College of Mount St. Joseph freshman Amanda Shelby earned an individual at-large spot in the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships when she placed 15th overall at the regional meet at Anderson University Saturday.
College of Mount St. Joseph freshman Amanda Shelby was presented the HCAC Freshman of the Year at the conference meet Nov. 3, 2012. Photo provided.
Shelby’s finished the race in 22 minutes and eight seconds, which broke the previous school record of 24:29 held by Jessica Biedenbender.
The previous Saturday, Nov. 3, Shelby finished second overall at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships in Bluffton, Ohio, on a very wet and muddy course.
Her second-place finish broke another school record and was the best finish in school history at the conference meet. Shelby was also named HCAC Freshman of the Year.
The 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships will be held this Saturday, Nov. 17, at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.
Students celebrate during the Mason at Lakota West football game Sept. 14, 2012. The Firebirds won the contest by the score of 30-13. Photo taken by Joseph Fuqua II.
Football – Lakota West and Lakota East each won their conference openers in convincing fashion last Friday night. The Firebirds improved to 4-0 on the season, which is their best start since 2006, when they defeated Greater Miami Conference rival Mason by the score of 30-13. Meanwhile, Lakota East cruised to a 40-20 win at Oak Hills. In the Firebirds’ win, Mason committed three turnovers plus had one punt blocked and a bad snap on another punt that led directly to 23 points for Lakota West. Leading the Thunderhawks to the win was junior quarterback Eric Eichler, who threw two touchdown passes and ran for another. This week, No. 5 Lakota West will play at Fairfield (2-2, 0-1 in GMC), while Lakota East (3-1, 1-0 in GMC) will host No. 8 Middletown (2-2, 1-0 in GMC).
Volleyball – The Lakota West girls’ volleyball team won five matches this past week, defeated Beavercreek, Middletown, Fairfield, Mercy and Harrison. Lakota East, on the other hand, defeated Colerain and Middletown. Both teams are tied atop the GMC standings with 3-0 conference records. No. 2 Lakota East is unbeaten at 8-0, while No. 3 Lakota West is 9-1 this fall. This week, Lakota West will host Oak Hills (3-6, 2-1 in GMC) on Tuesday and Sycamore (5-5, 2-1 in GMC) on Thursday. Lakota East will host Fairfield (3-6, 0-3 in GMC) on Tuesday, will play at Oak Hills on Thursday and will host Harrison on Saturday. All of those matches except for the one on Saturday, which begins at noon, are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Boys’ soccer – No. 1 Lakota West remained unbeaten when it bested Middletown at home by the score of 6-0 last Tuesday and Fairfield on the road 1-0 last Thursday. In the win against Middletown, senior David Piotrowski scored the game’s first two goals. Fellow senior Kevin Barbour, who scored the game’s next two goals, added two assists. The win against Fairfield improved Lakota West’s record to 7-0-1 overall and 3-0 in the GMC. The boys’ team at Lakota East also had a good week, defeating Middletown 5-0 and Springboro 2-1, both on the road. The Thunderhawks also tied Colerain. This week, No. 10 Lakota East (3-1-5, 1-0-2 in GMC) will host Fairfield (2-3-2, 1-1-1 in GMC) on Tuesday, will play at Oak Hills (1-6, 1-2 in GMC) on Thursday and at Centerville on Saturday, while Lakota West will host Oak Hills on Tuesday and Sycamore (3-2-3, 1-1-1 in GMC) on Thursday. All matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (more…)
The Lakota West football team takes the field for a game against Anderson Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. The game lasted for one offensive play before a lightning delay went into effect. The game was eventually postponed until Saturday when West defeated Anderson 35-7. Photo taken by Mark Ferland of ferlandfotos.smugmug.com.
