet
Four local high school football teams — Coldwater, West Liberty-Salem, Anna and St. Henry — qualified for the Division V state playoffs. First-round games are 7:30 p.m. Friday:
Division V, Region 20
No. 2 Coldwater (9-1)
Game: host No. 7 Hamilton Badin (7-3)
Notable: For fans, some disappointment there’s no chance of another Alter-Coldwater postseason game. Cavaliers’ only loss to D-VI No. 1 Delphos St. John’s.
No. 4 West Liberty-Salem (10-0)
Game: host No. 5 West Jefferson (9-1)
Notable: Tigers’ fourth straight playoff appearance after going 36-4 in regular season from 2006-09. But they’re only 1-3 in postseason in that stretch.
No. 6 Anna (8-2)
Game: at No. 3 Columbus Bishop Ready (8-1)
Notable: Since 2001, Rockets have gone 80-27, but only one of those victories came in the playoffs. This season, their only losses came to Coldwater and Marion Local.
No. 8 St. Henry (7-3)
Game: at No. 1 Richwood North Union (10-0)
Notable: The Redskins won D-V state titles in 2004 and ’06 but missed the playoffs the past two years with consecutive 6-4 records. Now, they’re back.Tweet
Five local high school football teams — Clinton-Massie, Alter, Valley View, Carlisle and Waynesville — qualified for the Division IV state playoffs. First-round games are 7 p.m. Saturday:
Division IV, Region 16
No. 1 Clinton-Massie (10-0)
Game: host No. 8 Waynesville (8-2)
Notable: Falcons defense has recorded four shutouts and is allowing an average of 5.3 points per game. The most they have allowed? Fourteen points to London (5-5)
No. 2 Alter (10-0)
Game: host No. 7 Jonathan Alder (7-3)
Notable: Three words: Defending state champion. Everyone wants a piece of Alter, and the Knights have shown no signs of bending to pressure.
No. 5 Valley View (7-3)
Game: at No. 4 Kenton (9-1)
Notable: Spartans return to D-IV after two straight playoff appearances in D-III, although they left without a postseason win on each trip.
No. 6 Carlisle (8-2)
Game: at No. 3 North College Hill (10-0)
Notable: First trip to the playoffs since 2004 for the Indians. Good news for them in the region: They beat Waynesville. Bad news: They lost to Valley View.
No. 8 Waynesville (8-2)
Game: at No. 1 Clinton-Massie (10-0)
Notable: In four years in D-V, progressed from ninth in region in ’05 and ’06 to the playoffs in ’07 and a first-round win against WL-S last season. What’s next?Tweet
Six local high school football teams — Tippecanoe, Bellefontaine, Chaminade Julienne, Eaton, Monroe and Shawnee — qualified for the Division III state playoffs. First-round games are 7:30 p.m. Friday:
Division III, Region 10
No. 5 Tippecanoe (8-2)
Game: at No. 4 Sandusky Perkins (9-1)
Notable: From 2005-08, Tipp went a combined 35-5 in the regular season - and lost in the first round each time. Three of those playoff losses came by 2, 7 and 7 points.
No. 7 Bellefontaine (8-2)
Game: at No. 2 Columbus Bishop Watterson (7-3)
Notable: Lost a heartbreaking 13-10 overtime game to Tecumseh in Week 10, but Chieftans won at least eight games for second time in three seasons.
Division III, Region 12
No. 3 Chaminade Julienne (8-2)
Game: host No. 6 Monroe (8-2)
Notable: Eagles’ first playoff appearance under fourth-year coach Andy Helms, although they’re entering on a tough note after losing to Alter 21-0 in Week 10.
No. 6 Monroe (8-2)
Game: at No. 3 Chaminade Julienne (8-2)
Notable: Average 32.4 points per game, which makes the 7-3 Week 9 loss against Waynesville a head-scratcher. Back in playoffs after 2007 state semifinal appearance.
No. 7 Eaton (8-2)
Game: at No. 2 Cincinnati Wyoming (10-0)
Notable: Eagles won four straight to close season, including victories against Franklin and Valley View, which both finished 7-3.
No. 8 Shawnee (7-3)
Game: at No. 1 Goshen (8-2)
Notable: Moved into Region 12 after past three non-playoff seasons in Region 10. The Braves’ first challenge? No. 1 seed Goshen.Tweet
Four local high school football teams — Tecumseh, Trotwood-Madison, West Carrollton and Wilmington — qualified for the Division II state playoffs. First-round games are 7:30 p.m. Friday:
Division II, Region 8
No. 3 Tecumseh (9-1)
Game: host No. 6 West Carrollton (8-2)
Notable: Started season 7-0 for an 18-game regular-season win streak before 14-10 loss to Shawnee. Arrows lost in second round to Anderson last year.
