Longtime CHL Icon Moving On

Madeira Athletic Director, Joe Kimling, finished his last day this week after twenty-two years at the helm.  The average years of service for Athletic Directors across the United States is under five years and Joe just finished year no 22 for the Madeira School District.  Joe is not retiring but moving to a new position.  He will be the new AD at Washington Court House HS.  The athletic department at Madeira has grown and prospered under Joe’s leadership.  He has touched so many students lives and helped them to be able to experience their passion-Sports!  Good luck Joe Kimling, the CHL will miss you!

Madeira Names New Boys Basketball Coach

Madeira High School is thrilled to announce the appointment of Brian Kellett as the new head coach for the boys' basketball team. With an impressive track record and a passion for fostering both athletic and personal growth, Coach Kellett is poised to lead the team into an exciting new era. “We wanted a coach who was both passionate and knowledgeable about the game and also has a strong desire to build relationships and making the Madeira basketball experience special,” said Superintendent Kenji Matsudo. “We have found that and more in Coach Kellett who has experience in strong basketball programs and a proven track record of gaining buy-in from student athletes.”
Kellett comes to Madeira from his coaching roles at basketball powerhouse St. Xavier High School where he was an interim head coach and assistant coach. He brings over 20 years of coaching experience with him including previous roles in Madeira when he was an assistant coach in the boys program and also more recently as a coach for the middle school girls basketball program.
Coach Kellett brings a dynamic approach to the game, emphasizing a fast-paced, high-scoring style of basketball that is sure to energize both players and fans alike. His strategic vision focuses on maximizing the team's offensive potential while maintaining a relentless competitive spirit on the court.
"I am incredibly excited to lead the Madeira’s basketball program and to work with these talented young athletes," said Coach Kellett. "My goal is to create an environment where our players play hard but can also excel not just in basketball, but in all aspects of life. Basketball is a powerful tool for teaching important life lessons, and I am dedicated to helping our players develop skills that will serve them well beyond their time on the court."
Known for his unwavering commitment to competitive excellence, Coach Kellett has a reputation for pushing his teams to achieve their highest potential. His coaching philosophy revolves around discipline, teamwork, and a relentless work ethic, all while maintaining a positive and supportive atmosphere. Coach Kellett's approach extends beyond just winning games; he is deeply committed to a winning program that starts at the elementary and middle school levels. His focus on fundamental basketball skills while recognizing the importance of multi-sport athletes with high character ensures that Madeira High School's basketball program will be a place where young athletes can compete and thrive.
Coach Kellett has already gotten to work meeting players and bringing on a new team of coaches. Some familiar Madeira faces will be joining the coaching staff including Chris Benintendi, Madeira graduates Matt Ballweg, Sam Solinski, Mark Manfredi and Steve Schloss, and current coaches Mike Lockhart and Robert Manning.
Kellett, who is married to his wife Sarah and has two daughters attending Madeira, will become just the third head coach of Madeira Basketball in the last 30+ years following long-time coach Jim Reynolds and the program’s most recent head coach, Rick Rockwell.

Tournament Time

Track and Field:

The District Track Meet was held at New Richmond this week.  Some impressive team and individual performances were turned in by CHL schools.  Several CHL athletes will travel to Dayton next week to run in the Regional Track and Field Meet.

Madeira girls team trophy picture.  The other girls left early to get to prom!!!

Girls Team Places DII

1. Madeira  3. Taylor  5. Indian Hill  6. Wyoming  11. Mariemont  15. Reading

Girls Team Places DIII

5. Finneytown  10. Deer Park

Boys Team Places DII

1. Indian Hill  7. Madeira  8.  Deer Park  9. Finneytown  10. Taylor 12. Mariemont

Indian Hill Boys team trophy picture

Several CHL athletes were crowned District Champs in their events.

Boys:  Matthew Wright, Deer Park, 200 meter Dash, Jacob Martin, Finneytown, 400 Meter Dash, Miles Taylor, IH, 800 Meter Run, James McGrath, IH, 1600 Meter Run, Ben Fahnestock, Mariemont, 3200 Meter Run, Indian Hill's 4x800 Relay-set a new school and district record that had stood since 1983, Jasean Denson, Deer Park, Shot Put, Grant Supinski, IH, Discus.

