INDIAN HILL — The upside of Indian Hill High School’s Division IV football playoff loss to Clinton-Massie was that none of coach Tim Burch’s basketball players were hurt.
Burch was at the football games this season making sure the various multi-purpose athletes that also grace the hardwood remained safe. Like Tony Arcuri’s football team, they have the talent to win the Cincinnati Hills League, something they haven’t done since 2010.
Last year’s team was 14-11 overall (8-6 CHL). Among players that started at one point or another last season are Nick Heidel, Colin Shaw, Matteo Fiore and Reed and Dawson Aichholz. Shaw made CHL first team as a freshman with a 15.2 scoring average for fifth in the league, while Fiore was honorable mention as a sophomore.
Nick Heidel was third in the CHL in scoring at 16.8 points per game and second in steals and blocks as a junior. He was also the team’s leading rebounder. The Aichholz twins combined to average about nine points and nine rebounds combined as sophomores.
The Braves are still young with Heidel being the only senior out of that five.
“We bring back a lot of youthful experience, great guard play and add transfer student George Davis which should add depth,” Burch said. “If we can get the football players back into basketball shape, we should be very competitive with a very tough schedule.”
Heidel, Shaw and the Aichholz brothers just hung up the football pads and Matteo Fiore was on the Indian Hill soccer team.
Indian Hill starts their non-conference schedule off at Anderson Nov. 28. They jump right into the belly of the fire in the CHL Dec. 4 by hosting Wyoming. The Braves eliminated the Cowboys in the tournament last March after losing twice to them during the regular season.
Having teams bow out in the playoffs isn’t ideal for a school.
However, when 10 of 13 players were key members of the playoff football team or the soccer team that finished as the regional runner-up, it’s good to get those guys in the fold sooner rather than later.
It’s a challenge second-year coach Greg Ross and his Cincinnati Country Day Indians are facing.
“I like that we are very athletic and competitive,” he said. “With that being said, we are 10 days behind most teams and have a lot of catching up to do. We have been working hard in practice and trying to focus on getting a good grasp of our offensive and defensive principals. I like the intensity and work ethic I see.”
The transition should be smoother because CCD returns all five of its starters in Schuyler Snell, Darryn Jordan, Myles Jackson, Sean O’Brien and Clyde Bennett.
Snell, Jordan, Jackson and O’Brien are all-MVC performers.
“The guys are definitely looking forward to the season,” Ross said. “Our goal is to win the MVC Gray Division and win a sectional title.”
With several experienced players returning from a team that shared the Greater Catholic League-South championship with Elder and La Salle, Moeller High School returns a deep basketball roster for 2015-16.
Playing without injured center Nate Fowler (now at Butler), the Crusaders were 18-9 (4-2 GCL-South) in their 15th straight winning season under Carl Kremer.
Moeller returns senior guards Trey McBride and Nate Georgeton and junior 6-foot-5 guard Riley Voss as starters. McBride averaged 11.1 points per game and 6.5 rebounds and was first team GCL, second team all-district and honorable mention in Southwest Ohio.
Georgeton was second team all-GCL South, averaging 7 points per game while dishing out 5.6 assists. Voss as a sophomore was second team GCL averaging 6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Adding depth are 6-foot-7 senior forward Sam McCracken, senior shooting guard Kenny Wead and 6-foot-5 junior guard Keegan McDowell.
“We have a team with considerable experience and great leadership,” Kremer said. “If we continue to grow collectively, we can be a very good team.”
Moeller starts the season Nov. 27 at Taft and then hosts Kings in their home opener Dec. 1. Dec. 26-31 they will participate in the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Crusaders feature several college prospects.
“Nate Georgeton is signed with Division II Northwood,” Kremer said. “Trey McBride and Sam McCracken are still involved in the recruiting process, primarily with DII and NAIA schools. Underclassmen Keegan McDowell, Riley Voss and Isaiah Payton (sophomore) all have offers from DI or DII programs.”
Players to watch
Colin Shaw, Indian Hill – CHL first team as a freshman averaging 15.2 points per game.
Nick Heidel, Indian Hill – shooting threat who led the team in points (16.8) and rebounds.
Schuyler Snell and Darryn Jordan, CCD – were all-MVC performers last season.
Trey McBride, Moeller – first team GCL, second team all-district and honorable mention Southwest Ohio for the Crusaders.
Nate Georgeton, Moeller-second team GCL and committed to Division II Northwood.
Riley Voss, Moeller-second team GCL 6-foot-5 junior evaluating DI and DII offers.