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This website update will only deal with individual athletes.
We will start with two league grads....
Ashli O'Neal (2016 Wyoming grad), plays basketball at Florida Gulf Coast University.  She reached a milestone in getting her 1000th career point.

The Podojil family (Indian Hill) has not one but two All American soccer players in their family.  Anna (2019 grad) made the United Soccer Coaches Association 3rd Team All American.  She is on the University of Arkansas team, which won its first ever women's soccer league title.  Anna was Freshman of the Year in the SEC, First Team SEC, and her 14 season goals were 3rd best of any freshman player in the NCAA. Joining her as a High School All American is sister Ellie.  The Podojil sisters along with All Americans Myah Giordullo (Mariemont), Ben Ramos (Madeira) , & Caleb Tan (Indian Hill) were honored this past weekend at the USCA convention in Baltimore.

Jillian Rice (Indian Hill) was a recipient of the Friends of the Classic Scholarship at the Southwest Coaches Swimming & Diving Classic this past weekend.  It is awarded to those athletes who excel in their sport, classroom, and outside of school.  Rice had podium finishes this year in three swimming events at the classic.

it is an understatement to say that Chelsea Hammer (Deer Park) is having a great season in bowling.  Her average is 197.9, which is over 45 pins ahead of 2nd place in the league.  As a matter of fact, Chelsea would be 2nd best boy's average, only 2.1 pins behind Dylan Buerger (Mariemont).  I can't find a list of Division II GIRL bowlers in the state, but she certainly should be among the best.  We will find out at state tournament time.

The 120 weight class in wrestling is proving to be the most competitive in the CHL. Four wrestlers are listed in stats.  All are having great seasons: Jacob Bryan (Wyoming) 17-3, Orlando Smith (Reading) 17-5, Nathan Opichka (Madeira) 17-9, Malachi O'Leary (Wyoming) 16-5.  

Isaiah Walker (Wyoming) scored 35 points against Roger Bacon Tuesday.  It is his second 30 point plus game in a row, the fourth for the season.  The junior leads the CHL with a 26.2 average.  His Cowboy team is 13-0.


The Southwest Ohio Swimming & Diving was held this past weekend.  The meet is the largest high school swim/dive meet in the country.  It is unique not only for its size, but many extra swimming events are added.  Indian Hill girls were 6th with 163 points.  Wyoming was 25th, Mariemont 27th, & Madeira 31st. A total of 46 girls' teams scored points out of over 120 teams. Indian Hill boys were 4th with 227 points.  Mariemont was 26th & Wyoming 27th.  A total of 42 boys' teams scored points out of over 120 teams. The CHL had two athletes claimed titles and two teams finished in the top ten in scoring.

Our league divers did very well. Grace Courtney of Wyoming was 1st in the girls' 1 Meter Diving.  In boys' 1 Meter Diving, Nathan Cox of Mariemont was 2nd & Pavel Gerasimchuk of Wyoming was 4th.

Gibson Holmes of Indian Hill had quite a meet.  Holmes, only a freshman, had a podium finish in seven of eight events he was in.  In the individual  events he was champion of the 200 Freestyle in a time of 1:39.20. He also had a 4th place finish in the 100 Freestyle, 2nd place finish in the 500 Freestyle, & a 4th place finish in 200 Butterfly.  Added to that were podium finishes in the 200 Freestyle, 400 Freestyle, 200 Medley relays.  Other top eight finishers for league swimmers:
Girls
500 Freestyle - 5. Jillian Rice (Indian Hill), 6. Mikaela Elliott (Wyoming)
1650 Freestyle - 3. Jillian Rice, 4. Mikaela Elliott
100 Breaststroke - 3. Kathy Zhao (Indian Hill)
200 Breaststroke - 5. Jacgueline Young (Mariemont)
100 IM - 3. Anna Lewis (Madeira)
400 IM - 4. Kathy Zhao
200 Freestyle Relay - 5. Indian Hill (Jillian Rice, Anna Palen, Isabella Pivor, Kathy Zhao)
Boys
200 Freestyle - 6. Will Taylor (Indian Hill)
500 Freestyle - 7. Will Taylor
100 IM - Will Campas (Indian Hill)
200 Freestyle Relay - 5. Indian Hill (Will Taylor, Gibson Holmes, Devin Edwards, Dan Edmondson)
400 Freestyle Relay - 5. Indian Hill (Gibson Holmes, Gabriel Yin, Josh Pearson, Will Taylor)
200 Medley Relay - 6. Indian Hill (Gibson Holmes, Nick Bulas, Gabriel Yin, Will Taylor)

