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4th Annual OSEF Golf Outing a big success

Champion team OHS Class of ’65: Jim Dueser, Charlie Deuser, Steve Hayes and Dan Stickel.

The Oakwood Schools Education Foundation hosted its Fourth Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser at the Dayton Country Club last Monday, September 22, 2007.  Sixty golfers enjoyed themselves during a classic scramble, thanks to a beautiful day and a well organized event, chaired by Foundation member Janine McQuillan.

Over $25,000 was raised to directly benefit the students of the Oakwood Schools. Special thanks to the generous sponsors: Gold sponsor - Fites Family Foundation and Blue sponsors – The Berry Network; Danis Building Construction; Henny Penny Corporation; and A.H. Sturgill Roofing, Inc. Many area companies provided additional support as hole sponsors and contributors of auction items.

Honorary Chair Dave Dickerson hosted the reception following the hot round of golf.

Congratulations to the winning team from Oakwood High School’s graduating class of 1965 – Jim Deuser, Charlie Deuser, Steve Hayes and Dan Stickel.  The second place winning team from Produce One, Inc – Erv Pavlofsky, Lee Schear, Make Shane and Joel Frydman also came in 12 under, landing in second based upon a playoff on the card.  Longest drive and closest to the pin winners included Mark Hughes, Lee Schear, Jim Reynolds, Mike Sullivan, Erv Pavlofsky, Jeff King and Ellen Ireland.Thanks to each and every golfer who contributed to the success of this event.

OHS Ladies’ alumna team: Dottie Savage, Dee Dee Huffer, Ellen Ireland and Barbara O’Hara.

Once again the reception closed with a live auction of a personalized tour of historic Hawthorn Hill, thanks to the Wright Family. Allen Sturgill generously outlasted the competition and won the prize.  

The Oakwood Schools Education Foundation exists to provide students with diverse and distinctive opportunities that go above and beyond the reach of the districts’ public funding budget by funding grants, scholarships and special initiatives. The net proceeds from the golf outing will be used to fund grant requests and other Foundation activities.

Jacks spear Spartans

Homecoming is a special week everywhere, especially Oakwood. Parades, bonfires, sharing dinners and football. The Waynesville Spartans came to Oakwood for a Homecoming dance with the Jacks on Friday. The Spartans entered the contest sporting a 5 – 1 record and among the leaders in their division. The Jacks, 4 – 2, needed a win to have a chance at the SWBL League title.

The Spartans kicked off to begin the game.  Tony Lamb returned the ball to the Oakwood 40. The Jacks appeared to be stopped after runs by Connor Charbat, Robby Sherk and Lamb. Oakwood, facing a 4th and 2, lined up to punt. Coach Stone dialed up a fake and Joe Lefforge took the direct snap and thundered 10 yards for the first down. The Jacks never looked back. Lamb rambled 30 yards to the Spartan 3. Charbat finished off the drive with a 3 yard TD plunge. David Miller booted the extra point and Oakwood led, 7 – 0.

The Jacks kickoff was covered by Justin Reeder and Jason Elking.  The Spartans drove down the field, but a big play for a loss by Justin MacCaulay forced a field goal try. The kick went Zendahas (wide right) and Oakwood took over in their own territory as the 1st quarter ended.

The Oakwood running game continued to dominate Waynesville. Tucker Jones, Ryan Dempsey, Lefforge, Ben Raichle and MacCaulay opened holes and often pancaked would be tacklers. Sherk capped off the drive with a 2 yard TD and Miller’s kick made the score 14 -0.

The Oakwood defense had little problem containing the Spartans. Plays by Lamb, Sherk, Andrew Raichle, and John Whalen kept the Spartans at bay. David Miller booted a 37 yard field goal as the first half came to an end with the Jacks leading
17 – 0.

The Jacks forced a three and out to start the 3rd quarter. Runs by Whalen, Lamb and Sherk drove the ball to the Waynesville 2. Sherk bounced into the endzone again. Miller’s kick made the score 24 – 0. Waynesville finally found the endzone with a short pass and thought they may have some game changing momentum. The Jacks put a stop to that. Sherk spun loose and went for a 53 yard touchdown and broke the Spartan’s back. Miller booted the extra point into the trees and Oakwood led 31 – 8. The defense then shut down the Spartans. Plays by Will Garner, John Whalen, Joe Lefforge, Tony Lamb and Robby Sherk kept the Spartans in a hole.

