Glory Days

From the High School Sports Blog at Cincinnati.com

The Community Press & Recorder is working on an ongoing, multimodal project called “Glory Days,” featuring local high school sports history and memories.

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Many items will be printed in the weekly papers, used on Twitter (#GloryDays) and/or posted on cincinnati.com in turn through writers Mark Motz (@PressPrepsMark), Tom Skeen (@PressPrepsTom), Scott Springer (@cpscottspringer), James Weber (@RecorderWeber), Melanie Laughman (@mlaughman) and Adam Turer (@adamturer).

Please include as much information as possible – names, contact information, high schools, graduation years and dates of memories or historical notes. Unless otherwise stated, information will be attributed to the submitter.

Cowboys Wear Out the Warriors

The Wyoming girls took a major step towards claiming their first CHL Championship since 2008 with a 41-35 win over Mariemont Wednesday night.  The game featured plenty of defense by both teams.  The 41 and 35 points were a season low for each squad.  Marta Stewart, Emily Wadds, and Hailey Stewart did a fantastic job of denying easy buckets for Mariemont’s post players.  Bored with just doing work on the defensive end, Wadds dominated on the offensive side of the floor knocking down a season high 19 points.  Emily’s 10 rebounds in the game were good enough for her fourth double-double of the season.  Natalie Burchard picked up the defensive intensity denying the passing lanes with four steals to go with her 5 points.  Hailey Stewart (8), Ashli O’neil (7), and Kayla Hampton (2) rounded out the scoring for the Cowboys. 
Some credit should be given to the Wyoming student section and all of the fans for coming out, getting in the heads of the opposition, and making The Stable a difficult place to play.  A special thanks to all of the Wyoming teachers and staff that came to support each player who they have inspired.
The Cowboys move to 16-1 (11-1 CHL) with their next home game scheduled for Wednesday, February 5th vs Reading.  
Thanks to Jody Hampton for the report, and
Thanks to Arch Cunningham and Parker Hampton for the pictures.
See more of Arch Cunningham's pictures HERE
See more of Parker's pictures HERE


Late-Breaking All-Stars

Due to an oversight by the Enquirer sports reporting staff, 3 Wyoming athletes for boys golf were left off the list of Enquirer All Stars.  A correction has been published in today’s paper (Tuesday, January 28th). Here’s the rundown:

Senior Henry Moore was named 1st Team All-City
Senior Christopher Betagole was named Honorable Mention All-City
Sophomore Sam Marty was named Honorable Mention All-City

Cowboys Beat the Braves

Defense, Rebounding, and a halftime pep talk were the keys to victory for the Cowboys.  That cold breeze you felt during the game was Indian Hill’s shooting.  Wyoming held IH to 23% shooting for the game, compared to 42% for the Cowboys.  The hot hand for the Cowboys was Marta Stewart who had a double-double with 11 boards and a career high 12 points…to go along with 3 blocks.  Ashli O’neal continued her hot streak by dropping in 20 points, including two 3-pointers…to go along with 9 more steals.  Early foul trouble proved to be no problem for Emily Wadds as she contributed 10 points to the victory…and a few grey hairs for coach Lackey as he juggled the first half matchups.
An ugly first half filled with turnovers ended with the Cowboys clinging to a 17-15 lead.  Coach Lackey must have found the magic mojo for the team during his halftime pep talk.  Wyoming scored the first 11 points of the third quarter to take a commanding 28-15 lead.  A couple of late fourth quarter 3 balls for IH kept them in the game, but it wouldn’t be enough.  Haley Stewart and Ashli O’neal sunk free throws down the stretch to seal the 47-39 Wyoming victory.  The win moves the Cowboys to 15-1 (10-1 in CHL) and #2 in the Enquirer Coaches Poll.
 Wyoming plays Mariemont (13-5, 8-2 in CHL, #7 Enquirer Coaches poll) at home on Wednesday at 7:30 in a game that could decide the CHL Championship.  Wyoming has invited all youth basketball players to attend the game.  The first 200 fans in attendance will receive a Wyoming Spirit Towel.  Let’s fill the gym.
Make sure you come out tonight, Wednesday, January 29th, to see Mariemont get kicked in the pants.
Thanks to Jody Hampton for the report, and
Thanks to Parker Hampton and Rod Apfelbeck for the great photos.
See more of Parker's pictures HERE
See more of Rod's pictures HERE

Athlete of the Week

Wyoming Boosters'

Gabby's  Athlete of Week 


Mark Akinbi
Congratulations to senior boys’ basketball player Marc Akinbi on being named Gabby’s Wyoming Student Athlete of the Week.