Another busy week for CHL varsity sports.  Girls' bowling league title has been determined.  Boys' bowling could be determined this week.  All stat leaders are posted.   Complete stats can be found under each sport's link.
Red - League Title Determined

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Indian Hill Hill is 9-0 in the league & 12-4 overall. The Braves have a 14 game league win streak over two seasons.  Mariemont is 8-1 in the league & 13-3 overall. The Warriors have won 8 in row.  Taylor is 10-6 overall.
Some Results From Last Week...
Mariemont 39 Batavia 38 - The Bulldogs scored 23 4th points but the Warriors held on.  Kendal Spreen had 9 points.
Taylor 54 Talawanda 50- Ashley Bucher had 19 points & Julia Gooding 11 points.
Wyoming 38 New Richmond 33-  The Cowboys came from behind to win.  Meredith Bornholdt had 12 points & 12 rebounds.  Natalie Strom added 11 points.

Stat Leaders:
Average - Kenzie Schneeman (Deer Park) 17.8, Maddie Antencci (Indian Hill) 16.7, Carly Scott (Madeira) 16.3, Nia Kemper (Wyoming) 16.2
Rebounds - Carly Scott 11.2
Assists - Morgan Finley (Taylor) 3.4
Blocks - Julia Gooding (Taylor) 2.3
Steals - Kenzie Schneeman (Deer Park) 4.0

There will be 11 games this week, 3 of them league on Saturday.  

BOYS' BASKETBALL
Wyoming has a 7-0 league mark & 12-0 overall. Deer Park is 7-1 in the league & 13-1 overall. Taylor is 9-4 overall &  Finneytown is 9-6.
Some Results From Last Week...
Taylor 56 Finneytown 54- Danny Austing had 21 points & Harry Hilvert 10 points for the Yellowjackets.  Mickel Clay had 15 points & 12 rebounds for the Wildcats.  Kodee Holloway & JD Daniels added 10 points each.
In Wyoming's win over Reading, Cowboy senior Isaiah Walker had 39 points, one off of his career high of 40 earlier in the season.  He shot 16 of 18 from the field.

Stat Leaders:
Average - Isaiah Walker (Wyoming) 25.4, Evan Prater (Wyoming) 20.6, Kodee Holloway (Finneytown) 20.3
Rebounds - Mickel Clay (Finneytown) 11.0
Assists - Mark Wise (Deer Park) 6.2
Blocks - Ani Elliott (Deer Park ) 2.0
Steals - Steven Gentry Jr. (Deer Park) 3.6

There are 11 games this week, 5 of them league. On Tuesday, big league games will be Indian Hill at Wyoming & Taylor at Finneytown.   

GIRLS' BOWLING
This is the 3rd year for bowling to be a league sport. Wyoming is back with a team this year making it five teams in the league. 
Deer Park is 7-0 in the league & 7-0 overall.  The Wildcats have the league title, their 2nd year in a row.  Reading is 4-2 in the league & 12-5 overall.
Some Results From Last Week....
Deer Park 1910 Taylor 1901- Taylor had a 26 pin lead after the regular matches.  Deer Park pulled it out in the Baker Games to win the league tile outright.  Chelsea Hammer had a 182 game for the Wildcats.  Ella Harvey had a 192 game for the Yellowjackets
Wyoming 1611 Summit Country Day 1547- Natalie Borth had games of 154 & 153.

