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Glen Este’s Kaylin Steinmetz signing her letter of intent to play fast pitch softball at Northern Kentucky University in early February. From left are Glen Este coach Tim Gregory, Lisa Steinmetz, Kaylin Steinmetz and Jim Steinmitz. Kaylin will study education at NKU. Steinmetz hit .400 and led the league in home runs last season with seven. now seems to be working. In the past, they never really had that system together.” Thanks to the feeder programs and extra work, Gregory looks to start three freshmen Lady Trojans. “Our back-up pitcher will be Bailey Miller,” Gregory said. “I expect her to do a lot this year. My younger daughter, Kayla, will probably lead off and play second. McKenzie Hall will play third.” With his senior daughter Kierstin at shortstop and freshman Kayla at second, Gregory could be on pins and needles during numerous double-play situations this spring. Either way, it figures to be a rewarding season for him as a coach. “It’s pretty exciting,” Gregory said. “I’ve been looking forward to this since I started here, knowing that they would both be here at the same time. They’re both really hard workers and good kids.” While the high point of last year was Gregory’s marriage proposal to Milford coach Christy Foster before their game April 2010 game, the downside was falling short on the field in the district tournament. Marriage hasn’t made Gregory forget that disappointment. “I think as a coach, I got a little soft on them,” Gregory said. “We’ve had to refocus this year. I would expect to win league, district, sectionals and our goal is to go back to regionals like we did two years ago.” Now that’s quite a proposal.

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Who can stop the girls of Glen Este? Expectations are very high for Glen Este High School’s girls softball program. Those things will happens when you string together three straight 20plus win seasons and a couple league championships. “We expect to do it again,” coach Tim Gregory said. For his efforts, Gregory has also been named the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye division coach of the year two years running. This year’s Lady Trojans feature a “triple K” attack with Kelley (Benhase), Kierstin (Gregory) and Kaylin (Steinmetz). There’s also freshmen Kayla Gregory and Katelyn Maynard awaiting their turn at glory. Benhase was an FAVC Buckeye first-team selection after winning 17 games on the hill (third in the league) and hitting .419 last season. Shortstop Kierstin Gregory (.366, 18 steals) and outfielder Kaylin Steinmetz (.400, league-leading seven homers) were second-team picks. All three are seniors. Gregory also had a .300 season from senior Jamie Merritt and sophomore Rachel Tracy hit at a .333 clip. This season, the Lady Trojans will have a unique combination of experience and youth with five seniors and five freshmen (just one junior and one sophomore). But, the freshmen now come in ready to play and Gregory attributes that to the local youth leagues. “I think it has a lot to do with our youth program we have going on at Tealtown (Park),” coach Gregory said. “Also, when I came in, we got the middle school program up and going.” He also credits a strong work ethic within his players. “We pretty much start in the weight room in October, and we stay in the weight room until the season starts,” Gregory said. “The system we have in play

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Other area teams on the diamond Amelia

The Lady Barons were sectional champs last year playing out of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference 1511 (5-5 FAVC). This season coach Kelly Throckmorton makes the move to the Southern Buckeye Conference facing several teams they played last year anyway. Junior pitcher Shelby Engle tops the list of Amelia returning starters. Engle was Throckmorton’s top hitter at .349 and was 13-10 on the mound with a 0.49 ERA. Engle also struck out 246 in 157 innings, good for third in the league. Senior outfielder Jodi Motley is back with her 1.000 fielding percentage and .240 bat, while junior Megan Mentzel hit at a .267 clip last year. Sophomore Jennae Chappell hit .333 in limited varsity action last season. First game is March 29 against Blanchester.

Batavia

The Batavia Bulldogs return a talented, but youthful squad as the Bulldogs look to improve on last season’s 17-7 record and sectional finals loss. On offense, senior center fielder Jill Crouch, junior outfielder Erica Bourque and shortstop Andi Otten should provide some upperclassmen leadership. Sophomore second baseman Morgan Leach, as well as freshmen Briana Appel, Erin O’Brien and Katie Taulbee are also expected to make an impact. In the circle, junior pitcher Lexi Lipps should chew up a lot of innings for the Bulldogs.

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Amelia ace Shelby Engle led the Lady Barons to a sectional title with a win over New Richmond last year. The junior was Amelia’s top pitcher and hitter in their final season in the FAVC. This spring, the Lady Barons will play in the Southern Buckeye conference.

