Syd Likely to Red Shirt with ACL Surgery

10455035While we are still waiting for a second opinion on whether Sydney will undergo surgery, it appears that her freshmen season at U of L will be interrupted. She has been having some soreness in the repaired knee and experienced some pain while landing in practice a couple of weeks ago. She had a scan done and it seems that surgery is in her near future.

Coach Walz made mention of it on his radio show last week and the news took to Twitter and other social media. I was a little surprised that our local newspaper, the Wilmington News-Journal, picked up on it. They talked about Syd in an article which featured another Clinton County athlete who is looking to take the next step of playing football after college.

Mark Huber’s article was well-written and pointed to Syd’s faith as she moves toward potential surgery and rehab. Here is a portion of the article that appeared in the November 14, 2014, edition of the News-Journal.

I also ran across a nugget from the Louisville Courier Journal, via Google-alert, that reported Sydney Brackemyre will miss the upcoming college basketball season because of a knee injury.

The LCJ story reported Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said during his radio show that Brackemyre may not have had a major impact on the Lady Cardinals season in 2014-15 but the knee injury and subsequent surgery puts an end to her season before the first official game.

Brackemyre, a 6-1 forward, is a 2014 graduate of Clinton-Massie High School.

Both of these athletes have a strong faith in God and even though their news is on opposite ends of the spectrum, you can be certain both will take the news in stride — the good for Rollins who will not take anything for granted and keep working just as hard and the bad for Brackemyre who will likely work harder to return to form — and continue on the path they believe God has set for them.

Southwest District Div 2 Player of the Year

Syd SWDThe Southwest District teams and players of the year for Divisions 1 – 4 were released yesterday. It was great to see several Clinton-Massie Falcons make the list.

Sydney was named to the First Team in Division 2 and was also named Division 2 Player of the Year. The photo to the left (taken from the Wilmington News-Journal) shows Syd in her final game against Alter. I love that is shows her hand taped up as she played with stitches on her index finger after suffering a dislocation just four days earlier.

Kasey Uetrecht was named to the Second Team in Division 2.

On the boys side of things, Cory Saddler and Dylan Rose were both Division 2 Honorable Mention.

Great job to all of our Falcon players. You can see the entire list by going to the Wilmington News-Journal article.

Syd Reaches 1,000

Syd 1000After missing most of her junior season due to an ACL injury, we weren’t sure where Sydney was on her quest to score 1,000 points in her high school career. About a week ago her coach informed us she was 36 points away from hitting the mark. She got her 1,000 point in a shoot out on Sunday.

The picture shown here is from the Wilmington News-Journal. You can read the article on the game and mention of her passing 1,000 on the local sports page of the News-Journal website.

Massie won the game to remain undefeated this season. Syd ended the game with 23 points.

Great Article for Prom Season

WNJThere is a very well written article in today’s Wilmington News-Journal by Pat Haley, who is a member of the Clinton County Commission. He recounts his experience of coming on the scene of an accident of a teenage girl. It is a good reminder to parents and teens, especially as we move into Prom season. I saw one or two people had posted the article to Facebook last night and, after reading his words, I can see why. A sobering reminder for teens, parents and all drivers on the road.

The warm May evening was slowly melting into the clear darkness of night as I headed home to Sabina from a busy day at the sheriff’s office. It would be good to be home.

The radio in the cruiser had been unusually quiet for the last hour or so, and maybe the frantic activity of the day was over.

Just as I entered the crossroads town of Reesville, the radio dispatcher broke the quiet with an urgent message: “There is a report of a Code 4, with serious injury, on State Route 72, about two miles south of 22 and 3 East. The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the life squad are en route,” the radio crackled with urgency.

I covered the last couple of miles quickly, arriving at the scene of the accident within 60 seconds of the radio broadcast. A small, blue car was smoking and leaning against a tree, with several feet of fence wrapped around it. One wheel was still spinning.

An elderly farmer was leaning into the car, quietly brushing the windshield glass away from the eyes of a young girl, lying injured on the front seat. I could see the relief in the farmer’s face when he saw my uniform.

The teenager looked to be about 16 or 17 years of age. It was apparent she had sustained a serious head injury.

