With GMC girls basketball prominently appreciated throughout Ohio, it was no surprise that two of the conference's best players were selected to the Associated Press Division I First Team All-Ohio:
Sammie Puisis, Mason, 6' 1" sophomore 17.7 points per game
Abby Prohaska. Lakota West, 5' 10" junior 11.0 points per game
Congratulations to Sammie and Abby on this honor and representing the GMC in first class fashion.
DICK'S Sporting Goods appreciates the dedication and expertise' of the GMC winter sport Coaches of the Year (COY):
Boys Basketball Mike Price (Oak Hills)
Girls Basketball Derek Christerson (Sycamore)
Wrestling Ryan Root (Mason)
Boys Swimming Katie Hunter (Oak Hills)
Girls Swimming Mark Sullivan (Mason)
Boys Bowling Joe Riestenberg (Mason)
Girls Bowling Nick Glomb (Fairfield)
Chess Alan Hodge (Mason)
Academic Quiz Amanda Feuerstein (Middletown)
Many thanks for your efforts in working with GMC student-athletes.
In support and reinforcement of GMC excellence, DICK'S Sporting Goods recognizes and congratulates the following winter sport "Athletes of the Year":
Boys Basketball AOY - Eddie Puisis (Mason) Defensive AOY - Matt King (Mason)
Girls Basketball AOY - Sammie Puisis (Mason) Defensive AOY - Samari Mowbray (Mason)
Wrestling AOY - Zack Donathan (Mason) *State champion
Boys Swimming AOY - Ethan Devyak (Mason)
Girls Swimming AOY - Allison Bloebaum (Mason) * State Champion
AOY - Ashley Volpenhein (Mason) *State Champion
Boys Bowling AOY - Evan Haas (Mason)
Girls Bowling AOY - Paige Weitz (Sycamore)
Chess AOY - Anagh Kulkarni (Mason)
Academic Team AOY - Michael Mendoza (Princeton)
Your hard work and extraordinary efforts are appreciated. GMC proud!
Mason boys basketball gave undefeated and #1 ranked Moeller just about everything they wanted in Wednesday's Regional Semi-Final at Wright State. Moeller and Mason last met March 3, 2003, in a sectional final with the Crusaders winning 74-55.
The Comets played Moeller as tough as any other team this season but fell a little short, losing 60-57 and ending a memorable campaign as one of the best 16 teams in the state.
Both teams displayed torrid shooting with Moeller hitting 66.7 percent and Mason 56.1. The 57 points for the Comets was the most scored against Moeller all season. The Comets came out blazing in the first quarter pushing the pace and twice racking up leads of seven points.
Still on the run in the second quarter, Mason opened up a 23-13 lead on Moeller. The Crusaders fought and eventually tied the Comets with 45 ticks before the half. The first half shooting was lights out with Moeller at 70 percent and Mason at 62.5 from the field.
The first points of the third quarter went to Moeller and the Crusaders would not again relinquish the lead. They led 48-43 going to the fourth.
Mason twice got within a bucket in the fourth, but Moeller was able to answer with baskets or free throws. Moeller did miss a free throw with :09 left, allowing Mason a three-point shot by Puisis, but it was a miss. A final heave by Ben Schutte would have tied the game, but the 75-footer hit the backboard to the right of the rim.
Matt King made 9-of-11 of his shots to lead Mason and all scorers with 24 points. Mason finishes the season 21-3. It was the final prep game for Eddie Puisis, Carlos Lewis, Matthew DeLotell, Ben Schutte and Matt King.
Thank you coaches and players for a tremendous season of Comet basketball!