Stat Leaders:
Average -
Chelsea Hammer (Deer Park) 191.0
Makayla Lawson (Reading) 151.7
Kassidy Russell-Gamble (Deer Park) 145.2
Julie Meece (Mariemont) 142.8
Ella Harvey (Taylor) 142.1
Caitlyn Prince (Reading) 141.6
Drew Handorf (Deer Park) 141.4
High Game -
Chelsea Hammer 236,
Mak Morgan (Reading) 212
Julei Meece 195
Ella Harvey 192
Amanda Pessler (Taylor) 191
Drew Handorf 190
High Two Game Series -
Chelsea Hammer 412
Mak Morgan 366
Ella Harvey 357
Drew Handorf 352

There will be 6 dual matches this week, 1 of them league. On Saturday, Taylor will be at the Cardinal Classic at Colerain Bowl.

BOYS' BOWLING
This is the 3rd year for bowling to be a league sport.  Six schools have teams.
Reading is 8-0 in the league & 11-3 overall.  The Blue Devils have clinched at least a tie for the league title, their first ever. Mariemont is 4-2 in the league & 7-4 overall Deer Park is 6-3 in league play & 6-3 overall. Finneytown is 8-6 overall.
Some Results From Last Week...
Finneytown 2206 North College Hill 1482- Ravi Nahallage had a season best 222 game.
Wyoming 1837 Summit Country Day 1821- Nathaniel Miller had a season best 201 game.
Mariemont 1912 Winton Woods 1508- Sammy Henkel had a season best game of 213.  Dylan Buerger had a 210 game.

Stat Leaders:
Average -
Dylan Buerger (Mariemont) 200.0
Jeremy Easter (Reading) 188.4
Eric Hamilton (Deer Park) 187.4

Ian Carpenter (Reading) 184.3
Jacob Daniels (Reading) 182.0

High Game -
Jeremy Easter 268
Dylan Buerger 266
Eric Hamilton 255

High Two Game Series -
Jeremy Easter 488
Dylan Buerger 478
Ian Carpenter 452

Monday, Reading will be at the Baker Bash at Beaver Vue Lanes.  Sunday, Taylor will be at the Cardinal Classic at Colerain Bowl.  In between, there will be 7 dual matches, 2 of them league.  Both league matches involve Mariemont.  The Warriors have to win out to claim at least a tie for the league title.  Last year, they were 2-3 in first half of league play & 5-0 in the second half to share the league title.  Wednesday, the host Wyoming & Thursday Taylor, both at Madison Bowl.

WRESTLING
Wyoming won the Sycamore Invitational with 201.5 points.  Top 3 finishes for the Cowboys:
106- 3. Ian Zender, 120- 1. Jacob Bryan, 126- 3. Malachi O'Leary, 138- 3. C.J. Hester, 145- 1. Nathan Bryan, 160- 2. Jared Hancock, 195- 2. Bruce Wagers, 220- 3. Onyx Mendenhall

Stat Leaders: 
Wins - Caden Conner (Reading 21-5, Ramakrina Gandhi (Madeira)19-3, Nathan Bryan (Wyoming) 19-3, Harris Foad (Indian Hill) 19-7, Orlando Smith (Reading) 17-5, Michael Carter (Reading) 17-6, Nathan Opichka (Madeira) 17-9, 13-9, Jacob Bryan (Wyoming) 16-3, Nate Berger (Indian Hill) 16-11
Pins - Nathan Bryan 13, Michael Carter 12, Nathan Opichka 12, Orlando Smith 11, Curtis Flores (Madeira) 11, Ramakrina Gandhi 11,Jared Hancock (Wyoming) 11

Wednesday, Wyoming will be at Wilmington.  Thursday, Campbell County will be at Indian Hill & Taylor will be at Kings with Walnut Hills.  Friday & Saturday, Reading will be at the Eaton Invitational and Madeira will be at the Thunderbird Invitational at Lima Central Catholic High School.  Saturday, Taylor & Wyoming will be at the Miami Trace Invitational and Indian Hill will be at the Milford Invitational.

GIRLS' SWIMMING/DIVING
Check out story on the Southwest Classic.

