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ECC Boasts Pair Of State Champions

HUGE shout out goes to Little Miami's William Zegarski for winning the Division I State Championship in boys cross country.  The senior ran a time of 14:39.9, nearly twenty seconds ahead of the runner-up runner and setting a new STATE MEET RECORD!  Congratulations, William!

Photo courtesy of Geoff Blankenship - Enquirer Media/GANNETT

Another HUGE shout out goes to the Winton Woods football squad for capturing the Division II State Championship with the Warriors' 21-10 victory over Hoban on December 2.  The Warriors began the season 3-4 and didn't lose another ball game.  Congratulations to head coach Chad Murphy and his squad!  Read more HERE.

ECC Winter Sports Season Updates

GIRLS BASKETBALL:  Three-peat is on the lips of the Loveland Lady Tigers this winter.  The squad has won the previous two ECC Championships on the hardcourt.  Last winter, Lebanon reached the District Finals!  Turpin and Milford sit atop the ECC standings with identical 5-0 records (through December 6).

BOYS BASKETBALL:  Three teams shared the 2020-21 ECC title - Turpin, Lebanon, and Walnut Hills.  Each was significant - it was Walnut Hills' fifth overall, Turpin's second consecutive, and Lebanon's first-ever in the ECC.  Anderson, Turpin, and Lebanon have begun the season with combined 5-0 records (through December 6).

WRESTLING:  In the school's first year in the conference, Lebanon came away with the Conference title on the mats.  The Warriors also finished eighth at Districts!

GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING:  Turpin is shooting for its fifth consecutive (and eight overall) ECC girls swimming championship this winter!  The Lady Spartans also finished third at District and Walnut Hills placed fifth!  This year's ECC Championships are scheduled for February 20 (diving) at West Clermont HS at 5:30 pm and February 22 (swimming) at Princeton HS at 9 am.

BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING:  The last two Conference Champion trophies reside at Kings who will try to make it three straight titles this winter.  The Knights were fifth at Districts and Walnut Hills was ninth in 2020-21.  In addition, the conference sent three divers to STATE!  West Clermont will host the ECC Dive Meet on February 20 at 5:30 pm and Princeton HS will be the site fo the Conference Swim Meet on February 22 at 9 am.

GIRLS BOWLING:  Lebanon and West Clermont shared the league championship last winter.  It was the Lady Wolves' second title in three seasons.  Kings is 2-0 in ECC play and 3-1 overall to begin the season (through December 6).

BOYS BOWLING:  Five in a row is the goal for West Clermont, as the Wolves have won four consecutive ECC titles on the lanes.  Little Miami and Kings are both 2-0 to begin the season (through December 6).

ACADEMIC QUIZ TEAM:  Little Miami capped off its first year in the ECC with an AQT championship!  The Panthers finished the regular season with a perfect 16-0 record.

CHEER AND DANCE:  Milford has won all three ECC-sponsored Cheer competitions. Anderson won last year's Dance competition, displacing Kings who won the title the first two years.  Milford, Anderson, Lebanon, and Turpin also turned in fine performances at the OASSA State Cheer and Dance Championships!

GYMNASTICS:  Although the ECC doesn't officially sponsor gymnastics, the conference typically fares well in both the regular season and postseason tournaments.  Both Anderson and Turpin advanced to the State Championships last winter!

ECC Player And Team Of The Week Awards

Little Miami's William Zegarski (boys cross country) and Michael Cornett (football); Loveland's Ryan Chevalier (boys cross country) and Madison Conatser (girls cross country); Milford's Austin Hardin (football) and Nicholas Henke (boys soccer); Winton Woods' KC Spears (football); Kings' Andrew Sharp (boys golf); Lebanon's Peyton Lawley (boys golf); Anderson's Sydney Stockslager (girls golf); Turpin's Brady Lent (boys soccer), Sarah Clark (girls tennis - singles), and Ellen Benintendi and Allie Fermann (girls tennis - doubles); and Walnut Hills' Stella Kiniklocytcs (girls soccer) were among the nominees for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced August 24.  Also, Little Miami, Milford, Turpin, and Winton Woods were among the finalists for the Ohio Football Team of the Week award!  Shout out to Little Miami's Michael Cornett and to Loveland's Madison Conatser for winning the award!  Read more HERE.