Football – Trailing 14-6 in the 4th quarter, Lakota East blocked a field goal, scored a touchdown, made a 2-point conversion and made a last second 3-point field goal to defeat Northmont by the score of 17-14 Saturday night. Meanwhile, Lakota West handled Anderson and won by the score of 35-7 Saturday. In the win, junior Mikel Horton rushed for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 carries. This Friday, Lakota West (3-0) will host Greater Miami Conference rival Mason (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. The Thunderhawks (2-1) will open their GMC schedule at Oak Hills (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Volleyball – Last week, the Lakota East and Lakota West varsity squads combined to go 5-0. Lakota East won at Princeton 25-11, 25-9, 25-11 and vs. Centerville 25-13, 25-20, 25-15, while Lakota West won matches at Colerain 25-8, 25-9, 25-9, vs. Newark 25-18, 25-22 and vs. Big Walnut 25-15, 25-11. This week, Lakota East (6-0, 1-0 in GMC) will host Colerain (1-4, 0-1 in GMC) at 7 p.m. Tuesday and will play at Middletown (3-2, 0-1 in GMC) at 7 p.m. Thursday. Lakota West (4-1, 1-0 in GMC) will host Beavercreek (3-3) at 7 p.m. Monday, Middletown at 7 p.m. Tuesday and will play at Fairfield (2-3, 0-1 in GMC) at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Boys’ soccer – Lakota West won both of its matches last week – defeating Turpin 2-1 and Colerain 6-0 – and improved to 5-0-1 (1-0 in GMC) on the season. In those two matches, junior Joe Clear scored a combined 4 goals including 3 in the win against Princeton. This week, the Firebirds will host Middletown (2-4, 0-1 in GMC) at 7 p.m. Tuesday and play at Fairfield (1-2-2, 0-0-1 in GMC) at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Lakota East boys’ soccer team lost one match and tied two others last week. The loss, 2-1, came against Loveland and ties were at Princeton 0-0 and at Fairmont 2-2. This week, Lakota East (1-1-4, 0-0-1 in GMC) will host Colerain (1-3-1, 0-1 in GMC) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, play at Middletown (2-4, 0-1 in GMC) at 7 p.m. Thursday and at Springboro (1-3-1) at noon Saturday.
Girls’ soccer – Lakota West lost to Colerain 1-0 and at Mount Notre Dame 2-1 last week. The Firebirds (1-4-1, 0-1 in GMC) will try to get back in the winning column this week when they play at Middletown (4-2-1, 0-1 in GMC) at 7 p.m. Tuesday and host Fairfield (2-0-3, 1-0 in GMC) at 7 p.m. Thursday. At Lakota East, the girls’ team won its match this past week against Princeton 3-0. Scoring two of those goals was senior Andi Felix. This week, the Thunderhawks (2-2-1, 1-0 in GMC) will play at Colerain (3-2-1, 1-0 in GMC) and will host Middletown. (more…)
Lakota West junior Mikel Horton rushed for 239 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries in the 46-34 Lakota West win against La Salle late Saturday night in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown. Photo taken Aug. 25, 2012 by Joseph Fuqua II.
Lakota West, which releases the names of its athletes of the week on Monday, has already honored junior Alex Thesken, sophomore Gloria Corono-Luna, junior Mikel Horton and freshman Jaquelyn Ly as athletes of the week this fall. Meanwhile, Lakota East named senior Wyatt Frazier and senior Hannah Lee as its first athletes of the week on Friday.
Thesken and Corono-Luna were the most recent student athletes who were honored. Both athletes are on West’s cross country team and both competed in the Lebanon Warrior Invitational this past Saturday. Thesken led Lakota West with a 9th place finish on the boys’ side (out of 167 runners), while Corono-Luna finished 12th out of a field of 147 runners on the girls’ side.
Last week, Lakota West honored Horton and Ly. Horton led Lakota West to its first season-opening win since 2006 when he rushed for 239 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries in a 46-34 win against La Salle. Ly scored the Firebirds only goal in a 1-0 win against Loveland Aug. 23. The win has been the Firebirds (1-2-1) only victory, so far this season.
From Lakota East, Frazier helped his team to a second-place finish in the Middletown Invitational Aug. 25. At that event, Frazier shot a team-leading 77. At the Thunderhawks next event, Frazier shot a 79, as East finished 7th at the La Salle Invitational.
Lee, also a golfer, helped the Lakota East girls’ team to a victory against Sycamore and a tri win against Colerain/Hamilton last week. In the Sycamore match last Tuesday, Lee shot a 39 and then she shot a 44 in the tri on Thursday.
