In a press release from Sycamore Schools:

Sycamore Community Schools is excited to announce Mark Harden as the new Director of Aviator Athletics, pending Board approval.

Harden is currently the Athletic Director of Fairfield City Schools and is in his 28th year of working with student-athletes. He will join Sycamore Schools on July 1, replacing Phil Poggi who is resigning to pursue a career
outside of education.

“It is truly an honor to lead this athletic program that possesses such a storied history and an even brighter future,” said Harden. “To me, this is such a tremendous opportunity and it is Sycamore’s extremely supportive community,
administration, and elite coaching staff that made this the place I want to be.  I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the Aviator family and cannot wait to get started.”

Harden has served as Fairfield’s Athletic Director for the past 10 years. Under his leadership, Fairfield obtained the highest GMC All-Sport finish in over 15 years, reached the school’s first Final Four in boys basketball, and accumulated 16 GMC Championships overall. Harden also oversaw a $3.8 million high school stadium renovation in 2015.

Harden was also the Associate Athletic Director for Cincinnati Christian University while teaching English at Fairfield High School from 2005 to 2009. He also taught and coached Varsity basketball at Vandalia Butler High School,
Tipp City Bethel High School, and Lakota Local Schools.

“Mark brings an incredible passion for student-athletes to Aviator Nation. His work is rooted in developing positive relationships with our athletes, coaches, parents, and community,” said Frank Forsthoefel, superintendent. “It
will be an honor to work with Mark and the high school staff to continue toraise Aviator athletics to elite levels.”

The Sycamore Board of Education is expected to approve Harden at the April 17, 2019 Board meeting.

Article compliments of Mason Sports Information Director, Dan Hilen: This year the annual Clash of the Titans occurred this past Friday night at Sycamore high school. The Comet Boys Track team did quite well winning the annual event over some top area talent in the GMC and GWOC, making it a very nice start to the season. 

The team scored some in the field with Cage Tatman having a great night in the pole vault.  After that, the boys of the 4x1 (Penn, Wright, Porter, French) did great and won in commanding fashion.  Akari Porter won the 200 with a blazing time!!  We had great production out of the distance runners as well.   

The boys won the 4x800 and Braedon Killion placed a strong second in 1600, as did Jack Troy in the 800 and Isaiah Kelly in the 3200.  At the end of the night, the 4x4 squad capped off a great event
with a resounding victory. 

Article Compliments of East Sports Information Director, Dan Hilen: The Lakota East Varsity Women’s Track Team brought home another win from Sycamore on Friday night! Of 15 teams scoring, the Hawks were Meet Champions, scoring a whopping 170 points compared to second place Mason’s 129 and third best Lakota West’s 80. This team can run, jump and throw at amazing levels! Again, many events showcased multiple placers, including several event sweeps.

Starting with the field events, East had placer in almost every event. In the long jump, we had a Champion in Azariyah Bryant with a huge 18 ft jump, and Camiyah James cleared 16-06.5 for a runner up performance! Christina Blount was sixth in the high jump with a 5-foot clearance, Gracie Clute was seventh in the discus with 87-06.5. Lindsey Kluesener was on top of the world in the pole vault, soaring to a height of 11
feet and winning the event!

In the Sprints, we had multiple Champions. KK Heath was back in full force with a vengeance, as she raced to gold in both the 100m (12.60) and the 200m (25.80). She was in good company as East swept both races, with Dawn Hilton placing second in the 200 (26.43), and third in the 100 in 13.08, Azariyah Bryant sped to second in the 100m dash in 12.76, and Camiyah Jones nabbed third in the 200 in 26.72. These performances are very impressive
considering all of these ladies are all multi-event placers and 15 teams were competing at a high level.

East also showed out in the 400m dash, with yet another Champion in Danni Stoughton winning in 58.0, Heather Strauss gutting it out in third (1:01.80), and Joi Terry placing fifth in 1:02.30 for the Hawks. Anna Kluesener won the 300m hurdles and was second in the 100m hurdles in 49.15 and 16.86 respectively, not an easy task! Nia Butts nabbed fourth in the 100m hurdles in 17.18and placed sixth in the 300m hurdles with a 52.20.

The East Relay teams stormed the track, sweeping ALL relay events except the 4x800, which they did not enter! They were Champions in every relay, which is just unprecedented. The 4x100m time was 48.32 and included Dawn Hilton, KK Heath, Azariyah Bryant, and Camiyah James. The 4x200m relay won in 1:43.35 and included Dawn Hilton, Danni Stoughton, Azariyah Bryant, and Camiyah James. The 4x400 relay won in 4:04.92 and featured Heather Strauss, Leighton Heiner, Joi Terry, and Danni Stoughton.

The East distance squad performed just as admirably! Danielle Horter had a PR of 5:18.66 in the1600m run, earning a third-place finish, and also raced to fourth in the 800m run in 2:33.99.

Cali Reynolds placed eighth in the 1600m with a 5:29.23. In the 3200m Kelsi Harris brought home a win in 11:06.71 and Carly Spletzer was second in 11:13.98.

All in all, it was an incredible night for the Lakota East Women’s Varsity Track Team, as they won the meet by a considerable margin
over Mason and West and brought home a huge trophy!

Amongst all the nominees for the Cincinnati.Com High School Sports Awards, the Greater Miami Conference is well represented . Virtually every fall and winter sport has GMC representation. To see the complete of nominees and event details, check out the link provided below:

(Cincinnati.Com High School Awards)

Princeton City Schools announces the hiring of Joe Roberts as the Director of Athletics. Roberts comes to Princeton with 19 years of athletic director experience. He is the current President of the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA). Since 2013, Roberts has led the athletic programs in Lexington Local Schools, in Lexington, Ohio. He earned his Masters of Education in Sports Administration from Xavier University.

"Joe Roberts brings a wealth of experience and detailed leadership that will be instrumental in moving our
athletic program forward. We feel very fortunate to have hired a respected athletic administrator who is committed to maintaining a high level of integrity while empowering our student-athletes for success," reports Tom Burton, Superintendent of Princeton City Schools.