Little Miami’s William Zegarski (boys cross country), Aidan Jones (football); Anderson’s Griffin Scalf (football); Kings’ Will Kocher (football) and Elise Marchal (volleyball); Turpin’s Will Schulok (football), Sarah Clark (girls tennis – singles), Ellen Benintendi and Allie Fermann (girls tennis – doubles); West Clermont’s Justin Line (boys soccer), Hannah Graves (volleyball); Milford’s Lauren Pickett (volleyball); and Walnut Hills’ Matthew Dillon (water polo) were finalists for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced August 31.  Also, Little Miami and Turpin were in contention for the Ohio Football Team of the Week award and Lebanon boys golf and West Clermont boys soccer were up for the Ohio Fall Team of the Week honors!  Congratulations to Hannah for winning the award and to West Clermont boys soccer for winning Team of the Week honors!  Read more HERE.

Little Miami's William Zegarski (boys cross country) and Chloe Burton (volleyball); Loveland's Jessie Gibbins (girls cross country) and Nicole Niven (volleyball); West Clermont's Zach Moats (football) and Brooklyn Watson (volleyball); Anderson's Joey Faulkner (football), Sam Hughes (boys soccer), Paige McPhillips (girls tennis - singles), and Kennedy Coldiron and Elisa Infante (girls tennis - doubles); Milford's Chase Duesing (football), Lyric Birkley (girls golf), and Jasmin Mu (girls tennis - singles); Turpin's Keenan Alcalde (football), Sarah Clark (girls tennis - singles), Ellen Benintendi and Allie Fermann (girls tennis - doubles), and Alex Rollman (boys golf); Lebanon's Owen Mockabee (boys golf) and Mya White (volleyball); and Kings' Katie Gabert (girls golf), Tony Milazzo (boys soccer) were finalists for the Enquirer Athlete of the Month award, announced September 7.  Also, West Clermont, Anderson, and Kings were in consideration for the Ohio Football Team of the Week honors!  Turpin boys golf was up for the Ohio Boys Fall Team of the Week award. Shout out to Sam and Alex for winning the award!  Read more HERE.

Little Miami's William Zegarski (boys cross country), Grace Biddle (girls cross country), and Piper Ricketts (volleyball); Kings' Michael Mussari (football), Evan Reppeto (boys soccer), Bella Land (girls soccer); Loveland's Luca Aquilino (football) and Josie Early and Ryann Eversole (girls tennis - doubles); Milford's Tofa Luani (football), Adam Horn (boys golf); Winton Woods' James Minor III (football), Daysia Thompson (girls soccer); Anderson's Ayla Brugger (girls golf); Walnut Hills' Audrey Quelhorst (girls soccer); Turpin's Sarah Clark (girls tennis - singles) and Morgan Kaas and Audrey Williams (girls tennis - doubles); and Lebanon's Ninah Miranda (volleyball) were finalists for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced September 14.  Also, Milford was up for the Football Team of the Week award and Turpin golf was in contention for the Boys Fall Team of the Week honors.  Shout out to Bella for winning the award.  Read more HERE.

Milford's Tofa Luani (football), Ana Manning (girls soccer), Emily Morgan (volleyball), and Jess Shay (girls soccer); Anderson's Griffin Scalf (football) and Sierra Baxter (girls golf); Winton Woods' Ziyad Lahbabi (boys soccer); Kings' Abby Yoder (volleyball); and Walnut Hills' Gianna Allwein (boys cross country) were in contention for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced September 21.  Kings and Milford were also up for the Ohio Football Team of the Week honors, while Anderson boys soccer is up for the Fall Team of the Week award.  Shout out to Tofa, Emily, Jess, and Griffin for winning the award, and to the Anderson boys soccer team for being named Team of the Week!  Read more HERE.

