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Lacrosse joins bowling as the second non league sport to be on the CHL website. The sport is non-league because only four schools have the sport.  You need five to be recognized as a league sport.  Lacrosse is a state recognized sport as of this spring.  There are 131 boys' schools and 121 girls' schools statewide that have programs.  Because there are under 150 schools playing the sport , it is considered by the OHSAA as "emerging sport".  This means it will get an annual review to determined if it will be a full sport or possibly eliminated as a state recognized sport.  The teams are divided into two divisions based on school size and will have a full state recognized tournament later in the spring.  The Ohio High School Lacrosse Association has sponsored a boys' state championship since the 1988-89 school year.  The Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association has sponsored a girls' state championship since 1999-2000.

The four league schools that have lacrosse programs are Indian Hill, Madeira, Mariemont, & Wyoming.  Taylor will field a junior varsity boys' teams this year.  The plan is for them to move up to varsity next year which means lacrosse would be eligible to become a league sport.  Madeira is new the program, but he other three schools have had  programs for a few years.  As a matter of fact, two league schools have had a  total of six state championships under the previous association tournaments.  Indian Hill boys won state championships in 1999, 2000, & 2002.  Mariemont boys won state titles in 2007, 2013, & 2014.  All four teams will compete in the Division II tournaments.

Lacrosse will be featured in the spring weekly updates.

The first weekly spring weekly update actually begins on the first day of spring this year.  Lacrosse has already started their season.  Baseball, softball, track & field, & boys' tennis will get going this weekend.  Stat leaders will be posted in three weeks.  Complete stats can be found under each sport's link.

BASEBALL
Reading & Taylor are defending league co-champs.

Saturday will have nine non league games, three of them double headers.

SOFTBALL
Reading is defending league champ.

Saturday will have five non league games, two of them double headers.

BOYS' TENNIS
Indian Hill is looking for it's 3rd league title in a row.  Wyoming won league titles in 2014 & 2009.  Indian Hill has won all other CHL titles since 1986.

Indian Hill gets the season started with a home match with Lakota East on Friday.


GIRLS' TRACK & FIELD
Taylor is the defending league champ.  In the last six years, five different schools have been league champions.

BOYS' TRACK & FIELD
Wyoming is looking for it's 6th straight league title.

TRACK & FIELD SCHEDULES
Saturday, Taylor gets the season going at the Harrison All Comers Meet.

GIRLS' LACROSSE
See related story. Wyoming got the season going with a 7-6 win over Mercy.

There are five games this week.  All four teams will meet Division I opponents.

BOYS" LACROSSE
See related story.

There are three remaining games this week on Wednesday & Saturday.



We will keep part of the headline from this morning and most of that story from Thursday prelims.  CHL swimmers continued their success, as they had another great day in the pool at the Division II State Championship finals at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.
Two swimmers captured state titles.  Isabelle Murray of Taylor & Cora Dupre of Mariemont joined diver Noah Vigran of Indian Hill to become the 2nd and 3rd CHL athletes to bring home a gold medal.  Murray won the 100 Butterfly.  Her time of 54.77 was slightly off her state record time that she set in the prelims.  Dupre won the 200 Freestyle in 1:48.65, almost 2.5 seconds faster than 2nd place.  She came close to another title coming in 2nd in the 100 Freestyle by .12 of second.  Dupre was part of another race that lost the title by even less.  The Mariemont 200 Medley Relay (Dupre, Kate Overbey, Lainey Newman, Brooke Woellert) finished 2nd in 1:44.28.  They were only.06 behind Gates Mills Hawkin who broke the state record. The same four girls were on the 3rd place 400 Freestyle Relay (3:31.08).  Besides her state championship in the butterfly, Murray finished 4th in the 100 Backstroke (56.55).  Yellowjacket teammate Abby Rapien was 6th in the 500 Freestyle (5:05.20) & 5th in the 200 Freestyle (1:53.56). Each one of the other members of the Mariemont runner-up medley team also had podium finishes.  Woellert was 4th in the 200IM (2:06.26), Newman 7th in the 100 Freestyle (53.74), & Overbey 8th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:08.01).  Emma Fortman of Madeira was 6th in the 50 Freestyle (24.14). Wyoming had two relay teams place in the top 8.  The 200 Freestyle relay (Becca Prangley, Sabrina Chu, Anne Criddle, & Lia Thomas) were 6th in 1:39.72.  The 400 Freestyle Relay (Brianna Connock, Prangley, Chu, Criddle) was 8th in 3:39.47. Mariemont as a team came in 2nd in the girls' competition.  The Warriors had 162 points, only 5 points behind 2nd place. Taylor was 10th, Wyoming 12th, & Madeira 38th.  Mariemont coach Kevin Maness was named Coach of the Year for the state in Division II.
On the boys' side, the closest anyone was to a state title was Carson Burt of Wyoming.  The senior finished 2nd in the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:40.20.  Right behind him in 3rd was Chet Dobson of Madeira (1:40.64).  Burt finished 3rd in the 100 Freestyle (45.94).  Dobson was 4th in the 500 Freestyle in 4:38.54. Two league swimmers made the podium in the 100 Breaststroke. Ian Mikesell of Mariemont was 5th (58.64) & Nick Denson of Wyoming was 8th (59.69).  All three of Wyoming's relays improved in place from the prelims.  The 200 Freestyle Relay (Burt, Phil Brocker, Connor Williams, Andrew Derge) was 4th in 1:27.05.  The 400 Freestyle Relay (Burt, Brocker, Will Jordan, Holden Jurell) finished 5th in 3:14.21.  The 200 Medley Relay (Jordan, Jurell, Williams, Denson) were 7th in 1:38.74.  Wyoming was the highest placing league team coming in 5th with 135 points.  Indian Hill was 17th, Mariemont 21st, & Madeira 24th.

