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Academic Quiz Team:  Little Miami has won the last two SWOC Championships and has either won outright or shared five of the six championships since the inception of the Southwest Ohio Conference.  Coach Ron Maupin’s Panthers will be looking to claim their third consecutive title this year which is decided by virtue of a double round of competition.  Ross (2 titles) and Talawanda (1 title) are the other conference schools to have captured Academic Quiz Team championships and/or co-championships.

Bowling:  Northwest has captured every Girls Bowling championship in SWOC history (6 titles).  The Knights, of Coach Jack Wheelwright, will be looking to attain their seventh consecutive crown this winter.  Northwest has also won five straight Boys Bowling championships, after sharing last year’s title with Ross. Coach Terrance Johnson and the Knights will be after six in a row this season.  Edgewood and Harrison shared the inaugural SWOC title in 2012-13. A double round of contests will decide this year’s conference champions for both, the girls and the boys.

Swimming/Diving:  Talawanda Coach Stephen Pasquale has an extremely good thing going in Oxford.  The Brave have won every single SWOC Swimming/Diving championship awarded by the conference.  This goes for both the Girls and Boys programs, 12 titles won in 12 opportunities.  This year, the Southwest Ohio Conference Championship Meet will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Miami University.  Meet time is 6:00 PM.

Wrestling:  This year, Coach Chad Dennis and his Wildcats will be seeking their sixth consecutive SWOC title.  Last year’s championship made it five consecutive Southwest Ohio Conference titles for Harrison.  Ross is the only other SWOC member to claim a title, the inaugural championship in 2012-13.  Northwest will host the 2019 Southwest Ohio Conference Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, February 16.  Wrestling is scheduled to start at 10:00 AM.

Girls Basketball:  Last year, the season ended with three teams sharing the SWOC championship:  Edgewood; Little Miami; and Northwest.  This was the second straight and third overall title for Edgewood, the second title for Little Miami and the first title for Northwest.  Other past SWOC champions are:  Talawanda (4 titles); and Ross (1 title).  Edgewood’s Coach Greg Brown, Little Miami’s Coach Matt Tolliver and Northwest’s Coach Anthony Johnson strive to win another championship through a double round of games.

Boys Basketball:  The Northwest Knights, of Coach Nick Argentati, will be looking for their fifth consecutive SWOC championship this season.  Northwest has won four straight titles after sharing the 2014-15 crown with Mt. Healthy.  Former Southwest Ohio Conference member, Wilmington, won the first two SWOC championships in 2012-13 and 2013-14.  There is sure to be tremendous competition throughout the double round of games scheduled for the upcoming season.  Be sure to catch some of our action this winter!


Ross Establishes The Kent Richardson Scholarship Fund

On Saturday, August 4, 2018, the Ross Cross Country Program sponsored the Ross Rambler 5k Run/Walk to raise money for several Ross Athletics programs.  Based on the overwhelming success of the event, the Ross Athletic Department was also able to honor longtime resident of Ross and journalist for the Venice Cornerstone, Kent Richardson, by establishing the Kent Richardson Scholarship.  Mr. Richardson has been a dedicated Ram fan for decades, often photographing Ross Athletics events for the Cornerstone free of charge.  The scholarship will be awarded each year to a Ross senior student athlete who exhibits the same selfless dedication that Mr. Richardson has practiced for years.

Student Athlete Leadership Team “Champions Breakfast” Begins


Recently, 60 Ross High School student athletes attended the first assembly in the Champions Breakfast Series.  The brainchild of Coach Kenyon Commins (Football), this initiative is designed to give Ross Athletics a forum to intentionally develop leadership skills and positive character traits.  After a quick breakfast, Coach Mike Price (Oak Hills Boys Basketball) delivered a powerful message to the group: "What's your Why? Culture, Mindset, and Identity."  Other speakers will include area business leaders, mental health experts, and sports figures aimed at helping our student athletes be better citizens of our community and our world.