In her first-ever collegiate race, College of Mount St. Joseph freshman Amanda Shelby finished first in the individual competition at the 5K College of Mount St. Joseph Invitational at Heritage Park in Cincinnati Saturday.
Shelby, who graduated in 2012 from Lakota West High School, posted a time of 19:48.13, which was the second-fastest time in MSJ women’s cross country history on a 5K course.
Shelby’s teammate senior Cyreesa Raber (Lakota East grad) finished ninth in the overall competition.
As a team, MSJ finished third at the 5K race behind first-place Xavier and Transylvania.
Shelby, who selected MSJ over NKU, Wright State and Wilmington was twice named to the all-academic team by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches. She also earned the GMC’s all-academic award three times and was named the Butler County runner of the year twice.
Lakota East head coach Casie Garland cheers on her team during a win against Lakota West last fall. Photo taken by Tony Tribble.
Volleyball – East improves to 4-0, while West falls to Mt. Notre Dame – The Lakota East girls’ volleyball program, tied at No. 4 in The Enquirer’s coaches poll, improved to 4-0 this past week – winning matches against No. 2 Mercy and No. 3 Ursuline. Meanwhile, Lakota West (1-1), also tied at No. 4, defeated No. 6 McAuley and then lost 25-17, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22 to No. 1 Mount Notre Dame. This week, East will play at Princeton (2-2) on Thursday at 7 p.m., while West will play at Colerain (1-2) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Football – East falls and West remains unbeaten - Lakota East (1-1) lost its first game of the season, by way of a 25-20 loss at home against Winton Woods. Meanwhile, Lakota West (2-0) shut down Glen Este by the score of 34-0 on Friday. Standouts include Lakota East senior running back Will Mahone, who rushed for 125 yards and 3 touchdowns in the loss, and Lakota West junior running back Mikel Horton, who gained a total of 138 yards (77 rushing and 61 receiving). This Friday at 7:30 p.m., Lakota East will play at Northmount (1-1) at Good Samaritan Stadium in Clayton (north of Dayton) and Lakota West will host Anderson (0-2) in its home opener.
Boys’ soccer – West and East remain unbeaten – The Lakota West boys’ soccer team, No. 1 in The Enquirer coaches’ poll, tied No. 2 St. Xavier by the score of 1-1 Thursday and defeated No. 3 Loveland 3-0 Saturday. Overall, the Firebirds have the best overall record in the Greater Miami Conference at 3-0-1. Meanwhile, No. 9 Lakota East (1-0-2) tied matches, both 1-1, against La Salle and against Walnut Hills. This week, West will play at Turpin (3-2-0) Tuesday at 7 p.m., at Colerain (1-1-1) Thursday at 7 p.m. and at Milford (0-2-2) Saturday at 2 p.m., while East will host Loveland (3-2-0) Tuesday at 7 p.m., will play at Princeton (1-0-1) Thursday at 7 p.m. and at Fairmont (5-0) Saturday at 7 p.m.
Girls’ soccer – West ties No. 2 Ursuline – Lakota West got off to a 1-2 start, but was pleased to tie No. 2 Ursuline by the score of 0-0 on Tuesday. The Firebirds didn’t play another match last week and will host Colerain (2-1-1) Thursday at 7 p.m. and will play at No. 4 Mount Notre Dame (4-0-1) Saturday at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, Lakota East lost at No. 5 Turpin by the score of 3-1 Thursday. This Thursday, Lakota East (1-2-1) will host Princeton (2-2) at 7 p.m. (more…)
Lakota West senior Nathan Haynes has been appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy and will be a member of the track team, according to Lakota West Sports Information Director Todd Hummer.
Haynes finished sixth in the 800-meter run at the 2011 Division I state track meet last spring.
He was also the only runner on either Lakota East or Lakota West boys’ squads to qualify for the 2011 Division I cross country meet this past November. Haynes advanced to state after finishing sixth at the regional competition at Troy Memorial Stadium.
