Still Going

Wednesday, February 26th, the Boys Basketball team knocked Woodward out of the post-season with a 49-45 win.  If your dying for details and are literate in sports hieroglyphics, we have pictures of the Jeff King score book in Rod Apfelbeck's photo gallery (link below). 
They face McNick at Mason High School at 7:30 on Saturday, March 1st.
Thanks to Rod Apfelbeck for the exciting pictures.
See more HERE

Girls State Swim Meet Results

State swim meet results continue to flow in from Coach Elliot.

Girls state meet  results:

Senior captain  Caroline Duke -  100 fly -   18th place  -    time of   59.92                                                                            -   200 free - 19th place   -  time of 1:58.63

200 free relay -  Caroline Duke , Lia Thomas, Camille Wilson  & Sara Washienko  placed 21st  with a time of  1:42.96

Great State Meet for the girls. After a One year hiatus,  it was great to have our Girls  make it back  to the State Meet !!

Great Season !!

Sectional Final Tickets

The Wyoming boys’ basketball team has advanced to sectional finals!  We play Saturday night at 7:30pm at Mason vs. McNick.  Tickets for the game are on sale in the athletic office for $6 and Wyoming receives a portion of the presale ticket money.  All tickets at the door are $7.

Support the team by going to the game and purchasing your presale ticket at school.

On Wyoming!

Why Read When You Can Watch

Wasting time at work playing Solitaire is okay, but who really likes Solitaire anyway?   What you need is some great basketball video to watch to get you psyched up for Saturday's Boys Basketball Sectional match against McNick.

Channel 19 video from the Wyoming-Woodward game on Wednesday, February 26th HERE

Scott Springer and the Community Press video highlighting Ashli O'Neal HERE

Thanks to our readers who submitted the videos.


Off the Couch and Outside

I know it's been a long cold Winter.   There's been a lot of days spent curled up on the couch in front of the TV waiting for warmer weather.  You've got to get outside and get some exercise.  I mean just look at yourself.  Scratch that, you look amazing... totally buff, really... wow.  Your neighbors, however, have really let themselves go this Winter.  It's pretty bad when you, sorry, they have to use extra shoestrings to extend the drawstring on your, again sorry, their sweatpants.  I know you don't need the exercise, but maybe you could be an inspiration to others to get off the warm cozy couch and head outside.  Sign up for the 5K FUNRUN.  Think of the lives you could be saving.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 15th  as The Wyoming School Foundation (WSF) and Wyoming Youth Services (WYS) once again team up to provide Wyoming families with a morning of fitness and breakfast with the 3rd annual 5K FUNRUN and 13th annual Pancake Breakfast.

The Wyoming School Foundation kicks off the morning with the 5K FUNRUN, starting at 9:00 a.m.  Runners of all ages are encouraged to participate.  The course is a 2.5K loop--run it twice for a full 5K run!

Once the run is completed, head to the Civic Center for a rewarding and delicious PANCAKE breakfast, sponsored by Wyoming Youth Services.  This annual event is the unofficial kick-off to Spring.  The breakfast runs from 8:00-11:00 a.m.  Admission is free with your race registration or available at the door for $5.00 (children 3 and under are free).  Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fruit and choice of beverage.

RACE REGISTRATION TODAY at www.wyomingschoolfoundation.org.
Fitness AND breakfast for the whole family…what could be better??

For more information, contact Wyoming School Foundation at 821-6909 or Wyoming Youth Services at 821-2428.

Third at State

Coach Elliot sent us more State Swimming Results....

Boys Rule the Pool  !!

Finish  3rd in the State -  Boys Division 2

We had some incredible individual performances this past weekend in Canton....
Senior Captain -  Matthew Lethander  -  placed   14th in  100 Breaststroke  with a time of  1:00.04
Junior -  Stephen Barrett -  was 10th in   200 free - 1:45.60    &    8th in  500 free  -  4:44.92
Junior -  Max Chou -   9th in   200 free - 1:44.93   &   10th  in  100 fly -  51.99
Junior -  Ian Nyberg -  19th  in 100 fly  - 53.81
Sophomore -  Christopher Rutter -  17th in  100 breast - 1:00.84   &  19th in  200 I.M.  -  2:01.50
Freshman  -  Carson Burt  -  12th in  100 free - 48.26   &   6th in  200 free -  1:44.49

...As well as some amazing Relay swims .... see below !!

