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|3/30||Turpin||won||8-1||1-0||0-0||link||On a beautiful Spring Saturday in Mason, the defending GMC Champion Comets kicked off their 2013 campaign with an afternoon doubleheader against the visiting Turpin Spartans from the Eastern Cincinnati Conference.
Drew Johnson picked up where he left off from his Spring workouts, wasting no time putting the Comets on the board in the first inning with a high, majestic two-out solo shot to deep left field. He had 2 RBI's in the game. Seth Bowles got the opening day start for the Comets and quickly dispatched with the Spartan hitters - allowing only 2 hits and 1 run over six innings for his first win of the season. He did not allow a base hit until the 6th inning. TJ Zeuch retired the Spartans in order in the 7th to close things out for Mason.
In his inaugural start as a varsity player, DH Connor Bryan led the Comet offensive attack with a big 2-out RBI double. He finished 2 for 4 in the game with 2 RBI's. Other key offensive contributors included:
RJ Thompson: 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's and a stolen base
Billy Highfill: 2 for 3 with a stolen base
Rodney Hutchison took the ball for the Comets in game two of the doubleheader and provided solid leadership both from the mound and at the plate today. In earning his first win of the season, Hutchison scattered 5 hits over 6 innings while striking out six. At the plate, he finished 2 for 4, pounding out a single and a double while driving in two runs.
|4/1||@ Oak Hills||won||5-4||3-0||1-0||link||
In their GMC opener on Monday, April 1st, Mason rallys from a 4-1 deficit with four runs in the top of the 7th inning to stun host Oak Hills by a final score of 5-4.
After managing only 4 base hits through six innings against the Oak Hills starter, Msaon's Tyler Thamann got things started in the top of the 7th with a one-out base hit. After a HBP to Connor Bryan, and a Lee Sponseller walk, Adam Quick stepped to the plate and pounded a ball off the right field wall, driving in two to make it a 4-3 ballgame.
Connor McVey then greeted the Highlanders closer with a laser shot off the left field wall to tie the game and put runners at 2nd and 3rd. Billy Highfill (pinch running for Quick) promptly scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
Mason starter Andrew McDonald pitched well on a cold and windy afternoon, allowing only 5 hits through 5 innings of work while striking out 6, hitting a batter, and walking 3.
Jansen Beseckergot the win in relief (1-0) after pitching a scoreless sixth inning, and Drew Johnson recorded his first career save as a Mason Comet by closing the door on the Highlanders in the seventh. Johnson also smacked a double earlier in the game.
Mason baseball cruised to a 9-1 win over visiting Oak Hills on Wednesday to complete a 2-game sweep and remain unbeaten on the season at 4-0. Rodney Hutchison wasted no time igniting the Comet offense by crushing a 1st inning 3-run bomb in to the wind to straight away centerfield.
A large contingent of big-league scouts were on hand to watch TJ Zeuch in his first start of the season. Zeuch (1-0) pitched 5 innings, allowing only 3 base hits, walking 5, and striking out 6. Jansen Besecker finished off the Highlanders by tossing two scoreless innings in relief. He benefitted by two phenomenal defensive plays by his shortstop, Connor McVey.
Offensive leaders for this game:
Rodney Hutchison: 1 for 2, HR, SAC, 4 RBI
Next up Mason will host Eisenhower High School on Thursday, April 4th.
The Mason Baseball team stayed perfect on the season (5-0) with an impressive come-from-behind 6-3 victory over visiting Eisenhower High School (MI) on Thursday afternoon.
The Comets came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth, trailing 3-2 with only 2 total hits on the day. Drew Johnson reached on a HBP to lead off the inning. After he stole 2nd, the next two batters were retired. TJ Dunn took the pressure off of his teammates by crushing a double to right-center, tying the score at 3 apiece. Adam Quick followed with a base hit to score Dunn, driving in the go-ahead run. A Lee Sponseller double to left-center put two runners in scoring position, setting the table for a Connor McVey 2RBI double that provided the Comets with some breathing room.
Connor played like the reigning GMC Player of the Year. Along with his sixth inning doubl,e he led off the Mason 1st with a solo home run to left field and made a fabulous run-saving defensive play at short in the 3rd. All totalled he was 2 for 3 with a HR, double, walk, stolen base, and 3 RBI's on the day.
Rodney Hutchison started on the mound for Mason and was masterful in his 4 innings of work, allowing just 1 earned run on 2 hits, striking out 6, and not walking a batter. Chris Rice (1-0) made his varsity debut, pitching the 6th inning. He allowed one run on two hits and was credited with the win. Jeremy Hilbert closed things out for Mason in the 7th by retiring the Eagles in order.
Next up Mason will host GMC rivial Lakota West tonight (Friday).
The Comet Baseball team continued their early season winning streak with a 6-4 victory over Lakota West on Friday, April 5th. Clutch hitting and good pitching stretched the Mason season record to 6-0 with a 3-0 mark in the GMC.
For the second straight day, the Comet bats waited until the 6th inning to come alive. Friday, it was Adam Quick and RJ Thompson with the big blows as the two seniors continued their solid start to the 2013 season. Quick finished 2 for 3 on the day with a first inning double and a solo HR to lead off the Comet 4th. Thompson turned in another 2 for 3 day with 2 RBI's.
After 5 innings of play, the score was tied 2-2 and Mason had only 3 hits against Grant Schuermann, Lakota West's ace and crafty left-hander. But, just like one day earlier, the 6th inning was a big one for the Comets. After lead off singles by Joe Thomas and Lee Sponseller, Billy Highfill moved both runners in to scoring position with a SAC bunt, his second of the game. The Firebirds elected to intentionally walk Connor McVey to load the bases with one out. RJ Thompson made them pay by ripping a line drive over the left fielder's head, driving in two. After a Drew Johnson walk and a Lakota West pitching change, Rodney Hutchison promptly singled to drive in what proved to be an important insurance run, making it a 6-2 ball game.
On the mound, Seth Bowles improved his record to 2-0 with another solid performance. He went 6 complete innings today, allowing just 2 earned runs on 5 hits while striking out 5. He walked 2 and also hit a batter. Lakota West scored 2 in the seventh as Drew Johnson uncharacteristically walked 2, hit a batter, and allowed a base hit. With 2 outs, Andrew MacDonald came on in a rare relief appearance, and required just two pitches to notch his first save.
Next up Mason visits Lakota West on Monday, April 8th.
|4/8||@ Lakota West||won||12-2||7-0||4-0||link||
Mason baseball wallops Lakota West on Monday by a score of 12-2 to stay unbeaten on the season.
Connor McVey led off the game with a sharp single to left, RJ Thompson followed with a long triple to the centerfield wall, and the Comets were off and running. Mason hitters combined for 17 hits on the day, as 6 Comets enjoyed a multiple-hit game. After taking a 2-1 lead after one inning of play, the Comets were in control of this one throughout, leading 5-2 after six. They then exploded for 7 runs in the 7th inning to pummel the host Firebirds.
Andrew McDonald (1-0) cruised through his six innings of work, allowing just one earned run on 4 hits, walking one batter, and striking out 8. Jansen Besecker retired the Firebirds in order in the 7th. Offensive leaders included:
RJ Thompson: 2 for 4, triple, double, 3 RBI's
Next up Mason hosts Lakota East on Wednesday, April 10th.
Sticking with a recurring theme thus far this season, Mason won again, and waited until the late innings to get the offense in gear. But, once again, the Comets scored runs in bunches to hand Lakota East their first GMC loss of the season, 5-2. With the win, Mason improves to 8-0 on the season and takes over sole possession of first place.
Heading to the bottom of the fifth inning, the Comets trailed 2-1 and had only 2 hits on the day against Thunderhawks starter, Derek Baker. Billy Highfill led off the inning with a single. One out later, RJ Thompson and Drew Johnson hit back-to-back doubles and, just like that, Mason had a 3-2 lead. Rodney Hutchison then singled to drive in Johnson, and TJ Dunn doubled to drive in Hutchison to cap off the big 4 run inning. The Comets led for good by a score of 5-2.
TJ Zeuch (2-0) was in control the entire way, getting the complete game victory. He allowed 7 hits on the day (a few of them were infield hits), walked only 1, and fanned 12 as at least a half dozen major league scouts looked on. Leading the Mason offense today:
Drew Johnson: 2 for 3, 2 doubles, 2 RBI's
The Comets go for the 2-game sweep of East at Prasco Park Friday night at 7:00 PM.
|4/12||@ Lakota East||won||8-1||9-0||6-0||link||
On a cold and windy night in front of a near capacity crowd at Prasco Park, the Comets responded well to the bright lights and big stage of the Cincinnati Reds Futures Showcase. Mason improved to 9-0 on the season and probably played their best all-around game of the season in an 8-1 thumping of GMC rival Lakota East. The Comets got great pitching, played flawless team defense, and banged out 12 hits as they controlled this game from beginning to end.
Seth Bowles (3-0) pitched an absolute gem, scattering just 4 hits, one walk, and 1 run throughout his complete-game 7 innings of work. He struck out 9 Thunderhawk batters in demonstrating great command of both his fastball and off-speed pitches. His battery mate, Joey Thomas, was solid behind the plate, throwing out a would-be Lakota East base stealer in the 3rd to snuff out a Thunderhawk rally attempt. He later beautifully blocked a strike three ball in the dirt, tracked down the ball, and threw a strike to first to complete an inning.
Offensively, the Comets scored in 5 of 7 innings tonight in a balanced and consistent attack that kept pressure on East throughout the entire game. Seee offiensive highlights below:
Rodney Hutchison: 2 for 2, 2 SAC Flies, 4 RBI's
Mason followed up Friday night's stellar performance with an equally impressive domination of visiting St. Xavier on Saturday, winning 11-1 in 6 innings. With win Mason raises their record to 10-0.
The Comets scored 6 runs in the 3rd inning to blow this game open. Rodney Hutchison (2-0) made yet another quality start for the Comets to notch the complete game victory. He scattered 5 hits over 6 innings while striking out 7 as Graham Brockway provided solid support behind the dish. Mason's defense played errorless baseball as middle infielders Connor McVey and RJ Thompson were superb today.
On offense, the Comets had 11 hits in the game. See highlights below:
Drew Johnson: 2 for 3, double, walk, 3 RBI's
Next up Mason visits Hamilton on Monday, April 15th.
The Comets were hitting on all cylinders once again on Monday, combining great pitching, errorless defense, and consistent hitting as they routed the host Hamilton Big Blue 9-0.
Andrew McDonald (3-0) pitched a complete game 3-hitter today, striking out 9 with 1 walk and 1 HBP. Mason scored in 5 of the 7 innings played today, including a big 4-run 4th inning. Today's hitting leaders:
Rodney Hutchison: 3 for 4, home run, double, RBI
Next up Mason will host Hamilton on Wednesday, April 17.
(makeup from 4/17)
Mason used the home run ball to begin and end today's game, as they improved to 12-0 on the season with a 13-2 rout of Hamilton. Drew Johnson got the Comets on the board early with a 2-run bomb to deep right field in the first inning. Mason scored 2 in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th, and 5 in the 5th to lead 10-5 heading in to 6th inning, with RJ Thompson and Connor Bryan providing clutch 2-out RBI hits.
TJ Zeuch (3-0) pitched 5 solid innings before leaving the game with a slight ankle sprain. He surrendered only 3 hits, 1 earned run, and 1 walk while striking out 4. Seth Boles pitched a scoreless 6th in relief.
Lee Sponseller capped off the Comet scoring in the bottom of the 6th with a walk-off 3-run homer. Today's hitting leaders:
RJ Thompson: 3 for 4, 3 RBI's
Mason benefitted from solid pitching, 6 Sycamore errors, and a 6-run 6th inning to defeat the Aves 11-3 this past Saturday.
Seth Bowles improved to 4-0 on the season, tossing a complete game 5-hitter. He struck out 9, walked 1, and surrendered just 2 earned runs on the day - lowering his season ERA to an impressive 1.56.
Leaders on offense today included:
Drew Johnson: 3 for 4, triple
Mason will visit Sycamore on Monday, April 22nd. The Comets are 13-0 overall and 9-0 in the GMC. The Comets are ranked No. 1 in the City and recent Division 1 State Baseball polls.
McDonald No-No's Aves!
Andrew McDonald (3-0) came within an eyelash of a perfect game today, as he dominated the Sycamore Aviators in a 15-0 five inning no-hitter at Sycamore. Unbelievably, 14 of the 15 Sycamore outs came via strike out. The only Aviator base runner in the game reached safely with one out in the 5th inning after a McDonald pitch grazed his shoulder. After 5 starts, McDonald's ERA now stands at 1.50, and he leads the GMC in strikeouts with 37.
Sycamore walked 7 Comet batters, hit another, and committed 4 errors. The Mason offense had 11 hits on the day summarized below:
RJ Thompson: 2 for 2, 3-run homer, walk, HBP, stolen base, 3 RBI's
The Comets have taken over the #1 spot in both the Enquirer city poll and the Prep Baseball Report state poll. Next up they will host Princeton on Wednesday, April 24th (weather permiting)
Mason improved to 15-0 on the season as they cruised to an 11-1 five-inning win at Princeton on Thursday afternoon. This game was never in doubt as the Comets led 7-0 after two innings. The Vikings walked 10 Mason batters, committed 3 errors and threw several wild pitches, all of which contributed mightily to their early demise.
