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Soccer Jacks undefeated with 6th shutout

Photo by Leon Chuck,

Junior Zach Rodabaugh races past midfield to start a counter attack.

The Soccer Jacks logged their sixth shut out this week and lead in the Southwestern Buckeye League undefeated at 7-0-1. They’ve scored 25 goals, with only 2 goals against, for a GAA of 0.25 - the lowest in the Miami Valley after Carroll lost this weekend. The Sept. 8 coaches’ poll put them third locally ahead of Chaminade-Julienne and Tipp City, but still behind number one Carroll and number two Bellbrook, whom they beat last week.

On Sept. 9, the Franklin Wildcats visited Oakwood. The Jacks dominated with only rare incursions by Franklin into Oakwood’s defensive half. At 11 minutes, Tristan Schnader passed to Zach Harmony who fed Kyle Kissock on the wing. Kissock passed to Phil Wille, who fed Zach Hood, who threaded down the middle to Andrew Wade, scoring to the ground netting corner past the diving Wildcat keeper. Next, Harmony fed Kissock on wing, who chipped over the defense to Wille, running on the goal, who slid the ball under the keeper for a 2-0 lead. With six minutes in the half, Schnader kicked 40 yards to Fabian Welle, who did a give-and-go with Tino Weckerling to get the ball back. He then chipped the keeper from 25 yards into the nets, 3-0. With one minute left, Wille juked two Wildcat defenders and zipped a pass to the back post to Hood, who walked the 4th goal into the nets.

The second half saw Andrew Morris shoot from 20 yards off the crossbar, past the leaping keeper.Jake Basnett, running on right wing, blasted a shot which hit the bar and bounced over. Jacks’ keeper Ryan McFarland saved the shutout from Franklin’s only shot from inside the penalty box, a point-blank blast three yards out. The game ended 4-0. Scott Harman had five saves; McFarland three. In nine games so far this season, this is the only shutout Franklin has suffered.

On Sept. 11, Oakwood visited the Valley View Spartans, last place in SWBL. The Jacks created numerous scoring chances in the goal box, but could not convert, skying the ball over the crossbar.  David Shephard passed to Morris, who found Wille, who fed Wille, who made the turn at six yards and blasted past the helpless
keeper into midnets for a 1-0 lead. A sparkling Andrew Dickerson brilliantly nutmegged a defender on the right wing to advance the ball for Oakwood. But of 13 close-range shots by the Jacks, there was only one goal and three saves by the Spartan keeper—Oakwood’s shots were off frame. The second half began as Wille bagged a goal, but this was denied for offside. At seven minutes, Schnader had a free kick from 25 yards, grazing the cross bar, sailing over the frame. A minute later, Valley View kicked a dangerous corner, crucially headed out by Hood. Oakwood peppered the Spartan goal up close, but couldn’t find the frame, giving the Spartans hope and building their confidence.

The Oakwood crowd became uneasy as the Spartans were occasionally winning midfield. With 12 minutes in the game, Harmony cracked a 25 yard shot, careening off the woodwork. Finally, with eight minutes left, Schnader cannoned a 35 yard free kick from the right, which dipped and swerved into the left upper nets over the keeper—2-0 Jacks. Moments later, Wille deftly trapped the ball in center forward target position, turned, and threaded 20 yards to a sprinting Weckerling, who slid the ball into the left lower nets, under the onrushing keeper. 3-0 did not do justice to Oakwood’s outshooting Valley View 26-3. Ryan McFarland had two saves. Sadly, Scott Harman injured his knee, and it is unknown if he will return to the lineup.

Jacks upset Valley View in 28-24 stunner 

The Oakwood Lumberjacks traveled to Germantown’s Barker Field on Friday for a meeting with the Valley View Spartans. The Spartans, 3–0, are ranked first in the area in Division III and seventh in the state. The Jacks, 2 – 1, have yet to crack the polls.

