GMC Schools Well Represented at OHSAA Swim and Dive Championships
The Greater Miami Conference swimming and diving athletes are well represented in the OHSAA State Championships this weekend n Canton, Ohio.
For a complete rundown of the championships and results, checkout this link:
Sycamore's Raleigh Burgess Selected as LaRosa's MVP of the Week
RALEIGH BURGESS - LAROSA'S MVP FEATURED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
(Photo compliments of Sycamore Athletic Department)
NAME: Raleigh Burgess
SCHOOL: Sycamore High School
GRADUATING YEAR: 2024
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Signing with Purdue
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'11"-240 lbs.
PARENTS: Heather Burgess
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: Heather Burgess
FUTURE GOAL: National champion
Sycamore High School’s all-star big man is 6’11”, 240 lb. senior Raleigh Burgess, who has committed to play his basketball collegiately at Purdue University. He averages over 14 points a game, a league-leading 9.3 rebounds a game, a league-leading 3.5 blocks per game and 1.4 assists per game for the 15-5 Aviators, sitting atop the GMC. He has been rated as one of the top big men in the state of Ohio.
His many big games this season include those vs Fairfield (24 points-12 rebounds-8 blocks), two games vs. Mason (24 points-10 rebounds and 23 points-10 rebounds), and Lakota West (21 points-9 rebounds).
Last season as a junior, missing part of the season with a leg injury, Raleigh averaged 14 points-9.5 rebounds-3.2 blocks per game. He led the league in rebounds and blocks per game plus field goal percentage (63.5%). Raleigh earned several honors for his play, including being named first-team all-GMC, second-team all-city (Enquirer) and second-team all-SWO District. The Aviators finished the season at 17-7.
“Raleigh is the most gifted basketball player that I have had the opportunity to coach,” says Varsity Head Coach Tim Austing. “More important than his basketball talents is the fact that he is one of the most unselfish, tough players that I have ever been around. It is extremely rare to find a kid with the combination of talent, academics, character, and leadership skills that Raleigh possesses.”
A National Honor Society student carrying a 4.2 GPA, Raleigh is active in community service and plays club basketball for the Indiana Elite 3SSB team. He has also played golf for the Aves’ varsity team.
Coach’s Quote - “Raleigh is a leader and a great teammate. He is tough and competitive. As talented as he is on the floor, it is his character and leadership that are his most valuable skills.” – Tim Austing, Varsity Basketball Coach
Lakota West Girls Bowling Captures GMC Title
The Lakota West Firebird Girl Bowling team captured their second consecutive conference championship with an unblemished 9-0 league record. Not only did the Firebird keglers run the conference table, they finished with an equally impressive 17-0 regular season record. Leading the league with a team number of 811.8 per match pin average, Lakota West also boasted the league's leading bowler, Reese Volk, who averaged a lofty 184.6 pins per game.
GMC Girls Bowling Standings and Stats: GMC Girls Bowling Standings and Stats 2024
Lakota West Firebird Girls Bowling - GMC Champions 2024
(Photo compliments of West Athletic Department)
Highlanders Claim GMC Boys Bowling Crown
In undefeated fashion, the Oak Hills Highlanders claimed the Boys GMC Bowling championship with a clean sweep 9-0 record accompanied by a regular season record of 15-1. This was the Highlanders first title since 2020, when they shared the honor with both Mason and Middletown. Demonstrating program strength over time, this the 12th Greater Miami Conference Boys Bowling championship since 2007. Oak Hills led the league in average pin total per match with 984.6, supported by Tanner Iles average of 220.6 (first in GMC) and Brady Sabin 215.8 (third in GMC).
GMC Bowling Stats and Standings: GMC Boys Bowling Standings and Stats
Oak Highlanders 2024 GMC Champions
(photo compliments of Oak Hills Athletic Dept.)
DICK'S Sporting Goods GMC Wrestling Standouts
DICK'S Sporting Goods honors achievements in GMC wrestling this season and highlights Eugene Harney (Sycamore) as the "Wrestler of the Year" for the second consecutive year. This 4 time All-GMC first team performer, pinned every opponent in the just concluded conference tournament. He is the first Sycamore wrestler to win 4 GMC Wrestling individual championships. With a current record of 33-3, he is set to defend his OHSAA State Championship title in the weeks ahead. To accompany his mat prowess, Eugene was also first All-GMC in football, second in the conference in rushing with 1251 yards.
Eugene Harney - Sycamore "Wrestler of the Year"
(Photo compliments of Middletown Athletic Department)
In a vote of conference head coaches, Nicholas Maffey was selected as the GMC "Coach of the Year". This award is especially meaningful when it is bestowed by one's coaching peers in recognition of a job well done. This year's version of Comet wrestling used depth and a balanced approach to outdistance the league for their 3rd conference title in the past 5 years. This is Coach Maffey's third GMC "Coach of the Year" honor. Many thanks for all the "behind the scenes" work with young people done by Nicholas Maffey both on and off the mats. Congratulations!
GMC "Coach of the Year" Nicholas Maffey (Mason)
(pictured with Sycamore's Eugene Harney - photo compliments of Middletown Ath. Department)