Ross Volleyball Holds Scleroderma Awareness Night to Help Police Chief, Raise Awareness

Ross Volleyball coach Jenna Barth wants more than just wins on the court.  She wants her team to understand the power of helping others, especially helping members of their own community.  On Tuesday, September 4th, the Ross volleyball program held the Scleroderma Awareness Benefit Event to help Ross Township Police Chief Darryl Haussler and his family.  Haussler, who was hired as the Ross Chief of Police in March of 2014, discovered he had Scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease, in 2016.  Since then, Chief Haussler has undergone regular dialysis treatments and is awaiting a kidney transplant.  After being hired as the Varsity head coach for the Ross Volleyball program in June, Coach Barth immediately began to plan the Scleroderma Awareness Benefit Event, a multi-sport effort to raise both awareness and money to help Chief Haussler and his family.  Centered around a “Jail and Bail” fundraiser, Barth also planned and executed Split-the-Pot events at both the volleyball games and girls soccer games against Edgewood on September 4th.  Ultimately, Barth’s efforts netted over $1,000 for Chief Haussler.

Ross/Badin Football hold “Ram Community Kick-Off Rally”

On August 18th, the Ross and Badin Football programs joined forces for the Rams Community Kick-Off Rally at Big Bul’s Roadhouse in Ross Township, an event designed to foster community spirit and fundraise for the Children’s Hospital Psychiatry Division “Surviving the Teens/Teen Suicide Prevention Program.”  In its second year, the Community Rally builds excitement and strengthens sportsmanship between the longtime rival Ram programs in preparation for the Badin vs. Ross football game and also provides an avenue for the programs to give back to their community. 

Ross Athletics Celebrates Award-Winning Student Entrepreneurial Group

Journal News: “Here’s how Ross Schools is using restaurant food scraps to fight hunger"

At the opening home football game, Ross Athletics honored JEE Foods, a student-run Non-Profit Organization dedicated to eradicate hunger and poverty in the Greater Cincinnati area.  In conjunction with Butler Tech and Ross Local Schools, group leaders Michael Rivera (Cross Country), Levi Grimm (Tennis), Jake Kahmann (Football), and Brett Eads (Soccer) have worked over the past year to create a viable procedure for processing expired food donations into useable low-cost products for community members struggling with food shortage.  Throughout that experience, the group has garnered international attention, winning the National SAGE Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada in May and then the SAGE World Cup in South Africa in August.  Since their award-winning international adventure, JEE Foods has opened a coffee bar in Ross High School, where it serves coffee drinks and smoothies as it fundraises in the spirit of its motto: “Together, let’s starve out hunger.”

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 2018-2019 school year!  We are the SWOC!!!

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MADDY PITTMAN - LAROSA'S MVP FEATURED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

NAME: Maddy Pittman SCHOOL: Harrison High School SPORT(S): Soccer GRADUATING YEAR: 2019 GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Single-season scoring record for SWOC & School BIRTHDATE: 9/12/2001 HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5'6"-135 lbs. RESIDENCE: Harrison MOM: Roger & Lori BIGGEST INFLUENCE: "My parents." FUTURE GOAL: Graduate college, career in sports medicine with focus on Nutrition and exercise science.

A future UC Bearcat, Harrison senior soccer all-star and record-holder Maddy Pittman is one of the area's top players.

In 17 games this season, Maddy led the SWOC in goals (32) and points (74) while contributing 10 assists.

She has had numerous multi-goal games this season, including two five-goal performances vs. Northwest and Edgewood, and a four-goal game vs. Winton Woods.

Her junior year, Maddy's 34 goals were a single-season school and SWOC record. She added 14 assists to give her 82 points, also a single-season school and conference record. Her accomplishments were recognized with numerous awards. She was named SWOC Player of the Year, 1st team all-conference for the 2nd time, 1st team all-city in Div. I by the Enquirer and 2nd team all-state. 

Last summer, Maddy was a member of the Total Futbol Academy Elite (TFA) girls' soccer team that placed third in the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships in Frisco, Texas, and she was named to the all-tournament team.

Maddy is also an academic star (4.25 GPA) and is active in community service. Her favorite athlete and most-like-to-meet is Julie Ertz, favorite entertainer is Luke Bryan, favorite book is Racing in the Rain and favorite movie is Remember the Titans. 

Congratulations Maddy!

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