Cowboys Clear Out of The Stable

On Friday, March 29th, the Boys' Baseball team played the last home game at "The Stable" this season.  They hosted Goshen in a scrimmage.  They say all great things come to an end, and it's pretty sweet when that end is great too.  The Cowboys closed the field with a 9-5 victory.

Pictures thanks to Rod Apfelbeck.
See more HERE


Did Someone Say Cheese Coney?

Make plans for next Tuesday, April 2nd.  You will want to see the Varsity Baseball team play in the Reds Futures Showcase, where they will meet Western Hills at West High at 7:00.  Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased from Scott Kaufman on Monday or Tuesday or at the door.  Besides the great Cowboy action, the tickets are also good for one free cheese coney and a view level seat at a Reds game.

Final Home Game of the Season?

Today, come out to see the last truly HOME game for the baseball team.  The Varsity team will scrimmage against Goshen today at 4:30.  For years, the field has been where visiting teams got schooled in baseball.  Now, the fields will be used to temporarily school our Middle School scholars.  The new home field for the Cowboys will be in Blue Ash.  More details to follow.


Winter Sports Team Awards

Team Awards

Girls' Basketball
Ashli Oneal Co-MVP
Emily Wadds Co-MVP
Natalie Burchard Coaches Award

Boys' Basketball
Ahmed Frost MVP
Marc Akinbi Most Improved
Mason Rogers Coaches Award

Ethan Padnos Cowboy Award
Asa Palmer Most Improved
Cedric Simmons Most Improved
Asa Palmer Most Pins
Asa Palmer Most Wins
Ike Palmer MVP

Brittany Droll MVP
Maggie Feazell Most Improved
Geneive Bunger-Pool Coaches Award

Girls' Bowling
Rachel Viacava Most Improved
Ginger Engel High Game

Boys' Bowling
Samuel Wiethe High Game
Joseph Rottinger Most Improved

Winter Sports CHL Awards

All-CHL Awards

Swimming - Boys
1M Diving
Will Courtney 1st Team

50 Free
Brennan Burt Honorable Mention

100 Free
Brennan Burt Honorable Mention

100 Butterfly
Max Chou 1st Team

100 Back
Jonathan Rutter 1st Team
Max Chou 2nd Team
Christopher Rutter Honorable Mention

200 Medley
Jonathan Rutter 2nd Team
Christopher Rutter 2nd Team
Max Chou 2nd Team
Brennan Burt 2nd Team

200 Freestyle
Stephan Barrett Honorable Mention

200 IM
Christopher Rutter Honorable Mention

200 Free Relay
Max Chou Honorable Mention
Matthew Lethander Honorable Mention
Christopher Rutter Honorable Mention
Stephen Barrett Honorable Mention

400 Freestyle
Jonathan Rutter 2nd Team
Matthew Lethander 2nd Team
Brennan Burt 2nd Team
Stephan Barrett 2nd Team

500 Freestyle
Jonathan Rutter 1st Team
Stephen Barrett Honorable Mention

Coach of the Year
David Elliot

Swimming - Girls

400 Freestyle Relay
Caroline Duke Honorable Mention'
Allsion Golden Honorable Mention
Camille Wilson Honorable Mention
Sara Washienko Honorable Mention

Basketball - Girls
Ashli Oneal 1st Team
Morgan Cunningham 2nd Team
Emily Wadds 2nd Team
Natalie Burchard Honorable Mention
Gerry Lackey Coach of the Year

Basketball - Boys
Ahmed Frost 1st Team
Marc Akinbi 2nd Team
Ben Kurtz Honorable Mention

Ike Palmer 1st Team
Ethan Padnos 2nd Team
Joey Gallick Honorable Mention
Dylan Kripal Honorable Mention

Oberholzer On Top

Heather Lethander sent us an alum update.
Celia Oberholzer (Wyoming Alum ’11) is having a fantastic meet at NCAA Division III National Championships. She won the Women’s 100 Backstroke National Title and set a new National Record.

She was also on the Women’s 400 Medley Relay that won a National Title and set a new school record on Thursday night.


