Cincinnati State Surge Athletics
Cincinnati State athletics provide opportunities for students to enhance their overall experience at the College by encouraging lifelong wellness, sportsmanship, and academics.
Cincinnati State currently fields teams in six sports: women’s and men’s basketball, women’s and men’s soccer, women's volleyball and golf. All six teams regularly compete under the rules and regulations of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XII (Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio) and play a very competitive junior college schedule. After playing for the Surge, many student-athletes go on to play for four-year institutions.
The Cincinnati State Athletic Department is under the leadership of athletic director Tom Hathaway. Staff members include: Wil Cagle, women’s soccer coach; Mike Combs, men’s soccer coach and fitness center director; Kristy Parrill, women's volleyball coach; Sonya Beeler, women's basketball coach; Andre Tate, men's basketball coach; and Scott Webb, golf coach.
Surge Golf Team Claims First Conference Championship
The Cincinnati State golf team came away with a victory and a tie for first place in tournaments on Sunday and Monday, giving the Surge an outright OCCAC championship with one event remaining. It marks the team's first conference title.
The tournaments were held in Concord, Ohio, in less than ideal conditions. The Lakeland Invitational, played on the par-71, 6,833-yard Weiskopf Course at Quail Hollow Country Club on Sunday, started off sunny and calm. As the day continued, the Lake Erie winds took over and the temperatures dropped to a chilling 40 degrees.
The temperatures and conditions did not faze the Surge as they shot one of the best team scores in school history, firing a 296 and defeating defending league champions Owens Community College by 12 shots. Columbus State came in third (329), and host team Lakeland shot a 354. It was the largest margin of victory for the Surge in league play this year.
Leading the Surge to victory was freshman Alex Ebel, who etched his name in the Cincinnati State record books, along with former players Joe Morris, Blake Harpenau and Evan Bryan, by shooting a 3-under-par 68. League medalist and returning All-American sophomore Taylor Suggs shot a 75, as did fellow All-American sophomore Jeff Wray. Surge freshman Hayden Burns rounded out the scoring with a 78.
“Adding a player like Alex to the team this spring has made an unbelievable difference to the squad,” Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb said. “He adds depth like we have never had in school history and takes pressure off other guys to be on top of their game at all times. With the temperatures dropping and the fact that he was on a course that he had never seen before, the 3-under par round is even more impressive.”
On Monday, the Surge played in the OCCAC North Tournament, which also was held at Quail Hollow Country Club. However, this event was played on the par-71, 6,723-yard Devlin Golf Course. The rain-snow mix off the lake settled in for the morning, as did the bone-chilling temperatures, which hovered around 35 degrees.
This did not stop the Surge, as they went on to tie Owens for the win by shooting a team score of 311. Columbus State again finished third (325), and Lakeland was fourth (353).
Pacing Cincinnati State was Suggs, who fired a 75. Burns added a 77, while sophomore John McQueen shot a 79 and Wray had an 80.
“It was pure survival out on the course today.” Webb stated. “I told the guys today was a game of who had it the most mentally. I was extremely proud of co-captain John McQueen today. He really kept his head in the game under the adverse conditions and gave me a score that we could use.”
The victory brings the Surge win streak to five, marking a school record.
Cincinnati State has five players in the top 10 of the league scoring average, which garners All-Conference honors, with one event to play. Suggs is the league medalist with an average of 72.40, while Ebel sits second, Burns sixth, McQueen eighth and Wray ninth.
The Surge finish off the regular season on Sunday at the Owens Invitational at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg, Ohio. Cincinnati State then will compete in the OCCAC Championships, also held at Belmont Country Club, on Monday.
Trimpe Bringing Talents To Cincinnati State
Jenna Trimpe, a senior at Scott High School in Taylor Mill, Kentucky, will continue her academic and volleyball careers at Cincinnati State.
Trimpe completed an accomplished high-school volleyball career this past fall. She stands as the Scott High School career record holder in assists (2,894), digs (795) and aces (276). Trimpe also holds the school’s single-season mark for assists with 907.
Trimpe was a senior on a Scott team that made its first appearance and notched its first win in the state tournament in 2014. A 5-foot-7 setter, she was named to the KHSAA State Tournament All-Tournament Team, Region All-Tournament Team and District All-Tournament Team after her senior season.
In addition, Trimpe twice was named to the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference All-Star Team, as well as the District All-Tournament Team as a junior and the Region All-Tournament Team as a sophomore.
Trimpe was a standout on the academic side as well, earning KHSAA Academic All-State Honorable Mention recognition each of her last three years in high school.
Her success on the volleyball court comes from years of practice and experience.
“I fell in love with volleyball during grade school while my mom was coaching me,” Trimpe said. “I just continued to play and succeed at all levels. I love the competitiveness, being part of a team and the friends that I’ve made over the years.”
Coming to Cincinnati State for athletics as well as academics was the perfect choice for Trimpe.
“Cincinnati State was the best fit for me because of the small-school atmosphere and it is close to home,” she said. “This will allow me to continue playing the sport that I love, having my friends and family come to watch, all while continuing my education and earning my degree.”
Trimpe will see some familiar faces when she reunites with former Scott High School teammates Claire and Faith Gerhardstein on the Surge volleyball team.
Rich Ready to Join Surge Volleyball Team
Emily Rich, a senior at Campbell County High School in Alexandria, Kentucky, has signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State volleyball program.
Rich, who is 6-foot-2, played middle hitter for a Campbell County team that went 23-11 and reached the regional championship during her senior season. She led the Camels in kills, was named to the Region All-Tournament Team and received Cincinnati Enquirer’s All-City Kentucky Division I Honorable Mention recognition in 2014. Rich excelled in the classroom as well, earning a scholar-athlete award during her senior year.
She won a regional championship with Campbell County and was named to the District All-Tournament Team as a junior in 2013.
Now, Rich will transition to Cincinnati State, and Surge head coach Kristy Parrill is eager to see her in action. Parrill, who wants to develop Rich on the right side, said she is strong, smart and athletic.
“I can’t wait to get in the gym and work with her a lot,” Parrill said.
Rich explained how she made her decision about continuing her academic and volleyball careers.
“Cincinnati State is the best fit for me because of the welcoming volleyball team, family-like atmosphere and yet it’s still close to home,” she said.
Win Streak On The Line For Cincinnati State Golf Team
The Cincinnati State golf team puts a three-match winning streak on the line with a pair of upcoming matches in the Cleveland area.
The Surge will play in the Lakeland Tournament at Quail Hollow Country Club in Concord, Ohio, on Sunday and the OCCAC North Tournament at the same location on Monday. Sunday’s event starts at 1 p.m., while the tournament on Monday tees off at 9 a.m.
