JV volleyball closes with 17-0 season
Junior Varsity Volleyball team
The Oakwood junior varsity volleyball team ended their season with a win against Brookville on Oct. 7 bringing their record to a perfect 17 and 0. They dominated throughout the season losing only 3 games in 17 matches and winning each game by an average of over 9 points. Each of their last 11 matches were won in 2 games.
The team is comprised of Heather Saunier, setter, Kaila Ryan, middle, Meaghan Malloy, outside hitter, Allison Felkley, outside and temporary middle hitter, Maddie Burke, right side hitter, Rachel Ramey, right side hitter, Jessica Herringer, outside setter, Morgan Nandrasy, defensive specialist, Riki Sagraves, libero, and Ellen Smith, middle. Congratulations to all the girls on a great season!
Soccer Jacks make history and ring Victory Bell
First SWBL soccer title in 17 years
On Oct. 7, at 10 p.m., after a short speech by Athletic Director Mark Hughes, the Oakwood High School Victory Bell rang out as the Soccer Jacks huddled around their seniors and pulled the bell rope to commemorate Oakwood’s first SWBL Soccer Championship in 17 years. According to historian Chris Morris, this is the least losses in Soccer Jacks history and a tie for the best record and most wins during a regular season. Their 0.56 goals against average (GAA), with nine shutouts, is the best in the league this year and apparently the best in all of Division II Miami Valley Varsity Soccer. In fact, in all three divisions, this writer found that only Centerville had a better GAA (0.44) and more shutouts (11). Beavercreek has also posted nine shutouts on the season (GAA= 0.60). Carroll had 10 shutouts (GAA = 0.75). The Jacks have also never been shutout during the season, scoring in every game they played. In comparison, Bellbrook’s record is 13-2-1 with eight shutouts with a GAA of 0.69. Bellbrook was also shutout twice, once by Oakwood and once by Hilliard-Davidson, accounting for both Bellbrook’s losses. Bellbrook shares the SWBL title with Oakwood this year.
On Oct. 6, the Dayton Christian Warriors came to Oakwood. DC have a strong midfield and are a physical team and, as a result, they dominated stretches of the game. Oakwood’s defense was strong. Graham Roberts had a beautiful steal deep in the defensive corner. Finally, 35 minutes into the game, Zach Hood threaded a pass to Philip Willie, sprinting down the right wing. A step ahead of the defender, Wille zinged the ball across the face of goal, into the left ground nets for a 1-0 Oakwood lead. In the second half, DC tied the score. Few opportunities came either way thereafter. At the end, Oakwood exerted dominating pressure to win, coming alive and finally matching DC’s physicality. Tristan Schnader took a free kick from 20 yards which skipped wide of the left post. A 40 yard free kick from Schnader fell to Willie who found Tino Weckerling, who shot just wide of the right post. But the Jacks could not score again, and the game ended 1-1.
On Oct. 7, Oakwood went to Brookville for the regular season’s final game. From the kickoff, Oakwood dominated the Blue Devils with many brilliant plays and generally more intensity from midfield than was played against DC. Weckerling had his best game of the season, showing tremendous physical presence, harrying the Brookville midfield and defense and sparking many Oakwood attacks. Andrew Dickerson had another beautiful, surgical steal in the Oakwood offensive half to keep a drive alive. Zach Harmony had several defensive headers, one off a 60 yard punt, the norm from him. Schnader pounded a 50 yard free kick, saved by the Brookville keeper. The breakthrough came after 38 minutes when a ball was zipped into midfield, and Zach Rodabaugh popped it 10 yards into the air. Weckerling one-touched the ball out of the air to tap it with the outside of his right foot, directing it over the goal line, 1-0.
Oakwood dominated, but they still could not score after numerous goal attempts from Zach Hood, Willie, Andrew Morris, Schnader and David Shephard. Hood exerted tremendous intensity in midfield, spurring the team aggressively forward. Ryan McFarland had one tremendous save to preserve the Oakwood shutout at 1-0. As the game ended, the announcer stated that jubilant Jacks had clinched the SWBL title for the first time in 17 years. Tournament play begins next week, and the Jacks hope the school will turn out in numbers to support them.
Jacks tether Bulldogs 42-12
The Oakwood Lumberjacks met the Milton-Union Bulldogs Friday night at Mack Hummon Stadium. The Jacks, celebrating Senior Night, were looking for another playoff push. Senior captains Tony Lamb, Joe Lefforge and John Whalen led the Jacks into battle.
David Miller kicked off to the 15. Trent Jervis and Nolan Kronbergs made the hit. Plays by Ben Raichle, Joe Lefforge and Justin MacCaulay forced a punting situation. Oakwood, behind the running of Robby Sherk and Tony Lamb drove the ball into Bulldog territory. Connor Charbat took the next handoff and hit the line. He appeared to be stopped for no gain, but spun quickly and scooted 35 yards for the score. Miller kicked the extra point and the Jacks took a 7-0 lead. The half ended with the same
7 – 0 score, as both teams appeared to be out of sync.
The Jacks made quality adjustments in the locker room and poured it on. John Whalen scored on 3 TD runs and had an interception. Robby Sherk scored on a long TD run and caught a TD pass from Matt Carpenter. Sherk also intercepted a ball, stopping a drive in the end zone. Will Garner caught a couple of drive saving passes.
The Jacks outscored the Bulldogs 35 to 12 in the second half, making the final score 42 – 12. Ryan Dempsey, Tucker Jones, Greg Ambrose, Joe Lefforge, Jason Elking, Justin MacCaulay and Ben Raichle controlled the offensive line of scrimmage. Tony Lamb, John Whalen, Joe Lefforge, Robby Sherk, Andrew Raichle, Sam Sanders and Justin MacCaulay all made multiple tackles with the seniors leading the way.
