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well, at least weather wise it feels like winter! Stat leaders for girls' basketball & bowling are now posted.  Stat leaders for boys' basketball, wrestling, & swimming/diving will be posted next week.  Complete stats can be found under each sport's link.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Deer Park, Indian Hill, Mariemont, & Wyoming are all 2-0 in league play.  Deer Park, Indian Hill, & Mariemont are 4-1 overall and Wyoming is 4-2.
Some Results From Last Week....
Deer Park 28 Taylor 26 - Maddie Hinton got the winning basket for the Wildcats.  Teammate Samantha Schreibeis had 9 points.  Ashley Bucher had 9 points & Julia Goodin 10 rebounds for the Yellowjackets.
Wyoming 51 Fenwick 41 - Sky Thomas had 15 points & 15 rebounds.  Of the bench, Kendall Burke had 11 points & Meredith Bornholdt 10 rebounds.
Indian Hill 66 Western Brown 40 - Ella Riggs had 22 points, Maddie Antenucci 14 points, & Nina Price 10 points.

Stat Leaders
Points - Asani Denson-Peeples (Finneytown) 19.0
Rebounds - Storm Hyden (Finneytown) 12.0, Julia Gooding (Taylor) 11.8
Assists - Bailey Weaver (Deer Park) 3.3
Blocks - Sky Thomas (Wyoming) 4.0
Steals - Torey Macke (Deer Park ) 5.0, Weaver 4.8

There will be 10 games this week.  Eight will be league on Wednesday & Saturday.  A big league game will be Wednesday with Wyoming traveling to Deer Park.

BOYS' BASKETBALL
Deer Park, Finneytown, & Indian Hill all won their 1st league game.  Deer Park is 3-1 overall.  The Wildcats had their 31 game win streak snapped by Taft.  Their 15 game league win streak is still in tact.  Finneytown & Indian Hill are 2-1 overall and Reading is 3-1 overall.
Some Results From Last Week....
Indian Hill 40 Madeira 37 - This backyard rivalry turned into a defensive battle.  Johnny Bultema led the Braves with 10 points.  James Lytle had 10 points for the Mustangs.
Taylor 39 Talawanda 36 - Josh Batte had 10 points for the Yellowjackets.
Deer Park 71 Wilmington 55 - Ibrahima Atha had 28 points, Steven Gentry Jr. 17 points, and Joe Hocker 10 points & 14 rebounds.

There are 12 games scheduled for this week.  Eight league games will be Tuesday & Friday.

WRESTLING
Deer Park was 8th at the Everette Howard Memorial Invitational at North College Hill.  Gabe Wilson was 2nd in the 132 class.  Ian Goodpaster was champion of the 145 class.  Ryan Coulehan was 4th in the 160 class.

Wednesday, Indian Hill will have at tri-match at Ross with Colerain and Taylor will host North College Hill.  Saturday , Deer Park, Madeira, Taylor, & Wyoming will be at the Madison Mohawk Invitational.  Saturday & Sunday, Indian Hill will be at the Coaches Classic at Harrison High School.

GIRLS' BOWLING

Deer Park is 2-0 in league play & 3-0overall.  Reading is 4-1 overall.
Some Results From Last Week....
Reading 1951 Princeton 1745 - Renee Schueler had a 175 game & Samantha Hensley a 163 game
Deer Park 1776 Middletown 1762 - Kassidy Russell-Gamble had a163 game & Chelsea Hammer a 157 game.

Stat Leaders
Average
Chelsea Hammer (Deer Park) 173.1
Rylynne Jenkins (Reading) 166.6
Emily Lawless (Taylor) 155.3
High Games
Jenkins 217, Lawless 194, Hammer 193

There are 7 dual matches this week. Sunday, Mariemont will host the Division II Classic at Madison Bowl. Reading & Taylor will be there.

BOYS' BOWLING
Taylor has a 3-0 league mark & 4-0 overall.  Mariemont is 2-1 in the league & 3-1 overall.
Some Results From Last Week....
Taylor 2346 Seven Hills 2301 - Austin Harvey had 266 game & a 449 two game series.  Brady Leisure had a 193 game & Jesse Timmerman a 190 game.
Reading 1593 Winton Woods 1337 - Jacob Daniels had 190 game & Nicholas Parker two 156 games.

Stat Leaders
Average
Dylan Buerger (Mariemont) 195.3
Austin Harvey (Taylor) 191.4
Jesse Timmerman (Taylor) 175.6
High Games
Harvey 266, Buerger 244, Jacob Daniels (Reading) 244

There are 13 dual matches this week.  Sunday, Mariemont will host the Division II Classic at Madison Bowl.  Reading & Taylor will be there.