Lowering myself into the front seat of the car, the farmer pulled himself clear and gladly changed places with me, but remaining nearby. I moved across the seat and gently placed the head of the young girl on a towel.

As I began talking to her, I soon found myself asking the hopeful question I had often heard asked at the scene of many accidents: “Are you OK?”

She didn’t answer. The ashen color in her face told me she was in very serious condition.

With one hand, I carefully wiped the shreds of glass from her face. As I gazed down upon the young girl, I could see the deep brown eyes that were the centerpiece of her pretty face. The two sounds occurred almost simultaneously; the slow, lazy, moan of a siren in the distance, and a soft, gentle murmur from the girl.

She had scarcely uttered the sounds, when I saw she was beginning to slip away. She opened her eyes and I felt a ray of hope. I want to think perhaps in those precious moments of her life, my face might have become a composite of her mother, her dad and maybe a younger brother still at home.

I spoke to her in a gentle, caring tone and quietly reassured her. We both knew it was too late.

A few seconds after intoning those words, the young girl who had just celebrated her last day of school for the year, began to lose consciousness. Her labored breathing began to lower the veil between life and death. She directed one last gaze at me. With time so short, there was nothing more that could be done other than to make her comfortable.

The young girl gently closed her eyes and our focus shifted from her earthly body to her spirit.

I could hear the farmer gently crying above me as I carefully lowered the young girl’s head down onto the seat of the car.

The sirens we had heard in the distance had arrived too late.

The farmer and I gazed quietly at one another for a moment, each with a heavy heart and moistened eyes. Slowly, I began to walk back to the cruiser.

My mind slowly shifted to the impending duty most dreaded by law enforcement: the delivery of a death notice to the family. How does one tell someone his or her loved one was never coming home again?
Several years before, I had arrived at a farmhouse to deliver a death notice at about 6:30 in the morning. At that time, the victim was a family’s 17-year-old son.

“Why don’t you go in?” another deputy asked me.

“I want them to have one more hour of peaceful sleep,” I told the deputy. “It may be the last peaceful night’s sleep they have for the rest of their lives.”

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. I share these sad experiences for I know this is also the approaching time for high school proms. Throughout April and May, young men in rented tuxedos appear along with beautiful young girls dressed in gowns with flowers.
My wish for each of them is to have fun. My prayer for each of them is to be safe. It is a time for making wonderful lifelong memories.

Please don’t end-up like the young man, or the young woman on 72.

Southwest District Honors

Southwest District 2013This article highlighting the Southwest District First, Second and Third Team and Honorable Mentions came out last week in the Wilmington News-Journal, but I wasn’t able to locate it online. We’re proud of our Clinton-Massie players who showed up on the both the boys and girls side, along with the other Clinton County athletes that were represented. Great job all!

District Champs!

district champsThe Clinton-Massie Lady Falcons are District Champs for the first time in school history. It was an exciting game last Friday night as they jumped out to a lead over Norwood and didn’t let them back in the game. The defense the Falcons played was intense from the first through the fourth quarter.

The Wilmington News-Journal had an excellent article on Massie’s victory, which you can read below.

On a side note, the Cincinnati Angels (Syd’s AAU team) are well represented in this year’s tournament. The Angels sent out an email listing current and former Angels’ players whose teams are moving forward in the tournament. Way to go Angels!

Division I:

• Kayla McDowell – Alum
• Jenna Gunn – 17U

• LaJessica Olverson- 14U

• Alex Henning- Alum

• Marisa Howard- 17U

• Alyssa Rice- 17U
• Nicole Orr- 17U

Toledo Notre Dame Academy
• Tierra Floyd- 17U

Division II:

• Sydney Brackemyre- 17U
• Kasey Uetrecht- 16U

Division III:

Fayetteville Perry
• Megan Eyre – 16U

Middletown Madison
• Olivia Philpot- 16U

Here’s the Wilmington News-Journal article on the Falcons’ win:

MASON – In late December, many had written off the Clinton-Massie girls basketball team after a devastating injury and tough loss to Wilmington.

Two months later, the Lady Falcons are district champions.

