With the passing of Dick Roche this week, Oak Hills and the Greater Miami Conference lost an outstanding coach, great role model for young people and one of Cincinnati's very best wrestling officials. A fixture in Cincinnati wrestling circles for decades, Dick Roche leaves a legacy of positively impacting thousands of young people by his coaching and teaching of the fundamentals of wrestling and life in general.

WCPO's Mike Dyer shares reflections on the life and times of a very "good man"...Dick Roche

News Release from Emily C. Buckley, Communications and Development, Oak Hills School District

The Oak Hills community lost a
beloved teacher, friend and colleague this morning when Mr. Dick Roche passed
away suddenly.


“The Oak Hills Community is deeply
saddened by this tragic loss,” superintendent Jeff Brandt shared. “Dick touched
the lives of so many young people in his role as a teacher and coach. He was a
man of few words, but the words he did speak had a profound impact on all of those
whose lives he affected. He will be greatly missed and his legacy will forever
be remembered.”


Roche taught physical education and
health at Oak Hills from 1974 - 2010 and coached wrestling from 1974 - 2000. He
has been working as a hall monitor at the high school since his retirement in


Roche was married and had three
children: Cara, a current senior at Oak Hills, Matthew, class of ‘97 and Amanda
(Roche) Biser, class of ‘97 who currently teaches English at Oak Hills High


“Mr. Roche was my dad’s old
wrestling coach and my dad had a lot of respect for him,” sophomore Ryan
Johnston said. “I don’t think that there is anything bad people can say about
him because he was always very nice and willing to help.”


“He was a great man because I
remember I would get in trouble and he would tell me I’m better than that,”
sophomore Kayden King added. “He would try to get me out of as much as he
could, so I could get on the right path.”


Roche will be missed by the Oak Hills community. Counselors are
available at Oak Hills High School for anyone needing support.

Emily C. Buckley • Communications & Development • Oak Hills Local
School District •

Mason, fresh off winning their fifth GMC title in the past six years, also locked up the AOY and COY honors for 2016. Being recognized as the leagues'  best chess player, Mason's Anagh Kulkarni anchored the Comets surge to the title. Appreciated for his program leadership, Mason's Coach, Alan Hodge, was tabbed for 2016 "Coach of the Year" honors.

DICK's Sporting Goods appreciates the efforts and abilities of these GMC Chess blue chippers.

Coming into the second round of all-inclusive action at Sycamore High School on December 5th, the Mason Comets and Sycamore Aviators found themselves deadlocked with 7-1 records.  When the days' action ended, Mason emerged undefeated for the day winning the GMC chess title by one game over the defending conference champion Sycamore Aviators who finished one game back.  The Comets have now posted GMC chess titles in five of the last six years.

After two rounds of play, head to head match totals were:

Mason          15-1

Sycamore     14-2

Lakota West  12-4

Lakota East   9-7

Fairfield        7-9

Oak Hills       6-10

Princeton      6-10

Middletown   3-13

Hamilton      0-16

Congratulations to all GMC Chess student-athletes on a well played season. 


The Greater Miami Conference Chess squads will gather at Sycamore High School on Monday, December 5th for a day-long all inclusive second round of league play. With one round of head to head competition all ready in the books, this second complete round will determine the coveted overall conference title. Heading into the final day of moves and countermoves, the Mason Comets and Sycamore Aviators find themselves tied with 7-1 first round records. GMC schools will be looking to unseat the defending league champion Sycamore Aviators. The second round of action packed chess will begin approximately 8:00 AM.

Good luck to all chess teams in the first winter GMC Championship!

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