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youthful enthusiasm. On a team with no seniors, the La Salle High School bowling team has a shot to win the Greater Catholic League South title for the first time since the 2009 version of the Lancers shared the championship with St. Xavier. Lancers coach Hollis Haggard has relied on the efforts of juniors Will Mullen and Matt Nicholas, as well as sophomore Eric Blessing, as the

squad navigated its way through its first 15 matches with a 12-3 mark. Nichols’ average of 209 is the third best in the entire GCL through Jan. 10. Like basketball players who can’t shoot enough hoops, Blessing and Nichols can’t leave the alley. Haggard describe the pair as “alley rats” for the work they put into their games. And those long hours in the lanes are stating to pay off. Blessing made school history when he tossed a 505 series during the team’s win

over Elder Jan. 8. It was the seventh highest total in school history. Blessing spent his freshman season bowling in mopup duty situations on a seniorladen team. But he kept at it by rolling 30 to 40 games per week, according to Haggard. “He probably bowls more than anybody on our team....It’s starting to pay off for him…and he’ll be a special bowler for a long time.” Blessing is averaging 203.4 pins per game, which is sixth in the GCL.

Mullen is also among the league’s top 10 average leaders. His mark of 202.2 is the ninth-best mark in the conference. In the high school game, five bowlers contribute to a team’s final score. But Haggard knows if the La Salle “Big Three” are at their best, the Lancers are tough team to beat. “When Eric, Will and Matt bowl like they should, we should be in every match, or we’ll be winning every match, because our three are just that good,” he said.

Knights search for 4th-quarter fixes By Nick Dudukovich

COLERAIN TWP. — Northwest High School basketball coach Brooks Posta knows his team is off to a good start, but he’s also well aware there’s room to improve. Through 10 games, the Knights built a 7-3 record, which included a 4-0 start to the season. Despite being four games over the .500 mark and near the top of the Southwest Ohio Conference standings, Posta knows his team has yet to play its best basketball. “We haven’t quite peaked yet,” he said. “I’m still waiting for that to happen and I’m hoping for that to happen soon.” Posta would like to see his team get better at finishing games. It’s a problem that’s plagued Northwest in each of its three defeats. On Dec. 29, the Knights led Colerain 47-38 going into the fourth quarter. Colerain outscored the Knights 24-10 in the final period to take away the win. Against Harrison Jan. 5, the Knights trailed by one entering the final period, yet played their opponent to a 13-13 tie in the fourth, which resulted in a 1-point loss. The squad figures to hang around the top of the SWOC thanks to the stellar play of senior guard Ramar Hairston,

whose 15.0 points per game is fourth in the league. While Hairston possesses the ability to score, he also requires a lot of attention from the opposition. “The thing you don’t see in the stats, is how much attention other teams have to pay to him,” Posta said. “He also makes the tough plays…he’s stepping up and making big plays when we need him.” At point guard, Devyn Walker has assumed a coach on the court role. If he’s not scoring, he’s setting up his teammates. In the team’s Dec. 21 win against Talawanda, Walker didn’t score, but helped his team to a nine-point victory by dishing out eight assists. In the paint, senior center Kevin Worsham and Darius Hubbard have established themselves around the basket. The duo has combined to score 11.7 points, while grabbing 14.9 rebounds per game this season. While Hubbard is averaging 6.1 points, Posta believes there’s time for the 6-foot-5 power forward to get things going offensively. Worsham will be counted on to play relentless defense. As the Knights head into the second half of the season, the Knights want to be in the hunt for the league title, but more importantly, Posta and company want to focus on playing the best basketball possible.

By Nick Dudukovich

College commit

» La Salle cornerback Jaleel Hytchye verbally committed to the University of Kentucky, according to the La Salle sports information department.

Stately recognition

» Roger Bacon entered the week of Jan. 7 with an 11-1 mark. The squad was ranked No. 5 in the Division III statewide Associated Press poll.

Boys basketball

» Jeffrey Larkin scored 27 points as La Salle beat Oak Hills, 71-44, Jan. 5. Larkin sank three 3-pointers en route to the victory. On Jan. 8, La Salle beat Purcell Marian 73-38. Larkin scored 21 points. » Roger Bacon had an 81-40 win over North College Hill Jan. 5. » St. Xavier defeated Badin 61-31, Jan. 8 behind 19 points from senior Alex Blink. » Meg Egbers scored 11 points as McAuley beat Anderson, 51-46, Jan. 8. On Jan. 10, the Mohawks had a 35-25 win over St. Ursula. Emily Vogelpohl scored 10 points. » Mt. Healthy lost to Edgewood 47-44 Jan. 5. Ericka Fitzpatrick scored 17 points. The Owls held Northwest to 11points at the half in their 51-36 victory Jan. 9. Fitzpatrick scored 15 points.