The Surge have won their last three matches, posting a team score of 304 in the Cincinnati State Invitational, 294 in the OCCAC South Tournament and 300 in the Columbus State Invitational.
Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb was particularly impressed by his team’s performance in its last outing. Playing in wind gusts and steady rain, the Surge pushed through for the victory.
“I am truly amazed at the grit and determination that this team has,” Webb said. “This tournament was played in conditions that no one wants to play golf in, but they kept their heads and got the job done.”
Cincinnati State (12 points) leads the conference team standings, followed by Owens (8.5), Columbus State (6.5) and Lakeland (3).
Surge sophomore Taylor Suggs (pictured) has had a tremendous start to the 2015 spring season. An NJCAA All-American as a freshman, he has carded rounds of 72, 71 and 69 to open the campaign. Suggs’ total of 212 leads the OCCAC individual standings by 10 shots after three events.
Cincinnati State’s Alex Ebel is in second place in the conference standings (222), while fellow Surge golfer Hayden Burns is tied for seventh (234).
Spring Game A Success For Surge Men's Soccer Team
Cincinnati State freshman and NSCAA All-American Mohamed Thiaw (pictured) scored a hat trick as the Surge won their spring match against the University of Cincinnati club team, 7-4, on Monday night at Roger Bacon High School.
Freshmen Juwon Akintunde, Jose Corona, and Javier Meneses-Wallace also scored for Cincinnati State.
Surge head coach Mike Combs was pleased with his team's performance. In addition to Thiaw, Combs noted the play of freshmen Josh Enginger and Hall Banks, as well as newcomer Max Hale.
Playing a central defender position for the first time in a game, Enginger was strong in the back, Combs said. The head coach added that Banks looked quick on the ball and Hale played well and will be a nice addition to the team.
Combs said it was a solid performance overall by the Surge, and this coming fall season is looking very promising for the Cincinnati State men’s soccer program.
Henkenberns Headed To Tiffin University
Cincinnati State sophomore Carly Henkenberns will make her way to Tiffin University.
Henkenberns recently signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and volleyball careers at the Division II school in Tiffin, Ohio.
A member of the first Cincinnati State volleyball team as a freshman in 2013, Henkenberns played the libero position during her two years with the Surge.
After leading the team with 606 digs during her first season, she was second on the club with 395 digs in 2014. She topped 30 digs on five occasions as a freshman and then had a season-high 20 digs this past season.
Cincinnati State head coach Kristy Parrill says Tiffin is getting a player who has a great serve-receive game and is a strong passer. Parrill also is thrilled to see her first player sign with a four-year school.
“It’s moving to see Carly come in here and develop as a player, and now she’s moving on and she’s going to be a great asset for Tiffin’s team,” Parrill said.
Henkenberns is expected to begin taking classes at Tiffin and practicing with the volleyball team in August.
Morrow Excited About Opportunity With Cincinnati State
Mariah Morrow, a senior at Mariemont High School, signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State women's basketball program on Tuesday.
Morrow, a 6-foot post player, was a member of a Mariemont team that went 19-6 this past season. Her Mariemont teams also produced a 55-18 record over the last three seasons, the best record in the Cincinnati Hills League over that time.
Morrow is thrilled with the chance to join the Cincinnati State community and the Surge women’s basketball team.
“It’s a really big opportunity to play for a school that has great coaches and great people,” Morrow said. “I never thought I would do anything like this in my life.”
Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler, who first saw Morrow play as a sophomore, thinks she has a tremendous upside.
“Mariah is going to have to adjust to how fast we play and how physical the play is, but she has a lot of untapped potential we’re going to develop,” Beeler said.
Cain Will Continue Soccer Career At Urbana University
Cincinnati State sophomore Jackie Cain signed a letter of intent on Tuesday to continue her academic and soccer careers at Urbana University.
Cain, a Monroe High School graduate, played a variety of positions for Surge head coach Wil Cagle, and he thinks her versatility is part of what appealed to Urbana head coach Kevin Mounce.
“She was recruited for her athleticism,” Cagle said. “She offers a lot of flexibility. For us, she played four different positions over the course of her two years here.”
Cain primarily played outside back and outside midfielder for Cincinnati State, but she also saw some time at forward and center midfielder. Despite moving around quite a bit, Cain had three goals and one assist as a freshman and tied for the team lead with four assists this past season.
Cain said Urbana is making improvements to athletics and academics, and it was the soccer program that consistently showed the most interest in her, making it a great fit.
Cagle is happy with the example Cain’s journey can provide for younger players.
“This confirms for all of the kids coming next that there is that opportunity to move on, and we will help find you a home,” Cagle said.
Cain is expected to begin working out with the women’s soccer team and taking classes at Urbana in August.
Moore Ready For Move To Shawnee State
After completing an extremely successful sophomore season at Cincinnati State, Jonessa “Joey” Moore signed a letter of intent to join the Shawnee State University women’s basketball program.
Moore, who earned Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Honorable Mention recognition this past season, averaged 22.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 57.8 percent.
Surge head coach Sonya Beeler is proud of what Moore has accomplished.
“Joey is going to go Shawnee State, and I know she’ll do great things,” Beeler said. “I’m very blessed and lucky to have coached her.”
Moore, who had game highs of 36 points and 20 rebounds this past season, was named NJCAA Division II National Player of the Week once and Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Week three times.
Beeler expects Moore to have the same success at Shawnee State that she produced with the Surge.
“I think she will continue to dominate,” Beeler said. “It’s going to take a special person to stop Joey, because she is that good of a post player and she has a high basketball IQ.”
Moore will join her brother, Fred Moore, who will be a sophomore on the Shawnee State men’s basketball team, when she reports to the school’s campus in Portsmouth, Ohio, in August.
Hill Signs With Surge Women's Hoops Team
Dan’Shae Hill, a senior at Western Hills High School, recently signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State women’s basketball program.
Hill, who earned all-conference honors each of her four high school seasons, averaged 11.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game during her senior campaign. A 5-foot-8 versatile guard, she averaged 7.5 points, 4 rebounds and 2.2 steals a game as a junior.
Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler has had an eye on Hill for quite some time. During her first season with the Surge, Beeler and her team practiced at Western Hills while the basketball court at Cincinnati State was being redone. That was Hill’s freshman year, and Beeler saw something right away.
“I have wanted Dan’Shae to come here and play for me since she was a freshman at Western Hills High School,” Beeler said. “So I’m very excited.”
Beeler added that Hill, who can play either guard spot and likely will play shooting guard for the Surge, is eager to put in work and improve. And while Hill is willing to work hard to get better, the head coach already likes several parts of her game.
“I love her length and her athleticism,” Beeler said. “She sees the floor very well.”
