Sunday, September 19, 1999

Area schools high in ejections

Hamilton, Franklin, Edgewood had 6 in 1998-99 seasons

        It's a distinction that officials from Hamilton, Trenton Edgewood and Franklin would rather not receive.

        However, these Cincinnati-area schools ranked high in Ohio in the number of coaches and athletes ejected from sporting events during the 1998-99 season, each with six.

        Dayton Colonel White and Lima Sr. led all schools with eight ejections with nine out-of-area schools close behind with seven followed by Hamilton, Edgewood and Franklin.

        Three other schools also made the Ohio High School Athletic Association's top 45 list with five ejections. They were Wilmington, Princeton and Moeller.

        Overall, 69 area schools were guilty of misconduct last year while 20 schools had unblemished records.

        Boys soccer players continue to display the poorest sportsmanship with 353 ejections in 1998 compared to 358 in 1997, down only five while girls soccer ejections increased from 37 to 58.

        Although the guidelines for ejections in soccer are more lenient this season, OHSAA officials aren't happy with the more than 90 reports already turned in during the first two weeks of the season.

        Sports with perfect sportsmanship marks (no ejections) include boys cross country, boys golf and boys swimming followed by girls track (1), girls swimming (1) and boys track (4).

        Sports with increases include softball (42 to 51), baseball (227 to 256), volleyball (seven to 11) with ice hockey remaining steady at 62.

        The other sports that saw decreases are football (297 to 212), wrestling (93 to 66) and boys basketball (223 to 195).

        Schools to be congratulated for perfect sportsmanship marks are Batavia, Cincinnati Christian, Eastern Brown, Fayetteville, Hillcrest, Hughes, Indian Hill, Landmark Christian, McAuley, Mercy, Mount Notre Dame, New Richmond, North College Hill, Peebles, Reading, St. Xavier, St. Ursula, Seton, Taft and Western Hills.

        DELAY OF GAME: Imagine showing up for the Cincinnati Bengals game today at 12:45 p.m. against San Diego only to find a peewee football game delaying the start two hours until 3 p.m.

        That would never happen in the National Football League and shouldn't at a high school event.

        A capacity crowd was jammed into Moeller's gym at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, anticipating the start of the varsity volleyball game between St. Ursula and Mount Notre Dame.

        Many of these fans were visibly upset after learning that the junior varsity match was ready to start, delaying the varsity until 9:20 p.m.

        When the match finally ended at 10:55 p.m., the gym was half empty with many parents picking up their children about 9:15 p.m.

        There's no acceptable excuse.

        The Girls Greater Cincinnati League owes the fans an apology in the form of a guarantee that the varsity contest will start no later than 15 minutes after the scheduled time.

        Anything less would be a complete disregard for the students and players who have homework, and the paying fans who deserve better.

        UNHERALDED EDGEWOOD: One of the most successful Cincinnati-area football programs during the past three-plus seasons is one of the least publicized.

        Off to a 4-0 start, Edgewood is 31-7 dating to the 1996 season under Steve Channell, whose Cougars are after a third consecutive playoff berth and Mid-Miami League title.

        Primarily a running team, the Cougars had three running backs (David White 140, Ryan White 115, Danny Beiser 114) each carry the ball 12 times while picking up 100 or more yards Friday against West Carrollton.

        “Our defense has been the biggest surprise,” Channell said. “We start 10 underclassmen and until last night, we hadn't given up a touchdown.”

        The underclassmen defensive players are Beiser, Jimmy Cassidy, Evan Wirtley, Scott Traufler, Andy Urban, Brandon Osborne, Bobby Gibson, Chris Vennefron, Matt Moore and Blake Cripe.

        Although Edgewood's enroll ment dropped by two boys, the Cougars moved up to Division II from Division III for the first time, which should prove interesting in the playoffs.

        “We reached the regional (Division III) championship game the past two seasons,” Channell said. “It will be much tougher this year in Division II.”

        Edgewood is currently ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll but overlooked by Cincinnati-area coaches and unranked in Enquirer's Division II-III-IV-V—VI weekly poll.

        FREE SENIORS: When Dick Cryder showed up at Finneytown for a football game two weeks ago, the avid Wyoming supporter couldn't believe the special treatment.

        “The girl at the gate told me to put my money back in my pocket because senior citizens are admitted free,” Cryder said. “They don't do that at Wyoming, and I'm impressed.“

        Several years ago, Finneytown officials decided not to charge senior citizens for all high school events.

        “We have a large number of senior citizens supporting our kids,” Finneytown athletic director Chuck Grosser said. “The support is important, and there's a great number who come out.”

        Finneytown has no plans to change this no-pay policy.

        COMMITMENTS: Two of the Greater Catholic League's better players, Pat Brunner from Elder and Moeller's Mike Jackson have made oral commitments.

        A six-foot-four, 240-pound linebacker, Brunner will play at Vanderbilt, while Jackson, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end, will play for Virginia Tech.


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