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Mason track teams primed for big seasons

Tony Affatato has a little more breathing room as he works a girls track practice this spring.The Mason High School girls track coach watched as his numbers ballooned to close to 200 in 2013.In 2014, it is back to a “manageable” 164.“It is better than it has been because it ...

Little Miami boys track on the upswing

Josh Chasteen is amazed at the resurgence of the Little Miami High School boys track program.When he took over two years ago, the Panthers barely had a team.Last year, they Panthers won three invitational titles, including defending their home turf. The junior high program is back and kicking at full ...

Warriors eager to defend GWOC titles

Lebanon boys track coach Steve Poitinger and girls track coach Matt Collier enter the season with lGreater Western Ohio Conference South Division titles to defend.“We are optimistic for this season,” Collier said. “We should be a factor and compete strongly in big regular season meets (Coaches Classic and Wayne Invitational) ...

Kings boys track team has record numbers

The Kings High School boys track team opens the season with its biggest team — 75 members — in school history.“We hope to keep the underclassman involved in order for the program to grow… in strength and depth,” Kings coach Jim Brant said.The Knights lost some key members from a ...

Numbers up for Fairfield track squads

The preseason has been busy for Fairfield High School track coach Kris Hensley.“Beyond the weather,” Hensley said of the finicky transfer from winter to spring, “the preseason has gone well.”The Indians lost most of their point scorers to graduation on both the boys and girls side. But Fairfield hopes to ...

Monroe boys should compete in SWBL

What it may lack in depth, the Monroe High School boys track team hopes to make up for in talent.The Hornets return the bulk of their scorers from a team that finished 5.5 points behind Franklin for third in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division in 2013. Monroe had a ...

Lakota East’s Autumn Heath, a Purdue University recruit, is a three-time state qualifier. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD

D-I signees lead East girls

John Lindeman knows the road won’t be easy. Not in the Greater Miami Conference..“We have to compete in one of the toughest leagues in the state,” he said.. “It’s going to be an exciting team to watch for both girls and boys. We are looking to compete for a league ...

West girls poised for strong season

The Lakota West High School girls track team may be the team to watch.Sure, coach Larry Cox’s charges finished sixth in the Greater Miami Conference in 2013, but they have something no one else in the conference can claim.All of their main point scorers return. And all of the relay ...

Comets return five players from 18-1 team

Each spring, Mason High School boys tennis coach Linda Kirtley sorts through the players who try out,whittles the teams down and hopes to have the process complete prior to spring break.“It is nice for them to be able to take spring break knowing where their place is and being able ...

Hornets back on the court

After a one-year hiatus, there is buzz around the Monroe High School tennis courts again.The Hornets didn’t field a team last year because of numbers, but this spring, coach Jim Sliger has a team again.“I think some of it has to do with the $250 pay to participate per sport,” ...

East coach likes mix of youth, experience

Greg Mahlerwein looks over his varsity boys tennis squad at Lakota East High School and smiles.The Thunderhawks have a blend of youth and returnees.“We’ve got a good mix,” Mahlerwein said. “We have a lot of leadership coming back and we have three very solid additions.”The difficulty is going to be ...

Indians hope to have strength in numbers

Fairfield High School tennis coach Mike Morgan kept all 23 players who tried out for the boys team this spring and considers it just the first step in helping athletes discover something they can do long as long as they live.Morgan started offseason camps and clinics for players in grades ...

First-year Kings coach inherits experienced squad

First-year Kings High School boys tennis coach Rex Cabrera inherits an experienced squad from a group that finished 5-11 overall and 2-4 in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference. Tristan Nosek leads a group of five returnees that includes four seniors.“I think we’ve got a good group of talent to work with,” ...

Lebanon tennis looking to move up in GWOC

After competing last season in the lower flight of the Greater Western Ohio Conference tournament, the Lebanon High School boys tennis team looks to move back up to the top flight.“We hope to get off to a fast start and carry that momentum back to the gold flight,” Lebanon coach ...

Coach expects Firebirds to be successful

Bryan Skoog looks at his Lakota West High School boys tennis roster and notices a couple of things.First, it is full of seniors.Second, he is still not sure where to fit everyone in the lineup.“We’ve got the one freshman and the rest are seniors,” Skoog said. “We don’t quite have ...

Hitless Mason tops Indians 1-0 in opener

The no-hitter produced no joy for Fairfield High School’s baseball team Monday.Senior Travis Rowland and junior Dalton Whitaker combined to keep host Mason hitless in a Greater Miami Conference season opener, but the Comets scratched out a run and Rodney Hutchison made it stand up for a 1-0 victory.“Usually your ...

McKenna Devich, Lakota East H.S.

Athlete of the Week: McKenna Devich, Lakota East

Name: McKenna DevichSchool: Lakota East High SchoolSport: GymnasticsClass: 2017Age: 15Claim to Fame: BarsBet You Didn’t Know: I was born in TexasToughest Opponent/Why? Mason High School because they have a lot of good gymnastsFavorite Book: Breathe by Elena DillonFavorite Movie: Stick ItFavorite TV Show: Pretty Little LiarsFavorite Musical Artist: Bruno MarsFavorite ...

Lakota East senior Kyle Lepper is a key returning pitcher for the Thunderhawks. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY ROB LEIFHEIT

Plenty of holes to fill for East

Ray Hamilton has some pieces to juggle.And he doesn’t have much time to figure out the secret combination.The Lakota East High School baseball team has little room for error, opening the season on Monday at home against rival Lakota West.“We got to come out and be ready,” Hamilton said. “That ...

Lakota West shortstop Ike Cloutier is a key returner. E.L. HUBBARD / CONTRIBUTOR

Proven returnees bolster West hopes

Lakota West High School baseball coach Bill Dreisbach has a diverse and interesting combination as the Firebirds prepare to embark on the 2014 campaign.Gone are 12 seniors from the squad that finished 16-14 and tied for fifth in the Greater Miami Conference with a 8-10 mark.While five starters return, the ...

Monroe infielder Brice Cable is a key returner. DAVID A. MOODIE / CONTRIBUTOR

Monroe hopes to contend for SWBL title

Bob Hunt knows there is a big difference between how good a team looks on paper and what happens on the field.Still, the Monroe High School baseball coach is encouraged.“We are going to keep building on the days ahead of us, but we are excited with where we are at,” ...

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