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
Changes Announced To 2022 Football Schedules
PRESS RELEASE: At the September 9 Eastern Cincinnati Conference athletic directors meeting, the athletic directors of the ten conference schools voted to adopt a nine-game conference football schedule beginning with the 2022 gridiron season. The new conference schedule will now feature league contests in weeks two through ten. Each school’s 2022 conference scrimmage will become the week-two contest. Eastern Cincinnati Conference member schools are Anderson, Kings, Lebanon, Little Miami, Loveland, Milford, Turpin, Walnut Hills, West Clermont, and Winton Woods.
ECC Fall Sports Season Updates
FOOTBALL: Kings is one win away from back-to-back ECC titles on the gridiron. The Knights are 6-0 in conference play with two games remaining. Anderson is 5-1.
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 MATCH-UPS
Kings at Little Miami
Winton Woods at Loveland
West Clermont at Milford
Anderson at Turpin
Lebanon at Walnut Hills
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. 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! POSTSEASON UPDATES: Congratulations to Turpin for advancing to today's 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. Congratulations to the Lady Spartans! POSTSEASON UPDATES: The following ECC tennis players have advanced to today's District Championships at the Lindner Family Tennis Center: 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 McPhillips. STATE BOUND: Congratulations to Turpin's Sarah Clark who has advanced to the October 22-23 OHSAA State Tennis Tournament at the Lindner Family Tennis Center!
GIRLS SOCCER: Milford and Loveland will share the 2021 ECC title in girls soccer with identical 7-0-2 records. POSTSEASON UPDATES: The Sectional Tournament begins this week. Complete Division I brackets are HERE.
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. POSTSEASON UPDATES: Sectional play begins this week. Complete Division I brackets are 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 who finished first, while Walnut Hills' Kate Stiens placed second and Kings' Sara Doughman finished third. Complete individual results of all races are HERE. POSTSEASON UPDATES: The District Meet is slated for Saturday. All ECC teams race at VOA Park except Lebanon who races at Cedarville.
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, with Walnut Hills' Gianni Allwein and Loveland's Ryan Chevalier finishing second and third respectively. Complete individual results of all races are HERE. POSTSEASON UPDATES: The District Championships are scheduled for Saturday. All teams run at VOA Park except Lebanon who races at Cedarville.
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. POSTSEASON UPDATES: Sectionals begin this week. Complete Division I brackets are HERE.
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.
ECC Spring Sports Season Updates / Honors
SPRING ATHLETES EARN TRIP TO STATE
Congratulations to Walnut Hills' Phillip Kogan and Anderson's Payson Scott for earning a trip to the May 28-29 OHSAA State Boys Tennis Championships at the Lindner Family Tennis Center!
In girls track and field, congratulations to the following athletes who advanced to the State Track and Field Championships: Anderson's Catherine Dorsey (400 meters) and Paige Eliff (discus); Loveland's Madison Conatser (800 meters), Jessie Gibbons (800 meters), and the 400 meter relay team of Madison, Jessie, Emmy Sager, and Sarah Madix; Turpin's Ella Lambert (1600 meters) and Mae Reed (300 hurdles); Lebanon's Faith Duncan (Regional Champion 3200 meters) and the 3200 meter relay team of Faith, Alynna Wilson, Hope Carr, and Grace Glassmeyer; Walnut Hills' Emma Upp (long jump); and Anderson's Aidan Orth (shot put and discus).
On the boys' side, Kings' Alex Justus (Regional Champion 800 meters); Little Miami's William Zegarski (3200 meters); Loveland's Ryan Chevalier (1600 meters) and the 4x800 relay team of Ryan, J.P. Tew, Brady Steiner, and Ajay Stutz; and Turpin's Paul Signorelli (Regional Champion pole vault) and Gabe Hickman (Regional Champion shot put and discus).
Highlights from the State Meet included State titles from Turpin's Paul Signorelli in the pole vault and Gabe Hickman in the shot put (and fourth place finish in the discus). They led the Spartans to a fourth-place team finish. Runner-up performances were turned in by Little Miami's William Zegarski (3200 meters), Kings' Alex Justus (800 meters), and the Loveland boys 3200 meter relay team of J.P. Tew, Ajay Stutz, Brady Steiner, and Ryan Chevalier. Complete results are HERE.
