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Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 5:38 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 5:41 PM
TROTWOOD — The mega-team Greater Western Ohio Conference apparently is on its way out.
Superintendents, principals and athletic directors met in the annual winter meeting Wednesday at the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation where a bomb was delivered: All of the American Conference North and South division teams want out. Their intention is to begin a new affiliation, excluding current GWOC South member Trotwood-Madison.
“Why is it that the only African-American school in that entire league isn’t allowed to be in (a proposed new) league?” Trotwood principal David White asked. “They didn’t (realign) based on geography or enrollment.”
This news outlet has reached out to American Conference ADs for comment and more information.
The GWOC currently consists of 20 teams with the most recent additions of Tippecanoe and Stebbins from the Central Buckeye Conference in the fall of 2016. That also led to an expansion of four divisions:
• GWOC American North: Butler, Greenville, Piqua, Sidney, Tippecanoe and Troy.
• GWOC American South: Fairborn, Trotwood-Madison, Stebbins, West Carrollton and Xenia.
• GWOC National East: Beavercreek, Centerville, Fairmont, Springfield and Wayne.
• GWOC National West: Lebanon, Miamisburg, Northmont and Springboro.
Sources say the split has been brewing for months and apparently came to a head at GWOC meeting when representatives from the 10 departing schools left the meeting early.
Of the departing schools, Troy, Piqua, Xenia, Butler, Sidney, and Greenville were all charter members when the GWOC was formed in 2001 when the Greater Miami Valley Conference and the Western Ohio League combined.
Coverage: Signing Day
Fairborn joined the GWOC in 2006, West Carrollton in 2010.
“There are schools in those marquee sports that won’t be able to feel they’re competing and have a chance to have success,” GWOC commissioner Eric Spahr said. “That’s a driving factor from those schools.”
The American Conference schools are generally smaller in student numbers – and divisions – than National Conference teams. The East Division has the largest schools.
“It appears the North wants to move on with the other four schools in our division, but not include us,” Trotwood Athletic Director Guy Fogle said. “We will realign with the National and move on. The GWOC will have a different look but it will remain a strong, impactful conference in the state.”
GWOC bylaws call for schools that plan on leaving to make written notification by April 1. Those schools must also agree to a two-year commitment to stay in the GWOC after making application to leave. However, that is always negotiable between Spahr and school administrators.
The GWOC’s 20 teams is by far the area’s largest conference and among the largest in the state. The Southwestern Buckeye League and Cross County Conference both have 14 members, although not all CCC teams compete in all sports. The Ohio Heritage Conference has 12 teams. The Central Buckeye Conference has 10 teams.
“I don’t know that (the GWOC) has out-grown its usefulness,” Spahr said. “There’s always energies to be had by large memberships like that. There comes a point of needs that larger schools have that smaller schools don’t have.”
Trotwood has undergone diminished enrollment through the years, but its athletic success is at an all-time high. The Rams (15-0) won the Division III football state championship last December after placing runner-up in 2016. Trotwood also was the D-II state runner-up in boys basketball last season.
All of the GWOC National Conference members are D-I in all sports, boys and girls.
Trotwood traditionally was lumped with American North teams in prior leagues, dating to the 1950s. It is located northwest of Dayton, bordering Clayton and Englewood (Northmont), Dayton, Brookville, New Lebanon and Jefferson Township.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:19 PM
Lewis Neal’s investment into his future was well known during his college days playing for LSU.
LSU beat writer Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge Advocate also mentioned that he created a smartphone app and owned his own hair salon in college.
Now it’s apparent Neal has continued his business-first mindset in the NFL. Darren Heitner of Inc.com recently profiled Neal’s latest exploits.
The average millionaire has 7 streams of income, so we should not just focus on one which is just football. We should build an empire while our personal brand is still relevant so when you are done playing football people are going to continue to be intrigued by what you are doing, because you have built a brand outside of the sport as well. Also, by creating your own business while playing football, you are setting yourself up for guaranteed money, because we all know NFL money is never guaranteed especially in times like the off-season.
Looks like somebody paid attention in the classroom. Heitner also mentioned that Neal is also now the co-owner of a CyberSecurity company called HyperSpace.
He was also a leader on the field for the Tigers his senior year, gathering 60 tackles with 3.5 sacks. Neal played in 7 games for the Cowboys last season, playing his best against the Chargers when he had two tackles.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:17 PM
Former Cleveland Browns and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is on a full comeback tour. He has recently given interviews expressing his desire to play quarterback once again and recently accepted an invitation to participate in the Spring League.