Seth Bowles improved to 5-0 on the season with the win. He pitched 4 innings and struck out 7, hit a batter, surrendered just 3 hits, and allowed a single earned run. Jansen Besecker pitched a scoreless 5th to close things out for the Comets. The Mason offense was led today by:
Connor McVey: 2 for 3, double, SAC Fly, 2 RBI's
The Comets host Kings tonight (Friday, April 26) for Youth Baseball Night at Prasco Park. Game time is at 6:30.
|4/26||Kings @ Prasco Park||won||12-1||16-0||11-0||link||
Mason erupted for 8 runs in the 5th inning, capped off by a 3-run walk-off homer by Drew Johnson, to defeat Kings 12-1 before a capacity Youth Baseball Night crowd at Prasco Park.
Leading just 2-1 in the bottom of the 4th, RJ Thompson delivered a crucial two-out 2RBI single to put the Comets up 4-1. That hit seemed to provide a collective sigh of relief for the team, setting up the slugfest that would soon follow in the 5th.
TJ Zeuch (4-0) gave up a single to the first batter he faced tonight, and that was it as he 1-hit the Knights, striking out 6 and walking 3. The lone Kings run was an unearned run in the 4th coming after 2 Comet errors. Zeuch entered the game tonight with a stingy 1.17 ERA. Key offensive contributors tonight included:
Drew Johnson: 2 for 4, home run, 3 RBI's
The 16-0 Comets are now ranked 17th in the nation by Max Preps and No. 1 in the city and state polls. They travel to Colerain on Monday for a GMC matchup.
In a rather bizarre game at Colerain, Mason defeated the Cards 11-7 on the strength of another solid pitching performance by Andrew McDonald and 3 Comet home runs.
Mason scored 4 runs in the first. RJ Thompson hit a one-out solo shot to left. Three walks and two singles later, it was 4-0. In the 2nd inning, three more Comet batters walked, and TJ Dunn followed with a 1-out grand slam laser shot to left to make it an 8-0 ball game. The Comets would not get another hit until 2 outs in the 6th. In the top of the 7th, RJ Thompson hit his second homer of the game, a 3-run bomb off the scoreboard in left center to put the Comets up 11-1.
Andrew McDonald improved to 4-0 with the win. He allowed only 2 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 12 over his 6 innings of work. Colerain scored 6 earned runs in the bottom of the 7th off of the Comet bullpen. Today's hitting leaders:
RJ Thompson: 2 for 4, 2 home runs, 1 walk, 2 stolen bases, 4 RBI's
(makeup from 4/24)
Mason made quick work of Princeton on Tuesday afternoon, blanking the Vikings 10-0 in 5 innings at home. Rodney Hutchison stole the show on this day, pitching a 1-hit complete game shutout and clubbing a 2-run homer in the 3rd to put the Comets up 4-0. Hutchison was in complete command of the game, worked quickly and efficiently, and finished with 7 strikeouts. His battery mate, Graham Brockway, gunned down a Princeton base runner attempting to steal second in the 3rd inning.
Four Princeton errors and a couple of wild pitches contributed to their early exit today. Offensive leaders for Mason:
Rodney Hutchison: 2 for 3, home run, 2 RBI's
Next up Mason will host Colerain on Wednesday, May 1st.
Mason won a tight one on Wednesday, May 1st to stay unbeaten on the year, winning 5-1 at home vs. Colerain. The Comets led just 2-1 heading to the bottom of the 6th. Rodney Hutchison smacked a one-out bases loaded single to extend the lead to 4-1.
Seth Bowles (6-0) pitched another beauty today, striking out 4, walking no one, and surrendering only 4 hits as he went the distance. With two outs and runners at second and third in the Colerain 6th, Drew Johnson made a critical put-out at 3rd base to snuff out the Cardinal threat. Today's hitting leaders:
Rodney Hutchison: 3 for 4, 2 RBI's
With today's win, Mason head coach Ken Gray moved in to 3rd place all-time among Ohio high school baseball coaches with win #761! Congratulations, Coach Gray!
Next up Mason hosts Middletown on Friday, May 3rd.
The Comets continued to generate solid pitching, flawless defense, and balanced production throughout the lineup as they improved to 20-0 on the season with 10-0 win at home vs. Middletown on Friday. This 5-inning game was over in an hour and 15 minutes.
TJ Zeuch improved to 5-0 with the win, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 6. Seven Mason hitters combined for 10 hits on the day. Mason erupted for 5 runs on 5 hits in the 3rd inning to blow the game open, with Lee Sponseller crushing a bases-loaded 2-out triple to deep center that drove in 3. In the 5th inning after the first 2 batters were retired and the next 3 reached base via errors and a walk, Connor McVey belted a 3-run double down the left field line to secure the walk-off win for the Comets. Today's offensive leaders:
Connor McVey: 2 for 4, double, 3 RBI's
Next up Mason will visit Middletown on Monday, May 6th.
|5/6||@ Middletown||Monday's game at Middletown was postponed and rescheduled for Thursday, May 9th. Next up Mason takes their 20-0 record to Fairfield on Wednesday, May 8th.|
The Comets had to dodge raindrops and a first inning threat from Fairfield, but they continued to come through with great pitching, timely hitting, and solid defense in shutting out the Indians on their home field 7-0 on Wednesday. The game was called after the 5th inning due to thunderstorms.
In the first inning after the first two Mason batters reached base, the game was delayed 30 minutes as a storm blew through the Fairfield area. Once play resumed, Rodney Hutchison promptly launched a 3-run bomb to deep left-center to put the Comets in front. Fairfield loaded the bases in the top of the first, but a two-out diving catch in shallow right field by Lee Sponseller put an end to any real threat the Indians would mount in this game. The Comets plated 3 more runs in the 4th, with the key hit coming on a 2-run double by Connor McVey.
Andrew McDonald went the distance for Mason, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 7 as he improved to 5-0 on season. Leaders on offense for Mason included:
Connor McVey: 2 for 3, double, 2 RBI's
Comets Repeat As GMC Baseball Champs!
The Mason baseball team has won back-to-back GMC Championships with their 12-1 win on Thursday afternoon at Middletown. The Comets pummeled the Middies with the "long ball" hitting four homers in the blowout. Ohio's No. 1 ranked team will attempt to "run the table" today on the 2013 season when they host Fairfield on Senior Day. Mason's record currently stands at an amazing 22-0 (17-0 GMC).
The Comet's win over Middletown began when Lee Sponseller hit a two-out solo shot to right in the 2nd inning to put the Comets up 1-0. Drew Johnson followed with a 2-run blast in the 3rd. In the 6th inning, Mason blew this game open, scoring 6 runs. Drew Johnson led off the inning with his second homer of the game, and Connor McVey followed up with a 3-run bomb to deep left center. The Comets came back for more in the 7th, scoring 3 runs on 4 base hits, including a two-out 2 RBI single from Billy Highfill.
ZJ Zeuch (6-0) pitched a 2-hit complete game, walking 4 and striking out 9. Today's leaders on offense included:
Drew Johnson: 3 for 3, 2 home runs, walk, 3 RBI's
Mason drew the #1 seed in the upcoming sectional tournament. The Comets will host the winner of the Northwest/Walnut Hills contest on Thursday, May 16th at 5:00 PM.
Congratulations to all the players and coaches on another GMC Title!
(make up) Senior Day
After exploding for 4 home runs in their last win at Middletown, Mason relied on defense and pitching on Monday as they shut out Fairfield 6-0 on Senior Day to finish the regular season with an unblemished 23-0 record.
Mason put on an infield defensive clinic in the 3rd inning as RJ Thompson, Connor McVey, and Matt Beebe each made outstanding plays. After a lead-off walk in the 6th, McVey and Thompson were at it again, turning a beautiful double play to snuff out the Indians' rally attempt.
The Comets got 2 hits in the first inning, but left both runners stranded. They would not get another base hit until 2 were out in the 5th inning against Fairfield starter Jake Gunnell, who pitched well today. After walks to Lee Sponseller and Billy Highfill to begin the Comet 5th, Connor McVey bunted both runners in to scoring position. One out later, Drew Johnson lined a sharp single to right to put Mason on the board 2-0. The Comets scored 4 more times in the 6th on the strength of 2-out RBI singles by Billy Highfill and RJ Thompson, and 2 runners stealing home in the inning.
Seth Bowles improved to a league-leading 7-0 on the season as he pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing just 2 hits, walking 4, and striking out 3. Andrew McDonald secured the final out for the Comets in the 7th, leading to a dog-pile celebration on the infield.
The Comets earned a #1 regional tournament seed and a 1st round bye. On Thursday, May 16, they host the winner of the game between Northwest and Walnut Hills at 5:00 PM.
5:00 pm at home
Mason picked up where they left off after their undefeated regular season, overwhelming visiting Northwest 11-1 in five innings on Thursday night to capture their second consecutive Sectional title.
Andrew McDonald improved to 6-0 with the win, recording 10 of the 15 outs today via strike out. He surrendered only one hit on the day, a bunt single.
The Comets showed good discipline at the plate today, working the Northwest pitchers for 7 walks while banging out 10 hits. Mason only needed to bat in the first four innings today to secure the victory. Offensive leaders:
Rodney Hutchison: 2 for 3, double, 5 RBI's
The Comets advance to face Ross in a District semi-final game next Thursday, May 23rd at Harrison High School.
Mason defeated the Ross Rams 5-1 in a hard-fought District semi-final game at Harrison High School on Thursday afternoon. Andrew McDonald improved to 7-0 on the season, turning in yet another outstanding performance on the mound. McDonald pitched a complete game today, striking out 8, walking 1, and surrendering just 3 hits.
The Comets grabbed the momentum early in this one, scoring 2 runs in the first. After a lead-off single and stolen base from Connor McVey, and a walk to Drew Johnson, Rodney Hutchison clubbed a 2-run double to right center. After the 1st inning, Mason produced only 1 base hit until two were out in the 5th, as Ross starter Jake Shields pitched a solid game today - striking out 9 Comet batters and allowing only 5 hits on the day.
The Comets finally got some breathing room in the 5th. After Lee Sponseller walked and stole second, and two batters were retired, Shields hit Connor McVey and walked RJ Thompson to load the bases. Drew Johnson stepped to the plate and delivered yet again, lining a triple in to the right field corner to put the Comets up 5-1. Today's leaders on offense:
Drew Johnson: 1 for 2, walk, triple, 3 RBI's
Mason (25-0) will square off against the Milford Eagles for the District Championship on Saturday, May 25th at 10:00 AM at Western Hills High School.
vs. Milford @ Western Hills
The Comets captured a District Championship on Saturday in front of a packed house at Centerville H.S. Mason defeated Milford with a tough 3-1 win advancing them to the state's Sweet Sixteen.
TJ Zeuch pitched an absolute masterpiece. Zeuch picked up his 7th win of the season recording 11 strikeouts with no walks and no earned runs allowed. He scattered just 4 hits over his 7 innings of work, and made quite an impression on the half-dozen major league scouts in attendance. Zeuch was able to keep all three of his pitches down in the zone, and worked ahead of virtually every Milford batter.
The Comets had 7 base hits on the day, but had trouble stringing them together in bunches. TJ Dunn lined a one-out solo shot over the left field wall to put Mason on the board 1-0 in the second. The only other scoring rally occurred in the 3rd inning after the first two batters were retired. With the score knotted at 1-1, RJ Thompson reached base on an error, Drew Johnson singled, and Rodney Hutchison walked. Connor Bryan followed with two-run single to left field to put Mason up 3-1. Neither team scored over the remaining 4 innings of play. Leaders on offense:
Connor Bryan: 2 for 3, 2 RBI's
The Comets (26-0) return to action Thursday afternoon in a regional semi-final game vs. Clayton Northmont. Game time is 5:00 at Marge Schott Stadium on the campus of University of Cincinnati.
vs. Clayton Northmont 5:00
Mason's historic season came to a very disappointing end in the Regional Semi-final game, Thursday afternoon. The Comets fell to Clayton Northmont by a score of 6-1 at University of Cincinnati's Marge Schott Stadium. The GMC Champions, District Champions, and Ohio's #1 ranked team finished with an impressive 26-1 record.
The Comets surrendered 4 unearned runs in the top of the first inning due to 3 errors, a HBP, and a couple of walks. Pitching and defense were a hallmark of this team all season, but a tough first inning and two questionable calls by umpires in the third inning were just too much to overcome.
Andrew McDonald who, earlier in the day was named Ohio Division 1 Player of the Year, suffered the tough luck loss for the Comets. He pitched 4 innings, allowing just 1 earned run on 5 hits. He walked 4 batters and hit one as well. TJ Zeuch pitched the last 3 innings, scattering 3 hits along with 2 K's and 1 earned run.
The Comets managed just 6 base hits on the day off of Northmont starter and complete game winner Tom Stoffel, who will be Andrew McDonald's roommate at Virginia Tech next year. Today's leaders on offense:
TJ Dunn: 2 for 3
Congratulations to all the players and coaches on a season to remember.
The Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association has released the 2013 All-Ohio Teams, and the Mason Comets are well-represented:
|Box Score||Game Highlights|
The Lady Comets opened their season with a 11-0 shutout of Princeton on Monday, April 1st. Tory Steward got the win from the mound allowing only two hits over 6 innings of work. Jessica Casciotti went 3-4 from the plate and score two runs. The Comets pounded out 12 hits versus Viking pitching.
Next up the Comets visit Colerain on Wednesday, April 3rd.
The Lady Comets won a hard fight 1-0 victory against GMC rival Colerain last night. Tory Stewart earned her second win of the season allowing only 2 hits and striking out seven. The Comet’s only run was scored in the second inning,
Tory Stewart started the inning with a base hit, only to be stranded on first base for two more outs. Consecutive hits from Alex Johnson and Macy Hubbard then loaded the bases. Gabby LaSala then drew a walk to score the only run of the game. The comets defense keep the Cardinals off the bases, committing no errors and allowing no runners to advance past second base.