World-Class Stites

Coach Knickel passed on the good word about Emily Stites ('12) and her trip to the World Cross Country Championships held in Poland.  He mentioned that it was a crazy difficult course and that the runners had duct tape on their shoes to keep them on in the mud.

The following Jacob Skipper was found on the William and Mary Tribe website.

William and Mary freshman Emily Stites (Wyoming, Ohio '12) finished 23rd in the world on Sunday morning, running 19:37 on a cold and snowy World Cross Country Championships course in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Stites, who was elected captain by her teammates on Friday, was the second-finishing American in the 6K junior women's race, and helped Team USA to a sixth-place team finish.

Sunday's race capped off a whirlwind few months for the Green and Gold freshman. She won the USAT&F Junior National Championship in early February to claim her spot on the world team, and was the top finishing American at the BUPA Great Edinburgh Challenge to start the new year. In November, she finished 26th at the NCAA Championships to become the Tribe's first freshman All-American, and was also named the CAA Rookie of the Year after she finished third in the conference and 10th at the region championships. Despite an abbreviated indoor track season, she still found time to smash the W&M freshman records in the mile, 3,000m, and 5,000m, the latter with the world's best time for a junior woman in 2013 (16:05.71). Through it all, she also posted one of the team's top GPAs, and was a Provost's Award winner (for having a GPA over 3.5).

With her Team USA obligations complete (for now), Stites will return to Williamsburg this week and rejoin her teammates as the spring outdoor season gets underway. W&M will compete next weekend, March 29-30, at Richmond's Fred Hardy Invitational, before hosting the 48th Annual Colonial Relays on the weekend of April 4-6 (Thursday-Saturday).

IAAF World Cross Country Championships - Junior Women's 6K

Team Standings

1. Kenya 14
2. Ethiopia 23
3. Great Britain & Northern Ireland 81
4. Japan 90
5. Uganda 99
6. United States 105

Top Five Finishers
1. Faith Kipyegon (KEN) 17:51
2. Agnes Tirop (KEN) 17:51
3. Alemitu Heroye (ETH) 17:57
4. Caroline Kipkirui (KEN) 18:09
5. Ruti Aga (ETH) 18:18

Team USA Finishers
20. Carrie Verdon 19:33
23. Emily Stites 19:37
28. Kathryn Knight 19:52
34. Erin Finn 20:03
38. Sydney Scott 20:19
44. Samantha Nadel 20:30


Spring has Sprung

This cold weather has been a mean, dirty trick.  The grass has been calling our names, beckoning us to come out and play.  Our Boy's Baseball team braved the cold to play against Cincinnati Christian on Friday, March 22nd. Looking at these beautiful pictures sent to us from Rod Apfelbeck, you might forget just how cold it was.  It's the spectators in the background, though, that tell the story- either it was really cold, or we were being watched by a group of terrorists.
Bob Woodward I am not.  I think this game was a scrimmage, but I could be wrong, and I don't even know the score.  With the accelerated news cycle though, I couldn't wait for facts, I had to get the scoop with these fantastic pictures.
Thanks again to Rod Apfelbeck for the pictures.
See more HERE


This Week on the TCP

This week in the Tri-County Press, there is a preview of the Lacrosse season featuring a great picture of the team from last year.  There is also an article honoring Our own Varsity Golfer, Catherine Elsaesser, who achieved the Girl Scout Gold Award. 

There is also a  notice that nominations for the Fifth Annual Community Press and Recorder Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year award will begin in early April. 

Check out the issue HERE


Where Do We Stand?

Here's a run-down of the Cowboys' standings in the Ohio Coaches' Pre-Season Polls as found on the Enquirer website.

The Baseball team comes in at 5th, behind CHL rival Madeira who is sitting in 1st.

Boys' Tennis is also ranked 5th, but just behind the CHL's Indian Hill in 4th.

Boys' Track is in 2nd, while the CHL's North College Hill is ranked 1st.

Girls' Track ranked 7th, with CHL rival Taylor still in their sights at 5th.

The Softball team and the Lacrosse teams weren't shown any love.  I guess that means it'll be that much sweeter when they crush all comers.


