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High School Insider with Mike Dyer offers exclusive interviews with Greater Cincinnati student-athletes, coaches and administrators along with news and analysis from around the region each week. Hosted by WCPO high school sports expert Mike Dyer, this podcast brings a unique insight and perspective for the high school sports storylines and personalities in the fall, winter and spring seasons.
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Two undefeated Ohio area boys’ basketball teams are making a strong impact this winter. Mount Healthy (Division I) and Wyoming (Division II) are 13-0 entering this weekend. Mount Healthy is 13-0 for the first time since the 1979-80 season while Wyoming is 13-0 for the first time since the 2016-17 season. Mount Healthy coach Adair Carmichael and Wyoming coach Matt Rooks joined the WCPO High School Insider to discuss their respective teams and their top players.
Roger Bacon High School hosted its 50th annual sports stag Thursday night as the Spartans celebrated several individuals and accomplishments over the years.The WCPO High School Insider caught up with Roger Bacon athletic director Steve Rossi and head football coach Mike Blaut. Rossi discussed the three sports seasons and updates about the teams including the addition of girls lacrosse this spring.Blaut discussed the success of the football season and gave college recruiting updates from some of his players including junior standout running back Corey Kiner.
Elder High School hosted its 44th annual sports stag Tuesday night with Reds broadcaster Jeff Brantley as the featured speaker.The WCPO High School Insider caught up with Brantley along multiple Elder head coaches to discuss their respective programs including insight about the football, basketball, bowling and wrestling teams this school year.Brantley discussed the Reds' offseason, his playing at Mississippi State and being a high school multi-sport athlete in Alabama."I think you look at a lot of the schools in this area there is great history," Brantley said. "It's really amazing to get connected to that."
Hughes High School boys basketball coach Bryan Wyant and St. Xavier coach Mike Noszka discussed their successful seasons the first week of January with a look ahead to the second Midwest King Classic Jan. 18-19 at Middletown High School.St. X (8-2), winners of eight consecutive games, plays host to Elder (6-3) Friday night. Hughes (7-3) plays host to Aiken (9-1) Friday night.The Midwest King Classic is scheduled to have 12 games Jan. 18-19. St. X is scheduled to play at Sycamore at 4:45 p.m. Jan. 18 while Hughes plays Moeller at 8:15 p.m. Jan. 19.
The College Football Playoff National Championship Monday night in New Orleans will feature two area high school products aiming for their second straight title for Clemson Monday night. Clemson sophomore offensive tackle Jackson Carman (Fairfield) and redshirt sophomore guard Matt Bockhorst (St. Xavier) will be in the spotlight as Clemson (14-0) plays LSU (14-0) at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.Fairfield coach Jason Krause joined the WCPO High School Insider to discuss Carman’s growth on and off the field and the anticipation of Monday night's matchup. Krause is leaving Saturday night to attend the game in person with family and friends at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.Krause discussed Carman’s All-American journey from Fairfield to Clemson including the time he played on a guitar in Clemson coach Dabo Swinney’s office during a recruiting visit. He also described the rapport between Carman and Bockhorst.Krause has stayed in touch with Carman via FaceTime throughout the season. He explains why Carman has become a student of the game and an example for current high school players at Fairfield.
Mount Notre Dame coach Dr. Scott Rogers discussed the undefeated and nationally-ranked Cougars (8-0) while Lakota East boys basketball coach Clint Adkins explained why the 5-0 Thunderhawks have been so successful defensively this month.Triple Double Prospects analyst Corey Albertson offered his insight into the area boys basketball scene and the top teams and players to watch entering January.WCPO's Mike Dyer also offers a glimpse into the NCAA early college football signing period Wednesday and the top area programs with the most signees.
The La Salle High School football program captured its fourth state title last week as the Lancers defeated Massillon 34-17 in the Division II state final in Canton.La Salle coach Pat McLaughlin along with senior running back/linebacker Cam Porter, senior lineman Ben Blevins and senior defensive back Cole Hildebrand discussed the Lancers' championship journey Tuesday afternoon with WCPO's Mike DyerLa Salle (13-2) had quite a memorable season. The Lancers won the state title and also captured the Greater Catholic League South division outright for the second time in program history. La Salle became the 18th school in the Ohio High School Athletic Association to win at least four state football titles (20019, 2016, 2015, 2014).
The Ohio Mr. Football award has finally returned to Greater Cincinnati.Wyoming senior quarterback Evan Prater was named Wednesday afternoon as the 33rd Ohio Mr. Football. Prater, who is verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati, is the first Ohio Mr. Football from the Cincinnati area since Norwood’s Marc Edwards won the prestigious award in 1992. Prater is the second area player to win the annual award since it began in 1987.Prater, Wyoming coach Aaron Hancock and Edwards joined the WCPO High School Insider to discuss the significance of the award and share some football memories.