200 MEDLEY RELAY  -   Jonathan Rutter , Matthew Lethander ,  Ian Nyberg ,  Christopher Rutter   -   7th in the State  -  1:38.55

200 FREE RELAY -     Carson Burt,  Max Chou,  Matthew Lethander ,  Christopher Rutter  -    9th in the State  -  1:28.81

400 FREE RELAY -   Jonathan Rutter,  Max Chou,  Stephen Barrett,  Carson Burt -    4th in the State  -   3:11.48

See you at the pool ( next year ) !!



Saturday, February 22nd, the Girls Basketball team's unbelievable season ended with a 52-54, well, we'll reluctantly use the word loss, loss to McNick.  The GPS ankle bracelet the state has asked me to wear prevented me from making it to the game (And that's really about the only acceptable reason for not being there, right).  It was pretty obvious from Arch Cunningham's pictures that there was some definite drama at the end of the game.  When I asked someone to fill me in with the details, I was pointed to Coach Gentene's blog as the best way to summarize the game.  I've included her text below.

We say it all the time that. We tell our athletes and remind ourselves--and even those naysayers--that sports teach us about life. We preach it, even. You know, lessons about integrity and teamwork, reaping what you sow, and knowing what it takes to be successful (which often, we say, has to do with overcoming adversity and the fear of failure). But this past weekend I was reminded of just how real it is, that sports really do teach us about life. And those lessons aren't always fun, they are rarely easy, and sometimes it isn't about "learning" the lesson but learning from the lesson. The lesson might simply be enduring what is painful and hard, with no tangible reward.

For the last two years I have been the head JV coach and a second assistant to the varsity coach of a Division II girls' basketball team. On Saturday we competed in the sectional finals and ultimately lost. It was, by far, the most disappointing sporting experience I have witnessed, let alone been a part of.

After being down 10 points at the half, our girls battled back to tie things up. The score is tied 52-52 with time running out. We have the ball in the hands of our leading scorer at the top of the key with 9 seconds left. I know this because I suspected we might call a timeout and I was watching for her to get the ball and what time the clock was showing. She makes a hard move to the basket and misses the shot. Our post gets the offensive rebound and goes back up. Misses. And this is when things get interesting.

Our opponent gets the defensive rebound with about 4.5 seconds left in the game and makes a quick outlet pass. The clock keeper, thinking a timeout is called, stops the clock at 3.3 seconds. As this is happening, an opposing player heaves what should have been a last second shot or pass (who knows). Meanwhile, back at the scorer's table, the clock-keeper realizes the game is still going and starts the clock back up. The heaved pass is received by our opponent on their end of the floor and they are able to sink a lay-up at the buzzer.

We of course protest this basket because we know the clock was stopped. The refs come to the scorer's table. The gentleman who was running the clocks tells them he had stopped the clock during play, and he mentions he thinks it was stopped for 2 or 3 seconds. The three refs huddle and then tell our coach that they cannot confirm how long the clock was stopped because they did not see it. (Even though the clock keeper is telling them he knows he made the mistake.) We try to explain that, mathematically, we don't need to know how long the clock was stopped because the basket was good at the buzzer, meaning it would have been out of regulation time. The refs huddle again. Then, in an outcome that I never expected to occur, one ref walks to the scorer's table, announces the basket is good and the game over. Our season has ended and our opponent, winners of the sectional finals, moves on to districts.

(I went back today to watch the tape. Remember when I looked at the clock with 9 seconds left? I watched from that point to the when the ball goes through the net at the other end of the floor. And, unfortunately, I only confirmed what I knew. In what should have been 9 seconds in the ballgame, 12.5 seconds elapse on the game film. The basket would not have been good in regulation if the clock had never stopped.)

I could tell you about the class and poise and integrity our team and head coach displayed in the wake of the frustrating defeat (because it is true), but I would rather dwell on how I feel today. Because, I believe, this is one of the toughest pills to swallow. The sting of this particular defeat is like none I have known in sports.

My immediate reaction was, "We have to be able to protest this, right? We know this is wrong. This is unfair. There's no way this wrong, unfair decision which affects us so deeply won't be rectified. It must be made right." But unfortunately in high school girls' basketball there is no instant replay, there's no petitioning to get it changed. The decision was made. (After all, a decision had to be made. And the refs did what they thought they had to do.) The result of this game is out of my control. I can do nothing to change it.

Then, I was angry. "If the clock-keeper hadn't screwed up we wouldn't be in this position!" But we are playing a game with people, not robots. And he made a mistake. Kind of like when we made mistakes with defensive breakdowns or turnovers or fouls. I would never point to one of our players and say "Your mistake cost us the game." I might be frustrated, but I can't blame them. And so I realized I can't stay angry with the clock-keeper.