GIRLS' SWIMMING/DIVING

No results reported...

BOYS' SWIMMING/DIVING

No results reported....

SWIMMING/DIVING SCHEDULES

Tuesday, Taylor girls will be at the Best of the West meet at Gamble Nippert YMCA.  Wednesday, Taylor boys will be at the same meet.  Friday, Loveland will be at Madeira at the Blue Ash YMCA.  Wyoming travels north for the Canton Christmas Invitational on Saturday.

For the 2nd time in school history, Wyoming has won a state football title.  The Cowboys won the Division IV state championship with a convincing 42-14 win over Girard. The game was the 7th and final state championship game over three days at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.

After the Cowboys stopped Girard on their first possession, Wyoming scored on a 4 play 49 yard drive.  Evan Prater scored on a 32 yard run.  AJ Washienko PAT made it 7-0 Wyoming 3 minutes into the game.  On their next possession, Girard score on a 5 yard run by quarterback Mark Waid.  The PAT tied the game at 7 all.  Late in the 1st quarter, Prater completed a 16 yard TD pass to Joey Edmonds.  Washienko made it 14-7 Wyoming after one quarter. With 5:40 to go in the 2nd quarter, Prater & Edmonds connected again for a score, this one for 29 yards.  Washienko PAT made it 21-7 Cowboys.  Edmonds intercepted a Indian pass to end their drive at the Wyoming 29.  Wyoming went 4 plays and 71 yards for another score.  The big play was a spectacular pass catch by Edmonds for 35 yards to the Girard 15.  A Indian penalty move the ball to the 8 where Prater took it in for the score.  Washienko PAT gave Wyoming a three score lead going to the locker room at half.  In the 3rd quarter, Girard had the biggest offensive play of the game on a 95 yard touchdown pass.  They cut the Wyoming lead to 28-14. In a similar situation from last week, Wyoming fumbles on their next possession and Girard recovers at the 50 yard line.  But the Cowboy defense held them to a 3 and out. The 3rd quarter ends with Wyoming at the Indian 18 yard line.  In the 4th quarter, Brennan Pagan scores on an 18 yard run and, with the Washienko PAT, Wyoming moved to a 35-14 lead. After a Girard 3 and out, Wyoming drove down the field in 10 play drive the resulted in a Prater1 yard score, his 3rd TD run of the game and his 32nd this season.  The PAT made it 42-14.  Perry McMichen "put the icing on the cake" intercepting a Girard pass with 5:30 to go in the game.  The Cowboys ran out the clock for the 42-14 win.  They finish the season a perfect 15-0.  Girard finished 13-2.  Coach Aaron Hancock has now joined the legendary Bob Lewis has the only other Wyoming football coach to win a state title!  What a way to end Wyoming's 100th season in football.  You could not write a script any better!   Keep checking Twitter the next few days for pictures and more info on the state title.  

Interesting note for the CHL.  This is the 4th team title won by a league team this year.  Deer Park boys started it by winning the basketball championship.  Later in the spring, Mariemont girls' lacrosse won.  Earlier this fall, Indian Hill won the girls' soccer for the 2nd straight year.  And Wyoming finishes it up with a state title in football.

Meghan O'Brien's goal in the 1st half was all they needed as Indian Hill beat Bay Village Bay 1-0 to win the Division II State Championship for the 2nd year in a row.  Kate Marrs recorded the shut-out as the Braves end another fantastic season 18-2-3.  Congratulations to Coach Amy Dunlap and her Braves soccer team!

How appropriate that the 100th year of Wyoming football will end up one of the most memorable.  Saturday night will be the battle of the Cowboys and Indians for the Division IV state title!  Wyoming (14-0) will take on the Girard Indians (13-1) at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium in Canton at 8:00.  It is the 3rd time in Wyoming history that they have played in the state championship football game and the first since 1977.  In that year, Wyoming defeated Elyria Catholic 26-14 for the AA state title.  In 1975, the Cowboys lost to Cleveland Holy Name 19-14 in the AA state title game.  Ohio started having a state championship in football in 1972.  Wyoming has made the state playoffs 24 times, including the last 6 years. Five times they have been in the final four. Girard has been to the state playoffs 9 times.  The Indians made the final four for the first time in school history this year.  They have a 12-8 overall record in playoff games, 4 of those this season.  Wyoming now has a winning record in playoff games with 23-22 overall record.  Eight of those wins have been the last three years.  Wyoming defeated St Marys Memorial in the semifinal game 35-14 (see story).  Girard scored the winning touchdown with a minute to go to defeat Licking Valley 53-48.  The Cowboys finished the regular season ranked #1 in the Division IV state rankings.  Girard finished 12th.  In the regional semifinal game against Indian Hill, Wyoming recorded their 700th win in school history.  Only a handful of schools in Ohio have that many wins.  They will be going for win #703 Saturday. Wyoming has had a legendary football program.  Where they will be playing their state championship is also legendary.