Marc is a forward and last week had excelled to help the Wyoming Cowboys get two victories.  Friday night Marc had 15 points and 8 rebounds in a win over Reading and 12 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Finneytown.  Marc has been a big part of Wyoming’s success this year.  

In addition to basketball, Marc is an excellent student and plans on attending Georgetown University next Fall.    

On Wyoming!

The Wyoming Boosters' Gabby's Athlete of the Week award is sponsored by Gabby's Cafe.
For being named Student Athlete of the Week, Marc will receive a $10 gift certificate to Gabby's.


King of the Court

I don't make it to many sporting events.  During the past year and half, in the line of Round-Up duty,  I have been asked to help cover a few Senior Night events - Girls' Soccer and Girls' Basketball.  As a relatively unbiased, casual observer, one thing is obvious.  Jeff King is a much loved, local living legend.  For a deeper appreciation of what Mr. King does though, one of the parents filled us in on what the casual observer doesn't see.  Jeff is "at the announcer’s table for all the girls and boys basketball games – home and away – and has been for many, many years.  During warm ups he spends a few minutes encouraging the girls and after the game they do a post game wrap up.  Jeff always finds the positives!"

Enquirer ALL-Stars Shine Bright in Wyoming

Below are the Cowboys included in the Fall Enquirer All-Stars List

Division III-IV Offense
QB: WILL MARTY: The senior threw for 1,946 yards and 25 touchdowns and also rushed for 549 yards and nine touchdowns in the regular season.

RB: TERRELL DAILEY: The senior was Division IV special mention all-state and first-team all-district. He rushed for 1,090 yards and 20 touchdowns and caught 33 passes for 302 yards and six touchdowns.

WR: DOMINIC VAMOSI: The senior had 41 receptions for 759 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season.

OL: BO GRAHAM: The senior was Division IV second-team all-district.

Division III-IV Defense
DL: GRIFFIN O’GARA: The senior was Division IV second-team all-district.

LB: CASEY HOWELL: The senior had 84 tackles, 2.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries in the regular season.

DB: JALEN FOX: The senior was Division IV first team all-state and first-team all-district.

Division III-IV Honorable Mention
Bo Graham

Division II First Team
SAM PEASE: The junior was first-team all-district.

Division II First Team
MADDIE BOSTER: The senior was a state doubles qualifier with Haley Thoresen, and second team all-GCTCA in singles.

HALEY THORESEN: The junior was a state doubles qualifier with Boster, and first team all-GCTCA in singles.

Division II Honorable Mention
Ellen Koesterman, Rachel Berg, Camille Wilson, Marie Lippert.

BEN STITES: The junior was the Cincinnati Hills League and district champion and finished fifth at the Division II regional meet (16:25). He was sixth at the state meet (16:22) and was first-team all-state.

TRAVIS GLENDENNING: He led the Cowboys to back-to-back CHL titles and the team earned a fourth consecutive Division II district title. Wyoming finished fourth at state.

Division II-III First Team
IAN GOERTZEN: The senior is a three-time all-district selection who holds a personal record of 16:49. He was district runner-up.

MAX HOFFMAN: The junior was fifth at district, 25th at the regional meet and a member of the fourth-place state championship team.

Division II-III Honorable Mention
Evan Cramer, Tanner Anthony

Division II-III First Team
TERRA FORSYTHE: The freshman was Division II district runner-up and 33rd at the regional meet.

Division II-III Honorable Mention
Katie Spray, Whitley Elsass, Mallory Kline, Margaret Manley

MEGAN SCHNEIDER: The senior had 254 kills and 38 aces. She was the district player of the year.

JULIE PLITT: She led Wyoming to a district title and a regional semifinalist finish. She won her 300th career match in mid-September.

