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Northeast Suburban Life

Football Preview

August 19, 2009

Indian Hill returns talent but has holes By Mark Chalifoux

mchalifoux@communitypress.com

The most important part of Indian Hill High School’s football season is the nonconference slate. The first three games of the season, against McNicholas, Valley View Theisen and Turpin high schools, will more than likely decide the Braves’ postseason fate. Indian Hill lost two of their first three in 2008 and missed the playoffs. “A season can be made in those first three weeks,”

new head coach Mike Theisen said. “We use last season as a motivating tool. Two of those first three games have to be victories for us.” The Braves have an extremely athletic squad in 2009 but have some big holes to fill in the trenches. Indian Hill graduated all but one starting lineman from 2008. “We have some extremely talented skill players that are back and we think we have some young kids that will step up on the line,” Theisen said. Among the returning skill players is running back Jacob Bauer. Bauer ran for 366 yards and six touch-

On the team No. Name

Year Pos.

1 Kevin Kreftong SR WR/DB 2 Parker Bell SR DB 3 Marc Lubitz SR DB 4 Matt Littman SR DB 5 Jacob Bauer SR RB 7 Billy Hosmer SR WR 8 Jack Schaub SO LB 9 Tanner Landstra FR QB 10Teddy Kremchek SO WR 12Tyler Marrs SO QB 13Abdul Ajwah SO WR 14Sam Voss JR QB 15Mason McClay FR RB 16Tres Irvine FR WR 17Sam Hendricks SR QB 18Zack Lutz FR QB 19Adam Bell SR DB/WR 20Jon Griggs FR WR 21Mykel Kilgore FR RB 22Daniel O’Donnell SO WR 23Aaron Taylor FR WR 24Jay Schroeder SR TE 25Sam Chabut SO LB 26Brian Boone SO WR 27Colin Hill SR DL 28Bill Thomas SR DB 29Aaron Sommerville FR WR 30Trevor Bahner JR WR 31Logan Korman SR WR/K 32Jake Schreckenhofer SO LB 34Jacob Fiore SO DB 35Will SchreckenhoferSO RB 36Reid Lockwood JR RB 38Kyle Combs JR LB 39Jordon Conn FR WR 40Sami Taha JR DL 41Chris Bowman SO DL 42A.J. Froehlich SR DL 43Daron Artis SO DL

Game days

Aug. 28 @ Wayne – 8:30 p.m. Sept. 4 George Washington Community Sept. 11 @ Glen Este Sept. 18 Fairfield Sept. 25 @ Lakota East Oct. 2 @ Colerain Oct. 9 Oak Hills Oct. 16 @ Lakota West Oct. 23 Hamilton Oct. 30 Middletown All games at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

44Max Hendricks SR DB 45Mick Thomas SR LB 46Wenhoo Zhou JR DB 47 James Brendamour FR TE 48Greg Maull JR RB 49Jake Thomas JR LB 50Jamie Lackman SR OL/DL 51Joe Becker SO OL 52Ben Hovey FR OL 53Aaron Hatfield FR OL 54Jordan Schriner SO DE 55Anthony Schneider FR OL 56Nick Sanders FR OL 58Tommy McClure SO OL 59Rob Becker SO OL 60Marc Sibai JR DL 61Jeff Baynham JR OL 63Christian Theriault FR OL 64Andy Barefield JR OL/DL 65Deion Stewart JR OL 66Steve Bell SO OL 67 Patrick Callahan SR OL 68Andrew WittenbrookJR OL 70 Adam Anderson FR OL 71 Arlie Whitacker FR OL 72 Macon Lindberg JR OL 73 Peter Schubeler JR OL 74 Dario Spasic SR OL 76 Andrew Turvey SR OL 77 Scott Brendamour JR DL 81Jeremy Dollin SR DL/TE 82Jacob Wittenbrook FR WR 83Jon Gibson FR WR 84Austin Trout SO WR 85Patrick Ryall SO WR 88Robert Stephens FR TE 92Alex Silvati JR DL 93Dan Harding JR DE 96Clayton Hosmer FR WR 98Dawson Stokley SO DL

Game days

Aug. 28 Archbishop McNicholas Sept. 4 @ Valley View Sept. 11 Turpin Sept. 18 @ Deer Park Sept. 25 Madeira Oct. 2 Mariemont Oct. 9 Reading Oct. 16 @ Taylor Oct. 23 Finneytown Oct. 30 @ Wyoming All games at 7:30 p.m. downs in five games in 2008. Bauer had another 230 yards receiving and missed five games due to injury. Bauer is one of the top weapons for the Braves’ offense in 2009. “He had an excellent winter and summer and is looking extremely good,” Theisen said. “He’s a 1,500yard rusher if he stays healthy.” The difficult job of replacing three-year quarterback Bo Cordell, who threw for almost 3,000 yards in 2008, belongs to Sam Hendricks. Hendricks is a gifted athlete who was second on the team in receiving in 2008. “He’s awfully talented and can throw well and can run the ball,” Theisen said. “He’s an extremely talented runner and we will be more run oriented than pass oriented this year.” The team also returns athletic wideout Adam Bell and a tall threat in receiver Kevin Krefting. The defense will be young for the Braves and will have to get up to speed quickly to be a factor in the team’s non-conference games. Theisen said the CHL should be much improved in 2009 as well. “Madeira is better, Mariemont is better and Wyoming will be an excellent football team,” he said.