Stat Leader: to be updated....
200 Medley Relay - Mariemont 1:54.12
200 Freestyle Relay - Indian Hill 1:46.48
400 Freestyle Relay - Indian Hill 3:47.37
1 Meter Diving - Maggie Overberg (Indian Hill) 206.95 points
200 Freestyle - Mikaela Elliott (Wyoming) 2:00.78, Jillian Rice (Indian Hill) 2:01.17
200 IM - Jacqueline Young (Mariemont) 2:19.88
50 Freestyle - Kathy Zhao (Indian Hill) 25.12
100 Butterfly - Kathy Zhao  59.28
100 Freestyle - Isabella Pivor (Indian Hill) 55.34
500 Freestyle - Jillian Rice 5:20.91
100 Backstroke - Elizabeth Bonnell (Mariemont) 1:03.93
100 Breaststroke - Kathy Zhao 1:07.17


BOYS' SWIMMING/DIVING
Check out story on the Southwest Classic.

Stat Leaders: to be updated...
200 Medley Relay - Indian Hill 1:44.11
200 Freestyle Relay - Indian Hill 1:32.55
400 Freestyle Relay - Indian Hill 3:22.51
1 Meter Diving - Nathan Cox (Mariemont) 2:41.40 points
200 Freestyle - Will Taylor (Indian Hill) 1:46.34
200 IM - Gibson Holmes (Indian Hill) 2:01.37
50 Freestyle - Will Taylor 22.85, Dan Edmondson (Indian Hill) 23.03
100 Butterfly - Will Ford 55.15
100 Freestyle - Gibson Holmes 49.35
500 Freestyle - Will Taylor 4:50.37
100 Backstroke - Nick Bulas (Mariemont) 56.89
100 Breaststroke - Gabriel Yin 1:05.43


SWIMMING SCHEDULES
Friday, Summit Country Day & CHCA will be at Mariemont. Saturday, Taylor will be at the Orange & Black Invitational at Wright State University.

The 35th Annual Southwest Ohio High School Swimming & Diving Classic will be held this Saturday & Sunday.  It is the biggest high school swim/dive meet in the country.  Almost 3000 swimmers & divers from 126 schools in the Cincinnati & Dayton areas will be taking part.  All of our league teams will be taking part.  Swimming prelims will be held each day at nine different sites (Miami University will have A & B sites).  They will start at 9:00 am each day.  The top times will advance each day to the finals at the Keating Natatorium on the St. Xavier campus.  They will start at 6:30 pm.  The meet is unique not only because of its size, but extra swim events that will be added.  The longest event is the 1650 yard freestyle.  
Here are where the CHL teams will be at swimming prelims Saturday & Sunday:
Miami University A - Taylor, Miami University B- Finneytown & Wyoming, Milford High School - Mariemont, Princeton High School - Indian Hill & Madeira
Diving prelims will be held on Saturday after the swimming prelims.  The top divers will be at the University of Cincinnati at 9:00 am Sunday for the finals.  
League schools have done well in the past at this meet.  Check back Monday to see how our teams did.

Happy New Year to everyone.  It's time to look back at 2019 at the Cincinnati Hills League.  Another great year that brought us a team state champion, seven individual state titles, and many other titles, awards, and honors.

