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9/19/18 - Girl's Soccer HOME vs. Felicity
The Blanchester Ladycat senior class put on a show against Felicity on Thursday night in a 7-0 victory, led by playmaker Emily Hinkle. Hinkle had another vintage game, notching 2 goals and 3 assists, which ties her for the school assist record with her 29th career assist. She is now tied with Tori Richardson who set the record back in 2010, but Hinkle has 7 more games to attempt to break it. Blan came out quickly with a Caitlyn Lakes goal who finished off a through ball from Hinkle by finding the back post from across the box. Hinkle added her first goal of the game 20 minutes into the half, finding the top corner from a shot at the top of the box, assisted by senior Savanna Shank. Blan dominated the ball in the half, but could not find a good rhythm, and went into the half up 2-0. The Ladycats exploded in the second half, as Hinkle grabbed her second goal within 4 minutes, assisted by senior Olivia Gundler. Senior defender Sally Schafer had a highlight goal, volleying a cross from Hinkle to the back post for her first goal of the year. Shank had an attacking flurry and scored two goals in a span of two minutes, the first assisted by Gundler, as Shank settled the ball in the middle of the box and calmly slotted it home. The second was assisted by Schafer as Shank just beat out the onrushing keeper to tap it past for the score. Hinkle got the record tying assist when she laid off a pass in the box to Gundler, who put the ball to the back post for her first goal of the season. Regan Ostermeier had 5 saves in the shutout effort, pushing her career record to 19 shutouts. Hinkle's 2 goals on the night pushed her career goals to 29 as well to match her 29 assists, showing off her amazing dual threat ability and consistency throughout her career. Bri Haun and Bri Wilson played excellent defensively for the Cats in the win. Blan moves to 3-5-1 with the win. -Coach K Ballinger
9/20/18 - Ladycats Volleyball HOME vs. Lynchburg
The Ladycats won a tight battle with Lynchburg in 5 Thursday night 25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 11-25 and 15-7.
The girls have had a long hard week and I’m proud of how hard they fought to pull off the win tonight.
Kassidy Abney really stepped it up tonight and was hitting the ball really good. She finished the night with 4 kills, 6 perfect passes and 15 service points.
Holly Scott had one dig, 15 service points, 17 assists and one block. Madison Creager had 8 perfect passes, 16 service points and one kill. Ally Davis had 8 perfect passes, 15 service points and 4 kills. Caili Baumann had 4 service points, 8 kills and 5 blocks. Kelli Hoffman had 7 perfect passes, 14 service points and two kills. Molly Campbell had two digs and one perfect pass. -Coach Weisflock
JV Volleyball wins 3-2 over Lynchburg
9/20/18 - Men's Soccer HOME vs. Felicity
The Blanchester Wildcats defeated the Felicity Franklin Cardinals 4-0 at home Thursday evening. Blanchester started strong and was able to put away three goals in the first half. The second half was still a slew of highlights for the Wildcats who have struggled to stay in a match defensively all season. Blanchester‘s defensive back line held strong giving way for Keeper Gavin Colebank’s first career shutout. Scoring for the Wildcats were Carter Stevens with two, Cameron Gibson, and Taylor Cochran. Assists went to Stevens and Gibson. The Wildcats will travel to play Leesburg Fairfield on Monday.
9/20/18 - BMS Volleyball HOME vs. New Richmond
Both the 7th grade and 8th grade volleyball teams lost in very close matches against New Richmond yesterday evening.
Summer Schutte had 4 aces, 9 kills, and 6 target passes, and 3 assists. Emma Falgner had 2 aces, 4 kills, and 7 target passes. Ainsey Whitaker had 5 assists, 3 aces, 2 kills, and 1 target pass. Sarah Pell had an incredible night defensively, stepping up with several crucial saves. Pell had 2 aces, 1 kill, 1 block, 1 target pass, and 2 assists.
For the seventh grade, Cheyenne Reed had 3 aces and 5 perfect passes, Gracie Roy had 1 ace, 1 assist, 3 kills, and 2 prefect passes, and Lainey Dameron had 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 assist, and 2 blocks. -Coach Benza
9/19/18 - BMS Football @ East Clinton
Zach West and Bryce Sipple combined for 120 yds passing and 2 TD’s as the Blanchester Wildcats once again crushed the competition with an impressive win over the East Clinton Astros 39-6. Turnovers bit us early with a fumble and an INT. But that couldn’t keep the potent Wildcat offense down. The Wildcats took a 13-6 lead into the half made a few adjustments and came out and finished strong. It’s rare to have one RB with over 100 yds rushing. Today we had 2. Tyler Bussell had a fantastic game with 127 yds rushing and 3 TD’s. He really took control of the game for us and put it out of reach. RB Chase Barnes finished with 124 yds rushing as well and capped off another great win for these Wildcats. The O line once again showed that working together will produce positive results. Without them none of this happens. Great work all around!
