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 The 2015 OHSAA girls basketball state tournament at the Jerome Schottenstein Center at The Ohio State University concluded Saturday night with the Division I state final, in which West Chester Lakota West defeated Toledo Notre Dame Academy 44-38 to capture its first state title.

 

Lakota West (28-2) came out strong in the first quarter scoring four points in the opening twenty-four seconds of the game.  After the initial shock Notre Dame launched an 8-0 run to go ahead but West responded immediately  with a 9-0 run of their own to end the quarter holding a 13-8 lead. Notre Dame managed to get as close as two points twice in the fourth quarter, the last being at 37-35 with five minutes remaining in the game, but were unable to catch the Firebirds.  Lakota West ended the season with a 21 game win streak . Their final three wins came over Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame, Newark, and Toledo Notre Dame Academy,  teams that held the #2, #3, and #7 rankings respectively in the final Associated Press (AP) state poll.

 

“These girls deserve it. We really felt that we deserved to be state champions. The effort that they gave tonight, I could never be more proud of a group of girls,” said Lakota West Head Coach Andy Fishman. “They fought, they pushed and they played together. And this is what happens when you don’t care who gets the credit, because so many different girls step up at different time.”

 

Lakota West junior Lexi Wasan led the team with 15 points and added nine rebounds.

This is the second year in a row that a GMC school has won the Girls Basketball State Championship and the third title in GMC history.  Princeton brought home the title for the 2013-14 season, they also won the title in the 1987-88 season.

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The Lady Comets were making their 6th consecutive appearance at state. Overall as a team, Mason finished 7th behind some strong competition. The highlight of the day came with Crystal Kratzer being crowned State Champion with a 9.25 on thebars. Crystal made history by being Mason’s first and only State Champion in Gymnastics.

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Three swimmers from the Greater Miami Conference brought home individual state championships this weekend.  Ashley Volpenhein, a sophomore from Mason High School won two state championships by winning both the 50 yard and 100 yard Freestyle events.  Mark Andrew, a senior from Middle town High School won the 200 yard Individual Medley.  Joshua McDonald, a sophomore from Lakota East High School came home a champion in the 500 yard Freestyle.  Congratulations to these three amazing young people for their outstanding efforts.

The 2015 GMC Wrestling Championships were held at Lakota East H.S. this past weekend.  Congratulations to Mason High School who scored 231 points to bring home the championship.  The second place finisher was Lakota West H.S. with 128.5 points.  You can find more results under the Wrestling tab.