Tip of the cap to the girls lacrosse team from Loveland for advancing to the State Final Four! The Lady Tigers fell to Dublin Coffman 9-7 to finish their tremendous season with an overall record of 17-5!
SOFTBALL: Milford and Lebanon finished 16-2 in ECC play this spring and will share the 2021 ECC title. The championship is Milford's sixth and Lebanon's first conference trophies. ALL-ECC HONORS: Shout out to our Players of the Year, Sam Boothby from Milford and Reece Hampton from West Clermont. Milford's Christy Gregory earned Coach of the Year honors. POSTSEASON UPDATES: Lebanon and Kings each fell in the District Finals to conclude fine performances in postseason play. ALL-DISTRICT HONORS: The Southwest Coaches Association's All-District squad can be found HERE. Congratulations to Lebanon's Alyssa Langston and Reagan Vunak and Milford's Sam Boothby for earning First Team honors! ALL-STATE HONORS: Congratulations to Milford's Sam Boothby, Lebanon's Alyssa Langston and Reagan Vunak, and Turpin's Ryan Kennedy for being named All-Ohio by the Ohio High School Fastpitch Coaches Association! See complete lists HERE.
MILESTONE ALERT: Congratulations to Milford's Christy Gregory for earning her 300th career coaching victory in an 8-3 victory over Wilmington on April 9. According to the OHSAA Record Book, she becomes the 58th coach in the state to achieve this milestone!
ANOTHER MILESTONE! Congratulations to Lebanon's Brian Kindell who picked up his 400th coaching victory with the Lady Warriors' victory over Anderson May 8! Read more HERE.
BASEBALL: Turpin won its first-ever ECC baseball championship this spring, finishing conference play with a fine 14-4 record. ALL-ECC HONORS: Congratulations to our Player of the Year, Anderson's Josh Overbeek, and our Coach of the Year, Turpin's Don Gullett. POSTSEASON UPDATES: Congratulations to Little Miami for finishing as District runner-up after falling to Mason in the District Finals! Congratulations on a great first season in the ECC! ALL-CITY HONORS: Shout out to the following All-City selections by the Southwest Ohio Baseball Coaches Association: Anderson's Josh Overbeek, Cole Brennan, and Ross Carnes; Lebanon's Zach Weber, Connor Smith, Brad Beyersdoefer, Wyatt Lawson, and Parker Dillhoff; West Clermont's Trevor Conley and Gavin Sunderman; Walnut Hills' Michael Conte and JT Brandenburg; Kings' Mason Clark and Tarrus Garrett; Milford's Jonathan Baker, Chase Herrell, and Tyler Hewitt; Turpin's Nick Kapostasy, Connor Stout, Johnny Berliner, Grady Stickney, and William Henkel; Little Miami's Trey Williams; and Loveland's Connor Wessell.
MILESTONE OF MILESTONES! Congratulations to Walnut Hills baseball coach Jack Kuzniczci for earned his 500th career coaching win with the Eagles' victory over Sycamore on May 15. Coach Kuzniczci is stepping down at the conclusion of this season, and we wish him the best of luck! Read more HERE.
GIRLS TRACK: The Loveland Lady Tigers defended their conference title from 2019 after capturing the 2021 championship! Milford finished runner-up. Complete results are HERE. ALL-ECC HONORS: Individual league honors went to Milford's Meredith Goff (High Point Scorer and Top Sprint Performer), Anderson's Paige Elliff (Top Field Performer), Turpin's Ella Lambert (Top Distance Performer), and Loveland's Herb Laughman (Coach of the Year). POSTSEASON UPDATES: Check out the results from the Bellbrook District Meet HERE and the Mason District Meet HERE. Congratulations to all of our athletes who competed in the Regional Meet. Complete results are HERE. Shout out to our State Meet qualifiers (read more above)!
