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Cross country team has two headed to State

On a cool and blustery day at the levee along the Great Miami River in Troy, the Oakwood Cross Country Team closed out the team portion of the season at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Regional tournament. Two individuals did, by the virtue of finishing in the top 16, qualify for the State Tournament.

For the Jills, senior Julia Sizek put on a burst of speed over the last one hundred meters to finish 14th. Elizabeth Connelly crossed the line 28th. Alexandra Harmony, Hannah McCarthy and Autumn Bruno also scored for Oakwood. Emi Banke and Ginny Beth Fulford were the other finishers for the girl’s team. The Oakwood girls were 12th in the team scoring.



Oakwood High School Senior Julia Sizek at the Regional Cross Country Meet at Troy on Saturday.






Junior Peter Hix led the Jacks and finished third in the Division II boy race. Tory Tomlinson, Troy Gould and Chris Wolcott were 71st, 75th, and 76th respectively. In the fifth scoring spot for the Jacks was Andy Lamb. Aaron Pruitt and Joey Neff also ran for the Oakwood boys who finished 11th in the team scoring.


Peter Hix (2nd from left) on the award stand at the Regional Cross Country Meet at Troy.




Next Saturday Sizek and Hix will run in the State Championship Race at Scioto Downs in Columbus. Both ran in the Ohio State Division II Championship Races last year.

Jacks fall to Wildcats 14-17

The Lumberjacks traveled to Franklin for a meeting with the Franklin Wildcats on Friday. The Cats came into the game 5 – 4 and needing a win to make the post season. The Jacks, 7 – 2, needed a win to have a shot at the league title and a home playoff game. The senior class has been to the post season 3 out of their 4 years and were hoping to cap off their finest season with a fourth place finish in the Region 16 computer rankings.

The Wildcats returned David Miller’s kickoff to their 15 as Nolan Kronbergs made the tackle. The Jacks lost outside contain and Franklin ran a sweep for an 85 yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage.

The Jacks fought back quickly. The running of Robby Sherk, John Whalen, Connor Charbat and Tony Lamb drove the ball to the Franklin six. Lamb finished the drive with a powerful six-yard run behind blocks from Tucker Jones, Greg Ambrose and Joey Lefforge. Miller split the uprights and the score was knotted
at 7.

Photo by Leon Chuck,

At midfield, senior John Whalen sprints down the left sideline.

The game was a solid defensive battle, but Franklin scored on another sweep from 36 yards out. The half came to an end with Franklin up, 14 – 7.

Oakwood came out of the locker room fired up and made great defensive plays. Hard hits by John Whalen, Robby Sherk, Tony Lamb, Justin Reeder and Joey Lefforge kept the game close. The Wildcats only scoring in the third quarter was a 24 yard field goal. The Jacks didn’t dent the goal line in the quarter and were down 17 – 7 as the fourth quarter began.

The Jacks scored on a 39 yard pass from Sherk to Whalen late in the game. Miller made another extra point and the Jacks trailed 17 – 14 with 1:36 left in the contest. Oakwood was out of time outs and all the Wildcats had to do was take a couple of knees. Instead, they ran two offensive plays, giving the Jacks a chance to strip the ball. It wasn’t to be though and Franklin held on for a 17 – 14 victory.

The Jacks head to Plain City for a first round meeting with Jonathan Alder in the 2008 playoffs.



8th graders finish football season at 2-5

The Oakwood eighth-grade football team’s offense struggled as the Lumberjacks suffered two losses to end the season. The Lumberjacks lost 36-6 to Bellbrook on Oct. 20 and 8-0 at Waynesville on Thursday. The eighth-graders season ended the season with a 2-5 record.

Against Waynesville, Oakwood moved the ball but stalled in the red zone. As Oakwood mounted a drive near the end of the first half, the Lumberjacks’ quarterback Henry Blattner was four of six passing, hitting Aric Anloague, Andrew Stephenson, and Cal George for a combined 20 yards.

