Sunday, July 18, 1999

HIGH SCHOOL INSIDER


Badin, Harrison reclassified

BY DAVE SCHUTTE
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The changes are minimal but the end results are significant. Because of decreases in enrollment at Hamilton Badin and Harrison, both school's football programs have been reclassified for the 1999 season.

        Rather than play in Division III, Badin will now compete in Division IV while Harrison has dropped from Division I to Division II.

        “We've never been in Division IV, and I'm kind of surprised,” Badin coach Terry Malone said. “It will probably be easier making it into the playoffs but once in, the competition will be tough.”

        Malone, who will be starting his 43rd year at Badin (331-85-8 record), pointed out that Wyoming and Valley View are both in Division IV and are great programs.

        “We'll have strong offensive and defensive lines but the backfield will be new,” Malone said. “A lot will depend how well our quarterback Tim Wolf performs.”

        Harrison football coach Dick Nocks was excited about the change.

        “When you're on the bottom of Division I in enrollment, it's an uphill battle,” Nocks said. “We'll still have to play well to qualify because we play a quality schedule.”

        Before moving up to Division I in 1990, Harrison qualified to the Division II playoffs three consecutive seasons (1987, '88, '89) but only qualified twice in Division I.

        “The kids are pumped up,” Nocks said. “Although our enrollment has dropped, the number of kids playing football has remained steady. We've also had about 50 attend the summer weight sessions.

        Harrison will be competing in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference for the first time. Twenty-three letter winners are back.

        Other Cincinnati-area schools moving up include McNicholas (III to II), Mason (II to I), Edgewood (III to II), Springboro (III to II), Woodward (III to II) and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (VI to V).

        Batavia (IV to V) and Middletown Madison (IV to V) moved down a division.

        The cutoff for the 1999 football season are Division I (520 or more boys); Division II (352-519), Division III (257-351), Division IV (186-256), Division V (135-185) and Division IV (121 and under).

        The OHSAA also released the cutoffs for the other fall sports.

        With an enrollment of 423 girls (freshman through junior), St. Ursula's volleyball team is officially a Division I school.

        Coach Julie Perry's team will be denied an opportunity to go after a record seventh consecutive Division II state volleyball championship.

        MUNOZ, HICKS PICKED: Mason center Michelle Munoz and Lindsey Hicks, a senior from Lebanon have been selected to participate in the 1999 Girls' Nike All-American Camp beginning Monday in Indianapolis.

        A instructional camp designed for skill development, the athletes also will be taught the proper preparation for college entrance exams as well as interactive leadership and team building skills.

        Only a junior, Munoz has orally committed to Tennessee while Hicks will join the NCAA national champion Purdue woman's basketball team in 2000.

        CLASSIFIEDS: Turpin seeks a varsity assistant football (coordinator) and freshman boys soccer coach. Contact Tony Hemmelgarn at 232-7770, send resumes to 2650 Bartels Road, Cincinnati 45244 or e-mail to themmelg@foresthills.edu.

        • Madeira needs a junior varsity boys basketball coach with a com prehensive Social Studies Certification. Call Jim Reynolds at 891-8222.

        • Deer Park has the following coaching openings: assistant boys soccer, two junior high assistant football coaches and a cheerleading adviser. Contact Mike Morgan at 891-0010.

        • Kings has the following coaching vacancies: assistant football, junior high tennis and junior high volleyball. Contact Gregg Darbyshire at 459-2937, ext. 1019.

        • The Fort Ancient Valley Conference is looking for a Sports Information Director. Contact FAVC Commissioner Steve Borich at 755-1307 or fax 755-1317.

        • Mount Healthy has the following coaching openings: freshman, reserve and varsity volleyball. Contact at 729-0130 or fax resume to 728-4695.

        • George Jackson's “Alumni Basketball Camp of Champions” will be held at Withrow Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 602-0836.

        OFFICIALLY SPEAKING: The Ohio Valley Football Officials Association will conduct instructional classes beginning July 26 (6 p.m.) at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy. Classes will be held Monday and Wednesday for five weeks with those who graduate assigned to junior varsity and freshman games.

        “We're starting a big push because there's more guys retiring than coming in,” said Mark Daudistel, rules interpreter for the SWOOA. “Three years ago we had 175 active officials but we're now down to 120.”

        The OHSAA mandates that officials work at the lower levels for at least two years before moving up to varsity games.

        Call Tom Gannon at 777-3303.

       



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