The Spring League, which held its inaugural season last year, is a three-week scouting event in Austin, Texas.
As Manziel prepares for The Spring League, he is spending some time on the UCLA campus and using the UCLA football practice fields for some drills. Below is a video he posted on Tuesday of him going through some throwing drills.
— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 20, 2018
Manziel, 25, was the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner as a freshman at Texas A&M. He was drafted No. 22 overall by the Cleveland Browns in the 2014 NFL Draft but has not played in the NFL since the 2015 season.
Manziel doesn’t have many connections to UCLA, though he does live in Los Angeles. However, at one time he was committed to Oregon and Chip Kelly, who is now in his first year with the Bruins.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:00 AM
The 2018 Olympics Hockey action continues Tuesday, February 20. Get the complete schedule, scores, bracket and results below.
Action includes four men’s hockey games and one women’s hockey game. USA men’s hockey plays the Czech Republic Tuesday ET in a quarterfinal.
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Playoff qualification (winners to quarterfinals)
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Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:00 PM
Usually, when a high school football player moves to Bradenton, Fla., he’s already considered to be among the nation’s most elite prospects.
IMG Academy brings the best of the best to its plush campus and world-class facilities. It’s where 5-stars go to work on their craft with other 5-stars before making a quick stop in college, en route to the NFL.
That wasn’t the case for Deshaun Fenwick, who moved to Bradenton to make something of his high school career, to give himself a better chance at succeeding in life.
Before his sophomore year in high school, Fenwick took the road less traveled to Bradenton.
The path began during a phone conversation with John Ferritto, a little league football coach who moved to the area a few years earlier from Louisville, Ky. Ferritto invited Fenwick to join him in Bradenton and experience life as a high school football player in the state of Florida, with an eye on landing a scholarship to play college football.
“It was not a very good school, especially not at football,” Fenwick said of his school in Louisville.
“I mean, I really was trying hard to make something of myself. … [Ferritto] was talking to me one day and he said, ‘You need to move down. That school you’re at right now isn’t going to do anything for you. You’re not going to go to college from there, so you need to think about moving down.’”
Fenwick finished his freshman season, visited Ferritto in Florida and elected to make the move, but in order for it to happen, Fenwick’s grandfather, Jay Greer, had to relinquish custody to Ferritto.
Everything came together in time for Fenwick to move from Louisville and enroll at Braden River High School in time to play as a sophomore.
Ferritto trusted Fenwick’s ability to play running back. There was a time, however, when Ferritto didn’t trust Fenwick’s ability in one pretty important aspect of playing the position.
“He came over to our [little league] team, because the team that he was on didn’t let him run the ball, wouldn’t let him run the ball,” Ferritto said, “So I let him run the ball, but he fumbled all the time, so I literally had to tape the ball to his hand in practice, just to make sure he wouldn’t fumble the ball, so we could run plays.”
It worked out.
Fast-forward to 2015, Fenwick’s sophomore season, when he rushed for 630 yards and 9 touchdowns. That was just the start.
In three years at Braden River, Fenwick ran for 2,786 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 538 yards and 7 scores.
Two months ago, the former 3-star running back recruit enrolled at South Carolina, to begin his career as a college running back.
“Honestly, John’s done so much for me,” Fenwick said. “He put me in the position I was [in]. … He gave me the opportunity to make something of myself and I just took advantage of it.”
As would be the case with a lot of high school sophomores, packing up and leaving wasn’t easy for Fenwick, even though the surroundings he left behind in Louisville weren’t always the best.
“It’s hard moving away from your family,” he said. “I moved down there with a coach. I didn’t have any other family near the vicinity of Florida, so people don’t understand how hard that is, being away from your family.
“FaceTiming is good and talking on the phone is good, but you can’t spend time with your family. I had to adjust to a whole new set of people and that transition is rough. I wouldn’t put it past anyone, but if you want to become something, I would highly recommend it.
“It will make you a man.”
To make matters a little more challenging, the football was on a completely different level than anything he’d experienced.
“It was a hard transition getting used to the football aspects of everything, the speed of the game,” Fenwick said. “I mean, the play calling, the game, the game style, it was pretty tough to adjust to, [but] I got it down, mastered it.”
Now he gets to try his hand at mastering the SEC.