KELSEY MAXWELL: The senior had 744 assists and 2,879 total for her career. She was first-team all-district.

JESSICA LEISH: The senior was first-team all-state. She had 121 kills. She has signed with Indiana.

Grace Schneider, Madi Maisel, Natalie Burchard,
Sara Edwards

DREW WAYMAN: The senior defender had five goals and four assists. He was first-team all-Southwest Coaches’ Association.

RYAN DERGE: The senior midfielder had 13 goals and nine assists.

Andrew Derge

EMMA KLUG: The senior midfielder had five goals and two assists. She was second-team all-state.

KAYLA HAMPTON: The freshman forward had 14 goals and seven assists.


Matmen in Miami

Coach Pitman sent us a report for the Wrestling team from Miami Trace.

Congrats to Ike Palmer who recorded his 70th career win this weekend at Miami Trace. He is now currently at 71 and is tied with Coach Siler (1987 graduate)

Wyoming Wrestling Results:

Miami Trace McDonald’s Invitational: 10th
126 Pitman 4th
138 A. Palmer 5th
152 Shields Runner-Up
170 Kremzar 6th
220 I. Palmer 5th

Noah Pitman, Justin Shields, Luke Kremzar, and Ike Palmer have placed in every regular season tournament this year!

Next up : CHL meet this Saturday, February 1st at 10 a.m. at Reading High School!

Big Bonanza of Boys' Basketball

Coach Rooks reported for the Boys Varsity Basketball team's season.

The Wyoming Cowboys boys’ basketball team has had a very successful season thus far.  After round 1 of CHL play the Cowboys stand 10-2 overall and a conference record of 6-1, which has them in first place in the league standings.   The team has had some great non-conference wins over Monroe, Sycamore and Hamilton Badin.  The only loss in league play was to Indian Hill, which was a tough one for the Cowboys.  Wyoming lead most of the game and was up 6 with a minute and half to play.  Indian Hill’s two three pointers sent the game to overtime and the Cowboy’s ended up losing by 3.  The very next day Wyoming lost to Lockland by 4 and after that loss the Cowboys went on a 7 game winning streak.  Over the streak Wyoming beat numerous league rivals and managed to win some close games.   With four weeks left in the season Wyoming hopes to finish the season how it started but understand that it will be more difficult the second time around.
We also got some tremendous pictures from the team's 69-41 flogging of Finneytown on Friday, January 24th.
Thanks to Coach Rooks for the report, and
Thanks to Rod Apfelbeck who bent over backwards to get us these great pictures.
No, that's not Rod.  His bending is more figurative in nature.
See more pictures HERE


This Week in the TCP

I'm not saying you have Seasonal Affective Disorder, but if you did, 9 out of 10 imaginary doctors recommend staring at pictures of cross-dressing athletes in eye patches to ease your symptoms.  To that end, the Tri-County Press has a nice full page feature from the Kicks for a Cure event held in the Fall.  

If that isn't enough of a throwback to Fall, there is also an article about our own Coach Hancock being named the Defensive Coordinator for the upcoming Border Classic.

Rounding things out are short write-ups for the Boy's Basketball team's wins over Deer Park and Madeira, the Girls' Basketball team's wins against Madeira and North College Hill, and the Wrestling team's showing at the Charlie Moore Invitational.

Also, wrestler Ike Palmer was mentioned in a Letter to the Editor for his dedication to his team for returning to the Charlie Moore Invitational to continue wrestling after going to the hospital for 15 stitches for a cut he received in his Semi-Final match.  What makes the praise even sweeter was that it came from a reader outside of our fair city.

Check out the full issue HERE


Taylor Trounced

The lady Cowboys moved to 14-1 (9-1 CHL) with a 53-24 win over Taylor (Wednesday, January 22nd).  The total team defense approach led the way to the victory again.  Six players had 4 rebounds or more, and the Cowboys came away with 19 steals.  For those keeping track of the thievery, that's 40 steals in the last two games.  Ashli O'Neal fell one steal shy of a double double with a season high 9 steals to go along with her 19 points.  Halley Stewart (9), Kayla Hampton (9), Emily Wadds (7), Natalie Burchard (5), Marta Stewart (2), and Anna Kamphouse (2) rounded out the scoring.

