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Established prior to the 2012-13 school year, the Southwest Ohio Conference consists of charter members Edgewood, Harrison, Little Miami, Mount Healthy, Northwest, Ross and Talawanda High Schools.  Our outstanding athletic and academic conference is built upon the following principles:  Integrity; Sportsmanship; and Leadership.  To stay up-to-date on SWOC news, results, and statistics, visit the site often.  In addition, check out the IN THE NEWS tab, as well as our Twitter feed, @swocsports, for more school-specific stories and links to stories from local media outlets.

Best of luck to our athletes and teams during the upcoming 2019-2020 school year!  We are the SWOC!!!

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Wrestling:  The Harrison Wildcats won the 2019 SWOC championship, which is the Wildcats' sixth consecutive title.  Harrison's Chad Dennis was voted the 2019 Coach of the Year.  Also in 2019, Ross Head Coach Rich Dunn led the Rams to a second consecutive Division II Dual Team Wrestling State Tournament berth.  Alex Coleman (Ross) and Brett McIntosh (Harrison) headline returning letter winners in the SWOC.  Coleman is the returning Division II State Champion in the 285 lb. weight class.  McIntosh placed 3rd in Division I at 160 lbs. and has committed to wrestle at the University of Wyoming next year.  The 2020 SWOC Wrestling Coaches Preseason Poll resulted in the following prediction:  1. Harrison; 2. Ross; 3. Edgewood; 4. Little Miami; 5. Talawanda; 6. Northwest; and 7. Mt. Healthy.  The season starts on December 5 and concludes with the SWOC Wrestling Tournament on February 15 at Ross High School.

Girls Swimming/Diving:  In 2019, and for the seventh straight year, Talawanda claimed the SWOC championship.  Talawanda's Steve Pasquale and Ross' Joe Stewart earned 2019 SWOC Co-Coaches of the Year honors.  2019 SWOC Swimmer of the Year and State Qualifier Mercy Patterson (Talawanda) returns this season, along with these other 1st Team All-Conference selections:  Kara Benbow (Little Miami); Elizabeth Tubbs (Little Miami); Lauren Bennett (Ross); Kenna Mondello (Talawanda); Lilia Hool (Talawanda); Mary Kate Huddleston (Talawanda); Hannah Lippincott (Talawanda); and Addie Lehman (Talawanda).  The 2020 SWOC Girls Swimming Coaches Preseason Poll predicted the following final standings:  1. Talawanda; 2. Ross; 3. Little Miami; 4. Harrison; 5. Edgewood; and 6. Northwest.  The season begins on November 25 and the Southwest Ohio Conference Championship Meet will be held on February 1, 2020 at Miami University.

Boys Swimming/Diving:  Talawanda captured the 2019 SWOC championship, just as the Brave have every year since the inception of the conference.  The 2019 SWOC Coach of the Year was Harrison's Mike Brossart.  Talawanda's Ben Crowder returns after being named 2019 SWOC Swimmer of the Year.  Talawanda returns five State Qualifiers from last season:  John Anzano; Ben Crowder; Sam Hool; Blake Madden; and Rhyan Meyers.  Other returning 1st Team All-Conference honorees are:  Seth Butler (Little Miami); Maxx Gregg (Talawanda); Daniel Mullally (Talawanda); Ezekial Groom (Talawanda); and Luke Liang (Talawanda).  The 2020 SWOC Boys Swimming Coaches Preseason Poll predicted the following final standings:  1. Talawanda; 2. Ross; 3. Harrison; 4. Little Miami; 5. Edgewood; and 6. Northwest.  The season begins on November 25 and the Southwest Ohio Conference Championship Meet will be held on February 1, 2020 at Miami University.

Girls Bowling:  Including 2019, Northwest has captured every Girls Bowling championship in SWOC history (7 titles).  The 2019 Coach of the Year was Jack Wheelwright, of Northwest.  Returning to the alleys in 2020, are the following 1st and 2nd Team All-Conference selections:  Sydnie Fischer (Northwest); Sarah McCowan (Little Miami); Alyssa Pierce (Harrison); Rebecca Criste (Edgewood); Raygen Graff (Ross); Jillian Mullins (Mt. Healthy); and Gracelyn Steigerwald (Talawanda).  The 2020 SWOC Girls Bowling Preseason Coaches Poll foresaw the following results:  1. Talawanda; 2. Ross; 3. Edgewood; 4. Harrison; 5. Little Miami; 6. Northwest; and 7. Mt. Healthy.  The season is set to begin on November 19.

