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Harrison's varsity baseball team has been invited to play at Great American Ballpark again. The Southwest Local School District would like to invite everyone to take part in this awesome event.  Tickets will be available for purchase at HJS & HHS in the main office and through Band Members / Baseball Teams starting March 20, 2017.

 

With each purchase of a ticket to the Harrison vs. Oak Hills Big League Weekend game that will be played on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1pm, you will receive a ticket to the Harrison Night at GABP Reds vs. Baltimore game on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:10pm. Before this Reds game we will have a special Harrison pre-game parade on the field recognizing all Harrison groups, clubs, sports, and activities that take part.  Tickets are $10 View Level and $20 Field Box.

 

Enjoy the band playing the National Anthem at both games, our Varsity Baseball team playing in its third consecutive game at GABP, and retiring Harrison High School Principal Mr. Dave Baker will throw out the first pitch.  

Derek Rehage, who has been known for his leadership skills on and off the football field, has been promoted from defensive coordinator to head football coach at Harrison High School.

The Board of Education for the Southwest Local School District tonight unanimously appointed Rehage, who will replace Kent McCullough starting in the 2017-18 season. Rehage also will continue to serve as an intervention specialist for the district.

“I remember when I was a high school football player and the positive influence that the coaches, my teammates and the game had on me,” he said. “I want to be part of that experience for the young men here at Harrison – to give them the same opportunities that were given to me and make a positive impact on their lives.” 

Rehage, who lives in Harrison, emerged from a field of 18 highly qualified applicants, including high school coaches whose teams had won the state championship. Harrison assistant football coaches, parents, a school board member and administrators participated in the interviews.

Athletic Director Mark Meibers predicted the transition will be “unbelievably smooth” because Rehage has been coaching and teaching at Harrison. “His relationship with the student-athletes and community is second to none,” Meibers said. “His knowledge of football is great and his ability to lead on and off the field is what truly separates him from others. Derek is special. He has a passion for football and his players.” 

Rehage said he will retain many of the features that McCullough used to run the football program but that he will add new elements that fit the way he likes to do things. He believes the keys to success include emphasizing fundamentals, playing with great effort and as a team, and displaying sportsmanship to officials and opposing players.

Before moving to Harrison High School, he served as a varsity assistant football coach and head wrestling coach at East Central High School in St. Leon, Indiana for six seasons. Previously, he was a varsity assistant football coach and freshman wrestling coach at Colerain High School.

He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in education from Miami University, majoring in physical education and minoring in special education. He later earned a master’s degree in education, focusing on curriculum development, from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

He played football at East Central High School and Miami University. After college, he played eight games in the NFL Europe on a team called Rhein Fire when he broke his hand and had surgery. Then, he went to the 2007 preseason camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a rookie free agent but the hand injury caused the Steelers to release him before the regular season.

In February, McCullough accepted the head coaching job at Turpin High School in the Forest Hills Local School District after leading the Wildcats to 39 wins and 26 losses in six seasons. Harrison is a Division II, Region 8 school in the Ohio Southwest Conference.

Kayla Lockaby Bush has been hired as the new girls varsity head soccer coach at Ross High School. A 2000 Ross graduate, four-year letter winner in soccer, Parade Magazine Soccer All-American in 2000, Gatorade Women's Soccer Player of the Year in 1999, a four-year starter and First Team All-SEC and First Team Academic All-SEC at the University of Tennessee.  Kayla replaces Kris Ausmus after two seasons at Ross. Coach Lockaby brings her playing and coaching experience to Ross for the second time, as she was the Varsity Girl's Soccer Head Coach from 2012-2014.

Her record at Ross 43-12-4
Coaching Awards at Ross:
SWOC Coach of the Year
Division II Coach of the Year
Enquirer DII Coach of the Year

Kayla was selected based on her knowledge, enthusiasm, and energy she will bring to the girl's soccer program at Ross.

Northwest sophomore Max Pierson advanced to the Division I state tournament on March 11 in Columbus by rolling a 585 three-game series at the district tournament to qualify as an individual. 

Advancing from the Southwest Ohio Conference to the state tournament March 10-11 at Ohio State University's Schottenstein Center are: 

In Division I, Harrison will send Cory Baird, Cameron Baird and Cameron Sauerwein. Northwest's Michael Carter also qualified at 220 pounds. 

In Division II, Talawanda's Preston Bressler and Sean Mondello, as well as Jake Gentry and Karson Chasteen from Ross. 

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