Surge Volleyball Team Excited To Bring In Berning
Mikayla Berning, a graduate of McCutcheon High School in Lafayette, Indiana, has signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State volleyball team.
Berning, who served as a team captain, was a member of McCutcheon teams that made it to the regionals two of her four years.
Surge head coach Kristy Parrill is thrilled to add Berning, who likely will play middle hitter, to her program.
“I just can’t wait to get Mikayla in here and get her working,” Parrill said. “Playing middle, she brings very quick defense to the net.”
Parrill is excited about what the 6-foot Berning will add to the team.
“Mikayla is going to put some major blocks down,” the coach said. “She is going to be great for our blocking game.”
Berning, who also will bring a powerful offensive game to the volleyball team, is eager to get to Cincinnati State.
“I visited Cincinnati State, and I fell in love with the city and the campus location,” she said. “I also fell in love with the volleyball program. I think this school will be a great fit for me to start my student-athlete career.”
Wilson Finds Home At Cincinnati State
Going from a teenager without life’s basic needs to a basketball scholarship to Cincinnati State brings a joyous next step in the life of Various Wilson.
It’s a remarkable story of perseverance for Wilson, who ended up homeless after his mother moved from Indianapolis to Cincinnati to find work last year.
Attending Shortridge Magnet High School in Indianapolis, Wilson worked through his difficult circumstances and found success on the basketball court. The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 16 points and eight rebounds per game during his senior season.
Wilson, who has been staying at different friends’ houses as he finishes high school, doesn’t have any regrets.
“I’m glad everything happened the way it did,” he said. “It’s made me stronger.”
Wilson traveled with a coach to Cincinnati to participate in an “open gym” session at Cincinnati State on Saturday. At the end of the session, Surge head coach Andre Tate offered him the opportunity he has been working toward – a college scholarship.
Wilson accepted, later signed his letter of intent and is set to join the Cincinnati State men’s basketball team.
“It means the world,” Wilson said of the scholarship offer. “It didn’t kick in until [Sunday]. It’s exciting.”
Tate believes Wilson will be an asset to Cincinnati State.
“A kid that has gone through that kind of adversity and is still going strong and finishing up high school, it’s a testament to his character and what kind of person he is,” Tate said. “It’s going to be a pleasure to have him in our program.”
Wilson, who said he is most looking forward to simply the college experience, will begin taking classes at Cincinnati State and working out with the basketball team in June.
Mayes Set To Join Surge Women's Hoops Team
Alexus Mayes from Holmes High School in Covington, Kentucky, signed a letter of intent on Friday to join the Cincinnati State women’s basketball team.
Mayes is a 5-foot-8 versatile player on the hardwood. Surge head coach Sonya Beeler said she either can play a wing position and be a 3-point shooter or play in the post.
Mayes, who played her first three high school seasons at Newport Central Catholic, averaged 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting 35.1 percent from 3-point range during her junior year. Also during that season she was named to the 2013 Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team.
Mayes, who most recently played her AAU basketball for the Shining Stars, was a part of a Holmes team that produced an impressive 30-3 record this past season.
Beeler is eager to bring in a player with Mayes’ demeanor.
“Alexus works extremely hard,” Beeler said. “She has a will to get better, and she’s a tough competitor.”
Mayes is expected to begin taking classes at Cincinnati State and working out with the Surge women’s basketball team in June.
Cincinnati State Golf Team Drives Through Storm To Victory
The Cincinnati State golf team kept its foot on the pedal and drove through the competition, much as the wind and rain drove through Bent Tree Golf Course, the site of the Columbus State Invitational Tournament.
The event, which was held on Sunday afternoon in Sunbury, Ohio, was filled with wind gusts up to 40 mph and driving sideways rain, but the weather did not derail the Surge as they claimed their third conference tournament in a row. Cincinnati State shot a team score of 300, which bested Owens (308), host school Columbus State (309) and Lakeland (327).
Leading the Surge and claiming his third straight medalist title was sophomore Taylor Suggs with an incredible 69. Freshman Alex Ebel shot an impressive one-over-par 73, while sophomore Jeff Wray carded a 78 and freshman Hayden Burns had an 80.
“I am truly amazed at the grit and determination that this team has,” Cincinnati State head coach Scott Webb said. “This tournament was played in conditions that no one wants to play golf in, but they kept their heads and got the job done. I have always called players who can do this mudders, as they are willing to play through anything. When I start my lineup in conditions such as they were, I look to my mudders to get the job done.”
With the medalist victory, Suggs extended his lead for OCCAC Player of the Year honors to 10 shots over fellow Surge golfer Ebel.
“Taylor played out of this world and quite possibly had one of the most impressive rounds in Cincinnati State history,” Webb said. “He had it to 5-under par with three holes to go, but bogeyed 16 and 17. With the conditions as miserable as they were, I don’t know many people who could have kept their minds and played as well as he did.”
Ebel was able to move into second place in the league standings by four shots over Owens sophomore Harrison Long, who shot a 79.
“I was equally impressed with the play of Alex Ebel,” Webb added. “He remained a rock on our squad by his steady play.”
With the victory, the Surge extend their lead over Owens by 3.5 points, 5.5 over Columbus State and 9 points over Lakeland at the halfway point of conference play.
Next week Cincinnati State will travel to the Cleveland area to play in the Lakeland Invitational on Sunday and the OCCAC North Tournament on Monday. The events will be held at the prestigious Quail Hollow Country Club in Painesville, Ohio, and will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday and 9:30 a.m. on Monday.
Dickerson Signs With Surge Women's Basketball Team
Jacie Dickerson, a senior at Anderson High School in Anderson, Indiana, signed a letter of intent on Friday to join the Cincinnati State women’s basketball program.
Dickerson, a 5-foot-10 post player, averaged eight points, 6.1 rebounds, two steals and 1.3 blocks per game during her senior season. She had 19 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and four blocks in a win over Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, and later posted 13 points, 13 rebounds and three steals in a victory over Huntington North.
Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler likes what Dickerson will bring to the Surge team.
“She’s very athletic, has a lot of energy and she’s not afraid of anyone,” Beeler said. “I think Jacie will do very well in our league.”
Beeler said Dickerson plays even taller than her 5-foot-10 frame and will play both the small forward and power forward positions for the Surge.
The head coach is hoping Dickerson will be a good rebounder, defender and scorer.
“I’m looking for all of those things from her, and I think she can deliver on all three,” Beeler said.
There will be a family feel when Dickerson joins the Cincinnati State squad. Her cousin, Samia Carter, was the primary point guard for the Surge this past season and will be a sophomore when Dickerson arrives on campus.
Australian Basketball Player Ready For Move To Cincinnati
Tiarna Harfield of Sacred Heart Senior College High School in Adelaide, Australia, has signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State women’s basketball program this upcoming season.