The state football football finals week is here in Ohio and Kentucky.In Kentucky, Covington Catholic plays Frederick Douglass in the 5A state final Saturday night in Lexington.In Ohio, La Salle plays Massillon Thursday night in the Division II state final at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton while Elder plays Pickerington Central in the Division I state final Friday night. Ohio High School Athletic Association Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass joined the podcast to discuss the state finals venue in Canton and what the future may hold for a long-term location for the championship games.Massillon Independent reporter Chris Easterling and This Week News reporter Jarrod Ulrey joined the WCPO High School Insider to discuss Massillon and Pickerington Central, respectively.
The Cincinnati Country Day girls soccer program has earned quite the legacy over the past seasons.Cincinnati Country Day won its second straight Division III state title when it defeated Findlay Liberty-Benton 5-1 Nov. 9 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. Cincinnati Country Day completed its memorable season with a 21-0-2 record. The team had a two-year record of 40-2-2. The senior class went to the state finals for three years and had a record of 71-6-5. "They were led by eight seniors who demonstrated that all team goals are bigger than individual goals along with having a (grade-point average) of 3.8 and playing multiple sports," Hirschauer said.Cincinnati Country Day coach Theresa Hirschauer discussed the success of the program with the WCPO High School Insider this week. She was joined by Joely Virzi, Lawson Renie and Alex Vredeveld.Β 
Six area high school football teams remain in the Ohio high school football playoffs this week.As the regional finals weekend approaches, the WCPO High School Insider analyzed the weekend matchups with Elder coach Doug Ramsey, Colerain coach Shawn Cutright and Harrison coach Derek Rehage. Cutright also gave an update on senior running back Jaylen Thomas, who was injured in an automobile accident this past weekend.First Star Football publisher Dave Berk offered his analysis on the four games involving Cincinnati area teams and offered his thoughts on other topics around the Greater Cincinnati high school football scene.RELATED:Join the Cincinnati area high school sports Facebook group
Believe it or not, the Ohio high school girls basketball season starts Nov. 22.Ohio Girls Basketbal Report director/publisher Bryce McKey discussed the top teams and players from around Greater Cincinnati and the state with WCPO's Mike Dyer on the High School Insider.Also, Badin football coach Nick Yordy discussed his team as it prepares to play Alter in a Division III regional semifinal Friday night.Yordy spoke about the Rams and their keys to success this season in making their second straight playoff appearance.
The Lakota West girls soccer team had an undefeated season the program and the school community won't soon forget.Lakota West won the Division I state title Saturday night in Columbus with a 2-1 win over Anthony Wayne.Junior standouts Kailyn Dudukovich and Sydney Jones joined the WCPO High School Insider to discuss the state championship and undefeated season for the Firebirds. It was the second state girls' soccer title for Lakota West in program history (1999).On Monday, Dudukovich was named Ohio Ms. Soccer and first team all-state while Jones was named second team all-state.
Moeller basketball coach Carl Kremer has won five state titles in his time on Montgomery Road. There are lofty expectations once again for the Crusaders who enter this season with a 49-game winning streak.With the Ohio high school boys basketball season right around the corner, the longtime Moeller coach reflects upon his journey with the program with longtime assistant coaches Fred Hesse and Mike Sussli.Moeller (29-0) won its second straight Division I state title in March and is the area’s top-ranked team entering this season. The Crusaders open the season Nov. 29 against Lutheran East in the Ohio Valley Hoops Classic at Mason High School.
The Ohio high school football playoffs are here. As 26 area teams prepare for the postseason, the WCPO High School Insider delves into the regional quarterfinals schedule.RELATED: Join the Cincinnati area high school sports Facebook groupThe WCPO High School Insider discusses the upcoming playoffs with Mason coach Brian Castner (Division I), Ross coach Kenyon Commins (Division III) and New Miami coach Jessie Hubbard (Division VII).
Week 10 is here. Let the fun begin.Longtime Ohio high school football playoff projections analyst Steve Shuck joined the WCPO High School Insider to discuss his latest projections for each of the seven regions.Shuck breaks down various scenarios that could occur Friday night and what needs to occur for area teams to officially qualify for the playoffs Nov. 3.Also, Little Miami coach Caleb Jones joined the discussion about his team's success. Little Miami is trying for a spot in Division II, Region 8.RELATED: Join the Cincinnati area high school sports Facebook group
With two weeks remaining in the Ohio high school football regular season, it’s now or never for several area teams entering this weekend.Princeton coach Mike Daniels (Division I) and Indian Hill Tony Arcuri (Division IV) joined the WCPO High School Insider to discuss their teams before the postseason begins the weekend of Nov. 8.Princeton is rated No. 6 in the Division I, Region 4 standings while Indian Hill is No. 2 in Division IV, Region 16.
Lakota West coach Tom Bolden, Wyoming coach Aaron Hancock and Summit Country Day coach Justin Isaacs discuss Week 8 of the high school football season and what is going well for each of their teams this fall.
Colerain coach Shawn Cutright, La Salle coach Pat McLaughlin and Harrison coach Derek Rehage discussed the keys to success for the first half of the season and what each team needs to accomplish in October prior to the postseason.
The Elder and St. Xavier football teams will meet for the 100th time this Friday night when the GCL South rivals play at Ballaban Field. Elder coach Doug Ramsey and St. Xavier coach Steve Specht discuss their favorite memories of the annual game.
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