David Miller finished off the scoring with a 23 yard field goal and Garner did an outstanding job of holding following a high snap.

The Jacks, now 5 – 2 following the 34 – 8 victory host Milton-Union at Mack Hummon Stadium on Friday. GO JACKS!

Jills 4th, Jacks 5th at Centerville Stampede run

On another spectacular day to run, the Oakwood cross country team traveled south on Saturday to the Centerville Stampede. The conditions were cool and the competition strong and most of the runners completed the five kilometer course with season best times.

In the Black Division race amongst the small schools, the Jills were led by Elizabeth Connelly who finished fourth. Julia Sizek and Ericha Griep were 10th and 14th respectively. Chelsea Bolger (38th) and Hannah McCarthy (52nd) rounded out the scoring for the Oakwood girls. Also running in the varsity race were Autumn Bruno and Gretchen Hochwalt.The Jills placed fourth in the team scoring.

Peter Hix was again the first place finisher in the boy’s race. Tory Tomlinson and Aaron Pruitt were next across the line for Oakwood finishing 38th and 45th respectively. Joey Neff (48th) and Andy Lamb (50th) tallied the final two scores for the fifth place finishing Jacks. Also running in the varsity race, in order of their finish, were Philip Sizek, Marc Skill, Will Reese, Ethan Kissock and Keith Mueller. In the reserve race Andrew Redden, Caden Ohlwiler, Josh Moulton, Noah Berry and Eli Collinson competed for the Jacks.

Next Saturday, the cross country team heads to Brookville for the SWBL Championship.

Soccer Jacks register 8th shutout & win 3 more

Last Saturday the Jacks varsity socccr team rolled over Waynesville 5-0, dominating the game.  The first goal came when Andrew Morris found David Shephard on wing, who slipped the ball in front of nets to Fabian Welle, scoring from six yards. Minutes later, Tristan Schnader nailed a 35 yard aerial to Philip Wille, running down the right channel to slip it low into the left netting past a sliding keeper, 2-0.  Minutes later, Schnader, on the run, airlifted a 30 yard pinpoint pass to Tino Wecklerling, who dribbled into the box and slipped the ball to Wille who, from five yards, zinged the ball again into the low nets. Two minutes into the second half, Wille juked a defender and blasted at the Waynesville keeper who spilled the ball. A defender cleared to Morris, who lasered a grounder 20 yards to the far post netting for a 4-0 lead. Finally, with only one minute to go, Welle found Weckerling who threaded to Wille, who dribbled around the keeper and ran the ball into the nets to complete his hat trick and a final 5-0 scoreline. The defensive unit of Schnader, Andrew Dickerson and Zach Harmony continued to sparkle on defense, stepping up, intercepting and heading away. Zach Rodabaugh also had several mid-field headers away. Dickerson had a breathtakingly surgical steal at the top of the defensive box.  Ryan McFarland had eight saves,including a beautiful dive to preserve the shutout.

On Sept. 30, the Valley View Spartans came to Oakwood for the WDTN televised high school sports game of the week. 22 seconds into the game, Schnader hammered a 60 yard free kick into the air to Welle, who grazed a header from five yards out past the stranded Spartan keeper, 1-0, the fastest goal of the season. But Valley View had a strong mid-field and held off the Jacks until the 38th minute, when Rodabaugh found Wille, who sank the ball into the opposite low corner netting for a 2-0 scoreline.  The second half of the game began with Harmony sending the ball out of the backfield to find Morris on wing. Morris passed to Shephard, who executed a beautiful looping pass to an on-rushing Wille, slipping it under the Spartan keeper from eight yards to score. Minutes later, Shephard again found Wille in the box, who darted a flick with the outside of his right foot amidst three defenders to roll the ball over the goalline, 4-0. After his second hat trick in a row, at the time of this writing, Wille is #1 in goals scored for Miami Valley Division II, with 18. With 34 minutes to play, Valley View pulled a goal back for a final 4-1.  Oakwood outshot the Spartans 20-10.  McFarland had six saves.

