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Boys Tennis:  Talawanda has won the last two SWOC Championships and three of the last four Southwest Ohio Conference titles.  Coach Pete Thomas’ Brave will be looking to claim their third consecutive title this year.  The championship is decided by virtue of a single round of head to head competition and the SWOC Boys Tennis Tournament, which is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st at Miami University.  Edgewood (2016) and former conference member Wilmington (2013 & 2014) are the other schools to have captured a SWOC Boys Tennis Championship.

Girls Track:  Coach Paul Stiver’s Talawanda Brave have captured the last two SWOC Championships and four of the six Southwest Ohio Conference Championships since the inception of the conference.  The Brave were victorious in 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018.  This year’s title will be decided on Tuesday, May 7th at the SWOC Championship Meet, hosted by Edgewood High School.  Ross (2016) and Harrison (2015) are also past winners of the Southwest Ohio Conference Championship.

Boys Track:  The Mt. Healthy Owls, of Coach Ken Meibers, will be looking to claim their sixth straight SWOC Championship this season.  The Owls have won the last five Southwest Ohio Conference titles.  Northwest is the only other past winner of a SWOC title, having claimed the inaugural championship in 2013.  This year, the Southwest Ohio Conference Championship Meet will be held on Tuesday, May 7th at Edgewood High School.

Softball:  Coach Mike Schiering and his Harrison Wildcats will enter this season as the defending SWOC Champions.  Three schools have claimed titles in the history of the Southwest Ohio Conference.  Harrison leads the way with three outright championships (2014, 2015, and 2018); Edgewood has two titles (2017 outright and 2016 shared); and Ross has two championships (2013 outright and 2016 shared).  This year’s title will be decided by a double round of competition between all SWOC members.

Baseball:  Last year, the Ross Rams, of Coach Jason Rettinger (retired), won their second consecutive SWOC Championship.  In the history of the Southwest Ohio Conference, Ross and Harrison have either shared the title or won it outright.  Ross won the outright championship in 2017 and 2018; Harrison won the title for themselves in 2015 and 2016; and Harrison and Ross were co-champions in 2013 and 2014.  All SWOC schools will strive to win a championship through a double round of games.

  

The Harrison Athletic Boosters are currently working on a new plan to update and renovate our athletic facilities at Harrison High School.  With the growth of the school district and the passage of the school bond issue in November 2017, the district will begin construction on the three new elementary schools and a new middle school starting this summer. Two of the new schools (one elementary and the new middle school) will be built on the campus of Harrison High School.  The athletic boosters and our school district realize the time is now to update the athletic facilities to match the state of the art schools that will open in August, 2021.  The athletic improvements / upgrades will be completed with ZERO TAX DOLLARS USED.  The state of Ohio does not allow co-funded school building project money to build athletic complexes – and the state is contributing nearly $26.6M to our new schools. The local share of the new schools’ project is $71.7M.

 

The reasons for the athletic upgrades go beyond the actual age of the facilities. With the new schools and their locations, several areas that are used for competition currently will be impacted.  The current soccer game field, which sits in the outfield of the baseball complex, will be impacted a great deal by the loop road that will come in off of Dry Fork and continue around the two new schools at the central campus. The JV Baseball and Softball fields will also be impacted by the road that will serve the new schools. Thus the Harrison Athletic Boosters will look to install field turf in the current Wildcats Stadium – to provide a playing surface that can accommodate both football and soccer for years to come and with little impact by Mother Nature. We are currently in the planning process for the turf and are working with several companies to secure the best possible product at the best price. The construction of the new schools will also eliminate several current practice areas – which will be replaced by two more fully irrigated practice fields behind the current visitor bleachers.  Lastly, the current visitor bleachers will need to be torn down and rebuilt simply due to life span and age.  These bleachers were installed by the Harrison Athletic Boosters during the Stadium Drive of 1969. 

 

If you would like to be part of the next great chapter of the Harrison Athletic Boosters, please contact Harrison High School Athletic Director Mark Meibers at Mark.Meibers@southwestschools.org or (513) 367-4169. Go CATS!

  

For the first time in Ross wrestling history, a Ram has won a state wrestling championship.  Junior Alex Coleman captured the 2019 Division II 285 lb. State Wrestling Championship by winning an exciting championship match by the final score of 10-7.  Coleman had pinned his three previous opponents during the State Tournament.  The SWOC was also represented on the podium in Columbus by the following State Placers:  Brett McIntosh, Harrison (3rd Place Division I - 160 lbs.); Max Boyle, Harrison (6th Place Division I - 195 lbs.); Logan Iams, Ross (7th Place Division II - 182 lbs.); and Sean Mondello, Talawanda (8th Place Division I - 160 lbs.).  Congratulations on all of these accomplishments at the OHSAA State Wrestling Championships!!!

For the 3rd consecutive year and 6th time in 7 years, the SWOC Academic Quiz Team Championship has been won by the Little Miami Panthers.  Little Miami has won 40 consecutive matches, with their last defeat coming on December 7, 2016 at the hands of Ross.  This season, the Panthers and Coach Ron Maupin possess an overall record of 14-0 while finishing 12-0 in conference play.  Little Miami is represented on the SWOC All-Conference teams by the following individuals:  Thomas Sweeney, Player of the Year and 1st Team All-Conference; Tadeo Palafox, 2nd Team All-Conference; Robbie Billups, Honorable Mention; Brian Schapp, Sportsmanship; and Ron Maupin, Coach of the Year.  Congratulations on another outstanding season!!!

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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