What a nigh to hold a junior night. Take one of the biggest home games and throw in some top football prospects from the Tri-state area and you have a great evening for both the basketball and football programs.
Many have been asking who I saw at junior night. Well there's almost too many to name, but I will give you some names that didn't make it. Connor Smith the great offensive lineman from Colerain High School wasn't able to attend. Bearcat Insider has learned Connor had a bout with the flu and was just too sick to make it.
Also sick and not able to make it was Kurt Coleman of Northmont High School. Coleman is a 5'11 180 lb. defensive back/wide receiver who earned first team All-Ohio in Division-One this past season. Coleman will be a name to remember during the upcoming recruiting season.
Ok, so now your saying "Come on Dave, give me some meat with those potatoes". Alright here are some of the players I saw.
Jacob Ballard one of Ohio's top prospects that's being looked at to play tight end, defensive end and maybe even offensive line was there. At 6'7 and very athletic, I would let Jacob play anywhere he wants.
Aaron Brown just may be the hottest prospect from Ohio in the class of 2006. While Chris Wells has already named the Buckeyes as his choice, Brown has to be considered the top prospect on the board. Brown now has offers from the following. Cincinnati, Auburn, Boston College, Ohio State, West Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Indiana, Purdue and LSU. Not a bad list for the Princeton High School standout. Bearcat Insider was told by Aaron's father that his son is looking to visit as many of the schools before making his choice.
Will UC have a chance to land Brown? While I'm sure it's going to be hard to get Aaron, his father said after seeing what is being built at UC, Aaron would now have to give serious consideration to the Bearcats.
Josh Chichester of Lakota West may be Ohio's best overall athlete and a top 10 prospect in Ohio for both football and basketball. In talking with Josh, he expressed that he wants to play both sports in college and being able to do that is very important to him. Coach Dantonio and Coach Huggins look willing to work with each other in getting Josh signed with the Bearcats.
Lee Tilley of Springfield South High School is getting looks from several major programs. At this time Lee has expressed that he really liked what he saw at Junior Night and would have the Bearcats at the top of his list. I had the chance to spend some time with Lee away from all the recruiting. He's a very polite young man who is not just looking for the biggest school to offer. He's looking for a school that's right for him.
Kallen Wade of Cincinnati Withrow is getting major looks from several programs. In talking with Kallen he said staying close to home is something he will really consider. He spoke about his mother's health and how that could play into his decision. We at Bearcat Insider wish Kallen's mother the best.
Other players who were seen include groups from several top programs in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Moeller had Martez Williams, Sean Redwine and Justin Smith in the house. Roger Bacon had several players there including Demitrious Toombs. State Champion Colerain was also well represented with Cobrani Mixon, Tyler Moeller, Terrence Sherrer, Eric Ornella and Brian Lainhart. And Coach Doc Gamble who's building a nice program at Withrow had Wade, Robert Williams, Antonio Renato, Shawn Redd and Brandon Miller.
Other players were Curt Weidner of Harrison who has his own website. You can visit it at http://www.curtweidner.com/ . We also saw Kings Collin McCafferty who Coach Olds is real high on. Also Mark Jackson from North College Hill was in attendance.
After not having the chance to brag about being the top team in the Natti for two years, Coach Huggins and his troop gave Bearcat fans their wish. A win over Xavier, and the chance to talk Bearcat smack towards X fans. Don't forget to take you smack to the Cat Attack message board.
But I'm sure Bearcat fans don't talk much smack.
While many would like to have seen a bigger margin of victory, for many just the victory was enough to make them happy. Giant props should go to Coach Huggins for keeping the team on track with all the talk about UC and Xavier not being a big game.
BOB GOIN MAY BE RIGHT
It's sad to say, but Mr. Goin may be right about the crosstown. With the Bearcats move into the Big East there are many questions that can't be answered at this time. Bearcat Insider knows this. Big East officials were in town for the Crosstown Shootout.