Boys Bowling:  Northwest won the 2019 SWOC championship, this makes six straight titles for the Knights.  Northwest's Terrance Johnson was voted 2019 SWOC Coach of the Year.  Travis Boehl (Northwest); Jake Durbin (Ross); Gaege Feix (Talawanda); Daniel Gross (Northwest); and Sam Cross (Harrison) are returning 1st and 2nd Team All-Conference selections.  The anticipated order of finish, based on the 2020 SWOC Boys Bowling Preseason Coaches Poll, is:  1. Talawanda; 2. Northwest; 3. Ross; 4. Harrison; 5. Edgewood; 6. Little Miami; and 7. Mt. Healthy.  The season is set to begin on November 19.

Girls Basketball:  In 2019, the SWOC championship was won for the second consecutive year by Little Miami.  Little Miami's Matt Tolliver was named SWOC Coach of the Year.  New Head Coach Felisha Hartmann has taken over the reins of the Panthers for the upcoming season.  Returning this season are the following 1st and 2nd Team All-Conference selections:  Callie Hunt (Edgewood); Krissy Kowalski (Harrison); Noel Weathers (Mt. Healthy); Brooklyn Breaker (Ross); Ally Grake (Little Miami); Kyra Koontz (Talawanda); Kelsey Schmidt (Little Miami); and Zoe Stephen (Edgewoood).  The 2020 SWOC Girls Basketball Coaches Preseason Poll predicted the following final standings:  1. Edgewood; 2. Little Miami; 3. Harrison; 4. Ross; and 5. (tie) Northwest; Mt. Healthy; Talawanda.  November 22 is the start to the 2019-20 season.

Boys Basketball:  The 2019 SWOC championship was claimed by the Mt. Healthy Owls.  Mt. Healthy's Adair Carmichael was honored as SWOC Coach of the Year.  Returnees who were selected 1st or 2nd Team All-Conference are:  Brandon Lanier (Mt. Healthy); Cole Gronas (Ross); Craig James (Talawanda); Connor Kinnett (Harrison); and Kollin Tolbert (Mt. Healthy).  The 2020 SWOC Boys Basketball Coaches Preseason Poll forecasted the following order of finish:  1. Mt. Healthy; 2. (tie) Northwest; Ross; 4. Harrison; 5. (tie) Edgewood; Talawanda; and 7. Little Miami.  The 2019-20 season tips off on November 27.

Academic Quiz Team:  Little Miami has won the last three SWOC championships and has won 40 straight matches.  The Panthers last lost ocurred on December 7, 2016 at the hands of Ross.  Ron Maupin, of Little Miami, was selected as the 2019 SWOC Coach of the Year.  Returning All-Conference honorees are:  Shr-Hua Moore (Talawanda); Paul Bolenbaugh (Talawanda); Olivia Braunwart (Edgewood); Ashley Green (Harrison); Jasper Ralinovsky (Talawanda); and Samantha Roy (Edgewood).  The big question this year is:  "Can anyone unseat the defending champion Little Miami Panthers?"


With a convincing 42-7 victory over Columbus St. Francis DeSales, the Harrison Wildcats have earned a berth in the Division II Football Regional Final.  Harrison becomes the first Southwest Ohio Conference school to advance to a Football Regional Final since Mt. Healthy in 2014.  The Wildcats' domination in the Regional Semifinal win marks the sixth time this season a running clock has been utilized in the second half of a Harrison game due to a 30 point or larger lead.  The SWOC champion Wildcats improve their overall record to 11-1 on the season.  Harrison will face LaSalle in the Elite Eight on Friday, November 22 at 7:00 PM.  The site of this Regional Championship game is Lakota West High School.  Congratulations and good luck to the Wildcats and Head Coach Derek Rehage!!!

The Harrison Wildcats have advanced to the Division II Football Regional Semifinals by virtue of a 24-18 victory over Canal Winchester.  The win over Canal Winchester is the Wildcats' first playoff victory since 2014, against Lima Senior.  Harrison has now won nine consecutive games to improve their overall record to 10-1.  With only 16 Division II schools remaining in the playoffs, the Wildcats will face St. Francis DeSales (Columbus) in the next round.  This Sweet Sixteen contest will take place on Friday, November 15 at 7:00 PM.  The site of the game is Miami Trace High School, in Washington Court House.  Congratulations and good luck to the Wildcats and Head Coach Derek Rehage!!!

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