Zixiang Hong, Miles Taylor, James McGrath and RJ Poffenberger  IH 4x800 Relay Team.  Set new school and District record!

Girls:  Olivia Hill, Wyoming, 100 Meter Dash, Vivian Momper, Madeira, 200 Meter Dash, Cate LeRoy, Madeira, 800 Meter Run, Madeira's 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 Relays, Kennedy Cunningham, Madeira, Shot Put, and Anica Rane, Madeira, Discus.

The Wyoming Girls Jumpers excelled at Districts:  The jumpers are Coached by Wyoming Asst. Coach Greg Knickel. All three of the Jumpers, Long Jump, High Jump, and Pole Vault now hold the District Records. 

Olivia Hill (soph.) broke the district record in the Long Jump this week by 8.75 inches.  The record stood since 1995.  Olivia Jumped 18'3.25".  She also won the 100 Meter Dash.

Penelope Webb (jr.) holds the district record in the High Jump with a 5'7" jump.  She now has three District Championships.(Pictured below)

Addi Hamilton (sr.) Pole Vaulted 11'8" and holds that events district record as well.  She has two District Championships.


The Taylor Yellowjackets finished their CHL Championship season as District Runner-Up.  They defeated Mercy McCaulty 6-0 then Batavia 1-0 before falling to District Champ Greenville. The team finished with an outstanding 22-4 record for the season.


Indian Hill, Wyoming and Mariemont remain in the state tournament.

Indian Hill, CHL champs, defeated McNicholas 11-1.  Nick Rinala won his 25th career game.  They will play in the District Semis Tuesday, 5/21.

Wyoming, won over CHCA 4-3.  They will play in the District Semis on Tuesday, 5/21.

Mariemont, beat Madeira 5-2 and will also play in the District Semis on Monday, 5/20.

Boys Tennis:

Indian Hill's CHL champion team will compete next week in the State Team Championship Final Four!  Several CHL players will competed and won at the District Tournament held on 5/16 and 5/18.  Those advancing will move onto the State Tournament in Wooster, Ohio this week.

Taylor's Boys Volleyball Season comes to an end.  They finished 13-11 on the season playing much bigger schools.  They lost to Dayton Chaminade in 4 games in the state tournament.

Luke Weis was named Honorable Mention all state!


Boys:  12-5 Wyoming beat Edgewood in the first round of the state tournament 10-8.  Mariemont trounced Seven Hills 23-2 to move on in the tournament.

Girls:  12-3 Indian Hill is the #2 seed on the bracket and will play Tuesday, 5/21 vs. Edgewood. 10-8 Wyoming is the #5 seed and will also play on Tuesday, 5/21 against McNicholas.

All Sports Trophy

The Spring Sports season is wrapping up.  Sectional and District Tournaments and Meets are underway or begin this week.  The CHL All Sports Totals are in for the spring season and for the year.

Spring Season Point Totals:

Indian Hill 38

Madeira. 29

Wyoming  and Taylor  27.5


All Sports Trophy Totals for 23-24 School Year:

Indian Hill   118.5

Madeira      107.5

Wyoming    103

Taylor           90.5

Weekly Report #6

Track and Field:

The CHL league track meet was held Friday at Taylor HS.  Indian Hill won the Boys meet for the 2nd year in a row and 4th time in six years.  They amassed 182.5 points.  Taylor was runner-up with 119 points.  Madeira finished 3rd and Finneytown 4th.

The Girls side was won by Madeira.  Their 2nd championship in a row and they are the only two that Madeira has won in the CHL which formed in 1985.  The girls from Madeira garnered 174 points.  Indian Hill was second with 142.5 points scored.  Taylor finished 3rd and Wyoming 4th.

Team and individual results can be found on the drop down menu for Spring Sports. The Coach of the Year and Runners of the Year will be voted on by the coaches this week and we will put it on the website as soon we know the recipients.

