Sunday, March 25, 2001

High School Insider

Realignment, departure reshaping FAVC

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The alignment of teams in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference's two divisions could change significantly.

        Currently there are 16 member schools in the FAVC, which is broken into two eight-team divisions: Buckeye (big schools) and Cardinal (smaller schools).

        But Lebanon will drop out after this school year to join the Mid-Miami League, lowering the FAVC's total to 15.

        Two schools, Loveland and Turpin, have submitted requests to the FAVC board of directors to change divisions with a third, North west, expected to submit a letter prior to an April 4 special meeting.

        “We're Division I in all sports except football,” Loveland athletic director Stu Shestina said. “Moving from
the Cardinal to Buckeye Division is something we should do.”

        On the other hand, Turpin's declining enrollment has made it tough for it to compete in the big division in most sports, except soccer. Forest Hills School District officials have tendered a letter requesting the Spartans move to the smaller Cardinal Division.

        “(Fellow FAVC member) Mason's enrollment is over 1,300 (top three grades), and we're at a little over 700. We're looking to the future,” Turpin athletic director Tony Hemmelgarn said.

        Several schools have expressed an interest in joining the FAVC, including Walnut Hills, which is the only Cincinnati Public School to field teams in all sports.

        “We want to take care of our league situation before we look at expansion,” Shestina said.

        OPENINGS: Finneytown has the following varsity head coaching positions available: boys soccer, boys and girls cross country, and cheerleading. Call Chuck Grosser at 728-7223.

        • Moeller is looking for an assistant track coach for hurdles and high jump. Call Barry Borman at 792-3340, ext. 140.

        • The Hamilton City School District has an opening for an athletic director. Call Gene Hutzelman at 887-5000 by Friday.

        • Turpin needs an assistant football coach. Call Tony Hemmelgarn at 232-7770.

        AREA HONORS: Ohio Girls Basketball Magazine's 50 Fabulous Freshmen include 11 players from the Cincinnati area.

        They are: Wanisha Smith (Fairfield), Whitney Hale (Oak Hills), Whitney Davis (Hughes), Lauren Branson (McNicholas), Mel Thomas (Mount Notre Dame), Angela Estes (Lakota East), Mikalah Henderson (Purcell Marian), Amanda Irwin (Reading), Robin Shipley (Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy), Jill Trenz (CHCA) and Brittany Wood (Cincinnati Country Day).

        NO PROFITS: This year's regional and state cross country meets and the field hockey, boys and girls golf and girls tennis tournaments lost money.

        Cross country was the biggest loser, registering a deficit of $51,970, followed by golf at $9,884. Field hockey lost $6,716 and girls tennis $3,460.

        But those deficits were offset by surpluses in football ($1,496,002), soccer ($72,020) and volleyball ($38,286).

        ALL-STARS: Five area players have been selected to participate in the annual North-South All Star Football Classic.

        Heading the list are Colerain's James Battle, a 6-foot, 220-pound linebacker and Doug Monaghan, a 6-4, 190-pound cornerback. Also chosen were Loveland defensive lineman Chris Weinheimer, Glen Este defensive back Mike Reick, and Milford offensive lineman Zach Strief, who commited to Northwestern.

        The game will be played June 30 at Crew Stadium in Columbus.

        TEAMS NEEDED: Lakota East track coach Jason Lindsey is looking for four teams to participate in an invitational on Saturday, April 21, and a relay invitational on Wednesday, May2. Call 759-8615.

        ELDER STAG: Paul Daugherty, a columnist for The Enquirer, will be the guest speaker at the 25th annual Elder Sports Stag on April 18. Call Joe Acito at 471-5291 for ticket information.

        SPRING PREVIEWS: The Enquirer will publish previews of spring sports beginning Tuesday with softball, followed by baseball Wednesday and girls and boys track Friday.

        All-Star basketball teams be published Friday (girls) and April 6 (boys).

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