4 Paws for Ability Service Dogs in Training

by Lauren Redfern

If you have Ms. Bills-Tenney for a teacher or a class with Kayla or Kylee Parker, then you have been around a service dog in training. These dogs are not their personal service dogs, but a 4 Paws for Ability dog that is being fostered in their first year of life.

The foster family has the responsibility of socializing the puppy and obedience training. These families are called puppy raisers. The organization selects puppy raisers based on applications. The raisers are simply volunteers who help housebreak the dog and expose them to people at minimal expense to the family. 4 Paws provides all veterinary care, dog food, a crate, and preventative care. Grooming care for specific breeds can be provided. Fees associated with obedience classes are covered, although 4 Paws will start requiring their own obedience classes at their facility in Xenia in September.

Most families choose to spoil their puppies with 4 Paws approved treats and toys! 4 Paws will provide supplies, but according to the info on their website 4pawsforability.org, will not reimburse the family for their own purchases. Being a foster takes love and patience as you are a part of the development of a puppy. It also takes a big heart, since the puppies will go on to be service dogs for children with special needs or veterans. Service dogs who do not make the program, called “fabulous flunkies,” are adopted out to loving homes. Ms. Bills-Tenney regularly gets the question, “How can you give the puppy back?” and she says, “I see these puppies like I see my students. I will love them while I have charge over them, and then I will send them out into the world to make a difference for someone else.”

4 Paws for Ability is in need of puppy raisers. If interested, visit the 4 Paws for Ability website or talk to Mrs. Bills-Tenney or the Parker twins.

Golden Eagles win SWBL All-Sports Championship

by Lauren Redfern

As the school year comes to an end, the sports seasons do as well. Bellbrook High School is in the Southwestern Buckeye League also referred to as SWBL. BHS offers over 20 varsity sports, with 20 competing for SWBL championships. The league has an All-Sports Trophy which is awarded to the school with the best score in rankings. For example, each season for each sport, the league ranks the school in order of their records for in-league performance. Whichever school wins the title for that sport is number one, and then the second place is two, and so on. The rankings are added up for each school. The better the records and performance, the lower the score. At the end of the year, the lowest score wins. Bellbrook had nine SWBL Championships this school year and four runner-ups. Congrats to all teams! Go Eagles!

2016-2017 Champions

Fall: Volleyball, Girls Soccer, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, Girls Cross Country, Boys Cross Country

Winter: Girls Basketball

Spring: Boys Tennis, Boys Track
2016-2017 SWBL Runner-Up

Fall: Golf

Winter: Boys Swimming, Girls Swimming

Spring: Girls Track

Annual Talent Show: A hit once again

by Lauren Redfern

The Friday before Spring Break, Bellbrook High School commercial arts class puts on the annual talent show and raises funds for Key Club causes. The talents show starts of with the commercial art class performing various skits or dances. This year’s show was hosted by seniors Trent Beard and Dima Shaltaf. The pair introduced each act and along with fellow senior Luke Mayberry they performed skits throughout the show.

This year’s talent show had bands, solo performances, duets, magic tricks, dancing and even hoola-hooping. Junior Sarah Malas said her favorite part was the opening band, “The Young, The Mild and The Orange.” The members of the band include juniors Kyle Miller and Ethan Reigelsberger along with senior Harris Norton. The band was given about 10 minutes to perform any songs of their choice while the audience was being seated.

Other fan favorites included a magic show, performed by Nicholas Riggs. He used audience members to help him perform his trick. The volunteers were selected at random, and definitely showed their emotion of surprise when the tricks were performed. Senior Anna Robertson gave the school a performance of her Irish dancing. Robertson toured Ireland over Spring Break with her dance team. Several students performed solos and duets, and freshman Zach Schultz capped off the show with a bassoon solo.

Pictures of the performance below were taken by Max Fader.

Coach Jim Place: A Legend

by Lauren Redfern

March 21, the underclass students of Bellbrook High School had the pleasure of listening to Coach Jim Place for 40 min. In these 40 min, Place, a high school football coach, told four stories about previous players and the lessons the audience can take from his presentation.

