This years annual sports banquet will be at 7 o'clock on March 11th to celebrate this years winter sports. The banquet will start out in the gymnasium where Mrs. Gotthardt will recognize all sports that took place this winter. Then everyone will adjourn to the cafeteria where complementary food and drink will be supplied to all guests. Finally each sport will split up to their designated room with their coaches and the rest of their team. Coaches will give final words about the sports and hand out any awards they may have for the participants. First year varsity players will receive their letters at this time and be eligible to buy a varsity jacket. "I can't wait to walk up and get my awards because I'm going to get so many," said junior Anthony Pavone.
This is a reminder that the weight room is open to all football athletes every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning from 6 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. The weight room is also open on Saturday every week; from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Other times are from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information regarding times you can contact Coach Grubich. The football program lifts are directed by Coach Wall. He takes the athletes through a series of workouts that will help improve agility, speed, and strength. Mondays and Thursdays are primarily upper body lifts. Wednesdays are primarily lower body lifts. Saturdays alternate from lower body to upper body every week.
Tyler Lance and Kristi Kazimir competed at the OATCCC Indoor State Track and Field Championship in Akron on Saturday. Competing against a deep Division One field, Kazimir placed 11th in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:26 while Lance was 13th in the 3200 meter run with a time of 9:52.
Welcome back Kenston Track athletes! This up coming season can possibly be the best in Kenston history, but we need your help. To make our dream of winning states a reality, we need your participation! The more athletes we get this spring, the better our team will be! Our first practice will be held on Monday, March 10th, 2014 in the wrestling room right after school.
The 2014 track season is almost here. If you are interested in track this year there are several events you could do. If you are a good runner you could either run sprints or run long distance. If you aren't really a runner there are a few field events you could do, like jumping or throwing. On Tuesday there was a meeting in the cafeteria during homeroom for Coach Ickes to explain track and for you to sign up if you're interested. Michael Sirna said, "I can’t wait to start the season with our new shot put coach." If you want to do track and did not go to the meeting on Tuesday, the first official practice is Monday March 10th. Just come to the practice and tell the coach. Hopefully you can do whatever you can to help our track team win the CVC for the 6th year in a row.
The wrestling season has finally ended at Kenston for the year. This was a great season for the team finishing with a record of 4-4. The four captains will be gone for next year and the juniors will be stepping up to the plate to lead. The team did very well for wrestling in the hardest district in the entire state. The team wrestled in many tough tournaments and had placers in every tournament they wrestled. The season closer tournaments end the season with all the seniors going to at least districts.
This spring break the Kenston baseball team will be making a trip to Cal Ripkin's Sports Complex in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This trip has been some what of a tradition for the baseball team over the past several years. Although the team could not make the trip last year, the tradition will continue this year. The team will be playing games throughout the week against teams from all over the country as well as enjoying the sun and nice weather of Myrtle Beach.
March 1, 2014, was Try Hockey for Free Day, sponsored by USA Hockey across the United States. Thousands of rinks welcomed kids of all ages in to try hockey for the first time. Rinks across the nation supplied proper hockey gear for the newcomers. One rink that was involved was the Pond, in Auburn, Ohio. The Pond did an event last year bringing in about 40 kids. This time the Pond had 88 kids who wanted to try out the sport.
Related: Try Hockey For Free Day Photos
The Kenston Drum Out is a tradition for the athletes that make it to states for the sports they participate in. Usually you have people hold up a flag in front of the athlete that made it to states. Behind the athletes there are outstanding drummers that keep a consistent beat that you can here from every room in the school. The atmosphere in the hallway is unbelievable; the peers watching are giving them high fives and cheer them on as they walk through the school. A quote from Andrew DiSanto, "It was fun carrying the flag."
Related: Drum Out Photos
This is a notice to anyone who wants to download pictures from our winter sports collection of photos. Winter sports are coming to an end and it is time for us to clear out the photo galleries and make room for the incoming photos of the spring sports. If you are interested in downloading any photos that we have taken, I suggest you act fast and find the pictures you are looking for because only a select few will still be available on our website. Student and girl's basketball player Emily Lamb said, "I love the pictures Mr. C. takes of the girl's basketball team, so I am going to make sure I download all the ones I'd like to keep tonight." Just as Emily is doing, make sure you get on our website and find those special pictures before it is too late.
How long have you been the athletic director at Kenston and what made you decide to become the athletic director?
Twenty-two strong years. On the road to becoming an athletic director I found my passion for athletics through coaching. I was drawn into the field because of my desire to coach and help student athletes progress.
How does it feel to be named athletic director of the year?
It is a huge compliment to me. My peers input means a lot to me.
Who is the award from?
The award is from the N.E.O.A.A.
On February 1, the Lady Bombers victory over West Geauga marked Coach Kevin Hinkle's 100th win. Coach Hinkle started his coaching career as a 7th and 8th grade Kenston Basketball coach. Before Hinkle was the Girl's Varsity Basketball Coach, he also coached Girl's Junior Varsity Basketball and was the assistant to the Boy’s Varsity team. Hinkle took over the Girls Varsity Basketball Head Coaching position seven games into the 2007-2008 season, and got his first victory against Chagrin Falls on January 4, 2008.
The boy's JV basketball team is currently working on wrapping up their 2013-2014 season with only one game left. The last game is at 11 a.m. at home on February 22 against Painesville Harvey. "I think we'll be able to win it," said #24 Jack MacKenzie. "This season has been quite exhilarating," said Alex Dombrowski, #20 on the team. According to Alex, the team's record consists of 11 wins and 8 losses, with no major injuries. The team had an exciting victory against rival team Chagrin Falls here at our own court earlier in the season. The JV boys have become much better as a team, but also individually as they will move on to Varsity in the 2014-2015 season. The team strongly encourages students to come and cheer them on for their final game this weekend, and show their support for Kenston Basketball.
Wyers had made a difference, and it had been a while since he had done that.
A little more than two months ago, Wyers had emergency surgery in his leg for Compartment Syndrome.
Doctors said Wyers would likely be sidelined for a year. Aiming for his senior year in football seemed like the best bet.
That wasn't good enough for Wyers.
Hence the smile with two seemingly simple free throws.