Monday, February 12, 2001

High schools: The week ahead

Indian Hill diver Hunter puts unbeaten streak on line

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The district swimming and diving meets and sectional wrestling tournaments, highlight a busy week of high school sports.

        Miami University will host the girls and boys district swimming and diving championships. Division II diving begins Tuesday.

        Indian Hill sophomore Emily Hunter, the defending Division II state girls diving champion, will be out to repeat as district champion and remain undefeated in high school competition.

        “There's less pressure this year,” said Hunter, who will turn 16 on Wednesday. "I went to state last year not knowing what to expect. This season I know what I have to do.”

        A member of the Cincinnati Stingrays, Hunter competes in many national events. She finished sixth in platform at the junior Olym pic national meet last summer.

        “I didn't dive well in the sectional last week, but I plan to do better this week,” Hunter said.

        Another defending champion, Turpin senior Peter Donahue, will compete Wednesday. McAuley's Chrissy Lachmann, fifth at state last year, is favored in the girls Division I Thursday.

        The boys district swimming meet will be contested on Friday. Two-time defend ing state champion St. Xavier is the favorite.

        The top three swimmers, along with next 13 fastest swimmers from the four districts, advance to the state meet next week in Canton.

        Sectional girls champions Wyoming (Division II) and Ursuline (Division I) will compete for district championship on Saturday.

        The top four finishers in Division I advance to the state meet, along with the next 11 fastest swimmers. Only the top three advance in Division II, along with the next 11 fastest qualifiers from the four districts.

        • Wrestling: The first and second rounds of the Division I and II sectional wrestling tournament will be contested on Friday with Division III on Saturday only.

        Fairfield and St. Xavier will host the Division I sectionals. Division II is at Wilmington and Purcell Marian. The Division III tournaments are at Wilmington and Lako ta freshman School.

        The top four finishers at each site advance to next week's district tournaments.

        • Boys basketball: Three league champions will be crowned this week.

        If Moeller defeats Roger Bacon Tuesday, the Crusaders clinch at least a tie and a victory over La Salle on Friday would lock it up.

        If both Madeira and Reading win Wednesday CHL games, Friday's encounter at UC's Shoemaker Center will determine the champion.

        A Madeira victory would give the Mustangs an outright championship for the second consecutive year.

        Cincinnati Country Day has a half-game lead over Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in the MVC.

        If CHCA defeats Lockland Tuesday and St. Bernard Friday, and CCD beats New Miami on Friday, the Eagles and Indians will will share the championship.


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