Coach Place has coached football for almost 50 years. Nine schools, 7 head coaching jobs, and multiple wins later, Place is a hall of fame coach. His players say that it’s not his win/loss record that makes playing for him so special. “He truly is a coach that cares about the whole person. Coach wants us to be great men, not just great players,” says Ponitz Junior Reece Reeves. Coach Place started to receive national recognition when he was the head coach at Stebbins High School (’82-’84) . Brent White, a player of Place’s, was awarded the National Defensive Player Award. That was the beginning of his hall of fame career.

Place moved onto the Cincinnati area where he took a Head Coach position at Middletown High School. Coach place recorded 48 victories in a five year time span, along with leading the team to the state playoffs three out of the five years. But, the most impressive stat from people on the outside looking in is the number of football scholarship athletes that went to the next level from Middletown High School. 59 student athletes went to college with some type of scholarship to play football. To be a college football player, talent is not the only requirement. The athlete must have grades that meet the NCAA Eligibility.

Place’s next move was to a place he called “vacation.” He took the head coaching job at Chaminade Julienne. In 2002, the Eagles won the DII State Championship. Place coached the team to the playoffs eight times in fifteen years, including seven straight trips to the postseason. The state of Ohio knew where Chaminade Julienne was and that is all because of one coach. Place had 53 athletes play at the next level with a scholarship in hand, and also in 1995 the senior class had over one million dollars in athletic scholarship money. Place also had a player received the Harold E. Meyer Sportsmanship award presented by OHSAA seven years straight.

Beside Place’s accomplishments on the football field at CJ, Place also started the drug and alcohol free “Winners Club.” The club had over 300 members and was recognized as the best prevention group in Montgomery County. Coach Place decided after his 15 years at Chaminade Julienne it was time to move on. Place was named Cincinnati Hamilton’s head football coach. Place might have not had great football success at Hamilton, but as the director of Character Education for the School, he placed the school as the state’s Best for Character in 2009, and was awarded the honor of being a top 15 character school in the nation.

During Place’s presentation to Bellbrook students, Coach Place stressed the importance of life other than sports. This accomplishment truly shows that sports are not always everything. After only being at Hamilton High School three years, he took a new job at Cincinnati Withrow where he would compile a 22-9 record over a three year period. He also lead the school to three straight conference titles.

After his Cincinnati coaching venture, most thought Place was done. But, he finds himself in the Dayton Public School District at Ponitz High School. Coach Place has an overall record of 245-169-2. 25 playoff games, over 140 Scholarship players and 14 NFL players. He is best known for taking over programs that need rebuilding. Place has been awarded Coach of the Year honors 14 times and was inducted into the Ohio High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012. Place when interviewed in by the Dayton Daily News reporter, Tom Archdeacon, and asked what his greatest achievement was he answered with, “Family.” He and his wife Joanie have 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Bellbrook Sees New Spring Sport with addition of Lacrosse

by Lauren Redfern

The sport of lacrosse is not new to the town of Bellbrook. But, it is new to the Bellbrook Athletic Department. This year, Bellbrook Lacrosse is being recognized as a school-sponsored club sport. Most ask, “What does that mean?” The Bellbrook- Sugarcreek school district does not recognize the lacrosse program as a varsity sport like the other existing programs in the school. Becoming a school-sponsored club, however, is the first step in becoming a varsity sport.

There are restrictions to the new title. All athletes must follow the athlete’s code of conduct and other rules followed by the student athletes of Bellbrook. Athletes also must follow all attendance rules the school has in place. Another new aspect to the lacrosse program is there are no other students from other schools allowed to participate. When the lacrosse program was separate, there was a mix of athletes from other districts. However, the athletes do not receive a gym waiver or transportation to games.

The lacrosse programs has almost 60 athletes at the high school level. The boys’ team, according to BellbrookLacrosse.com, has 37 members. The girls’ team has 21 members. Most of the team members on the boys’ team have been playing for several years. The girls’ roster, on the other hand, is made up of mostly first year players.

