Sunday, July 02, 2000


Lebanon, 7 others switching football divisions

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Eight Cincinnati-area football teams will compete in different divisions during the 2000 season because of enrollment fluctuations or variations of the cutoffs.

        Although the cutoffs changed only slightly (three-to-five students) in four of the six divisions, several teams moving up a division may be hard-pressed to compete the initial season.

        The most noteable change has Lebanon, the 1998 Division II state champion, moving to Division I with an enrollment of 537 male students.

        Other schools moving up are Norwood (Division III to II), Batavia (Division V to IV) and Deer Park (Division V to IV).

        Those moving down are Glen Este (Division I to II), Taylor (Division III to IV), Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (Division V to VI) and Williamsburg (Division V to VI).

        In Divisions I and III, the enrollment cutoffs decreased with Divisions II and IV increasing by three to five students. There were no changes in the cutoffs for Divisions V and VI.

        This year's cutoffs are: Division I: 516 or more students; Division II: 363-to-515; Division III: 256-to-362; Division IV: 187-to-255), Division V: 135-to-188 and Division VI: 134 and under.

        school season.

        Classifications for the other fall sports will be an nounced in July by the OHSAA.

        WYNN TO READING: Lockland football and track star DeShawn Wynn has enrolled at Reading.

        Wynn, who rushed for over 1,800 yards as a freshman but sat out most of the 1999 football season with a leg injury, will play against Lockland the opening game of the 2000 season Aug. 25 at Reading Stadium.

        “Everything has been cleared by the Ohio High School Athletic Association,” Reading counselor Rhonda Eisenhard said. “It will become official on July 14 when approved by the court.”

        According to Eisenhard, Mr. and Mrs. Jon Amburgy have applied to be Wynn's legal guardians and have been granted temporary custody.

        “DeShawn and Tim Koffey (stepson of the Amburgys) are both juniors and have been friends for years,” Eisenhard said. “The Amburgys have been very supportive of both Tim and DeShawn.”

        HELP WANTED: Withrow is looking for assistant football coaches. Contact Greg Searcy at 533-5733.

        Moeller has openings for two assistant soccer coaches. Contact Barry Borman at 792-3340, ext. 140 or Dick Beerman, ext. 141.

        Roger Bacon needs two assistant track coaches experienced in the field events. Contact Chuck Grosser at 641-1300.

        St. Ursula has the following openings: junior varsity field hockey, freshman soccer and freshman volleyball. Contact Mike Sipes at 961-3410, ext 129.

        COACHING CHANGES: Rob Matula, Talawanda's boys basket ball coach the past two seasons, has been named head coach at Sycamore, replacing Randy Lothrop, who resigned.

        In two years at Talawanda, Matula had a 24-20 record. He previously spent nine years at Mason as an assistant.

        Taylor's Scott Cagle has been named boys soccer coach at Summit Country Day, replacing Charlie Cooke, who retired after the Silver Knights won the 1999 Division II state championship.

        STAYING AT WELCOME: The state track meet, contested at Welcome Stadium in Dayton the past two seasons, will remain there for at least three more years.

        The Board of Control, the governing body of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, voted to pick up the option year (2001) of the contract and add two additional years with an option for a third in 2004.

        Apparently, the uncertainty of Ohio State's plans to add additional seats at its new track facility forced OHSAA officials to take the action.

        SIGNEES: Jon Szary, a .395 hitter with 29 RBI for Colerain's baseball team, has signed a letter-of-intent with Union College, an NAIA school in Barbourville, Ky.

        Mike Harris, a sprinter for the Finneytown track team, has accepted a grant-in-aid from Bowling Green University.

        5 MOVE ON: Five players from the No.1-ranked Winton Woods basketball team have committed to various colleges or junior colleges:

        • Point guard Mike Reese (8 points per game, 8 assists per game) will play at Casper (Wyoming) Junior College.

        • Forwards Brandon Bryant (10 ppg, 7 rebounds per game) and Ahmad Lewis (13 ppg) have commited to Logan Junior College, Cartersville, Ill.

        • The University of Charleston (W.Va) lured Jawad Ali (7 ppg.)

        • Joey Overmann (7 ppg) will play for Wilmington College.

        “We graduated 11 players and seven will play college basketball,” Winton Woods coach David Lumpkin said. “Our JV (junior varsity) team went 19-1 last year. We'll be all right next season.”

        REYNOLDS GOES NATIONAL: Shawn Reynolds, a member of Lakota West's Division I state championship girls soccer team, has earned a position on the United State's women's 16-and-under national team.


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