Still #1

In the CHL All Sports Trophy, Wyoming hit the podium for third place in the Winter season.  Coupled with the commanding lead after the Fall season, the Cowboys are still on top.  We lead Madeira by 1 point going into the Spring.  Looking at last year's Spring results, the Cowboys seem to be in a good position to take home the trophy again this year.


This Week in the TCP

This week in the Tri-County Press there is a nice article re-capping the Boys' Basketball season under new Head Coach, Matt Rooks.  Senior Ben Kurtz is pictured in the article.

Check out the issue HERE


Oh My Gosh! Start Already!

The Fifth and Sixth Grade Orchestra Concert at the Pendery Center on Tuesday, March 12th was fantastic.  Possibly just as good as the music, was seeing the Lacrosse practice out on the Bernie Barre Field under the lights as we walked in.  Can you hardly stand the waiting?

If not, the Baseball team is scrimmaging at Ross on Friday at 4:30.  Sounds to me like a good reason to take off of work a few hours early and head out to the game.


Going Yard Spring Clean Up

The 2nd Annual Wyoming High School Baseball Fundraiser "Going Yard- Spring Clean Up"  is on-deck.  Details are on the flyer (download HERE ).  They are limited to twenty jobs this year, so act FAST.


Signs Of Things To Come

Saturday, March 9th, the Girls' Lacrosse team participated in pre-season play at the Sycamore Playday.  Wyoming didn't just win... they absolutely dominated all comers.
Game #1: WHS 5, Sycamore 1
Goals by: Carly Levick (2), MJ Fischer, Maggie Hughes, Adi Smith, with assists by Claire Crawford and MJ Fischer

Game #2: WHS 6, Walnut Hills 1
Goals by: Adi Smith (2), MJ Fischer, Carly Levick, Becky Denson, Sophia Abrams, with an assist by Haley Stewart

Game #3: WHS 5, Middletown Fenwick 1
Goals by: Adi Smith (2), Carly Levick (2), Reilly Simmons, with assists by Becky Denson, Claire Crawford, Marta Stewart, and Haley Stewart
Congratulations, Girls!


Girls' Lacrosse Set to Start

Girls' Lacrosse preseason kicks off this Saturday, March 9th, at the Sycamore Playday, located at Sycamore Middle School in Blue Ash.  We don't have the exact time our girls are playing, but game times are 1:40, 2:40 and 4:00. 
Come out and cheer on the Girls and help get them off to a great start this season under Head Coach, former OSU goalie, Kristen Gilwee.

Picture from the Archives of Peter Levick


Catching up with "Klondike" Kadish

With all the snow on the ground, it seemed like a good time to check in on our favorite non-native Canadian, and WHS alum, Ian Kadish.  There's a nice article about him on the Sportsnet website by Sasha Kalra.

Check it out HERE

This Week in the TCP

I know, I know... I have gotten waaaay behind on relaying information about the athletes and teams that make it into the Tri-County Press.  In an effort to stop the angry letters, threatening phone calls, and mysteriously flat tires, I am back on-track.

This week in the Tri-County Press, the story of the naming of Bernie Barre Field made front page news!  Also getting a nice article is Jonathan Rutter, State CHAMPION in the 100M Breaststroke.  There is a brief mention of Drew Williamson as honored at the 46th annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet, as well as a re-cap of the Boys' Basketball final game against Hughes in the Post-Season.

Check out the issue HERE

To Make Sure You Received It

I'm sure YOUR kids would ever forget to relay important information to you...  But just in case.

Parents of Senior athletes who participated in a Winter sport. 
The Boosters look forward to recognizing all our Senior athletes who participated in a Winter sport. You should have received an invitation in the mail, inviting you to the upcoming Senior recognition evening, to be held Tuesday, March 19th.
Please remember to RSVP to Allison LeBuhn NO LATER than Friday, March 15th. (allebuhn@msn.com)
(If you did not receive an invite, and have a Senior athlete who participated in a Winter sport, please let Allison know.)


Can You Hear the Pancakes Calling?