BOYS TRACK: Loveland defeated runner-up Turpin to secure its second consecutive ECC Track and Field Championship this spring. Event-by-event results are HERE. ALL-ECC HONORS: Individual conference recognition went to Turpin's Paul Signorelli (High Point Scorer), Turpin's Gabe Hickman (Top Field Performer), Kings' Alex Justus (Top Sprint Performer), Little Miami's William Zegarski (Top Distance Performer), and Loveland's Jim Vanatsky (Coach of the Year). POSTSEASON UPDATES: Results of the Bellbrook District Meet are HERE and the Mason District Meet HERE. Shout out to all ECC athletes who advanced to the Regional Meet. Complete results can be found HERE. Tip of the cap to the ECC's State qualifiers (read more above).
BOYS TENNIS: Anderson played well this spring with a perfect 8-0 record in ECC regular season action. Congratulations to Walnut Hills for capturing the Conference Tournament title. See complete results HERE. Final standings saw that Anderson and Walnut Hills will share the 2021 ECC Championship - the first conference title for both schools! ALL-ECC HONORS: Congratulations to our Player of the Year and Coach of the Year from Anderson, Payson Scott and Brent Johnson! POSTSEASON UPDATES: Congratulations to Walnut Hills' Phillip Kogan and Anderson's Payson Scott for advancing to the State Championships (read more above)!
GIRLS LACROSSE: Loveland secured its third ECC championship with a perfect 7-0 record in conference play. The Lady Tigers advanced to the State semis before falling to Dublin Coffman (read more above). ALL-ECC HONORS: Congratulations to Loveland's Carly Wilhoite for earning Player of the Year recognition and to the Lady Tigers' Andrea Setser for being named Coach of the Year.
BOYS LACROSSE: Milford finished its ECC schedule with a perfect 8-0 record to capture its first conference title since the 2017 season! ALL-ECC HONORS: Player of the Year honors went to Milford's Carson Geier and Coach of the Year recognition went to the Eagles' Conor Peck. POSTSEASON HONORS: The OHSCLA All-Regional squad was announced and a HUGE shout out goes to Milford's Carson Geier and Conor Peck for being named Player and Coach of the Year respectively. Other players earning recognition included Milford's Luke Ray, Alex Hannah, and Jacob Smith (position Player of the Year); Loveland's Zach Mulligan, Ethan Lund, and Will Westermeyer; Lebanon's Luke Stanfield; and Turpin's Drew Covington and Ryan Stocker. Congratulations! ALL-STATE HONORS: Shout out to Milford's Luke Ray, Carson Geier, Jacob Smith, and Alex Hannah, and Loveland's Ethan Lund for earning All-Ohio recognition!
BOYS VOLLEYBALL: Although the ECC doesn't officially sponsor boys volleyball, our conference typically fares well in regular and postseason action. POSTSEASON UPDATES: HUGE congratulations to Walnut Hills for finishing the spring as Regional runner-up after falling to Moeller in the Regional Finals. POSTSEASON HONORS: The ECC had eight players selected to the All-Region team: Walnut Hills' Owen Vogelpohl (First Team); Loveland's Tyler Miller-Bross and Walnut Hills' Caleb Lipscomb (Second Team); and West Clermont's Kyle Rees, Loveland's Eric Keldsen and Stone Thole, and Walnut Hills' Trent Borgmann and Griffin Wheatley. ALL-ECC HONORS: In addition, coaches selected players to an unofficial All-ECC squad: Walnut Hills' Owen Vogelpohl earned Player of the Year and First Team honors. Other First Team recipients were the Eagles' Caleb Lipscomb and Trent Borgmann, Loveland's Tyler Miller-Bross, Milford's Jacob Downs, and West Clermont's Kyle Rees. Honorable Mention accolades went to Loveland's Eric Keldsen, Stone Thole, and Mason Mueller; Walnut Hills' Griffin Wheatley; West Clermont's Stoney Hamilton; and Milford's DJ Messink. ALL-STATE HONORS: A pair of Walnut Hills players - Owen Vogelpohl and Caleb Lipscomb - earn All-State honors from the OBSVCA. Read more HERE.