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Winter Sports head into final season stretch

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Men’s Basketball

The Men’s Varsity Basketball Team advanced to the Sectional semi-finals after a win over Batavia on Feb. 22, 62-35. Next they go head to head with Indian Hill on Wednesday at Mason High School Feb. 26. Senior Danny Byrne said that the team’s success this season is a direct result of how well the team works together.

“This team is the best team, chemistry wise, that I’ve ever been a part of,” Byrne said. “We’re all friends on and off the court. It really helps that we’re so close.” Tickets are for sale in the Athletic office for $6.00

Women’s Basketball

The Women’s Varsity Basketball Team is also advancing in postseason play after their close victory against Wyoming, scoring in the final seconds to win the Sectional title 54-52. The team now advances to Districts, where they will face Kenton Ridge at Mason High School at 7 p.m. at Mason High School. Tickets are $6.00 presale at school and in the Athletic Office.

Swimming and Diving

The Rocket swimmers finished their season on a high note, with sophomore Shelby Miller advancing to state and finishing 13th in the 500 freestyle. The rest of the team also finished well, which included setting a school record in the 400 Free Relay with a time of 3:58.70 and 200 Medley Relay with a time of 2:02.76. The team was made up of Miller, along with freshmen Skye Lewis and Molly Jorden, and senior Karina Cabrera.

For the men, senior Mitch Bloemer set personal bests in the 50 free and 11 Backstroke, with times of 27.69 and 1:15.73, respectively. Sophomore Rick Riede also set personal bests in the 50 Free with a time of 28.07 and 100 Free with a time of 1:05

As for the diving team, the squad ended their season on a high note. Sophomore Salvatore Marino, the lone man on the team, placed 10th at Districts. Seniors Abby and Maddie Mitchell both placed at State, with Abby taking 12th and Maddie taking 10th. Abby said she was glad to have the opportunity to go back to State.

“I went my sophomore year, so I’m glad I was able to go again my senior year,” Abby said.

Wrestling

The season ended on Feb. 22 for the Rocket grapplers. Injuries plagued multiple upperclassmen, including a hamstring tear for senior Tyler Gumbert, a UCL tear for senior Adam Baca, and a concussion for junior Nick Keri. Freshman Rielly Dowell-Howko was the lone District qualifier for the team, placing 4th at the Sectionals. Dowell-Howko said that this was a great way for him to end his first season.

“I’m glad I was able to make it [to Districts] as a freshman,” Dowell-Howko said. “Now I have something to build off of for the rest of my career.”

Bowling

The Bowling Team capped off a great season by advancing to Districts for the first time in school history. Senior Cameron Roesel, anchor on the squad, said the key to their success was their teamwork, especially since they compete in a Baker’s game format. . A Baker’s game is when all five bowlers bowl two frames, adding up to a full 10-frame game for a team score.
“We all were able to pump each other up, which is a big part of winning in Baker’s games,” Roesel said.

About Nick Keri

Senior Nick Keri is an Advanced Journalism student and sports editor. He enjoys wrestling and cross country and has wrestled for four years and run cross country for two. He enjoys watching the Reds, both on TV and live. Nick also enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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Seniors Mitch Kling and Haley Adkins are crowned Homecoming King and Queen at the Sept. 30 Homecoming game against the Caroll Patriots. The Rockets defeated the Patriots 28-0.

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