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Indian Hill senior Tight End Jeremy Dollin perfects his hand/eye coordination pulling in a pass from his quarterback. “I think everyone will be better and we won’t be able to walk through the league like the past four years.” Ultimately, Theisen said

Princeton football in rebuilding mode By Roger Rosenthal eastsports@communitypress.com

Princeton football coach Bill Leach hopes to bring the Vikings back to dominance,

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Princeton High School senior quarterback Bryan Shelby loosens up his passing arm during practice.

but they will seem to be in a rebuilding mode for the 2009 season. L e a c h said he Leach believes if the first-year players step up early, it could be a successful season. “We’ll be filling a lot of holes this year after graduating seniors at key positions,” the third-year coach said. Key returning players on offense are senior quarterback Spencer Ward, senior lineman A.J. Hood, senior tight end Kyle Budde and wide receivers senior Bryan Shelby and junior Jay McCants. Key returnees on defense are seniors defensive lineman Rakeem Chandler and defensive back Josh West. “We have the talent to put some points on the scoreboard, but we’ll be put to the test early trying to stop our opponents, “ Leach said. The Vikings were 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the

it boils down to the first three games of the season. “We need to make sure we’re at mid-season form in the first few weeks. We

have no margin for error,” he said. “I’d rather it come down to the end of the season but for us it’s at the beginning.

On the team No. Name

Year Pos.

2 Josh West SR 3 Bryan Shelby SR 4 Garyn Price SR 5 Tevin Redmon SR 6 Alfie Tivis SR 7 Ryan Sawyer SR 8 Justin Cornwall JR 9 Kayman SeaboroughSR 10NikkoSmith JR 11Spencer Ware SR 12Tony Lathers SR 13Nate McGill SO 14Darrell Curtis SR 15DeAuntay Francis SR 16Romell Key SO 17Jay McCants JR 18Antonio Trujillo SR 19Jalon Allen JR 20Howard Tidwell JR 21Keynonis Davis JR 22Dujuan Thompson JR 23Leondre Gray JR 24Shawntino Johnson DB 25Adrin Williams JR 26Cedric White JR 27Tony Hendrix SO 28Josh Newell JR 29Mike Ivenso SO 30Tim Easterling JR 31Anthony Baker SO 32Dominique WilliamsSR 34Marcus Davis SO 35Greg Boglin JR 36Jovante Woods SO 37Jacob Lawson SO 38Darian Nelson SO 39Jamon Akins JR 40Tony Woods JR 41Maurice Williams JR 42Donald Newell SO 43Alonzo Brown SO 44Charles Mason SO

DB/WR QB/WR DB/WR RB WR DB WR DB DB QB/DB DB QB WR DB DB WR K/P WR DB LB DB DB SR DB DB WR WR WR LB/RB DB RB LB/RB DB DB DB RB WR LB DB DB LB LB

Greater Miami Conference last year. The Viking coach feels the top teams will be Colerain, Lakota West and Middletown, however he thinks that a good start will give the team some early confidence that could help

45Jahlil Croley SO LB 46Todd Leach JR LB/TE 47 Daryan Martin SO WR 48Kyle Reeves JR LB 50Robert Thompson SO OL 51Austin Booher SO LB 52Jeremy Stepp SR LB 55Gary Gray JR LB 56Antonio Graham SO LB 58Jamir Cottingham SR LB 61Austin Harris SO OL 63Kevin Phillips JR DL 64Micah Harper SO 65Josh Williams JR DL 67 Montez Akins JR DL 68CJ Chamberlain SO OL 69Chad Day SR OL 70 Dashaun Whaley SO DL 71 Darius Coggins SR OL 72 Devine Lamar JR OL 73 Leroy Pitts SO OL 74 Jared Ballew SR OL 75 De’Arius Young SO OL 76 A.J. Hood SR OL 77 Brent Burnett SO OL 78 Danny Moore SR OL 79 Jonas Batte SR OL 80Alton Reisen SO K/P 81Donzell Showes JR WR 83Lamarr Williams SO WR 85Nate Smith SO WR 86Kyle Budde SR LB/TE 87 Josh Whiters SO WR 88Trey Watkins SO QB/WR 89Qulinton Pointer SO WR 90Kendall Sorrells JR DL 91Raheem Abolfathzadeh JR DL 92Jaylen Lindsey SO DL 93Mark Drummond SR DL 94Ceyon Evans SO DL 95William Eddings SO DL 96Evan McClain JR DL 97 Tyler Neumeister SR DL 98Rakeem Chandler SR DLD/TE

them compete for the league title. Key games on the Viking schedule will be at Colerain Oct. 2, at Lakota West Oct. 16 and the season finale at home against Middletown Oct. 30.

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