Sunday, August 06, 2000

High School Insider

Lewis turns heads with no-hitter

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Anderson High's Jensen Lewis was a marked player after he struck out 16 of 19 batters in his no-hitter for the Cincinnati Pirates over Texas in the National AAU 16-and-under Baseball Tournament at Orlando, Fla..

        Professional scouts from Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and the Chicago White Sox were at the AAU event. At its conclusion, Jensen, 16, was recruited by a Florida team that will participate in the Super Seven Tournament this week in Atlanta.

        “He threw 70 pitches during the six innings, and 55 were strikes, which is incredible.” Anderson coach Shea Wardwell said.

        Wardwell, a former minor-league player and a batting practice pitcher for the Reds, predicts a bright future for Lewis, who was 6-0 with a 2.00 ERA last season.

        “Jensen's the real deal,” Wardwell said. “He has a fluid motion and has been timed at over 90 mph.”

        Lewis also runs cross country and plays basketball.

        The majority of the players on the Pirates team are from Moeller: Rob Siemers, Ryan McGlone, Mike McCullough, Steve Johnson, Tony Cunningham, Greg Freson, Cameron Goode, Mike Walborn, Brad Alvis and Jeff Brandt.

        Others: Joe Sanzere (Summit Country Day), Josh Woods (Purcell Marian), Joe Harrmann (McNicholas), Nick Laumann (Mariemont), Lance Trester (Hamilton), Wes Price (Hamilton) and Kevin Bell (Goshen).

        The Pirates were eliminated from the AAU tournament by defending champions East Cobb (Ga.) the day after Lewis' no-hitter.

        PLIEV TOP WRESTLER: Hetag Pliev, a junior at Princeton, won the 167-pound class at the Cadet Freestyle National Championships last week in Fargo, N.D.

        Pliev was a member of the 35-man Team Ohio, which won the national team title.

        Other Cincinnati-area wrestlers who placed in the top eight were Aaron Keough of Batavia (second place at 1821/2 pounds) and Joshua Sears of Morrow (seventh at 209 pounds).

        In the junior (16-to-19 year-old) Greco-style national championships, also in Fargo, Rob Dearwester of Harrison finished eighth at 1051/2 pounds.

        FERRIS HONORED: Mike Ferris, an outfielder for Colerain, was the only Cincinnati-area player named to the National High School Baseball Coaches Association District 4 team.

        During the 1999 season, Ferris hit .543, and led the area in four categories — doubles (14), home runs (14), RBI (37) and runs scored (40).

        CLASSIFIEDS: Wyoming has openings for boys assistant basketball coaches and an assistant wrestling coach. Call Jim Barre at 761-7722.

        Summit Country Day needs a reserve volleyball coach. Call Terry McConnell at 871-4700, ext.252 or e-mail resumes to

        Western Hills needs volleyball scrimmages for the varsity and reserve teams. Call Dave Smith at 661-3984.

        SHOWDOWN GROWS: The third annual Skyline Chili Football Showdown will expand from four to five games this season. In addition to the four games (Aug.26) at UC's Nippert Stadium, a fifth game will be played: 1999 Division II play off qualifier Kings vs. state semifinalist Edgewood at 7p.m. Aug.24 at Galbreath Field.

        The other matchups: Anderson vs. Lakota East (noon); LaSalle vs. Oak Hills (2:45p.m.); Elder vs. Colerain (5:30p.m.) and Fairfield vs. St.Xavier (8:15p.m.).

        MADEIRA HALL OF FAME: Dave Babik (1970-74), Ron Borcherding (1943-47), Dick Knight (1938-42) and Jenny Koth Thompson (1986-90) have been elected into the Madeira Hall of Fame.

        Induction ceremonies will be at halftime of Madeira's Sept.15 football game vs. Reading.

        FALL QUESTIONNAIRES: The deadline to return the questionnaires for boys golf, girls golf and girls tennis to The Enquirer is Aug.9.


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