No. 4 Trotwood-Madison (7-3)
Game: host No. 5 Mount Healthy (7-3)
Notable: RB Antwan Gilbert gained 276 yards against Vandalia Butler on Friday to get to 2,031 on the season, helping Trotwood to third postseason in four years.
No. 6 West Carrollton (8-2)
Game: at No. 3 Tecumseh (9-1)
Notable: Followed 1-24 stretch with 12 wins in past 14 games to earn first postseason appearance since 2006 under first-year coach Rob Berger.
No. 8 Wilmington (7-3)
Game: at No. 1 Cincinnati Turpin (10-0)
Notable: First playoff appearance since 2005, when Hurricane lost first-round game in overtime to Miami Trace. Three losses this season came to teams a combined 23-7.Tweet
Three local high school football teams — Springfield, Wayne and Centerville — qualified for the Division I state playoffs. First-round games are 7 p.m. Saturday:
Division I, Region 3
No. 8 Springfield (6-4)
Game: at No. 1 Dublin Coffman (10-0)
Notable: Wildcats make their first postseason as a combined school, and QB George Walker and RB Trey DePriest are both major threats.
Division I, Region 4
No. 5 Wayne (7-3)
Game: at No. 4 Elder (7-2)
Notable: With healthy quarterback Braxton Miller, Warriors feel like they can match up to anyone, and they’ve shown it by winning four straight.
No. 8 Centerville (8-2)
Game: at No. 1 St. Xavier (8-2)
Notable: Averaging 326.6 rushing yards per game, Elks stood up to their Cincinnati power opponent this season, losing 21-19 to Moeller in Week 3.Tweet
The Ohio High School Athletic Association officially announced its football playoff brackets this afternoon. Here are the games involving local teams:
(Note: First-round hosts are scheduled to meet in Columbus on Monday, Nov. 2, to formally finalize venues, so first-round locations are expected to be announced Tuesday. Top 4 seeds are home teams.)
Division I, Region 3
No. 8 Springfield (6-4) at No. 1 Dublin Coffman (10-0), 7 p.m. Saturday
Division I, Region 4
No. 5 Wayne (7-3) at No. 4 Elder (7-2), 7 p.m. Saturday
No. 8 Centerville (8-2) at No. 1 St. Xavier (8-2), 7 p.m. Saturday
(For more information on the local D-I games, click here.)
Division II, Region 8
No. 6 West Carrollton (8-2) at No. 3 Tecumseh (9-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
No. 5 Mount Healthy (7-3) at No. 4 Trotwood-Madison (7-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday
No. 8 Wilmington (7-3) at No. 1 Turpin (10-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday
(For more information on the local D-II games, click here.)
Division III, Region 10
No. 5 Tippecanoe (8-2) at No. 4 Sandusky Perkins (9-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
No. 7 Bellefontaine (8-2) at No. 2 Columbus Bishop Watterson (7-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday
Division III, Region 12
No. 6 Monroe (8-2) at No. 3 Chaminade Julienne (8-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday
No. 7 Eaton (8-2) at No. 2 Cincinnati Wyoming (10-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday
No. 8 Shawnee (7-3) at No. 1 Goshen (8-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday
(For more information on the local D-III games, click here.)
Division IV, Region 16
No. 8 Waynesville (8-2) at No. 1 Clinton-Massie (10-0), 7 p.m. Saturday
No. 7 Jonathan Alder (7-3) at No. 2 Alter (10-0), 7 p.m. Saturday
No. 5 Valley View (7-3) at No. 4 Kenton (9-1), 7 p.m. Saturday
No. 6 Carlisle (8-2) at No. 3 North College Hill (10-0), 7 p.m. Saturday
(For more information on the local D-IV games, click here.)
Division V, Region 20
No. 7 Hamilton Badin (7-3) at No. 2 Coldwater (9-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
No. 5 West Jefferson (9-1) at No. 4 West Liberty-Salem (10-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday
No. 6 Anna (8-2) at No. 3 Columbus Bishop Ready (8-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
No. 8 St. Henry (7-3) at No. 1 Richwood North Union (10-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday
(For more information on the local D-V games, click here.)
Division VI, Region 24
No. 8 Covington (7-3) at No. 1 Ansonia (10-0), 7 p.m. Saturday
No. 5 Marion Local (5-5) at No. 4 Lehman Catholic (7-3), 7 p.m. Saturday
No. 7 Fort Loramie (8-2) at No. 2 Lockland (9-1), 7 p.m. Saturday
(For more information on the local D-VI games, click here.)Tweet