The Comets travel to Columbus this weekend to play in the Pickerington Invitational.
vs. Pickerington Central
vs. Olentangy Orange
Lady Comets Softball 2 for 3 at Pickerington Central HS Weekend Tournament
|4/8||@ Middletown||won||7-1||5-1||3-0||link||On a breezy (finally warm) spring day on Monday, Mason downed the Middletown Middies by a score of 7-1. The Lady Comets exploded for 6 runs in the top of the first, batting 10 in the opening frame. Mason capitalized on multiple errors by Middletown and set the precedence they were there to play.
Junior pitcher Tory Stewart got the start and pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the first inning before stepping aside for junior Emily Way’s Varsity début. Emily pitched 6 solid innings with only one un-earned run crossing the plate in the bottom of the fourth.
Congratulations to the Lady Comets and especially Emily Wey on a great debut performance and strong GMC conference win.
The Lady Comets are back in action Tuesday April 9th at home against the Hamilton Big Blue. Game time is 4:30pm at the Varsity softball field.
The Lady Comets continued their winning ways with a 11-1 drubbing of Hamilton on Tuesday. Tory Stewart limited the Big Blue offense to just just one hit while striking out 8.
Senior Samantha Hayner was perfect at the plate going 4-4, scoring 2 runs and collecting 3 RBI. The Comets are 4-0 in the GMC and 6-1 overall.
Next up they visit Sycamore on Wednesday, April 10th.
|4/10||@ Sycamore||won||15-2||7-1||5-0||link||Lady Comets Defeat Sycamore 15-2
Sycamore pitching was just the right speed allowing 14 hits and to capitalize on several Sycamore fielding errors for a 15-2 Mason win. Tory Stewart and Emily Wey shared the pitching duties holding Sycamore to 2 runs throughout the day. Along with another strong day in the circle Tory Stewart hit her first home run for the season bringing in two of the RBI’s for the day. The bats were alive yesterday for our Lady Comets!
Tory Stewart 1-3 HR, 2 RBI’s
Jordan Sullivan 4-5 1 RBI
Gabby LaSala 3-4 2 RBI’s
Sami Parave 2-4 1 RBI
Liz Hillen RBI Double
Alexandra Johnson 1-2 1 RBI
Emily Wey 2 RBI Single
Taylor Stewart 1-2 2 RBI’s
Macy Hubbard 2 SAC’s 3 RBI’s
Next up Mason hosts Fairfield Friday April 12th.
Lady Comets Defeat Fairfield 5-2
Mason moved to 6-0 in the GMC Friday defeating Fairfield 5-2. Junior Tory Stewart had another outstanding day pitching a complete game for the win. Megan Warren scored big for the Lady Comets bringing in 3 RBI's with a triple and two singles.
Next up Mason hosts Bloom Carroll on Saturday April 13th.
|4/13||Bloom Carroll HS||lost||1-0||8-2||6-0||link||
Comets Battle 14 Innings Saturday with Loss to Bloom Carroll
In a 14 inning pitchers duel in Mason Saturday, Tory Stewart, and Taran Alvelo from Bloom Carroll held each respective offense to a zero score game until the top of 14. Tory ended her incredible day with 16 strikeouts. Mason threatened with bases loaded but were unable to plate a run against the outstanding pitching of Ms Alvelo. It was a tough loss after a long, well fought game.
The Lady Comets face Lakota East Monday April 15th
|4/15||@ Lakota East||lost||3-1||8-3||6-1||link||
The Comets Fall 3-1 to Lakota East
On a gusty afternoon that played havoc with hitting and pitching alike, The Comets suffered their first GMC loss Monday afternoon to rival Lakota East. Mason was close to scoring leaving bases loaded twice. Unfortunately East's pitching held the Comets to only one unearned run on the day.
Next up Mason will host Oak Hills Wednesday April 17th.
Warm sunny weather finally greeted the Lady Comets for a home game on Wednesday afternoon as undefeated Oak Hills and University of Texas bound pitcher Lauren Slatten came to the Mason softball complex. The Comets came away with a big GMC win over the Highlanders by a score of 3-0.
Holding true to expectation, another outstanding pitching duel ensued with Masons Tory Stewart shutting down and shutting out the Oak Hills offensive while hitting her 4th home run.
Tory (1-3, 2-run HR), Sami Parave (2-3), Sami Hayner (1-3) and Megan Warren (1-3 RBI) collected the hits on the day for Mason. With the exciting victory the Comets moved to the top of the GMC standings with a record of 7-1 in the conference (9-3 overall).
Mason travels to take on rival Lakota West on Friday April 19th.
|4/19||@ Lakota West||postponed till 4/30|
The Comets bring the hammer down on Princeton on Monday afternoon and walked away with 13-0 victory in five innings.
Mason jumped out to a quick lead scoring 4 runs in the top of the first followed by 7 runs in the second inning which included a lead off triple by Gabby Lasala, a two run home run by Tory Stewart. Megan Warren, Alex Johnson, Jess Casciotti, and Gabby all added RBI hits in the inning as well. Excellent pitching by Tory Stewart and Emily Way kept Princeton hitters off balance all day.
Mason cruised to the comfortable victory and improved to 8-1 in the GMC and 10-3 overall.
|4/24||Colerain||lost||5-3||10-4||8-2||link||Wednesdays gloomy and rainy start ended in a gloomy loss for the Comets softball team as Colerain came in to the Mason softball complex and walked away with a 5-3 victory. Both teams struggled with defensive errors that lead to scoring opportunities and a key home 3 run home ur sealed the loss for the Comets. The loss dropped the comets to 8-2 in the GMC|
Thursday brought clearing sunny skies and new hope for the Comets as they travelled north to take on the Lebanon Warriors. Masons offensive struggles departed with the passing storm as the Comets hit the ball much more consistently and earned a hard fought 2-1 victory.
The Lady Comets shutout Hamilton on Friday by a final score of 10-0.
Next up the host Middletown on Monday, April 29th.
|4/29||Middletown||won||10-0||13-4||10-2||link||Mason softball shuts out Middletown on Monday by a score of 10-0.|
@ Lakota West
On Tuesday, April 30th, the Lady Comets fell to to Lakota West 4-1.
Next up they host Sycamore on Tuesday, May 1st.
|5/1||Sycamore||won||4-0||14-5||11-3||link||The Lady Comets defeated Sycamore on Wednesday by a score of 4-0.|
|5/2||McAuley||won||8-4||15-5||11-3||link||Mason defeated McAuley by a score of 8-4 on Thursday afternoon. Their record goes to 15-5 overall (11-3 GMC). Next up they visit Fairfield on Friday, May 3rd. Saturday the visit East Central.|
|5/3||@ Fairfield||won||1-0||16-5||12-3||link||The Lady Comets battle against Fairfield on May 3rd was yet again an extra inning epic battle between two stubborn rivals in the GMC. The Comets came out on top again with a hard fought 1-0 - nine inning victory at Fairfield to sweep the season series match up. The Comets missed a few bases loaded opportunities to blow the game wide open, but finally got a clutch hit from senior Sami Hayner to score pinch runner Haley Rath after she replaced Megan Warren who singled to start off the rally. It was an exciting win against a determined foe in Fairfield.|
|5/4||@ East Central||won||8-0||17-5||12-3||link||
The Comets were back in action Saturday morning May 4th against south east Indiana's East Central Trojans. The Comets got out of the gate quickly scoring four runs early then added on throught the remainder of the game to take home a 8-0 victory. It was another great win against a non conference team where nearly the entire team contributed to the decisive victory.
The Lady Comets softball team took on GMC conference rival Lakota East at home on Monday May 6th looking to redeem a tough loss at Lakota earlier this season. A strong day with tons of offensive hitting produced a 6-1 win for Mason. The hitting attack included home runs from Gabby Lasala and Megan Warren along with great pitching and solid defense.
Mason looks to take on GMC leader Oak Hills on Wednesday, May 8th. The Comets are the only GMC team to have beaten Oak Hills this season.
|5/8||@ Oak Hills||lost||1-0||18-6||13-4||link||
The girl's softball team fell to league champion Oak Hills on Thursday by a final score of 1-0. The Lady Comets record falls to 18-6 overall and 13-4 in the GMC.
They will host Lakota West in their regular season finale on Friday, May 10th. Mason is the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Sectional Tournament. They will host the winner of the Anderson/Mt. Notre Dame game on Wednesday, May 15th at 5:00 PM.
Mason fell to Lakota West on Monday by a score of 2-0. The game concludes the Lady Comets regular season with a 18-7 overall record and 13-5 mark (3rd place) in the GMC.
Mason is the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Sectional Tournament. They will host Anderson on Wednesday, May 15th at 5:00 PM.
5:00 PM @ Mason
After tough back-to-back season ending losses to Oak Hills and Lakota West, the Lady Comets softball team rebounded with a decisive win over Anderson in the first round of sectional playoff on Wednesday..
The Comets, who are without injured senior catcher Megan Warren, were finally able to break out of their offensive slump and string together a number of crucial hits to move baserunners around and take away an 11-0 win.
This was the final game on Masons home softball field for seniors Sami Parave, Sami Hayner, Alex Johnson, Macy Hubbard, and Megan Warren and they finished it strong fashion.
Next up Mason will play in the Sectional Finals versus Milford on Monday, May 20th at Sycamore.
vs. Milford @ Sycamore
Mason softball advanced further into the playoffs with a decisive Sectional Championship win over Milford 13-3 in six innings.
Both teams came to play and were out of the gate early with each team capitalizing on defensive mistakes.
But Mason took control behind Tory Stewart, who pitched another great game while going the distance for the Comets.
Solid offensive production by senior Sami Parave, junior Liz Hillen, and sophomore Gabby Lassala led the charge for Mason, each going 3-4.
Mason moves onto the district finals against Fairfield on Saturday.
@ Northmont 1:00 pm
The Mason Girls Softball Team captured another District title on Saturday with a 8-3 win over Fairfield. The game was a rematch from last season with the Comets once again advancing to the state Sweet Sixteen.
Mason was led by junior pitcher Tory Stewart’s complete game with eight strikeouts. Senior shortstop Samantha Hayner and sophomore third baseman Gabby LaSala each went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Mason will play Northmont in a regional semifinal on Thursday at 5 p.m. at a site yet to be determined.
vs. Northmont 5:00 PM
Mason has advanced to the Division 1 Regional Final after a 3-0 defeat of Northmont at the University of Dayton. The Comets bunched three runs in the top of the seventh inning to break open a defensive gem and earn an opportunity to move on to state.
Mason’s sophomore leadoff hitter Jordan Sullivan provided all the pop needed with a double in the left-field gap that sent Liz Hillen home with the game’s first run. That seemed to rattle the T-Bolts. Northmont committed two errors on the next play, which accounted for Mason’s two other runs.
Winning pitcher Tory Stewart (19-6) struck out five, allowed no walks and yielded just two base runners over the final three crunch-time innings. Stewart and Maci Hubbard also each doubled.
Lebanon (26-2) awaits the Comets in Saturday’s noon D-I high school regional final at Northmont. Mason had a regular season 2-1 win over the Warriors back on April 25th. The winner advances to next week’s state semifinals at Akron. Lebanon, the D-I state runner-up last season, advanced with a 4-1 KO of Colerain in its regional semi on Wednesday.
@ Northmont 12:00 pm
The Mason Softball team returns to the State Final Four after knocking off Lebanon 1-0 on Saturday, for the 2nd time this season, to earn an opportunity to play for a State Title. The 2007 and 2008 Lady Comets were the last Mason softball teams to make an appearance in the Final Four.
Mason junior LIz Hillen pounded a rise ball over the fence in left field in the top of the fourth inning for a solo home run that proved to be the only run of the game.
Stellar defense and another tremendous pitching effort by Tory Stewart helped the Comets (23-7) defeat the 2nd ranked Warriors (26-3). Lebanon racked up 8 hits and loaded the bases twice but were unable to push across a run. The Lady Comets were held to just two hits on the day.
Mason faces Elyria in Thursday’s 12:30 p.m. semifinal at Akron’s Firestone Stadium.
For the third time in Division I softball state semifinal history, Elyria proved to be a riddle that Mason couldn’t solve. The Pioneers defeated the Comets in the 2007 and 2008 state semifinals – and repeated history Thursday night, June 6th with a 5-0 rain delayed victory under the lights at Firestone Stadium.
Elyria (27-5), ranked third in the final Division I state poll, clinched a spot in the title game opposite two-time defending champion and No. 1-ranked North Canton Hoover and went on to lose by a score of 7-0.
It was a heartbreaking ending for a Mason team (23-8) that recorded its best season in years and upset No. 5 Northmont and No. 2 Lebanon en route to Akron.
It was a long day for both teams, which were originally slated to play at 12:30 p.m. but had to wait out an 8.5-hour rain delay that included the opener between Hoover and Mentor. Hoover (33-0) eventually won 15-3 in five innings, but the game started 112 minutes late and lasted just 12 minutes before officials called the first of the delays.
The Comets left seven on base in the loss and allowed five runs for the first time in 17 games. Youngstown State-bound pitcher Caitlyn Minney helped neutralize Mason by striking out nine and holding the Comets to three hits in the shutout. The Comets hit the ball hard, but a pair of diving catches in the outfield kept them off the board.
Liz Hillen delivered the first Mason hit, a shot to right field, in the fourth inning. She advanced to third on a throwing error and tried to run home as Elyria corralled the ball. But a moment of hesitation allowed Elyria to make the throw and snuff her scoring attempt at the plate.