» Colerain’s Patrick Allen (126), Detuan Smith (160) and TeGray Scales took runner-up spots at the Fairfield Invitational Jan. 5. » St. Xavier beat Harrison 31-27, Jan. 9. Joe Heyob earned a major decision at 170 pounds.

Boys bowling

Devyn Walker of Northwest drains a trey against Mt. Healthy Jan. 11. TOM SKEEN/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

Colerain’s Jenna Coldiron posts league’s top average By Nick Dudukovich ndudukovich @ communitypress .com

Colerain High School junior Jenna Coldiron has been among the Greater Miami Conference’s top bowlers throughout her varsity career. NICK DUDUKOVICH/THE COMMUNITY PRESS

As a freshman, she was sixth, while posting an average of 186.4. As a sophomore, she took the No. 2 spot with 189.1 pins per game. Both of those seasons ended with Coldiron earning a spot on the league all-conference teams. “She’s started off strong as a freshman and continues to im-


Girls basketball

Cards feature one of GMC’s best bowlers

COLERAIN TWP. — The Colerain Lady Cardinals have bowled their way near the top of the Greater Miami Conference standings and junior Jenna Coldiron is leading the way. Through Jan. 11, the Cardinals were tied for second with a 9-1 overall mark, while Coldiron’s 197.8 average was the best in the GMC. Friend and rival, Emily Harrison of Mason, is right behind the Colerain junior, but Coldiron uses the rivalry as an incentive to finish first. “She’s trying to keep me motivated to get that top spot,” Coldiron said. Coldiron is no stranger to being among the league average leaders.


La Salle rolls with ‘Big 3’ By Nick Dudukovich


prove every year, by more than a little bit,” said Colerain coach Debbie Potzner. Her 11-pin rise in average from her freshman year can be attributed to her work ethic. Over the summer, Coldiron said she would bowl three to four times per week. She also competed in summer league to stay sharp.

Coldiron’s high game this year is 279, which came against Deer Park. The highest game she said she ever threw was 289. She would like would like to end the year as the league’s top bowler with an average in the 200 range. But until then, she’ll continue to be a key cog in the Cardinals’ success. “I’m excited about the success we had,” she said. “We’re on a good run right now and hopefully we can keep it up. Colerain and Potzner are also getting strong contributions from Jill Geiser, Morgan Hoehn and Allison Holterman. Geiser is 10th in the league and averaging 176.0 pins per game. Hoehn is 15th (167.9), while Holterman is16th (166.3). Kairee Bedinghaus (165.4) and Julianne Whitis (164.5) round out the Cardinal bowlers in the top 20. The depth has Potzner believing this team could make a run during the postseason.

» Roger Bacon beat Purcell , 2,367-1,978, Jan. 8. Cameron Hock rolled a 382 high series. On Jan. 10, the Spartans beat McNick, 2,431-2,206. Stewart Barnes had a 473 high series. » La Salle beat Elder, 2,7402,249. Eric Blessing rolled a 505. » Northwest beat Mount Healthy 2,622-2,381 Jan. 7. Damien Marques had the high series (447). The squad followed up with a 2,950-2,504, Jan. 9. Marques rolled a 469 high series, while Colerain’s Nick Poppe turned in a 461 series. » St. Xavier beat Moeller 2,692-2,467, Jan. 8. Joey Francis rolled a 400 series . The Bombers beat La Salle 2,802-2,732, Jan. 10. Francis led with a 427 series.

Girls bowling

» Northwest beat Mount Healthy 2,272-1,722 Jan 7. Alex Hanna had a 392 high series. On Jan. 9, the Knights beat Colerain, 2,379-2,421. Kim Koehlke led the Knights with a 417 series, while Colerain’s Jenna Coldiron rolled a 420 high series. » McAuley beat MND, 2,4311,937, Jan. 8. Amber Bahrani rolled a 442 high series. On Jan. 9, McAuley beat Loveland, 2,281-2,036. Lexi Baker rolled a 378 high series. On Jan. 10, the Mohawks beat Seton, 2,3082,245. Bahrani capped of her week with another high series (380).

Boys swimming

» Roger Bacon beat McNick 49-27 Jan. 9. Winners included Rash Abdelwahed (200 free), Kevin Anneken (200 IM, 100 back), Kyle Suffoletta (50 free), Joey Anello (100 fly, 100 breast) and Tony DiMario (100 free).