Clinton-Massie won the school’s first girls basketball district championship Friday night, defeating Norwood 54-32 at Mason High School.

“The girls have worked hard, and they had a goal,” said CM head coach Allen Wilkinson. “They’ve done all they could do to make that happen. They’ve faced many different types of adversity.

“We’ve always had someone different step up every night.”

Clinton-Massie executed offensively with high precision in the first quarter, jumping out to a 16-3 lead. For good measure, Kasey Uetrecht threw one in from 45 feet to end the first quarter. Massie led 21-8.

Then, the Falcons just wore them down.

Norwood, playing just six players for most of the game, slowly started to fade as the game continued. Outstanding freshman Hannah Tubbs, who came in averaging 18 points per game, was held to just 11 points on 4 of 12 shooting.

“We don’t press, we just put pressure on the point guard to wear her down,” said Wilkinson. “Brittany Smith and Miquela Santoro did an outstanding job on Tubbs. Mary (Moyer) did a great job on (Natalie) Stoeppel.”

Moyer and the Falcon defense frustrated Stoeppel at every turn, causing her to take two straight charging calls which sent her to the bench with four fouls in the third quarter. She finished with just two points.

“We tried to keep (Tubbs and Stoeppel) out of the paint,” said Wilkinson. “They like to get in the paint and get to the free throw line.”

Clinton-Massie (21-5) didn’t just outplay Norwood (21-4), they outworked them. The Falcons outrebounded the Indians 45-27 and chased down numerous loose balls for second and third opportunities.

“We rebounded very well,” Wilkinson said. “We got to loose balls. We did a great job on 50/50 balls.”

Uetrecht was dominant inside, scoring 12 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Moyer added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Allyson Monnin added 11 rebounds.

With a berth in the state’s final 16 teams, the Falcons are playing its best basketball at the right time.

“The sky’s the limit with this group,” Wilkinson said. “I told them in the locker room that the only person that can tell you ‘no’ is yourself and you don’t have to listen to yourself.”

Dayton Carroll awaits the Lady Falcons 8 p.m. Tuesday at Springfield High School. Carroll ended Talawanda’s unbeaten season Friday night in the district championship, 43-41.

“They’re very physical,” Wilkinson said. “They’re very big and they’re very good. They are a very well-coached team.”

Wilmington Article on Syd’s Verbal

IMG_0462Our local newspaper, the Wilmington News-Journal, does a good job reporting on local sports activities. They have been especially generous in their reporting on Sydney as both a player and as she has gone through the college process.

The following is the article that was published today in the Wilmington News-Journal. I like the fact that they talked about her faith along with everything else. You can read the article on the News-Journal website.


In the end, the University of Louisville had everything Sydney Brackemyre wanted in a college. So earlier this month, the Clinton-Massie junior gave a verbal commitment to the U of L women’s basketball program.

“In the end I chose Louisville because of its all-around fit,” Brackemyre said. “In the beginning of this process I had five keys I was looking for in a college …. opportunities to build my faith, academics, location, competitive athletics and relations with staff.”

Brackemyre, who plans to major in kinesiology, picked Louisville over Dayton and Michigan.

Brackemyre said all schools in contention were aware of her injury, a season-ending knee injury at the Pepsi Holiday Classic in December.

“My knee injury didn’t play any part in my decision,” she said. “None of the schools I was looking at lost interest because of my injury. I have been very honest with them about my injury and my rehab.”

Brackemyre recently put away the crutches and is hitting “rehab hard,” she said.

“As soon as my surgeon gives me the green light, I will get into Prasco with my trainer, Dante Harlan, and start working on my game,” she said. “I am hoping to get back in time to play AAU with the Cincinnati Angels for part of the season in July, but I am not rushing anything and won’t get on the court until my doctor, coaches and I think I’m ready.”

The Lady Cardinals were ranked No.12 in the nation in the latest poll and will be moving from the Big East Conference to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“The Cardinals are very competitive athletically,” said Brackemyre. “I love that they are going to the ACC next year and I think that is a great conference. I love coach (Jeff) Walz’s style of play and the way he draws the mis-match and pushes the tempo. He has a great history of success, so I wanted to go to a program that has established itself as a team to beat.”