Turpin's Cole Weaver (boys cross country), Keenan Alcalde (football), and Lilly Gillespie (volleyball); Little Miami's William Zegarski (boys cross country), and Kiley Reese (girls soccer); Loveland's Ryan Chevalier (boys cross country), Emmy Sager (girls cross country), and Ainsely Wessel (volleyball); Milford's Ali Maglecic (girls cross country), Adam Horn (boys golf), Abi Loux (girls golf), Ryan Henke (boys soccer), and Peyton Cook (girls soccer); Walnut Hills' Kate Stiens (girls cross country); Winton Woods' Jermaine Mathews Jr. (football) and Amey Sewovi (boys soccer); Anderson's Brodey Berg (football), and Bennett Painter (boys soccer); Kings' Andrew Sharp (boys golf) and Elise Marchal (volleyball); and Lebanon's Riley Johnson (girls golf) are in contention for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced September 28.  Little Miami and Winton Woods are up for Ohio Football Team of the Week honors. Also, Kings boys golf, Turpin boys cross country, Loveland girls cross country, and Milford girls golf are up for Fall Team of the Week accolades. Vote HERE.

Lebanon's Mya White (volleyball); Little Miami's William Zegarski (boys cross country), Jake Wittenauer (boys golf), and Jenna Lynch (girls golf); Nick Klenk (football); Loveland's Bailey Jackson (football); Kings' Will Kocher (football) and Gracyn Alexander (girls soccer); Anderson's Brody Foley (football); Turpin's Matt Kissel (boys golf), Noah Puttman (boys soccer), Sarah Clark (girls tennis - singles), and Allie Fermann and Ellen Benintendi (girls tennis - doubles); Milford's Ryan Henke (boys soccer), Jessie Nagle (girls soccer), Elise Ostrander (girls tennis - singles), Zara Brown and Mya Curran (girls tennis - doubles), Jackson Connor (water polo), and Macie Bach (volleyball) were finalists for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced October 5.  Also, Turpin boys soccer was up for the Fall Team of the Week honors.  Congrats to Bailey, Ryan, Jessie, Zara and Mya, and Jackson for winning the award.  Read more HERE.

West Clermont's Marcus Johnson (football); Lebanon's Braden Kay (football); Kings' Hunter Jones (football) and Elise Marchal (volleyball); Winton Woods' K.C. Spears (football) and Daysia Thompson (girls soccer); Anderson's Noah Merkle (football), Paige McPhillips and Lilly Rile (girls tennis - doubles), and Bennett Painter (boys soccer); Little Miami's William Zegarski (boys cross country); Milford's Nick Haskins (boys soccer) and Campbell Robinson (volleyball); Walnut Hills' Liam Menz (boys soccer) and Alexis Covington (girls tennis - singles); Turpin's Kate Hooper (girls soccer), Sarah Clark (girls tennis - singles), and Brooke Malone and Morgan Kaas (girls tennis - doubles) were nominees for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced October 12.  West Clermont was up for the Ohio Football Team of the Week award.  Also, Milford boys soccer and Turpin girls tennis were up for Fall Team of the Week honors. Shout out to Marcus, Sarah, and the West Clermont football squad for winning the award!  Read more HERE.

Loveland's Ryan Chevalier (boys cross country), Ethan Lund (football), and Eva Dudeck (girls soccer); Little Miami's William Zegarski (boys cross country), Kiley Reese (girls soccer), and Piper Ricketts (volleyball); Lebanon's Zane Duning (football) and Ninah Miranda (volleyball); Kings' Ben Shrimplin (boys soccer); Winton Woods' Ziyad Lahbabi (boys soccer); Anderson's Bennett Painter (boys soccer); West Clermont's Hailey Kritz (girls soccer); Milford's Lyric Birkley (girls soccer); Turpin's Sarah Clark (girls tennis - singles); and Walnut Hills' Danny Westrich (water polo) are among the nominees for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced October 19.  In addition, Anderson and Lebanon are up for the Ohio Football Team of the Week award and Milford girls soccer is in contention for the Fall Team of the Week honors.  Vote HERE.

Walnut Hills' Gianni Allwein (boys cross country); Little Miami's William Zegarski (boys cross country) and Piper Ricketts (volleyball); Loveland's Jessie Gibbins (girls cross country); Milford's Jacob Smith (football) and Nick Haskins (boys soccer); Winton Woods' TyRek Spikes (football); Lebanon's Braden Kay (football) and Mya White (volleyball); Kings' Brady Wik (boys soccer), Ana Manning (girls soccer) and Elise Marchal (volleyball); and West Clermont's Kyleigh Conrad (girls soccer) are finalists for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced October 26.  Also, Kings boys soccer, Milford girls cross country, West Clermont girls soccer, and Loveland girls soccer are up for the Fall Team of the Week honors.  Vote HERE.

