We are pleased to announce that Blanchester High School has distinguished itself as a school where success is possible for every student. The Ohio Department of Education has named Blanchester High School both a School of Promise and a High Performing School of Honor based on their 2014 Ohio School Report Card. Contratulations to Mr. Hosler, Mr. Abt, Staff and Students.
As her freshman cross country season progressed, Blanchester’s Savannah Rhodes kept readjusting her goals. “As a freshman I was happy to get (below) 22 (minutes),” said Rhodes. “Then I was happy to get (below) 21.” Rhodes clocked 19:55.88 at last week’s Div. II Region 8 meet in Troy, finishing 15th overall and earning a berth in the state meet. “I never thought I would go to state,” Rhodes said of her freshman season. In fact, going to state wasn’t even a goal.“I guess people would tell me I could make it this far (to state),” she said. “I knew I would try my hardest but I didn’t think I would make it to state.” Rhodes will run with the rest of the Div. II field 2:15 p.m. Saturday at National Trail Raceway. A competitive dancer, Rhodes admits she doesn’t like to lose. “In dance, I don’t like when my team doesn’t win,” she said. “I’m upset when I don’t win. I don’t like when people on my team beat me. It pushes me even harder.” Blanchester cross country coach Tony Blevins has put together a solid program for a number of years now and says Rhodes has something inside. “It’s internal,” he said. “She wants to be good. She ran all summer, ran every day in the summer. She doesn’t want to be good just on race day. She wants to be good every day.” That desire to be the best came to the fore at last Saturday’s regional. From a time standpoint, Rhodes wasn’t one of the favorites. However, as the early portion of the race unfolded, Rhodes found herself with the lead pack. “I was nervous,” said Blevins. “I thought she might have went out too hard.” Rhodes thought she was going a little slower than normal, so she picked up the pace a bit. When that happened, Rhodes “realized I was in front and got scared … and excited. I stayed in the top 16 the whole time.” Able to count her position as the race’s end neared, Rhodes knew she was in good shape to make state. Then two girls passed her near the finish line. Though laboring a bit, Rhodes’ competivtiness kicked in and that “internal” drive, as Blevins put it, forced her to pick up the pace. “I wore myself out; I sprinted sooner than I usually do,” said Rhodes. Deep down, though, Rhodes realized her statement wasn’t as much a product of her lack of conditioning as it is her mental state of battling to the bitter end. “I am competitive all the time,” she said.
Blanchester Varsity Boys Basketball will be participating in the Ohio Valley Hoops Classic at Wilmington College, December 7 vs East Clinton at 1:00pm. The Classic will be held December 5 thru December 7. The 22 team field includes nine past state champions accounting for a total of 26 state championships. Four of the participating teams advanced all the way to last year’s Sweet 16, while one advanced to the Elite 8. All those teams return their star players and are looking to take home the big trophy this year. According to Rick Bolus’ player rankings eleven of the top 50 seniors in Ohio are participating, along with four of the top 25 juniors, and the state’s number one freshman. For full information on this event visit ohiovalleyhoopsclassic.com.
We look forward to seeing you at Hermann Court the first weekend in December.