Seadragons Sink the Sailfish

Coach Fuller reported from the June 27th home meet against the Springdale Sailfish. 

The Wyoming Seadragons continued their undefeated streak on Thursday by beating the Springdale Sailfish. Since Springdale is a significantly smaller team, a lot of the races were Seadragon against Seadragon. It was fun to see the friendly competition between the swimmers.

Somehow Snidely Whiplash weaseled his way onto the team, which probably isn't a good thing considering how close the pool is to the railroad tracks.


All-Sports - All the Time

The last Athletic Booster meeting of the year was a manicurist's worst nightmare.  The more faint-of-heart in attendance were actually wearing mittens to hide the little nubs of what remained of their fingernails after a Spring full of worry.  The Cowboys came out of the Winter season with a mere one point lead in the CHL All Sports Trophy.  By the time the lights went out on the Spring season, the Cowboys didn't just win the Trophy, they won by a big 10 points over Madeira where the biggest gains were made by both the Boys and Girls Track teams. 

It should go without saying that my description of the Booster meeting wasn't true and was used only in a poor attempt at humor.  Anyone who knows the Boosters would know they are true believers and would not have even entertained the idea that there was even a slight possibility of NOT winning the trophy.  In fact after years of dominance in the contest, there is talk of renaming the award to the Cowboy Cup.  Well, that's not really true either.

Comeback CHAMPS

Coach Gruber reported on the Cowboy's edge-of-your-seat, hope-you-didn't-leave-at-half-time performance at the Girls' Basketball Summer League Championships.

The girls basketball team won the Walnut Hills summer league championship on Wednesday night, beating host Walnut Hills 27-20. The Cowboys outscored the Eagles 20-6 in the second half to secure the comeback win.

And the Winners Are...

This week in the Tri-County Press the winners of the Community Press and Recorder Sportsman / Sportswoman of the Year.  A pair of Cowboys took home the titles. 
Congratulations to
Casey Howell
and to
Abby Keller
There were great articles about both athletes in the Tri-County Press. 
Check out the issue HERE
Photos thanks to the Apfelbeck Archives.


Seadragons Blow Past Blue Fins

Coach Fuller reported on the Seadragon's big win against Blue Ash.

The Wyoming Seadragons continued their undefeated run on Tuesday, June 25th by beating the Blue Ash BlueFins 450 - 230. There were many great swims including some 6 and unders who swam in their very first meet. There were also a few come from behind wins in the relays.
Stop by the Rec Center on Saturday, June 29th from 10 to 1 to support the team in their car wash fundraiser.  With as fast as these kids move through the water, it might just be the quickest car wash you'll get this year.


Can Stites Be Stopped?

Coach Knickel gave us an update on '12 alum Emily Stites and her domination at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

The following is from a Jacob Skipper article as found on the William & Mary Tribe Athletics website found HERE.

"Running all alone in the late evening Iowa heat, William and Mary standout Emily Stites (Wyoming, Ohio) put on a clinic and won her second national championship in dominating fashion. The rising sophomore won the USAT&F Junior 5,000m by more than 47 seconds, crossing the line in 16:13.77 for the win. She also qualified for the Pan-Am Junior Games team, which would mark her third appearance this year in the red, white, and blue. Stites' winning time was the second-fastest ever at the U.S. Championships, and less than four seconds from breaking the meet record.

Entered in the national championships more than 45 seconds in front of the next competitor, Stites did not disappoint and took the lead right from the gun. She quickly and consistently stretched her lead, and lapped more than half the field by the time she entered the bell lap. Her final time of 16:13.77 is the ninth-fastest ever for W&M outdoors, and gives Stites four of those top nine times in as many races. If she wants it, Stites is now guaranteed a spot at the Pan-Am Junior Games in Medellin, Colombia, Aug. 23-25, where she would have one more chance at breaking the American Junior Record of 15:40.

Stites' win on Thursday night also vaulted her into elite company, as just the second Tribe athlete to win multiple national titles. This was her second U.S. junior championship of the year, after she won the national cross country meet in early February. The only other athlete in school history to win two championships was men's-great Hal Michael '71, who won the NCAA indoor mile and AAU (precursor to the USAT&F) outdoor mile in 1970. Stites is also a two-time All-American after her first year of collegiate competition, finishing 26th at the NCAA cross country championships last fall and 10th in the 5,000m just a few weeks ago at the NCAA outdoor track meet."

And the following is from a USA Track and Field Press Release from 6/20/2013 found HERE

"...William & Mary’s Emily Stites (Wyoming, Ohio) was an overwhelming favorite entering the 5K, having moved to fourth on the U.S. junior all-time list with her 15:45.31 at the Mt. SAC Relays in April. Today, she ran away from the field from the gun as she chased a meet record of 16:10.60 set by Caitlin Chock in 2004. Stites rolled through 3,000m in 9:40.99 and needed to run 72.32 or faster on the final lap to break the record, but her 75.5 put her at 16:13.77, 47.61 seconds ahead of runner-up Megan Lacy (Marlton, N.J.) of Stanford."

