Year in and year out, Greater Miami Conference fast pitch softball is amongst the very best in Ohio. Each spring GMC coaches field outstanding teams that are extremely accomplished in the fundamentals of the game. This is a direct correlation to the dedication and passion of the coaches who head up those programs.

The Ohio High School Fast Softball Coaches Association annually recognizes outstanding individuals who have made significant achievements on the diamond, not only building programs but also leading young people. This year, the Greater Miami Conference yet again sees another of its program architects step into the state-wide spotlight as Lakota West's Keith Castner is inducted into the OHSFSCA "Hall of Fame". Spending his entire softball head coaching career at the helm of the Lakota West Firebirds, Keith Castner has earned a spot of honor amongst Ohio's best coaches of all-time.

To see the "rest of the story" as told by Lakota West Sports Information Director, Darren Walters, check out the link provided below:

(Lakota West's Castner Headed to HOF)

In line with an already outstanding high school swimming career for the Mason Comets, Allison Bloebaum has received yet another honor by being selected as a "LaRosa's MVP of the Week". Bloebaum, a four-year varsity standout for one of Ohio's top programs,  has already earned NISCA All-American honors while being a three time Ohio High School Athletic Association State Champion.  With the 2018 OHSAA state swimming championships on the horizon, Allison Bloebaum will have her sights set on adding to her impressive credentials.

To get "the rest of the story" on a this outstanding aquatic athlete, check out the LaRosa's link provided below:

GMC congratulations to Allison Bloebaum! 

Lakota West's Xavier Peter's, first team All-GMC defensive performer, was selected to participate in the national Under Armor All-Star game in Orlando, Florida. He followed previous Lakota West Firebirds, Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts) and Jordan Hicks (Philadelphia Eagles), who also starred in this arena.

Peters did not disappoint the selection committee, displaying his athletic gifts from one end of the field to the other. See the link below from WCPO.COM high school expert, Mike Dyer, to get the rest of the story: 

(Xavier Peters Shines in Under Armor Game)

Special thanks to Mike Dyer (WCPO.COM)

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)

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