Colerain senior quarterback Deshaunte Jones lead the Cardinals to a 2016 Division I state semi-finalist berth with a 12-2 record. As a senior, he rushed for 1,860 yards, 29 touchdowns while passing for 785 yards and 9 touchdowns. During his Cardinal career, the Ohio Mr. Football finalist accounted for more than 5,000 total yards and 74 touchdowns. Honors earned while under center for the Cards included...GMC Offensive Player of the Year, AP Southwest District Player of the Year and first team all-state. Earning a full scholarship, Deshaunte will take his football talents to Iowa State this fall.
Article contributed by Mike Dyer.
Mason / Pitt standout right hand pitcher, TJ Zuech, was selected in the first round of the MLB draft by the Toronto Bluejays. The 6'7" Zuech was taken with the 21st pick overall. Touting a 97 MPH fastball, Zuech was 6-1 this past season for Pitt with a 3.10 ERA. An All-ACC performer, TJ was the highest draft pick in Pitt baseball history. Congratulations on a job well done and best wishes for an outstanding professional career. GMC proud of TJ Zuech!
Indicative that the Greater Miami Conference boasts some of Ohio's finest student athletes, several GMC softball and baseball players were selected to All-Ohio teams this past week.
All-Ohio in SOFTBALL:
Hannah Messer - Lakota East - Infielder
Taylor Wilp - Oak Hills - Infielder
Allie Cummins - Lakota West - Infielder
Kianah Towe - Lakota East - pitcher
Elle Buffenbarger - Mason - pitcher
All-Ohio in BASEBALL:
Cory Heffron - Colerain - outfielder
Nick Northcut - Mason - Infielder
Congratulations to these outstanding athletes on their state-wide recognition of an job extremely well done this season!
Mason senior track standout Nick Pearson accomplished a tremendous achievement at the State track meet his past Saturday at Jesse Owens Stadium. Pearson won an individual 2016 State Championship in the 400 meter dash event. Nick sprinted to a new Mason record time of 47.82 to beat out a talented field of competitors.
“This is my third time coming,” said Pearson. “Last year I didn’t make the finals so that kind of fired me up for this year. I can’t even explain it, the last 50 meters I was struggling to get in. It’s the greatest feeling ever.”
The title was the second for Pearson. Nick was part of Mason's 4 X 200 relay team last season, that won a state championship in Columbus. Pearson, who was also a standout football talent for the Comets, is headed to Lafayette College this fall.
Contributed by Dan Hilen, Mason Sports Information Director
Larosa's unveiled the six finalists for their prestigious female MVP recognition. This slate of incredible 2015-16 female athletes included two of the GMC's best...Kellen Alsip of Sycamore and Nia Staples of Lakota West.
Kellen Alsip - Sycamore - girls golf
- OHSAA Division I State Champion
- Led GMC with a nine hole average of 38.20
- Two-time GMC Golfer of the Year
- Cincinnati Golfer of the Year
- Women's Sports Association Golf Sportswoman of the Year
- University of North Carolina - Ashville signee
Nia Staples - Lakota West- basketball
- 1000+ Career Points
- GMC Player of the Year
- Ohio Division I Co-Player of the Year
- Southwest District Player of the Year
- Women's Sports Association Basketball Sportswoman of the Year
- West Virginia University signee
The LaRosa's 2015-16 high school Female MVP of the Year will be named at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday, June 26, telecast live at 2 PM on CET. Since 1986 LaRosa's has named Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's top high school male and female athletes of the year.