Walnut Hills' Gianni Allwein (boys cross country), Katie Stiens (girls cross country); Loveland's Ryan Chevalier (boys cross country), Jessie Gibbins (girls cross country); Little Miami's William Zegarski (boys cross country), Grace Biddle (girls cross country); Lebanon's Abby Taylor (girls cross country) and Ninah Miranda (volleyball); Turpin's Elena Horn (girls cross country); Milford's Nick Klenk (football) and Caitlin Evans (girls soccer); Anderson's Joey Faulkner (football) and Bennett Painter (boys soccer); Kings' Will Kocher (football) and Sydney Barrett (volleyball); and Winton Woods' Ty'Rek Spikes (football) were nominees for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced November 1.  Anderson and Milford were up for the Ohio Football Team of the Week award, and Lebanon girls cross country and Loveland girls cross country were in contention for the Fall Team of the Week honors. 

Winton Woods’ Ty’Rek Spikes (football), Anderson's Will Nobles (boys soccer), Loveland's Jessie Gibbins (girls cross country), Little Miami's Grace Biddle (girls cross country) and William Zegarski (boys cross country), and Turpin's Elena Horn (girls cross country) were nominees for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced November 9.  Also, Winton Woods was up for Ohio Football Team of the Week honors and Loveland girls cross country was up for the Girls Fall Team of the Week award!  Congratulations to Jessie and William for winning the award!  Read more HERE.

Winton Woods' KC Spears (football) was a finalist for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced November 16.  Winton Woods was also up for the Ohio Football Team of the Week honors!  

Winton Woods' TyRek Spikes (football), Turpin's Cecelia Hilgefort (girls basketball), and Kings' Kassie Ingram (girls basketball) were in contention for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced November 23.  Also, Winton Woods was up for Ohio Football Team of the Week honors.

Winton Woods' Chance Gray (girls basketball) and TyRek Spikes (football), Milford's Kaylie McKenney (girls basketball), and Turpin's Cecelia Hilgefort (girls basketball) were nominees for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced November 30.  Winton Woods was also up for the Football and Girls Basketball Team of the Week awards and Milford was in contention for the Girls Basketball Team of the Week award as well.  Shout out to Winton Woods for earning Football Team of the Week honors!  Read more HERE.

Kings' Kyle Olson (boys basketball) and Kassie Ingram (girls basketball); Lebanon's Kam O'Connor (boys basketball); Walnut Hills' Tyler McKinley (boys basketball) and Christian Courtney (wrestling); Anderson's Joey Cron (boys basketball); Winton Woods' Daniah Trammell (girls basketball) and TyRek Spikes (football); Milford's Paige Ayler (girls basketball); Loveland's Ian Ciric (boys bowling), Audrey Osman (girls bowling), and Peyton Folzenlogen (wrestling); and Little Miami's Connor P-Minton (boys bowling) are among the nominees for the Enquirer Athlete of the Week award, announced December 7.  Lebanon is up for the Ohio Boys Basketball Team of the Week award and Turpin is up for the Ohio Girls Basketball Team of the Week award.  Turpin boys bowling is also in contention for the Boys Winter Team of the Week honors.  Vote HERE.

ECC Fall Sports Season Updates / Honors

FOOTBALL:  Kings (10-0) wrapped up the ECC Championship, the Knights' fifth conference title since the inception of the ECC.  Congratulations to Winton Woods who won the Division II State Championship!  Read more HERE.  Shout out to our Players of the Year - Kings' Will Kocher (Offensive) and Winton Woods' Jayron Gibson (Defensive) and to our Coach of the Year - Kings' Alex GarvinALL-DISTRICT SELECTIONS:  All-District recipients can be found HERE.

WEEK ONE RESULTS
Anderson fell to Princeton 58-45
Milford defeated Edgewood 41-14
Little Miami beat Goshen 33-3
Loveland lost to Sycamore 47-34
Kings over Middletown 31-6
Turpin downed Oak Hills 28-14
Walnut Hills defeated Aiken 22-14
West Clermont lost to Hamilton 43-28
Winton Woods blanked Trotwood Madison 18-0
Lebanon vs Springboro cancelled

SHOUT OUT to Milford's Tom Grippa for notching his 200th career gridiron coaching victory after the Eagles' week-one victory over Edgewood.  Read more HERE.