By then, the Comets were already in a 2-0 hole. Elyria unleashed a two-out, three-hit rally in the top of the third that started with MacKenzie Phares’ single to left field. Carly Bachna tripled to left field, sending Phares home, and Patty Davis’ single up the middle drove in Bachna soon after.
All in all it was a tremendous season for the Lady Comets (23-8). In order to get to the final four, the Comets had to knock off state-ranked Lebanon and Northmont. The Comets lose just five seniors and will grow from the experience.
Congratulations to the coaches and players on a tremendous season!
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Mason Green Tennis Wins Home Opener Against Wyoming 5 - 0. They guys hit the ball out of the park on a cool and breezy day in the first match of young sesaon. Individual match breakdown below:
1S Miguel Cepeda defeated Myles Bourbon 6 - 2 6 - 0
2S Luke Tsai defeated Will Carter 6 -0 6 - 0
Next up Mason visits Sycamore on Tuesday, April 9th.
Mason tennis played their first GMC match at Sycamore on Tuesday and won 5 - 0. Individual scores below:
Tsai def. Indrakanti 6-4, 6-3;
Cepeda def. Narendran 6-3, 4-6, 6-3;
Schneider def. Karev 6-4, 6-4.
ebedev-Kang def. Stern-Ahmad 5-7, 6-4, 6-4;
Boulos-Reid def. Taylor-Goodman 7-5, 6-4.
Next up Mason hosts Hamilton on Wednesday, April 10th.
Mason tennis downs Hamilton 5-0 on Wednesday, April 10th. The Comets continue their unbeaten season at 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the GMC. Indvidual games summary is below:
Next up Mason hosts Columbus Academy on Saturday, April 13th.
Mason defeated Princeton on Thusday, April 11th by a score of 5-0. Score recap below:
Mason Boys Tennis played a very exciting match against Upper Arlington on Saturday, defeating last year's state team champions by a score of 3-2.
Court 1 singles, Luke Tsai lost first; then our second doubles team of Nadim Boulos and Sean Reid lost in the third set. It was the first losses of the season for all three of them.
Next off the court was Court 3 singles, Jeremy Schneider who won in three sets, followed by 2nd court singles, Miguel Cepeda who also won in three sets.
Each team then had 2 points and it boiled down to court 1 doubles, Alex Lebedev and Young-Jin Kang who lost the first set in a tiebreaker and then won the second set. With all the players from both teams and lots of parents and fans watching, the excitement was explosive. It came down to the third set for a win for either team. Lebedev and Kang won the last set 6 - 3 to bring home a huge win for Mason. Scoring recap below:
Singles: Little (U) def. Tsai 6-2, 6-2;
The Comets stay unbeaten with a record of 5 - 0. Next up Mason will host Colerain on Tuesday, April 16th.
Mason stays unbeaten on the season with a 5-0 win against Colerain on Tuesday, April 16th. See summary below:
Doubles: Lebedev-Kang (Mason) def. Gehner-Lozier (Colerain) 6-0, 6-0; Boulos-Reid (Mason) def. McDonough-Snider (Colerain 6-0, 6-0.
Next up Mason will visit Cincinnati Country Day on Wednesday, April 17th.
|4/17||@ Cin. Country Day||won||3-2||7-0||4-0||
Mason defeates Cincinnati Country Day on Wednesday by a score of 3-2 to stay unbeaten at 7-0 on the season. This was a great win for Mason as both Hirsch and Wildman were #2 and #3 in the State last year. The doubles rolled quickly to a win. Jeremy Schneider won the first set in a tiebreaker and then smashed in the second set with 10 aces! Luke Tsai played for over 3 hours to lose in a very close highly competitive match. Summary below:
Next up Mason visits Middletown on Thursday, April 18th.
Mason defeated Middletown 5-0 on Thursday to run their record to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the GMC. See summary below:
Doubles: Lebedev-Kang def. Lovelace-Lewis 6-0, 6-0; Boulos-Reid def. Tompoulidis-Green 6-1, 6-1.
Next up Mason will host Oak Hills on Tuesday, April 22nd.
Mason defeated Oak Hills on Monday by a score of 5-0. See summary below:
Mason defeated Fairfield 5-0 on Monday. See summary below:
Singles: Tsai (M) def. Roberson 6-0, 6-0;
The Comets remain unbeaten at 10 - 0 overalll and GMC 7 - 0. Next up they will participate in the annual Coaches Classic Thursday and Saturday.
Ohio's Division 1 top team, the Mason Comets, participated in the Coaches Classic yesterday and tomorrow (Saturday, April 27th). The prestigious 43 school tourney is one of the largest in the United States. Mason is hosting the single competition with doubles at Kings. Below is a breakdown of teams joining Mason in Flight A;
For updates on the tournament visit this link;
The tennis Comets will continue match play next Tuesday when they host Lakota West.
State Team Tennis
The Mason Comet Tennis team advanced in the State Team Tennis Tournament on Friday, April 26th with a 5-0 defeat of Centerville in the 2nd round. See summary below:
On Saturday, 4/27, Mason tennis won the coaches' classic Flight A, with our highest point total ever. All 7 players in each court position were in the finals. Jeremy Schneider won 3rd singles, and Lebedev/Kang winning 1st doubles and Boulos/Reid winning 2nd doubles. See summary below:
Finals First singles
Next up Mason will host Lakota West on Tuesday, April 30th..
The Mason Tennis Team continued their unbeaten season with a 5-0 shut out of Lakota West on Tuesday, April 30th. See summary below:
Tsai (M) def. Lang 6-0, 6-1;
Next up Mason visits Lakota East on Thursday, May 2nd.
|5/2||@ Lakota East||won||5-0||13-0||9-0||
Mason shut out Lakota East on Thursday 5-0. With the win the Comets have become the first tennis program to sweep the GMC (9-0) during the regular season. See summary below:
Mason stays unbeaten at 13-0 (9-0 GMC) and retains the No. 1 ranking in the state. Next up Mason continues in the State Team Tournament with a round 3 home match versus Walnut Hills on Saturday, May 4th.
State Team Tourney
vs. Walnut Hills @ Mason
Mason defeated Walnut Hills 5 - 0 on Saturday in the third round of the State Team Tourney. See summary below:
Next Mason will host St. Xavier on Monday, May 6th.
|5/6||@ St. Xavier||won||5-0||15-0||9-0||
The Mason tennis program earned their first-ever win over St. Xavier on Monday, shutting out the Bombers 5-0. See summary below:
Singles: Tsai *M) def. Duma 6-3, 6-0;
Doubles: Lebedev-Kang (M) def. Niehaus-Santen 6-4, 4-6, 7-5; Boulos-Reid (M) def. Aronoff-Bostick 6-3, 6-4
State Team Tourney
versus St. Xavier
The undefeated Comet Tennis team made it two in a row over St. Xavier with another 5-0 shutout in the 4th round of the State Team Tourney on Tuesday. See summary below:
Next up Mason (16-0) will host CHCA this afternoon (Wednesday). Comets seniors will be recognized at today's match for the tremendous careers at Mason.
Mason walloped Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 5-0 on Wednesday afternoon. See summary below:
Mason's record stays unbeaten at 17-0. Mason is hosting the finals of the GMC Tennis Championships on Saturday, May 11th.
|5/9-5/11||GMC Championships||1st place||
Tennis Team Repeats As GMC Champs!
The Mason Tennins Team is the Greater Miami Conference Champion for the second year in a row. As they've done all season the Comets swept through the conference tournament on Saturday, May 11th winning all three singles titles and 1st doubles. Junior Luke Tsai become the first Mason tennis player to be named the GMC Player of the Year. See below for a complete summary of the GMC tournament:
First singles Finals
Second singles Finals
Third singles Finals
First doubles Finals
Second doubles Finals
During the regular season, Mason swept all their GMC foes and did so without losing a singe match (5-0). This the first time in recorded GMC history that any team has accomplishied this feat. Sycamore finished as runnerup to Mason in the GMC.
The Comets are 17-0 on the season and ranked as the No. 1 Team in the State of Ohio. Post season action gets underway this week with the Sectional Tournament being hosted at the Mason Tennis facility on Tuesday. Mason will host Seven Hills in a regular sesaon match on Monday, May 13th at home.
|5/13||Seven Hills HS||won||5-0||18-0||9-0||
Mason defeated Seven Hills 5-0 on Monday in a regular season match to push their unbeaten record to 18-0. See summary below:
The Mason Tennis Machine opened post season play on Tuesday. For the first time in Comets boys tennis history they have advanced all 7 players to the District Championships. Last season Mason advanced 6 players. See summary below of Mason players who have earned a berth at Districts:
Luke Tsai- singles
Next up: Sectional Finals and District seeding at Mason on Saturday, May 18th. The District Championships begin on Thursday, May 23 at Centerville HS. District Finals are back at Centerville on Saturday, May 25th.
STATE TEAM TOURNEY
Thursday's State Team Tourney versus Sycamore was postponed due to rain. Possible makeup dates are Sunday, May 19 or Monday, May 20th.
The Comets will play in the Sectional Finals on Saturday, May 18th at Mason. Below are the seeds for tomorrows matches:
All seven Mason players have already qualified for the District Tournament that starts on Thursday, May 23rd at Centerville, with finals scheduled for Saturday, May 25th.
It was a "sea of green" and all Mason and Sycamore at the Sectional finals on Saturday. The event was scheduled to be played at Mason on Saturday, but were moved indoors to the Riverside Athletic Club. The results were for district seeding purposes. All Mason Tennis participants moved on to the districts, which begin on Thursday, 5/23 at Centerville. The final results were:
Luke Tsai - champion
Sycamore - 1st place
This is Mason strongest showing ever in the Sectional and the first time all 7 players qualified for Districts. Next up Mason will host Sycamore in round 5 of the GCTCA State Team Tourney on Tuesday, May 21st at 4:00 PM.
State Team Tourn. Round 5 (makeup)
vs. Sycamore @ Mason at 4:00 PM
Mason lost Round 5 of State Team Tourney to Sycamore on Tuesday by a score of 2-3. It marked the team's first loss of the season and sent their record to 18-1 heading into Districts.
It was a 3 hour heartbreaker match for Mason. First off the court was Miguel Cepeda with a win of 6 -3; 6-1. Next to win was Luke Tsai 6 - 0; 6 - 3. Then, second doubles lost in 3 sets; then 1st doubles lost in 3 sets. Now, the deciding court is court 3 singles with Jeremy Schneider. He loses in a 3rd set tiebreaker 6 - 8. See summary below:
All seven Mason players will compete at the District Championships beginning this Thursday, May 23rd, 9:00 AM at Centerville. Qualifiers from district to state will be four singles and four doubles. State meet to be held on Friday, May 31, 2013, and Saturday, June 1, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.
It was a great showing on the tennis courts Thursday afternoon for the the Comets at Districts. All 7 Mason players had qualified for the event and were vying for a trip to Columbus. Mason will be sending the most players to state in program history with 2 singles players and one doubles team qualifying for the State Championships. Singles players Luke Tsai and Miguel Cepeda and double players Alex Lebedev and Young-Jin Kang will advance. Below is a summary of the event:
Luke Tsai and Miguel Cepeda qualified for state singles.
Luke Tsai defeated Sam Brougher from Springfield 6 - 0; 6 - 0; then
Miguel Cepeda defeated Neil Bostick from St. X 6 -1 ; 6 -0; then
Jeremy Schneider won his first round against Sam Bollinger from Tippecanoe; then lost to Zack Berry from Springboro
Alex Lebedev and Young-Jin Kang defeated Aron Bercz and Adam Bercz from Turpin 6 - 1; 6 - 7; 6 - 1; then
Nadim Boulos and Sean Reid lost to Matt Duma and Matt Santen from St. X 4 - 6; 6 - 4; 2 - 6 in their first round
Saturday, May 25th at Centerville, players will be competing for District Championships and state seeding. In the first round:
Luke Tsai will play Zach Berry from Springboro
Miguel Cepeda will play Alex Taylor from Sycamore
Alex Lebedev and Young-Jin Kang will play Matt Duma and Matt Santen from St. X
The OHSAA State Tennis Championships will be held May 31 and June 1 at the OSU Varsity Tennis Courts beginning at 9:00 AM. Visit http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/te/boys/default.asp for results and more information.
Saturday, May 25 District Finals
Below are results from Saturday's, District Finals competition held at Centerville High School:
Zack Berry, Springboro defeated Luke Tsai 6-2; 6-2
Seeds to State
In SemiFinals Doubles
Stern/Indrakanti, Sycamore defeated Karev/Narendran Sycamore 6-4; 6-3
In Finals Doubles
Seeds to State
The OHSAA State Tennis Championships will be held May 31 and June 1 at the OSU Varsity Tennis Courts beginning at 9:00 AM. Visit http://www.ohsaa.org/sports/te/boys/default.asp for results and more information.
OSU Varsity Tennis Courts
The Mason boys tennis team concluded their season on Saturday, where most players and teams would desire their season to end....at the State Championships in Columbus. Miguel Cepeda, Luke Tsai, Alex Lebedev and Young-Jin Kang fell a little short of their goals of winning state championships, but represented Mason tennis in a wonderful way. See tournament results below:
Post season awards:
Luke Tsai is named Player of the Year for Division 1 – a first for Mason tennis!!!
Named to All Stars First Team:
Miguel Cepeda, Alex Lebedev, Young-Jin Kang, and Jeremy Schneider
Honorable Mention: Nadim Boulos & Sean Reid
Mason was also ranked the #1 team in the STATE!!! on the final coaches ranking!