The big play on the drive was a 30-yard pass to wide receiver Mark Kravitz. The clock worked against the Lumberjacks as time ran out in the first half.

In the key drive of the second half, quarterback Austin Erbe hit tight end Logan Jervis for two passes and 29 yards. The drive ended when Waynesville recovered muffed lateral in the Oakwood backfield.

After the turnover Waynesville scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass.

In the Bellbrook game, Oakwood’s offensive line struggled against a tough Bellbrook defense.

Oakwood’s score came after a fumble recovery by Jack Kegelmeyer at the Bellbrook 11-yard line. Stephenson scored on a one-yard touchdown run.


Triple overtime loss ends Jills hockey season

The Jills post season continued this past week as they took on number one seeded St. Ursula in the quarter finals of the district tournament.  The game was a game of two halves.  The first half had Oakwood playing almost exclusively in their defensive zone.  The strength of the team all year has been in their midfield and defense and this group controlled the SU offense.  Most attacks did not get into the scoring circle but those that did were swept away limiting SU to only two shots on goal and a single penalty corner in the half.  Both SU shots were deflected by Goalie Amy Beck with nice glove saves.

The second half was a more balanced attack for the Jills as they cautiously pushed forward and opportunistically probed the SU defense.  The game continued a scoreless full field game until at the 8:40 mark Lucy Shafer made a nice stop on a clearing shot by the SU defense just outside the SU 25 yard line.  She pushed the ball up field and fed it into the circle to Sara French who tipped it to her sister Hannah (assist) who crossed it in front of the goal to a waiting Caroline Hartel for the score and the upset win.

The jubilant team then had to set their sights on the championship game against Mount Notre Dame on Saturday. The Jills were participating for second time in the District Championship game in the past three years but this edition showed a solid elevation in the Oakwood Field Hockey program. This was one of those games that neither team deserved to lose as both teams were outstanding in almost every facet of the game.  Both teams exhibited good team speed and ball handling.  Although the game was a relatively clean game, both teams were very physical (some would say the MND team too much) and green cards were provided by the officials to both teams to calm the proceedings.  Basically everything you would expect of two teams who felt qualified and capable of representing the district at State.

The first half was more like a prize fight with both teams running the field and testing each others defense with little damage done by either side.  The half ended scoreless.  The second half was also evenly played with both teams playing to win.  At the 22:08 mark MND took a free hit from the dotted circle, the ball was crossed over to the left side for the shot. The ball deflected off Goalie Amy Beck for the score. The Jills did not panic or pressure themselves but continued to play solid ball until they got their chance.  

This came with 11:24 to play on a penalty corner.  Sarah Oda in-bounded from the left of the goal to Peanut Johnson. Johnson flipped the ball back to Oda, who swept the ball home to tie the game. Despite a flurry of shots by MND that Beck rejected, regulation ended tied 1-1 so the teams went to sudden victory 7 versus 7 play.
In this period Oakwood dominated. The front line of Hannah French, Peanut Johnson, and Sarah Oda was backed up by Laura German in the middle, Lauren Sobel, Meredith Irvin (you rock!!) in defense and Amy Beck in goal. The ball was predominantly in the MND defensive zone throughout the 10 minute period.  Only two great saves by the MND goalie kept the game tied and moving into the second SV overtime.  This period was a nail biter as it was evenly played and Oakwood needed to kill a penalty corner at the end with no time remaining in the period.  They did so successfully and the game moved to the third overtime which requires best of five “strokes” or penalty shots.

Laura German got the Jills off to a good start with a score into the upper left corner of the goal.  MND tied the score on their try.  Both teams missed their second shots.  

Oakwood missed their third shot while MND converted theirs.  With pressure mounting the Jills missed their fourth shot. MND made theirs and the game was over.While this was a disappointing ending, congratulations for a successful 2008 season. While we will miss the senior leaders on the team a rededication for the 2009 season may see this talented returning group represent at State!!

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October 28, 2008
Volume 17, No. 44

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