One big play, that’s all it took for the Wildcat defense to completely take over the game. Early in the 1st quarter we gave up one big play for 60 yds. From that point on the Wildcat defense allowed less than 100 yds of total offense for the rest of the game. “I’m extremely proud of the way this Defense, and this team as a whole, stepped up and took care of business. These young men continue to prove some things to not only to the other teams and the fans watching, but also to themselves. They are changing the culture with an attitude of expecting to win.” Coach Peters
QB Zach West- 60 yds passing 1 TD, 1 INT
Bryce Sipple- 60 yds passing 1 TD
RB Tyler Bussell 6 carries for 127 yds 3 TD’s
Chase barnes 12 carries for 124 yds
Ty Goodwin 1 carry for 10 yds 1 TD
WR Ty Goodwin 2 Catches for 59 yds 1 TD
Carson Curless 2 Catches for 61 yds. 1 TD
9/19/18 - Tennis @ Bethel Tate
Blanchester 4, Bethel-Tate 1
Record: Blanchester 3-9, 3-5 SBC
Kayla Allen (B) d. Tori Burkitt 6-2, 6-2
Grace White (BT) d. Lexie Winemiller 6-4, 6-3
Lydia Falgner (B) d. Sadie Baker 6-1, 6-0
Elecia Patton, Annie Trovillo (B) d. Abbie Wheeler, Taylor Bee 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Taylor Bradley, Madie Ogden (B) d. Alex Fridel, Jade Raleigh 6-1, 6-0
Comments: It's great to string two straight good efforts together and be rewarded with victories. Kayla has played four great sets this week. That was a good win for first doubles against a team that has had success this year. Overall, we're playing some of our best tennis of the year heading into the coaches classic. -Coach Sexton
9/19/18 - HS Volleyball @ Georgetown
The Ladycats picked up a win Wednesday night at Georgetown 25-11, 25-15 and 25-14.
The girls played very well. Everyone contributed to the win tonight.
Holly Scott had 12 service points, 7 assists and one kill. Madison Creager had 17 service points with 5 aces, one kill and one perfect pass. Kassidy Abney had two service points, two kills and 4 perfect passes. Ally Davis had 18 service points, 3 kills and 10 perfect passes. Caili Baumann had one service point, 4 kills and 2 blocks. Kelli Hoffman had 15 service points with 3 aces, two assists, one kill and 3 perfect passes. Molly Campbell one service point and one perfect pass. Taylor Combs had two perfect passes. Madison Wells had one perfect pass. Brooklyn Bockstiegel had one good pass. -Coach Weisflock
The JV Ladycats volleyball team lost to Georgetown (8-25), (17-25).
Taylor Combs had 5 service points, 1 ace and 1 kill. Rianna Mueller had 3 aces and 2 assists. Madison Wells had 1 service point, 1 dig and 1 kill. Shilynn Massey had 1 service point and 5 digs. Brooklyn Bockstiegel had 1 kill and Autum Medley had 1 dig
9/19/18 - Golf @ Wilmington Elks
Brian Miller 50
Jacob Miller 52
Ashlin Benne 51
Jacob Hamm 56
9/18/18 - Tennis @ Felicity
Blanchester 4, Felicity 1
Kayla Allen (B) d. Raelynn Morales 6-3, 6-2
Lexie Winemiller (B) d. Bailey Lowe 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
Lydia Falgner (B) d. Piper Blake 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
Cooper/Rodriguez (F) d. Elecia Patton, Annie Trovillo 6-0, 6-0
Taylor Bradley, Madie Ogden (B) d. Hardwig/Ackerman 6-3, 7-6(2)
Notes: Lydia rallied from 1-4 down in the third to win.
Comments: It's been a tough year for us. But the one thing that has not changed is the level of effort. My girls have worked hard everyday, with a great attitude, win or lose. So I am so happy that we got this win. Like I said last time when we played Felicity: Tennis is a meritocracy. This time, we earned the win. So proud of those singles girls who have battled all year long and led us to victory. They showed a lot of guts.
Credit to Felicity as well, as they are still missing their outstanding first singles players. Their girls have stepped up and carried the team in her absence. We found a way to get by them. -Coach Sexton
9/18/18 - BMS Volleyball @ Georgetown
Both the 7th grade and 8th grade volleyball teams took down Georgetown in 2 games. The 8th grade scores 25-21, 25-11 and the 7th grade 25-22, 25-11.
