Mason girls’ volleyball defeated MCauley Tuesday bringing the team’s record to 3-2.
The Comets next battle the Firebirds at Lakota West at 7 p.m. Thursday.
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Kevin Goheen reports:
Senior forward Kayla McDowell scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds while junior forward Jenna Gunn added 14 points and seven rebounds as Mason remained unbeaten and cruised to its 15th consecutive win, 65-43, Thursday night against McAuley.
Mason is the unanimous No. 1 team in this week’s Enquirer Division I coaches’ poll. The Comets are also ranked third in the Associated Press state poll.
McAuley (11-5) is ranked No. 5 in the Enquirer poll but becomes the sixth member of the current top 10 beaten by Mason this season. Sophomore guard Sydney Lambert led McAuley with 16 points.
“Defense has been our main focus this year,” said senior guard Sydney Neal, who had five points, three assists and one steal. “People don’t realize we have so much depth. Even with our subs we’re always going 100 percent and always charging at you. They don’t know what to do because we don’t have just one main player. Everybody on our team has strengths and that makes us a unit.”
Mason had 12 players log at least three minutes of playing time Thursday. Ten of those players scored and 10 players got at least one rebound as the Comets out-rebounded McAuley 43-15.
The Comets led 11-2 midway through the first quarter and were never threatened.
The Greater Miami Conference recently honored many Mason student athletes for their success in track and field. Multiple athletes were honored more than once and several relay teams were also honored.
Several of the student athletes will also compete at the state meet Friday and Saturday to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University in Columbus.
Individually, on the boys’ side, junior Alex Notton (1600-meter run), senior Josh Dooley (100-meter dash) and junior Asad Maiden (110-meter hurdles) will be competing at state. In those same events, Notton and Maiden were selected to the all-GMC first team. Dooley, meanwhile, was selected all-GMC third team in the long jump and was honorable mention in the 100-meter dash.
Maiden was also selected to the all-GMC second team for the 300-meter hurdles, as well as for the high jump. Other individual athletes, who were recognized by the GMC include sophomore Tim Clark (3200-meter run, first team), senior Leslie Pil (pole vault, first team), senior Juan Cummings (200-meter dash, second team), senior Michael Mumma (800-meter run, second team), senior Ted Liu (200-meter dash, honorable mention) and sophomore Zac Thompson (3200-meter run, honorable mention).
The Mason boys’ squad will also be represented at the state meet in both the 4×400-meter and 4×800-meter relay teams. The 4×400 team (senior Adam Court, senior Zach Taylor, sophomore Ethan Valentine, junior Robert Diehl) and the 4×800 team (Valentine, Mumma, Notton and junior Paul D’Hyver de las Deses) were selected to the all-GMC first team. (more…)
The Mason girls and boys track team will be well represented at this weekend’s 2012 Ohio High School Athletic Association State Track Championship in Columbus.
Overall, the high school qualified five of its individual competitors and five relay teams due to strong performances at last week’s regional tournament at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.
One of those individual qualifiers was senior Taylor Reid, who qualified for the state meet in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdle events. At the regional meet, Reid finished in second place in both races.
Other individual athletes, who qualified for state, include sophomore Jenny Nelson (pole vault), senior Josh Dooley (100-meter dash), junior Alex Notton (1,600-meter run) and junior Asad Maiden (110-meter hurdles).
Also qualifying for state were the 4×100-meter (senior Kara Lamotte, sophomore C.C. Wilson, sophomore Beneria White, freshman BreAuna Keys), 4×400-meter (junior Olivia Gaus, freshman Delaney McDowell, senior Ivy Beddow, senior Monica Lake) and 4×800-meter (senior Bridget McElhenny, McDowell, Lake, Gaus) girl relay teams, as well as the 4×400-meter (junior Robert Diehl, senior Zachary Taylor, senior Adam Court, sophomore Ethan Valentine) and 4×800-meter (Notton, senior Michael Mumma, Valentine, junior Paul D’Hyver de las Deses) boy relay teams.
The state tournament will take place at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University in Columbus this Friday and Saturday, June 1-2.
Mason’s Lady Comets suffered a narrow loss Wednesday to McAuley at the Division I regional championship at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.
Mason’s 3,200-meter relay unit finished second (9.20.23) to McAuley’s finishing time of 9 minutes and 15.52 seconds. Mason beat McAuley by a “blink of an eye” in last year’s meet, said McAuley coach Ron Russo.
Lebanon rounded up in third place (9.20.27). The top four finishers automatically qualified for the big-school meet in Columbus.
Anderson won the regional title in the boys’ 3,200 relay. Nick Vogele, Casey Gallagher, Kameron Powell and Sean Batt clocked in at 7:50.17. Mason finished third and also qualified for state.
Wednesday’s competitors in the girls’ and boys’ discus, girls’ high jump, boys’ long jump and boys’ pole vault also qualified for state. All other track and field events were preliminaries qualifying participants to Friday’s regional finals.
Marc Hardin contributed