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Press release and photo by Mason SID, Dan Hilen

The Mason Girls Golf Team is the 2020 State Runner-up! The Comets finished 5 strokes better at Saturday's 2nd round to jump 2 places from Friday's 4th place position. Mason shot a team total of 627 (316-311) for the event with New Albany running away with the state title (586). 

Maddie Heister was Mason's top finisher (tied for 16th) shooting 78-76. She was followed by Catherine Zhangs 78-79 (tied for 20th), Ally Madden's 81-77 (tied for 22), Jenna Harter 81-77 (tied for 22bd), and Nicole Mater 81-88 (T46). 

This is Mason Girls' highest finish at state since 2018 when they were 7th overall.

Press release and photo courtesy of Mason SID, Dan Hilen

Mason Comets - OTCA State Champions

Mason Girls Tennis is the 2020 OTCA State Tennis Champions! The Comets traveled to Reynoldsburg, Ohio on Sunday and captured their programs 4th consecutive state team title. The Comets are the first girl's team to win multiple consecutive titles since Upper Arlington won 6 straight from 1998-2003. 

Mason and Upper Arlington hooked up in the final with the Comets getting the 3-2 win. Mason had defeated Magnificat HS 3-0 in the state semi-finals earlier in the day. 

Winning for the Comets was sophomore Shyla Aggarwal in first singles against UA's Ella Hazelbaker 6-3, 6-0 just a day after falling in the OHSAA Division I individual tournament final.

Mason Junior Rashi Loni took third singles, 6-2, 6-3.

Sophomore Risha Chada and junior Anna Tonkel won second doubles 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to earn the Mason team victory.

Mason Sophomore Harshita Uppuganti lost a tough 2nd singles match, and the double team of Raina Chada and Annie Kruse also fell in first doubles.

Other Mason team members are senior Riley Cosimi, junior Shruthi Datla, junior Danielle Lebedey, junior Danielle Reid, and sophomore Riya Zutshi.

DICK'S Sporting Goods steps up to reinforce outstanding athletic achievement, both on the field of competition and from the coaching sidelines. 

Keeping with this tradition of appreciating excellence, DSG congratulates Lakota West's Zach Beneteau as the GMC Cross Country "Athlete of the Year". With his first place finish in this years' GMC boys varsity race not only did Zach earn his first "AOY" title but he also secured his third consecutive 1st Team All-GMC berth. His winning time of 15:33.7 placed him narrowly ahead of  second place teammate Cole Cronk by 7.2 seconds, who also had been named first team All-GMC for four consecutive years.  Zach Beneteau was the 2019 runner-up with a time of 15:41.8 and worked hard to drop 8.1 seconds off that time to claim GMC honors this year.  In a credit to his GMC consistency, Zach Beneteau has been a top ten GMC Championship performer for three consecutive years (1st, 2nd and 10th).

Zach Beneteau - Lakota West - GMC "Athlete of the Year"

(Photo compliments of West SID, Darren Walters)

Sean Hart's Firebird Harriers, placed five runners in the top 9 finishers to carry the day for Lakota West.  This consistency led to a scoring total of 26 team points to outdistance runner-up Mason (43 points). With their last conference title coming in 2009, this was the first GMC Boys Cross Country Championship for Lakota West in 12 years .  Recognizing the tremendous progress of the West program, Sean Hart was selected in a vote of his peers as the GMC "Coach of the Year" in boys cross country. Coach Hart, your extra efforts and dedication to the Firebird program are genuinely appreciated.

Sean Hart - Lakota West - GMC "Coach of the Year"

(Photo compliments of West SID, Darren Walters)

DICK'S Sporting Goods appreciates outstanding efforts by both athletes and their coaches.  They have taken this opportunity to express support for the Greater Miami Conference Girls Cross Country "Athlete of the Year" and "Coach of the Year".

The GMC Girls Cross Country "Athlete of the Year" is Lakota East's Carly Spletzer.  Carly won this year's varsity championship 5K race with an impressive time of 18:12.8, which was 26.9 seconds over an outstanding effort by second place finisher Alyssa Hammond from Oak Hills.  Carly Spletzer's winning time was 13.6 seconds faster than her third place time in 2019. Carly is a two-time first team All-GMC performer.

Carly Spletzer - Lakota East - GMC "Athlete of the Year"

(Photo compliments of Lakota East SID, Dan Hilen)

Leading the Oak Hills Highlander Girls Cross Country team to their best conference finish in 12 years, Shellie Hageman was selected in a vote of her peers as the GMC  "Coach of the Year". Under her guidance and support the Highlanders placed 5 runners in the top 18 placers with Ayssa Hammond and Eva Hensley placing second and third respectively.  With a relatively young squad, the Highlander distance running future is bright. Thank you for your dedication and extra efforts on behalf of your athletes.

Shellie Hageman - Oak Hills - GMC "Coach of the Year"

(Photo compliments of Oak Hills Athletic Department)

With a quality depth carrying the day, the Mason girls cross country team placed all five runners in the top 8 finishers to walk away with the GMC crown.  Breaking a two-year run by Lakota East, the Comets tallied only 30 points to best a much improved Oak Hills contingent which finished with a very respectable 52 points.  The Oak Hills resurgence notably overtook two-time defending champion Lakota East by a single point at 53 points.  Race individual honors went to Lakota East's running sensation Carly Spletzer with a winning time of 18:12.8, a 26.9 second margin over emerging talent Alyssa Hammond of Oak Hills (18:39.7).

Team scores were: Mason 30, Oak Hills 52, East 53, Sycamore 110, Fairfield 181, West 195, Princeton 205, Colerain 209, and Middletown 219.

Mason Comets - GMC Champions 2020

(Photo compliments of Mason SID, Dan Hilen)

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