Brackemyre said Louisville’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes program was instrumental in her decision.

“I went on an overnight visit there in December and had the opportunity to attend one of their meetings,” she said. “Over 200 University of Louisville athletes participate, which is huge. My parents and I met with Chris Morgan, the director, and really believe I will fit in well there. I also think I will be able to plug-in to Southeast Christian Church, a mega-church in Louisville, and work with their college aged group. Southeast has a great ministry, as well.”

Post-Season Honors

Now that the regular season has concluded, the post-season honors are being handed out.  Below are a couple of articles from the Wilmington News-Journal.  Sydney was also named 1st Team SCOL, but that hasn’t appeared in the paper yet.

Brackemyre second team All-Southwest District

Clinton-Massie sophomore Sydney Brackemyre was named Thursday to the second team Southwest District Division II girls basketball team by The Associated Press.

Brackemyre averaged 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists per game for the 19-4 Lady Falcons.

Brackemyre named to Dist. 15 all-underclass team

Clinton-Massie’s Sydney Brackemyre was named to the District 15 girls basketball all-stars underclass squad.

Brackemyre, who averaged nearly 18 points per game this season for the Lady Falcons, was the fourth overall vote-getter among freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

Other underclassmen on the team were Elizabeth Haley of Oakwood, Erin Dorn of Bellbrook, Susan Wollenhaupt of Carroll, Breanna Ball of Belmont, Emma Bockrath of Alter, Autumn Worley of Eaton, Janae Curtiss of Thurgood Marshall, Hannah Collins of Valley View and Ciara Poppa of Carroll.

Members of the senior District 15 all-star team are Kelley Austria of Carroll, Raytea Long of Chaminade-Julienne, Allison Bockrath of Alter, Leisha Crawford of Bellbrook, Kendra Moss of Thurgood Marshall, Emily Michael of Chaminade-Julienne, Sharae Grandberry of Meadowdale, Claire Davis of Oakwood, Simmone Gage of Chaminade-Julienne and Shelby Sigman of Bellbrook.

Tough Loss on Saturday

The Lady Falcons faced a tough opponent on Saturday and came out on the losing end.  It was the girls first loss in the conference, but still leaves them in first place.

The Wilmington New-Journal ran a nice article which summarized the game pretty well.

By Chris Hoppes

OCM News Service

The Miami Trace Lady Panthers are not giving up the South Central Ohio League title easily.

Clinton-Massie, having already clinched at least a share of their first SCOL championship, was hoping to run the table, go 12-0 and win the “Gold Basketball.”

As determined as Clinton-Massie was to go undefeated in the league, that’s how committed Miami Trace was to not letting the Lady Falcons clinch the outright title on their floor.

It was a classic battle, befitting two very fine teams, as it played out Saturday afternoon at Miami Trace High School. On Senior Day, Miami Trace edged Clinton-Massie, 40-39, in overtime.

Clinton-Massie remains atop the SCOL standings with a record of 9-1. They are now 16-2 overall.

Miami Trace is currently alone in second at 8-3 (15-3 overall).

“At times, we didn’t play to our strengths,” Clinton-Massie head coach Allen Wilkinson said. “At times, I don’t know what we were doing. We had our opportunities; we had opportunities at the foul line. We had opportunities throughout the game.

“We have no one to blame but ourselves. We’ve never won here. I tried telling them that Trace still has a chance to tie for the league. They haven’t won the league eight years in a row for nothing.”

“They played us tough down at Massie. We were lucky to get out of there with the win. And you expect the same thing here.

“Coach Stutzman is an excellent coach. He does a super job. People need to understand what a great job he does. They are very fortunate to have coach Stutzman as their coach.”

The first quarter of Saturday’s game was the highest-scoring of the day. Miami Trace took a 17-12 lead after eight minutes of action. The game became more of a defensive struggle as it wore on.

Clinton-Massie, a team with no seniors, was led by Sydney Brackemyre, who paced all scorers with 18 points.

For the Lady Panthers, junior Deidre McKay led with 12 points and sophomore Josie Cobb had 10 points.