Linda Kirtley named Co-Coach of the Year for the Enquirer as well as the Coach of the Year for the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association.
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Boys volleyball defeated Princeton in their GMC opener, 25-12,25-11 ,25-14. The team had 14 serving aces. Drew Pfanders lead the attack with 10 kills.
Next up Mason host Lakota East on Thursday, April 4th.
|4/4||Lakota East||won||21-25, 20-25, 20-25||2-0||2-0||
The Mason volleyball team swept visiting Lakota East on Thursday evening by scores of 21-25, 20-25, 20-25.
Next up they host a quad meet on Saturday, April 6th.
|4/6||Quad vs. Gahanna, Roger Bacon, & TBA||
Boys Volleyball went 1-2 in Saturdays quad match. The team gave a strong effort in every match.
Mason fell to Roger Bacon by scores of 12-25, 19-25. The Comets lost to Columbus Ghanna Lincoln by scores of 23-25, 15-25. The Comets came out on top against Sycamore, 25-19, 22-25, 25-17.
Next up Mason visits Oak Hills on Tuesday, April 9th.
|4/9||@ Oak Hills||lost||27-29, 22-25, 25-22, 25-9, 15-9||3-3||2-1||
Mens Volleyball played their best team game of the season , but came up short against league leading Oak Hills on Tuesday. The Comets fell in five games by scores of 27-29, 22-25, 25-22, 25-9, 15-9.
Mason is 2-1 in the GMC and will visit Middletown on Thursday, April 11th.
|4/11||@ Middletown||won||28-26, 25-21, 25-19||4-3||3-1||
The volleyball team defeated Middletown on Thursday by scores of 28-26, 25-21, 25-19. The team was led by seniors Jake Brinkman with 10 kills and Josh Auman with 11 kills. Mason goes to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the GMC.
Next up they visit Milford on Monday, April 15th.
|4/15||@ Milford||won||25-11, 22-25, 25-17, 25-2||5-3||3-1||
Mens Volleyball defeated Milford in a non league game on Monday by scores of 25-11, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22. The Comets were lead by great all around play by senior Josh Auman. Drew Phander and Jake Brinkman led the attacks with 12 and 9 kills.
Mason crushed Loveland in three games on Tuesday night. The Comets improved their record to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the GMC.
Next up they host Hamilton on Thursday, April 18th.
|4/18||Hamilton||won||25-15, 25-14, 25-17||7-3||4-1||
The Volleyball team continued their winning ways on Thursday with a 25-15, 25-14, 25-17 romp over visiting Hamilton. Mason's record goes to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the GMC.
Next up they travel to Olentangy Liberty on Saturday, April 20th.
|4/20||@ Olentangy Liberty||won||25-21, 25-21, 25-22||8-3||4-1||
The boy's volleyball team stretched their winning streak to five straight with a sweep at Olentangy Liberty on Saturday. Mason scores were 25-21, 25-21, 25-22.
Next up the Comets host Sycamore on Tuesday, April 23rd.
|4/22||@ Edgewood||won||25-18,25-17,25-13||9-3||4-1||Mason defeated Edgwood on Monday by scores of 25-18,25-17,25-13.|
|4/23||Sycamore||won||25-13, 17-25, 25-20, 25-18||10-3||5-1||
The Comet volleyball earned a big GMC win over rival Sycamore in 4 games on Tuesday night by scores of 25-13, 17-25, 25-20, 25-18. The team continued to play strong defense with 31 digs and a balanced attack with 56 kills. Drew Phander led the attack with 15 kills. Anthony Lokar had a season best 7 aces from the serving line..
Their overall record stands at 10-3 and 5-1 in the GMC. Next up Mason visits Fairfield on Thursday, April 25th.
Mens Volleyball defeated Fairfield in conference play last night 25-23,24-26,25-18,25-19 . The Comets were led by great all around play from Junior Anthony Lokar with 8 serving aces and 42 assists and Senior Josh Auman with 10 kills and 17 digs.
Mason will host a tri-meet with Fenwick and Wayne beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 27th. On your way picking up your tux or getting your hair done for prom stop by the Arena.
vs. Fenwick and Wayne
The boy's volleyball team splitr a pair of games at Saturday's tri-meet. They defeated Datyon Wayne 25-10,25-16. The second game was against Dayton Fenwick ranked as the number 1 team in the state of Ohio in division 11. The Comets played well taking Fenwick to 3 games in the best 2 out of 3 format, 22-25, 27-25, 14-25. Against Fenwicks fierce serving the team was led by great passing from seniors Jake Brinkman and Josh Auman.
Mason has a big GMC match on Tuesday when they host crosstown rival Lakota West. The Firebirds and Comets are both vying to stay in the hunt for a league title. West is currently tied for 3rd in the GMC race. Mason is in second place with a conference mark of 6-1 and overall record of 12-4. Three Mason seniors, Peter Mintz, Joshua Aumann and Jacob Brinkmann will be recognized in pregame festivites on senior night.
|4/30||Lakota West||lost||27-25, 25-12, 25-20||12-5||6-2||
The Comet volleyball team fell in three to Lakota West on Tuesday night by scores of 27-25, 25-12, 25-20.
Next up the visit Kettering Fairmont on Thursday, May 2nd.
|5/2||@ Kettering Fairmont||Next up Mason will host Beavercreek on Thursday, May 9th on Senior Night Recognition.|
On an exciting Senior night on Thursday evening, Mason mens volleyball defeated the 3rd ranked team in the State, the Beavercreek Beavers, 25-15,25-22,25-23. In pregame ceremonies three great Comet seniors were recognized for the contributions to the Mason boy's volleyball program (Josh Auman, Jake Brinkman and Peter Mintz).
The team will conclude their regular season on Satuday, May 11th with a a tri-meet at Northmont (CJ).
Mason (5th seed) will play at St. Xavier (4th seed) in the first round of the post season tourney on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 PM. The winner will advance to meet Oak Hills on Thursday, May 16th at Elder at 6:00 PM.
The Mason Volleyball team concluded their regular season on Saturay, May 11th. The Comets fell in the opening tri meet match vs Northmont by scores of 25-11 and 25-19. They defeated Chaminade in the 2nd match by scores of 25-22 and 25-19.Next up: Mason (5th seed) will play at St. Xavier (4th seed) in the first round of the post season tourney on Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30 PM. The winner will advance to meet Oak Hills on Thursday, May 16th at Elder at 6:00 PM.
Post Season Tourney
vs. St. Xavier
@ St. X 6:30
|lost||25-17, 25-17, 25-18||15-7||6-2||Mens Volleyball lost to St Xavier in State tournament play on Tuesday night by scores of 25-17, 25-17, 25-18. Their season comes to an end with an overall record of 15-7 and 6-2 in the GMC.|
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|4/4||Elder Skyline Relays|
|4/5||Sycamore Golden Baton Relays||
Last Friday night at the Sycamore Golden Baton Relays the track men of Mason put on quite a show. Each winning relay leaves with a Golden Baton, and in this particular meet the men left with a large box of batons. They got off to a rocky start taking 2nd in the 4x1600 by just 4 seconds over 18+ minutes, and then had an athlete fall in the shuttle hurdles, but after that, we won nearly every relay.
The team of Diehl, Pontious, Greenfield and Valentine crushed the competition in the mile medley, only to be followed by a NEW school record and 3rd best time in City History in the 4x100 relay. This squad of Chanatry, Maiden, Elliott and Cummings destroyed the school record and ran the fastest time in the state, a mind boggling 42.10 which was far beyond anyone’s goals this year.
The momentum started to build and the boys went on to rattle off several more victories. The 4x800 squad of Paul D, Roman, Grismer and Thompson won their race, then the “Sweedish Relay” team of Chanatry, Maity (who ran 40 meters extra) Klapproth, and Diehl won as well. After that, we swept all running events. The 300 Hurdle team won, Maiden, Sanders, Blomgren, the 4x200 meter team won (fastest time in the state) with Chanatry, Elliott, Greenfield and Cummings and finally we rounded out the night with a win in the 4x400 with Diehl, Maity, Valentine and Klapproth.
The team did well in the field as well with Pontious taking 2nd in the long jump and Maiden winning the High Jump with an impressive leap of 6’4” his new personal best. Overall the team won the meet handily, and looks to be off to a great start. It was a true team effort, with almost everyone who came doing well and helping the team achieve the win.
Mason will host the annual Coaches Classic Track Event this Wednesday and Friday.
|4/10-4/12||Coaches Classic||2nd place||
Friday night the Comet Boys Track team did their best at the annual Coaches Classic city wide track meet. In track and field, the Classic in Cincinnati is the one big meet that everyone guns for and runs their best. The Mason Comets were ready to show their stuff, but a bit of bad luck struck the team.
On Wednesday during the prelims our star hurdler, Asad Maiden who was favored to win multiple events tweaked his hamstring and had to sit out the finals. Then during the 4x200 relay, Cameron Elliott twisted his ankle and had to be pulled from the finals as well. However, after the prelims were over, we still qualified nearly everyone.
During the warm up on Friday, Mason super star sprinter, Billy Chanatry (# 1 seed in the 100 and 200, and key leg in 2 relays) twisted his ankle badly as he got ready for is first race. This put the team in a big hole. The Comets scrambled, changed relays and rallied the troops. We started off by winning the 4x800 comfortably, (D’Hyver, Valentine, Thompson, Stimler.) Then we moved on to the 100 dash, Juan Cummings came in a strong 2nd. The 4x200, without Billy, was tough and we did not place, but the mile saw two scorers, Notton and Stimler who both ran well. The 4x100 also lacked our super star, and 2 others we had to replace. The boys rallied, and actually placed 2nd overall (Maity, Johnson, Pontious, Cummings).
Mason did quite well in the 400 with Robert Diehl placing 3rd in a sub 50 time in tough cold conditions. The 3200 and the 800 had good showings from the Comets. Clark won the 3200, Grismer placed 3rd. In the 800, Paul D did well to place 3rd in the 800 with a sub 2:00 time.
In the field we had a good showing from Moldonado in the shot, who placed 4th and Pontious who was 5th in the long jump. Overall, the Comets did well (2nd place overall) considering we were without nearly 40-50 points.
Next up Mason has split squad action at the Lebanon Relays and Mt. Healthy Relays on Friday, April 19th.
|4/19||Lebanon Relays||postponed till Monday, April 22nd.|
|4/19||Mt. Healthy Relays||1st place||
Friday night at Mount Healthy, the Mason Boys Track team braved the cold and the elements. It was a very long and frigid meet. However, that being said, the Comets did quite well.
They started off strong with a win in the 4x800 with a “split crew.” The team of Blomgren, Bauer, Valentine and Sanders did well and secured the win. The 4x200 relay “won” but were cited with a DQ for going out of the exchange zone. The 1600 was fun with Grismer winning and Sanders coming back to get 3rd. The 400 was a clinic as well, with the Comets going 1 , 4. Diehl and Maity in a very stacked field. Then came the 3200, the race of the night. The organizers had allowed us to enter 4 athletes in the meet, so we took advantage of this and entered 4 solid runners. The Comets went 1, 2, 3 and then 6. Thompson, McElhenny and Zhan took the first 3 spots, with Sagraves not far behind. Felix Moldonado had a good night and took 2nd in the Shot Put. The 200 dash was another strong affair with Cummings and Diehl going 1-2 for a quick 18 points. Lastly was the 4x400 where the men of Mason continued their winning ways and won this relay again in overwhelming fashion. Maity, Greenfield, Klapproth, Valentine.
Overall, the Comets won the meet big, despite holding back a few very strong competitors. The team is coming together and getting healthy and we are all very excited about the next big meet, the Eastern Relays, in Louisville this Friday and Saturday.
|4/26-4/27||Eastern Relays in Louisville, KY||2nd place||
This weekend the Mason Track team competed in the enormous Eastern Relays in Louisville, Ky. This meet had over 100 teams from several states. The team competed well, even with prom looming and came out 2nd overall.
The team was supported by deep performances from both Distance and Sprints, along with some help from the field as well. The top performances, in fact, did not even score. The 2 mile field was so deep that Tom Clark ran a blistering 9:17 (3rd best time in the state) and came in 11th place and did not score. Nick Grismer (Soph) was not far behind with the 7th best time in the state, a 9:24.
In a non-state of Ohio event, Ryan Sanders lit up the field and ALMOST won, with a 2nd place finish in the 2000 Steeple Chase. The Sprint Medley relay team did very well, beating our school record, as they ran to a 2nd place overall. (Chanatry, Johnson, Cummings, Diehl). Our only win of the weekend was the 4x800 squad that ran the #1 time in the state. (Paul D, Chad Blomgren, Ethan Valentine and Alex Notton). We had good performances from the 4x200 crew that came in 2nd, and the 4x100 crew that came in 5th. We also saw a break through race from Darren Smith who placed 7th overall in the 110 hurdles and ran to a new best time. Felix Maldonado did well in the shot put and was able to rack up 4 points in his 5th place overall finish.
It was a team effort with points from a number of people and many of whom really stepped up. Next up for the track teams is tehe Wayne Warrior Invite this Friday and Saturday.
|5/2-5/3||Wayner Warriors Invite||1st place||
This past weekend the Mason boys track team competed in the Wayne Invite and did quite well winning the event for the first time in school history. This meet is epic with over 60 teams, 2 days, and a great field of athletes. The boys went into this meet with some goals of running the distance kids in “off events” and trying some different looks. We did not expect to do quite as well as we did overall. The team really came together and placed athletes very high across the board.