Oakwood is now 6 – 2 on the season and fourth in the computer rankings of Div. IV.
The Jacks travel to Bellbrook for a meeting with the rival Eagles on Friday.
Jacks 2nd, Jills 3rd in X-country SWBL meet
X-Country Jills huddle before meet.
Saturday the Oakwood Cross Country Teams ran in the SWBL conference meet at Brookville’s Golden Gate Park. Under clear skies and a dry course the teams had a strong showing.
The boys were led by this year’s SWBL Conference Champion Peter Hix who finished the five kilometer course in 16:24.68. Tory Tomlinson and Chris Wolcott were the next to cross the line in ninth and tenth place respectively. Troy Gould (15th) and Aaron Pruitt (24th) also tallied scores for the Jacks. Andy Lamb (25th), Will Reese (26th) and Joey Neff (27th) all finished less than two seconds behind Pruitt.
Other runners for the Oakwood boys were, in order of finish, Caden Ohwiler, Keith Mueller, Marc Skill, Philip Sizek, Ethan Kissock, Casey Linsmeier, Andrew Redden, Josh Moulton, Noah Berry, Michael Wuebker, Andy Myers, Evan Duffley and Eli Collinson. The Jacks finished second in the Southwestern Buckeye League, ten points behind conference team champion Bellbrook and seven points ahead of Brookville.
The Jills were led by Julia Sizek who finished fourth. Elizabeth Connelly and Ericha Greip finished thirteenth and fifteenth respectively. Hannah McCarthy (33rd) and Alexandra Harmony (35th) scored the final two places for the Oakwood girls. The other runners completing the course were Autumn Bruno, Chelsea Bolger, Ginny Beth Fulford, Molly Jackson and Gretchen Hochwalt. The Jills were third in the team scoring. Milton Union rolled to the team championship.
Next Saturday the Oakwood High School Cross Country Team travels to OHSAA Southwest District competition at Miami Valley Career Technical Center.
Junior High Cross Country Results
The Oakwood Junior High Cross Country team ran in the SWBL Conference Championship at Brookville’s Golden Gate Park. The top finisher for the OJHS Boys was Ben Gallatin who finished sixth. Eric Krebs and Herbert Sizek were thirteenth and eighteenth respectively. Frank Clemmens (25th) and Tommy Lane (28th) added to the team score. Other Oakwood runners completing the two mile course were George Hochwalt, Caleb Kell, Neil Milligan, Zack Joseph, Joel Thompson, Quentin Manson, Patric McCready, Josh Griep and Addison Caruso. The Junior High Jacks were fourth in the team scoring. Franklin won the SWBL team competition.
The Junior High Jills were led by Caroline Filbrun who finished twenty-second. Jackie White was ten runners behind in thirty-second. Natalie Draper and Nicole Edwards crossed together at fortieth and forty-first. Megan Wenzke rounded out the scoring for the girls in forty-fifth. Also completing the race for the Oakwood girls were Tia Manavis and Jordan Rodebeck. The Junior High Jills were sixth in the team scoring. Belbrook was the Junior High girl’s team SWBL champions.
The Junior High Team will close the season at John Bryan Park in Yellow Springs on Tuesday.
Jills hockey 4th in tourney, 9-2-4 season
The Oakwood Field Hockey teams limped into post season play having dropped or tied their final two contests. First up was the single day Junior Varsity tournament at Summit Athletic Complex on Saturday. The tournament is run to get all teams three games with ties decided by the number of penalty corners and other criteria. This tie break procedure will be important to the Jills. Coming in as the number two seed the Jills easily dispatched Talawanda 5-0 with goals by Maddie Maney, Emily Skill 2 (assist- Anna Johnsen 2), Sara French, and Peanut Johnson. The team had 36 shots on goal and 9 penalty corners to zero in both categories for Talawanda.
Next up was the number three seeded Ursuline Academy. This game was an exceptional full field contest on a very hot Fall day. Sarah Zabarnick (who I did not credit for a goal earlier in the year), Mary Oda, and Amy Thie all had very good games as the midfield play was outstanding keeping the ball off the defense for most of the game. The game, however, ended scoreless with the tie breaker going to Ursuline. This dropped the Jills into the playoff game for third place against the St. Ursula Bulldogs who came in as the number one seeded team. The Jills only had 45 minutes to rest and eat lunch but came out firing with a goal by Emily Skill with only 2:15 elapsed in the game.
Oakwood kept St. Ursula at bay until with only 1:15 remaining in the half the Bulldogs scored off their second penalty corner. In the second half the physical nature of St. Ursula began to wear down the Jills but with liberal substitutions and repositioning, Oakwood was able to withstand the pressure.
In the end the game remained tied 1-1 but the tiebreak again went the other way. Without losing a game the Jills ended up fourth in the tournament with some outstanding efforts and a solid final 9-2-4 season record.
The Oakwood varsity (8-6-1) hosts 6th seeded Indian Hill on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. for the first round of the District Tournament. Come down to Irving Field to cheer on the Jills!!
9 to 12-year-old baseball at Patterson Park
Patterson Park is now accepting registrations for its Spring 2009 Transition Baseball program. This program is designed for the 9 to 12 year old player seriously interested in advancing their baseball skills, and is open to all players registered to play spring ball at Patterson Park. The schedule will include skill improvement sessions, games and tournaments. Activities will be on 70 and 80 foot bases to challenge the young player and ease the eventual jump to 90 foot bases in junior high school and beyond. Sessions will generally be on weekends so that the player can still participate fully on their regular team at Patterson Park.