July 30, 2014

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Soccer season starts with alumnae game
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
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
Written by Submitted   
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.

Harrison High School golf team tryouts
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:19 PM

Tryouts will begin for golfers interested in playing for the Harrison High School golf team beginning on Monday, Aug. 4. The sessions will run that entire week, according to coach Trevor Ward.

The tryouts will be held at Circling Hills Golf Course on Carolina Trace Road, which is the home course for the Wildcats in the season. Golfers should meet in the clubhouse at 10:30 a.m.

All student athletes must have a current physical in order to try out.  Students must also pay their own greens fees for their tryout rounds.

If you have any questions, contact Ward via email at trevor.ward@southwestschools.org.

Cincinnati Future Stars head south
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:17 PM

The Cincinnati Future Stars 17 & 18-years-old baseball team, featuring current and former Harrison High School baseball players, traveled to Nashville last week to take part in the Sandlot World Series and finished eighth out of 34 teams, according to Shawn Sowders, who coaches both the Future Stars team and the Harrison Wildcats team.

Think you could be the next Future Star?
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:17 PM

The Cincinnati Future Stars will hold baseball tryouts for its 25th anniversary season in 2015 beginning this weekend, according to Shawn Sowders.

The Sowders family has run the Future Stars program since its inception and operates out of a baseball complex on River Road in New Baltimore.

There will be teams competing in the following age groups for the 2015 season: eight, 10, 11, 12, 16, and 17 & 18. The 10-, 11- and 12-year-old teams will have tryouts on Saturday, July 26, Sunday, July 27, and Sunday, Aug. 23. Those teams will have sessions from 1 to 3 p.m. each of those days.

The eight-, 16-, and 17 & 18-year-old teams will practice on the same days, but their sessions run from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

For information on tryouts or on the Future Stars, contact Shawn Sowders at 513-305-3929 or Shane Sowders at 513-910-6135.

Green Acres Canoe Rental sees steady flow
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:20 PM

The Whitewater River is one of the great hidden assets of Harrison, but thanks to the Lutz family and their Green Acres Canoe & Kayak Rental, the river has become a major destination point for thousands of Greater Cincinnatians looking for summer recreation.

Green Acres is in the midst of its 10th season of operation as a canoe and kayak livery and the numbers have grown steadily. When the Lutz family first decided to rent canoes from its property on Suspension Bridge Road, they had 10 canoes to their name. Today the total exceeds 1,000, according to Sharon Lutz, who took over the family operation with her husband, Dave, in 1998 when it offered just miniature golf and a driving range.

Real success
“The sales rep for the company we buy our equipment from says we are the fastest growing canoe rental operation in the country,” she said.

Volleyball coach sets up for a strong season
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:19 PM

Although the calendar says we are only one month into the summer of 2014, summer break for Harrison High School volleyball players is about to come to an end.

The Ladycats have kept busy with scrimmages and a tournament since school let out in June, but Harrison coach Amy Berwanger has saved most of the 10 coaching days the Ohio High School Athletic Association allows teams in June and July for the days leading up to tryouts, which are just over a week away.

Additional days approved for Mourning Dove hunting season
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:17 PM

Opening day for Ohio’s 2014-2015 early migratory bird hunting seasons will be Monday, Sept. 1, and includes mourning dove, Canada goose, rail, moorhen and snipe.

Dates for these hunting seasons, plus teal and woodcock, were approved by the Ohio Wildlife Council on Wednesday, July 16.

Ohio’s dove hunting season was extended 20 days in 2014, including Sept. 1-Nov. 9 and Dec. 13-Jan. 1, 2015. The daily limit is 15 birds with a possession limit of 45 birds after the second day of the season.

Controlled dove hunts will be offered at Fallsville, Rush Run, Spring Valley, Indian Creek and Bott state wildlife areas.
Bott Wildlife Area will hold its drawings at the Indian Creek Headquarters. Controlled hunts will take place during the first two days of the season, Sept. 1- 2.

Controlled dove hunts will also be offered at St. Marys State Fish Hatchery on Sept. 1, 6, 13 and 20. Hunting hours will be noon to sunset for all controlled dove hunts.

Opening day drawings
Opening day drawings for all of these hunts will take place at noon on Saturday, Aug. 23, at the respective public area headquarters. Drawings for the other hunts will be held the day of the hunt at noon.

Maps and details are available at wildohio.gov. Questions about these hunts should be directed to the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District Five office at 937-372-9261.

Canada geese may be hunted Sept. 1-15 during the special early season, with a daily limit of five birds and possession limit of 15 after the second day. The Mercer Canada Goose Zone will be open during the early Canada goose season.

The early teal hunting season is Sept. 6-21 with a daily bag limit of six birds and possession limit of 18 after the second day.

Sora rails, Virginia rails and moorhens can be hunted Sept.1-Nov. 9 with a daily limit of 25 rails and 15 moorhens. Hunting season for snipe is Sept. 1-Nov. 30 and Dec. 20-Jan. 4, 2015, with a daily bag limit of eight. The woodcock hunting season is Oct. 11-Nov. 24 with a daily bag limit of three.

Waterfowl hunters must have a valid hunting license in addition to an Ohio wetlands habitat stamp endorsement, a federal duck stamp and a Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification. Hunters must obtain a new HIP certification each year to hunt any migratory game bird season. Licenses, permits and stamps are available online at the Wild Ohio Customer Center. Federal duck stamps are available at duckstamp.com.

An Ohio wetlands habitat stamp endorsement and a federal duck stamp are not required to hunt doves, rails, moorhens, snipe and woodcock. Only nontoxic shot may be used to hunt waterfowl, rails, moorhens and snipe.

Hunting hours are sunrise to sunset. Exceptions apply on wildlife areas that have specially posted hunting times for doves. The 2014-2015 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations are available at wildohio.gov and at license outlets. The 2014 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons brochure will be available in August.

For more information, contact:
Brian Plasters, ODNR Division of Wildlife 614-265-6357 or Matt Eiselstein, ODNR Office of Communications 614-265-6860.

HJB pitcher takes regional victory in national competition
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:17 PM

A Harrison Junior Baseball player distinguished himself beyond HJB this summer by competing in the national Pitch, Hit, & Run competition sponsored by Major League Baseball.

Race Carle, who plays on the 10-year-old D2 HJB team managed by Terry Jackson, not only won the local competition in his age group, but won in both the district competition and the regional finals, which was held at Great American Ball Park.