The team was bolstered Thursday by the return of Asad Maiden, who ran a wind-aided 14.13, a new school record and best time in the state. Then, they got support from Billy Chanatry who ran to a new school record best time in the 100. The distance boys did their part with a great DMR, the team of Paul D, Notton, Blomgren and Zhan placed 4th in a very loaded field, where the winners almost set the all-time state record. The team also got points in the shot put from Felix Maldonado and had a good showing from the other throwers as well.
The relays were the story of the night. The team of Cummings, Chanatry, Pontious and Diehl blew the field away with a state leading time and new school record of 1:27.35!! (4th best in City History) The team also won the 4x100, with the same team, except Diehl was replaced by Cameron Elliott who ran quite well. The 400 dash was won by Robert Diehl in a solid field that saw Ethan Valentine coming in 5th as well. The 1600 did not disappoint. This loaded field saw our star, Tom Clark, clawing for points in a new PR of 4:23 and a 4th place finish. Later on that night, MUCH later, Paul D did well to score a few points in a new PR of 1:58.34 in the 800 and Thompson and McElhenny did well in a loaded 2 mile field as well. The 200 dash saw great performances from our team of Cummings and Chanatry, but they did not win. They were up against the defending state champ, and he did not disappoint. However, Juan Cummings did break the previous school record and ran a great time to place 3rd.
The last race of the night was the 4x400 relay. This field was strong and it was our first big test for the A team in a while, plus it was 11:00 at night! The team ran up against a talented field that included some very fast men. We went toe-to-toe with them and came up just short. We were 2nd by 1 tenth of a second in a valiant effort and a great fight. The team of Diehl, Reece, Klapproth and Valentine did well, they ended up running their season best time and had some new life time best splits.
Next up is the Mason Invitational this Friday, May 10th.
|5/10||Mason Invite||1st place||
Saturday's Mason Invitational was a solid event despite the weather as Mason took overall first place honors. Many of the originally scheduled teams returned for the annual meet featuring outstanding competition with most of the key matchups playing out as expected.
Billy Chanatry won the 100 meter dash. Mason's 4x200 squad of all underclassman did well and took the win. The 1600 was an absolute “throw down” with the state’s best 1600/800 guy in the race. He even brought his own rabbit to pace him! He ran away with it, but also helped Mason's Tom Clark and Nick Grismer to new season best times.
The 4x100 was great! The team of Chanatry, Cummings, Elliot and Klapproth took the win, and ran the 2nd fastest time this year on a cold morning with no one around. The 400 was great with Robert Diehl and Reece Pontious placing well, and the 300 hurdles saw the emergence of Andrew Hunter with a season best time. The 4x800 relay was great with a new season best time, sub 8:00 with some new guys in the rotation (Valentine, Blomgren, Roman and Paul D).
The 200 dash saw the school record being shattered at 21.76 by Juan Cummings and then the 4x400 was solid to with the Mason A and B teams coming in 1st and 2nd respectively. Asad Maiden proved to be back in great form with a big win in the hurdles and a solid split in the 4x4. The field events saw Reece Pontious take the long jump and Felix “Ulrich” Maldonado place well in the shot put.
Next up are the GMC Championships at Mason beginning this Wednesday, May 15th with finals on Friday, May 17th.
|5/15-5/17||GMC Championships||1st place||
Mason once again hosted the GMC Track and Field Finals on Friday, May 17th and what a night it was for the Comets who won their 6th straight GMC Title. The boys were favored to win, and indeed they did, winning by almost a 100 point margin over 2nd place Sycamore. The plan was to win big, and indeed they did that also. The first 5 races of the night were all wins, then the last several of the night were also.
It was almost total domination by the team as Mason lost only one race all evening. Robert Diehl, who broke the school record in the process, was the only member of the team who did not win his respective race. No shame in that, since the one of the state’s top 400 guys was in the race, and he just missed out and took the school record down in the process. Otherwise, the boys completed a truly memory filled night. See highlights below:
Good showings also in the Shot Put from Felix Maldonado and Aaron Jones, Billy Rook in the Pole Vault and Reece Pontious in the Long Jump. Jones was also strong in the discus as well. Mason's Billy Chanatry was named the GMC Outstanding Runner of the Meet!
On to the OHSAA Districts where Mason will host the events this coming Wednesday and Friday.
|5/22-5/24||OHSAA Districts @ Mason||1st place||
Mason Boy's Track Dominate at District
The Mason boys are on a roll this year winning yet another District Championship last Friday. The district meet represents the eastern half of the city and could be considered the stronger half with regard to track.
The field went pretty well, with Jason Pil and Reece Pontious getting out to Regionals in the long jump, both had personal best jumps. In the Shot and Disc Mason scored in both, but it was a tough set of competitors and we did not advance. The Pole Vault saw Billy Rook (Freshman) step up and make it out to regionals with John Deaton the senior on the shelf due to injury.
Asad Maiden was district champion in the 110 hurdles, Billy Chanatry in the 100 dash won, and Cameron Elliott snuck out in 4th! A little bit later the 4x200 team set another school record and a district record as they blew away the competition. (Pontious, Diehl, Chanatry, Cummings) Then came the 1600, and it was a tough night with Senior Alex Notton just missing out in 5th with a very loaded field. (he would have won every other district in SW Ohio)
In the 4x100 relay, the boys of Mason won again with the squad of Chanatry, Maiden, Elliott and Cummings. The 400 saw a great effort with Diehl in 2nd and Maity in 4th, both qualifying to Regionals. In the 300 hurdles, Asad Maiden beat the school record again and ran one of the fastest times in the state. As the meet wore on the boys were tired, but still performed well, Cummings won the 200, but it was not his best time. In that same race Billy Chanatry was 3rd and ran pretty well considering that was his 4th and final event of the night. The 800 was an all-out war with Valentine taking 1st and Paul D taking the coveted 4th spot.
Another distance race was on the track later in the 3200. The boys of Mason showed their stuff going 1-2 in this event, with Tom Clark in 1st and Nick Grismer in 2nd. Lastly the 4x400 relay took the track. This relay is one of our best, and they shattered the district record, and beat the school record in a blazing time of 3:17.6. The team of Maiden, Pontious, Diehl and Maity lit it up in front of the home crowd.
Overall the team blew away the team competition. They won by just over 100 points and it was true team effort. Next week they head to Dayton to run the regional meet at Welcome Stadium.
|5/29-5/31||Regionals @ Welcome Stadium||1st||
|6/7-6/8||State Championships @ OSU||3rd||
Mason boys track, loaded with talent and one of the best teams ever assembled in Cincinnati history participated in the OHSAA Division 1 State Track Championships on June 7 and 8. The Comes men made a great deal of noise at the meet, but unfortunately it was one of those years when there were several really great teams. Mson picked the wrong year to be really good. The Comet plan against the outstanding field of teams was to “nickel and dime” and try to pick up a trophy. It almost worked. Just a few would-ofs, could-ofs, and should-ofs away from making it happen. Still the Comet boys proudly ran a great meet and had a tremendous season.
For Mason Asad Maiden was awesome, placing All Ohio in 3 events. Robert Diehl and Reece Pontious were both All Ohio in 2 events. Outside of those men, Mason had 3 great relays that all came in 2nd place with 3 new school records and top times in city history. Tom Clark and Nick Grismer ran with the country’s best in the 3200 and did very well. They both placed, and had season best times.
Overall, it was an amazing season, and the school’s highest ever finish (3rd place) at the state meet. Congrats to all the athletes and coaches!
Ø Ethan Valentine
Ø Cameron Elliott
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|4/4||Elder Skyline Relays||
Elder “Skyline” Relays
Varsity B had a great season opener at the Elder “Skyline” Relays snagging first place along with the Seton Saints with 104 points.
Overall, everyone had a tremendous night with a lot of outstanding performances. Our first place performances were the following:
Shot Put Relay consisting of Lauren Harris, Kelsey Harris and Aminat Adewumi.
High Jump Relay consisting of Jailyn Mason, Sarah-Jane Sambor and Joci Hinners.
Pole Vault Relay consisting of Sydney Sloan, Jenny Nelson and Audrey Harpen.
Shuttle Hurdles consisting of Courtney Hancock, Chandler Sloan, Elaine Louden and Jen Center.
Great job Comets! Way to represent!
|4/5||Sycamore Golden Baton Relays||
The Lady Comets track and field team kicked off the outdoor season with a big win at the Sycamore Golden Baton Relays on Friday night. Every event finished 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.
The following relays finished 2nd:
Third place finishes:
Jordan Horning finished the night with an amazing high jump performance, clearing 5’5.5” and setting a new school record, just minutes after anchoring the 2nd place 4x400 relay. Several athletes achieved new personal bests in their relays for an overall fantastic first showing of the 2013 Outdoor season. Great job, ladies!
Mason will host the annual Coaches Classic Track Event this Wednesday and Friday.
|4/10-4/12||Coaches Classic||1st place||
Girls Track Wins Another Coaches Classic
The Girls Track & Field Team won the Coaches’ Classic for the 10th time in the last 12 years last Friday evening. The meet included 34 Division I teams from across Southwest Ohio with some outstanding competition. The team finished 40 points ahead of 2nd place Walnut Hills. Friday’s cold and wind did not prevent the girls from achieving many personal and season best performances.
1st place finishers:
2nd place finishers:
3rd place finishers:
This was a decisive team victory with contributions from every member of the team. There was at least one Comet in the top eight in 16 out of the 17 events. In seven of the events the girls place two athletes in the top eight. Way to go, ladies!
Next up Mason has split squad action at the Lebanon Relays and Mt. Healthy Relays on Friday, April 19th.
|4/19||Lebanon Relays||postponed till 4/22|
|4/19||Mt. Healthy Relays||1st place||
The Girls track team had another great showing at the Mt. Healthy Owl’s Nest Invitational on Friday night. The ladies tallied 156 points to outdistance second place Wayne with 92.5 points. Although it was very cold, the athletes persevered and turned in some great performances.
1st place finishers included:
2nd place finishers included:
Other scorers –
Next up the ladies are in Louisville this Friday and Saturday for the Eastern Relays.
|4/26-4/27||Eastern Relays in Louisville, KY||1st place||
The Lady Comets had another outstanding weekend at the Eastern Relays in Louisville Kentucky. The girls combined efforts to accumulate 83 points and win the meet which included over 124 teams from several states across the midwest and southeast United States. Lauren Wood dominated the 3200 in ideal weather conditions, running an astonishing 10:35.64 to take down the school record set by former Comet, state champion and All-American, Angela Bizzarri. Her fellow 3200 teammates (Maegan Murphy, Sarah Honaker & Kinsey McBeath) followed suit by all running personal bests in the same race.
The sprint medley team of Briaunna Keys, CC Wilson, Jordan Horning, and Olivia Gaus powered to a first place finish to beat the rest of the field by three seconds.
Not to be outdone, the distance medley of Erin Brush, Delaney McDowell, Olivia Gaus and Leah Ford won their race in a time of 12:23.73, four seconds ahead of the field. Leah Ford ran a personal best mile of 5:11, to hold off a tough competitor on her heels.
The 4X800 relay of Delaney McDowell, Lauren Wood, Erin Brush and Olivia Gaus ran 9:31.05 to win their race and earn the fastest time in Ohio so far this season.
2nd place finishers:
Next up is the Wayne Warrior Invite this Friday and Saturday.
|5/2-5/3||Wayner Warriors Invite||3rd place||
The Lady Comets finished third in the Wayne Warriors Invitational in Huber Height, Ohio this weekend. Many girls had the opportunity to compete in the event which included over 60 teams from across the state. There was great competition and many outstanding performances over the course of two long nights.
Second Place finishers:
Third Place finishers:
Next up is the Mason Invite this Friday, May 10th.
|5/10||Mason Invite||1st place||
The Lady Comets had another decisive win this weekend at the Rod Russell, Mason Invitational. The outstanding team effort resulted in an accumulation of 183.5 points, beating second place Walnut Hills (119) and 12 other teams. The B team also had an outstanding day, finishing 3rd overall, just 3 points out of 3rd place! After postponing the meet from Friday night to Saturday morning, the girls all rallied to showcase some of the best performances thus far this season.
The running events began with 4X800 relay of Delaney McDowell, Lauren Wood, Erin Brush and Olivia Gaus ran 9:21.23 to win their race and best their own fastest time in Ohio so far this season.
Jordan Horning had an outstanding day, winning the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, and helping her 4x400 relay teammates Delaney McDowell, Olivia Gaus and Chloe Knue to finish the meet with a win in 3:59.98.
Olivia Gaus also won the 800 meter run as well as being a member of the winning 4x400 and 4x800 relays.
Lauren Wood broke her own school record, set just weeks ago, in the 3200. Lauren placed second in a time of 10:30.84, 5 seconds better than her previous record.
2nd place finishers:
3rd place finishers
4th place finishers:
Next up are the GMC Championships at Mason beginning this Wednesday, May 15th with finals on Friday, May 17th.
|5/15-5/17||GMC Championships||1st place||
The Mason Girls Track and Field team won their 6th consecutive GMC title this weekend with a score of 183 points to best second place Sycamore with 149 points. It was a great team effort on both the track and in the field events.
Ashley Brown was selected as GMC Field Athlete of the year after winning the Shot Put and finishing 4th in the Discus.
Jordan Horning had an outstanding meet, winning the high jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and placing 2nd in the 4x400 relay.
Lauren Wood won both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs on Friday night to tally an additional 20 points for her team.
1st place finishers:
2nd place finishers:
Mason will host the OHSAA District Championships this coming Wednesday and Friday.
|5/22-5/24||OHSAA Districts||1st place||
The Lady Comets came together in an amazing way to win their District Championship this weekend. This win was historic as the girls track team has now won eleven straight Division I District Championships! The outstanding efforts event after event resulted in an accumulation of 159 points and a win over a very tough field of teams. Additionally, the team advances athletes to the Regional Championship in 16 out of 17 possible events. Week after week, the girls have continued to step up and make a huge difference for their team.
