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DICK'S Sporting Goods again steps up to recognize and appreciate the outstanding of the 2020 GMC golf standouts.  The Greater Miami Conference "Athlete of the Year"  is Mason's A.J. Wilhelm, a sophomore phenom who shot a sizzling two-round total of 135 to take medalist honors in the GMC Championships this past week.  He posted a GMC record one round record of 65 followed by his GMC record two-day total of 135 to best the previous record of 136 set by Lakota East's Kyle Schmidt in 2018.

A.J. Wilhelm  - GMC "Athlete of the Year"

AJ Wilhelm - AOY

In a vote of his GMC head coaching peers, Mason's Tim Lambert was selected as the Boys Golf "Coach of the Year".  Leading Mason to their second boy's GMC golf title, Coach Lambert brought the conference crown back to "Comet Land" after a seven year absence. With an extremely young squad, the future Comet golf looks very bright.

Tim Lambert - GMC "Coach of the Year"

Tim Lambert -COY

GMC Congratulations to A.J. Wilhelm, Coach Tim Lambert and the entire Mason Comet golfing contingent on their GMC title.

(Photos compliments of Mason SID, Dan Hilen)

Riding the brilliant play of medalist A.J. Wilhelm, the Mason Comets lead wire-to-wire in the GMC two-day golf tourney to break Lakota East's 6 year stranglehold on the conference crown.  Compiling a team total of 578 strokes the Comets outdistanced the second place Thunderhawks by 6 strokes (584) to nail down the championship.

This year's Greater Miami Conference golf championship featured two very balanced teams battling for championship bragging rights. This balance was evidenced by both Mason and Lakota East each placing  five golfers on the first team all-conference squad.

Team Results:  Mason 578, Lakota East 584, Sycamore 620, Fairfield 642, Lakota West 660, Oak Hills, 673, Hamilton, 739, Colerain 743, Princeton 747, and Middletown 794.

Golf News of Note: A.J. Wilhelm's 135 (9 under par) is a new two-day individual record for the GMC tournament. His 65 (7 under par) on the first day is a single round best.  Previous lows were Lakota East Kyle Schmidt’s 67’s, the first scored in 2016 and the second in 2018.

Mason’s first day team score of 283 matches East’s second day team score of 283 in 2018, both achieved on the Waldon Ponds course.  East still holds the tournament record score which was 574 in 2018.  (Information provided by Lakota West SID Emeritus, Bob Ashby)

GMC Champions - Mason Comets

(Photo compliments of Mason SID, Dan Hilen)

Mason Boys Golf

Mason Boys Golf won their programs 2nd GMC Championship after two-days of furious rounds at Walden Ponds Golf Course on Thursday.  It had been 8 years (2012) since the Comets held the coveted GMC Trophy.  It took some record-setting performances by the Comets to overcome the 6-time defending champs (10 overall), the Lakota East Thunderhawks.  Mason shot a team score of 578 to outdistance East by 6 strokes.  The Comets 283 under-par team score tied a one-day, all-time record for the conference tourney (East 283-2018).  

Mason's A.J. Wilhelm established a new individual low scoring record with his two-day total of 135 (former record 136-Kyle Schmidt, East 2018).  AJ's under-par 65 score on Tuesday is also a GMC one-day low score record.  For his efforts the "super sophomore" was named the GMC Player of the Year. This is the 2nd year in a row that a Mason boys golfer has won that GMC accolade, as current "super soph", Nate Vonderhaar, won the title last year. 

(Press Release from Mason SID, Dan Hilen)

The Ohio High School Association has outlined the playoff assignments for Division I football which has included 17 Southwest District schools to be included in Region 4.  The link provided below contains a complete listing of those schools.  Based upon seed voting by head football coaches, these schools will bracketed into a "tournament style" format.

https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2020/2020-Division-I-Regions

The Greater Miami Conference Boys Golf Championships are set to tee off this week on Wednesday, September 23rd (8:30 AM) and Thursday, September 24th (8:30 AM) at Walden Ponds Golf Course.

Results will be posted on:  https://www.baumspage.com/golf/gmc/tour/boys/2020/

The Lakota East Thunderhawks are the 6-time defending conference champions.

OHSAA Announces New Football Regions

September 20, 2020
 
News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association
 
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For Immediate Release – September 20, 2020 
Contact – Tim Stried, OHSAA Director of Communications, tstried@ohsaa.org 
 
OHSAA Announces New Football Regions 
Currently 664 schools have opted in for the playoffs, which begin October 9-10
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced new regional alignments for the upcoming football playoffs after 664 schools opted in for the postseason. In a normal season, 224 schools qualify for the playoffs, with eight schools from each of 28 regions earning a bid through the OHSAA’s Harbin computer ratings system, which will not be used this season. 
 
The new regions are posted at: https://www.ohsaa.org/Sports-Tournaments/Football/Football-2020
 
Originally, there were 709 schools that indicated they planned to contend for a playoff bid this season playing 11-man football, but the COVID-19 pandemic has caused some schools to start their seasons later or end early. Based on the recommendation from Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, the OHSAA shortened the football season. 
 
PLAYOFF SCHEDULE AND FORMAT
On September 29 and 30, the head coaches in each region will vote to seed the teams in their region. The OHSAA will then place teams on brackets on October 1. With various numbers of schools in each region, many of the higher seeds will have a first-round bye in most regions. 
 
Once the brackets are set, the top team on the bracket of the specific game will have the first opportunity to host the game throughout the regional playoffs. If the top team on the bracket cannot host, the other team will host the game. The OHSAA will determine sites for the state semifinals and state championships. 
 
If a team is unable to play a playoff game on the assigned day according to the bracket, its opponent will advance on the bracket. 
 
Playoff games will be held on Friday and Saturday nights beginning October 9-10. Divisions, I, II, III and VII will play on Friday nights. Divisions IV, V and VI will play on Saturday nights. 
 
As a reminder, schools eliminated from the OHSAA playoffs or that choose not to enter the OHSAA playoffs have the option to schedule additional regular season contests through Saturday, November 14 (maximum of 10 regular season contests permitted).
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