Sunday, August 19, 2001

High School Insider

Purcell Marian wrestles with cost of Hawaii trip

        The Purcell Marian wrestling team is going to Hawaii over Christmas break. But it needs some help.

        Coach Terry Meinking has arranged several fund- raisers for the program, which has been the Division II city poll champion the past four years. The team needs to raise $18,000 to cover costs of wrestling in the Iolani Invitational in Honolulu Dec.28-29. Purcell wrestling alums and other community members are pitching in.

        “I believe this is a worthwhile effort simply because of the reality that we are an inner-city parochial high school ... in which the only way our wrestlers would probably get to Hawaii is if they were stationed at Pearl Harbor,” Meinking said.

        Meinking was kidding about the Pearl Harbor part but is serious about the trip.

        “It will be a trip our wrestlers will remember for a lifetime,” he said.

        Meinking had a golf outing in June and is having a pig roast Saturday at the Dick Kohl's Gazebo (2462 Observatory Ave., Hyde Park), at which will be
raffled a trip to Hawaii or $1,000 cash. For information, call the school at 751-1230.

        COACHES: Ohio football schools open their seasons this week, but the Enquirer still needs several coaches to return their preseason information. Please mail your information im mediately or fax it to 513-768-8550. The preseason football preview runs Friday.

        TAFT FOOTBALL: Taft High, which has struggled to fill its roster in recent years, will not play a varsity football schedule this year. Dave Dierker, Cincinnati Public Schools athletic director, said Shroder Academy — which is becoming a high school this year with grades 9 and 10 — might take some of Taft's varsity dates.

        FOOTBALL DATES: Western Hills has an open date for a football game Sept.28. Call athletic director Tom Maxwell at 244-8727.

        FIRST IN GOLF: Winton Woods boys golf coach Tim Tilton believes his family is making history this year.

        Since 1973, Tilton has been coach at Greenhills and Winton Woods. His son, Ben Tilton, is the new boys coach at Kings.

        “I don't know of any other father-son varsity golf coaches here, and I've been around a long time,” Tim Tilton said.

        The Tiltons met on the first day of the season in the FAVC Shootout at Weatherwax Golf Course. Ben's Kings team finished second and Tim's Winton Woods club was sixth. In the preseason city polls, Kings is No.6 and Winton Woods is No.9.

        UNFRIENDLY SKIES: Martin Manning, Middletown Fenwick's top golfer, is recovering from a freak airline mishap.

        Manning, an Enquirer Division III all-city player last year, was en route to a national junior tournament in San Diego recently when his plane hit an air pocket. Manning, who was asleep, awoke and felt something pull in his side. He went on to play in the tournament, shooting a 79 and an 80 over two days.

        “Those are high scores, for him,” Fenwick coach Don Dilg said. “When he got back, they checked him and found he had a dislocated rib.”

        Manning, still in some pain, wants to play as soon as possible. Dilg is hoping for a slower pace and hopes to have Manning ease his way into postseason tournament play. He had a 37.9 stroke average last season.

        READING TO HALL: Reading football coach Ken Minor took his team to practice last week in Canton, site of the Pro Football Hall of Fame — and also the Ohio Division V state title game, to which the Blue Devils aspire. Reading halfback DeShawn Wynn is the area's top running back.

        KOLPING SOCCER: Cincinnati's Kolping Raiders Elite Boys U15 soccer team finished third recently in the prestigious 2001 Italy Cup in Rimini, Italy.

        Kolping, featuring players from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky high schools, had a 3-0-2 record. The Raiders were the only team to defeat the eventual tourney champion, Norway's Gellerasen SC.

        Kolping team members: St. Xavier (Andrew Burdick, Dan Shea, Charlie Ruehr); Moeller (Tony Capurro, Paul Sparke); Covington Catholic (Keith Simpson); Holy Cross (Alex and Phillip Schultz); Mariemont (Blake Zaring); Walnut Hills (Philippe Haas); Purcell Marian (Matthew Sol dano); Milford (Chris Popich); Turpin (Chad Tetirick, Scott Allen); Colerain (Michael Munchel); Withrow (Corey Godfrey).

        HALLS OF FAME: Madeira will induct its 2001 Hall of Fame class Sept. 7 at halftime of the football game with Mariemont at Madeira Stadium.

        The inductees: Jenny Trowbridge (1988 graduate, soccer, basketball); Dale Clever (1977, basketball, track, cross country); Craig Lytle (1984, wrestling, track); Jay Newberry (1996, basketball, golf, baseball, track, cross country); Carl Thornton (1940, basketball, baseball, golf).

        • Mason will induct its new Hall of Fame members Wednesday at the Marriott Northeast on Mason-Montgomery Road (7 p.m.).

        Inductees: Tom Diehl (1944 graduate, baseball and basketball; Jay Koepfle (1974, football, baseball, basketball); Duke Flaherty (1975, football, wrestling, track, basketball); Jeff Bentley (1976, football, basketball, baseball); Lisa Smith (1984, basketball, volleyball, track, softball); Tracy Hill (1994, track, cross country): Kendra Meyer (1997, basketball, volleyball, track).

        Contact Tom Groeschen at 768-8450; fax: 768-8550; e-mail:


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