All of the following athletes have advanced to the Regional Championship next week at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.
District Champions advancing to the regional meet:
Mason will compete in the Regional Championships this Wednesday and Friday at Dayton's Welcome Stadium.
|5/29-5/31||Regionals @ Welcome Stadium||1st||REGIONAL CHAMPS!!
The Girls Track and Field team had another outstanding week at the Regional Championship. The team chipped away throughout the meet to pull off a FIRST PLACE win! The championship title came down to the final events with the final score Mason - 66, Huber Heights Wayne – 59.
All of the athletes below have advanced to the state championships next week in Columbus.
Regional Champions advancing to the State Championship:
100 meter hurdles – Jordan Horning
4x800 relay – Olivia Gaus, Delaney McDowell, Lauren Wood, Erin Brush
2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers advancing to the State Championship:
4x200 – Emily Calvani, Chloe Knue, Beniria White, Briaunna Keys
3200 – Lauren Wood
Pole Vault – Jeny Nelson
800 – Olivia Gaus
300 hurdles – Jordan HorningWe wish all of the girls the very best at the State meet!
The OHSAA State Track and Field Championship take place next Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Track at Ohio State University. We hope to have many Comet fans cheering them on this Friday and Saturday.
|6/7-6/8||State Championships @ OSU||4th place||
Mason Wins State Girls 4x800 Relay!
All the Lady Comet track quartet of Delaney McDowell, Lauren Wood, Erin Brush and Olivia Gaus had to do at the state meet on June 8th was execute and they would win a state championship, according to their coach Tony Affatato. As they say, "easier said than done." The Mason 4x800 meter relay didn’t enter with the best time in the state track and field at at Columbus, but they executed the plan flawlessly and left the state meet with gold around their neck.
The Mason 4x200 relay team of Emily Calvani, Beniria White, BriAuna Keys, and Chloe Knue finished 7th overall. Jenny Nelson finished 10th in the pole vault with a leap of 11’ 0”.
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|3/26||Solon High School||won||13-7||1-0||The Boys Varsity Lacrosse team started off the season with a great win over a strong team from northern Ohio, Solon High School. The Comets led 3 to 2 after the first quarter then began to pull away in the second to go into half time with an 8-4 margin. In the 3rd quarter the Comets put in two more goals to go ahead 10-6 then finished off the game with a 13-7 victory. The Comets were led by Senior attack Tommy Hirsch with 2 goals and 4 assists. DeClan O’Grady put in 3 goals and 2 assists, Adam Osika and Myles Deluca added 2 goals and 1 assist. Austin Spears had 2 goals while Mark O’Connor and John Rye each put in 1 goal. The Defense was led by Ben Randall and Noah Maxwell each with 5 groundballs a piece.|
|3/28||Olentangy HS||won||11-7||2-0||.The Mason Boys Varsity Lacrosse team upped their record to 2-0 with a strong win over a good Olentangy Liberty squad. The Comets jumped out to a 3-1 lead after 1 quarter and took a 5-4 lead into half time. The Patriots from Olentangy would not let up and took a 7-6 lead into the final few minutes of the 3rd quarter until Austin Spears connected with Tommy Hirsch to even the score at 7 after 3 quarters. The Comets ended the game with 4 unanswered goals to win the game 11-7. The Mason team was led by Tommy Hirsch with 5 goals and 2 assists. Austin Spears added 3 goals and 2 assists, while DeClan O’Grady finished with 2 goals and 1 assist. Adam Osika finished off the scoring with one goal. Luke Biggers and Noah Maxwell led the defense with 6 ground balls and 4 ground balls respectfully. Steven Glandorf had a great game at goal with 10 saves.|
The Comets came out on fire against the Loveland Tigers at Loveland. The Comets started the game with a 4-1 lead at the end of the 1st quarter and stretched the lead to 7-1 by the end of the half. The Comets went on to score 5 more goals before the end of the game to notch a 12-4 victory. The Comets were led by Tommy Hirsch with 3 goals and 1 assists. DeClan O’Grady, Austin Spears, and Kyle Robling all put in 2 goals of their own to help the Comets. Mark O’Connor, Noah Maxwell, and Jon Werst all put in one goal apiece. Ben Randall led the defense with 6 groundballs, while Luke Biggers and Noah Maxwell each picked up 4. Eli Shaw added 3 of his own and did an outstanding job of defending the Tigers talented midfield to help Mason to Victory. Steve Glandorf again had an outstanding game with 9 saves.
The Mason boys lacrosse team scored and scored a bunch versus Hilliard Davidson. The Comets took and 11-0 lead into the locker room then came out to add 5 more to win the game 15-1. What an outstanding performance by the Comets. The Comet defense only allowed one shot on goal in the first half and then only 7 more the rest of the game. Adam Osika led all scorers with 5 goals and 1 assist. Austin Spears added 2 goals and 1 assist, while Tommy Hirsch added 1 goal and 2 assists. DeClan O’Grady, Kyle Robling, Andrew Robinson, Mark O’Connor, Cody Brown, Jon Werst and Noah Puckett all added 1 goal to the Comets score. Luke Biggers led the defense with 5 groundballs, while Joey Leitch and Ben Randall each had 4.
This was a very good match up for the Comets and the Braves during this game. The Comets came out with a 13-10 win, but it was a hard fought game the whole 48 minutes. Mason and Indian Hill were tied at the end of the 1st quarter 3-3, then the Comets stretched it out to 6-3 at the half. The Comets put in 5 goals in the 3rd quarter to stretch the lead to 11-6 before the Braves began to forge a comeback. The Comets were able to hold of the surge and win the game 13-10. Adam Osika led Mason with 3 goals and 1 assists and he won 6 out of 10 face-offs. Austin Spears, Tommy Hirsch, and DeClan O’Grady each put in 2 goals, while Luke Biggers, Noah Maxwell, Kyle Robling, and Myles Deluca each had 1.
The Mason Comets boys lacrosse team ran their record to 6-0 with a strong victory over the Lakota West Firebirds on Friday. The comets started out slow with a 3-1 margin after the first quarter. Mason then stretched the lead to 7-1 at half. From there the Comets dominated the rest of the game and scored a 16-3 victory. The comets were led by Tommy Hirsch with 5 goals and 1 assist. Austin Spears added 2 goals and 2 assists, while DeClan O’Grady had 2 goals and 3 assists. Andrew Robinson added 2 goals, while Adam Osika, Kyle Robling, Connor Snyder, Nate Beebe, and Nick Martin each had a goal. Ben Randall and Luke Biggers each had 4 groundballs to lead the defense.
The Comets now move into the tough part of the schedule and hope to come out on top. They will face St. X on Wednesday April 17 at St. X, then travel north to Hudson,OH to face Hudson High School on Friday.
|4/17||@ St. Xavier||won||16-7||7-0||
The Comets proved they belong at the top of the city polls, by defeating the perennial powerhouse St. X 16-7 on Wednesday evening.
The Comets have now run their record to 7-0 and will take that record up to Hudson High School this Friday. Hudson is also 7-0 and ranked extremely high in the state rankings.
On Friday the Mason Boys Lacrosse Team ventured up to northern Ohio to take on the Hudson Explorers. Both teams went into the contest undefeated and ranked in the top 5 of the state. The Comets jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on to defeat the Explorers 10-7 to stay undefeated and move up to #2 in the Ohio Laxpower Rankings.
The Comets will set their sights on the Upper Arlington Golden Bears next Friday. This is a match up of the #1 and #2 teams in the state. Come to Upper Arlington at 8:00pm and cheer on the Comets.
|4/26||@ Upper Arlington||won||6-5||9-0||
The Mason Boys Lacrosse team took another step toward history on Friday against Upper Arlington high School. The Comets took an 8-0 record up to Columbus to take on the 8-0 and #1 in the state Golden Bears and came away with an impressive 6-5 victory.
The Comets jumped out to a great start and scored in the first 26 seconds of the game when Kyle Robling took the ball to the cage and bounced a goal by the UA goalie. Mason then scored again 1 minute later by Adam Osika to put the Comets up 2-0. Mason scored two more times by Tommy Hirsch and DeClan O’Grady in the first quarter to lead 4-0. Austin Spears added 1 more goal before half to lead UA 5-1.
The Golden Bears did not give up as they proceeded to chip away at the Comets getting the score to 5-3, when Adam Osika split two defenders to put his 2nd goal in for the night which ended up being the game winner. UA got the score to 6-5 with 2:15 on the clock when goalie Steven Glandorf stopped a shot right on his doorstep to stop them from making the comeback. Mason then ran the clock out to secure the win. The defense again played and outstanding game. Joey Leitch, Luke Biggers, Griffin Zink, and Ben Randall played with tremendous determination to keep the Comets undefeated and now ranked #1 in the state by laxpower.
Mason goes to 9-0 on the season and will host Mariemont on Thursday, May 1st.
The Mason Comets boys lacrosse team extended to win streak to 10 games, by defeating the Mariemont Warriors 17-4 on Wednesday. The Comets avoided a let down after a big win at UA, by putting it to the Warriors.
Tommy Hirsch led the way with 5 goals and 2 assists. Adam Osika put in 3 goals, Austin Spears and Jon Werst each with 2 goals. Myles Deluca, Cody Brown, Joe Leitch, Ben Randall, Noah Puckett each had one goal. Steven Glandorf and Will Hoffman did an outstanding job in the goal accumulating 10 saves.
Next up Mason visits Carmel (Indiana) on Friday then travels to Culver Community HS on Saturday.
|5/3||@ Carmel||lost||11-10||10-1||The Comets traveled to Indianapolis this past weekend to take on defending Indiana state Champion Carmel High School and perennial powerhouse Culver Academy Prep. The Comets took a 10-0 record on the trip and unfortunately lost both games to go to 10-2 on the season. Friday night the Comets lost a close game to Carmel 11-10. This was an outstanding game to watch. Both teams put together impressive runs but the comets just fell short at the end of the game. Mason was led by Adam Osika on Friday with 4 goals.|
|5/4||@ Culver Community HS||lost||20-8||10-2||
The Comets finally get to come home after a grueling 6 game away trip to take on Centerville on Wednesday, May 8th.
The Comets Boys lacrosse team moved their record to 11-2 on Wednesday night with a strong 17-4 victory over the visiting Centerville Elks. The scoring was led by Austin Spears and Tommy Hirsch, each with 4 goals. Tommy added 4 assists and Austin added 1 of his own. DeClan O’Grady put in 3 goals and 3 assists as well. Adam Osika had 2 goals and 1 assists, while Kyle Robling, Joey Leitch, Jon Werst, and Connor Snyder each added a goal to the score.
The Comets will play Dublin Coffman Saturday. JV game at 11:00am and the Varsity at 1:00pm.
The boy's lacrosse team picked up their 12th win of the season with a 8-4 win over visiting Dublin Coffman. Tommy Hirsch led Mason with 4 points (3 goals and an assist). Steven Glandorf made 3 saves in the net.
Mason goes to 12-2 overall and will host Elder on Senior Night this Tuesday, May 14th.
The Mason boys lacrosse team ran their record to 13-2 last evening by defeating Elder 16-3. The Comets sent their seniors out with a bang.
The Comets were led by Senior DeClan O’Grady with five goals and one assist. Senior Tommy Hirsch added 5 goals, 2 assists, while Seniors Adam Osika and Myles Deluca each added a goal to the score. The Seniors were supported by goals from Juniors Austin Spears and Hayden Worth. Freshman Patrick O’Grady, brother of DeClan, also added a goal to round out the scoring. Defense was led by Ben Randall with 4 ground balls and Griffin Zink with 5 ground balls. Steven Glandorf again had a great game with 12 saves during the game.
The Comets will travel to Sycamore Saturday to finish the regular season and get ready for the playoffs.
Mason Boys Lacrosse closed out their regular season schedule with a decisive 13-5 win over rival Sycamore on Saturday, May 18th. Austin Spears notched 2 goals and and 3 assists and Thomas Hirsch added 3 goals and 2 assists to lead the offensive attack. Steven Glandorff was stellar in goal again with 5 saves.
Mason has earned the #1 seed in the upcoming Southwest Region Tournament. They will host the winner of the Lakota East/Oak Hills contest on Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 AM.
@ Mason 10:00 am
Boys Lacrosse Advances!
The boys Lacrosse team is moving on to the 3rd round of the state tournament by defeating Lakota East on Saturday morning 18-3. The Comets were led by Tommy Hirsch with 6 goals and 3 assists, Austin Spears with 3 goals and 1 assist, DeClan O'Grady 2 goals and 4 assists. Myles Deluca also added 2 goals to the total.
Adam Osika, Austin Engen, Nick Martin, Noah Puckett, Nate Beebe all added a goal to the victory. Andrew Robinson, Joey Leitch, and Will McGowan also added an assist to the cause. Ben Randall led the defense with 5 groundballs and Luke Biggers had 4.
The Comets (15-2) advance to regional semi-finals Wednesday May 29 at home versus Sycamore at 7:00pm.
The boys lacrosse team keeps their dreams alive as they roll past the Aviators of Sycamore last night. The Comets rolled out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter never to look back. The final score ended with an impressive 17-4 margin.