The lead changes hands four times in the first period. The game was tied three times in the second quarter, but Miami Trace never trailed. At the half, the Lady Panthers held a 25-23 lead.

Things began to really tighten up in the third quarter. The teams combined to score only six points. Miami Trace was 2 of 9 from the field and Clinton-Massie made just one of seven shots. The Lady Panthers led 29-25 after three.

Clinton-Massie scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to take a 30-29 lead. With Brackemyre carrying most of the offensive load, Massie took a 34-30 lead at the 2:28 mark. Ariana Mabra hit two free throws with 1:35 to play for Miami Trace.

The Falcons missed their next two shot attempts and McKay connected on a pair of free throws to tie the game, 34-34, with 41 seconds left in regulation.

The Falcons had a chance to win the game, in fact, two chances in the final moments. They missed a field goal attempt and then missed a pair of free throws with 21.6 seconds to play. Miami Trace missed its final shot, sending the game to overtime.

Senior Kristin Reisinger drove the lane for two points with 3:28 left in overtime. Miami Trace missed two field goal attempts and both teams missed the front end of a one-and-bonus at the line.

Uetrecht made one free throw, missed the next, but Massie got the rebound and Uetrecht was sent back to the line. She again made one of two, tying the game, 36-36 with 58.7 seconds remaining.

After running some precious time off the clock, Abby Schwenk banked in a shot. Massie missed their next two attempts and Miami Trace had the ball. Mabra was fouled and went to the line with nine seconds to play. She made both free throws for a 40-36 lead.

Uetrecht then hit a long three-point field goal (halfway between the top of the circle and the halfcourt line). Miami Trace was fouled, but missed both free throws with 2.2 seconds. Massie was not able to get a very good look at the basket and the Lady Panthers held on for the 40-39 win.

“Our entire game plan has been to play to our strengths,” Wilkinson said. “Make people try to adjust to our style. We don’t change from game to game.

“You can’t give good teams the ball on unforced turnovers. You can’t give them extra opportunities and we did that today.

“It’s so dag-gone hard to win the Gold Basketball. That was our goal. You’ve seen teams win the league in the past and somewhere along the line, somebody gets you. It’s a very good league, very competitive. There are a lot of very, very good coaches in our league. They put in a lot of time and effort.”

Syd in the News-Journal

The Clinton-Massie Lady Falcons continue to win in the SCOL.  On Saturday (01/28) they had a good game against London and remain undefeated in league play.  The Wilmington News-Journal ran a nice article that featured some good quotes about Sunday . . . and cool picture, too.

Here’s what the paper ran.  Do appreciate how the News-Journal tries to highlight our area athletes.

Dominating play from the opening tip, the Clinton-Massie Lady Falcons defeated London, 53-36, Saturday in a South Central Ohio League game at the CMHS gym.

With the win, the 14th-ranked Lady Falcons remain unbeaten in SCOL play at 8-0 while improving to 15-1 overall.

Clinton-Massie scored 17 of the first 20 points in the game and led 29-11 at halftime.

Sydney Brackemyre was a scoring machine for the Lady Falcons, accounting for 19 of Massie’s first 22 points — including 15 of CM’s 18 points in the second quarter. She easily won the praise of Red Raiders’ coach Ben Ackley.

“She is such a dominant player and is virtually unstoppable,” said Ackley. “Not only does she score from all over the floor, but she hits the boards really well. By halftime I think she had seven offensive rebounds. To me, she’s a Division I prospect.

Reportedly, representatives from Michigan State were in attendance to witness Brackemyre’s play Saturday.

“When we execute like we did in the first half and play defense like that, we’re hard to beat,” said Clinton-Massie head coach Allen Wilkinson, who recently picked up his 200th career win. His career win total now stands at 205.

While Brackemyre saw limited playing time in the second half, several other players picked up the scoring pace for Massie. The Lady Falcons led 45-19 after three quarters before being outscored 17-8 in the final frame.

“Yes, we played much better overall in the second half,” said Ackley. “Massie just presents match-up problems for us because of their size. ‘Wilk’ does a great job with his kids and they’re showing great improvement.”