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Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Select All-Ohio Squads

The Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association has recognized six Greater Miami Conference players worthy of All-Ohio recognition. To see the complete listing of the All-Ohio squads, see the link provided below:

(Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Ohio Teams)

GMC players selected as All-Ohio:

Second Team - Michael Sprocket (Lakota East), Carter Rust (Lakota West), Ben Stuart (Mason), and Max Johnson (Mason).

Honorable Mention - Brenden Garula (Mason) and Kurtis Reid (Hamilton).

Congratulations on a job well done!

Ohio HS Fast Pitch Softball Coaches Association Select All-State Teams

Softball in the Greater Miami Conference is as good any in the state of Ohio.  The Ohio High School Fast Pitch Softball Coaches Association reinforced the quality of players found in the GMC by selecting numerous players to the 2021 All-state teams.

To view a complete listing of the Softball Coaches Association All-State squads see the link provided below:

(Ohio High School Fast Pitch Softball Coaches Association All-State Team 2021)

To highlight GMC ALL-State selections:

First Team: KK Mathis (Lakota West), Sydney Carter Carter (Mason), and Belle Hummel (West)

Second Team: Molly Grace (Lakota West) and Abby Bode (Oak Hills).

Honorable Mention: Avery Gottlieb (Oak Hills)

Congratulations to all these outstanding athletes.  GMC proud of your accomplishments.

GMC Track and Field Athletes Achieve at OHSAA State Championships

The Greater Miami Conference boasts very strong boys and girls track and field programs, with a tradition of numerous individuals and relays earning places on the "podium", and this year's 2021 OHSAA State Track and Field Championships were no exception. The GMC placed 17 individuals or relay teams in the top ten places during the state championships. Team scores were a bit deceiving with only the Princeton girls (6th place - 20 points) and Lakota East girls (10 place - 15 points) cracking the top ten for the conference.

Lakota West State Champion - 3200 Meter Relay Team

"Stealing the show" for the GMC was the state championship performance turned in by the Lakota West 3200 meter relay team of Cole Cronk, Zach Beneteau, Sergio Negroe, and Zach Plotkin who turned in a blazing 7:47.48 time to run away with the state title. Another eye catching performance was turned in on the girls side of the by Lakota West track by Annika Kinley, who the state runner-up in the high jump with a leap of 5'7". The Princeton girls relay teams in the 4 x 100 and the 4 x 200 took 3rd and 4th place respectively to help propel them to their 6th place team finish.  Lakota East's Azariyah Bryant finished third in the 100 Meters with a time of 12.05, while her Thunderhawk teammates Carly Spletzer finished fourth in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:54.95 and Camiyah James came in fifth in the long jump with a leap of 17' 10 3/4".

 

To check out all the preliminary and state final results, utilize the link below to Finish Timing: 

(Finish Timing - OHSAA State Track and Field Meet 2021)

DICK'S Sporting Goods Recognizes GMC Baseball Achievers

DICK’S Sporting Goods appreciates the talented performers found in the Greater Miami Conference, in this case,  specifically the sport of baseball. As selected in a vote of conference head coaches, senior Wyatt Fisher of the GMC Co-Champion Oak Hills Highlanders was selected as the GMC “ Pitcher of the Year”. Wyatt was undefeated on the mound (5-0) in conference play and finished the season with clean 6-0 pitching slate. With great command of his pitches, Fisher amassed 59 GMC strikeouts to assemble an impressive 0.81 ERA. His formidable presence on his the mound earned him league-wide respect, making him the coaches' selection as the conference “Pitcher of the Year”. 

Wyatt Fisher - Oak Hills "GMC Pitcher of the Year"

(photo courtesy of Oak Hills Athletic Department)

Hamilton Big Blue senior sensation, Kurtis Reid, was tabbed as the GMC Baseball “Athlete of the Year”. An all-around player, Kurtis tallied an impressive .413 batting average and paired with his 14 stolen bases, made Reid an offensive weapon in many ways. His uncanny ability to “put the bat on the ball” generated an “on base percentage “ of 0.540 coupled with 12 RBI’s and 10 extra base hits. Defensively, with a .869 fielding percentage, made Kurtis Reid one of the GMC’s best defenders. No question, Kurtis Reid saved the best for last while leading his Big Blue squad to a very respectable GMC fourth place finish in a very challenging conference.

Kurtis Reid - Hamilton "GMC Athlete of the Year"

(Photo courtesy of Hamilton Athletic Department)

In a vote of his GMC colleagues, Oak Hills Head Coach Josh Richmond was selected as the GMC “ Coach of the Year “. Coach Richmond guided the Highlanders to their first conference title with a  14-4 record (outright or shared) since the 2006 season. This conference co-championship with Mason is only the second baseball crown since Oak Hills joined the GMC in 2000-01 . Being recognized for program leadership by your fellow head coaches is perhaps one the highest honors a conference coach can attain. Congratulations to Coach Josh Richmond on a job very well done! Your program building is appreciated!

Head Coach Josh Richmond - Oak Hills "GMC Coach of the Year"

(Photo compliments of Oak Hills Athletic Department)

 

 

 

DICK’S Sporting Goods Applauds GMC Softball Stars

DICK’S Sporting Goods appreciates achievement in a wide variety of competitive sports and softball in the Greater Miami Conference is no exception. The GMC “ Pitcher of the Year” recognition was earned by Oak Hills sophomore Avery Gottlieb, who tied for the conference lead in wins with 20 victories and backed that up with a E.R.A of 1.69.  Avery additionally fanned 232 opponents during the regular season for her third place Highlanders. To help her own cause, she batted a stellar .446 with 27 RBI’s.  With such a great start as a sophomore, her selection as “Pitcher of the Year “ is just the beginning of great things to come.

Avery Gottlieb - Oak Hills "GMC Pitcher of the Year"

As selected by GMC head coaches, Lakota West’s KK Mathis represented the entire softball package in her recognition as the GMC softball “Athlete of the Year”.  KK led the conference in home runs with 13 and followed that up with a league leading 50 RBI’s. She was closely followed in that category by Firebird teammate Molly Grace with 48.  KK Mathis generated 29 extra base hits with an “On Base Percentage “ of .623. As if these feats weren’t enough, KK was a force on the mound with 20 victories, tying Avery Gottlieb for the league lead. As a Junior,  KK Mathis and a host of talented teammates, led their Firebird squad to an undefeated (18-0) conference season. Their first in school history.

KK Mathis - Lakota West "GMC Athlete of the Year"

(Photo courtesy of Lifetouch Studios)

Congratulations to Avery Gottlieb (Oak Hills) GMC “Pitcher of the Year” and KK Mathis (Lakota West) GMC “Athlete of the Year “.

GMC head coaches selected Lakota West’s Keith Castner and Hamilton’s Steve Heckman as conference “Co-Coaches of the Year”. Coach Castner led his Firebirds to an unblemished 18-0 conference season to win their 8th GMC title. Ultimately, bowing out in the OHSAA “Final Four”, Lakota West finished a with an incredible 30-2 record. GMC coaches recognized the leadership of Big Blue Head Coach Steve Heckman as he guided his squad to a strong 11-7 record and a fourth place league finish. To be recognized by your coaching peers is a gratifying accomplishment in itself. GMC congratulations to Lakota West’s Keith Castner and Hamilton’s Steve Heckman on a job well done. Your leadership is genuinely appreciated. 

Keith Castner - Lakota West "GMC Co-Coach of the Year"

(Photo courtesy of Lifetouch Studios)

Steve Heckman - Hamilton "GMC Co-Coach of the Year"

(Photo courtesy of Hamilton Athletic Department)