Many thanks to the LaRosa's team for their support and dedication to high school student-athletes.

The Greater Miami Conference has earned a good measure of respect throughout the state of Ohio. This was evidenced by selection of six GMC standout baseball athletes to the All-Ohio Baseball squad. These selections were made through a poll just conducted by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association.

The following baseball athletes were honored for their outstanding 2018 play:

First Team - Dan Sewak (catcher) Lakota East, Nick Northcut (infield) Mason, and J.P. Sponseller (outfield) Mason

Second Team - Will Pfennig (pitcher) Mason and Keegan Fish (catcher) Lakota West

Honorable Mention - Mitch Reardon (outfield) Lakota East

For a full rundown of the entire All-Ohio selection slate, check out the link below:

 (Complete 2018 All-Ohio Listing)

Congratulations to all GMC baseball athletes and coaches on another successful season.

The quality of softball in the Greater Miami Conference was underscored in the recently released Ohio High School  Softball Coaches All-State selections. Eight GMC standouts were recognized as amongst the best in Ohio.

(Complete All-State Squad Listing)

First Team - Allie Cummins (shortstop) Lakota West, Ali Weekley (Infield) Mason

Second Team - Rhiana Hubbard (outfield) Fairfield, Cassidy Hudson (infield) Lakota East, Carly Metcalf (pitcher) Middletown, Jessica Fehr (infield) Sycamore

Honorable Mention - Josie Wefer (catcher) Oak Hills, Lauren Betz (outfield) Lakota West

Congratulations on a great season and being recognized as Ohio's best.

DICK'S Sporting Goods appreciates outstanding efforts and the excellence displayed by all Greater Miami Conference athletes but especially would like to congratulate the "best of the best" as selected by the GMC baseball and softball coaches.

In baseball, the "Players of the Year" wereDan Sewak - catcher (Lakota East) and J.P. Sponseller - outfield (Mason). Earning GMC "Pitcher of the Year" was Mason's Will Pfennig.  In a vote of his GMC coaching peers, league champion Curt Bly was selected as the "Coach of the Year".

In softball, the "Player of the Year" was Allie Cummins - shortstop (Lakota West). Pulling down GMC "Pitcher of the Year" honors was Carly Metcalf (Middletown).  Earning "Coach of the Year" status was Mason's conference champion Liann Muff.

Congratulations to all these outstanding performers who contributed to a "spring to remember".

Lakota West magical softball season came to an abrupt end in the OHSAA State Championship finals when they ran into a buzz saw named Massillon Perry. After defeating #3 ranked Mason, then #1 ranked Lebanon and then a highly regarded Perrysburg team in the Final Four, the Firebirds squared off in the title game against an extremely talented Massillon Perry squad. This where the Firebirds couldn't quite get started and the Massillon team pounded out 11 runs in five innings to "run rule" Lakota West. The fact that the Firebirds did not fare as well in the finals they had hoped, does not diminish the outstanding season and the incredible run to the state title game. Without question, the  26-4 Lakota West Firebirds represented the Greater Miami Conference in first class fashion with impeccable sportsmanship. 

(State Championship Box Score)

Interestingly, as the OHSAA tournament progressed, in a show of conference strength,  the GMC won three out of four Southwest District titles. No doubt, the quality of softball in the league is amongst the very best in all of Ohio.

Congratulations to the State Runner-Up Lakota West Firebirds

(photo compliments of Rick Cassano - Journal News / Cox Media Group)

Kudos to Rick Cassano for a coverage job well done on the march to the OHSAA Finals!