Next, I became critical. I thought of all of the things we coulda, shoulda done. I became nitpicky. I played the game tape and looked for plays early in the first quarter. What could have happened if we rotated the weakside guard sooner? What would happen if we made a bounce pass there instead of a lob? How could we have out-strategized the opponent?

And finally, though still sad and frustrated, my heart has swollen with affection for the people involved in our program. I am filled with pride. I tweeted after the game was over that I was most proud of these young women for who they are, and then proud of how they play. And it is true. I am honored to be a part of such an amazing coaching staff, who puts the team in a position to be successful with integrity, grace, and enthusiasm. I am reminded of how hard I have laughed this season. And I'm reminded of how tired I am, but how there is no where I would rather be after school than at basketball. I am filled with love for the team, for the individuals, and for the game of basketball.

And so--while this loss still hurts, and the bitter taste will likely linger on my tongue for a while, with possible phantom recurrences even years from now--I am reminded just how like life this basketball game is.

I tell my students and athletes that life gets harder and it gets better. I tell them that life will kick them in the teeth and suffering will find them. And sometimes bad things happen to us without any kind of explanation. Any person who has ever lived and cared about anything knows this. Life hands us disappointments all the time.

I want the team to know that it is okay to be upset and frustrated with the outcome of that game. I want them to know that it was not fair, that they didn't lose fairly. (Neutral officials in the gym, athletic directors of other schools, school officials from the two competing schools--all saw the clock stop and know the came should have never been called as it was.) Someone else decided they lost. Someone else, who had the power, made the wrong decision. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that this was the wrong decision.  And it hurt us--both in our opportunity to play basketball and emotionally.

Toughness isn't the absence of feelings. Toughness is coping with those feelings. And this is the lesson I want kids to know about life. It is hard sometimes. And sometimes it is wonderful. Being tough doesn't mean you aren't disappointed when life kicks you in the teeth. Toughness isn't feigning happiness in the midst of suffering. Toughness requires the courage to face the feelings, knowing what can and cannot be controlled, and being able to pick yourself up and carry on.
Thanks to Coach Gentene for the text.  Check out her blog HERE, and 
 Thanks to Arch Cunningham for the pictures.
See more HERE

Where are the Wrestling Pictures? Here they Are.

Ike Palmer is an Alternate for the State  Tournament in Columbus beginning this Thursday.  Thanks to Kim Boyd, we now have the pictures to go with the news.
See more HERE


Rutter's Reign Repeated

Coach Elliot sent in the following good news from the State swimming championship meet.

Jonathan Rutter - STATE CHAMPION - Two Times !!

Jonathan  won  the 200 I.M. -  with  a time of  1:49.94   just off the State Record  of 1:49.23  -  New Team  Record

Jonathan won the  100 Breaststroke  -  with a  time of  56.24   -  Repeating as State Champion in the 100 Breaststroke  &  also setting a new Team Record !!

More State Meet  Swimming news  coming soon......

So what's the correct way to relay the fact that he is a multiple state champ?  State Champions, States Champion, States Champions?  And when you factor in the previous State win, is that State Championses?  He's not making it easy on me.

They're in the Post-Season Too

When you're a Cowboy Cheerleader, you have to expect to work some post-season overtime.  Just because the points on the scoreboard don't get credited to their stats, doesn't mean they didn't have a part in putting them up there.  We'd love to cheer on our cheerers more regularly.  Although it's late in the season, if you or someone you love is part of the Cowboy Cheerleaders, consider submitting regular (or irregular if you prefer) reports about the squad.
Thanks to Arch Cunningham for the great pictures.
See more of the Cheerleaders and the game they helped win HERE

Ike's an Alternate

From Coach Pitman:

Senior Ike Palmer (195 lbs.) finished 5th at the Southwest District Wrestling Tournament at Wilmington this weekend. He is an alternate for the state tournament to be held at Columbus beginning on Thursday.

Ike's match results:
Lost to Hillard of Franklin by pin (Hillard placed 4th)
Win over Lanham of Fairfield Union 8-6
Win over Greer of Washington Courthouse 7-5
Win over Bender of Batavia 12-0
Lost to McFann of Miami Trace 9-14 (McFann placed 3rd)
Win over Smith of McClain 3-1

Lions Tamed

The Boys Basketball team faced New Richmond in post-season play on Saturday, February 22nd.  They didn't disappoint.  The final was 67-49 Cowboys.  They advance to meet Woodward on Wednesday, February 26th at 7:30pm at Mason.
Thanks to Arch Cunningham for the stunning shots.
See more of Arch's work HERE
And check out even more pictures on the Cincinnati.com site HERE


Even More Basketball Tournament Action

Friday, February 21st, The #4 seeded Juniors played the #5 seeded Senior girls in the first round of the Northern Recreational Basketball league tournament.  The Juniors won 28 - 21.  Ann-Marie Erny scored 14, Erin Campbell had 8 and Mary Criddle had 6.  There were only 3 fouls the entire game for the Juniors.  Clean, aggressive defense by the Juniors!  

