Top-ranked Mason won the Finishtiming.com Invitational in dominant fashion, with five runners finishing in the top 10. Anderson’s Cara Schildmeyer won the race in 18:54.08.
The Comets recorded a final score of 35, more than 60 points better than second place Miamisburg. Sophomore Leah Ford finished second in 18:55.77 to lead all Mason runners. Maegan Murphy of Mason finished sixth in 19:39.51.
Rounding out the top 10 for the Comets were Ellie Brush, Ailee Henderson and Nicole Steinbicker finished eighth, ninth and 10th respectively.
Mason is ranked No. 1 in the Enquirer Division I area coaches’ poll.
Flowers cascade over fans waiting to enter Center Court as Florian Mayer and John Isner play during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason on Aug. 13, 2013. The Enquirer/ Cara Owsley
Gardeners will have a chance to purchase plants used to decorate the Western & Southern Open at a Monday sale.
The sale takes place from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Grandstand Tent at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Drive, Mason.
Hundreds of indoor and outdoor plants, including container plantings grown for August peak, will be priced at wholesale.
The Mason High School boys’ tennis boosters run the sale and benefit from a portion of the proceeds. Credit cards are accepted.
Mason’s Scott Purvis, seen here in 2012, is the team’s only returning player this season. File photo
Mark Schmetzer reports:
Four of the top five players from the Moeller team that led area schools with a seventh-place finish at last year’s Division I state tournament have graduated.
Junior Quinn Sullivan is the lone returning Crusader from that quintet, but experience tells coach Rick Bohne that rebuilding doesn’t have to be lengthy and painful.
“Twenty oh-seven,” he said when asked if he’d ever faced a similar situation. “We had one starter back. We ended up finishing second in the state, so you just never know.”
Bohne hopes that this year’s Crusaders can put together a similar run with a mix of golfers that includes senior Mitch Lamping, juniors Sullivan, Ben Sattler and Nick Gruber, and sophomores Michael O’Brien and Jake Fox.
“It’s going to be interesting around here,” said Bohne, last year’s Enquirer Division I Coach of the Year. “It’s going to be an interesting year.”
Mason coach Tim Lambert knows how Bohne feels. The Comets also lost four of their top five players from the team that finished 10th in the state. Junior Scott Purvis is the only returning player for Mason, which captured the school’s first-ever district championship last season.
Moeller and Mason can expect a strong challenge from St. Xavier, which has what coach Alex Kepley describes as a “solid mixture of experienced veterans with fresh, motivated younger guys moving up.”
Mason’s Miranda Dubler, seen here in 2012. Dubler finished 24th in the state tournament. File photo
By Mark Schmetzer, Enquirer contributor
Inheriting talent is one thing. Knowing what to do with it is something else.
Karen Binzel had no problem with that.
Binzel took over a talented and deep Mason girls golf team last season when the accomplished Michelle Lipka left for the University of Cincinnati and didn’t miss a beat, leading the Comets to a fifth-place finish in the Division I tournament.
Among the losses to graduation from that team were Tara Liebert, the Enquirer’s Division I player of the year. Among the returning Comets are two members of the Enquirer’s Division I first team, seniors Miranda Dubler and Quinn Atkinson. Dubler finished 24th in the state tournament, four spots ahead of Atkinson.
Finishing fifth last season is fueling their desire to improve on that this season.
“The girls are very determined and motivated,” Binzel said.
Ursuline also lost two seniors while returning the remaining three players from the top five of the team that finished ninth in the state last year. Seniors Abigail Wellens, Emma Meyer and Sarah Reilly all are back for the Lions.
“We have a solid group with a very experienced top three,” coach Marianne Utz Sahms said.
Mason also won the Greater Miami Conference championship last year, but the Comets can expect to again be challenged by Sycamore, led by 2011 GMC player of the year Hanna Lee. The senior leads what coach Keith Brackenridge considers to be a solid lineup.