Harfield, a 5-foot-8 guard, was named the Athlete of the Year for her high school during her final year. She played her junior career for the Forestville Eagles Basketball District Club in South Australia and won multiple state championships during that time.
Harfield, who also plays for the U20 South Australia State squad, prides herself on her defensive abilities.
Surge head coach Sonya Beeler is looking forward to bringing Harfield into her program.
“I know she will give me everything that she has and she will come here in good shape,” Beeler said.
Harfield, who Beeler expects to play the shooting guard position, will arrive at Cincinnati State in August.
“She’s a great outside shooter,” Beeler added. “I’m very excited to have her on our team, because we need someone who can shoot the ball like Tiarna can.”
'Juice' Signs To Join Surge Men's Basketball Team
Jhedayah “Juice” Gibbs, from New York City, recently signed a letter of intent to join the Cincinnati State men’s basketball program.
A 6-foot guard, Gibbs scored more than 1,000 points over his last three high school seasons while playing for Thurgood Marshall Academy in Manhattan.
A talented 3-point shooter, he averaged 18.1 points, 6.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game during his senior season. Gibbs, a second team All-City selection, had 30 points, six rebounds and seven assists in a game during his final high school campaign.
Surge head coach Andre Tate is eager to bring Gibbs to Cincinnati State.
“He’s a dynamic point guard who can really handle the basketball and knows how to run a team,” Tate said. “And he’s left-handed. I like left-handed point guards.”
Gibbs, who will begin taking classes at Cincinnati State and working out with the basketball team in June, is expected to be in the running for the starting point guard spot for the Surge next season.
“He’s good defensively, and he’s long,” Tate added. “He’s going to come in and help us.”
Bostic Signs With Surge Men's Hoops Team
Isiah Bostic, a senior at Turpin High School in Cincinnati, signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to continue his academic and basketball careers at Cincinnati State.
Bostic, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 13.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during his senior season. One of his season highlights came in a 22-point performance in Turpin’s 85-84 victory over Milford. Bostic also played in the Cincinnati East West All-Star Game earlier this month.
Bostic comes from a family rich in basketball tradition in the city of Cincinnati. His father, 6-foot-5 Curtis Bostic, played for the University of Cincinnati and later was a strength and conditioning coach for the Bearcats.
Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate, a University of Cincinnati standout in his own right, is excited about bringing in the son of a fellow former Bearcat.
“His dad was really good at UC,” Tate said. “Isiah doesn’t have his dad’s height, but he has his athletic ability.”
Tate added that the younger Bostic, who projects as a shooting guard and possibly a wing player with the Surge, is a smart player who is strong, good on the defensive end and can knock down shots.
In addition to being a basketball standout, Bostic is a track-and-field athlete and an honor-roll student.
Gregory Set To Join Cincinnati State Volleyball Program
Savannah Gregory, a senior at Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio, signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and volleyball careers at Cincinnati State.
Gregory, who plays the libero position, completed a successful volleyball career this past fall and is on track to finish a strong high school academic career as well. She received best defense and best hitter recognition, a scholar athlete award and was a District 15 Academic All-Star in 2014.
Gregory reflected on her love for the game of volleyball.
“Some players only play sports because they love being in the game, race, or match, but dislike practice and working to get better,” she said. “I feel that you know you love a sport when you not only love the games, but the practices also and always improving.”
Playing for Magic Volleyball Club, Gregory’s team was ranked eighth in the region in 2014.
The decision to come to Cincinnati State seemed like an easy one for Gregory.
“Once I took the time to see what Cincinnati State is about and what is offered there, I wanted to become a part of not only the volleyball team, but the college community there,” she said.
Surge head coach Kristy Parrill is looking forward to Gregory joining her squad.
“She is a great player on and off the court, academically and athletically, and to add her to our roster will be huge,” Parrill said. “Savannah has a great attitude, is a good communicator and has a strong knowledge of the game.”
Gregory is excited about the opportunity ahead of her.
“I was very glad to see how kind-hearted everyone is and how the coaches and players have a great passion for the sport,” she said. “I look forward to not only going far in this coming season, but to make strong friendships with teammates.”
Cincinnati State Golf Team Surges Into OCCAC Lead
The Cincinnati State golf team opened the season on a high note this past weekend with wins at the Cincinnati State Invitational and OCCAC South event as well as a second-place finish in the OU Chillicothe Invitational Tournament.
On Friday, the season got started in wet, windy and cold Chillicothe, Ohio, where the Surge had two squads participating in the 15-team event. Four-year NAIA college Shawnee State (Portsmouth, Ohio) won the event, shooting a 314 in the tough conditions. The Cincinnati State “Green” squad finished second with a 317, and the Cincinnati State “White” squad finished third with a team score of 322.
For the “Green” team, sophomore John McQueen led with a 78, and for the “White” team, newcomer Branden Ritter set the pace with a 78 as well.
On Saturday, Cincinnati State opened Ohio Community College Athletic Conference play by hosting and winning the Cincinnati State Invitational at Weatherwax Golf Course in Middletown, Ohio. The event was played on the par-72, 6,799-yard Valley View and Highlands courses. The Surge shot a team score of 304, which topped Owens and Columbus State, who both shot 306. Lakeland finished the event with a 319, while non-OCCAC school Cincinnati Christian had a team score of 330.
Sophomore and returning All-American Taylor Suggs (pictured) led Cincinnati State to the victory by winning the individual event in a playoff over Columbus State’s Zach Griffith with an even-par 72. Griffith eagled the 18th hole to take the lead, but Suggs delivered a birdie on the 18th to tie. It took Suggs just one hole to win, as he recorded a four on the 500-yard par-four playoff hole.
Other scores for the Surge were first-year player Alex Ebel shooting a 77, McQueen with a 77, sophomore and returning All-American Jeff Wray shooting a 78, freshman Hayden Burns with a 79 and freshman Corey Flynn shooting an 81.
On Sunday, the Surge once again came home the victors as they won the OCCAC South Golf Tournament. This event also was held at Weatherwax Golf Course, but this time on the par-72, 7,189-yard Woodside and Meadows courses. Cincinnati State shot a team score of 294 to best Owens (299), Columbus State (315), Cincinnati Christian (321) and Lakeland (329).
The Surge again was led by Suggs, who paced the field along with Owens sophomore Harrison Long with a one-under 71. Also counting in the team competition for Cincinnati State were Ebel (72), Burns (75) and Flynn (76).
Playing as individuals for the Surge were first-year player Drew Mayborg, who fired an even-par 72, and second-year player Andres Martinez, who shot a 75.
“I am thrilled at how this team has come out of the gates and showed how we can play,” Surge head coach Scott Webb said. “This team is the deepest team we have ever had at Cincinnati State, and just making it on the team as a player is a feat in itself.
