Fall sports wrap up at THS

By Deron Newman - For The Register-Herald

OXFORD — Talawanda concluded fall sports action on Friday, Oct. 28, as the Braves’ varsity football team traveled to Ross for its season finale. The game marked the end of the fall season for Talawanda as the Braves officially started winter sports practices this week.

Talawanda football defeats Ross

Talawanda senior quarterback Logan Kamphaus concluded an outstanding season leading the Braves to a 21-14 win over Ross on Friday, Oct. 28. The Braves’ senior went over 100 yards in both passing (111) and rushing (146) for the third time this season, accounting for 257 yards of total offense. He also scored two touchdowns.

In 10 games, Kamphaus threw for 1,280 yards and 10 touchdowns, while rushing for 656 yards and scoring four times on the ground.

The Braves entered their season finale 1-8 overall, with Ross at 2-7.

After a scoreless first quarter, Kamphaus got the Braves of the scoreboard in the second with a 2-yard touchdown run. The TD put Talawanda ahead 6-0, where the score stayed at halftime.

Blake Bryan put the Braves up 12-0 with a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Kamphaus ran the ball in for the two-point conversion and Talawanda led 14-0.

Ross picked up it’s first score of the game later in the third quarter. The extra point attempt failed and left the score 14-6 going into the final period.

Both teams scored a touchdown in the final frame. Talawanda scored first in the quarter with Kamphaus getting his second TD of the evening. His 1-yard run and extra point from Kevin Englehard stretched the Braves’ lead to 21-6.

Ross capped off the game’s points with a touched and two-point conversion to conclude the scoring and the Talawanda win, 21-14.

Kamphaus was 9 of 13 passing for 111 yards and completed throws to four different receivers. Andrew O’Donnell led the team with five catches for 68 yards. Most of Kamphaus’ production came on the ground as he carried 28 times for 146 yards. Bryan had nine carries for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Talawanda finished the season in fifth place, 2-4 in Southwest Ohio Conference play and 2-8 overall.

Edgewood won the SWOC title finishing 6-0. The Cougars defeated Mount Healthy, 49-28, on Friday to stay unbeaten in conference action and give Mount Healthy their second loss. Both teams were unbeaten in the SWOC going into week nine, however, MH lost its final two games to Harrison (49-48) and Edgewood.

Talawanda volleyball finishes 20-4

After winning it’s second straight SWOC championship, the Lady Braves varsity volleyball team opened the post season traveling to Lakota East on Thursday, Oct. 20, to take on Kings in the second round of the Division I Sectional. Talawanda received a bye in the first round while Kings defeated Milford in five games.

The Braves defeated Kings in a tight match (25-17, 20-25, 15-25, 25-15, 15-12) to advance to the next round against #1 ranked Ursuline Academy.

“It was a total team victory,” Coach Ruchelle Dunwoody said.

The Lady Braves were led by junior Valerie Green who finished with 16 kills, three service aces and 12 digs. Stats for remaining players included: senior Gabriella Lindley, three aces, four kills and 26 digs; junior Jessica Dingledine, five kills and three digs; senior Jordan Chase, four kills and five digs; senior Katlynn Woodruff, four kills, 15 digs, and 34 assists; and senior Olivia Lauer, two aces, two kills and 11 digs.

On Saturday, the Lady Braves finished its season against No. 1-ranked Ursuline Academy. Talawanda lost in straight sets (25-17, 25-14, 25-6). Ursuline held the Braves to a .044 hitting percentage.

“The end of an era” Dunwoody added. “On Saturday, our seven seniors finished a five-year run of Talawanda volleyball. In eighth grade they finished second in the SWOC losing to Harrison in three sets. Fast forward five years and this group finishes their high school career – back-to-back SWOC Champions with a record of 40-6 last two season.”

The Braves finished the year 20-4 on the season. The senior class finished 59-12 in three years of varsity play.

“You will be missed, class of 2016!” Dunwoody added.

(NOTE: Some information provided by www.swocsports.com)

By Deron Newman

For The Register-Herald