Which athletic programs are the standout performers this season?
Like a flash, the much-anticipated fall sports schedule is winding down, and playoffs are already upon us. Let’s take a look at some of the high-performing teams to date.
Football – Lakota West (6-0 overall)
There are close to a dozen teams who remain undefeated to this point in the season, though Lakota West is poised for a deep playoff run. The Firebirds are coming off a 44-0 victory over West Clermont last Friday in the first round of the playoffs, and it is the fourth time this season they shut out their opponent. The number one seed now face Lakota East on Friday in the regional quarterfinals.
Girls Volleyball – Seton (14-1 overall)
The Saints have not experienced defeat much this season, suffering only one loss to Mount Notre Dame. Seton got their revenge less than a month later in the middle of a ten-match winning streak. They’ll look to extend that winning formula in a couple non-conference clashes to round out the regular season against Lakota West and Mason.
Boys Soccer – Mariemont (15-0 overall)
Mariemont’s pursuit of perfection began in August, and they haven’t look back since. With 15 straight wins under their belt, they don’t look to be stopping anytime soon. In their last five games, the Warriors outscored opponents 28-0.
Girls Soccer – Mount Notre Dame (12-0 overall)
The home of U.S. Women’s National Team’s star Rose Lavelle is still churning out results. The Cougars have faced some tough competition in non-conference play, although you might not be able to tell. MND currently are ranked #7 nationally.
Boys Cross Country – St Xavier: Nathan Mountain (14:46.9 in the 5000 meters)
Mountain is just one of two runners in Ohio this year to have a recorded personal best time under 15 minutes when he sped by the competition at the Trinity / Valkyrie Invitational on September 19. His time was almost one minute quicker than his finish at last year’s NXR Midwest Regional Championships.
Girls Cross Country – Lakota East: Carly Spletzer (18:14.4) and Kelsi Harris (18:14.8)
Spletzer and Harris, both seniors for the Thunderhawks, are dominant this season in the Greater Miami Conference. Lakota East will attempt to improve their times further at Middletown High School on October 17.
Boys Golf – Madeira: Brandon Connor
Madeira went 17-1 during the season, and they also sent one of their own to the DII State Championship. Connor qualified by shooting a 75 (tied for 3rd overall). The 36-hole event will take place on October 16 and 17.
Girls Tennis – Mason (21-1 overall)
Coming off three consecutive state championships, the Comets are showing no signs of slowing down. Mason clinched their sixth straight Greater Miami Conference title this year thanks to an undefeated showing in conference play.
Girls Golf – Harrison
The Wildcats finished the year going 16-2 overall and 7-1 in conference play. This is good enough for a share of the Southwest Ohio Conference title.