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Wildcats win football border war by 4 points
Written by joe awad   
Sunday, August 31, 2014 4:35 PM


By Bob Hyle

Contributing Writer

Harrison Wildcats football coach Kent McCullough is a relative newcomer to the Harrison/East Central rivalry, but he knows a typical Wildcats/Trojans matchup when he sees one and last Friday’s 21-17 win for the Cats was one of them.

“It was a typical Harrison/East Central football game,” said McCullough. “It was a fight all the way to the end.”

Three of the four times McCullough has coached in this game the winning team won by a touchdown or less.

“I think last year’s game (a 34-7 win for the Cats) was a fluke. This is the type of game we expect when we play East Central,” said McCullough.

It was a game the Trojans certainly feel they could win. After losing the lead to the Cats with 5:44 to go in the game on a 17-yard pass from Jake Weber to Alex Anderson, the Trojans methodically marched down the field, reaching the Harrison eight yard line for a first and goal situation.

The Wildcats defense came through with a pair of nice plays. Defensive lineman Nathan Silcox made the tackle on second down, but the big play came on third down when linebacker Tylyn James sacked East Central quarterback Luke Patton. Before Patton went down, though, he attempted to pass the ball, but with no receiver in sight, the referees threw a flag for intentional grounding. On fourth down, Patton’s pass to the end zone fell incomplete.

“You can’t afford to sit back in that situation and not be aggressive,” said McCullough of James’ sack. “When the game is on the line, you don’t want your best players standing on the sideline next to you; you want them on the field.”

Neither team could build any type of momentum in the game. The Wildcats scored first at the 4:57 mark of the second quarter on a screen pass from Weber to Anderson for 15 yards to cap a nine-play, 71 yard drive.

The Trojans tied the game with just eight seconds remaining in the half as Patton engineered a 10-play drive that covered 55 yards. Patton scored himself on a two-yard run.

Harrison quickly marched down the field after receiving the second half kickoff, taking just over two minutes to move 64 yards. The final 24 came on a pass from Weber to Mitchell Hogue.

The Trojans cut the lead to 14-10 after Stidham kicked a 24-yard field goal, which was set up by a 24-yard punt return by Doug Rosemeyer.

Thanks to another short field, the Trojans took their first lead of the game with 9:50 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Trojans went 42 yards in nine plays and Patton capped things with a nine-yard run to make it 17-10.

“There was no panic on our sidelines,” said McCullough.

Harrison fans were close to panicking. The Cats faced a third and 23 situation when Weber connected with Anderson on a screen pass, the same play that was run for Harrison’s first TD. That got 17 yards, but there remained a fourth and five play and Weber went to his favorite target, Hogue, who converted the first down.

Weber went back to Anderson once again, this time for a 17-yard TD pass and the lead.

“I’ve got to give the East Central coaches a lot of credit for the improvement they made from their first game to the second game,” said McCullough. “They knew they wanted to shorten the game and they just pounded the ball. It was a great game plan and it gave them a chance to win it at the end.”

The Trojans are 0-2 and face a tough prospect this week when they face LaSalle, a shocking 40-21 winner over Division I powerhouse Colerain last weekend.

Harrison is on the road at Oak Hills Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Highlanders lost to Elder by a score of 34-6 last Friday night.

“We know we have to make improvements,” said McCullough. “We have to get a running game established and that’s going to be difficult because we are going to see a bigger line than East Central had. We’ve got some good offensive weapons with Jake, Mitchell and Alex, but we have to find out who will be the next options for us.”



Harrison 21 East Central 17

Harrison 0 7 7 7 - 21

East Central 0 7 3 7 - 17


Second quarter

Harrison – Anderson, 15-yard pass from Weber (Alvarez kick)

East Central – Patton, 2-yard run (Stidham kick)

Third quarter

Harrison – Hogue, 24-yard pass from Weber (Alvarez kick)

East Central – Stidham, 24-yard field goal

Fourth quarter

East Central – Patton, 9-yard run (Stidham kick)

Harrison – Anderson, 17-yard pass from Weber (Alvarez kick)

Individual Statistics


Harrison: Anderson, 8 carries for 41 yards; Weber, 10 carries for 32 yards; Hogue, 3 carries for 7 yards; James, 1 carry for 3 yards.

East Central: Patton, 19 carries for 103 yards, 2 TD; Keilholz, 18 carries for 96 yards; Frick, 4 carries for 11 yards; Rosemeyer, 1 carry for 4 yards.


Harrison: Weber, 11 fo1 8 for 171 yards, 3 TDs.

East Central: Patton, 8 for 18 for 104 yards.


Harrison: Hogue, 6 catches for 113 yards, TD; Anderson, 3 catches for 49 yards, 2 TD; James, 2 catches for 9 yards.

East Central: Kammer, 3 catches for 23 yards; Keilholz, 2 catches for 45 yards; Hoog, 2 catches for 28 yards; Moser, 1 catch for 8 yards.

Team Statistics

First downs: H 21; EC 17

Rushes/yards: H 22/83; EC 43/213

Passes/attempts: H 11/18; EC 8/18

Passing yards: H 171; EC 104

Total offense: H 254, EC 317

Punts/average: H 4/40.2; EC 3/40.0

Penalties/yards: H 8/68; EC 7/62

Time of possession: H 18:04; EC 29:23

Third down conversions: H 2/7; EC 5/12







Greatest comeback coach has seen in 18 years
Written by Bob Hyle   
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:23 AM

The Harrison Ladycats volleyball team had a terrific five-set win over Glen Este in the opening match of the season, that Harrison coach Amy Berwanger said included the biggest comeback in a set that she has seen in her 18 years at Harrison.

In the third set, trailing by a score of 24-15, senior setter Miranda Charls served up 11 straight points, three of them aces, as Harrison fought back to win the set 26-24. Jodi Bittner had three of her nine kills in the match during that 11-0 run.

Cats football coach sizes up competition
Written by Bob Hyle   
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:21 AM

Somewhere down the line, if the Harrison Wildcats have the kind of season coach Kent McCullough expects, the Cats could face the Loveland Tigers in a playoff game.

There are 10 regular season games before that can possibly happen, though, but if it does McCullough knows that playing teams like the defending state champion Tigers in a scrimmage will help his team in the long run.

Successful start for Ladycats soccer season
Written by Bob Hyle   
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:20 AM

For the first time in three years, the Harrison Ladycats have opened the soccer season with a pair of victories.

Harrison defeated Glen Este in the opener, 2-1, and then dominated Hamilton by a score of 7-1.

“We’re definitely off to a good start,” said Harrison coach Troy Kinnett.

In the win over Glen Este, Harrison opened the scoring in the first half. The Trojans were called for a handball in the box and Kayla Childs scored on the penalty kick.

Golfing girls lose against Oak Hills
Written by Bob Hyle   
Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:20 AM

The Harrison Ladycats golf team received a “wake-up call” from Oak Hills last week in the forms of a 169-212 loss at Neumann Golf Course, according to Harrison coach Bryan Carr.

“We had three girls in the low 50s and each of them was one hole away from getting into the 40s,” said Carr.
All of the Oak Hills players shot in the low 40s, according to Carr.

Football boys hit the field in full pads
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
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
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:19 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:26 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.


Great coach remembered
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
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:26 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:27 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.