The year started with a big honor for Indian Hill girls soccer coach Amy Dunlap.  She was one of 23 coaches across the country to be selected as 2018 National Coach of the Year.  Coach Dunlap's girls were coming off of back to back state titles. 
Deer Park girls' bowling became the first winter sport to clinch a league title. On the boys' side, it was a three way tie for the league title with Deer Park, Mariemont, & Taylor.  In the bowling sectional, Rylynne Jenkins (Reading) was sectional champ.  Deer Park & Reading girls moved on to district.  Chelsea Hammer of Deer Park became the first girl league bower to qualify for the state championship.  The junior finished 55th in the state.
Mariemont girls' claimed their 6th straight swimming/diving championship.  It is the longest CHL league win streak of any Warrior varsity team.  Indian Hill boys' were a "threepeat" for swimming/diving.  Mariemont girls' won their 4th straight district title and Indian Hill boys' won their district title.  The league sent 42 swimmers & divers to the state championships.  Cora Dupre of Mariemont made CHL history at the state meet.  The senior had already won three previous state individual swimming titles.  At the meet this year, she won the 200 and 100 Freestyle events.  That gave her five individual state titles, more than any other athlete in CHL history.  Dupre was named Meet MVP in Division II.  In four years at the state meet, she made the podium 14 of 16 times.  Mariemont girls finished 6th at the state meet.  Indian Hill boys also had a 6th place state finished.  The CHL claimed the Division II state diving title for the 3rd year in a row.  Indian Hill's Noah Vigran won it in 2017 & 2018.  Ilya  Gerasimchuk of Wyoming was runner up last year.  This year he won the state title on his last dive. 
In 2018, Indian Hill broke Reading's decade long domination of league wrestling.  The Braves followed it up in 2019 with another league title.  Two league wrestlers had podium finishes at the state meet.  For the 2nd year in a row, John Mark Williams of Indian Hill was 7th.  Colton Robins of Reading was 5th.
Indian Hill girls' basketball won the league title, their first since 2012.  The Braves went the farthest in the post season making it to the sectional finals.
Wyoming boys won their 5th league basketball title in the last 6 years.  Many of the players were on the state championship football team.  Boys' basketball saw two teams make the district finals: Deer Park & Reading.  The Wildcats were defending state D3 champs.
In April, four from the CHL received top honors at the Cincinnati.com Awards:  Ryan Lienhart (Madeira) I Am Sports Award, Evan Prater (Wyoming) Small School Football Player of the Year, Jan Wilking (Wyoming) Athletic Director of the Year.  Anna Podojil (Indian Hill) had two honors: Small School Soccer Player of the Year and Overall Girls Athlete of the Year for soccer & track.
Taylor softball won their 3rd straight league title.  The Yellowjackets will begin the 2020 season with a 42 game league win streak. Both Taylor & Deer Park were district runner-ups.
Taylor boys won their 4th straight baseball title.  Both Madeira & Wyoming were district runner-ups.  Thomas Stickney (Wyoming)  had a rare accomplishment.  He pitched two consecutive no hitters, one of them in post season.
Indian Hill boys' tennis won their 5th straight league title.  It was the 32nd overall title in the CHL, a record for any league sport.  Indian Hill doubles team of Tejas Pisati & Mack Ellis were 3rd at the state championships.
Lacrosse was still a non league sport in the spring of 2019.  We hope that will change this coming spring.  It became a OHSAA recognized sport in 2017.  Indian Hill girls were D2 state champs in 2017.  Mariemont girls are defending D2 state champs.  Mariemont boys were state champs in 2017.  This year, both Mariemont boys and girls made the state final four.  The boys lost in the semi 
finals.  The girls were state runner-ups this year.
Indian Hill boys' won the league track & field title by 43 points over 2nd place Reading.  The Blue Devils have been runner-ups for three years in a row.  Indian Hill girls completed the sweep by winning their title with a CHL record breaking 198 points.  This was going to be a start for for a remarkable end of the season for the Lady Braves.  Nine league records were broken at the meet.  Both Indian Hill teams repeated as Division II District champs.  Five district records were set by CHL athletes.  The Indian Hill girls won the regional meet for their 3rd title in three weeks and qualified for the state meet in nine events.  Athletes from four league schools qualified for the state meet.  Indian Hill senior Anna Podojil made the podium in all four events she competed in.  Her win in the 400 Dash was her 2nd state title (200 dash - sophomore year).  Indian Hill girls had already clinched the Division II State Championship before the last event.  The capped it off by winning the 4 x 400 Relay with a new state record of 3:49.30.  Anna Podojil anchored the relay winning her 3rd state title in her high school career.  Other relay members were junior Ellie Podojil, sophomore Meghan O'Brien, & freshman Elizabeth Whaley.  There was one other state title at the meet.  Marin Valentine (Mariemont) won the Division II 800 Run.
