Senior captain, running back and linebacker Tony Lamb bravely blocks a punt during the first quarter of the opening game at home against Versailles. The Jacks notched their first victory for the season with a 43-21 score. Go Jacks!
Soccer Jacks open season with two wins
Senior captains Tristan Schnader, Kyle Kissock, and Zach Hood, return to the varsity soccer Jacks along with seniors Phil Wille, Andrew Morris, and Jake Basnett.
Preseason in July, the Jacks went to The Ohio Cup. They were shut out 2-0 by Loveland, who had a defensive unit that operated in perfect synchrony. They handily beat Walnut Hills 5-1 with goals by Morris (assist Schnader), Anthony Weckerling (Wille), one owngoal, then two more goals from Morris, who had the hat trick (Weckerling, Hood). They beat Indian Hill 3-1 with a spectacular goal from Hood, who was horizontal in the air on his diving header which was lasered into the upper nets (Alex Gardener). Tristan Anstadt (Wille) and Hood again (Wille) scored the remaining goals. The Jacks tied St. Xavier with a 45 yard free kick screamer into the upper left corner by Schnader, and a goal from Andrew Wade (Wille). Schnader and Morris were selected to play in the senior Ohio Cup All-Star game as well, in which Morris played infield and Schnader played stopper-sweeper. Their team won, and Schnader had an assist.
On Aug. 9, the Jacks went to Miamisburg where they tied 2-2, a much better showing than last year’s 5-0 drubbing. Goals were provided by Wille (Wade) and David Shephard (Weckerling).
The alumni game was next, featuring alumni going back as far as 1980. Although many of the old stars came out, this writer recognized Addison Wille, Josh Curley, John Harman, Kyle Duwel, Jonathan Schnader, Michael Neal, Scott Casebere, Noah Klein, Ryan Irvin, Brian Duncan, the Pierce brothers, and Jesse Sellers. The Jacks beat the alumni handily 3-0; however, the alumni put up a good fight and had several blistering shots. Phil Wille scored two, and Hood scored one goal. A good time was had by all, with great sportsmanship.
The Jacks next played the traditionally strong Lemmon Monroe and held them to a 0-0 draw in the first half, establishing an Oakwood style of play characterized by solid defense with counterattacking offense, more of which has been seen since the sea
son’s official start. However, second half changes to the Oakwood lineup, notably in defense, resulted in a 5-0 rout by Lemmon.
On Aug. 16, the Jacks met Troy and squeaked by with a 5-4 win. The first goal was a spectacular strike at 20 yards from the left channel by Kissock, curling into the right upper nets and out of reach for the goalie (assist Morris). Subsequent goals came from Wade, Weckerling, Weckerling (Morris), and Shephard (Tim Fecher).Greenon
On Aug. 19, the Jacks stormed Greenon for the season opener. The first goal came at four minutes when Wade found the left ground nets (Wille). Minutes later, a 45 yard free kick by Tristan Schnader set up a corner kick, pounced on by Zach Rodabaugh who netted from five yards. Six minutes later, Marcel Georgin found Graham Roberts who made the short dribble and then the precision shot from 16 yards to the left ground corner nets, for a score line of 3-0. A through ball from Shephard then found Wille at the 18 yard line, who turned for the technically perfect shot into the low left nets under the sliding keeper.
At the start of the second half, Schnader, playing sweeper, juked several opposing strikers, dribbled 15 yards and put a 45 yard looping lead pass to Wade who then drew keeper out and chipped him to the right upper corner for a beautifully executed goal at 18 yards. Minutes later, a Wade threaded pass found Kissock for the tap in goal. Finally, Marcel Georgin crafted a chip to Morris who tapped it in from three yards for the final score line of 7-0.
The last opportunity of the game was from Greenon who had a hard shot from the right channel at the top of the box, forcing Ryan McFarland to make the dramatic leaping save to preserve the shut-out. Scott Harman had five saves in the game, and McFarland had four.
On Aug. 21, the Jacks went to Eaton where the playing field was Eaton’s twelfth man, somewhat bumpy and slick from a heavy rain. At 14 minutes, Schnader made a 40 yard free kick to Morris who shot from 18 yards low to the right ground corner from the left channel for the first goal. Minutes later, a breathtaking 50 yard long ball from Hood found Wille at 12 yards, scoring on the ground, to the corner. Next came a dramatic save by Harman after an extremely hard shot to the near post, requiring a leaping punch-save. Two games into the season, opponents have yet to score a goal.
Cross country places at Bob Schul Invitational
The Oakwood High School Cross Country Team opened the 2008 season on Saturday at the Bob Schul Cross Country Invitational in West Milton. Although the race-time temperatures were very warm, the team ran well placing runners in the top ten in the Division II races.
Junior Peter Hix led the way for the Jacks finishing third overall. Freshman Aaron Pruitt was the next finisher for Oakwood in twenty-fourth. Sophomores Philip Sizek, Ethan Kissock and junior Chris Wolcott crossed the line approximately twenty seconds later in thirty-first, thirty-third and thirty-fourth respectively. The other runners for the Jacks, in order of finish for the team, were Andrew Redden, Keith Mueller, Tory Tomlinson, Troy Gould, Marc Skill, Joey Neff, Will Reese, Caden Ohlwiler, Casey Linzmeier, Josh Moulton, Michael Wuebker, Noah Berry, Andy Myers, Eli Collinson. The Oakwood boys had enough runners to score three teams. The “A” team finished fifth overall with the two other teams placing eighth and eleventh overall.
The Jills were led by Junior Elizabeth Connelly who finished tenth. Freshman Erin Taylor followed in nineteenth place. Junior Autumn Bruno, Sophomore Chelsea Bolger, Senoir Ginny Beth Fulford rounded out the top five for the Jills. Other Oakwood runners in order of their finish were Gretchen Hochwalt and Emi Banke. The Girls team finished seventh overall.
The Oakwood Junior High Team also competed Saturday. Jackie White was the top finisher for the OJHS girls and Ben Gallatin was the top runner for the OJHS Boys. The Junior High Team had seven girls and thirteen boys running in the first meet.
Volleyball 0-2; JV 2-0 in SWBL
The 2008 Oakwood Jills Volleyball season opened play on Saturday, Aug. 23, with new coaches and a renewed passion to win the SWBL league championship.
The Jills varsity team is led by two seniors: Maya Hughes and Madeson Thompson. Three juniors are on the team: Channon Connor, Breanna Hutten, and Meredith Livingston. Sophomores on the team are Kelsey McDonald, Karin Mueller, Ellen Smith, and Brooke Trauthwein. One freshman, Emily Kugel, is on the varsity team.
In the first match against Northmont, the Jills won the first game 25-16. The Jills were again able to keep the first game against Fairborn very close, eventually losing 22-25. The Jills lost the match in two games with a 17-25 final game score.
The Jill’s JV team opened play in a Tri-Meet at Northmont on Saturday. The JV team is made up of Maddie Burk, Erin Duning, Allison Felkley, Jessica Herringer, Meaghan Malloy, Morgan Nandrasy, Rachel Ramey, Kaila Ryan, Riki Sagraves and Heather Saunier. Ellen Smith plays on both varsity and JV squads.
The JV team played Fairborn in the first match. The Jills won the match 2-0 with game scores of 25-12 and 27-25. The JV Jills played Northmont in the second match and won the match 2-1 with game scores of 25-18, 24-26, and 25-17.