WEEK TWO RESULTS
Anderson over Clinton Massie 29-22
Turpin downed Dublin Coffman 35-7
Kings trounced Sycamore 34-12 (Read more HERE)
Winton Woods defeated by LaSalle 21-7
West Clermont fell to Lakota West 45-7
Lebanon lost to Miamisburg 35-14
Little Miami handled Talawanda 38-13
Loveland lost to Princeton 63-21
Milford fell to Lakota East 35-0
Walnut Hills was blanked by Withrow 20-0

WEEK THREE RESULTS
Anderson nips Little Miami 43-42 (Read more HERE)
Turpin defeated Loveland 38-34
Milford beat Walnut Hills 34-8
West Clermont over Lebanon 19-17
Kings downed Winton Woods 14-13

WEEK FOUR RESULTS
Kings won against Anderson 35-28
Winton Woods over Lebanon 17-13
Walnut Hills beat Little Miami 27-21
Milford downed Turpin 20-13
Loveland defeated West Clermont 49-20

WEEK FIVE RESULTS
Anderson defeated Lebanon 51-26
Kings over Walnut Hills 38-14
Milford beat Loveland 48-34
Turpin won against Little Miami 41-23
Winton Woods downed West Clermont 44-14

WEEK SIX RESULTS
Kings beat Lebanon 35-0
Little Miami nipped Loveland 24-21
Turpin over Walnut Hills 34-13
Anderson downed West Clermont 49-7
Winton Woods defeated Milford 40-13

WEEK SEVEN RESULTS
Anderson defeated Winston Woods 28-21
Kings beat West Clermont 49-7
Turpin over Lebanon 28-13
Loveland downed Walnut Hills 44-19
Milford defeated Little Miami 31-6

WEEK EIGHT RESULTS
Lebanon over Little Miami 40-20
Kings beat Loveland 52-20
Anderson defeated Milford 35-7
Winton Woods downed Turpin 41-19
West Clermont over Walnut Hills 31-14

WEEK NINE RESULTS
Anderson over Loveland 72-35
Kings downed Turpin 35-21 (Read more HERE)
Lebanon defeated Milford 24-20
Little Miami at West Clermont 37-13
Winton Woods shutout Walnut Hills 21-0

WEEK TEN RESULTS
Kings won against Little Miami 28-10
Winton Woods downed Loveland 19-13
Milford beat West Clermont 28-7
Anderson over Turpin 21-14  (Read more HERE)
Lebanon defeated Walnut Hills 28-27

ROUND ONE PLAYOFF RESULTS
West Clermont fell to Lakota West 49-14
Walnut Hills shutout by Princeton 28-0
Milford defeated Lebanon 21-7
Little Miami lost to Piqua 49-7
Kings downed Lima Senior 50-6
Anderson beat Xenia 49-6
Winton Woods over Turpin 46-29 (Read more HERE)

ROUND TWO PLAYOFF RESULTS
Milford fell to Lakota West 49-14
Anderson was defeated by LaSalle 45-21
Winton Woods downed Kings 31-21

ROUND THREE PLAYOFF RESULT
Winton Woods over LaSalle 42-25 (Read more HERE)

REGIONAL FINAL RESULT
Winton Woods defeated Piqua 38-17 (Read more HERE)

STATE SEMIFINAL MATCH-UP (FRIDAY)
Winton Woods over Green 20-7

STATE FINALS (THURSDAY)
Winton Woods downed Hoban 21-10 (Read more HERE)