Going into Friday's finals, league swimmers hold number one seeds in six events.  Combined boys and girls will find league swimmers in 17 finals.  The day was capped off by Isabelle Murray of Taylor.  The senior not only won her prelim event in the 100 Butterfly, but broke the state record.  Her time was 54.37.  She is almost 2 seconds ahead of the 2nd seed.  You can view the video of her record breaking swim on Twitter.  Cora Dupre of Mariemont had 1st place in four events: 100 Freestyle (50.07), 200 Freestyle (1:48.77), 400 Freestyle Relay (3:30.12), & 200 Medley Relay (1:46.11).  Other relay members on the 400 & 200 are Kate Overbey, Brooke Woellert, Lainey Newman.  Carson Burt of Wyoming is the leader in the 100 Freestyle (45.53).  He is 2nd in the 200 Freestyle (1:39.11). The Wyoming 200 Freestyle Relay is also a 2nd seed into the finals.  Members are Burt, Phil Brocker, Connor Williams, & Andrew Derge.
Other league swimmers and their seeds in the finals:
Girls
50 Freestyle - 4. Emma Fortman of Madeira (24.01)
100 Freestyle - 8. Newman 52.49
200 Freestyle - 8. Abby Rapien of Taylor (1:53.84)

500 Freestyle - 6. Rapien (5:04.91)
100 Backstroke - 4. Murray (56.18)
100 Breaststroke - 8. Woellert (1:06.02)  Brooke made the finals in a swim off.
200 IM - 3. Woellert (2:06.64)
200 Freestyle Relay - 5. Wyoming 1:39.47 (Becca Prangley, Anne Criddle, Sabrina Chu, Lia Thomas)
400 Freestyle Relay - 8. Wyoming 3:38.97 (Brianna Connock, Prangley, Chu, Criddle)
Boys
200 Freestyle - 3. Chet Dobson of Madeira (1:40.59)
500 Freestyle - 7. Dobson (4:41.35)
100 Breaststroke - 5. Ian Mikesell of Mariemont (58.63), 8. Nick Denson of Wyoming (59.79)
200 Medley Relay - 8. Wyoming 1:38.45 (Denson, Williams, Holden Jurell, Will Jordan)
400 Freestyle Relay - 8. Wyoming (Brocker, Jurell, Jordan, Burt)

The Division II swimming finals will be Friday starting at 5:00.  You can follow the finals by checking Twitter.  Also, swimmeet.com will have results posted very quickly.  Friday has the potential  for being the biggest day ever for CHL swimming.



Noah Vigran of Indian Hill kept his winning streak going as the junior won the Division II State 1 Meter Diving title.  Vigran was an easy winner beating out 2nd place by 78 points.  Last year, he was state runner-up.  His score was 534.00.  In the sectionals two weeks ago, he set the state record with a score of 563.60.  Senior Charlie Schooler of Mariemont finished on the podium in 8th place with a score of 389.55. Senior Charlie Donnelly of Wyoming was 13th, sophomore Ilusha Gerimshalk of Wyoming was 14th, & sophomore Jacob Cox of Mariemont was 22nd.  You can view most of Vigran dives on Twitter.

In the Division II girls diving, Junior Annie Garrettson of Indian Hill was the top league diver finishing 15th.  Teammate Lexi Magenheim, a sophomore, was 18th.  Sophomore Kyleigh Spang of Mariemont was 20th.

For the 2nd week in a row, Baden Pinson of Reading pin RJ Tolliver of Wilmington in Division II wrestling.  This time it was for 7th place in the state in the 182 weight class.  Pinson's pin came in the 1st period and closed out his high school career with win #138.  It is the highest place he has finished at state.

Check out Baden's 7th place match on Twitter.

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