SWBL Week in Review: 9/25-10/1
Buckeye Division Football Race Heats Up
Valley View (7-0), Waynesville (6-1), Brookville (6-1) and Eaton (6-1) are all in position to win the Buckeye Division football crown. This upcoming week Eaton is at Brookville in a pivotal game. In Week 9, Brookville travels to Valley View and Waynesville visits Eaton.
Waynesville, Bellbrook Girls Soccer Remain Unbeaten
The Spartans (13-0-1) and Eagles (10-0-4) remained unbeaten last week with notable results against state raked teams. Waynesville beat Ohio’s No. 1 D-III team (Cincinnati Country Day) 5-3, while Bellbrook tied Ohio’s No. 2 D-I team (Milford) 1-1.
SWBL Girls Tennis Titles Awarded
Bellbrook won its third straight SWBL divisional tennis title (Southwestern), while Oakwood won its first since 2019 (Buckeye). Bellbrook senior Maya Brink was the Southwestern first singles champ, while Eaton junior Mallory Hitchcock won the Buckeye first singles crown. For a complete list of winners and the All-League teams, click here for Southwestern and Buckeye.
Bellbrook Volleyball Beats Valley View
In a meeting of divisional leaders, Bellbrook snapped the Spartans 10-match win streak with a four-set victory. The Eagles also beat Franklin and Fairmont to run their own win streak to nine. Valley View rebounded to beat Carlisle and Eaton to remain unbeaten in Buckeye play.
Oakwood Boys Soccer Remains Unbeaten
The Lumberjacks remained the league’s lone unbeaten team with wins over Mariemont (1-0) and Brookville (3-1) and a tie with Monroe (0-0).
Oakwood, Eaton’s Kleinberg Advance to Girls Golf District
Oakwood shot a 401 to place fourth at the D-II Sectional at WGC and advance to the District meet. Carlisle finished ninth and Waynesville was 10th. Eaton senior Karley Kleinberg shot a 95 at the D-II sectional held at Stillwater Valley to punch her ticket to District as an individual. The Eagles placed eighth as a team.
Carlisle’s Powell Makes Boys Golf District Meet
Carlisle (8th), Waynesville (9th), Brookville (10th), Eaton (12th), Madison (13th) and Valley View (14th) participated in the D-II sectional tournament at Pipestone. Although no team advanced to the district, Carlisle senior Micah Powell made it through as an individual. He shot a 79 to tie for seventh.
SWBL Runners Fair Well at Centerville Night Race
Waynesville senior Sam Erbach finished third overall (18:00.58) in the Lainey Studebaker Championship Race at the Centerville Saturday Night Lights event. Franklin senior Kensie Black (19:16.36) was 32nd. Bellbrook freshmen Allison High and Morgan Dalton also finished in the top 50 at 42 and 47, respectively. In the boys Bob Bowman Championship Race, Monroe senior Andrew Wilcox placed ninth (15:45.88). Franklin senior Chris Bond (16:24.74) finished 29th.
Erbach and Frantz Girls Soccer State Recordbook Watch
Waynesville senior Sam Erbach had two goals apiece in wins over Carlisle and Cincinnati Country Day to give her 134 for her career. That mark ranks 18th in state history. Bellbrook junior Jordan Frantz had five saves in a win over Franklin and a tie with Milford to give her 513 for her career. That tally ranks 41st in state history.
SWBL Well-Repped in Latest (9/29) MVSSCA Polls
In the latest Miami Valley Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Polls (9/29), the SWBL owns four of the top seven teams in Division II girls soccer. Waynesville is No. 1 and Bellbrook is No. 2. Monroe (No. 6) and Oakwood (No. 7) are also listed. In the boys rankings, the SWBL has teams in all three divisions. Monroe is No. 9 in D-I, while Oakwood (No. 3), Bellbrook (No. 7) and Brookville (No. 8) all appear in D-II. Waynesville is No. 3 in D-III.
Erbach, Frantz Up For National and State Awards
Waynesville senior Samantha Erbach and Bellbrook junior Jordan Frantz are up for two notable awards this week. Erbach is listed as one of the top 21 girls soccer players in the country by Sports Illustrated and the publication is holding a vote to tab the top player. Frantz is up for the Ohio High School Athlete of the Week honor awarded by MaxPreps. The winner of that is also decided by vote. Erbach currently has 317 career points, including 132 career goals, which ranks 23rd in OHSAA history. Frantz currently has 509 saves, which ranks 41st in OHSAA history. Both Waynesville (No. 1) and Bellbrook (No. 7) are undefeated and ranked in the Top 10 in D-II by the MaxPreps Computer Rakings.
Oakwood Wins First SWBL Tennis Title Since 2019
Powered by three champions and a runner-up, Oakwood claimed its first SWBL tennis title since 2019 on Wednesday at Thomas Cloud Park. The Jills won the Buckeye Division, while Waynesville and Eaton tied for second. Freshman Calathia Biteau and senior Callia Newman were second doubles champion. Senior Miranda Riggs was runner-up at first singles, while junior Lilly Rich was second singles champion and freshman Niobe Beiersdorfer was third singles champion. Despite entering as the No. 2 seed, Eaton junior Mallory Hitchcock won the first singles title. She was the second singles champ last year. Eaton sophomore Ayana Sekine was second singles runner-up and the tandem of sophomore Rylie Daniels and junior Caroline Klawon finished first doubles runner-up. Waynesville senior Abby Butterbaugh and junior Katie McKeehan won the first doubles title. Freshman Maya Hoppe was third singles runner-up. Madison sophomores Livia Carpenter and Presley Higgs entered bracket play as the seventh seed but finished second doubles runner-up. Hithcock was tabbed the Buckeye Division Player of the Year, while Oakwood's Christy Heppner was named Coach of the Year. Click here for the Buckeye Division All-League Teams.
Bellbrook Wins Third Straight SWBL Tennis Title
Bellbrook claimed its third straight SWBL girls tennis title by winning the Southwestern Division crown on Tuesday at Franklin Park. The Eagles were led by senior Maya Brink who won her second straight first singles title. She was first singles runner-up as a sophomore and is a four-time first team all-league selection. Brink was named the division’s Player of the Year. The Eagles got runner-up finishes from junior Brooklyn Elsass (second singles) and senior Kaitlyn Wick (third singles). Bellbrook’s first doubles team (senior Tori Dreischarf and junior Avery Filburn) and second doubles team (junior Lola Brown and sophomore Venus Aggarwal) both won titles. SWBL-newcomer Ross was team runner-up. The Rams got first place finishes from junior Brooke Davis (second singles) and senior Eva Hall (third singles). Ross got runner-up finishes from junior Lucy Bowling (first singles) and both its first (senior Laney Johnson and junior Charlotte Pate) and second (junior Carly Jones and sophomore Olivia Johnson) doubles teams. Ross head coach Gerri Bolin was named division Coach of the Year. Click here for the All-SWBL Southwestern Division teams.