“We lost the NJCAA national championship last year on the last day, and my sophomores still have a bitter taste in their mouth. They have worked extremely hard in the offseason to better their games, and it is showing as their drive is guiding the first-year players to do the same.”
With the two wins, Cincinnati State has taken an early lead in the OCCAC standings over reigning champion Owens. Suggs leads the OCCAC All-Conference First Team by four shots over Owens’s Long, and Ebel sits in third place.
The team returns to action Sunday as Columbus State hosts their invitational at Bent Tree Golf Course starting at 1 p.m.
Surge Student-Athlete Photo Gallery of the Day
March 17: Jada Jackson
March 18: Davion Ashe
March 19: Samia Carter
March 20: Cory Smith
March 23: Kasia Cicha
March 24: Dellan Whatley
March 25: Cierra Moran
March 26: Grover Anderson
March 27: Tressie Lewis
March 30: James Kilpatrick
March 31: Michayla Barga
April 1: Adam McCall
April 2: Jasmine Watson
April 3: Nick Barnes
April 6: Kay Kay Williams
April 7: Quinton Chames
April 8: Jonessa Moore
April 9: Alex Baptiste
April 10: Larry Johnson
Cincinnati State Golf Team Set To Kick Off Spring Season
The Cincinnati State golf team’s season is about to get started with a flurry of matches, as the Surge officially open their spring season with tournaments on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
After traveling to Chillicothe, Ohio, for the OU Chillicothe Invitational on Friday, the Surge return to the Cincinnati area for matches over the weekend. The Cincinnati State Tournament will take place at Weatherwax Golf Club in Middletown, Ohio, on Saturday, followed by the OCCAC South Tournament at the same location on Sunday. The Cincinnati State Tournament starts at 1 p.m., while the OCCAC South Tournament tees off at 9:30 a.m.
The Cincinnati State golf team comes off a tremendous 2014 spring season. The Surge finished second at the NJCAA Division III National Golf Championship. Taylor Suggs and Jeff Wray, both of whom finished in the top 15 individually at the national tournament and earned All-America honors, return for their sophomore seasons.
Head coach Scott Webb, who is in his 20th season at the helm of the Surge program, is excited for the season.
“We’ve got 12 players on the squad right now, and three of them played in our top five last year, in Taylor Suggs, Jeff Wray and John McQueen,” Webb said.
Suggs, one of the team’s co-captains, was asked to compare this year’s squad to the very successful one from 2014.
“It’s looking just as good if not better,” he said. “We have a lot of strong players.”
Webb shares that optimism for the upcoming season.
“I think we’ve got a really good shot at winning the league,” he said. “With some of the new guys we’ve got coming on – Hayden Burns, Corey Flynn, Branden Ritter, Andres Martinez – we’ve got a loaded team.”
After this trio of matches to start the season, the Cincinnati State golf team next will play in the Columbus State Invitational on April 19.
Moore Earns WBCA All-America Honorable Mention Recognition
After an impressive season, Cincinnati State women’s basketball player Jonessa “Joey” Moore earned her highest honor yet.
Moore received Junior College All-America Team Honorable Mention recognition from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced on Wednesday.
This honor comes after the sophomore center was named to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and NJCAA Region XII first teams.
Moore, a Cincinnati native and Mount Healthy High School graduate, played in 14 games this past season, but she made the most of them. She averaged 22.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game while shooting 57.8 percent from the field, leading the Surge in all three categories.
“For Joey to receive this recognition in the limited amount of games she played is quite an accomplishment,” Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler said.
The 6-foot-1 Moore was a formidable presence in the paint, posting game highs of 36 points and 20 rebounds, with the latter coming in her final game in a Surge uniform, a district tournament semifinals loss.
This marks the third straight season and fourth time in the past five seasons that a Cincinnati State women’s basketball player has earned All-America honors. Moore joins Phylicia Johnson (2014), Cameron Vaughn (2013) and Dominique Fischer (2011) in that group.
“This continues the tradition at Cincinnati State of bringing in top-notch student-athletes and developing them and helping them get better,” Beeler said.
Moore has verbally committed to continue her academic and basketball careers at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Season a Success for Cincinnati State Men's Basketball Team
While the 2014-15 Cincinnati State men’s basketball season has to be deemed a success, the ultimate goal remained just out of reach.
The Surge produced a 25-7 record, had winning streaks of eight, six and five games and was ranked in the top 15 of the NJCAA Division II poll all season.
However, a 107-102 overtime loss to Owens Community College in the final regular-season game prevented Cincinnati State from a second straight conference championship and a 75-68 setback to Owens in the semifinals of the district tournament kept the Surge from back-to-back national tournament appearances.
Cincinnati State burst out of the gates, claiming six straight victories to start the season. The Surge ended the calendar year with a 12-2 mark, but 2015 brought changes to the roster and increased roles for some freshmen players.
Cincinnati State went 5-3 to start the month of January before the team gelled and hit its stride. The Surge reeled off eight straight wins heading into the regular-season finale.
“That eight-game stretch, we came together as a team and we got on a roll,” Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate said.
A leading cause for the run of success was the play of Grover Anderson. The freshman guard from Crest Hill, Illinois, averaged 20.9 points per game during the eight games.
“Grover Anderson took off in the second half of the season to become a first-team all-conference player,” Tate said.
Another key member of the Surge was James Kilpatrick. Tate remarked late in the season that he didn’t know where his team would be without the sophomore forward from Memphis, appreciating the effort from Kilpatrick.
“His consistency, day-in, day-out, as far as hustle, rebounding and points when we needed it was great,” the head coach added.
Anderson paced the Surge with 12.2 points per game, and Kilpatrick led the team with 7.5 rebounds a contest. Freshmen guards Cory Smith (10.6) and Davion Ashe (10.1) rounded out the players who averaged double figures in scoring.
Anderson was named to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference first team, while Kilpatrick was named to the second team and Ashe received honorable mention recognition.
“I thought it was a very good season,” Tate said. “Any time you win 25 games, it has to be considered a good season.”
Looking forward, Tate believes next season’s team will be back where he wants the program to be. Cincinnati State, which currently has five verbal commitments from high school seniors, will return approximately a half dozen players from this squad.
Women's Basketball Team Worked Through Adversity for Productive Season
The Cincinnati State women’s basketball team worked its way through a seemingly ever-changing roster en route to a productive 2014-15 season.
Despite a lineup hampered by the loss of several players due to injuries and other factors, the Surge finished 19-12 and reached the semifinals of the district tournament.
“Considering the adversity and the amount of players that we lost throughout the season, I think we outperformed anybody’s expectations,” Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler said.