The Comets played their best game of the season last evening by playing as a team. 14 of the 17 goals were assisted. Austin Spears led the scoring with 7 goals and 2 assists. Tommy Hirsch had 2 goals and 4 assists, DeClan O’Grady had 2 goals and 5 assists, Adam Osika added 3 goals and 1 assist. The scoring was rounded out by Myles Deluca with 2 goals and 2 assists and Jon Werst with 1 goal. The Goalies Steven Glandorf and Will Hoffman both played an outstanding game accumulating 7 saves for the game.
Mason (16-2) advances to OHSLA Regional Finals on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30pm against Moeller High School. This game will be played at home on the Multi-Purpose Field at Mason Middle School.
Comets Return to State Final Four
The Comet Men's lacrosse team won another regional championship on Saturday evening defeating Moeller 13-11 in a great game at Mason High School. Early on Mason fell behind 4-1 then mounted a comeback and took the lead 8-7 at half-time. The Comets would never look back and held on to defeat the Crusaders in a much anticipated meeting this season.
DeClan O'Grady set the Moeller defense on fire scoring 6 goals and handing out an assist to lead the home team. Tommy Hirsch not only helped lead the Comets to victory he also tied the all time scoring record for Mason Men's Lacrosse by putting in 4 goals of his own. He also handed out 2 assists. Mr. Steady himself, Adam Osika, had 1 goal and 3 assists while Kyle Robling and Griffin Zink rounded out the scoring each with 1 goal.
The defense came up big again when it counted. The combination of Ben Randall, Joey Leitch, Luke Biggers, Griffin Zink, and Noah Maxwell came up with 21 ground balls to help propel the Comets to victory.
Mason will return to the FINAL FOUR for the 3rd time in 4 years on Wednesday evening (7:30pm) at Centerville high school in a rematch with Upper Arlington for the right to play for the State Title.
vs. Upper Arlington
The boy's lacrosse season ended in the state semi-finals on June 5th with a 7-5 loss to eventual State Champion Upper Arlington. Mason ended their historic 2013 campaign with a final record of 17-3.
UA scored three first quarter goals to take an early lead. The Comets battled back and stayed close enough to the Golden Bears to make things interesting in the final minutes. With Mason trailing 7-3, attacker Jonathan Werst scored two fourth-quarter goals, and what once appeared to be a smooth ride for Upper Arlington to the state final turned into a scrum with 4:33 remaining. But UA’s defense forced three turnovers and goalie Jack Warmolts made three of his 10 saves during Mason’s next-to-last possession, before the Bears played keep-away for the final 2:30.
Congratulations to all the players and coaches on a great season!
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The Lady Comets traveled to the West Side on Tuesday March 26th and soundly defeated the Lady Saints of Seton by a score of 18-5. Leading the way in controlling the ball was Casey Lawson with 5 ground balls and Lindsey Zeltwanger with 4 draw controls. In scoring Juniors Brianna Manns and Tori Blakeman led all scorers with 7 points each on 4 goals and 3 assists per player followed closely by Juniors Allie Specht with 5 goals and Lindsey Zeltwanger with 4.
Mason starts the year 1-0 and will play Mercy at home on April 2nd.
|4/2||Mother of Mercy||won||17-1||2-0||
The Mason girls lacrosse team hosted the Lady Bulldogs of Mother of Mercy Tuesday, April 2nd, and won their first home game of the season 17-1. Possession was the key to the victory and Junior Jackie Leitch led the team in this area with 4 ground balls and 4 draw controls.
Junior Tori Blakeman was the leading scorer for a second game in a row with another 7 point outing on 3 goals and 4 assists and Junior Allie Specht was right behind her with 6 points on 5 goals and 1 assist. 8 other Lady Comets were in on the scoring including a number of JV players brought up to assist with depth on the bench.
The Lady Comets improve their record to 2-0 on the season and travel to Mt Notre Dame on Wednesday with hopes of improving once again to 3-0.
|4/3||@ Mount Notre Dame||won||14-7||3-0||
The Lady Comets continued their winning ways with a hard fought 14-7 win over Mt Notre Dame on Wednesday, April 3rd. The first half was fairly one sided with Mason up 8-2, but MND would not go away and fought back on their home field to put some doubt in the outcome early in the second half.
Mason struggled on the grass at Reading Veterans Memorial Stadium however, Junior Lindsey Zeltwanger kept steady pressure on the MND goal scoring 6 points on 5 goals and 1 assist and fellow Junior Brianna Manns was second in scoring with 4 goals and ultimately kept MND's home field advantage from becoming an issue. Sophomore Maggie Lortz was solid in goal with 9 saves for a 56% save percentage.
Mason comes home to play DII powerhouse Mariemont on Thursday, April 4th. The Lady Comets are now 3-0.
The Mason Lady Comets lacrosse team hosted the Warriors from Mariemont on Thursday April 4th and came away with a 14-9 win over the perennial DII powerhouse. The game was tight until the middle of the second half when Mason pulled ahead for good and were able to ice the game away with great stick handling from Juniors Allie Specht, Tori Blakeman, Lindsey Zeltwanger and Monica Vermillion among others.
Draw control was a major factor in deciding the game and both Lindsey Zeltwanger (4 controls) and Jackie Leitch (3 controls) were major contributors. Leading scoring was Allie Specht with 6 points on 6 goals and Tori Blakeman was right behind her with 4 points on 2 goals and 2 assists.
The Lady Comets improve to 4-0 and travel to Columbus this weekend for games with New Albany and Dublin Coffman finishing a long week which will ultimately consist of 5 games in 5 days.
|4/6||@ New Albany||won||14-13 OT||5-0||
The Mason Lady Comets lacrosse team travelled to Columbus this past Saturday, April 6th, and passed their first major test of the season with wins over perennial powerhouse New Albany 14-13 in overtime, and Dublin Coffman 16-9.
The New Albany game was the key test for the team and they passed it with flying colors. Coming from behind, the Comets rallied in the second half to tie up the score and send the game into overtime. In overtime, Junior Lindsey Zeltwanger made the game winning goal on a free position shot that found a home in the back of the net shortly after leaving her stick. Lindsey led all scorers with a season high 8 points on 4 goals and 4 assists, and followed closely by Tori Blakeman who had 5 points on 4 goals and 1 assist. Recently promoted to varsity, Sophomore Emily Ketron made her presence felt by securing a game high 3 draw controls to help the Lady Comets maintain possession throughout.
|4/6||@ Dublin Coffman||won||16-9||6-0||
After finishing off New Albany the team travelled directly to Dublin Coffman High School and with only a 30 minute bus ride for rest, they managed to safely put away the Shamrocks of Dublin Coffman 16-9.
The Comets are off until Friday, April 12th when they host the reigning Kentucky State Champion Kentucky Country Day (currently 8-0 on their season). The Lady Comets are now 6-0. The contest will begin at 6:00 PM and will be part of Mason Lacrosse double header with the boys hosting Lakota West at 7:30.
|4/12||Kentucky Country Day 6:00 pm||won||10-7||7-0||
The Mason Lady Comets took on the reigning Kentucky State Champions (8-0 coming in) on Friday, and came away with a key win 10-7. Junior midfielder Tori Blakeman led all scorers with a game high 6 points on 4 goals and 2 assists followed by Junior Allie Specht with 4 points on 4 assists. Possession was maintained on the draw controls by Juniors Lindsey Zeltwanger and Casey Lawson with 3 each to keep the Lady Comets in control of the game throughout.
The Comets are now 7-0 on the season and head to Columbus on Saturday for games with Quaker Valley (Pa.) and Mentor.
|4/13||@ Quaker Valley (PA) in Columbus||won||7-6||8-0||no report|
Mason's match at Summit was cancelled after inclement weather forced action to stop 11 minutes into the contest. Mason was ahead 4-0 with play was ended.
Next up Mason will face #2 ranked Sycamore at home on Thursday, April 18th.
The Mason Lady Comets Lacrosse team hosted perennial powerhouse the Sycamore Lady Aves on Thursday night and came away with a huge 11-9 victory. The win runs the Comets record to 10-0 and propels them in the number 1 position in the State.
Senior Captain Kylie Yancey came up big and tied with Lindsey Zeltwanger for the scoring lead with 5 points on 3 goals and 2 assists while Lindsey had 4 goals and 1 assist. Junior Jackie Leitch came up big in the most important statistic of the game with 5 draw controls and Sophomore Maggie Lortz was solid in goal with 7 saves to backstop the defense. The Comets fell behind 1-0 in the first 5 minutes but never again quickly after that. It was a close game throughout but Mason prevailed and is now in the drivers seat with tournament set to start in early May.
The Lady Comets face Fishers HS from Indianapolis at home at 11AM on Saturday April 20th.
@ Fisher HS
The Lady Comet Lacrosse team continued their winning jaunt with a 17-2 blowout of highly ranked Fisher High School of Indiana. Mason sends its record to 11-0 on the season and will visit Lakota West on Tuesday, April 23rd.
|4/23||@ Lakota West||won||22-3||12-0||
The Lady Comets travelled to Lakota West on Tuesday, April 23rd and left with win number 12 and a 22-3 drubbing of the West Firebirds. Tori Blakeman ensured the Comets maintained possession throughout with 4 draw controls. Lindsey Zeltwanger and Emily Ketron kept the carpet clean with 3 ground balls each. Possession is the name of the game in girls lacrosse and these ladies ensured the Comets had it all night long.
Allie Specht scored a season high 8 points on 6 goals and 2 assists, followed closely by Lindsey Zeltwanger with 7 points on 6 goals and 1 assist. Mason had 22 different players see action throughout the contest and the rest of the scoring was balanced amongst the starters as well as some JV swing players.
The Comets run their record to 12-0 and take on Indian Hill Thursday April 25 at home.
The Lady Comets hosted the Indian Hill Braves Thursday, April 25th and came away with another spectacular victory winning 19-7. Once again possession was the name of the game and sophomore Emily Ketron led the way with 5 draw controls. Juniors Allie Specht and Brianna Manns were close behind with 3 each. Scoring was led by Juniors Lindsey Zeltwanger (4G, 3A), and Allie Specht (6G, 1A) with 7 points each.
This brings the Comets record to 13-0 on the season with two home games remaining on the season. Next up is Mason Youth Night on Thursday, May 2nd versus Ursuline.
It wasn't pretty but the Lady Comets notched their 14th win in a row with an 11-6 win over the visiting Ursuline Lady Lions on Thursday May 2nd.. Sophomore Maggie Lortz was solid in goal with 5 saves, and Juniors Allie Specht (3 goals), Lindsey Zeltwanger (2 goals, 1 assist), and Tori Blakeman (2 goals 1 assist) led the scoring with 3 points each.
The Comets are 14-0 with one game to go on Senior Night, Monday, May 6th at home vs. St. Ursula Academy.
|5/6||St. Ursula Academy||won||17-6||15-0||
The Mason girls lacrosse team ended their regular season undefeated at 15-0 with a senior night 17-6 smack down of visiting St Ursula on Monday night. Possession was once again the key from the start of play at the draw. Jackie Leitch led the way with 4 draw controls followed closely by Lindsey Zeltwanger, Casey Lawson, Allie Specht and Emily Ketron with 3 each.
Monica Vermillion kept the carpet clean with a season high 6 ground balls. Scoring was co-led by Lindsey Zeltwanger (5 goals) and Brianna Manns (3 goals, 2 assists) with 5 points each, followed closely by Allie Specht with 4 points on 3 goals and 1 assist.
The Lady Comets start tournament play on Wednesday May 15th at home against Lakota East at 4:30 PM in a first round game.
Post Season Tourney
vs. Lakota East
The Mason Lady Comets Lacrosse team opened up tournament play on Wednesday with a decisive 22-2 win over Lakota East at Mason. Junior Lindsey Zeltwanger came up big in the scoring department with a career and team high 9 points on a remarkable 8 goals and 1 assist. She was followed by Brianna Manns with 5 points on 2 goals and 3 assists and Allie Specht with 4 points on 1 goal and 3 assists.
The Lady Comets now have 3 scorers over 60 points on the season (Zeltwanger, Blakeman, and Specht) and a 4th nearing 50 (Manns). This is the first time in the history of the program that the team has had 4 players reach 50 points (previous best was 2 players). Before the tournament is over there will likely be a 5th.
The Comets will face Ursuline Academy on Monday, May 20th at home at 7PM.
vs. Ursuline Academy
@ Mason, 7:00 PM
The Lady Comets hosted Ursuline Monday night in a 3rd round District playoff and came away with a narrow 13-11 win to stay undefeated on the season at 17-0. . Mason held a 7 point lead at one point but Ursuline would not quit and kept battling back.
Maggie Lortz had an outstanding game in goal with 13 saves to keep the Comets ahead all game, while Jackie Leitch kept Mason in possession of the ball with a team leading 4 draw controls and 4 ground balls. Scoring was co-led by Allie Specht (4 goals) and Tori Blakeman (2 goals, 2 assists) followed closely by Lindsey Zeltwanger (2 goals 1 assist), and Co-captain Kylie Yancey (3 goals) with 3 points each.
The Comets move on to face the Sycamore Lady Ave's in the Regional Final on Thursday night, 6PM at Sycamore Junior high. Mason defeated Sycamore earlier in the season by a score of 11-9. The winner of this contest will advance to the State Final Four to be played May 31st at New Albany HS.
Come out and cheer the ladies on to a win!
The Lady Comets magical 2013season came to a disappointing conclusion at the Regional Final on Thursday. Mason fell to Sycamore by a score of 10-5. The team finishes with their overal best record in program history. Previously, Mason's best was 14-5 in 2009. The Mason Girl's Lacrosse program hasn't had a losing record since their first year in 2003. Once the sting of the season ending loss fades, expectations will once again be very high for the 2014 Comets.
Congratulations ladies on a great sesaon!
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