The Cowboys need the entire city to fill The Stable this Saturday at 1:30 as they try to remain alone in first place, and avenge their lone loss of the season to Indian Hill (6-2 in CHL).
Thanks to Jody Hampton for the report, and
Thanks to Parker Hampton for the great photos.
See more HERE


Mental Patients and Texans

Thursday is Senior Night for the Swim and Dive team.  

Wyoming is hosting Indian Hill at the Powell Crosley YMCA.  

What's that mean for Indian Hill?  

Bad News for Indian Hill.

My apologies to both Mental Patients and Texans.  It was pretty hard to find a second quote from the third greatest sports movie of all time that wasn't completely offensive.  So what is the greatest sports movie of all time you ask.  Take a guess, let me know what you think it is and we'll see if you are right.


Pin-terest in Our Matmen

Wyoming finished 6th at the Wyoming Duals. Round by round results are as follows:
Win over Roger Bacon 51-12
Lost to Miamisburg 15-51 (Champions)
Win over Clermont Northeastern 52-24
Lost to Moeller (B) 27-44 (3rd Place team)
Lost to Loveland 38-40 (5th Place team)

A lot of great wrestling took place. Three matches (for the Cowboys) had exciting finishes.

Noah Pitman was tied 4-4 with about 30 seconds to go in the 3rd period. Pitman held his opponent from Clermont Northeastern down for the remainder of the period to take the match into overtime. Pitman got a takedown to win with about 20 seconds to go to seal the deal.

Charlie Oliver was down 4 points with 15 seconds to go.  He took his opponent down for a takedown (2 points) and got a 5 count (nearfall points)  (which would give him 3 points) to secure a one point win, but  Oliver pinned his opponent from Moeller with 1 second on the clock to win!

However, the most exciting match of the day, for the Cowboys, was the 220 pound match against Miamisburg. Ike Palmer was down 6 points with 20 seconds ago. Palmer was put to his back, but fought off his and turned it around on his opponent. Palmer reversed him, but could only win by a pin (there was not enough time left to get enough points).  He did secure a 5 count from the official (3 nearfall points), but still was down 1 point. Palmer worked, positioned himself,  and squeezed his way to try to get a  pin…with 1 second on the clock…the official slapped the mat and Palmer was victorious.

Next up for the Cowboys is the first round of the state duals against Goshen at Ross High School on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Thanks to Coach Pitman for the report, and 
Thanks to Kim Boyd for the great photos.
See more HERE


WMS Wrestling Team Brings Home Hardware

Coach Dell Grunenberg caught us up on the Middle School Wrestlers.

Congratulations to Yima Nyamor, Ethan Tefs and Micah Unzueta for their performances this past Saturday in the Hamilton Middle School Wrestling Tournament at Garfield Middle School. Micah went 3-1 and took third place in the 128 pound weight class, while Ethan Tefs was Runner-Up taking second place in the 110 pound class. Yima Nyamor won the 142 pound weight class, beating the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers on route to his championship. Jacob Hancock wrestled well earning a 13-0 win over his second opponent, before losing a close decision to the 3rd place finisher in the 122 pound weight class.
The team wraps up it season next weekend (1/25) at the Bethel Tate Middle School Tournament, where the grapplers will look to bring more medals back to Cowboy Country.

Thanks to Coach Grunenberg for the report and the pictures.

Athlete of the Week - Part 2

Wyoming Boosters'

Gabby's  Athlete of Week 


Max Chou
Congratulations to junior swimmer Max Chou, our Gabby’s Student Athlete of the Week.  

Junior Max Chou leads the CHL in 100 Butterfly and 100 Free and is #3 in the CHL in 100 Back.  Max is a part of a strong Wyoming team and continues to drop his personal best times this season.  As a student, Max also excels as he has a 4.68 GPA and is ranked in the top 5% of his class academically.  

On Wyoming!

The Wyoming Boosters' Gabby's Athlete of the Week award is sponsored by Gabby's Cafe.
For being named Student Athlete of the Week, Max will receive a $10 gift certificate to Gabby's.