Harrison, Ross, Talawanda and Northwest have all enjoyed starting the softball season on high notes. Northwest is off to a 1-2 start, but the Knights played Seton tough in their opener, then dropped one to Deer Park and recovered with a 13-2 win over Finneytown. Talawanda finds itself at 2-1 and the Braves have scored a league-high 39 runs in their first three games. Talawanda's Kherrin Morgan is hitting .636 with a conference-leading eight RBI.
Harrison and Ross both remain perfect and have looked like complete teams over the first two weeks of the season. Harrison's 4-0 with wins over South Dearborn, Ryle, Dixie Heights and Turpin. The Wildcats have been led by pitcher Erin Engstrom who's 4-0 with a 0.58 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched. Shelby Scott is hitting .563 for the Wildcats with nine hits; Sydney Turner is hitting .400 and Madison Huber is hitting .538.
At the plate, Hayley Hudson leads the way for Ross hitting .615 with five stolen bases. Pitcher Kenzie Meyer has been a strikeout machine with 22 Ks in 14.2 innings and she's 2-0 this season with a 1.91 ERA.
Edgewood's also 1-2 and the Cougars have been strong defensively allowing just 12 runs, but they need to get going offensively with just two runs in three games. Edgewood has had a tough schedule early with losses to Monroe and Badin and a 2-1 win over Middletown.
Little Miami's 0-2 and Mount Healthy's 0-4.
Congratulations to Peyton Bonnlander, Lindsey Cron, Miranda Charls, Erin Engstrom, Sara Forbeck, Cassidy Hatfield, Briana Looney, Kayla Nowlin, Mallory Fox, Madison Huber and Sarah Crawford. These girls make up the Harrison girls basketball varsity team which was recognized by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association, as the third-best academic team in the state of Ohio with an average 3.970 GPA.
Fields are still drying, but damp playing surfaces won't stop the spring sports season from commencing. Saturday, March 28, sets in motion the baseball, softball and track and field spring seasons with boys tennis beginning on Monday.
The opening weekend of baseball features Mount Healthy playing in the Reds Futures High School Showcase. In addition, Little Miami, Talawanda and Northwest all have doubleheaders scheduled Saturday. Edgewood is at Hamilton and Fairfield visits Ross.
The softball season starts seeing Little Miami, Edgewood, Mount Healthy and Talawanda all playing in doubleheaders, while Ross face Trinity (Pa.) in a Myrtle Beach tournament.
On Saturday, March 14, Harrison sophomore Cory Baird placed eighth at 106 pounds at the Division I OHSAA wrestling tournament in Columbus. Ross senior Aaron Cox won by pin to place seventh at 120 pounds in Division II.
After placing in the top four of their respective weight classes at the district tournament, several SWOC wrestlers will have a shot at the podium at state next weekend in Columbus.
Northwest's Keyon Huntley and Julian Daniels will both wrestle at state. Ross grapplers Jake Gentry and Aaron Cox are through to state. Edgewood's Jaren Rutherford has a spot at state and so does Harrison's Cory Baird.