By the time you read this, the Juniors will have meet the #1 seeded Evendale on Saturday 2/22 at the Evendale Rec Center.
Thanks to Coach Margaret Gallick for the stats and
Thanks to Kara Pendery for the great shots.
See more HERE

The Way Back Machine

It's all over but the crying (in Indian Hill and Reading anyway).  I'm sure you've heard by now that the 7th grade boys are Champions.  A deadline issue forced this story that we received to get put on hold.  However, it's hard to turn down Kara Pendery's game highlights and photos.  So let's take a retrospective look way back to the game that brought our Cowboys to the Championship.  

The boys played a tough Reading team on Wednesday (February 19th).  They started off slow and were held scoreless until the last 2 minutes of the first quarter.  Joe Edmonds started the scoring for the Cowboys with 2 minutes left in the first quarter.  Joe Edmonds, Moe Mitchell, Pierson Rogers and Shep Marty all put up points for the big win.
Thanks again to Kara Pendery for the report and the pictures.
See more HERE

Cowboy Champions

On Friday, February 21st, the High School gym was packed.  Everyone turned out for some on-your-feet basketball action.  Some of the young men on the court had familiar names, but seemed much shorter than you might have been expecting for such a turn out. This was the 7th grade Boys Basketball Championship game.  Reports from parents shared a theme of great appreciation for the Crazies, who cheered on their younger, future counter-parts.  Not the young Cowboys needed much help.  They finished the night 44-23 over  Indian Hill thanks in part to Joey Edmonds who led the scoring with 22, followed by Pierson Rogers (13), Moey Mitchell (4), Rico Schneider (3) and Shep Marty with (2).  They finished their season 16-1 under Coach Stofko.
Thanks again to the High School Basketball team and to the Crazies for supporting the 7th graders in such a spectacular fashion.
Thanks to Kara Pendery some great photos and game details.  
See loads more HERE


Batter Up

With the snow finally melting off, it's hard to not get excited for Spring.  Being on the email list for the Baseball team isn't helping me be patient.  Why should I suffer alone?  The following is from Coach Fiehrer

Tryouts start Monday.  Please make sure you have filled out all the paperwork online.  Also everybody trying out should have a sports physical turned in to Muncy, our trainer.  If you haven't done this please schedule this right away.  IF they have played another sport this year then the physical should be on file.

In terms of times for tryouts it does look like we will be in the gym for most of the first week due to weather.  I will not know the exact time of tryouts on Monday until the basketball games are over on Saturday.  A lot depends on how they do.  (They're going to do AWESOME.) Monday we will likely be later in the evening.  Gym time is limited and I appreciate the flexibility of all involved.  I will get word out Saturday evening or Sunday to let everyone know what time on Monday.

New Names and Familiar Faces
I wanted to welcome some new coaches to our baseball staff.  As many of you know we have had some changes from the end of last season until now. Coach Arminio stepped down to spend more time with his family and Coach Sheehan stepped down due to a change in his responsibilities at work.

In terms of the Varsity, Coach Jordan is back and will be handling our pitchers this year.  We are also joined this year by former Cowboy, Chris Campbell.  Chris was a tremendous player here at Wyoming ('12, I believe) and is currently a student and UC. He was a part of the Miami University baseball program prior to an injury.  We are excited to have Chris join us as a coach.

We also want to welcome our new JV coach, Matt Wantz.  Coach Wantz comes to us from Notre Dame Cathedral Latin in Cleveland OH.  He served there as a head freshman coach as well as a Varsity assistant over the last two years. NDCL is one of the best D2 programs in the state.

Coach Wantz also coached last summer in the state of Wyoming for the Cheyenne Grizzlies. This is a collegiate wood bat team.

Coach Wantz played college baseball at Lakeland Community College and then at Erskine College in South Carolina.  He has a vast knowledge of the game.  We are excited for him to join our program.

Coach Wantz's father will be the JV assistant, he is a former HS coach and summer baseball coach around the Cleveland area.
Photo from the Apfelbeck Archive