Haynes is the third track/cross country athlete to officially commit to a college program this month. On Feb. 2, the day after National Signing Day, Lakota West seniors Brady Holmer and Amanda Shelby were honored for making their college selections. Holmer will attend Northern Kentucky University, while Shelby will attend the College of Mount St. Joseph.
After faxing seven national letters of intent for Lakota West football players, the high school honored six other future college athletes during a special afterschool signing ceremony Thursday.
During the ceremony, families, friends, classmates and coaches gathered to congratulate Ali Green (golf – Ashland University), Kim Love (soccer – Purdue University), Kelly Mack (soccer – Wright State University), Lauren Pratt (soccer – Ohio Dominican University), Brady Holmer (cross country – Northern Kentucky) and Amanda Shelby (cross country – Mount St. Joseph).
Green, who selected Ashland over Western Illinois, Ball State and Marshall, was named first team all-state this fall after finishing fourth at the Division I girls’ golf state tournament in Columbus. She was also selected to the Division I all-city first team by The Cincinnati Enquirer and first team all-GMC. Green says: “They have a great golf program, the education program is excellent, and it’s not too far from home and they have the No. 1 ranked college cafeteria in the country. Ashland is a nationally ranked program that consistently finishes around the top of their conference.” In college, Green plans on studying special education.
Love, who selected Purdue over Dayton and Miami, was also selected Division I all-city first team by The Cincinnati Enquirer and first team all-GMC. She will join 2010 Lakota West graduate Alex Azeez at Purdue. Love says: “When I went to visit Purdue, I just knew that it was the school I wanted to be at. The campus was beautiful and the team made me feel welcome right away. The coaches really care about their players. They make sure that the player’s health is well monitored and they provide their players with every opportunity to succeed on and off the field.” In college, Love plans on studying biomedical or chemical engineering.
Mack, who selected Wright State over Cincinnati, Dayton and Xavier, was selected second team all-GMC and on the GMC all-academic team this past fall. Mack says: “I loved the coaches and it is a great college atmosphere. They all care about each other like family. They focus and are successful, but still enjoy the game.” In college, Mack plans on studying athletic training.
Pratt, who selected Ohio Dominican over Dayton and Miami, was named girls’ soccer athlete of the year in the GMC this past fall. Pratt was also selected to the Division I all-city first team by The Cincinnati Enquirer and first team all-GMC. Pratt says: “ODU is a great academic fit for me. The campus is very small and it is easy to get around quickly. The coaching staff is wonderful and I like how the program has developed. When I went on my visit, the coaching staff and the players made me feel welcomed and a part of the team.” In college, Pratt plans on studying sports management or business.
Holmer, who selected NKU over Ohio and Mt. Union, was named boys’ cross country athlete of the year in the GMC this past fall. He was also selected to the Division I all-city first team by The Cincinnati Enquirer and first team all-GMC. Holmer says: “The cross country program has promise and NKU is growing faster than any other college. I loved the coach and his philosophy.” In college, he plans on studying exercise physiology.
Shelby, who selected Mount St. Joes over NKU, Wright State and Wilmington was selected twice to the all-academic team in Ohio by the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches. She has also been granted the GMC’s all-academic award three times and has been named the Butler County runner of the year twice. Shelby says: “The Mount has a great physical therapy program. I will be able to get an education in the career of my choice as well as continue running. Also, I am very impressed with their coach. I really look forward to running on her team at the collegiate level.” After college, Shelby wants to be a cross country coach.
Senior Brady Holmer believes NKU is the right school.
“I love the coach’s training philosophy and with their proposed jump to Division 1 next year, I know there will be inter-team competition to push me to my limits,” Holmer said.
“My mom was born in Northern Kentucky and she attended NKU for two years. I love the modern campus and the school is large yet very centralized. It is growing fast and I see so many great opportunities in the years to come.”
This past fall, Holmer was the Greater Miami Conference’s Cross Country Runner of the Year. He was also a district champion and received all-league academic honors.
Holmer plans on studying exercise physiology.
Junior Elle Nguyen also verbally committed to NKU last week, according to Lakota West girls’ soccer coach Tara Schafer-Kalkhoff.
Nguyen is a two-year varsity winner and played defense for the Firebirds this past season.