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Football boys hit the field in full pads PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:27 PM

Harrison Wildcats football coach Kent McCullough is more used to smoldering weather for two-a-day practices in August, so he believes the members of the 2014 team have had it easy thus far. But as hitting and full pads were allowed on Saturday, the intensity level officially rose.

Roster looking strong for boys’ soccer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:26 PM

Harrison boys’ soccer coach Chris Johnson believes his team will have quality depth this season, but that belief will be tested in a way that Johnson would rather not face: injuries.

Harrison alumnus runs 88 miles straight PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:19 PM

For many competitive runners, the challenge they confront is the clock: how fast can they go.

There are a few, though, like former Harrison High School athlete Thailyr Scrivner, who see the challenge in a different context: How far can they go.

Scrivner, who continues to live in Columbus after graduation from Ohio State University, tested herself two weeks ago when she competed in the Burning River Endurance Run, a 100-mile race that took approximately 24 hours to complete.

It was the first 100-mile race of Scrivner’s running career, although she ran 50-mile ultramarathons in both January and February of this year.

The 100-mile race proved even more daunting than Scrivner imagined. Running alongside her boyfriend, P.J. Jaegersen, also of Columbus, Scrivner managed to run 88 miles, according to the GPS system she carried, but race organizers had her at just 80 miles when injuries forced her to retire.

“About the 45-mile mark I began to feel this huge blister on my foot,” she said.

To compensate for the pressure on the balls of her feet, she changed her stride to land more on her heels.

If that wasn’t enough of an issue, Scrivner and the other competitors were running on a technical course, which meant the off-road part of the race had tree roots and rocks on the ground and she had to pay close attention to where her feet were landing on the ground to avoid twisting an ankle.

“It was my decision to pull out,” she said. “We were getting close to the cutoff point where [race organizers] were going to pull us off the course. I maybe could have made it to the next checkpoint in time, but I knew I was putting myself in a position where I could suffer a long-term injury and that would have erased everything I had planned for the rest of the summer.”

For now, the ultramarathons are done. Scrivner has plans to run in marathons later this year in Seattle and New York City with the hope of posting a fast enough time to qualify for the Boston Marathon next spring.

Her love for the longer races hasn’t died, though.

“After graduation, I needed something to occupy my time while I looked for a job,” she said. “I ran in a couple of marathons, but the joy I felt from them was short-lived.”

She started reading about ultramarathons, which she explains runners view as any distance longer than a marathon’s 26.2 miles.

“I wanted to go farther, not faster,” she said. “[Jaegersen] convinced me to run the 50 mile events and people told me if you can run 50 miles you can run 100.”

Leaving the Burning River race was a disappointment, but Scrivner also was confused at how her GPS could be so far off what the course directors reported. After looking at blogs about the race in the days following, she learned other runners had similar questions.

No matter how many miles she ran, Scrivner paid the price. The blisters she only imagined as she ran proved to be real. The marks on her heels were actually bruises. It took until Thursday, four days after the race, before she could get her foot in a shoe.

This in spite of the heavy training that goes into such a race.


To prepare for Burning River, Scrivner ran five days a week. She would sandwich four- to six-mile runs on Tuesday and Thursday around a 15- to 18-mile run on Wednesday. Saturday was her big day with runs going from 20 to 40 miles. On Sunday, she would run between 15 and 20 miles.

One of the training areas she slipped up on was eating enough. She said she discovered too late that she should have been eating 2,000 calories a day leading up to the race. Given that her fitness device recorded a loss of 9,000 from the race, Scrivner realizes her mistake.

“We were running low on energy on the course because we didn’t get enough calories in us before the race,” she said.

Scrivner did a lot of running while at Harrison High School, although most of it was on the soccer field and the basketball court, where she played for her father, coach Stuart Scrivner. Her mother is Laura Scrivner.

Scrivner works as a freelance writer in Columbus, contributing feature articles for fitness magazines. She enjoys the work and also the flexibility it gives her to go out and run 15 or 20 miles when she feels the need.


Last Updated on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:26 PM
Great coach remembered PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:17 PM

Although he spent just a brief time at Harrison High School as a football and wrestling coach,

Ken Root made a lasting impression on the players he coached some 40 years ago. Root, died on July 29, at the age of 68.

Root came to Harrison in the fall of 1970 and joined the coaching staff of Steve Safford, serving as defensive coordinator.

Hopes reach great heights at VB season start PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:26 PM

Harrison volleyball coach Amy Berwanger, in the second year of her second term as coach of the Ladycats, is looking to get her team back to where it was for most of the first decade of this century: atop the league standings.

With six seniors and some talented underclassmen, this might be the year the Ladycats win their first Southwest Ohio Conference title in the league’s third year of existence.


Last Updated on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:27 PM
Golf coach works on season lineup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:25 PM

On Sunday, Harrison High School boys’ golf coach Trevor Ward had no idea who would be in his lineup this season.

On Friday, the Harrison golfers open the 2014 season with a league match against Little Miami at Circling Hills Golf Course.

“I decided to wait and hold tryouts on Monday (Aug. 4) and give everyone a final weekend off,” said Ward.

“We had a meet and greet last week and went through some paperwork issues. We’ve had a lot of practice rounds together, so we’ll be ready.”


Weather stays cool but cross country heats up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:24 PM

There are 40 some Harrison High School student-athletes who have appreciated the unseasonably cool weather in this area for the last five weeks: the boys and girls that make up the Harrison High School cross country teams.

The teams began serious workouts last Friday, according to coach Jon Mottsinger, as they make their way to the first meet of the season, Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Lakota West.

Soccer season starts with alumnae game PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Hyle   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:20 PM

Summer freedom is about to end for members of the Harrison High School girls’ soccer team. Tryouts for the new season begin on Friday of this week as the team prepares for a short pre-season that ends with the opening game on Monday, Aug. 18, when the Ladycats host Glen Este.

Harrison coach Troy Kinnett believes his team will be ready, particularly after their outstanding performance in the recent Mason summer tournament. Harrison went 4-1 and posted victories over opponents such as Mason and Lakota West, both members of the powerful Greater Miami Conference.

Success at Little Miami Soccer Fest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Hyle   
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:18 PM

The Harrison High School boys’ soccer team gets an extra weekend off before the first day of tryouts, thanks to the outstanding performance the Wildcats turned in as they swept three opponents in the Little Miami Soccer Fest last weekend.

Wildcats football coach talks strategy PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:17 PM

Ohio high school football teams are not allowed to begin their first practices until Monday, Aug. 4, but judicious use of the 10 days the OHSAA allots teams for summer practices in June and July means the Harrison Wildcats will get in four practice days this week—the last four days of July.

The team will have workouts from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. each of those four days, according to coach Kent McCullough. The team used five of its 10-day allotment in early June and the sixth day last week for a seven-on-seven workout.