8th grader Summer Schutte had 9 kills, 4 aces, 4 assists, and 2 perfect passes, Ainsley Whitaker had 5 kills, 6 perfect passes, 3 assists, and 1 ace. Emma Falgner 3 aces, 2 kills, 2 perfect passes. Makayla Lanham- 2 aces, 1 block, 3 perfect passes, and 1 assist. Sarah Pell had 1 kill and 1 assist, and on defense Mia Torres chipped in 2 perfect passes and Josie Wilson 1 perfect pass.
For the 7th grade, Hope Blankenbeckler had 10 aces, 3 perfect passes, and 2 assists. Kaylee Coyle-5 aces, 2 kills, 2 blocks. Captain, Gracie Roy had 1 kill, 2 perfect passes, 1 assist, and several crucial defensive saves. Lainey Dameron had 6 aces, Desiree Snader-5 aces, Payton Johnson- 2 aces, 1 block, Annalee Miller-Steffen 3 perfect passes, Cheyenne Reed- 1 ace, and Abbey Irwin, Katie Haas, and Gracyn Phillips all contributed defensively.
9/17/18 - Boys Soccer @ Eastern Brown
The Blanchester Wildcats lost a tough match on the road against Eastern Monday evening. After leading 1-0 at half, the Wildcats allowed three unanswered goals in the wet and rainy conditions. The Wildcats appeared to run out of steam towards the end which is what they’ve been struggling to maintain all season. Scoring for the Wildcats was Cameron Gibson, assisted by Carter Stevens. Keeper for Blanchester, Gavin Colebank, showed improved awareness and stopped a total of 15 shots. The Wildcats are now 1-6-1 on the year. They will host Felicity on Thursday.
9/17/18 - Girls Soccer @ Eastern BrownThe Blanchester Lady Wildcats traveled to Eastern Brown and suffered a 6-2 defeat on Thursday night. Blanchester came out flat and paid dearly for it as Eastern ripped off 3 goals in the first 20 minutes, all stemming from misplays in the box by Blanchester. Mishits and mistimed runs were the theme of the half for Blanchester, and the half ended 3-0. Blanchester found its footing to begin the second half, and Emily Hinkle dribbled past two defenders to find just enough space to hit a pristine looping shot to the top corner from roughly 20 yards out. But Blan could not shake their costly errors and gave up 3 more unanswered goals, putting the game out of reach. Savanna Shank made a great driving attack and laid off a perfect pass to Caitlyn Lakes who tapped in a consolation goal for the Cats in the final minutes. Lakes had 4 saves in the first half in goal, and Alyssa Griffith had 3 saves in the second half. Sally Schafer played solid defensively for the Cats, with Hinkle and Shank combining well offensively. Blan moves to 2-5-1 on the year and plays Felicity at home on Thursday. -Coach K Ballinger
9/15/18 - Cross Country @ Bethel Tate Invitational
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T Holland, Davis, S Holland all Run under 20 mins for the 3.2 mile course!
9/14/18 - Varsity Football HOME vs. Wilmington
Big games from Tanner Creager and James Peters not quite enough to over come the Hurricane
story from the News Journal
JV Football @ Wilmington
The Blanchester JV Football team lost to a talented Wilmington Hurricane squad 32-0 on
The Wildcat offense could not find the end zone, but showed bright spots on the day.
Blake Richard rushed for 89 yards on the day. Andrew Frump added another 70 yards rushing,
and snagged a long 35-yard pass from Carter Abbot.
The Wildcat defense struggled to contain the Hurricane Saturday. Hunter Bare caused a
fumble and had a fumble recovery on the day. Brady Phillips had one caused fumble. Troy
Hedstrom added the Wildcats’ final fumble recovery. -Coach Damewood
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Blanchester Senior Citizens Sport Pass
Blanchester Seniors over 65 can stop by the Athletic office and pick up an athletic pass good for all regular season home games at the high school and middle school. Please bring a current drivers' licence. Seniors over 65 with no pass will be charged a student rate.
Varsity Football - $6 for adult and student
Reserve, Freshman and football - $4 for adult and student
Middle school football - $4 adult and student
Varsity Soccer, Basketball, Wrestling, Track - $6 for adult, $4 for students
Middle School Volleyball, Basketball, Wrestling, Track $4 adult and $3 for student
Seniors over 65 with a sport pass free (passes available in the athletic office)
Seniors over 65 with out a pass will be charged a student rate.
PLAY MORE THAN ONE SPORT
Multi - Sport Benefits
The athletic department and administration at Blanchester Local Schools promote playing as many OHSAA school sponsored sports as possible. The benefits of being a diverse athlete far out weight the potential benefits of specialization.
The benefits of multiple-sport participation include better leadership and teamwork skills from cross-training, reduced risk of burnout in one sport, a variety of experiences from involvement with different sports and teams, reduced risk of overuse injuries in one sport and exposure to a variety of coaching styles.
"Coaches recognize competitiveness in players who play multiple sports"
"The benefits of being a multi-sport athlete"