By Bob Ashby
Fledgling Firebird Fall Teams All End Season As Winners
Congratulations to the coaches and players of all our fall freshman and junior varsity teams for posting winning records. Across our seven fall sports Lakota West high school fields nine teams below the varsity level. The following summaries chronicle how these teams finished the 2016 season.
Girls JV Tennis: Coach Rosi Ferral guided her squad to a 9-6 season.
Girls Freshman Volleyball: Coach Ali Berheger’s team enjoyed a 16-6 season.
Girls JV Volleyball: Coach Christy Hill led her squad to a 14-8 record this year.
Boys JV Soccer: Coach Drew Field’s team ended their year with a 10-2-4 positive ledger.
Girls JV Soccer: Coach John Vogt’s team posted a 10-4-4 winning record.
Girls JV Golf: First year coach Jason Weidner mentored his team to a10-4 inaugural season.
Boys Golf: Coach Paul Jewell ‘s team completed a winning season at 8-7 in head to head competition.
Freshman Football: Coach Andrew Phelan and his charges enjoyed a 9-1 record which included 28-16 and 14-7 wins over area football power schools, Colerain and Moeller. West ended the season with a decisive 36-0 win against Lakota East. The only blemish on the frosh football record was a 0-7 loss at Fairfield. Phelan’s team scored an impressive 309 points this year while allowing only 50.
JV Football: John Nicol’s team had the honor of closing out the fall season with a win at Lakota East leaving themselves with a 6-4 record to make it 9 for 9 winning records for our fall season developmental teams (Junior Varsity & Freshman). Nicol’s team came from two touchdowns behind at the half to beat Lakota East Saturday morning. After having trailed 0-14 until well into the second half the Firebirds scored their second TD with just 1:52 remaining in the game and successfully completed a two point conversion to set the final score at 15-14 in their favor. East rallied back with three consecutive completed passes moving the ball into West territory but the Hawks fourth pass of the series was intercepted with 1:17 showing on the clock allowing West to run out the game.
It may also be noted that in all these sports combined, sixteen sophomores and nine freshman competed primarily or solely at the varsity level, boding well for the Firebird’s varsity prospects in the coming years.