FALL Update: 9/10
Well into the midseason now, two teams -- Talawanda, Ross -- remain unbeaten in conference hardcourt action. The Braves are 5-9 overall, but 4-0 in the SWOC. The Rams are 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the SWOC. The conference tournament is still two weeks away and the champion will be determined based partially on regular season and the conference tournament.
Harrison's not far off, either. The Wildcats are 3-1 in conference and 7-6 overall. Edgewood and Little Miami are each 1-2 in conference, and Northwest and Mount Healthy are still searching for wins within the conference.
According to match results entered by coaches, Talawanda's Katie Curry and Harrison's Hanna Williams have been impressive at first singles. Curry's overall match record is 11-3 and she's unbeaten against conference opponents (4-0). Williams is 12-1 overall and 3-1 against the SWOC. Marylynn Koons, of Ross, has also played well at first singles at 8-2 overall and 3-0 in conference matches.
At second singles, Brittney Pugh (Ross) is unbeaten this season (10-0, 3-0). Harrison's Brooke Retherford is 8-5 overall and 4-0 in the SWOC.
Harrison's Sydney Mauldin is 7-0 (4-0 SWOC) at third singles.
Northwest's Tara Eckstein and Kayla Prather have played well at first doubles with a 3-0 conference record (6-2 overall).
Schedule (4 p.m. unless noted otherwise)
Thursday, Sept. 10
Talawanda at Edgewood
Little Miami at Northwest
Harrison at Ross
Friday, Sept. 11
Northwest at Mount Healthy
Monday, Sept. 14
Winton Woods at Northwest
Edgewood at Middletown
Ross at Little Miami
Harrison at McNicholas
Edgewood and Talawanda have both looked strong on the links. Edgewood is 4-3 overall and 3-0 in the SWOC. Talawanda has posted a 7-1 mark overall and 3-0 in conference matches. Little Miami is 4-3 (1-2).
Talawanda's Charlie Winkler holds the low nine-hole scoring average (39.20) so far this season. His teammate, Vincent Whitehead, is a close second with a 41.10 average. Both have played 90 holes as of Sept. 10.
Little Miami's Dante Losurdo ranks third with a 41.27 average and 99 holes played.
Harrison's stands at the top of the SWOC girls golf standings. The Wildcats are 7-3 overall and 4-0 in conference rounds. Edgewood's in second with a 5-4 record overall and 2-1 in conference.
Harrison has the top three scoring averages in the conference this season. Taylor Keppler leads the SWOC with a 45.16 nine-hole average with 54 holes played. Taylor Gwinner is second (46.28) and Rachelle Grubbs is third (47.85).
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Edgewood's Andrew Testas is the fastest runner this season in the SWOC, according to results entered. Testas has the fastest record time from a SWOC runner this season, posting a 16:26.00 at the Bob Schul Invitational. His teammate, Brandon Beam, has the second-fastest time (17:47.00) at the same meet.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Talawanda's Jessica Starrett has the fastest recorded time this season by a SWOC runner. Starrett ran 20:25.00 at the Miamisburg Invitational. Talawanda's Lizzie Sawdai (21:14.00) and Ashley Baxter (21:52.00) are a close second and third from the same invitational.