Xavier shouldn't look at the chance of Cincinnati not playing them as a slap. Look at the future and see how many Top 25 teams are listed. That number is five in the ESPN rankings that end on 2/13. Plus add in up and coming programs like West Virginia at others and the road ahead will not be an easy one.
Do I think the Crosstown will end? No, I don't see it ending anytime soon. I think Mr. Goin answered a question that he doesn't have an answer to just the way he should have.
Is the Crosstown a "Big Game" Yes! To fans of both schools. But to the coaches and players I'm sure there are other teams like Louisville for the Bearcats and Dayton for Xavier that are just as big if not bigger.
2005 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
If you didn't see my post on the Football Message Board then you missed the teams UC will be facing this coming fall. Here is a quick look at what is sure to be a tough schedule.
The reason for the Big East dates not being set is the changing of a game West Virginia had with Central Florida. UCF backed out of a game set for Morgantown and left WVU looking for a home game.
LADY BEARCATS HOOPS
It's been a tough season for the ladies. But this week things headed back in the wrong direction after back-to-back wins. The ladies dropped games with DePaul on Monday 67-55 and followed that up with a loss to East Carolina on Friday 58-31. Sunday didn't get any better as Charlotte downed the Bearcats 72-63.
BASEBALL OPENS SEASON WITH THREE L'S
We spoke in the last issue of Cat Scratch about the Bearcat baseball team. The Bearcats traveled to Boca Raton, Florida to battle Florida Atlantic in a three-game series.
Game one was a 13 inning marathon as both teams held each other in check for the first three innings. Atlantic scored first in the 4th posting two runs on the board. The Bearcats came right back and put up a run of their own in the top of the 5th. In the 7th the Bearcats pushed 5 runs across the plate and looked to have things in control. FA came back and put one up in the bottom of the inning and would see freshman Mickey Storey hold the Bearcats in check the rest of the way. Atlantic then tied the score in the bottom of the ninth buy getting three runs as Bearcat pitch Kyle Markle gave up the hits and runs to tie the game. In extra innings the Bearcats fought until the bottom of the 13th when Atlantic's Joran Hafer hit the game winning sacrifice fly.
Game Two saw the Bearcats held scoreless for the first five innings. They then rally to score three runs during the 6th and 7th innings and take a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth. Both runs in the seventh came off of homeruns. The first one hit by Mark Muscenti and the second by LaFringe Hayes in consecutive at bats. The eighth inning saw more of what the Bearcats had seen in game one. Atlantic would score 4 runs in the inning and then hold the Bearcats in check for the ninth.
Game Three saw the Bearcats get on the board early and often. Both teams went scoreless in the first. Then the Bearcats scored runs in the next five innings. The only problem was FAU would score runs in the next 7 innings and take an 11-9 advantage going into the ninth. But there was no more offense left for the Bearcats and they would lose 11-9.
The loss has the Bearcats sitting with a 0-3 mark. The Bearcats will now look for win number one next weekend when they travel to Duke for a weekend series.
Shintara Carpenter set a school record in the triple jump during the All-Ohio Indoor Track and Field Championships. Carpenter leapt to a UC record of 40' 10 1/4" to win the triple jump by almost three feet.
We spoke about Jo Young last week in Cat Scratch. She had set a school record in the shot put just the other week. Well you can now take that record and throw it out the door. Young broke her school record by nearly two feet with a throw of 48' 9 1/2".
The Bearcats finished in fourth place for the All-Ohio meet behind Findlay, Ashland and Akron.
The Bearcat Tennis team won a team meet with Indiana State on Saturday. Jill Klauck, Samantha Liu, Julie Klauck, Madison Reasoner all won singles matches. Cristina Reyes teamed with Liu and Jill and Julie Klauck teamed for doubles victories. The tennis team now sits with a 3-4 mark and will takes on Eastern Michigan today.
While I didn't have a lot of things negative about the world of UC Athletics, I felt lots of this information was being missed by fans of UC.
Until next week,