The Mason High School Marching Band performs in May 2012 at the Bands of America Grand National Championships at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, Ohio. Provided photo
Don’t be surprised to see members of Mason High School’s marching band in neighborhoods Saturday.
The band’s annual Tag Day fundraiser has been set for Aug. 3. Teens will be going door-to-door asking for donations for the program.
Look for the teens sometime between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Those who donate at least $25 will be given admission vouchers for the donor and a guest to attend the annual Mason Band Invitational on Oct. 19. In addition, names of donors will appear in all band programs throughout the year.
With the help of 2012 Tag Day donations, the band competed in the grand nationals, earning a spot in the final competition, finishing eighth in the nation and first in Ohio.
The high school Honors Wind Symphony and top middle school band traveled to Columbus to perform at the Ohio Music Educators Conference.
For those who would like to donate, but don’t receive a visit from a band member or who won’t be home, checks made out to Mason City Schopols can be mailed to: MHS Band Boosters, P.0. Box 310, Mason, OH 45040. Please indicate that the donation is for Tag Day and list how you would like your name to be listed in band programs.
Fans of Mason middle and high school sports can purchase season passes beginning Thursday.
The athletic department is offering family passes that will admit holders to any home sporting event at the middle or high school for the 2013-14 school year.
The cost is $250 for a family of four plus $25 per family member beginning with the fifth. Individual passes can be purchased for $100 each.
Buy your passes in the high school athletic office from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weekdays. Located in the back of the high school, the athletic office is accessible via Foxfield Drive, which runs behind the high school, connecting Montgomery Road and Nixon Park Drive.
We love history, and we learned many of you do, too. Check out this photo from The Enquirer’s archives, dated Feb. 11, 1968.
The United Fine Arts Guild of Mason, Ohio, held a day-long program at William Mason High School Feb. 11, 1968 to display works by students in the art and industrial art classes at the school. Shown admiring prints made from a crayon-crinoline master copy are Mrs. Edward C. McGrath and her children, Theresa, Tim and Mark, right. The exhibit was the first one held at the school. Art was added to the curriculum in September 1967. File photo
Mason Teacher Nathan Coates. (Photo by Tony Tribble)
Mason High School junior Ian Campbell was so inspired by the creative writing class he took with Nathan Coates, he entered Coates in the Barnes & Noble “My Favorite Teacher” contest.
The local bookstore selected Campbell’s essay as the winning entry and honored both Campbell and Coates at a reception during Educator Appreciation Week in April.
Coates, a married father of four children who lives in Lebanon, is in his eighth year teaching American literature, creative writing and several other elective writing classes at Mason High School.
QUESTION: Why did you become a teacher?
ANSWER: Both of my parents are teachers and I got to see the influence they had on kids early on and I admired the way they were able to invest in kids. When I was in high school, I had the chance to do newspaper and see that what you do with your writing matters and can make a difference. I had teachers who I thought were good all along the way and I wanted to be like them and have the chance to contribute something back.
Q: Who was your favorite teacher?
A: Wayne Dunn. He taught at Lebanon for 23 years and then at Lakota West. He was my English and journalism teacher at Lebanon High School and, from him, I was able to see the power in stories and books and writers. He gave me a lot of freedom and the chance to see that what you do could matter beyond the classroom. I wasn’t a bad student, but I didn’t care as much until that point. It opened up new doors.
Q: What drew you to books and writing?
A: Stories are a way to convey something important without having to say it so bluntly. I admire people who can craft words and put things together to show you and let you figure it out for yourself. I like to help kids pull their thoughts and stories out. The world makes sense in stories.
Q: What are you reading?
A: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. My kids say it’s better than “Hunger Games.” It’s not what I always read, but it’s good.
Q: Any advice for students?
A: I want my kids to be intellectually curious and keep asking questions and give the next thing a shot. It’s easy to close yourself off and think, “I don’t like math or books.” But there are so many other elements and angles to it that you have to give yourself the freedom to choose to do that. It only hurts yourself when you cut off that freedom. Being curious and being willing will take you very far.
