Lakota West's Malik Hartford Celebrated as LaRosa's MVP of the Week

(Photo compliments of Jenny Walters Photography)


NAME: Malik Hartford
SCHOOL: Lakota West High School
SPORT(S): Football
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Committing to Ohio State U.
BIRTHDATE: 3/19/2005
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’3”-175 lbs.
RESIDENCE: West Chester
PARENTS: Jim & Zainab
FUTURE GOAL: "Play in the NFL"

Next fall, highly recruited senior safety Malik Hartford will be taking his all-star football play up I-71 to the Ohio State University, but for now the Adidas All-American is concentrating on winning the GMC title and helping lead the Lakota West Firebirds to a run in the state playoffs. He is the No. 3 player in Ohio for the Class of 2023, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and he was named preseason first-team all-Tri-State Football as a defensive back. He had helped lead the Firebirds to a 5-0 season so far.

His junior season, Malik had 58 tackles (38 solo), two interceptions, one sack and one pick-six TD for the Firebirds. His talents were recognized by being named first-team all-GMC, first-team all-city (Div. I) and first-team all-Southwest Ohio District. He also played on special teams and at times offense for the Firebirds who went 11-2 last season and were conference champs for the second straight year and were regional finalists. He has the talent to make plays sideline to sideline and has been invited to play in the 2023 All-American Bowl January 7, 2023 in San Antonio, Texas.

A good student (4.2 GPA) who is active in community service, Malik’s favorite athlete is Tom Brady, favorite entertainer is Robert Downey Jr., favorite book is Lord of the Flies, favorite movie is Training Day and most-like-to-meet is Kam Chancellor. He also played lacrosse for the Firebirds.

Coach’s Quote – “One of the best all-around athletes I have ever been around. He combines strength, speed, and smarts into the complete package.” – Tom Boldin, Varsity Football coach

Mason Girls' Tennis Team Wins GCTCA Tournament


(Press release and photo are compliments of Mason SID, Dan Hilen)


For another year Mason Tennis captured the Coaches Classic Flight A Championship on Saturday winning the title in run-away style. 

Team results: 1. Mason A 2. CHCA 3. Mason B 4. Indian Hill 5. St. Ursula 

Individual flight winners for the Comets: 1s. Aggarwal 2s. Chaudhuri 2d. Reddy- S. Marla.

DICK'S Sporting Goods Applauds GMC Boys Golf Standouts

DICK'S Sporting Goods appreciates the outstanding efforts displayed in the Greater Miami Conference Boys Golf Championships.  Mason's Timmy Hollenbeck and AJ Wilhelm tied for co-medalist honors with identical two-day rounds of 69-70 for totals of 139 thus making them GMC "Co-Athletes of the Year".  For each player, it was their second conference "Athlete of the Year" recognition during their high school careers. They led the Comets to a GMC two-day record total of 564, smashing the previous record of 574 held by Lakota East.  Congratulations to the Mason Comets placing 5 golfers in the top 5 finishers.

GMC "Co-Athletes of the Year" 

Mason's Timmy Hollenbeck (left) and AJ Wilhelm (right)

In a vote of his coaching peers, Mason Head Boys Golf Coach Tim Lambert was selected as the GMC "Coach of the Year" for 2022. For Coach Lambert this is the third consecutive time he has been honored by his coaching contemporaries and the fourth of his Comet career.  Under Coach Lambert's tutelage the Comets have captured three GMC titles in a row and four in the school's GMC history. 

 GMC "Coach of the Year" 2022

Mason Head Golf Coach Tim Lambert

Mason Boys Golf Dominates Conference Tournament

Mason Sports Information Director, Dan Hilen, Press Release:

Mason Boys Golf  “Run-Away” with GMC Title 3-Peat!

2022 Comets Shatter GMC Tourney Records

Photo compliments of Mason Sports Radio

The Mason Boy’s Golf team didn’t surprise many yesterday at the 2022 GMC Championships at Walden Ponds GC.  The Comets were heavily favored with a bevy of outstanding players on their 2022 squad.  They didn’t disappoint snaring their third consecutive and fourth overall league title (2012, 2020, 2021,2022) while shooting a dominating team score of 564.  Lakota East (622) was a distant second, 58 strokes behind Mason’s two-day totals (278-286).

The Comet’s team score of 564 is a GMC record-shattering the 2019 Lakota East mark of 574.  Mason’s 1st-day team score of 278 is a new “under-par” total also besting a mark of 283 set by both East and Mason in 2020.   

All five of Mason’s players were listed at the top of the individual leaderboard with each earning 1st Team All GMC recognition.  Seniors Timmy Hollenbeck and AJ Wilhelm were named GMC Co-Players of the Year for their two-day totals of 69 and 70 (tied at 139).  Both of these standouts were previous POY honorees: Timmy 2021 and AJ 2020.  This marks the third consecutive season that a Mason boy’s golf athlete has won the award.  Senior Nate Vonderhaar was a 2019 recipient. 

Mason's Shyla Aggarwal Honored as LaRosa's MVP of the Week



NAME: Shyla Aggarwal
SCHOOL: Mason High School
SPORT(S): Tennis
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Winning 2021 individual state championship
BIRTHDATE: 4/2/2005
PARENTS: Stephali and Akash
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: “My sister Ananya Aggarwal”
FUTURE GOAL: "Be a tennis All-American"

At the top of Cincinnati’s high school girls’ tennis charts is Mason Senior Shyla Aggarwal. Shyla is a three-time GMC tennis champion and is the reigning sectional, district and Ohio state champion in singles. She was Ohio state runner-up as a sophomore.

Last season, as a junior, Shyla was a perfect 26-0 in singles matches and became Mason’s first-ever Ohio state singles champion. She helped the Comets win a fifth straight Ohio team championship and a seventh straight GMC title. Shyla earned numerous honors, including being named Cincinnati Div. I Player of the Year and all-Ohio, plus she was nominated for the All-USA Today’s High School Sports Awards’ national girls’ tennis player of the year. She is also the two-time reigning Greater Miami Conference Player of the Year.

A great student (4.0 GPA) who is active in community service, Shyla will continue her education and next level of tennis play at Yale University. Her favorite athlete is Serena Williams, favorite entertainer is Ana Stowell, favorite book is This Is Where It Ends, favorite movie is Moana and most-like-to-meet is Alex Zverev.

Coach’s Quote – “Great kid. Big Hitter. Conscientious, hard-working, humble, one of the best competitors I’ve ever coached.” – Mike Reid, Varsity Tennis Coach