The Lumberjack Team Captains, Tony Lamb, Joe Lefforge and John Whalen won the toss and deferred. David Miller launched a kick to the 2 and the Spartans returned it to their 35. Valley View flexed their muscles and struck quickly. A fourplay drive was capped off with a 56 yard pass and the shocked Jacks were down 7 – 0. Oakwood answered with a nice drive of their own. The running of Robby Sherk, Tony Lamb and Connor Charbat carried the ball to the valley View 6. John Whalen followed blocks by Lefforge and Tucker Jones into the end zone. Miller’s kick was good and the game was knotted 7 – 7.

The Jacks were in a hole after Valley View drove for another score on a 7 yard pass play. The Spartans backed the Jacks inside Oakwood’s 5 after the kick. A 3 and out forced a punt. The Spartans broke through the line and blocked the punt and recovered in the end zone for another score. The Spartans, ahead 21 – 7,
thought a blow out was looming and the first quarter ended. Oakwood had other ideas.

The teams battled in the 2nd quarter and Oakwood scored late on a 15 yard pass from Sherk to Whalen. The half came to close as Scott Feldmiller intercepted a pass in the end zone. Down 21 – 14, the Jacks knew they had to dig deep to beat the Spartans for the third straight year.

The Lumberjacks poured it on in the second half. The Jack defense stopped the Spartans completely in the 3rd quarter. Sherk, Lefforge and Lamb made game changing hits. The D-line of Ryan Dempsey, MacCauley, Ben Raichle, Andrew Raichle and Greg Ambrose stopped the running game. Garner, Sherk and Whalen stiffened their pass defense. The offense scored two times in the quarter. Sherk on a 1 yard plunge and Charbat on a 2 yard dive. The Jacks took a 28 – 21 lead into the 4th quarter.

The defense showed what heart is in the final quarter. Eight players plays on both sides of the ball for the Jack, while the Spartans 2 platoon. Oakwood held Valley View to just a field goal in the quarter, retaining a 28–24 lead. The offense, led by Sherk, controlled the game and made crucial plays to close the game.
The Jacks host Eaton at Mack Hummon Stadium on Friday. GO JACKS!!!

OHS ’04 grads ‘Ride for the Cure’

Zach Weprin and Stephan Harman, both 2004 graduates of Oakwood High School just completed the Aspen/Snowmass Ride for the Cure.  Along with teammates Darryl Hoffman from Chicago and Zach Stevens from Oregon, they rode their bikes 100 miles through the Rocky Mountains while raising funds for and awareness of breast cancer.  The team “Jelly Legs for Jamie” dedicated their performance to the memory of Jamie Weprin, Zach’s mother, who passed away in 1994 from breast cancer.

Jills soccer tally falls to 3-5-1 

Last Tuesday the Oakwood girls soccer team traveled to Franklin for a Southwestern Buckeye League match.  The first half was not a good one for the Jills, as the Lady Wildcats were on the prowl, controlling the action.  Franklin narrowly missed two direct kicks following Oakwood fouls in the early going, and 15 minutes into the game a Franklin breakaway was stopped by Oakwood keeper Lauren Luther, who attacked the dribbler and was able to smother the shot.  Franklin outshot Oakwood in the first half 11 to 3, and finally scored at the 11:30 mark when a corner kick bounced around the crowd in the goal box, and was finally booted in.

The Jills played better in the second half, but the score stayed at 1 to 0 until, with fifteen minutes to go, some nifty Franklin passing found an open Lady Wildcat in front of the goal, and she found the back of the net to make the score two to nothing.  It looked bleak for Oakwood, but the Jills didn’t quit.  Senior Taylor Garrity led junior Alex Miller with a beautiful pass, and as Alex raced to the goal she was tripped from behind.  Colleen Hallinan successfully took the ensuing penalty kick at the 3:52 mark, the Jills trailed 2 to 1, and suddenly there was hope.  Just 17 seconds later it was again Miller racing ahead of the pack  and getting the ball past the diving Franklin keeper to tie the score, which is how the game ended, 2 to 2.  Not a happy result for Oakwood, but a remarkable comeback nevertheless.