The high point of the season came at the Illinois Central College Tournament in Peoria near the end of December. The Surge opened the tournament with a 66-59 victory over North Iowa Area Community College, at the time the No. 2 ranked team in the NJCAA Division II poll. Cincinnati State then lost by four to Sauk Valley, an NJCAA Division I team that finished the season 26-6. The Surge wrapped up the tourney with a 59-58 overtime win over South Suburban, a team they lost to just 11 days prior and one that went on to qualify for the national tournament.
“We were clicking on all cylinders at that tournament,” Beeler said. “We played very well.”
Roster dynamics again changed in January, but a bright spot was the introduction of Jonessa Moore. The sophomore forward played in 14 games during the second half of the season and put up tremendous numbers. Moore averaged 22.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per contest and was named to the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference first team.
Moore, who earned OCCAC player of the week honors three times, had season highs of 36 points and 20 rebounds.
However, Cincinnati State had as few as six healthy players on any given day.
“It was a struggle at times to have enough players to practice, and we barrowed men’s basketball players all the time, but we made it through,” Beeler said.
The lack of roster depth meant increased practice and playing time and development for the players on floor.
“I can’t pick just one person who improved, because there was such improvement by everybody all season long,” Beeler said.
In addition to Moore being named to the OCCAC first team, freshmen guards Samia Carter and Jada Jackson earned second-team honors and sophomore wing Kasia Cicha received honorable mention recognition.
Moore has verbally committed to Shawnee State University, an NAIA Division I program, while Cicha has garnered interest from some schools.
Meanwhile, Beeler and her staff are looking forward to getting prospects on campus and rounding out the next recruiting class.
Men's Soccer Team Tryout Information
2015 Spring Tryout
Date: Sunday, March 15
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Site: Roger Bacon High School Stadium
35 E. Mitchell Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45217
Any participant attending the tryout is required to bring the following completed and signed forms:
· NJCAA Physical Form or a sports physical form completed within the last 12 months before the tryout date
· Sports Tryout Participation Form
· Emergency Contact Form
For more information, contact head coach Mike Combs.
Women's Soccer Players Sign With Ohio Dominican
Deandre Criddell, a midfielder from Huber Heights, Ohio, and Jess Wolski, a midfielder from Oregonia, Ohio, signed letters of commitment to the NCAA Division II school in Columbus.
Criddell, who scored seven goals in two seasons with the Surge and was named to the NJCAA Region XII All-Tournament team as a freshman and to the Region XII second team as a sophomore, is excited about her next step.
“I really couldn’t picture my life without soccer in it, so it is great to have this opportunity,” Criddell said.
Wolski, who won a state championship during her senior year at Bishop Fenwick High School, continued her success at Cincinnati State. She was a first-team Region XII selection in her sophomore season and a second-team Region XII pick her freshman year. Wolski scored 11 goals in two seasons with the Surge.
The Ohio Dominican women’s soccer team, led by head coach Jonathan Meade, is coming off its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance.
The Panthers finished the 2014 season with a 15-5-1 record overall and a 10-1-1 mark in the GLIAC. Since 2010, Ohio Dominican has a .658 winning percentage.
Both student-athletes are grateful for the opportunities Cincinnati State provided.
“It was a great step for me,” Wolski said. “I got to hone my skills and develop my play while I was here.”
Criddell echoed that sentiment.
“I liked being here at C-State because it helped me with my soccer fundamentals and it helped me academically,” she added.
Athletic Director to Serve on NJCAA Redesign Committee
Cincinnati State Athletic Director Tom Hathaway has been appointed to serve on the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Ad-Hoc Committee on Organizational Redesign. This 13-person committee will evaluate the results of a recent membership-wide survey, evaluate the current NJCAA structure with a comparison to other college athletic governing bodies and ultimately propose a new model for NJCAA governance structure.
The Committee on Organization Redesign with work collaboratively with the Strategic Planning and the Roles and Responsibilities ad-hoc committees. The goal is to complete a proposal by Dec. 1, 2015.
To evaluate its standing with its membership, the NJCAA began an extensive review of the association last Fall, commissioning a survey to obtain input from athletic administrators, institutional presidents and conference commissioners. The survey results were reviewed at a mid-January retreat involving 25 members of diverse backgrounds and the committees were formed in February.
The committee has begun holding virtual meetings and will meet face-to-face at least twice between now and mid-July.
“We have a great deal of work to complete in the next couple of months to be in a position to finish our proposal by December,” Tom said.
Surge Men's Basketball Team Lets One Slip Away in District Tournament
Circleville, Ohio -- The Cincinnati State men’s basketball team allowed Owens Community College to finish on a 16-4 run as the Surge fell to the Express, 75-68, in the semifinals of the NJCAA Division II District 11 tournament.
Leading, 64-59, with 3:46 remaining, Cincinnati State struggled to rebound and connect from the free-throw line, giving Owens the opportunity to come back. It marked the second time in a week that the Express got the best of the Surge.
Owens (25-6) out-rebounded Cincinnati State by 15, blocked eight more shots and held the Surge to 33.8 percent shooting from the field.
Sophomores James Kilpatrick (pictured), Larry Johnson, Adam McCall and Nick Barnes played their last game for Cincinnati State, which finished the season with a 25-7 record. Barnes led the Surge with 16 points, while Kilpatrick had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Freshman guard Grover Anderson went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line en route to 12 points, and freshman forward Alex Baptiste added nine points and six boards.
Darren Groves led the way for Owens with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
For the season, Anderson led Cincinnati State with 12.2 points per game, while Kilpatrick paced the team with 7.5 rebounds a contest.
Cincinnati State Women's Hoops Team Unable to Overcome Columbus State
Circleville, Ohio -- Jonessa Moore (pictured) turned in another outstanding performance, but it wasn’t enough as the Cincinnati State women’s basketball team lost to Columbus State, 72-63, on Friday afternoon in the NJCAA Division II District I Tournament semifinals.
The sophomore center scored 23 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds in her last game in a Surge uniform. It also marked the final Cincinnati State contest for Kasia Cicha, who had nine points, and Tressie Lewis, who contributed four points and six rebounds.
After heading to the half tied at 33, the Surge allowed the Cougars to steadily build an advantage they could never overcome in the second half. Cincinnati State struggled from the field, shooting just 28.6 percent for the game. That included the Surge going 2-for-22 (9.1 percent) from 3-point range.
Bridget Geiger led Columbus State with 15 points, while Paige Lewis added 13. No Cincinnati State player other than Moore reached double figures. Jada Jackson had nine points, and Michayla Barga scored eight.
The Surge finished the 2014-15 season with a 19-12 record. Moore led Cincinnati State with 22.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.