Seadragons Start Strong

Coach Valerie Fuller gave us an update on the 2013 Sedragon season.

The Wyoming Seadragons are off to a great start to their 2013 season. They've won dual meets against Greenhills, Evendale, and Reading. The 9 and 10 year old Seadragons are off to a most impressive start by have the fewest disqualifications of the 12 and unders.


Hall-of-Fame Holly

Don't miss hometown hero, Holly Porter Little ('93) as she is inducted into the LaRosa's Hall of Fame.  The LaRosa's 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday, June 30 will be telecast live at 2PM on CET.

A Changing of the Guard

Many of you are likely aware of the fact that, Scott Kaufman, our AD of Wyoming Schools, will be leaving Wyoming to take on the role of A.D. for Lakota East. This is a great opportunity for Scott and his family. Although we only had the pleasure of having Scott a part of our Wyoming Schools family I would like to thank him for his time and dedication in pursuit of the developing and advancing our athletic programs while increasing the visibility of our great programs and very talented student athletes. We are currently in the process of finalizing Scott’s replacement. We wish him nothing but the best. Please find below a note from Scott.
Thanks, Jim Leish

“It is with bittersweet emotions that I share with you that I will be leaving Wyoming on July 31, 2013. I have accepted an opportunity to take the AD/Asst. Principal position at Lakota West High School that will begin on August 1, 2013.

The most difficult part of this decision is the fact that Wyoming is a wonderful place with very special people. Since the day I arrived, everyone has been supportive and helpful. The people in the Wyoming Community are some of the most loving, supportive, caring, friendly and compassionate people I have ever met, and for that, I will always be grateful for the relationships I have built and I will leaving with a heavy heart. However, putting personal emotions aside, this move is what is best for my family at this time. I will be working less than 10 minutes from my home and I will be working in a building that both of my kids attend.

The next few weeks will be spent making sure that all of the pieces are in place for Wyoming's next AD to ensure a smooth transition.

The Wyoming Athletic Boosters are all very remarkable group of people.....it has truly been my honor to be a part of the Wyoming family over the past two years.” Scott Kaufman



The Three C's

Now that the school year and it's 3 R's are finally over, it's time to begin the 3 C's of Summer.
Cross Country Conditioning.

Coach Glendenning has invited all who are interested to join in the 9am runs (meet at the back of the  High School between the gym and the entrance to the field.

Also keep an eye out for additional information about the CHL Camp.


Constant Improvement and Two Top Tens

Coach Glendenning reported the good news from the State track meet.

Kayla Livingston finished 10th in both hurdle events (100m, & 300m), concluding a great season that included 6 CHL/District titles. Also, our boys 4x800 relay posted their best time of the year at 8:15, a 3 second improvement from their previous best.


Just in Time for Father's Day

If you're anything like me, you've found yourself asking, what has Jim Barre, the A.D. of yore, been up to since retirement?  Besides hustling the stooges out of their lunch money out on the links, he has invented a sports trivia game.  It is called Nickname Knowledge and it is a sports trivia game based on the nicknames of the four major pro sports of football, baseball, basketball and hockey. He has invited us to visit the website at nicknameknowledge.com.


Stites All American Times Two

'12 alum Emily Stites continued her fantastic freshman year at the NCAA Championships earning her second All-American designation.  Check HERE to read the William and Mary Tribe Athletics story of the race.

Emily is fast - no doubt.  And to proving where it came from, the race to send in the story was won handily by Coach Knickel.  He blasted the competition by easy four hours.  Thanks to all the competitors.  Keep training and better luck next time.


Glendenning Defense Fund

Just to clear up the rumors... Coach Glendenning is NOT being investigated by the City of Columbus for tax evasion.  Just because he spends so much time up there with his athletes who make the State meets, that doesn't qualify him as a Part-Time Resident.   But just in case, bring some bail money with you when you make the trip up to OSU's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Friday, June 7th.

The Boy's 4x800m Relay team is off the blocks at 1:45, and will be followed by Kayla Livingston in the semi-finals of both the 100m and 300m Hurdles.  Kayla will be looking to add to her 3 CHL titles, 3 District titles so far this year.
(Picture thanks to the Apfelbeck Archives)

You're In Good Hands

Congratulations to Parker Chalmers (infielder) and Will Marty (outfielder) who were both named 2nd All-State!!
(Pictures thanks to the Apfelbeck Archives)

Are you a Softball Alum'?

The Softball Alumnae game is Sunday, June 9th.  Game is at 11:00, followed by lunch.
Walk-on's welcome, but if you can, sign up to bring something (salad, fruit, or drinks) at jandcbrink@fuse.net
(Picture above thanks to the Apfelbeck Archives)


Baseball Camp Slides Home

Baseball Camp is still on!!
Camp runs from June 17-19 from 9Am to Noon and is open to players ages 7-14.
HERE is the Baseball Camp Flyer Information
HERE is the Registration Form
HERE is the Summer Sports Contact Information Sheet