Greater Miami Conference Well Represented At State Swimming and Diving Championships

The Greater Miami Conference qualified a very strong boys and girls contingent to the 2021 OHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships at C.T. Branin Natatorium, Canton on February 24-27, 2021.  In 2020 Mason boys placed 3rd as a team closely followed by Sycamore boys in 6th place.  On the girls side of the pool in 2020, Mason finished in 4th place and Lakota East in 10th place. 

State Championship time frames:

  • Friday, February 26 - Girls Division I Diving and Swimming Finals
    • Diving Begins - 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    • Doors Open for Competitors - 1:30 PM
    • Swimming Warm-Ups - 1:45 PM
    • Meet Starts - Timed Finals - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 27 - Boys Division I Diving and Swimming Finals
    • Diving Begins - 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    • Doors Open for Competitors - 1:30 PM
    • Swimming Warm-Ups - 1:45 PM
    • Meet Starts - Timed Finals - 4:30 PM

Below is a link listing all state qualifiers from across Ohio: 

Boys Swimming and Diving State Qualifiers

Girls Swimming and Diving State Qualifiers

Mason Selects Lindsey Dinkelacker as Head Girls Volleyball Coach

Photo and press release compliments of Mason SID, Dan Hilen

Mason Head VB Coach Lindsey Dinkelacker

The Mason Athletic Department has announced that Lindsey Dinkelacker will be their new Girl's Head Volleyball Coach, pending Board of Education approval.

Dinkelacker comes to Mason after guiding the Colerain girls volleyball program for the past two years.  This past season her Cardinal team finished with an overall record of 15-7 and a 4-5 mark in the competitive GMC.  For her efforts, she was named Co-GMC Coach of the Year for 2020.  

Dinkelacker is a 2012 graduate of Mother of Mercy High School, where she was a four-year letter winner in volleyball, a first-team all-state selection as a senior, and a second-team all-state selection as a sophomore.

Dinkelacker, who also has been the head coach for the Elevation Volleyball Club, went on to play Division I volleyball at St. Louis University before transferring to the University of Cincinnati. She led the Bearcats to 58 wins over her three-year tenure in Clifton. 

"My goal is to continue to grow as a coach and share my knowledge with other young players looking to pursue the game of volleyball," said Dinkelacker. 

Dinkelacker inherits a Mason girl's program that has dominated the GMC for almost a decade. The Comets have gone 5 seasons without a league loss. Former Comet head coach, Tiann Myer recently moved to Georgia after the 2020 fall season.  Myer concluded her Mason career as the all-time winningest head girls coach with an overall record of 268 wins and 90 losses since assuming the program in 2006.  Myer won 7 GMC titles while at Mason including 5-straight from 2016-2020 and finished with a career record of 355 wins and 128 losses.  The Comets were District Champions in 2009, 2014, and 2017.  

Fairfield Indians Boys Basketball Captures First Outright GMC Title

Since the 1967-68 season competing in the Greater Miami Conference, the Fairfield Indians have shared in the conference title on four occasions but had never won an outright title...until now! In one of the most unusual basketball seasons on record, the "Fairfield Roundball" contingent not only fought through COVID quarantines but also a very challenging league schedule to emerge as the clear-cut conference champion with a stellar 12-1 GMC record and 13-4 overall slate.

To underscore the competitive balance in the league, in the final minutes Fairfield won 7 conference contests by single digit numbers. The ability to "dig deep" in the final stanza made the ultimate difference in securing their first solely possessed championship.  Congratulations to Coach DJ Wyrick and his Fairfield Indians on their historic season!

Fairfield Indian Boys Basketball - GMC Champions

(photo compliments of Mark Braam, Fairfield Journalism Department)

Ceremonial "Cutting of the Net"

(photo compliments of Mark Braam, Fairfield Journalism Department)

Fairfield's Championship Coaching Staff

(photo compliments of Mark Braam, Fairfield Journalism Department)

Middletown and Mason Boys Bowling Share Conference Championship

For the 2020-21 regular GMC Boys Bowling season when the pins stopped falling, the Middletown Middies and the Mason Comets found themselves sitting atop league standings both tied with identical 8-1 records. The Middies (9-2 overall record) defeated their rival Comets (13-2 overall) in a head to head meeting 2693 to 2524 for Mason's lone league loss, while the Middies only league loss was the opening match of the GMC season to Lakota East 2847 to 2746.

Middletown is lead by Ethan Rowe with his conference best 221.7 per game average, closely followed by Princeton's Cody Carlson's 219.2 average. Mason boasts a league leading team average of 979.1 followed by Middletown's 966.9 average and Colerain's 958.9 mark.

In the 2019-20 Boys Bowling season, Mason, Middletown and Oak Hills shared the GMC title and for the 2020-21 year the Middletown Middies and Mason Comets once again shared top spot honors.

Congratulations to all GMC bowlers and their coaches for their extra efforts in working through some very difficult scheduling conditions and restrictions to complete the season. Your dedication and determination are commendable. 

Middletown Middies - GMC Co-Champions

(photo compliments of Middletown Athletic Department)

Mason Comets - GMC Co-Champions

(photo compliments of Mason SID, Dan Hilen)

Mason Grapplers Capture GMC Title with Unblemished Record

Photo and article content compliments of Mason SID Dan Hilen:

GMC Wrestling Champions 2020-21 - Mason Comets

The Mason Wrestling team closed out their regular season on Wednesday with wins over Middletown (72-8) and Lakota West (59-12).  The victories give the Comets a sweep of the GMC with a perfect 9-0 GMC record (head-to-head matches) and clinches the 2020-21 GMC Title for the 2nd consecutive year. Mason's overall record this season was an awesome 24-4!

This season the pandemic forced the GMC to award the league wrestling championship to the team that had the best dual meet record against other GMC schools, rather than the usual one-day tourney. 

Mason Wrestling has been the GMC Title winner 11 out of the last 12 seasons. Only Fairfield has won more GMC titles (24 total) since the GMC championships series started in 1966-67.

The 2020-21 Comet Wrestling team is ranked #1 in the latest city-wide Cincinnati Enquirer polls.