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Three swimmers from the Greater Miami Conference brought home individual state championships this weekend.  Ashley Volpenhein, a sophomore from Mason High School won two state championships by winning both the 50 yard and 100 yard Freestyle events.  Mark Andrew, a senior from Middle town High School won the 200 yard Individual Medley.  Joshua McDonald, a sophomore from Lakota East High School came home a champion in the 500 yard Freestyle.  Congratulations to these three amazing young people for their outstanding efforts.

Last night at Hamilton the Lakota West girls team completed a perfect league season with a 16-0 final record.  In so doing they became the third team (boys or girls) to attain a 16-0 record.  

Note: This is just the ninth year in the 48 year history of the Greater Miami Conference that they have played as many as 16 basketball games in a single season. (1997-2005 & 2014-15)
The Firebirds not only accomplished this feat in a conference which is called home by three other teams among Cincinnati's top 10 (#3 Mason, #6 Lakota East, #8 Fairfield), but they made it look easy.  Their average margin of victory over this 16 game stretch was 37.7 ppg with no team getting closer than 14 at games end.
The first team to attain a 16-0 league mark  was Jerry Stein's 1998-99 Princeton girls.  They were led by Kim Lancaster who later starred at Miami University (once had 40 pts. in a game) and Amber Sneed who excelled at U. Mass.
The second team to post a 16-0 conference record was Jill Phillips 2003-04 Princeton girls.  That team was laden with players destined to go on to college teams, including Lesslee Mason-Cox who starred at the University of Houston and Ashlee Bridges who played four seasons at Vanderbilt University.
Coach Andy Fishman's team which has become the latest to reel off 16 is cut of the same cloth as the teams mentioned above.  His squad had two Division I signee's;  Senior Lauren Cannatelli who has signed with Dayton, and Senior Arianne Whitaker who has signed with Winthrop.  They are joined by several other teammates who are either committed to D-1 schools, such as Nia Staples with West Virginia, or who are now being actively recruited by colleges and universities.
 

Note: In the eight previous seasons that a 16-0 record has been possible no boys team in the league has been able to do it.  Mason is the latest to make a run at this mark as they now stand at 13-0.

Story by Robert Ashby

The GMC Swimming and Diving Championship was held at Mason Natatorium last weekend.  Mason swept the boys and girls divisions with the boys scoring 529 points while the girls amassed 628.  Sycamore was the runner up in both divisions.  You can find more results under the Swimming tab.

The 2015 GMC Wrestling Championships were held at Lakota East H.S. this past weekend.  Congratulations to Mason High School who scored 231 points to bring home the championship.  The second place finisher was Lakota West H.S. with 128.5 points.  You can find more results under the Wrestling tab.

A list of GMC athletes who have committed to play college athletics is being compiled on the GMC website.  The list is being put together now, a partial listing is already available and should be complete by the weekend.  This list will be updated as necessary throughout the remainder of the school year.