Lakota East senior running standout, Dustin Horter, has been awarded the honor of competing for Team USA at the 2018 Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge in the junior 6K event.  Dustin is one of six "junior" athletes to be selected from across the US to represent his country at this prestigious event.

The Great Edinburgh Cross Country consists of four separate events and pits the best of Team Great Britain and Northern Ireland against Europe and the USA. Athletes compete across four races; the junior men’s 6km, the junior women’s 4km, senior men’s 8km and senior women’s 6km. The overall winning team will be determined by the best aggregate finishing positions of the six best placed athletes in the senior category, as well as the four best placed athletes in the junior races. The event will also see the return of the innovative International Mixed Relay event which will see national teams of four (two men and two women) compete in a 4x1k challenge for the Stewart Cup.

The event takes place , January 13, 2018 in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Article content and photo compliments of East Sports Information Director, Dan Hilen

After completing a truly impressive cross country season, Dustin Horter (Lakota East) and Conant Smith (Middletown) have earned national respect as "road warriors" after extremely successful outings in the Nike National Championships in Portland, Oregon. John Snodgrass of fame has shared his personal insights on the GMC "dynamic duo". For the "rest of the story", check out the link below:

(Horter and Smith - GMC Dynamic Duo)

Wednesday ,Mason defeated Lakota East 46-21 in an important GMC meeting. But the contest was more than just another league win. The girls helped their leader reach a personal achievement that few can boast, as Comet head coach Rob Matula attained his 300th overall career victory. Rob is in his 20th season has a head coach.  His coaching stints have also included positions at Talawanda (boys), and  Sycamore (boys).

Matula, who has been at the Mason girls helm since the 2005 season, has an overall career record of 300 wins and just 153 losses. His Mason overall record now stands at 224-70. Highlights during 13 campaigns under Matula's leadership include: 1 FAVC title, 2 GMC titles, 9 Sectional titles, 6 District championships, 1 Regional title and OHSAA State runner-up in 2015-16. During his tenure Rob has won multiple coaching honors that include league coach of the year, Southwest Coach of the Year, and Greater Cincinnati Coach of the Year.

Article content and photo compliments of Mason Sports Information Director, Dan Hilen

Mason senior Anna Brinkman is a two-sport athlete in basketball and volleyball.

In basketball, she is a four-year varsity player. Her junior year, she averaged 6.5 points, 7 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game for the Lady Comets. Her 54.5 field goal percentage was second best in the GMC as she helped the Lady Comets to a GMC co-championship with a 15-1 record in conference play and the district championship, finishing with a 23-4 record over all.

A volleyball four-year varsity starter at middle and outside hitter, her senior year Anna helped the Lady Comets to a second straight GMC championship, going an undefeated 9-0 in league play. They were 21-4 over all and were regional semi-finalists. She had a league-leading 253 kills with 185 digs and 41 service aces, earning 1st team all-GMC honors for the third straight year and 2nd team all-Ohio for the 2nd time.

In club volleyball, Anna played for the Elevation team that won the 2016 U.S. National Division championship, and she was named MVP of the tournament. A great student who is active in community service, Anna will play volleyball collegiately at Northern Kentucky University.

Her favorite athlete is Steph Curry, favorite entertainer is Luke Bryan, favorite book is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, favorite movie is Coach Carter and most-like-to-meet is Jennifer Lawrence.

COACH'S QUOTE - "I am a firm believer in multi-sport athletes and Anna has shown that you can do two sports and be very successful. She is a true athlete." 

Anna Brinkman - LaRosa's MVP of the Week

(Article content and photo compliments of Mason Sports Information Director, Dan Hilen)

Middletown High School Names Don E. Simpson New Head Football Coach

Former Princeton defensive coordinator excited to be a leader for Middie Football

MIDDLETOWN, OH--Middletown City School District today announced Don E. Simpson as the new head varsity football coach at Middletown High School, pending board approval. Simpson boasts many years coaching football, most recently as the defensive coordinator at Princeton High School.

“Coach Simpson brings a tremendous amount of passion and enthusiasm with him to Middletown. He is a kid-first guy and understands the importance of building positive relationships with our students, parents, and community. He has been a part of many other successful programs and will have an immediate impact working with our student-athletes to help them achieve their goals. I am confident his leadership will help bring on a resurgence to the Middletown Football program,” said Aaron Zupka, Athletic Director at Middletown High School.

Simpson, a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Corrections from the University of Cincinnati (UC).  A 1997 graduate of UC, Simpson played defensive back in college under head coach Rick Minter.  Before coming to Princeton High School, Simpson served as the Defensive Coordinator at Deer Park for a year and spent six years as Defensive Coordinator at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (CHCA).

As the Defensive Coordinator at Princeton High School this past year, Simpson's team produced a school record 20 turnovers.  While at CHCA, Simpson helped advance the varsity football team to the playoffs six times and to the Regional Semi-finals five times. In 2014, the CHCA Eagles were Regional Champions and State Semi Finalists. Additionally, many of his players advanced to the collegiate level (Div 1, 1AA, DII, DIII, and Ivy League) to universities such as the University of Alabama, Virginia Tech, Penn State, and Brown University.

“I am very excited about becoming part of the Middie family--to have the opportunity to help students reach their full potential on and off the field is a responsibility I take very seriously,” said Simpson. “I’m looking forward to joining the Middletown team and getting to work.

On December 18 at 6:00 PM, please join the Middletown community at the Board of Education meeting where the Board will formally approve Don E. Simpson as the Middletown Head Football Coach.