GIRLS GOLF:  The girls Preseason Tournament champion was Milford, who defeated runner-up Turpin by four strokes.  Medalist honors went to Lebanon's Riley Johnson (72), with Milford's Jessica Shay (74) and Anderson's Ayla Brugger (77) finishing second and third respectively on the Walden Ponds links.  The girls Postseason Tournament also featured Milford finishing first with Kings runner-up.  Medalist honors went to Lebanon's Riley Johnson (76), with Milford's Abby Loux (77) and Cameron Manning (80) finishing second and third.  Shout out to Milford for capturing the 2021 ECC title in girls golf, the Lady Eagles' fourth conference crown overall and first since the 2014 season.  Lebanon's Riley Johnson was named Golfer of the Year and Milford's Matt Thompson received Coach of the Year accolades.   POSTSEASON UPDATES:  Congratulations to Turpin (team) and to Milford's Jessica Shay and Abi Loux for advancing to Districts out of the DI Hamilton Sectional.  Individual results are HERE.  Anderson, Lebanon, and Kings teed off in the Walden Ponds Sectional, with Kings advancing to Districts as a team.  Lebanon's Riley Johnson also advanced as an individual!  See complete results HERE.  Complete results from the District Championships are HERE.

BOYS GOLF:  Turpin finished the ECC portion of its schedule with a perfect 8-0 record.  At the Preseason Tournament, the Spartans finished first, six strokes ahead of runner-up Kings (311-317).  Medalist honors went to Kings' Andrew Sharp (71), with Turpin's Alex Meyer (73) and Loveland's Joe Jankowski (75) finishing second and third respectively.  The ECC Postseason Tourney crown went to Kings, who finished five strokes ahead of runner-up Turpin.  Medalist honors went to the Knights' Andrew Sharp who fired a 70, while Turpin's Alex Meyer and Milford's Adam Horn shared silver medalist honors at 75.  Shout out to the Turpin Spartans for winning their first ECC Championship in boys golf!  Milford's Adam Horn was named Golfer of the Year and Turpin's Brad Suder earned Coach of the Year honors.  POSTSEASON UPDATES:  Congratulations to Turpin for advancing to Districts from the Mason Sectional.  Joining the Spartans will be Milford's Adam Horn, Loveland's Joe Jankowski, and Little Miami's Jake Wittenauer.  Individual Sectional results are HERE.  At Districts, Turpin finished sixth and the Spartans' Matt Kissell, Milford's Adam Horn, and Loveland's Joe Jankowski each fired 78 to pace ECC players.  Complete individual results are HERE.

GIRLS TENNIS:  Turpin completed the ECC regular season schedule with a perfect 8-0 conference mark and won the Postseason Tournament - resulting in the Lady Spartans' fifth ECC Championship in girls tennis.  Turpin's Sarah Clark and Gail Maundrell earned Player and Coach of the Year accolades!  Congratulations to the Lady Spartans!  POSTSEASON UPDATES:  The following ECC tennis players advanced to the District Championships:  Turpin's Sarah Clark (Sectional Champion), Ellen Benintendi and Allie Fermann, and Brooke Malone and Morgan Kaas (Sectional Champions); Walnut Hills' Alexis Covinton; and Anderson's Lilly Rile and Paige McPhillipsSTATE BOUND:  Congratulations to Turpin's Sarah Clark who advanced to the OHSAA State Tennis Tournament!

GIRLS SOCCER:  Milford and Loveland will share the 2021 ECC title in girls soccer with identical 7-0-2 records.  Congratulations to Milford's Ana Manning (Offensive) and to Loveland's Abby Pawlikowski (Defensive) for being named Players of the Year.  Milford's Jill Helms earned Coach of the Year accolades.  POSTSEASON UPDATES:  Shout out to Milford and Loveland for advancing to District Final contests this fall!  Despite the losses, our ECC co-champions each had memorable seasons!


SHOUT OUT to Loveland head coach Todd Kelly for achieving his 300th career coaching victory this season!  

