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Hornet Fan Enews for May 18, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 10:56:23 AM - Monroe Ohio


by Ann Dillon-Hinkle:

  • Jake Essig has committed to play soccer at the collegiate level – Indiana’s HuntingtonUniversity.  Congratulations!


·The Baseball team’sfirst tournament action will come at home at 5 p.m. May 13against the winner between ninth-seeded Franklin and Alter.  Kudos to the team – the program wrapped up its 3rd SWBL Buckeye Division championship in four seasons and earned the No. 2 seed at the Division II Dayton sectional tournament.  In DII, the team is now ranked 14th in state polls by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association!


  • The Softball team is seeded No. 10 in Dayton. The team will visit No. 6 Franklin on Tuesday, May 11, at 5 p.m.


  • From the Pulse Journal:  ‘Logan Pence says he’s gotten used to the funny looks he gets in Monroe High School’s hallways.  The senior often wears his lacrosse gear to school — which wouldn’t be unusual except the Hornet football player and wrestler plays lacrosse for Lebanon High School.  “It really is weird,” Pence said. “I wear maroon and black shirts or sweats to school and I hear about it, especially from the football coaches.  “I never wore the Lebanon stuff to school before, but now that football and wrestling is over, this is my school sport now.”  Pence has played with the Lebanon Lacrosse Club since his freshman year. He began playing lacrosse in fifth grade for Lakota, then switched to Lebanon when the Lakota Club became a school-exclusive team.  “I played with some guys from Lebanon on the Lakota team and it was a natural fit to switch over to Lebanon when I had to my freshman year,” Pence said. “Obviously, I’d play for Monroe if we had a team, but we don’t.”  Pence has been a star defenseman for the Warriors this season, helping Lebanon build a 12-2 record and reach the No. 3 ranking in Ohio (Club Division) according to  “Logan’s knowledge of the game and his skills are a valuable asset to the team,” Lebanon lacrosse coach Ted Tomilson said. “He’s another coach on the field, he communicates where everybody needs to be and he’s a tremendous checker with great technique. He’s the center point of our defense, and he’s going to be very hard to replace next year.”


  • Upcoming Varsity Home Events:


May 6                          Softball                       Ross                                                    5:00

May 7                          Softball                       Little Miami (DH)                               4:30

May 11                        Softball                       @ Franklin – tournament                  5:00

                                    Volleyball                    Middletown                                        6:00

May 13                        Track                           SWBL Championship                      4:00

                                    Baseball                       Tournament                                       5:00

May 15                        Track                           SWBL Championship                      10:00 am


Baseball (15-2, 8-0)


  • Defeated Northridge 10-0.  Winning pitcher - Jeff Haller (3-0)
  • Defeated Northridge 17-1 in five innings to win the league championship. Pitcher Joey Little ran his record to 3-0.
  • Defeated Dixie 15-10 in extra innings.  Devin King went 3-for-5 with a home run, his second of the season, and four runs batted in.
  • Logan Stanger improved to 5-0 on the season with a pair of wins in the last week:  5-2 victory over Waynesville and 14-0 win over Preble Shawnee which included a three-hit shutout, four strikeouts, and also went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored.

Softball (4-12 overall, 4-8):


  • Lost to Waynesville 11-14.  Nikki Tolson (double) and Tasha Ballinger (double)




  • The Boys team won the Finneytown Invitational.  Led by winners Joe Farrish in the Discus (148 feet, 4 inches) and Lamar Hodges in the 300 hurdles (41.7 seconds), the team beat a strong 11-team field. Second-place finishers included Ben Leahy (400), Ben Leahy, Ryan Leahy, Aaron Brewer and Travis Hacker (800 relay and 1,600 relay in a school-record time of 3:33.7). Taking third were Joe Rainey (shot put) and David Routson (pole vault).


Pulse Journal ‘Athlete of the Week’:  Lindsay Bellaw


Sports: Track, cross country, cheerleading.

Claim to fame: “I hold the school record in the pole vault.”

Bet you didn’t know: “I am learning how to play guitar.”

Toughest opponent:“Valley View, they always get one height higher than I do.”

Biggest influence:“My mom, Linda, because of what she’s gone through.”

Talent you’d most like to have:“Skiing.”

Person who would play you in a movie: “Cameron Diaz, because we act the same way.”

Person whose brain you’re dying to pick:“Kenny Chesney, because he’s amazing.”

The words you live by: “Live well, laugh often, love much.”

Person you’d trade places with for a day:“Kenny Chesney’s girlfriend.”

Favorite movie: “The Little Mermaid.”