A foot to the left, and Kellie Morris would have never remembered the moment.
It was June 30, 2012, a blisteringly hot day, and as the 2010 Mason High School graduate hung out at Fort Loudoun Lake outside Knoxville, Tenn., with friends from the University of Tennessee, she did something she’d been doing all summer. She stood up in a small rowboat and dove into the center of the lake.
Karen Mooney and her daughter Kellie Morris, 21, sit on the deck of their backyard pool at their Mason home. Unable to walk or even go into the water now, Kellie a year ago dove head first into a Tennessee lake and hit an unexpected underwater shelf. She was paralyzed from the chest down. / The Enquirer/Jeff Swinger
A foot to her left would have been the center of the lake. But Kellie was a foot to the right, and beneath her wasn’t water but a hidden shelf of rock. She struck it headfirst, shattering the C7 vertebra at the top of her spine and, in an instant, becoming paralyzed below the chest.
Every year 6,500 young Americans arrive at emergency rooms with diving injuries. About 80 percent, like Kellie, were making dives from a height of 3 feet or less and entering the water headfirst.
Most go home with cuts or bruises. But of the 1,000 who sustain spinal cord injury, 90 percent will be paralyzed.
Kellie and her mom, Karen Mooney, are using Kellie’s accident to relay a simple message they say could have changed those young people’s fate: Feet first.
Teaching children to enter the water with their feet rather than their heads and necks will sharply reduce swim-season spinal cord injuries, experts say. The safest entry method is walking or wading in – rather than jumping or diving – to make sure water depth is at least 10 feet, the minimum for safe diving.
The ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation has coined the “Feet First” slogan, and Kellie and her mother hope the habit will become as automatic and pervasive as buckling seat belts and slipping on bike helmets. They’re convinced it can save lives. “With all of the water around us – from Cumberland to the Ohio River to just plain old backyard pools – if we can call out the dangers, it might save at least one family from what ours is experiencing,” Karen says.
The unpredictable geography of bodies of water is a huge part of the problem. “Backyard pools can be any dimension – backyard pools can be anything,” says Debby Gerhardstein, executive director of the ThinkFirst Foundation. And ponds, rivers and oceans can be filled with hidden elevated hazards.
An intuitive sense about which is the deep end of the pool – and how deep the “deep end” is – is not a sound basis for personal safety. Most diving injuries aren’t caused by horseplay or arcs off high-dives, experts say, they’re caused by simple miscalculation of water depth. Entering with their feet gives swimmers the chance to be wrong and not pay for it for the rest of their life.
As Kellie Morris knows, the road back from a spinal cord injury is a long and difficult journey.
Thirteen months ago, she was about to enlist in the U.S. Navy, a gutsy former high school and college jock who could “catch any ball that was thrown to me.” A year out from her accident, she is making slower but no less noteworthy progress – mastering self-care tasks, learning to drive a car with hand controls. Her mother takes her to Columbus three times a week for therapy. Her father and step-mother, Tom and Kathy Morris, oversee her daily care.
She plans to enroll at Middle Tennessee State University this fall and is thinking about a career in law enforcement. For now, she says, if her “feet first” message prevents one diving accident “I’ll feel I’ve done my job.”
The Bengals receiver led the two-day coed camp held Wednesday and Thursday at Mason Middle School. Wednesday he blended in throwing passes and joking around with campers. Green kept his message simple with the kids he spoke to and it had little to do with specific football skills.
“Just have fun out here,” he said. “At this age you have no worries in life, so enjoy it.”
Taking two days out of his schedule to enjoy it felt like a no-brainer for Green, who will report along with the rest of the Bengals next week with the first training camp practice July 25.
“I love giving back,” Green said. “No matter what, I didn’t have this growing up so it’s always a privilege to come out here to help other kids who are not as fortunate.”