Surge Men's Basketball Team Advances to District Tournament Semifinals
After two nail-biting wins against Columbus State Community College this season, the Cincinnati State men’s basketball got out in front and didn’t let up en route to a 77-62 victory over the visiting Cougars in an NJCAA Division II District 11 tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday night.
The Surge used balanced offense and high-pressure defense to secure a spot in the tournament semifinals. Cincinnati State will face Owens Community College at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio, on Friday at 8 p.m.
Six players scored between nine and 13 points as the Surge won their ninth game in the past 10. Freshmen guards Grover Anderson and Cory Smith led the way with 13 points each, while sophomore forward Larry Johnson added 11. James Kilpatrick posted 10 points, seven rebounds and a game-high four assists, and Alex Baptiste (pictured) had nine points and a team-best eight boards.
“We talked about moving the ball, and when you do that, everyone has a chance to score,” Cincinnati State head coach Andre Tate said.
The Surge locked down defensively, holding Columbus State leading scorer Matthew Rhodes to zero field goals and three points, and Tate noticed a difference in his team’s third game against the Cougars.
“I thought we did a better job of guarding and running them off the 3-point line,” he said.
With a matchup with Owens on the horizon, Cincinnati State is eager for the opportunity.
“We’re looking forward to playing Owens,” Tate said. “They are a very good team and very well coached. As long as we keep them off the glass, we will put ourselves in a position to win.”
Cincinnati State Women's Hoops Team Rolls into District Tournament Semifinals
The Cincinnati State women’s basketball team cruised past visiting Cuyahoga Community College, 100-59, in an NJCAA Division II District I Tournament quarterfinal game on Tuesday.
With the victory, the Surge advance to face Columbus State in the tournament semifinals at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio, on Friday at 3 p.m.
Cincinnati State used a balance attack en route to its third win over Cuyahoga this season. Jonessa Moore led the Surge with 26 points and 14 rebounds, while Michayla Barga (pictured) came off the bench to score 20 points and grab seven rebounds.
“Michayla Barga put together a good game defensively and offensively, and she didn’t force it,” Cincinnati State head coach Sonya Beeler said.
Jada Jackson added 15 points and eight boards, and Cierra Moran rounded out the double-figure scorers with 14.
Surge freshman Samia Carter just missed a triple-double, with eight points, 10 assists and 11 steals.
“Any time your point guard has 11 steals and 10 assists, that’s always a good night,” Beeler said.
Cincinnati State forced 33 turnovers and scored 48 points off of them on Tuesday, and Beeler was impressed with the Surge’s play in transition.
“When we start to run, there are not too many teams that can keep up with us,” the head coach said.
Surge Hoops Teams Nearing District Tournament Play
The Cincinnati State women’s basketball team will host a district tournament game on Tuesday, while the result of Saturday’s game will determine if the men’s team will do so as well.
The Surge women’s team will face Cuyahoga Community College on campus on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. If the men’s team wins at Owens on Saturday, it will claim the No. 1 seed and advance to the district tournament semifinals in Circleville, Ohio, on Friday. A loss in the regular-season finale means the Surge will be the No. 3 seed and host Columbus State on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Cincinnati State beat Columbus State in both matchups this season, but the wins came by a total of four points. The Surge pulled out an 85-84 overtime victory at home in late January before an 84-81 decision on the road last week.
While the Cincinnati State women’s team has one regular-season game remaining, a contest at conference-leader Owens on Saturday, it is locked into the No. 3 seed in the district tournament. Cuyahoga is the No. 6 seed.
The Surge (18-10, 9-4 OCCAC) topped Cuyahoga (7-15, 4-9 OCCAC) twice this season. After an 84-36 victory at home in mid January, the Surge claimed a 90-39 win on the road a month later.
With a victory Saturday, the men’s team will face the winner of the Cuyahoga-Sinclair game on Friday at 6 p.m. on the campus of Ohio Christian University.
If the women’s team tops Cuyahoga on Tuesday, it will take on Columbus State, the No. 2 seed, at 3 p.m. on Friday at Ohio Christian. Cincinnati State dropped both games to Columbus State this season, falling 64-63 as the host and 83-73 as the visitor.
2013-2014 Year in Review
The 2013-14 athletics year at Cincinnati State proved to be a season which boasted success in competition and in the classroom.
Four of Cincinnati State’s teams—men’s soccer, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, and men's golf—advanced to the NJCAA national championships of their respective post-season tournaments. Women’s soccer, which advanced to the regional final, narrowly missed becoming a fifth member of that elite group.
Cincinnati State is one of only eleven NJCAA colleges to send teams to four national championships.
Surge teams combined to capture two Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championships (men’s basketball, men’s soccer) and four district or regional titles. The teams combined for a record of 90-49-2, a .645 winning percentage.
Three Cincinnati State student-athletes were selected as OCCAC most outstanding performers in their sports and a total of 20 received all-conference honors. The Surge also had 17 receive all-region honors and had seven NJCAA All-Americans—Liam Doyle (men’s soccer), Julie Martin (women’s soccer), Winston Grays (men’s basketball), Phylicia Johnson (women’s basketball), Matt Nickoson (golf), Taylor Suggs (golf) and Jeff Wray (golf).
Doyle also earned Academic All-American honors as did Danielle Reifenberger (soccer), Austin Klueh (soccer), Tucker Beerman (soccer) and Ricky Dumont (golf).
Academically, 39 Cincinnati State student-athletes—43 percent—were named Surge Scholar Athletes for the Fall Semester, having grade point averages of 3.0 or better while passing at least 12 semester hours. Seventeen had GPAs of 3.5 or better, qualifying for the college’s Dean’s List, and three posted perfect 4.0s.
22 of the program’s 27 sophomore student-athletes have graduated after the Spring or will graduate at the conclusion of the Summer semester. 12 have already accepted offers to play at the NCAA Div. I level next season. 7 will play Div. II and others will make their decisions on where to play later on this summer.
Men's soccer finished the season with an 18-2-2 record while claiming the OCCAC & Region XII titles.
The women's basketball team upset 5th ranked Owens for their 3rd district title in 4 seasons.
Andre Tate's Surge went on to win the district title and earned a 6th place finish at the NJCAA national tournament.
The golf team captured the Region XII title and finished as NJCAA National Runners-Up.
Cincinnati State's Tom Hathaway named OCCAC Athletic Director of the Year
Cincinnati State's Tom Hathaway has been named the 2013-14 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Athletic Director of the Year.
Hathaway, in his second year at Cincinnati State, led the Surge athletic program to a very successful year. The men's soccer team, the men's and women's basketball teams, and the men's golf team all won district championships and advanced to the national tournament, while the department introduced women's volleyball as a sport. The women's soccer team also came within one win of a district championship, and the men's soccer and men's basketball teams each captured conference championships.