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Glen Este’s Kelley Benhase makes a pitch in a game between the Glen Este Trojans and Anderson Redskins last spring. Benhase was a first team performer in the FAVC-Buckeye division and will continue her career at Northern Kentucky University along with teammate Kaylin Steinmetz.

McNicholas High School takes to the field in 2011 set on defending its Girls Greater Cincinnati League Gray Division championship from a season ago. Rockets head coach Tim Ross knows his squad has a tough road ahead playing in the GGCL, but he and his squad are ready to fight for the league title. On offense, senior Hannah Schoolfield should give McNick’s lineup a major boost after batting .316 with 23 RBI last spring. The squad’s other senior, Emily Hass, should also continue to give opposing pitchers a headache, after hitting .292 and swiping 19 bases last season. Other returning players, such as Haley Stultz, Jen Ruhe and Courtney Curran are also expected to contribute to the lineup. In the circle, the Rockets will rely on staff ace Abby Jones. Despite only being a sophomore, Jones proved herself to be one of the best pitchers in the conference last spring. She went 7-11 during the 2010 last year, but her record doesn’t tell the whole story. In 132.2 innings pitched last spring, Jones recorded a 1.95 ERA and fanned 135 batters. Both marks topped the statistical categories of the GGCL central. Other players expected to contribute include freshmen Danielle Piening, Carly Dugan, Carsen Gerome, Meaghan McGraw and Jen Foltz.

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McNicholas High School sophomore Abby Jones led the GGCL Gray Central with a 1.95 ERA as a freshman during the 2010 season.

New Richmond

A strong core of seniors should help New Richmond build off its 17-10 record from last spring. The Lions are expected to welcome back five conference all stars in Kallie Long, Amanda Schmidt, Kaitlyn Davis, Brittany Strunk and Myla Gordo. In the circle, Schmidt won seven games for Lions in 2010, while Long won nine games and posted a 3.13 ERA. Schmidt also figures to be one of the school’s top hitters, after batting at a .384 clip last spring.

Williamsburg

First-team, all-SBAAC national divison pitcher Rachel Meisberger is expected to return aftering leading the Lady Wildcats to an 18-10 record in 2010. Meisberger won 15 games last spring while striking out 261 batters. The Wildcats offense should be able to count on the return of Tara Dennis and Courtney Wagers (.436) to provide some run production.

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The Seven Hills Middle School boys’ soccer team ends the season with a perfect 19-0 record, a Miami Valley Conference Championship win and a firstplace finish in the CHCA Invitational Tournament. During the season, the boys scored 76 goals and only allowed four. Goalies Kevin Brenning and Stefan Antonsson combined for 15 shutouts. In front are coach Bob Zepf, Connor Barnhart, Tigar Cyr, Carl Compton of Indian Hill , Evan Smithers of Indian Hill, Ike Lanier of Indian Hill, Ben Nordmeyer of Eastgate, Jared Fisher of Amberley, Jared Nelson, Duncan Gibson, George Karamanoukian of Mount Lookout; in back are coach Mike Schnirring, coach Mike Heis, Brian Hills of Kenwood, Swede Moorman of Finneytown, Dale Reich of Indian Hill, Ryan Green of Blue Ash, Jackson Callow of Anderson Township, Jules Baretta of Indian Hill, Turner Anderson of Anderson Township, Leo Fried of Hyde Park, Tucker Robinson of Hyde Park, Andrew Head of Indian Hill, Kevin Brenning of Indian Hill, Josh Weaver of Colerain Township, Jeff Dedeker of Anderson Township, Stefan Antonsson of Mount Lookout and George Davis of Indian Hill.

Early birds

Eric Finan of New Richmond excels in the classroom and on the track. Here the University of Cincinnati junior competes in the 1,500 meter run at the Early Bird Relays staged at Gettler Stadium March 19 - his winning time was 3:53.36. He’s a mechanical engineering major who earlier this year was named by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as an All-Academic honoree.

SIDELINES Sand volleyball leagues

Cincinnati Sand Volleyball Club is now accepting applications for spring, summer and fall sand volleyball leagues. The club offers leagues for adults, grade school, high school, college

and company leagues in doubles, quad and six person teams. CSVC will open April 2 for open play. Adult leagues will begin April 27, grade school and high school leagues will begin May 23 and college leagues will begin June 13.

Individuals who don’t have a team can sign up as an individual to be placed on a team The park is also available for rental – a perfect place for a party. Visit the club’s new website at www.cincinnatisandvb.com or

www.cincinnatisand.com. Registration is available online along with more information. The club can also be reached at 831-4252 or cincisand@yahoo.com.

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