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium was built in the late 1930's.  It was called Fawcett Stadium for many years.  In 2016, the stadium had an 11 million dollar renovation that was financed by New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson. It was renamed after him when reopened in 2017.  The stadium is located next to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is the site of the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in August. Besides the high school state championship games, the stadium is the home for Canton McKinley High School.  At a seating capacity of 22.400, it is the largest high school football stadium in America (FYI... the next 8 in size are all in Texas).  The stadium is also the home field for Malone University and Walsh College, both located in Canton. 

All seven division state championship games will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. One game will be played on Thursday night.  Three games will be played on Friday and three on Saturday.  Five schools that ended the season #1 in their divisions will be playing.  That includes Wyoming and #1 ranked D1 team Colerain.  Massillon Washington has the fewest miles to travel to the state championship (11).  Colerain has the most (238).  Wyoming has 2nd longest trip (231).  Girard has 68 miles to travel to Canton.  The town and school are located in the Youngstown area in eastern Ohio.

Here are some stats for the Wyoming football program:
In the 100 years of football, the school has had 89 winning seasons. There have been only 3 losing seasons.  Their winning percentage is 2nd highest in Ohio history.  Since 1956, there have been only four head coaches at Wyoming:
Bob Lewis (1956-1978)  198-21-7   Wyoming's football stadium is named after him.
Gary Jump (1979-1990) 75-40-5
Bernie Barre (1991-2011) 182-54
Aaron Hancock (2012-present) 71-13
In the last four seasons, Wyoming has had a 46-5 record, with 3 league titles during that time. The 14 wins this season is a school record. The Cowboys have the longest current regular season win streak in Ohio (31).  Wyoming has scored 590 points in the 14 games this season for a 42.0 average per game.  Seven of their 14 games have had a running clock in the 2nd half.  The Cowboy defense has given up 102 points, an average of 7 a game.  They have recorded 4 shut-outs and have only allowed 14 touchdowns and 2 field goals all season.  The closest game for Wyoming this season was in week 2 when they defeated Taft 14-12. In the regional semifinal game with Indian Hill, they won in overtime 20-17.  Junior quarterback Evan Prater has shown why he was picked the D4 Offensive Play of the Year in Ohio.  He has 2032 yards in passing with 26 TD passes and only 4 interceptions.  He also has rushed for 1546 yards and has made a staggering 29 touchdown runs.  Prater has been a part of 54 touchdowns for Wyoming this season.  Kicker AJ Washienko has made 73 of 77 PAT kicks.  Many kickers do not get that many chances in a career.  Interesting enough, Washienkeo has not attempted a field goal this season.  On defense, Eli Cupp has 10.5 sacks, 4 of them in the game with St Marys Memorial.  Hasan Black has 8.5 sacks & Harrison Shepherd 7.5.
The Cowboy defense has shut down several high powered offenses this season.

So it comes down to one big game for the Cowboys. Good luck to Wyoming. 
Spectrum TV will be covering the game and you can get live streaming on the OHSAA website.

Thanks to Coach Aaron Hancock for some of the information for this story.

Junior Evan Prater of Wyoming was named the Ohio Division IV Offensive Player of the Year.  Besides Prater, senior Joey Edmonds was named to 1st Team Offense.  On Division IV 1st Team Defense, senior Jalan Thornton of Indian Hill and senior Hasan Black of Wyoming were named.  Making D4 Special Mention All State were senior Dimetrious (Indian Hill), senior Pierson Rogers (Wyoming), senior Eli Cupp (Wyoming), senior Joe Oakes (Indian Hill) , junior Luke Lundberg (Indian Hill), senior John Mark Williams (Indian Hill), & junior Chalrie DiGennero (Indian Hill).
In Division V, Charlie Cowart of Mariemont was 2nd Team Offense.  Division V Special Mention were junior Tanner Cromer (Reading), junior Marquan Curtis (Mariemont), & senior Gabe VanSkaik (Reading).
In Division VI, three Deer Park Players made Special Mention; senior Dae'von Bryant, senior Joe Hocker, & senior Colin Colyer.

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