There were five multiple event winners at the meet.  In the field events, Kennedy Cunningham, from Madeira, won both the Shot Put and Discus Throw.  Cate Leroy, also from Madeira, won both the 800 and 1600 meter runs.  Olivia Hill, Wyoming, won the 100 meter dash and won the Long Jump, in spectacular fashion, winning the event by over 2 1/2 feet and setting a new CHL record of 18’ 1.75”.

On the boys side, Damir Almuratov, Indian Hill, won both the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles.  Matthew Wright, Deer Park was the CHL Champion in both the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes.


Indian Hill won the CHL Championship for the 2nd consecutive year.  They needed one win over 2nd place Wyoming in the final two games to secure the title.  Indian won the first game 18-0 behind a No-Hitter by Nick Rinala.  The second game was won by Wyoming to end IH's CHL win streak over two years.  The Braves ended with a 13-1 CHL record, (18-5 overall).  Wyoming finished second in the league with a 12-2 (20-5) record.

Leading Performers in the CHL this year:

Carson Stevens, Wyoming - .532 batting avg to lead the CHL.

Charlie Hess, Reading - 64 Strikeouts and a 0.58 ERA.

Jayce Parsons, Deer Park - .463 avg. 61 strikeouts on the mound.

Nick Rinala, Indian Hill - .443 avg. 64 K's 1.26 ERA.  6-0 record on the mound.

Alden Melvin, Wyoming - 4 Homeruns, 38 RBI's to lead the CHL.

Charlie Steed, Wyoming - 5-1 Record as a Pitcher. 2.06 ERA


DII Taylor is the only CHL school left in the state tournament.  Taylor, the CHL Champion, defeated Mercy-McCauley Thursday 6-0 and now play on Tuesday, 5/14, in the next round of the tournament.  The Yellowjacket squad is seeded 2nd in the district with a 21-3 record.

The All League selections for Softball are now on the Softball site.

Leading Performers in the CHL this year:

The CHL had two dynamic Softball Players that finished their senior seasons this year:

Camrynn Linneman, Taylor- CHL Player of the Year her Junior and Senior seasons, .603 Avg.   7 HR's and 49 RBI's. 9 Wins and153 K's and .055 ERA. Cam played all four years for the Yellowjackets.  She had 314 ABs and 186 Hits for a .592 Avg  with 35 HRs and 188 RBIs   Pitching she won 42 games with 748 strikeouts. A fantastic career that is still going in the State Tournament.

Gina Wilson, Deer Park - CHL Player of the Year her Soph. year, .517 Avg. with 7 HR's and 55 RBI's.  Gina played all four years and in 71 total games she had 205 ABs and 139 Hits for a .678  avg.  33 HRs and 189 RBIs.  Quite a career for the Wildcat senior.

Other top Performers:

Zoey Glenn, Indian Hill - .659 batting average with 9 homeruns.

Molly Jutze, Indian Hill - .628 batting average.

Ginney Theobald, Wyoming - .547 Avg.

Ellie Stafford, Taylor - 9-0 record on the mound, 101 Strikeouts, .051 ERA.

Kenzie Howard, Wyoming - 9 wins and a 1.97 ERA.

Boys Tennis:

DII sectionals are underway, trying to qualify for Districts.  Indian Hill is also competing in the state team championship tournament.  They are in the final 8 in the state in DII.  Individually, Indian Hill is at Mason while Wyoming, Mariemont and Madeira are all at Princeton.  In singles Pollack from IH is seeded 2nd.  Poffenberger and Gandi, also from IH, are seeded first in doubles.  At Princeton, Wyoming's doubles team of Bergan and Ladd are seeded first while Mariemont's team of Harris and Lessuer are the 2nd seed.


The regular season is coming down to an end and the state tournament is ramping up.  Wyoming Boys currently stand at 11-4 on the season.  Indian Hill's girls are at 10-3.  There are only four CHL schools that offer Lacrosse so no league standing or CHL champion is determined.

Most Goals :  Girls - Lexi Larsen, Indian Hill  62

Most Goals :  Boys - Tre Carter, Indian Hill  39

Boys Volleyball:

Taylor is the only school that sponsors a team.  Wyoming will be adding a program next year.  Taylor finished the regular season 13-11.  Luke Weis led the squad with 210 Kills and 192 Digs.