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.
For the boys, at the Division I sectional tournament on Feb. 26 at Colerain Lanes the SWOC had six boys advance to the district tournament individually. They are: Edgewood's Corey Short and Dakota Craft; Little Miami's Kyle Raab and Gavin Vires; Ross' Andrew Campbell; Mount Healthy's Darryl McWhorter.
For the girls, Northwest qualified as a team for the district tournament. The Knights took fourth place at the Division I sectional at Colerain Feb. 25, led by Ashley Carroll's 635 three-game series. From that same sectional, Little Miami's Kay Rothermund qualified as an individual, as did Mount Healthy's Jasmin Shimkowiak. Harrison also advanced to districts as a team; the Wildcats took fifth place at the Crossgate Lanes Division I sectional Feb. 25. Harrison's Emma Kukelhan led the Wildcats with a 521 three-game total.
The district tournament is Wednesday, for the boys, and Thursday for the girls at Beaver-Vu Lanes.
Edgewood senior Zach Apple had the conference's best finish at the state swim meet Feb. 27-28 at the C. T. Branin Natatorium. Apple placed second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.01 in the boys 100 freestyle race. He finished second to St. Xavier's Grant House who's won that race in consecutive seasons.
At the Division I state swim meet, Little Miami senior Jack German took third place in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.75. Apple took fourth in that same race with a 20.81.
Talawanda senior Ethan Coffin took 15th place in the Division II state diving competition.