With the closing of the fall season, the competition moves entirely indoors for the winter season. Basketball, bowling, swimming, wrestling and academics have the stage now. Good luck to all our conference competitors. Be sure to check back in with us during the winter season for all the latest results, standings and statistics. Or you can follow us on twitter, @swocsports.
Mount Healthy defeated New Richmond 46-27 in the first round of the Division III, Region 10 playoffs. David Montgomery rushed 26 times for 305 yards and 5 TDs. It's now the third straight season Mount Healthy has advanced to week 12 of the season.
The Owls, the No. 4 seed, face top-seeded Wapakoneta (11-0) in the second round on Friday, Nov. 13 at Northmont at 7:30 p.m.
Mount Healthy and Northwest battled all night Friday in the regular season finale. The Owls prevailed 27-24 to clinch their fourth consecutive conference football title, going unbeaten in conference action (6-0).
Mount Healthy senior quarterback David Montgomery had arguably one of the best offensive seasons we've ever seen (Talawanda's Maurice Thomas in 2014 can certainly make an argument). Montgomery finished his final regular season with 211 carries, 2,227 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns. He also threw for 628 yards and six TDs.
First round playoff pairing will be released later today. According to playoff projections from several area analysts, Mount Healthy looks to be the only SWOC playoff team.
Harrison and Edgewood also played in a barnburner Friday night. Harrison held off Edgewood's second half surge, 20-16. The winner of the game had a chance to slip into the postseason, but both programs needed some help from nonlocal results.
According to playoff projection analyst Steve Shuck, who works closely with The Enquirer each year in determining the playoff picture, projected that Edgewood and Harrison will both miss the postseason. Harrison and Edgewood both finished the year 7-3. The Wildcats have won seven games in each of the last three seasons. Edgewood had quite the turnaround this season, after going a combined 3-17 the last two seasons.
Ross ended its season with a 30-24 win over Talawanda. Ross quarterback Dustin Foley threw for 216 yards, TD; rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns.
Little Miami defeated Aiken 30-8 to close the regular season with a win.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, our conference cross country champions -- Ross' Emily Casaceli and Edgewood's Andrew Testas -- will take their talents to Columbus for the OHSAA state cross country meet.
Casaceli and Testas both placed high enough at the regional meet Oct. 31 in Troy to earn a chance to run at the state meet.
Testas has had one of the more-memorable seasons we've seen in the SWOC. At the SWOC meet, Testas set a new conference record.
Casaceli, just a junior, is not only a cross country champion, but she's also a conference swimming champion.
Congratulations to both runners on amazing seasons!
Check back in with us next weekend to see how our duo does at state.
A season to remember for many of the conference's cross country teams continued last weekend at the district race. Only the top four teams and top 16 individuals earn a spot at the regional meet Oct. 31 in Troy.
Edgewood senior Andrew Testas, the SWOC champion, advanced to regionals with a fifth-place finish at the Division I district meet at Miami Valley Career Tech Center. Testas ran a time of 16:38.58.
Talawanda senior Jessica Starrett also advanced out of the Division I meet with a time of 20:12.24 to claim the 13th spot.
The Ross boys team finished fifth and missed sending the whole group in Division II, Race A, but freshman Steven Knebel and sophomore Micah Fields punched their tickets as individuals. Knebel finished 10th in a time of 17:34.8, and Fields was right behind him in 11th (17:37.3).
The Lady Rams took second place, meaning they'll have the opportunity to race as a group at regionals.
Junior Emily Casaceli continued came in second overall with a time of 19:47.5. Her senior teammate, Katelyn Goins, ran fifth in 20:16.7. Sophomore Abi Clayton finished 10th in 21:03.1, with junior Saylor Kneel on her heels in 14th (21:33.1).
Check back in with us this weekend to see how they do. Also, if you're going to the races in Troy Saturday, you can share the results as they happen on Twitter by sending results to @swocsports.
Good luck to everyone racing!