Fairmont varsity athletes wrap up a successful winter season

Several Fairmont players help their senior teammate Jacob Maloney up from the floor.

From the return of Fairmont Boys’ Basketball to the GWOC spotlight, to two wrestlers fighting for the State podium, and three swimming Firebirds qualifying for state, it was a solid winter season for Fairmont sports all around the spectrum.

Girls’ Bowling

GWOC Record: 5-5
Final Record: 6-5

The Lady Firebirds’ Bowling team finished 3rd in their GWOC tournament and pinned down a 4th place finish in State tournament play. Individually, senior captain Jessica Wolfe finished third in the State.

Wolfe also was named to the 1st Team All Ohio, 1st team All GWOC Central and GWOC All-Tournament team. She has committed to Wright State to continue her bowling career as a Raider.

Other honors for the Firebird team were sophomore Skylynn Siens being named to the Pre-GWOC All Tournament Team, and freshman Cheyenne Gray receiving an All GWOC Central Division Special Mention.

Varsity Bowling Coach Rex Wolfe is understandably proud of his daughter’s success. “Jessica has been bowling a very long time and is a student of the game. She strives for success in everything she does,” he said.

Boys’ Bowling

GWOC Record: 6-4
Final Record: 7-4

The Boys’ Bowling team took 6th in their GWOC tournament, competing against “some of best teams in the state,” according to Varsity Bowling Coach Rex Wolfe. Senior Trevor Luthman and Junior Joe Roudebush led the team and  both were named to the 2nd Team All GWOC Central.

Girls’ Basketball

GWOC Record: 8-2
Overall Record: 18-7

The Firebirds were led by three senior captains: Lindsay Breslin, Shea Morgan and Alyssa Clemente. Following an ACL tear by Breslin in the opening game of the season, the girls rallied around their fallen point guard and finished the regular season with a winning record of 15-7.

Highlights of the season included junior Celeste Etter being named to the 2nd Team GWOC Central as well as tying the school record for three-pointers in a game (7). Clemente and Morgan earned spots on the 1st Team All GWOC, and junior Madison Connally received All GWOC Honorable Mention.

After a strong OHSAA tournament showing, including upset wins over highly ranked Springboro and Mason, Fairmont lost in a bout against Mount Notre Dame in the Regional Semifinals.

“We had to earn everything this year,” said second-year Head Girls’ Basketball Coach Lacy Romine. “I think we exceeded a lot of people’s expectations, and I think there’s a lot to be proud of from this season.”

Boys’ Basketball

GWOC Record: 6-4
Overall Record: 19-5

The Fairmont Boys’ Basketball team might have been pretty low on the scouting sheet coming into the season, but the Firebirds blew expectations out of the water with an 8-0 start. The four losses on their record at the end of the year came in games against top-ranked Wayne and Centerville.

Following a stellar regular season, however, the boys were defeated in the second round of OHSAA tournament play by Lebanon.

“It felt a lot different this year in a good way,” said junior point guard Jimmy Bergman of the team’s success. “It’s definitely a season I’ll always remember.”

Senior Kei’vante Tanner nabbed the honor of GWOC Central Player of the Year, and second-year Head Coach Blair Albright was named GWOC Central Coach of the Year.

Swimming & Diving

GWOC Record: N/A
Overall Record: N/A

The Fairmont Swimming and Diving teams fared well in their 2014-15 season.

As for diving, Head Coach Amber Brewer is proud of her squad. “This season, we had the possibly the largest dive team in Fairmont history,” said Brewer. “It was definitely a great season.”

Said “great season” included divers sophomore Zach Kendig, sophomore Lily Knopp, and senior Josh Schnipke all qualifying for Districts, as well as all finishing in the top 8 in the GWOC Central.

The highlights of the swimming season included 3 school records being broken, and sophomore Nick Aukerman, sophomore Marie Docken, and freshman Maggie Berning all qualifying for State. At the State meet, Berning finished 13th in the 100-fly, while Aukerman finished 18th in 500-free, and Docken finished 19th in 200 IM.

“Going to State was really exciting,” said Docken. “It felt like everything paid off once the meet came.”

Wrestling

GWOC Record: N/A
Overall Record: N/A

The Wrestling Firebirds cruised on their “road to Columbus” by performing well in the regular season, including a 2nd place finish overall in the Cincinnati Elder Duals and a 4th place finish overall in The Firebird Wrestling Classic X.

After finishing 5th in the GWOC tournament, Fairmont had six wrestlers in action for the OHSAA District Finals. Of those six, senior Brad Carroll and junior Ahmad Doucet qualified for State.

In Columbus, Doucet fell short of the top 8 spots, but he finished his season with a 33-12 record. Carroll finished 6th, which earned him a spot on the podium. Head Coach Frank Baxter noted that Carroll became the 17th State placer in Fairmont Wrestling history.

“In the beginning of the season, it was a bit rough,” said junior Garrett Fogel. “But now here at the end, I think we definitely figured things out.”