Sunday, February 04, 2001

High School Insider


CHCA tennis star courts pro career

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Playing tennis at the professional level is a goal Jason Zimmermann set for himself years ago.

        Zimmermann, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, was one of six Americans entered in the Australian Open Junior Tournament two weeks ago, and he was one of two U.S. player to advance to the second round.

        “Jason lost to Roman Valent, the No.3-ranked junior player in the World, from Switzerland,” Zimmermann's father, Paul, said.

        Paul Zimmermann said his son moved from No.480 in the 2000 junior world rankings to No.53 this year. He said Jason's next goal is to play in the junior draw at Wimbledon this summer.

        Jason finished third at the Division II state meet last year.

        “It was a good tournament and I played well,” he said. “I would have liked to go further, but I ran into a tough opponent.”

        Zimmermann plans to play for CHCA again this year, but
there's a slim chance he will have to sit out.

        “We're checking on Jason's eligibility,” CHCA athletic director Tim Edmonds said. “We have to make sure he's taken enough courses to be eligible under Ohio High School Athletic Association rules.”

        Zimmermann's doubles partner on the junior tour circuit is Matt Emery, the son of University of Kentucky coach, Dennis Emery.

        “Jason's on a college visit this week,” Paul Zimmermann said.

        MOELLER TICKETS: Moeller didn't sell tickets to the public for Friday's game against St. Xavier or next week's game against Elder, but some were available to the opposing schools.

        “We'd never deny the parents and students from opposing schools the opportunity to attend,” Moeller coach Carl Kremer said.

        RECORD GAME: Sarah Fox's 28-point performance against Wilmington on Wednesday put the 6-foot-1 senior into the Kings record book. Fox became the career scoring leader for boys and girls with 1,401 points. Her six 3-pointers were a single-game school record.

        COLLEGE CHOICES: Brad Greiwe, a a 6-2, 210 pound tight end for St. Xavier, has commited to Harvard University. He was recruited as wide receiver.

        • Sycamore's Kimberly White and St. Xavier's Niall Wright are the first local lacrosse players to earn college grant-in-aids. White will play at Ohio University and Wright with Delaware.

        UMPS: The Blue Chip High School Umpires Association will conduct classes beginning Monday for those interested in officiating high school softball and baseball games. Call Max McLeary at 471-0031 Monday or 765-647-6819 today.

        STATS: The Enquirer will accept girls and boys basketball statistics today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 768-8544 or 768-8452.

        Coaches also can fax statistics to 768-8550 or e-mail them to sports@enquirer.com before 4 p.m. today.

        Wrestling coaches can report honor roll nominations anytime today or before noon Monday. For Division I, fax them to 398-4183 or e-mail them to keetont@mason.k12.oh.us, and for Divisions II-III, call 396-5559 or e-mail them to rrobo9@aol.com.

        Swimming coaches should fax honor roll nominations to 831-9714 or e-mail them to mast@spsp.net today.

        Gymnastics coaches should call honor roll nominations to Ed Schwegler between noon and 5 p.m. today at 858-3275.

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