Wyoming won the All Sports Trophy for the 2018-2019 school year breaking Indian Hill's two year streak.  Before that streak, Wyoming had won all previous All Sports Trophies for the CHL.
Anna Podojil received many honors in her high school.  She finished winning the Penn Station Athlete of the Year.
During the summer months, we did a profile on Anna and also Indian Hill track & field coach Sue Savage.  You can still read those stories.  Check below under Older Articles.
Fall of 2019 saw Mariemont boys' golf claim the first league title.  It was the 
first golf title for the Warriors since 1997.  League teams went 1-2-3 in the sectional tourney.  Indian Hill team and Jack Neville (Mariemont) qualified for state.  Neville finished 6th among all D2 golfers, only 4 strokes off of the state medalist.
The first ever CHL girls' golf champion was crowned.  Wyoming won the nine hole tourney.  The Cowboys had a "three peat" at the sectional tourney.  Their quest for back to back trips to the state championship were derailed in the district.  Wyoming lost going to state by 4 stokes.
Indian Hill girls' won the league tennis title for the 23rd time in a row.  This now ties them with the Indian Hill boys' tennis team as the most league titles in a row of any CHL sport. Seven league girls made it to state.  Haley Hirsch & Morgan Coburn won the D2 state tennis doubles title.  Indian Hill also made it to the state final four in team tennis.  The Braves lost to Hathaway Brown in the finals 3-2.
Wyoming boys' soccer won their 3rd straight league title.  The Cowboys made it all the way to the regional finals before losing to Tippecanoe.  Their 19-1-1  record is the best in school history for boys' soccer. Mariemont boys made it to the D3 regional 
semi-finals.
Indian Hill girls won their 6th soccer title in the last 7 years.  Both Madeira & Mariemont made it to the regionals.  The two teams played each other  in the regional semi finals.  Mariemont won but lost to eventual state champ Cincinnati Country Day in the regional finals.
Wyoming girls volleyball closed out a decade of dominance in the CHL.  The Cowboys now have 10 straight league titles and a win streak of 140 league matches in row.  Both Indian Hill & Wyoming made the district finals.  Indian Hill was runner-up.  Wyoming won, but ended their season in the regional semi-finals losing to eventual state champ Bishop 
Fenwick.
Indian Hill girls cross country won their first league title since 2013.  Madeira boys won their 3rd league title in row.  Nine league teams moved on to the regional meet.  Five went as district champs.  Both Madeira girls' and boys' qualified for the state meet.  For the girls, it was the first time since 2001.  For the boys, it was back to back trips to state.  It is the first time since 1998 that both Madeira teams went in the same year.  The girls' finished 17th and the boys' 13th.  Indian Hill sophomore Elizabeth Whaley was the highest finisher for the CHL.  She made the podium in 12th place in Division II.
The fall closed out with football.  Wyoming won the league title for the 4th year in a row and 6 
of the last 7.  The Cowboys beat Indian Hill in a thrilling week 10 game 21-18.  The Cowboys finished the year with a 41 game regular season win streak, the longest by any current team in the state. Both teams made the post season in Division IV.  Also in week 10, Madeira edged Mariemont 21-20 to make the playoffs in Division V.  Madeira did lose in round one while Indian Hill & Wyoming won big in their first round games.  The regional semi finals for the 2nd year in row and 3rd out of the last 4 years pitted Indian Hill & Wyoming.  The Cowboys won for the 2nd year in a row.  Wyoming were defending state D4 champs and had been #1 in the state poll all of the regular season.  When they beat Valley View in the regional finals, it was the first time in school history that Wyoming had won back to back regional titles.  They lost to Clyde in the state semi finals, stopping a state best 28 game win streak. Clyde went on the next week to win the D4 title.  Evan Prater ended his high school career with over 9800 total yards in offense and accounted for 148 touchdowns.  
December saw four league soccer players named to the All American team: Myah Giordullo (Mariemont), Ellie Podojil (Indian Hill), Ben Ramos (Madeira), & Caleb Tan (Indian Hill).
During his high school career, Evan Prater has received many awards and honors, including Ohio Division IV Offensive Player of the Year for the 2nd straight year.  He got his biggest football award when he was named Mr. Football Ohio, an award given to the best football player in the state.  He is only the 2nd Cincinnati area player to win the award in the 34 year history.  Evan will play his final high school football game at the Army All American Bowl on January 4th.
Finally, Mariemont Athletic Director Tom Nerl received a national 
honor earning the Distinguished Service Award at the national ADs convention in Washington D.C.

As we start a new year, winter sports are well under way.  And, as we celebrate the success of 2019, we look forward to see what 2020 will bring for the Cincinnati Hills League.

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