Sunday, October 31, 1999


Basketball goes to select-a-site

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Southwest District Board of the Ohio High School Athletic Association will have a new basketball sectional tournament format for this postseason.

        “We're going to a "super draw' in the Cincinnati and Dayton Division I boys and girls (tournaments), and also in the Division II girls sectional tournaments,” said John Rossi of the Southwest District Board.

        The new draw system will allow coaches to pick the site where they prefer to play.

        “There will be 26 teams in the Cincinnati Division I boys, 32 in Division I girls and 27 in the Division II girls sectionals.”

        Poor attendance at first-round Division I boys games prompted the board to move early-round games to Mason and Lakota West high schools.

        The semifinal and championship games will be played at the University of Cincinnati's Shoemaker Center and Miami University's Millett Hall.

        The College of Mount St. Joseph, and Milford and Lakota East high schools will host the Division I girls sectionals, followed by the district tournament at Wilmington College.

        Kings and Springboro high schools will host the Division II girls sectionals. Mason and Wilmington high schools are the sites for the Division III sectionals.

        The biggest site change is in Division IV, with Madeira no longer the host school.

        “We felt it was time to make a change,” Rossi said. “We're moving the Division IV to Waynesville's new gym, which is an excellent facility.”

        The sites for Division II, III and IV boys sectionals are unchanged.

        Anderson will host Division II, with Division III at Sycamore and Division IV at Loveland.

        In wrestling, a super draw will be used in the Division I, II and III sectional tournaments.

        The Division I tournaments will be held at Fairfield and St. Xavier, with Mason and Wilmington high schools the hosts of Division II. Batavia and Lakota will play host to the Division III sectionals.

        Fairfield (Division I), Wilmington (II) and Xenia (III) will continue as the sites for the district wrestling tournaments.

        The sectional boys swimming meets will be held at St. Xavier's Keating Natatorium and Milford, with the district meet remaining at Miami University.

        Girls swimming has been broken into two divisions for the first time. The Cincinnati Division I sectional will be held at St. Xavier and Division II at Milford.

        Both District meets will be held at Miami University.

        BOYS BASKETBALL: Craig Mazzaro, Amelia's coach the past seven years, has resigned.

        “I'm getting out for personal reasons and family considerations,” Mazzaro said. “I do plan to remain as a teacher at Amelia.”

        During Mazzaro's seven-year tenure, the Barons were 87-63, winning 14 or more games the last three seasons.

        After going 4-17 the first season under Mazzaro, Amelia was 84-46 the next six years. Mazzaro was named coach of the year in the QCC American Division four times.

        “I'm proudest of the consistency and the great effort by the players,” Mazzaro said. “I plan to sort things out and see what happens. If I get back into coaching, I'll be much smarter.”

        COACHES NEEDED: Mount Notre Dame is looking for a track coach. Call Mark Schenkel at 821-3044, ext 107.

        Turpin is looking for an assistant varsity girls basketball coach. Call Mike Matthews at 831-9119.

        Cincinnati Country Day is looking for a junior high wrestling coach. Call Theresa Hirschauer at 561-7298.

        GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: When the season ended last week at Turpin, the Spartans lost Katie Holly and Ann Schoech, players who hold most of the school's career and single-season records.

        Holly, a four-year starter at setter, has school career records for assists (1,203) serving aces (115).

        Middle hitter Schoech, also a four-year starter, has career records for most kills (605) and blocks (146). She also holds the single-season record in kills with 249 this season.

        Ed Stewart and Julie Plitt continue to work magic with the teams at Williamsburg and Reading, respectively.

        Williamsburg (19-1) won its ninth Southern Buckeye Conference championship.

        Reading won its third consecutive Cincinnati Hills League title and finished the season 19-3. The Blue Devils now have a 38-game CHL winning streak.

        BOYS VOLLEYBALL: LaSalle is adding a boys team in the spring, joining Elder, Moeller and St. Xavier in the Greater Catholic League South.


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