With the release of's Spring All-Stars, it became very apparent that the Greater Miami Conference is loaded with outstanding talent across the board. Nearly sweeping all the "Player of the Year" recognitions, the GMC captured 6 of the top spots for athletes in their respective sports.

"Players and Coaches of the Year" awards for the conference were earned by:

Baseball - J.P. Sponseller (Mason)

Softball - Sydney Larson (East)   Coach of the Year - Dan Castner (East)

Boys Tennis - Niraj Komatineni (Mason)   Coach of the Year - Mike Reid (Mason)

Boys Track - Akari Porter (Mason)

Girls Track - Serena Clark and Kaylyn Heath (East)  Coach of the Year - Rodney Heath (East)

Girls Lacrosse - Mogan Bates (Sycamore)   Coach of the Year - Eddie Clark (Sycamore)


For the complete rundown of the Spring All-Star selections, see the link provided below:

( Spring All-Stars)

Many thanks to for its continued of interscholastic student-athletes.

Jake Foster - LaRosa Male MVP

(Photo and article content compliments of LaRosa's MVP recognition program)

Senior Jake Foster is an All-American swimmer and member of the USA Swimming Junior National Team. Jake for the first time this year swam for Sycamore High School...and what a year it was!

Jake set numerous school and state records and was named the top high school swimmer in the nation by the National High School Coaches Association.

Jake won four Ohio state swimming championships, setting records along the way. Individually, he was Ohio state champion in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM in a state-record time of 1:43.99. His preliminary time of 53.53 in the 100 breaststroke was also a state record. He was also a member of two Ohio state champion relay teams - the 200 medley relay in a state record time of 1:28.48 and the 400 freestyle relay team. Jake was named Co-MVP of the Ohio state championship meet, an honor he shared with his younger brother Carson, a Sycamore junior, who also took home four gold medals at the Ohio state championships.

Jake is a major swimmer on the national and international scene and swims for the Mason Manta Rays as his club team. Last summer as a member of Team USA competing in the Junior Pan Pacific Games in Fiji, Jake brought home a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley competing against some of the best swimmers in the world.

A great student who is a Scholastic All-American and a member of National Honor Society, Jake was the #1 high school swimming recruit in the nation for the class of 2019, and he will swim collegiately at the University of Texas.

Mason senior baseball standout, Joe Powell, received a very prestigious recognition on Tuesday, from a major league baseball Hall of Famer.  Powell was honored as the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year along with 7 other male and female high school recipients from around the Greater Cincinnati area.  

The eight high school winners and their families were in attendance on June 18 for a full day of activities in the Queen City, highlighted by the first Johnny Bench Awards VIP Reception and Awards Luncheon at Great American Ball Park. The student-athletes posed for photos with the Hall of Fame catcher and mingled with guests during the reception before congregating in the FOX Sports Club for the luncheon and awards presentation.

It was a star-studded affair, as Bench was joined by former teammates Joe Morgan and George Foster as well as Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning. Other Reds on hand included current catchers Tucker Barnhart and Curt Casali. 2015 Johnny Bench Award winner Garrett Stubbs, who recently made his Major League debut with the Astros, also took part.

Several members of the Reds' executive office participated in the event, including Reds chief executive officer Bob Castellini, president and chief operating officer Phil Castellini, president of baseball operations Dick Williams and general manager Nick Krall. WCPO’s Dennis Janson and longtime Reds broadcaster George Grande emceed the event.