On Oct. 2, the Jacks hosted the Eaton Eagles, who had just lost a heartbreaker to Bellbrook, 3-2, in which Eaton tied 2-2 before Bellbrook squeaked a winning goal. Eaton’s midfield dominated Oakwood for extended periods, with close to ten corners against the Jacks. Wille was double and triple teamed the entire game. Oakwood almost got on the scoreboard when Schnader crushed a 50 yard free kick into the goal box where Zach Hood, in space, pounded a header, unfortunately saved by the Eagle keeper. Schnader had several defensive headers, and Harmony had a thundering sliding steal to thwart an Eaton drive, as the game remained scoreless for an hour. Finally, Oakwood awoke to the realization that any possibility of a SWBL title was fading away if they tied. They had to win. With a sudden burst of intensity, they totally dominated play until the end. Breakthrough came after 71 minutes when Harmony brilliantly intercepted and fed Shephard on wing, who found Wille in the box who, with his usual deadly form in front of nets, tipped the ball into the onion bag; 1-0 the final score. Oakwood was outshot by Eaton 11-9.  McFarland had seven saves. Oakwood’s record is now 12-1-1, positioning them to snatch the SWBL title for the first time in 17 years if they win their final game against Brookville. The Soccer Jacks would like all their supporters to come out and root them on for their historic title rush.

Jills soccer 1-1 for week

The Oakwood girls varsity soccer team took to the road last week, traveling to Germantown on Tuesday to take on Valley View, and then on to Eaton Thursday night to play the Lady Eagles.

The Jills ranks were a bit thin on Tuesday, as several girls were suffering from various injuries and illnesses.  The team came out strong, however, and controlled possession through the first half.  Alex Miller, Taylor Garrity, Maeve Harper, and Claire Davis all launched quality shots, but none found the back of the net, the half ending in a scoreless tie.

The second half was more of the same, Oakwood controlling the action, Valley View rarely crossing midfield.  Eleven minutes in Alex Miller gave a nice pass to Colleen Hallinan, whose shot was blocked by the Spartan keeper.  Claire Davis, Alex Randolph, and Brianna McConnell all managed shots, but none found their mark.  Finally, with 12 minutes to go in the game, Valley View got the ball downfield on a breakaway.  Just like a two-on-one fast break in basketball, the Valley View dribbler passed to a teammate at just the right time for the easy goal.  That was the only score in a game that Oakwood controlled, but lost, 1-0.

Thursday night at Eaton started out eerily the same, Oakwood controlling, but not scoring.  At the 8:33 mark of the first half a Lady Eagle got free and put a strong shot over the head of Oakwood keeper Lauren Luther for a 1-0 Eaton lead.  The Jills didn’t drop their heads, though, continuing to play hard.  With just 43 seconds to go in the half Colleen Hallinan headed a Molly Breidenbach corner kick into the goal to tie the score at 1-1.

The second half belonged to the Jills.  At the 23:00 minute mark Alex Randolph fired a shot from the deep corner which went off the outstretched fingertips of the Eaton goalie.  Sarah Shewell was in the right place and knocked the ball into the goal to put Oakwood up 2-1.  At the 13:22 mark Alex Miller received a pass from Brianna McConnell, displayed some nifty ball skills in avoiding the keeper, and slid the ball into the net for Oakwood’s third goal.  With four minutes to go, Colleen Hallinan finished the scoring, knocking one in from the top of the box for her second goal of the game.  Final score:  Oakwood 4. Eaton 1.

The Jills conclude regular season play this week.  Last night they traveled to Waynesville to make up the postponed match from Sept. 16, and tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 7) they host Brookville. The eight seniors will be honored.

8th graders beaten by Franklin

Oakwood’s defense was no match for Franklin’s powerful offense as the eighth-grade Lumberjack football team lost 38-8 on Saturday. Oakwood’s score came on a 25-yard pass from quarterback Austin Erbe to tight end Kyle Zelinskas. Oakwood’s defense was outsized by Franklin’s offense, and the Wildcats ran over the Lumberjacks - scoring five touchdowns and punching in four two-point conversions. The Lumberjacks had some success moving the ball, but struggled to put it in the end zone.

One long touchdown run by Aric Anloague was called back for a holding penalty. On another drive, Oakwood got to the two-yard line but was unable to score before turning the ball over on downs. Oakwood’s touchdown came after the game was out of hand. Both of Oakwood’s quarterbacks had good outings. In addition to Erbe’s touchdown pass, backup quarterback Henry Blattner was three-for-three on his passes for 13 yards. Running back Andrew Stephenson scored Oakwood’s two-point conversion.

The OJHS Lumberjacks, now 2-2, play at home against Valley View at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 8.


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