Worst habit:“Biting my lip.”

Favorite book: “Nineteen Minutes” by Jodi Picoult.

I can’t live without ... “My cell phone.”

Favorite TV show:“C.S.I.”

Favorite smell:“Fresh cut grass.”

Favorite junk food:Frito’s Chili Cheese chips.

On your bedroom walls: “A bunch of pictures.”

Vegetable you will not eat: Spinach.

You are most annoyed by:“People’s bad attitudes towards each other.”

Favorite home cooked meal:“Chicken and dumplings.”

Favorite musical artist:Kenny Chesney.

Favorite school subject:Science.

Favorite pro athlete:“Michael Phelps, because he’s an amazing swimmer and I love to swim.”

Most embarrassing moment ...“When I fell when I was running in cross country and got mud everywhere.”

When I’m bored, I ...“Watch TV.”

Game day rituals:“I always listen to my iPod and wear my hair the same way.”

Last DVD you bought:“Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.”

Best thing about track:“The accomplishment you feel after you win.”

Worst thing about track:“Running in the rain.”

In 10 years I’ll be ...“Hopefully, studying marine biology.”


Pulse-Journal Quotes:


  • Coach Hunt:  “That’s the first league title for a lot of these guys.  Cody (Ridinger), (Jeff) Haller and (Dillon) Hyden are about the only ones who were varsity last year. Everyone else was JV.  Our goal was to win the league and now we want to have a 20-win season.  That would be pretty exciting, too.”
  • Jake Little:  “It feels really good to get this win.  Being a freshman on the varsity team, it’s an honor to be a part of all this. And I can’t complain about the run support!”
  • Huntington UniversityCoach Lawson, Jake Essig’s college coach:  “We are receiving a player who has the potential to have a tremendous career at HU. Jake’s work ethic, composure on the ball and willingness to go at defenders will be a big lift for years to come.   Jake is currently playing club ball for Cincinnati United Premiere in preparation for this fall. As a member of the CUP team, he has won the Mid American Soccer Classic twice, the Nike Cup in Columbus and the Warrior Tournament in Dayton.  His transition to the collegiate game should be smooth, allowing him to challenge our returning players for minutes up front or on the flank. He has great offensive instincts and knows how to finish.”
  • AD Bauer, regarding the new football coach“We’re going to get (the interviews) all done by the end of next week so we can have someone ready to present at the May 10 school board meeting.  We’re looking for someone that can be more than just a coach. We want character development and discipline to be stressed to the kids.”
  • Coach Hunt:  “We let most of our starters sit today, and gave a lot of kids the opportunity to start today.  It was exciting to see them step up and play so well. If a situation comes up where I need someone from off the bench to produce, I won’t feel so hesitant to do that. These kids played a great game today.”


Alumni News:

  • Tad Kilburn was the only BallState football player to receive the MAC President's Award.  The Presidential Award recognizes graduating student-athletes who have achieved a 3.5 minimum accumulative grade-point average.  Tad graduates in May & will be attending UK as a Graduate Assistant & MBA student.  He will be tutoring student-athletes.
  • Indiana Wesleyan University and Bethel (Ind.) College battled for second place in the Mid-Central College Conference softball standings.  Bethel won both games needed to clinch the second spot in the conference with wins of 4-3 and 2-0.  Tamara Davis had 2 hits and 1 run for the day.
  • WilmingtonCollege finished ninth at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship.  Braden McMonigle cleared 6-7.5 to finish third in the high jump.


  • Taylor Simpson’s UrbanaUniversity Blue Knights swept the visiting Thunderhawks from Miami University-Middletown by scores of 11-5 and 22-4 and ended the season 19-21.  Taylor’s stats: 22 games, at bat 22 times, 8 runs, 5 hits and 4 RBIs.


  • Jake Hofer’s Wilmington College Quakers lost to Ohio Northern6-5 and 11-4, dropping the Quakers to 2-11-1 in OAC play, 6-26-1 overall.  Jake pitched in the second game.


  • Tyler Ott’s Campbellsville University team swept Pikeville College by large margins, 14-4 and 18-2, in the first round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament.  Campbellsville (37-18) advances to the next round of the MSC Tournament.


Thanks to Steve & Kara Cahill for their continued support of the student-athletes and Athletic Booster Club!!


Monroe Medical Centersupports the student-athletes by purchasing an ad in the Booster Club’s athletic program.  We thank Monroe Medical Centerfor helping the student-athletes, teams and Booster Club reach their goals. Monroe Medical Centersupports our student-athletes, so let’s support them J




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