BOYS SOCCER:  Anderson finished conference play with a perfect 9-0 mark and wrapped up the ECC title - the school's first since 2017.  The Raptors also swept the ECC postseason honors, with Bennett Painter (Offensive) and Ryan Sullivan (Defensive) earning Player of the Year honors and Sam Miller receiving Coach of the Year accolades.  POSTSEASON UPDATES:  Congratulations to Anderson for defeating Moeller 2-1 in the District Final!  The Raptors would then fall 3-2 in overtime to Centerville in the Regional semis to wrap up a tremendous season at 18-1-1.  Read more HERE.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY:  Loveland won the school's second ECC girls cross country title October 16, finishing ahead of runner-up Lebanon 33-61.  Walnut Hills finished third.  Leading the way individually was Loveland's Emmy Sager (ECC Runner of the Year) who finished first, while Walnut Hills' Kate Stiens placed second and Kings' Sara Doughman finished third.  Complete individual results of all races are HERE.  Congratulations also go to Loveland's Steve Nester for earning Coach of the Year honors.  POSTSEASON UPDATES:  Congratulations to Loveland (District Champions), Walnut Hills, Milford, Turpin, and Lebanon for advancing to the Regional Championships.  The Lady Tigers' Jessie Gibbins won the District title in the A race.  At-large individual Regional qualifiers included Little Miami's Grace Biddle and Mackenzie Evans, Anderson's Audrey Baker, and Kings' Sara DoughmanSTATE BOUND:  Loveland (Regional Champions) and Lebanon both advance as teams to the State Girls Cross Country Championships Saturday in Obetz.  The Lady Tigers' Jessie Gibbins finished fourth overall to lead all ECC runners.  Individual State qualifiers include Little Miami's Grace Biddle, Walnut Hills' Kate Stiens, and Turpin's Elena Horn.  Complete results are HERESTATE RESULTS:  At the State Championship Meet, Loveland finished as State Runner-Up, led by Jessie Gibbins' twelfth-place finish!  Lebanon finished thirteenth as a team.  Little Miami's Grace Biddle finished 23rd.  Individual results are HERE.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY:  Loveland came away with the Tigers' first-ever ECC Championship after outdistancing runner-up Lebanon 43-83 at the Conference Championships on October 16.  Little Miami's William Zegarski finished as ECC champ and Runner of the Year, with Walnut Hills' Gianni Allwein and Loveland's Ryan Chevalier finishing second and third respectively.  Loveland's Steve Nester was named Coach of the Year.  Complete individual results of all races are HEREPOSTSEASON UPDATES:  Saturday's Regional Championships will feature Loveland and Turpin who qualified as teams.  At-large individual qualifiers include Little Miami's William Zegarski (District Champion), Walnut Hills' Gianni Allwein (District Champion) and Owen Murray, Milford's Charlie Vause, Anderson's Sam Mizukawa, Lebanon's Jacob Fleig, and Kings' Sam Thomas STATE BOUND:  Like the girls, Loveland boys have advanced to the State Boys Cross Country Championships Saturday after the squad's fourth-place finish at Regionals.  Little Miami's William Zegarski finished ten seconds ahead of the second-place runner to reign as Regional Champion!  Walnut Hills' Gianni Allwein and Owen Murray will join William as individual State qualifiers!  Complete results are HERESTATE RESULTS:  Loveland finished twelfth in the team competition, but the big news of the State Meet came from Little Miami's William ZegarskiWilliam won the State title by nearly twenty seconds, running a time of 14:39.9!  Congratulations William!  Walnut Hills' Gianni Allwein finished ninth and Loveland's Ryan Chevalier placed fourteenth.  Individual results are HERE.

VOLLEYBALL:  Lebanon finished conference play with a fine 16-2 record, securing the Lady Warriors' second consecutive ECC championship.  Kings finished second, one game behind at 15-3.  Player of the Year honors went to Lebanon's Ninah Miranda (Offensive) and to Milford's Emily Morgan (Defensive), while Coach of the Year recognition went to Lebanon's Karen MirandaPOSTSEASON UPDATES:  Lebanon was the last ECC team to fall in postseason action, losing to Mount Notre Dame to finish a fine season as District runner-up and ECC Champions!

Anderson Volleyball Holds Volley For A Cause Event

When someone from my generation begins a story with “Back in my day,” young people smile and courteously pretend to be listening intently as their minds wander off to, well, anything else! I’m going to throw caution to the wind, however, and begin this feature by comparing today’s high school athletes with those of my generation.

The ultimate goal back in the day was to win, of course, and that will never change. But the path taken to achieve that success is quite different today than in the late 70’s when I was dreaming of being the next OJ Simpson.

Summer camps, travelling teams, club teams, passing scrimmages, seven-on-seven sessions, and the like didn’t exist back in my day. Frankly, there wasn’t even a large amount of weightlifting that took place. The only thing I recall was dreading the day in early July when that letter from the head football coach would arrive in the mail explaining what we should do to prepare for August football practice. That was it … and it was up to the individual athlete to get into shape.

