Panthers continue to pile up all-conference awards

Posted on: March 21, 2018
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Little Miami maintained a solid lead in its efforts to defend the Southwest Ohio Conference All-Sports trophy this year, thanks to conference championships by the Lady Panthers basketball team and the LMHS academic team, and strong finishes in other winter season sports. The Panthers also collected a number of all-conference awards for winter team performances and are in a great position to take the trophy again this year as spring sports kick off this month.

Women’s Basketball
The Lady Panthers battled all season and finished 10-2 in the conference, in a three-way tie for the SWOC title. Coach Matt Tolliver and his team also amassed a 16-8 record overall, and plowed through post-season opponents until they were stopped by Lakota West in the Divisional I sectionals.

First team: Mariah Clemons, Kaitlyn Simpkins
Second team: Sydney Kuritar
Honorable mention: Karrah Wind
Sportsmanship award: Emily Nugen

Academic Team
The Little Miami Academic Team continued its domination of the Southwest Ohio Conference, finishing a perfect 14-0, winning its fifth conference title in six years and reaching 15th in state rankings. Senior Tejas Dinesh was named SWOC Player of the Year for Coach Ron Maupin’s team.

First team: Tejas Dinesh
Second team: Thomas Sweeney
Honorable mention: Jacob Anderson

Men’s Basketball
The Panthers finished the season 5-7 in the league and with a 9-14 record overall. Senior Brett Whitacre was a leader on both sides of the ball, leading the league in assists and steals.

First team: Brett Whitacre
Second team: Cole Spencer
Honorable mention: Josh Tramuta
Sportsmanship award: Jake Gevedon

Panther grapplers continue to earn respect as Head Coach Chad Craft’s team had a great season. Little Miami finished third at the SWOC meet with an LM wrestler placing in the top three in eight of 13 weight classes. Senior Brandon Metz won his weight class (160) at the league meet, and finished his career with a sixth place finish at districts, and sophomore Ben Blevins also finished sixth at districts, making them the first Division I district placers in Little Miami history.

First team: Brandon Metz
Second team: Josh Wilder, Casey Lawrence, Grant Frith, Ben Blevins
Honorable mention: Tyler Bradbury, Cole Gintert, Nick Dye

The Little Miami men’s bowling team finished the season with a 4-8 record in the conference, 8-14 overall.
Second team: Mitch Wehrung

The Little Miami women’s bowling team finished third in the conference, with a 6-6 record, 7-14 overall.
First team: Sarah McCowan

The Little Miami men’s and women’s swim/dive teams continued their push to be the best in the league. The men’s team finished second in the conference meet; the women finished third. Sophomore Kara Benbow won the women’s 200-yd. I.M. at the SWOC meet, and freshman Seth Butler won the same event on the men’s side.

Men's swimming
First team: Seth Butler (200-yd. I.M)
Second team: Landon Kirk (1-meter diving), Seth Butler, Conner Close, Dhruv Dinesh, Tejas Dinesh (200-yd. freestyle relay), Seth Butler (100-yd. breaststroke)

Women's swimming
First team: Kara Benbow (200-yd. I.M.)
Second team: Alison Benbow (100-yd. freestyle), Alison Benbow, Kara Benbow, Erin Gentry, Zoe Rogers (200-yd. freestyle relay), Kara Benbow (100-yd. breaststroke)
Honorable mention: Alison Benbow (50-yd. freestyle), Kamryn Floss (500-yd. freestyle), Benbow/Benbow/Gentry/Rogers (400-yd. freestyle relay).

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