Academically, Cincinnati State had six student-athletes receive academic honors from the NJCAA, the men's golf team was named an NJCAA All-Academic Team, and 20 student-athletes were named to the All-OCCAC Academic Team.
Hathaway has compiled a wide array of experience during his three-plus decades in athletic administration. Much of that was accumulated during his 27 years as assistant athletic director at the University of Cincinnati where he was responsible for sports communications and served in a variety of administrative roles.
After UC, Hathaway has served as athletic director at Miamisburg High School before taking over at Cincinnati State in May of 2012. While at Miamisburg, he supervised more than $1.2 million in improvement projects to the school’s athletic facilities and developed a long-range plan for the development of sports programs and facilities. He also launched outreach efforts with area youth sports organizations and worked on a wellness coalition involving the school, the city of Miamisburg, township officials and employees of a nearby hospital.
“Tom not only has the skills to manage Cincinnati State’s sports programs, he also gets them the attention they deserve,” said Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens.
Cincinnati State competes in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, women's volleyball and golf. Over the past three years the golf team, the men’s soccer team, and the men’s and women’s basketball teams have competed in National Junior College Athletic Association national championships.
Hathaway, a graduate of the College of Wooster, launched his career as assistant commissioner of the small-college Ohio Athletic Conference.
He was the 2009 recipient of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) Horizon Award and was recognized for 35 years of service in athletic administration by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).He is the author of seven publications and two highlights videos that have received national awards. He also co-authored a book on the history of UC basketball.
Cincinnati SportsMedicine partners with Cincinnati State
Cincinnati State and Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center have agreed to a partnership which will not only provide athletic training services for the Surge athletic teams but will benefit student and staff wellness.
Under the arrangement, Cincinnati State student-athletes will have the medical services of Cincinnati SportsMedicine’s nationally-known orthopaedic specialists along with its highly-qualified physical therapy resources for the immediate treatment and recovery from athletic injuries.
Ryan Downing is the certified athletic trainer for the school. He will be covering all home events throughout the year and providing afternoon visits in the gymnasium athletic training room for any athlete, non-athlete, or faculty member needing his services. He can be reached at 513-515-3443 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Dr. Frank R. Noyes, chairman and medical director of CSMOC and an internationally recognized authority on the diagnosis and treatment of complex knee problems, will serve as the chief orthopaedic specialist for Cincinnati State athletics. “We’re excited to be partnering with Cincinnati State during the upcoming school year,” commented Dr. Noyes. “Our goal is to provide the best orthopaedic & sports medicine care to the student body and faculty. Our team of physicians, physical therapists, and athletic trainers are well respected in their professions and our team is here for you.”
Cincinnati Sports Medicine will make its services available to Cincinnati State’s students, faculty and staff. Members of the Cincinnati State community can have their athletic-related injuries assessed on campus, with timely referrals to the Cincinnati SportsMedicine physicians when warranted.
“Cincinnati SportsMedicine has an outstanding reputation for its advancements in the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries,” stated Cincinnati State athletic director Tom Hathaway. “We are pleased to have their outstanding sports medicine services, and the support Dr. Noyes and their highly-regarded staff of physicians, for our student-athletes.”
To make an appointment with Cincinnati SportsMedicine, call 513-347-9999.
Theresa Check inducted into Cincinnati State Athletic Hall of Fame
Theresa Check, former athletic director and women’s basketball coach at Cincinnati State, has been inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The recognition took place at the annual athletic awards banquet on April 11.
Check compiled a 64-23 record in three seasons as head coach at Cincinnati State, directing the Surge to a pair of Ohio Community College Athletic Conference championships and an appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament in 2011. She relinquished her coaching responsibilities following the 2010-11 season, but Cincinnati State Athletic Director said her efforts helped pave the way for the team’s 2012 national tournament appearance. (The Cincinnati State women finished fourth in that event.)
During Check’s tenure as Cincinnati State’s athletic director, teams from the college made five NJCAA national tournament appearances in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer and men’s golf.
Check retired as athletic director in 2012, but continues to teach at Cincinnati State as an adjunct.
Prior to joining Cincinnati State, Check established herself as one of the top women’s basketball coaches in Ohio. Her teams compiled more than 400 victories in 17 seasons as head women’s basketball coach at Central State, earning Converse/NAIA Coach of the Year honors in 1993. She also served as athletic director there for 11 years. Under her leadership, football was reinstated and tennis, volleyball, baseball, softball and bowling were added.
Check is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame and the Central State Hall of Fame.
Check is the third person to be enshrined in the Cincinnati State Athletic Hall of Fame. She joins John Hurley, former athletic director and men’s basketball coach, and Omar Cummings, an All-American soccer player who is now playing at the professional level.
Cincinnati State athletics continue to build a winning tradition
Cincinnati State has proven to be one of the most successful junior college programs in the nation. Women's soccer finished 2010 ranked 13th nationally among all junior colleges and advanced to the NJCAA Regional Final in 2013. Volleyball, which was relaunched in 2013, is a program on the rise led by Head Coach Kristy Parrill. The most crowning achievements in recent years have been earned by the men's basketball team, the men's soccer team, women's basketball team and the men's golf team as each program has made multiple trips to the NJCAA National Tournament and made school history with record breaking results as shown below:
2010 NJCAA National Runners - Up, 2010 OCCAC Champions, 2010 Region XII District 11 Champions, Overall Record: 27-9, Head Coach: Andre Tate
2014 NJCAA National Tournament - 6th Place, 2014 Co-OCCAC Champions, 2014 Region XII District 11 Champions, Ranked No. 1 in Final Regular Season Poll, Overall Record: 29-5, Head Coach: Andre Tate
2011 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, 2011 Region XII Champions, #7 National Ranking, Overall Record: 24-11, Head Coach: Theresa Check,
2012 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, 2012 Region XII District I Champions, 2012 OCCAC Champions, Overall Record: 32-3
2014 District I Champions, 2014 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, Overall Record: 21-12, Head Coach: Sonya Beeler
2010, 2011 & 2014 NJCAA National Tournament Qualifier, 2010,2011 & 2014 Region XII Champions, 2014 NJCAA Runners-Up, Head Coach: Scott Webb
2010 NJCAA National Runners Up, 2010 District Champions, 2010 Region XII Champions, 2010 OCCAC Champions, #2 National Ranking, Overall Record: 22-3-0, Head Coach: Mike Combs
2012 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, 2012 District Champions; 2012 Region XII Champions, 2012 Co- OCCAC Champions, #7 National Ranking, Overall Record: 18-6-1, Head Coach: Mike Combs
2013 NJCAA National Tournament Appearance, 2013 Region XII Champions, 2013 OCCAC Champions, #6 National Ranking, Overall Record: 18-2-2, Head Coach: Mike Combs
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