Simply put, today’s young athletes spend far more time on athletics than my generation ever did. That bit of news is not earth-shattering, especially to today’s parents who are hauling their children all over creation to attend these out-of-season, and sometimes in-season, escapades.

Winning (and the preparation necessary to get there) is different today. That’s a given.

But that’s not the point for writing this. There’s yet another component of today’s student-athletes’ careers that is glaringly more different than how they prepare for potential athletic stardom.

Back in my day, student-athletes didn’t spend near the time giving back to the community as today’s do. And it’s not even close.

That’s why I would like to throw a HUGE SHOUT OUT (capitals used as a salute to Anderson athletic director Chris Newton) to the Anderson varsity volleyball squad on the Lady Raptors’ Volley for a Cause event held during the September 18 match-up with Harrison. Led by head coach Lauren Olson and seniors Sophie Thon, Rory Shelton, and Ashley Clarke, the squad decided to raise funds for the Ben Kimble Memorial Foundation. The girls also wanted to shine the spotlight on Child Focus, an agency that, among other things, provides children’s mental health services.

“This was really a great cause for us to bring awareness to mental health for Cincinnati-area students,” said Coach Olson. Lauren, like so many of today’s coaches, gives so much of her precious down time teaching much more than what it takes to be a successful volleyball player or a successful ninth grade English student. She teaches Anderson’s students how to succeed at being a compassionate and caring person.

“Playing for a coach who doesn’t only encourage winning and effort but also a ‘give back’ mentality makes me believe that there is something bigger in this world to play for. She reminds us everyday that we are so fortunate to play volleyball, so the least we can do is give back to the people that got us there,” said Ashley, third on the squad in blocks and who has missed only three serves in her career.

The girls ended up raising $2500 for the Ben Kimble Memorial Foundation. A little background on Ben, from the Ben Kimble Memorial Foundation website:

On March 18, 2019, Benjamin Kimble took his own life. Ben was a freshman at Turpin High School, a member of the football and track teams, and the beloved younger brother of his three siblings. Ben left behind a gaping hole in the hearts of all who had known him. Ben also left behind a legacy of his kindness and selflessness, his laughter and sense of humor, his incredible athletic ability and his goal of helping others. Throughout his whole life, Ben went out of his way to help people, to stand up for those who had trouble finding a voice of their own. Ben hid his own problems so well that many of his friends and family didn’t know how badly he had been struggling until it was too late. This foundation was created in order to honor Ben’s memory, to try and help other children and to protect other families from the pain of losing a loved one to suicide or mental illness.

“It felt amazing. The cause is so close to all three seniors' hearts, as well as being very special to our community. It feels good knowing all of the money we raised is going to such an important cause, said Sophie, the Lady Raptors’ team leader in assists and aces. “It was special having his parents who run the foundation in attendance and knowing that they’re going to do so much good with the money.”

The squad had announcements throughout the contest to raise awareness about the foundation, flyers and bracelets from Child Focus to pass out at the door, raffle tickets for split-the-pot and raffle baskets, and a bake sale.

The Ben Kimble Foundation also sponsors an annual $1000 scholarship (based on nominations from anyone in the Anderson and Turpin communities) which recognizes a graduating senior who embodies Ben’s spirit of inclusion and his ability to connect with people of all kinds through kindness, encouragement, and friendship.

A special thanks should go out to the entire school and community for supporting the team’s fundraising efforts.

“We got great feedback from our teachers, families and student body. This foundation is more than a foundation to me and the two other seniors, because all three of us were very close with Ben. Being a part of Volley for a Cause has touched my heart and so many others. We raised $2500 for the foundation, and I am so proud it’s going to this cause. Overall, I want everyone to remember that you aren’t walking through this crazy world alone and you are so loved,” said Rory, her squad’s leader in both kills and blocks.

Yes, things were different “Back in my day,” and I’m kind of sad for that. I try to reflect on the wins and losses and the relationships with my teammates. Unfortunately, most have faded with time. I am envious of today’s student-athletes who get the opportunity to play for coaches like Lauren Olson … and who will grow old with memory after memory of how they made their community a better place to live.

If you would like to make a donation to the Ben Kimble Memorial Foundation, visit the website at  https://www.benkimblefoundation.org/donate