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Wildcats Win 4th Straight SWOC Girls Bowling Crown
The 2023 SWOC Girls Bowling Championship has been won by the Harrison Wildcats. This is the Wildcats 4th consecutive title. Harrison’s record is currently 12-4 overall (9-1 SWOC). The Wildcats have one regular season contest remaining before embarking on the OHSAA post-season tournament trail. Harrison bowlers possess 5 of the top 14 conference averages. Those bowlers and their averages are Carolyne Doyle (186.2); Anna Francisco (178.4); Emma Marhoffer (156.2); Christina Simendinger (151.3); and Avery Haas (147.3). Congratulations and good luck to the Wildcats and Head Coach Trevor Ward!!!
Ross Earns 1st Ever SWOC Boys Swimming & Diving Championship
The Ross Rams and Head Coach Joe Stewart took the SWOC Boys Swimming & Diving Championship for the first time in school history. The Rams’ victory brought Talawanda’s run of ten straight titles to an end. At the 2023 SWOC Boys Swimming & Diving Championship Meet, Ross outscored the Brave by 52 points to earn the title. The final team scores were: 1. Ross (221); 2. Talawanda (169); 3. Harrison (97); and 4. Edgewood (53). Ross’ Joe Stewart was voted SWOC Boys Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year. For second year in a row, the recipient of the 2023 Boys Swimming & Diving Swimmer of the Year was Sophomore Cooper Burt (Ross). Cooper won two individual races: the 200 Freestyle and the 100 Backstroke. He was also a member of two winning relay teams: the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Freestyle Relay. Cooper broke three Conference Meet records: as a member of the 200 Medley Relay (1:39.18); the 200 Freestyle (1:46.87); and the 100 Backstroke (51.24). New Conference Meet records were also established by Ross’ 200 Medley Relay consisting of Cooper Burt, Connor Bennett, Luke Mignery and Conner Norton (1:39.18) and Connor Bennett (Ross) in the 200 IM (2:00.61). For complete results, please go to the Boys Swimming - Conference Meet tab.
2023 SWOC Girls Swimming & Diving Championship Captured by Talawanda
The Talawanda Brave and Head Coach Steve Pasquale have won the SWOC Girls Swimming & Diving Championship for the second consecutive season. The Brave have now won ten of the eleven SWOC titles in conference history. Talawanda finished 137 points ahead of runner-up Ross at the 2023 SWOC Girls Swimming & Diving Championship Meet. Team standings were: 1. Talawanda (280); 2. Ross (143); 3. Harrison (59); and 4. Edgewood (55). Steve Pasquale (Talawanda) was voted SWOC Girls Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year. Senior Maren Patterson (Talawanda) was named the 2023 Girls Swimming & Diving Swimmer of the Year, which gives her three such honors during her high school career. She won two individual events: the 100 Backstroke and the 100 Freestyle and was also part of two Conference Meet championship relay teams: the 200 Freestyle Relay and the 400 Freestyle Relay. In addition, she set three new Conference Meet records: the 100 Freestyle (54.14); as a member of the 200 Freestyle Relay (1:44.46); and the 100 Backstroke (57.48). There were an amazing six total SWOC Meet Records broken. In addition to those already mentioned: Talawanda’s 200 Medley Relay consisting of Anna Gregg, Abbie Curry, Kaylyn Macechko and Ellie Killy (1:55.60); Anabelle Smith (Ross) in the 200 Freestyle (2:00.79) and the100 Butterfly (59.86); and Talawanda’s 200 Freestyle Relay team of Maren Patterson, Anna Gregg, Kaylyn Macechko and Abbie Curry (1:44.46). For complete results, please go to the Girls Swimming - Conference Meet tab.
Talawanda Takes 2023 SWOC Girls Basketball Title
For the second consecutive season and sixth time overall, the Talawanda Brave and Head Coach Mary Jo Huismann have won the Southwest Ohio Conference Girls Basketball Championship. The Brave have compiled an overall record of 17-0, 9-0 in the SWOC, which has earned them a # 10 ranking in the latest AP State Poll for Division I. Coach Huismann has now accumulated 753 career wins, which currently stands as the second most in OHSAA Girls Basketball history. Talawanda leads the conference in points scored per game (59.8), points allowed per game (32.4), FG % (43.4), FT % (68.8), assists (250), rebounds (661) and blocked shots (96). The following Brave players are near the top of the conference statistically: Kylee Fears (20.9 points, 60.2 FG %, 15.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game); Taylor Farris (16.0 points, 4.1 assists, 46.4 3PT %, and 87.5 FT %); McKenna Weekley (2.8 assists per game and 1.5 assists per turnover); and Kaelyn Wright (1.5 assists per turnover). Talawanda will play four more regular season contests before beginning OHSAA Division I tournament action. Congratulations and good luck Talawanda Brave!!!