Athletics News


Posted on: September 27, 2019
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Cross Country

Waynesville Cross Country’s first race at Saturday Night Lights at Centerville High School is in the books, and we competed quite well with some of the best teams in the state. Our JH teams were separated into grade level races and then the scores were combined for an overall score. Our girls placed 7th and our boys were 8th in their 26 team combined races. Isabelle King and Alena Wooldridge finished 26th and 34th respectively in the race of 158 7th graders. Our 8th grade girls placed 5th against all other 8th grade girls teams and were led by Sam Erbach who finished in 4th place followed by Maria Gill in 8th, Kyla Harvey in 31st, Emme Greely in 42nd , Makayla Bell in 64th and Makayla Kamp in 86th out of 185 girls. Our 7th grade boys also placed 5th in their grade as a team and were led by Celton Walton and Wade Van Handorff who placed 4th and 5th respectively. Next was Owen Malcom in 17th, Decker Atkins in 44th and Owen Burton in 74th out of 171 7th graders. The 8th grade boys all followed Jonas King's 11th place finish with Adam Papanak in 33rd, Abram Bailey in 72nd, Gabe Wooldridge in 82nd, Connor Huffman in 92nd and Brycin Katzenbach in 116th out of 207 runners. The high school boys open race was next with our 5 runners placing in 11th place, right behind Oak Hills and in front of Lebanon. Frosh Noah Wooldridge lead our team with a 13th place finish followed by Ernie Taylor in 33rd, Addison Cummins in 68th, Gavin Price in 77th and Joey Phillips in 107th out of 386 runners from 22 full teams. Our high school girls ran in the varsity A race starting at 8:15 in the evening. Of the 36 teams in the race over half were ranked either in Ohio or Kentucky and we finished 6th, right behind Mason and in front of Bellbrook. Hope Erback not only won the race but tied our school record set by Ellyse Velte back in 2004 in a time of 19:01. She was followed by Alyza Camp, Elizabeth McKeehan and Carissa Tekeste who all ran PR's and finished 46th, 47th, and 60th respectively. Next was Kate Handle in 94th, Hannah Gill in 101st, Ava Amato in 132nd, Rachel Ingle in 161st, Megan Zidaroff and Jordan Patterson in a race of 319 athletes. The boys high school team ran in the Championship Race starting at 9:45 that night. The top 23 teams of the over 100 entered in this meet got the opportunity to run in this race. These were the top ranked teams from Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan. Three of our top 5 did not have their best night but still we finished in 20th place right behind Kings (#21 in DI) and Granville and in front of DI teams Fairmont, Talawanda, and Hilliard Darby. Our top two runners both broke the school record set earlier this year by Kaden Harvey of 16:17. Kaden bettered his mark by running 15:56 and Colin Amato ran a 15:55 to place 12th and 13th in the race. They were followed by Trevor Camp in 121st, Levi Morgan and Denver Johnson in 133rd and 134th respectively and Caden Adams in 136th, Eli Click in 145th, Jackson Berger, Grant Kazmierski and AJ Seidenschmidt in the 234 man race. Great running by all against the best competition we've ever seen. 


Girls Soccer

            The Lady Spartans won 4-0 against Milton Union with two goals by Grace Moore, one by Emma Whitaker, and one by Jenna Foley. On Thursday, the biggest excitement came when the team’s bus was struck by a car on the way to their game. All persons involved were not injured. The girls were unshaken and continued to their game where they won 2-1 with Grace Moore scoring both goals. 


Boys Soccer

The Men's Varsity soccer team remains undefeated with a 11-0-0 record. Junior Varsity worked hard but unfortunately had losses against Bishop-Fenwick and Wilmington. Varsity took two big wins last week with a 5-1 win over Bishop-Fenwick on Thursday and beating Wilmington 6-0 on Saturday. They won this week against Milton Union 5-2 at home on Tuesday. The Men's Senior Night was Thursday against Middletown-Maddison, where they took home another win. We would like to recognize the Seniors (all 13 of them!) that have given the last 4 years of hard work and leadership to the program. Good luck to all of them in their futures and with the rest of their season. The Spartans take on Carlisle at home next Tuesday before the Lady Spartans and are at Preble Shawnee on Thursday.


Girls Golf

            Girls golf had their Senior Night match on Thursday night to honor Seniors Hazelyn Almeter, Ashtyn Stiles, and Victoria Wheeland. They took on the Wildcats for an impressive outing, earning their first win of the season! Girls golf wrapped up the season, having greatly improved over the past few weeks. 

Boys Golf

            The golf team took on Sectionals this week and had an impressive showing. Sam Warren and Bryce Cumbow both qualified to Districts as individuals. They will play next Thursday (10/3) and hope to be the first Waynesville golfers to advance to the State competition. We are so excited for their success!


Girls Tennis

            Tennis played in the league tournament this week, taking home third place as a team. Ashley Tudela won 2nd place in first singles, Megan Rieger won 3rd place in second singles, and Katelyn Abney won 3rd place in third singles. Tennis will continue their season at the Sectional tournament Tuesday 10/1. 



            This week, the Varsity and JV teams lost hard fought battles against Bellbrook. However, Varsity remains undefeated in their league (8-0) after returning to beat Milton-Union in three sets on Wednesday. The girls have had a fantastic season so far!


            Last Friday, Varsity Football celebrated Military Appreciation Night with a hard-earned win. The Spartans played the Bellbrook Golden Eagles at home, going toe-to-toe with them both halves. The big break and turning point of the game was during the fourth quarter with the score at 20-13 and 1:46 left in the game, where Quarterback Jake Amburgy connected with Caleb Lamb to gain major yardage. Amburgy once again went for a pass, this time connecting with Jaymes Bowman to make the score 19-20. The Offense opted to go for a two point conversion, with Amburgy once again passing to Bowman, who once again found the endzone for a final score of 21-20 . Other key players were Paul Dotson, who totaled two touchdowns that night, and Luke Osborn, who had a sac early in the game. This game once again displayed the strength and true grit of the Spartan lineup seen in previous weeks. Varsity will be back in action 9/27 at Preble Shawnee; Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm. Varsity Football returns to Spartan Community Field on 10/4 for the Homecoming game against Milton-Union.

            JV Football also played Bellbrook, playing their hardest in a tough loss to the Eagles. JV plays at home on 9/28 vs Preble Shawnee, with a 10:00 am Kickoff. Tickets are $4.00.



            The band went to their first contest this weekend and returned victorious! Performing their 2019 show “Desert Winds”, they were first in their class and received Best Percussion and Best Auxiliary. They received overall positive scores and reviews from the judges. They will continue working and adding to their show until their next contest in October.



            High School Cheer is busy cheering at football games, practicing for competitions, and preparing for the Homecoming festivities. Cheer is excited about the strong community support surrounding all sports and is happy to see large crowds at games. Their first competition is October 27th at Eaton High School. 


JH Volleyball 

            Junior High volleyball played Eaton and Brookville this week in preparation for the league tournament next week. They will play their final regular season game at home vs Preble Shawnee on Tuesday 10/1. The tournament will be held at Waynesville and begins on Saturday 10/5 and will be played in a bracket style. Good Luck to our Junior High athletes!


JH Football

This week 7th grade football played Twin Valley South and 8th grade played Milton-Union. Both teams earned big wins at home, building on their momentum from last week. Junior High football will be home again next week on 10/2, where they will take on the Dixie Greyhounds. Kickoff for 7th grade is at 5:00 pm and 8th grade will follow.