Sunday, July 16, 2000


Wrestling tourney won't be at XU

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Because of scheduling conflicts, the district wrestling tournaments will not be at Xavier University's Cintas Center as anticipated.

        “We're going to maintain the three district sites (Fairfield, Xenia, Wilmington) as in the past,” Southwest District Board treasurer Bob Denney said.

        “The Southern Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association wanted the Division I, II and III district tournaments at the same site, but it couldn't be worked out.”

        The only prep event Cintas will host during the 2000-2001 season is the Division I girls district basketball tournament March 3. It was played at Wilmington College the past five years.

        “We're moving Division II to Wilmington College,” Denney said. “The Division III and IV district tournaments will remain at Vandalia Butler.

        “We'll continue to work with Xavier and the Cintas Center in the future. We have a good relationship with them.”

        Sectional sites remain the same as in 2000 for the girls sectional tournaments.

        Mount St. Joseph College, Milford and Lakota East will host Division I with Division II at Kings and Springboro, Division III at Mason and Wilmington and Division IV at Waynesville.

        The University of Cincinnati and Miami University remain the sites for the Division I sectional boys basketball tournaments with Anderson (Division II), Sycamore (Division III) and Loveland (Division IV) also host sites.

        JACKSON STAYING: George Jackson's dream of coaching basketball at the college or professional level is on hold.

        “My 13-year-old daughter, Stephanie, isn't well,” Jackson said. “She's being treated at Children's Hospital, which is the best place for her to be at this time.”

        Jackson, Withrow's boys basketball coach for 19 years, was offered an assistant coaching position at Siena College by Louis Orr, a close friend and former Withrow player.

        “It was a very attractive offer to be able to coach with a friend,” Jackson said.

        Although Jackson is remaining at Withrow, his frustration continues at the lack of a home court for games.

        “We're the only Division I boys team in Ohio without a home court,” Jackson said.

        During Jackson's tenure, an average of three players per year have received basketball grant-in-aids from colleges. Jackson is also active with the players academically, with more than 98 percent graduating from Withrow.

        “I'm doing this for the kids,” Jackson said.

        A fund-raising campaign for a new gym was initiated in 1999, when Cincinnati businessman Richard Lindner pledged $1 million.

        Lindner placed a the contingency that the other $5 million needed for the project be raised by Sept. 1, 1999. However, the deadline was extended when the goal wasn't met.

        Kent Holwadel, Withrow's fund-raising chairman, has contacted alumni and gone to the Cincinnati School Board and State of Ohio.

        “Mr. Holwadel has raised more than $500,000 from alumni and other groups,” Jackson said. “Hopefully the school levy will pass and something can be done about a new facility.”

        Withrow should field one of the strongest teams in Cincinnati this season, with all five starters and 11 players back.

        BOYS VOLLEYBALL: When boys volleyball was initiated during the 1990s, it was hoped enough schools would add the sport to get it sanctioned by the Ohio High School Athletic Association by 2000. But instead of an increase, the numbers dwindled to 72 teams last season, down from the high 80s three years ago.

        “I don't know what's happened but the Northwest (Toledo area) only has four teams,” former Lebanon coach Bob McLain said. “I thought once leagues sponsored the sport, it would take off.”

        Before the OHSAA sanctions a sport, there must be at least 150 schools fielding teams for two years.

        “Little Miami recently approved boys volleyball and we're expecting to field a team next season,” McLain said.

        Teams from Southwestern Ohio have dominated the state tournament the past three years, with Moeller winning in 1998 and Elder in 1999 and 2000.

        More than 30 schools sponsor teams from the Cincinnati-Dayton area, with Cleveland second with an estimated 20-plus teams.

        FOOTBALL OFFICIALS: The Ohio Valley Football Officials Association will conduct training classes beginning July24 at the Hamilton County Board of Education, 11083 Hamilton Avenue.

        Classes will be held two nights a week for five weeks. Contact Mark Daudistel at 829-6712 or visit


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