Talawanda sports finish fall season SWOC honors

At Talawanda High School, 290 students participated in fall sports, according to a presentation to the board of education this week.

The women’s cross country team won the Southwest Ohio Conference for the sixth year in a row, finished fourth as a team at districts and qualified for Regionals. Lucia Rodbro was named the SWOC Runner of the Year and Amelia Oberschlake was named SWOC Coach of the Year.

The men’s cross country team won the SWOC for the fourth year in a row and finished seventh as a team at districts.

The men’s Golf team finished second in SWOC and had an overall record of 25-7. 

The women’s golf team finished third in the SWOC and Keylee Goerss was named SWOC Player of the Year.

The volleyball team finished second in the SWOC and Ruchelle Dunwoody was named SWOC Coach of the Year. In the Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament, the team swept both Colerain and Lakota East before losing to Ursuline who eventually won the tournament.

The Talawanda football team finished its season with a 1-9 record, with one victory against Harrison. Several players had impressive individual statistics. Caleb Kuykendoll tied for first in the SWOC with six sacks. Sophomore quarterback Cale Leitch finished third in the SWOC with 1,000 in passing yards. Additionally, senior wide receiver and defensive back Hayden Marcum finished third in the SWOC with 647 receiving yards.

This was the second season at the helm for head football coach Jay Volker.