Valley View came visiting Thursday night, and with a little help from the Lady Spartans, the Jills jumped out to a quick 1 to 0 lead.  Less than two minutes into the
game a Valley View defender attempted to clear a long Molly Breidenbach throw-in, but her kick glanced off her foot the wrong way and into the net for an Oakwood goal.  

The remainder of the half was played evenly with no further scoring, Valley View getting 5 shots, Oakwood 4. The second half did not go as well, as Valley View was able to control the ball and the action.  At the 23:47 mark Oakwood was called for a foul at the right corner flag.  The Valley View direct kick found the foot of a teammate, and was banged into the goal.  Playing most of the half in their own defensive end caught up to the Jills, as Valley View scored two more times, at the 18:00 and 12:30 marks, to secure the 3 to 1 victory.  With the win Valley View’s record improved to 6 wins and one loss, Oakwood’s record fell to 3 wins, 5 losses, and 1 tie (3-2-1 in league play)

The Jills attempt to bounce back on the road this week, traveling to Waynesville Tuesday night, and to Milton Union on Thursday.  Oakwood returns home next Tuesday night, September 23rd, to face Bellbrook (JV @ 5:30, Varsity @ 7:15).  The junior varsity is playing well, sporting a record of 5 wins, 1 loss, and 2 ties.

JV volleyball undefeated; varsity picking up

After a four-game week the varsity Jills beat the Clinton Massie Falcons on Saturday morning, going three games to one (25-21, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20). Despite the morning drowsiness the Jills were ready to play, especially after watching their JV team defeat the Falcons in two games (21-25, 15-25). The varsity Jills got on the court ready to play. The serves were fierce and intimidating with many aces from all the girls. Junior Meredith Livingston, not only received many aces, but she also made smart choices of where to set the ball for successful kills. Many kills from the outside were made by freshman Emily Kugel and sophomore Karin Mueller. Middle hitters, senior Madeson Thompson and sophomore Brooke Trauthwein, not only hit aggressively but they blocked with great intensity with help from right side hitter sophomore Ellen Smith. Junior libero Breanna Hutton, defensive specialist Maya Hughes, and Kelsey McDonald contributed in the great victory.

The JV teamed pulled out their tenth victory this year. The blocking has improved by freshman Kaila Ryan and new middle hitter freshman Allison Felkley with help from
outside hitter freshman Meghan Malloy and sophomore Jessica Herringer. Great digs by sophomore libero Riki Sagraves, and defensive specialist Morgan Casey were contributed to the plays. Freshman setter Heather Saunier, right side freshman Rachel Ramey, and freshman Maddie Burke has helped greatly with the undefeated season thus far.

Sept. 23 the volleyball teams will be participating in Volley for the Cure, where all the proceeds go towards breast cancer. Come support both volleyball teams, fight against breast cancer, and pack the pit in pink.

Jills field hockey loses to Mt. Notre Dame 0-1

Photo by Leon Chuck,

Senior Kathleen Walters of OHS attempts to maintain control at midfield.  Jills tied 0-0 in regulation play with Mt. Notre Dame, but lost in sudden death 0-1 at the 5:43 overtime period.  

Oakwood 8th graders off to a hot start

After leaving the game in the first half with an injured ankle, Oakwood eighth-grade running back Aric Anloague returned to rush for 66 yards and a touchdown in the second half as the Lumberjacks beat Brookville 20-0.

Also in the second half quarterback Austin Erbe hit wide receiver Mark Kravitz for a 60-yard touchdown pass. Anloague’s second-half touchdown run went for 38 yards.
Oakwood, now 2-0, dominated with its running game, including a touchdown and 70 yards on seven carries by Michael Kadash. Kadash also had one sack and
four tackles on defense.

Andrew Stephenson ran for eleven yards and had two-and-half sacks. Connor Pierce ran for 10 yards and Jack Kegelmeyer had seven. Micah Rhodes ran two yards for two-point conversion.

Oakwood plays at Waynesville at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.


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