With only 8 returning members, the focus of Head Coach Jeff Chew is teaching. Chew coached in the boys’ program for 5 years, and in his last year the team won the High School Club Championship. Chew now finds himself surrounded by teenage girls. Chew had admitted several times that coaching girls and boys is VERY different. One thing that does not differ between the two teams is the will to win.

The Lady Golden Eagles started the season with a win over the Chillicothe Cavaliers. The team was down 5 goals at halftime, but did not give up. The team roared back and won the game 12-11. The lady Eagles took the momentum into their March 21 contest versus Dayton Carroll Patriots. Unfortunately, the Lady Eagles ran out of steam and were unable to produce a win. The team travels to Kettering Fairmont on March 27 for their next contest with a record of 1-1.

The boys’ team dropped their season opener to Cincinnati Wyoming and then lost another one to Kettering Archbishop Alter. The Golden Eagles are determined to not make this a trend, especially under the leadership of captains Trent Beard, Mason Zimmer, Sam Shroder, Luke DiCicco and Phillip Chevrette.

Both teams have raw talent and are fun to watch. Watch a game this season. Both teams play their home games at the Miami Valley South Stadium and would love your support.

Schedules can be found at: Bellbrooklacrosse.com

Swim and Dive: Making a Splash at State

by Lauren Redfern

Championships. That was the theme for the Golden Eagles at the state Swim and Dive finals in Canton over President’s Day weekend in February. The Bellbrook Swim and Dive program has been making a splash at the state meet for the past few years. This year the team performed better than ever. The team had 4 swimmers and 1 diver qualify for the state competition. Justin Boreman represented the Golden Eagles on the diving board. Boreman also qualified individually for the Cross Country State championship. Boreman was seeded 23rd entering the meet. He would later claim the 18th spot in the state. At the winter sports awards, the dive coach awarded Boreman the MVP award.

After Boreman’s performance on the diving board, all Golden Eagle supporters switched their attention to the pool in which they cheered on Senior Henry Wong (4 year Varsity) and Juniors Cole Huggard, John Sampson, and Cody Bybee. To start off the state meet, all four boys swam in the 200 Medley Relay. In the prelims, they swam a new school record time of 1:35.54. This performance seeded them second for finals.

The next day the boys became State Runner Ups in the 200 Medley with a time of 1:35.66. This foursome was not done, however. After being seeded 4th for the 400 Free Relay, they found themselves 3rd on the podium with a time of 3;09.66. Bybee set a new 100 free lead off record with a time of 43.78. The records did not stop there though. Bybee, who was setting school records in the prelims, was only giving a taste of what he was capable of for the following day.

Bybee, already a common name in the swim world, continued to make his name known. Diving off the blocks seeded #1 for the 200 Free, made him heavily favored. Bybee also won the event last year. But, what he did next left the entire natatorium in awe. Bybee swam a state record time of 1:34.55. The previous state record holder was Joe Hudepohl of St. Xavier in Cincinnati (D1 School). Hudepohl is best known for being an Olympian, and Bybee was not in the talk for breaking the 26-year-old record. For most, a state record and championship would be great, but not for Bybee. He came back to defend his 100 Butterfly State title, which he won last year. He was also heavily favored in this race, and showed everyone why. He swam a 46.97 to break the 10-year-old pool record and state record. Bybee was awarded Swimmer of the Meet for his incredible performance. Bybee, only a junior, still has the opportunity to stand on the podium next year to defend his 2 titles won back to back.

Bellbrook found themselves taking two state champs home that day. Fellow junior John Sampson was determined to bring home a state title as well. Like Bybee, Sampson swam two individual events. He placed 7th in the 100 Free with a time of 46.70. Sampson was not done. Being favored in the 100 back after being the runner up last year, he set a school record time of 49.93 and found himself on top of the podium with the medal reading State Champ. Junior Cole Huggard kept the day going by placing 13th in the 200 IM with a time of 1:59.08.

The Golden Eagles capped of the meet with a 4th place finish. This is the highest Bellbrook Swim has ever finished. Their 4th place finish also makes them the highest placing public school in the state. With 3 of the 5 boys returning next year, the future for Bellbrook Swim and Dive looks very bright.