Don't be fooled by all the snow.....it is going to be great weather for a Saturday morning run! (forecast: high 30's, partly sunny.)
Haven't signed up the for 5K FUNRUN?? There is still time to register! Over 250 runners have done just that! Come and join your neighbors and friends, March 9th, 8:00 a.m.

  • FREE $10 Graeter's gift certificate for all student runners
  • FREE admission to the Pancake breakfast for all runners
  • FREE fun for all!!!
Hope to see you Saturday morning.

Remember When

My how they've grown...
Can you remember what team this is... or at least take a wild guess?


Senior All-Star's Square off at Sycamore

Coach Pitman broke the good news.  Ethan Padnos and Cedric Simmons have been selected to wrestle in the Senior All-Star meet on March 13th at Sycamore.

Turn out and support our Matmen... or prepare to cry "Uncle"

Thanks to Rod Apfelbeck Archive for the pictures.

Wyoming's Willamson Honored at Westin

This kid cleans up nice.
Thursday, February 28th, Senior Drew Williamson was honored at the 46th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet hosted by The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame held at The Westin downtown.  Williamson was selected as the Division III Offensive Lineman of the Year by the Anthony Muñoz Foundation and has signed with Lindsey Wilson.

Congratulations, Drew!!
Thanks to Rod Apfelbeck for the photos.


Dodgeball Double-Take

We have received more pictures from the February 27th, WMS PE and Make it Happen Club's "Dodge Heart Disease" Dodgeball Tournament supporting the American Heart Association.

Thanks to Carol Rathbone for sending in the great pictures.  While I cowardly crouched behind a wall to get my pictures, Carol was embedded with the teams and brought back some first-rate, front-line shots.  As evidence of her heroine-ism, below is a picture of her mid-court fearlessly focusing during the furious fight.
See more of Ms. Rathbone's shots HERE.
And for a pretty cool optical delusion, make sure you check out Picture 27 of 36.



From AD Scott Kaufman

Taken from the Ohio BMV Website: http://bmv.ohio.gov/texting_ban.stm

New Ohio Law- Texting Ban- that took effect today: 

If you're under age 18: It is illegal to use any electronic wireless communications device while driving in Ohio. 
This means: 
* No texting
* No e-mailing
* No talking on your cell phone, Bluetooth, Bluetooth speakers, On-Star or any similar device
* No computers, laptops or tablets
* No playing video games
* No using your GPS (unless it's a voice-operated or hands-free device)- Even when you are sitting at a light or stuck in traffic  
It's a Primary Offense: Law enforcement can stop you for any of the above reasons. First violation: $150 fine, driver license suspended for 60 days Second and/or subsequent violations: $300 fine, driver license suspended for one year 
Exceptions: Pre-programmed GPS, vehicles in a stationary position and outside a lane of travel, emergency calls to law enforcement, hospital, fire department, etc. 
Adult drivers (18 years or older): *It is Illegal to use a handheld electronic wireless communications device to write, send or read a text while driving in Ohio. Minor misdemeanor, could face a fine of up to $150 
Texting While Driving: How Dangerous is it?
- Among driving distractions, texting is extremely dangerous because it takes your eyes and attention off the road.
- 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger (Pew Research Center).
- About 50% of teens surveyed admit to texting while driving (AT&T Poll, 2012).
- Texting while driving takes your eyes off the road for about five seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of a football field - 100 yards - with your eyes closed (USDOT)
- You are 23 times more likely to crash while texting and driving (VTTI)

Dodgeball Tournament For the Faint of Heart

On Wednesday, February 27th, WMS PE and The Make it Happen Club teamed up for their second annual "Dodge Heart Disease" Dodgeball Tournament supporting the American Heart Association. 
They had 29 teams entered including one teacher team.  (Not that YOUR kids are ever frustrating to the teachers, but I have to say, I haven't seen smiles that big on a teacher's face since the days of corporal punishment.)

In total they raised $1,276

The winning teams were:
5th Grade - 5th Grade Ballers
6th Grade- Team Honesty, Dignity, and Respect
7th Grade - Team America
8th Grade - Da Scrub Killas

Mr. Gronas would like to thank the Make It Happen Club advisers and members, who more than lived up to their name and Made It Happen.